OPPO might release the strangest selfie camera yet, according to leak

Is this what you want?



Image source: Slashleaks

Last year, OPPO and Vivo developed the most innovative alternative to the controversial camera notch. Today, the pop-up camera is still a viable form factor for the current generation of smartphones. Despite the alternative, the industry is still trying out new ways to create a truly bezel-less smartphone. Unfortunately, OPPO’s latest efforts might either be the strangest step forward or the worst step back.

In a recent leak, a user unveiled OPPO’s upcoming smartphone — the OPPO Reno. The released video showed the smartphone’s rear panel and front-facing camera. The rear did not show anything special. However, the front-facing camera showed an incrediblely unique form factor. Instead of an embedded or a pop-up camera, the smartphone features a peekaboo camera, rising from only one side.

The weird selfie camera does not have a potentially breakable component. However, the peekaboo camera is still a strange form factor. At the very least, the response time is incredibly fast, popping out in virtually no time at all.

Likewise, Slashleaks recently released new renders of the potential OPPO Reno. Like the video, the renders show the smartphone’s peekaboo camera. However, other notable features include the dual rear cameras, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port.

Image source: Slashleaks

Coming from two separate sources, the recent leak holds some clout. Previously, the OPPO Reno made an appearance at MWC 2019. At the time, the Reno showcased the 10x lossless zoom. However, it was just a prototype.

Strangely, the leak features a potentially lower-quality dual rear camera. This points to multiple variants in the future. Of course, the leak is still just a leak. Anything can happen when OPPO finally makes things official. Regardless, this is probably one of the strangest designs we’ve had in recent memory.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F11 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines


Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!



It’s finally here! The much anticipated Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro are finally in the Philippines.

First announced back in July, the Black Shark 2 is a much anticipated gaming smartphone. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. However, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its major competitor — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — which has a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PhP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 28,990).

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variants: 8GB/128GB (PhP 27,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 33,490).

The phones will be available in select Mi Stores: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia starting December 13.

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Resident Evil 3 gets its remake, available Q2 2020

Remade into horror and glory



PlayStation saved the best announcement as its second to the last for its final State of Play. One of the most popular survival horror franchises gets another remake since its release 20 years ago. Capcom wants to take everyone back to Raccoon City in its full, high definition glory in Resident Evil 3.

Revisit the story of Jill Valentine as you venture through the virus-infected city in this modern remake. Avid followers of the multitude of Resident Evil games will enjoy the improved visuals while enjoying the same style of shoulder-perspective gameplay. Capcom programmed the entire remake on their own RE Engine, the engine responsible for Devil May Cry 5.

Apart from that, Capcom also announced Resident Evil: Project Resistance – a 4v1 multiplayer mode within Resident Evil 3. It features similar gameplay to that of Resident Evil 2, as players turn into survivors at the mercy of a Mastermind. Early talks suggested that it would be a separate title, but will now be part of the Resident Evil 3 remake.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on April 3, 2020. PlayStation is already taking in pre-orders for the game as early as now.

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China is banning all American technology

Over 30 million devices to be replaced



For most of the year, we’ve heard of the American government banning Chinese products on their soil. It has always been the US making its moves against China. For its part, China has found itself on the defensive for most of the time. However, the tides are finally turning.

According to a new report, China is planning to ban all American technology from its government offices. The new ban mirrors the US government’s ban on Chinese technology. The Chinese government has issued a three-year deadline for offices to comply.

Based on estimates, Chinese government offices must replace up to 30 million items in three years. Even if it is an estimate, the figure is no joke, especially with the tense relationship between two of the world’s biggest technology manufacturers. China depends on American technology, as much as American depends on China.

Given both sides’ bans on the other, China must find a way to rely on its own technology or on other sponsors. If anything, China’s increased reliance on its own products will intensify its local companies, especially Huawei.

Besides finding better alternatives to its products, the government’s loss is a company’s gain. Chinese companies — like Huawei, Lenovo, and OPPO — can fill in the void for the government.

What does this mean for the world? Similar to the government’s predicament now, Huawei is trying to find permanent alternatives to its American components. If successful, Chinese products will be entirely made in China, rather than being a balanced blend of differently sourced components.

SEE ALSO: Mobile users in China have to undergo mandatory face scan

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