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Xperia 5 II goes official with Zeiss cameras, Snapdragon 865

The perfect phone?

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Sony’s Xperia 5 lineup focuses on delivering a compact phone that houses state-of-the-art specifications. The brand has launched the Xperia 5 II (Xperia 5 Mark 2) today and it aims to deliver the best gaming, cinematography, and entertainment experience on the go.

The design is similar to the Xperia 1 II and it’s clearly visible the two phones belong to the same generation. Xperia lineup has always maintained a distinctive design language that subtle and screams premium. Now that Sony is chasing a niche market like LG, it has more room for fresh ideas. Both, the front as well as the back, is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.

On the front is a 6.1-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and Sony has incorporated a lot of proprietary technology like Bravia HDR and creator mode. In-line with other Android phone makers, it also gets a 120Hz refresh rate.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor and it’s sure to be blazing fast. To make things more interesting, Sony has collaborated with Qualcomm via with Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming. Sony is also the official smartphone sponsor of Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship Tournament 2020.

The most exciting part of the phone is it’s triple-rear camera setup. The three are 12-megapixel sensors with focal lengths — 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm. In simpler terms, it has a primary camera, a telephoto lens, and a wide-angle lens. The three are Zeiss optics and leverage many features like real-time Eye AF, continuous autofocus, and 20fps shooting from Alpha brand of professional cameras.

It’s the world’s first phone to support 4K HDR 120fps slow-mo recording and 5x slo-mo at 24fps. On the software front, the phone Xperia 5 II features Photography Pro for manual controls.

Sony is a trusted brand for audio products and it has squeezed some interesting features including a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, and enhanced wireless audio Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that charges 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

The Xperia 5 II will be available as an unlocked phone in the US for US$ 950 and pre-orders start from September 29.

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Ubisoft reveals animated trailer for Immortals Fenyx Rising

Discover Immortals Fenyx Rising Animated Trailer that shapes the myth of Fenyx

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Immortals Fenyx Rising

You might not be too hyped for this game but this trailer might change your mind. Immortals Fenyx Rising (formerly known as Gods & Monsters) is a fun new take on Greek Mythology. You play the role of Fenyx — a new winged demigod who’s on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse.

This short animation film created by CLM BBDO shows Fenyx battling epic creatures. He tussles against the Minotaur, the Cyclop and the Griffin while How You Like Me Now by The Heavy insolently plays in the background.

Using the Sword of Achilles, Axe of Atalanta, and Bow of Odysseus, Fenyx defeats the monsters one after the other. Each battle she wins dents the rock and, as huge boulders detach from the summit, she ends up shaping the mountain… and her myth!

Watch it here!

Immortals Fenyx Rising takes grand mythological adventure to new heights. Only by mastering the legendary powers of the gods, overcoming heroic trials and confronting powerful mythological beasts, will Fenyx be able to take on Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology.

It will be available on December 3, 2020 on the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One family of devices (including the Xbox One X), Nintendo Switc, Epic Games and Ubisoft Connect. The game will also be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

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vivo Y1s launches with Helio P35, 13-megapixel camera

Another silent launch by vivo

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vivo has been silently launching new phones this year, and it has managed to grab a significant chunk of the market. Today the brand launched the vivo Y1s in India, a market where affordable phones have maximum demand.

The vivo Y1s will be going up against the Redmi 9A, Realme C11, and Realme C3. Alongside, Vivo V20 Pro is teased to launch in India soon. The company has confirmed that the phone will launch in the country but hasn’t given an exact date.

Coming back to the vivo Y1s, it sports a 6.2-inch HD+ LCD with a water-drop notch. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio P35 MT6765 SoC paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

On the rear is a 13-megapixel camera, while the front comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. The phone has added software features like beauty mode, portrait mode, and slo-mo.

Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery, but fast charging details haven’t been revealed. The phone has been listed on vivo’s website, but the pricing still isn’t official. However, Mahesh Telecom, a Mumbai-based retailer, confirmed Gadgtes360 that the phone would cost INR 7,990 (US$ 110).

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Apple’s MacBook Air M1 processor scores more than 1 million on AnTuTu

First to cross the 1 million mark

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Apple recently launched the new MacBooks that come equipped with a proprietary processor. Dubbed the M1, it’s based on ARM-architecture and hence meant to be mobile yet more powerful. Compared to a conventional Intel processor, the M1 is far more efficient and can perform at mind-boggling speeds.

Benchmarking app AnTuTu is widely used worldwide to push a processor to its limit and translate raw performance into easily understandable figures. The M1 chipset has been spotted on the, and it has scored more than a million.

To be precise, the MacBook Air manages to achieve 1,119,243 points that include a CPU score of 282,265, GPU score of 538,944, MEM score of 189,921, and UX score of 108,113.

The next best performer is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (fourth generation), and the M1 performed almost 50 percent faster. It’s worth noting that the test sample for MacBook Air tests is tiny as the iPad’s results are based on thousands of tests.

The M1 processor becomes the first one to breach the 1 million mark on AnTuTu. There are multiple factors behind M1’s performance, though. It uses a 5nm production process, similar to the latest A14 chip in the iPhone 12. Meanwhile, Intel’s latest 11th-generation CPUs use a 10-nanometer production process.

Adding to this, the ARM-architecture is inherently more efficient since it’s designed for mobile devices. The new M1 processor can run apps designed for iOS and macOS, opening up a new world of an integrated app ecosystem that’s highly flexible and robust. As an added benefit, iPhone and iPad apps can now run directly on the M1-powered Macs.

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