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Spotlight: Asus Zenfone Selfie

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Looking to upgrade your selfies? Why not a phone that’s built just for the job. This is the Asus Zenfone Selfie. In the spotlight.

Asus created the Zenfone Selfie – the camera on its front is as good as the camera on its back. Both sport 13 megapixel shooters with f/2.2 lenses and come with dual-tone LED flash. So you’re guaranteed to get a good selfie each time. Even when the lights are off. For those really serious about “seeing the perfect you,” there’s beautification mode that lets you apply Skin Softening, Skin Brightening, Eye Enhancement, Cheek Thinning and several shades of blush!

The rear camera is no slouch either as it’s also 13 megapixel and is equipped with fast autofocus – something the Zenfone 2 doesn’t even have.

The Zenfone selfie comes in Teal, Pink, and White.

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WIKO 10 smartphone introduced to the Philippines

French brand joins entry-level segment

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WIKO 10

French brand WIKO is entering the Philippine market and challenging competitors, introducing the WIKO 10 smartphone in the country.

Operating on Android 12, the entry-level WIKO 10 will have identical specs and features like most counterpart devices in its segment.

First off, it is powered by a Helio G37 chipset and a 5,000mAH battery that support for 22.5W WIKO SuperCharge and wireless reverse charging which powers smaller devices like a smart band or wireless headsets.

With 4GB of memory and 128GB storage, the phone may also be used for gaming, given that it has a multi-stage overheating current control mechanism incorporated.

The display is a 6.74-inch (1600 x 720) large full-screen LCD with an aspect ratio of 20:9. 

When it comes to the camera setup, the smartphone has a triple camera setup at the back bannered by a 50MP main shooter (F1.8) that has a Smart HDR feature. In front is an 8MP selfie camera.

Other features include:

  • Dual SIM
  • microSD slot
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fingerprint scanner

WIKO Buds 10 also released

Alongside the phone’s launch, WIKO has also announced the WIKO Buds 10, a pair of wireless earbuds with Bluetooth 5.2 technology that offers up to 30 hours of usage with its charging case.

The earbuds have a 12mm dynamic driver to deliver high-quality audio with deep bass. It also has environmental noise cancellation. What sets this pair apart from the others is its built-in dual mics for voice capturing.

Pricing, availability

The WIKO 10 will be available in three colors: Klein Blue, Silver, and Black. It will retail for PhP 8,990 on Shopee, Lazada, and authorized WIKO stores and kiosks.

The WIKO Buds 10, meanwhile, will be sold for PhP 1,499.

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vivo V25 vs V23 5G: Camera Shootout

Are there even significant improvements?

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vivo V25

It hasn’t even been a year but vivo has already revealed the successor to the V23 5G that was launched earlier this 2022. But is it actually worth upgrading to the new vivo V25? Or should you save yourself some money and buy the older V23 5G instead?

vivo V25

Don’t let that new camera bump with bigger circular cutouts on the vivo V25 fool you. On paper, the cameras are close to one another but the V25 has the advantage of having a slightly wider aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) that the V23 5G doesn’t have.

vivo V25 vivo V23 5G
Wide 64MP f/1.79
PDAF, OIS + EIS
64MP f/1.89
PDAF, EIS
Ultra-WIde 8MP 120º f/2.2
Macro 2MP f/2.4
Selfie 50MP f/2.0 wide

 

50MP f/2.0 wide
8MP f/2.28 ultra-wide
+ Dual-tone Spotlight

The sad news though is that, vivo has decided to remove the extra ultra-wide selfie camera and dual flash system on the new V25.

vivo V23 with the Dual-tone Spotlight Flash feature

But how do these phones perform side-by-side knowing the new V25 also has a slightly less-powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset over V23 5G’s Dimensity 920? Are there enough convincing differences or is the older model actually better? Feed yourself some photo sample comparisons below.

Daylight

In any given circumstance, a valuable Android midranger should take at least a decent photo with natural light around — thus me taking lesser photos to compare.
Still, your judgment matters.

#1A (Ultra-wide)

vivo V25

#1B (Wide)

vivo V25

#2

#3A (Wide)

#3B (Zoom)

Food

Taking food shots (mostly with indoor lighting) is a better way to test which phone camera is capable of producing the better image output with the right amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness, temperature, as well as Dynamic Range.

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10

#11

*Left photo was taken multiple times with the focus tapped on the baked roll. Lens coating was also cleaned several times but still resulted to the same output.

#12

Night Mode

Low-light photos can either make or break the capabilities of a smartphone’s camera.
While it’s a mixed bag of outputs, it still depends on the user if Night Mode photos are important in a midranger or not.

#13A (Wide)

#13B (Ultra-wide)

#14

#15

#16

#17

#18

vivo V25

#19

vivo V25

#20

vivo V25

BONUS: Low-Light Selfie

For users who love taking selfies even in the dark, both phones can take fill-in flash (using the display) to brighten up your faces.

Without Flash

vivo V25

However, the ultra-wide selfie and Dual-tone Spotlight feature were removed completely from the vivo V25. You just have to guess and pick which is which.

With Flash (Aura Fill, Dual-Tone Dual Spotlight Flash)

vivo V25

Results

No more confusions, the results are consistent all throughout the board:

Photo A — vivo V23 5G

Photo B — vivo V25

Conclusion

vivo V25

While it’s barely a big camera quality improvement, the vivo V25 has rendered some of the scenes quite well such as in Photos 1A, 11, and 12 which the V23 5G failed to display at least an acceptable output. Other times, the vivo V23 5G delivered better results like in Photos 1B, 2, 3A, 4, and 13A. Those images delivered overall better photos with a sufficient amount of HDR (High Dynamic Range) and AWB (Auto White Balance).

Overall, the V25 produced better images with decent amount of highlights, shadows, contrast, sharpness. The newer model also has some slight edge on focusing and making shots brighter and more stable at night.

vivo V25

While only two selfies were provided, the V23 5G obviously has the edge — especially with its extra selfie lens and dual-flash feature.

vivo V25

If you’re coming from the V23 5G, you don’t need to upgrade to the vivo V25. Period. But, if you’re looking for a phone to replace your old vivo smartphone (or pretty much any old budget phone or midranger for that matter), buying the V25 won’t hurt.

vivo V25

Unless you’re looking for a used unit, a brand new vivo V23 5G is being sold at PhP 27,999. Whereas, a brand new V25 retails at a cheaper PhP 23,999 price tag.

vivo V25

Imho, choosing the V23 5G over the V25 is advantageous for some reasons: a more premium-looking design with metallic sides, slightly faster chipset, and the extra selfie camera.

vivo V25

But realizing how more capable the cameras of the V25 are, you can also choose it for its bigger battery and brighter display. Also, the OIS feature is very handy if you love taking photos in action or at night or just record stable-free videos without worrying about warping and jitters. At the end of the day, you should know what you value the most in buying a new smartphone.

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vivo V25 is a Night Portrait Master

Taking photos to the next level with the vivo V23 5G

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Huawei Mate 50 series is going global

The international tour starts now

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Earlier this month, Huawei debuted its new flagship series, the Mate 50. However, China naturally got first dibs before the rest of the world. Now, after a month of being exclusive, the Mate 50 series is going global. Huawei has officially announced the international release of the flagship series.

As a refresher, the series will come in two variants: the regular Mate 50 and the Mate 50 Pro. Both will come with Kunlun Glass, a screen which consists of 10 quadrillion nanocrystals and can withstand tall drops. It also uses an elegant Cloud de Paris embossing design, merging form with function.

The regular Mate 50 will sport a 6.7-inch OLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the Mate 50 Pro will have a slightly larger 6.74-inch OLED screen that tops off at 120Hz refresh rate.

Under the hood, both models will come with the new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor. They also come with Adreno 730 and the 7th-gen Qualcomm AI engine. While the regular model comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the Mate 50 Pro comes with 512GB of storage.

The Mate 50 series has a triple rear camera setup. The regular version comes with a 50-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 12-megapixel telephoto combination. Meanwhile, the Pro has a 50-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 64-megapixel telephoto combination. Both will have a 13-megapiel selfie shooter.

While the Mate 50 has a 4460mAh battery, the Mate 50 Pro comes with a larger 4700mAh battery. Both are compatible with Huawei’s wired and wireless SuperCharge.

The Mate 50 Pro (8GB + 256 GB) will be available in Black and Silver, retailing for EUR 1299. Meanwhile, a Leather Orange model with vegan leather retails for EUR 1399.

SEE ALSO: Huawei resurrects ‘Mate’ with the Mate 50 series in China

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