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Asus unveils ROG Phone 5 series with up to 18GB of RAM and 144Hz display refresh rate – MobileSyrup

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Asus’ Republic of Gamers brand has announced the ROG Phone 5 series and a lineup of gaming accessories, including a new headset.

This year we’re getting three new ROG handsets: the ROG Phone 5, the ROG 5 Pro and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate.

Each of these devices offers Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G processor and a massive 6,000mAh battery with 65-watt charging. Further, the handsets feature a 144Hz display refresh rate with a 1ms latency and an industry-leading 300Hz touch sampling rate on top of an HDR10+ AMOLED screen.

Specifically, the ROG Phone 5 series feature a 6.78-inch display with a 20.4:9 aspect ratio with a 2448 x 1080 pixel resolution and 1,200 nits of peak brightness. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, face recognition and ultrasonic sensors for its triggers.

The handsets feature a 64-megapixel primary shooter, a 13-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel macro, as well as a 24-megapixel selfie camera. Additionally, the phones sport symmetrical dual front-facing speakers.

While the above is the same for each device, the smartphones differ when it comes to RAM. The ROG Phone 5 and ROG Phone 5 Pro feature 16GB of RAM, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate offers up to 18GB of RAM. Storage-wise, the ROG Phone 5 sports 256GB of storage, and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate and ROG Phone 5 Pro feature 512GB of storage.

Available exclusively on the ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is ‘ROG Vision,’ a rear display that shows customizable animations in response to various system and in-game events. The ROG 5 Pro’s ROG Vision offers a colour display, whereas the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate sports a monochrome version.

The Asus ROG Phone 5 series will be available starting in Q2. Canadian pricing hasn’t been revealed yet.

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Asus has also unveiled the ROG Strix Go BT gaming headset that uses Qualcomm’s new Adaptive audio technology and offers active noise-cancellation and a noise-cancelling microphone. While the headset features Bluetooth, it also sports a 3.5mm connector that allows it to plug into different gaming devices.

Additionally, Asus unveiled the ROG Kunai 3 gamepad, which adds console-like gamepad controls to the ROG Phone 5. There’s also the ROG Lighting Armor Case, which gives the handset a striking appearance and features Aura lighting.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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