Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 Pro is one beefy gaming phone

A much desired upgrade than its predecessor



In today’s world, you can play your video games from practically any device. Through the years, companies develop better and more efficient versions of these devices to keep up with the needs of gamers on all platforms. At some point, these companies looked to bring those technologies to a mobile platform. Since 2018, Xiaomi has been leading the pack with its Black Shark gaming phone, introducing innovation and unrivaled performance.

Now, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer officially announced the arrival of its new Black Shark 2 Pro. The latest flagship gaming device is the first in the market that comes with the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. The new chip promises an overall boost to the phone’s GPU by 15 percent, which will improve overall mobile gameplay.

Fantastic cooling for a device that looks hot

To supplement the beefy processor, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes with an improved liquid cooling system. Xiaomi dubs this as the first and only direct touch multi-layer liquid cooling system that promises to reduce temperatures significantly. The hard figure is that it reduces overall CPU temperature by 14 degrees, so that the Snapdragon 855 Plus performs at an optimal rate.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. The caveat to that, however, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its competitors. However, the display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Pricing and availability

The new Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variations: Shadow Black and Icicle Gray. Both variations are available with a 128GB + 12GB RAM or 256GB + 12GB RAM configuration.

The 128GB + 12GB RAM option goes for RMB 2,999 or roughly PhP 22,000, while the 256GB + 12GB RAM option goes for RMB 3,499 or PhP 26,000.

In Malaysia, pricing are as follows: The 8GB + 128GB configuration will retail for MYR 2,499 while the 12GB + 256GB variant will retail for MYR 2,999.

Editor’s note: This article was updated following the BlackShark 2 Pro event held at Kuala, Lumpur Malaysia on September 2, 2019.

E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot



During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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E3 2021

Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back



Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

The trailer has fans guessing




Remember Breath of the Wild? I don’t know. Just the single most amazing open-world game Nintendo published? Yeah, well, we’re all collectively getting a sequel come 2022 with Nintendo tickling us with their The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Not the official title yet, by the way) trailer.

Nothing screams new and improved like a new hair-do. The trailer features Link’s sweet new hairdo, abilities, enemies, and corrupted arm. 

Familiar place, new arms

After a shot of ominous red and black goop and a foreboding shot of Zelda falling, Link sky-dives between clouds into floating islands that look just like the last game’s Skyward Sword Skyloft. The scene cuts to him gliding into the Slyloft-like structure at night and him running on a floating islet at sunset.

A sneak peek into Link’s right arm appears from this falling and gliding sequence. Whereby, the arm is reminiscent of the classic Fullmetal Alchemist mechanical arm but with Sheikah technology.

New skills for familiar targets

Link’s new abilities are closely tied to his corrupted arm. And, Nintendo shows these new abilities off by first showing new targets. In the next scene, Link glides by Bokoblins hanging out in a fort built on top of a Stone Talus. Which, effectively combines two enemies in the previous game, into a hellish moving enemy target.

Nintendo then decides to tease us with a quick look-see of Link’s green-glowing corrupted arm. The scene skips to Link mid-climb with a group of enemies sending a spiky ball his way. He quickly reaches out with his corrupted hand; freezes the ball; and rewinds it back up the hill. All while taking out some Bokoblins along the way.

Sheikah Slate, who’s she?

Link’s new abilities build upon his Breath of the Wild skills. From freezing objects (instead of time) to a quick shot of a flamethrower arm, to swimming through obstacles.

We get an allusion to his new abilities with a drop of water ripple back into a droplet. Whereby the shot is of Link swimming through a stone structure and out the other end. We’ll have to wait to see if the arm augments other powers like Magnet, Remote Bomb, and Cryonis. But, so far, Link looks to be bending objects if not through them.

Nintendo is looking to release the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild some time in 2022. 

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