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OPPO launches ColorOS 11

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As Android 11 rolls out worldwide, supporting brands are developing and releasing their own skins in short succession. For example, OnePlus and Huawei have already launched their own takes, OxygenOS 11 and EMUI 11, respectively. Today, OPPO launches ColorOS 11, its own take on the new operating system.

First announced last week, OPPO has finally unveiled their next operating system today. As expected, the update rolls out a barrage of much-needed updates for OPPO users.

Always-On Display

For one, ColorOS 11 is finally introducing an Always-On Display for OPPO smartphones. With Android 11, everyone is debuting the feature in their respective skins. In OPPO’s skin, users can fully customize this display themselves. Users can also control a lot of their device’s themes, wallpapers, icons, and fonts.

Customizable Dark Mode

OPPO is also rolling out a Customizable Dark Mode feature. Instead of the traditional configurations, ColorOS 11 offers three levels of dark mode: enhanced (pitch black), medium (a dark grey), or gentle (a lighter grey).

OPPO Relax 2.0

The new OPPO Relax 2.0 provides a refreshing palette of ambient sounds for relaxation. Besides sounds from nature, the feature also brings ambient atmospheric sounds from the world’s biggest cities such as Tokyo, Reykjavik, and Bangkok. It’s a terrific feature for everyone itching to travel today.

Improved gesture commands

ColorOS 11 also comes with a few additional gesture controls to ease functionalities. The first one is the Three-Finger Translate, a new feature co-developed with Google. Using a three-finger gesture, users can capture screenshots of text and automatically translate them with the feature.

Flexdrop, another new feature, allows users to minimize and shrink apps into mini-windows using a simple swipe-up gesture.

Finally, Private System switches between two system configurations with a fingerprint or a password. The feature allows users to manage work and play modes on their smartphones.

Better battery management

In a new Super Power Saving Mode, users can minimize battery usage by limiting their smartphone to just six apps of their choosing. Under the new mode, users can take a 1-hour phone call with just five percent of battery.

Further, Battery Guard aims to prolong a smartphone’s battery life by pausing charging at 80 percent overnight. The system will resume charging right before the user wakes up.

Optimized under the hood

In ColorOS 11, OPPO is packing in a “proprietary lag-reducing engine,” boosting RAM usage efficiency by 45 percent, response rate by 32 percent, and frame rate by 17 percent.

Availability

OPPO is already rolling out the new update starting today. Right now, the update is available for the Find X2, the Find X2 Pro, and the Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition.

On September 30, it rolls out to the Reno3 4G, Reno3 Pro 4G, and the F17 Pro. Sometime in October, it launches for the Reno4 Pro 5G. In November, it comes to the Reno4 5G and the Reno4 Pro 5G. In December, it comes to the Reno4 4G, the F11, the F11 Pro, the F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition, the A9, the A92, the A72, and the A52.

For the first quarter of next year, ColorOS 11 is coming to the Reno 10x Zoom, the Reno2, the Reno2 F, the Reno2 Z, the Reno3 Pro 5G, the A91, and the F15. In the next quarter, it rolls out to the Reno, the Reno Z, the A5 2020, and the A9 2020.

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in the Philippines

Gift for yourself this holiday season?

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Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo has joined the mobile gaming fray with the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. You can now grab this gaming smartphone in the Philippines.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue — (12GB+256GB) — PhP 39,995
  • Vengeance Red — (16GB+512GB) — PhP 49,995
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Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone

Nabs top spot in AI benchmarks

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Besides the inclusion of 5G, another key feature in modern phones is AI compatibility. Smartphone makers are packing in the smartest chipsets inside daily drivers today. Already, the current state of AI powers more improved cameras and assistant features. That said, AI benchmarks are now more important than ever. Now, after a new test, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone, nabbing the top spot in AI benchmarks.

On AI Benchmark, the Mate 40 Pro scored 216.6 on the rankings. Notably, the second placer — the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra — scores only 135.3 on the same scale. The third placer — the iQOO Z1 — scored a similar 133.0 score. Both second and third place smartphones are considerably lesser than the new winner.

The Redmi K30 Ultra and the iQOO Z1 both sport the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. On the other hand, the Mate 30 Pro comes with the new Kirin 9000 processor.

Though the Kirin 9000 is impressive, Huawei has already announced the termination of the Kirin lineup as we know it. Because of ongoing American regulations, the company has no more access to necessary components for the chipset. As a result, they are in a mad dash to either compensate for lost components or find alternative suppliers.

SEE ALSO: Samsung overtakes Huawei as the world’s top phone seller

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Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors, leak says

Including gray, pink, and violet

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After the first Galaxy S21 leaks recently, more details have suddenly popped out of nowhere. Of course, with the reportedly early launch date, it’s not surprising. The Galaxy S21 will apparently debut earlier than usual this time around. Now, here’s one more detail for the hype train. According to a new leak, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors.

According to notable leaker Ross Young, the following colors are already “100%” confirmed. The starter Galaxy S21 launches in Gray, Pink, Violet, and White. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21+ launches in just Black and Silver. Finally, the leading Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in Black, Silver, and Violet.

The color scheme strikes similar to the recently launched iPhone 12 series. Specifically, the starting model will come in more colorful variants. The premium variants, however, ship in more premium colors.

If your favorite color isn’t listed, I wouldn’t lose hope yet. Usually, Samsung releases more colors after the initial launch. For example, the company recently launched BTS variants for the Galaxy S20 series.

Besides the listed colors, the leaker also confirmed the lineup’s production lines in Brazil, Indonesia, and Vietnam. With that data already “confirmed,” it’s likely that Samsung’s schedule is well on its way to completion. If the previous reports are true, the Galaxy S21 series will debut sometime in early January.

SEE ALSO: This is what the Galaxy S21 might look like

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