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motorola launches the world’s first 200MP phone with the moto X30 Pro

Alongside the flagship-killer S30 Pro

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Other than the first 144Hz foldable smartphone, motorola also announces two more buzz-worthy smartphones in China.

moto X30 Pro: World’s first 200MP smartphone camera

Another milestone in motorola’s latest August 2022 Chinese launch can be found at the moto X30 Pro’s back. The main shooter is a 200MP Samsung HP1 image sensor with an aperture of f/1.95, sensor size of 1/1.22-inches, and a pixel size of 2.56μm. The moto X30 Pro holds the record for having the first 200MP smartphone camera that can also shoot 8K/30p footages.

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But it doesn’t stop there. The moto X30 Pro also has a 50MP f/2.2 117-degree ultra-wide angle camera as well as a 12MP f/1.6 2x telephoto lens based on a Sony IMX663 sensor. The selfie shooter is also a headliner with a 60MP sensor and an f/2.2 lens opening.

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The moto X30 Pro runs the flagship-grade Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor equipped with either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256/512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It’s also paired with a custom-grade copper block with 11-dimensional VC liquid cooling for better cooling and heat dissipation.

Paired with its 4610mAh battery, another headline feature is the promising 125W GaN (Gallium Nitride) fast flash charger which promises a 50% charge in just seven minutes and 100% under 20 minutes. Moreover, it also supports 50W wireless fast charging as well as 10W reverse charging for hassle-free top-ups.

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Unlike newer flagships with flat displays, the moto X30 Pro features a 6.67-inch 144Hz IPS Full HD+ display with a curvature of 53-degrees which makes the visual experience seamless. It’s also a color-accurate display with 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, 10-bit HDR10+ and 1 Billion Color support.

Touch sampling rate is also bumped up to a whopping 1500Hz. Peak brightness reaches up to 1250nits with SGS dual certification against harmful low-blue light.

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For that full-on entertainment experience, it also has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support and X-axis linear RichTap motor for better haptic feedback.

moto S30 Pro: A new flagship-killer

Another smartphone in motorola’s new lineup is the moto S30 Pro. It’s a real treat to those who are looking for a flagship-grade smartphone with a midrange-grade price tag.

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It’s equipped with a Snapdragon 888+ chipset — still a flagship-grade chipset despite being announced last year. It also features either an 8GB or 12GB of RAM with 128/256/512GB of storage selections. Other moto X30 Pro-like features remain like the multi-dimensional VC liquid cooling system as well as the set of speakers that support Dolby Atmos.

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The 6.55 pOLED display is a tad bit smaller and has different a different display tech, but still with 53-degree curvature and a buttery smooth 144Hz refresh rate like its bigger sibling.

Of course, there will be downgrades from its bigger sibling. Unlike the moto X30 Pro’s gigantic 200MP main camera, the moto S30 Pro relies on a 50MP f/1.8 main sensor instead. There’s also a 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle camera with a 123-degree Field of View (FoV) and a bonus portrait sensor. On its front, there’s a 32MP for selfies.

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It also has a measly 65W fast wired charging — which is still fast in today’s standards. It promises a 50% charge in just ten minutes.

There’s no wireless charging support though as the back relies on a micro velvet glass process with a PU Leather material. It’s front glass is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 and the side railings are all-metal so there’s no need to worry about overall durability.

Pricing and Availability

Currently, the moto X30 Pro and S30 Pro are China-exclusives. The moto X30 Pro is available for pre-orders in Clear Frost White and Ink Rhythm Black finishes while the S30 Pro has Moonlit Night and Spring River Blue colorways.

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The two devices are pretty affordable for what they offer. Specific Chinese pricing and configuration are as follows:

moto X30 Pro

  • 8GB + 128GB = CNY 3499 (US$ 518 / S$ 713 / ₱28,842)
  • 12GB + 256GB = CNY 3999 (US$ 592 / S$ 815 / ₱32,965)
  • 12GB + 512GB = CNY 4299 (US$ 637 / S$ 876 / ₱35,437)

moto S30 Pro

  • 8GB + 128GB = CNY 1999 (US$ 296 / S$ 407 / ₱16,478)
  • 12GB + 256GB = CNY 2499 (US$ 370 / S$ 509 / ₱20,600)
  • 12GB + 512GB = CNY 2699 (US$ 400 / S$ 550 / ₱22,248)

There’s no word on availability outside China just yet. We have to wait for motorola (or Lenovo) for future announcements.

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Google Pixel 7 series puts premium on photo, video

Pro version challenges other flagships

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We’ve seen what they look like and now they have officially been launched. The Google Pixel 7 series. featuring the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, is ready to take on other flagships.

‘Most refined design’

Google says the Pixel 7 series has the “most refined design” of any Pixel phone to date. It has a smooth glass back with an aluminium frame. And of course, there’s the signature Camera Bar. The Pixel 7 Pro has a polished aluminium finish while the Pixel 7 is in matte. They are also made with recycled materials.

Both phones have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. And the displays are scratch resistant with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Google Tensor G2, enhanced photo and video

Powering the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the Google Tensor G2 chip. It’s custom-built for Pixel and was made to take advantage of Google’s advanced machine learning and speech recognition.

Naturally, it also makes the phones run faster and smoother. It’s also responsible for the Pixel’s vaunted photography capabilities. But Google says it’s now extending to video too. It enables features like next-gen Super Res Zoom, twice faster Night Sight processing, Face Unblur, and Cinematic Blur.

The Pixel wants to remain king in low-light imaging. Its large main sensor lets more light in. Combined with computational photography, the Night Sight feature is promising to be better than ever. The Pixel 7 series can now also shoot 4K60fps videos.

Secure with more features

Equipped on both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the Titan M2 security chip. Together with the Tensor G2 chip, it helps the Pixel be built with multiple layers of security. You also get the usual Face and Fingerprint unlocks. It’s also designed for prolonged use as Google promises up to five years of security updates.

Additional features include At a Glance which immediately displays the right information at the right time. Google cites the baggage claim at the airport as an example. But there’s also other appointments and meetings listed on your calendar. There’s also Assistant Voice typing that lets you type with your voice. It now supports Spanish, French, and Italian.

The Pixel 7 series also has the Adaptive Battery Feature. It learns your usage patterns and optimizes the phone to make sure it lasts for about 24 hours. It also supports 30W charging, promising a 50% charge in about 30 minutes.

Price and availability

In the US, the Pixel 7 starts at only US$ 599. And it’s available in Snow, Obsidian, andLemongrass. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro starts at US$ 899. And it’s available in Snow, Obsidian, and Hazel.

In Singapore, the Pixel 7 series is now available for pre-order and will arrive on store shelves on October 13.

The Pixel 7 with 128GB storage retails for SG$ 999 and is available in Snow, Lemongrass, and Obsidian. Meanwhile, the 256GB version is priced at SG$ 1,129 and comes in Obsidian.

The Pixel 7 Pro 128GB is priced at SG$ 1,299 and comes in Snow, Hazel, and Obsidian. The 256GB version is available only in Obsidian and retails for SG$ 1,449.

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Twitter now allows mixing videos, photos, and GIFs in one tweet

A more creative way to post

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Throughout the years, we’ve seen how Twitter has evolved, from having a lengthier character limit to replacing squares with circles in its overall page and app layouts.

Now, the popular networking site has come up with a new update which will allow users to post videos, photos, and GIFs all in one tweet.

This change has been tested in the last few months with popular creator and brand accounts across the sports, music, and entertainment industries.

Here are some examples:


Starting today, all users on the platform may now be able to take advantage of the ability to mix different media in a single tweet.

There will still be a maximum of four media in one tweet, but the change definitely gives users more room for creativity in their posts to standout and be more engaging.

Judging from the examples above, the posts kind of mimic Instagram content; it might lessen the need for Twitter threads too.

SEE ALSO: Twitter’s edit button is for paying users only

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Instagram will start to put ads on a user’s profile

And on the Explore page

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Ads are everywhere. Several platforms are testing where and how much they can put without raising a lot of fuss from their users. On a few occasions, a platform can cross the line, prompting a wave of reprisals. Instagram, for example, backtracked on a controversial decision to pump out more recommended posts and ads after massive backlash. Despite the recency of the controversy, Instagram is back again with another ad-fueled decision: ads on user profiles.

This week, Meta announced that two more types of ads are coming to Instagram. The first type is a natural extension of what the platform already has. Instead of hiding video ads deep within the Explore section, these short videos will start popping up right on the section’s landing page. Since the section already has ads, it might not be as intrusive, especially when compared to the second type.

Besides a new spot in the Explore feed, Instagram is also adding ads to a user’s profile. Likely to a lot of users’ dismay, it is what it says on the tin. Offering some consolation, the platform won’t spoil a profile’s grid with an ad. Instead, when a user clicks on a post on the profile, the vertical feed, which usually shows a timeline of the profile’s content, will contain spots for ads.

Instagram has not officially confirmed which users will get the feature. However, the company is currently testing it for select creators. It also assures users that it will come only on public profiles, not private individuals.

SEE ALSO: You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

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