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OnePlus launches the OnePlus 10T 5G

Featuring the latest Snapdragon chipset

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The flagship race is heating up for the second half of 2022. Smartphones are making it harder to choose a new device that checks every box. Adding to the fray, OnePlus has now announced its second flagship for the year, the OnePlus 10T 5G.

Announced during OnePlus’s first in-person event in two years, the OnePlus 10T 5G packs a lot of punch. Under the hood, the smartphone boasts the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset. It also has up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Complementing all this hearty hardware, the smartphone has a new cryo-velocity vapor chamber for more efficient cooling.

Outside, the smartphone has a sizable 6.7-inch display, packing 120Hz of adaptive refresh rate, HDR10+ certification, and support for 10-bit color. For cameras, it has a triple rear camera system consisting of a 50-megapixem main Sony IMX766 sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera.

For connectivity, the device comes with a new 360-degree antenna system, providing strong connectivity for both Wi-Fi and data. On the software side, the smartphone will come with OxygenOS 12.1 out of the box. However, OnePlus promises three major Android updates and four years of security updates, including the new OxygenOS 13.

Underneath everything, the OnePlus 10T 5G has a large 4800mAh battery. Further, the device comes compatible with up to 150W SUPERVOOC Endurance Edition charging. The charging solution can reportedly delivery a single day’s power in just 10 minutes. A Battery Health Engine can extend the battery’s lifespan to preserve the device.

Where’s the alert slider?

Long-time OnePlus fans might have noticed the startling disappearance of the alert slider. Unlike the brand’s other smartphones, the OnePlus 10T 5G does not have the iconic feature. Because of the lack of the iconic switch, OnePlus issued a statement regarding the feature.

Apparently, the alert slider, despite its size, does have some heft — 30mm2 of space in a typical OnePlus phone. To deliver the latest features for the new smartphone, OnePlus had to take out the slider and maximize others.

Specifically, OnePlus points to the larger 4800mAh battery, 150W SUPERVOOC charging, and the new antenna system. To compensate, the brand promises to work on a better design in the future which will incorporate the new features and reinstate the alert slider.

Price and availability

The OnePlus 10T 5G will be available in a basalt-like Moonstone Black and a glass Jade Green.

The starting 8GB+128GB variant will sell for US$ 649. Meanwhile, the 16GB+256GB variant sells for US$ 749. Pre-orders will start on September 1 through OnePlus.com, Amazon, and Best Buy. Open sales will start on September 29.

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Third-party case hints bigger and thicker iPhone 14 Pro Max cameras

The upgraded 48MP camera might actually be the real deal

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Last 2019, we were at a tech convention in Hong Kong. To our surprise, there was an AirPods Pro case being displayed even if the AirPods Pro was non-existent back then. Just weeks after the event, the AirPods Pro got officially revealed.

Early AirPods Pro case during Global Sources 2019 at AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong

Fast forward this 2022, as I was randomly scrolling through an online shopping app, I’ve noticed one thing: the China-based store is already selling phone cases for the iPhone 14 series. While I’m using an iPhone 13 Pro Max just recently, nothing stops my curiosity from buying a less than a dollar silicone case for the next-gen iPhone.

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We are just one month away from Apple revealing the next iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro series. Although CAD renders have already been leaked last March, I’m still curious enough to know what will be the changes — at least externally or through the case I bought.

 

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After five days, I finally received the case for the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro Max. The labels and the QR code even direct to an iPhone 14 Pro Max model.

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And just like what the leaks have suggested, the iPhone 14 Pro Max might really feature an even bigger camera cutout.

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The best demonstration would be fitting my iPhone 13 Pro Max inside the newly-bought silicone case. It fitted just right but not as snug as it should. Maybe this suggests that there will really be some reduction in bezels. But I digress.

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Not only that, the camera bump is obviously thicker. I tried comparing it to a similar silicone case for the 13 Pro Max and the protrusion on the case’s camera bump is not as evident as the one on the “iPhone 14 Pro Max” case.

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For the sides, there are barely any changes except for the placement of the power button which is a little bit lower than last year’s positioning.

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Volume buttons and the mute switch for the iPhone 14 Pro Max still look exactly like they are all in the same position as the older iPhone.

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While we should take this with a grain of salt, you should expect that you wouldn’t be able to use your iPhone 13 Pro Max cases if you’re planning to upgrade to an iPhone 14 Pro Max next month.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 14 + 15 Rumor Roundup

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GadgetSnaps: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 in New York

Snaps from the Unpacked trip

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The Unpacked event for Samsung’s newest foldables was a little unusual but it was still a blast. After the event, we immediately got our hands on both the Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4. So, what did I do? I took the Galaxy Z Fold4 and snapped away around New York City. 

The camera department is one area that the Galaxy Z Fold4 got an upgrade in. Here’s what it looks like on paper: 

Cover: 

  • 10MP, f/2.2

Under display: 

  • 4MP, f/1.8

Rear: 

  • 12MP Ultra Wide, f/2.2
  • 50MP Wide-angle, f/1.8
  • 10MP Telephoto, f/2.4

Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s get to the photos!

Food 

Let’s start with something that everyone loves taking photos of. Food! In true Samsung fashion, these tasty treats are made to look even tastier with Samsung’s tendency to make colors really pop.

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Here’s one taken with 3x zoom. 

And here’s a couple flexing Samsung’s Nightography capabilities. 

Galaxy Z Flip4

Galaxy Z Flip4

Zoom in, zoom out

Like the Samsung Galaxy S22+, I had fun taking photos with the main wide angle lens, the ultra-wide angle lens, and the multiple zoom capabilities. 

Here’s a quick demo of what that looks like on this cool United States of America flag display in our hotel lobby. 

Ultra-wide 

1x (Main wide angle)

3x Zoom. (As we zoom in, you’ll see exactly how they made this and it’s pretty cool). 

10x Zoom. In case you couldn’t tell from the 3x Zoom pic, these are beer cans, arranged in a way that they would look like the American flag when viewed from across the room. 

Here’s a 20x Zoom shot for good measure. 

I went up close for this next shot, using the main wide angle lens, for a different perspective. 

Galaxy Z Flip4

And here’s a shot of the same area with someone passing by. I sort of wanted to see how the Galaxy Z Fold4 processes a person in motion and this was pretty good. At least, I think so. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I later on learned that this person on the shot is Yejin Choi. One of the Generation17 Young Leaders that Samsung featured on this trip. You can read and watch about her amazing contribution to education here. 

Fun at Times Square

Hours after the Unpacked event, we made our way to Times Square to capture the BTS Times Square takeover ℅ Samsung. 

On the way, I took a quick snap of Madison Square Garden — the Mecca of basketball. Too bad it’s the offseason so I couldn’t catch an NBA game. This was taken inside a moving vehicle.

Galaxy Z Fold4

And then we got to Times Square where the ultra wide angle lens really came in handy. Just take a look at this shot. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I tweeted a quick video capturing the moment, taken using the Galaxy Z Flip4. 

I also put the Galaxy Z Fold4’s zoom capabilities to the test. And it was pretty impressive. Caught this nice shot of BTS member Jungkook.

Galaxy Z Fold4

And here’s a group shot so ARMYs don’t come after me. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

I took a few selfies while I was here for good measure. This was using the 10MP camera on the cover. As you will see on the clouds behind me, the dynamic range varies in every shot. And this was just the camera auto adjusting the colors. 

Spidey sighting!

Of course, what’s a New York trip without encountering Spider-Man? We saw this dude dressed up as Spider-Man Miles Morales and I just had to take shots.

For some dramatic effect, I used the portrait mode here and I think they came out well, creating a nice little separation between Spidey and the rather busy background. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Galaxy Z Fold4

Walking around the Big Apple

Here are a few more shots of just me basking in the City that Never Sleeps. 

There are plenty of pizza places around New York. This one had a nice neon sign that I thought would look good on camera.

Galaxy Z Fold4

You can rent bikes too. These are found everywhere. Although, this photo was taken fresh off some rain that’s why a lot of them are just parked here.

Galaxy Z Fold4

This was taken at the cafe in the hotel where we typically had breakfast. It was taken right around the time it was raining. I just liked the contrast of the warm light inside the cafe and the cold, dull sight of the rain outside. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Growing up, I watched a lot of American TV series. Walking around town, I was amused at how familiar the neighborhood seemed only because I’ve seen them a lot on TV. 

Here’s a shot when it’s bright and sunny. Taken right outside Kobrick Coffee.

Galaxy Z Fold4

A quick selfie with Michael Josh and Chay who were hard at work producing Reels and YouTube videos while I was just hanging around. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

Here’s a shot of Michael Josh posing with the Galaxy Z Flip4 in hand. 

Galaxy Z Fold4

The Galaxy Z Fold4 photo-taking experience

I’ve used both the Galaxy Z Fold2 and Z Fold3 and I can say that it was a tad more fun snapping with the Galaxy Z Fold4. 

The image results using the main camera, I found, were very satisfactory. Samsung is still doing its usual Samsung things in that the photos tend to look more saturated. But that’s a plus for most people, especially if you just want to snap a quick one and quickly share on social media. 

There are instances, though, where the overprocessing is a little too obvious. Take the photo below. Right on the top-left side, you’ll see some weird color lines that you otherwise probably wouldn’t see without any heavy-lifting from the photography AI.

Galaxy Z Fold4

The color reproduction among the rear camera lenses still isn’t 100% consistent unlike what I experienced with the Galaxy S22+. But they’re not half bad and aren’t immediately noticeable if you don’t compare them side-by-side. 

And if you take shots carefully, the color consistency can be surprisingly good. Take a look at the shots below.

The reduced weight, especially compared to the Galaxy Z Fold2 which I spent time with the longest, also made it easier to take photos when the Galaxy Z Fold4 is folded.

Not the best visual aid since I just took this while inside the hotel room, but here’s what that kind of looks like.

Overall, I had a grand time taking pictures with the Galaxy Z Fold4. The results aren’t too wild. In fact, they look vivid, sharp and ready for the gram. And the whole experience using the Fold to snap photos also feels natural. Sometimes even more so than the regular smartphones most of us have in our pockets right now. 

I’ll leave you with this shot of our hotel’s dark front desk area with a rather inspirational neon sign.

That’s it for now, make sure to tune in to GadgetMatch wherever you like to find your content to see more of Samsung’s foldables and accessories. 

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Xiaomi introduces the MIX Fold 2 as the thinnest foldable yet

The first foldable with LEICA imaging system

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If motorola wants to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip4 with the all-new moto razr 2022, Xiaomi steps it up even further with the MIX Fold 2 — just announced a day after the launch of its direct contender, the Galaxy Z Fold4.

The thinnest foldable (yet)

Measuring at just 5.4mm when unfolded and 11.2mm at its thickest point it, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 might just be the thinnest foldable yet. For context, the Galaxy Z Fold4 measures around 6.3mm when it’s open and 15.8mm when closed. The trick though is that the Xiaomi foldable is just one gram lighter than its Samsung counterpart.

That being said, it has a design that’s sleek and elegant to the touch. There’s the Gorilla Glass Victus glass protection in front. Meanwhile, the inside display has Schott’s UTG flexible glass.

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Xiaomi also has its own hinge design with a teadrop-like inward curvature that makes less display creases and no visible hinge gaps. Along with the use of carbon fiber instead of steel, display improvements, and custom hinge mechanism processes, Xiaomi is able to achieve a slimmer device unparalleled to other existing foldables in the market today.

Consistent audiovisual experience

The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 pioneers its 8.02-inch 2K+ Eco² OLED LTPO 2.0 display. For those unaware, it’s a new type of OLED display that’s thinner and eliminates the use of polarizer — which results to an overall brighter screen.

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When folded shut, the MIX Fold 2 has a 6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED cover display with a proper 21:9 aspect ratio. That’s 0.4-inches bigger than last year’s 6.52-inch-touting Mi Mix Fold.

Again for stark comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold4 has smaller displays at 6.2 and a 7.6-inches respectively. This explains why they have the same weight despite the MIX Fold 2 being so thin.

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Both displays have 120Hz refresh rates, an 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio, plus support for HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and DCI-P3 wide color gamut. Lastly, it has dual stereo speakers tuned by harman/kardon with Dolby Atmos support as well as Hi-Res Audio and Hi-Res Audio Wireless Certification.

The ultimate powerhouse

Just like any 2022 flagship, the MIX Fold 2 is equipped with Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset coupled with a 12GB LPDDR5 memory plus options between 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage configurations. For faster internet speeds, it supports both 5G connectivity as well as the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

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For better cooling and heat dissipation, Xiaomi has supplied the MIX Fold 2 a Vapor Cooling chamber based on boron nitride white graphene. This improves the phone’s thermal conductivity by 33%.

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It also has a slightly bigger battery than the Z Fold4 at 4500mAh — but a downgrade from Mi Mix Fold’s 5020mAh, though. Still, it supports fast 67W turbo charging with a full-charge taking just around 40 minutes. Xiaomi says the MIX Fold 2 can last for up to 1.15 days. Unfortunately, no wireless charging functionality was indicated.

LEICA superiority

The flagship foldable experience would not be complete without a great set of cameras. The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 rocks a 50MP f/1.8 Sony IMX766 main image sensor with a 7P lens, sensor size of 1/1.56-inches, and pixel size of 2.0μm.

That’s the same sensor used in recent devices like the ASUS Zenfone 9, Nothing Phone (1), ROG Phone 6 series, and the OnePlus 10T.

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Other than that, it also rocks a 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide angle lens with a 123-degree viewing angle. Lastly, an 8MP f/2.6 2x telephoto zoom lens. As some of you are wondering, it only has a single 20MP front camera at the cover display. The inner display still doesn’t have its own front camera.

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To make it a whole lot better, Xiaomi has also incorporated their new LEICA partnership with lens coatings as well as new software features that made its debut on the Xiaomi 12S Ultra a while back.

Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is available in two colorways: Moon Shadow Black and Star Gold.

It’s currently on-sale in China with the following prices and configuration:

  • 12GB + 256GB = CNY 8999 (US$ 1333 / S$ 1834 / ₱74,180 )
  • 12GB + 512GB = CNY 9999 (US$ 1481 / S$ 2038 / ₱82,424 )
  • 12GB + 1TB = CNY 11,999 (US$ 1777 / S$ 2445 / ₱98,910 )

This shows that the MIX Fold 2 is a lot cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold4 both in China (CNY 13,999 / 14,999 / 16,999) as well as outside the Mainland (US$ 1999 / S$ 2398 / ₱98,990).

And just like last year, it’s only currently available in China with no word about global availability.

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