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Apple iPhone X becomes top performer for still photography in DxOMark

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It was only last month when the Pixel 2, Galaxy Note 8, and Mate 10 Pro took top honors for their performances on DxOMark’s camera tests. But here comes the iPhone X, ready to rain on their parade.

Released just a few days ago, the iPhone X has already been making a splash in multiple ways. Some were on the negative side, but there’s no denying the scores the tenth-anniversary iPhone was able to achieve for its camera performance.

With a still photography score of 101, it beats out the Mate 10 and Galaxy Note 8’s score of 100. It also proves that the newer iPhone topples the iPhone 8 Plus when it comes to pure photography.

DxOMark praises the iPhone X for having a significantly better secondary f/2.4 zoom lens with optical image stabilization compared to the iPhone 8 Plus’ f/2.8 secondary lens, which doesn’t let in as much light and has no optical image stabilization.

Less impressive, however, is the iPhone X’s video score. It’s way below the class-leading 96 score of the Pixel 2, and also falls behind the Mate 10 Pro’s score of 91. On the bright side, it’s still better than the Galaxy Note 8’s below-average 84.

But perhaps, most interestingly, the overall score is set at 97, which ties it with the Mate 10 Pro. Only the Pixel 2 and its 98 points do better overall.

So, what exactly is needed to reach such honors? The iPhone X camera’s best traits are in evenly balanced exposures, accurate color rendering, and good detail preservation in both wide and zoom modes. Weaknesses include the occasionally slow autofocus and difficulty with moving objects, especially in low-light situations.

With no major flagship smartphone set to launch for the rest of this year (we’ll consider the OnePlus 5T a minor update), these DxOMark ranking may finally stay put for a while. It would probably take a Galaxy S9 or Huawei P11 to shake the standings once again.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy commercial throws shade at Apple’s iPhone

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OnePlus 9 series will launch on March 23

Launching with the Hasselblad camera

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It’s official. The OnePlus 9 series is coming soon. After weeks of buildup, the company has officially announced then the next flagship series is coming: March 23. In three official teaser tweets, OnePlus has confirmed both the series’ launch and a tantalizing detail teased through rumors over the past month.

Posted today through OnePlus’s official Twitter account, the company unveiled what was coming in the next month. As expected, the series will focus on smartphone photography, touting the line, “Your Best Shot.” Previously, a leak spoiled OnePlus’s new Hasselblad partnership. The teasers now confirm it. Further, the series will sport a Sony IMX789 camera sensor, which will capture videos in 4K resolution and 120 frames per second. Surprisingly, the teasers have already confirmed what the camera setup will look like, echoing the leaked images released prior.

If that isn’t enough, OnePlus has also teased a US$ 150 million investment on smartphone photography over the next three years, confirming that the company is going all-in on the market segment.

Besides the photography angle, OnePlus has also confirmed 5G connectivity for the OnePlus 9 series. It shouldn’t be a surprise anymore at this point, but it bears repeating, especially since 5G is still in its early stages.

In other (currently unconfirmed rumors), the OnePlus 9 series will reportedly have a 1440p screen with 120Hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage. Presumably, the series (or at least, one variant) will sport the new Snapdragon 888 chipset.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus partners with Hasselblad for its next phone

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Lenovo unveils five new value-for-money gaming monitors

Complete with game-ready features suitable for any budget range

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Whether you’re working from home or playing games online, you need a good monitor to supplement. With the right set of features in your monitor, you can take your gameplay to the next level. However, a ton of these monitors designed for competitive play are pretty expensive. Fortunately, Lenovo Legion has a new lineup of monitors that address that.

This new lineup of gaming monitors from Lenovo bring game-ready features suited for all kinds of players. In particular, these monitors bring high refresh rates along with display technologies for smoother gameplay. From 144Hz to 240Hz, with either NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD’s FreeSync support, these will surely bring the immersive gaming experience for everyone.

These monitors are now available in Lenovo Legion concept stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Below are the SRPs for these new gaming monitors:

Monitor Model Features SRP
Lenovo Gaming G25-10 24.5” FHD, 144Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 9,995
Lenovo Gaming G27-20 27” FHD, 144Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 11,995
Lenovo Gaming G27q-20 27” QHD, 165Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 15,995
Lenovo Gaming G34w-10 34” WQHD, 144Hz, FreeSync Premium PhP 23,995
Lenovo Legion Y25-25 24.5” FHD, 240Hz, G-SYNC & FreeSync Premium PhP 15,995

 

SEE ALSO: Which Lenovo monitor best suits the typical gamer?

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realme 7 now retails for PhP 11,990

A popular midranger made much more affordable

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realme is treating customers to another surprise this March. The popular midrange device, realme 7, is now available at a much lower price of PhP 11,990.

Formerly retailing at PhP 13,990, realme 7 is much more affordable with its lower starting price for the 8GB/128GB variant. Its lower starting price also makes it a much tempting option for students and professionals looking to upgrade their devices. Plus, it also fits well on the growing realme ecosystem composed of wearables, earbuds, and other smart products.

As for that price, customers are getting capable performance thanks to the MediaTek Helio G95 processor. Paired with a 5,000 mAh battery, one can enjoy non-stop gaming, streaming, and browsing without experiencing major lags and hiccups. The 6.5-inch full HD+ LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate complements that with a fluid and immersive viewing experience.

It also underwent TÜV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verification, which is one of the first smartphones to do so. As such, users can enjoy peace of mind knowing that the realme 7 underwent several tests for durability and reliability.

realme 7 can be had at a much lower price on Lazada, Shopee, physical stores, and authorized resellers starting this March. For more updates and promos, visit and follow realme Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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