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OPPO Find X2 series now official with ‘Ultra Vision’

The motorized camera module is gone

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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.

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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.

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Huawei MateBook D 15 10th Gen: Price and availability in Singapore

The base MateBook for everyone

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MateBook D 15

The Huawei MateBook D 15 is a 15.6-inch ultra-slim laptop with FullView display and the 10th generation Intel Core processor is now in Singapore.

The 15-inch displayis 1920×1080 pixels, has IPS anti-glare, with 250 nits of brightness. This MateBook has a screen-to-body ratio of 87 percent and a viewing angle of 178 degrees as well.

Additionally, the top of the keyboard houses the 1mp recessed camera. To top it all off, Huawei Share is also supported by this variant making multitasking easier for the users. Simply connect your phone to the laptop vis Huawei Share and you’ll be ready to go.

Another favorite feature of the laptop is the fingerprint power button. The staple recessed camera allows Huawei to have more space to achieve the 87 percent screen-to-body ratio. The MateBook D 15 10th Gen Core i3 also has a smart assistant and a 4K video playback for the best experience.

Charging is also easy with its 65W USB Type C charger. Something you’ll only need towards the end of the day as this is made to last a work day.

Price and availability

The Huawei MateBook D 15 10th Gen Core i3 retails for SG$ 748.

It’s available at a launch offer of SG$ 698 on Shopee. This is possible by purchasing a SG$ 50 voucher for SG$1 from June 18-25 on the Shopee app. The SG$ 50 voucher can be applied upon checkout between June 26-30.

Customers may also purchase the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 from Lazada starting July 1.

Every purchase of the HUAWEI MateBook D 15 from the official online stores in Shopee and Lazada will entitle customers to a gift bundle worth SG$ 136 which includes a Huawei Bluetooth mouse and backpack, while stocks last.

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Honor 50 series launches with a radical design, Google apps support

The brand is back with a bang

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Honor was once part of the Huawei group but is now an independent brand. After more than a year of struggling with alternatives like AppGallery, the Chinese phone maker has finally launched the Honor 50 series with full Google apps support. It includes the Honor 50 Pro, Honor 50, and Honor 50 SE.

The Pro vs non-Pro option share the same processor and rear camera setup. But the Honor 50 Pro has a 6.7-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and DCI-P3 wide color gamut.

On the other hand, the Honor 50 gets a slightly smaller 6.5-inch OLED screen. Powering the two phones is a Snapdragon 778G processor with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage.

The rear sports a 108-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth-of-field camera. The Pro has a dual-front camera that consists of a 32-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens. The non-Pro gets a single 32-megapixel shooter.

The Honor 50 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery with 100W SuperCharge fast charging support. The non-Pro has a slightly larger battery at 4300mAh but supports 65W fast charging. The two phones feature an in-display fingerprint scanner for authentication and run on Android 11-based Magic UI 4.2.

Lastly, the Honor 50 SE houses a 6.78-inch LCD screen with Full HD+ and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. It’s powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The phone has a triple rear camera setup with the same sensors as the other two phones excluding the depth sensor. Honor 50 SE has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, a single 16-megapixel selfie camera, and a 4,000mAh battery with 66W fast charging support.

Honor 50 Pro:

8GB+256GB: CNY 3,699 (US$ 573)

12GB+256GB: CNY 3,999 (US$ 620)

Honor 50:

8GB+128GB: CNY 2,699 (US$ 420)

8GB+256GB: CNY 2,999 (US$ 465)

12GB+256GB: CNY 3,399 (US$ 530)

Honor 50 SE:

8GB+128GB: CNY 2,399 (US$ 372)

8GB+256GB: CNY 2,699 (US$ 420)

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Early build of next-gen Windows leaked to the public

Might end up as Windows 11

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It seems like that the next generation of Windows can’t come soon enough. Just recently, an early build of the OS leaked to the public, containing many UI and under-the-hood changes that have been speculated for months.

A lot of publications covering this next-gen Windows have already published their hands-on with the leaked build. The most apparent changes to the next-gen Windows are the ones people will see every day. The taskbar, for a start, is now centered by default, although it can be set to align left in the settings. It also includes new icons for the Start button, search button, and Task View.

The Start menu is radically different too, and it is the same one found on the cancelled Windows 10X. There’s a new button that sits on the taskbar by the way. This toggles the widget panel which is also new for the next-gen Windows. Meanwhile, the Task View gets a revamp. Along with this revamp comes a new window snapping experience — users can now snap according to different configurations.

Overall, the leaked build feature a lot of rounded corners. Microsoft is really gunning for a modern look with their next-gen Windows. Also, gone are the days of straight corners in context menus and buttons. It is worth noting that since this is an early build, some UI elements are still inconsistent with the overall design refresh. The bundled apps, for example, seem to be unchanged though the File Explorer has newer file icons.

There’s a lot more changes coming to the next-gen Windows, though. The out-of-the-box setup experience, for example, is new. And apparently, there’s a new start-up sound to boot too.

Windows 11 is here

One of the biggest things to come out of the build, however, is a direct confirmation that the next-gen Windows will simply be called Windows 11. The teasers for the next-gen Windows posted by Microsoft first hinted about this. Now, the builds directly confirm that indeed, Windows 11 is that next-gen Windows.

To make matters more interesting, Microsoft seemed to acknowledge the leaked build, teasing that there’s more to come:

There’s definitely more to come with the next-gen Windows, and it is definitely interesting what it will look like when Microsoft announces it on June 24. That said, ordinary users shouldn’t wait too long to see the evolution of the beloved OS that has been around for more than a decade.

Source: The Verge, Windows Central

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