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OnePlus 9 series confirmed to feature Warp Charge 50 Wireless and Warp Charge 65T fast charging

OnePlus 9 series is confirmed to feature Warp Charge 50 Wireless and Warp Charge 65T wired charging. The OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9R alongside the OnePlus Watch is all set to launch on March 23 in India. The company has been teasing some key features of the upcoming flagship smartphones and has even announced a partnership with Swedish camera-maker Hasselblad to improve the photography capabilities of the OnePlus 9 series.

In a post on OnePlus Forums, Kinder L, Head of R&D at OnePlus detailed the charging support offered by the upcoming OnePlus 9 series. OnePlus debuted its Warp Charge 30 wireless charging standard in 2020 with the OnePlus 8 Pro and has now upgraded it to 50W wireless charging. 

No strings attached.

With Warp Charge Wireless 50, the #OnePlus9Series packs our fastest ever wireless charging technology. Thanks to its twin-battery design, it can even outpace wired fast charging solutions - going from 1-100% in just 43 minutes.

— OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) March 18, 2021

OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 9 Pro can go from 1-100% in just 43 minutes which makes it one of the fastest wireless charging standards available commercially. OnePlus 9 Pro has a dua-cell configuration that is charged at 25W speeds. Though OnePlus does say that “compared with wired charging, wireless charging is less efficient, meaning more heat is produced during the charging process. With wireless charging, higher amperages lead to increased heat production, so, for Warp Charge 50 Wireless, we chose to use high voltage power instead.”

The dual-cell structure of the battery produces less heat during fast charging and is complimented by advanced cooling. The OnePlus 9 Pro has a large vapour chamber along with copper foil and graphite sheet that helps keep heat dissipation in check, allowing it to remain cooler when gaming or doing intensive tasks.

OnePlus will also launch the new Warp Charge 50 wireless charging dock alongside the OnePlus 9 series. The new charging dock has two coils that can charge the phone horizontally and vertically as well. It also has a detachable cable, unlike the previous generation. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro also support 65W fast charging and the OnePlus has upgraded the battery from the OnePlus 8T to attain even faster-charging speeds.

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro can go from 1-100% in 29 minutes tops with the Warp Charge 65T fast wired charging. 

OnePlus 9 series leaked specifications

OnePlus 9 series is confirmed to feature Warp Charge 50 Wireless and Warp Charge 65T wired charging

The OnePlus 9 could feature a 6.55-inch Full HD + display as per the leaks, while the OnePlus 9 Pro features a 6.7-inch QHD + screen. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro have a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera and support a 120Hz refresh rate.

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor. The OnePlus 9 Pro is expected to feature a quad-camera setup on the back headlined by a 48MP primary camera, a 50MP secondary camera, an 8MP camera and a 2MP camera with OIS support. The OnePlus 9, on the other hand, has triple cameras on the back.

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are could be equipped with a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging out-of-the-box which debuted with the OnePlus 8T in October.


OnePlus 9R confirmed to launch alongside OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro on March 23 in India

OnePlus 9R has officially been confirmed to launch alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. The OnePlus 9R is said to be an affordable smartphone in the company’s latest flagship lineup that aims to offer “a robust flagship experience at a more accessible price point.” The OnePlus 9 series is slated to launch alongside the OnePlus Watch on March 23 in India.

In an interview with News18 Tech, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the OnePlus 9R is also launching alongside the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro next week. An affordable phone in the flagship number series was leaked and was speculated to be called the OnePlus 9 Lite. However, now the name of the phone is confirmed but OnePlus is still keeping everything tightly under wraps.

OnePlus 9R has officially been confirmed to launch alongside the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro

Pete describes the OnePlus 9R as a premium-tier smartphone that carries an affordable price tag. “The OnePlus 9R also reinstates our promise to make the premium OnePlus smartphone experience accessible to more users by introducing new products at a wider range of price points, this time within the premium category,” he told News18 Tech.

The CEO also hints at the likelihood of the OnePlus 9R being launched at a much affordable price than the OnePlus Nord. “With the OnePlus 9R, we are looking to go even further to bring out a balanced handset with the latest technology and class-leading industrial design that can deliver a superior user experience overall and can also offer fast and smooth experiences for daily usage and heavy gameplay,” he adds.

Pete did not reveal any exact specifications of the OnePlus 9R but the phone has been leaked previously and so we have an idea of what to expect from it.

OnePlus 9R leaked specifications

The OnePlus 9R is expected to feature a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with support for a 90Hz high-refresh-rate. The phone is rumoured to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 processor under the hood and will likely run on Android 11 based OxygenOS out-of-the-box.

OnePlus 9R could also have a 64MP primary camera followed by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera. The OnePlus 9R could be equipped with a 5,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.

Also Read: OnePlus 9 series launch in India: Everything we know so far

PlayStations Play at Home feature offering 10 free games for download this spring

If you’re gaming on a PS4, there’s some good news for you guys. You will now be able to download 10 free games to download this spring, including PS4 indie gems, PS VR games, and Horizon Zero Dawn. Part of the PlayStation Play at Home service, the games will be available for download until the end of March. Once you download the games onto your console, the game will be yours forever. All these games will be available for free download from March 25 to April 22. Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition will be available for free download between April 19 and May 14. So, f you own a PS4, this is just the icing on the cake. 

#PlayAtHome update! PlayStation is offering 10 free games to download this spring, including PS4 indie gems, PS VR games, and Horizon Zero Dawn.

Full details and timeline:

— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 17, 2021

Indie games like Abzu, Enter the Gungeon, Rez Infinite, The Witness, Subnautica, Moss, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Thumper and Paper Beast will all be available for download as part of PlayStation’s Play at Home plan. Even though a lot of these games are a bit older, free games are always a good thing. Just a few weeks ago, we got the Ratchet and Clank remake for free as a part of the initiative. The game was one of the OG games on the PS2 and received a much-needed remake. 

There has been a lot going on in the world of PlayStation. In fact, just a few days ago, a rumour that Godfall was going to make its way to Xbox Series X/S and Game Pass. You can read more about that here. Even the fan-favourite Days Gone will see a PC release on Steam sometime later in the year. To find out more, you can head on over here. 

Asus ZenFone 8 Mini with 120Hz refresh rate display, Snapdragon 888 leaked

Asus ZenFone 8 Mini has reportedly leaked with a 120Hz high refresh rate display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. The ZenFone 8 Mini with the model number ZS590KS and codename SAKE has been spotted online previously and the phone has now been spotted in the kernel source code of the ROG Phone 5.

Asus ZenFone 7 Pro was launched last year

As per a report by XDA Developers, the kernel source code of the ROG Phone 5 has references to three phones codenamed SAKE, PICASSO and VODKA. This is an indication that the company could have more than two phones in the ZenFone 8 lineup which is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and could launch soon. Moreover, the Zenfone 8 Flip was also spotted earlier in Google's list of ARCore supported devices but nothing is known about its specifications so far. 

Asus Zenfone 8 Mini leaked specifications

The source code of the ROG Phone 5 also contained configuration files that reveal some of the key specifications of the three phones. The Zenfone 8 Mini could be the one with the codename SAKE and is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor. It features a 5.92-inch Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) resolution OLED display with support for upto 120Hz refresh rate. 

As apparent by its name, the Zenfone 8 Mini is said to be a compact phone that could have a 64MP primary camera that uses a Sony IMX686 sensor and IMX663 sensor which could be a new camera sensor.

Meanwhile, the phone with the codename PICASSO could be the standard Zenfone 8 featuring a 6.67-inch Full HD+ resolution AMOLED screen likely with support for high-refresh-rate. It is also powered by the Snapdragon 888 and has 64MP primary camera with a Sony IMX686 sensor, a 12MP camera based on IMX363 sensor and an 8MP telephoto camera that uses an Omnivision sensor. 

Asus is yet to reveal its plans for the launch of the ZenFone 8 series. Asus ROG Phone 5 was launched earlier this month as a sequel to the ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone. You can read more about it here.


Total Gaming, Team Elite & 10 other teams qualify for Garena Free Fire India Championship FFIC 2021 finals

The 12 qualifying teams for the finals of the Free Fire India Championship (FFIC) 2021 Spring in India have been confirmed.The Free Fire Indian Championship is touted as Garena’s Flagship tournament in India. The 12 teams will not only duke it out for the prize money, but also for the chance to represent India at the Free Fire World Series 2021.

To recall, FFIC 2021 Spring was divided into three stages, namely the League Stage, the Play-Ins and the Grand Finals. The League Stage took place from February 19 to March 7 and saw 18 teams divided into three groups of six teams each. Each group played against each other in round-robin style over the course of nine league days. The top two teams from each of the three groups proceeded to the Grand Finals.

The remaining 12 teams who did not qualify for the Grand Finals took part in the Play-Ins on March 14. These teams battled for the six remaining spots in the Grand Finals. The six top teams from the Play-Ins joined the initial six teams in the Grand Finals to be held on March 21. 

Garena Free Fire India Championship (FFIC) 2021 qualified teams

Direct Qualified from the group stage

Group A

Sixth Sense
Total Gaming

Group B

Team Elite

Group C

Survivor 4AM
Team Chaos

Teams qualified via Play-Ins

AFF Esports
Last Breath
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Team D Esports
Galaxy Racer

Alleged hacking at Garena Free Fire India Championship 2021

Back in February, Garena alleged that team Old Skool member, AAYUSH, was hacking. As a result, Garena had disqualified team Old Skool from the tournament and banned AAYUSH’s account for a year. As a result, the STONE CRUSHERS were drafted into the championship in place of Old Skool. AAYUSH has since refuted the allegations, but Garena have not moved from their initial stance. 

Micromax In 1 launching tomorrow: What to expect and How to watch the live stream

Micromax In 1 is all set to launch on March 19 in India as the third phone in Micromax In line-up. Micromax In 1B and In Note 1 was launched back in November 2020 in India marking the second innings for the home-grown brand that is capitalising on the Indian government’s Make in India campaign. The Micromax In 1 is expected to be positioned between the In 1B and the In Note 1 and has been leaked previously with some of its key features already confirmed by Micromax.

Micromax In 1 launch: How to watch the event live

The Micromax In 1 launch event has been scheduled for March 19 at 12 PM and the phone will go on sale shortly afterwards on Flipkart. Micromax is expected to live stream the launch event online but is yet to share a link with us. We will update this story with a YouTube live stream link once it goes live.

Micromax In 1 launch: What to expect

Micromax In 1 is all set to launch on March 19 in India as the third phone in Micromax In lineup

The Micromax In 1 is expected to be a budget smartphone following in the footsteps of the In 1B and In Note 1. Micromax has revealed the design of the In 1, and it looks similar to the In Note 1 with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera and a gradient finish on the back.

EXCLUSIVE: Micromax IN1 Specs:

• MediaTek Helio G80
• 6.67-inch FHD+ punch hole display
• up to 6GB RAM
• up to 128GB ROM
• 5000mAh battery, 18W charging
• 48MP + 2MP + 2MP (no ultrawide)
• 8MP selfie camera
• Rear fingerprint scanner#IN1 #MicromaxIn1

— Tushar Mehta

Asus ROG Phone 5 shatters in JerryRigEverythings durability test

The Asus ROG Phone 5 has failed in a durability test by popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, shattering easily under hand pressure. The ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate were launched earlier this month on March 10 in India with top-of-the-line specifications and features catered to gamers. The ROG Phone 5 is priced starting at Rs 49,999 in India and will go on sale from April 15.

Asus ROG Phone 5 has failed in a durability test by popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, shattering easily under hand pressure

Ahead of its availability, JerryRigEverything’s Zack Nelson tested the ROG Phone 5 for durability and the metal chassis snapped in two when he applied pressure from his hand. While the Gorilla Glass Victus was able to withstand the stress, the vibration motor suffered severer damage. Zack notes in the video that the screen underneath just shattered after he tried to bend it the second time.

Zack flipped the phone to try and bend it from the other side and the back panel shattered in an instant and failed to keep its structural integrity intact. The frame snapped around the secondary USB Type-C port where the antenna band is also located. It raises grave concerns around the durability of a Rs 50,000 gaming smartphone. 

In the tests, Zack also demonstrated that the display of the ROG Phone 5 also scratches at levels 6 and 7 of the Mohs Hardness scale. Furthermore, the SIM card tray does not have rubber gaskets that protect it from dust and water ingress, hinting at the lack of any basic protection. It remains to be seen if it's a case of a one-off defective unit or is a common problem across the entire range. 

Do note that Zack tested the standard ROG Phone 5 and there are two more variants out there with different finishes.

Asus ROG Phone 5 specifications

Asus ROG Phone 5 has failed in a durability test by popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, shattering easily under hand pressure

Asus ROG Phone 5 features a 6.78-inch Full HD+ display with an AMOLED panel and 144Hz high refresh rate. The Asus ROG Phone 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with up to 18GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The phone runs on Android 11 out of the box.

The ROG Phone 5 has 64MP triple cameras on the back and sports a dual 3,000mAh battery that totals to 6,000mAh of charge with support for up to 65W fast charging.


Upcoming OnePlus Watch ditches WearOS in favour of a custom OS based on RTOS, CEO Pete Lau confirms

Instead of holding on to some sweet surprises for the launch event like Apple's "One More Thing!", OnePlus has a way of posting elaborate teasers for its upcoming devices leading up to their official unveiling. The company has already showcased a lot about the OnePlus 9 Pro in the name of teasers. We know what it looks like, the kind of camera module it packs, and a lot more.

Now, the company has also decided to tease the OnePlus Watch that's set to debut alongside the new phones. In fact, the company CEO Pete Lau has already given away a crucial piece of info about the watch. In a response to a question from an OnePlus forum member about the Watch's OS, Pete confirmed that it will not be running Google's WearOS.

Expertly crafted and meticulously designed, the #OnePlusWatch is the perfect companion to elevate your digital life. Rack up steps, monitor your heart-rate, and much more, with our debut timepiece.

— OnePlus 3 (@oneplus) March 17, 2021

He confirmed that they chose to go with a smart wear operating system that's developed based on RTOS. "We chose to go with a smart wear operating system developed based on RTOS because we believe it provides you a smooth and reliable experience while offering a great battery life, covering some of the biggest concerns we’ve been hearing from people looking to buy a smartwatch," he said.

This confirms the fact that the upcoming OnePlus Watch will be running an OS that would be more or less similar to the ones running on devices from the companies like Amazfit. The downside to using such an OS is the limited third-party app support. But on the flip side, they tend to have great battery life and faster performance, two things which the WearOS is not popularly known for.

The fact that the OnePlus Watch is not running WearOS may come as a surprise for a few people, but this is something we expected a lot of OEMs to do, especially since WearOS is still rather unstable when it comes to performance and battery life. For now, though, we will just have to watch for OnePlus to showcase what they've been cooking for us behind the scenes. In the meantime, check out these key features that the watch is expected to carry. It's coming from a reliable source, so it does carry some weight.

Exclusive: OnePlus Watch Specifications

- 46mm
- IP68
- Warp Charge (A week of charge in 20 minutes)
- Sleep, Stress, Blood Saturation, Heart Rate Monitoring
- Check Notifications, Calls
- Control OnePlus TV
- 4GB Storage
- Auto Workout Detection


— Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) March 17, 2021

OnePlus will be unveiling the new OnePlus 9 series as well as the new OnePlus Watch on March 23.

Poco X3 Pro likely to get Corning Gorilla Glass 6

It's no secret that Poco is launching the X3 Pro on March 30 in India. While the company hasn't confirmed the phone yet, there are enough reports online that point towards this eventuality. 

The Poco X3 Pro is expected to be a flagship killer, and as such, it may come with some interesting specifications and features. One of these is going to be the presence of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on it, with the company teasing the same through its Twitter handle. With the new teaser, it is now confirmed the upcoming Poco X3 Pro's display will be covered by the Gorilla Glass 6 with improved scratch resistance and durability. 

Poco X3 Pro rumoured specifications

For now, we know little about the Poco X3 Pro's specs. Reports claim the Poco X3 Pro could feature a Full HD+ display with support for a 120Hz refresh rate. The device is tipped to come running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor. Further, the Poco X3 Pro is expected to be equipped with a 5,200mAh battery that will support fast-charging out-of-the-box. 

The pricing details for the global variant have also leaked, giving us a hint about the price of the phone in India. The information comes courtesy of a listing by a European retailer which claims the phone will start at €269 for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. There will also be another variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. This version will be sold for €319. 

Poco X3 Pro will get Corning Gorilla Glass 6

The phone is due to be offered in Metal Bronze, Frost Blue, and Phantom Black, apparently. For India, this should mean the Poco X3 Pro could retail in the country for around Rs 25,000. Although, Poco could surprise us all and launch the phone at a more aggressive price point. But this is something we'll have to wait to find out. 

Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti spotted on benchmark database

Rumours have been making the rounds that Nvidia will announce a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card. Now, a new leak has surfaced which adds more weight to the potential arrival of the unannounced GPU.

The leak has come in the form of a benchmark taken on a Samsung 760XDA laptop running Intel's Tiger Lake H processors. The Geekbench benchmark was discovered by a known leaker on Twitter, named TUM_APISAK. The user has shared a screenshot and a link that takes you to the benchmarking database revealing some of the specifications of the alleged Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti.

RTX 3050 Ti Laptop
OpenCL Score - 60559

— APISAK (@TUM_APISAK) March 17, 2021

Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti leaked specifications

The specifications on the leaked benchmark are in line with the previous rumours which suggested that the RTX 3050 Ti will have 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM (Video Random Access Memory). The latest leak also shows that the graphics card will have 2560 CUDA cores. Lastly, the OpenCL score of the leaked GPU is 60559.

The highlight of the leak is that it is listed as an RTX variant, which will bring ray tracing that was kept exclusive to the 60-series GPUs. As of now, the baseline to get your hands on a graphics card with ray tracing is the RTX 2060. This means we might soon get ray tracing on affordable graphics cards as well.

As we mentioned, these are not the first rumours around the RTX 3050 Ti. The GPU was leaked previously on Asus' website and not just this, there have been leaks floating around the RTX 3050 as well. But this particular leak has a laptop in the picture, so it's too early to anticipate what will its PC counterpart offer, if there's one in the pipeline,

If the leaks are on point, the RTX 3050 Ti will be the fourth addition to Nvidia's 3000 series of GPU. As of now, the line-up has RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 laptop GPUs. Bringing ray tracing to the budget segment is something enthusiasts have been wishing for, but we'll have to wait until Nvidia shares official details about it.