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New HTC Desire 826 offers 64-bit CPU and Android Lollipop

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HTC talked about a number of products during their CES 2015 conference, including the new Desire 826 smartphone. This is a mid-range entry into the series, although some might understandably mistake it for a high-end phone due to its impressive specs. Hardware isn’t everything though, and HTC is well aware of this. As such, the company decided to have the device running on Android Lollipop straight out of the box, thus making the HTC Desire 826 the first in the series to use the latest update . However, customers shouldn’t expect to see the stock version of the OS on this smartphone as HTC customized it with their own Sense user interface.

Software aside, the HTC Desire 826 is a 158 x 77.5 x 7.9 mm phone that weights 183 grams and sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution. Under the hood, we can spot a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor that was built with 64-bit architecture in mind. The CPU is clocked at 1.7 GHz and is backed up by 2 GB of RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery to power it. The HTC Desire 826 also offers a very good camera combo consisting of a 13 MP primary sensor on the back, along with a 4 MP front-facing shooter complete with HTC’s infamous UltraPixel technology. All in all, the new Desire smartphone looks surprisingly powerful compared to some of the other entries in the series and it’s actually one of the best mid-rangers we’ve seen in a very long time.

We don’t have any details concerning the price just yet, but we do know a little something about its release date. The HTC Desire 826 will launch later this month, but it will initially only be available in the Asia-Pacific region. Other markets are expected to follow soon after that, although a complete list of eligible countries has yet to be announced. Aside from the HTC Desire 826, the Taiwanese manufacturer also announced the low-end HTC Desire 320 during CES 2015.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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