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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom with dual-camera setup is coming

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ASUS is adding yet another variant to its seemingly limitless ZenFone 3 lineup, and it’s of the Zoom variety.

Leaks discovered on Chinese certification agency TENAA show what appears to be the successor to the optical-zoom equipped ZenFone Zoom from last year. But rather than having a single zooming camera, there are two lenses placed side by side on the rear.


We can assume that the two units act similarly to what Apple and LG implemented on their flagship handsets, the iPhone 7 Plus and V20, in which one handles wide-angle shots while the other covers the longer range.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom leaks

Going by the label ASUS_Z01HDA, the expected final model name will go by ZenFone 3 Zoom, and it may come with some interesting specifications.

For one, the TENAA listing claims there’ll be a more vibrant 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display on board — ASUS ZenFone models normally rely on blander LCD panels for their visuals.

As for the processor, it’s supposed to be an octa-core chipset clocked similarly to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which can also be found in the midrange ZenFone 3 released earlier this year. Memory and internal storage will vary depending on the exact variant.

More importantly, the camera will have 16 megapixels at the back, along with a dual-LED flash and laser autofocus. A simpler 13-megapixel shooter will be found in front.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom leaks

And since there’s no more clunky zooming unit like that of the ZenFone Zoom, the newer ZenFone 3 Zoom will have a thickness of only 7.99mm — not bad when you consider the 4850mAh battery that’ll possibly be included.

It’ll likely be announced at CES 2017, which will be held from January 5 to 8, 2017.

We have no idea how much it’ll cost and when the rollout will be, but if the previous ZenFone Zoom is any indicator, the ZenFone 3 Zoom will be one of the more expensive ZenFone 3 models and might become available long after the reveal.

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OPPO officially introduces Under-Screen Camera technology for phones

The future of borderless devices

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After teasing it a few weeks ago, OPPO has finally introduced its new front-facing camera solution. The notch hasn’t been the most appealing in terms of design. Likewise, moving parts in a phone such as a pop-up or flipping camera mechanisms have raised some concerns about durability.

Today, OPPO leaped forward with its Under-Screen Camera or simply USC. In order to deliver a full-screen experience without resorting to any of the previous camera solutions, OPPO has put the camera right behind the screen.


Using a customized camera module that captures more light, the camera can see better even though it’s being covered by a display panel. With the help of special algorithms and artificial intelligence, OPPO’s Under-Screen Camera is further enhanced.

Additionally, the screen itself works alongside with the camera by zoning control. Basically, it knows which pixel not to light up when the camera is in use to avoid any unnecessary blockage. The new Under-Screen Camera technology of OPPO is not just for taking selfies or video calls though, it can also do face unlock just like a normal front camera.

While a camera hiding behind the screen is pretty amazing, the technology is young. There’s a lot of processes it needs to undergo in order to capture a decent image like HDR processing, haze removal, and white balance calculations. Still, OPPO promises that the quality of the captured images will be “on par with mainstream devices.”

Like OPPO’s previous innovations, it’s yet to be confirmed which phone will have this technology. OPPO did say it’ll come in the near future.

SEE ALSO: OPPO patents its own rotating camera phone

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Vivo steals the show at MWC Shanghai 2019 with 5G and 120W charging tech

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Vivo is in full force to deliver the latest technologies. The Chinese company is mainly developing new innovations around 5G technology. While 5G is yet to become widely available, the solutions from companies like Vivo are ready to take full advantage of it.

In the list of Vivo’s strategy to embrace the 5G era are 5G-enabled smartphones, AR glasses, smart watches, smart headphones, and many more. Basically, the company will adopt a multi-application approach in developing 5G devices.


Vivo’s first commercial 5G smartphone is already on display at MWC Shanghai 2019. Vivo has been developing a 5G phone since last year using their NEX flagship series. Additionally, Vivo’s sub-brand, iQOO, also has a 5G-enabled model of its gaming device. Vivo’s 5G phone will be available in Q3 2019.

Vivo iQOO 5G | GadgetMatch

Apart from consumer phones, Vivo also developed the AR Glass. The Vivo AR Glass is essentially an AR headset with dual-screen display support and 6DoF technology. It connects via Vivo’s 5G smartphone to deliver ultra-fast connectivity.

Vivo’s AR Glass can act as a controller for select games. Moreover, the AR headset can be the display for mobile office apps, while the phone acts as the keyboard. The five types of applications that are currently supported by Vivo AR Glass are mobile games, mobile office, 5G theatre, facial recognition, and object recognition.

Vivo Super FlashCharge 120W | GadgetMatch

Lastly, but definitely not the least, is Vivo’s new fast-charging technology. 5G will consume a lot of juice from the user’s device, that’s why Vivo opted to come up with an incredible charging solution.

According to Vivo, the Super FlashCharge 120W will only need five minutes to charge a 4000mAh battery from zero to 50 percent. More information about Vivo’s new charging technology is available here.

SEE ALSO: Vivo’s Super FlashCharge 120W will fully charge your phone in an instant

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Vivo’s Super FlashCharge 120W will fully charge your phone in an instant

Currently the fastest charging solution

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Aside from quality cameras, phone nowadays should have fast charging technologies. Manufacturers implement their own solutions like OPPO’s VOOC and Huawei’s SuperCharge, while some support a universal standard such as Qualcomm’s QuickCharge. Vivo, on the other hand, wants to be ahead of everyone with their ground-breaking innovation.

At MWC Shanghai 2019, Vivo showcased its new Super FlashCharge 120W. As its name implies, it delivers 120W ultra-high-power charging, which is a first in the industry. Cutting to the chase, Vivo’s fast charging tech can charge a large 4000mAh cell from zero to 50 percent in just five minutes. A full charge will take 13 minutes since the charging speed has to slow down when near full capacity.


Vivo’s Super FlashCharge 120W features a new charge pump technology using a specially designed USB-C cable and a travel charger. Technically, the charging brick delivers 20V/6A or simply 120W.

Most fast charging technologies that are available in the market today deliver around 10 percent charge in five minutes, while a 100 percent-charged battery will take about an hour. The closest to Vivo’s is Xiaomi’s yet-to-be-unveiled 100W speed.

While Vivo’s tech is certainly exciting, there’s no exact timeframe for its availability. Perhaps Vivo is still finalizing and making sure that it’ll deliver its promised speeds even if it’s already mass-produced.

SEE ALSO: This is how Vivo’s V15 Pro elevates your gaming experience

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