iPhone X Latest News: Release Date, Price, New Features & Specs

Apple has unveiled the iPhone X, which joins the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Apple’s all-new iPhone line-up. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the iPhone X, including its release date, price, specs and features.

If you’re wondering why this iPhone is called the X, let us explain. The iPhone X is actually pronounced “iPhone ten” (with the X representing the Roman numeral for 10 in the same way that Mac OS X used to). That’s because 2017 is 10 years after the very first iPhone launched at Macworld Expo in 2007. So this is a sort of special, celebratory anniversary iPhone.

iPhone X release date

So when is the iPhone X coming out? The iPhone X will be arriving slightly later than the other new iPhones unveiled by Apple at the event. You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone X from 27 October, before its official release on 3 November. You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone X from Apple here, from retailers like Carphone Warehouse here, and from networks including EE here.

iPhone X ‘will meet Christmas demand’ after all

Following reports that suppliers would struggle to meet anticipated demand for the iPhone X ahead of the Christmas and January sales rush, it’s refreshing to hear from sources in the supply chain that things are looking up.

According to Digitimes, component yield rates are up, shipments have increased and holiday demand will be met… although it should be added that nobody really knows what demand will be like, given the unusual timing and release strategy this time around.

Reuters reported in October that in the US, the iPhone 7 is still outselling the newer iPhone 8. It cites people waiting for the iPhone X, and also the 7’s attractively lower price to the similar hardware of the iPhone 8.

We will have to wait to the new year to see if iPhone 8 sales are even more negatively affected by the introduction of the X.

iPhone X spotted in wild (with ‘exclusive’ dynamic wallpaper)

A short video has been posted to the Apple subreddit showing what is allegedly an iPhone X out in public. The phone is turned over a couple of times and appears to be operational, because you can see red ink blobs moving around on the screen in what is said to be a new dynamic wallpaper which will be exclusive to this device.

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iPhone X retail box leaks online

The box that the iPhone X will be sold in has been spotted online, on Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program site. Unusually for an iPhone package, it shows the device screen-up, but this is understandable given how much focus is being placed on the handset’s upgraded (albeit notched) display.

iPhone X retail box

iPhone X retail box

iPhone X price

As expected, iPhone X is not cheap. It starts at £999 or $999, and that’s for the 64GB model. For the 256GB model, you’re looking at a whopping £1,149/$1,149. Wowzers.

That’s to buy the device outright, unlocked. But many people will buy it on contract instead. Sky Mobile, for instance, has released monthly pricing details for the iPhone X on its Swap12 and Swap24 plans:

  Swap24 Swap12
Upfront costs nothing £99
Monthly cost for your phone, data (500MB), calls and texts £42 £54
Monthly cost for your phone, data (1GB), calls and texts £47 £59
Monthly cost for your phone, data (5GB), calls and texts £52 £64
Monthly cost for your phone, data (10GB), calls and texts £57 £69

The names of those two plans refer to the number of months between phone handset upgrades. The company notes that “If Swap12 or Swap 24 customers choose not to upgrade their phone after one and two years respectively, their monthly cost drops for the rest of their contract.”

For more advice on this subject, take a look at our roundup of the best iPhone X deals.

iPhone X design

iPhone X design

iPhone X design

Almost everything about the iPhone X’s design was leaked ahead of its launch, but while it’s not much of a surprise it’s still pretty awesome. It’s made with glass and stainless steel, and is available in Silver or Space Grey.

It’s water- and dust-resistant just like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were, too.

Edge-to-edge display

The iPhone X looks stunning, with an OLED display that stretches across the entire front of the phone for an edge-to-edge finish. Apple has called the display Super Retina, and it is 5.8in diagonally.

The screen has a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide colour support, and there’s also HDR that supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. It’s finally a display that’ll be able to compete with rivals from the likes of Samsung and LG. Expect to be blown away by it.

True Tone for the display itself means that it will adjust the white balance to match the surrounding light, too.

iPhone X screen

iPhone X screen

No more Home button

In order to make an edge-to-edge display, Apple has done away with the Home button on the iPhone X. iOS 11 has been redesigned to replace to Home button’s functions. You’ll now raise to wake the iPhone X, or tap the display. And to go back to the Home screen, you just swipe up from the bottom. Swiping up and pausing before letting go will open the multitasking screen, and pressing and holding the side button will launch Siri (as will saying Hey, Siri as usual).

Face ID

iPhone X Face ID

iPhone X Face ID

To unlock the iPhone X, you can use the new Face ID feature. We’re pretty concerned about how this is going to work in practice. Apple has promised that it’ll just work, but when Apple’s Craig Federighi tried it in the live demo he had to go to his backup iPhone X because the first one didn’t recognise his face properly. Whoops! The backup iPhone X worked brilliantly, though, and it sounds like Apple has used some serious tech to make sure that Face ID doesn’t recognise photos or masks.

Interestingly, Face ID means that there’s no Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple says that Face ID is much easier and safer, with a one in a million chance of someone being able to access your phone, rather than one in 50,000 for the Touch ID. Everything that Touch ID did is now done by Face ID, including Apple Pay and access to secure apps.

We’ve put together a simple comparison of the two biometric systems: Face ID vs Touch ID: What’s the best way to unlock an iPhone?

A fun touch are new Animoji, which let you make emoji come to life with your own expressions. You’ll then be able to send Animoji you create to your friends and family via iMessage.

iPhone X specs

iPhone X specs

iPhone X specs

The iPhone X is powered by an A11 Bionic chip. It has a six-core CPU design which Apple claims is the smartest and most powerful ever seen in a smartphone.

It works with the Apple-designed GPU, which has three cores and is capable of powering AR at 60fps, as well as enabling new machine learning and 3D games.

it’s set to be available with storage of 64GB or 256GB, but there’s no microSD card slot (as with all of Apple’s iPhones) so you’ll need to choose wisely when you buy.

iPhone X cameras

iPhone X cameras

iPhone X cameras

On the rear of the iPhone X is a dual-lens set-up, with both lenses 12Mp and both offer optical image stabilisation. One has an aperture of f/1.8, and the other f/2.4. It’s paired with a new quad LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, which is designed to offer a more natural light.

On the front of the phone is the 7Mp TrueDepth camera that Apple has developed for Face ID but will also help capture great selfies. The TrueDepth camera is made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator for advanced face mapping.

And you’ll now be able to use Portrait mode on both the front and rear cameras of the iPhone X. Previously limited to the iPhone 7 Plus (and now iPhone 8 Plus), and only the rear camera, Portrait mode will now be possible even when using the front-facing camera. There’s a new Portrait Lighting feature, too, that offers five different lighting styles to improve your portraits further.

Apple claims that the new camera in the iPhone X is capable of capturing the highest quality video ever from a smartphone. It has improved video stabilisation, offers 4K up to 60fps and there’s 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps.

We’re expecting some incredible photos and videos from this iPhone, that’s for sure.

The iPhone X’s cameras are also designed for AR, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for motion tracking. This is made possible by the new A11 Bionic chip. This is the same chip you’ll find in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X will enable some additional AR features.

iPhone X battery life & wireless charging

iPhone X wireless charging

iPhone X wireless charging

All of this new tech had us worried about battery life, but Apple claims that it’s been improved. So much so that it should last two hours more than the iPhone 7, but we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on it for testing to see how long it lasts in practice.

A Chinese regulatory filing reveals that the iPhone X battery will have a capacity of 2,716mAh, later confirmed by a Chinese telecoms authority. This compares to 1,821mAh in the iPhone 8, and 2,675mAh in the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X can charge wirelessly, and Apple has made a new charging mat which has room for the Apple Watch Series 3 and your AirPods, too. Apple calls this charging mat AirPower, and it’ll be launching in 2018. If you don’t want Apple’s charging mat, others that work with Qi will be compatible with the iPhone X.

The iPhone X will run iOS 11, which is set to become available for other iPhones on 19 September. You can find out what new features iOS 11 will bring here.

If these are Razer’s Android smartphone specs, we’re impressed

Is the world ready for another niche Android smartphone? Razer apparently believes so, and going by a potential list of specifications for the upcoming handset, we’re starting to think they could be right. Though Razer may be best-known for its gaming peripherals, there are signs that it knows what it’s doing in piecing together a decent smartphone, too.

That’s judging by a list of possible specifications in a prematurely-posted GFXBench benchmarking result for the as-yet unnamed phone. While we don’t have images of the device, or details like pricing and availability, if the record is correct then we do have an idea of what could be inside it.

It doesn’t disappoint, either. On the front, there’s said to be a 5.7-inch touchscreen, running at a healthy 2560 x 1440 resolution. Above it, there’s a 7-megapixel camera.

On the back, an 11-megapixel camera also shoots 4K video. Inside, meanwhile, there’s an unspecified Qualcomm octa-core processor running at 2.4 GHz; it seems likely that would be something like the Snapdragon 835. It’s apparently paired with a healthy 7.5 GB of RAM and a likely 64 GB of storage.

As for the OS version, that’s said to be the “Android Razer Edition” of Android 7.1.1. It’s unclear if the phone will launch with that, or if it’s just what was available when the phone was being put through its paces for these tests. Again, assuming that this record itself is authentic.

Razer hasn’t confirmed that it’s a phone the company is preparing to announce, but all signs would point to that. The company is holding an event on November 1 when it will show off the device; going by the teaser, we’re certainly expecting a small, handheld device. The “Watch, Listen, Play” tagline the company is using would suggest a multimedia and gaming focus, no great surprise given that’s just what we’ve come to expect from the company.

Still, there’s a long way from building a solid reputation in gaming laptops and accessories, and competing in the smartphone space. It’s arguably the most fiercely competitive category in consumer technology today, and even established experts have struggled to gain traction against behemoths like Apple and Samsung.

Essential, the brainchild of Andy “Father of Android” Rubin made a big splash with its eponymous phone, but the handset has struggled with patchy software and underwhelming camera performance, for example. Official sales figures have not been released, but unofficial numbers don’t suggest demand has been particularly strong.

For Razer to escape the same fate, it’ll need to offer something so significantly different that it can capture the attention of people who would otherwise opt for a Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone X. Gaming phones have struggled to do that in the past, though arguably we’re only now at a point where smartphone-level chipsets are capable of delivering console-like experiences. We’ll know more in just a few weeks time.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 TI Full Specs and Clock Restriction Detailed

NVIDIA is prepping their latest GeForce 10 series card, the Pascal based GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for launch later this month. There have been new reports about the card, including full specifications from Expreview and also some interesting details that reveal that the card would come with locked down clock frequencies.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Could Be As Fast As The GTX 1080 For a $100 US Less But Might Come With Locked Clock Frequencies

We first got to hear about the GeForce GTX 1070 TI about a month ago. At that time, we were quite skeptical if there was any more room to fill in the GeForce 10 series lineup by such a card. Based on latest findings, the card does exist as we have confirmed ourselves from three different board partners and it will indeed be launching later in October in custom flavors. But that’s the more fun part of this leak.

First of all, let’s talk specifications and as always, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti uses the GP104 GPU to power it all. While we have seen many variants of the GP104 GPU, the GTX 1070 Ti uses an entirely different variant. This new SKU, known as GP104-300 has just one SM disabled meaning it should be very close to the GTX 1080 in terms of specifications and performance. So the chip features the 7.2 billion transistors on a 314mm2 die, has 2432 cores scattered across the 19 (out of 20) enabled SM units. This also gives us a total of 152 TMUs, 64 ROPs and 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 8 Gbps to pump out 256 GB/s bandwidth. The clocks of this card are maintained at 1607 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost frequencies.

In terms of power, the card is stated to feature the same TDP as the GTX 1080 at 180W, requiring a single 8-pin power connector to boot. As for pricing, this SKU is said to go for just around $100 US cheaper than the $499 US GTX 1080 at $399 to $429 US.

NVIDIA GeForce 10 Pascal Family:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti NVIDIA Titan Xp
Graphics Core GP107 GP107 GP106 GP104 GP106 GP104 GP104 GP104 GP102 GP102 GP102
Process Node 14nm FinFET 14nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Die Size 132mm2 132mm2 200mm2 314mm2 200mm2 314mm2 314mm2 314mm2 471mm2 471mm2 471mm2
Transistors 3.3 Billion 3.3 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 4.4 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion 12 Billion
CUDA Cores 640 CUDA Cores 768 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1152 CUDA Cores 1280 CUDA Cores 1920 CUDA Cores 2432 CUDA Cores 2560 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores 3840 CUDA Cores
Base Clock 1354 MHz 1290 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1607 MHz 1417 MHz 1480 MHz 1480 MHz
Boost Clock 1455 MHz 1392 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1708 MHz 1683 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1530 MHz 1583 MHz 1582
FP32 Compute 1.8 TFLOPs 2.1 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.0 TFLOPs 4.4 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 8.1 TFLOPs 9.0 TFLOPs 11 TFLOPs 11.5 TFLOPs 12.5 TFLOPs
VRAM 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X 11 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 7 Gbps 7 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 9 Gbps 8 Gbps 8 Gbps 11 Gbps 10 Gbps 11 Gbps 11.4 Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 112 GB/s 112 GB/s 192 GB/s 192 GB/s 224 GB/s 256 GB/s 256 GB/s 352 GB/s 480 GB/s 484 GB/s 547 GB/s
Bus Interface 128-bit bus 128-bit bus 192-bit bus 192-bit bus 192-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 384-bit bus 352-bit bus 384-bit bus
Power Connector None None Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 6-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power
TDP 75W 75W 120W 120W 120W 150W 180W 180W 250W 250W 250W
Display Outputs 1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
1x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
Launch Date October 2016 October 2016 September 2016 TBD 13th July 2016 10th June 2016 26th October 2017 27th May 2016 2nd August 2016 10th March 2017 6th April 2017
Launch Price $109 US $139 US $199 US $199 US $249 US $349 US ~$429 US $499 US $1200 US $699 US $1200 US

So The GTX 1070 Ti Sounds Great But What’s Up With The Locked Clocks?

The more interesting part of this leak is that there are two sources confirming that the card may be shipping with locked frequencies. First one is Expreview themselves and the second is Eteknix. You may ask how are locked clocks that big of a deal and why is NVIDIA doing so? First of all, as can be seen, the card has specifications almost on par with a GTX 1080 and clocks (reference) are also the same. This would mean that NVIDIA is giving away their GTX 1080 performance for a $100 US less which doesn’t make much sense.

However, there are some comprises made on the GTX 1070 Ti. The card has GDDR5 memory and not GDDR5X as the GTX 1080. The card will only be available in custom models so prices will vary from model to model. Thirdly, the card will stick with a series of locked clocks to ensure it performs close but not better than a GTX 1080 to make the GTX 1080 buyers have an incentive to choose that card over the 1070 Ti. Surprisingly, this sounds like a software level block which can be easily overcome by overclockers and we will have to wait till reviews hit the web to learn more about the clock restrictions.

It will be also interesting to see if the card boosts the same as a GTX 1080 or those clocks are affected too. It could also mean that NVIDIA is just letting AIBs make the coolers do most of the job rather than providing factory overclocked variants out of the box. As you know, GPU Boost 3.0 takes into account the power and thermals to let the card boost beyond its reference clocks. So the better the AIB designs, the better the boost clocks but just not out of box overclocked specs.

Nevertheless, the GTX 1070 Ti sounds like a great option for new GeForce buyers who want to get about the same level of performance that a GTX 1080 offers (-5% ~ -10%) for a $100 US cheaper. It launches later this month (26th October as rumored) so we will surely have more updates for you before then.



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Specs, price and what we know so far

Heard the rumours about the mysterious OnePlus 5T smartphone? Here’s what we know so far about the OnePlus 5T release date, design, specs, features, and price – including the latest news and rumours.

OnePlus launched its latest phone in June, so you’d be forgiven for thinking this article seems entirely premature.

But if last year taught us anything, it’s that OnePlus will gladly replace a flagship smartphone with a newer model in as few as four months, and it appears we’re getting a repeat of that roadmap in 2017.

Read on for all the latest news and rumours about the elusive OnePlus 5T.

OnePlus 5T Release Date: When does the OnePlus 5T launch?

Given how new OnePlus is as a smartphone company, we don’t have a huge amount of release history to go on – but last year was very telling.

On June 14, 2016, the OnePlus 3 was released to the world. But the availability of newer components meant OnePlus felt tempted to launch a do-over.

Fast forward to November 15, 2016, and the OnePlus 3T is released. It boasted an upgraded processor, and gave OnePlus a welcome chance to scoop up some of the pre-Christmas spending.

Related: Samsung Galaxy S9

This year, OnePlus opted to release the OnePlus 5 in its usual early-summer slot – June 20, 2017, to be exact.

Logic, then, suggests that we could see a OnePlus 5T in mid-to-late November this year.

The most compelling evidence supporting an imminent launch so far is that we’re suddenly hearing a flurry of OnePlus 5T rumours – and there’s no smoke without fire, so they say.

Interestingly, a number of OnePlus 5 models have recently been listed as “out of stock” on both the UK and US stores. We asked OnePlus about the listing, but the firm declined to comment.

Out-of-stock listings are typical prior to the launch of a new model, so this could certainly be an early sign that the OnePlus 5T is indeed coming.

OnePlus 5T Design, Specs and Features: What’s new with the OnePlus 5T?

The main upgrade we saw with the OnePlus 3T last year was the move from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor to the marginally-improved Snapdragon 821 chipset, which offered a 10% speed boost.

This year, however, there’s been no such iterative chip announced. Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 – which appears in the OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8, and LG V30 – has yet to be superseded.

This means that unless Qualcomm surprises us with a new chip, it’s unlikely that a supposed OnePlus 5T would get a processor upgrade.

Related: iPhone 9 release date

Instead, it’s reported – by GizmoChina, a tech blog – that the OnePlus 5T will feature a large 6-inch display with a 2160 x 1080-pixel resolution. That’s compared to the 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel display seen on the OnePlus 5. This also means a switch to an 18:9 aspect ratio, rather than the more traditional 16:9.

All this points to the possibility of OnePlus finally adopting an all-screen front with minimal bezel.

This all-screen aesthetic is an increasingly common design trend, and has already been seen featured on the following phones:

OnePlus may be concerned that the thick-bezelled OnePlus 5 might not be attractive to consumers, given how its key rivals are toting space-age, all-screen designs.

The obvious solution is to launch a largely similar OnePlus 5T model that gives users a more premium option, for if they’re not sold on the more conventional OnePlus 5 design.

As far as other specs go, we’re still in the dark. But if the main change is on the design front, it’s likely we’ll see a similar spec sheet.

OnePlus 5T Price: How much will the OnePlus 5T cost?

There hasn’t been any information about the OnePlus 5T price leaked online yet, so we can’t say anything for certain.

Given that the OnePlus 5T is looking as though it’ll be a premium device – akin to the iPhone X – we’d expect a minor price hike.

The OnePlus 5 currently costs £449 for the 64GB model, and £499 for the 128GB model. That’s far below the prices of its key rivals, with most flagships currently retailing for beyond £650.

If an all-screen OnePlus is released, it’s probably going to cost more in the region of £599+, although we’ve heard nothing official on the matter thus far.

Related: Best Android phones

What would you like to see from the next OnePlus smartphone? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter.

Sony PlayStation 5 Specs, Release Date And Features

UPDATE: 10-06-2017: As fans of video games await the PlayStation 5 release date, the forthcoming PS5 console may already have its first major gaming hit in the pipeline. Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has already provided information on a major next-generation title that should land on the PlayStation 5 in the foreseeable future.

PlayStation 5
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New PS5 rumor

The developer has announced that it is seeking talented individuals to work on a major new sandbox title. It was, of course, the GTA series that led to the term sandbox being coined, and the open-ended genre of gaming has certainly proved popular since.

“Avalanche Studios is currently looking for a senior programmer to join a small team developing our next generation open world / sandbox multiplayer engine,” reads an Avalanche job post, as the developer prepared for the imminent release of the PS5.

Aside from this, the developer also provided information on the components that it will prioritize for its next-generation gaming engine. Destructible environments will seemingly play a major role in Avalanche games for the PS5, with the PlayStation 5 specs upgrade ensuring that sophisticated things are possible.

The asset goes on to explain precisely what the role will entail.

“As a Senior Multiplayer Programmer you will influence the architecture and drive the implementation of all multiplayer technology in the Avalanche Apex engine. This is a great opportunity to work with some of the most complex and rewarding challenges in game development today; Open worlds, sandbox gameplay and highly destructible multiplayer environments. As with most multiplayer development, a keen sense of fun gameplay and that 6th sense for what gives the perfect “feeling” are both key aspects for this role,” the job advert comments.

There is already speculation that the new game will be a sequel to Just Cause, which is reason for a excitement among Sony and PS5 fans.

2020 release

Meanwhile, the consensus of opinion is still that the PlayStation 5 release date will come towards the end of the decade. In comments reported by PSU, industry analyst Michael Pachter predicted that 2020 would be the ideal time for Sony to consider is next-generation console release.

“I think that’s exactly when you’ll see one (PS5) 2019 or 2020, and if I had to bet, it’s 2020. Sony’s making so much money with the PS4 that I think they’ll continue to milk it as long as they can milk it. And I think the natural extension of that is the PS4 Pro becomes the default PS4, and they just knock that price down to $250 when they can and they keep selling it – a ton of those,” the analyst commented.

Pachter went on to explain his reasoning behind the delay in the PlayStation 5 release, suggesting that Sony will simply bide its time considering the current market conditions.

“The PS5 is probably going to be their real 4K device, and so it just feels to me that they’re not going to launch the PS5 until sales momentum for the PS4 slows, and it just hasn’t. So you certainly get through 2017, 2018, and I just don’t see it slowing in 2018 which should prop them to launch something in 2019. If it slows in 2019, they’re probably launching in 2020.”

No GTA 6

The complexity of modern video games and the incredibly involved development required is underlined by the fact that there has been no new GTA game on the PlayStation 4, and indeed that the PlayStation 5 release date may predate the GTA 6 unveiling. Whether the GTA 6 title could then become an exclusive for the PS5 remains to be seen, but what is certain is that the game will appear on this console in some form.

Sony is likely to continue support for both the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 for some time, and it it may be that the GTA 6 title will appear on both generations of the console.

Different approach

Meanwhile, it seems that Sony and Microsoft are taking radically different approaches to the PlayStation 5 and next Xbox release. Sony is looking at a major new hardware update when the PlayStation 5 is unveiled, while the Xbox manufacturer is increasingly contemplating conducting a business model akin to smartphones.

This would mean that the lifecycle of the PlayStation 5 would be significantly longer than any of the Xbox releases, but that Microsoft fans could benefit from a raft of different updates. The manufacturer will look to continually refresh and evolve its hardware, as it believes that the technology industry now moves too fast for the old console approach to be viable.

Possible features

When Sony does reveal the PlayStation 5 specs, though, this will undoubtedly be a revolutionary machine. The console must compete in a rapidly evolving marketplace, and this means that a particular emphasis will be placed on streaming. If Sony is to ensure that its next-generation console is future proof, it must enable the streaming of games to be a central facet of the device.

However, it is unlikely that the PS5 will be a disc-less machine, as this is not in the interest of the manufacturer owing to the desires of gamers.

Elsewhere, there is no doubt that the PlayStation 5 will deliver 4K gaming with aplomb, and some have suggested that 60 frames per second will even be possible at this exalted resolution.

We can also expect more wireless capabilities from the console, while the storage capacity from day one could be monstrous. There is no doubt that the PlayStation 5 will be an extremely exciting machine when it is released, in what will probably be 2020.

UPDATE: 09-20-2017: As gamers eagerly await news on the PlayStation 5, the views of industry insiders have conflicted somewhat in recent days. And one particular expert from Electronic Arts has suggested that the Sony console may not appear whatsoever.

No PlayStation 5?

Chris Evenden told interested observers at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference that the physical console model may disappear in the immediate future. Evenden instead believes that streaming services delivered via smart televisions may be the way forward for the gaming industry.

“I think it’s inevitable that the gaming entertainment world will move in much the same way that the music and video entertainment worlds have already moved, in the sense that people have moved from an ownership model to an access model. You’ll see that in gaming, just as you’ve seen it with Spotify and Netflix in other media businesses,” Evenden commented.

Sony PlayStation 5
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While many gamers may be opposed to this concept, the remarks are nonetheless rather unsurprising. There has been speculation for some time that the video gaming industry may move to a streaming and subscription model in the foreseeable future, and the Electronic Arts employee believes that this will happen sooner rather than later.

Subscription model

Notably, EA already delivers an Origins service on PC and EA Access on Xbox One. And Evenden believes that such platforms will become more significant in the next few years, as technology develops. Sony and Microsoft have already launched streaming services for games, based on a subscription model, and Evenden expects this to

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti News: Release Date, Price & Specs

The GTX 1070 is over a year old now and it seems that Nvidia is about to announce a faster Ti version at the end of October rather than wait until it launches the next-gen Volta cards.

Whether or not this interim card is specifically to compete with AMD’s recent Vega 56 is pure speculation, but the rumour mill is now running at full tilt.

What specs will the GTX 1070 Ti have?

According to various sources, including Wccftech, these are the highlights:

  • 2432 CUDA cores
  • 1607MHz base clock
  • 1683MHz boost clock
  • 8GB GDDR5 memory
  • 8Gb/s memory throughput

Nvidia superfans will already know that this brings the core count of the 1070 Ti close to the GTX 1080, which has 2560 CUDA cores.

And the base clock speed of 1607MHz is the same as the 1080, though the boost speed is the same as the 1070.

If the rumours are true, the new card will have GDDR5 memory instead of GDDR5X – as with the GTX 1080 – and will reportedly have a bandwidth of 8Gb/s, 3Gb/s slower than the 1080.

How much will the 1070 Ti cost?

Some reports reckon it will be around US$70 (around £50) less than the GTX 1080, which means that stock versions might start at £430 or slightly more.

The Vega 56 – the cheapest versions at any rate – currently cost around £460, so the 1070 Ti appears to be priced to undercut it.

When is the GTX 1070 Ti release date?

It’s expected that the card will launch at the end of October and – as spotted by Hexus – Gigabyte has posted a Halloween-style image on its Facebook feed with the letters ‘TI’ and a caption “Ti will get you too… eventually… #comingsoon”

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti release date price specs rumours

Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti release date price specs rumours

The slightly confusing image also has a wallet with a bank note being lifted by a balloon and the caption “YOU’LL FLOAT TOO”. This is a line from Stephen King’s IT, but quite what it means in relation to a graphics card is anyone’s guess.

Nvidia may choose to announce the card at its GTC (GPU Technology Conference) on 10-12 October with an on-sale date of 31 October, which could be the reason behind Gigabyte’s image.

We’ll have to wait and see, but with GTC only a few days away, there’s not long to go.

OnePlus 6 release date news, specs rumors: OnePlus 5T no longer expected; next flagship handset to launch early 2018

The teaser poster for the OnePlus 5 launch in June 2017Twitter/OnePlus

Contrary to previous rumors, the minor iterative “T” upgrade for this year’s OnePlus 5 smartphone will not happen. Instead, OnePlus is expected to launch a completely fresh flagship version, the OnePlus 6. It is likely that the OnePlus 6 will be unveiled by the handset maker early 2018, boasting a powerful lineup of hardware specs.

According to the latest rumors, OnePlus will be dropping their OnePlus 5T plans. It was first believed that the company will repeat the same iterative update of OnePlus 3, in which they released an improved OnePlus 3T version.

It is suggested that there are no aspects of the current OnePlus 5 handset that can be further upgraded. For one, there are no reports that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will have its successor soon. If the OnePlus 5 will receive an iterative upgrade, it should have a chipset more powerful than the Snapdragon 835 that it is currently using.

Qualcomm was said to launch the Snapdragon 836 to replace the Snapdragon 835 as the top-tier mobile processor. However, it appears that the chipset maker will no longer release the said Snapdragon version, thus leaving no other options for OnePlus 5T but to be cancelled.

Furthermore, the OnePlus 5 already features a dual camera setup, and there are no other ways for a OnePlus 5T at this point to top the former’s camera features. To recall, the OnePlus 3T is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, an upgrade from OnePlus 3’s Snapdragon 820. The OnePlus 3T also had an improvement on the selfie shooter, and coupled with the chipset upgrade, the OnePlus 3T came out with a more expensive price.

For now, it is getting more likely that OnePlus will proceed with the launch of OnePlus 6. According to Inquirer, the OnePlus 6 may appear in the early months of 2018, possibly at the next Mobile World Congress (MWC). It is rumored that the OnePlus 6 will sport an all-screen display with reduced bezels at the top and bottom. The smartphone’s display will be massive, measuring up to 6 inches in width and featuring a 2,880×1,440 QHD+ resolution.

With the OnePlus 6 having an all-screen front design, the fingerprint sensor will be moved to the back of the handset. In terms of the processor, the next flagship device will receive the Snapdragon 845, which is expected to come next after the Snapdragon 835.

Destiny 2 PC specs, graphics options, Battle.net accounts and everything else we know • Eurogamer.net

Published 29/09/2017

Destiny 2 on PC opens up a whole new audience for one of the most talked about console shooters of the past few years. And with each character’s loot and progress wiped from the first game, it’s also an attractive proposition for those previously playing on PS4 or Xbox One and fancying a switch.

Though the game won’t release on PC come September 8 alongside its console counterparts, and a few questions remain of all the features available, some of the biggest questions – including the new PC release date, how you’ll access it, and the graphical options available – have already been addressed.

Destiny 2 PC specs and graphics options

The big question following the confirmation of the PC version was – what are the system specs, and will the graphics options be compared to the locked 30 frames per second output of its console counterpart? Here’s what we know:

Recommended specs:

  • CPU: Intel – Core i5-2400 / AMD – Ryzen R5 1600X
  • GPU: Nvidia – GeForce GTX 970 / AMD – Radeon R9 390
  • RAM: 8GB

Minimum specs:

  • CPU: Intel – Core i3-3250 / AMD – FX-4350
  • GPU: Nvidia – GeForce GTX 660 2GB / AMD – Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • RAM: 6GB

Modes and features:

  • Uncapped framerate
  • 4K resolution support
  • Mouse and Keyboard support
  • Controller support
  • Custom key mapping
  • Text chat
  • Adjustable field of view
  • 21:9 monitor support
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The controls from the gameplay reveal event, which can be remapped in the final version.

Mouse controls:

  • Look Sensitivity
  • Vertical Inversion
  • Horizontal Inversion
  • Aim Smoothing

Graphics settings:

  • Graphics Quality
  • Texture Anistrophy
  • Ambient Occulsion
  • Motion Blur
  • Anti-Aliasing
  • Texture Quality
  • Foliage Detail
  • Environment Detail
  • Character Detail
  • Shadow Quality
  • Depth of Field
  • Foliage Shadows
  • Lighting Shading Detail
  • Local Light Shadows
  • Wind Impulse

(Thanks to Gamer Network’s Arekkz and DualShockers for fleshing out the above list, the latter which lists some additional accessibility and gameplay options that also appear in the console editions of the original Destiny.)

Thanks to the beta in August, Digital Foundry put the PC version to the test and came out with some very positive things to say, calling it “one of the most technically accomplished PC versions we’ve seen to date, adapted skilfully to accommodate the unique strengths of the platform.”

“30fps is a doddle on PC and even 60fps gameplay is easily attainable,” Rich continued in their dedicated article, “and we’d say that modern i3s and older i5s going back to the classic 2500K should be capable of delivering that crucial doubling of frame-rate over the console experience.

If you want thoughts of how it plays, Eurogamer deputy editor Wesley Yin-Poole described the PC version as “impressive” in his hands-on, who discussed the feel of mouse and keyboard and the lack of auto-aim compared to using a controller on console, while Digital Foundry has 4K and at 60 frames-per-second gameplay:

Destiny 2 on PC will use Blizzard’s Battle.net

Perhaps the biggest surprise as part of the game’s May gameplay reveal was Destiny 2’s exclusive home on Blizzard’s Battle.net service.

It’s an interesting prospect for two reasons; one, it won’t be appearing on market leader Steam or other popular services like GOG and Origin, and two, it’ll be the first non-Blizzard game to appear in the client, sitting alongside World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone and other Blizzard-only titles.

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Don’t expect any more non-Blizzard games on the way, though: “It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly,” the publisher said in a statement following the news.

If you are interested in playing on PC, you’ll need to download the Battle.net client and create a Battle.net account. In preparation of the beta in August, you are able to link your Bungie account to one Battle.net account (the same way you could do with one PSN and on Xbox Live account).

At the game’s reveal it was noted noted Blizzard account authentication as a log-in method isn’t yet available, and PC players who wish to use the Bungie forums will also need to create a Bungie account either a PSN or Xbox Live log-in.



Destiny 2 guide, story walkthrough
Class changes, Exotics, levelling and more explained.


Destiny 2 guide, story walkthrough

Want more on Destiny 2? Our Destiny 2 guide tells you everything else there is to know on the game so far, including Lost Sectors, Treasure Map locations, Heroic Public Events, and Flashpoints on EDZ, Titan, Nessus and Io. Elsewhere we explain how to Power level to the 265, 300 and 350 Power caps, as well as what to spend Glimmer on, how to join Clans and how Mods, Infusion, and Engrams and Legendary Shards work, Crucible tips, a Destiny 2 Exotics list, details on the Nightfall schedule, Trials of the Nine and the weekly reset, how to unlock classes and subclasses, and how to complete the Destiny 2 Raid.

Everything else we know about Destiny 2 on PC

Here’s a few extra things we know about Destiny 2 on PC:

PC release date: Bungie has finally committed to a Destiny 2 PC release date of October 24th (you can pre-order it already in the UK in standard and limited editions). Fortunately that’s not too long after the console versions (they release on September 8th), so hopefully you fellow PC guardians can hang in there!

No cross-saves or cross-play: Bungie has confirmed there will be no cross-saves or cross-play between console and PC versions, meaning you cannot start a character in Destiny 2 and continue playing on PC, and vise versa, or play a Raid with users on other platforms.

And some things we don’t know about:

Character transfers from the original Destiny: There is currently no confirmation whether Xbox and PlayStation users of the first game can transfer their characters over to the PC edition. In one sense it’s logistically possible – apps and Bungie.net plug show full stat tracking of your characters from the first game, meaning it could be straightforward to pull that data across – but the implementation and whether Bungie (or platform holders) want players to jump ship is a different story.

Destiny-themed Blizzard skins: Will pre-ordering Destiny 2 on PC give you a Ghost-themed Hearthstone card back? Okay, we’re half-joking, but it wouldn’t surprise us there’s some kind of bonus for existing Blizzard games as the first non-Blizzard game to be available through the client.

iPhone X Latest News: Release Date, Price, New Features & Specs

Apple has unveiled the iPhone X, which joins the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Apple’s all-new iPhone line-up. Here, we bring you everything you need to know about the iPhone X, including its release date, price, specs and features.

If you’re wondering why this iPhone is called the X, let us explain. The iPhone X is actually pronounced “iPhone ten” (with the X representing the Roman numeral for 10 in the same way that Mac OS X used to). That’s because 2017 is 10 years after the very first iPhone launched at Macworld Expo in 2007. So this is a sort of special, celebratory anniversary iPhone.

iPhone X release date

So when is the iPhone X coming out? The iPhone X will be arriving slightly later than the other new iPhones unveiled by Apple at the event. You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone X from 27 October, before its official release on 3 November. You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone X from Apple here, from retailers like Carphone Warehouse here, and from networks including EE here.

Curiously, given that Apple did not – or was unable to – release the iPhone X at the same time as the 8 and 8 Plus (something that was believed to be the result of production difficulties), there have been reports that the company is now telling its supply-chain partners to slow down production.

“Apple has reportedly instructed component suppliers to withhold part of the component shipments prepared for the production of iPhone X devices,” writes DigiTimes, citing “sources from Taiwan-based upstream component suppliers”.

It adds that suppliers are currently shipping components amounting to “only about 40 percent of the quantities originally planned”.

We don’t know if Apple is softening its expectations of iPhone X demand – and the launch of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus was certainly a relatively quiet one by the company’s standards – but this may not be as significant as it sounds. Apple did something similar last year for the iPhone 7, calling in only 60 percent of planned supply in the launch period and the rest one to two months later.

iPhone X price

As expected, iPhone X is not cheap. It starts at $999 / £999, and that’s for the 64GB model. For the 256GB model, you’re looking at a whopping $1,149 / £1,149. Wowzers.

iPhone X design

iPhone X design

iPhone X design

Almost everything about the iPhone X’s design was leaked ahead of its launch, but while it’s not much of a surprise it’s still pretty awesome. It’s made with glass and stainless steel, and is available in Silver or Space Grey.

It’s water- and dust-resistant just like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were, too.

Edge-to-edge display

The iPhone X looks stunning, with an OLED display that stretches across the entire front of the phone for an edge-to-edge finish. Apple has called the display Super Retina, and it is 5.8in diagonally.

The screen has a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide colour support, and there’s also HDR that supports Dolby Vision and HDR10. It’s finally a display that’ll be able to compete with rivals from the likes of Samsung and LG. Expect to be blown away by it.

True Tone for the display itself means that it will adjust the white balance to match the surrounding light, too.

iPhone X screen

iPhone X screen

No more Home button

In order to make an edge-to-edge display, Apple has done away with the Home button on the iPhone X. iOS 11 has been redesigned to replace to Home button’s functions. You’ll now raise to wake the iPhone X, or tap the display. And to go back to the Home screen, you just swipe up from the bottom. Swiping up and pausing before letting go will open the multitasking screen, and pressing and holding the side button will launch Siri (as will saying Hey, Siri as usual).

Face ID

iPhone X Face ID

iPhone X Face ID

To unlock the iPhone X, you can use the new Face ID feature. We’re pretty concerned about how this is going to work in practice. Apple has promised that it’ll just work, but when Apple’s Craig Federighi tried it in the live demo he had to go to his backup iPhone X because the first one didn’t recognise his face properly. Whoops! The backup iPhone X worked brilliantly, though, and it sounds like Apple has used some serious tech to make sure that Face ID doesn’t recognise photos or masks.

Interestingly, Face ID means that there’s no Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple says that Face ID is much easier and safer, with a one in a million chance of someone being able to access your phone, rather than one in 50,000 for the Touch ID. Everything that Touch ID did is now done by Face ID, including Apple Pay and access to secure apps.

We’ve put together a simple comparison of the two biometric systems: Face ID vs Touch ID: What’s the best way to unlock an iPhone?

A fun touch are new Animoji, which let you make emoji come to life with your own expressions. You’ll then be able to send Animoji you create to your friends and family via iMessage.

iPhone X specs

iPhone X specs

iPhone X specs

The iPhone X is powered by an A11 Bionic chip. It has a six-core CPU design which Apple claims is the smartest and most powerful ever seen in a smartphone.

It works with the Apple-designed GPU, which has three cores and is capable of powering AR at 60fps, as well as enabling new machine learning and 3D games.

it’s set to be available with storage of 64GB or 256GB, but there’s no microSD card slot (as with all of Apple’s iPhones) so you’ll need to choose wisely when you buy.

iPhone X cameras

iPhone X cameras

iPhone X cameras

On the rear of the iPhone X is a dual-lens set-up, with both lenses 12Mp and both offer optical image stabilisation. One has an aperture of f/1.8, and the other f/2.4. It’s paired with a new quad LED True Tone Flash with Slow Sync, which is designed to offer a more natural light.

On the front of the phone is the 7Mp TrueDepth camera that Apple has developed for Face ID but will also help capture great selfies. The TrueDepth camera is made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator for advanced face mapping.

And you’ll now be able to use Portrait mode on both the front and rear cameras of the iPhone X. Previously limited to the iPhone 7 Plus (and now iPhone 8 Plus), and only the rear camera, Portrait mode will now be possible even when using the front-facing camera. There’s a new Portrait Lighting feature, too, that offers five different lighting styles to improve your portraits further.

Apple claims that the new camera in the iPhone X is capable of capturing the highest quality video ever from a smartphone. It has improved video stabilisation, offers 4K up to 60fps and there’s 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps.

We’re expecting some incredible photos and videos from this iPhone, that’s for sure.

The iPhone X’s cameras are also designed for AR, with new gyroscopes and accelerometers for motion tracking. This is made possible by the new A11 Bionic chip. This is the same chip you’ll find in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X will enable some additional AR features.

iPhone X battery life & wireless charging

iPhone X wireless charging

iPhone X wireless charging

All of this new tech had us worried about battery life, but Apple claims that it’s been improved. So much so that it should last two hours more than the iPhone 7, but we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on it for testing to see how long it lasts in practice.

A Chinese regulatory filing reveals that the iPhone X battery will have a capacity of 2,716mAh, later confirmed by a Chinese telecoms authority. This compares to 1,821mAh in the iPhone 8, and 2,675mAh in the iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X can charge wirelessly, and Apple has made a new charging mat which has room for the Apple Watch Series 3 and your AirPods, too. Apple calls this charging mat AirPower, and it’ll be launching in 2018. If you don’t want Apple’s charging mat, others that work with Qi will be compatible with the iPhone X.

The iPhone X will run iOS 11, which is set to become available for other iPhones on 19 September. You can find out what new features iOS 11 will bring here.

Call of Duty WW2 PC beta COUNTDOWN: Release date, start time, specs, pre-load, maps | Gaming | Entertainment

Get in touch with of Duty WW2 admirers are counting down to the start out of the Laptop beta on Steam.

Officially, the Get in touch with of Duty WW2 beta has a September 29 release day on Laptop and a 6pm BST start out time.

Nevertheless, if it is anything like the PS4 and Xbox A person beta checks, it could wind up starting up as early as midnight tonight.

The finest portion about the Laptop beta is that admirers don’t need to pre-order the recreation to get a code.

The Get in touch with of Duty WW2 Laptop beta is absolutely free for all Steam buyers, and can be pre-loaded from the Steam retailer page ideal now.

Sledgehammer will use the Laptop beta to shape the multiplayer experience ahead of Get in touch with of Duty WW2’s November 3 release day.

“Your feedback will proceed to aid us shape the ultimate Multiplayer experience for Laptop players, so share as considerably as you can,” reads a Sledgehammer weblog publish. “We’re wanting forward to preserving up the constructive dialogue. Here’s all the data you are going to need to participate in the Laptop Open up Beta.”

In phrases of content, Activision has verified that the Laptop beta will mirror the PS4 and Xbox A person checks.

Lovers can expect 4 multiplayer maps, including Pointe du Hoc, Ardennes Forest, Gibraltar and Aachen.

Maps can be played in Staff Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint and Eliminate Verified. That is on major of Procedure Breakout, which is accessible as portion of War Method.

Lovers are also encouraged to attempt all 5 divisions, including Infantry, Expeditionary, Airborne, Armored, and Mountain Division. 

The beta won’t include things like one-player or Zombies, and development would not have around to launch.

Sledgehammer Games also has exposed the specs for the Get in touch with of Duty WW2 open beta on Laptop.

The Laptop beta specs can be uncovered underneath…

Minimal specs:

  • OS: Home windows 7 64-Bit or later on
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i3 3225 or equal
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • HDD: 25 GB Hd room
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 @ 2 GB / GTX 1050 or AMD Radeon™ Hd 7850 @ 2GB
  • DirectX: Variation 11. compatible movie card or equal
  • Community: Broadband World wide web link
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Advised specs:

  • OS: Home windows 10
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-2400 / AMD Ryzen R5 1600X
  • RAM: 12 GB RAM
  • HDD: 25 GB Hd room
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970 / GTX 1060 @ 6GB or AMD Radeon™ R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • DirectX: Variation 11. compatible movie card or equal
  • Community: Broadband World wide web link
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible