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Sharp unveils Aquos R2 as new flagship phone with wide-angle camera

A borderless phone with a tiny notch

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Sharp may not be that popular when it comes to phones, but they sure know how to create a powerful one. The company just unveiled their latest flagship phone, the Aquos R2. It’s the successor to last year’s Aquos R and it’s designed to appeal to the Asian market.

The Aquos R2 doesn’t look any different from a typical 2018 phone. It has a borderless display, a notch to house the front camera, and dual rear cameras. Its display measures six inches and sports a high-speed IGZO panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a WHQHD+ (1440 x 3040 pixels) resolution. The notch is way smaller than the usual though, and it’s more like the Essential Phone’s.

The phone has top-notch (no pun intended) specs with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of memory, and 64GB of internal storage. It accepts a microSD card for storage expansion of up to 400GB.

It draws juice from a respectable 3130mAh battery and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

As for cameras, there are two shooters at the back and one in the front. The dual rear camera setup of the Aquos R2 is peculiar. It has a 16.3-megapixel sensor solely for video recording and a 22.6-megapixel sensor for taking photos. The video-only camera shoots 4K videos in ultra-wide angle and with the help of artificial intelligence, the other sensor can automatically shoot photos while recording video.

Check out the feature in action through the official videos below:

Sharp is also proud to introduce the Aquos R2 as the world’s first phone to have Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos together. This brings powerful imaging with superb sound quality.

To top off everything, the handset is water- and dust-resistant.

No pricing as of press time, but it’ll be available soon in Japan and neighboring countries.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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