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Apple iPhone rumor roundup: portless iPhone 13, foldables, bigger SE

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming iPhones

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If you’re a long time Apple fan, iPhones, over the years, aren’t safe in the eyes and ears of tech leaksters, case makers, and supply chains of iPhone components. From the early prototypes of the iPhone, to the groundbreaking iPhone 4s, up until the “revolutionary” iPhone X, nothing has stopped insiders from leaking information to expose Apple.

Our iPhone 12 and SE rumor roundup caused some noise last year, with most of the rumors coming true. This time, we’re doing a follow-up list not just about iPhone 12‘s successor, but also with other phone advancements Apple has in mind — specifically for the year 2021 until 2022.

Disclaimer: Everything you see here are just leaks and rumors and nothing has been confirmed yet.

iPhone 13 (or 12s)

Apple’s naming scheme has been odd ever since the introduction of the iPhone X. From X, XR, XS, 11 and 12, all the way to the superlative-driven “Plus“, “Pro“, “Max“, and “Pro Max“, it’s usually unpredictable. There are even names for less expensive variants such as the “mini“, “C” and “SE“.

While most of us are expecting it to be named “13”, a Bloomberg report suggests that Apple engineers are thinking of bringing back the “S” branding as the upcoming generation will have minor changes in design and more improvements in hardware.

Same design and sizes

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Based on the Japanese blog Mac Otakara, the only design change we can look forward to is the thickness with a slight bump of around 0.26mm.

Expect the upcoming iPhone 13 (or 12s) series to look the same as its predecessors — either with the regular 6.1-inch size or a massive 6.7-inch display for the Max model. Of course, it will still have the new flat-edge design.

UPDATE 1: It’s also rumored that these new iPhones will feature a different matte-textured back for a slightly better grip, reminiscent of the Google Pixel 5‘s back.

UPDATE 2: iPhone 14 series (for 2022) might come with a stronger titanium chassis — which were used on older Apple Watches.

Rose Gold comeback

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iFans know that the last iPhone with a Rose Gold color option was the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus series. With other exclusive colors such as Midnight Green on the iPhone 11 Pro series, Purple on the iPhone 11, Coral on the iPhone XR, and currently the Pacific Blue on the iPhone 12 Pro series, it wouldn’t be a surprise for Apple to bring back this unique colorway to the shelves again as it was loved by a lot of users.

(Who knows, BLACKPINK’s Rosé might actually own this and call it Rosé Gold 🥁)

Adaptive 120Hz + Always-On Display

While this was previously rumored for the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year, the feature didn’t push through as they faced several compatibility issues with its display driver. But in the latest tweet posted by Ross Young, the faster display refresh rate might finally come to this year’s iPhone 13.

Different with the current OLED-based Super Retina XDR display, Apple might rather equip it with a ProMotion display that’s also found on several iPad Pro models. That rumor was reported as early as 2019.

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The new display will use LTPO technology to maximize the fast refresh rate while keeping it as low as 1Hz under static conditions to lessen its overall battery consumption. The Apple Watch Series 5 and Series 6 are the closest Apple devices with such display tech.

The delay might have been a blessing in disguise. The longer testing duration means Apple might be able to fix it earlier and be able to bring that buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate, at least on the Pro models. Though adaptive, it’s still better than the aging 60Hz display of previous iPhones.

UPDATE: With the Always-On Display feature among LTPO-powered Apple Watches, it comes to no surprise that Apple may finally bring the Always-On display feature in this year’s iPhones.

Thinner notch

With the rise and fall of pop-up cameras, sliders, flipping and rotating mechanisms, punch-hole cutouts, and under-display cameras at its infancy stage, it shows that Apple doesn’t want to use half-baked tech just to achieve that “fullscreen” display.

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In a DigiTimes report, the notch will still be there, but it will be shrunk by re-shuffling the earpiece, sensors, and set of cameras to accommodate components in a shorter surface area.

As outdated as the notch gets, Apple’s Face ID is still one of the most secure and fool-proof biometric solutions among smartphones. With its host of components that make up Apple’s TrueDepth system, it’s understandable that shrinking the notch is still challenging.

In-display + Side-Mounted Touch ID

Using Face ID in public has been tough especially in this pandemic. For the record, the latest Touch ID-equipped Apple devices are the M1 MacBook Pro and Air, as well as last year’s iPhone SE and the 4th-generation iPad Air.

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While the iPhone SE sticks with the traditional home button implementation, the new iPad Air and 2016-2020 MacBook models have fingerprint sensors embedded into the power button. Unfortunately, this feature didn’t make it to the latest iPhone 12 series.

Based on my Galaxy S21 Ultra review, Samsung’s ultrasonic sensor is faster and more reliable than an optical-based sensor. For now, we just have to wait and see Apple’s special in-depth Touch ID system based on a larger optical image sensor as seen in this patent.

UPDATE 1: Future iPhones might include a Touch ID into the power button just like the 2020 iPad Air.

UPDATE 2: Apple gives up bringing the in-display Touch ID to this year’s iPhones.

Same (yet different) camera setup and design

In a recent GadgetMatch article, the popular leakster Ming-Chi Kuo stated that Apple might not upgrade the cameras until 2023 — which is a strategy that’s not totally new. Google has been doing this for quite a while with the Sony IMX363-equipped Pixel 3 up until the latest Pixel 5. All camera improvements come from computational imaging, AI (artificial intelligence), and added software algorithm.

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That report might be limited to the wide and telephoto lenses, though. In another article, Kuo also claimed that there’s a major Ultra-Wide Angle (UWA) lens upgrade among Pro models with a larger sensor, better lenses (from 5P to 6P/six-elements) and wider aperture (from f/2.4 to f/1.86). These changes will greatly improve ultra-wide night shots and better Depth of Field (DoF). Anyhow, there’s no word if it will have a wider Field of View (FoV) than the usual 120-degrees.

Other than that, the camera design might have some changes — from the trio-rrific circular camera bump to a cleaner design with Sapphire Glass (or maybe Ceramic Shield, who knows?) covering all lenses for better protection from scratches and unintentional cracks. Those issues occurred in some owners of the iPhone 11 Pro and 12 Pro models.

One thing’s for sure: this new design will solve the dilemma of people with trypophobia (or the fear of seeing clusters of holes).

UPDATE 1: An improved 48MP wide-angle camera might come to the 2022 iPhone models.

UPDATE 2: The regular iPhone 12s / 13 alongside its mini version might have a slight camera layout change, arranged diagonally instead of being vertically-aligned like it used to.

Sensor-Shift OIS + LiDAR Scanner

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The “Pro camera system” barrier between the regular and Pro models might be gone in the iPhone 13/12s series. It was reported that regular models will also feature LiDAR Scanners just like on the newer iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro series. Meanwhile, Sensor-Shift OIS (which is currently a 12 Pro Max-exclusive) might be present in all 13/12s models as well — or at least in the smaller Pro variant.

LiDAR Scanners are helpful for better AR experience and more precise autofocus in low-light situations. On the other hand, Sensor-Shift is an OIS technology where stabilization happens within the sensor which results to more stable video clips. Usual phone cameras rely on lens-based OIS and/or software-based EIS (Electronic).

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With these latest reports, the report where iPhone is rumored to have a quad-camera setup with the inclusion of a 64-megapixel anamorphic lens might just stay as a myth that needs to be debunked.

UPDATE: LiDAR Scanners might still be limited to the Pro models.

Astrophotography Mode

If you’re a fan of astronomy and everything celestial, this new camera feature might be for you.

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Astrophotography mode is the ability to shoot photos of the night sky under a longer period — even longer than Apple’s existing Night Mode feature. Although this isn’t necessarily a new feature as this has already been around for years starting with the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, it’s still a great addition for those who want it without leaving iOS and the Apple ecosystem.

8K Video Recording + Portrait Video Mode

Back in October 2020, a deleted tweet by @macintoshleak states that the next iPhone might feature native 8K video recording — either in 30 or 45fps (frames per second).

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Although it’s uncertain and the leaker already deleted his account, this might still be a possibility as Apple pioneered its Bionic and Silicon chips. It’s not far from happening as the latest Snapdragon, Exynos, and Kirin chipsets are capable of capturing 8K videos.

UPDATE 1: A prominent YouTuber and leakster EverythingApplePro reveals that the upcoming iPhone might also have a Portrait Video Mode where background blur is enabled when shooting videos. The user will also have the ability to adjust the blur strength after taking the video, just like how Portrait Mode works in existing iPhones.

UPDATE 2: 8K video recording support will most likely be introduced in the 2022 iPhone series.

Even better A15 Bionic Chip

The A14 Bionic Chip is one of the best around — but its built-in 5G modem from Qualcomm has some serious battery draining issues as reported by most iPhone 12 users in the Apple Community.

It’s rumored that Apple might ditch Qualcomm in favor of an in-house 5G chip currently in the works. This makes sense considering Apple acquired Intel’s 5G division two years ago.

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With the slow and steady expansion of 5G connectivity across several nations and borders, Apple might also pick either between the mmWave or sub-6GHz band to reduce production costs. Previously, Apple equipped both, depending on one’s region.

There’s also a rumor for Wi-Fi 6E support. Barclays Analysts are confident that this new 6GHz Wi-Fi band will help achieve faster speeds and lessen latency.

UPDATE: Future iPhones will come with a 3-4nm processor made by TSMC with significant improvements both in performance and power consumption.

Portless iPhone Pro

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As early as 2020, it was reported that Apple has envisioned an iPhone without any ports. With the introduction of MagSafe on iPhones, it’s pretty clear what path they’re trying to take.

Although the current MagSafe charging isn’t as fast as conventional wired charging, the portless model will still rely on it anyway. Other than that, physical buttons will be replaced by capacitive ones, and the physical SIM slot will be gone in favor of e-SIM.

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This type of form factor might also introduce better water and dust resistance. Although there are still components with openings such as the microphone, speaker grilles, and earpiece, this might also make it the first smartphone that’s capable of shooting under deeper water depths. However, this will be a disaster for future repairs.

Other than that, another prominent leaker Jon Prosser said that Apple will eventually add a maxed out 1TB storage option to the Pro lineup — that will cost you another fortune. Meanwhile, the regular models will come in a larger 128GB base storage option instead of the measly 64GB.

UPDATE 1: It’s also said that the upcoming iPhone will have stronger and bigger magnets for an improved MagSafe charging and attachments.

UPDATE 2: 2022 Pro iPhones might still max out at 512GB of internal storage and still no 1TB storage option planned.

UPDATE 3: Apple is also planning to make iPhones more responsive under deeper water depths with a specialized camera interface known as Underwater Mode.

Reverse Charging

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This technology isn’t particularly new — especially among Android flagships. Reverse wireless charging made one of its first appearances with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro in 2018. Samsung also did it through “Wireless PowerShare” with their Galaxy S10 lineup.

In a tweet by Mark Gurman last October 2020, it was revealed that Apple submitted an FCC filing where there’s a “hidden” reverse charging feature for iPhones. Though there’s no workaround in the latest iPhone 12 series, the iPhone 13 might actually have it built-in. It might also be extra handy if the upcoming AirPods would come with MagSafe so it magnetically snaps onto the back of the iPhone.

The mini might be gone for good

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Bad news for fans of everything mini, Apple might just scrap the smaller model for good. ICYMI, Apple has currently reduced the production of the iPhone 12 mini due to low sales and demand. Other than the smaller display, battery drain issues might also be a reason. We’re still hoping that they’ll make a successor of the same size but with improved battery life.

Foldables: Is this the future of iPhone?

In last year’s rumor listicle, Apple had no early plans of announcing a foldable iPhone. But with the continuous developments of devices with foldable displays from major brands such as Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, motorola, and even smaller brands like TCL and Royole, Apple’s R&D department might be gearing towards the goal of launching one (or two) folding devices in 2022 to be able to catch up with the current foldable race.

UPDATE: Apple might delay the launch of their first foldable in 2023 instead.

iFold = iPhone and iPad in one?

In a patent submitted by Apple last November 2020, it reveals an illustration that looks like a folding iPad. Another patent also reveals how Apple tried to create self-healing displays that might be helpful for the continuous wear and tear of flexible displays over time.

To make the plan closer to reality, it was reported that Apple has partnered with Foxconn and New Nikko for the hinges. For the flexible displays, it will obviously be supplied by Samsung. Moreover, it was seen in a Foxconn plant in China that they were done with the hinge durability tests for two Apple foldable prototypes.

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This new form factor opened the possibilities of owning a foldable within the reach of the consumer’s pockets. This is the most iconic (yet the most expensive) foldable — it’s a large phone when shut but transforms into a bigger tablet when unfolded. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Z Fold2 are the pioneers of this form factor. Other than those two, Huawei also has the Mate X and Xs in its portfolio.

UPDATE: Another insider reveals that the foldable iPhone (or iPad) may have an Apple Pencil support right out of the box. This makes sense considering the latest iPads support the first and second-generation Apple Pencils.

Weird iPhone Flex, But Okay

“Weird flex, but okay” is a phrase you hear among younger Gen Zs who love flexing their parent-bought luxuries — including the iPhones they use.

With the latest clamshell offerings like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip and the motorola razr, it would be appealing (or maybe appalling for some) to see a clam shell iPhone.

In the latest YouTube video by Jon Prosser, Apple might actually launch this first over the other with several dazzling colors in tow, closely targeting the younger audience. But unlike the previous claim, Prosser believes this will be launched as late as 2023.

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Imagine, a large-screen iPhone folding into a smaller factor that fits right in your jeans’ pocket — that would be useful for most who dislike the absurdity of phablets. For the sassier ones, shutting the phone to ignore someone’s call might actually be another form of the “iPhone Flex”.

The Dual-Screen Approach

Based on the same Foxconn report, the first prototype is a dual-screen model. This form is the most cost-efficient by having two flat displays connected by a hinge mechanism like what you find in most laptops. Again, this isn’t a new type of foldable as there are devices like LG’s V60 ThinQ 5G and Velvet Dual Screen, as well as Microsoft’s Surface Duo.

Concept by Vincenz Lee | GadgetMatch

There was a prototype that came out in the news as early as June 2020 with hints of the multi-link hinge patent — similar to a metallic watch band. Another hinge patent was also submitted as recent as January 2021. This time it’s made out of a Fabric Composite Friction material.

Is this a more practical approach towards iPhone’s first foldable device? Or would you rather pick those with flexible displays?

iPhone SE 3: Better late than never?

The leaks about the next-generation iPhone SE are uncertain. Last year, it was rumored to have a bigger form factor than the current SE — either with a 5.5-inch Retina Display a la iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and 8 Plus or a full 6.1-inch screen just like on the iPhone XR and 11.

While the latest report from Mac Otakara and Kuo state that it will be launched sometime in April 2021 together with the new AirPods Pro, Ross Young denies the rumor by saying that it will be delayed until Q1 2022.

The generation between the first and second-generation iPhone SE took four years, but with Apple selling the latest iPhone SE like hot pancakes, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see an updated SE after a year.

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Several renditions show that it might be based on the iPhone 12 mini’s form factor with a 5.4-inch punch-hole display. But knowing Apple, they want their phones to look as streamlined as possible. Although it’s given that the Face ID will be ditched for cheaper costs, the notch will most likely stay. And unlike the in-display Touch ID of the upcoming iPhone 13/12s series, this might have an embedded one instead.

UPDATE 1: The next-generation iPhone SE wasn’t released this 2021 and will most likely be announced in Early 2022.

UPDATE 2: The iPhone SE Plus with a bigger 6-inch display might come as late as 2023.


We’ll update this article with every new leak and/or rumor on the Apple iPhone 13/12s, as well as the foldable iPhones and SE 3.

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Xiaomi 11T Series launches in the Philippines

A trifecta of Xiaomi smartphone goodness

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The Xiaomi 11T Series has finally made it way to the Philippines. This set is the Xiaomi 11 family consisting of the Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi 11T, and the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE. Those with a “T” are promising content creation goodness on a flagship package, while the Lite one is bringing flagship power in a tiny package.

We’ve covered the specs and features in this article. We’ll post excerpt of which towards the and of this pricing article. Now, we’re going to make this quick and jump straight to what you came here for.

Pricing and availability

Xiaomi 11T Pro

  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 27,990
  • 12GB+256GB — PhP 29,990

Xiaomi 11T

  • 8GB+128GB — PhP 21,990
  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 24,990

The Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T come in three colors with a brushed finish: Meteorite Gray, Moonlight White, and Celestial Blue.

You can also pre-order the Xiaomi 11T Pro and Xiaomi 11T in Authorized Xiaomi Stores from October 24 to 29 and get a Mi Robot Vacuum and Mi Recyclable Eco Bag worth PhP 10,000.

Xiaomi Philippines will also have an open sale on October 30, 2021 where buyers of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro will get a free Xiaomi 11T Series Edition Bluetooth Speaker worth PhP 3,250.

Freebies also await those who pre-order the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro in Xiaomi’s online stores. For every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T on the Xiaomi Shopee Global Store from October 24 to 29, buyers of the Xiaomi 11T Pro will get a free Mi Watch and Wireless Earphone 2 Basic. Those who decide to get the Xiaomi 11T will also be getting a Mi Watch Lite and Wireless Earphone 2 Basic.

An open sale will also be happening starting October 30 where every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro will entitle buyers to a free Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic.

Meanwhile, the Official Xiaomi Philippines Shopee store will also be including a free Mi Robot Vacuum  and eco bag with every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T.

Each purchase of the device comes with a 1+1 year limited warranty and free screen replacement within six months.

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

  • 6GB+128GB — PhP 16,990
  • 8GB+128GB — PhP 18,990
  • 8GB+256GB — PhP 20,990

Pre-orders of the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE on the Xiaomi Shopee Global Store from October 24 to 29 will also include a free Mi Watch Lite.

On the Open Sale on October 30, buyers will be receiving a Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic for free.

Xiaomi 11T Pro

the Xiaomi 11T Pro is the first smartphone to ship with Xiaomi’s 120W Hypercharge Technology. The company says it can juice fully juice up the phone’s 5,000mAh battery from zero to 100 percent in only 17 minutes.

That means you’ll have more time to spend creating with its triple rear camera setup. That’s a pro-grade 108MP wide angle lens, a 5MP 2x telemacro lens, and an 8MP 120° ultra-wide angle lens.

The pro-grade lens will do a lot of the heavy lifting in the “Cinemagic” department but it won’t be without help. Aiding it is the Xiaomi 11T Pro’s computational filmography capabilities. These enable features like AI Cinema modes, 8K recording and HDR10+. Xiaomi says this lets the phone take videos with the same smart ISO technology found in digital cameras.

As this is a flagship smartphone, the rest of it is pretty par for the course for a 2021 premium phone. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with the following configuration options: 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, and 12GB+512GB.

The Xiaomi 11T Pro has a 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED flat display. And the display comes with the usual flagship bells and whistles: TrueColor, Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

Xiaomi 11T

The Xiaomi 11T shares many similarities with the Pro variant. In fact, they’re almost indistinguishable at first glance. But the devil, of course, is always in the details.

Here’s everything that’s the same:

  • 6.67’’ FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED flat display
  • Triple camera setup: 108MP wide angle + 5MP 2x telemacro + 8MP 120° ultra-wide
  • 5000mAh battery

Here’s everything that’s different:

  • Mediatek Dimensity 1200-Ultra SOC
  • 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB configurations
  • 67W Wired Charging

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE

If you’re not after the absolute best that Xiaomi has to offer but still want something competent, here’s the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE.

It has a 6.55” AMOLED DotDisplay with all that TrueColor and Dolby Vision goodness and a 90Hz refresh rate. Despite the size, it’s pretty lightweight weighing at only 158g.

The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chip and comes in the following configurations: 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, and 8GB+256GB. Its 4,250mAh battery supports 33W fast charging.

Lastly, it’s also packing a triple camera setup: 64MP wide, 8MP ultra-wide, and 5MP telemacro. There’s a 20MP front-facing camera for selfie takers.

It’s worth noting that Xiaomi promised three Android Upgrades and four security patches for this set of smartphones.

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Sony Alpha 7 IV: Beyond ‘basic’ cameras

A hybrid photo and video full frame shooter

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Sony Alpha 7 IV

Sony is taking “basic” to the next level by announcing the release of the interchangeable-lens camera Alpha 7 IV and two new flashes, the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM.

The Alpha 7 IV (model ILCE-7M4) takes off from the Alpha 7 III while elevating what is expected of a “basic” camera with excellent image quality, performance, and advanced film-making features.

The new model features many of Sony’s most advanced imaging technologies, including the latest BIONZ XR™ processing engine and advanced autofocus (AF).

The Alpha 7 IV’s features also include streamlined operability and enhanced reliability for photos and movies, making it the perfect all-around camera for both imaging enthusiasts and film-making professionals today.

Outstanding image quality

Sample image taken with the Sony Alpha 7 IV

The Alpha 7 IV comes with a newly developed 33MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor for superior image quality and wide ISO sensitivity range.

The high resolution leads to smooth gradation and finer details and textures for photo subjects, as well as reduced noise.

Its 15-stop dynamic range allows a wide expressive range while Creative Look settings can help to create standout stills and videos.

Next level AF performance

Equipped with the processing engine BIONZ XR also used in the flagship Alpha 1, the Alpha 7 IV delivers high-speed and uninterrupted AF, allowing continuous shooting at 10fps for smooth shooting.

With Real-Time Tracking and a high-end focal plane phase-detection AF system, the camera manufactures images that are clearer than ever.

The Real-time Eye AF feature also accurately tracks subjects such as humans’ and animals’ eyes for both stills and movies, while approximately 94 percent of image area is covered.

Evolved movie technology

The Alpha 7 IV is also a suitable tool for vloggers and film makers alike with technologies inherited from real-world movie productions.

The features include S-Cinetone from Sony’s highly-regarded Cinema Line cameras used by film makers and content creators themselves—helping deliver a rich, cinematic look to videos.

High quality results can also be expected with 4K 60p recording in Super 35mm mode and up to 4K 30p recording with 7K oversampling in full-frame mode.

The new camera also features 10-bit depth 4:2:2 colour sampling to enable natural gradation, XAVC S-I™ intra-frame encoding for more efficient editing workflows and XAVC HS™ for doubled compression efficiency.

A perfect complement to Sony’s lens

The unique AF features can be highlighted in AF performance even further when using the Alpha 7 IV with a Sony E-mount lens.

This includes AF Assist that supports focus transitions when using AF and Focus Map that visualizes depth of field.

For the first time in the Alpha series, the new camera also combats focus breathing with its Breathing Compensation feature to maintain a consistent angle of view throughout changes in focus.

Advanced, genuine, efficient hybrid model 

Sample image taken with the Sony Alpha 7 IV

The Alpha 7 IV is a hybrid still and movie camera with outstanding operability and reliability that easily allows the user to switch from photo to movie and back at their convenience.

It has a dual layer mode dial that is new to Sony’s line-up of Alpha cameras to make it easy for users to switch between settings.

The lower layer is dedicated to easily select between still, movie, or S&Q modes while the top layer is for various photography modes (Auto/P/A/S/M).

It also has 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization for a 5.5-step shutter speed advantage, as well as an improved grip for greater comfort and a CFexpress Type A compatible media slot to support media with faster writing and clearance.

Additionally, its OLED Quad-VGA viewfinder is 1.6 times the resolution of the Alpha 7 III viewfinder, allowing users to review captures through upgraded and high-quality live-view images with minimized false color and increased resolution.

A videographer’s reliable companion

Videographers can record 4K 60p video continuously for more than an hour, thanks to the camera’s heat-dissipating structure.

Optical Active Mode image stabilization helps optimum video shooting.

To make filming easier and more efficient, the camera also has a side-opening vari-angle touch-panel rear LCD monitor, a top-panel REC button and a high-capacity Z-series battery.

Active Mode stabilization

The Alpha 7 IV body is built with magnesium alloy to make the entire camera lighter and more comfortable to use on the fly.

In addition, the redesigned structure and lens lock button contribute to enhanced dust and moisture resistance.

Enhanced workflow capabilities

By offering a variety of connectivity options, the Alpha 7 IV enables on-the-spot streaming and sharing of high-quality content.

These came into play for users who need real-time remote use of photos or videos without sacrificing excellent image and sound quality.

Users simply have to connect the camera to the Imaging Edge Mobile app on their phones via Bluetooth, while fast data transfer is made on a 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection.

The camera also has a new feature called “Shot Mark” to enable easy access to the marked scenes in a video clip, within camera and on Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare applications.

Shot Mark

The camera has a range of new features to support live streaming and remote communication without the need of dedicated software.

UVC (USB Video Class) and UAC (USB Audio Class) directly turn the Alpha 7 IV into a high-performance live streaming camera when connected to a computer or smartphone.

Users can stream high-quality and realistic videos up to 4K for 15p and 1080 FHD for 60p with high quality sound when paired with a great range of microphones and accessories.

Sustainable innovation

Developing the Alpha 7 IV model came with the environment in mind, as Sony used original recycled plastic SORPLAS for the camera body and the packaging with recyclable materials and less plastic.

The camera is produced at sites which use renewable energy, such as solar power, while the product packaging also adopts recyclable plastic-reduced materials.

Powerful flashes to evolve Alpha Lighting System

Sony Alpha 7 IV

Included in Sony’s latest release of new products are the HVL-F60RM2 (GN 60 and 20-200mm coverage) and HVL-F46RM with (GN 46 and 24-105mm), a pair of powerful wireless flashes that offer high-speed precision and more operability.

They are designed to meet the needs of both professional and advanced content creators when shooting with a Sony Alpha camera, including the new Alpha 7 IV.

Upgraded flash speed and performance

Both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance, up to 200 times at 10 frames per second for the HVL-F60RM2 and 60 times for the HVL-F46RM.

With an optimized flash algorithm, both flashes are overheat-resistant. A set of four Nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries power them to make 240 to 320 flashes with a recycle time from 1.7 to 2.0 seconds, depending on which flash you purchase.

When used in combination with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the unique communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System.

For example, if paired with the Alpha 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame is made available in Lo, Mid, and Hi continuous modes.

The flash release time lag is also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject.

Alpha 1 with HVL-F46RM and SEL50F12GM

Sony Alpha 7 IV

With the Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 reaches up to 20fps of continuous shooting and approximately 20 flashes per second can be produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1.

When Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes including HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM, users can sync even the fastest of shutter speeds to expand expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode.

In addition, the silent electronic shutter of the camera allows for silent flash shooting when absolute silence is required.

Other system benefits of HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include:

  • Flash parameters controlled directly from the menu of a compatible camera
  • Flash control linked to camera face detection
  • Automatic correction of white balance based on the color temperature information from the flash

Like the Alpha 7 IV, both flashes have better strength, reliability, and operability, thanks in part to Sony’s Multi Interface shoe with Sony’s unique metal shoe foot with rugged side frame which also make the flashes more dust and moisture resistant.

The HVL-F60RM2 has an original rotating mechanism called “Quick Shift Bounce” that enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control, preventing changes in bounce angles.

Both are also capable of wireless radio communication and can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in five groups via wireless radio communication for versatile lighting control.

Availability

The Alpha 7 IV will be available at selected retail shops and online shops from December 2021 in Singapore. For a full list of specs and information, please visit here.

The accessory (PCK-LG2) Screen Protect Glass Sheet for Alpha 7 IV will be available at the same time.

The camera is also compatible with the Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK).

The HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM flashes will be available at selected retail shops and online shops from late November 2021 in Singapore.

In the Philippines, it’ll be available soon.

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Canalys: vivo rises to 4th in global smartphone shipments

First time since the company was established

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Market analyst firm Canalys reports that vivo ranked fourth in global smartphone shipments for the first time in history since the company was established in 2009.

With a market share of 10 percent, the Chinese smartphone brand placed fourth behind Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi in the third quarter of 2021.

Previous quarterly numbers from Canalys indicated that vivo remained among the top five in global smartphone shipments in the past four quarters.The company also topped China’s smartphone market in the second quarter of 2021, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, maintaining strong growth momentum.

Championing a “local mindset” and putting value to its understanding of local culture and management, vivo continues to expand to more markets worldwide and accelerate its globalization.

As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 50 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 400 million users worldwide.

In the Philippines alone, vivo took over as the top smartphone vendor with a 21 percent market share during the second quarter of 2020, an impressive rise of 18 percentage points from the previous year, also per a Canalys report.

It has maintained a strong presence in the country with the introduction of top-of-the-line yet affordable smartphones. As of the second quarter of 2021, vivo holds an 18.2 percent market share.

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