OPPO Reno7 5G launches in Singapore

Exclusively available on OPPO’s official Shopee store



OPPO Reno7

OPPO announced the launch of the latest addition to its Reno series — the OPPO Reno7 5G. It will be available in Singapore exclusively through the company’s official Shopee Mall store from February 12.

Additionally, starting from February 13, 2022 in Singapore, the OPPO Super Brand Day with Shopee will run across six markets, allowing shoppers to score exclusive deals and gifts with every purchase of the new Reno7 Series 5G.

DLSR-like captures on your phone

The latest smartphone is equipped with portrait functionality that captures professional portraits on its AI-enhanced, triple HD camera setup.

The back has a 64MP HD main camera with a 118-degree Ultra Wide-Angle camera and a macro camera for close subjects while in front is a 32MP camera.

The Reno7 5G is packed with portrait features in the table below.

Mode Detailed features
Portrait Mode
  • 25 different aperture sizes from F0.95 to F16
  • Detection of skin texture and skin tone, with retouching effects
Bokeh Flare Portrait Video
  • Real-time processing of portrait video
  • Skin tone detection and preservation (further optimized)
  • Bokeh flare in the background possible
AI Highlight Video
  • Capture both background and foreground clearly
  • Live HDR and Ultra Night Video algorithms automatically enabled for brighter, higher-quality videos at night or in dark areas

The AI Color Portrait Video, meanwhile, automatically detects the subject in the video and retains its original color while turning the rest of the picture black and white.

The Dual-View video helps users shoot from both the front and rear cameras at the same time.

Lastly, Portrait Retouching detects people within a video and applies different retouching effects.

Aside from all these, the Reno7 5G offers Ultra Steady Video, Focus Tracking, Ultra-Clear 108MP Image, and Flash Snapshot.

Power and style

The Reno7 5G comes with an ultra-slim body that’s 7.81 mm thick and 173 grams in weight and a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen. It will come it two new colors: Startrails Blue and Starry Black.

The smartphone is equipped with the powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G SoC that provides support for both 5G and Wi-Fi 6 for faster connectivity during mobile gaming.

It has a 4,500mAh battery, 65W SUPERVOOC charging and allows Super Power Saving Mode and Super Nighttime Standby.

Aside from these, the Reno7 5G has 8GB of RAM that’s expandable with OPPO’s RAM Expansion Technology for an additional 2GB, 3GB, or 5GB of temporary RAM (from unused ROM storage) and 256GB of storage.

Advanced features

The Reno7 5G is part of the first series that comes with ColorOS 12 for efficiency, smoothness, and even strengthened privacy.

The phone has an Air Gestures feature, allowing users to answer and mute phone calls or control apps without having to touch the phone.

PC Connect offers seamless work between multiple devices, with connecting the Reno7 5G to a PC enabling the user to control files and more from either device.

Price and availability

The OPPO Reno7 5G, available in two colors, will be for sale exclusively on OPPO’s Shopee Flagship Store from February 12 at a retail price of SG$ 799.

From February 12 to March 4, users can purchase the smartphone at a promotional price of SG$ 719, and purchases will come with a free pair of OPPO Enco Air earphones (worth SG$ 99) while stocks last.

The Enco Air earphones may also be purchased separately during the promo period for a discounted price of SG$ 69 when buying the OPPO Reno7 5G.


Apple might make a ring you can wear on other parts of your body

Patent granted



Earlier this year, Samsung reportedly started development on a smart ring, a fitness tracker shaped like a ring you were on your finger. Now, based on a new patent, Apple is doing the same. However, the company’s iteration goes beyond just a ring meant for your finger.

As first reported by Apple Insider, the American government has recently granted Apple a patent for an “electronic system with ring device.” Though the depicted device repeatedly shows a ring worn on a finger, the patent description also describes other uses, such as on a “wrist, arm, leg, neck, head, and/or other body part.”

The patent was written vaguely enough to accommodate a lot of uses. One example that the patent describes is NFC technology activating when in range of certain devices and objects. For example, a user can use a wearable bracelet or anklet to enter a gated area. A user can also receive information through the wearable when near a book or another device.

Naturally, the described device will also have tracking capabilities. It’s possible that the wearable is meant to pair with Apple’s other devices in its ecosystem such as an iPhone or an Apple Watch.

That said, a patent rarely corresponds to a finalized product. While the possibilities of such a device are numerous, it’s also possible that Apple won’t move forward with an actual product. Currently, smart rings are still a relatively niche segment.

SEE ALSO: Samsung is working on a smart ring

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WhatsApp will let you hide all your secret chats with a password

Passwords can even have an emoji



Secret chats is a boon to the online community. However, while the feature can protect your conversations from online snoopers, nothing can stop anyone who grabs your phone and goes through all your apps. Now, WhatsApp is finally adding an extra layer of protections for those who use secret chats on the platform — a secret code.

For anyone engaged in secret conversations, a password seems like a no-brainer. While the feature has been a long time coming, its launch is still welcome today. With the new version, users can hide all their secret chats with a passcode.

Plus, the passcodes are more unique than most. Rather than just a short PIN or a traditional password, users can use emojis too. Allowing emojis can add an even more secure lock to those private conversations.

Once secured, the locked chats will no longer pop up by default on WhatsApp’s main feed. While users can still toggle their visibility on and off, users will have to input their secret passcodes into the app’s search bar to see their list of secret chats.

While the feature is still rolling out now, users already have existing options to lock individual chats away from prying eyes. These measures include fingerprint scanning, face recognition, and good ol’ passwords. The new feature is more meant to hide all of them at the same time, especially when a shoulder snooper can just spot locked chats right from the list.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp might soon let you chat with Telegram, other apps

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Google Messages adds new features similar to iMessage

Photomoji sounds familiar



It’s been a great month for RCS. Recently, Apple, the messaging standard’s longstanding rival, finally announced support for RCS coming in 2024. Now, it has reached another huge milestone: 1 billion active users, according to Google. To celebrate, Google has announced new features coming to Messages.

RCS has been the standard for Google’s Messages for a while now. However, despite reaching a significant number of users over the years, Messages has often trailed Apple’s iMessage in terms of features. Today, Messages is finally getting a healthy infusion of the latter’s newer developments.

For one, the new Photomoji feature can turn your photos into message reactions. Using the onboard AI, Google can automatically turn the subject of any photo for use in the app. Messages will also save these for future use. Now, while this might sound familiar for iOS users, Google will not require users to turn photos into stickers before using them in iMessage.

Users can also change the color of their bubbles, digging at the ongoing green versus blue debate between iOS and Android.

Additionally, Voice Moods will allow users to add an emoji to sent voice messages. Even before playing them, recipients will already have an idea what the tone of the message will be. And speaking of the format, Google also improved the audio quality for voice messages.

Finally, Messages will have Screen Effects going forward. Like other messaging platforms (like Messenger and Viber), typing certain phrases such as “I love you” will cause the screen to react appropriately. In Viber, for example, typing “happy birthday” will cause balloons to fly up from the bottom.

These updates are slowly rolling out through a beta version coming to select countries and devices.

SEE ALSO: Apple is finally solving its green bubble problem

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