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OPPO Find X5 Series now official

Featuring the Find X5 Pro and Find X5

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OPPO Find X5 Pro

OPPO really found its footing in the premium flagship category with the Find X3 Pro. And while that phone was easily one of their best, it still didn’t get as much recognition. That recognition is now what the the OPPO Find X5 Pro hopes to achieve.

The OPPO Find X5 Pro is the company’s latest flagship model. It brings with it a few design tweaks, improved performance, and what are promised to be better cameras. It’s also joined by the OPPO Find X5.

Here’s a quick look at the specs:

OPPO Find X5 Pro

Performance

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU
  • MariSilicon X NPU
  • 12GB + 256GB
  • Android 12 / ColorOS 12.1
  • 6.7” WQHD+ AMOLED
  • 1~120Hz LTPO

Battery and Charging

  • 80W SuperVOOC
  • 50W AirVOOC
  • 5000mAh

Cameras

  • 50MP f/1.7 IMX766 Wide
  • 50MP f/2.2 110º IMX766 UWA
  • 13MP f/2.4 Telephoto (2x optical zoom / 5x hybrid zoom)
  • Hasselblad Color Calibration
  • 32MP f/2.4 90º selfie

OPPO Find X5

Performance

  • Snapdragon 888 CPU
  • MariSilicon X NPU
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • Android 12 / ColorOS 12.1
  • 6.55” FHD+ OLED
  • 120Hz Refresh Rate

Battery and Charging

  • 80W SuperVOOC
  • 30W AirVOOC
  • 4800mAh

Cameras

  • 50MP f/1.8 IMX766 Wide
  • 50MP f/2.2 110º IMX766 UWA
  • 13MP f/2.4 Telephoto (2x optical zoom / 5x hybrid zoom)
  • Hasselblad Color Calibration
  • 32MP f/2.4 81º selfie

Hasselblad partnership

I’m sure the “Hasselblad Color Calibration” jumped out at you. Yes, the OPPO and OnePlus merger has brought over the Hasselblad collaboration to OPPO. As indicated in the name, Hasselblad’s cooperation will mostly be felt in color tuning/calibration.

The plan will start with software improvements for natural color tuning. It will be a long-term goal for the partnership to enhance color calibration solutions for all OPPO mobile phones. The ultimate goal is to become the standard in camera color performance.

MariSilicon X

That superhero-like sounding name is OPPO’s home-cooked imaging neural processing unit. The aim, of course, is to output images that rival the best of the best in the mobile photography market. It improves machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in a smartphone, leading to a better overall user experience.

MariSilicon X will save more battery life when taking photos and 4K videos, as the MariSilicon X delivers up to 18 TOP (trillion operations per second). In fact, shooting in 4K on a phone with MariSilicon X will consume 50 percent less power.

The next OPPO smartphones powered by the new NPU will enable users to produce photos with HDR at four times better – at 20 bit, 120db dynamic range, or 1 million to 1 contrast ratio.

Likewise, along with AI features like noise reduction algorithms and an improved RGBW sensor, 4K AI HDR Night Video capturing on OPPO smartphones will now be possible.

SuperVOOC

VOOC has come a long, long way from its earlier days. As noted in the specs sheet above, the Find X5 Pro supports 80W SuperVOOC and 50W AirVOOC. Those are crazy numbers especially considering most fast wireless chargers are still only clocking in at 30W. Thankfully, OPPO does offer a 50W wireless charger that you can purchase separately.

But the 80W SuperVOOC is even crazier. It promises to fill up the dual-cell 5000mAh battery from 0 to 50 percent in just 12 minutes. That’s just stupid fast.

A solid upgrade

On paper, the Find X5 series, specifically the Find X5 Pro, is looking like a step in the right direction for OPPO’s flagship. The company has ambitions of tussling against the Samsung’s and iPhones of the world and this might just get them in the ring. Stay tuned for our review!

Price and availability details to follow.

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Apple ready to launch a lot of devices in next 12 months

Including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Watches

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Apple is obviously releasing new devices later this year. As is tradition, the company is readying for the launch of the next flagship series, the iPhone 14. However, it looks like the iPhone 14 series isn’t the only thing Apple is preparing for. According to a new report, the company is set to launch a plethora of products between now and early 2023.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has a lot of surprises for its fans. Besides the four upcoming models of the iPhone 14 series, the company will also launch “three Apple Watch variations, several Macs with M2 and M3 chips, the company’s first mixed-reality headset, low-end and high-end iPads, updated AirPods Pro earbuds, a fresh HomePod and an upgraded Apple TV.”

Previously, Apple was rumored to upgrade its iPad lineup, starting with a base iPad compatible with USB-C. With geopolitical pressure potentially forcing the company to completely shift to USB-C, a good number of new devices makes sense — that is, if USB-C is truly coming soon.

Besides that, the company has also teased an absurd number of changes and new features coming to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura. It looks like an intensive refresh of software. A good set of software will naturally complement a similarly impressive set of hardware coming soon.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16: Best New Features

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Samsung has Starbucks-themed cases for coffee lovers

Exclusive to South Korea

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Since the company is from the country, Samsung offers a lot of exclusives in South Korea. Previously, the company sold a Pokémon-themed exclusive edition of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in — you guessed it — South Korea. Now, it has another set of exclusives. This time, it’s for coffee lovers. Samsung is now selling a Starbucks-themed cases for the Galaxy S22 series and the Galaxy Buds 2.

The smartphone cases are pretty straightforward. Sporting the coffee company’s iconic green, the Galaxy S22 and S22+ cases have either a patch with the Starbucks logo or a tagline that says, “Count Stars in Your Galaxy.”

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22 Ultra features a more iconic case with a strap at the back. One variant has the iconic green-and-white color combination with a patch of a bear wearing a Starbucks apron. The other one has the strap designed as a Starbucks receipt.

While the smartphone cases are nifty on their own, the charging case for the Galaxy Buds 2 are on a league of their own. One model is a minimalist green with the Starbucks patch. The other, however, looks like a coffee mug with aesthetic latte art inside and a Starbucks logo at its side.

As with the previously mentioned Pokémon-themed products, the Starbucks-themed set is exclusive to South Korea and will be limited while supplies last.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils a Pokémon Edition of Galaxy Z Flip 3

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Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year

In a cheaper subscription tier

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Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.

During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.

Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.

If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.

Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

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