This weekend’s big Chapter 3 launch – mere hours after Chapter 2’s explosive finale – brought with it a brand new map bustling with fresh places to visit, several fan-favourite locations from the game’s original map, and plenty of fun Easter eggs and secrets.
There’s loads to explore already, but beyond launch there’s already a lot more on the way. Next week will bring Spider-Man’s web-shooters to the game as a way to swing around. An upcoming crossover for Gears of War will also see Marcus Fenix and Kait Diaz come to the Island.
Searching around the new Island, there are hints at future map changes. Currently, half of the map is covered in snow – but this is expected to recede over the back half of this season in the new year. When that happens, players expect a certain familiar clump of frozen rooftops to emerge from the ice – you can find them now just to the left of the new Island’s centre.
These rooftops are, unmistakably, the frozen tops of Tilted Towers – Fortnite’s most popular (and some would say over-used) location from its first map. The location was so busy, to the detriment of other areas, Epic eventually made sure it was spectacularly flattened by a volcanic eruption.
For now, it’s worth fully exploring Sanctuary, the large area spread over the archipelago to the east of the map. This is the home of The Seven – the game’s previously mysterious group who only showed up when really big plot moments happened.
With their heavy involvement in the Chapter 2 finale and now this reveal of where they live, there’s been a definite bid to de-mystify The Seven’s presence in Fortnite’s storyline. Now you can poke around The Rock, sorry, The Foundation’s house, for example.
It’s in Sanctuary where you’ll find voiced quests and a couple of hidden voice logs from The Scientist (who sounds a lot like Joel McHale) detailing a split between the three Seven members seen in the Chapter 2 finale and the other member who has been glimpsed previously. In short, The Paradigm is off somewhere else, separate to the Visitor, Scientist and Foundation.
Fans who have delved into Fortnite’s files have found spoilery hints to the other three Seven members. There’s reference to one named “The Origin”, who perhaps was the first member of the group. More intriguingly, the remaining two are referenced as “The Sisters”. Fortnite fans who have been paying attention will have heard of these before, back when The Foundation first popped up during the Zero Crisis Finale. At the time, he said he was looking for them, as well as the mysterious “Geno”.
Clearly, the Seven are not the unified force seen at the end of Chapter 1, when all of them turned up simultaneously to usher in the game’s black hole. Perhaps Chapter 3 will be about reuniting the group again, before they take on the villainous Imagined Order?
iPhones Continue to Provide the Highest Trade-In Value According to Research – Digital Information World
Trading in your phone when you are looking to buy a brand new one is something that most people would agree is financially sound. After all, you can get some money back for the phone that you are trading in, and this can go on to make the next phone you are about to buy considerably more affordable at least to a certain extent, and one thing to note here is that some phones have higher value.
SellCell analyzed data regarding the depreciation in the value of smartphones and found that iPhones performed best in this regard. This is a trend that has remained more or less consistent over the past few years, and it is something that continues to be the case if 2021 stats are anything to go by. In fact, out of the top five phones for trade in value, only one was an Android phone.
The phone with the lowest dip in value after a year of ownership turned out to be the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Its value only dropped by around 31.7%, and it was closely followed by the iPhone 12 Pro with a 33.8% drop in value, the iPhone 12 with 34.3% and finally the iPhone 12 Mini whose value fell relatively more severely at 43.8% which makes sense considering it’s not a flagship model and was mostly meant for budget buyers.
All of these numbers contrast rather starkly with Android phones. The best performing Android phone, the Pixel 5, saw a massive 49.8% drop in value after a single year of use. Some Android phones performed especially poorly, with most Motorola phones seeing well over 80% reduced value as far as trade ins were concerned. This may be one of the main benefits of using iPhones that most Apple fans would agree with for the most part.
Xiaomi announces Redmi Note 11 series with iPhone-style flat sides – The Verge
Xiaomi has announced the Redmi Note 11 series, continuing its popular line of budget-friendly handsets that sell in huge numbers in India and various other markets.
There are four phones in total, but they only differentiate themselves in a few specific areas. All of them have what Xiaomi describes as a “trendy flat-edge body” — in other words, yes, it looks like an iPhone — and most of the specs are shared across at least two models. Here’s how it all breaks down:
- The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G is the highest-end model and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor with 5G support. The screen is a 6.67-inch 120Hz 1080p OLED panel, there’s a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging, and a 108-megapixel main camera backed by an 8-megapixel ultrawide and a 2-megapixel macro camera. It’s also the only phone in this lineup not to have a 2-megapixel “depth camera,” which is probably not a big loss.
- The Redmi Note 11 Pro is essentially identical to the Pro 5G, but it uses a MediaTek Helio G96 processor that only supports up to LTE connectivity.
- The Redmi Note 11 has a Snapdragon 680, a smaller 6.43-inch 90Hz 1080p LCD, a 50-megapixel main camera, 33W fast charging, and only goes up to 6GB rather than 8GB of RAM.
- The Redmi Note 11S has the same screen and 33W fast charging as the Note 11 but the same Helio G96 processor, 108-megapixel main camera, and option for 8GB of RAM as the Note 11 Pro.
All of these phones have 5,000mAh batteries, side-mounted fingerprint sensors, headphone jacks, and up to 128GB of onboard storage.
Xiaomi was unable to provide pricing information in advance of this launch, which is obviously critical for such a wide range of products and SKUs that are all intended to be affordable and price-competitive. For context, last year’s equivalent Redmi Note 10 Pro — which had a similar screen and camera — cost about $260 when it was launched in India.
The Redmi Note 11 and 11S will go on sale this month, while the Note 11 Pro and Pro 5G won’t be available until February.
Everything about the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra has just leaked – XDA Developers
The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is just around the corner. We expect that it will arrive sometime next month, and an announcement event is possibly scheduled for February 9. Most details about all three phones have already leaked, and images of all three devices leaked yesterday. Now, though, all specifications for the three devices have also been leaked, revealing the inclusion of the Samsung Exynos 2200 in European devices — amongst other specs.
These specifications come courtesy of WinFuture, a publication with an excellent track record when it comes to leaks. All three devices launch with the Exynos 2200 in Europe and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the US. All three will also come preloaded with Android 12 based on Samsung One UI 4.1.
Samsung Galaxy S22 series complete specs (courtesy of WinFuture)
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S22||Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra|
|Software||Google Android 12 Samsung One UI 4.1|
|Chip||EU/DE: Samsung Exynos 2200 Octa-Core, 2,8 GHz + 2,5 GHz + 1,7 GHz, 4nm, AMD RDNA 2
USA: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Octa-Core, 3,0 GHz + 2,5 GHz + 1,8 GHz, 4nm, Adreno 730
|Display||6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2340 x 1080 Pixel, Infinity-O-Display, 10 – 120 Hertz, Gorilla Glass Victus, 1500 nits, 425 ppi||6.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 2340 x 1080 Pixel, Infinity-O-Display, 10 – 120 Hertz, Gorilla Glass Victus, 1750 nits, 393 ppi||6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 3080 x 1440 Pixel, Infinity-O Edge-Display, 1-120 Hz, Gorilla Glass Victus, 1750 nits, 500 ppi|
|Storage||8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage||8/12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage|
|Main camera||Triple camera:
50 MP (Main camera, 85 °, f / 1.8, 23mm, 1 / 1.56 “, 1.0 ,m, OIS, 2PD)
12 MP (Ultra-wide-angle lens, 120 °, f / 2.2, 13mm, 1 / 2.55” , 1.4 )m)
10 MP (Telephoto lens, 36 °, f / 2.4, 69mm, 1 / 3.94 “, 1.0 ,m, OIS)
108 MP (main camera, 85°, f/1.8, 2PD, OIS)
12 MP (ultra wide angle, 120°, f/2.2, 13mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4 µm, 2PD, AF)
10 MP (Telephoto, 36°, f/2.4, 69mm, 1/3.52″, 1.12 µm, 2PD, OIS)
10 MP (Telephoto, 11°, f/4.9, 230mm, 1/3.52″, 1.12 µm, 2PD, OIS)
|Front camera||10 MP (f/2.2, 80°, 25mm, 1/3.24″, 1.22 µm, 2PD)||40 MP (f/2.2, 80°, 25mm, 1/2.8″, 0.7 µm, AF)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, UWB (UWB only in Plus and Ultra)|
|Battery||3700 mAh, fast charging, Qi charging||4500 mAh, fast charging, Qi charging||5000 mAh, fast charging, Qi charging|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.2, USB Typ C 3.2 Gen 1, NFC, Wi-Fi 6 (WLAN AX)|
|Cellular||2G (GPRS/EDGE), 3G (UMTS), 4G (LTE), 5G|
|Colors||Phantom Black, White, Pink Gold, Green||Phantom Black, White, Burgundy, Green|
|Dimensions||146.0 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm||157.4 x 75.8 x 7.64 mm||163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm|
|Weight||167 grams||195 grams||227 grams|
|Misc||Waterproof according to IP68, dual SIM (2x Nano + E-SIM), GPS, face recognition, Wireless PowerShare, DeX, child mode, data security: KNOX, ODE, EAS, MDM, VPN|
Samsung Galaxy S22
The Samsung Galaxy S22 is the regular variant of the three, packing basic flagship specifications. The 6.1-inch OLED panel has a refresh rate of 120Hz with a maximum brightness of 1500 nits. The touchscreen is covered by Gorilla Glass Victus, and it supports Wi-Fi 6 (WLAN-ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and 5G.
In terms of cameras, there’s a 50MP primary shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 10MP telephoto sensor for 3x optical zoom. There’s a 3,700 mAh battery that can be charged wirelessly, and an ultra-sonic in-display fingerprint sensor. It weighs 167 grams and is IP68 rated. It will be released in Germany in Black, White, Green, and Pink at €849 (128 GB) and €899 (256 GB).
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus is a slightly beefier flagship smartphone in the trio. It has the same chipset, the same set of cameras, and the same storage and RAM options, but there are some important differences, too. It has a 6.6-inch full HD OLED display that goes up to 120Hz, with a maximum brightness of 1750 nits. The screen is also protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. It has the same IP68 water resistance rating, but weighs 196 grams and packs a 4,500 mAh battery.
As for pricing, the Samsung Galaxy S22+ will be available in Black, White, Greem, and Pink Gold at €1049 (128 GB) and €1099 (256 GB). Its primary upgrades over the regular S22 are the screen and the bigger battery, as much of the rest remains the same.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best Samsung phone yet, and it seems to have everything in Samsung’s arsenal thrown into it. Not only does it seem to carry the torch of the Note series thanks to its included (and dockable) stylus, but it also has some of the craziest specifications ever in a smartphone.
First and foremost, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 6.8-inch QHD+ OLED panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s coated in Gorilla Glass Victus with a brightness of 1750 nits. It can also be bought with up to 12GB of RAM. This device has a quad-camera arrangement on the back, packing a primary sensor that comes in at 108MP, an ultra-wide at 12MP, and two 10MP lenses for 3x and 10x optical zoom. The front-facing camera comes in at 40MP. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has a 5000 mAh battery, an in-display ultra-sonic fingerprint sensor, and an S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will be available in Black, White, Green, and Burgundy at €1249 (8/128 GB), €1349 (12/256 GB), and €1449 (12/512 GB).
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