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Nubia 5G 144Hz phone costs under $350: Why so cheap?

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The company Nubia created a smartphone that works with 5G connectivity and costs significantly less than its closest competitor. The only bad news – it’s only scheduled to be released in China, for now. This device is called the Nubia Play, and it looks a whole lot like a device currently on SlashGear’s review bench – a gaming phone with the brand Red Magic.

Both devices are associated with the brand ZTE, both are released with “Nubia” printed on their box. The Nubia line generally costs slightly less than the “Red Magic” line, since the Red Magic line is aimed at gamers, and is fairly tricked out. The Red Magic 5G device was released in March, while the Nubia Play will be released this week (April) in China.

The Play has the same size display as the Red Magic 5G, but the Red Magic device is housed in a piece of hardware that’s slightly smaller. As such, the screen-to-body ratio is larger on the Red Magic device. Both devices have AMOLED capacitive touchscreen panels and are capable of running 144Hz image refresh.

So wait, you might be saying, what’s going on here? How can one device cost under $350, while the other costs around $700?

Nubia made key cuts to the innards of the cheaper device. The processor, for example, is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G (7nm) chipset with Octa-core CPU (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver) and Adreno 620 GPU. The Red Magic device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 856 (7nm+) chipset with Octa-core CPU (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585), and an Adreno 650 GPU.

The cheaper device has no headphone jack, relying instead on USB-C 24-bit/192kHz audio. The more expensive device comes with a headphone jack that allows 32-bit/384kHz audio. The Nubia Play has USB-C 2.0, while the Red Magic 5G has USB-C 3.0, as well as an “accessory connector” – pogo pins for connecting to accessories developed specifically for the Red Magic line.

The Red Magic device has 55W fast charging, while the Nubia Play has 30W fast charging. The Red Magic’s battery is smaller than the Nubia Play – 4500mAh compared to 5100mAh, and they work with different technology, too. The 4500mAh battery of the Red Magic device is Li-Po, while the 5100mAh battery of the Nubia Play is Li-Ion.

Both devices are aimed at similar audiences, but for a bang for your buck, you’d probably want to consider buying two Nubia Play units rather than a single Red Magic 5G – BUT, you’re probably just a single human, and probably don’t really need a spare device that same as your primary device. So it really depends on your situation!

Your decision here also really depends on what kind of 5G you want to roll with, and whether or not you live in China. If you live in the USA, you’ll have access to the Red Magic 5G right now. Meanwhile the Nubia Play remains China-only for the foreseeable future – but cross your fingers anyway!

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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