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Pixel 5 is now official

Featuring the Snapdragon 765G

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As scheduled, Google finally launched the much-awaited Pixel 5. During today’s Launch Night In event, the company unveiled the latest flagship and a slight variation of the previous generation. Of course, the Pixel 4a 5G is a different story. For now, let’s focus on the Pixel 5.

Under the hood

Marking a huge departure from its usual tradition, the Pixel 5 is launching with the Snapdragon 765G chipset, rather than the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 series. Compensating for the midrange chipset, the flagship will also have 5G compatibility, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.

For its display, the Pixel 5 will sport a 6.0-inch OLED panel: 2340 x 1080 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 90Hz refresh rate. Compared to last year’s Pixel 4, the Pixel 5 will have a minuscule punch-hole camera and a true edge-to-edge display.

The Pixel 5 has a capable 4080mAh battery, capable with 18W USB-C fast charging, wireless charging, and power sharing. An Extreme Battery Saver mode can extend the battery life further, allowing the device to survive up to 48 hours on a single charge.

Cameras in the spotlight

Speaking of the camera, the flagship boasts a spotlight-stealing dual rear camera setup: a 12.2-megapixel main sensor (with a 77-degree field of view) and a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor (with a 107-degree field of view). Meanwhile, the front-facing selfie shooter takes shots at 8 megapixels.

For functionality, the Pixel 5’s cameras can reportedly take outstanding night photos with a new Night Sight mode. An AI-assisted Portrait Light mode can automatically adjust lighting for portraits shots. Finally, a Cinematic Pan mode makes full use of the rear camera’s wide fields of view.

Pricing and availability

The Pixel 5 will ship out to select countries (unknown at this point) starting October 15. It will ship out in the United States starting October 29. It retails for US$ 699. Pre-orders are open now.

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vivo X90 series launches internationally

Advanced set of camera features

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vivo has announced the international launch of its latest X90 series flagship smartphones which aim the raise the limit of smartphone photography.

They will be available in two variants: the standard X90 and the X90 Pro which both feature vivo’s exclusive V2 chip, advanced cameras co-engineered with ZEISS, and ZEISS Optics with T* Coating.

While we all await official local price and availability, here’s a rundown of its specs and features.

Camera

Obviously, what stands out about the X90 series is how it delivers on an advanced repertoire of camera features and powerful lenses.

The X90 Pro has an integrated “eye” camera setup in the rear, composed of the following:

  • 50MP ZEISS IMX989 1-inch sensor main camera (f/1.75)
  • 50MP IMX758 ultra-sensing portrait camera (f/1.6)
  • 12MP wide-angle camera

The main camera’s 3.2 μm large pixel (4-in-1) size allows more light in and produce brighter and more scintillating images even at night. The portrait camera has stabilization support and an exclusive large aperture lens.

The X90 Pro also introduces independent optical image stabilization (OIS) technology developed by vivo itself to allow for more intelligent and precise stabilization and correction.

The premium phone also supports Active Centering OIS System, significantly reducing smears between frames and motion blur. 

On the other hand, the standard X90 has the following setup:

  • 50MP VCS True Color main camera
  • 12MP professional portrait camera
  • 12MP wide-angle camera

More camera features

The VCS True Collor main camera optimizes the sensor spectrum to achieve the target RGB colors better, improve native image colors, and ensure color consistency.

Both phones will have Corning Gorilla Glass and anti-reflective coating on their cameras.

As mentioned, the X90 series has a ton of interesting camera-related features, so here’s an overview of all:

  • 4K Ultra-Sensing Night Video – made easier by vivo’s Super Night Video 3.0 algorithm for more sensitivity in extremely dark environments
  • Handheld Astro mode – to capture night skies with greater clarity, without the need for tripods or stabilizers
  • Super Moon mode – perfect for “blue hour” right after sunset with vivo’s sky-segmentation technology optimizing blue-tone colors, this mode uses Double Exposure algorithm to integrate both the landscape and moon into one
  • AI Night View – shoots up to 10 frames in RAW while maintaining HDR to recognize elements such as the sky and human faces in night scenes; segmentation is also carried out to further fine tune image
  • Zero-Shutter-Lag-Motion Snapshot – allows users to capture motion easier with zero-second delay, even in low light; utilized by Sports and Night modes
  • ZEISS Cine-flare Portrait style – simulates the flare effect in classic films

For the first time, a new ZEISS Natural Color Display has also been added to screen color style settings to ensure captured colors are not affected by the display. This means the colors in shots captured are close to perfect.

Power specs

Ensuring that all camera-related features work to a T, the X90 series phones are powered by Dimensity 9200 processors along with the V2 chip.

Both devices will also come with enhanced DDR5 RAM and up to 8GB of extended memory via Extended RAM 3.0, so users may use more active apps without sacrificing smoothness.

The X90 Pro in particular has an Ultra Large Vapor Chamber Liquid Cooling System. Its design reduces the heat transfer from CPU to the frame. This allows for key areas to remain relatively cooler even when heavy tasks are being processed.

Battery-wise, the phones have 4,810mAh and 4,870mAh batteries that support 120W Dual-Cell FlashCharge and 50W Wireless FlashCharge.

Charging modes include fast charging for up to 50% in just over 8 minutes, or balanced mode for a full charge in only 29 minutes.

Audio and visual

Lastly, both phones have a 6.78-inch HDR10+ Ultra Vision Eye protection screen, bringing cinema-like display effects to one’s fingertips.

The displays have a refresh rate of 120Hz. This makes the phone also ideal for gaming. vivo also developed a Smart Eye Protection mode in collaboration with MediaTek. This is to intelligently monitor blue light proportion in real-time.

Audio-wise, the X90 series also boasts of a Dual Stereo Speaker and an X-Axis Linear Motor. For the Pro model, SpeakerBoost 4.0 algorithm expands the sound field, while 4D Game Vibration is also supported.

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Samsung Galaxy S23: Price, availability in Singapore

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Galaxy S23 Singapore

Singapore is welcoming a new set of Samsung Galaxy smartphones — the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra are now all officially in the island.

In addition, the country is also one of only 5 locations to feature a special Galaxy Experience area where customers can learn more about the new smartphones. It is located inside Gardens by the Bay.

Price and availability 

The Galaxy S23 series is available in four colors: Phantom Black, Cream, Green and Lavender. Pricing are as follows (including GST):

Samsung Galaxy S23:

  • 128GB — SG$ 1,188
  • 256GB — SG$ 1,298

Galaxy S23+:

  • 256GB — SG$ 1,528
  • 512GB — SG$ 1,698

Galaxy S23 Ultra:

  • 256GB — SG$ 1,828
  • 512GB — SG$ 2,o98
  • 1TB — SG$ 2,458 (samsung.com exclusive)

Pre-order details

Pre-order for the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 Ultra will be available online at Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee, as well as the respective websites of selected consumer electronics & IT stores (Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City and Harvey Norman).

More information is available at the following URLs:

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy S23 Series via Lazada, Shopee and Selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores will be entitled to the following complimentary pre-order exclusive2 upon successful payment for their pre-order:

  • Galaxy S23: SG$ 100 worth of Samsung e-voucher
  • Galaxy S23+: SG$ 150 worth of Samsung e-voucher
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra: SG$ 250 worth of Samsung e-voucher for 256GB and 512GB variant and $350 worth of Samsung e-voucher for 1TB variant

Consumers who have successfully pre-ordered their Galaxy S23 Series from any of the above locations will be able to collect or receive their devices from February 10, Friday.

Galaxy reBynd Collection

Samsung partnered with Bynd Artisan, a local leather craft studio, to create the limited edition reBynd Crossbody Sling, a stylish and compact crossbody sling, made with sustainable leather for the modern consumers.

From February 2, 2023, customers can own the exclusive reBynd Crossbody Sling when they purchase the Galaxy reBynd Collection.

Available exclusively via the Samsung Online Store, the Galaxy reBynd Collection includes the Galaxy S23 Ultra (512GB) and Leather Case, Galaxy Watch5 (44mm BT), 45W Power Adapter and the reBynd Crossbody Sling. Save $638 with this exclusive bundle (RRP: SG$ 2,856, Limited time offer: SG$ 2,218).

Simply select Galaxy S23 Ultra (512GB) and add combo bundle option to cart to enjoy offer. Customers will also enjoy free customisation on the Crossbody Sling (worth SG$ 15). Redemption details will be provided.

Samsung x CASETiFY

 

Samsung Singapore is collaborating with CASETiFY for the first time to bring Galaxy users an exclusive collection. Inspired by the new Galaxy S23 Series, the collection features 3 Samsung-exclusive prints designed with Epic in mind. The collection will be available for the Galaxy S23 Series, S22 Series, Z Fold4 | Z Flip4 and Z Fold3 | Z Flip3 via  www.casetify.com.

Focused refinement 

Samsung honed in a few improvements for this series. Specifically, these are “Nightography,” Gaming, Customization, and Sustainability. 

The Galaxy S23 is equipped with the first 200MP sensor on a Samsung smartphone. Working in tandem with their AI, the phone promises to produce images that appear well lit even in environments with poor lighting conditions. And this also applies to video. 

The entire Galaxy S23 series is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. That’s the best one for Android smartphones right now. It’s also accompanied by improved cooling for an overall better gameplay experience.

Customization happens on both hardware and software. Samsung has plenty of accessories that you can style in your own way for your Galaxy device. Meanwhile, ONE UI 5.1 is introducing perhaps the most robust software customization that Samsung has had yet. All these to make your smartphone Your Galaxy. 

For sustainability, Samsung has made it a point to use recycled materials not only on the packaging, but also on the actual smartphones. The Galaxy S23 Ultra actually has 12 components made with recycled materials. That’s double of what the Galaxy S22 Ultra had. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Series Specs

Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • Display — 6.8-inch QHD+ Edge, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 12GB+1TB, 12GB+512GB, 12GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 5,000mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 200MP f/1.7 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 10MP, f/4.9 Telephoto, 10x optical zoom 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

Samsung Galaxy S23+

  • Display — 6.6-inch FHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+512GB, 8GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 4,700mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 50MP f/1.8 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

Galaxy S23

  • Display — 6.6-inch FHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+256GB, 8GB+128GB
  • Battery and Charging — 3,900mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 50MP f/1.8 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Series: Price, availability in the Philippines

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Galaxy S23 Philippines

The Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra have just launched and are officially landing in the Philippines. Here’s how much it’ll set you back if you decide to grab the latest Galaxy. 

Price and availability 

The Galaxy S23 series is available in four colors: Phantom Black, Cream, Green and Lavender. Pricing are as follows: 

Samsung Galaxy S23:

  • 128GB — PhP 53,990
  • 256GB — PhP 57,990

Galaxy S23+:

  • 256GB — PhP 68,990
  • 512GB — PhP 76,990

Galaxy S23 Ultra:

  • 256GB — PhP 81,990
  • 512GB — PhP 89,990
  • 1TB — PhP 103,990 (samsung.com exclusive)

Pre-order details

Pre-order period is February 2 to 23, 2023. Those who pre-order any of the three smartphones can get discounts of up to PhP 76,000. This includes a FREE memory upgrade worth PhP 8,000. They will instantly get the higher memory variant for the price of the lower variant within the same model lineup.

Those who will trade-in their old devices can also enjoy savings of up to PhP 13,000 on top of their old phone’s residual value. In addition, they will get an e-voucher worth up to PhP 5,000, a 50% discount on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, and 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series. On top of this, they will also get a FREE 1-year Samsung Care+ coverage worth PhP 5,999, and earn double Samsung Rewards points.

As an exclusive samsung.com offer, the Galaxy S23 Ultra 1TB will be offered as part of a limited-edition Samsung Galaxy VIP bundle (PhP 119,378) with total savings of PhP 38,000.

The VIP bundle includes :

  • 1TB Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy Watch5 Pro 46mm
  • Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
  • Super Fast Wireless Duo Charger
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra Leather Cover
  • 1-year Samsung Care+ coverage

The Galaxy S23 series is also available for pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online. Customers who pre-order through these channels from February 2 to 23, 2023 will enjoy as much as PhP 65,000 worth of discounts. This also includes the FREE Memory Upgrade, additional savings for traded-in devices, 50% off on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, and 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series. 

Focused refinement 

Samsung honed in a few improvements for this series. Specifically, they targeted “Nightography,” Gaming, Customization, and Sustainability. 

The Galaxy S23 sports the first 200MP sensor on a Samsung smartphone. Working in tandem with their AI, the phone promises to produce images that appear well lit even in environments with poor lighting conditions. And this also applies to video. 

For gaming, the entire Galaxy S23 series is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. That’s the best one for Android smartphones right now. It’s also accompanied by improved cooling for overall better gameplay. 

Samsung is approaching customization on both hardware and software fronts. They have plenty of accessories that you can style in your own way for your Galaxy device. Meanwhile, ONE UI 5.1 is introducing perhaps the most robust software customization that Samsung has had yet. All these to make your smartphone Your Galaxy. 

For sustainability, Samsung has made it a point to use recycled materials not only on the packaging, but also on the actual smartphones. The Galaxy S23 Ultra actually has 12 components made with recycled materials. That’s double of what the Galaxy S22 Ultra had. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Series Specs

Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • Display — 6.8-inch QHD+ Edge, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 12GB+1TB, 12GB+512GB, 12GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 5,000mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 200MP f/1.7 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 10MP, f/4.9 Telephoto, 10x optical zoom 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

Samsung Galaxy S23+

  • Display — 6.6-inch FHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+512GB, 8GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 4,700mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 50MP f/1.8 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

Galaxy S23

  • Display — 6.6-inch FHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+256GB, 8GB+128GB
  • Battery and Charging — 3,900mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 50MP f/1.8 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

 

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