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iPhone 11 Pro: The first iPhone with ‘Pro’

There’s also the iPhone 11 Pro Max

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The first thing that will jump at you about the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max is the triple camera module. While people will talk about whether its design and layout is attractive or otherwise, what’s not debatable is how it will perform.

Triple cameras make iPhone a pro

It’s these cameras and what they can do that put a lot of the Pro in the iPhone 11 Pro. Apple’s calling it the (hold your breath) Cutting-Edge Pro Camera System. The three cameras will give you three different views: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto.

Naturally, with the three new perspectives come improved overall image quality. It promises to produce better portraits and better low-light shots with Night Mode. The next-generation Smart HDR will help a lot in improving lighting. Apple says it will intelligently relight a scene to produce a more natural-looking image with greater detail.

However, perhaps the biggest developments are in video. Apple has typically always led the way in mobile phone videography and the iPhone 11 Pro is no different. Video mode will let you seamlessly switch between all three cameras. Coupled with improved dynamic range and stabilization, this adds versatility to the shots you can take.

You can even take it to another level and use Filmic Pro when shooting. The app will allow you to use all of the iPhone 11 Pro’s cameras at the same time. Giving you even more different approaches you can take when filming a scene.

Taking things a step further, refining and putting together all your shots all on the iPhone is also just flat out better. All the editing tools — including color correction — previously only available for photos will now also work in videos. Mind. Blown. 🤯

A13 Bionic — the pro chip

All of the above mentioned are possible because of the (very android sounding) new chip — the A13 Bionic. The new processor is built for machine learning, with a faster Neural Engine for real-time photo and video analysis.

Apple is calling it their fastest ever chip performing 20 percent faster than its predecessor. The chip is supposed to outperform Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and Huawei’s Kirin 990.

The chip not only boosts performance but also helps lengthen battery life. Apple is promising up to five hours more screen time with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max compared to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Superior Display

Completing the trifecta of the Pro billing is the display. The iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with the new Super Retina XDR display It’s a custom-designed OLED screen that provides users an immersive HDR viewing experience for movies and other high-definition video.

It also has the rumored new taptic engine called Haptic Touch. Deeply integrated in iOS 13, the new engine provides shortcuts for things like the home screen, checking your calendar, previewing email, and taking selfies. Speaking of selfies, it also has something new.

Slofies and other features

Yes. Slofies. The same company that brought us the Animoji and Memoji is now making slofies a thing. What’s a slofie, you ask?

Apple has equipped the front-facing camera of the iPhone 11 with slow motion video. They promoted the feature in a very tongue-in-cheek manner showing a girl being assisted by a younger sibling as she takes a slofie complete with wind effect.

We’re not sure exactly how useful it will be but I’m sure people will come up with different ways to use it.

Other features include a faster and safer FaceID, a U1 chip that gives the iPhone better spatial awareness which will aid AirDrop, better audio, and a Gigabit-class LTE.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models starting at US$999 and US$ 1,099, respectively. The phones will come in four colors: midnight green, space gray, silver and gold.

Customers can also get the iPhone 11 Pro for US$ 24.95 a month or US$ 599 with trade-in and the iPhone 11 Pro Max for US$ 29.12 a month or US$ 699 with trade-in from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores. iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

It will be available in the US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and more than 30 other countries and regions. Pre-orders begin at 5AM PDT (12MP GMT) on Friday, September 13 with availability beginning Friday, September 20.

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Windows 11 update coming to select Lenovo devices

From Yoga to Legion

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Windows 11 is slowly but surely rolling out to more and more devices. Lenovo, who has a strong partnership with Microsoft, has a number of notable devices getting the update. These include laptops from their Yoga line all the way to their Legion gaming machines.

If you own or are looking to buy any of the devices listed below, then you can rest assured you can get the latest Windows software today.

Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 – 82L0003DPH

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 features up to an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800 U Series Mobile Processor with AMD Radeon Graphics, the laptop is available with optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics for supercharged creation.

Packed with up to 16GB LPDDR4x of memory, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 also brings up to 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage and a powerful 61WHrs battery that delivers the ease of Rapid Charge Express while on the go. It also mounts a stunning 14-inch 2880×1800 designed for ultra-vivid picture quality with Dolby Vision. A VESA Display HDR True Black 500 certification for enhanced video quality reproduction in a 16:10 display format with less scrolling and more content.

IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro – 82L500KKPH

Lenovo strongly believes they’re able to combine “Premium” and “Better Value” in one package. And that’s the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor, you are guaranteed to get any job done. The IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro is also accompanied by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, creating high-resolution and immersive graphics. Packed with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage, there is no need to worry about running out of space or memory.

IdeaCentre AIO 3i – 90NB00JEPH

The IdeaCentre AIO 3i is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 and powered by the latest 11th-Generation Intel Core processors. It comes with 8GB of RAM that is upgradeable up to 32GB of DDR4 and a 512GB SSD for storage.

Legion 5i Pro – 82JD003VPH

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro offers excellent gaming performance with the latest 11th Generation Intel Core H-series processors with 45W of dedicated processing power. Accompanied with the 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.

The laptop also features a 16-inch QHD gaming display with up to a 165Hz refresh rate, providing gamers with a 16:10 aspect ratio with best-in-class color accuracy and high dynamic range. It comes in a sleek Stingray White color to top it all off. It’s optimally cooled via the Coldfront 3.0 thermal system with the Legion AI Engine.

Legion 5i – 82JH00CSPH / 82JH00CTPH

The Legion 5i is for gamers looking to compete on equal footing with the pros. It comes with with the 11th Generation Intel Core processing and 45W of dedicated power. Optimized with the Legion AI Engine that powers the revolutionary Legion Coldfront 3.0 and Q control and dynamically shifts power between the CPU and GPU, experience a massive leap in performance in the Legion 5i with up to 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.

All devices will also include a Premium Care Warranty that allows buyers front-of-the-queue and straight-to-the-experts customer support service.

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OPPO Watch Free levels up sleep monitoring

Featuring Osleep

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OPPO announced their latest OPPO Watch Free — a brand-new watch with all-scenario sleep monitoring.

The watch aims to be the entry-level smartwatch of choice for all, as it comes with Osleep for better sleep monitoring, as well as professional sport modes and other health functions.

Sleep well with OSleep

Osleep comes with professional, comprehensive, and personalized sleep monitoring and analysis throughout the sleep cycle.

This includes an exclusive snoring risk assessment monitored by sensors and advanced algorithms to detect sleep problems and come up with accurate suggestions.

OPPO’s latest smart watch uses a continuous second-level SpO2 monitoring through an optical SpO2 sensor, as well as an optical heart rate sensor to record snores, while other indicators like blood oxygen level is also tallied.

The OPPO Watch Free also analyzes users’ sleep latency, duration, and phases using its advanced features like deep and light sleep analysis and rapid eye movement (REM) monitoring to aid in better sleep.

OPPO and Tsinghua University partnered in establishing the Joint Research Center for Future Terminal Technology, conducting a number of joint research projects in the field of sleep to further explore sleep tracking technology.

Over 100 sport modes, pro health monitoring

When it comes to staying fit, the OPPO Watch Free has a built-in 6-axis motion sensor along with its optical heart rate sensor that supports over 100 sport modes.

The sensors automatically identify and record the sport modes using algorithms, making it easier for users to exercise and stay fit.

All activities may be checked through Daily Activity, which also features built-in professional running courses to help in one’s fitness goals.

Additionally, the OPPO Watch Free supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring, which records users’ heart rate around the clock.

A warning vibrate will automatically prompt users when heart rate becomes too high or if there are irregular heartbeats.

Even just simple stand-up reminders and 5-minute stand-up relaxation videos come with the product, which are best suited for office workers to be able to sneak in being fit and relaxed.

Multiple convenience features

OPPO Watch Free can ideally be used as an extension of users’ phones, as it has a range of convenience features such as Message Notifications, Incoming Call Notifications, Call Rejection, Find My Phone, and Music Playback Control.

OPPO Watch Free also has a long battery life of up to 14 days. A quick 5-minute charge is already good for a day’s worth of usage.

Lightweight, stylish design

The likewise fashionable OPPO Watch Free weighs only 33 grams and comes with a 1.64-inch AMOLED HD display.

The watch also features a smooth leather-like strap which offers a breathable fit that stays comfortable and offers over 40 stylish watch faces and AI Outfit watch Face 2.0.

This allows users to create personalised watch faces that match the style of their outfit on any given day.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Watch Free will be available in two colors — Vanilla and Black — from January 15, 2022 at a retail price of SG$ 129 at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada flagship stores, and authorized sellers. 

From January 15 until March 4, 2022, the OPPO Watch Free can also be purchased at a discounted price of SG$ 99 alongside the OPPO Reno7 Pro, only at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores.

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Germany: No evidence of spying from Xiaomi phones

One point for Xiaomi

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Xiaomi is currently in a strange position. Stemming from the still-ongoing Sinocentric geopolitics from years ago, the Chinese smartphone maker finds itself in a quest to prove its innocence against allegations of spying. Now, the company has an unlikely ally. Going against recently released reports confirming the phenomenon, Germany has come out and found no evidence of spying from Xiaomi in its own reports.

Last year, Lithuanian authorities called Xiaomi out for censoring both politically charged and seemingly innocuous terms from its smartphones. More recently, Taiwanese authorities confirmed the report, stating that Xiaomi’s smartphones do have the capability to transmit data to Chinese servers. Of course, most users, especially those outside of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, will likely have nothing to worry about. That won’t stop security issues, though.

However, to ease everyone’s worries, Germany’s cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, has reported that it has not found any anomalies inside the Chinese smartphones’ software, Reuters reports. However, the watchdog did not explain what type of testing it subjected the smartphones to. If anything, the German report does have some credence to it. The country was previously wary about Huawei during the whole Huawei fiasco years ago.

Since the brouhaha with Huawei from some time ago, Chinese smartphone brands have both struggled to fill in the vacuum left behind by Huawei and suffered through the same issues against Chinese companies.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 12 series unveiled in China

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