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The Galaxy A33 5G won’t break your bank

Great specs for a great price

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The Galaxy A series is here! After a short hype train, Samsung has launched a whopping five new entries into its hugely successful midrange lineup. If you want a taste of the midrange without breaking your bank, try the Galaxy A33 5G.

Touting a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V display, the midrange smartphone carries a 2.4GHz Exynos 1280 octa-core processor. It will have up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage (expandable by up to 1TB using a microSD card).

Even if you don’t dig smartphone photography, the smartphone’s camera can easily handle quick shots with a more-than-capable quad camera combination consisting of a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide shooter, a 2-megapixel depth shooter, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. In front, users can take selfies with a 13-megapixel shooter.

If you’re wondering about the phone’s durability and security, the phone is rated for IP67 resistance and carries an on-screen fingerprint sensor and face unlock. Out of the box, it comes with Android 12 pre-installed with a One UI core.

Finally, the Galaxy A33 5G comes with a sizable 5000mAh battery, compatible with 25W fast charging.

The Galaxy A33 5G comes in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Blue and Awesome Peach. It will start selling for PhP 18,990 sometime in April.

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Arm has unveiled its first GPU to have ray tracing

Introducing the Immortalis-G715

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It was only a matter of time before smartphones caught up with the latest in gaming technology. However, smartphone chips have really put pedal to the metal, catching up to modern consoles at an unprecedented clip. Arm has unveiled a new GPU that can deliver ray tracing to Android phones.

Introduced a few years ago, ray tracing revitalized how lighting is presented. Whenever you see shining light react to an object or a person in a game, that’s ray tracing at work. However, it’s still such a technology-intensive feature limited to capable devices. Regardless, a lot of AAA games already have ray tracing available in in-game settings.

Mobile games are about to get the same treatment. Revealed recently, Arm’s Immortalis-G715 GPU chip can deliver the same capabilities using up to 16 cores. It also promises up to 15 percent better performance from the previous generation.

Of note, Arm already introduced software-based ray tracing in the past. However, with the new Immortalis-G715, the company can now focus on hardware-based tracing, pushing the feature to more users. Likewise, Samsung has also announced the same capabilities in the Exynos 2200 series.

Smartphones are slowly moving towards games capable of the same feats as console games. Now, it’s only a matter of waiting for developers to create mobile games with the feature.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm plans to buy Arm with its rivals

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vivo Y76 5G to be more affordable by July

PhP 2,000 off

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Starting July 1, the vivo Y76 5G will have a discounted price of PhP 14,999 from PhP 16,999, making the vlogging smartphone even more affordable for customers.

For a refresher, the Y76 was released in January. It is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor and has a 6.58-inch FHD+ (2408×1080) IPS LCD display.

It comes with an ultra-slim design at just 7.79mm thick while weighing just 175 grams. The phone has a 4,100mAh battery with support for 44W flash charging.

A vlogger’s phone

Meant to help creators produce better content, the phone packs flagship-level camera specs and features.

There’s a 50MP main camera, 2MP macro, and 2MP bokeh on the rear, and a 16MP selfie camera.

The Y76 has a Dual-View Video feature which allows users to use both the front and rear camera at the same time when filming.

The phone is capable of recording slow-mos, time-lapses, and taking double-exposure photos.

Other features include AI Face Beauty Algorithm and Smart Softlight Band to enhance selfie captures.

PhP 2,000 off 

The PhP 2,000 price slash will take effect starting on July 1, 2022. 

The vivo Y76 5G is available at all vivo stores and kiosks nationwide, vivo’s official E-store, and official Shopee and Lazada stores.

 

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vivo X80 Pro with ZEISS: Capturing the city life

Noteworthy smartphone cameras

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vivo X80 Pro ZEISS


City life. It takes its toll on you. But it also has its charms. And one way to really enjoy its hustle and bustle is to have a companion to capture everything it has to offer.

Thankfully, there’s the vivo X80 Pro. It’s the company’s latest and greatest for many reasons.
Chief of which is its outstanding cameras sprinkled with ZEISS Natural Color goodness.

vivo and ZEISS

vivo’s camera-performance has been flying under the radar over the years. But with this ZEISS partnership, they’re now ready to soar.

All the lenses on the X80 Pro have ZEISS patented T Star coating. It helps reduce reflections when taking photos of lights at night.

Photos are already sharp as is but the ZEISS Super Night Camera takes things even further. You also get ZEISS Portraits for stylized shots.

And it’s not just photos. Zeiss makes its mark on videos too. With the ZEISS Cinematic Video Bokeh feature, you can shoot in a cinematic aspect ratio… While also applying depth of field.

Working in tandem to produce these still and moving images are the ZEISS 50MP Ultra-Sensing GNV Sensor as well as the V1+ Chip. The sensor keeps things steady even if your hands are shaky. And the V1 Plus Chip is vivo’s own creation — a product of years of research and development to achieve the absolute best in mobile imaging technology.

Capturing city life

Okay, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s pullback for a bit and show you all the cameras equipped on the vivo X80 Pro.

  • 50MP Zeiss Ultra-Sensing GNV sensor
  • 48MP Ultra wide angle lens
  • 8MP Periscope lens, 5x optical zoom
  • 12MP Gimbal Portrait camera

They say the best camera is the one you can always carry with you. And this combination from vivo is about as good and as extensive as it can get.

Combined with the Camera Panning feature working in the background we can get stunning running shots.

It’s a great way to document the start to your day. After that quick run, it’s time to freshen up and grab a bite. Sharing your breakfast on socials is still a thing, right? Flex all you want. You deserve it.

And while you’re at it. Might as well flex yourself too using the 32MP selfie shooter.

Videos are all the rage these days and if you want to take social sharing to another level, do it in motion.

SEE ALSO: GadgetSnaps: vivo X80 Pro in The Fort

Premium flagship

Now, capturing isn’t all the vivo x80 Pro is good for. It is, after all, a flagship smartphone. The specs speak for themselves:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • 12+4GB RAM
  • 256GB Storage
  • 4,700mAh

It’s one thing to see it on paper, but the overall performance checks out too. Your usual social browsing, chatting, and jumping between apps is an absolute breeze.

And watching your favorite shows and videos is just flat-out great. The vivo X80 Pro has dual speakers making for a fantastic entertainment experience.

The 6.78-inch AMOLED display is a treat to the eyes. And it has a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, meaning it goes from 1Hz to 120Hz depending on what you’re doing.

This helps conserve the 4,700mAh battery which should last you quite a bit in a day. And if not, you can quickly top up as it supports wired 80W Flash Charge as well as 50W wireless Flash Charge.

As far as its looks are concerned it has a glass back with matte coating and some hints of glitter. Fittingly called Cosmic Black, the look is a straight up classic.

Superb shooter, all around partner

vivo has for itself quite a banger of a smartphone with the X80 Pro. It is literally everything you can ask for from a smartphone camera/ Delivering photos and videos that are vivid, sharp, and captivating while performing like every bit the flagship that it is.

The vivo X80 Pro retails for PhP 59,999. And the vivo X80 series is now available:


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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