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Lenovo Z5 is not the ‘all-screen’ phone we were made to believe

It has a notch and chin

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The Lenovo Z5 was finally announced earlier today in China and it’s not exactly the phone we were expecting. The Chinese company has been hyping the Z5 with teasers showing that it’ll be an “all-screen” phone similar to the Vivo APEX. Unfortunately, it was unveiled to be another iPhone X lookalike.

The teased “all-screen” phone from Lenovo is far from the teasers. We’d make less of a fuss if Lenovo had just been honest from the start, but they led us to believe that they’ll have a phone with an extremely high screen-to-body ratio. Here’s a comparison of the teaser and the actual product:

 

Lenovo was even proud of the phone’s notch, even though it shouldn’t have one in the first place. During the live reveal, they claimed that the notch is narrower than the iPhone X’s. 🤷‍♂️

Moving forward, the Z5 has a 6.2-inch 19:9 IPS LCD with a Full HD+ resolution. It’s a midrange handset since it’s powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor with 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. Of course, Lenovo joins the AI wagon with its dual rear camera setup using a 16- and 8-megapixel combo. The selfie camera hiding in the notch is an 8-megapixel sensor that also has AI capabilities.

The battery of the handset has a typical capacity of 3300mAh and it supports 18W fast charging through the USB-C port at the bottom. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo topped with ZUI 4.0, but a promised update to Android P is coming when that version comes out later this year.

The Z5 will come in black, blue, and Aurora which shifts under different lighting just like the Honor 10. There will be two storage options: a 64GB model priced at CNY 1,299 (US$ 200) and a 128GB version for CNY 1,799 (US$ 280). The phone is coming to China in June 12, while the international market still has to wait.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo unveils S5 to compete against other Chinese midrange phones

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Xiaomi partners up with Alita: Battle Angel for a transparent Mi 9

This used to be the ‘Pro’ variant

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The launch of the Mi 9 from Xiaomi is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean we’ll just wait for the official announcement. We’ve heard rumors about a Mi 9 model with a transparent back like the Mi 8 Pro from last year. Well, the rumors are true and it’s more special than before.

An official teaser for the special edition Mi 9 appeared online today and it brings the blockbuster film Alita: Battle Angel to the picture. Xiaomi partnered up with the film to present the Mi 9: Battle Angel.

Check out the action-packed promotional video below:

The teaser shows the main features of the transparent Mi 9: triple rear cameras, a Snapdragon processor (which is already confirmed), and wireless charging.

Since the Mi 9: Battle Angel will have a transparent back like the Mi 8 Pro’s, it also has a window to its awesome-looking circuit board, but it’s likely not the actual thing. What’s more interesting is the visible wireless charging coil right in the middle of the battery.

The phone will be launched alongside the other Mi 9 variants on February 20. Essentially, the Mi 9: Battle Angel model will be a marketing ploy in China since the movie will hit the theaters in the region two days after the launch.

Price-wise, the phone is rumored to cost CNY 5,999 or roughly US$ 885.

SEE ALSO: What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

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TNC Predator, Afreeca Freecs Fatal win Predator League APAC 2019

For Dota 2 and PUBG, respectively

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After three long days of battle in Bangkok, Thailand from February 15 to 17, two champions have emerged from the two featured games of the Predator League in Asia Pacific 2019.

For Dota 2, it’s TNC Predator from the Philippines; and for PUBG, the champ is none other than Afreeca Freecs Fatal from South Korea.

Their winnings come from a prize pool worth US$ 250,000. Each champion receives US$ 75,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up split the remaining pot.

The grand event concluded after over 3,500 competing teams from 16 countries were eventually reduced to only 26 groups in Bangkok for the finals.

This was the Predator League’s second event in the APAC region. In 2018, it was held in Indonesia. Next year’s event will take place in the Philippines.

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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

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After Canon‘s announcement of the new EOS RP, it’s now Fujifilm‘s turn to present their latest offering: the X-T30. Fuji’s new mirrorless interchangeable camera is the successor to 2017’s X-T20.

The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.

Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.

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Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.

It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.

When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

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