Samsung Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage hits Asia



We’ve been aware of a Galaxy S8+ variant with 6GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage (instead of the original’s 4GB and 64GB, respectively), but availability had been limited to China and South Korea. Now, the souped-up Samsung flagship reached another part of Asia.

As expected, the improved (and more expensive) Galaxy S8+ is finally available in Hong Kong. It’ll go for HKD 6,998 or almost $900 and begin rolling out on May 25. In case you’re wondering: No, the smaller Galaxy S8 doesn’t have such a variant yet.

This could signal the shipping to more Asian countries in the coming months. Samsung has been quiet about such plans, but the good news is the unit being sold in Hong Kong is free of network carrier locking, so it should work in other parts of the world.

While this Galaxy S8+ is admittedly expensive — $50 more than the regular version — having additional gigs does make a difference, as evident in our experiences with the 6GB memory-equipped OnePlus 3T and Xiaomi Mi Mix.

SEE ALSO: What’s the difference between RAM and internal storage?

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By having more RAM or Random Access Memory, you’ll be able to multitask with more apps and games at once; plus, apps running in the background would stay on a little longer than on smartphones with less memory.

As for doubling the built-in storage, well, that means you can keep more photos, apps, music, documents, and the like in your handset without having to back up to a computer or upload to cloud storage for freeing up space.

Everything else on this Galaxy S8+ variant is identical to the original, from the Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 processor to the 6.2-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and Pixel-beating cameras.

SEE ALSO: Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now available in China

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Source: SamMobile


Philips launches Professional Soundbar dedicated for hotel rooms

Designed for MediaSuite TVs



Philips Professional Soundbar

Philips has ventured into the soundbar business with the global launch of the Philips Professional Soundbar (HAL5023) that brings powerful cinematic audio experiences in hotel rooms.

The two-in-one soundbar comes with a built-in subwoofer that has been designed and configured exclusively to suit Philips’ MediaSuite TVs, delivering a better and more immersive entertainment experience.

The device was built in collaboration with TP Vision’s Philips sound team; it features a professional 2.1 channel setup. It is designed to be installed effortlessly as either a freestanding or wall-mountable soundbar.

Afterwards, users may easily configure the soundbar’s settings using the professional setup menu on the Philips MediaSuite TV.

All other related settings can be quickly copied and transferred to the entire TV fleet remotely through cloning via PPDS CMND.

Control your experience

The newly-released soundbar can be controlled using the standard MediaSuite TV remote, eliminating the need for another controller.

It can also double as a high-end speaker for guests wishing to play any song, podcast, video, or audio file out loud on their personal devices, via Bluetooth or the built-in Chromecast technology on the MediaSuite TV.

The soundbar also comes with a power adapter so that only one power outlet is used, along with the TV.

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Acer launches Nitro V 15 laptop

Gaming made more accessible



Acer Nitro V 15

Acer unveiled the new Nitro V 15 gaming laptop which is a reliable device for gaming, content creation, video-editing and multi-tasking on the go. 

The Acer Nitro V 15 is equipped with up to the latest 13th Intel Core i7 processors. It’s designed with the most advanced hybrid architecture yet. It has up to a GeForce RTX 4050 GPU, up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM. There’s also up to 2TB of PCIe storage.

The laptop has a 15.6-inch full HD display. You get up to a 165Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

This is paired with DTS X: Ultra for enhanced sound placement, acoustics. You get a more fine-tuned sound that fits the game genre of choice.

The device also features dual rotating fans and a dual-intake cooling system. It has strategically-placed vents to keep its internals battle ready for prolonged periods.

Users may also download the NitroSense utility app to customize game settings conveniently at their fingertips.

For those opting to work with the Nitro V 15, there are AI solutions like Acer Purified View and Purified Voice technology for higher-quality video calls.

Connectivity-wise, the laptop supports Wi-Fi 6 while its I/O ports include a Thunderbolt 4 for charging, data transfer, video displays, and more.

Price and availability

Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. Customers are encouraged to contact their local Acer office via

The Acer Nitro V 15 comes with one month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.


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YouTube launches AI-powered video-editing app for creators

YouTube Create



YouTube Create
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YouTube has unveiled a new video-editing app that leverages the power of AI technology to help creators. The beta version of YouTube Create is now available on Android in select markets.

The app is free of charge and is designed to make video production for Shorts or even lengthier content much more simple and easier.

Among the app’s tools are:

  • precision editing and trimming
  • automatic captioning
  • voiceover capabilities
  • access to a library of filters, effects, and transitions
  • royalty-free music with beat matching technology

More services on the YouTube Create app utilize AI technology like the assistive search on Creator Music and automatic dubbing with Aloud.

Meanwhile, users will be able to test Dream Screen on Shorts later in the year. 

Dream Screen will be an experimental feature that allows anyone to create an AI-generated video or image background by simply typing an idea into a prompt, to complement their Shorts.

In the future, YouTube is also looking at users being able to mix existing videos or content with this feature.

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