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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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Vietnam’s Viettel develops its own 5G equipment

5G rollout in Vietnam imminent

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The race to 5G is on. Vietnam’s leading carrier, Viettel, just developed its own 5G equipment for use in the country’s transition towards the next-gen cellular service.

Vietnam becomes the sixth globally to develop its own 5G technology. Other countries that built homegrown infrastructure are Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia. Viettel’s development of its own 5G equipment makes it one of the few tech companies to have such capability.

Many countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, are using Huawei infrastructure to launch their 5G service. Vietnam’s resistance to partnering with Huawei stems from its territorial dispute with Beijing over South China Sea.

The carrier will start the rollout in larger cities initially in June. Viettel also intends to use 5G equipment from Nokia for the initial rollout.

In the future, Viettel is looking to supply 5G equipment to its subsidiary carriers in countries like Myanmar and Cambodia. While some may interpret this as the carrier’s potential entry to the competitive 5G equipment market, it has to pay patent royalties owed to Huawei, Ericsson, and other companies.

Vietnam’s rollout of its homegrown 5G equipment is a clear break from other countries willing to pay tech companies for such. Since the Vietnamese government owns it, the carrier will subsidize the full rollout of 5G in the country.

Elsewhere, other countries are scrutinizing tech companies since 5G is a critical infrastructure that is supposed to be free from interference. Huawei has faced an entity ban in American soil over spying concerns regarding its own 5G equipment.

The Chinese company is also facing a similar ban in other countries, but it breathed a sigh of relief last October when the UK reconsidered Huawei for its own 5G rollout.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

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New leak reveals Motorola phone with a stylus

What could it be?

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All eyes are on the Motorola razr. After more than a decade in oblivion, the iconic flip phone has returned with a vengeance. Besides courting nostalgia, the new Motorola razr has jumped onto the foldable bandwagon. With that in the books, what’s next for Motorola?

According to a new leak from Evan Blass, Motorola is chasing after the stylus market. The render portrays a slab phone with a detachable stylus.

Image source: Evan Blass

On the surface, the slab phone carries only a few notable aspects: a top-left peephole camera, no home button, and a sizable chin bezel. However, the stylus obviously slots into one of the phone’s four corners. Two small features on the stylus’ handle also point to button functionalities.

Regardless, the phone remains a mystery. When will this phone come out? No one knows.

At the moment, Motorola is still working on the Motorola Edge+, the company’s first flagship in a while. Even with the timeliness, the leaked phone is unlikely to be the Edge+.

Compared to other companies, Motorola is only starting to get back into the groove of things. However, with a plan slowly developing (even through rumors), Motorola’s future is shaping up to be a good one.

SEE ALSO: Motorola One Hyper is a midranger with pop-up cameras

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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