Two tech CEOs scrambling to produce more of the sophisticated chips needed for artificial intelligence met for a brainstorming session Wednesday while the booming market’s early leader reported another quarter of eye-popping growth. The on-stage conversation between Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman unfolded in a San Jose, California, convention center a few hours after Nvidia disclosed its revenue for the November-January period nearly quadrupled from the previous year. Intel, a Silicon Valley pioneer that has been struggling in recent years, laid out its plans for catching up to Nvidia during a daylong conference. Gelsinger kicked things off with a opening speech outlining how he envisions the feverish demand for AI-equipped chips revitalizing his company in a surge he dubbed the “Siliconomy.” “It’s just magic the way these tiny chips are enabling the modern economic cycle we are in today,” Gelsinger said. OpenAI, a San Francisco startup backed by Microsoft, has become one of technology’s brightest stars since unleashing its most popular AI innovation, ChatGPT, in late 2022. Altman is now eager to push the envelope even further while competing against Google and other companies such as Anthropic and Inflection AI. But the next leaps he wants to make will take far more processing power than what’s currently available. Donald Trump again compares his criminal indictments to imprisonment and death of Putin’s top rival The imbalance between supply and the voracious appetite for AI chips explains why Altman is keenly interested in securing more money to help expand the industry’s manufacturing capacity. During his talk with Gelsinger, he dodged a question about whether he is trying to raise as much as $7 trillion — more the combined market value of Microsoft and Apple — as was recently reported by The Wall Street Journal. “The kernel of truth is we think the world is going to need a lot more (chips for) AI compute,” Altman said. “That is going to require a global investment in a lot of stuff beyond what we are thinking of. We are not in a place where we have numbers yet.” Altman emphasized the importance of accelerating the AI momentum of the past year to advance a technology that he maintains will lead to a better future for humanity, although he acknowledged there will be downsides along the way. “We are heading to a world where more content is going to be generated by AI than content generated by humans,” Altman said. “This is not going to be only a good story, but it’s going to be a net good story.” Perhaps no company is benefiting more from the AI gold rush now than Nvidia. The 31-year-old chipmaker has catapulted to the technological forefront because of its head start in making the graphics processing units, or GPUs, required to fuel popular AI products such as ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini chatbot. Over the past year, Nvidia has been a stunning streak of growth that has created more than $1.3 trillion in shareholder wealth in less than 14 months. That has turned it into the fifth most valuable U.S. publicly traded company behind only Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Google’s corporate parent, Alphabet Inc. Intel, in contrast, has been trying to convince investors that Gelsinger has the Santa Clara, California, company on a comeback trail three years after he was hired as CEO. Since his arrival, Gelsinger already has pushed the company into the business of making chips for other firms and has committed $20 billion to building new factories in Ohio as part of its expansion into running so-called “foundries” for third parties. Kolpolok starts providing Odoo ERP software solution in Bangladesh During Wednesday’s conference, Gelsinger predicted that by 2030 Intel would be overseeing the world’s second largest foundry business, presumably behind the current leader, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., or TMSC, largely by meeting the demand for AI chips. “There’s sort of a space race going on,” Gelsinger told reporters Wednesday after delivering the conference’s keynote speech. “The overall demand (for AI chips) appears to be insatiable for several years into the future.” Gelsinger’s turnaround efforts haven’t impressed investors so far. Intel’s stock price has fallen by 30% under his reign while Nvidia’s shares have increased by roughly fivefold during the same span. Intel also is angling for a chunk of the $52 billion that the U.S. Commerce Department plans to spread around in an effort to increase the country’s manufacturing capacity in the $527 billion market for processors, based on last year’s worldwide sales. Less than $2 billion of the funds available under the 2022 CHIPs and Science Act has been awarded so far, but Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, in a video appearance at Wednesday’s conference, promised “a steady drumbeat” of announcements about more money being distributed. Raimondo also told Gelsinger that she emerged from recent discussions with Altman and other executives leading the AI movement having a difficult time processing how big the market could become. “The volume of chips they say they need is mind-boggling,” she said.
Google says it will recalibrate its AI-powered art tool, after it enthusiastically embraced diversity to the point of rewriting history. Gemini bot that generates images based on text prompts, has been churning out illustrations that are as diverse as a United Nations conference, regardless of historical context. Picture this: America’s founding fathers, but not as you know them. Instead, users were surprised to find images populated with a mix of genders and ethnicities, sparking debates about accuracy versus inclusivity. “Gemini’s AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that’s generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it’s missing the mark here,” Jack Krawczyk, senior director for Gemini Experiences, was quoted by BBC. Woke revolution: The latest fad in fashion! This isn’t the first rodeo where AI has tripped over diversity. OpenAI previously faced flak for its Dall-E generator, which seemed to cast CEOs as white men, sparking discussions on stereotypes and bias in AI. This latest AI misadventure comes at a time when Google is eager to showcase its prowess in AI innovation. After the latest version of Gemini was released last week, critics slammed the bot for being overly politically correct, or as some have quipped, “laughably woke”. Debarghya Das, a computer scientist, expressed frustration over Gemini’s reluctance to depict white individuals, highlighting the tool’s overcorrection. Meanwhile, author and humorist Frank J Fleming, known for his work with right-wing PJ Media, shared his disbelief when his request for a Viking image returned results that seemed to prioritize diversity over historical authenticity. Gender Dichotomy: Woketopian Impact on Human Lifestyle The backlash gained traction in conservative circles, adding fuel to ongoing debates about perceived liberal biases in big tech. In response, Krawczyk emphasized Google’s commitment to representation and bias mitigation, promising adjustments to better honour historical context. “Historical contexts have more nuance to them and we will further tune to accommodate that,” he commented on X, encouraging ongoing feedback from users. As Google navigates the tricky waters of AI, representation, and historical fidelity, the saga of Gemini’s diversity-driven missteps serves as a reminder of the complex interplay between technology, culture, and history. The tech giant’s efforts to adjust course highlight the ongoing challenge of balancing inclusivity with accuracy, a journey that continues to evolve based on user feedback and societal expectations. OpenAI CEO warns that 'societal misalignments' could make artificial intelligence dangerous
Balmuda, renowned for its high-end kitchen appliances, ventures into smartphones with the Balmuda Phone. Launched in Japan on 26th November 2021, this move marks a departure from their traditional offerings. However, the reception has been less than enthusiastic, with rumors swirling about its discontinuation shortly after release. Balmuda Phone is currently available in Bangladesh at a much lower price. If you are looking for a small smartphone, take a look at this review. Key Specs and Features of Balmuda Phone Design The Balmuda Phone stands out with its unique design, drawing inspiration from past experimental devices like the Palm Pre and Microsoft Kin One. It measures 13.7 mm in thickness, indicating its depth. With a width of 69 mm, it spans horizontally, and its height stands at 123 mm, representing its vertical dimension. Weighing only 138g and with a smaller footprint, it feels comfortable in the hand. Made of plastic, it provides a textured surface for better grip. However, some users may find it feels somewhat cheap compared to other materials. Read more: ZTE Blade A54 Review: An Entry-level Smartphone Below Tk10000 Balmuda Phone features sloping curves instead of hard lines, giving it a distinct look. The rear of the phone houses a circular power button/fingerprint sensor on the left, a camera lens on the right, and a speaker grill and flash in between. A small LED indicator light adds a delightful touch, although it cannot be customized. It has an official IPX4 rating, making it resistant to water splashes and sweat, but it's not waterproof and cannot be submerged. Display The Balmuda Phone stands out in the crowded smartphone market with its compact and elegant design, addressing CEO Gen Terao's concern about the trend towards larger, unwieldy devices. Sporting a sharp 4.9-inch 16:9 1080p display, it offers a compact form factor akin to the iPhone SE but with slightly larger screen real estate and narrower bezels, resulting in a shorter overall device. Read more: realme 12 Pro Plus Full Review: Is It Worth Buying? The Full HD display, while crisp at 449 PPI, is an LCD panel, so users shouldn't expect deep blacks or vibrant colors. Notably, the phone comes in two color options: black and white, with the black model having less noticeable bezels compared to the white model. Despite some bezel presence, the screen remains quite usable, featuring a punch-hole cutout for the front-facing camera. Camera The Balmuda Phone features a single 48-megapixel rear camera positioned in the top right corner, accompanied by a fingerprint sensor on the top left. For selfies, it offers an 8-megapixel camera housed in a hole-punch cutout at the top right of the screen. However, despite the high megapixel count, the camera's performance is underwhelming, especially in well-lit environments where it struggles to deliver satisfactory results without HDR mode enabled. In dim lighting conditions, its performance further diminishes. The camera lacks advanced customization settings, offering only preset modes like movie, photo, dish, portrait, and night sight. This limitation may disappoint users who prefer more control over their photography. While the Balmuda Phone provides basic camera functionality, it may not meet the expectations of users seeking excellent photo and video quality. Read more: Walton NEXG N25 Review: A Budget-friendly Smartphone with Standard Features Performance and Hardware The Balmuda Phone's Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor delivers satisfactory performance but is not premium. While this chipset with its 2.3GHz single-core Kryo 475 Prime, 2.2GHz single-core Kryo 475 Gold, and 1.8GHz hexa-core Kryo 475 Silver CPU can handle everyday tasks adequately. It occasionally experiences minor slowdowns when scrolling through web pages, watching videos, or gaming. Its Adreno 620 GPU offers acceptable graphics performance but may struggle with demanding games or applications. With 6GB RAM coupled with 128GB storage, multitasking is manageable but not too smooth. Benchmark scores like the 3DMark WildLife score of 1517 and PCMark for Android Work 3.0 score of 8247 reflect its mid-range performance. Read more: Benco V91 Review: Android experience at BDT 10000 Software The Balmuda Phone operates on Android 11, with regular updates, including security patches. Preloaded with carrier-specific apps, they don't intrude on the user experience. Balmuda's software enhancements add thoughtful touches to the Android interface. Notably, the "Stripe" feature on the home screen provides customizable shortcuts accessed by swiping stripes set in the background. Users can tailor these stripes to their preferred grip or disable them altogether. Balmuda's suite of tools and widgets, including schedule, clock, notes, and calculator, are visually appealing and intuitive. For instance, the Scheduler app offers pinch-to-zoom functionality for easy navigation through daily, weekly, or monthly schedules, with integrated weather forecasts. The apps also facilitate user-friendly interfaces, complemented by charming sound notifications. Read more: ZTE Nubia Neo 5G Review: A Budget-friendly Gaming Phone Battery and Charging The Balmuda Phone offers a 2,500mAh battery that can last almost a day for average users, supporting activities like usual calling, web browsing, etc. However, power users engaging in navigation, photography, video watching, and frequent calls may find the battery dwindling faster. Charging options include USB-C and wireless charging. With its low battery capacity, the phone caters well to regular usage but might require mindful power management for heavier tasks. Pros and Cons of Balmuda Phone Pros - Unique, compact design inspired by experimental devices.- Comfortable grip with sloping curves and textured plastic.- IPX4 water resistance for protection against splashes.- Sharp 4.9-inch Full HD display with punch-hole camera.- Intuitive software features like customizable shortcuts. Read more: realme C67 Review: Budget-friendly Phone with A Premium Camera Cons - The plastic build feels somewhat cheap.- Disappointing camera performance in various lighting.- Limited camera settings and customization.- Decent, but not high-end performance.- Moderate batteries may not last all day for heavy users. Price of Balmuda Phone in Bangladesh The Balmuda is not officially available in Bangladesh. Officially the phone is available right now at JPY 78000 or BDT 56,986. The currency conversion rate here is JPY 1 = BDT 0.73. However, users can buy the phone unofficially in Bangladesh at around BDT 13,000. Conclusion The Balmuda Phone was an innovative creation for a notable kitchen appliance company. It offers a unique design but falls short in camera performance, battery, and overall hardware capabilities. While its compact design and intuitive software are commendable, its plastic build detracts from its appeal. Overall, those who are looking for a small smartphone for regular usage can consider it. Read more: Infinix Hot 40 Pro Review: Budget-friendly Phone with Premium Features.
Kolpolok Technologies has become a partner of Odoo ERP that empowers 12 million users globally in enterprise resource planning. Odoo is a Belgian suite of business management software tools, including customer relationship management, e-commerce, accounting, and inventory management. Kolpolok chief executive officer SM Nazmul Hasan made this announcement at a function at its head office in the capital’s Shyamoli. Some 70 members of BASIS were present on the occasion. Odoo ERP has an app store with thousands of business solutions. The software has no vendor lock-in and is open source. Customers can easily buy software from one vendor and get software services from another. Infinix Hot 40 Pro Review: Budget-friendly Phone with Premium Features The software can be easily customised as per your convenience, which is time-consuming for most of the ERP software in the market. Odoo ERP has gained popularity due to its open-source mode, modularity, easy integration, scalability, user-friendly interface, mobile accessibility, low cost, and active community. Regarding the new solutions, Kolpolok CEO SM Nazmul Hasan hoped that Odoo ERP software will play an essential role in building a smart Bangladesh. “As Odoo has a global reputation, it will be possible to earn a lot of foreign currency in the near future with the functional and development support of ERP work,” he said. Kolpolok Software has announced the partnership with Odoo ERP that is already connected to over 5000 partners across the world. To ensure maximum service in the Bangladesh market, the Kolpolok developers will provide module-based skills and are ready to provide customer relationship management, inventory management, and human resource management on Odoo platforms. Kolpolok is serving clients in both enterprise and community versions. Best of Consumer Electronics Show 2024: The Top Picks Hundreds of applications in both versions are capable of automating any business organization. The company has already uploaded customised modules of both hotel management and hospital management software on the Odoo app store, which are currently available for free. Kolpolok has its own experienced Odoo developers and consultants who provide application customization and consultation services as per customer requirements. They also provide necessary assistance in database migration.
On December 15, 2023, Infinix introduced the Hot 40 Pro smartphone to the Kenyan market. Geared towards a youthful demographic, this smartphone is poised to capture the attention of gamers and content creators alike. Focusing on speed and camera capabilities, the phone promises to cater to the dynamic needs of its target audience. Specs and Features of Infinix HOT 40 Pro Design The Infinix HOT 40 Pro measures 168.6 mm by 76.6 mm by 8.3mm in dimensions and weighs 199g. The phone features a glass front, plastic back, and plastic frame. It boasts a 6.78-inch display with a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera, providing ample viewing space. Despite its 8.3mm thickness and weight, the phone feels lighter for its particular material selection and frame design. The camera island follows a layout akin to premium models like the iPhone Pro, albeit with potentially oversized lenses. Read more: ZTE Blade A54 Review: An Entry-level Smartphone Below Tk10000 Adding to its premium appearance is a shiny metallic bezel that complements the plastic shiny frame. The flat frame aids grip, particularly during landscape usage. Noteworthy connectivity options include a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual speakers for stereo sound, and a USB-C port. Moreover, the inclusion of a factory-applied screen protector and a Free Fire Edition case ensures immediate device protection. Display The Infinix HOT 40 Pro features a notable 6.78-inch IPS LCD screen with a solid 1080p resolution and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. Users have the flexibility to switch between 120Hz, and 90Hz, or utilize auto-refresh. The screen achieves up to 500 nits of brightness, ensuring visibility even in sunny conditions. The touch response is up to the mark, accompanied by a magic ring feature around the punch hole for the selfie camera. The ring provides visual cues for various phone activities. While the noticeable bezels are typical for a budget phone, they don't hinder usability. Read more: ZTE Nubia Neo 5G Review: A Budget-friendly Gaming Phone Gaming experiences, including titles like Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG, and Freefire, are enjoyable due to the phone's size and display quality. Additionally, streaming services like YouTube and Netflix offer an immersive viewing experience. Overall, the design prioritizes functionality and user experience, with the display standing out as a highlight feature in its price range. Performance and Gaming The Infinix Hot 40 Pro is powered by an octa-core processor featuring MediaTek Helio G99 6nm chipset, built on a 6-nanometer architecture. In the graphic section, it offers a Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. With 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, expandable up to 16GB with a trade-off in storage space, the device ensures smooth multitasking and ample storage for users. Gaming experiences are ensured by a capable chipset and sufficient RAM. These allow for consistent performance even with graphics-intensive games at medium graphics quality. The 120Hz refresh rate adds gameplay smoothness. The XBoost system, an in-house feature, optimizes performance for gaming, so that users can adjust performance modes for better gameplay, particularly beneficial for high-demanding memory or graphics games. Read more: realme C67 Review: Budget-friendly Phone with A Premium Camera
C67, the latest addition to realme’s C series is quite a paradigm shift in the realm of budget-friendly smartphones. Released in December 2023 in China the phone also made its debut in Bangladesh on 14 February 2024. With its modern features, the C67 promises to redefine what users can expect from an affordable smartphone. Let's take a look into the key specs, pros, cons, and price of realme C67 in Bangladesh. Key Features of realme C67 Design The realme C67 shapes in dimensions of 164.6 mm by 75.4 mm by 7.6 mm, making it sleek and manageable. Weighing in at 185g, it's a bit hefty for its slim profile. The back panel sports a captivating color-shifting design, adding flair to its appearance. Notably, it repels fingerprints even under sweaty conditions, making a case optional. Available in Sunny Oasis and Black Rock colors, it caters to diverse preferences. The dual-camera setup, housed at the top left corner, protrudes slightly, susceptible to scratches. Read more: Benco V91 Review: Android experience at BDT 10000 Conveniently, it offers a USB-C port and a 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom. Volume rockers and the power button reside on the right side, with dual SIM and microSD slots on the left. Additionally, dual-loud speakers enhance audio output, elevating the user experience. Display The realme C67 boasts a spacious 6.72-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 by 2400 pixels, delivering clear and sharp visuals. Its 20:9 aspect ratio provides ample screen space for multimedia consumption and reading. Notably, the display offers a peak brightness of 950 nits, ensuring readability even in bright outdoor environments, with a typical brightness of 800 nits suitable for indoor use. Read more: itel A70 Review: A standard entry-level phone While its IPS LCD panel may not match the vibrancy of AMOLED displays, it offers accurate colors and satisfactory contrast levels. The screen-to-body ratio of approximately 87.8% minimizes bezels for an immersive viewing experience. C67 features 90Hz refresh rate that enhances scrolling smoothness and provides a more immersive experience, especially in gaming scenarios. However, no information is provided about the corning gorilla glass protection. Read more: Honor X6a Review: A minimalist budget-friendly phone with standard features
As March 2024 nears, gamers are eagerly awaiting the release of a diverse array of virtual adventures. From dark and immersive narratives to strategic war simulations and spellbinding cooperative roguelikes, the lineup brings thrilling and exciting games. As each game offers its own unique blend of gameplay mechanics, storytelling, and visual aesthetics, players are poised to embark on unforgettable journeys into the realms of fantasy, mystery, and horror. Let’s dive into the tantalizing selection of virtual experiences set to captivate gamers in the third month of 2024. 10 Most Anticipated Virtual Games Releasing in March 2024 Biomorph Biomorph is a dark adventure game developed by Lucid Dreams Studio. In this game, players explore a vast world filled with puzzles, platforming challenges, and deadly monsters. What sets Biomorph apart is its unique mechanic: players can absorb the powers of the creatures they defeat. However, these creatures can return stronger than before, posing even greater threats. As players progress, they level up their character, collecting new abilities, mementos, and chips. Along the way, they uncover secrets about the fallen civilization and their own mysterious origins. The game features stunning hand-drawn visuals and quirky characters, creating an immersive experience for players. The game will be released on 4th March. Read more: February 2024 Video Games: Exciting Virtual Games Scheduled for Launch Classified: France '44 Classified: France '44 is a World War II-based strategy game developed by Absolutely Games and Team17 Digital. Set in Nazi-occupied France, players lead a special forces group, the Jedburghs, aiding the Resistance. The game will be launched on March 5. Featuring turn-based tactics, players engage in historic firefights from WWII, shaping D-Day's outcome with an RPG system to build skilled soldiers. Three editions are available: Standard, Deluxe, and Overlord. Deluxe includes the base game and first DLC, while Overlord includes the full season pass. Pre-orders include the Resistance Pack; Steam offers "Shadow" and "Ghost" sets. Key features include a unique morale system affecting enemy forces, tactical stealth actions, and replayable campaigns with 15 endings. The game prioritizes historical authenticity, reflecting real military tactics. Read more: Video Games Releasing in January 2024: A Comprehensive Guide to New Releases The Outlast Trials Red Barrels presents "The Outlast Trials," a chilling cooperative horror experience set in the midst of the Cold War. Players find themselves as unwilling test subjects of the Murkoff Corporation, subjected to cruel experiments in brainwashing and mind control. The game will be released on 5th March. Survival in "The Outlast Trials" can be undertaken solo or in teams of 2, 3, or 4 players. Working together isn't mandatory for essential tasks, but cooperation can greatly increase your chances of survival. To earn your freedom, you must navigate through immersive story-driven therapies called Trials and shorter challenges known as MK-Challenges. These tests push the limits of your endurance and sanity. "The Outlast Trials" delves into the psychological horrors of manipulation and coercion, challenging players to endure the brutal trials imposed by the Murkoff Corporation. However, be warned: the game contains intense violence, gore, graphic sexual content, and strong language, along with strobing and flashing lights that may cause seizures in a small percentage of individuals. This game is strictly for mature audiences. Read more: Video Games Coming in 2024: January to March Hex Gambit: Respawned Hex Gambit: Respawned is a quirky and competitive digital board game developed by One Man Left Studios and published by Blowfish Studios. The game has been set to release on March 6, 2024. Described as a blend of chess, Into The Breach, and American football, the game allows players to command a squad of minions in turn-based strategy gameplay for 1-4 players. With mechanics like bouncing over opponents' heads and swatting characters across the map, Hex Gambit offers creative tactics and plenty of surprises. Features include single-player challenge mode, local multiplayer for up to 4 players with support for 0-4 controllers, and various game modes like Free For All and 2v2. It promises to be an engaging addition to game nights, combining accessibility for new players with deep strategic possibilities. Read more: Top 11 Free Election Simulator Games for Android Reveil Reveil is a narrative-driven first-person psycho-thriller game developed by Pixelsplit and published by Daedalic Entertainment. This video game will debut on March 6, 2024. While playing this exciting game, the gamers will dive into the unsettling story of Walter Thompson, exploring his dark past at the Nelson Bros Circus and unraveling the mysteries that haunt him. With a focus on story, puzzles, and exploration, Reveil promises a visually stunning and mentally challenging experience. Players have to navigate through versatile puzzles, confusing clues, and a disturbing psyche to uncover the truth behind Walter's past and the events unfolding around him. As players delve deeper into the narrative, they will face unanswered questions and ominous challenges, testing both their own resolve and Walter's sanity. Read more: Top 10 International ESport Events in 2024
The maker of ChatGPT on Thursday unveiled its next leap into generative artificial intelligence with a tool that instantly makes short videos in response to written commands. San Francisco-based OpenAI's new text-to-video generator, called Sora, isn't the first of its kind. Google, Meta and the startup Runway ML are among the other companies to have demonstrated similar technology. OpenAI CEO warns that 'societal misalignments' could make artificial intelligence dangerous But the high quality of videos displayed by OpenAI — some after CEO Sam Altman asked social media users to send in ideas for written prompts — astounded observers while also raising fears about the ethical and societal implications. “A instructional cooking session for homemade gnocchi hosted by a grandmother social media influencer set in a rustic Tuscan country kitchen with cinematic lighting,” was a prompt suggested on X by a freelance photographer from New Hampshire. Altman responded a short time later with a realistic video that depicted what the prompt described. New York Times suing ChatGPT maker OpenAI, Microsoft for copyright infringement The tool isn't yet publicly available and OpenAI has revealed limited information about how it was built. The company, which has been sued by some authors and The New York Times over its use of copyrighted works of writing to train ChatGPT, also hasn't disclosed what imagery and video sources were used to train Sora. (OpenAI pays an undisclosed fee to The Associated Press to license its text news archive). OpenAI said in a blog post that it's engaging with artists, policymakers and others before releasing the new tool to the public. OpenAI saga: ChatGPT-maker says Sam Altman returning to company “We are working with red teamers — domain experts in areas like misinformation, hateful content, and bias — who will be adversarially testing the model,” the company said. “We’re also building tools to help detect misleading content such as a detection classifier that can tell when a video was generated by Sora.” End/UNB/AP/MB
Gaming smartphones often come with a hefty price tag due to their high-performance processors and advanced cooling systems. However, some brands are offering budget-friendly phones designed for gaming. In this wave, ZTE brings a gaming-centric device Nubia NEO 5G at an affordable price point. Let’s take a look at the key specs of this device. Features and Specs of ZTE Nubia Neo Design The ZTE Nubia Neo is turning heads with its sleek design and lightweight build. Coming in at 163.7 mm by 75 mm by 8 mm dimension and weighing just 192 grams, it's easy to tote around. One of its standout features is its nearly borderless display. It gives users a screen-to-body ratio of about 85.5%. This means users get more screen space on its display. As for durability, while the exact materials used aren't explicitly mentioned by the company, the Nubia Neo feels sturdy and well-built. Its back panel and frame give off a premium vibe, with a nice finish to top it off. Read more: ZTE Nubia Z60 Ultra Review: A Heavy-Duty Flagship Gaming Device The Nubia Neo scores points with its ergonomic design. The buttons are placed conveniently for easy access, and unlocking feels smooth with the side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Plus, it's comfortable to hold, even for one-handed use. Display The ZTE Nubia Neo packs a 6.6-inch IPS LCD screen, which boasts vibrant colors and smooth visuals with 1080 by 2408 pixel resolution. Thanks to its 120Hz refresh rate it promises an immersive viewing experience. The phone gives a crisp picture with about 400 pixels per inch. That means sharp, detailed visuals for viewing pleasure, all wrapped up in a sleek 20:9 aspect ratio. With minimal bezels, users are getting almost all screens. And with a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate, scrolling and animations are buttery-smooth. When it comes to colors, the Nubia Neo's LCD tech brings accurate and vibrant hues to the table, ensuring your content pops just right. Plus, you can comfortably view it from different angles thanks to good viewing angles. Read more: realme GT5 Review: A gaming phone with high capability For those sunny days, there might be an anti-glare coating to help you see your screen better outdoors, along with the auto-brightness adjustment to keep things just right no matter where the users are. Camera The ZTE Nubia Neo has a fancy dual-camera system on its back. One lens packs a whopping 50 megapixels with a wide f/1.8 aperture, while the other is a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) depth sensor. Together, they make for some seriously detailed and clear shots. With that hefty megapixel count, it features high-resolution pics. And thanks to the wider aperture that supports better light intake, meaning the low-light photos will look sharper along with cool blurry background effects in portrait mode. The camera isn't just about stills, though. It supports features like HDR and panorama mode, giving your shots more pop and letting you capture wider angles. Plus, there's image stabilization to help smooth out any shaky-handed shots or videos. Read more: DOOGEE V31GT 5G Rugged Phone Review: Sturdy mid-range gaming device Speaking of videos, the front and rear cameras of Nubia Neo can shoot 1080p footage at 30fps. And don't worry about those videos getting too shaky—there's video stabilization onboard to keep things nice and steady, even if there's some movement. And there is a front camera which is an 8-megapixel (f/2.0) shooter, perfect for snapping selfies or hopping on video calls.
ZTE is known for being the parent company of Nubia, the subsidiary which produces high-end gaming smartphones. However, ZTE uses its proprietary brand name for all sorts of different smartphones as well. Recently, the brand launched the Blade A54 in November 2023. The entry-level smartphone brings a design overhaul with some interesting quirks. Let’s have a detailed look. Key Specs of ZTE Blade A54 Design and Build Quality: Revamped Design with Same Old Plastic Build At first look, the A54 looks much like the Realme GT 5 with its large end-to-end rectangular camera housing on the back. ZTE had a complete design overhaul on the A54 from the A53 as has been the case with all their models. The rectangular camera housing has a glossy finish whereas the back itself has a matte tone. The smartphone has a 164 mm by 75.8 mm by 8.5 mm dimension with a plastic build all around. That brings the weight to around 185 g. The A54 keeps the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the dedicated microSD slot in place as is widely seen in this price segment. Read more: Honor X6a Review: A minimalist budget-friendly phone with standard features The plastic material is durable with drop and scratch resistance. The smartphone is available in three colorways, blue, gray, and lilac. The Display: IPS LCD Panel with 90 Hz Refresh Rate The display on the A54 is a 6.6-inch IPS LCD panel with a 90 Hz refresh rate. The water drop style notch and the large chin is a usual feature in any budget-friendly smartphone. The HD+ resolution comes in at 720 by 1612 pixels and 267 ppi density. The display fetches around 84.2% screen-to-body ratio. There’s nothing really special about the display other than that it can get relatively bright indoors. The color reproduction is satisfactory with a slightly cooler tone. Viewing angles are passable with color shifts at extreme angles. Outdoor legibility isn’t all that great with the panel struggling under direct sunlight. Read more: Infinix Smart 8 Review: Affordable Excellence in Entry-Level Smartphones The Camera: Dual Camera with a Single Usable Lens The main camera on the A54 is a 13 MP one with AF. The supporting sensor is a 0.08 MP auxiliary sensor which unsurprisingly, does nothing. And if an auxiliary sensor wasn’t a marketing gimmick enough, there’s a camera sensor-like design on the housing which is just printed graphics. Such design choices can be distracting for potential buyers. The front features a 2 MP selfie shooter which ZTE claims to be “interpolated to 5 MP”. What it means is that post-processing can enhance the image up to 5 MP quality. The results aren’t all that great even in well-lit conditions. It’s disappointing considering even the most stringent entry-level smartphones these days come with at least 8 MP front shooters. The performance from the main camera was as expected from a budget-friendly smartphone. Pictures taken under direct sunlight had good details but the dynamic range was average at best. Pictures taken at night or indoors had exposure issues and noticeable grain here and there. The warm tone pop was missing in photos captured by the A54. However, this feature is common on the average basic-level smartphones. Read more: Lava Benco V90 Review: New Low Budget Smartphone in Bangladesh The videography on the Blade A54 is rated at 1080P at 30 fps. But without any external stabilization, videos came out choppy and shaky.