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OnePlus 8 will have wireless charging

Goes from 1 to 50 percent in less than an hour

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OnePlus' Warp Charge Wireless Dock | Photo by Evan Blass (@evleaks)

OnePlus fans have something to look forward to for OnePlus 8. In an official forum post, OnePlus confirmed the presence of a feature that has long been missing on its flagship devices. The next flagship from the company will now come with wireless charging capabilities.

A notable omission

Ever since wireless charging took off, most brands have been including it on their flagship and some midrange devices for years. Samsung had this feature ever since the Galaxy S6. Apple followed suit with its 2017’s iPhone 8 and X. One brand that has refused to include wireless charging, however, is OnePlus. The company’s reluctance is due to its insistence that the speed of wireless charging must be on par with its proprietary wired solution.

The upcoming launch of the OnePlus 8 changes all that. With the company finally introducing its own Warp Charge 30 Wireless charger, it’s confirmed that the next flagship from OnePlus will have wireless charging. Plus, OnePlus 8 will also support the Qi wireless charging standard. The phone will support charging speeds of up to 10W with any third-party wireless charger.

Wireless charger incoming

As for the wireless charger, the company says it can achieve a peak output of 30W. It can charge a device from 1% to 50% in less than an hour. There’s also unique engineering that went into the product.

OnePlus’ Warp Charge Wireless Dock | Photo by Evan Blass (@evleaks)

First, the wireless charger features an innovative charge pump that ensures maximum charging efficiency. The charge pump minimizes heat while charging and automatically deactivates when it detects abnormal currents. The company is touting a 97% charge efficiency. Not bad for the company’s first wireless charger.

It also has a customized chip inside that allows communication between the charger and a smartphone. The chip assists in controlling the voltage and current for maximum charging efficiency. The chip is part of the Warp wireless direct charging architecture that the OnePlus touts as a fast and stable charging technology.

On top of all that, it’s Qi-standard compatible so any phone can also charge wirelessly. The downside, though, is that speeds may be limited to a measly 10W as the company may want to make the 30W charging rate available exclusively to its devices.

Truly, the future is exciting for OnePlus. It recently unveiled a new logo to mark a new beginning for the company. Also, it is preparing for the highly-anticipated launch of the OnePlus 8 series, which will take place on April 14.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 8 Series specs, price leak ahead of launch

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realme shows off the realme 8’s 108MP camera

It has a lot of “firsts”

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The race for megapixels is on and realme in no mood of missing out. The phone maker has showed-off its 108-megapixel camera setup, which will be found on the upcoming realme 8 Pro.

The massive sensor not only produces a sharper image, but also brings the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video, starry time-lapse video, and new portrait filters. realme is confident the camera will be able to outmatch the competition. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 10i and Mi 10T series have a 108-megapixel camera, but the two sensors are different.

realme has opted for Samsung’s HM2 sensor for the primary camera and it features a larger sensor with a size of 1/1.52″. The larger pixel size ensures better image quality and it supports 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. The brand has shown off a few images that were clicked with the sensor.

For zooming, it supports 3x in-sensor zoom, which processes a 12-megapixel image in the end. Essentially, the sensor will compress the image but retain details that are necessary for the picture. In turn, the algorithm improves accuracy, colors, as well as contrast.

A Starry Mode is also showed-off and it can shoot a video timelapse, using a time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos. The camera clicks 30 pictures in 480 seconds and compiles that into a one-second video.

There’s also a tilt-shift mode that’ll let you adjust the shape, angle, position, and size of the bokeh effect. Along with this, there are three portrait filters — Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Color Portrait.

The company hasn’t announced the launch date of the realme 8 series. But we know it’ll be coming first to India in March 2021. Finally, realme has reiterated that its “realme number series” naming format for smartphones shall continue focusing on camera-centric innovations.

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realme Watch S Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pro experience at an affordable price tag

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Smartphone maker realme has just launched the realme Watch S Pro in the Philippines. Dubbed as the partner for your everyday lifestyle, the “pro” smartwatch packed more than just the essential features.

Currently, it’s the company’s most premium watch. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED round display with high resolution and brightness and uses a powerful dual-process supporting a faster refresh rate while consuming less power.

Also, it’s equipped with a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days on a single charge. It also tracks up to 15 different workout modes, thanks to its advanced dual-satellite GPS sensors.

Additionally, the smartwatch measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. Moreover, the smartwatch comes with a premium build where you can pair over 100+ watch faces to suit your mood and style — all while only retailing for PhP 8,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Watch S Pro will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Get PhP 1,300 off for the realme Watch S Pro this 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. From PhP 8,990, the smartwatch will be available for only PhP 7,690. Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out.

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realme Smart TV: Price and availability in the Philippines

Real picture, real sound

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Homes are indeed getting smarter, and realme joins in the fray, bringing the Smart TV to the Philippines.

The realme Smart TV comes in two sizes: a 32-inch with HD resolution and a 43-inch model with Full HD resolution. Both models have LED panels for their display, equipped with a MediaTek processor, 24W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support, and Android TV out of the box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps.

Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available with its remote control having a dedicated button for the first three platforms mentioned.

The Smart TV boasts its Chroma Boost technology, which optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for a top-notch viewing experience. Moreover, it sports several port options such as a couple of USB ports, HDMI, AV, and digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The 32-inch realme Smart TV retails for PhP 11,990 while the 43-inch model is available for PhP 18,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Smart TV will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Both models will get PhP 3,000 off; the 32-inch model with an SRP of PhP 11,990 will be available for PhP 8,990 while the 43-inch model with an SRP of PhP 18,990 will be available for PhP 15,990.

Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out. On another note, ten lucky buyers of the realme Smart TV will get a free realme Soundbar. Meanwhile, first-batch buyers of the TV will get free 12 months extended warranty worth PhP 3,990.

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