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OPPO’s ColorOS 7 is coming soon with these new features

Realme phones will also get it

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It’s been a few months since Google officially rolled out Android 10 and brands are scrambling to implement it along with their skins. Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 11 last month and now OPPO is working on ColorOS 7. Realme will also be adopting OPPO’s skin and has already shown-off a roadmap.

ColorOS 7 will be available to more than 20 phones across all global markets. There are over 300 million active ColorOS users across the world, spread over 140 countries, and using it in 80+ languages. For its latest iteration, the focus was on providing a “Smooth and Delightful” experience that delivers consistent performance and stability.

What’s new?

1. Infinite design: The new update is focused on efficiency, convenience, and simplicity. The new visual design comes with increased white space and tweaked UI colors that are expected to reduce visual fatigue. Even the rest of the icons have been made simpler and follow dual-tone Material Design guidelines. The update brings four different icon designs along with the new OPPO Sans font. Oh and yes, there will be Dark Mode.

2. Privacy protection: Features such as the Personal Information Protection option that lets users protect their personal information from third-party apps. There are also Payment Protection and File Protection options as the two major additions in the privacy settings.

For India, OPPO has announced a new app integrated with the government’s DigiLocker service. Called DocVault, the app will help users manage and securely verify their official documents like school certificates, domicile certificates and more.

3. Better audio and haptic feedback: OPPO collaborated with Denmark’s audio design company Epic Sound to upgrade the overall sound system. Backed with improved haptics, all touches, slides, and toggles will respond with new sounds that make more sense and are pleasing to the ear.

 

4. Performance improvement: CachePreload is said to make apps open and start faster than the previous custom skin version. Further, there is oMem that adapts to user habits to shift and allocate system resources accordingly. The proprietary feature is claimed to boost RAM utilization by 40 percent and increase system response by 30 percent.

5. Intuitive interactions: The new weather-adaptive alarm automatically adjusts alarm sounds to weather. The company says that the UI is smarter and it can automatically switch to drive mode when it is connected to the car Bluetooth. For taking screenshots of specific regions, a 3-finger swipe follows by a long press will select only the part that is swiped.

6. Improved photography: Night Mode has been upgraded to Ultra Night Mode, focusing on optimizing the clarity, brightness, and color of photos taken at night through multi-frame HDR and AI algorithms. An Ultra Steady will also be added for action videography.

OPPO is also working in collaboration with Google’s CameraX project, which lets third-party app makers better optimize their in-app cameras to make better use of the phone’s camera capabilities.

Availability:

The first wave of phones includes the Reno and the Reno 10x Zoom Edition. This will be followed by the Reno2 and the F11 series, in December of this year. First-quarter of 2020 will see phones such as the Find X, Reno Z, Reno 2Z, R17 series, RX17 Pro, and the A9 be included. Lastly, the next quarter will involve the F7 series, the F9 series, the R15 series, the A5 2020, the A9 2020, and the K3.

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Realme X50 Pro 5G confirmed to have 65W fast charging

Fastest charging technology available right now

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Following the cancellation of MWC 2020, Realme has announced it will launch its next flagship product, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, via an online event.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, a Full HD+ display, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, 65W SuperDart fast charging ability, and the new Android 10-based Realme UI.

Unlike the Realme X50 5G, which comes with a 120Hz IPS LCD display, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will sport an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Multiple cameras on the back are also certain, but it remains to be seen what image sensors make the cut.

 

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit in December, Realme was one of the notable smartphone makers that confirmed the use of the new generation of 5G chipsets for its upcoming smartphones.

OPPO’s Reno Ace is the only phone to support 65W fast charging today and Realme’s offering will be called SuperDart. Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase revealed additional information about the new charging technology over on Weibo, stating that the Realme X50 Pro will use a GaN charger which is more compact, efficient, and generates less heat.

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Lenovo’s new phone will supposedly score 600,000 on AnTuTu

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Since its inception, AnTuTu has dominated the benchmark conversation for mobile devices. Even today, smartphones are still touting higher and higher scores for their marketing campaigns. Naturally, when a device brags about a new top score, all eyes are focused on the new contender.

Today, Lenovo wants to hog all that spotlight. On Chinese social network Weibo, leaks have teased an all-new Lenovo phone that will supposedly score 600000 on the AnTuTu scale. It’s quite a huge boast for the Chinese smartphone company. Currently, Apple owns the highest-scoring phone on AnTuTu; the iPhone 11 Pro Max holds a score of 548239. On the Android side, the ROG Phone 2 holds the high score of 507051. Only Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 has a higher score — a whopping 720076 — but, of course, it’s a tablet and not a phone.

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Like the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo’s new phone will likely cater to the gaming market. One of the posters uses the slogan, “Game On.”

In another poster, Lenovo has confirmed the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 for the upcoming smartphone. A new AnTuTu high score is definitely in the realm of possibility.

Since it will go up against the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo will likely launch the smartphone under its own gaming line, Legion. No word on an official launch yet, though.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad S540 review: A professional’s daily driver

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Xiaomi Mi 10 series goes official with 5G support and flagship specs

Xiaomi’s going all in

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Xiaomi has launched the new Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro at an event in China. The new flagships have only been launched in China but the company was expected to launch them globally in Barcelona, Spain on Feb 23, one day before MWC 2020 was scheduled to begin.

However, after the cancellation of the tech convention, there’s no certainty about the Xiaomi launch event. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, however, the phones were launched at an online-only event.

Both the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro feature 6.67-inch OLED displays with a 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865 processors, and up to 12GB of RAM. The duo also sports a 108-megapixel primary lens.

The Mi 10 has a 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. The Mi 10 Pro, on the other hand, houses a 12-megapixel lens for portraits, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 10x hybrid zoom, and a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens.

The cameras will be capable of shooting 8K videos. The front camera that is housed in a punch-hole is a 20-megapixel unit. During the launch event, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi 10 Pro managed to score 124 in the DxOMark testing. Additionally, while both feature a 108-megapixel main rear-facing camera, the one in the Mi 10 Pro has an 8P lens.

The Mi 10 houses a 4780mAh unit with 30W fast charging. The Mi 10 Pro comes with a slightly smaller battery with 4500mAh capacity. When it comes to connectivity, the Mi 10 series phones support the latest Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, as well as dual-mode 5G.

The Mi 10 starts at a price of CNY 3,999 (US$ 572) for the 8GB+128GB version, CNY 4,299 (US$ 615) for the 8GB+256GB option, and CNY 4,699 (US$ 672) for 12GB+256GB variant.

The Mi 10 Pro starts at CNY 4,999 (US$ 715) for the 8GB+256GB option and CNY 5,499 (US$ 786) for the 12GB+256GB variant. The top of the line variant with 12GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage is available for 5,999 (US$ 858).

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