Diablo Immortal brings Diablo universe to mobile

After five long years of anticipation and marketing hype, “Diablo: Immortal” was announced earlier this week at Blizzcon, developed by NetEase in partnership with Blizzard for mobile devices exclusively. An MMO Action-RPG described aimed at gamers on the move. Diablo Immortal will recreate the franchise’s traditional multiplayer point and click action gameplay with optimizations for touchscreen controls. It may not be the Diablo fans were expecting but could potentially keep fans entertained until Diablo 4‘s eventual release. Early details regarding Diablo Immortal confirm that the mobile game will feature six different classes at launch: Barbarian, Monk, Wizard, Crusader, Demon Hunter, and Necromancer. More classes post-launch is planned, with developers hinting at Diablo 2‘s Assassin and Diablo 3‘s Witch Doctor. Each class will have a unique selection of 12 or more different skills to choose from.

As for how Diablo Immortal fits into the greater Diablo universe, Diablo Immortal’s storyline will take place between Diablo II and Diablo III. 20 years passed in the Diablo Universe between those two games which were released in 2000 and 2012, respectively.The story in Diablo Immortal focuses on the aftermath of the destruction of the Worldstone in Diablo II with demonic invaders trying to bring back a rule of terror. Players will work out of Westmarch, a social hub where players can meet and show off their armor. Through Westmarch, players will visit 9 different outdoor zones, hunting corrupted fragments of the Worldstone and the demons left in their wake.

The gameplay uses a virtual thumb stick on the left side of the screen and an ability cluster on the right. When using abilities that require precise aiming, holding down the button will let you draw where you want to aim. Despite being a fast-paced action game on a phone, the controls seem to work pretty well.

The Diablo Immortal announcement received a mixed response that Blizzard didn’t expect. Blizzard has been teasing a Diablo-related reveal for Blizzcon ever since the convention was announced. Fans were quick to express their disappointment on forums and social media, and at Blizzcon, one attendee’s had to ask if the game was “an offseason April Fool’s joke.” Fans were so lead on to believe that Diablo 4 would be announced and Blizzard went out of its way to inform fans that there would be no Diablo 4 at Blizzcon 2018, but confirming that it was in development, fans were still surprised. Other rumors had swirled prior to the event regarding both a potential Diablo and Diablo 2 remaster. The NetEase mobile exclusive Diablo Immortal that was announced instead was a surprise on all fronts. While no release window has yet been announced for Diablo Immortal, players can visit the game’s official website and google play store to pre-register and potentially be invited to future beta tests.

Diablo Immortal is planned to release “when it’s done” exclusively on iOS and Android devices.

Review: P20 Pro

660 US, might sound like a lot for a Chinese smartphone, but exceptional battery life, flagship specs and one of the best mobile cameras in the market are some of the reasons why we think you should look into the Huawei P20 Pro. Glass and metal have become synonyms for premium design in the smart phone industry and the P20 Pro is no exception, if you can get past the notch the luminescent color progression make this is one of the best looking smart phones this year. The Twilight colorway features a reflective back that transitions from purple to blue, while the Pink Gold version totes a similarly interesting pearlescent finish, The phone also comes in black and Midnight Blue if you prefer a more subtle finish. The pronounced chin with a traditional fingerprint censor has us questioning the notch but between no fingerprint censor and a larger chin bar, it is definitely the latter. The proximity to the on-screen navigation buttons runs the risk of unintentional triggers from time to time, as it doubles as a capacitive home button. Noticeably absent is a 3.5mm headphone jack, Huawei does include a dongle in the box, but with phones like the LG V40 Thin Q around, seems unnecessary and backward. The metal grill besides the USB C port hides dual down firing speakers and a microphone. The audio is loud and crisp, making general media consumption a delight. The phone IP67 rated for dust and water resistance and oddly comes with a screen protector installed. We recommend getting rid of the same as the screen guard itself holds onto minor scrapes and makes an otherwise premium phone look a little tatty.

Display

The Huawei P20 Pro has a 6.1 inch FHD+ OLED Display, with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, which means better contrast, deeper blacks, punchier colors and lower power consumption. The screen does get bright enough and outdoor visibility is decent but not exceptional. As mentioned earlier, there’s a small notch at the top of the screen which didn’t feel like much of a nuisance. That said, I can certainly see how it could be a bit of an eyesore for some users. Huawei has an option that lets users conceal it. Once enabled, the space on either side of the notch is occupied by a black bar, creating the illusion of a notch-free screen. The screen itself has a resolution of 2160 x 1080. It is set to the vibrant color profile by default, content does run the risk of looking oversaturated. You can adjust the color balance to suit your personal preference by diving into the Settings menu where there is a variety of options to play with. The Huawei P20 Pro offers full support for HDR10, the leading standard for high dynamic range visuals it can stream HDR content from supported sources such as Netflix, delivering a viewing experience that can only really be rivaled by the likes of Samsung’s latest flagship.

 

Performance & Interface

The Huawei P20 Pro is wonderfully fast. With the Kirin 970 SOC at its heart, coupled with 6GB of RAM (2GB more than the standard P20) the phone feels responsive and fluid. It handled every task we threw its way with ease, remaining composed while switching between applications and streaming a YouTube video over 4G while running a game using the phone’s split-screen multitasking functionality. Huawei P20 Pro scored a respectful 1921 in the single-core and 6837 in the multi-core test on Geek Bench 4

 

Huawei’s infamous Emotion UI (EMUI) has managed to resolve most of the flaws that affected the previous builds and the latest version delivers outstanding performance, switching between applications and launching sub-menus in the bat of an eye. It also includes a number of useful assistive features. The P20 Pro ships running Android 8.1 Oreo, skinned with a much-improved version of EMUI. Face recognition is all the rage nowadays, and the Huawei P20 Pro has you covered. There’s 2D face recognition is a lot faster but isn’t as secure as the 3D depth-based alternatives found on the iPhone X or Oppo Find X.

Huawei has introduced useful knuckle Gestures which make screenshot n quick open much more effective.Double knocking with the single-knuckle take a full screenshot while making a loop with a knuckle takes a selection section shot. The selected screen shot can be saved into four shapes, the one user creates with their knuckle, rectangle, round and heart shaped. Double knocking with Two-knuckles start and stops the screen recording. 

Using your knuckle to draw a letter opens some apps. By default, drawing “C” opens camera while drawing “M” open the music app. The shortcut letters can be changed in the settings. Swiping the knuckle, left to right or vice versa enters the split-screen mode.

We have been using the gestures for quite a while now n they come in handy more often than expected. Specially the screenshot and screen recording gestures are the one I use on daily basis. For apps it’s not very feasible as sometimes it might mix-up what a user drew. Split screen feature is also something that can be a lot useful especially if you are constantly moving between two apps.

Private space is another very useful feature that the Huawei P 20 Provides it enables you to create a completely different profile can be used in situations where multiple users have access to a single device (mostly work phones), using secondary profile for personal business, or just using a secondary profile to keep private data. This feature can b enabled in the security section of the settings. To enable the private space, user must enter a pin completely different from the main pin code, cannot use ascending, descending or repeated pin codes like 1234, 4321 or 1111. The separate finger scan must be linked to the new profile.

The Huawei p20 pro includes a Dark mode, which turns all the system apps dark which is easy on the eyes and helps conserve battery.

 

HiTouch is a great feature for online shoppers. While surfing if you come across a picture of a product that you like, just press and hold the picture with two thumbs. The phone will search for that product on amazon with the help of amazon assistant. This is a great feature especially if the picture has no details about the product. We hope to see more improvements to this feature in coming years with better support for online stores besides Amazon.

Camera

The Huawei P20 Pro is the first smartphone on the market to offer a triple camera setup: a whopping 40-megapixel primary ‘Light Fusion’ RGB sensor (with an f/1.8 aperture), a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor (with an f/1.6 aperture) and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor (with an f/2.4 aperture) work in conjunction to supercharge the camera module’s photographic capabilities.

At launch, Huawei explained that only, the 8-megapixel telephoto lens included OIS (optical image stabilization) whilst the 20 and 40-megapixels sensors relied on the performance of the phone’s NPU (the neural processing unit that serves as part of the Kirin 970’s makeup) to deliver additional AI enhanced stabilization.

All three sensors, fine-tuned by the German optics titan Leica, work together with each being assigned a specific role. The 40-megapixel sensor captures the colors in the scene, the 20-megapixel monochrome sensor ensnares additional detail, as well as texture and depth data for a bokeh effect (when required), whilst the 8-megapixel telephoto sensor helps zooming in. But that’s not the best bit. Huawei has invested a lot of resources into further developing the AI engine that debuted on the Huawei P10, with the feature now offering frame-by-frame optimization – in the default Auto shooting mode – for a host of different scenarios, including action shots, night shots, and close-ups.

Still, shots taken in both daylight and low-light are crisp and full of detail. The same can also be said for images captured by the 24-megapixel front-facing shooter. Video, on the other hand, quite as perfect – the super slo-mo feature, which lets you shoot a 0.2-second burst of slow-motion footage at 960 frames per second, often distorted the subject. The auto-manipulation, which is powered by the aforementioned AI engine, works in the camera’s favor, making colors pop, even in the darkest of settings. Having tested the Galaxy S9 Plus, iPhone X, and P20 Pro, the latter comes out on top. It’s a lot more reliable in low-light environments, and takes exceptional photographs in well-lit conditions. The same, once again, can be said for the front-facing camera – which is clear and crisp and loaded with features to play with too.