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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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Netflix might ask more users to watch films before they premiere

An exclusive group

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Watching a movie before it comes out thrusts viewers into an exclusive sweet spot beyond normal moviegoers. Not everyone gets into this club, though. Usually, the privilege of an advanced screening goes to people involved in the moviemaking industry. However, with the current zeitgeist revolving around streaming services like Netflix, it’s easier to catch a movie before anyone else can.

Offering more users a chance to enter this club, Netflix is expanding its pool of preview viewers starting next year. First reported by Wall Street Journal, the platform will reportedly include tens of thousands of viewers — a gigantic climb from its current base of around 2,000 users.

Members of this group will have access to unreleased movies and series over a period of six months. After which, users will answer surveys to help Netflix determine which movies are worth seeing or skipping. It works like a focus group but automated by Netflix’s system.

If the program does expand next year, the company has not confirmed how it will do so or who is eligible to join. If anything, they have been asking subscribers their interest in taking part in the program.

Focus groups and advanced screenings are a common part of Netflix’s content cycle. Besides asking users for feedback before releasing content, the platform also releases content in other formats prior to a streaming launch. For example, the upcoming sequel to Knives Out, Glass Onion, premiered in select theaters for a week before its streaming release on December 23.

SEE ALSO: IN PHOTOS: Dubbing with Netflix, HIT Productions

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Infinix debuts powerful ZERO 5G 2023

Impressive upgrades, better capabilities

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Infinix ZERO 5G 2023

Infinix is welcoming December in a massive way, debuting the powerful ZERO 5G 2023 which comes with impressive upgrades and improved storage capabilities.

The smartphone will be among the first devices to house a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 6nm 5G chipset for up to 2.6Hz of maximum power, while its 5,000mAh battery supports 33W Fast Charge technology.

There is an 8GB RAM plus 5GB of extended RAM for mobile gamers to enjoy, while the phone’s storage is set at 256GB.

The display is likewise off the charts, through a 6.78-inch FHD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz sample rate.

Among the device’s features are Clever 5G mode for battery optimization and Auto-Switch Refresh Rate mode.

When it comes to the camera package, the Infinix ZERO 5G 2023 has a 50MP AI camera, 2 MP depth camera, and 2MP micro camera in its triple camera setup on the rear.

There are Super Night Mode and Night Filter features so that low light captures are no problem. There’s also Film Mode for simpler and more efficient video editing of up to 960fps clips.

Pricing, availability

The ZERO 5G 2023’s availability will vary depending on the region. For now, its price starts at US$ 239 and there will be three color options to choose from: Pearly White, Coral Orange, and Submariner Black. 

Be sure to bookmark this link to stay up to date on Infinix’s latest mid-ranger.

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Corning unveils tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Can survive 1m drops on concrete

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Smartphones are getting stronger. Because of ever-growing technology, smartphones today can more easily withstand bumps, dings, and accidents. Besides the intricate labyrinth of chips inside, it’s also important to look at the screen. In the next evolution of screen durability, Corning has unveiled next year’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, featuring more protection against the most common smartphone accident.

If you’re out and about, there’s a good chance that you’re holding your phone in your hand. All it takes is either a miscalculation or slippery hands to send your phone tumbling onto the unforgiving concrete. According to Corning, “over 30 percent of the drops [smartphones] were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”

Building on its predecessor’s formula, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 can now survive drops from one meter on concrete. Plus, much like the original Victus, this version can withstand drops from two meters on smoother asphalt. The new material also compensates for larger and heavier form factors.

Now, the big question: Does it matter? Though it might seem insignificant, more durability on rougher surfaces means more protection in real-life scenarios. In the real world, not everything is as smooth as concrete. More often than not, smartphones will fall onto uneven surfaces. Even a single tiny bump can spell disaster for the hardiest of screens.

Corning has not confirmed which smartphones will get the new glass yet. However, the company hints that it’s coming to a flagship in the coming months. Given the timing (and the specs of the previous generation), it’s not difficult to assume that next year’s Galaxy S23 series will get the Victus 2 first.

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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