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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.

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Google is working on a snoring, coughing detector

Might show up for the Pixel first

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Snoring can be a curse for you and the people you sleep with. Unfortunately, outside of anecdotal evidence, it’s hard to pinpoint how bad snoring can get. Some devices have developed features to detect and measure snoring. Google, joining other companies with the feature, is reportedly developing snore and cough detection for the Pixel.

First reported by 9to5Google, Google Health Studies added a new study exclusive for Google employees. The study specifically revolves around collecting audio during sleep. Google also explains that the study will eventually help Android build features that can help users fix their sleep quality.

According to the source, the upcoming detector will be a “bedside feature” that will measure nocturnal snoring and coughing. However, despite recording audio, it still promises to have the user’s privacy in mind. It’s expected that the feature will drop for the Pixel first before moving on to other Android devices.

Snoring detection isn’t new, of course. In fact, Google is already familiar with the feature, since Fitbit, a company that Google owns, offers the feature for some of its smartwatches. In Fitbit’s case, the feature contributes to the wearable’s entire suite of wellness tracking.

However, it’s a double-edged sword. While the feature can be helpful, it’s also a massive battery drain, since it requires the device’s power the entire night. Hopefully, battery efficiency is a focus in Google’s eventual take on the feature.

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PSVR2 is launching with over 20 major games

Horizon VR game still headlines

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Samsung had a lot to say during its latest investors meeting. Besides unveiling its general plans for the future, the company also teased the devices that are coming in the near future. For a while now, that future lineup includes the PSVR2. If you were thinking of buying the virtual reality wearable for yourself, Sony has good news for you. The PSVR2 will have over 20 major titles on launch.

Naturally, if you buy a pricey piece of hardware, you usually want it to come with a good set of ways to use it. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with new gaming devices. For example, the PlayStation 5, despite being out for almost two years, still doesn’t have the most expansive lineup of games that every gamer must play.

Thankfully, the PSVR2 won’t follow in the same, sparse footsteps of the gaming console. According to the meeting (via Video Games Chronicle), the wearable will launch with over 20 first- and third-party games. The headliner is still Call of the Mountain set in the Horizon universe, of course. Unfortunately, the presentation didn’t reveal any other games in the lineup.

If anything, virtual reality gaming has been growing for a while now. In recent history, the market has seen notable titles like Half-Life: Alyx and Beat Saber.

After facing a potential delay, the PSVR2 is expected to launch sometime next year.

SEE ALSO: PSVR2 might be delayed to next year, report says

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Foldable Pixel reportedly delayed to next year

Google isn’t happy

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For years, Samsung has been the most dominant force in the foldables market. Though other brands, especially Chinese ones, have brought their own devices to the table, Samsung’s lineup of foldables are undeniably strong, flaws and all. That said, other giants are working on their own entrants. However, it will take a lot longer before the crowd really fills up. According to reports, Google has postponed its own foldable Pixel for next year.

Reported by TheElec, Google has reportedly decided to delay the first foldable Pixel. The company was supposedly unhappy with the current iteration of its prototypes. The next target launch window is next spring. Notably, the device, which has been in development since last year, is sourcing its screen from Samsung Display.

Currently, not much is known about the foldable device yet. Previous reports have speculated on a 7.57-inch main screen (and a 5.78-inch screen when folded), though. A more recent one has also dropped “Pixel Notepad” as a potential name for the device.

Regardless of the status of its foldable Pixel, Google is enjoying a lot of success with its new lineup of smartphones. Last year, the Pixel 6 series refreshed the company’s slate of devices, bringing new hype for the company. This year, Google is continuing that trend with the Pixel 6a and the upcoming Pixel 7 series.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Google foldable might be called Pixel Notepad

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