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OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G now official

With a selfie sensor by OPPO and Sony

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We’ve come to expect this now. The OPPO Reno line comes up with a new phone every six months and 2022 is no different. Kicking of the new year is the OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G that’s now in Singapore.

All about imaging

The Reno line has been zeroing in on delivering fantastic images and that continues with the Reno7 Pro 5G. This phone features two flagship sensors — the IMX709 and the IMX766.

The IMX709 sensor was developed by OPPO together with Sony. It’s on the Reno7 Pro 5G’s 32MP selfie camera. It has an all-new RGBW pixel array that contains additional white pixels not found in traditional RGGB image sensors. It can capture 60 percent more light than standard RGGB sensors while reducing noise by up to 35 percent.

The rear camera module is no slouch either. The main camera is a 50MP shooter with the IMX766 sensor. It’s flanked by an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a dedicated color temperature sensor.

All that hardware goodness is accompanied by a slew of software shooting features like AI Highlight Video, Bokeh Flare Portrait Video, Portrait Mode, and more. All of which are staple OPPO shooting features.

Packed to perform

The Reno7 Pro 5G features the MediaTek Dimensity 1200-MAX flagship-level 5G-integrated with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal as standard. That RAM can be expanded to 7GB if necessary by temporarily allocating ROM.

It has a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W SUPERVOOC wired fast charging. The Reno7 Pro 5G has a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate that’s also HDR10+ certified. It also has ColorOS 12 straight out of the box for a smoother, smarter UI experience.

In terms of looks, the Reno7 Pro 5G inherits the OPPO Glow design of the Reno series. It’ll be available in two colors: Startrails Blue and Starlight Black.

Local endorsement

Actor Lawrence Wong is , OPPO’s first official brand ambassador in-market. As part of the collaboration, OPPO has sponsored Reunion Dinner starring the actor. It’s an upcoming Chinese New Year-themed movie slated to be in theaters starting January 20, 2022.

Reunion Dinner is presented by Clover Films and iQIYI, in association with King Kong Media Production and Mediacorp. OPPO and the actor will also be working on a series of promotional activities for the Reno7 Pro 5G later this month.

Price and availability

The OPPO Reno7 Pro 5G will be available starting January 15 at a retail price of SG$ 999 at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores, M1, Singtel and StarHub as well as all authorized retailers.

From January 15 until 4 March, users can purchase the Reno7 Pro 5G at a promotional price of SG$ 919 (U.P SG $999) at OPPO Concept Stores, and OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores, and will come with a pair of OPPO Enco Air earphones and a pair of movie tickets for ‘Reunion Dinner’, while stocks last.

During the mentioned promotional period, the OPPO Watch Free can also be purchased at a discounted price of SG$ 99 (U.P SG$ 129) alongside the OPPO Reno7 Pro — only at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores.

The OPPO Reno7 5G is also coming soon, specifically in February 2022.

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Globe has first-ever Eco-SIM in Asia

More sustainability

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Eco-SIM

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

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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

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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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