Harrison Phillips may not be a 1st-round pick, but he will make a defense better

Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White says there’s always an important role to play for a defensive tackle who’s strong AF like Stanford’s Phillips.
No need in beating around the bush, so I will start by saying that I see Harrison Phillips as an early down defensive lineman in the NFL with not a whole lot of value on passing downs. As such, I wouldn’t take him in the first round.
That’s just my philosophy. It goes for any defensive line prospect who can’t rush the passer on third down. I felt the same way about Andrew Billings when he came out in fact.
That doesn’t mean Phillips won’t have a good career. No matter where any of the guys I break down ultimately get drafted, I believe that my evaluation of their college tape and projection of how they will play in the pros is what matters the most. After all, it’s not where you start but where you finish when it comes to playing in the NFL.
The same goes for Phillips who did some really good things as a run defender, and who has the potential to get some decent pass rushes on early downs, regardless.
So let me get into the things I believe Phillips did do well in college and how I think it will project on the next level.
Phillips is strong AF.
At least when it comes to his upper body.
I didn’t need him lifting 225 pounds 42 times at the combine for me to know that, but it certainly was confirmation of what I saw on tape.
Stanford primarily used Phillips at nose tackle in one form or another. A lot of plays he would be head up on the center, while on other plays he would line up somewhere in either A gap. Just in case you weren’t aware, those are the prime alignments to end up getting double teamed.
Phillips was able to consistently shoot his hands inside and and bench press one blocker off of him which allowed him to hold up well most of the time when the second offensive lineman came in to try to finish him off.
Being able to keep one guy at bay also allowed Philips to expand and make plays once the other blocker slid off him to try to block someone on the second level.
When Phillips did find himself singled up, he was able to knock the center or guard back into the backfield when they tried to base block him or reach block him. That often led to him either making a tackle himself for a short gain or forcing the running back to cut back to Phillips’ teammates.
The real fun, however, came when opposing offenses tried to run counter plays and had either the center or the guard who wasn’t pulling try to single block Phillips on a down block.

Phillips may not be a world class sprinter, but he has a few things going for him on those counter plays.
One, he obviously understands blocking schemes and can recognize them very quickly.

Two, he also had really good technique coordinating his footwork, side stepping the blocker with swim moves that freed him up to pursue the runner at or behind the line of scrimmage.

Finally, Phillips is kinda quick in short areas. He appeared to catch quite a few of those interior offensive linemen off guard in the four games that I watched.

As someone who really appreciates defensive linemen who win with technique, watching Phillips play the run was quite entertaining at times.
He also had a serious knack for getting in on the play when the ball was run in his immediate area.
I can’t even tell you how many times I had to re-watch one of his plays because he would be engaged with a blocker and it would look like Phillips had no chance to get to the runner only to see Phillips escape off the block and reach out to make the play.

All together in four games Phillips notched four tackles for a loss along with 27 other tackles which is damned impressive for a guy who played as much nose tackle as he did.
As a pass rusher, Phillips’ skills and technique kind of mirrored what he did against the run.
When he committed to a bull rush he was able to use his impressive upper body strength to get most blockers knocked back into the quarterback’s lap pretty good if he was singled up.
He was also able to beat offensive linemen with quick finesse moves where he used the same kind of side-step and swim move to get several clean wins.
The problem was that even when Phillips got those clean wins he still wasn’t usually able to either take the quarterback down or effect the throw.
It’s not like Phillips had a lot of clean wins rushing the passer in the first place, but when he did have a chance to take down a quarterback it often didn’t end well.

That is was led me to my conclusion that Phillips probably won’t be a third-down pass rusher in the league.
It’s not like Phillips had a lot of good pass rush opportunities anyway since he lined up so much as the nose tackle, but to be a legit pass rusher he needed to convert more of those one-on-one wins.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t and that’s how he ended up with only a half a sack and two pressures in the games I watched.
So you have a guy who can get a good push against the run or the pass, who wins with really good technique, who has a knack for making tackles in his immediate vicinity, but who is also limited as an athlete and has a hard time getting to the quarterback.
That doesn’t exactly scream first round pick, does it?
But that’s ok!
Every team needs guys who can play the hell out of the run on first and second downs, especially a guy who may be able to hold the point and sneak in a good pass rush from time to time as well.
Phillips could play all across the defensive line in a base 3-4 on early downs from a five technique to a zero nose. He would also make a fine nose tackle in a 4-3 as well. Because his technique is so good, he is ready to play right away.
So while I wouldn’t spend a first round pick on Harrison Phillips, I still think he definitely has the potential to have a fine career as a run stopper in the NFL. If your team drafts him in the second round or later I don’t think you will ever complain about it provided he is able to stay healthy.

Since I don’t have access to all-22 for college football games I use the next best thing for my draft profiles and go to Draft Breakdown where they post the TV copy of a bunch of top prospects’ games already cut up and ready to go. This time Draft Breakdown only had three of Harrison Phillip’s games from last season on their website, so I had to use Google to find one more. For the purposes of this breakdown I watched Phillips play against USC, Washington, Cal and Notre Dame. Those represented the second, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth games on Stanford’s schedule last season, respectively.

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What Is Google Home? Everything You Need To Know [User Guide]

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18/04/2018 – 1:33pm

Confused about what Google Home is and what it can do? We're here to help

While the smart speaker market is reportedly booming, it is fair to say that the tech is still young and there are plenty of people out there who don’t know what it’s all about – or even that smart speakers are a thing.
You might have heard someone mention Google Home in passing, or seen an ad for it, and be wondering about it – that’s what this article is for; to fill in the blanks about what Google Home is and why you might be interested.
What Is Google Home?
Google Home is really many things, but first and foremost it’s a series of speakers. There are, at present, three models in the range:

Google Home
Google Home Mini
Google Home Max

I’ll go over how each of these are different in a moment. First of all though, it’s important to understand that Google Home speakers are not just speakers; they’re SMART Speakers.
What do I mean by this? Well the other thing that Google Home “is” – as well as being a set of hardware – is a software ecosystem driven by artificial intelligence (AI) which is plugged right into the internet, and which leverages Google’s vast library of search data to make use of said worldwide web.
What Can Google Home Do?
Think of it being a bit like the Google search on your web browser – you can type anything into that and it’ll bring up a boat-load of relevant information. The difference is Google Home is voice activated and will speak back the information to you.
But wait, there’s more…
As well as being connected to the web and offering search functionality, Google Home is also integrated with Google’s suite of applications and services; that means your calendar, Gmail, Chromecast, Google Play Music and so on.  On top of this it plugs in to other third-party applications – such as Spotify, for example – so you’re not just restricted to streaming music through Google’s own platform.
So what can you actually do with Google Home? You can tell it to stream music, use it as a calculator, and ask it for various facts and bits of information it can pull from the web – – like, who holds the record for the longest spacewalk, for ert_main_wide_image/public/2017/10/google_home_review.jpg?itok=KxqQJRyc” alt=”” />

The Google Home Mini is much smaller and more discrete. It has all the same functionality as the vanilla Google Home, but is much, much cheaper at £49. However, you do sacrifice in audio quality, as the dinky size doesn’t allow for high-end speaker hardware.

Otherwise, the Max has the same functionality as its stablemates, however, the better audio hardware comes at a higher price.
Still weighing up a Google Home speaker? Check out the links below:

How To Connect SONOS To Google Home
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Is Huawei ready to throw in the towel on the US market?

It’s hard to break a country where the government sees you as a security threat

Huawei is the third largest phone manufacturer on the planet, but that position on the podium might be as good as it gets. While the Chinese giant has had huge success in Asia and some breakthrough in Europe, the USA has been a tough nut to crack – and now it’s become a virtually impossible one.
The writing was on the wall back in February, when the FBI highlighted Huawei and ZTE as national security risks, and AT&T backed out of a deal to sell Huawei phones on its network. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to ban federal funds from being spent with companies that are deemed a threat to national security, making an uphill struggle look even more ert_main_wide_image/public/2018/04/huawei_leaving_american_market.jpg?itok=ZoKynstT” alt=””/>

As if that weren’t evidence enough of admitting defeat, the New York Times also reports of comments made by deputy chairman Eric Xu, who told Huawei’s annual analyst meeting: “Some things cannot change their course according to our wishes. With some things, when you let them go, you actually feel more at ease.”
At the end of 2017, Huawei had around 10% of the global smartphone market share, behind Samsung (18.4%) and Apple (19.2%). Accepting that 325 million Americans will never own a Huawei handset is a bitter pill to swallow, but with a globe half-full perspective, that does leave some 7.3 billion others who could one day be persuaded – especially if they continue to make handsets as brilliant as the P20 Pro.

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Billingham Hadley Small Pro Review

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The latest in Billingham’s Hadley camera bag range is the Hadley Small Pro. Designed for smaller cameras, such as compact system cameras, rangefinders and mid-sized DSLRs, the bag is available in six different colour combinations.
Made in England at Billingham’s factory in the West Midlands, UK, the bag is crafted from rugged, weather-resistant materials including durable canvas and comes with a five year manufacturer’s warranty.
At the time of writing, the Hadley Small Pro retails for around £200.
Ease of Use

The Hadley Small Pro has a classic and stylish look, with six different colour combinations to suit your own personal preferences. We have been supplied with the Sage FibreNyte/Chocolate Leather combination for the purposes of this review, which is deep green colour with brown leather detailing.
Depending on the colour variation you go for, the bag will either be made from colour-fast FibreNyte material, or durable canvas. Both of these are hard-wearing textiles which are bonded to Stormblock material – two layers of fabric fused with butyl rubber for a high level of weather resistance. The composition of the materials means that Stormblock never requires “reproofing” and remains water-resistant for its lifetime.

On the top of the bag is stiff, padded handle which is reinforced with leather on the underside to make it comfortable to hold and secure. The handle feels extremely solid and secure, with the leather detailing on either side of the handles giving an attractive look.
At the back of the bag you’ll find a small pocket which is secured with a water-repellant zip. This is ideal for smaller items, such as memory cards or filters, a mobile phone, or if you’re using it as a holiday / travel bag you could use it for your passport and travel documents. A new addition to the bag is a strap which allows you to slot the bag over the handle of your suitcase, for easy transportation around train stations, airports and the likes. As the strap is very close to the rear pocket, it’s important to make sure you’re actually putting your items into the pocket and not slipping it through the strap and onto the floor.

On the front of the bag are two small pockets, which again are useful for smaller items, including memory cards and similar accessories. You could even fit smaller, pancake type lenses for mirrorless cameras in these pockets, too. The pockets are secured with brass studs which require some effort to open – this helps to make the pockets feel secure from potential pickpockets as you’re walking around with the bag, especially as the bag’s top flap goes over the top of the pockets. Underneath the right-hand pocket flap, you’ll see a label with the unique serial number of your bag.
The top flap itself is secured by sliding brass fixings into leather straps, which can then be pulled upwards to “lock” into place. Although designed to be opened with one hand, these again can be quite tricky to open quickly when on the move – the leather is likely to soften with age though and become more malleable and quicker to open. If you need regular, repeated access to your camera gear, it’s worth leaving them in the “unlocked” position – just be careful if you’re walking with your camera bag in a busy location. The famous Billingham logo is also found on the top flap, embossed into leather.

Completely covering the bag’s interior, the top flap does an excellent job of keeping the elements away from your gear. For added protection, when you open the bag you’ll see that there’s a second padded top flap which you’ll need to move out of the way to access your camera and lenses. The entirety of the bag’s insert is removable, meaning you can use the bag as a standard day bag or piece of luggage if you need to.
Within the insert you’ll find two removable and/or reposition able vertical dividers. These have velcro at the sides so you can place them in the exact places you need to match the size and shape of your camera and/or lenses. In addition there are two smaller dividers included which you can use for stacking lenses.

The bag is not designed with a specific system in mind, but we have been using it with a variety of different options, including the Canon EOS M50 and the Panasonic GX9. With relatively small cameras such as this, you’ll probably find that you can happily accommodate the camera plus at least three additional lenses, depending on the type of lenses you have. For larger cameras, for example entry-level DLSRs, it’s likely you’ll be able to fit a camera with a lens attached, plus one additional prime or small lens. This bag is intended more as a day-to-day carry around bag, rather than something which you can use to fit all of your gear in at once.
For carrying the bag over your shoulder, there is an adjustable, shuttle-woven polyester strap. This can be shortened and lengthened to suit your requirements – at its longest it’s also suitable to be used as a cross body strap for extra security and a more comfortable wear for long periods of time. The strap is also completely detachable if you want to use the bag either with a different strap or entirely strapless.

It may seem like quite an expensive proposition to pay £200 for a relatively small camera bag, but, considering the high-quality construction and durability of the bag, it can also be thought of as good value for money – especially with a five year manufacturer warranty to give you peace of mind.
The Hadley Small Pro may not be all that appealing to DSLR users with lots of lenses, but if you’re either somebody who has one DSLR and one other lens you like to use regularly, or a compact system camera with a range of small lenses, the Hadley Small Pro is the ideal day bag.
Street photographers and travel photographers may find it particularly appealing, especially with the cross-body strap and one-handed access to the interior pouch. Being able to adjust and remove the interior to meet your needs also makes it very user-friendly, too.

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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review

Sony may be embracing a new design, but that doesn’t mean it’s not selling a phone with an older design theme. The mid-range Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra costs $450, and a lot of compromises. Is it worth buying? Find out in our Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review.
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Acer Aspire 5 (2018) review: An affordable mid-range laptop with some key flaws

The Acer Aspire 5 sits in Acer’s ‘everyday computing’ range and it’s the epitome of the no-nonsense laptop. It’s a little on the chunky side, not especially attractive to look at and, yet, it delivers the goods when it comes to performance and usability. For anyone looking for a no-thrills Windows 10 machine, could the Acer Aspire 5 be the perfect mid-priced laptop?
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Acer Aspire 5 review: Price and competition
The range starts at around £450, which gets you a HD (1366 x 768) screen, an Intel Core i3-6006U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. This latest model houses an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD and costs £550. Throw more cash at it and, for £700 you can have an Aspire have an Intel Core i7-8550U.
There are even more configurations, including a 17.3in model and one with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. These models can be found on Acer’s website.
As for competitors, you should consider the £600 Asus Vivobook S510UA-BR686T, which has a 15.6in screen, an Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD and the £630 Dell Vostro 14, although you can’t get that with the latest generation Intel processors yet. Unlike the Acer Aspire 5, neither of these offer the option of specifying a Full HD display.
Acer Aspire 5 review: Design
The Acer Aspire is certainly a good value machine but the payback for the low price is that the design isn’t particularly luxurious. The laptop has an all-plastic, all-black chassis, textured on the lid and with brushed aluminium surrounding the keyboard.
At 2.1kg and 22mm thick it’s rather bulky and the overall build quality is underwhelming, too: the plastic panel around the keyboard has a little bounce when you type on it and the screen suffers from an alarming degree of flex.
As for ports, there are two USB 2.0 Type-A ports on the right-hand side and these sit alongside a 3.5mm headphone jack and a proprietary charging port. On the left-hand side you’ll find USB 3.0 Type-A and USB 3.1 Type-C ports, a nice inclusion at this price. Impressively, there’s also an SD card reader, an HDMI output and an Ethernet port.
Flip the laptop over and you’ll see a removable panel, which gives you access to a slot for RAM and storage upgrades via a 2.5in drive bay. There’s no fingerprint reader but, at this price, that’s to be expected.
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Acer Aspire 5 review: Keyboard & Trackpad
The Aspire 5 is a pretty large laptop, which means there’s plenty of space on the chassis. Acer has taken advantage by squeezing in a sizeable touchpad and a number pad to the right of the keyboard.
As with all such designs, this results in a slightly off-centre typing position but Acer has at compensated for this by positioning the touchpad off-centre, too, so you’re not always brushing it with your palm accidentally.
That keyboard is pretty nice to type on as well. Its short-travel keys are well spaced and comfortable to type on and I didn’t have any problems with the touchpad either. Palm rejection worked flawlessly and the buttons didn’t feel mushy, either.
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Acer Aspire 5 review: Display
The Aspire 5’s 15.6in Full HD display is both sizeable and practical and, as highlighted above, it gives the Acer an advantage over its competitors when it comes to resolution and, therefore, sharpness. It has a matte finish, too, which keeps distracting reflections at bay.
Technically, though, it isn’t particularly impressive. Using our X-Rite i1Display Pro calibrator to test performance it reached a maximum brightness of 231cd/m2, which is poor and means you’ll struggle to read the screen outside or anywhere where sunlight might fall on the screen.
The screen’s contrast ratio of 321:1 is disappointing, and, because Asus is using a TN panel here, you’ll see colour shift whenever the screen isn’t facing you directly. This panel doesn’t display colours particularly well, either; its sRGB coverage of 52.6% is terrible and this results in flat, lifeless colours with very little zing. At least the colours it does display are reasonably accurate but that’s no compensation for such an uninspiring showing in general.
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Acer Aspire 5 review: Performance
With a 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor inside and 8GB of RAM, our review Aspire 5 performed admirably. It’s one of Intel’s latest, eighth-generation Coffee lake chips, which has double the cores and has slightly different clock speeds compared with last year’s Kaby Lake generation of processors. This year’s Core i5 processor also has twice the amount of “SmartCache” and faster-integrated graphics.
In our tests, the laptop performed well, achieving a score of 85 in the Expert Reviews 4K media benchmarks, which is heaps ahead of the Kaby Lake equivalent (Intel Core i5-7200U), which was typically only able to achieve scores of between 48 and 55. So, it’s well worth considering if you’ve otherwise been looking to buy a device with an older-generation chip inside, such as the Dell Vostro 14.
The Acer Aspire 5 also achieved a decent score in Geekbench 4. Its 4,106 single-core and 12,935 multi-core results are – impressively – only slightly behind those of the Asus Vivobook S510UA, which housed the seventh generation Core i7 chip.
The laptop’s Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated GPU is no match for a discrete graphics card such as the Nvidia GeForce MX150. However, scores of 29.5fps and 60fps in the GFXBench 4 Car Chase and Manhattan benchmarks (onscreen) show it can be used for very light gaming.
The built-in 256GB SSD is fast, though. Testing with CrystalDiskMark (instead of AS SSD), I recorded sustained data transfer rates of 533MB/sec for reads and 496MB/sec for writes. The result is fast boot up times and quick file transfers to and from the internal drive.
Finally, the laptop’s battery life is also rather good. At 9hrs 46mins in the Expert Reviews battery rundown test, the Aspire 5 punches well above its weight and should last you around a day and a half under medium load. By comparison, the Asus Vivobook S510UA, which houses the Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U, manages only 5hrs 26mins. The Dell Vostro 14 5468 with an Intel Core i5-7200U on board achieves only 5hrs 51mins. It’s all very impressive stuff.
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Acer Aspire 5 review: Verdict
The Acer Aspire 5 is a mixed bag of positives and negatives. On the one hand, it’s plain and its display sub-par; on the other, this £550 laptop delivers fast performance and excellent battery life.
With a good selection of ports, a full-sized keyboard and impressive battery life, in fact, there’s plenty to like about this mid-range laptop. It’s a shame about the poor display, but if you can put up with that or you’re planning to use it hooked up to an external monitor most of the time, the Aspire 5 is worth considering.

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Sony Xperia XZ2: Benchmarks tell only half the story

Benchmarks, gaming and daily use
I’ve taken three different factors into consideration in my assessment of the Xperia XZ2’s performance. First of all, I took a look at the classic benchmark tests to quantify the smartphone’s theoretical performance with a numerical value, which can be used to compare it with competitors. I used the following benchmarks:
Secondly, I evaluated the gaming performance with some demanding apps. I tried some of the latest games on the smartphone, such as Final Fantasy FV Pocket Edition, PUBG Mobile, and the lighter Hearthstone.
Last but not least, I evaluated the performance of the Xperia XZ2 in daily use. At the end of the day, the benchmark results are useless if your smartphone doesn’t function optimally when you quickly check Facebook (assuming you’re still using it).

Sony is exemplary when it comes to Android customization and timely updates. / © AndroidPIT

The CPU will run out of steam, but the GPU makes up for it
The SoC that Sony uses on the Xperia XZ2 is obviously Qualcomm’s latest and most powerful top-range chip, the Snapdragon 845. The chip in question includes an octa-core CPU (4x 2.7 GHz Kyro 385 Gold and 4x 1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), 4GB of RAM and the Adreno 630 GPU: so this device is plenty fast and won’t easily get you into trouble.
Every operation that the smartphone performs is practically instantaneous (with a good internet connect) thanks to the 64GB of UFS internal memory. If you need additional space for photos and videos, the device supports microSD expansion up to 400GB.

Either two SIM cards or one SIM card and one microSD, you get to decide. / © AndroidPIT

With Sony’s optimized and extremely clean software, the Xperia XZ2 moves smoothly and quickly through apps. Whether it’s working on complex spreadsheets or you’re just enjoying social media, you’ll never encounter any kind of delays or slowdowns.

It’s difficult to find a task that is too difficult for this smartphone.

This smartphone first gives you a sense of its speed through the fast animations in Sony’s UI, as well as in the incredible work done to make the scrolling operations so smooth. Even the most high-performance top-range phones will have some delays when moving quickly through photo and video content on Instagram or Facebook. But the Sony Xperia XZ2 will let you move quickly and without any uncertainty (unlike another top-range phone I recently tried out…), offering an experience that perhaps only the iPhone and Pixels can provide.

Sony Xperia XZ2 benchmark results

Pixel 2 XL
Huawei P20 Pro
Galaxy S9 (FullHD+)
Galaxy S9+ (QHD+)
Sony Xperia XZ2

Geekbench CPUSingle core

Geekbench CPUMulticore

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.1

3D MarkSling Shot ES 3.0

3D MarkIce Storm Unlimited ES 2.0

PassMark Memory(RAM)

PassMark Disk(Storage)

*Not affected by changing the resolution

But let’s move on to practical and measurable results. The benchmarks we’ve set for the Sony Xperia XZ2 are interesting to say the least, and they allow us to shed light on the smartphone’s behavior in comparison to other devices, such as the Galaxy S9 or Huawei P20.
As can be seen from the results table, the Xperia XZ2 doesn’t excel in CPU tests. Yes, it true, it has higher results than the Google Pixel 2 XL and Huawei P20 Pro in the Geekbench test, but this was to be expected, as these devices utilize an SoC from last year.
The most substantial difference, however, is with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, two devices also presented at MWC that should have more or less used equivalent technology. The results of Samsung’s SoC Exynos are well above those of the XZ2, especially in single core performance, where the Korean company seems to have done a great job. Samsung’s devices also perform much better in the RAM tests.

The graphics on the Xperia XZ2 are impeccable. That’s its secret. / © AndroidPIT

But the Xperia XZ2 still runs much more smoothly and more quickly than its Korean competition. The difference could be in Samsung’s poor software optimization. 3DMark has come to our aid and shed some light on this mystery by showing how Sony’s flagship is clearly better than the competition in graphic performance.
In Ice Storm Unlimited, the Adreno 630 GPU almost doubles the results of the new Galaxy (regardless of the resolution used), which explains how the smartphone always keeps everything running smoothly without delays. Even though Sony utilizes a slightly less powerful CPU, this doesn’t lead to a bottleneck in the overall performance of the device, which is still better in almost all daily operations.
Perfect gaming
Are you familiar with the gaming experience of a living room console? The Sony Xperia XZ2 manages to provide a gaming experience on a smartphone with exactly the same lightness. On a console, unlike a PC, you can just insert a disc or download a game and use the controller to enjoy the game, without any issues with drops in performance or delays.

The Xperia XZ2 has front speakers, so you don’t have to worry about covering them up while you’re gaming. / © AndroidPIT

The Sony smartphone frees you from having to be worried about whether a particular game will work on your phone. You won’t have to lower the screen resolution or worry about delays. With the XZ2, all these concerns are things of the past. True, the screen isn’t AMOLED with super resolution and perfect colors, but Sony’s Triluminous LCD panels with FullHD resolution still provide for a great multimedia experience.
During my trip to China, I had a lot of time to spend in the company of the Sony Xperia XZ2, and I must admit that it was difficult to stop playing Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, since the device offers perfect performance, which lets you enjoy the game with maximum detail.
Are you looking for a smartphone that will give you the best gaming experience on PUBG? The Sony Xperia XZ2 is more than perfect for this purpose, as long as you’d rather not go a step farther and purchasing a Razer Phone, which was created for gaming and has a slightly less-powerful SoC.

Opinion by Luca Zaninello

I prefer a smartphone with a QHD screen, although this could impact performance in games.
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ZTE said to be meeting with Google over US export ban – TechCrunch

Yesterday was a rough one for ZTE. A year after pleading guilty to violating sanctions with Iran and North Korea, the U.S. Department of Commerce brought the hammer down and announced a seven-year export restriction on goods sporting U.S. components.
That applies to more than a quarter of the components used in the company’s telecom equipment and mobile devices, according to estimates, including some big names like Qualcomm. The list may well also include Google licenses, a core part of the company’s Android handsets. According to a Bloomberg unnamed source, ZTE is evaluating its mobile operating system options as its lawyers meet with Google officials.
Many of the internal components can be replaced by non-U.S. companies. ZTE can likely lean more heavily on fellow Chinese manufacturers to provide more of the product’s internals, but it’s hard to see precisely where it goes from here with regard to an operating system. There’s an extremely small smattering of alternatives open to the company, but none are great. Each would essentially involve the company working to build things, including app selections, from the ground up — and likely play a much more central role in the OS’s development.
As for Google’s role in all of this, ZTE certainly isn’t make or break for Android’s fortunes. Still, it’s a pretty sizable presence. As of late last year, it commanded 12.2 percent of U.S. market share, putting it in fourth place behind Apple, Samsung and LG. It’s certainly in Google’s best interest to maintain as many prominent hardware partners as possible — though, not if it comes with the added risk of upsetting the DOC in the process.

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Grimoire of Souls Announced, Has 4-Player Co-Op – Game Rant

When news that a new Castlevania games was being announced hit, obviously a mobile game wasn’t what most fans of the classic franchise imagined. Despite that, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is confirmed to be the next entry in the franchise and is launching exclusively on iOS devices to start.

Many gamers may be inclined to skip over a mobile entry in the series and maybe just rewatch the Castlevania Netflix show instead, but it actually sounds like there are some interesting plans for this one. The game was recently revealed with an official site (all in Japanese), but Gematsu has already provided some translations about the upcoming product.
Here is a translation of the description for the brand-new story that will be introduced in the game…

“A future where Count Dracula has been completely destroyed. It seemed like eternal peace came upon the world… However, a single letter delivered to Genya Arikado tried to put an end to that peaceful era.

“In order to verify the meaning of the words written in the letter—’The Grimoire has Run Wild and Count Dracula will be resurrected’—Genya Arikado heads off towards the letter’s sender…”

The introduction of new lore may be enough to get die hard Castlevania fans to check out this app, but that may not do the trick for everyone. In addition to the new story, Grimoire of Souls also plans to win mobile gamers over with some interesting multiplayer features.

“Exhilarating battles where up to four players can cooperate. Strengthen your favorite character and take on the powerful enemies that block your path forward!”

The game seems to offer global real-time four player co-op, four-versus-four competitive, and four player co-op boss rush modes. All of these multiplayer modes are a major selling point and, if they deliver on fun and challenge, could be the key to winning over gamers who may usually dismiss mobile titles.
When Grimoire of Souls releases, players will be able to enter the world as franchise characters Alucard, Simon, Charlotte, Shanoa, and Maria. In addition, there is also a new character named Lucy, who is described as a young research magician. There may be some catches as to when and how players can use each character, but those details are unclear at this point.

Once a release date and more details arrive, we’ll be sure to post an update.

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls has been announced for iOS devices, but does not currently have a release date.
Source: Konami and Gematsu

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