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The realme narzo 30A brings limitless gaming potential

Fast and long lasting, just how I like my gaming phones

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Not too long ago, realme launched their own lineup of gaming smartphones dubbed as the “narzo.” These phones weren’t simply built to be gaming powerhouses, but they possess a good amount of power. To top it all off, they even come at such great value that it’s a viable option for anyone’s first smartphone.

Now, they’re back with yet another device under the narzo line: the realme narzo 30A. They say it brings some form of limitless gaming power suited for the casual mobile gamer. If you’re not really into mobile gaming, it is supposedly a great all-around device, as well. In essence, it’s a phone that shows no bounds to how you can use it.

Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the realme narzo 30A.

New box, who this?

So, right off the bat, the realme narzo 30A now comes in a brand new box style. I guess gone are the days that we see the realme yellow-coated box for the narzo brand. Instead, we get a nice blue box with “narzo” in rather large letters. It’s a change that I am a little surprised about, considering the company has always donned the yellow box.

Another change they implemented with the box is that, well it just slides through the top or bottom ends now. Honestly, if they wanted to have a device with supposedly limitless power, this box alone subtly sold it. Inside, however, is pretty standard stuff: the device, documentation, SIM ejector tool, and charger.

Everything pretty much checks out, but I think they missed out on giving this its own silicon case. Let’s face it, much like any phone, you will drop this one a considerable amount too. It really helps to have that layer of extra protection to your phone, you know?

The phone itself is thick and shines on its own

The moment I pulled it out, I immediately noted just how thick it is. It’s the kind of thicc that makes it look like a small brick. Although, it isn’t quite as heavy as one, but just holding it alone makes you think there’s a ton of stuff they put in here. But, this wasn’t the only thing that stood out.

When you turn it to the rear side, it follows a pretty standard setup. First, it has the dual lens camera at the top left side of the phone in a square formation. Then, the fingerprint sensor rests roughly in the middle of the phone. What stands out is everything below these: the Diagonal Stripe design piece. It’s different in the sense that it doesn’t cover everything; that it actually demands your attention.

In terms of color options, the realme narzo 30A comes in two: Laser Blue and Laser Black. The unit I opened up came in Laser Black, which I’m not gonna lie is a sexy, subtle color option. Along with the Diagonal Stripe design piece, it just looks pristine in its own little way. If the Laser Blue catches your eye though, that’s all good! 

Everything under the hood

Let’s get to the meat of the phone, shall we? Inside the realme narzo 30A is a Helio G85 CPU, specifically designed for a smooth gaming experience. Also, it comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for all your games and files. All of these are powered by a 6000mAh battery, which also probably explains why it’s thicc.

realme Narzo 30A

Upon initial setup, I found the device quick and responsive while moving through realme UI 1.0. Apps run quite fast, while scrolling through social media was a breeze to do. I managed to download some competitive and casual mobile games, and so far, so good. Plus, I managed to do all of these with the battery still above 70 percent — for the most part.

Early GadgetMatch? Let’s see first.

So far, the device is showing flashes of its limitless gaming power and rocks a cool design. It poses great performance for casual use and gaming, plus it lasts relatively long while still at a full charge. From the unboxing experience to just using the phone initially, the phone screams “limitless” in its own right.

Early on, my gripe for the phone isn’t so much on the device itself but more of what it comes with. Sure, the new box style is a welcome change and all, but it would have been nice to include a silicon case in there. Other than that, I don’t have any initial worries for the phone.

Whether or not the device will continue to hold up to the limitless potential remains to be seen. From throwing multiple applications all at once to playing for much longer hours, let’s see how the realme narzo 30A stacks up.

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moto razr+ Hands-on: Flip Phone Done Right!

Or moto razr 40 ultra globally

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Meet the newest moto razr+ — or moto razr 40 ultra globally. It has all the flagship-grade hardware in a thin and compact form.

But its biggest upgrade has got to be its new full-on cover screen — and it might just be the best one yet!

Can’t wait to see how the new razr looks and feels?

Here’s our hands-on with the new moto razr+.

If you haven’t kept track of the record, motorola released two razr flip phones globally. Those are the motorola razr back in 2019, and the motorola razr 5G in 2020.

motorola (or Lenovo) then skipped the year 2021 and brought us the motorola razr 2022 — only to be sold exclusively to China.

Fast track to 2023, motorola is coming back with a whole new flip phone for the international markets! Say hello to the 2023 motorola razr family

 

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Final Cut Pro for iPad Hands-on: Game Changer!

But is it worth the subscription?

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Ever since Apple launched iPads running the ever-powerful Silicon chips like on the M1 and M2 MacBook Pros, many have wondered when will Apple put macOS onto the iPad.

While we don’t have anything like that until today, the closest thing we can have is the Final Cut Pro made specifically for the iPads.

Now, it’s finally available for download on the iPad App Store.

Starting at US$ 4.99 per month and US$ 49 annually, is it actually worth the subscription?

In this video we’ll show you all the features and tools exclusive to the new and game-changing Final Cut Pro for iPad!

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ROG Ally Hands-On: Light, white, ready to fight

Handheld gaming goodness

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ROG Ally

The ROG Ally is now official. ASUS’s handheld PC gaming console has been a hot topic for gamers leading up to its launch. We’ve had the privilege to try the ROG Ally for a little less than a day and here’s what we think of it so far. 

But first, Unboxing!

Inside the box are: 

  • ROG Ally
  • 65W PD Adapter
  • Proof of purchase, user guide, and warranty 
  • Cardboard stand

Light, white, ready to fight

The ROG Ally tips the scales at 608g. Seems hefty but ASUS did a good job with weight distribution that you don’t really feel it as much. It certainly feels like something you can use for a couple of hours without feeling strain on your hands.

The reason why it’s white is because of the polycarbonate material that they used which is naturally white. ASUS opted not to paint over it to not put on any more unnecessary weight.

The sides curve to the edges to make it easy to hold. You’ll have no trouble reaching the left and right sticks, directional pad, and face buttons. The triggers are also easy to reach but it feels a little tougher to get to the shoulder buttons. Perhaps, it just takes some getting used to.

You also have extra triggers at the bottom of the device. These are also easy to reach and can be assigned any function based on whatever you’re playing. 

As for the buttons themselves, they feel durable and tactile. I could use a little bit more click on the shoulders, but overall, have no complaints. 

Windows + Armoury Crate SE

ROG Ally

The true pain point of this thing is how Windows 11 is not at all optimized for this kind of device. Setting up and signing in to your accounts to get to your games can get a little bit cumbersome.

ASUS’ Armoury Crate software tries to help out with this, but even its “Desktop Mode” for its controllers doesn’t work as well as we hope. Thankfully, the gorgeous 1080p display is touchscreen making it a little easier to navigate the tiny Windows screen that you have to work with. 

Microsoft is reportedly already working on a version of Windows that supports this particular form factor. Anyone trying the ROG Ally right now will tell you that it can’t come soon enough. 

The sooner they can get something like Steam’s Big Picture mode running, the better for every manufacturer looking into making this kind of device. 

All your games, all the time

Speaking of Steam, the ROG Ally does deliver on the promise of making all of your PC games available to you all the time. When you fire it up, Armoury Crate launches right away. From there, you can access both Steam and the Xbox Game Pass Apps right away.

Like Windows, launching and moving around the Xbox Game Pass app isn’t intuitive. Microsoft really has their work cutout for them in developing a Windows Handheld mode. 

What’s interesting is that launching Steam takes you directly to Steam Deck mode. In fact, the app thinks you’re using a Steam Deck, even showing ‘Verified’ tags for games that have been tested to work well on Valve’s own handheld console. 

In our limited time so far, we’ve played Dragon Ball FighterZ and NBA 2K22 on Steam. On Xbox Game Pass, we tried Hi-Fi Rush and Doom Eternal. That’s a couple of hours jumping through four games, but all of them ran well. There was no noticeable screen tearing or hiccups. That’s a testament to both the AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Chip as well as the multiple display tech meant to help run games smoothly. 

We’ll have more detailed tests on the review. 

Oh and the front-firing speakers sound great. So good that I didn’t mind watching the “No Return” fancam of LE SSERAFIM Chaewon on it. 🫶🏼

ROG Ally Specs 

Some of it has been leaked, but here’s the actual, official specs of the ROG Ally.  

Model 

RC71L

CPU AMD Ryzen™ Z1 Processor 

  • 4nm 
  • Zen 4/ 6 cores & 12 threads 
  • 22M cache 
  • CPU Clock: up to 4.90 GHz 

AMD Ryzen™ Z1 Extreme Processor 

      • 4nm 
      • Zen 4/ 8 core & 16 threads  
      • 24M cache 
      • CPU Clock: up to 5.10 Ghz 
      • TDP: 9 – 30 watts
GPU With AMD Ryzen™ Z1 Config: 

  • AMD Radeon™ Graphics 
  • RDNA 3 & 4G RAM capacity/ 2.8 Tflops 
  • 4 CU 
  • GPU clock: 2.5GHz 

With AMD Ryzen Z1 Extreme Config: 

  • AMD Radeon™ Graphics 
  • RDNA3 & 4G RAM capacity / 8.6 TFlops 
  • 12 CU 
  • GPU Clock: 2.7GHz
Panel Full HD (1920 x 1080), 120 Hz / 7 ms eDP1.4b, 500 nits, IPS-panel, 100%  sRGB, FreeSync™ Premium, Gorilla® Glass Victus™ and Gorilla® Glass DXC,  10-point Touchscreen 

Gyro support

Memory  16GB (LPDDR5 6400Mhz) dual channel LPDDR5 8GBx2 on board  memory
Audio  2 x 1W speakers with smart amp technology, Dolby Atmos®, Hi-Res Audio,  AI Noise Cancellation
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth  WiFi 6E (802.11ax) / Bluetooth® v5.2 
Storage M.2 NVMe 2230 Gen4x4 SSD 256GB (for Z1 config)  

512GB (for Z1 Extreme config) 

+SD card slot UHS-2

I/O PORT ROG XG Mobile interface (8PCI express lanes) and USB Type-C  combo port (with USB 3.2 Gen2, DP 1.4 support) — (1x)

3.5mm Audio jack — (1x)

Micro SD slot (UHS-II, Micro SD 4.0) — (1x)

Battery  40Wh
Adapter  65W PD adapter, supports pass through charging
Dimensions  280.44 * 111.18 * 21.22 mm

608g

Price and availability 

ROG Ally

The ROG Ally Z1 Extreme retails for US$ 699. The ROG Ally Z1 variant retails for US$ 599. Pre-orders begin on May 11. It will be available for sale worldwide on June 13, 2023. 

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