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.
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.
Sony postpones PlayStation 5 event amidst US protests
Letting more important voices be heard
Last week, we finally heard some news about the upcoming but strangely silent PlayStation 5. Since the pandemic, the next generation of gaming kept out of the limelight, allowing the current generation to flourish amongst the locked-in gamers. Breaking the silence, Sony was scheduled to hold a showcase of PlayStation 5 launch titles this week for the upcoming console. Unfortunately, because of current events, the company has decidedly shelved the digital event.
Through their official Twitter account, PlayStation announced the postponement, allowing other issues to resolve in the meantime. “We have the decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4,” the company said.
“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” the post continues.
Naturally, the announcement is timed perfectly for the currently ongoing protests happening across America. Recently, George Floyd, an African American man, was murdered under the custody of a white police officer. The incident, followed by the subsequent lack of justice, sparked a wave of outrage throughout the country.
Since then, other companies and personalities have shown their support towards the cause. Notably, Google postponed Android 11’s launch previously, starting a wave of similar postponements. Though none of the postponing companies have named the George Floyd case specifically, one can easily assume the announcement’s relevance to the current political climate in America.
In any case, it looks like gamers will have to wait a little bit longer before more details about the PlayStation 5 will inevitably surface.
Nintendo and Sony are in a heated battle during lockdown
Study also reveals which consoles were the most searched as lockdowns continue in SEA
It’s been roughly two and a half months since Southeast Asian countries have gone on lockdown due to COVID-19. As people were kept off the streets, video game companies found a way to reach these audiences through their consoles and game libraries. We watched as people spent most of their days learning new skills, staying healthy, and playing video games.
Little did we know, video game companies maximized this opportunity to sell more consoles, as well. A study by the iPrice Group revealed interesting data about the mini-console war that’s currently happening in Southeast Asia (SEA). In most countries, the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 are leading the charge towards greater heights.
It made perfect sense that Nintendo’s handheld console is seeing its staggering sales increase during this period. Searches on online shopping platforms related to the Nintendo Switch skyrocketed by 245% within SEA alone, thanks in part to the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons back in March.
Apart from that, the Nintendo Switch dominates 5 out of 7 markets in SEA in terms of search volume. This, of course takes into account searches and purchases from people between mid-March to mid-April.
For most markets, the big 3 of gaming consoles (Nintendo Switch, PlayStation4, and Xbox One) dominated the charts. Apart from the Switch, the PlayStation 4 saw significant increase in interest between mid-March and mid-April by 135%.
The releases of the remastered versions of Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy VII contributed heavily to that increase. Surprisingly, in three countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines), the PlayStation 3 makes an appearances as a widely-searched console.
Looks like people really love their video games! If you want to know more about this trend, you can find the full report here.
Razer announces inaugural SEA Invitational 2020
Brought about by esports’ successful stint in the 2019 SEA Games
Esports is seeing a steady rise in viewership as the COVID-19 pandemic kept everyone indoors. Gaming companies started rolling out their own versions of esports tournaments open to all players, whether amateur or professional. And after its successful stint in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Razer wants to take esports to even greater heights.
As such, the company announced its inaugural Southeast Asia Invitational 2020, an esports tournament for the best of the best. The tournament organizers hope to gather the best esports athletes across Southeast Asia to prepare them for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam. It will feature a unique tournament format, and will kick festivities off on June 22, 2020.
The invitational will feature three popular esports titles, two of which were in the 2019 SEA Games lineup. Expect intense and hotly contested action as players take the field in games like PUBG Mobile, DOTA 2, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. All of these will be available for streaming on Team Razer’s social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.
This tournament is also in partnership with Tier One Entertainment, supported by esports federations across the region. Those who wish to participate in the invitational should talk to their respective federations.
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