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POCO M5 series is for budget-conscious gamers

Introducing the M5 and M5s

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Who says mobile gaming has to break your bank? For years, gaming-oriented smartphones have kept the best of the best under the priciest of price tags to preserve their top-of-the-line specs. Thankfully, more affordable devices have introduced more options for users worldwide. Now, POCO is adding to the list by launching the POCO M5 and M5s.

 

POCO M5

Armed with a 6.58-inch LCD screen, the M5 can keep up with the best with its FHD+ resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and 240Hz touch sampling rate. Under the hood, the device boasts the MediaTek Helio G99 octa-core chipset and an Arma Mali G57 GPU. It also sports up to 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Users can also expand the phone with a microSD slot.

Behind the phone, users will enjoy the triple rear camera combination consisting of a 50-megapixel main sensor, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Powering everything, the M5 has a large 5000mAh battery compatible of 18W fast charging, lasting an entire day. It ships with MIUI 13 over Android 12.

POCO M5s

Though a smaller device, the POCO M5s is a capable smartphone in its own right. Coming with a 6.43-inch FullHD+ AMOLED 60Hz screen, the phone’s display is perfect for entertainment. It sports a MediaTek Helio G95 chipset. It comes with the same configurations as the previous model: up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage.

Compared to the previous model, the POCO M5s has a beefier quadruple rear camera combination consisting of a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. In front, the phone will have a 13-megapixel selfie shooter. Supplementing this hardware, the smartphone will have AI capabilities to help take brilliant photos.

Underneath it all, the smartphone will have a 5000mAh battery. It will also have a headphone jack. Out of the box, it comes with MIUI 13 over Android 12.

Price and availability

Coming in Black, Green, and Yellow, the POCO M5 will start at EUR 189 and goes up to EUR 229 for its highest trim. It is already available in various online platforms. Currently, it has an early bird price, starting at EUR 189.

Meanwhile, the POCO M5s will come in Grey, White, and Blue. It starts from EUR 209 and goes up to EUR 249 at a 6GB/128GB trim. Its early bird price starts at EUR 209.

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Google Pixel 7 series puts premium on photo, video

Pro version challenges other flagships

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We’ve seen what they look like and now they have officially been launched. The Google Pixel 7 series. featuring the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, is ready to take on other flagships.

‘Most refined design’

Google says the Pixel 7 series has the “most refined design” of any Pixel phone to date. It has a smooth glass back with an aluminium frame. And of course, there’s the signature Camera Bar. The Pixel 7 Pro has a polished aluminium finish while the Pixel 7 is in matte. They are also made with recycled materials.

Both phones have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. And the displays are scratch resistant with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Google Tensor G2, enhanced photo and video

Powering the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the Google Tensor G2 chip. It’s custom-built for Pixel and was made to take advantage of Google’s advanced machine learning and speech recognition.

Naturally, it also makes the phones run faster and smoother. It’s also responsible for the Pixel’s vaunted photography capabilities. But Google says it’s now extending to video too. It enables features like next-gen Super Res Zoom, twice faster Night Sight processing, Face Unblur, and Cinematic Blur.

The Pixel wants to remain king in low-light imaging. Its large main sensor lets more light in. Combined with computational photography, the Night Sight feature is promising to be better than ever. The Pixel 7 series can now also shoot 4K60fps videos.

Secure with more features

Equipped on both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the Titan M2 security chip. Together with the Tensor G2 chip, it helps the Pixel be built with multiple layers of security. You also get the usual Face and Fingerprint unlocks. It’s also designed for prolonged use as Google promises up to five years of security updates.

Additional features include At a Glance which immediately displays the right information at the right time. Google cites the baggage claim at the airport as an example. But there’s also other appointments and meetings listed on your calendar. There’s also Assistant Voice typing that lets you type with your voice. It now supports Spanish, French, and Italian.

The Pixel 7 series also has the Adaptive Battery Feature. It learns your usage patterns and optimizes the phone to make sure it lasts for about 24 hours. It also supports 30W charging, promising a 50% charge in about 30 minutes.

Price and availability

In the US, the Pixel 7 starts at only US$ 599. And it’s available in Snow, Obsidian, andLemongrass. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro starts at US$ 899. And it’s available in Snow, Obsidian, and Hazel.

In Singapore, the Pixel 7 series is now available for pre-order and will arrive on store shelves on October 13.

The Pixel 7 with 128GB storage retails for SG$ 999 and is available in Snow, Lemongrass, and Obsidian. Meanwhile, the 256GB version is priced at SG$ 1,129 and comes in Obsidian.

The Pixel 7 Pro 128GB is priced at SG$ 1,299 and comes in Snow, Hazel, and Obsidian. The 256GB version is available only in Obsidian and retails for SG$ 1,449.

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Apple iPhone 14 Plus Unboxing & Hands On

Better late to the party than never

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The iPhone 14 Plus may have come a little bit late in the party, but the new ‘Plus’ iPhone might actually be your best bet.

To cut the story short, it is iPhone 14’s bigger brother.

Apart from a bigger display, it also has the longest battery life in an iPhone ever.

But would you choose it over the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro Max?

And are you willing to trade-off the faster ProMotion display, Dynamic Island, and better cameras for a more “affordable” iPhone?

Watch our unboxing and hands-on of the iPhone 14 Plus to know more.

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Infinix launches first smartphones with 180W charging, 60MP selfie cam

Introducing the ZERO ULTRA and ZERO 20

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The smartphone business is a game of numbers. Which brand can pack in the most megapixels, the largest battery, or the fastest charging? While the industry at large is as vicious as a pack of wolves, Infinix is making quite a case for the numbers game. Today, the company has debuted two new devices in the ZERO lineup. Both of which come with some of the industry’s firsts.

Infinix ZERO ULTRA

First up, the Infinix ZERO ULTRA isn’t shy about what makes it a crazy smartphone to own. Armed with the world’s first 180W Thunder Charge, the smartphone’s 4500mAh battery can reportedly fill up from empty in just 12 minutes. The company previously announced the blazingly fast charging standard earlier this year. Now, it’s making their way to everyone’s hands.

Besides the beast of a battery, the ZERO ULTRA sports the MediaTek Dimensity 920 chipset, up to 13GB of RAM (built-in 8GB of RAM plus 5GB via Extended RAM), and 256GB of internal storage. For its display, the phone comes with a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, putting out 2400×1080 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. The form factor glimmers with a 71° waterfall screen design.

Behind everything, the ZERO ULTRA comes with a huge 200-megapixel camera plus a 12-megapixel AI camera. In front, it comes with a sizable 32-megapixel selfie shooter and an 8-megapixel AI camera.

It comes pre-installed with Android 12, laid over with XOS 12. It will also have dual nano SIM capabilities and 5G connectivity.

Infinix ZERO 20

The ULTRA isn’t the only smartphone with an exclusive spec to its name. Complementing the first flagship, Infinix has also launched the ZERO 20, one of the first in the industry to come out with a 60-megapixel selfie shooter.

Built for a passion on photography and vlogging, the ZERO 20’s 60-megapixel selfie camera comes with a 0.61μm pixel size and dual OIS+EIS stabilization. It also has a Super Night Selfie Mode for brilliant selfies even in low light conditions. On the flip side, the ZERO 20’s 108-megapixel rear camera isn’t too shabby either. Besides the main camera, it comes with a pair of other sensors: a 13-megapixel and a 2-megapixel one.

Underneath, the smartphone sports a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset, up to 13GB of RAM (using the same configuration as the ZERO ULTRA), and 256GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD slot). It comes with a 6.7-inch AMOLED FHD+ screen with 90Hz refresh rate.

It has dual nano SIM capabilities and up to 4G connectivity. Plus, it will have a headphone jack. Powering everything, the ZERO 20 comes with a 4500mAh battery capable of 45W Super Charge (which can fill an empty battery to 75 percent in just 30 minutes).

Price and availability

Coming in Coslight Silver and Genesis Noir, the Infinix ZERO ULTRA will sell for around US$ 520. Additionally, while supplies last, customers will receive a lottery ticket for a chance to win a space themed NFT.

Meanwhile, coming in Space Gray, Glitter Gold, and Green Fantasy, the Infinix ZERO 20 will sell for around US$ 270.

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