The Asus ROG Phone line of smartphones are designed for gamers… and they tend to pack features that only a gamer could love or need like multiple USB ports, ultrasonic “airtrigger” buttons, and support for clip-on accessories including game controllers, desktop docks, and cooling fans.
Last year’s ROG Phone 3 had all of those features, and it’s likely the next-gen ROG Phone will as well. One other thing it might have? A small secondary display on the back of the phone made up of a small number of lights that can display small bits of text or graphics. A short video leaked on Chinese social media website Weibo gives us a look at that secondary display.
The second screen looks like it might have been inspired by the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop, which has an array of LED lights on the lid that can be used to display animations and images.
Or maybe it was inspired by the flashy signs that you see at food trucks, restaurants, and shops trying to grab your attention as you pass by.
Either way, it’s an unexpected addition the smartphone space, but one that could prove at least a little bit useful if it shows alerts for incoming phone calls, text messages, or other information when the primary display is off.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Real-world look at the next Asus ROG Phone? [Weibo]
Leaked video (GIF) of the next-gen Asus ROG Phone suggests the gaming phone will have a small screen on the back that can display text and images, plus a 6.6 inch FHD+ OLED primary display, Snapdragon 888 processor, 6K battery, 65W charging, etc
- CentOS is gone—but RHEL is now free for up to 16 production servers [Ars Technica]
A month after killing CentOS, Red Hat announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is free for use on up to 16 systems. Here’s the new line of Red Hat products: Fedora is the playground for new features, CentOS Stream is continuously updated, and RHEL offers stability & long-term support.
- Opera acquires YoYo Games [VentureBeat]
The company behind the Opera web browser has acquired YoYo Games for $10 million, plans to launch Opera Gaming division.
- OpenWRT Forum user data stolen in weekend data breach [Bleeping Computer]
OpenWRT forum was hit by a data breach, some user data including email address and usernames appear to have been stolen, but passwords are believed to be safe. Users should probably reset them anyway, just in case.
- More GPD Win 3 handheld gaming PC details [@softwincn]
GPD announces that the Win 3 handheld gaming PC will ship with a screen protector, a 46 Wh battery (up from the 44Wh version in prototypes), and the mouse firmware is coming soon, as is a docking station. Liliputing’s review will be updated after testing.
GPD WIN3 Proceed:
1. All backers will get a glass screen protector just like Switch has.
2. Keyboard mistouch when sliding screen issue was solve by rise screen 1mm
3. Increase battery to 46whr
4. Mouse firmware will be released to media soon
5. Dock is on the way to reviewer pic.twitter.com/hYCqzCx7pv
— GPD Game Consoles (@softwincn) January 19, 2021