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Sony announces the Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III

Xperia’s compact flagship and midranger for less

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For those who want the best of Sony’s Xperia without sacrificing too much, they’ve also unveiled two more models alongside the Xperia 1 III in the new 2021 Xperia lineup — the Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III.

Xperia 5 III

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The Xperia 5 III still packs the good stuff from the Xperia 1 III. While having a smaller 6.1-inch display, it still has that crisp 120Hz HDR OLED with BRAVIA X1 Mobile engine albeit only at 1080p.

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The exemplary flagship camera features from the Xperia 1 III weren’t left behind. The triple 12-megapixel camera setup including the 70-105mm variable telephoto lens are still there, as well as 20fps AF/AE burst shot, Dual PD (Phase-Detection), Real-time Eye AF, and a non-textured dedicated camera shutter button.

While the Xperia 5 III lacks the Real-time Tracking feature, it still has Object tracking for tracking inanimate objects. There’s also Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye technology for picture-perfect memories.

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Other than that, it’s also powered by the latest Snapdragon 888 processor with a modest 8GB of RAM and comes in either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. It also packs the similar 4,500mAh battery for enough power and performance wherever you go.

Finally, there’s 3.5mm audio jack, 360 Spatial Sound, and support for DSEE Ultimate for Hi-Res Audio input and LDAC technology as well.

Xperia 10 III

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The Xperia 10 III is the first midrange smartphone from Sony that supports 5G out of the box. This midranger is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 5G processor which is also found in the OnePlus Nord N10 5G. Such chipset is capable of delivering an optimal balance between performance and power efficiency.

There’s a stunning 6-inch OLED with 21:9 aspect ratio. While it’s not 4K and doesn’t support 120Hz refresh rate, it still has a nifty Full HD+ resolution and HDR out of the box.

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Supporting the features is a the large 4,500mAh battery. This makes battery life even longer compared to its more premium cousins with power-hungry chipsets.

While it may not have the best cameras out of the bunch, the Xperia 10 III still has a nifty triple camera setup with a 12MP f/1.8 main sensor (27mm equivalent). There’s also two 8-megapixel cameras for the ultra-wide (f/2.2, 16mm equivalent) and telephoto lenses (f/2.4, 54mm equivalent).

Pricing and Availability

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The Xperia 5 III comes in three shades of colors: Black, Green, Pink. Meanwhile, the Xperia 10 III comes in four colorways: namely Black, Blue, White, and Pink. Singapore will only get the green option for the Xperia 5 III, while black and blue for the Xperia 10 III.

Just like the Xperia 1 III, pricing wasn’t revealed by Sony but it will be available in early summer in countries where they are selling the Xperia line.

Stay tuned for a pricing update.

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils the Xperia 1 III, their latest flagship smartphone

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BlackBerry resurrection teased once again

It’s coming this time

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BlackBerry’s rumored comeback might finally happen soon. OnwardMobility, the current owner of BlackBerry’s licenses, has teased the upcoming smartphones once again. Since their last “departure” from the smartphone industry, BlackBerry has been passed on to new owners in hopes of a future resurrection.

Last year, BlackBerry’s previous owner TCL backed out from making BlackBerry devices. The departure signaled another end for BlackBerry. However, soon after the announcement, a few companies announced the purchase of BlackBerry’s licenses, potentially hinting at a return. Notably, Huawei supposedly bought 90 patents from the company. Nothing came of the announcement yet, though.

Besides Huawei, another tech company OnwardMobility announced the most substantial news surrounding BlackBerry’s potential return. Announcing a licensing deal with BlackBerry, the company also promised an upcoming device for the next generation of smartphones. Despite the promise, we still don’t have a new BlackBerry smartphone.

However, OnwardMobility wants to keep the hype train rolling. Recently, the company launched a new “pre-commitment program” wherein subscribers can get information about upcoming products, the actual products themselves, and updates first before non-subscribers. The program specifically lists a BlackBerry device as part of the program. A new smartphone is likely coming soon.

Once upon a time, BlackBerry was one of the most popular handsets for consumers, along with Nokia. However, as slab phones became the norm, the phones of yesteryear either died out or adopted the new norm. Whereas Nokia found its place in the current industry, BlackBerry is still struggling to find its niche.

SEE ALSO: A BlackBerry phone with a physical keyboard is coming in 2021

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Netflix is reportedly producing a live-action Pokémon series

With Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson

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Pokémon remains one of the most popular franchises today. From the ever-popular video game series to the still-ongoing anime series, the creature collector franchise still going strong. Even then, the franchise is reportedly working on another addition to its repertoire: a live-action Netflix series.

According to Variety, Netflix is in the early stages of an upcoming Pokémon series on the platform. Much like the widely successful film Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds, the series will star actual humans in a live-action format. Beyond that, the report does not go into detail into how the creatures will look like for the series.

Likewise, the report does not indicate when the series will launch.

Lucifer’s Joe Henderson is reportedly helming the series. He is also known for adapting Stephen King’s 11.22.63 for Hulu.

Over the past few years, Pokémon has tapped various segments besides gaming and anime fans. The company has tapped lifestyle with branded accessories and lifestyle-oriented apps. Adding a live-action series will tap into the thriving Netflix market.

For Netflix’s part, the popular streaming platform has considerably increased the variety of genres it is producing. Besides the live-action Pokémon series, Netflix is also releasing an anime version of its popular original, The Witcher.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the first open-world Pokémon game

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Motorola Edge series might lose its (curved) edge

Is it coming soon?

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What becomes of a smartphone series once it loses its biggest feature? Motorola fans might have to contend with that question soon. According to a leak, Motorola will release a successor to the Motorola Edge series soon. However, it won’t come with its one defining feature: the edge display.

Leaked and rendered by OnLeaks and Pricebaba, the upcoming Edge sequel will sport a 6.7-inch screen without the curved display. To compensate, the series is getting a smoother 120Hz, 1080p resolution display to bring it to flagship standards.

Also depicted on the leaked renders, the sequel will have a triple rear camera setup: 108-megapixel main camera + 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel. The leak, however, doesn’t indicate how the cameras will be used. Inside, it will wield a Snapdragon 778G chipset, 8GB of RAM, up to 256 of internal storage, and a sizable 4000mAh battery.

If the render looks devastating for Motorola fans, there’s still a chance that the curved edge will still make an appearance in the next series. The renders don’t include the higher-tier Edge or what will likely be known as the Edge 20 Pro. The unknown model can still have the edge display once the series launches. Additionally, the company is also reportedly adding a Lite version to the lineup.

It’s been over a year since the original Edge series came out. Though we don’t know when the sequel will launch, the timing is right for it.

SEE ALSO: Motorola one 5G ace Hands-On: 5G for less!

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