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Nubia Red Magic 3 is a gaming smartphone with a built-in cooling fan

So powerful, it needs to be cooled down

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Gaming smartphones are slowly becoming a staple product among phone manufacturers. Besides high-end specs, these smartphones are customized for gameplay under pressure. Because of their power, some gaming smartphones — like ASUS ROG Phone and Black Shark 2 — already offer external cooling fans. Going against this trend, ZTE‘s newest phone already has a fan built in.

ZTE has been pretty aggressive in smartphone design lately. (Remember the Alpha wearable phone?) This approach comes as no surprise. Under their hip Nubia brand, ZTE announces the Red Magic 3.


The Red Magic 3 is the successor to the already impressive Red Magic Mars. As you’d expect, the newest gaming phone is powered by a Snapdragon 855 chip, paired with up to 12GB of memory (insane!) and 256GB of onboard storage. Supplying juice, the phone has a huge 5000mAh with fast charging support for up to 27W.

According to the company, the internal cooling fan can reportedly spin up to 14,000rpm. Of course, it can be quiet when not in use. Besides, the phone also has  liquid cooling technology to aid in the process. The fan itself has an IP55 rating and its own isolated chamber — preventing dust and liquids getting into the phone.

The Red Magic 3 also features an RGB LED strip on its back, which really adds the looks of a gaming device. Additionally, the phone’s rear fingerprint reader can be mapped as an extra button when gaming.

In the display aspect, the Red Magic 3 has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and HDR capabilities. The screen is complemented by front-facing stereo speakers and triple microphones, suitable for live streaming. Lastly, it has a headphone jack.

Thankfully, these impressive features don’t cost too much, especially when compared to premium Android phones. The phone will be available in China on May 3 starting at CNY 2,899 or about US$ 430. The starting price is for the base variant with 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage. If you want the beefy version with the 12GB+256GB configuration, you’ll have to shell out CNY 4,299 or around US$ 640. Accessories like a LAN connection dock and a 5G radio add-on are sold separately.

Don’t worry, the Red Magic 3 will not be exclusive to China. It will also launch in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe sometime in May.

Source: Nubia

SEE ALSO: ZTE Nubia’s Alpha wearable is basically a phone on your wrist

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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Finally! New trailer of Final Fantasy VII remake drops

We waited four years!

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It took four years but we now have a follow-up trailer to the Final Fantasy VII Remake. First announced during E3 2015, the much-anticipated remake has only shown up through rumors and disappointing news of delay.

However, at PlayStation’s State of Play, we now have some new footage of the game. The released footage features cinematic scenes with Cloud and Aerith, gameplay previews, and glimpses at the remake’s primary antagonist, Sephiroth.


Final Fantasy VII was first released for the original PlayStation. It’s the first game in the series to move away from 2D animation and make use of polygonal character design, taking advantage of the console’s capabilities.

The game’s director Tetsuya Nomura also said that “most of the plans are already in place in the run up to the launch.” He also promised more details in June. Here’s to hoping for no more delays and that we don’t have to wait another four years until the game actually comes out.

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