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Google’s supposedly affordable Pixel phones are launching in May

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It’s no secret that Google has a “lite” version of the Pixel 3 in the works. The supposedly cheaper variant of Google’s flagship Android phone has been in the rumor mill for quite some time, but it’s yet to be official. Well, we might finally have it soon.

Over the past week, Google’s own online store accidentally leaked the official name which is Pixel 3a. Now, we know when it’ll be unveiled: May 7.


A teaser page of the Google Store went live today as a promotion for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame film’s Playmore AR Stickers.

In the teaser, a banner tagline says “Help is on the way” with a glowing “G” logo. The page further says that something big is coming to the Pixel universe on May 7. Coincidentally, this year’s Google I/O will begin on the same day.

If we are to speculate about Google’s teaser and partnership with Marvel, the upcoming Pixel 3a phone will definitely feature a purple color variant. If you’re a fan of Thanos, you might find that attractive.

Based on rumors, the Pixel 3a will sport a 5.6-inch display with a Snapdragon 670 processor, 4GB of memory, 12-megapixel main camera, and a 3000mAh battery. A larger 6-inch Pixel 3a XL is also expected with similar specs.

Via: 9to5Google

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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

5G is everywhere

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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