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Nokia 7.1 brings HDR screen to the midrange segment with PureDisplay

Still with dual rear cameras and Zeiss optics

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Nokia's new midranger is as premium as it gets / Photo by Michael Josh

HMD Global has just announced a new Nokia phone that’ll take on the competitive midrange segment. After focusing on giving the best optics in mobile photography, the company is now shifting to HDR screen technology with the Nokia 7.1.

The Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inch Full HD+ notched display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. This is the first Nokia phone to have an HDR screen called PureDisplay. It supports the HDR10 standard with a dynamic contrast of 1,000,000:1. There’s also a dedicated 16-bit engine to up-scale non-HDR content.


The Nokia 7.1 in all its Android One goodness / Photo by Michael Josh

Inside the phone is a Snapdragon 636 processor with up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage. As expected, the phone is under the Android One program and it runs pure Android Oreo out of the box with a promised update to Android 9 Pie soon.

The phone’s cameras are still equipped with Zeiss optics, and it’s now enhanced with AI. It’s got a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main shooter at the back that’s accompanied by a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth effect and portrait shots. As for selfies, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera is ready for action.

A sizeable 3060mAh battery keeps the phone’s lights on and it supports fast charging through the reversible USB-C port.

Steel with Copper Trim / Photo by Michael Josh

Apart from the modest specs, the Nokia 7.1 also boasts a quality build with a 6000-series aluminum CNC machined frame and die-cast metal center.

The Nokia 7.1 will come in Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel colors for US$ 349. Pre-sale is already open in select online markets and it’ll come to stores by early November.

SEE ALSO: Nokia 1: The perfect #throwback phone

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Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

States the Philippines’ robust cybersecurity measures

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Throughout the past few days, the Huawei debacle has devastated companies and consumers across the globe. Everyone is falling for the fear. Huawei’s long-standing suppliers have cut ties with the company. Huawei’s consumers are getting rid of their favored headsets. The wave has swept the whole world.

Naturally, the Philippines isn’t immune. Recently, smartphone retailers and resellers have started refusing Huawei devices from their stores. Local Huawei users can’t easily sell their devices to the second-hand market anymore.


However, an important question still stands. How much will the Huawei ban affect the Philippines?

Of course, the ban originates from Trump’s trade war against China. Among other reasons, the American government cites the company’s inherent cybersecurity risks as the prime motivator. Supposedly, Huawei’s telecommunications hardware can transmit valuable data to the Chinese government. Given the Philippines’ proximity to China, are we also at risk?

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Huawei’s ban “will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry.” Shared through a Facebook post, the DICT assures users of the country’s robust cybersecurity measures. As of now, the department has not reported any cybersecurity breaches coming from Huawei equipment.

Likewise, shortly after the news broke, local telcos confirmed continued support for Huawei’s devices. According to the DICT, “they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof.” The department is also imposing strict rules on local telcos regarding network monitoring. The statement also quickly adds the imposition of the same rules on a potential third telco.

Is the DICT’s statement believable? For now, Huawei’s impact is still marginal at best. Companies and consumers are going on the perceived risk of the future. Right now, Huawei has not announced drastic changes to its products yet. Existing Huawei products still support Google.

Of course, cybersecurity is another issue. The risk will always exist when foreign companies control the telecommunications equipment of another country. At the very least, the DICT isn’t treating the whole debacle as a non-issue. Hopefully, the department’s promises are an optimistic sign for the country’s telecommunications industry.

SEE ALSO: Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

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IGTV adds support for horizontal video

No longer exclusive to vertical content

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When Instagram’s IGTV platform first launched, it was special for its focus on vertically oriented videos. The reasoning here is that this is how people naturally hold their smartphones, and vertical video recording has become a standard.

Unfortunately, IGTV didn’t exactly fly from the get-go. Even after certain adjustments, such as integrating its system into Instagram itself for better exposure, content creators and casual users couldn’t fully embrace the platform.


In yet another move — possibly the most drastic yet — IGTV will now support landscape videos. This comes as a response to both creators and viewers who want to upload and watch videos in “a more natural way.”

“Ultimately, our vision is to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want,” wrote Instagram on its blog.

The blog reminds us that a similar change happened to Instagram in 2015, when you could start uploading photos in non-square formats. IGTV hopes that this transformation will have the same positive effect.

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OPPO K3 introduces pop-up camera to budget segment

Includes midrange specs and fast charging

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It’s looking like pop-up cameras are here to stay. After making a splash last year, more and more smartphones have been using this implementation for notch-less displays.

The latest to join the trend is the OPPO K3, a budget smartphone with midrange specifications. Not only does it have a 16-megapixel camera that elevates from the top, it also owns a fast Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6.5-inch OLED panel with an under-display fingerprint scanner.


That’s fantastic for a phone that retails at CNY 1,599 (US$ 230) for the 6GB+64GB model and CNY 1,899 (US$ 274) for the 8GB+128GB variant.

And the generous features don’t end there. The OPPO K3 also comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, a hefty 3765mAh battery, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back.

The only downsides are the micro-USB port instead of the more preferable USB-C, and the ColorOS 6 skin on top of Android 9 Pie, which purists may say isn’t as feature-packed as other Android skins.

The OPPO K3 is already available in China. International availability, as always, will happen at a later date if we’re lucky.

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