OnePlus simply launched a less expensive 5G telephone, then slid in some main enterprise information alongside it. After a while working with Oppo (which is owned by the identical firm — BBK), OnePlus CEO Peter Lau introduced that after the “positive impact” of working collectively, the group is cozying up even nearer.

Although OnePlus will reside underneath Oppo’s umbrella, Lau mentioned it would stay But if you happen to’ve been scrutinizing the world of smartphones — particularly these from BBK gamers like Oppo, Vivo, Realme, OnePlus — there’s been a number of characteristic and spec overlap. For instance, the OnePlus 8 Pro was an terrible lot just like the Oppo Find X2 Pro.

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Some of those telephone manufacturers deal with China and India, whereas OnePlus pushes (and sometimes thrives) into Western international locations and will get its telephones into European and American palms. More just lately, Oppo and Vivo have made strikes into some international locations in Europe, however neither has the model energy of OnePlus. Will this nearer partnership end in much more comparable telephones with totally different badges? Or one other main cellular energy in a position to go up in opposition to Samsung and Apple?

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Leica introduces its very first smartphone

With a 1-inch digital camera sensor and ‘240Hz’ show.

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Talking of similar telephones, totally different badges, Leica’s first smartphone is a tool that’s just about already launched. Following collaborations with Huawei and the more moderen Sharp Aquos R6, Leica is lastly launching its personal smartphone. The Leitz Phone 1 is Leica’s first self-branded cell phone (and, yep, it’s an Aquos R6 beneath that purple Leica brand), and it will launch in Japan subsequent month. Though there are aesthetic tweaks to the digital camera UI, the telephone additionally comes with a “largely monochrome” tackle Android 11, which sounds fairly cool. Just just like the Aquos R6, the Leitz Phone 1 packs a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor for its f/1.9 primary digital camera, together with a 12.6-megapixel selfie digital camera on the opposite aspect. Continue studying.

Google’s first retail retailer will promote, repair and showcase its merchandise

It opens in New York City at the moment.


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This is not Google’s first bodily retail house, after all — the corporate’s held a number of pop-ups that includes its {hardware} merchandise prior to now. But a brand new retailer on 76 Ninth Avenue, which can open at the moment at 10 am ET, occupies the underside of Google’s constructing in Chelsea. Not solely will it promote Google {hardware} (throughout the Pixel, Nest and Fitbit portfolios) nevertheless it’ll additionally offer you tech assist on a broad ecosystem of merchandise, a la Apple’s Genius Bar. Continue studying.

In-app adverts are coming to Oculus Quest

The first ones will seem inside “Blaston.”

In the approaching weeks, Facebook plans to start out testing adverts Oculus Quest house owners see whereas enjoying video games and utilizing apps with their headsets. The first of those will seem in Blaston, a first-person bullet-hell title from Resolution Games, adopted by software program from two different unnamed builders someday within the subsequent few weeks. “For now, this is a test with a few apps,” the corporate mentioned in a weblog publish. Continue studying.

Driving Citroën’s pint-sized Ami EV

Available to drivers as younger as 14 years previous.

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Carmakers have gone on and on for years about city mobility options, however have you ever ever seen one on the streets? French automaker Citroën lastly did one thing about that by remodeling its cute Ami idea into an precise cute automobile with two seats and a high pace of 28 MPH.

By a quirk of French legislation, the Ami shouldn’t be technically a automobile however a “quadricycle,” so customers within the nation as younger as 14 can drive it. But not like Renault’s Twizy quadricycle, it’s a completely enclosed automobile. Paris-based Associate Editor Steve Dent had to attempt it out. Continue studying.

We performed ‘Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin.’

Square Enix’s new method to the first-ever Final Fantasy didn’t get off to a superb begin. The trailer was tough and presumably essentially the most meme-able video at this yr’s E3. Sometimes that’s good. Usually, it’s unhealthy. This was the latter, with nonsensical dialogue and a recreation that seemed fairly dated given it’s coming to the PS5. I performed by way of the demo (which additionally had its personal issues), and whereas there’s room for enchancment — the builders are chasing suggestions from gamers — there could possibly be a really pleasant, if powerful, recreation that provides a unique perspective on the Final Fantasy universe. Continue studying.

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