The sides of the phone have a much thinner aluminum frame than the Note 9 and even the S10. The glass wraps around the edges more, almost feeling like a solid extruded piece. It looks nicer than a thicker metal frame, but from the moment I saw this phone I was worried about it breaking. Lo and behold, two days later, that became the case. My unit managed to slide off a table onto concrete from about four feet up and hit the bottom left corner, causing hairline fractures. Unfortunately, this is a necessary trade-off. Samsung likely used this glass-heavy design to maintain consistency with the 5G model, which needs more glass on the sides for its mmWave antennas to work. We saw nearly the same design on the Galaxy S10 5G.
Now that Intel's new Ice Lake processor feature Gen11 graphics with a significant performance boost over the company's earlier integrated GPUs, perhaps the company sees less demand. Or maybe PC makers and consumers who would have been the target market for these have decided they're better served by devices with Intel chips and separate AMD or NVIDIA graphics.
The Epic Game Store's battle against the PC gaming monopoly of Steam continues. For many months, the vocal opposition has made it very clear that they are unhappy with Epic's strategy of buying timed exclusivity deals with games, thus beating Steam to the punch of some of the most highly-anticipated releases. However, despite the apparent dislike of the moves and he boycott claims, it is starting to bear fruit for the upstart launcher. With the recent reports making the Epic Games Store look even more appealing to PC game developers, the competition may be starting to wear on Valve's titanic platform.
In the thriving mobile gaming industry which has gone from strength to strength over the last ten years, three genres have emerged which are more successful than any others. Few would be surprised to hear that puzzle, strategy, and first-person shooter games are near the top of the tree in terms of revenue generated. Some of the biggest mobile games of all time including Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, and PUBG Mobile belong to these genres. The question is, will these types of game continue to dominate, or will another genre come along and usurp them?