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Smart unveils first 5G gaming hub, speed peaks at 1Gbps

Ready for cloud gaming!

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Smart Communications has unveiled its first 5G-powered gaming hub in the Philippines. Situated at Gariath Concepts sports venue in Quezon City, the deployed 5G connection’s speed peaks at 1Gbps.

An important milestone

To test its speed, Smart hosted the country’s first crossplay match via cloud gaming and gathered esports athletes to partake in the competition.

PLDT-Smart Omega armed its players with 5G-certified handsets and competed with Team LuponWxC playing through their gaming PCs. The athletes played a DoTA 2 match via cloud gaming, where PLDT-Smart Omega was victorious with a score of 34-6.

Cloud Gaming

In Europe and America, Cloud gaming is becoming popular. Cloud gaming streams a game through cloud services letting you play a multitude of gaming titles no matter what device you’re on.

People can play their favorite games even with just a smartphone, as long as they’re using a fast and stable internet connection. No more relying on a gaming console or desktop computers.

Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s XCloud, and NVIDIA’s GeForce Now are prime examples of game streaming services that offer cloud gaming.

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Qualcomm tipped to launch Snapdragon 775 this month

5G for the midrange

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As expected, the ongoing chip race is heating up. Headlined by Qualcomm and Samsung’s Exynos, the chipset industry has made aggressive pushes towards expansive product lineups, especially in the 5G arena. However, now that the flagship segment has enjoyed its time under the spotlight, it’s time for the midrange to step up. According to a new leak, Qualcomm is gearing up for a Snapdragon 775 launch sometime this month.

Through a leaked internal presentation, Qualcomm has inadvertently revealed the successor to its midrange Snapdragon 765 series. Based on the document, the Snapdragon 775 series — composed of the regular 775 and 775G — will round out Qualcomm’s chipset offerings for the year.

As expected, the series will come in the emerging 5nm architecture. It will also sport 5G and Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. Unfortunately, the leak does not reveal what type of power the chipset will put out. The document merely hints at a Kryo 6xx CPU. In terms of camera, the chipset can power three 28-megapixel cameras at the same time. It can also support a 64-megapixel + 20-megapixel camera combination at 30fps. If configured right, it can also support 4K resolution, 60fps video shooting.

According to the leak, the series will launch sometime before the end of the month. Its predecessor, the Snapdragon 765 does need a much-deserved upgrade. Once it launches, the Snapdragon 775 will likely power the next generation of midrange handsets. However, the chipset’s name is not set in stone yet. Notably, the new Snapdragon 888 series skipped its predecessor’s naming conventions for an entirely new one. The unlaunched midrange chipset could follow suit.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Sound for hi-fi wireless audio

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OPPO is now the number one Chinese smartphone brand

Overtaking Huawei

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Because of the past few years, Huawei’s former dominance atop the smartphone rankings has drastically collapsed. Already, Huawei has already lost its lead as the world’s bestselling smartphone brand. Naturally, Huawei’s woes aren’t over, especially since the new Biden administration will likely keep the previous one’s anti-China bans. Now, Huawei’s fall is even worse. OPPO has overtaken Huawei as the number one Chinese smartphone brand.

Reported by Counterpoint Research, OPPO has captured 21 percent of the smartphone market in China. Vivo takes second place with 20 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi share the third sport with only 16 percent of the market apiece. Since Huawei’s decline, competing Chinese smartphones has rushed in to fill the power vacuum. Likewise, especially with the Reno series, OPPO has rapidly expanded across the board.

Contributing to its downward spiral, Huawei has successfully sold off its sub-brand Honor recently. Though Huawei has certainly suffered from the sale, Honor’s emancipation enabled it to survive America’s bans and thrive on its own. The current rankings have stopped lumping Huawei and Honor into the same spot.

Besides being the top Chinese smartphone brand, OPPO is also the second bestselling 5G smartphone brand in China. Back in 2020, 65 percent of all smartphone sales were 5G-compatible.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Find X3 Pro coming soon

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Alphabet’s Wolverine can isolate voices in a crowded room

Google has not confirmed the device

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Do you miss going to concerts? Though raving with a crowd has always been fun, one thing we don’t miss is not hearing what your friends are saying amid the loud music. Fortunately, audio technology is ramping up how humans hear things. According to a report, Alphabet is developing a wearable called Wolverine that can isolate voices in a crowded room.

Based on a report from Business Insider, Alphabet’s X, the company’s moonshot lab, is secretly developing the wearable behind closed doors. Supposedly, the upcoming wearable can pick out a specific voice in a crowded room and amplify it for the wearable. Ideally, it can help you talk to other people in a crowded room — provided both parties are wearing the same wearable, of course.

Unfortunately, the report has not revealed how the device specifically look like or work. Further, the company has not confirmed anything about the wearable’s development. Likewise, we don’t know if it’s a consumer device or a more professional one. The technology is also useful for producers and performers during a show.

Regardless, the Wolverine concept is a unique and useful one, especially for hanging out with friends in a crowded setting like in a concert or a convention. Obviously, the technology comes at an interesting time when the world is still hoping to bounce back from the socially distant pandemic.

SEE ALSO: Google completes acquisition of Fitbit despite antitrust probes

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