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The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro increase the number of functionalities powered by tensors.

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The second-generation Google-designed chipset is used by the 7 and 7 Pro to improve current functions and introduce a few new ones.

With a second-generation Tensor chipset and pricing that are the same as those of last year’s versions, Google officially introduced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at its autumn hardware event. Tensor G2 is used by the $599 Pixel 7 and $899 Pixel 7 Pro to enhance current functionalities and add a few new ones. A few hardware improvements and upgrades may be found here and there, but this is mostly a software tale.

In comparison to the Pixel 6’s 6.4-inch display, the Pixel 7’s 6.3-inch 1080p screen is a little bit smaller. Although the 90Hz peak refresh rate is same, Google claims that the bezels are thinner than those of the Pixel 6. Similar to the 6 Pro, the 7 Pro boasts a 6.7-inch 1440p LTPO display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Google claims that in max brightness setting, both panels are up to 25% brighter than their forerunners.

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In addition to Tensor G2, Google guarantees five years of security patches for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro’s RAM (8GB and 12GB, respectively). In addition to on-display fingerprint sensors, both phones will have face unlock; let’s hope face unlock is quicker than the slow fingerprint sensors in last year’s models.

The promises for battery life are essentially consistent year over year; the spec sheet for the Pixel 7 shows that its capacity is somewhat less, but both devices guarantee “24-hour plus” battery life. The Extreme Battery Saver mode promise from Google has been increased from 48 hours to 72 hours. In any event, charging rates are the same whether using wireless or cable charging of 30W.

The 50-megapixel primary camera introduced in the Pixel 6 series is still used by the 7 and 7 Pro, but they also provide a 2x mode that, like the iPhone 14 Pro, cuts in by employing the 12 megapixels at the sensor’s center. The telephoto lens on the Pixel 7 Pro has an increase in magnification to 5x (from 4x on the 6 Pro), and it does a similar trick with its 48-megapixel sensor by exploiting the center pixels to provide a 10x zoom.

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Preorders for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro opened today. With expanding distribution in northern Europe (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), they will be accessible in 17 nations.

As Editor here at GeekReply, I'm a big fan of all things Geeky. Most of my contributions to the site are technology related, but I'm also a big fan of video games. My genres of choice include RPGs, MMOs, Grand Strategy, and Simulation. If I'm not chasing after the latest gear on my MMO of choice, I'm here at GeekReply reporting on the latest in Geek culture.

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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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