This week, we give you a quick lowdown of the OnePlus 9RT, tell you about GitHub Copilot, explore the entry level iPad and more
January 15, 2022 / 12:15 PM IST
The big news that you need to know about from this week
For a starting price of Rs 42,999, the OnePlus 9RT seems well worth the price. The phone offers excellent performance, consistent cameras, a vibrant display, good software, and a reliable battery. OnePlus has also got the design and build spot-on here. Read more here.
Rich Communication Services, or RCS, is a new communication protocol between the user and network operators. It aims to replace traditional Short Message Services (SMS) implementations, and provide users with a richer, more feature packed experience. Google has already pledged support for the new standard, and offers RCS features via its messaging app on Android. Apple, on the other hand, seems far less than thrilled. Senior Vice President of Google Operating Systems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, has been critical of Apple for not implementing the messaging standard as part of iMessage, its competing messaging platform.
The iPad ninth-generation is an easy recommendation for those who want to get the iPad experience without having to spend a hefty premium. Of course, to get the absolute best, you will need to buy the iPad Pro models, which come with a starting price tag of Rs 71,900. The iPad 10.2-inch, on the other hand, offers the same software experience and a large enough screen at a starting price of Rs 30,900. For the price, you get 64GB of internal storage, which should be good enough to store plenty of movies and videos. Those who want more memory can opt for the 256GB variant, which is priced at Rs 44,900. The baseline iPad also comes in a WiFi + Cellular configuration for both storage options, which are priced at Rs 42,900 and Rs 56,900.
The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 was officially unveiled back in 2020 and it incorporated the company’s latest Ampere architecture. Now, the semiconductor manufacturer is introducing a new version of the RTX 3080 with 12GB of GDDR6X VRAM. The original RTX 3080 arrived with 10GB of VRAM. Additionally, the new version of the RTX 3080 will feature 8960 CUDA cores, which is a 3 percent increase over the original model. The SM count also goes up to 70 as opposed to 68 on the 10GB version of the RTX 3080. The upgraded memory also translates into 20 percent more bandwidth with a wider 384-bit memory bus.
The Xbox Series S/X have already surpassed sales of previous Xbox console generations. In an interview with the New York Times, Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft, Phil Spencer mentioned that the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X had outsold previous generations of Xbox consoles, at this point in their life cycles. According to the report, Spencer revealed that the two consoles have recorded excellent sales numbers since their launch in November 2020. It is worth noting that both the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X are pretty hard to come by.