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Sony updates their midrange lineup with the Xperia 10 II

No Plus version anymore

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Other than the Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro, Sony also refreshed their midrange lineup with the new Xperia 10 II. As opposed to last year’s Xperia 10, they ditched the Plus version this time.

Same form factor with some caveats

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Sony’s newest midrange smartphone doesn’t have the latest midrange chipset from Snapdragon. Instead of having the 765 chipset, you’ll get the 665 instead which doesn’t support 5G. Thus, still relying on 4G support. RAM is still limited to 4GB just like last year’s Xperia 10.

The onboard storage is still limited to 128GB. However, expect storage expandability with microSD (which uses a shared SIM slot just like the old Xperia 10 series).

Still new, nonetheless

Unlike the Xperia 10 with plastic back and frame, it’s now sandwiched with two Gorilla Glass 6 for added durability. Another added layer of protection is the inclusion of IP65/68 rating — something the old midranger doesn’t have. For security, it still relies on the side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

It might still have a 6-inch Full HD+ display, but Sony has decided to replace last year’s IPS LCD to OLED panel. Paired with BRAVIA technology, it now produces deeper blacks and vibrant colors. The 21:9 CinemaWide ratio is still there for a cinematic audiovisual experience.

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Say goodbye to the centered dual-camera setup. Just like its flagship sibling, you’ll get a triple-camera system placed on the upper left corner. Other than the 12-megapixel main shooter, there are two 8-megapixel cameras for zoom and super-wide shooting. The telephoto lens is capable of two times optical zoom. You can still record 4K videos in 30p. Meanwhile, the selfie camera remains with an 8-megapixel sensor.

Battery capacity is rated at 3600mAh from Xperia 10’s 2870mAh battery — which even beats the Xperia 10 Plus’ 3000mAh juice. There’s also the Xperia Adaptive Charging which helps prolong the phone’s battery life.

Just like the Xperia 1 II, it has an audio jack and runs Android 10 out of the box.

Pricing and Availability

The Xperia 10 II with 4GB and 128GB configuration will retail at EUR 320 (approximately US$ 347). It only comes in black and white color options.

According to a French press release, it will be available by “spring” (around March) but Dutch and Bulgarian press releases suggest “end of spring”, which is around May.

Update as of 05/04/2020: It has already launched in Taiwan and the phone is now available for pre-order in Europe. It’ll cost £319 in the UK and for €369 around Europe, directly translating to around US$ 400.

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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!

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Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

Will be available for all players… eventually

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Turns out the PlayStation and Genshin Impact collaboration goes beyond PlayStation 5 specific updates. Aloy from the PlayStation game Horizon Zero Dawn will be a playable character on Genshin Impact.

Aloy — a five-star character — will be playable for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players via in-game mail when Version 2.1 drops. The character can then be played on any platform thanks to the cross-save feature after being claimed from the PS5 or PS4.

Not a PlayStation player? Fret not. Aloy, will arrive to all players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 on Version 2.2. Her weapon, unfortunately, is a PlayStation exclusive.

Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 will also bring other updates that MiHoyo promised to release in detail shortly. Version 2.1 is coming on October 13, 2021 while version 2.2 will arrive on November 24, 2021. Could these also be clues on when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel will release? We’ll have to wait and see.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that brings players to the world of Teyvat. The player takes on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to discover the fate of their lost sibling.

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive game that launched in 2017. It received plenty of critical and commercial success. Its sequel — Horizon Forbidden West — is set to arrive in late 2021.

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