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CES 2021: Asus Unveils ROG Flow X13, Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, and Strix SCAR 17 Gaming Laptops 1

CES 2021: Asus Unveils ROG Flow X13, Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, and Strix SCAR 17 Gaming Laptops

With the launch of the new Ryzen 5000-series CPUs and RTX 30-series mobile GPUs, Asus has expanded its gaming portfolio with the launch of three new laptops today. It launched the ROG Flow X13, a younger sibling to the Zephyrus G14, with an external GPU. We also have an upgraded Zephyrus Duo 15 SE with dual-screens, and the ROG Strix SCAR 17 with the keystone, hinge covers, beefier internals, and more.

CES 2021: Asus Unveils ROG Flow X13, Zephyrus Duo 15 SE, and Strix SCAR 17 Gaming Laptops 2

Asus ROG Gaming Laptops at CES 2021

  • ROG Flow X13

Starting off with the ROG Flow X13, it is the most ultraportable 2-in-1 laptop among the lot today. It boasts a magnesium alloy body, a gravity wave design on the interior, and a 360-degree flip design. You can choose between a 120Hz Full-HD panel or a 4K panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio, Adaptive Sync, and Gorilla Glass protection on top. It has touch input and stylus support.

ROG Flow X13 is powered by up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS mobile CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. It is coupled with up to 1TB of NVMe SSD and 32GB of LPDDR4X RAM. There’s a 62Wh battery onboard and the 100W charger can provide up to 60% juice in just 39 minutes, claims Asus.

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Alongside the Flow X13, Asus has also debuted a new ROG XG Mobile external GPU. It will enable you to add more power to your machine on the go. It is also super portable, weighs around 1kg, and is the smallest eGPU ever. It comes equipped with the new GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU, a built-in 280W power supply, and a compact vapor chamber cooling system.

  • ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE

You must already be familiar with Asus’ dual-screen laptops. The ROG Zephyrus Duo gets a special edition treatment at CES 2021. You still have the raised ScreenPad Plus secondary screen to offer better cooling. It is the internals that has been upgraded in line with the latest announcements. ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE is powered by up to an overclocked Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, new GeForce RTX 3080 laptop GPU, new 6-phase power design, and up to 2TB of NVMe storage, and 32GB of DDR4 RAM.

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Asus has also upgraded the Zephyrus G14 and G15 laptops at CES 2021. They are not only smaller and lighter but also come equipped with the latest Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU and up to RTX 3080 laptop GPUs. You also get updated display options, a bigger touchpad, improved battery life, and more.

  • ROG Strix SCAR 17

Last but not least, Asus is updating its popular ROG Strix SCAR series to attract more eSport gamers. It now has a smaller footprint, a laser-etched ROG logo that looks like the anime matrix on the G14, a set of three user-swappable hinge caps, and a ton of RGB. You will find a light bar around the front edge of the chassis, an additional light strip under the display, and more.

The highlight of the Strix SCAR 17 will, however, have to be the optical mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB lighting. The keys also have 1.9 mm key travel and zero
debounce delay.

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As for what’s under the hood, ROG Strix SCAR 17 is powered by up to an overclocked Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU, GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, up to 2TB of NVMe storage, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and more. You can choose a 360 Hz FHD panel with a 3 ms response time or 165Hz WQHD panel. There’s a 90Wh battery with a 100W USB Type-C adapter for charging in tow.

Asus will share the price and availability details for the aforementioned laptops in the coming days, varying by region and taxes. So, stay tuned for more information.

Here’s Your First Look at Oppo Find X3 Pro; Will Launch in March 2021 3

Here’s Your First Look at Oppo Find X3 Pro; Will Launch in March 2021

The Android flagships of 2021 have started rolling out. Xiaomi and iQOO have already launched their Snapdragon 888 5G phones. Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S21 series tomorrow. And well, Oppo is also planning to take the wraps off its Find X3 series and confirmed today that it will arrive in March.

Here’s Your First Look at Oppo Find X3 Pro; Will Launch in March 2021 4

Reputable tipster Evan Blass (via Voice) leaked official-looking renders for the Find X3 Pro. The smartphone, as shown in the images, will feature a weird camera bump. Oppo will be shaping the back panel from, what seems to be a single sheet of plastic or fiber, to create the protruding bump with the camera sensors.

With the Find X3 Pro renders now leaked online, the Chinese giant thought this to be a perfect opportunity to give fans something to look forward to. Oppo took to Weibo and said, “See the #ImpossibleSurface in March” (translated from Chinese to English). It is essentially a confirmation for the launch of the Oppo Find X3 series in March 2021.

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Image Courtesy: Voice/ Evan Blass

Coming back to the device, Blass reveals that the Find X3 Pro will feature a 6.7-inch 1440p OLED panel. It will be curved at both the edges (shown in the renders above) and house a punch-hole selfie camera at the top left. The rear camera bump will sport four cameras, with the macro camera being the highlight. Oppo will further include a unique 25x zoom ‘microscope’ macro lens aboard the Find X3 Pro. You will also find two new 50MP sensors from Sony on the rear.

In addition, Oppo Find X3 Pro will be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset. It will be a successor to the much-loved Find X2 Pro from earlier last year. It will also support 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging, which is great. This means you will get a complete flagship with a premium design, display, microscope camera, and super-fast charging.

HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G with Snapdragon 690 SoC, 90Hz Display Launched 5

HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G with Snapdragon 690 SoC, 90Hz Display Launched

Even though HTC might not be a major name in the industry nowadays, the company is still releasing smartphones to retain some market share. After the HTC Desire 20+, which is powered by the Snapdragon 720G processor, the Taiwanese giant has today unveiled a lower mid-ranger dubbed HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G. Well, that is a mouthful, ain’t it?

HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G with Snapdragon 690 SoC, 90Hz Display Launched 6

The company announced the device pretty quietly on its official website along with a short video that showcases the device in all its glory. You can check out the video right below.

The First HTC Device with a 90Hz Display

Now, as you can see, the primary focus of the Desire 21 Pro 5G is the support for 5G connectivity on its Desire line of smartphones. HTC launched its first 5G device, the HTC U20 5G last year. However, the device was just available in the Taiwanese market and nowhere else.

Now, apart from the 5G factor, the Desire Pro 21 5G features a 6.7-inch display, which is pretty big for a lower mid-ranger like this one. Moreover, this will be the first HTC device to feature a 90Hz display panel for smooth scrolling and UI interactions. There is also a punch-hole front camera up at the top edge.

At the back of the device, there is a quad-camera system with a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and two additional 2MP sensors for depth and macro camera.

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Getting into the technical details, HTC integrated the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 SoC inside the device. It has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a massive 5000mAh battery with fast-charging support.

In addition, the Desire 21 Pro 5G also comes with a capacitive fingerprint sensor that’s integrated into the power button for biometric security. However, by the looks of it, the 3.5mm headphone jack seems to be missing on the device, which is a bummer as most other lower mid-rangers come equipped with it.

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Price and Availability

The device is currently available for pre-orders in Taiwan. So, if you are in the country, you can place your order right now and the company will deliver it on January 21. However, HTC did not mention whether it will bring the device to other markets in the world or not. It is priced at TWD$11,990 which translates to around $425 (~Rs 31,093).

Telegram Adds 25 Million Users in Three Days Following WhatsApp’s Creepy Policy Update 7

Telegram Adds 25 Million Users in Three Days Following WhatsApp’s Creepy Policy Update

Following WhatsApp’s controversial policy update, one of the many alternatives of the popular social messaging app, Telegram gained over 25 million users in the last three days. The info comes straight from the company’s Russia-born founder, Pavel Durov, who shared this announcement on his official Telegram channel.

Telegram Adds 25 Million Users in Three Days Following WhatsApp’s Creepy Policy Update 8

Durov, who created Telegram along with his brother Nikolai Durov back in 2013, has revealed that the app gained a whopping 25 million users in just three days, after WhatsApp started informing users about its privacy policy update. “25 million new users joined Telegram in the last 72 hours alone,” Durov proudly stated on his official Telegram channel.

Now, if you are unaware, WhatsApp, which boasts over 2 billion active users, recently updated its privacy policy and started informing users about it via an in-app pop-up message. This policy states that the platform has the right to share users’ personal information with third-party apps and if they choose not to accept this policy by February 8, their WhatsApp accounts will be disabled.

Following this update, WhatsApp even clarified some of the rumors that are spreading in the market. However, it seems like users are now migrating from the uber-popular app to other alternatives that focus on privacy rather than business from data. One of these alternatives is Telegram which offers similar features and does not share private information with third-party organizations and companies.

So, on Tuesday, Durov said that Telegram has become the “last refuge” for users who want a secure messaging app on their device. This is because “people no longer want to exchange their privacy for free services,” as per Durov.

WhatsApp Close to Replacing Archive Chats with New ‘Read Later’ Feature 9

WhatsApp Close to Replacing Archive Chats with New ‘Read Later’ Feature

For the past few months, we have been hearing chatter that WhatsApp is planning to improve the archive chats feature. The current implementation sees the archive chat resurface when a new message arrives, cluttering your inbox. WhatsApp was earlier rumored to be fixing this annoyance with a new Vacation Mode. But, it seems to have since been renamed to ‘Read Later’ and it has now been spotted in action in the latest beta update on Android.

WhatsApp Close to Replacing Archive Chats with New ‘Read Later’ Feature 10

As spotted by reliable WhatsApp tipster WABetaInfo, the Archive Chats feature will soon be replaced with a ‘Read Later’ feature. The latest WhatsApp beta #2.21.2.2 on Android contains code that explains how this feature will work. The tipster has now managed to enable the feature to give a closer look.

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Image Courtesy: WABetaInfo

In the image above, you can see that the ‘Read Later’ tab will appear at the very top as opposed to the ‘Archive chats’ tab that is placed at the very bottom of the inbox. How will it differ from archived chats?

As the name suggests, the chats you archive after the rollout of this feature will not only go into a separate inbox but also be muted forever. Yeah, you will have zero interruptions from contacts you’ve muted. You will not receive any notifications when they send you messages. You can jump in and read those texts at a later stage.

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Image Courtesy: WABetaInfo

With the rollout of the ‘Read Later’ feature, all of your archived chats will be muted by default. This has been one of the most requested features in WhatsApp. But, it is also possible that you don’t want to miss out on messages from these contacts. You simply like to keep your inbox neat and tidy. Then, you can head to the ‘Read Later’ settings and enable the ‘move new messages to main chat’ option. It will bring back the original archive chat functionality.

This feature is currently in development but seems to be nearly finished for rollout. If you are eager to test out new features, enroll in the WhatsApp beta program and you will get the Read Later feature before everyone else. There is no word on the official stable rollout of this feature.