OPPO’s Reno series is all set to get a refresh tomorrow, at the official Reno3 5G launch event in Hangzhou, China. The Reno3 5G and Reno3 Pro 5G models will be officially announced tomorrow alongside the company’s new OPPO Enco Free TWS earbuds. With their launch tomorrow, OPPO would also officially label the Reno series as the smartphone lineup with one of the shortest product cycles ever! After all, this would be the third-generation model, with the first-gen device being announced just 10 months ago!
Despite having a 5G phone in the market – the OPPO Reno 5G, the Reno3 5G duo will be the pioneering the company’s growth in this emerging market. Both phones are expected to be mid-range with a few premium features and will ditch the pop-up camera design of its predecessors.
Since the OPPO Reno3 5G and the Reno3 Pro 5G differ quite significantly, let’s take a look at what to expect from each device individually.
OPPO Reno3 5G Design & Specs (Expected)
The OPPO Reno3 5G will be what the Redmi K20 was in the K20 series. It will bring 5G, an AMOLED display, a quad-camera setup, and a thin sub-8mm body at a cheaper price tag than the Pro model.
In terms of design, the Reno3 5G and its Pro sibling will differ quite significantly on the front. The Reno3 5G will feature a flat 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display with a waterdrop notch on top. If you know, motorized camera setups ensure you have a full-screen display, but they have a drawback. Pop-up camera-equipped phones are heavier and thicker than traditional front camera solutions, like a waterdrop notch. OPPO is giving priority to a slimmer and comfortable form factor on the Reno3 5G and hence, you get the waterdrop notch on its display.
At the back, things are very similar to the ‘Pro’ version. We can expect a quad-camera setup on the top left corner with the bottom two cameras sharing the same sub-housing. This is what differentiates the Reno3 with the Pro version, which has all the four cameras within its pill-shaped camera housing. The words ‘Ultra Steady’ are written beside the quad-camera solution, which confirms the phone will have some sort of video feature like the ‘Super Stable’ mode on the OnePlus 7 series.
In terms of specs, the quad-camera setup is expected to feature a 64MP primary shooter with an 8MP wide-angle sensor, and two other 2MP sensors, likely for Macro and bokeh. On the front, you can expect a 32MP shooter to take care of your selfies.
Inside, the OPPO Reno3 5G is confirmed to feature the Dimensity 1000L 5G processor. We can expect Mali-G77 GPU to be paired with the CPU for a pretty good graphics performance. There should be an 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM variant alongside a high-end 12GB RAM + 128GB ROM model. A large 4025mAh battery should take care of the power requirements with the 30W VOOC 4.0 fast charging technology.
OPPO has already confirmed that both, the Reno3 5G and the Reno3 5G Pro models will feature a 360° surround antenna design to better implement 5G connectivity. Both phones will support 5G SA/NSA (standalone / non-standalone) networks.
As for the pricing, the 8GB RAM + 128GB model of the Reno3 5G is rumored to start at 3,199 Yuan ($458) while the 12GB RAM + 128GB model could be priced at 3,599 Yuan ($515).
OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G Design & Specs (Expected)
OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G is going to be the star of the launch event tomorrow. The phone will feature a beautiful curved 6.5-inch display on the two sides, kind of like the Galaxy S10. I mentioned the Galaxy S10, and not the OnePlus 7T Pro here simply because it shares one another feature that’s present on the S10 – a punch-hole camera. The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G is confirmed to feature a punch-hole camera on the top left corner of the display. It looks like punch-hole cameras are gaining traction in the premium smartphone segment with the likes of the Redmi K30 5G, Vivo X30 Pro 5G, and even the upcoming Realme X50 featuring one, or even two, punch-hole shooters on the display. Note that the display will feature a high 90Hz refresh rate.
The Reno3 Pro 5G will also come with a slim profile, measuring just 7.7mm in thickness and 171 grams, a far cry from the 9mm thick and 190+ gram weight of the Reno2 Z or even the OPPO Reno 5G models. To make things really interesting, OPPO has confirmed that the phone will feature a 4025mAh battery with 30W fast charging too, in this slim form factor. At the back, the quad-cameras will be arranged vertically, in a pill-shaped design.
It is expected that both, the OPPO Reno3 5G and the Reno3 Pro 5G will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. To recall, the OPPO Reno 5G model didn’t have this dedicated jack, but it made a comeback with the Reno2 Z. Even the Pro model is expected to feature an in-display fingerprint solution. There should be four colors available at launch: Misty White, Sunrise Impression (Blue-red gradient), Blue Starry Night, and Midnight Black.
The quad-cameras at the back should feature a 48MP primary camera, with an 8MP shooter (likely wide-angle), another 13MP sensor (telephoto likely), and a 2MP shooter (possibly for macro or bokeh). According to a recent Geekbench listing, the OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G, aka PCRMOO scored 2847 and 7686 in the benchmark test. It didn’t reveal the processor inside but OPPO has already confirmed that it will use the Snapdragon 765G octa-core chipset, the same one that powers the Redmi K30 5G.
Both phones are expected to run on ColorOS 7 based on Android 10.
The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G’s 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM model is rumored to start at 3699 yuan ($529) and it could go up to 4199 yuan ($601) for the 12GB RAM +256GB top-end variant.
Reservations for both the devices are already up in China and have crossed 500,000 registrations already.
The Reno3 5G and the Reno3 Pro 5G will be announced tomorrow. So we are less than 24 hours away from getting official details from the company.
CD Projekt Red is the second-largest video game company in Europe – Videogamer.com
CD Projekt Red is the second-largest video game company in Europe, with a market valuation of approximately $8 billion (via PC Gamer).
The developer is making a lot of moolah right now. Sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt surpassed $50 million since 2018, and as a result, CD Projekt Red gets an 80 per cent share of subsequent sales. Given that the series enjoyed a rush of interest from the TV adaptation, it makes sense that there was a whopping 554 per cent increase in sales for physical editions of The Witcher 3 across all platforms. In December, it was recorded that The Witcher saw over 5,000 concurrent players on Steam, which blew its previous record to smithereens, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt got over one million players dipping their toes into The Continent.
CD Projekt Red’s glad tidings in the festive season only continued with a new agreement with the author of The Witcher books, Andrzej Sapkowski. This “sets out a framework for the future cooperation” and entitles the company to the intellectual property in video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise. Of course, its distribution platform GOG.com is sure to have swayed the statistics, and excitement for the future Cyberpunk 2077 hasn’t been dissuaded by the delay.
As a “dual franchise” developer, the success of The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 may lift the company to the pole position in time. Currently, Ubisoft is the king of the castle, with an estimated market valuation of $9.6 billion. We do know that Ubisoft ran into trouble with the poor performance of Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 late last year. It is rumoured that the company is considering an editorial team reshuffle in order to encourage variance and newness in its properties.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
The Witcher’s Netflix Success Proves CD Projekt Red Made a Big Mistake – CCN Markets
- The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red may have made a huge mistake by not capitalizing on the Netflix series.
- Sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soared after the TV show debuted.
- CD Projekt Red should have timed The Witcher 4 or new Wild Hunt DLC to coincide with the launch of the series.
Netflix isn’t the only one reaping the rewards from the success of its new fantasy series, The Witcher. Game developer CD Projekt Red has been cashing in too.
The Witcher 4 Was a Pipe-Dream – But What About DLC?
A recent NPD report revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sales exploded by 554% in December 2019 – the month the Netflix show debuted – compared to the previous December.
But the company may have missed out on an even bigger windfall by failing to capitalize on the Netflix-fueled Witcher hype.
Maybe timing The Witcher 4 for a December 2019 or early 2020 release would have been way too ambitious. But they could have at least unveiled some new Wild Hunt DLC.
And it may already be too late for CD Projekt Red to correct its blunder.
Why CD Projekt Red Has Already Missed Its Chance to Leverage the Netflix Hype
Season two of the Netflix series is expected to air in 2021, so it’s virtually impossible that The Witcher 4 would be ready by then.
Before CD Projekt Red begins developing the sequel to Wild Hunt, it has to complete development on Cyberpunk 2077 – which has just been delayed to September 17. Then it will develop Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer gameplay, which it plans to launch after 2021.
It took three and a half years to develop The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – and that game was delayed several times. That means we may not see The Witcher 4 until at least 2024.
By 2024, the series may have ended. Netflix is notorious for canceling shows after a few seasons. Or maybe the quality drops off dramatically, and viewers lose interest.
The Witcher, which has a lengthy production cycle and pays lead actor Henry Cavill $400,000 an episode, isn’t cheap. Netflix can’t afford it to be a niche product.
No matter what happens, it looks like CD Projekt Red has already missed its best chance to leverage the series into a fat payday.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified: February 20, 2020 9:00 PM UTC
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Save Recovery Limit Might Get Changed – GameSpot
During its Animal Crossing-focused Direct, Nintendo once again confirmed that the upcoming New Horizons will not make use of Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud save backup function, but NSO subscribers will have a way to recover their save data should something unfortunate happen to their system. However, this feature comes with one notable caveat.
[Update] The caveat that previously stated that players would only be able to recover data once in the event a Switch console was damaged or lost resulted in some criticism from the community and became a key subject of discussion around the game. In the time since, Nintendo has re-uploaded the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct video–sacrificing a considerable number of views in the process–and changed the language used in the data recovery section to indicate it may be reconsidering the limitation.
Where it previously stated, “Nintendo Switch Online members can only have save data recovered one time due to loss or damage of system” it now says, “More details on save data recovery functionality will be shared at a future date.” Of course, there is no guarantee that the limitation will be removed; Nintendo may simply want to justify the restriction better at a later date.
[Original story continues] In fine print during the presentation, Nintendo specifies that you will only be able to recover your Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data one time should your Switch get lost or damaged. As previously mentioned, this service will only be offered to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and it won’t be available until sometime after the game launches.
This isn’t the only unusual save data restriction New Horizons imposes on players. Nintendo recently confirmed that only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console–so if another player who shares your system would like to start their own island, they’ll need their own Switch and game. Additionally, you will not be able to transfer your New Horizons save data from one Switch system to another, at least from launch. Nintendo UK’s website says that a function to move your save to another console is “planned for later this year.”
We learned a lot of other details about New Horizons during the Animal Crossing Direct. Nintendo showcased a variety of quality-of-life improvements, as well as some new and returning characters you’ll meet in the game. New Horizons also lets you change your island’s terrain for the first time in the series, and it’ll make use of both the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app and the Animal Crossing Amiibo figures and cards.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases worldwide on March 20. You can see what pre-order bonuses are available for the title in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order guide. For more on the game, be sure to check out our roundup of everything we know about New Horizons.
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.
Politics This Morning: Feds face looming end-of-week deadline on Teck Frontier mine – The Hill Times
Did Coronavirus Originate in America? Chinese Media Pushes Conspiracy – CCN.com
Val Sweeting finally breaks through at Scotties after so much heartbreak – TSN
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Popular Richmond BBQ spot speaks out about coronavirus rumours after man collapses outside restaurant – Vancouver Is Awesome
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports January housing sales up 42.4 percent
- Economy22 hours ago
UAE economy grew at 2.9% in 2019, central bank says – TheChronicleHerald.ca
- Health17 hours ago
Coronavirus, Covid-19, Could Become The Deadliest Virus Ever
- Media5 hours ago
This video has circulated in media reports since at least October 2019 — months before the novel coronavirus outbreak – AFP Factcheck
- Health18 hours ago
What we know about the Coronavirus and what we don’t
- Health16 hours ago
Coronavirus symptoms: How the COVID-19 disease progresses day by day – Business Insider – Business Insider
- Health22 hours ago
Coronavirus: The Symptoms, The Risks And How To Avoid Being Infected – Knnit – Knnit
- News7 hours ago
Passenger on Air Canada flight to Vancouver is not a new case of COVID-19: B.C. officials – Global News
- Media4 hours ago
Sanders campaign prods media outlets: 'What are they missing about Bernie's appeal?' – CNN