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Realme 2 and 2 Pro launch in Southeast Asia

Aimed at the youth market

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As far as spin-offs go, Realme looks to be heading in the right direction.

After launching the budget-friendly Realme 2 and Realme 2 Pro in India, the company which was initially an OPPO sub-brand is setting its sights on Southeast Asia. At an event held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Realme launched the two phones which are aimed squarely at the youth market.

Realme is marketing their phones as “Power meets Style.” The Realme 2 Pro is taking care of the power part with a Snapdragon 660 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB thanks to a microSD card slot. It has a 3500mAh battery to power you through the day. There will also be 4GB and 6GB RAM variants.

As for style, the Realme 2 will come in three colors: Black, Blue, and Red, and will sport a diamond-cut-looking design on its back similar to the one first seen on the OPPO F7.

Cameras for portraits and selfies

The cameras seem standard enough for 2018. The Realme 2 sports a 13- and 2-megapixel dual-camera setup while the front-facing camera has 8 megapixels. It’s packed with features like portrait mode, beauty mode, and AR stickers. The Realme 2 Pro takes it up a notch (yes, it does have a notch) with a 16MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and a secondary 2MP depth sensor with an f/2 aperture. The selfie camera is 16MP and supports AI-powered beauty mode and smart HDR.

Both phones will run on Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS on top.

New entry-level king

Realme also announced a new entry-level phone — the Realme C1. It will sport the dewdrop notch just like the Realme 2 Pro’s, but the specs are more comparable to the Realme 2: 6.2-inch display, 13MP + 2MP dual cameras, 4230mAh battery, 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage.

Pricing and availability

As of posting, we only have the pricing and availability for Indonesia:

Realme 2 Pro (October 23 through Lazada)
4GB + 64GB: IDR 2,899,000
6GB + 64GB: IDR 3,299,000
8GB + 128GB: IDR 3,699,00

Realme 2 (October 16 through Lazada)
3GB + 32GB: IDR 1,999,000
4GB + 64GB: IDR 2,399,000

Realme C1
2GB + 16GB: IDR 1,499,000 with special sale on November 11 at IDR 1,399,000

We’ll update with the prices for the rest of Southeast Asia as soon as we get the information.

CES 2021

Kingston launches new NVMe SSDs, Workflow Station and Readers

Featuring blazing fast speeds and large storage capacities

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For CES 2021, Kingston has launched new SSDs designed for content creators and everyday consumers. There are also brand-new Workflow Station and Readers introduced that should simplify data management and storage.

The biggest change to the upcoming SSDs is the switch to the faster NVMe interface. All of Kingston’s recently-launched SSDs will come with faster read and write speeds as a result of this change, greatly benefiting the users.

Headlining the new SSD portfolio is Kingston’s Ghost Tree SSD. It features a claimed read and write speed of 7GBs made possible by switching to the newer PCIe 4.0. It will come in different capacities ranging from 1TB to 4TB. Professional content creators should benefit greatly from the blazing-fast performance that this SSD affords.

Meanwhile, everyday consumers can also reap the benefits of NVMe with the NV series. Kingston touts it as an entry-level series utilizing PCIe 3.0 with storage capacities reaching up to 2TB.

There’s also a new external storage solution from Kingston — the X200 external drive. Like the newer external SSDs in the market, this one comes with USB Type-C that allows for transfer speeds of up to 2GB. It comes in different capacities ranging from 500GB to 2TB.

Finally, there’s an SSD designed for enterprise. The DC1500M is a substantial update to DC1000M, adding support for multi-namespaces. It also connects via U.2 interface, which is a newer interface designed primarily for the enterprise sector. Geared towards data-intensive workloads, Kingston touts its needs primarily in cloud computing, web hosting, and virtual infrastructures.

New Workflow Station and Readers

Rounding up Kingston’s CES 2021 announcements is the Workflow Station and Readers. One of its highlight features is the ability to customize the file offload setup allowing for greater flexibility in transferring files, audio, images, videos, and more from multiple sources. It can also simultaneously connect to USB hubs, SD, and microSD card readers.

Alternatively, users can use it as a standalone reader by connecting it to their laptops via a USB Type-C cable.

Price and availability

Kingston hasn’t announced the prices for the newly launched SSDs. However, all of these should come later in many markets globally. Interested users should follow Kingston for updates on prices and availability o their markets.

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Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

But MagSafe will make a comeback!

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Apple could be planning a major revamp of the MacBook Pro lineup, and it’s expected to go official in the third quarter of 2021. Interestingly, the redesign will include removing the Touch Bar and the return of the MagSafe charging port.

According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, this will be the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since 2016. Furthermore, it’ll have square-off sides like the iPhone 12, flatter top and bottom panels, and brighter screens.

It’ll be available in two sizes — 14-inch and 16-inch. And yes, they’ll feature Apple’s in-house processors that leverage Arm architecture. There will not be an Intel option, and Apple’s next-generation chipsets will power it. They’re expected to feature more cores and enhanced graphics.

At the end of November 2020, a MacBook Pro 16-inch with 12-core Apple M1X processor was tipped to be even more powerful than the M1 processor. Earlier that month, a MacBook Pro 14-ich model with Apple’s M1 processor was also tipped.

A report by TechRadar suggested that the 16-inch MacBook Pro model looks a bit slimmer. This could be due to the processor’s efficiency since it doesn’t need aggressive cooling like Intel-powered options.

Most importantly, though, Apple is going old-school and bringing some of the features we’ve always loved. The pill-shaped MagSafe charging connector could make a comeback, and physical function keys could replace the digital Touch Bar. Kuo has also hinted that Apple could provide ports generously to reduce dependence on dongles.

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Bravely Default II preorder final demo now available

A must-play!

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Bravely Default II is a Japanese fantasy RPG with lovely art styles reminiscent of a refined version to early Final Fantasy releases. The series gameplay uses the usual turn-based battle system and job system. But, the series is more notable for integrating options to combine and customize job abilities, battle speed, and enemy encounter rates.

Bravely Default II is the newest addition to the Bravely series. So, what’s new? Bravely Default II lets you step into a brand-new world with four new heroes, new stories, and new job roles.

This iteration features a young sailor, Seth, who washes up the shores of one of the five mighty kingdoms of the continent. He encounters an escaped princess, Gloria of Musa, and they both venture out to meet more travellers seeking the truth to their world.

If you’re into RPGs or a fan of the Bravely series, this is the game release to look forward to. The game keeps its charming mechanics while piling on new features so if you want or need a taste of the game, the final demo is out now. Although, you won’t be waiting much longer for the game’s full release because it looking to be released on February 26 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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