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Motorola unveils the complete Moto G7 family

Four new budget smartphones

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Moto G7 Play, Moto G7 Power, and Moto G7

Motorola has launched new budget offerings for the Android smartphone market. The popular Moto G series continues to deliver premium-built smartphones at lower prices even in 2019. Now in its seventh generation, the Moto G7 phones have a few upgrades to entice phone buyers.

The regular Moto G7 has a 6.2-inch Max Vision display, which is what Motorola calls its screen with a teardrop notch. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. Part of the upgrades found on the Moto G7 is the contoured Gorilla Glass body.

Camera-wise, it’s equipped with a pair of 12- and 5-megapixel sensors capable of shooting portrait images with blur effects and support for Google Lens. For selfies, it’s got an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone also comes with a 15W USB-C TurboPower charger to fill up its 3000mAh battery.

The Moto G7 will go on sale starting today for US$ 300. It’ll be available in all of Motorola’s markets.

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If you want a Moto G7 with a bigger battery, then you should take a look at the Moto G7 Power. With a 5000mAh battery, the G7 Power will surely last you up to three days of normal use. Motorola even claims that it can last for 60 hours on a single charge. Thankfully, the huge battery can be charged quickly with Motorola’s TurboPower tech.

The big-battery equipped version of the G7 still has a 6.2-inch display, but with a wider notch. A Snapdragon 632 processor is also the brain of the G7 Power with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

The Moto G7 Power doesn’t sport a secondary rear camera though, but the 12-megapixel main shooter should still be able to take decent images. The front camera inside the notch has an 8-megapixel sensor for your selfies.

For US$ 249, the G7 Power will be available in all markets where Motorola is being sold.

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There’s the Moto G7 Play as well with a smaller 5.7-inch display. Like the G7 Power, the notch of the G7 Play is pretty wide. The phone has the same Snapdragon 632 processor but with just 2GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage.

To make the phone even cheaper, the G7 Play only has a single 13-megapixel rear camera, but the selfie camera remains to have an 8-megapixel sensor. Despite owning a smaller display, the G7 Play has a respectable 3000mAh battery, although it doesn’t come with a fast charger.

The Moto G7 Play is the cheapest of the bunch. It’ll go on sale for just US$ 200.

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Lastly, there’s the Moto G7 Plus which is the highest-end model in the series. It’s got a faster Snapdragon 636 processor and 27W TurboPower charger that’ll give 12 hours of power after 15 minutes of charging.

On the outside, Moto G7 Plus looks similar to the regular Moto G7 with the same 6.2-inch notched display. Although, the rear cameras of the Plus variant are upgraded to 16-megapixel sensors with optical image stabilization.

The Moto G7 Plus won’t be available in the US, but it’ll arrive in Brazil and Mexico. It’ll also come to Europe, Australia, and other countries in Latin America with a starting price of EUR 300 or roughly US$ 340.

All of the Moto G7 phones come with Android 9 Pie out of the box with no bloatware. Motorola doesn’t skin Android extensively, but they do put in extra features through Moto Experiences.

SEE ALSO: WSJ: Motorola RAZR to make comeback with foldable phone

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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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