ASUS ROG Phone 2 Announced; 120Hz OLED HDR Screen and SnapDragon 855+

ASUS has officially announced the ASUS ROG Phone 2 which improves on its predecessor in every single way possible and might just be the best gaming phone out there.

Tech Specifications

  • ASUS ROG Phone II
    Dimensions 170.99 x 77.6 x 9.48mm
    Weight 240g
    Body Aura RGB lighting
    Display 6.6-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ (2340×1080), 120Hz/1ms AMOLED, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 108% DCI-P3, 10000:1 contrast, Gorilla Glass 6, dE<1, 10-bit HDR, capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch, SDR2HDR upsampling coming with Worldwide launch
    CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus (1 x Kryo 485 @ 2.96GHz + 3 x Kryo 485 @ 2.42GHz + 4 x Kryo 385 @ 1.8GHz)
    GPU Adreno 640 @ 675MHz
    RAM 12GB LPDDR4X
    Storage 512GB UFS 3.0
    Battery 6,000mAh
    Software ROG UI (Android 9 Pie-based) with choice of stock Android-like UI
    Google ARCore support
    Front Camera 24MP
    Rear Camera(s) 48MP Sony IMX586 + 13MP (125° FOV)
    Audio 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual front-facing stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra, Quad mics with noise-cancellation, Voice wakeup
    Vibrations Dual high-end vibrating motors XYZ axis for surround feel
    Connectivity Wi-Fi: Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad (5G, 2×2 MIMO); Wi-Fi Direct; 802.11ad for low-latency wireless display
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 (EDR + A2DP); Profiles: HFP + A2DP + AVRCP + HID + PAN + OPP
    GNSS: GPS(L1+L5), GLONASS, BDS, Galileo(E1+E5a), QZSS(L1+L5)
    NFC
    Ports Side: Customized connector (USB 3.1 Gen 2/DP 1.4[4K]/fast charging [QC 3.0 + QC 4.0/PD 3.0]/direct charge) – 30W HyperCharge
    Bottom: Type-C connector (USB 2.0/Fast Charging [QC 3.0/PD 3.0]/direct charge)
    Sensors Accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, 2 x ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors
    Biometrics Optical under-display fingerprint scanner

The ASUS ROG Phone 2 will be the first phone to have the Snapdragon 855+ SOC. It also puts that chip to good use with a 120Hz OLED screen that rivals the Razer Phone 2’s screen which is a 120Hz LED screen.

Credit: GSMArena

It has an Adreno 640 which when paired the 855+ will run every game you throw at it which will look fantastic on the 120Hz screen. To help you game longer, the phone is packed with a 6000mAh battery.  With all these powerful internals, the phone is a bit heavy at 240g but it’s still not too heavy that makes it hard to use.

And since then it’s a gaming phone, the back has an RGB light and the accessories that can be paired with this phone are plenty. You can add controllers to the side like a Nintendo Switch with the ROG Kunai Gamepad or you can even add a second screen with the TwinView Dock II that has its 5000mAh own battery.

Credit: GSMArena

It also has another connection on the side of the phone which allows you to connect any peripherals or accessories to the phone without disturbing your hand grip as you play.

The reported release date for the phone is 23rd July and it’s expected price is Rs75,990.

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Top 5 Mobile Games with Amazing Graphics

Tired of playing PUBG Mobile? Here’s a list of the top 5 games with amazing graphics that will put your smartphone to the test.

Dead Trigger 2 (Android and iOS | Free)

Dead Trigger 2 is a zombie shooter in which your aim is to kill zombies and survive. The graphics of the game are pretty top notch for a mobile game and has a lot of rich gameplay features.

Shadowgun Legends (Android and iOS | Free)

From the same developers as Dead Trigger 2, Shadowgun Legends replaces zombies with Aliens. Besides a decent PvE Story Campaign, the game also has multiplayer modes for you to play with or against your friends.

Mortal Kombat (Android and iOS | Free)

Mortal Kombat is an extremely brutal and fun fighting game with crazy moves and fatalities. The fighting is great and the game itself is easy to get into and a lot of fun.

Dragon Ball Legends (Android and iOS | Free)

Almost everyone has watched or heard of Dragon Ball Z and this is for those seeking even more Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball Legends allows you to play as your favourite Dragon Ball Z characters on your smartphones.

Real Racing 3 (Android and iOS | Free)

Everyone has heard of the Asphalt games which is why it’s not on this list which is why we have another racing game. Real Racing 3 has extremely good graphics and features real-life tracks. The game is also updated with new content so you can drive new cars on new tracks frequently.

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Nubia Red Magic 3 Gaming Smartphone

The Nubia Red Magic 3 is a smartphone that is aimed at gamers. Whether it be PUBG Mobile or CoD Mobile, the Nubia Red Magic 3 will easily run those and then some. So what does the Nubia Red Magic 3 offer gamers, let’s find out.

Tech Specs

OS Android 9.0 (Pie); Redmagic 2.0
Chipset Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
Card Slot No
Internal 256 GB, 12 GB RAM, 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 27W
  USB Power Delivery

 

The Nubia Red Magic 3 ships with a Snapdragon 855 and an Adreno 640 which means that any game you throw at it, it will run buttery smooth. Along with a minimum of 6GB RAM, you won’t have issues with opening apps. All that with a 5000mAh battery with fast charging means that you won’t ever have to worry about low battery.

Display

Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~80.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
DCI-P3 100%
90 Hz

 

The Screen is a 6.65 inch AMOLED with a 1080×2340 resolution. Games and videos will look great on this especially with the deeper blacks. The phone also has a 90Hz display which means buttery smooth movements. Everything will be much smoother and fluid allowing you to have a better advantage against opponents in fast-paced games.

Camera

Back Camera
Single 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, 1920fps

 

The back camera can record 8K videos at 15fps and 4K videos at 30 and 60fps both. Images will be really good looking thanks to the 48MP camera and the wide lens.

Front Camera
Single 16 MP, f/2.0, 2.0µm
Features HDR
Video [email protected]

 

The front camera is a 16MP camera which also supports 1080p video recording at 30fps.

Body and Features

Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~80.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
DCI-P3 100%
90 Hz
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
DTS XU1tra sound
32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
RGB light panel (on the back)
Pressure sensitive zones
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX, LE
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
Radio No
USB 3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go; accessory connector
Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

The phone has an impressive screen-to-body ratio at 80.5% and Gorilla Glass Cornering. It also retains the 3.5mm audio jack along with a Type-C connection for the charger. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back along with an RGB light panel. There are also pressure sensitive zones on the body of the phone that acts as triggers so you don’t have to buy extra accessories for it.

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ASUS To Launch Another ROG Gaming Phone This Year

ASUS made its foray into the mobile market last year with the ROG phone, a smartphone for gamers. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few gaming smartphones surface, and while none of them are cheap, damn, they are some of the coolest phones we’ve seen. The ROG phone was quite a premium device as well, with a price tag of INR 69,990. And if reports are to be believed, its successor might be on its way.

According to a report by Digitimes, ASUS is working on the next iteration of the ROG Phone. The company will officially reveal the smartphone sometime in Q3 2019. Interestingly, ASUS will be partnering up with Tencent to promote the phone’s launch.

Considering that Tencent is the publisher behind PUBG Mobile (which is one of the most popular mobile games, especially in countries like India and China), this partnership could actually provide a huge boost to the ROG Phone, especially during the launch period. The first ROG phone had Free Fire in its commercials, so we completely expect this one to go with PUBG Mobile.

There is no information regarding official specifications, but speculations suggest that ASUS will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor to power the ROG Phone 2. The phone should also have the 90 Hz AMOLED panel like its predecessor, if not a 120 Hz one like the Razer Phone.

Xiaomi recently launched the Black Shark 2, its latest addition to the Xiaomi line-up of gaming smartphones. With mobile gaming gaining popularity in the mainstream audience, we are bound to see a lot more action in the smartphone market, with every brand releasing their takes on gaming phones and accessories.

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Apple enters the ‘Gaming Arena’ with Apple Arcade

Apple has announced a game subscription service that goes by the name, Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade will provide the subscribers with a massive vault featuring numerous exclusive and latest titles from several creators including Will Wright, Ken Wong and Hironobu Sakaguchi. Like other game subscription services, Apple will provide the users with access to all the games in its library.

Apple Arcade is available for Mobile, Desktops and Laptops.

According to Apple, these games be ‘ad-free’ and will respect the gamer’s privacy. Apple’s Marketing VP, Phil Schiller said, “We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create more than 100 new and exclusive games for the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Apple games “Apple Arcade” will be really great for families, respect user privacy and will not have any ads or need any additional purchases to be made.”

List of creators on-board with Apple.

App store has hundreds of great games but the competition is so fierce that it is very hard to make a game ‘free.’ Apple Arcade will solve this problem and will allow people to try out several games before they start their ‘grind.’

Currently, there is no news on pricing of this service but, what we do know is that Apple will roll out this service to more than 150 countries later this year. And in a case you were curious, Apple News+ costs $9.99 a month.

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Stardew Valley Is Coming To Android on March 14th

Stardew Valley, one of the best games to play when you want to take a break and relax is finally making its way to Android on 14th March.

Stardew Valley originally released on PC and is a game that is heavily inspired by Harvest Moon. However, Stardew Valley’s gameplay and world captivated people to such an extent that the game instantly became a hit and got released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch and iOS.

All that remains is the Android platform and it is great to see that it will finally make its way to it. Sadly, the Android version will lack the multiplayer features that are present on the Switch at launch and there’s no confirmation if it will be added later.

For those who don’t know what Stardew Valley is, it is a game where you quit your desk job to move to your grandfather’s farm in a small town to build up his farm. While there you meet a host of characters that live in and around the town, explore the various locations like caves and forests while also learning more about each character and building up your farm.

The beauty of the game is that you can approach the game however you want. You can sit back and focus on your farm or go out and fight the different monsters in the caves. You can decide whether or not you want to help the people of the town and are not forced or obligated to do anything.

It’s a great relaxation simulator where you can just shut your mind off and have a show, stream or music playing in the back while you play the game.

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Microsoft to extend Xbox live to Nintendo Switch and Smartphones, a step towards unified gaming platform

Microsoft is quite ambitious about Xbox’s future. Project xCloud, which the company launched in 2018, stated company’s clear goal to make Xbox games available on all platforms.

The latest reveal by Game Developers Conference says that Microsoft is planning to support cross-platform multiplayer gaming. This means that iOS, Android, Switch, PC and Xbox players would be able to play together. This move brings a lot to the table. Introducing all social and interactive tools including leaderboards, means that Microsoft would be able to tap into currently untouched 2 billion devices and integrate them into mainstream gaming, becoming the most ‘expansive’ platform.

Having a unified gaming platform means a win-win for everyone. But, disappointing, Microsoft has restricted the purchase of games to Microsoft’s own store only.
We’ll surely get more details and information when Microsoft does its presentation at GDC 2019. Stay tuned.

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iOS 13 may not support phones older than iPhone 7

According to ‘The Verifier’, an Israeli site, Apple’s new mobile OS, iOS 13 may not support phones older than the iPhone 7. This means that users of iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/ 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone SE would not be able to install the new OS on their devices.
Also, the rumours indicate that Apple might remove iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and the sixth-gen iPod touch from the ‘iOS 13 list’

Last year, when the company rolled out iOS 12, all iOS 11 compatible devices were supported by it. However, it has been a little more than 3 and a half year since the iPhone 6s was launched and the A9 bionic chip that powers it, seems to be ageing. If Apple plans on introducing new features to the newer iPhone users, it’ll have to ditch the older (and slower) devices.

iOS Dark Mode concept. Earlier, it was rumoured that Dark Mode would be released with iOS 12.

In January, a Bloomberg report indicated that Apple might introduce a ‘Dark Mode’ in iOS 13. Will it be an exclusive feature for the OLED screen devices? Or will it be just an iOS 13 feature? We don’t know. What we know is that iOS ‘13’ might be really unlucky for old iPhone users.

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Fortnite Update v7.30 Adds Mobile Controller Support and 60Hz Support on Android

Fortnite never stops with the update and with Fortnite Update v7.30, there’s been a lot of good additions for Mobile Gamers.

MOBILE

  • Mobile Controller support
    • Android: most of Bluetooth controller adapters, such as Steelseries Stratus XL, Gamevice, XBox1, Razer Raiju, and Moto Gamepad.  
    • iOS: MFi controllers, such as Steelseries Nimbus and Gamevice.
    • Disabled phone vibration if a gamepad attached.
  • 60Hz on select Android models
    • We are rolling out 60Hz support (to be enabled in settings) on select Android devices. We have been working with our partners on optimizations and are rolling this out initially on the following specific models.
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (USA variant)
    • Huawei Honor View 20
    • Huawei Mate 20 X
  • Added audio visualization icons for vehicles and Balloons

They’ve also added a new grenade, the Chiller Grenade along with a new LTM mode, Solid Gold where all weapon spawns are legendary.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Chiller Grenade
    • The Chiller Grenade will knock players back, causing them to slide along the ground.
    • Allies, enemies, and vehicles hit with the Chiller Grenade will slip around with icy feet/wheels for a duration of 7 seconds.
    • Drops in stacks of 3.
      • Max stack size of 6.
    • Common rarity.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot and Vending Machines.
  • Cozy Campfire – Updated Visuals
    • We’ve updated the visual effects of Cozy Campfires to more clearly indicate when a campfire is in use or burnt out.
  • Vaulted
    • Bolt-action Sniper Rifle
    • Burst Rifle
    • Heavy Shotgun
    • SMG
      • Common, Uncommon, and Rare
  • Unvaulted
    • Suppressed SMG
      • Common, Uncommon, and Rare
  • Reduced the drop chance of Dual Pistol from floor loot from 2.24% to 1.38%.

If you’d like to read more about this new update, click here to go tp Epic Games’ blog post.

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PUBG Mobile Zombie Mode and Map Leaked

PUBG Mobile might be getting the Zombie mode along with other interesting updates sooner than expected as part of update 0.10.5.

PUBG Mobile might get a new map specifically for the Zombie game mode as a tie-in with Resident Evil 2 Remake as announced by them on the last day of the Dubai Finals. Players have also been finding dead zombies washed up on the shore on various parts of Erangel.

The Zombie Mode will come with an MK47 Mutant Rifle, the PP-Bizon, dynamic weather for Erangel and Miramar hopefully, Vikendi map will be more stable and will also get Daytime, Nighttime and Moonlight modes.

A death cam to show you how you died will also come to the game along with a “Classic voice” for quick chat in the game. Footprints will also be trackable in Vikendi now so you will be able to use that to track down enemies and get the jump on them if they’re not cautious.

The release date of the update 0.10.5 could be around 19th-22nd January as Resident Evil 2 releases on January 25th and Tencent would likely push the zombies content a bit before the release of the game.

Here’s a list of all the changes that can be expected in the PUBG Mobile 0.10.5 update.

  • Tukshai for Sanhok map
  • New snow area in Erangel map
  • New dynamic weather in Miramar and Erangel map
  • New death cam feature to show you a replay of how you died
  • Zombies Mode
  • MK 47 Mutant rifle
  • Laser sight for weapons
  • Snow bike for Vikendi
  • New dance emotes
  • Classic Voices
  • PUBG Vikendi snow map removed from beta
  • Royale Pass Season 5 cosmetics
  • Zombie map
  • UC for BP redemption system

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