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Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming phone has high-end specs, liquid cooling

Has the Razer Phone been dethroned?

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There’s a new high-end gaming smartphone in town, and it’s called the Black Shark. Doesn’t sound familiar? We can’t blame you.

It’s the first in its lineage but isn’t exactly coming out of nowhere. As you can see in the title of this piece, Xiaomi helped make its launch happen.

Black Shark is a portfolio company under Xiaomi’s own hardware ecosystem, meaning Xiaomi invested in it but it’s not part of the company’s smartphone lineup. All you really need to know is that this is a brand-new product and it comes with some hefty features.

Being a gaming phone, it delivers the highest-end specs: 6-inch 18:9 LCD with a 1080p resolution, Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of memory, up to 128GB of storage, and a generous 4000mAh battery. That matches the best Samsung, Sony, and even Xiaomi have to offer.

Keeping the system cool is an advanced multi-layer liquid cooling setup that’s normally found in gaming laptops. Although the Snapdragon chip is already proven to be efficient in maintaining temperatures, this design will at least lengthen gaming sessions and the phone’s overall lifespan.

But what really makes the Black Shark special is its ability to attach a gamepad on the side for improved control during games. It connects through Bluetooth and has its own built-in battery so it won’t suck energy from the phone. The gamepad will be given away for free to the first 50,000 customers and will cost CNY 179 (US$ 29) on its own.

For those interested in gaming and photography, there’s a dual-camera setup on the back consisting of 20- and 12-megapixel sensors, plus another 20-megapixel shooter in front. Android 8.0 Oreo runs the software, but it’s skinned with Black Shark’s own user interface.

The Black Shark is available for pre-order in China beginning today. Its 6GB memory with 64GB storage variant retails for CNY 2,999 (US$ 475) while the model with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage goes for CNY 3,499 (US$ 555). Available colors are black and gray as shown above.

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Canva adds new features for presentations on the go

Responsive presentations anytime, anywhere

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Having a well-designed document goes a long way in engaging your audience. That’s where Canva comes in, simplifying the creation of well-thought documents, posters, and more. Now, Canva is adding more features which would delight presenters on the go.

Canva is adding three new features for mobile presentations on the go. The first feature is responsive presentation — users can now create presentations on their laptops and view it on their mobile devices. Presentations adapt to different screens, so the days of fussing over the right screen size is over. Plus, user can edit and view presentations made with Canva anywhere, anytime.

The second feature is presentations playlist, which would suit well for team presentations. With this feature, teams can create accessible spaces for collaboration through shared folders. This feature also builds a single coherent event with transitional slides introducing each speaker.

Finally, the third feature is live Q&A, which Canva will add soon to its mobile apps. Audiences may soon participate in from any device and have the option to send in questions anonymously. This should enable a more dynamic and engaging presentation with audiences.

With over a thousand designer-made templates, 50 million premium images and videos, Canva makes it easier to create beautiful documents, posters, and graphic materials. It is available on the web, on Android, and iOS devices. Users can sign up today for a free tier, with a premium tier also available to unlock more features.

SEE ALSO: 10 free apps to improve your Instagram stories

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ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition: Price in the Philippines

Available in two bundles!

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ASUS ROG has one more hurrah before the year (and the decade!) closes. The company is bringing to the Philippines the ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition.

The phone is everything you already know about the ROG Phone 2 but has nearly overkill RAM and storage — 12GB and 1TB, respectively. It was announced months ago that it will be available for purchase at PhP 59,995. This time around, you can pre-order it with a few more goodies.

Two Ultimate bundles

The first bundle is called the Overdrive Gaming 2.0. With it you’ll get the ROG Phone 2 Ultimate Edition along with the ROG Kunai Gamepad, the Lighting Armor Case, and an ROG Exclusive Jacket for PhP 64,995.

The second bundle is called Wear Victory 2.0. Here the phone will come with the ROG Exclusive Jacket without any additional costs.

Pre-order period is from December 7 to December 13. Itching to get your hands on these? Go ahead and fill up the pre-order form. For more details and mechanics visit the ASUS ROG Facebook Page.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 2 review: Mobile gaming on steroids

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Huawei’s Nova 6 5G apparently has the best selfie camera

Thanks to the dual-camera setup

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Benchmarks are often skewed because they fail to judge real-life experience. However, they do help us understand the nitty-gritty of a gadget and establish results in an empirical manner.

DxOMark has published its camera test results for the Huawei Nova 6 5G, and it turns out this phone tops the selfie charts. Huawei introduced the Nova 6 5G in China today with dual shooters on the front in a punch-hole design, similar to the Honor V30.

The phone achieved a score of 100 while the Galaxy Note 10 5G comes second as it managed to score 99 points. This has officially given it the top spot for selfies amongst its competitors.

The phone sports a 32-megapixel primary selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. In addition, you’ll also find an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. DxOMark tested phone’s front cameras with over 1,500 test images and more than 2 hours of video footage.

According to the test results, this setup can provide good exposure in pretty much all conditions. It also managed to capture wide dynamic range, and white balance was also spot on.

The tests were carried out in a controlled environment and also in natural settings outdoors. DxOMark maintains that all default settings were used.

All in all, the test proves that the Nova 6 5G has a capable selfie camera setup, as marketed by Huawei as well. For now, the phone is restricted to the Chinese market and we should be seeing a global roll-out in the coming months.

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