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OPPO F9 goes official with a new notch design and VOOC quick charging tech

OPPO focuses on making beautiful-looking phones

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There’s a new borderless phone in town! OPPO has just announced the F9 which succeeds the OPPO F7 after five months. The introduction of the new F-series phone came in quick compared to the usual annual smartphone release of other manufacturers. So, what’s new about the F9? There’s quite a lot.

First, the F9 has a new notch design. Unlike the Find X, the F9 still carries a cutout to house its selfie camera. Instead of a wide space though, the F9 sports a waterdrop-like notch that is significantly smaller, increasing the screen-to-body ratio to 90.8 percent. The display now also measures 6.3 inches with a taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio, but still with a Full HD+ resolution.

OPPO F9 in Starry Purple (left), Twilight Blue (center), and Sunrise Red (right)

The other obvious difference of the F9 is its back. Following in the footsteps of Huawei, OPPO gave the F9 new gradient colors, namely Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple. In addition to the new hues, the rear of the F9 has petal-shaped patterns that reflect light effectively, giving the phone a multi-color effect. The fingerprint reader is also located at the back of the phone, making it easy to reach by either index finger.

OPPO F9 with VOOC Flash Charge

Perhaps the main feature of the F9 is the 3500mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge technology — a first for their midrange lineup. According to the company, the F9 can deliver two hours of talk time after a quick five-minute charge. Despite having VOOC, the F9 still has a micro-USB port.

Lastly, there are now two rear cameras on the F9. The AI-enhanced 16-megapixel main shooter is accompanied by a secondary 2-megapixel depth sensor to take portrait photos. The front camera is still an AI-powered 25-megapixel sensor which is more than enough to take the best-possible selfies.

Inside the F9 is a MediaTek Helio P60 processor, same as the F7’s, but it’s now paired with up to 6GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. If that’s not enough, you can always put in a microSD card to have additional space for your photos, files, and apps.

The OPPO F9 is first available in Southeast Asia. The 6GB variant goes for PhP 17,990 in the Philippines and THB 10,990 in Thailand. Vietnam gets the 4GB variant for VND 7,690,000.

Update (08/16/2018): Updated with memory variants and their respective prices.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R17 unveiled with tiny notch and under-display fingerprint reader

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OnePlus 8 Series specs, price leak ahead of launch

OnePlus and its consitently rising prices…

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While most companies are deferring launches due to a global lockdown amid the Coronavirus pandemic, OnePlus is braving against the storm and launching its flagship phone on April 14. The OnePlus 8 Series shall launch in-line with its previous upgrade cycle, continuing a long followed legacy.

However, you won’t have to wait for the official announcements because the phone’s specifications and prices have already leaked. It was always known that the phones shall be powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor.

OnePlus 8 Pro:

The OnePlus 8 Pro is expected to have a 6.8-inch 120Hz Fluid AMOLED display with HDR 10+ support. For authentication, the brand shall continue with an in-display fingerprint scanner. It could also be the first phone to finally bring IP68 water and dust resistance to an OnePlus phone.

On the rear would be a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX689 primary sensor, a 48-megapixel IMX586 wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 5-megapixel color filter. For selfies, the front shall have a 16-megapixel camera.

Backing these internals should be a 4,500mAh battery with support for not only 30W fast charging but also 30W wireless charging. OnePlus has already detailed this concept before launch and it shall be one of the most exciting features of the phone.

The 8GB+128GB OnePlus 8 Pro is alleged to come with a whopping cost price of €930 (US$ 1,010) while the top-tier option with 12GB+256GB configuration is expected at  €1,020 (US$ 1,110).

OnePlus 8:

The smaller sibling would come with a slightly smaller 6.5-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display with an integrated fingerprint scanner. Obviously, both the phones shall also have support for face unlock. However, the OnePlus 8 could miss out on waster and dust resistance certification.

The OnePlus 8 will have a triple-camera setup with a different choice of sensors. The primary lens shall consist of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, followed by a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, it’ll have a 16-megapixel sensor, the same as the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Powering these components shall be marginally smaller 4,300mAh battery with the usual 30W fast charging support. Both the phones will have Dolby Atmos support, stereo speakers, and 5G support. Like all OnePlus phones, they’ll ship with OxygenOS based on Android 10 out-of-the-box.

Lastly, the OnePlus 8 could have a starting price of €729 (US$ 790) for an 8GB+128GB option, while the 12GB+256GB variant may have cost €835 (US$ 910).

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Huawei just launched its own credit card

Partnered with UnionPay

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Nationalistic ties aside, Huawei has created some of the more interesting smartphones of recent history. Throughout the years, the company’s flagship series have brought remarkable performance for a fraction of the usual cost. That said, they also promised to expand their portfolio beyond their usual fare, starting with a flurry of smart home devices.

Today, Huawei has announced a new (and strangest) addition to its menu. In the Chinese launch for the Huawei P40 series, Huawei head honcho Richard Yu announced an official Huawei credit card.

Of course, a tech-endorsed financial service isn’t unheard of. Last year, Apple rolled out the Apple Card, a plastic and virtual service with Goldman Sachs. It’s no surprise that Huawei wants to get in on the action.

Like the Apple Card, Huawei’s credit card is available both physically and digitally. The company will work together with UnionPay, a sizable Chinese financial service. Likewise, the card can link with Huawei’s smartphones for mobile payment options, especially through Huawei Pay or the company’s digital wallet. For security, Huawei offers the same security it provides for its smartphones.

The program is already offering some tempting benefits for signing up. There is no annual fee for the first year. They can also reduce the second-year fee for those who spend enough money on Huawei Pay purchases. Finally, card owners will get travel benefits, like lounge access in certain train stations and airports.

Currently, Yu has not when the card will launch or whether it will launch exclusively in China.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate Xs price, availability in the Philippines

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Tired of a ‘lockdown’ relationship? Facebook has Tuned for you

Facebook and its wild ideas…

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Public display of affection, going out on dates, and even holding hands is a thing of the past. Stay indoors and self-quarantine yourself from the fatal virus out there. Facebook truly understands the problems of long-distance relationships and has an advanced solution to help you. It’s called Tuned.

Yes, it’s a dating app. But it doesn’t let you meet new people like Tinder or Bumble. It’s supposed to offer you a personal space, virtually. It’s not about finding love, but about sustaining it. Messaging is just one tiny feature of the app, it’ll further let you create a scrapbook-like-feed to see all your memories together.

Moreover, you can add pictures, voice notes, custom stickers, and more. That’s not all. You can also connect your Spotify playlist and share your mood with your partner. “With Tuned, you can be as mushy, quirky, and silly as you are together in person, even when you’re apart.” the team said in a statement.

Obviously, you can do all of this on any instant messaging app like WhatsApp or Messenger, both of which, are owned ultimately by Facebook. Perhaps the team thought having a dedicated app for a committed relationship would be a brighter idea?

The app is a creation of Facebook’s New Product Experimentation team that’s responsible for working around whacky ideas like these. Basically, throw a dart in the dark and hope it hits the mark. The app is limited to iOS for now and we don’t know if there will be an Android version any time soon.

Almost every other country is urging its citizens to practice social distancing amid the Coronavirus outbreak. In such times of crisis, couples are among the most hit victims who can’t even meet casually.

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