OPPO R17 Pro goes official with triple rear cameras, in-display fingerprint scanner

It even has SuperVOOC charging technology!



OPPO is on a roll lately with new devices almost every month. After the flagship Find X and the midrange F9 phones, here now comes the R17 Pro which will fill in the gap. It comes with the newest hardware for the upper-midrange segment plus all the design trends from other 2018 smartphones.

The OPPO R17 Pro sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and the waterdrop-style notch. It’s topped with the latest Gorilla Glass 6 and has an impressive 91.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, according to OPPO. Also, there’s an in-display fingerprint reader beneath the display for unlocking the device.

The phone packs a Snapdragon 710 processor with a whopping 8GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, it’s got no microSD card support for expanding storage capacity.

The camera department is pretty intriguing with a 25-megapixel front camera and three cameras at the back — a first for OPPO. We first saw three rear cameras on the Huawei P20 Pro, but the R17 Pro’s setup is different. It has a main 12-megapixel sensor with variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture lens like on the Samsung Galaxy S9+, a secondary 20-megapixel unit, and a 3D TOF depth sensor.

Usually, 3D TOF depth sensors are used for accurate facial recognition. But, OPPO says that they’ll use it for 3D photo capturing and to connect the phone to the TV as a game console. We have to see that in action before we draw conclusions.

The phone owns two 1850mAh batteries for a combined capacity of 3700mAh. Why is that? The R17 Pro has 50W SuperVOOC charging technology enabled which debuted with the Find X Lamborghini Edition. It promises a 40 percent charge in 10 minutes with the bundled fast charger.

As for the software, it’s got Android 8.1 Oreo that’s heavily skinned by the company’s own ColorOS 5.1.

Like other Chinese-made phones lately, the R17 Pro comes with a gradient color glass back. It’s priced at CNY 4,299 (US$ 625) and it’ll start selling by mid-October in China. International availability is yet to the announced.

SEE ALSO: OPPO R17 unveiled with tiny notch and under-display fingerprint reader


Globe has first-ever Eco-SIM in Asia

More sustainability




Globe debuted the first-ever Eco-SIM cards in Asia for postpaid mobile customers made from recycled refrigerator waste.

The initiative is part of Globe’s contribution to environmental sustainability in time for January’s Zero Waste Month celebration.

The Eco-SIM card was first developed in 2020, in partnership with the Veolia company; it has a neutral carbon footprint.

100 percent recycled waste

The telecom provider partnered with Thales to employ the said Eco-SIM cards starting from November last year, made from 100 percent recycled materials.

The SIM cards are made from recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerator interiors.

Thales has a comprehensive carbon offset program that also ensures there is no further carbon footprint during the manufacturing process of the Eco-SIM cards.

SIM cards, while the smallest consumer items, equate to about 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers as about 4.5 billion cards are manufactured every year.

A global leader in advanced technologies, Thales has presence in the Philippines since 2010.

The company has been a strategic partner for consumers in the civil aviation, defense, digital security, air traffic management, and ground transportation sectors.

From eSIMs to Eco-SIMs

In 2018, Globe was also the first in the country to introduce electronic SIMs or eSIM, as another alternative to the physical SIM cards.

They are basically digital SIMS embedded in compatible mobile phone models, allowing users to manage multiple mobile numbers on just one device.

The eSIM also allows gadgets like smartphones and smartwatches to be connected under one mobile number.

More sustainability

Back in 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in its operations.

While in January 2021, Globe also formally expressed its support to the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), supporting the TCFD framework along with more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 12, which highlights the roles of responsible consumption and production patterns.

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MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

Here’s what to expect



We’ve come a long way from dial-up. Now, the name of the game is Wi-Fi 6. Amid the rise of 5G connectivity, the home internet sector is adopting the current standard for their devices. But, of course, the advance of technology is not stopping. As Wi-Fi 6 tries to take over the entire market, the industry is already working on Wi-Fi 7. With development well underway, what can you expect from the upcoming standard?

Naturally, better speeds. Recently, MediaTek showcased the world’s first live demo of the new technology. In an impressive show, the standard will reportedly achieve speeds 2.4 times faster than what Wi-Fi 6 can do. The technology can maximize uses for the current spectrums available for Wi-Fi at up to 6GHz. The technology can also reduce latency and interference using MLO and MRU features.

According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will support the ever-growing need for faster internet speeds brought on by emerging uses for online users. These needs include AR/VR applications, cloud gaming, 4K video calling, and 8K streaming. With technology advancing the way it is, high-speed internet — even faster than what’s available today — is turning into a necessity to cope with multi-user households.

MediaTek predicts that products that can support Wi-Fi 7 will start coming out in 2023.

SEE ALSO: Mediatek, AMD collaborate on new Wi-Fi 6E Modules

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Google is working on an AR headset called Project Iris

With its own processor and OS



Understandably so, a good portion of the world is strongly resistant to Meta’s push for a metaverse based on virtual and augmented reality. However, though people are still hesitant to try on Facebook’s VR-tinted goggles, other companies are more than happy to take on the technology themselves. Google, joining Meta and Apple, is also working on its own AR headset called Project Iris.

According to sources from The Verge, Google is getting back into the augmented reality stage. The company is reportedly working on an AR headset with the current codename. The Project Iris headset is supposedly targeting a 2024 release date.

Inside the mysterious headset, the device will supposedly have its own processor and OS. Given Google’s feats recently, an in-house processor and operating system are within the realms of possibility. Google recently launched its first in-house chipset for smartphones, the Tensor chip. The company is, of course, still the thriving developers of Android, currently tailoring its latest Android version for different form factors.

Plus, it’s not Google’s first time with an augmented reality project. Remember the ill-fated Google Glass? The revolutionary wearable had all the potential but ultimately fizzled out into oblivion. At the time, analysts cited the device’s poor timing. Now, especially with other companies vying for dominance, Google does have more initiative to reestablish itself in the augmented reality market.

SEE ALSO: Facebook changes name to Meta

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