News

Sony is working on a rollable smartphone

Will the Xperia rise again?

Published

on

Image source: SlashGear

After a failed debut, the foldable smartphone is ready to give it another go. Samsung and Huawei are gearing for a new launch date sometime in the fall. Soon, keen consumers can finally buy the Galaxy Fold or the Mate X. Previously, both companies suffered critical hitches before their initial launches, prompting a much-needed redesign.

However, the wheels of innovation never stop. Bypassing the current foldable revolution, Japanese tech maker Sony is working a whole new form factor. According to tech leaker Max J, the company is testing a rollable phone prototype. The experiment Xperia model will tout a new “nautilus” design.

Supposedly, it uses flexible LG Display technology. Earlier this year, LG debuted a rollable OLED TV at CES 2019. The Korean company has already perfected the technology elsewhere. Sony will pioneer the new display for the smartphone market.

Underneath, the rollable prototype will carry a Qualcomm SM7250 chipset, a 10x zoom camera, and a 3220mAh battery. However, the final retail version will likely have a more powerful Snapdragon 855 processor. It will also have a Qualcomm X50 modem, prepping for 5G connectivity. Unfortunately, the prototype’s design will constrain its hardware. The phone’s current hardware is only a shade of today’s modern standards.

Sony’s future Xperia is a work in progress. As such, the prototype has a lot of unknowns. For one, will the prototype completely roll into a scroll? Can it double as a smartwatch? As with most pioneering innovations, the rollable smartphone will need a lot of time to marinate.

At the very least, Sony is hard at work. The company is aiming for a December or early 2020 launch.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia Ace is what the Xperia XZ4 Compact could have been

News

Apple reportedly delays mixed-reality headset once again

Not a big delay, though

Published

on

Mercifully, “metaverse” lost Oxford’s word of the year award to “goblin mode”. Despite all of Meta’s claims, the stylized term for its version of virtual reality has not taken off. Just so, Meta’s competitors are still holding out on their entries to the virtual reality realm. Hit by delays in the past already, Apple is once again delaying its much-awaited mixed-reality headset.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the unannounced headset is coming sometime in the second half of 2023. Previously, the device was pegged for a second quarter launch. It’s not a drastic delay, but it’s another speed bump for the enigmatic device.

If anything, Apple’s issues are now stemming from the software side. As such, Kuo expects that the individual components for the headset will still come relatively on time in the second quarter. The report remains unsure if the planned reveal in January is still a go, though.

Further, the headset’s shipments will reportedly be less than previously expected. Neither Kuo nor Apple have commented on why a reduced shipment is currently planned.

That said, Apple hasn’t really commented on the coming of its mixed-reality headset. All information comes from leaks and reports from external sources. However, from what we’ve heard, Apple is promising a lot from its headset, including the ability to pay handsfree using only their eyes.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s AR headset will let users pay with their eyes

Continue Reading

Accessories

OnePlus is building its own mechanical keyboard

To celebrate its 9th anniversary

Published

on

It’s OnePlus’s 9th anniversary. For almost the entirety of December, the smartphone brand is holding a plethora of events for its fans. Naturally, one of those events involves new products coming to OnePlus. Teased officially, the company has revealed what’s coming: a mechanical keyboard.

Besides smartphones, OnePlus also has a wider lineup of other devices like smartwatches and earbuds. That said, a mechanical keyboard is an all-new department for the company.

Based on the small landing page for the keyboard, OnePlus is creating the device with Keychron, a notable brand for the segment. Unfortunately, the page does not reveal much more about the keyboard. If anything, Keychron’s involvement confirms that the company means business.

As with most mechanical keyboards these days, users can customize the upcoming device’s keycaps. With that, another mystery is whether the brand will sell custom keycaps of their own, or users can buy their own.

Thankfully, interested users don’t have to wait long. OnePlus is scheduled to launch the new keyboard on December 15, right in the middle of its grand celebration for its 9th anniversary.

Since its inception, OnePlus has moved from flagship killer to selling flagships itself to now expanding beyond just simple flagships. Now, the brand is looking beyond.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus officially teases Nord Watch

Continue Reading

Gaming

Xbox will raise prices of new titles next year

Will soon cost US$ 69.99

Published

on

New video games are expensive. Since the launch of the PlayStation 5, stores have been charging US$ 69.99 for every new release. On the flip side, Microsoft has kept its own slate of titles at the usual US$ 59.99 price point. However, that’s about to change next year. The company is raising the prices of first-party Xbox titles to US$ 69.99 next year.

In a recent statement (via The Verge), Microsoft has announced that new next-gen titles coming from Xbox Game Studios next year will face a price hike to reflect their “the content, scale, and technical complexity.” The announcement specifically names Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield (incidentally, one of the most anticipated titles next year) as part of this starting slate.

Prior to today’s status quo, new titles always sold for US$ 59.99. By itself, the old price tag is already hefty. However, it was one that was eventually accepted, especially after increasingly longer playthrough times.

Now, however, players are once again in a renewed state of justifying the expensive prices of new games. Titles are US$ 10 more expensive these days. Plus, special editions, which are becoming more common, have even higher price points.

If anything, Microsoft has waited until after the holidays before hiking prices up. If you were looking at a new title for your Xbox Series X/S, the holidays might be the best time to grab it. Or, as always, you can pay the monthly price of an Xbox Game Pass to access a trove of titles including new ones.

SEE ALSO: Xbox outsells the PlayStation for the first in 11 years

Continue Reading

Trending