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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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iPhone 13 pre-orders in Singapore begin today

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Are you ready? Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 lineup begin today in Singapore! Specifically, it starts at 8PM.

Apple’s latest and greatest set of iPhones are coming to Singapore and you can secure one for yourself by heading to the Apple Singapore website. This year’s lineup is pretty much an iteration of last year’s. That means we get upgrades for all four models: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini

New to this pair of iPhones is the A15 Bionic chip which, you already know, boosts the performance of the iPhone. You’re also getting Cinematic Mode which automatically adds background blur to your videos. It does this through an algorithm. It’s the first of its kind on smartphones.

Read more on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

This year’s pair of Pro iPhones are even more Pro than ever. It shares the same A15 Bionic chip as the other iPhone 13s, but it boosts performance thanks to a different, more powerful GPU. You also get the ability to shoot in Apple ProRes format. A boon for professional mobile filmmakers.

Read more on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Pricing

The iPhone 13 starts at SG$ 1,299. Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 mini starts at SG $ 1,149.

The iPhone 13 Pro starts at SG$ 1649 (SG$ 69 a month for 24 months) and SG$ 1799 (SG$ 75 a month/24 months) for the iPhone 13 Pro Max variant. The base storage still starts at 128GB but goes all the way to 1TB — also a first on any iPhone.

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5

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Pulse 3D Wireless

Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.

It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

 

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Shopee’s 10.10 K-Pop performer is ITZY

Following sister group TWICE’s footsteps

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ITZY
Image from @ITZYofficial on Twitter

Shopee is on a roll. After securing performances from K-Pop supergroup TWICE, the online shopping company has also secured performances from K-Pop 4th Gen superstars ITZY. The group is set to perform on their 10.10 Brand Festival Shopee live.

Shopee has yet to reveal what else they have in store for 10.10. But what we can expect for sure is another generous round of vouchers and giveaways.

ITZY is a five-member girl group featuring Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted with the song “Dalla Dalla”. In 2020, they launched the shoulder dance craze with their comeback “Wannabe”. On September 24, the group will release their first full album called Crazy In-Love with the title track “Loco”.

Early Shopee Christmas

In the Philippines, Shopee is already kickstarting its Christmas campaign. They are welcoming the holidays essentially the voice and face of Christmas in the country — Jose Mari Chan.  Shoppers can catch the singer-songwriter on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles from  September to December.

The singer-songwriter will also give out treats via ShopeePay come December. He’s doing it along with other celebrities and influencers. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits.

You can activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN.

SEE ALSO: ShopeePay: 6 reasons why you need to switch now

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