It’s almost the weekend again, so time for Hardware Hits. The aftermath of Computex is still in full swing so there are many new announcements and juicy rumors. Today we discuss, among other things, the fantastic sales figures of OnePlus, Intel’s long-awaited video card and three monitors from AOC.
OnePlus 6 sold more than a million times in 22 days
The OnePlus 6, the latest model from smartphone manufacturer OnePlus, is the brand’s best-selling model to date. Since its launch on May 22, OnePlus has already sold more than a million copies. According to the brand, this milestone was even reached after 22 days.
Like all previous models, the OnePlus 6 is another high-end smartphone for a soft price. The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8 GB of memory and up to 256 GB of storage. The AMOLED screen covers almost the entire front of the phone and has a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels. The main camera consists of two cameras of 16MP and 20MP and can film up to 480 fps slow motion. At the front is a 16MP with which high quality selfies can be taken.
In terms of specifications, the OnePlus 6 can therefore keep up with the top models from, for example, Samsung and Sony, but the phone is still available from 519 euros for the model with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. For 50 euros more, you get 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, while 619 euros gives you a phone with 256 GB of storage. More info about the OnePlus 6 can be found here.
Intel’s first discrete GPU is coming in 2020
It has been known for a long time that Intel is working on a video card. For example, ‘fallen off the truck’ engineering samples were offered on Ebay and Intel recently hired ex-AMD CEO Raja Koduri to lead the GPU team. While the internet was of course full of rumors, no official date had ever been confirmed. Intel is now putting an end to all those rumors and has announced through a tweet that war will break out in the GPU market from 2020.
It is not yet known exactly where the GPU will be positioned. Intel has also said nothing about which user groups they want to address. All that is now known is that Intel’s focus is on “a wide variety of computer segments.” Considering gaming is a big market for both AMD and Nvidia, chances are Intel wants to enjoy a bit of it.
It’s going to be a pretty tough job to compete with AMD and Nvidia, but Intel at least has the financial basis to make a small dent in the competition’s sales. Hopefully the market will now be shaken up, because we have been waiting for the next generation of Nvidia for over two years!
Crypto Mining Profits Crashed Since Last Year: GPU Shortage Over Forever?
Although it has never been completely clear where exactly the gigantic price increase of video cards came from, we do know that cryptomining has made a significant contribution to this. Mining digital coins has been a lucrative activity that has earned many people an awful lot of money. Now that the value of Bitcoin and other major crypto coins has fallen by 50 to 80 percent, achievable gains have also completely collapsed.
A year ago, a single Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 made about $ 5 a day after paying your energy supplier. Now, a year later, that is barely a tenth of that amount, provided you have a high quality power supply and your computer uses almost nothing. Otherwise it may be that you spend more on your electricity bill than the mining yields.
Unfortunately, the crypto market is very unpredictable and you could just become a millionaire in a month from the coins you mine today. For the time being, it is good news, because many video cards are again available from stock and the price has already fallen a lot.
AOC comes with three affordable 144Hz monitors
AOC is adding three more new monitors to the massive lineup that the brand already has. These are the 23.6-inch C24G1, 27-inch C27G1 and 31.5-inch C32G1. Apart from the dimensions, the three monitors have almost identical specifications. They have VA panels with a 178-degree viewing angle and a fast 1ms response time. The contrast is according to AOC at 3,000: 1 (80,000,000: 1 dynamic) and a brightness of up to 250 nits. As always with monitors, these are features for which there is no international standard, so check a review first to see how they compare to other monitors with similar specifications.
The 1080p resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support are certain. It also concerns warped panels with a curvature of 1500R on the C24G1 and a curvature of 1800R on the C27G1 and C32G1. Furthermore, they all have two HDMI ports, display port and the old-fashioned VGA port. There is also a connection for a 3.5mm headphone plug.
The C24G1 and C27G1 will be available next month for a suggested retail price of € 199 and € 249 respectively. The bigger brother, the C32G1, should arrive in August and will have a suggested retail price of € 299.