OPPO Find X2 series now official with ‘Ultra Vision’

The motorized camera module is gone



Two years after its predecessor’s launch, OPPO’s newest flagship, the OPPO Find X2 and Find X2 Pro, is now finally official.

That’s quite an unusual gap between two flagships especially with how crazy the smartphone releases have been over the past couple of years. A lot of things happened in those two years. OPPO made strides in two key areas and those are present in the Find X2 Pro.

Ultra Vision Screen2

A trend in 2020 smartphones is a display with higher refresh rates. We first saw this on the OnePlus 7 Pro with its 90Hz display back in 2019 then the ASUS ROG Phone 2 upped the ante to 120Hz.

On OPPO’s phones, they first showed off a 90Hz display panel with the Reno Ace followed by the Reno3. Reno, by the way, is kind of what filled the gap when we couldn’t find X2 in 2019. More on this later on.

The Find X2 Pro is equipped with what OPPO is calling the 120Hz Ultra Vision Screen2. Fancy name with some fancy features. Other than the higher refresh rate, it also has a 240Hz touch sampling rate which you’ll experience more of when you’re playing games. Particular the first-person-shooter types where there’s a premium on speed and accuracy.

With this new display, OPPO is also promising better color accuracy, video interpolation of up to 60/120 FPS. HDR Video Enhancement and all that jazz.

Ultra Vision Camera System

Another thing that was introduced in the Reno line is the 10x Hybrid Zoom technology on its cameras. You can actually trace its origins from MWC 2017 where the company showcased a 5x zoom tech.

Equipped on the Find X2 Pro is the second generation 10x Hybrid Zoom with support up to 60x digital zoom. Part of improvement includes Ultra Night Mode 3.0 which also supports the zoom capabilities.

Going in with more detail on the cameras, this is the phone’s setup: 48MP (Main camera, Sony IMX689) + 48MP (ultra-wide-angle camera, Sony IMX586) + 13MP (Periscope Telephoto Camera) combination.

If you recall, the Find X actually had a motorized camera.

It was a time when there was a huge emphasis on screen-to-body ratio, and the motorized camera was OPPO’s solution. Fast-forward two years later and the company has abandoned this idea (for now, at least), in favor of a unibody build and a punch-hole 32MP selfie camera.

Yes, this is a flagship

That unibody build actually makes the phone feel really sturdy. The OPPO Find X2 Pro has a nice heft to it that really makes you feel like you’re holding a premium phone.

Inside, the phone is undeniably a 2020 flagship. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Both the Find X2 and the Find X2 Pro support 5G.

It’s 4260mAh battery can be juiced up through OPPO’s signature SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge that has up to 65W of charging power. The company says this can fully charge the device in just 38 minutes.

On paper, the Find X2 Pro has more in common with the Reno series than its original predecessor. But that also means it’s equipped with everything OPPO innovated over the last two years.

How it stacks up with the rest of the premium flagships out there is something you’ll have to wait to find out on our full review.


OnePlus Nord launch date has been leaked

Coming on July 21



OnePlus has made its next smartphone launch a fun one for fans and followers. Instead of wallowing in secrecy, the company has reveled in tiny teases and enigmatic hints for the upcoming midrange series, the OnePlus Nord. Since the launch of the first teaser Instagram account, the series has been fun to follow.

However, despite carefully controlling the outflow of hints, a few details can slip through the cracks. In particular, Amazon India has mistakenly released a product that explicitly points to a July 21 launch for the OnePlus Nord.

The product is a physical invite for an augmented-reality launch party for the series. Further, the invite includes an “assured gift for everyone” plus an instant entry into a lottery for additional prizes including the Nord itself. Shortly after, Amazon India pulled the invite from the official site. However, you can still view it from a cached version.

Though the invite is gone from the store, the phone itself still exists on Amazon India. However, the information there is more controlled, previewing only a few details.

After the leak was pulled, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei revealed another important detail about the series: “Flagship camera incoming.” As we reported previously, the smartphone is expected to come with a 64-megapixel triple rear camera combination. A flagship camera on a midrange phone is a big claim, if ever.

With the OnePlus Nord all but confirming its launch date, we’re set for an eventful end of July and start of August. Samsung is also expected to launch the Galaxy Note 20 series shortly after.

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Instagram actively testing Reels to take on TikTok

Short 15-second videos



Short videos under 15 seconds have gained massive popularity thanks to platforms like TikTok. Facebook-owned Instagram has been eyeing this space for a while and has reportedly expanded testing its Reels feature in India.

According to Business Insider, the Reels feature is being actively tested in India. This only after just a few days after TikTok was banned in the country.

The app will let the user record 15-second videos, add background soundtrack, as well as include a range of effects.

TikTok has come under immense pressure globally due to its poor data collection policies. The app was recently caught snooping around the user’s clipboard after Apple updated iOS’s privacy features. US lawmakers are worried about user data being collected.

However, Facebook itself is no saint when it comes to handling private user data. The company has a history of mishaps and the platform hasn’t learned anything from its mistakes.

The feature is currently active in Brazil and acts as an extension to Stories. You can find it in Instagram’s camera section, just beside the Boomerang and Super Zoom option.

The company had previously launched a separate app called Lasso. However, it was phased out and Reels was integrated into the Instagram app.

The sudden ban of TikTok has created a vacuum in India and it’s obvious Facebook wants to quickly bridge the gap by providing an alternate service.

Facebook and Instagram recently partnered with Saregama music label in India to provide access to a music library. The Indian government has also launched an app challenge that aims to encourage domestic developers and companies to take advantage of the recent ban.

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India launches app innovation challenge after Chinese apps ban

Encouraging local developers and building an ecosystem



India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has announced a new program to encourage local developers and bridge the gap left behind by banned services like TikTok. It’s officially called “Aatma Nirbhar App Innovation Challenge” and was unveiled by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Atma Nitrbhar means “to be independent” or “self-sufficient” in one of India’s widely used languages, Hindi. A few days ago, the Indian government announced a blanket ban on a few listed Chinese apps. Within no time, they were off the Play Store and many services like TikTok and Mobile Legends voluntarily stopped service after the ban was announced.

The App Innovation Challenge includes the promotion of existing apps as well as the development of new apps. The program is split into two tracks. The first one includes already released apps that have the potential to scale and become world-class in their segment. The second track aims to identify companies as well as individuals who can build next-generation apps for the country.

Tthe government is looking for alternative apps of the ones that remain banned. Companies will have to submit their entries by July 18 and a jury for each of the tracks shall evaluate the entries.

The challenge is available in eight categories, ranging from office productivity or work from home solutions to news and games.

The government has allocated INR 20,00,000 (US$ 26,780), INR 15,00,000 (US$ 20,085), and INR 10,00,000 (US$ 13,390) for the first three winners, respectively. Adding to this, Each sub-category winner will also be rewarded.

India has suffered high casualties amid an ongoing border dispute with China. The Coronavirus pandemic has further fueled the anti-China sentiment and the Indian government is exploring options to reduce its trade deficit with the neighboring country.

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