Xiaomi will present a powerful smartphone Mi 10 Pro Plus at a virtual presentation on August 11


Xiaomi has unveiled a teaser announcing that a virtual presentation will take place on August 11, at which the latest products from a renowned Chinese developer will debut.


What exactly will be discussed is not specified. But it is known that the co-founder and CEO of Xiaomi Lei Jun will appeal to consumers. He will talk about the past, present and future of the company.

The respected Chinese tech blog Digital Chat Station reports that the virtual event will feature the latest smartphones and other Xiaomi devices.

In particular, the presentation of the flagship device Mi 10 Pro Plus is expected. The high-performance smartphone is rumored to have a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor up to 3.1GHz, a 6.67-inch Full HD + AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 5G modem to connect to fifth-generation mobile networks. The equipment will allegedly include a triple camera with a 48-megapixel main sensor, a unit with ultra-wide-angle optics and a periscope module with optical zoom.

We add that Xiaomi is the third largest smartphone supplier in Russia (after Honor and Samsung). According to the results of the second quarter of this year, the company occupied 19.8% of the market for “smart” cellular devices in our country (in piece terms).

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The writer of The Last of Us series promised to expand and supplement the plot of the original game in the show

The writer of The Last of Us series promised to expand and supplement the plot of the original game in the show

One of the writers of the series based on The Last of Us, Craig Mazin, as part of an episode of the Must Watch broadcast on BBC radio, shared new details of the upcoming film adaptation.

Recall that the show announced in March of this year will tell about the events of the original The Last of Us and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, may affect the sequel.

According to Mazin, fans of the Naughty Dog franchise shouldn’t worry that the creators of the adaptation do not understand the original source or are going to radically transform a familiar story.

“In this case, I work with the creator himself [игры]so the changes we’re making are designed to fill in the gaps in the plot and expand on it. Do not destroy [уже придуманное разработчиками], but rather to strengthen “– explained Mazin.

Craig Mazin

At the same time, the story of the series has already been planned, and Mazin and Neil Druckmann are integrating scenes created especially for the show into the canvas of game events.

Mazin looks forward to the community’s reaction: “For me, it’s like a dream come true. [Вместе с этим] I’m a little scared because of the strength of the emotions associated with this game. I think I will hide in a bunker for a while, because you can’t please everyone. “

There is no premiere date for the series based on The Last of Us, but there is a composer – Gustavo Santaolalla – and a director. Johan Renck will direct at least a pilot (first) episode of the upcoming show.

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Hisense U7QF premium TVs will soon appear in Russia

Hisense U7QF premium TVs will soon appear in Russia

Hisense will soon begin selling in Russia the new flagship series of 4K ULED TVs Hisense U7QF, which will be represented by the 50U7QF and 55U7QF models with a screen diagonal of 50 and 55 inches, respectively.

The new items have all the qualities of premium TVs, including support for smart TV technology with artificial intelligence and the ability to control from a smartphone using a special RemoteNow application.

The new models are distinguished by their elegant appearance. All of them are made on a single monolithic leg, have a thin frame around the screen and a metal body. Flagship TVs are suitable for any multimedia entertainment: movies, games, web services and Internet access.

The 55U7QF 55-inch model uses two backlight technologies. The first is the Full Array Local Dimming technology, which divides the screen into 72 zones and changes the brightness of the backlight in each of them depending on the image, making dark areas more detailed and light ones brighter. Thanks to this, Full Array Local Dimming allows you to optimally adjust the contrast of the image and provide an HDR effect even for normal content.

The second technology – Quantum Dot Color (application of quantum dots) – uses blue LEDs instead of white ones for backlighting. To obtain white light, the device has a special additional layer of red and green quantum dots, which emit light corresponding to their color. The result is purer white light for accurate color reproduction and a wider range of reproducible tones.

To obtain the most realistic picture, the TV uses the proprietary Ultra Color Enhancer algorithm, which scans the image and calibrates the colors to form a more accurate color scheme. In addition to supporting HDR technologies (High Dynamic Range), the 55U7QF model uses 4K AI UPSCALER technology, which, using artificial intelligence (AI), analyzes and restores the color of missing pixels, taking into account shadows and brightness. Currently, 4K content is scarce, so viewers are more likely to watch Full HD movies, and 4K AI UPSCALER technology helps bring the picture closer to the proper level.

The TV has a light sensor that adjusts the brightness of the image taking into account the room lighting.

Pure surround sound is provided by a 6-channel, 10-watt dual-speaker wideband audio system and DOLBY ATMOS technology for immersive listening to even soft speech in the background.

The flagship model 55U7QF is distinguished by high functionality, it has a quad-core MSD6886 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 4 GB flash drive, a set of ports and connectors, including two USB 2.0, Ethernet, three HDMI 2.0. The operating system VIDAA U4.0 is used for control.

Fans of computer games can cancel the processing of the image by the processor in a special mode and output the input data from the HDMI port directly to the screen, while the response will decrease to 20 ms or more.

The manufacturer’s recommended price for the Hisense 50U7QF TV with a 50-inch screen is 39,999 rubles, and with a 55-inch diagonal – 44,999 rubles.

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ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QL1A Gaming Monitor Supports ELMB Technology

ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QL1A Gaming Monitor Supports ELMB Technology

ASUS has announced the TUF Gaming VG279QL1A gaming-grade monitor, built on a 27-inch flat IPS matrix. The novelty corresponds to the Full HD format: the resolution is 1920 × 1080 pixels. Talking about DisplayHDR 400 certification: maximum brightness is 400 cd / m22

The device implements ELMB technology – Extreme Low Motion Blur. It is responsible for reducing motion blur. Adaptive-Sync helps improve the smoothness of your gameplay.

The panel provides 125 percent sRGB coverage and 95 percent DCI-P3 color space. The refresh rate reaches 165 Hz, the response time of the matrix is ​​1 ms.

The proprietary set of GamePlus tools includes a timer, crosshair, frame counter and a picture alignment tool. Flicker-Free and Ultra-Low Blue Light technologies reduce eye strain during extended gaming sessions.

The contrast ratio is 1000: 1, and the horizontal and vertical viewing angles are 178 degrees. To connect signal sources, there are two HDMI 2.0 connectors and a DisplayPort 1.2 interface.

The stand allows you to convert the screen from landscape to portrait. In addition, you can change the angles of inclination and rotation of the display, as well as adjust the height. The equipment includes 2-watt stereo speakers.

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Netflix for Android will have playback speed control tomorrow

Netflix for Android will have playback speed control tomorrow

Netflix is ​​said to provide users with the ability to customize the video playback speed by adding controls to its Android app. Modes will be offered 0.5x, 0.75x, 1.25x and 1.5x. These playback options will also be available for viewing content offline.

The playback speed will not become a constant parameter, so an appropriate slowdown or speedup will need to be selected for each individual video. The feature is expected to arrive tomorrow and will be rolled out around the world in the coming weeks.

According to Keela Robison, Netflix VP of Product Innovation, this feature has been highly requested by users over the years. Last year, the company announced for the first time that it would add playback controls to its Android app, which means it took almost a year to develop.

It can be assumed that the principle of operation will be similar to YouTube, where acceleration algorithms try to preserve the pitch, that is, the natural sound of the voice. However, one difference can already be noticed: YouTube offers a wider range of deceleration and acceleration, up to 4 and 2 times, respectively.

In the future, new playback speed controls will also become available to users of Apple products and web browsers, as Netflix is ​​about to begin testing the feature in its iOS app and the web version of the app.

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Chinese Baidu has completed the development of a computer for self-driving cars, then – implementation

Chinese Baidu has completed the development of a computer for self-driving cars, then - implementation

Chinese tech giant Baidu has announced the completion of development “the world’s first ready-to-use»Apollo Computing Unit (ACU) self-driving car computer. This computer is based on Xilinx processors using microcontrollers from Infineon chipmaker.

It is reported that despite its compact size, the computer is capable of processing large amounts of data from five cameras and 12 ultrasonic radars of the autonomous driving system.

Although the ACU is already ready for use in self-driving cars on the road, initially Baidu intends to use it only for the Apollo Valet Parking automatic parking system created in cooperation with the startup WM Motor. The feature will appear in cars in the second half of this year, and is expected to be in demand in the face of the pandemic, as many drivers do not want anyone to touch their cars while parking.

Baidu is not the only one working on a computer for an automatic control system. In particular, NVIDIA is engaged in this issue, having entered into cooperation agreements in this segment with GM, Toyota and other automakers. However, Baidu could be the first to launch a platform for real (albeit limited) use in autonomous vehicles.

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Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 10 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones

Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 10 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones

Year after year is not necessary: ​​just as in 2019 we were glad that even in the budget segment the choice and capabilities of smartphones are very good, so in the crisis of 2020 we freeze in front of the assortment with a thoughtful look – what has changed over this year? Maybe our requests have just increased – and now we want a screen scanner, quad camera and OLED display for less than a dozen? Or maybe it’s just that 2020 is so harsh that it has cut the assortment. One way or another, serious progress has not happened: the strengths and weaknesses of inexpensive smartphones are about the same as before. The US sanctions crippled the position of Huawei / Honor, Xiaomi did not make a leap forward, Nokia was blown away as unexpectedly as it had gained its position earlier, and some fresh devils did not jump out of the snuffbox. However, the new hope for the bright future of “state employees” – realme continued to move towards the stars. I will start this list with her proposal, which should not be confused with the rating: yes, the distribution of places in it from top to bottom is not accidental, but you should not be strict about it.

realme C3

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell ColorOS).
  • Display: 6.52 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720.
  • Platform: Mediatek Helio G70 (four Cortex-A75 cores, 2 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores, 1.7 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9,990 rubles for the 3/64 GB version.

Why buy: powerful hardware platform, good battery life, NFC in the 64 GB version, a separate slot for a memory card.

What can stop it: peculiar shell, low resolution on the big screen.

No sooner said than done. We open the list of budget smartphones not with the Xiaomi device – this year the kings of the people did not have a truly impressive model in the segment under 10 thousand rubles. For the sake of fairness, let’s say that realme C3 is also not amazing, but at the same time, you won’t find fault with it. This smartphone does not drag any elite elements into the budget segment, but it does all the mandatory program: the battery is capacious, the screen is large, there is enough memory, the camera will do.

The main advantage of realme C3 in comparison with competitors is the Mediatek Helio G70 platform, which really stands out in terms of performance. This is a budget smartphone, on which you can really play not only in “three in a row”. At the same time, it does not have any striking flaws, and the price below 10 thousand is quite official, there is no need to turn to the “gray” market.

Alternative: perhaps not – this is the most powerful smartphone in its price range, without competitors. The rest of the devices in this collection have other advantages.

Xiaomi Redmi 8

  • Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie (proprietary MIUI shell).
  • Display: 6.22 inches, IPS, 1520 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz)
  • RAM: 3/4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 690 rubles for the 3/32 GB version (at the time of this writing, there was also a 4/64 GB version cheaper than 10 thousand, but only one from a little-known store).

Why Buy: Nice Design, You Love Xiaomi, good battery life, separate memory card slot, relatively fast charging.

What can stop: no NFC, mediocre hardware platform.

A paradoxical situation with the most budgetary Xiaomi: the current Redmi 9 is very good, but slightly does not fall into our rating with its minimum price of 10,500 rubles, the before last Redmi 7 is more powerful (!) Of the eight, but is no longer produced, only a very compromise Redmi 8 remains – with a nice design and a generally acceptable set of characteristics, but a very simple hardware platform (you can’t really play it) and without NFC.

In fact, here we are simply squeezed by the frames of the selection, which we ourselves have invented – I recommend breaking the box, getting the extra thousand and taking the Redmi 9, which can compete with the realme C3. Redmi 8, on the other hand, cannot. But it charges at least faster – 18-watt charging is supported (realme does not).

Alternative: Xiaomi Redmi 7AIn many ways, this choice looks even more justified. Deeply outdated design, 2 gigabytes of memory, single camera – Redmi 7A is flagrantly unfashionable, but with exactly the same hardware platform as that of Redmi 8 and is cheaper by two and a half thousand rubles. If you dive deep into the budget segment, then here is this fish.

Samsung Galaxy M11

  • Operating system: Android 10 (own shell).
  • Display: 6.4 inches, PLS, 1560 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 3/4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 5 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 990 rubles.

Why buy: no notch, decent (for its class) triple camera, large display, USB Type-C, good battery life.

What can stop: no NFC, low screen resolution for such a diagonal, weak viewing angles PLS matrices.

A sure sign that something is wrong with the budget smartphone market, Samsung’s offering in this category is high on our list. The Korean company has never spoiled impressive budget employees. It does not spoil, in principle, even now, but the Galaxy M11 looks quite good in the absence of fish in 2020. The already familiar five thousand milliampere-hour battery, an acceptable triple camera, a decent amount of memory including a dedicated microSD slot, there is even a USB Type-C (yes, this is the first smartphone on the list with a current connector!) And a design without a cutout – instead, a miniature hole in the corner of the screen.

But the low screen resolution for such a diagonal and the characteristic features of the PLS matrix make themselves felt. Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy M11 is quite a good choice today if you, a name in your pocket of 10 thousand, are looking for a smartphone. True, in less than 10 thousand you will have to look for it, but this is quite real. However, the average cost of a smartphone exceeds this ceiling.

Alternative: Samsung Galaxy M01. And this Galaxy, which even in a branded store costs less than 10 thousand rubles, is already more suitable for the description of “budget Samsung” – very weak characteristics, a small screen, routine in everything. However, I would not say that Chinese budget smartphones this season are right in space compared to this proposal.

Huawei Y6p

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell EMUI, no Google services).
  • Display: 6.3 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720.
  • Platform: Mediatek MT6762R Helio P22 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 1.5 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 5 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 990 rubles.

Why Buy: Nice design, triple (and decent) rear camera, NFC, a lot of memory + dedicated card layer microSD, good battery life.

What Can Stop: Mediocre hardware platform, no services Google.

This year, there have been no smartphones that have successfully collapsed in price, so only state employees are really going into battle, who thought of such. Huawei Y6p could become one of the best among its kind – and the design is good, and the camera is nothing, and the battery is capacious, and with memory frets, but without Google services it’s hard to reach the top.

However, Huawei / Honor are actively pumping up muscles for their AppGallery store, and there are enough funds to bypass many applications – for some, the inability to use the Youtube or Google Pay application (for which Huawei has an excellent alternative, by the way) will not seem so critical but then a weak processor also pops up.

Alternative: Honor 9A. Huawei Y6a has a twin brother under the Honor brand – it differs, in fact, only in design, and even then slightly. If you still opted for one smartphone from this pair, then you can choose according to external data.

vivo Y11

  • Operating system: Android 9 (proprietary shell FunTouch OS).
  • Display: 6.35 inches, IPS, 1544 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz)
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9,990 rubles.

Why buy: the same Redmi 8 but not Xiaomi, with a better front camera and a bigger screen.

What can stop: the same disadvantages as Redmi 8, but cards microSD only up to 256 GB (the one – up to 512 GB) and the design is boring.

In fact, speaking about Redmi 8 and vivo Y11, we are talking about almost the same smartphone – with really cosmetic differences and slightly different dimensions (and, accordingly, different screens). Both vivo and Xiaomi have the same pros and cons – with a couple of differences mentioned above.

This smartphone can be considered if performance is not very important to you, but the size of the screen and the front camera are important – with aperture f/ 1.8 it stands out against the general background.

Alternative: vivo Y91c Another smartphone from even lower price category – with a single camera, an even simpler hardware platform, but otherwise quite a sane combination of characteristics for a price of 7,500 rubles.

Smartisan U3 Pro

  • Operating system: Android 7.1 (proprietary Smartisan OS shell).
  • Display: 5.99 inches, IPS, 2160 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (eight Kryo 260 cores, 2.2 GHz frequency).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 + 5 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, no memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh.
  • Price: 8 800 rubles

Why buy: Full HD display, powerful hardware platform, interesting shell, original design, USB Type-C.

What Can Stop: The brand is in limbo, no memory card slot, not coming soon, no NFC.

Choice of Risks – The experimental Smartisan brand seems to be imploding (there is no news from it for over a year), but the stocks of released smartphones are still being sold, now at bargain prices. Against the background of almost all other representatives of the collection, Smartisan U3 Pro looks strong: a powerful hardware platform (second only to the Helio P70 in realme C3), a high-resolution display and a unique shell, which we described in detail in the review of the gadget at the end of 2018.

It sounds very good (it is logical, the smartphone cost 25 thousand rubles at the start), for one thing: there will be no updates (and Android is still the seventh), there will be no support, sales will stop at any moment. But if you are not afraid of difficulties – why not, this is the case when you can take the risk. One of the best deals in this price range.

Alternative: Smartisan U3… The closest relative, in which suddenly even the rear cameras are better, and the front camera is hidden downward, under the screen; quite a good option, but with weaker performance (Snapdragon 625) and with less memory (but there is a microSD slot).

Honor 9 Lite

  • Operating system: Android 8.0 (proprietary EMUI shell).
  • Display: 5.65 inches, IPS, 2160 × 1080.
  • Platform: HiSilicon Kirin 659 (eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores up to 2.36 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM cards, combined memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 690 rubles.

Why buy: small high-resolution screen, comfortable body, good (still) specs, yes NFC, dual front camera.

What can stop: old version Android is not the most capacious battery.

A guest from the past – a smartphone presented at the end of 2017 with a small screen by today’s standards, but with Full HD resolution, which is very uncharacteristic for the budget segment in 2020 – in combination with a compact body, this creates a strong effect. Until now, a relatively decent platform, and the rest of the characteristics are at the level, even a dual front camera is there. And most importantly, Google Mobile Services is in place – the gadget comes from a time when the strained relations with the US government were not yet suspected.

Honor 9 Lite was also in last year’s collection, but against the general background it still looks good, especially given the unfulfilled fears that support for the Honor / Huawei operating system will end with tougher sanctions. Another thing is that there are already a few of these devices left on the market – they are no longer produced, now the remnants are being sold. But if you have time to grab it, you will hardly regret it.

Alternative: Huawei P Smart (2019). An even more appetizing option (minus the compactness) is last year’s mid-range Huawei, also with working Google services. True, there are even fewer of these smartphones left in dubious stores. But you can try your luck.

Alcatel 3X (2019)

  • Operating system: Android 9.0.
  • Display: 6.52 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720.
  • Platform: Mediatek MT6763V Helio P23 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 1.5 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 16 + 8 + 5 MP.
  • Dual SIM and separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 200 rubles.

Why Buy: Clean Android, large display, lots of memory (including RAM and slot for microSD), good design, there is NFC.

What can stop it: Hefty and slippery body, mediocre hardware platform.

The shadow favorite of this collection. Alcatel 3X (2019) does not seem to demonstrate anything special – a budget smartphone with mediocre performance and not outstanding autonomy, quite ordinary in terms of a set of characteristics. But at the same time, the combination of NFC, a large screen, a triple camera with two focal lengths, which with third-party firmware can produce very good pictures, and a large supply of memory (both operational and non-volatile) is no longer found.

The Alcatel 3X has a very slippery body, which, combined with its large dimensions, creates noticeable problems, so you should immediately look for a case for your smartphone.

Alternative: Xiaomi Redmi 9AAnother current budget employee Xiaomi, which received exactly the same screen as the Alcatel 3X (2019), and has a couple of advantages over a couple of advantages: a more powerful hardware platform (Mediatek Helio G25) and a more capacious battery. The rest of the Redmi 9A is inferior to him.

BQ Aurora SE

  • Operating system: Android 9.0.
  • Display: 5.86 inches, IPS, 1520 × 720 pixels.
  • Platform: Mediatek Helio P60 (four ARM Cortex-A73 cores, 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 2.0 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 5 MP.
  • Two SIM cards, the second slot is combined with a memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh.
  • Price: 7 290 rubles.

Why buy: nice design, decent performance, balanced dimensions, clean Android 9 (but with more pre-installed apps)

What can stop: there is little memory, and the memory card slot is combined with the slot for the second SIM card, no NFC, unstable quality.

One of the most interesting options, if you dig deeper, is that BQ-Mobile has been hilling this site for a long time, the flagship smartphones of this company rarely cost more than 15 thousand rubles, and it has enough experience to release interesting and diverse offers for very little money. BQ Aurora SE is certainly a compromise gadget, but at the same time it is quite modern (both in terms of design and in terms of filling) and with excellent performance by the standards of the class, but without NFC.

There are some problems with the quality of workmanship: not every batch of BQ smartphones is equally good, but in fairness it should be noted that in the case of the same Xiaomi, marriage is not at all uncommon. If we are talking about budget “Chinese”, even with well-known brands, we have to lay it on. Fortunately, the sales are official, there is a guarantee.

Alternative: BQ Magic O A frankly “fashionable” smartphone, in which a mini-jack is sacrificed for some reason. But there is NFC, and instead of a cutout – a hole in the corner of the screen.

moto G7 Play

  • Operating system: Android 9 (upgradeable to Android 10).
  • Display: 5.7 inches, IPS, 1512 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 (eight Kryo 250 cores up to 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 MP.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 990 rubles.

Why Buy: Well-executed compact body, decent performance, clean topical Android.

What can stop it: not enough RAM, no NFC, mediocre camera.

Motorola, unlike Nokia or HTC, especially does not twitch to the sides – and is not going to die, and does not make Napoleonic plans to conquer the market back. Lives and lives, making quite decent smartphones. Well, like Tottenham, if you know what I mean.

The Moto G7 Play fits well with the concept – a corporate-style design, a compact and well-thought-out body, as well as a clean and regularly updated Android, it combines with the absence of NFC (here why?), An unexpectedly small amount of RAM and an openly mediocre camera. It seems to be a reasonable, but smack of non-conformism choice. But – and this is the most shock – it is more powerful than the current Redmi! Strange times.

Alternative: Vsmart Joy 2+In the mention format – another unusual choice, this time not for lovers of classic brands, but for lovers of the smell of napalm in the morning. Вьетнамский смартфон со средненькими, но на самом деле не сильно уступающими большинству представленных здесь аппаратов характеристиками. И опять без NFC.

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The official Silent Hill page has appeared on Twitter – hint of an imminent announcement?

Silent Hill 2

Twitter appeared Silent Hill franchise official account… This event indirectly confirms the truth of the rumors that Konami is going to gently reboot the series: so that new players can join without knowing about the previous parts, and the old ones are satisfied.

Silent Hill 2

According to insider Dusk Golem, a new part of Silent Hill could have been announced at the PlayStation online event in June this year, but this did not happen. Given the extremely positive reputation Dusk Golem has earned for divulging the correct information about the development of several parts of Resident Evil, his words can be trusted – perhaps Konami decided to make a statement later.

However, there is no mention of the new game in the official Silent Hill account. His activity boils down to an addition to Dead by Daylight and retweets of fan art. Recall that back in March this year, Konami denied rumors that Sony Interactive Entertainment is working on the revival of the series. “We know about all the rumors and reports, but we can confirm that they are not true, – said the company. – I understand that your fans were counting on a different answer. This does not mean that we are shutting the door of the franchise – we just do not do what the rumors say. “

But rumors continue to circulate. After the game did not appear at the June PlayStation Online Event, Dusk Golem wrote: “I know that the event [PlayStation] was divided into two halves, and some of the announcements were postponed until August. I suspected that one of these would be Silent Hill, given the timing of its release and the presence in the program of the show Resident Evil 8 “… A Venturebeat journalist approvesthat a new PlayStation online event will take place in the first half of August.

Therefore, there is still hope.

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Spider-Man in Marvel’s Avengers will be a PlayStation exclusive


Square Enix recently announced that Hawkeye will be joining Marvel’s Avengers as an additional character after the game launches. Fans are already imagining who the developers can add more, and Spider-Man is by far one of the most popular wishes. And maybe a friendly neighbor will indeed appear in the upcoming action, but not for everyone. Major online retailer Base.com on the Marvel’s Avengers page pointed out: Play Spider-Man Exclusively on PlayStation 4… The statement has already been removed but can be found in the web archive.

Marvel's Spider-Man

Spider-Man’s exclusiveness to Marvel’s Avengers for PlayStation 4 users only makes sense. Sony owns the rights to the hero in the film industry, and has also worked closely with Marvel to create the action-adventure Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a full-length sequel to Peter Parker. The question is, will Square Enix take such a risky move? After all, Marvel’s Avengers are not as enthusiastic as they are.

Everyone will be able to try out the game itself in the second half of August – open testing of Marvel’s Avengers will take place from 21 to 23 August for all platforms. However, PlayStation users will get access to it before others: from 14 to 16 August.

Marvel’s Avengers will talk about the breakup of the Avengers team after a crushing defeat against Taskmaster. Young superheroine Miss Marvel (aka Kamala Khan) will try to put them together again to fend off a new threat – MODOK, who wants to rid the world of super powers. Heroes available from the release include Ms. Marvel, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America.

The action-adventure game will go on sale September 4, 2020 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and will also be released on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

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Microsoft to end support for Cortana on Android and iOS devices

Microsoft to end support for Cortana on Android and iOS devices

It has long been known that the days of Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant on mobile devices are numbered. Now, on the Microsoft technical support site, more detailed information has appeared about exactly when this will happen.

According to reports, from September 7 this year, support for skills created by third-party developers will be discontinued. In early 2021, support for Android and iOS apps and the Harman Kardon Invoke portable speaker will end. In addition, Surface headphones will also lose existing functionality provided by the Cortana voice assistant.

Harman speakers are likely to remain particularly unhappy with the changes, as they won’t be able to keep Cortana functionality on their devices. According to reports, the firmware update will be rolled out over several months to all devices connected to the Wi-Fi network. In compensation, Microsoft will provide Harman speakers with $ 50 gift cards. As for the owners of the first-generation Surface headphones, they will be able to get the cards for $ 25.

Cortana is no longer supported on mobile devices because Microsoft has revised its voice assistant strategy. The main direction of Cortana’s development will be related to the further transformation of the voice assistant from a personal tool like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant into one of the functions offered as part of the Microsoft 365 software suite.

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