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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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PUBG Mobile has a host of surprise gifts this Diwali

Burst in-game crackers!

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Diwali is a very auspicious festival in the Hindu calendar and is comparable to Christmas in India. With the onset of the festive season, everyone is on a shopping spree. Companies are gearing up to send out gifts and streets will be lit up with diyas and lanterns.

The country is also one of the largest markets for PUBG Mobile, and the brand intends to leverage the festive season this year. The game has announced a plethora of in-game offerings as well as physical gifts.

Starting October 19, ‘Diwali Dhamaka Event’ will go live in the game and players need to complete daily missions to collect ‘Diwali Sparklers,’ which can be used to ‘Burst Crackers.’ Bursting these crackers will get you ‘Gift Tokens’ that can be redeemed for exclusive in-game items.

For reference, bursting crackers has been a tradition during Diwali. However, everyone is urged to refrain from bursting actual crackers because it leads to massive air pollution. A virtual celebration is best for everyone.

Progressing up the ladder, there will be three levels and each will offer you up to 25 tokens. Once all the Gift Tokens are collected, players will get a Diwali special in-game item for free. Additionally, few lucky winners will also stand a chance to win physical rewards like TVS Apache Bike, OPPO Phones, gold coins, and more.

In-game offering currently includes a Kurta Pajama Set (traditional clothes worn during Diwali), Cricket Costume, Future Policewoman set, Lobster Set, AWM/M416 gun skins, Crate Coupons, and more. The festivities will be available in-game till November 4.

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Blizzard is banning pro-HK Twitch viewers

Don’t say “Free Hong Kong”

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The war against Chinese favoritism continues. Following a massive controversy a few weeks ago, Blizzard shows that it has not learned its lesson at all. The video game publisher is reportedly banning pro-Hong Kong viewers from its Twitch channel.

Blizzard’s games are particularly popular on the streaming platform. Thousands of streamers play World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone on Twitch daily. Naturally, Blizzard has capitalized on this trend. Blizzard’s official Twitch accounts broadcast sanctioned tournaments regularly.

This year, Hearthstone’s official account (PlayHearthstone) broadcasted the Master Tour, an international Hearthstone tournament. The most recent European leg is currently ongoing on the platform. That said, the stream’s chatroom was (and is) a huge minefield. Thousands of viewers typed in pro-Hong Kong messages in chat. The outpouring comes from both Hong Kong supporters and dissenters against Blizzard’s blatant pro-China stance.

However, Blizzard already has Twitch on lockdown. As reported by Dot Esports, anyone who typed “Free Hong Kong” automatically received a 24-hour ban from the chatroom. (Though they can still watch, banned users cannot participate in the chatroom for the allotted time.) Moderators also instantly deleted the “offensive” messages.

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At the very least, Blizzard isn’t using an automated program to control the chat’s speech. Days after a live match, PlayHearthstone rebroadcasted the same match on the channel. Apparently, a rerun did not warrant enough moderation from Blizzard. During the rerun, thousands of pro-Hong Kong messages flashed in the chatroom without deletion or banning. Blizzard is still taking things manually.

Regardless, the company’s recent censorship is another nail in Blizzard’s made-in-China coffin. Previously, Blizzard penalized the winner of a Hearthstone tournament for including pro-Hong Kong protests in his victory speech. After an ambiguous apology note, the company eased on the punishment and reiterated that China was not involved in the decision.

SEE ALSO: Blizzard is taking their other titles to your mobile

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Motorola could launch a foldable Razr phone

Could be announced next month

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Remember the iconic Razr phone? Back then, a foldable phone had a different meaning and consisted of a hinge that separated the screen and keyboard. Today, thanks to bendable display technology, our definition of a folding phone have changed completely.

However, the feeling of picking up a call by opening the phone with a flip is unmatchable. And, Motorola may be bringing back all that nostalgia with a new “Razr” branded phone.

The company has sent out invitations to an event on November 13 that will feature a “highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon.” Accompanying the invitation was an animated gif depicting the original Razr phone hinge design.

The Razr reboot has become one of the most anticipated smartphone releases among gadget enthusiasts. Its iconic flip became a cultural icon which made everyone wanted a Motorola flip phone.

There is a possibility the phone could feature a bendable display that opens up vertically. A report by The Wall Street Journal early this year stated that Motorola could be working on a reboot and plans on making a limited number of units. Each could sell for as much as US$ 1,500.

These retro reboots have worked quite well for other brands like HMD Global, who’s popular for launching classic Nokia-branded phones with modern features. Even BlackBerry has been experimenting with its keyboard and launched the Key2 last year.

With Huawei Mate X delayed and Galaxy Fold having its own set of problems, Motorola could have a shot at taking on Huawei and Samsung.

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