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No need to buy the iPhone 12 Pro, analysts say

Instead of the regular iPhone 12

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Earlier this week, Apple finally launched this year’s iPhone 12 series. This time around, the well-established flagship series comes in four different flavors ranging from the mini to the Pro. Though the iPhone 12 mini presents some welcome variety, the two iPhone 12 Pro models haven’t really sparked as much fanfare. Apparently, some analysts do agree. According to current analyses, there is no need to buy the iPhone 12 Pro.

Reported by CNBC, analysts from Deutsche Bank cannot find any compelling reason to buy into the two Pro models, instead of the two regular versions. According to the report, past iPhone generations carried Pro versions with much more appeal than today’s two Pro models, starting with 2017’s iPhone X.

Further, UBS predicts that only 25 percent of the upcoming generation’s revenue will come from both Pro models. Meanwhile, the iPhone 12 mini will bag a superior 38 percent of revenue.

On paper, the two iPhone Pro models differ in only two major specifications: internal storage and camera. Both models also come in a more premium-looking chassis. Then again, the two regular models still offer sizable options for users.

That said, the tech community isn’t poring over specifications right now. Most pundits are currently talking about the sudden exclusion of the package’s formerly free peripherals. Though the series will have its strengths, the new package will certainly take center stage for months to come.

SEE ALSO: Apple will also take out free chargers from older iPhones

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OPPO, i Light Singapore partner anew for Isle of Light

Annual light festival set for June 2022

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Sightseeing at night in Singapore has just become more colorful with OPPO and i Light Singapore’s partnership.

The tech company and light festival collaborated for a multi-sensory light art installation at Lightwave: Isle of Light. The installation is a highlight of the festival’s lineup this year, which includes 20 artworks and an array of programs.

Unlock your senses

Visitors, both tourists and locals, will be treated to an alternate universe every evening at the Marina Bay Lower Boardwalk from June 3 to 26, 2022.

There will be five unique zones with immersive features:

  • holographic projections
  • illuminated motion-capture graphics
  • shadow play
  • light beams
  • unique light art showcase

The timely tie-up between OPPO and i Light coincides with OPPO’s launch of their latest flagship, Find X5 Pro in the island.

Powered by OPPO’s very own NPU MariSilicon X chip, the Find X5 Pro is capable of 4K Ultra Night Video — the first time for an Android smartphone.

Ticket pricing, schedule, promo

This year’s i Light Singapore will be held from June 3 to 26, 2022 from 7:30PM to 11PM daily, and up to 12AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets can be purchased from Klook at SG$ 8.00 on weekdays and SG$ 10.00 on weekends. Bundle tickets are also available.

What’s great is up to SG$ 6,800 worth of prizes are also at stake, including tickets to watch the 2022 Wimbledon Championship in London.

i Light Singapore started in 2010 as an annual celebration to bring people together while shining light (pun intended) on art and sustainability.

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MediaTek launches its first mmWave 5G chip, the Dimensity 1050

Along with Dimensity 930 and Helio G99

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5G connectivity isn’t just about having 5G. If you’ve delved a bit deeper into what the network can do, you might have seen two types: sub-6GHz and mmWave. One is naturally different from the other. Compared to sub-6GHz, mmWave does carry more potential for the future. Marking this move to future, MediaTek has announced the Dimensity 1050 chipset, the company’s first mmWave 5G SoC.

When 5G first launched, the technology used sub-6GHz frequencies. These frequencies are practically the same as the ones used in 4G and older networks. On the other hand, mmWave uses frequencies above that, boosting what the network is capable of. It does, however, take more time to adopt mmWave technologies as it requires upgrades to both hardware and infrastructure.

The Dimensity 1050 chipset now offers both network compatibilities. According to MediaTek, the processor can deliver up to 53 percent faster speeds. Under the hood, it carries two Arm Cortex-A78 cores and a Mali-G610 GPU. Additionally, it supports UFS 3.1 and LPDDR5 memory.

Besides the Dimensity 1050, MediaTek also launched Dimensity 930 5G chipset for 120Hz Full HD+ displays and HDR 10+ video. The company also launched the Helio G99, a 4G processor for smaller phones.

Dimensity 930 smartphones will launch as early as this quarter. Meanwhile, Dimensity 1050 and Helio G99 smartphones will come out in the next quarter.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces impending release of Pentonic series

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Motorola confirms first Razr with Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Coming later this year

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When you buy a pricey foldable phone, you usually expect the top-of-the-line hardware to make your purchase worth every penny. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, a foldable device sells more for its form factor, rather than its specs. For example, when Motorola first resurrected the Razr lineup, the foldable had midrange chipsets. Now, for its upcoming entry, the lineup is finally getting the flagship.

Last week, Qualcomm unveiled its next chipset series. Squeezing more life from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 series, the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 offers an improved flagship performance for coming smartphones later this year. Naturally, the stops have been lifted. Smartphone makers are now free to announce their devices with the new chipset.

Now, Motorola has confirmed that it will have one of the first Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 smartphones. And yes, it’s a Razr.

The company confirmed the smartphone through a teaser on Weibo. The graphic clearly depicts the chipset over a silhouetted foldable device, presumably from the Razr lineup.

However, the graphic does not hint when the smartphone will launch. Because of the timing, it’s incredibly likely that it will come later this year.

Though the company offers devices in the traditional slab phone format, it is also one of the foremost leaders in the foldable industry.

SEE ALSO: Motorola is working on its first rollable phone

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