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Sharp Aquos S3 claims to be the most compact 6-inch phone

Stepping up the bezel-less game!

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We’re expecting Sharp’s newest bezel-less phone to be announced on March 28 but the phone unveiled itself prior to the official launch. The Aquos S3 is the latest installment of the revolutionary edge-to-edge phone series that started it all.

Sharp claims that the Aquos S3 is the most compact 6-inch smartphone to date. It measures 148.2mm tall and 74.2mm wide which makes it shorter and narrower than its nearest contender — the LG V30. The 6-inch display has an aspect ratio of 18:9, a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, and a notch. It’s just an IPS LCD panel but has an incredible contrast ratio and brightness level of 1500:1 and 550 nits, respectively.

The uber-display phone is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. So when it comes to processing power, it’s not as incredible as flagship devices. It boots up Android 8.0 Oreo with Smile UX and has a 3200mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.

As for the cameras, the phone has dual rear shooters: 12 and 13 megapixels, which is a wide and telephoto lens setup. The primary sensor has a bright f/1.75 aperture lens while the telephoto one is coupled with AI beauty for Portrait Mode. For selfies, a 16-megapixel front camera is found inside the display’s notch.

The Sharp Aquos S3 is priced at NT$ 11,990 in Taiwan or around US$ 410 when converted. Sale starts in April.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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