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The smallest flagship on Snapdragon 888 will be presented on May 12. It will be the Asus Zenfone 8 mini, and with it there will be larger models

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Asus has officially announced the date for the announcement of Zenfone 8 smartphones – the premiere will take place on May 12. Moreover, in the announcement teaser, the emphasis is on the small dimensions of the model. The slogan reads “Large in performance, compact in size.”

There will be several models in the line, but Asus is focusing on the Zenfone 8 mini, which will combine a small 5.9-inch screen and the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform. The latter needs adequate cooling, which, in turn, takes up a lot of space. How all this will be implemented in Zenfone 8 mini is a question. It can also be assumed that this model will not receive a large-capacity battery – just the dimensions will not allow it.

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And you can estimate the dimensions of Zenfone 8 mini now. In the invitation to the announcement, the company has put transparent glass – the kind that protects the smartphone screen. And the network already has a photo of how this glass lies in the hand, but it is not superfluous to indicate the dimensions of the glass – 148 x 69 mm. For comparison, the dimensions of the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 are 146.7 x 71.5 mm. Or here are the dimensions of the Sony Xperia 5 III also with a 6.1-inch screen – 157 x 68 mm.

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Qualcomm unveils new superflam platform Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

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Qualcomm unveils new superflam platform Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Qualcomm today introduced an improved version of its flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

Qualcomm unveils new superflam platform Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has already become the mainstay of many flagship smartphones in 2022. According to Qualcomm, the Plus edition delivers 10% faster processor core performance, 10% higher graphics clock speeds, and best of all, consumes 15% less power for nearly 1 hour of extra gaming on a single charge or 50 minutes of social media browsing.

According to Qualcomm, the company has achieved a 30% increase in CPU and GPU energy efficiency. In addition, Qualcomm specifically highlights the more stable performance of the new SoC – in theory, the platform maintains a high clock speed for longer, despite heat during games or when connected to 5G networks. Of course, it also depends on how phone manufacturers implement the cooling system.

Qualcomm unveils new superflam platform Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

The CPU of the new SoC contains a 3.2GHz Cortex-X2 core, three 2.8GHz Cortex-A710s, and four 2.0GHz power-efficient Cortex-A510s. Graphics – Adreno 730. As you can see in the slides, other SoC features remain unchanged, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 10Gb / s 5G and 8K HDR video.

Qualcomm is not going to stop the production of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, both platforms will be produced in parallel.

The first smartphones based on Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 are planned to be released by companies such as Asus, Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, OSOM, Realme, RedMagic, Redmi, Vivo, Xiaomi and ZTE.

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For the first time in eight years, Xbox surpassed PlayStation. In Japan, Xbox Series S outperformed PS5 last week

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For the first time in eight years Xbox surpassed PlayStation

Japan is the birthplace of Sony and the PlayStation, so it is not surprising that in this market, the Sony console often outperforms the Microsoft set-top box in sales. However, the situation changed last week.

For the first time in eight years, Xbox surpassed PlayStation.  In Japan, Xbox Series S outperformed PS5 last week

According to sources, last week the Xbox console was ahead of the PlayStation in sales, and this happened for the first time in eight years.

We are talking about weekly sales, so in a normal situation this information would hardly be interesting, but still such an important achievement for Microsoft is worth attention.

True, the point is not at all in the decline in demand for the PS5 and the growth in demand for the Xbox, but simply in the availability of one or another set-top box. Actually, it is the offer that has been the main factor for the entire year and a half since the launch of the current generation consoles.

So, to the numbers. Last week, only 2693 PS5 consoles were sold in Japan, only 105 Xbox Series X consoles were sold, while the Series S sold 6120 units. That is, it was the younger Microsoft console that bypassed the Sony consoles.

For comparison, in the two weeks from April 25 to May 8, more than 46,000 PS5 consoles were sold. That is, their availability was simply many times higher. And the Xbox Series S sold 10,610 units.

In any case, the undisputed leader remains the Nintendo Switch. Last week, 35,868 Switch OLEDs, 20,443 Switch units and 9011 Switch Lite units were sold.

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The Voyager 1 spacecraft suddenly began sending strange data to Earth

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The Voyager 1 spacecraft sends strange signals to Earth. NASA has published a message stating that the telemetry data of the apparatus does not reflect what is happening with the ship.

The Voyager 1 spacecraft suddenly began sending strange data to Earth

For now, Voyager 1 is operating normally, receiving and executing commands from Earth, and collecting and returning scientific data. But readings from the Probe’s Articulation and Attitude Control System (AACS) don’t reflect what’s actually happening on board.

The AACS module controls the attitude of the 45-year-old spacecraft. Among other tasks, it keeps Voyager 1’s high-gain antenna pointed exactly at Earth, allowing it to send data back home. All signs point to AACS still working, but the telemetry it returns is invalid. For example, the data may appear to be randomly generated or not reflect any possible state that the AACS may be in.

The issue did not trigger any of the onboard fail-safe systems that are designed to put the spacecraft into “safe mode” — a state in which only essential operations are performed, giving engineers time to diagnose the problem. Voyager 1’s signal has also not weakened, indicating that the high-gain antenna remains in the prescribed orientation relative to the Earth.

NASA writes that scientists will closely monitor data from Voyager 1 until the nature of the problem becomes clearer.

Voyager 1 is currently 23.3 billion kilometers from Earth, and it takes 20 hours and 33 minutes for the signal to travel that distance. Now the device is the most distant object from the Earth, produced by mankind.

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