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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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Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020

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Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

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Samsung Galaxy S20 series: US pre-order details

Samsung credits up for grabs!

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Samsung’s first-ever full 5G lineup — the Samsung Galaxy S20 series — can now be pre-ordered in the US!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series consists of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Here’s a quick breakdown on what you’re getting with each device.

Galaxy S20
Galaxy S20+ Galaxy S20 Ultra
Display 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.7″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz 6.9″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz
Processor Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865
Storage and Memory
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +12GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
  • 128GB + 12GB
  • 512GB +16GB
  • Expandable via MicroSD up to 1TB
Battery
  • 4000mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 4500mAh
  • 25W charging
  • 5000mAh
  • 45W charging (45W charger sold separately)
Cameras (Rear)
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 12MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 64MP, F2.0 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
  • 12MP, F2.2 Ultra Wide
  • 108MP, F1.8 Wide-Angle
  • 48MP, F3.5 Telephoto
  • Depth Vision
 

Camera (Selfie)

10MP, F2.2 10MP, F2.2 40MP, F2.2

 

The new flagship S series — while having top-of-the-line numbers in terms of specs — wants you to focus more on the experiences it will provide.

For instance, the new zoom capabilities on the main telephoto cameras are noteworthy. Samsung is calling the feature Space Zoom with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ capable of up to 3X lossless zoom and up to 30X hybrid zoom. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra can handle up to 10X lossless zoom and a whopping 100X hybrid zoom.

Pre-order details

Between February 21, 2020, and March 5, 2020, consumers who pre-order can get a US$ 100 Samsung credit with a Galaxy S20, US$150 Samsung credit with a Galaxy S20+ or US$ 200 Samsung credit with a Galaxy S20 Ultra. Pre-order consumers can build their own Galaxy Ecosystem and redeem their Samsung credit for curated bundles or select products like Galaxy Buds+, QLED 8K TVs, chargers and more.

Consumers who trade-in an eligible device on samsung.com, Best Buy or the Shop Samsung app can get up to US$ 700 towards purchase of a device in the Galaxy S20 line. The offer is for a limited time.

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First-ever Star Wars virtual run happening on May the 4th

Open to runners in Southeast Asia

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If you bought any of the Star Wars running sneakers that came out in late 2019, this is the perfect time to put them to use and “Run with The Force” with Southeast Asia’s first-ever Star Wars virtual run.

The run is happening on Star Wars day, May 4 — a date derived from the iconic phrase “May the Force Be With You.” Registration is now open and interested participants can clock-in their run distance. Upon registration, you will be prompted to choose either the light side or the dark side. Runners may run on run on treadmills or any running path they choose.

This run is made possible in collaboration with Social Fitness app LIV3LY. The Star Wars Virtual Run is open to runners from the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Runners may opt to run solo in the 5.4km (Individual) or pair up with a friend in the 40km (Individual or Group of Two) where the distances can be completed all at once or over a period of time.

The distance needs to be completed by May 31, 2020 in order to be eligible for the Finisher Trophies. Finishers of the 40km distance will receive an additional The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Trophy.

Registration can be done through the MOVE by LIV3LY app. Participants will have to activate the MOVE Run Tracker in the app before they are able record their distances from May 4 to 31.

Limited edition merchandise will also be available for purchase through the app including a Star Wars Pass Holder and a Mobile Phone Stand. The merchandise on sale will be exclusive to Southeast Asia and available in limited quantity only. The Finisher Trophy and any purchased merchandise will be sent to the registered address of the participants upon completion and verification by LIV3LY

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