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OnePlus 9 series with Hasselblad cameras now official

Focus on cameras

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OnePlus phones are a close runner-up to Samsung phones in being worst kept secrets. After all the leaks and rumors, today the company has finally officially launched the OnePlus 9 Series consisting of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.

Let’s get right into what you’re here for. The cameras. OnePlus spared no effort in making it known that they have partnered with renowned imaging company Hasselblad. Hoping to draw attention perhaps the way Leica did for Huawei some years back.

Here’s the lay of the land hardware-wise:

OnePlus 9 Pro

48MP Main Sony IMX789 f/1.8
50MP Ultra-wide IMX766 f/2.2
8MP Telephoto camera f/2.4
2MP Mono camera f/2.4

OnePlus 9

48MP Main Sony IMX689 f/1.8
50MP Ultra-wide IMX766 f/2.2
2MP Mono camera f/2.4

But those are Sony lenses, where does Hasselblad come in?

Fantastic question. Rather than hardware, the collaboration is more in the software department. OnePlus worked with Hasselblad on what they call the “Natural Color Calibration with Hasselblad.”

What it’s supposed to do is optimize the color performance of all the cameras found on the OnePlus 9 Series. It also behaves differently. Auto shooters — those that don’t like to thinker with settings — will get a natural but also rich color look.

Meanwhile, in Pro Mode, the color will be more true to what the naked eyes see providing more post-editing options for those who require it.

In short, it’s still pretty much the same AI and computational photography that other brands implement.

The OnePlus 9 Series is also home to staple smartphone shooting features like Nightscape or Night Mode, Macro, Portrait Mode, Smart Scene recognition, HDR, Timelapse, and many others.

If you’re curious what the photo looks like, watch our YouTube video.

Video shooting improvements

In order to better serve smartphone video-shooting folks, OnePlus added an additional Laser Focus and a mic in the rear camera module. The mic is for audio zoom which is supposed to pick up sound louder as you zoom in to a subject. This is a feature we’ve seen on the Galaxy Note 10 and a few other flagships.

Elsewhere on the phones

The OnePlus 9 has 6.55-inch AMOLED display. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 9 Pro is slightly bigger with its 6.7-inch AMOLED with LTPO display. Both screens have a120Hz refresh rate reinforced by Corning Gorilla Glass.

The OnePlus 9 series also has both Face Unlock and In-Display Fingreprint as unlock options. Both have 8GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB configuration options and are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

Supporting those features is a 4,500mAh battery with wired Warp Charge 65T. The Pro variant has an edge in wireless charging, able to support Warp Charge 50W while the non pro one supports 15W Qi wireless charging.

Pricing and availability

It will be available globally in the US, Canada in North America and widely available in various countries in Europe. Meanwhile in Asia, it will be available in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and India.

Here’s the US pricing:

OnePlus 9 (8GB+128GB)

  • US$ 729
  • Astral Black, Winter Mist

OnePlus 9 (12GB+256GB)

  • US$ 829
  • Astral Black

OnePlus 9 Pro (8GB+128GB)

  • US$ 969
  • Morning Mist

OnePlus 9 Pro (12GB+256GB)

  • US$ 1,069
  • Morning Mist, Pine Green

 

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ASUS Zenfone 8 Series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pre-orders come with a freebie!

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Zenfone 8 Flip

Yes, they’re back for real! After skipping a couple of generations, ASUS is bringing back the Zenfone to the Philippines. They’re bringing over both Zenfone 8 Series phones — the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip!

Both phones are flagship level being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. But they’re pretty different. Here’s a quick look at their specs side by side.

Zenfone 8

Zenfone Flip 8

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display 5.9” Samsung AMOLED, 120Hz 6.67” Samsung AMOLED, 90Hz
OS Android 11, Zen UI 8 Android 11, Zen UI 8
Configuration 6GB + 128GB

8GB +128GB

8GB + 256GB

16GB + 256GB

*No storage expansion

8GB +256GB

*Up to 2TB storage expansion via MicroSD

Battery 4,000mAh 5,000mAh
Cameras 64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

12MP front-facing

64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

8MP telephoto

*Flip camera module

The Zenfone 8 is unique in that it offers flagship capabilities in a compact body. The phone has a 5.9″ display Samsung AMOLED display. For comparison, the closest thing to it overall is the iPhone 12 mini which has a 5.4″ display.

Watch our Zenfone 8 review

 

Meanwhile, the Zenfone 8 Flip is ASUS sticking to their guns and offering something unique in the flagship segment. As the name suggests, this has the Flip camera module. So when taking selfies, you’re essentially using the best cameras on the phone that’s typically only on the rear for every other flagship.

Read our Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions

Zenfone 8 Flip

Price and availability

The ASUS Zenfone 8 Series is available for pre-order starting May 14, 2021 at official ASUS Concept Stores,
accredited online and offline shops. Successful pre-orders will get a free Rhinoshield Solidsuit Hardcase and a JBL Go 3.

Pricing are as follows:

  • ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip, 8GB + 256GB, Galactic Black and Glacier Silver — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 16GB + 256GB, Obsidian Black — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 8GB +128GB, Obsidian Black and Horizon Silver — PhP 34,995
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PS5’s DualSense controller gets two new colors

Midnight Black and Cosmic Red

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DualSense

Not too fond of the white DualSense controller on the PS5? Sony PlayStation heard you as they announce two new colors of this haptic wonder — Midnight Black and Cosmic Red.

The PlayStation blog waxed poetic while describing the new colors: “Midnight Black features two subtly different shades of black with light grey detailing to reflect how we view space through the night sky. Cosmic Red offers a striking black and red design inspired by the unique vivid shades of red found throughout the cosmos.”

The DualSense controller is one of the biggest innovations of the PlayStation 5. Combining Haptic Feedback and Adaptive Triggers, it offered developers a new way to have gamers experience games. This was most evident in the recently released roguelike survival shooter Returnal.

The new colors are indeed striking. Could this be a sign that we might see Midnight Black and Crimson Red plates for the actual PlayStation 5?

The new lineup of colors will be available at participating retailers globally starting June 2021. The exact date will vary by location. You may check with local retailers for availability.

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Redmi Note 10S launches with Helio G95, 64MP camera

Comes with an upgraded camera

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Just after two months of launching the Redmi Note 10 series, Xiaomi has returned with a successor. The affordable segment plays a crucial part for the company, and the lineup has proven to be a marvel. What’s new in the Redmi Note 10S?

The design is extremely similar to the predecessor, and it’ll be hard to differentiate between the two. Xiaomi calls it EVOL design, and it’s also a part of the Redmi Note 10 Pro series.

On the front, it has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution with a standard 60Hz refresh rate. Powering the phone is a Mediatek Helio G95 processor, coupled with Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. It supports expandable storage via a dedicated microSD card slot.

The rear sports a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The front gets a 13-megapixel selfie shooter, which is embedded in a punch-hole cut-out.

Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. Xiaomi claims the Redmi Note 10S can go zero to a hundred percent in around 78 minutes. The fingerprint sensor is located on the side and doubles up as the power button.

Redmi Note 10S is priced at INR 14,999 (US$ 203) for the 6GB+64GB variant and INR 15,999 (US$ 217) for the 6GB+128GB option. It’ll be available in three colors — Deep Sea Blue, Frost White, and Shadow Black. Sales start from May 18 via Amazon India, Mi.com, Mi Home stores, and retail stores.

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