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Moto Z3 Play goes official with dual cameras and new Moto Mods

It’s missing something…

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After launching their budget Moto E5 and Moto G6 devices, Motorola unveiled the Moto Z3 Play. The Z Play series continues to be Motorola’s battery-efficient line of devices even up to this day. There are hardware changes from its predecessor, but the good news remains to be the support for Moto Mods.

Motorola kept the same footprint as the Z and Z2, but they managed to put in a taller 6-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. The bezels of the phone are now slimmer especially the forehead and chin. That being said, Motorola moved the fingerprint sensor to the side — just like how Xperia implemented theirs before.

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 636 processor with 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage. The camera department also gets an upgrade with the addition of a secondary sensor. The main camera still sports a 12-megapixel sensor with Dual Pixel AF behind an f/1.7 lens, but it’s now paired with a 5-megapixel sensor to help with background effects such as bokeh. The selfie camera is now an 8-megapixel shooter, but it lost its dedicated LED flash.

The Z3 Play doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone port unlike the Z2 Play, but its battery capacity remains at 3000mAh. The loss of the jack didn’t give way to a bigger battery, unfortunately. Thankfully, the support of TurboPower 15W charging is still present.

Since the Z3 Play still has the same size as before, it accepts all existing and new Moto Mods. The back of the Z3 Play, though, is now a Gorilla Glass 3 panel. Also, it runs on a clean version of Android Oreo with a few Moto apps like Moto Display, Actions, and Camera.

Motorola brought the Moto Z3 Play to Brazil starting at a price of BRL 2,299 or roughly US$ 600. In the US, it’s priced at just US$ 499 and it is even bundled with a battery Moto Mod.

SEE ALSO: Motorola announces Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus with 18:9 displays, Android Oreo

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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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MWC 2019

LG V50 ThinQ will be company’s first 5G smartphone

Arriving right before MWC 2019

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We have yet another leak ahead of LG’s press conference happening right before Mobile World Congress 2019. This time, it’s for the company’s first 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ.

It comes in the form of a tweet by Evan Blass, who also spilled the beans on LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ flagship a few days ago.

This confirms that the 5G smartphone LG will be showing off at MWC in Barcelona, Spain is the V50 ThinQ. Previously, we knew of such a handset coming on February 24, but we didn’t know what branding it would go under.

The leak, however, points to exclusivity with US carrier Sprint. It might also be a limited partnership, but we can more or less confirm that the V50 ThinQ will carry a Snapdragon 855 chipset in order to handle 5G signals.

In addition, we can see an extra camera on the front and back as compared to the G8 ThinQ’s setup. Sadly, it seems like the wide notch is sticking around.

Surprisingly, the V50 ThinQ is launching less than five months after the V40 ThinQ’s release. LG may be prioritizing its 5G rollout and needs an existing series to lay it on.

We’ll learn more once LG takes the stage on February 24 to reveal all its new devices, which might also include a foldable phone.

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