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ROG Phone 5 leaked in certification site

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Why is 5 afraid of 4? We don’t have a punchline for that joke, but it’s apparent that, sometimes, 4 is a truly frightening number. Despite the relative success of the ROG Phone 3, ASUS has apparently skipped over the next phone in line. According to a new leak, ASUS is working on the ROG Phone 5. The phone has recently passed through China’s TENAA recently.

Filed at the tail end of last year, the entry reveals a lot about the upcoming smartphone. For one, and most obviously, the gaming-centric phone will skip number 4 in its numbering scheme and go directly to the ROG Phone 5. If anything, the name is still apparently tentative. ASUS can still change its name going forward. However, if they do drop the old naming scheme, they can always attribute it to the negative superstitions surrounding the number 4.

Under the hood, the ROG Phone 5 will sport the Snapdragon 888 and a 6.78-inch AMOLD screen with a 144Hz refresh rate. On the rear, the phone will have a triple rear camera setup featuring a 64-megapixel main sensor. Also, it will have a smaller secondary screen.

Additionally, the phone will be powered by two 3000mAh batteries, combining for a huge 6000mAh battery. It is compatible with 65W wired fast charging.

According to previous leaks, the next ROG Phone, whatever it may be called, will launch sometime between March and April.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 3, ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition price in the Philippines

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iPhone 13 Pro series to get a 120Hz OLED display

It’ll be made by Samsung

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The enthusiasts have long asked Apple to include a new display on its iPhone, which has a higher refresh rate. This year, the wish could be granted as the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are tipped to have a 120Hz OLED screen.

According to South Korea’s The Elec, it will feature a Radio Frequency Printed Circuit Board (RFPCB) and come with an LTPO OLED display for the 120Hz refresh rate. The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini shall get a Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB).

RFPCB boards are more flexible and can be bent to accommodate fresh or even radical designs. Furthermore, The iPhone 13 and Pro are tipped to feature a 6.1-inch screen, whereas the Max will come with a 6.7-inch screen.

While rumors suggest the mini offering will get a 5.4-inch display, multiple reports in the past have hinted that Apple could ditch the series entirely. It’s also said that Samsung will make the new panels with higher refresh rates.

Apple Watch has an always-on display thanks to LTPO technology, which is likely to drizzle down on iPhone 13 Pro series. Apple’s iPad Pro has a 120Hz screen since 2017, and it’s branded as ProMotion. We expect a similar branding approach for the new iPhones as well.

Samsung may provide Apple with as many as 110 million panels for the iPhone models this year. Apple is also working with LG Display, which will supply 50 million units.

Although, Apple is very late to the party as Android phone makers like Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and pretty much all of them, have adopted higher refresh rate screens. Even an affordable phone like the Redmi Note 10 Pro

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How To: Low-light photography, videography on an iPhone

Take out your lightsabers and record Star Wars-themed content!

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Gone are the days where our smartphones struggle from shooting when there’s a lack of proper lighting. Nowadays, most smartphones — flagships specifically — can record amazing videos and stunning photos in low-light conditions.

For instance, FightSaber Singapore, a premier Lucasfilm-recognised lightsaber performance organization recorded a Star-Wars themed video using only the iPhone 12 Pro Max. FightSaber Singapore used lightsabers from SaberMach, Singapore’s first and only professional combat saber company, to highlight NeoPixel blades that astonishingly lit up the room.

 

Nonetheless, taking gorgeous stills and videos in low-light situations is now possible using just your smartphone. Fret not, you don’t need to be a pro; you just need to follow simple tricks.

Tips and tricks

First, make sure to turn on High-Efficiency Image File Format before you start shooting. Next, adjust HDR (high dynamic range) on your camera settings which will help you capture vibrant stills in high-contrast situations. If you plan on capturing light streaks, set your settings to 4K with 24 FPS. For smooth movements, adjust it to 4K with 60 FPS.

When you start shooting, lock the exposure and maintain auto-focus. Tap the spot on your screen that you want to adjust. On iPhone, you can also press and hold on the screen until you see AE/AF lock to keep the focus and exposure in the same spot.

Moreover, you can create a quick whip zoom effect while recording by tapping on the individual lenses. No need for post-production!

On a non-technical tip, don’t forget about varying your camera angles. Low-angle shots tend to add drama while high-angle shots provide an overview of the scene.


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Apple could launch its first foldable in 2023

Apple’s a little late to the party?

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Folding phones have been around for quite some time, but only a few companies like Samsung and Huawei have led the mainstream trend. However, this could soon change with Apple launching its folding offering soon, and if reports are to be believed, it could be as early as 2023.

According to trusted source  Ming-Chi Kuo, the first folding iPhone is most likely to launch in 2023. The information is based on an “industry survey” and reveals that Apple’s shipment of its foldable phones will reach 15 to 20 million units.

It could sport an 8-inch Quad HD+ OLED display that can fold. Kuo believes that the upcoming ‌iPhone‌ will adopt a silver nanowire touch solution for the device’s display, which will create a “long-term competitive advantage” for Apple in the foldable device market.

The report says, “At present, the product position of foldable smartphones is mainly to integrate the smartphone and tablet. But we believe that the foldable smartphone is only one of the applications of the foldable design. We predict that foldable devices will blur the product segmentations between smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the future.”

Kuo is also predicting that the folding device will blur lines between traditional smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the future. Given Apple’s “cross-product ecosystems and hardware design advantages,” he expects Cupertino to emerge as the “biggest winner in the new foldable device trend.”

Keep in mind, the predicted analysis is two to three years down the line. Within this time frame, many aspects of the future phone could change, and these reports should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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