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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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Disney+ expanding to more than 50 places this year

Check out the list here

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Emerging as one of the biggest streaming platforms today, Disney+ is expanding its operations to more countries and territories this year. Starting in the summer of this year, the platform will find its way to 42 more countries and 11 new territories.

Despite the popularity of its content, Disney+ doesn’t have the widest global market owing to its limited availability. Currently, the platform is available only in 64 countries. Obviously, the biggest markets — like the United States and the United Kingdom — already have it. That, however, leaves out smaller territories that have expressed interest in the platform. But the expansion hasn’t stopped.

As announced via The Hollywood Reporter, Disney+ is expanding to over 50 new places. However, despite the size of its expansion, Disney has not announced exact launch dates or pricing schemes for any of the below countries.

The full list of new countries, arranged alphabetically, include the following: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City and Yemen.

Disney+ will also expand to these 11 territories: the Faroe Islands, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, St. Pierre and Miquelon Overseas Collective, Åland Islands, Sint Maarten, Svalbard & Jan Mayen, British Indian Ocean Territory, Gibraltar, Pitcairn Islands and St. Helena.

Is your country part of the list?

SEE ALSO: Disney+ coming to the Philippines soon?

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The Steam Deck finally launches on February 25

Starts shipping out February 28

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The Nintendo Switch was one of the boldest experiments in gaming. Could a console successfully meld home-based gaming with mobile gaming? The answer is: It certainly could! The Switch, despite its flaws, is still one of the most successful consoles that Nintendo has ever released. Now, years after its launch, other brands are finally returning or introducing themselves to the mobile gaming market. Valve, after announcing the device last year, is finally launching its own take, the Steam Deck, on February 25.

Last year, Valve, the company behind Steam, announced the Switch-like gaming console for PC gamers. As what that implies, the Steam Deck can play your Steam library inside its lithe but powerful frame. Squeezed in by two controllers, the 7-inch device blasts through games with a quad-core Zen 2 CPU, an AMD APU, 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage.

Naturally, the Steam Deck incited a lot of hype for gamers. It was finally possible to easily play PC games while on the road. However, despite the hype, the device went through an unsurprisingly rocky launch schedule. Initially pegged for a holiday launch, it was pushed back due to ongoing shortages.

Now, we finally have a date. On February 25, Valve will start sending out order emails to those who previously bought reservations, as stated in their latest blog post. Customers will then have three days to push through with their order. Shipments will start flying out on February 28.

Those who haven’t reserved yet can still do so for US$ 5, but the waiting time might take a while since Valve is so close to launch. The Steam Deck will start selling at US$ 399 and will go up to US$ 649 for the most premium model.

SEE ALSO: Steam launches first portable console, the Steam Deck

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Redmi Note 11 series officially launches

Featuring 4 devices

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Redmi Note 11 series

Xiaomi just announced the Redmi Note 11 series. It’s a massive line that has four smartphones. These are the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11. The series promises upgrades across the board from cameras, performance, and charging speeds.

Flagship-level camera setup

Each member of the Redmi Note 11 series is equipped with sensors that won’t leave you wanting in the camera department. The Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, and Redmi Note 11 feature 108MP primary sensors.

Specifically, they are using the Samsung HM2 with a 1/1.52″ sensor size. It leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology as well as dual native ISO to deliver incredible images with higher dynamic range and colour performance, with excellent results even in dim light.

AMOLED goodness

Members of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 series’ screen sizes vary. But they all have FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay featuring DCI-P3 wide color gamut. There’s also 1200nits brightness. And last but certainly not the least, a 120Hz screen refresh rate with a 360Hz touch sampling rate. Impressive numbers, especially for the Redmi Note line.

The series is powered by more than capable Snapdragon and MediaTek chipsets. These are able to handle any task from the most basic like social media browsing, to the most demanding like playing games and multitasking.

Here’s a quick look at the specs.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G

Redmi Note 11 Pro

Redmi Note 11S

Redmi Note 11

Display

120Hz

6.67” FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay

90Hz

6.43” FHD+ AMOLED

DotDisplay

Rear camera

108MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

108MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

2MP depth camera

50MP main camera

8MP ultra-wide camera

2MP macro camera

2MP depth camera

Front camera

16MP in-display front camera

13MP in-display  front camera

Dimension & Weight

164.19mm x 76.1mm x 8.12mm

202g

159.87mm x 73.87mm x 8.09mm

179g

Processor

Snapdragon 695

MediaTek Helio G96

Snapdragon 680

RAM+ROM

LPDDR4X

UFS 2.2

Audio

Dual speakers

3.5mm headphone jack

Security

Side fingerprint sensor

AI Face Unlock

Charging

5,000mAh (typ) battery

Supports 67W wired turbo charging

5,000mAh (typ) battery

Supports 33W wired Pro fast charging

Connectivity

SIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD)

NFC

IR blaster

Dual SIM + MicroSD

NFC**

IR blaster

Variant**

6GB+64GB, 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB

4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, 6GB+128GB

Available colors

(Depends on region)

Graphite Gray,

Polar White, Atlantic Blue

Graphite Gray,

Polar White, Star Blue

Graphite Gray,

Twilight Blue, Pearl White

Graphite Gray,

Twilight Blue, Star Blue

Pricing and availability details to follow.

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