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Razer Phone lands in Singapore with pricing and availability

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After the western markets get the powerful gaming smartphone from Razer, the device finally arrived in Asia with Singapore as its first destination.

If you want to get your hands on the Razer Phone ahead of anyone else in Asia, pre-ordering is now live through Singtel. The window for enlisting is until November 26 only, so you better find a way to get on the list.

Even though it’ll be available through Singtel, the Razer Phone is offered off-contract for SG$ 1,068 (US$ 790). Of course, it’s also available on plan with a cheaper price tag.

The Razer Phone is equipped with a 5.7-inch IGZO QHD display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset with 8GB of memory and 64GB of storage. The phone runs on Android Nougat skinned with Nova Launcher Prime Razer Edition. It also has two 12-megapixel rear sensors with 2x optical zoom and a large 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+.

Pre-ordering will be held at their booth at the SITEX event from November 23 to 26 at the Singapore Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre, Hall 7. The first 200 pre-orders will get a free Razer Hammerhead Bluetooth headset.

SEE ALSO: Razer Phone packs all the multimedia features you need

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TikTok is experimenting with longer, three-minute videos

Currently in testing phase

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Sometimes, a minute is not enough. For TikTok users, a minute is all they have. Often, the limit fosters a lot more creativity than on with no limits at all. Most TikTok users, especially viral ones, can create engaging content in just a minute. However, if a minute isn’t enough, TikTok is experimenting with longer, three-minute videos.

Recently, social media commentator Matt Navarra spotted the upcoming feature and posted a screenshot on Twitter. As shown in the update, the video-sharing platform is testing a longer three-minute limit for videos. The feature is currently in its early stages.

With a new limit, TikTok is following in Twitter’s footsteps. After enjoying years of popularity, Twitter extended its long-standing 140-character limit to 280 characters. At first, most users criticized the extensions. But now, the new 280-character limit is just part of the status quo. TikTok will likely follow the same trend.

However, public reception is still unknown. Though Twitter eventually accepted a longer limit, TikTok has always thrived under the extremely short format. Will most people want to watch a three-minute video?

At the very least, the feature is still in its testing phases. It will take a while before TikTok rolls the update out to most users. However, if you’re looking for a longer TikTok format, today is your lucky day.

SEE ALSO: TikTok is still most downloaded entertainment app amid controversies

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Mate 40 Pro topped AnTuTu’s ranks in November

Nabbed both top and second spots

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Is Huawei’s demise greatly exaggerated? Despite the company’s mounting problems, Huawei’s new smartphones are still up to par. Case in point, their new flagship series recently made it to the top of an AI benchmarking list. Now, here’s another notch under Huawei’s belt: The Mate 40 Pro topped AnTuTu’s ranks in November.

Quite impressively, both the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and the Mate 40 Pro+ nabbed both the top and second spots on the popular benchmarking site for the month. They scored 698654 and 684069, respectively. Both are sporting the new (and possibly final) Kirin 9000 series.

Sitting nicely in third, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra got a score of 671045. Below Xiaomi’s entry, the two iQOO 5 handsets are at the fourth and fifth spots.

Huawei’s dominance is no surprise, though. Before the lineup’s launch, Huawei confirmed the death of Kirin after the U.S. government’s persistent banning. The company likely pulled out all the stops. Now, their Kirin 9000 stockpile is confidently in the lead, or at least in the higher tier of chipsets, for a sizable amount of time.

However, the Mate 40’s dominance might be short-lived. Yesterday, Qualcomm launched next year’s flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 888. Any future smartphone launching with the new chipset can likely blow away the Kirin 9000.

Regardless, Huawei can rest easy for now on top of AnTuTu’s ranks.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 40 Pro price and availability in the Philippines

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Samsung is developing a charger that harvests your body heat

Meant to be worn like a ring

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As far as 2020’s smartphone controversies go, nothing comes close to Apple’s disappearing charging adapters. Since the recently launched iPhone 12 series, Apple took out the free chargers normally found inside new iPhone packages. Apparently, Apple isn’t alone. Samsung is likely joining Apple in the decision soon. Much like Apple, the company is developing more revolutionary charging solutions. According to a new patent, Samsung is developing a charger that harvests your body heat.

Spotted by Dutch outlet GalaxyClub, the South Korean tech maker patented a wireless charger meant to be worn like a ring. Samsung filed the patent back in January and published the patent only today.

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The ring itself contains a tiny engine that converts kinetic energy into usable power for a device. Ideally, the charger can use both motion and body heat. Then, after converting your body’s energy, the ring transfers power to your phone as you’re holding it.

Though a convenient concept, the patent explicitly envisions a more pragmatic use for the charger, such as in survival situations with no access to power. Additionally, Samsung believes that the device can come in other form factors like bracelets, anklets, and even hair ties.

According to the source, however, the patent hasn’t made it past the drawing board yet. It might take a while before such a device makes it out in the world. As of now, wireless charging is still in its toddler years, especially when talking about charging power. Still, it’s nice to see what the future of charging can look like.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s MagSafe charger works on Samsung and Google phones

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