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Samsung might drop long-standing features on the Galaxy Note 10

Hopefully for the better

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has always been the go-to smartphone for demanding power users. Not only are they large and full of battery power, but they also offer every feature you could think of each year they come out.

That outlook could change, however, with the latest rumors saying that the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 might drop the 3.5mm audio port in favor of more internal room for other features. That’s the same reason other manufacturers gave to justify their dismissal of the feature.

Recently, both consumers and tech reviewers praised the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S10 for being the rare flagships that still own a headphone/speaker port. Although we’re gradually moving toward a truly wireless future, the presence of the legacy feature has been making the transition much more comfortable.

Falling on the number ten — though not a 10th-anniversary model because the first Galaxy Note released in 2011 — Samsung is sure to throw in more distinct features. One may be the removal of yet another long-standing feature: physical buttons.

Rumors point to the possibility that Samsung might go for flat capacitive buttons on the Galaxy Note 10 for power and volume control (and possibly the Bixby button). Rest assured, the S Pen will definitely make its return.

We’ve seen other manufacturers remove buttons and holes on their own smartphones, so it’ll be interesting to see how Samsung strikes the proper balance between innovation and fitting in a large battery.

If Samsung manages to maintain its release cycle, the Galaxy Note 10 should see an August unveiling. Hopefully, it won’t experience the same struggles the Galaxy Fold endured.

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Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s new console

Formerly known as Project Scarlett

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With millions of eyes glued to the Game Awards, Microsoft took the opportunity to unveil their latest console. Formerly known as Project Scarlett, the gaming console now has an official name — Xbox Series X.

The Xbox Series X has a custom-designed CPU that’s based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA Architecture. Speaking of CPU, that’s exactly what the console looks like. Despite it looking like most CPU Towers, the console can be positioned both vertically and horizontally.

Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer claims the new console it will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.” It’s also using an SSD which should boost load times. It’s also capable of 8K gaming with frame rates of up to 120 FPS as well as ray tracing.

Spencer confirmed with GameSpot that it the Xbox Series X is backwards compatible. It will support games you can play on the Xbox One and will also have support for accessories sold for earlier versions of the console.

There’s no word yet on exact pricing and availabilty but they did say it will come just ahead of the holiday shopping season in 2020. This puts it squarely around the time of the PlayStation 5’s release date. Exciting times ahead for console gamers!

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Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!

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It’s finally here! The much anticipated Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro are finally in the Philippines.

First announced back in July, the Black Shark 2 is a much anticipated gaming smartphone. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. However, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its major competitor — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — which has a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PhP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 28,990).

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variants: 8GB/128GB (PhP 27,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 33,490).

The phones will be available in select Mi Stores: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia starting December 13.

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Resident Evil 3 gets its remake, available Q2 2020

Remade into horror and glory

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PlayStation saved the best announcement as its second to the last for its final State of Play. One of the most popular survival horror franchises gets another remake since its release 20 years ago. Capcom wants to take everyone back to Raccoon City in its full, high definition glory in Resident Evil 3.

Revisit the story of Jill Valentine as you venture through the virus-infected city in this modern remake. Avid followers of the multitude of Resident Evil games will enjoy the improved visuals while enjoying the same style of shoulder-perspective gameplay. Capcom programmed the entire remake on their own RE Engine, the engine responsible for Devil May Cry 5.

Apart from that, Capcom also announced Resident Evil: Project Resistance – a 4v1 multiplayer mode within Resident Evil 3. It features similar gameplay to that of Resident Evil 2, as players turn into survivors at the mercy of a Mastermind. Early talks suggested that it would be a separate title, but will now be part of the Resident Evil 3 remake.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on April 3, 2020. PlayStation is already taking in pre-orders for the game as early as now.

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