Sony updates their midrange lineup with the Xperia 10 II

No Plus version anymore



Image by GadgetMatch

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

Image by GadgetMatch

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.

Image by GadgetMatch

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.

CES 2021

Kingston launches new NVMe SSDs, Workflow Station and Readers

Featuring blazing fast speeds and large storage capacities



For CES 2021, Kingston has launched new SSDs designed for content creators and everyday consumers. There are also brand-new Workflow Station and Readers introduced that should simplify data management and storage.

The biggest change to the upcoming SSDs is the switch to the faster NVMe interface. All of Kingston’s recently-launched SSDs will come with faster read and write speeds as a result of this change, greatly benefiting the users.

Headlining the new SSD portfolio is Kingston’s Ghost Tree SSD. It features a claimed read and write speed of 7GBs made possible by switching to the newer PCIe 4.0. It will come in different capacities ranging from 1TB to 4TB. Professional content creators should benefit greatly from the blazing-fast performance that this SSD affords.

Meanwhile, everyday consumers can also reap the benefits of NVMe with the NV series. Kingston touts it as an entry-level series utilizing PCIe 3.0 with storage capacities reaching up to 2TB.

There’s also a new external storage solution from Kingston — the X200 external drive. Like the newer external SSDs in the market, this one comes with USB Type-C that allows for transfer speeds of up to 2GB. It comes in different capacities ranging from 500GB to 2TB.

Finally, there’s an SSD designed for enterprise. The DC1500M is a substantial update to DC1000M, adding support for multi-namespaces. It also connects via U.2 interface, which is a newer interface designed primarily for the enterprise sector. Geared towards data-intensive workloads, Kingston touts its needs primarily in cloud computing, web hosting, and virtual infrastructures.

New Workflow Station and Readers

Rounding up Kingston’s CES 2021 announcements is the Workflow Station and Readers. One of its highlight features is the ability to customize the file offload setup allowing for greater flexibility in transferring files, audio, images, videos, and more from multiple sources. It can also simultaneously connect to USB hubs, SD, and microSD card readers.

Alternatively, users can use it as a standalone reader by connecting it to their laptops via a USB Type-C cable.

Price and availability

Kingston hasn’t announced the prices for the newly launched SSDs. However, all of these should come later in many markets globally. Interested users should follow Kingston for updates on prices and availability o their markets.

Continue Reading


Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

But MagSafe will make a comeback!



Apple could be planning a major revamp of the MacBook Pro lineup, and it’s expected to go official in the third quarter of 2021. Interestingly, the redesign will include removing the Touch Bar and the return of the MagSafe charging port.

According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, this will be the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since 2016. Furthermore, it’ll have square-off sides like the iPhone 12, flatter top and bottom panels, and brighter screens.

It’ll be available in two sizes — 14-inch and 16-inch. And yes, they’ll feature Apple’s in-house processors that leverage Arm architecture. There will not be an Intel option, and Apple’s next-generation chipsets will power it. They’re expected to feature more cores and enhanced graphics.

At the end of November 2020, a MacBook Pro 16-inch with 12-core Apple M1X processor was tipped to be even more powerful than the M1 processor. Earlier that month, a MacBook Pro 14-ich model with Apple’s M1 processor was also tipped.

A report by TechRadar suggested that the 16-inch MacBook Pro model looks a bit slimmer. This could be due to the processor’s efficiency since it doesn’t need aggressive cooling like Intel-powered options.

Most importantly, though, Apple is going old-school and bringing some of the features we’ve always loved. The pill-shaped MagSafe charging connector could make a comeback, and physical function keys could replace the digital Touch Bar. Kuo has also hinted that Apple could provide ports generously to reduce dependence on dongles.

Continue Reading


Bravely Default II preorder final demo now available

A must-play!




Bravely Default II is a Japanese fantasy RPG with lovely art styles reminiscent of a refined version to early Final Fantasy releases. The series gameplay uses the usual turn-based battle system and job system. But, the series is more notable for integrating options to combine and customize job abilities, battle speed, and enemy encounter rates.

Bravely Default II is the newest addition to the Bravely series. So, what’s new? Bravely Default II lets you step into a brand-new world with four new heroes, new stories, and new job roles.

This iteration features a young sailor, Seth, who washes up the shores of one of the five mighty kingdoms of the continent. He encounters an escaped princess, Gloria of Musa, and they both venture out to meet more travellers seeking the truth to their world.

If you’re into RPGs or a fan of the Bravely series, this is the game release to look forward to. The game keeps its charming mechanics while piling on new features so if you want or need a taste of the game, the final demo is out now. Although, you won’t be waiting much longer for the game’s full release because it looking to be released on February 26 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Continue Reading

Gadget Reviews