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OPPO patents its own rotating camera phone

Is OPPO copying the ASUS ZenFone 6?

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Yesterday, ASUS unveiled one of the more innovative solutions for bezel-less beauty. In the latest ZenFone 6, the brand is cashing in on a rotating Flip Camera. The unique solution uses a 180-degree hinge, transforming the dual rear camera into a front-facing workhorse.

Of course, innovation will always breed imitation. Filed only yesterday, OPPO is working on an almost-identical rotating camera themselves. Spotted by the Dutch LetsGoDigital, the Chinese smartphone maker filed the patent at the World Intellectual Property Office.

Notably, OPPO’s variant is more complex, using more hinges than ASUS’ original. The patent images depict a pop-up mechanism along with the rotating camera. Additionally, the patent also includes a single camera setup, besides the more advanced dual camera installation. OPPO is likely considering the form factor for both flagship and budget offerings.

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Regardless, OPPO filed the patent only yesterday. The patent’s coincidence with ASUS’ launch is stark. However, OPPO will take a lot more time to develop the phone. Even then, the company might not decide on development altogether.

Is this blatant imitation? The coincidence argues in the affirmative. However, OPPO’s history paints a more accurate picture. Back in the company’s infancy days, OPPO released the world’s first rotating camera phones. The OPPO N1 — and its successor, the N3 — featured a similar rotating hinge. Back then, smartphone manufacturers didn’t have bezel-less screens as a goal. The rotating camera was just a quirky feature, improving selfie capabilities. Technically, the OPPO N1 is the brand’s first “selfie expert.”

That said, ASUS’ newer flagship is still a tremendous innovation on the old form factor. Regardless of who copied whom, the rotating camera creatively takes on the ever-present problem of bezels and notches.

SEE ALSO: OPPO releases a new F11 model that’s cheaper and exclusive online

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A remastered NieR Replicant is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Experience a much darker and more modern re-telling of the highly anticipated prequel

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Square Enix came into Tokyo Game Show 2020 with a big announcement in mind. Even though it was an online show, the developers behind Final Fantasy and Marvel’s Avengers have something brewing up for the year. This time, they’ve decided to focus on a market-exclusive title —  NieR Replicant — ready for a more worldwide stage.

To kickoff the Tokyo Game Show, they’ve announced the arrival of NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139. If you haven’t heard of NieR Replicant before, that’s totally reasonable because this was a Japan-exclusive release. Essentially, Replicant ver. 1.22474487139 is a remaster of the original game released in 2010 for Japanese players.

NieR Replicant is the most anticipated sequel to the post-apocalyptic RPG, NieR Automata. This prequel delves into a darker world that sees you going on a quest for a cure. Also, joining you in this quest is Grimoire Weiss in search for the “Sealed Verses.” For Automata players, you may be familiar with it as he appears as downloadable content for the game.

The prequel will be available on April 22, 2021 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Meanwhile, its PC release on Steam will be on April 24, 2021.

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Acer named as official sponsor for PUBG Continental Series 2

Providing all the powerful hardware at the highest level of competition for PUBG

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PUBG and Acer have a brief history of organizing intense competitions. Just earlier this year, the PCS Charity Showdown ushered in the year’s promising lineup of Esports tournaments. Now, these two are back at it again with another huge tournament to crown a new champion for 2020.

The PUBG Continental Series 2 APAC is an online regional tournament that brings together the top teams from Southeast Asia and Oceania. Beginning August 29, 16 teams across the region will vie to become the APAC region’s third overall champion. With Acer as the official sponsor, all participants will get their hands on the most powerful Acer Predator hardware.

Featured Esports hardware include the Acer Predator Triton 500, powered by the latest processors and GPUs. It sports a 10th generation Intel processor and up to an NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER GPU for stellar power and performance. Also, it comes with a 300Hz refresh rate IPS display with a 3ms response rate for smooth gameplay all around.

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OPPO Find X2 Pro now comes in Green Vegan Leather

OPPO’s finest in a new skin

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OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Leather

OPPO’s finest is back but in a new skin. The OPPO Find X2 Pro Green Vegan Leather Edition is now official and it’s coming to Singapore.

That isn’t just any kind of leather. With an IP68-rating, it’s splash, dust, and waterproof. OPPO says the new color variant takes inspiration from the concept of “healing.” The company believes it is a soothing and refreshing color that exudes comfort.

The complete the look, the phone also includes a custom-made vegan leather built-in middle frame. It uses environmentally-friendly materials along with a unique three-layer leather stitching technology.

OPPO’s finest

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is the culmination of OPPO’s innovations over the years. Here’s an excerpt from our review:

“The Find X2 Pro delivered in every aspect, especially in those that are most important to us. Just by holding the phone, you can tell that OPPO spent a lot of time refining the product. The Find X2 Pro has one of the best spec sheets found on smartphones this year as well.”

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Find X2 Pro 5G Green Vegan Leather Edition is priced at SG$ 1,699 (US$ 1237), and will be available from this Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Singtel, Starhub and M1 stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Store, and at all OPPO Concept Stores.

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