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Samsung announces the world’s first holed smartphone

Named the Galaxy A8s

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When Stephen Curry starts banking impossible threes, you’re in for an absolute show. Likewise, when a technology company starts hammering home tons of new developments, you’re in for a wave of hype. Whatever your choice of playmaker is, it shouldn’t get in the way of an outstanding game.

Like Curry, Samsung has found its rhythm as of late. Despite winding down the year, the company has jumpstarted the hype train early for next year. Already, they are reportedly developing multiple new form factors. These include a foldable smartphone, fully integrated screen, and all-screen fingerprint reader.

As of today, add another one to that growing list. After officially announcing the Galaxy A6s and A9s, Samsung teased an entirely new form factor for the future. Named the Galaxy A8s, the new smartphone will tout a hole on the display, rather than an unsightly notch.

More specifically, the smartphone’s display will sport a tiny hole on the upper-left corner. The hole will house the phone’s front-facing camera. Presumably, the sensors will sit around this area. Regardless, the new design will minimize, if not eliminate, the phone’s bezels.

Of course, with today’s current designs, the phone might still have a tiny top chin for sensors. However, Samsung is concurrently developing a solution for this. According to other reports, the company is creating a fully integrated screen that buries the sensors underneath the screen.

With the announcement, Samsung overtakes Huawei in formally announcing a holed phone. Previously, Huawei was reportedly building a phone with the same form factor. Sadly, the company hasn’t announced anything regarding this development.

For now, the future Samsung Galaxy A8s brings this form factor into reality. Unfortunately, Samsung has not added any more details about the phone. As of now, Samsung’s holed phone remains a distant (but assured) point in the future.

SEE ALSO: Samsung teases its foldable smartphone’s launch date

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There’s a new Jollibee app and you need to download it!

Yes, the fastfood chain. The one with Chicken Joy

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Jolibee App

Bida ang saya! It’s now easier than ever to satisfy your Jolibee cravings. Coming our way via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store is the all new Jolibee app.

The app is home to features that will make for a more joyful, fast, and convenient online ordering experience. There will also be exclusive promos that you need to watch out for. The UI is user-friendly and there’s also a store locator that tells which branches are nearest you.

You can order to receive right away but you can also do your future self a favor by ordering in advance with the app’s Scheduled Deliveries feature.

Jollibee favorites make a comeback

Aside from the new app announcement, Jollibee also brought back two fan favorites to their menu — The Champ burger and the Ultimate Burger Steak.

 

ULTIMATE Burger Steak is back! Enjoy this ultimate rice meal in select stores in Luzon via the new Jollibee App,…

Posted by Jollibee on Thursday, October 29, 2020

Go ahead. Order them both on the Jollibee app. We won’t judge. 😉

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AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series announced

Undercutting NVIDIA significantly

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AMD has unveiled three new graphics cards under the Radeon RX 6000 series — AMD Radeon RX 6800, AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, and the flagship AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

The coming months will be fascinating for the gaming community since NVIDIA has announced its new RTX 3000 series, and gaming consoles like Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and the PlayStation 5 the stores soon. AMD was playing catch-up for the last few years against NVIDIA, but this could finally change.

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

The Radeon RX 6800 XT’s big specs include 72 compute units, 16GB of DDR6 video memory, 2,015MHz game clock, or 2,250MHz boost, and 128MB Infinity Cache. The chipset intends to deliver 4K gaming at the highest settings. It will compete directly with the NVIDIA RTX 3080 while consuming lesser power.

While NVIDIA’s chip costs US$ 699, AMD is going for an aggressive price of US$ 649. Sales of AMD could also rise because the RTX 3080 has been running short on supply and cannot actually fulfill the high demand. AMD can use this supply-chain gap to its benefit.

AMD Radeon RX 6800

On the other hand, the Radeon RX 6800 has 60 compute units, a game clock of 1,815 MHz, and a boost of 2,105 MHz. The cache and memory remain the same as the RX 6800 XT. It’s priced at US$ 579 and goes up against NVIDIA’s RTX 3070 that’s priced at US$ 499.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

Lastly, the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT leverages the Big Navi GPUs that are based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture. It offers up to 65 percent better performance per watt. In terms of technical specs, it has 80 compute units, 2,015 game clock, and 2,250 boost clock.

With a smaller form factor and lower thermal design power, the RX 6900 XT not only seems to be an excellent alternative to RTX 3090 but also cost a lot lesser. It’ll cost US$ 999, a whopping US$ 500 discount from NVIDIA’s marked price. It’ll be available for purchase from December 8.

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Huawei Y7a quad-cameras on a budget now official

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Huawei Y7a

The avalanche of phones continues. This time, it’s a budget offering from Huawei — the Huawei Y7a.

It’s powered by the Kirin 710A chip that’s supported by 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Storage is expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD card. It also has a 5000mAh battery with support for 22.5W SuperCharge.

Elsewhere on the phone is a 6.67-inch display. Housed in a punch-hole on the middle top area is an 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera. On the rear you have a quad-camera setup: 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro. The usual budget setup these days.

It’s running EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10. Apps are available via the App Gallery or Petal Search.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Y7a will come in Crush Green, Midnight Black, and Blush Gold. It will retail for PhP 8,990. It’s available for pre-order today online via the Huawei Store, Lazada, and Shopee, or offline at Huawei Experience Stores and various retail partners.

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