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

Is this what you want?

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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.

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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

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BlackBerry Messenger is shutting down

Enterprise version will live on

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Do you still remember your BlackBerry Messenger PIN? Almost a decade ago, BBM was the world’s most efficient solution for instant messaging. Before dependable data plans simplified messaging, BlackBerry offered a free alternative for its users. Years later, the tables have turned. Data packages have popularized other free messaging services like Messenger, Whatsapp, Telegram, and Viber. BlackBerry Messenger became obsolete.

Three years ago, BlackBerry tried a few resuscitation strategies, adding support between other apps. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. Users just flowed liberally to other messaging apps.


Naturally, the end is near. BBM is past its expiration date. Now, BlackBerry has made the funeral official. On May 31, the company will cease support for BBM. Because of a rapidly declining user base, the messaging service will be shut down. At least, for consumers.

Instead, BlackBerry Messenger will live on through its enterprise version. Unlike the consumer version, BBMe — as the enterprise version is called — offers end-to-end encryption and message editing after sending. Initially intended for business users, the service requires a biannual US$ 2.50 subscription fee. Because of the recent announcement, BlackBerry Messenger Enterprise is now available for everyone to download.

“Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on,” BlackBerry said in a blog post. Regardless of its user base now, BBM’s end is a sad day for instant messaging. Back in its heyday, BlackBerry was a major force in the smartphone world, going toe-to-toe with Samsung and Apple. Exchanging BBM PINs was, in itself, a secret handshake exclusive only to BlackBerry users. Whether you were a user or not, BlackBerry Messenger was a huge hit back in the day.

SEE ALSO: BlackBerry KEY2 LE is a toned-down, colorful version of KEY2

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Samsung finally gives Galaxy S10 a dedicated night mode

It’s about time!

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One of the most sought-after features in a smartphone camera these days is night mode, which provides greater illumination to low-light environments. While Samsung had been offering this in its phones for some time already, it’s only now that its getting its own mode in the default camera app.

The firmware update is currently on its way to Galaxy S10 users in Switzerland, according to SamMobile. Called Bright Night, the mode is found situated beside the likes of Live Focus and Panorama.


It’s a feature users had been clamoring for in the past. Previously, you would have to allow the AI scene optimizer to automatically select the mode for you; with this update, you don’t have to wait for total darkness to set in anymore.

With several of Samsung’s competitors — such as Google and Huawei — offering this function off the bat, it’s about time the Galaxies followed suit. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on which non-S10 models are getting this, too.

In the meantime, you may keep checking the software update option in the settings menu until it becomes available for your Galaxy S10. The update happens to come with the April 2019 security patch as well, signaling that it’s bound for a global release soon.

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Samsung issues statement on breaking Galaxy Fold units

Don’t peel that layer!

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Image source: Marques Brownlee

The Galaxy Fold has finally arrived. After a bombastic announcement, the world’s first foldable smartphone will slowly trickle down to consumers all around the globe in just a few days. Unfortunately, Samsung’s biggest launch of the year has arrived with a considerable cloud of controversy.

Reported by multiple sources, the Galaxy Fold has already experienced flaws almost immediately out of the box. For one, famed YouTuber Marques Brownlee broke his unit relatively quickly. According to his tweet, Brownlee mistakenly peeled a thin layer that “appears to be a screen protector.” He quickly realized that the layer was, in fact, a crucial component for the display. The screen broke immediately. Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman reported the same issue, lamenting how easy it was to peel off.


Similarly, The Verge reported a strange bulge that appeared soon after usage. The issue differed from Brownlee’s or Gurman’s; however, the result was the same. Eventually, after much folding and unfolding, the screen finally broke.

Luckily, all three have requested or received replacement units from Samsung. However, regular consumers will likely experience less luck, especially if the issue persists. Thankfully, Samsung has swiftly issued a statement regarding the problem.

Firstly, the company has pledged to “thoroughly inspect [the review] units in person.” At the very least, Samsung is not ignoring these strange flaws. At the same time, this statement covers only issues with unknown causes.

For those who peeled the critical layer, Samsung has just issued a warning: “Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers,” according to the statement.

As it turns out, the protective layer is an essential part of the Galaxy Fold. Hopefully, Samsung will add a clearer label when the smartphone launches in the coming days.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Fold goes through folding endurance test in latest video

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