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First glimpse at vivo X90 Pro+’s camera specs

Smartphone photography marvel

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vivo X90

vivo’s much celebrated X series is known for pushing the limits of smartphone photography and videography. Now, the brand is giving fans a glimpse of what they’ll get from its upcoming vivo X90 series.

The series’ flagship, the vivo X90 Pro+ features a camera system that has a 1-inch Sony IMX989 wide lens as its main camera, paired with a 48MP IMX598 ultra-wide.

On top of that, the phone has two telephoto cameras. There’s a 50mm prime master camera perfect for capturing portraits. And a 90mm telephoto portrait lens suited for creating spatial compression and bokeh.

Upgraded V2 chip, ZEISS

All phones from the X90 series will come with an upgraded version of ZEISS T* coating, introducing ALC sub-wavelength bionic structure coating to eliminate flare and ghosting.

vivo has also upgraded the hardware of its vivo V2 chip. A super HDR function is added. There’s also more video shooting capabilities, including 4K ultra-sensitive night vision device and colorful night scene, are now possible.

The phones will also have “zero delays” capture and a new generation of motion detection algorithms with shutter delays as low as 30ms.

When it comes to post-processing, the vivo X90 Pro+ supports 14bit SuperRaw and video log mode function for better quality.

With Dolby Vision video ecology, users can bring the full workflow of Dolby Vision from shooting to display up to editing.

SEE ALSO: vivo X80 Pro vs iPhone 13 Pro Max: Camera Shootout

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Review: 3 months of love and commitment

Finally held in my hands the popular phone in K-dramas

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The Galaxy Z Flip4 is already the fourth iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip from 2020 — but admittedly, it’s my first time EVER using a foldable as my daily driver.

Being used to large phones for so long, can the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 live up to my expectations?

Through the wise words “I want to take up the challenge” of LE SSERAFIM’s Huh Yunjin in their The World Is My Oyster intro track, I dared to make the Galaxy Z Flip4 my main phone not just for two weeks, not even a month, but for three long months.

Fearless Flip

Fearless — that’s the first quality that goes into my mind when I see people who rock foldables.

Seeing the littlest population of Samsung Flips in a crowd full of the ever-popular iPhones alongside gargantuan Android slabs felt like they dared to let go of the already good things on a phone just for the sake of portability and compactness.

But when I actually held the Galaxy Z Flip4 for the first time, I understood what it meant. The ability to fold your large phone in half is a massive challenge in technology and engineering. Just like its niche market, Samsung was fearless and dared to defy the odds.

Much like its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is rated to last up to 200,000 folds — which translates to about five years of continuous wear and tear. That’s more than enough before you actually upgrade to a newer flip (or switch back to a regular smartphone). And by that time, I’m pretty sure Samsung has already managed to create more refined foldables, or maybe even a rollable.

When I close the phone, it always gives me that sudden kick of nostalgia of the old flippy clamshell phones from the early millennium.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s Flip Phone Innovation Over The Years

When unfolded, it felt light and right in the hands.

With its responsive side-mounted fingerprint scanner, you can quickly unlock the phone without ever-worrying about removing your masks.

But if you’re coming from an iPhone and got accustomed to FaceID, the Galaxy Z Flip4 still includes a Face Unlock feature. Quite unsure though if it’s already fool-proof.

Antifragile Display

Do you think I’m fragile? Maybe I am, but the Galaxy Z Flip4’s display isn’t. With its revolutionary and improved Ultra Thin Glass (UTG) material and an added layer of plastic, folding and unfolding the phone won’t feel as fragile as it seems.

But don’t let the “flimsy-looking” display fool you. The screen of Galaxy Z Flip4 is surprisingly bright indoors even if brightness level is just around 10% to 15%.

While I never held last year’s Galaxy Z Flip3, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is said to have slimmer bezels. Not that it’s a reason for existing Flip3 users to upgrade.

Weak Hero Class 1 is a MUST WATCH! And I’m sure I’m very weak for Park Ji-hoon 🥺

Now that we’ve started to unfold the Galaxy Z Flip4, I can already hear most of you ranting about its crease. But during the course of time that I used it, I really had little to no issues about the crease that annoys a lot of you.

It is there but most of the time, it did not distract me. The closest explanation I can say are the notches on the iPhone — which also bugged a lot of people but not a dealbreaker when you’re actually using the phone.

The crease will obviously show if you use the phone parallel to a direct source of light or just outdoors. But in most scenarios, I wasn’t worried — even if I’m a huge dark mode user.

The Good Parts

Much like one of my favorite B-sides by LE SSERAFIM, the Galaxy Z Flip4 naturally has its good parts.

Content-friendly + Entertainment-ready

I go to ride ’til I die die — as long as Kazuha is the driver 😍

With its lightweight form factor, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is ideal for viewing and consuming entertainment. Holding the phone one-handed never felt like a burden. Unlike my iPhone of (almost) the same size with the same exact display size, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is just on the taller side of aspect ratio at 22:9 (versus 19.5:9).

I just wanna love my weakness, and LE SSERAFIM is one of them 🥵

The speakers may not be the loudest among all phones, but its bass and clarity are decent enough when you play music or watch movies in an environment where there’s less noise. And yes, it’s still ideal for your concert sessions (while showering, duh).

IDC if it’s weird but I am shipping Si-eun and Soo-ho I mean look at them

As aspect ratio was previously mentioned, one thing I love about the Galaxy Z Flip4 is watching K-Drama content. It makes more sense since Samsung is heavily investing the Galaxy Z Flips not just via BTS and the Bora Purple colorway, but also through South Korean dramas. No wonder why a lot of fans and viewers have been envious to own this phone over anything else.

From titles such as Weak Hero Class 1, Cheer Up, and even Bad Prosecutor, all the way to 21:9 K-Pop music videos like NewJeans’ Hype Boy and IVE’s Love Dive, I enjoyed watching them using the narrow Dynamic AMOLED 2x display of the Galaxy Z Flip4. And even if the content is the regular 16:9, you will still love watching cropped-in content as it looks more immersive.

You made me boost up

Looks can really be deceiving. Despite the Galaxy Z Flip4 being compact, its power-packed with a flagship-grade Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset.

Paired with a sufficient 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM plus a speedy UFS 3.1 storage ranging from 128GB to 512GB, you won’t feel little using this phone no matter what tasks you run.

For instance, I was able to play Asphalt 9: Legends with ease. My gameplay was smooth and very responsive.

The same thing can be said when I played my new favorite game similar to the one I play on my PC: Bus Simulator Ultimate.

However, if you’re a huge Genshin Impact player, don’t get too much of your hopes up.

When I opened its graphics settings, the default graphics mode is at medium. While it shows the gameplay will be “smooth”, the game is still very graphics-demanding. The complicated form factor of the Galaxy Z Flip4 and its unconventional cooling system might not be able to hold up if you choose to ramp up the game settings to High.

More-than-satisfactory cameras

Unlike other Samsung phones with their trio (and even quadruple) set of camera sensors, the Galaxy Z Flip4 features a pair of rear cameras.

While its 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera was literally unchanged, the 12MP f/1.8 regular wide camera has an overall bigger and better sensor  (1/2.55″ vs 1/1.76″).

Surprisingly, despite not having the best camera hardware, photos taken with the Galaxy Z Flip4 turned out satisfying — at least to my preferences. Take a look at the samples below for you to judge.

Daylight shots look astonishing whether you use the regular lens, ultra-wide, or even its 2x digital zoom…

AI sometimes overdoes saturation but that can be turned off depending on your preference. Personally, I just tone it down a little bit.

Food shots always looked appetizing and mouth-watering…

Heck! Night mode even saves you in situations where there is little to no light.

Concerned about portraits?

Samsung did a good job when it comes to foreground and background segmentation for that bokehlicious goodness.

And here’s a random mirror selfie just because the Bora Purple Galaxy Z Flip4 complements my Nike Waffle One in the Coconut Milk Crimson colorway #NotSponsored

Hands-free selfie-taking

Aside from its ultra-wide sensor, the 10MP f/2.4 punch-hole selfie camera of the Galaxy Z Flip4 was also unchanged. But this is one reason why you shouldn’t judge a phone just by looking at hardware specs.

Personally, I don’t like taking selfies. More so if the phone applies a significant amount of beautification. Fortunately, Samsung takes natural-looking selfies. And with Flex Mode, taking selfies was a breeze.

It was more enjoyable than conventional as you can take them hands-free! You just need to fold the phone at a certain angle. After that, you can show your palm or use a voice command like saying “cheese” — or “kimchi” if you’re a proud Koreaboo like I am.

The punch-hole camera also has an ultra-wide mode meant for duo/bestie selfies, #CoupleGoals selfies, and groufies.

Clearer self-portraits

If you prefer taking “clearer” selfies, you can still use Flex Mode with an extra step for you to toggle: that’s turning on the Cover Mode.

From there, you can use any of the wide and even ultra-wide cameras and frame yourself using its 1.9-inch Super AMOLED Cover Display — but now with the addition of Portrait Mode which the Z Flip3 can’t do.

It even works at night…

And just an extra, I used the Galaxy Z Flip4 to take a photo of my half-body #KOTD (Kicks of the Day)

Five-year software support

Usually, Android smartphones only get three years of software updates. That’s one of the main reasons why I can’t last long with Android and keep getting back to iPhones.

But with the Galaxy Z Flip4, Samsung promised users that they will continue to support it for five years. This comes with four major Android OS updates. Considering the phone is rated to last five years, it goes hand-in-hand with its software support. It’s just up to the user if they can keep the Flip4 unhinged after those years.

The Impurities

Just like me and any other products out there, the Galaxy Z Flip4 is far from being perfect.

Will-o’-the-wisp

If you’re not familiar with such metaphorical term, it just means a misleading and impossible to reach hope or goal.

The same can be said with the battery life of the Galaxy Z Flip4. Even though the battery capacity was bumped up from Flip3’s 3300mAh to now 3700mAh and a more power-efficient 4nm processor, I can’t say its promised battery life is enough for a single-charge use case.

Case in point: After fully-charging the phone around five in the morning, the phone went dead at around 2:30 in the afternoon. That’s not even more than half a day of use.

The breakdown of my usage during that time are as follows:

  • 3 hours of Facebook and Messenger
  • 2 hours on Apple Music
  • 1 hour of video playback on YouTube
  • 45 minutes of Twitter
  • 21 minutes of gaming

And just as a usage bonus, I was able to play a 10-minute 4K YouTube video plus a 3-minute Netflix title from 3% before it died down to 0%.

Another instance was when I went out for a work meeting. I unplugged the phone around 6AM. But because I wanted to continue using it as my laptop’s hotspot (and maximize its 5G capabilities), I needed to charge it around 3PM. The results weren’t very different from my first usage.

Luckily, the Power Saving Mode saves the day. The obvious compromises would be the dimming of its already-bright display. Aside from that, 120Hz will be turned off in favor of a slower 60Hz refresh rate. Lastly, you can’t use 5G and will just be limited to 4G LTE. This shouldn’t be a dealbreaker to most people who don’t rely on super-fast data connection.

The result? The phone’s standby duration lasted for more than 15 hours with a screen on time of around nine hours. That’s double the amount of what you can have without power saving turned on. You just have to deal with its compromises.

Super fast charging?

In this new generation of smartphones, bundling a charger out of the box is now considered a luxury more than a necessity. And we all know Samsung followed the footsteps of Apple towards a “sustainable future” 🤧

I’m not much different. Even though Samsung provided me this review unit, they also didn’t give me any of their Super Fast Charger adapter nor cable. They promised though that using their 25W Fast Charge adapter can charge the phone to 50% in thirty minutes.

Still, I used the fastest 100W charger I own — one with a USB-C port capable of a maximum output of 40W. That’s more than enough as the Galaxy Z Flip4 can only reach max 25W fast charging.

BTW, that’s something the Galaxy Z Flip3 doesn’t possess as its limited to just 15W of wired charging. Even wireless charging support was leveled up from 10W to 15W.

Here are the results of “Super Fast Charging” the Galaxy Z Flip4 using a third-party charger and high-speed USB-C to USB-C cable.

Regular (daytime) charging:

  • 5 minutes = 4%
  • 10 minutes = 14%
  • 15 minutes = 20%
  • 20 minutes = 31%
  • 30 minutes = 43%
  • 45 minutes = 67%
  • 60 minutes = 85%
  • 1 hr 5 minutes = 90%
  • 1 hr 21 minutes = 100%

Overnight charging:

  • 5 minutes = 4%
  • 10 minutes = 11%
  • 15 minutes = 16%
  • 20 minutes = 22%
  • 30 minutes = 37%
  • 45 minutes = 48%
  • 60 minutes = 55%
  • 1 hour 15 minutes = 61%
  • 1 hour 30 minutes = 68%
  • 1 hour 45 minutes = 74%
  • 2 hours = 82%
  • 2 hours 30 minutes = 96%
  • 2 hours 38 minutes = 100%

Inconsistent 5G and Wi-Fi hotspot

Again, I know it’s not a huge dealbreaker to most. But for someone like me who relies on more than 100mbps internet speeds when working outdoors, this is one cause for concern.

I’m unsure if it’s only limited to my unit but during my time with it, 5G speeds were inconsistent. I’ve used the same 5G sim on a different phone but it displayed consistent speeds all throughout. Another thing was that, mobile hotspot keeps disconnecting – whether I switch the hotspot settings from 5GHz down to a slower 2.4GHz.

If I’m not alone in this issue, I’m hoping Samsung will address it through a future software update.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Months after its release, the base model of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 still starts at PhP 58,990 / SG$ 1398 / US$ 249.99 with four default color options: Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Blue, and Graphite.

If you want to get more extra, you can pre-order a customized Galaxy Z Flip4 Bespoke Edition. You have 75 color combinations to choose from. Unfortunately, it’s not available in the Philippines.

Even though I was never able to use the Galaxy Z Flip3 a year ago, I can tell that Samsung has addressed all the concerns users have experienced with their past Flip. Aside from aesthetic changes, such as thinner and more durable hinge design plus slimmer bezels, the hardware improvements are there too. The Galaxy Z Flip4 is a pure refinement of what was already a great piece of hardware.

Still, that doesn’t mean Z Flip3 users have to upgrade to the latest one. Give Samsung a little more time to make their innovation more mature before you buy one of their foldable offerings.

I used to deny that I’m part of the Gen Z population. However, as the Galaxy Z Flip4 is meant towards the Gen Z line, I can attest that it’s a quirkly-looking phone that’s fun to use. Not to mention, it’s a head-turner when I open and flip the phone out in the crowd.

Disregarding all the “impurities” that these phone has, I still recommend it for those who are looking for or want to switch to a foldable without breaking the bank. After all, I’ve listed more good parts in this review write-up.

Being able to pack a lot of punch in such a compact and precisely-crafted piece of engineering marvel makes this phone stand out from the crowd. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is a worthy recipient of The GadgetMatch Seal of Approval.

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Samsung 12.12 mega sale: Up to 50% off on Galaxy phones

Free tablet included in one bundle

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Heads up, last-minute Christmas shoppers! Samsung’s upcoming Holiday Mega Sale is your perfect chance to score deals on Galaxy smartphones.

This coming 12.12 on both Shopee and Lazada, Samsung will be making their wide range of devices even more affordable with discounts of up to 50% off from December 12 to 14, 2022.

What’s better is that these will come with freebie bundles, so what better way to take advantage of the opportunity and check out before the clock strikes December 25!

Here are what customers can get from Samsung’s exclusive Galaxy deals:

  • Free Galaxy Watch5 40mm with Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G or Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G
  • Free Galaxy Watch4 40mm with Galaxy Tab S8 5G or Galaxy Tab S8 Wi-Fi
  • Free Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Trial Kit with Galaxy S21 FE 5G
  • Free card slot cover with the Galaxy A04 or A04e

For the flagship Galaxy S22 series and selected Z Fold or Flip models, Samsung will be giving away the following:

  • Free Galaxy Tab A8 WiFi with Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • Free Galaxy Tab A7 Lite with Galaxy S22+ / S22 / S21 FE / Z Fold3 / Z Flip3

Additionally, Samsung has these exclusive offers only via Shopee:

  • 15% off voucher capped at PhP 1,000 for every PhP 1,000 minimum spend
  • 0% interest for 3 months via SPayLater for Galaxy Z Fold4, Flip4, S22 series, Watch5 series, Buds2 Pro, A13 5G, A23 5G, and A04s
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