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Infinix launches first smartphones with 180W charging, 60MP selfie cam

Introducing the ZERO ULTRA and ZERO 20

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The smartphone business is a game of numbers. Which brand can pack in the most megapixels, the largest battery, or the fastest charging? While the industry at large is as vicious as a pack of wolves, Infinix is making quite a case for the numbers game. Today, the company has debuted two new devices in the ZERO lineup. Both of which come with some of the industry’s firsts.

Infinix ZERO ULTRA

First up, the Infinix ZERO ULTRA isn’t shy about what makes it a crazy smartphone to own. Armed with the world’s first 180W Thunder Charge, the smartphone’s 4500mAh battery can reportedly fill up from empty in just 12 minutes. The company previously announced the blazingly fast charging standard earlier this year. Now, it’s making their way to everyone’s hands.

Besides the beast of a battery, the ZERO ULTRA sports the MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset, up to 13GB of RAM (built-in 8GB of RAM plus 5GB via Extended RAM), and 256GB of internal storage. For its display, the phone comes with a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, putting out 2400×1080 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The form factor glimmers with a 71° waterfall screen design.

Behind everything, the ZERO ULTRA comes with a huge 200-megapixel camera plus a 12-megapixel AI camera. In front, it comes with a sizable 32-megapixel selfie shooter and an 8-megapixel AI camera.

It comes pre-installed with Android 12, laid over with XOS 12. It will also have dual nano SIM capabilities and 5G connectivity.

Infinix ZERO 20

The ULTRA isn’t the only smartphone with an exclusive spec to its name. Complementing the first flagship, Infinix has also launched the ZERO 20, one of the first in the industry to come out with a 60-megapixel selfie shooter.

Built for a passion on photography and vlogging, the ZERO 20’s 60-megapixel selfie camera comes with a 0.61μm pixel size and dual OIS+EIS stabilization. It also has a Super Night Selfie Mode for brilliant selfies even in low light conditions. On the flip side, the ZERO 20’s 108-megapixel rear camera isn’t too shabby either. Besides the main camera, it comes with a pair of other sensors: a 13-megapixel and a 2-megapixel one.

Underneath, the smartphone sports a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset, up to 13GB of RAM (using the same configuration as the ZERO ULTRA), and 256GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD slot). It comes with a 6.7-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen with 90Hz refresh rate.

It has dual nano SIM capabilities and up to 4G connectivity. Plus, it will have a headphone jack. Powering everything, the ZERO 20 comes with a 4500mAh battery capable of 45W Super Charge (which can fill an empty battery to 75 percent in just 30 minutes).

Price and availability

Coming in Coslight Silver and Genesis Noir, the Infinix ZERO ULTRA will sell for around US$ 520. Additionally, while supplies last, customers will receive a lottery ticket for a chance to win a space themed NFT.

Meanwhile, coming in Space Gray, Glitter Gold, and Green Fantasy, the Infinix ZERO 20 will sell for around US$ 270.

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Infinix debuts powerful ZERO 5G 2023

Impressive upgrades, better capabilities

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Infinix ZERO 5G 2023

Infinix is welcoming December in a massive way, debuting the powerful ZERO 5G 2023 which comes with impressive upgrades and improved storage capabilities.

The smartphone will be among the first devices to house a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 6nm 5G chipset for up to 2.6Hz of maximum power, while its 5,000mAh battery supports 33W Fast Charge technology.

There is an 8GB RAM plus 5GB of extended RAM for mobile gamers to enjoy, while the phone’s storage is set at 256GB.

The display is likewise off the charts, through a 6.78-inch FHD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz sample rate.

Among the device’s features are Clever 5G mode for battery optimization and Auto-Switch Refresh Rate mode.

When it comes to the camera package, the Infinix ZERO 5G 2023 has a 50MP AI camera, 2 MP depth camera, and 2MP micro camera in its triple camera setup on the rear.

There are Super Night Mode and Night Filter features so that low light captures are no problem. There’s also Film Mode for simpler and more efficient video editing of up to 960fps clips.

Pricing, availability

The ZERO 5G 2023’s availability will vary depending on the region. For now, its price starts at US$ 239 and there will be three color options to choose from: Pearly White, Coral Orange, and Submariner Black. 

Be sure to bookmark this link to stay up to date on Infinix’s latest mid-ranger.

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Corning unveils tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Can survive 1m drops on concrete

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Smartphones are getting stronger. Because of ever-growing technology, smartphones today can more easily withstand bumps, dings, and accidents. Besides the intricate labyrinth of chips inside, it’s also important to look at the screen. In the next evolution of screen durability, Corning has unveiled next year’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, featuring more protection against the most common smartphone accident.

If you’re out and about, there’s a good chance that you’re holding your phone in your hand. All it takes is either a miscalculation or slippery hands to send your phone tumbling onto the unforgiving concrete. According to Corning, “over 30 percent of the drops [smartphones] were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”

Building on its predecessor’s formula, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 can now survive drops from one meter on concrete. Plus, much like the original Victus, this version can withstand drops from two meters on smoother asphalt. The new material also compensates for larger and heavier form factors.

Now, the big question: Does it matter? Though it might seem insignificant, more durability on rougher surfaces means more protection in real-life scenarios. In the real world, not everything is as smooth as concrete. More often than not, smartphones will fall onto uneven surfaces. Even a single tiny bump can spell disaster for the hardiest of screens.

Corning has not confirmed which smartphones will get the new glass yet. However, the company hints that it’s coming to a flagship in the coming months. Given the timing (and the specs of the previous generation), it’s not difficult to assume that next year’s Galaxy S23 series will get the Victus 2 first.

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, iQOO postpone December launches

Because of a political figure’s passing

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Though almost all major smartphone launches have already happened this year, some brands reserve December to close the year with a bang. Unfortunately, if you were waiting for one of the final launches this year, you might be in for a longer wait. Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, and iQOO have all postponed their major launches in December.

It’s not a strange coincidence between four brands, of course. Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, recently passed away at 96 years old. Though the four announcement did not mention the death as a reason for the postponement, the coincidence of all four at the same time does heavily point to it.

Regardless of the reason, the four scheduled launches will now happen at a later time. None of the four brands have decided on new dates yet.

Xiaomi was supposed to launch the Xiaomi 13 series and MIUI 14. Huawei was scheduled to unveil smartwatches with housing for TWS earbuds. MediaTek — both through new smartphones and its own launch — was going to reveal the new Dimensity 8200. Finally, iQOO was scheduled for the launch of the iQOO 11 series and the iQOO Neo7 SE.

If you were on the lookout for any of these launches, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 12T Pro review: Potential flagship killer

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