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Vivo V7+ offers 6-inch display with thin bezels, low price

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As expected, Vivo’s latest smartphone, the V7+, launched today in India. With it comes some of the thinnest bezels we’ve seen on a handset this affordable.

We weren’t too surprised with the announcement; a set of leaks and teasers released in the past week already revealed most of the facts. What we have now are pricing, availability, and the full list of specifications.

Perhaps the most interesting part is the 6-inch display with minimal borders surrounding it. Because of the elongated screen, the screen ratio is a much taller 18:9, which is the same as the LG V30’s. The only catch is the rather low resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. Phones smaller than this often have higher resolutions of at least 1920 x 1080.

The next best feature is the 24-megapixel front-facing camera. It’s practically tradition for Vivo to pack as many megapixels into the image sensor as possible, and this is no exception. The 16-megapixel rear camera is less extraordinary, but should still handle most picture-taking situations.

Inside, we have an efficient yet not-that-fast Snapdragon 450 processor, but an ample amount of memory and storage at 4GB and 64GB, respectively. There’s a triple-card slot for two SIM cards and one microSD card, but we question the choice of battery capacity, offering only 3225mAh for such a large handset.

The attractive device has a conveniently placed fingerprint scanner at the back and Android 7.1 Nougat baked in — no Android 8.0 Oreo for now. Of course, you can expect Vivo’s FunTouch OS interface to come along with it.

As of the moment, the V7+ is available in only one variant with two colors: matte black and champagne gold. It’s also exclusive to Amazon India for now, retailing for INR 21,990 (US$ 345) and shipping on September 15.

SEE ALSO: Vivo updates its midrange lineup, unveils X9s and X9s Plus

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 888

Get ready, 2021 flagships!

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Were you expecting the Snapdragon 875? After months of speculation, Qualcomm has finally unveiled its next flagship processor, the Snapdragon 888. During today’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, the company revealed more details about the future of smartphones.

As with Qualcomm’s recent innovations, the Snapdragon 888 will feature 5G connectivity with the 3rd-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem, offering compatibility with mmWave and sub-6 networks. To demonstrate the chipset’s seamless connectivity prowess, Qualcomm fitted two remote-controlled cars with the modem and controlled them from a mile away.

Additionally, a completely re-engineered Qualcomm Hexagon processor improves the generation’s AI Engine. The new system supposedly ramps up performance by up to 26 tera-operations per second.

The Snapdragon 888 also comes with an upgraded Adreno GPU, putting out frame rates going up to 144 frames per second.

As you might expect, the Snapdragon 888 will don next year’s flagships. Though the company has not revealed any compatible smartphones yet, Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi made an appearance during the event, renewing their support for Qualcomm’s chipsets. Further, Qualcomm has confirmed Snapdragon 888 support for ASUS, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, MEIZU, Motorola, Nubia, realme, OPPO, Sharp, vivo, and ZTE.

More smartphone companies will likely reveal their support for the upcoming processor soon. For one, Samsung is probably launching their upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S21 series soon. If tradition holds next year, the flagship series will come with the new chipset, alongside an unannounced Exynos variant.

SEE ALSO: Five flagships will come with Snapdragon 875 early next year

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro price and availability in the Philippines

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Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone — the Huawei Mate 40 Pro — is now in the Philippines.

The Mate 40 Pro continues the Mate line’s legacy of being a fantastic all around smartphone. It delivers the best in terms of design, build, cameras, and performance.

A leap in performance

Every single phone in the Mate 40 series is powered by Kirin 9000 5G. Huawei is calling it “the most sophisticated 5nm 5G SoC  available.”

It features a three-level power efficiency architecture with cores running at clock frequencies of up to 3.13Ghz. Really, all you need to know is it’s extremely powerful, extremely efficient, and it’s close to mind-boggling the things that it enables the phone to do.

The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU on the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ is the most powerful GPU ever on a Huawei device. It’s great for intense graphic performance and works well with the 90Hz screen refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Of course, having 5G means it’s gonna take a toll on the battery. The Mate 40 has a 4,200mAh capacity while the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ have 4,400mAh. But more than the numbers, Huawei says the phones are equipped with tech to handle the demands of 5G.

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An all-around camera

Huawei’s mobile camera tech is one of the best in the business and there’s more of the same in the Mate 40 series.

The three phones come with an array of camera features found in Huawei phones past, all improved and upgraded. There’s Dual Cine Cameras, Steady Shot, Tracking Shot, Audio Focus, Audio Zoom and the list goes on.

A testament to how smart its cameras are is how you can lazily shoot with it and you’d still come up with pretty darn good shots.

A new user experience

We’ve already been introduced to EMUI 11 and all it’s wonderful features. So there’s all of that plus a handful of improvements in several areas.

Smart Gesture Control makes a return. It’s the feature that lets you hover your hand over the device to wake it up, navigate, and answer a call. Like magic!

Huawei is also expanding Petal Search to Petal Maps, essentially replacing everything it lost with Google and putting their own stamp on it while making sure to communicate that it’s all private and secure.

Watch our Huawei Mate 40 Pro Unboxing and Review.

 

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro retails for PhP 55,999 in the Philippines. It will be available starting December 4. If you purchase it from December 4-6, you’ll get a free Mate 40 Pro Ring Light case worth PhP 3,999 for free!

 

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege next gen versions now available

For both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S are now available.

These versions will allow gameplay in 4K and up to 120 fps, depending on the mode chosen by the players (performance or resolution), among many other improvements. Players will be able to upgrade their version on the same family of devices at no extra cost.

Current players on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will also be able to keep their progression. Cross-generation play is also available within the same family of devices, allowing PlayStation 5 players to face PlayStation 4 players, and Xbox One players to face Xbox Series X|S players.

Cross-play between different families of consoles or between PC and consoles is not currently supported.

Players on next-gen consoles will be able to experience Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege with the highest graphical enhancements the game has yet to offer. These enhancements will offer multiple options for prioritizing either performance or resolution, granted players are equipped with a compatible device:

  • 4K resolution (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X) / 1080p (Xbox Series S)
  • 120 fps (PlayStation® 5, Xbox Series X)
  • DualSense wireless controller capabilities for even deeper immersion (PlayStation 5)
  • Activities support for the most popular playlists so players can dive into the game faster (PlayStation 5)

The following features are also being implemented for an enhanced next-gen experience on all platforms:

  • Better accessibility (readability options, text to speech and speech to text)
  • Quick start (optimized login flow, streamlined intro sequence)
  • Ubisoft Connect overlay

This next generation of hardware provides the latest tech and features available, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will keep improving to leverage all the new opportunities afforded by these new platforms.

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