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OPPO Find X is the company’s most premium and innovative phone to date

No fingerprint scanner but has unique pop-up cameras

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OPPO’s newest phone is finally here and, for the rarest of times, it’s not just about selfies. The Find X is OPPO’s most premium phone to date and it’s the result of the company’s effort to make an all-screen phone.

In a nutshell, the Find X is a phone with a large 6.4-inch curved OLED display encased in a one-of-a-kind chassis. There’s no notch and the bottom bezel is very minimal, making the phone truly an all-screen device.

According to The Verge‘s article, OPPO claims that the Find X has a 92.25 percent screen-to-body ratio (although the official press release still claims it’s 93.8 percent). That’s a few points shy from the early reports but still manages to beat the Vivo NEX’s record. Thankfully, we didn’t get fooled like with the Lenovo Z5.

Without a notch and a chin wide enough to house a camera, where did OPPO place the selfie shooter? The answer lies behind the screen; OPPO’s approach is pretty similar to the Vivo NEX’s popup camera. The Find X’s camera system is more unique and futuristic to some extent, though.

When you access the camera app, the entire top section of the phone motorizes up which then reveals a 25-megapixel front shooter along with a 3D facial scanning system. The upper portion also houses the rear cameras: a combo of 16- and 20-megapixel sensors. When not in use, all three cameras are hidden inside the phone.

Ignoring all the fancy camera tricks, the Find X is a typical 2018 flagship phone. It has a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of memory, up to 256GB storage, and it lacks a 3.5mm headphone port. Curiously, the Find X also has no fingerprint sensor — nothing at the back and in the display.

Instead, the phone uses the 3D facial scanner dubbed as O-Face Recognition, so the camera has to slide up automatically when you’re unlocking the phone. It works pretty well, but just imagine the phone always activating its sliding motor every time you have to authenticate.

The phone has a large 3730mAh battery and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo topped with ColorOS 5.1. If you’ve used an OPPO phone before, you know that it looks more like iOS rather than the usual Android interface.

The Find X is going to be available worldwide and it’ll be the first OPPO phone to be sold in North America and Europe. As always, it’ll be available in China first before it finds its way to other markets.

SEE ALSO: Vivo NEX Unboxing and Hands-on: The future!

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TNC Predator, Afreeca Freecs Fatal win Predator League APAC 2019

For Dota 2 and PUBG, respectively

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After three long days of battle in Bangkok, Thailand from February 15 to 17, two champions have emerged from the two featured games of the Predator League in Asia Pacific 2019.

For Dota 2, it’s TNC Predator from the Philippines; and for PUBG, the champ is none other than Afreeca Freecs Fatal from South Korea.

Their winnings come from a prize pool worth US$ 250,000. Each champion receives US$ 75,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up split the remaining pot.

The grand event concluded after over 3,500 competing teams from 16 countries were eventually reduced to only 26 groups in Bangkok for the finals.

This was the Predator League’s second event in the APAC region. In 2018, it was held in Indonesia. Next year’s event will take place in the Philippines.

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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

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After Canon‘s announcement of the new EOS RP, it’s now Fujifilm‘s turn to present their latest offering: the X-T30. Fuji’s new mirrorless interchangeable camera is the successor to 2017’s X-T20.

The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.

Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.

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Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.

It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.

When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

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MWC 2019

LG V50 ThinQ will be company’s first 5G smartphone

Arriving right before MWC 2019

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We have yet another leak ahead of LG’s press conference happening right before Mobile World Congress 2019. This time, it’s for the company’s first 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ.

It comes in the form of a tweet by Evan Blass, who also spilled the beans on LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ flagship a few days ago.

This confirms that the 5G smartphone LG will be showing off at MWC in Barcelona, Spain is the V50 ThinQ. Previously, we knew of such a handset coming on February 24, but we didn’t know what branding it would go under.

The leak, however, points to exclusivity with US carrier Sprint. It might also be a limited partnership, but we can more or less confirm that the V50 ThinQ will carry a Snapdragon 855 chipset in order to handle 5G signals.

In addition, we can see an extra camera on the front and back as compared to the G8 ThinQ’s setup. Sadly, it seems like the wide notch is sticking around.

Surprisingly, the V50 ThinQ is launching less than five months after the V40 ThinQ’s release. LG may be prioritizing its 5G rollout and needs an existing series to lay it on.

We’ll learn more once LG takes the stage on February 24 to reveal all its new devices, which might also include a foldable phone.

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