Within a year of launching its one and only smartphone, Nextbit has been acquired by gaming company Razer in what looks like the latter’s entry into the world of handsets.
It’s certainly an unusual move by Razer, who hasn’t shown much interest in smartphones, instead focusing on high-end notebooks for gamers. While the company now owns a majority stake of Nextbit, Razer will let the startup run independently and not let go of anyone on the current team.
Neither Nextbit nor Razer are promising any new smartphones out of this deal, but we should definitely expect announcements in the coming months or weeks. Seeing Razer-branded gaming phones with the help of Nextbit certainly wouldn’t surprise us, and should make up for the mishaps of NVIDIA’s Shield series.
As for the fate of Nextbit’s cloud-centric Robin smartphone, all sales have been halted through its official channels, but warranties for current users will continue for six more months and software support will be active until February 2018.
The Robin, as you may or may not know, was Nextbit’s solution to limited storage. By providing complementary cloud storage, users would only have to worry about securing an internet connection for the phone to automatically back up files to an online server and save space in its hardware. Specifications-wise, it was well-equipped for a handset retailing for less than $200 at times.
[irp posts=”9288″ name=”Razer’s latest gaming laptop has three monitors — three!”]
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is now available
The first laptop with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate
ASUS ROG continues to roll out more premium gaming devices, with the latest one coming from the Zephyrus lineup. The two new Zephyrus laptops now come with the highest refresh rate on any device along with powerful hardware.
Starting today, you can get your hands on the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701. The new Zephyrus S comes with a 17.3-inch IPS FHD display with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. To complement this high of a refresh rate, ASUS ROG even slapped in either an NVIDIA RTX 2070 or NVIDIA RTX 2080 inside. Along with the latest Intel Core i7 processor inside, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 looks to be the ideal gaming laptop for the pros.
Depending on the unit you get, you also get up to 32 GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. All of these contribute to unparalleled performance for any task you throw at it, or any game you throw at it. Both units also come with Gigabit WiFi adapters for better wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. When you purchase the whole package, you also get a free ROG Backpack, Cerberus Gaming Headset, teh ROG Gladius II, and an ROG Eye webcam.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is available in all ASUS and ASUS ROG Concept Stores. The 32GB RAM, RTX 2080 unit is priced at PhP 209,995, while the 16GB RAM, RTX 2070 unit comes in at PhP 169,995.
FFVII remake teasers now comes with behind the scenes footage
A look into the iconic theme song and squad
A delay in release did not stop Square Enix from teasing Final Fantasy fans even more. This time, however, the company is just giving us two things to prepare our minds and hearts for the remake.
The first one, as you’ve seen from the header image, an HD recreation of Cloud Strife and his trusty motorcycle. An entire cast literally joins him in the picture, including Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and even Red XIII. Looks like this is just feeding more details on character art, more than anything else.
The second one is actually a behind-the-scenes look into the end theme of the whole remake. Nobuo Uematsu guides us through the creative process behind the end theme, including the recording sessions for it. To see more of it, here’s the entire behind-the-scenes footage:
NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is ready for gamers
Another cloud gaming competitor
NVIDIA’s game streaming service, GeForce NOW, is ready for gamers looking for alternatives to Google’s Stadia and Microsoft XCloud. NVIDIA is looking at its support for more devices and compatibility with existing game stores as its edge against competitors.
Luring in gamers
NVIDIA GeForce NOW is now available for general audience after it entered beta last year. Starting today, gamers can opt for either of the two tiers: Free and Founders.
Gamers on Free tier have to contend with a one-hour gameplay limit. Plus, they maybe put on a wait list for a certain game if there is too much demand. Meanwhile, gamers on Founders tier have priority access to games, a six-hour gameplay limit, and support for RTX.
Unlike its competitors, NVIDIA’s game streaming service supports more devices. It is available now in Windows, macOS, Android and SHIELD TV platform, with Chromebook support coming in the future.
This game streaming service also works differently than Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s XCloud. It streams supported games from the Steam library, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, and Uplay.
There is no need to purchase a game as gamers can simply stream it if the service supports it. Smooth gameplay is guaranteed with support of up to 1080 at 60FPS.
Pricing and availability
GeForce NOW is available on all 30 countries across North America and Europe. Beta users are migrated automatically. For those planning to pay for the Founders tier, they will only have to shell out US$ 4.99 per month.
Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro
Samsung Galaxy S20 series: US pre-order details
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Unboxing
Samsung Galaxy A71 Review
First-ever Star Wars virtual run happening on May the 4th
Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000
Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000
Huawei Philippines Smartphone Price List
Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P20,000 to P30,000
Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400
Philippines1 week ago
Samsung Philippines Smartphone Price List
News2 days ago
Apple iPhone 9, iPhone SE 2 rumor roundup
News1 week ago
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip price and availability in the Philippines
News1 week ago
Samsung Galaxy S20 series: Price and availability in the Philippines
News2 weeks ago
Nokia’s ‘Captain America’ phone leaked ahead of launch
News2 weeks ago
New iPhone will launch in mid-March, leak says
Hands-On1 week ago
Samsung Galaxy S20 Hands-On
Deals6 days ago
Globe’s postpaid plan for Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra