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OPPO unveils new Zoom tech, RGBW sensor, and Under-screen camera

OPPO revs up its imaging technology

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OPPO held the 2021 OPPO Future Imaging Technology Launch Event today. The company unveiled its smartphone imaging technology focusing on its upgrades to sensors, modules, and algorithms. 

Featured at their event:

  • OPPO’s RGBW sensor
  • 85-200mm Continuous Optical Zoom
  • Five-axis OIS technology
  • Under-screen camera with proprietary AI algorithms

OPPO unveiled their first-ever under-screen camera technology back in 2019 at the MWC event in Shanghai.

RGBW sensor

OPPO’s RGBW sensor upgraded with new processing technology, with increased performance, gives future devices more power to process images. With

The new sensor has been upgraded to 60 percent, meaning more light can be captured. Comparing it to their previous sensors, it’s also improved up to 35 percent reduction in noise for better images in low-light situations. Additionally, it also makes portraits in both photos and videos with enhancements. OPPO will release the sensors by Q4 2021.

OPPO’s optical zoom

The module is an 85-200mm Continuous Optical Zoom, and it has been accompanied by the following: 

  1. Adopted G+P lens technology is infused by aspheric glass lenses, give it a possibility to improve the optical effects and improve contrast as it minimizes stray light.
  2. With its discovery in 1995, OPPO adds the TMR or better knows as the Tunnel Magneto-Resistance sensor. OPPO calls it the tunnel magnetoresistance sensor, just so you know. It allows the sensors to move with better stability.
  3.  The dynamic tilt helps out in moving the lens system, same as tilting your head. For phones, you have to carefully engineer the dynamic tilt, which will determine the stabilization of your shots and videos. For OPPO, they engineered the dynamic tilt to better suit their Continuous Optical Zoom.

Also new from OPPO, it’s the Five-axis OIS! From small to relatively large movements, this OIS will be helping out to produce steady and ready-to-capture photos. Additionally, OPPO will release the five-axis OIS in Q1 2022. 

Under-screen camera

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OPPO also presented its under-screen camera technology. With their new solution for their cameras, they also ensure a 400-PPI display. Having the best of both worlds. it has been a dream for us, smartphone enthusiasts, to have this technology improved at least every year. Using transparent wiring and a  design makeover, their new under-screen camera will surely be a wonder to look at.

OPPO has also developed an AI algorithm. With the improvements of diffraction reduction, we should expect better image quality for their newer smartphones.

 

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The Pixel Pass is official, will bundle the Pixel 6 with Google services

As cheap as $45 per month

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A bit before Google officially launched the Pixel 6 series, a leak revealed an upcoming subscription package called the Pixel Pass. The then-unannounced package bundles the new Pixel 6 with a host of Google products. Since the Pixel 6 series is now official, the Pixel Pass is now official, too. Here’s what the subscription plan will offer.

Announced with the Pixel 6 series, the Pixel Pass offers either a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro and Google’s other paid services like 200GB of Google One storage, Google Play Pass, YouTube Premium, and YouTube Music Premium, and Preferred Care coverage.

The regular Pixel 6 will sell for US$ 45 per month, and the Pixel 6 Pro will sell for US$ 55 per month. Google Fi subscribers can also save an additional US$ 5 from the price tag. Subscribers will pay for their chosen phones over two years. Regardless of which phone, the Pixel 6 will be unlocked. If you do the math, the package can actually save you money, compared to paying for the phone directly.

Additionally, the Pixel Pass will offer users the opportunity to upgrade to another Pixel phone after the initial two-year period. However, if subscribers cancel anytime during the subscription, they have to pay for the phone’s remaining non-discounted value.

The new subscription package introduces a new way to get a Pixel phone, similar to how Apple created the iPhone Upgrade Program. Unfortunately for those outside the country, the package is currently exclusive to the United States for now.

SEE ALSO: Here are new Pixel 6 features you should definitely try

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Facebook reportedly planning to change its company name

To focus more on the metaverse

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Facebook really doesn’t want to be Facebook right now. Amid the wave of situations plaguing the company now, Facebook is reportedly changing its company name later this month.

Reported by The Verge, Facebook is changing its company name to focus more on other products in its lineup. Currently, Facebook’s name comes from its huge social media network. Since the start of its network, the company already expanded into different industries including the virtual and augmented reality markets.

Facebook’s new name will reportedly focus on these new products which they have collectively named the metaverse. Even outside of its new peripherals, they also own other networks like WhatsApp and Instagram.

However, a paradigm shift might not be the only reason for a name change.

A tough whistleblower situation has recently revealed a lot of controversies going on behind the scenes of the social media platform. And it’s not their first controversy either. Prior to the ongoing situation, the company was already facing anti-competition controversies last year. A rebrand can potentially save the company from further damage.

Facebook isn’t the first among its contemporaries to create a new company outside of what it is known for. Google, arguably the most popular example of such, founded its current umbrella company called Alphabet. Though Google still exists, Alphabet deals with the brand’s other endeavors.

For its part, Facebook will reportedly announce its new name during its Connect conference on October 28.

SEE ALSO: Ray-Ban, Facebook team up to create Ray-Ban Stories

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New MacBook Pros, AirPods 3 now for pre-order in Singapore

Time to splurge!

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Following Apple’s October event that saw the reveal of new AirPods and the much anticipated new MacBook Pros, the aforementioned devices are now up for pre-order in Singapore!

AirPods 3

The latest addition to Apple’s AirPods family features Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. Both features contribute to a more immersive and more surround sound experience as you enjoy your favorite tunes from Apple Music or your favorite podcasts.

It retails for SG$ 269. Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

MacBook 14″ and 16″

These 2021 MacBooks are the biggest update to Apple’s notebooks in years. Other than sporting the brand spanking new and super powered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pros also got significant upgrades elsewhere.

Firstly, Apple has brought back the ports. Instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, there are now three (3) Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI port, and a must for pros — an SD Card slot. The 3.5mm jack also gets an upgrade allowing support for high grade headphones.

The display also gets an upgrade promising 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, as well as Promotion for that oh so smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

Pricing are as follows:

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 2,999

  • 8-Core CPU
  • 14-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 67W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 14″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 96W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 512GB SSD — SG$ 3,749

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Pro, 1TB SSB — SG$ 4,049

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 16-Core GPU
  • 16GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

MacBook Pro 16″, M1 Max, 1TB SSB — SG$ 5,249

  • 10-Core CPU
  • 32-Core GPU
  • 32GB Unified Memory
  • 140W USB-C Power Adapter
  • Comes in Space Grey or Silver

Delivery begins on October 26. That’s also when it’ll be available in Apple Stores.

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