Asus debuted two new gaming phones Tuesday, the ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro, which feature the newest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor and a Samsung AMOLED display capable of running at a 165Hz refresh rate. Alongside the phones, the AeroActive Cooling 6 accessory that clips onto the line claims to both reduce temperatures by up to 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees F) from the back of the phone while including tactile shoulder buttons.
Both phones also include a 6,000-mAh battery with 65-watt charging, and additional sensors that add gaming controls through the phone’s gyroscope as well as along the phone’s corners. They also each include a 50-megapixel main camera, 13-megapixel ultrawide camera and 5-megapixel macro camera. Both phones also include a 12-megapixel front camera.
The main differences between the standard 6 and the 6 Pro come with its storage and memory options: The 6 starts with 256GB of storage with models that include 8GB and 12GB of RAM, while the 6 Pro includes 512GB of storage and 18GB of RAM. The Pro also has a second display on the back that can show notifications, system information and animations. The 6 instead gets a LED logo that can be customized to light up for different situations.
These are all specs that — like other gaming phones — are meant to prioritize power and performance in order to get the most out of Android games. The battery in particular is especially notable and its 6,000mAH capacity matches last year’s. That phone has one of the longest battery lives that we’ve seen on an Android phone, according to CNET reviewer Patrick Holland, and was accomplished through two 3,000-mAh batteries. Last year’s phone also had a very fast 144Hz screen though, and this year’s even faster 165Hz screen might affect how quickly it burns through a charge.
Having that 165Hz screen should also make animations extremely smooth, especially for games that are capable of supporting that threshold. I found during my review of the, which also has a 165Hz refresh rate, that only some Android games support that right now since most phones cap out at a 120Hz refresh rate. For most people, 120Hz is plenty smooth enough, but for the gaming crowd this phone is targeted toward, 165Hz does bring out a bit more precision in what you can see.
Release dates aren’t yet available, but both phones are set to first arrive in Europe at 999 euros (roughly $1,024; £858; AU$1,510) for the 6 and 1,299 euros for the Pro. This puts them well into flagship territory in terms of pricing, and an uptick over last year’s ROG Phone 5, which started at 799 euros.
While we would need to wait for a hands-on with the phone in order to check out the Snapdragon chip in the phone, this latest chip along with the higher refresh-rate display on a Samsung-made display are intriguing as they both could eventually end up in more mainstream phones down the line.
Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: How to watch Samsung announce its latest foldable phones – ZDNet
On Wednesday, Samsung is expected to announce new foldable phones, wireless earbuds, and a new Galaxy Watch. If all of the leaks and rumors are true, that means we’ll see the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Buds 2 Pro and the Galaxy Watch 5 (and maybe even a Pro model).
Who knows, Samsung could have other products lined up for announcement. We simply won’t know what all it entails until the livestream ends.
When is Samsung Galaxy Unpacked?
The event kicks off early Wednesday, Aug. 10, with the livestream starting at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT. There isn’t an in-person element to the event as companies continue to stick to a virtual-only approach for product announcements.
Here are the different international times for your reference:
- New York: 9 a.m. ET
- San Francisco: 6 a.m. PT
- London: 2 p.m. GMT
- Berlin: 3 p.m. CET
- Mumbai: 9:30 p.m. IT
- Tokyo: 11 a.m. JT Jan. 15
- Sydney: 1 a.m. AEDT Jan. 15
How to what Samsung Galaxy Unpacked
If you want to tune in and watch the announcements as they’re made, then you’re in luck. Samsung is broadcasting the livestream across several different platforms. Here’s everywhere you can watch the official stream:
What to expect from Samsung Galaxy Unpacked
Samsung itself has dropped some major hints about what to expect from the announcement. Certainly, there are new foldable phones — likely the Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 — on tap to be announced.
In addition to the new phones, Samsung’s Galaxy Watch5 appears set to get an upgrade, with a new Watch5 Pro model, which early leaks indicate will be more rugged and more of a competitor to Garmin’s line of smartwatches.
Finally, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro appear primed for an upgrade with the Buds 2 Pro adding new active noise cancellation features and a refreshed design to the company’s completely wireless earbuds.
We’ll have full event coverage as Samsung’s latest Galaxy Unpacked event kicks off bright and early on Wednesday, Aug. 10.
What’s something you’re hoping to see Samsung announce during the event? Let us know in the comments below.
Apple might bring back Status Bar battery percentage with iOS 16 – MobileSyrup
In classic Apple fashion, the tech giant could bring back a feature it never should have removed.
In iOS 16 beta 5, the battery percentage indicator in the ‘Status Bar’ has returned. The tech giant nixed the functionality alongside the release of the iPhone X back in 2017. Though it’s been possible to view battery life in the iPhone’s settings, glancing down at your device and seeing a specific number in the status bar is far more convenient.
According to 9to5Mac, reading the percentage in the latest version of iOS 16’s beta is as simple as navigating to ‘Settings,’ selecting ‘Battery’ and then turning on a new Battery Percentage option. There’s a possibility that the feature could be enabled by default when the public version of iOS 16 releases this September. When I downloaded iOS 16 beta 5 on my iPhone 13 Pro, the option to add a battery percentage (seen in the photo above) appeared under the Battery section of the settings app.
The percentage is visible while charging, in low-power mode and during general use, as long as the feature has been enabled. Interestingly, 9to5Mac says that the option to add the battery percentage to the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini is not available in iOS 16 beta 5.
Given how perplexing it was that Apple ditched the battery percentage option in the first place, it’s great to see it finally returning. That said, it’s difficult to celebrate functionality that shouldn’t have been gotten rid of in the first place.
Still, it looks like the battery percentage indicator is coming back, and it seems Apple has finally listened to the criticism surrounding its removal.
Apple Maps begins image collection across Canada – including Moose Jaw – DiscoverMooseJaw.com
Apple is beginning its ground surveys with vehicles around the world to collect data to improve Apple Maps and to support the Look Around feature.
In upcoming weeks, Apple Maps is focusing on surveying towns and cities within Saskatchewan.
According to the apple website, 18 communities are set to be surveyed in Saskatchewan. They include:
- La Ronge
- Maple Creek
- Moose Jaw
- North Battleford
- Prince Albert
- Swift Current
Apple will censor faces and license plates on images that are published in Look Around.
The company said that image collection would be primarily done using Apple Maps vehicles but certain pedestrian areas would require portable systems to be used.
Surveys of the selected communities will begin on Aug. 8 and then wrap up on Sept. 30.
Residents can reach out to Apple to request that a face, license plate or house be censored if it was captured in the survey process by emailing MapsImageCollection@apple.com.
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