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OnePlus 5 launches in North America, Europe, and Asia

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OnePlus fans have been eagerly waiting for the release of the brand’s newest flagship phone and finally, they need not wait any longer. OnePlus has just announced the newest and most anticipated member of its smartphone family.

This is the OnePlus 5.

The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor with 8GB of RAM and runs on OxygenOS. With a 5.5-inch display and a thickness of 7.25mm, OnePlus claims it’s the thinnest and sleekest smartphone they’ve ever produced.

It seems that OnePlus is shifting focus to cameras as well (much to my delight). The dual-camera phone sports a 20- and 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. It features a portrait mode with bokeh effect, 2X optical zoom and an additional 8X zoom using software, and a pro camera mode which allows you to tweak your camera settings and save photos in RAW format.

OnePlus’ Smart Capture software promises to optimize the shots you take depending on the scenario at hand and an improved HDR algorithm ensures automatic adjustments to light. This means better selfies for one and all!

Similar to its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 has a battery capacity of 3300mAh. However, software optimizations allow for the battery on the OnePlus 5 to last 20 percent longer than with the OnePlus 3T. Dash Charge is also back to power your smartphone for the whole day in half an hour’s worth of charging.

Available colors are black and slate gray with 64GB and 128GB variants. The OnePlus 5 is available as early as now on OnePlus.net for those with the special code announced at the keynote event. There will be a one-day pop-up store in New York on June 20 and in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki, and Copenhagen on June 21. Open sales will start on June 27 at OnePlus.net.

As for the lucky countries part of the open sale, those are North America (US and Canada), Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom) and Asia (Mainland China, Hong Kong, and India).

The 64GB version retails for USD 479/EUR 499/GBP 449/CAD 649/DKK 3,799/SEK 4,995/HKD 3,688 and the 128GB version retails at USD 539/EUR 559/GBP 499/CAD 719/DKK 4,299/SEK 5,495/HKD 4,188. Information for other countries can be found at OnePlus.net/retailers.

SEE MORE: OnePlus 3T review (3 months later)

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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G now in Singapore

A slight edge over its predecessor

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Samsung has quickly followed up the Galaxy A52 5G that was launched just months ago with the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G. These minor upgrades always drives us nuts, but it’s one of brands’ ways of making sure they always have something fresh to offer.

Let’s get down to the meat of it. You’re not going to find plenty of differences between the two. To be exact, in terms of components, the upgrade is primarily in the performance department. The Galaxy A52 5G sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chip with the Adreno 619 GPU. The Galaxy A52s 5G has been bumped up to the Snapdragon 778G and Adreno 642L GPU. Other than these two components, the rest of the phones are practically interchangeable.

Here’s a quick look at the Galaxy A52s 5G’s specs:

  • Display — 6.5″ FHD+ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
  • OS — Android, ONE UI
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, supports microSD external storage up to 1TB
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G, Adreno 642L GPU
  • Battery — 4,500mAh
  • Rear Cameras — 64MP f/1.8 main, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, 5MP f/2.4 depth
  • Front Camera – 32MP f/2.2

It’s every bit everything you’ve come to expect from the pretty excellent Galaxy A series. You have your usual sensors for security like Face Unlock and Fingreprint recognition. It also still has an IP67 rating giving you a little bit of piece of mind in wet and dusty scenarios.

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is currently available in Singapore through various telecommunication providers. These are M1, Singtel, and Starhub. It’s also available at Samsung Online StoreSamsung Experience Stores, and Samsung Official Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

Pricing are as follows:

  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548
  • 8GB+128GB — SG$ 548

From September 18 to October 10, consumers who purchase the Galaxy A52s 5G via telecommunication providers (M1, Singtel and StarHub) and Samsung Online Store can also enjoy SG$ 30 off their purchase of Galaxy Buds2.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Redefining gaming phones

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AirPods 3 is still coming later this year

Already in production

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Annual tech events are often huge platforms for upcoming products. For example, Apple’s bigger launch event, usually held in the third quarter of the year, packs in the latest iPhones and other accessories. However, amid the latest devices launched last year, Apple has surprisingly left the vastly rumored AirPods 3 out of the equation. Despite the notable lack, the company is still gearing up for a launch for the wearable later this year.

According to a report from Digitimes (via Tech Radar), the upcoming AirPods 3 has already entered production. Apple is still preparing for a launch before the year ends. Unfortunately, the report does not confirm any other details for the wearable.

A new AirPods has been rumored since last year. However, the first rumors pegged the launch for the first half of this year. That timeframe, as we know now, has come to pass without so much as a peep about the AirPods 3.

Since then, additional reports revealed more details about the wearable. For example, the upcoming generation will supposedly have an in-ear design and carry a more attractive price tag. In fact, a leaked photo even adds more fuel to the fire. Still, without an actual launch, it’s hard to confirm whether the details are correct or not. Thankfully, we have a few months to confirm them.

SEE ALSO: Third generation AirPods leaked in photo

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Samsung bringing 108-megapixel camera to midrange

New rumor says

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The world of smartphone photography is blossoming. While the industry is swirling around 108-megapixel cameras, developers are already working on a 200-megapixel (and beyond) shooter. That said, it’s still taking a while for the industry-leading cameras to make their way to the midrange market. Samsung, based on a rumor, is finally working to make huge cameras more accessible to everyone with the upcoming Galaxy A73.

Currently, Samsung ships the 108-megapixel camera with its flagship lines, the Galaxy S and Note series. The Galaxy A series, on the other hand, cater to a midrange market, packing decent specs for a decent price. But until now, the aforementioned camera has not made its way to the series.

According to a new rumor, an upcoming Galaxy A model, the Galaxy A73, will sport the 108-megapixel camera when it launches. At the moment, Samsung has not confirmed or announced the new model yet. Other rumors haven’t substantially hinted at the release date either.

Most recently, Samsung launched its latest foldables, marking a new generation for the company. On the other hand, Samsung isn’t set to launch a new Galaxy A model yet. The rumor can certainly fall flat, but it does hold a promising future when the industry’s best smartphones are finally making their way to more affordable phones.

SEE ALSO: Dancing in the rain? Capture it with the Galaxy A52 5G

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