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The Top Video Games That Have Made an Insane Amount of Money

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People all over the world love video games, so much that the industry raked in an astounding $140 billion in 2019 alone. But how much money each game and franchise actually gain till today? Today we have a list of the top video games that have made an insane amount of money. Without any feather discussions, let’s get into it.

12. The Legend of Zelda – $1,400,000,000

The Zelda series exist since 1986 thanks to Nintendo and became a big hit. The series is a mix of puzzles, action, adventure and exploration. The Zelda series became one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises and many consider it to be best video games ever made.

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Although , The Legend of Zelda is imaginary/fantasy game, it is actually inspired by the real word. The game designer and the creator Shigeru Miyamoto loved the nature and used to travel and explore the forests, lakes and caves that were near by to his hometown of Sonobe, Japan. Princess Zelda actually takes her name for American author and socialite Zelda Fitzgerald, while Link’s appearance was combination between Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.

11. Tom Clancy Rainbow Six: Siege $1,600,000,000

A series of incredibly successful video games and several well-known films were inspired but none other then Tom Clancy’s books. Rainbow Six games were first released in the late 1990s and got reborn in 2015 under the name Rainbow Six: Siege.

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Rainbow Six: Siege is Fps game (first person shooter) that allows players to operate in one of the 5 teams,  FBI SWAT, the British SAS, the German GSG-9, the Russian Spetsnaz, and the French GIGN. The series gained substantial fan base which even created annual tournament where the best players compete team versus team on rewards and title.

10. Minecraft – $2,500,000,000

We can’t ignore one of the most successful building games revolutionary in the history – The Minecraft. Minecraft have been sold over 200 million copies till now and became the best-selling video game of all time in terms of units sold. This game became so popular that we got reported it even reached to 126 million users playing monthly.

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Minecraft is building sandbox game with no specific goals that the player needs to accomplish. The freedom that the game offers is a huge part of it mass appeal and thanks to the big community, there are so many Mods. Mods are an output or process of adding custom items and blocks to Minecraft. Modding allows users to expand the open-ended game, incorporating new tools, blocks, mobs, and more. With mods there are so many in-game games and calibration with other games that made by fans, for example you can actually play Pokémon in Minecraft thanks to mods.

9. Halo Franchise – $5,000,000,000

The outer space franchise shooting game, Halo, is based on a plot about war between humanity and evil aliens known as “The Covenant”. The first game in the series first released in 2001 and after that, the series sold over 65 million copies worldwide. The first games of the series were big success by many and even acknowledge as the best first-person shooter games that released by Xbox.

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Halo didn’t just stay in the video games, it even expend into other media including novels, graphic novels, comic books and even Lego sets. Some people even compared Halo series to the Star Wars series.

8. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – $5,000,000,000

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds also known by name PUBG, was released by South Korean video game company Bluehole in 2017. PUBG is based on the Japanese movies Battle Royale and came with features as a shooting battle royal genre game.

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At first, Battlegrounds was available via the video game streaming service, Steam to pc and then expend to mobile and to the consoles. Downloads of the mobile version of the game reached to 600 million, while computer and console sales have reached till now to over 70 million copies.

7. Tetris – $5,000,000,000 (estimated)

Probably the most classic of all the games in the list. On the summer of 1984 Russian mathematician Alexey Pajitnov created the game Tetris. He first showed it out to close friends and he never expected it to be a worldwide sensation.

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Eventually Tetris was picked up by gaming enthusiast and businessman Hank Rogers, which sold it to Nintendo back then. Sadly, Pajitnov didn’t gain anything of the revenue until 1991, when he moved to US and joined forces with Rogers. In the meantime, he missed out millions of dollars from the deal that Rogers done. Happily, to date, the rights are back in the hands of its rightful owner while the game sold more then 200 million copies.

6. Grand Theft Auto Franchise – $9,000,000,000

The Grand Theft Auto series is an open world games where mostly the theme is to slowly climb up in the underworld hierarchy or take revenge against crime organization. Each game in the GTA series took different place and city in America. The funny part is, that GTA was developed in the UK by Rockstar North.

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In the GTA’s series, several well-known Hollywood actors have voiced the in game including, Ray Liotta, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, James Woods, and Axl Rose. Even though its an on going successful series, many articles criticized it as a violent real-life crime game. Many countries such as Britain, Germany, and France are against the game even if it’s still sold in their countries and even Brazil banned it outright.

5. Warcraft – $11,200,000,000

Warcraft is a real time strategy game where players control in-game armies and fight against other players or against the computer. The game take place in fantasy world where humans, elves, orcs, undead and many other creatures live there.

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This game not stopped in just video games, it also expended to other media including a short-lived magazine, card game,  comics, books, and actually full-length movie that released in 2016. Warcraft is one of the most recognizable video game titles, played by fans all over the world.

4. Mario – $12,000,000,000

Another successful franchise and series by creator and director Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo. Shigeru never knew that introducing an Italian plumber into an already popular arcade like Donkey Kong, will actually lead to the plumber stealing the show. 40 years later, the Mario franchise became the most recognizable video game franchise on earth.

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According to many sources, the name Mario was based on landlord of Nintendo’s warehouse in North America, named Mario Segale. Till today, Mario has appeared in over 200 games and sold over 200 million units of games. Lately rumors start to spread out about animated Mario movie is set to be released somewhere in 2021.

3. Pokémon Franchise (video games only) – $13,100,000,000

One of my childhood’s favorite video game series and tv show is none other the Pokémon, known also as “Pocket Monster”. Pokémon Franchise is owned by three companies: Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures, but it is managed by Nintendo in North America. Pokémon is the highest top grossing media franchise of all time, with an estimated 9$ billion revenue.

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When the co-creator Satoshi Tajiri gave the idea to Nintendo, at first no one really understood the idea of being able to trade “monsters” between players and use them to battle one another. According to his previous success in the company, Satoshi and partner Ken Sugimori were given the green light to develop the first game under Shigeru Miyamoto’s instructions.

2. Call of Duty Series – $15,000,000,000

Call of Duty was first published in 2013 by the California-based Activision. The first game was based on World war II and even include the cold war, futuristic, and outer-space settings. Only by February 2016, the series has sold over 250 million copies.

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The game’s vivid realness, has made it a surprisingly  favorite among members of the military. Because of the soldiers love it so much, US Armed Forces seriously adapted some of their training to simulate elements of the game.

1. League of Legends – $20,000,000,000

League of Legends, or in short LoL, was produced by American video game company Riot Games. LoL first launched in 2009 and within only 3 years it became the most played game in North America and Europe in terms of total hours spent playing. Riot, thanks to LoL, made billions of dollars per year over the last decade.

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So what Riot doing with all this money they gain from LoL? According to reports (take them as rumors until they official announce) they might plan to announce on digital card game, television series and movie. League of Legends continues to be a number one title across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Technologies Inspired By Animals

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Technology got evolved over time, but we couldn’t get our “eureka” moment without the help of the animals. Animal inspired us to develop new technologies that helped improve our modern society. So here is the list of some technologies that were inspired by animals.

Mosquitoes – Surgical Needles

Let’s agree with the fact that we all hate mosquitoes – they come, buzz around and suck our blood day and night. At the beginning, most of the people don’t feel the mosquitoes bite as their proboscis get into under your skin. This proboscis is what Japanese researchers from Kansai University wanted to replicate and use for good.

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They invented three-pronged needle that easily get into the skin to inject medicines with no issue. Thanks to those annoying little bugs we learned something

Fireflies – LED Light Bulbs

We all have LED lights in our homes – these lights last longer than the traditional light bulb. But not many knows that the LED Bulbs (Thomas Edison invented the Light Bulbs) were inspired by small bugs that fly around with green light known as fireflies. Their unique ability to project light from their body help us evolve the old light bulb Edison invented.

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Researchers from Penn State University found that if we mimick the firefly’s microstructures ability to provide light into LED Lights, it improved the light distribution by almost 90%. Those small magical bugs light our modern world with their natural light microstructure.

Bats – Walking Sticks For The Blind

Ultracane is unique stick which help blind people with one of their hardest daily tasks – move around. When the stick gets closer to certain objects it start vibrating to warn the user. This mechanism (echolocation) was inspired by none other than our night friends – The bats.

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Bats are almost completely blind and their only way to predict objects/obstacles in their way is by sending ultrasonic pulses to many directions, and as these ultrasonic pulses come back, it helps the bats to sense and react to obstacles. Thanks to the bats, blind people can walk more safely and independently.

Camels – Water Purification

Camels have the most interesting technique to survive in the desert with limited water resources. Scientists attempted to understand how camels do this, but they couldn’t figure it out completely.

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At first they found that camels recycle their exhaled air at night by cooling it and then absorbing it back once it got mixed with the atmosphere again. According to that, Sahara Desert researchers used this idea to create water purification system that removes salt from saltwater. This invention seriously improved the survivability of humans around the world.

Hummingbirds – Helicopters

I am sure you wonder how Hummingbirds and helicopters are similar right? They both have the ability to hover in place without moving, they can move horizontal and vertically while hovering if they choose to. But surprisingly, Hummingbirds gave helicopters some pro tips as that affected the way helicopters fly.

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Researchers from Stanford University and Wageningen University tested 12 different hummingbird species and found thing that changed our known helicopter models. They found that the hummingbird’s wings are large for their body and how powerful these wings are. These findings also help to save power energy for helicopters and made them better thanks to hummingbird’s pro tip.

Elephants – Bionic Arms

Elephants are one of the wild animals you wish you won’t encounter alone in wild. One of the deadly thing about them is their majestic trunk which is built from 40,000 muscles with no bones at all. Scientists took this as advantage of this fact and start developing new inventions.

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Scientists from Germany actually developed a bionic arms, a robotic arm replacement and replica to human arm inspired by the elephant’s trunk.

Sea Otters – Wetsuits

Sea Otters have ability to handle and stay in cold temperature water thanks to their protective fur layer that protect their warmth like many animals in the wild. MIT researchers took this fact and started researching how to make it – He created the wetsuits.

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Within these wetsuits the researchers built a replica to the otters protective layer – by designing small furry rubbery pelts which trap pockets of warm air and prevent losing body temperature. Thanks to them, divers can enjoy diving without being afraid of cold water.

Kingfishers – Trains

Train manufacturers have been also got improved with models and technology thanks to the animals among them – the Kingfishers. A Japanese rail company struggled with solving one of their own train’s design issue when their trains made noises while they got out from a tunnel.

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So you wonder how Kingfishers got into this picture? Well, thanks to one of the company’s engineer who had bird-watching habit. He solved the company’s problem by the inspiration of kingfisher’s long ,sleek beak. He designed the train like it with long nose. Thanks to that, every time their trains get out of the tunnels, the air particles move over the train and reduce the level of noise in those areas.

Woodpeckers – Black Boxes

Woodpeckers are one of the most interesting birds that exists – they are able to knock their head like a drill toward wood for long time without damaging their head. The reason is that their skulls naturally build with incredible shock absorbers – this fact made many scientists curious.

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Researchers from UC Berkeley showed that the woodpecker’s beak is filled with spongy and cerebrospinal fluid that helps them absorb the shock impacts. Researchers converted this concept into a black box to put on airplanes. Thanks to the woodpeckers, those flight recorders have better chances to survive a plane crash and help up figure out what happened to the planes.

Spiders and Ants – Unsinkable Metal

Inventing unsinkable ships seems nearly impossible, but thanks to small bugs we seem to get really close to, humans accomplished this task. Scientists from the University of Rochester studied unique spiders and ants that manage to float on water in any conditions.

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They found out that these bugs have pockets of air bubbles that trapped within a self-made underwater dome, which gave them the ability to float on water without sinking. Using this idea, engineers managed to replicate this ability and made ships with a smaller risk of sinking.

OPPO RENO 5 PRO Plus

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Oppo announced on their new flagship phone – the Reno5 Pro Plus. The new phone comes with 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 camera, quick charge of 65 watts, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset and up to 12 GB RAM.

The new flagship phone comes with 6.55-inch Full HD+ 2400×1080 AMOLED display, refresh rate of 90hz, support HDR10+ protocol and has fingerprint sensor under the display.

On the top left side of the screen, we can find punch-hole for the selfie camera which has 5 lenses and 32 megapixels. The selfie camera support video recording of up to 1080p and 30fps.

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On the back of the phone 4 front cameras:

  • Main camera with 6 lenses, Sony IMX766 sensor, 50 megapixels wide and support OIS and EIS.
  • 2nd camera 16 megapixels ultrawide.
  • 3rd camera 13 megapixels telephoto, 5x optical zoom.
  • 4th camera 2 megapixels macro.
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On the hardware section the Reno5 Pro Plus comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset which includes 8-cores processor that can clock up to 2.8Ghz.

Along with the chipset, the phone comes with 8 or 12 GB LPDDR4x RAM and fast storage technology UFS 3.1 with 128 / 256GB.

The battery of the phone is 4,500mAh and support quick charge. The flagship model support 5G, WIFI 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC, and will run Oppo’s operation system – ColorOS 11.1 that is based on Android 11.

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Oppo Reno5 Pro Plus will be available in China on December 29th .

KFC and Gaming?

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No, this isn’t one of the April Fool jokes you usually hear – KFC, the famous fast food global restaurant network, announced on a gaming food console/pc. We are talking about a cooperation between KFC Gaming and Cooler Master to create a mini pc with the shape of the known KFC chicken bucket with actual heating food space inside the console/mini pc.

Many laughed about the “KFConsole” since June but it actually happening. This is not a console such as PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, but a mini gaming pc that designed by Tim Malmborg.

The device based on Cooler Master’s Master Case – NC100 pc case and use Intel’s Compute Element Module NUC9 Extreme.

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We don’t know the spec of KFConsole yet but we can assume that since the model NUC9 can come with Intel Core i9-9980K and Seagate SDD 1TB storage the console with have the same specs.

The Graphic Card of the device might be from Asus cooperation with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX, and categorized by the company that this device will provide high quality smooth gaming with support 4k with 240FPS and 240 Hz.

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Tim Malmborg, who helped creating this console said – “The hardest part was definitely figuring out the entire internal layout to get it as compact as possible and still have sufficient cooling for the hardware. The cylindrical bucket design and the chicken bay [are] two separate features that by themselves [are] challenging to work with. And then combined with a high-performance PC, well, I had to spend days creating the 3D model for it.”

MSI Optix MAG301CR2

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MSI announced on their new curve gaming monitor – the MSI Optix MAG301CR2. MSI Otix comes in 29.5-inch WFHD, 21:9 ratio display, a refresh rate of 200Hz, response time of 1ms and support AMD FreeSync Premium.

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The new monitor comes with 3 thin bezel sides (top, left and right) and a curve of 1500R for better gaming experience with angle view of 178 degree.

The screen includes blue light filter and Anti-Flicker technologies to prevent from exhausting the user while using the screen for long duration of time.

MSI equipped the new monitor with 7 unique display modes each one for different game genre and include night mode to bright dark areas in-game.

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The panel of the screen is VA 8-bits quality with FRC. The screen support 82% of DCI-P3 and 103% sRGB color protocols. MSI combine RGB lighting on the back of the monitor under the name MSI Mystic Light and gave the ability to adjust the RGB lighting via mobile app or direct from unique desktop application.

The I/O ports are:

  • 1x DisplayPort 1.2.
  • 2x HDMI 2.0.
  • 1x USB-C with DisplayPort support.
  • USB central with 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1.
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The MSI Optix MAG301CR2 will be launch with a price tag of $350.

HP 8th generation Elite Book and ZBook Firefly

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HP announced on the 8th generation of their business laptop series – EliteBook and ZBooK Firefly. The laptops will be equipped with Intel’s most updated processor – Tiger Lake (11th generation processor). EliteBook comes in 4 different screen size models 13.3, 14- and 15.6-inches display and among one of them is a 2 in 1 model. The ZBook Firefly will come in 14 and 15.6-inch.

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The EliteBook 800 G8 comes as the successor of the previous generation (G7) for the business market.

  • EliteBook 830 G8 13.3-inch Full HD display.
  • EliteBook 830 x360 G8 13.3-inch Full HD display 2 in 1 support HP Active Pen G3.
  • EliteBook 840 G8 15-inch Full HD display.
  • EliteBook 850 G8 15.6-inch Full HD display.

All 4 models come with:

  • Intel 11th generation processor Core i5 or i7-U
  • Up to 2TB SSD Storage.
  • Up to 64GB RAM (x360 get up to 32GB RAM)
  • GPU is Intel Iris Xe and for EliteBook 850 G8 you can replace it for GeForce MX450.
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HP ZBook Firefly

The ZBook Firefly Comes in 14-inch and 15.6-inch. The ZBook Firefly categorize as the perfect laptop to work with 2D and 3D content.

Both models come with:

  • Intel 11th generation processor Core i5 or i7
  • Up to 2TB SDD Storage
  • Built in Intel GPU Iris Xe or can be replace for Nivida T500.

The differences between the 2 models are:

  • ZBook Firefly 14 G8 – 32GB DDR4 RAM, 14-inch Full HD display.
  • ZBook Firefly 15 G8 – 64GB DDR4 RAM, 15.6-inch Full HD display with option to upgrade to touch screen and better panel with UHD 4K Display
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The new HP laptops series EliteBook 800 8G and ZBook Firefly G8 will be available later this month with an unknown price tag.

Samsung Exynos 2100

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Samsung will announce on January 12th about their new chip – the Exynos 2100 which will be available on Samsung’s flagship phones.

The Exynos event will be held 2 days before the announcement event of the new Galaxy S21 series phone, which will combine the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with the new Exynos chip.

Some regions will have the Samsung’s Exynos chip and other region will have the new Snapdragon chip.

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The new chip Exynos 2100 supposed be 5nm chip with 8 core processor.

The processor will include – 1 powerful Cortex-X1 core clock up to 2.9Ghz, 3 Cortex-A78 cores clock up to 2.8Ghz and 4 power saving Cortex cores clock up to 2.4Ghz. On the graphic section Samsung might add ARM Mali-G78 graphic chip.

Samsung plans to surpass the performances of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 with the new Exynos chip and fix their mistake with their previous generation chip – Customers complained that Galaxy S devices with Qualcomm performance were better than Galaxy S devices with Exynos.

The Samsung new chip Exynos 2100 will be announced on January 12th, 2 days before the announcement of the new Galaxy S21 series.

Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 4K 55

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Xiaomi announced on their first QLED TV – the Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 4K 55.

The Tv comes to India as premium model with 55-inch 4K display, support Dolby technologies (Audio and Vision) and equipped with 6 W30 speakers.

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The new Xiaomi QLED TV comes with screen ratio of 96% and support HDR10+ protocol, 100% NTSC color and 93% DCI-P3 colors with high resolution images.

Xiaomi equipped their QLED TV with their Reality Flow technology for better and smooth images and ALLM for low Latency.

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On the hardware section of the new model tv, the television run by MediaTek MT9611 with Quad Core processor, 2 GB RAM cache memory and 32 GB storage.

The Mi QLED TV 4K 55 runs PatchWall 3.0 – an updated Xiaomi’s software based on Android TV 10.

On the Audio section the company equipped the new tv with 6 powerful 30w speakers, 4 full-range speakers and 2 tweeters support Dolby Audio and DTSHD technologies.

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The new tv Xiaomi Mi QLED TV 55 will be available at India on December 21st  for price tag of 54,999 rupee ( $748).

Philips In-Ear TWS TAT8505BK

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Philips announced on their new headphones– the Philips In-Ear TWS TAT8505BK, a True Wireless (TWS) version of the TAPH805BK headphones that also include noise canceling ANC built-in and in addition to that, also water resist IPX4 protocol and can last up to 24 hours.

The new headphones comes with 13nm driver and support noise canceling ANC hybrid that combine outer microphone and inner microphone for the noise canceling. The In-Ear TWS earbud support IPX4 protocol for water and sweat resist, and Google Assistant.

The headphones offers 6 hours of usages (5 hours on noise canceling mode on) in single charge and another 18 hours via charging the headphones with the charging case. The case charged via USB-C connector; the headphones support single charge of 15 mins to supply 1 hour of usage.

The Philips In-Ear TWS TAT8505BK available for $200.

Nokia 5.4

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HMD Global announced on December 15th about their new nostalgic phone – the Nokia 5.4.

The phone comes with big display, almost no bezels, and quad rear cameras. Nokia kept the classic Nokia’s phones design with this phone by adding Nokia logo on the bottom of the display and quad rear camera system spread around in a circle shaped “stage”.

The new Nokia phone have 6.39-inch HD+ 720×1560 display with LCD panels. The selfie camera is placed in the punch hole area left side of the screen. The fingerprint scanner is placed under the quad front camera system.

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Under the hood Nokia 5.4 equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset with production of 11 nm and include 8 Kryo 260 cores clock up to 2.0 Ghz. The phone also has 4/6 GB Ram and 64/128 GB Storage and support for extended storage with microSD card. Nokia support NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and comes with android 10. The battery of the phone is 4000mAh and support quick charge via USB Type-C connector.

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On the camera section we have quad front camera system which include:

  • Main camera 48 megapixels wide.
  • 2nd camera 5 megapixels ultrawide.
  • 3rd camera 2 megapixels macro.
  • 4th camera 2 megapixels depth details.

The new Nokia phone the Nokia 5.3 comes in purple and blue to Europe with a price tag of €189.