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By Jay Bonggolto
Motorola unveils the Moto E7 budget phone in Europe for €119.99
by Jay Bonggolto
Image via PhoneArena Motorola today announced a new budget phone in Europe that costs only €119.99 (~$143). The Moto E7 will also be available in select countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia in the next few weeks.
As a budget-friendly handset, the phone comes with modest specs that don't compromise its performance. Inside, it's rocking an octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 chipset with a clock speed of 2.0 GHz. The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that's expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card.
The phone sports a 6.5-inch Max Vision display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 and a waterdrop notch that houses a 5MP selfie camera (noted by PhoneArena). Additionally, its display has a 20:9 aspect ratio that Motorola says provides "the best viewing experience" for watching movies together with friends and family.
At its back, the Moto E7 features a dual camera setup comprising a 48MP main sensor and a 2MP macro camera. Its camera can also record videos in both HD and FullHD resolution at 30fps.
The phone packs a 4000mAh battery that can keep it running for up to "36 hours" on a single charge for various tasks, Motorola says. Speaking of gaming, the handset features HyperEngine technology for smooth and improved gaming performance.
The device runs stock Android 10 and it also includes a dedicated Google Assistant button mounted on the side.
By Namerah S
Warframe to launch for the PS5 later this week on November 26
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
A couple of weeks ago, Digital Extremes announced that its current-gen shooting title Warframe would be making its way to the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Prior to this, the free-to-play video game was available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC platforms.
Up until now, the Canadian video game maker had yet to share a concrete release date for the next-gen release of Warframe. This changed today when Sheldon Carter, COO of Digital Extremes, shared the release information on the PlayStation blog. He revealed that the third-person shooting game will be launching on Sony's next-gen console this very week, on November 26.
Carter also stated that PS5 users will get to play Warframe at 4K and a frame rate of 60fps. The game will also support cross-generation play for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players. It is going to feature a new open world called The Duviri Paradox and also a new chapter continuing the story of the game titled The New War.
Those who are interested in acquiring their free copy of Warframe may do so by visiting the PlayStation Store on their PS5 consoles.
Rainbow Six Siege comes to Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 on December 1
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Ubisoft announced the next-gen version of Rainbow Six Siege a couple of months ago, and now, it has a date attached to it. Starting on December 1, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 players will be able to jump into the popular tactical shooter with smoother frame rates and at higher resolutions over the previous generation consoles.
The developer is giving players two graphics modes: Performance and Resolution. The former will target 120FPS gameplay with dynamic resolution scaling to hit 4K, while the latter turns up the resolution to native 4K but only with a 60FPS target.
While the above options will be available for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 players, Xbox Series S owners will find that their Performance Mode will play the game at 1080p targetting 120FPS, while Resolution Mode will target 60FPS at 1728p. Interestingly, this is the same resolution the Xbox One X utilizes for the game.
There are some platform-specific enhancements too. Quick Resume support will be available on the Xbox Series X|S, while the PlayStation 5 version is gaining some additional capabilities in the form of DualSense haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and controller sound output, as well as Activities support.
Ubisoft is offering free upgrades of Rainbow Six Siege to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players who upgrade to a next-gen console within the same family. All players will also keep their progression and items through the transfer process. The latest major update incoming to the tactical shooter, Operation Neon Dawn, could be landing alongside this release as well, bringing a laser-wielding Thai operator and a Skyscraper rework.
By Abhay V
Flight Simulator's second World Update brings visual updates to the U.S.
by Abhay Venkatesh
After delivering the first World Update in September that brought improvements to the scenery and airports in Japan, Microsoft’s second Flight Simulator content drop this time focuses on the U.S.A, just in time for the holidays. World Update II: USA is now rolling out as a free update to Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows 10, and Steam users. The update also fixes a bunch of bugs and other known issues.
The update brings improved elevation maps for terrain, resolution improvements “up to one meter”, aerial texture enhancements for better appearance, and four new “hand-crafted airports”, says the firm. These airports include Atlanta (KATL), Dallas/Fort Worth (KDFW), Friday Harbor (KFHR), and New York Stewart (KSWF).
The firm has also improved the visuals of 48 other airports and has added 50 new “points of interest” – areas with enhanced visuals. Some of these include the White House, Washington Monument, Capitol, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas Strip, and more. You can head to the release notes here to view the entire list.
Additionally, the update also brings a new Bush Trip “across the Alaskan wilderness” and a Discovery Flight through iconic east coast locations. The firm notes that users will have to head to the Marketplace to claim the World Update after downloading the latest patch for the simulator.
As for the list of fixes, patch version 22.214.171.124 brings with it a bunch of fixes for airplanes such as remedies for the fuel consumption issue on the Boeing 747-8 and the A320neo. Other elements such as the UI, activity logs, input devices have also received improvements.
Here is the complete changelog:
Overall, the updates to performance and the improved visuals for the locations in the U.S. bring with it welcome additions right in time for the holiday weekend, especially with the pandemic forcing more people indoors.
By Jay Bonggolto
Poco M3 debuts with 6,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 662 SoC, and more from $129
by Jay Bonggolto
The Pocophone F1 undercut its rivals when it debuted in 2018 with top-of-the-line specs such as a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM for $300. Today, Poco is out with another mid-ranger that could give its rivals a run for their money.
Poco announced today the Poco M3, its latest smartphone that retails from $129. Under the hood, it's powered by Qualcomm's 11nm-based octa-core Snapdragon 662 SoC with a clock speed of up to 2.0 GHz. The chipset is paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB of 128GB of internal storage that's expandable to up to 512GB with a microSD card. It also features Adreno 610 for graphics.
Perhaps the phone's main selling factor is its 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W charging. In addition, it comes with a 22.5W charger in the box. Poco claims the battery can last up to 40 hours for calling or up to eight days for basic tasks like listening to music, although these can vary depending on real-world settings. Still, these specs offer a better value than the likes of the Nord N100, which features a 5,000mAh battery, a Snapdragon 460 SoC, and up to 64GB of storage for £179.
The Poco M3 sports a 6.53-inch display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a Dot Drop notch that houses an 8MP selfie camera. Its screen is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 and has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Optics-wise, the phone rocks a triple AI camera setup at the back featuring a 48MP main shooter, 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Other features of the device include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, AI face unlock, and 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 on top.
The Poco M3 will come in Poco Yellow, Cool Blue, and Power Black. The 4GB/64GB memory configuration will be available to purchase for $129 and the 4GB/128GB for $149 beginning on November 27 as part of Poco's Black Friday promotion.