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OPPO Reno8 series now official in Singapore

Unparalleled portrait shooting capabilities

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The OPPO Reno8 series smartphones — the Reno8 5G and Reno8 Pro 5G — are now official in Singapore.

Billed as the “Portrait Expert”, both variants feature Dual Sony flagship sensors and several AI-enhanced imaging features such as Ultra Night Video and Night Portrait that look to make them the undisputed portrait shooting smartphone in their segment.

Revolutionary imaging capabilities

Putting premium on lowlight photography, the Reno8 series have upgraded cameras to offer an even more optimized shooting experience for that particular aspect, compared to the previous Reno7.

The Reno8 series phones sport two of Sony’s flagship dual sensors:

  • IMX709 for the front camera
  • IMX766 for the rear camera

The 32MP IMX709 in particular supports AutoFocus for the front camera for the first time, enabling 2x zoom for selfies. Both sensors allow more light intake and better brightness while getting the benefit of advanced technologies that all lead to better focus, speed, accuracy, and stability.

Thanks to the combination of the MariSilicon X and Sony dual sensors, 4K Ultra Night Video and 4K Ultra HDR Video are also made possible on the Pro.

Other photography and videography modes and functions users can expect from the two new devices include:

  • Night Portrait
  • AI Portrait Retouching
  • Portrait Mode
  • Hyperlapse
  • 960fps AI Slow-Motion

Powerful, durable

As the Reno8 series serves more uses than just mobile photography and videography, the Pro is powered by a Dimensity 8100-MAX 5G chipset and has OPPO’s MariSilicon X imaging NPU. It has a 6.7-inch ultra-clear HDR10+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Not to be outdone, the Reno8 has a Dimensity 1300 processor and 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Both have advanced cooling systems to ensure a seamless performance at all times.

Users can definitely utilize the phones for gaming too, with features such as 1000Hz Ultra Touch Response and 90Hz high-refresh mode for PUBG Mobile.

Both house 4,500mAh batteries with support 80W SUPERVOOC charging and OPPO’s Battery Health Engine which intelligently controls the charging current and voltage so users can expect a better lifespan.

Design-wise, the phones sport a unique streamlined unibody design; the common standalone camera “bump” has been eliminated, while a 75-degree micro-arc transition to the camera area has been created to make them look more stunning.

Pricing, availability, exclusive offers

For more information on the pricing and availabilities of the Reno8 series across OPPO’s online and physical stores, as well as gifts and offers, check the details below.

OPPO Reno8 5G

Retail price: SG$ 799

  • Available starting August 23: Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10, Shopee, TikTok, partner stores
  • Available starting August 27: M1, Singtel, Starhub stores
  • Purchases made between August 23 to 30: Free Enco Air2 Pro earbuds and 12 months screen protection plan

OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G

Retail price: SG$ 1,099

  • Available for preorder from August 23 to September 5: Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10, Shopee, TikTok, partner stores before September 6 official start of sales
  • 30 sets to be available for pre-sale exclusively on OPPO Lazada Super Brand Day on August 23
  • Available starting September 10: M1, Singtel, Starhub stores
  • Purchases made, including preorder and pre-sale, until September 30: Free Enco Air2 Pro earbuds and 12 months screen protection plan

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Instagram will start to put ads on a user’s profile

And on the Explore page

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Ads are everywhere. Several platforms are testing where and how much they can put without raising a lot of fuss from their users. On a few occasions, a platform can cross the line, prompting a wave of reprisals. Instagram, for example, backtracked on a controversial decision to pump out more recommended posts and ads after massive backlash. Despite the recency of the controversy, Instagram is back again with another ad-fueled decision: ads on user profiles.

This week, Meta announced that two more types of ads are coming to Instagram. The first type is a natural extension of what the platform already has. Instead of hiding video ads deep within the Explore section, these short videos will start popping up right on the section’s landing page. Since the section already has ads, it might not be as intrusive, especially when compared to the second type.

Besides a new spot in the Explore feed, Instagram is also adding ads to a user’s profile. Likely to a lot of users’ dismay, it is what it says on the tin. Offering some consolation, the platform won’t spoil a profile’s grid with an ad. Instead, when a user clicks on a post on the profile, the vertical feed, which usually shows a timeline of the profile’s content, will contain spots for ads.

Instagram has not officially confirmed which users will get the feature. However, the company is currently testing it for select creators. It also assures users that it will come only on public profiles, not private individuals.

SEE ALSO: You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

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YouTube might ask users to pay to watch in 4K

In testing phase

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Despite offering a mostly free service, YouTube is finding new ways to monetize parts of its platform. Now, ads are a lot more prevalent while watching videos. A less popular way is gating some features behind the platform’s YouTube Premium banner. YouTube is trying it once again, though. The platform is currently testing whether to keep 4K viewing behind a paywall.

With the capabilities of displays today, YouTube and its creators can offer content in stunning 4K resolution. Though not everyone can enjoy the feature, 4K viewing was a welcome one.

However, as spotted by some users on social media (via TechCrunch), the video-sharing site is reportedly making the viewing option exclusive for Premium users. The company has not officially announced any change yet. However, YouTube’s other accounts on Twitter replied to some concerned users on the site, citing an “experiment” to test what works for Premium and non-Premium users.

The company is still gathering responses to the experiment. However, if the initial social media response is any indication, a good chunk of YouTube’s users isn’t pleased with having to pay more to enjoy high-quality content.

Currently, YouTube Premium comes at US$ 11.99 per month for interested customers. The paid subscription offers ad-free viewing and offline viewing. If the company sees some progress with the experiment, they might ad 4K viewing to Premium’s mix.

SEE ALSO: YouTube has quietly launched a Podcasts hub

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Xiaomi 12T series now official

The brand’s latest flagship

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Xiaomi 12T Pro

Xiaomi announced the global launch of its latest smartphones: The Xiaomi 12T and Xiaomi 12T Pro.

The pair is set to rival other phones in the flagship category. The Xiaomi 12T Pro is powered by an SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4nm) processor. Meanwhile the standard 12T houses a Dimensity 8100-Ultra (5nm) chipset.

Both phones have a 5,000mAh battery and support Xiaomi’s 120W HyperCharge which can promise 100 percent charging in just 19 minutes, and 13.5 hours of screen-on time.

The 12T Pro has up to 12GB RAM for seamless performance, on top of a 256GB internal memory while the 12T isn’t that far behind with an 8GB RAM and the same storage capacity.

The devices also have a 6.67-inch AMOLED HDR10+ screen which comes with a 120Hz refresh rate and supports Dolby Vision and AdaptiveSync. In addition, the Pro model has an IP53 dust and splash resistance rating.

Exceptional smartphone photography

When it comes to photography, the 12T Pro features a pro-grade 200MP camera which has a large 1/1.22-inch sensor. It is capable of filming 8K videos and 4K at up to 60fps.

The 12T has a 108MP main shooter that can also record 4K videos and standard HD clips in 60fps.

With Xiaomi’s ProCut and Ultra burst, as well as advanced AI algorithms, smartphone photography will definitely be taken to the next level. Both devices likewise have 20MP selfie cameras.

Price and availability

In Singapore, the Xiaomi 12T Pro starts at SG$ 1,099 while the Xiaomi 12T retails for SG$749.

Pricing and availability details in the Philippines have yet to be revealed.

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