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ASUS ZenFone 6 goes all out with Snapdragon 855 and new Flip Camera

A different approach to avoid the notch

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ASUS‘ entry to the 2019 smartphone game may be a little late this year, but the Taiwanese company made sure that it’ll be worth it. True to their new “Defy ordinary” tagline, ASUS’ new smartphone is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

First and foremost, the ZenFone 6 is now ASUS’ main flagship phone. The ZenFone lineup started as a modest budget lineup from 2014 and it took five generations for it to become ASUS’ primary high-end phone — no need for “Z” or “Deluxe” monikers.

Since the ZenFone 6 is now a full-blooded premium smartphone, it has all the bell and whistles you’d expect from a 2019 flagship phone with a few extra surprises. For starters, it has an All-Screen NanoEdge display that’s free of any notch or hole-punch for the front-facing camera. The phone features a 6.4-inch IPS panel with a Full HD+ resolution, topped with Gorilla Glass 6.

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Inside, the phone is rocking a Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage using UFS 2.1. In order to keep up with the phone’s speed, ASUS has once again redesigned ZenUI (now called ZenUI 6) and it’s almost like pure Android. Additionally, ASUS has promised to bring Android Q when it launches later this year and even Android R in the future.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the ZenFone 6 is its cameras. In order to get rid of any display cutouts, ASUS resorted to a new and rather unique motorized Flip Camera. With this approach, the ZenFone 6’s main camera is also its selfie shooter.

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ASUS’ Flip Camera houses a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with an f/1.79 aperture and 6p lens. It’s accompanied by a secondary 13-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter with real-time distortion correction, dual-LED flash, and laser AF system.

With the main camera acting as the front camera at the same, the ZenFone 6 is practically the ultimate selfie phone.

The device stays true to the traits of a ZenFone including the large 5000mAh battery — one of the biggest we’ve seen in a flagship-specced phone. ASUS has no special fast charging tech, but the ZenFone 6 supports the universally available Quick Charge 4.0 standard through USB-C.

The rest of the phone’s features include stereo speakers with dual NXP amplifiers, 3.5mm headphone jack with Hi-Res Audio output, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and Face Unlock.

The ZenFone 6 will be shipping in Europe on May 25 starting at EUR 499 or roughly US$ 560 for the base variant with 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage. The 6GB+128GB configuration will go for EUR 559 (US$ 625), while the top 8GB+256GB model is priced at EUR 599 (US$ 670). It will only be available in four Asian markets: Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and India.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone Max (M2) Hands-on: Still a great budget contender

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Google discontinues Datally, its mobile data saving app

It’s gone from the Play store

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Using the Datally app from Google? It’s time to move one and find another as Google officially discontinues its mobile data saving app.

In the official support page of Datally, Google notes that the app is not available on the Play store. True enough, visiting the link to Datally throws the app not found error.

Users of the mobile data saving app can continue using it, but the app will not receive future updates. To speed up its discontinuation, the app is giving a warning that it is incompatible with Android 10. So, users who upgraded to the latest OS can’t use the app anymore.

Datally launched last 2017 to help users control their mobile data usage. The app shows the data usage of every app as well as overall data usage metrics. It also let users block background data.

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Google Maps will now show you speed traps

You can also report road closures and accidents

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Google Maps is borrowing several features from the company’s other popular navigation app, Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams.

Hazard reporting was introduced on Android earlier this year, but this is the first time that iPhone users can also help crowdsource traffic snarls. Google has also expanded the types of road hazards that can be reported through its incident feature to encompass ‘construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road.

These features have been unique to Waze and many users preferred to use it over Google Maps. It was long-speculated that when Google purchased Waze for US$ 1.1 billion five years ago that the features would be swiftly migrated to Google Maps. The transition has been extremely slow, but it’s finally happening.

To report an incident, open Maps and start navigating to your destination. You’ll see a small location pin with a + sign button on the left side, tap it. Now, you’ll have multiple options that include speed traps, construction, lane closure, and more. Simply select one and you’re done.

Google’s algorithm constantly looks out for these reports and helps in rerouting other riders. These crowdsourced features made Waze a perfect alternative to Google Maps and many users claim they’ve reached faster.

A few months back, Google also added augmented reality support for pedestrian navigation. The feature has been highly appreciated since GPS accuracy may not always be very on-point.

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OPPO Reno2, Reno2 Z launch in Singapore

Challenges people to #CreateYourWorld

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The OPPO Reno2 series launches in Singapore featuring the OPPO Reno2 and OPPO Reno2 Z. The series has a focus on content creation, specifically video.

The series builds on the foundation of the OPPO Reno with fantastic cameras and a premium design.

The Reno2 features a quad-camera setup that applies the same 5x Hybrid Zoom from the OPPO Reno Series’ photography features to video shooting, enabling users to not only get closer to their video subjects, but to also uncover different perspectives that may otherwise seem ordinary from further away.

Meanwhile, the OPPO Reno2’s Ultra Steady Video brings users closer to an exceptionally clear and smooth video shooting experience and reduces the need for additional stabilisation equipment.

#CreateYourWorld and be a #BeAStorygrapher

The content creation is even more evident with the #BeAStorygrapher short film competition.

The challenge is for aspiring filmmakers to use the new OPPO Reno2 to create a short film that represents their own perspective of Singapore. Up for grabs are cash prizes totaling SG$ 6,000, OPPO Reno2 smartphones and an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai.

Call for competition entries will be open through December 2019. For more information, visit OPPO Singapore’s official Instagram and Facebook pages.

Price and availability

The OPPO Reno2 comes in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM starting at SG$ 899. And the OPPO Reno2 Z in Luminous Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM, starting at SG$ 599. Both will be available island wide from October 26, 2019.

Customers who pre-order the phone will receive a free pair of OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones worth SG$ 179 at the NEX OPPO Roadshow from October 21 to 25 2019.

Collection of pre-ordered phones will take place at the NEX OPPO roadshow from October 26 to 27  and the first 100 customers to collect their phones will walk away with an OPPO 10,000mAh Power Bank worth SG$ 69.

The OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones in Midnight Black and Sunny Orange will be available from October 26 2019 at OPPO concept store and OPPO official online store on Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee, starting at SG$ 179.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno 2 review | OPPO Reno2 series in the Philippines

 

 

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