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OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone with all the newest tech

Now belongs on the premium throne

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OnePlus went super premium with its latest flagship phone: the OnePlus 7 Pro. With all the latest tech packed into one device, OnePlus is not aiming to become a flagship killer anymore. The company’s new goal is to become one of the big names in the premium segment.

Right off the bat, the OnePlus 7 Pro is not your usual OnePlus phone with just the high-end essentials. The “Pro” in its name is more than just extra memory or storage.

First, it has the “most advanced smartphone display” featuring a 6.67-inch curved Fluid AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. On top of that, the screen also supports both HDR10 and HDR10+ standard.

With all these screen technologies, the OnePlus 7 Pro is able to earn DisplayMate’s highest A+ rating. Additionally, the phone sports a stereo dual-speaker system tuned by Dolby with an amplifier for better sound quality.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, a must-have among flagship phones this 2019. What will set the OnePlus 7 Pro apart is its memory option of up to 12GB, which is more than enough to run even a desktop PC smoothly. It also has liquid cooling to keep the phone’s temperature in check.

A first for OnePlus is the triple camera system on the back of the phone. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a main 48-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. These cameras are aided by a three-pronged autofocus system like PDAF, CAF, and Laser to ensure it knows where to focus even in low light.

As for taking selfies, OnePlus copied from the textbooks of OPPO and Vivo. Using a motorized pop-up module, OnePlus is able to hide a 20-megapixel f/2.0 camera. This means the phone has no notch that takes away precious pixels in the display.

If you’re particular about a phone’s DxOMark score, you’ll be glad to know that the OnePlus 7 is able to get a total score of 111. It’s just a point shy of Huawei’s P30 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G.

The phone’s hardware draws power from a massive 4000mAh battery. Not only that, but it also has the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition’s Warp Charge 30 which will fill up the OnePlus 7 Pro’s battery up to almost half in just 20 minutes.

On the software side of things, an updated Oxygen OS (still based on Android 9 Pie) with extra features like a screen recorder and Zen Mode, Oxygen OS’ take on the Do Not Disturb Mode, runs out of the box. The phone has improved haptic vibration as well with multiple levels of feedback making it ideal for gaming, and a faster in-display fingerprint scanner.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone to date and most expensive, too. The phone will be available on May 17 in Almond, Nebula Blue, and Mirror Gray colors through OnePlus.com starting at US$ 669 for the 6GB+128GB variant. The 8GB+256GB model will go for US$ 699, while the top-dog 12GB+256GB version is at US$ 749.

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WT:Social is a social network without ads and fake news

It’s created by the co-founder of Wikipedia

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In this digital age, fake news and ads have proliferated on the internet. Their proliferation has a big impact on society. That’s why Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales launched WT:Social, an alternative social networking platform to Facebook and Twitter.

WT:Social is an abbreviation of Wikitribune Social. It aims to provide users with quality headlines by eliminating fake news. It does this by providing a news feed gathered from different “subwikis”. These “subwikis” act as communities where users can join and post news articles. Users can also report misleading headlines and fake news. In the future, the platform will also implement an “upvote” button.

The whole platform seems inspired by Reddit. Unlike Reddit though, a private company doesn’t own WT:Social. It operates through donations, which is also how Wikipedia operates. Through donations, the company promises to sell no personal data — a clear dig at major tech companies like Google and Facebook.

“We will never sell your data. Our platform survives on the generosity of individual donors to ensure privacy is protected and your social space is ad-free,” the platform states on its website.

Privacy-conscious users looking for an alternative to Facebook and Twitter may find WT:Social useful. They can now sign-up through this link, but there is currently a waitlist for new members.

With 80,000 members and counting, Jimmy Wales expect more users in the future. A privacy-focused social networking site focused on eliminating fake news is what the world needs right now, considering that fake news has the power to influence an election, and even generate a scandal.

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Huawei’s foldable Mate X is finally on sale

Chinese exclusive for now

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In the span of just a few weeks, the world’s first foldable smartphones finally received their much-awaited public release. Headlining the pack, Samsung launched the second iteration of the Galaxy Fold. The revolutionary foldable phone is now available worldwide.

Similarly, Motorola launched its own interpretation of the latest trend, a reimagined resurrection of the iconic Motorola Razr. The new Motorola razr is a brilliant combination of nostalgia and modern technology.

Joining this already distinguished duo, Huawei has finally released its own foldable device, the Mate X. Like its contemporaries, the Mate X was first announced earlier this year. Since then, Huawei’s foldable smartphone has been a victim of numerous rumors and delayed launched.

Prior to this weekend, the Mate X’s most conclusive launch date is “late 2019.” Well, we’re finally in late 2019. As promised, the Mate X is out in the market.

In China, that is. Before a more international launch, the Mate X is exclusive to the Chinese market for now.

Unlike other foldable phones, the Mate X folds outwardly. With its form factor, the phone doesn’t need a second screen. Unfolded, it has an 8.0-inch screen. Folded, it has a front-facing 6.6-inch screen and a 6.38-inch rear screen.

Inside, the Mate X comes with Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of internal storage. It also comes with a triple rear camera setup: a 40-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. For power, the Mate X carries a sizable 4500mAh battery.

The Mate X retails for CNY 16,999 (or around US$ 2,425.50). However, the device is available only in China for now.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate X first look: Answering the burning questions

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Lazada’s 11.11 concludes with record-breaking sales

E-commerce is growing in the Philippines

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Lazada just had a blast with its 11.11 sale. This year’s sale sets new records for the online store company, with over 11 million deals from local and international brands sold to customers in the Philippines.

Lazada tallied one million sold items within the first hour of the 11.11 sale. One million users also shopped for various items on the website. By the end of the sale event, Lazada shoppers spent a total of 205 million minutes shopping on Lazada. That’s equivalent to watching a marathon of harry Potter for 187,000 times. Filipinos also proved to be shopping-savvy, collecting up to PhP 170 million worth of vouchers during the sale. One person’s shopping cart even amounted to a whopping PhP 1.2 million.

Bigger league of millionaire sellers

Dealers and sellers also set a record for increasing the membership of Lazada’s millionaire-seller league. The league, where sellers past a million peso sale mark earn membership, gained 1,140 new sellers because of the 11.11 sale.

Top brands in the 11.11 sale include Xiaomi for mobile category; CooCaa for home appliance; Pampers for mother’s care; Hydro Flask for general merchandise; Maybelline for health and beauty; and American Tourister for fashion.

This year’s 11.11 sale proves that e-commerce is booming the country. Globally, e-commerce is growing steadily, with China’s Singles’ Day event this year crossing the US$ 38 billion mark for total sales.

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