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vivo’s latest 6G report gives glimpse into what a 6G world looks like

Visualizing a world connected by 6G

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As the road towards 6G connectivity continues, the vivo Communications Research Institute’s latest whitepaper is steadily making it clearer what 6G ought to provide to the world in the near future.

vivo published its third report, “Building a Freely Connected Physical and Digital Integrated World: 6G Services, Capabilities and Enabling Technologies”, following up on their two 2020 papers which focused more on analyzing the primary requirements and challenges for the 6G system.

In the third whitepaper, it was mentioned that a general consensus on key 6G services and capability indicators has been forming over the past two years, thanks to in-depth analysis and evaluation of 6G business models, drivers, application scenarios, architecture, and more.

Interconnected physical, digital world

vivo’s latest research report proposes that 6G will provide super communication, information, and converged computing services to become the base for an interconnected and converged physical and digital world.

The analysis also predicts that 6G will not only connect humans to each other in every aspect but also humans to machines and machines to each other. Additionally, it predicts having billions of devices already connected to 6G by 2030.

Converged computing services

As computing power defines productivity in the digital world nowadays, 6G is also expected to bring immersive XR, interactive 3D virtual digital human, collaborative robots, automated driving, and multi-sensory connection in the 6G era.

The paper explains that these 6G computing technologies will need new architecture to be successfully carried out.

Mixed realities

Aside from expanding basic telecom services, 6G is expected to support completely new experiences, such as immersive mixed realities and holographic and multi-sensory communication.

Of course, 6G will provide more advanced connectivity services in terms of capacity, data rate latency, reliability, and more aspects than what the current 5G networks are capable of doing.

Long road ahead

Although vivo’s latest findings might sound encouraging and overwhelming at the same time, the report also made it clear that there are long ways to go before 6G gets introduced to the global market, as research and development are still in the early stages. 

In other words, predictions are one thing, but meeting several performance indicators and improving what 5G is currently able to offer by several folds are another.

Still, it’s interesting to know that as early as now, there already is a glimpse of what a world connected by 6G will eventually look like.

 

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motorola finally unveils the all-new moto razr 2022

The world’s first 144Hz foldable smartphone

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Just a day after Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip4, motorola (or rather Lenovo) has already announced the new moto razr 2022 in China — which was supposed to be launched earlier last 2nd of August.

A cleaner, bolder look

For the past two iterations of the modern and foldable moto razr, they’ve stuck with the classic moto razr V3‘s aesthetic from almost two decades ago. In this year’s moto razr, that’s not the case anymore.

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Gone is that big chin from the moto razr and moto razr 5G. Instead, we’re getting a cleaner foldable just like any clamshell phone we’ve had for a while. motorola says this new look strikes balance in sophistication and elegance.

More durable hinge

With motorola’s precise and seamless craftsmanship, they’re able to create the third-generation of the moto razr.

Unlike other foldables with obvious hinge gaps, they started the “zero-gap hinge” design to make the screen flatter with less visible crease as possible. This year, they’re keeping the same technology with an improved inner arc radius of just 3.5mm plus six layers of protection.

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There are also 122 custom-built tiny parts to make the hinge more refined when opening and closing. The hinge is also made of 7000 Series aluminum and a customized super tough steel mesh for durability.

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For better feel and protection when folded, the front glass has Corning Gorilla Glass while the back cover is made up of AG Glass with a silky, velvet-like texture.

First 144Hz foldable

By removing that old chin, motorola has also ultimately bumped its inner display for maximized usability and screen real estate.

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The new screen is 6.7-inch Full HD+ pOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate — making it the first foldable to do so. It also has HDR10+ and 1 Billion color support, as well as DC dimming and Double SGS certification for low blue-light emission.

As you can also see, the old notch was gone from the past two generations. It was then replaced by a punch-hole cutout just like how Samsung did it with the Galaxy Z Flip line.

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To make the entertainment experience fuller, the moto razr 2022 features stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos, RichTap technology for better haptic feedback, and a three-mic array with motorola’s noise cancellation algorithm.

Improved cover display

The cover display size of the moto razr 2022 still measures at 2.7-inches with a gOLED panel.

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With the new hinge design, the moto razr 2022 can be used when half-folded. There’s standing mode where you can use and multitask two apps at the same time. There’s also the ambience mode that can serve as a mini bedside clock. Lastly, there’s tripod mode for taking gesture selfies or a timelapse.

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Other than new watch faces and additional app support, you can even use both displays simultaneously when shooting stills and footages. That’s a nice touch if you want your companion to see what you’re recording (or maybe get accidentally exposed if one is being silently recorded).

Small in size, but not in performance

Another big improvement in the newest moto razr is none other than the use of a flagship-grade processor, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. For the record, the two moto razr predecessors were launched with midrange-grade Snapdragon chipsets.

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The moto razr 2022 is being offered in three configurations: an 8GB + either a 128GB or 256GB configuration or a lone 12GB + 512GB model. Battery is 200mAh shorter than its Samsung counterpart with a 3500mAh battery capacity. The moto razr 2022 also supports 33W fast charging out of the box.

Two is better than one

To make way for two cameras, Motorola (or Lenovo) has decided to push the camera modules at the far left part instead of the usual center positioning.

This gives us a 50MP f/1.88 wide (main) camera equipped with omnidirectional PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for those sharp and jerk-free video recordings. It also has a sensor size of 1/2.55-inches and a pixel size of 2.0μm.

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The other one is a 13MP ultra-wide camera with a 121-degree Field of View (FoV) and aperture of f/2.2. Also, the punch-hole cutout inside houses a 32MP f/2.45 selfie camera with a pixel size of 1.4μm.

Pricing and Availability

Starting this August 11, the moto razr 2022 is currently available for pre-orders in China with a base price of CNY 5,999. 256GB and 512GB options are priced CNY 6,499 and CNY 7,299 respectively.

This makes it the more affordable foldable than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 being sold at CNY 8,499 in China for a base 256GB variant.

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The official global prices of the same configuration is more expensive at US$ 1099.98 / S$ 1,498 / ₱62,990 (vs moto razr 2022’s US$ 962 / S$ 1324 / ₱53,572). But with taxes and shipping, Chinese smartphones will still come at a price if you buy them directly from the Mainland.

Pricing and availability in other regions have yet to follow. For now, we have to wait if motorola (or Lenovo) will launch the moto razr 2022 outside China.

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motorola launches the world’s first 200MP phone with the moto X30 Pro

Alongside the flagship-killer S30 Pro

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Other than the first 144Hz foldable smartphone, motorola also announces two more buzz-worthy smartphones in China.

moto X30 Pro: World’s first 200MP smartphone camera

Another milestone in motorola’s latest August 2022 Chinese launch can be found at the moto X30 Pro’s back. The main shooter is a 200MP Samsung HP1 image sensor with an aperture of f/1.95, sensor size of 1/1.22-inches, and a pixel size of 2.56μm. The moto X30 Pro holds the record for having the first 200MP smartphone camera that can also shoot 8K/30p footages.

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But it doesn’t stop there. The moto X30 Pro also has a 50MP f/2.2 117-degree ultra-wide angle camera as well as a 12MP f/1.6 2x telephoto lens based on a Sony IMX663 sensor. The selfie shooter is also a headliner with a 60MP sensor and an f/2.2 lens opening.

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The moto X30 Pro runs the flagship-grade Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor equipped with either 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256/512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It’s also paired with a custom-grade copper block with 11-dimensional VC liquid cooling for better cooling and heat dissipation.

Paired with its 4610mAh battery, another headline feature is the promising 125W GaN (Gallium Nitride) fast flash charger which promises a 50% charge in just seven minutes and 100% under 20 minutes. Moreover, it also supports 50W wireless fast charging as well as 10W reverse charging for hassle-free top-ups.

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Unlike newer flagships with flat displays, the moto X30 Pro features a 6.67-inch 144Hz IPS Full HD+ display with a curvature of 53-degrees which makes the visual experience seamless. It’s also a color-accurate display with 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, 10-bit HDR10+ and 1 Billion Color support.

Touch sampling rate is also bumped up to a whopping 1500Hz. Peak brightness reaches up to 1250nits with SGS dual certification against harmful low-blue light.

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For that full-on entertainment experience, it also has stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support and X-axis linear RichTap motor for better haptic feedback.

moto S30 Pro: A new flagship-killer

Another smartphone in motorola’s new lineup is the moto S30 Pro. It’s a real treat to those who are looking for a flagship-grade smartphone with a midrange-grade price tag.

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It’s also equipped with a Snapdragon 888+ chipset — still a flagship-grade chipset despite being announced last year. It also features either an 8GB or 12GB of RAM with 128/256/512GB of storage selections. Other moto X30 Pro-like features still remain like the multi-dimensional VC liquid cooling system as well as the set of speakers that support Dolby Atmos.

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The 6.55 pOLED display is a tad bit smaller and has different a different display tech, but still with 53-degree curvature and a buttery smooth 144Hz refresh rate like its bigger sibling.

Of course, there will be downgrades from its bigger sibling. Unlike the moto X30 Pro’s gigantic 200MP main camera, the moto S30 Pro relies on a 50MP f/1.8 main sensor instead. There’s also a 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle camera with a 123-degree Field of View (FoV) and a bonus portrait sensor. On its front, there’s a 32MP for selfies.

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It also has a measly 65W fast wired charging — which is still fast in today’s standards. It promises a 50% charge in just ten minutes.

There’s no wireless charging support though as the back relies on a micro velvet glass process with a PU Leather material. It’s front glass is protected by Gorilla Glass 6 and the side railings are all-metal so there’s no need to worry about overall durability.

Pricing and Availability

Currently, the moto X30 Pro and S30 Pro are China-exclusives. The moto X30 Pro is available for pre-orders in Clear Frost White and Ink Rhythm Black finishes while the S30 Pro has Moonlit Night and Spring River Blue colorways.

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The two devices are pretty affordable for what they offer. Specific Chinese pricing and configuration are as follows:

moto X30 Pro

  • 8GB + 128GB = CNY 3499 (US$ 518 / S$ 713 / ₱28,842)
  • 12GB + 256GB = CNY 3999 (US$ 592 / S$ 815 / ₱32,965)
  • 12GB + 512GB = CNY 4299 (US$ 637 / S$ 876 / ₱35,437)

moto S30 Pro

  • 8GB + 128GB = CNY 1999 (US$ 296 / S$ 407 / ₱16,478)
  • 12GB + 256GB = CNY 2499 (US$ 370 / S$ 509 / ₱20,600)
  • 12GB + 512GB = CNY 2699 (US$ 400 / S$ 550 / ₱22,248)

There’s no word on availability outside China just yet. We have to wait for motorola (or Lenovo) for future announcements.

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iPhone 14 series might be more expensive than iPhone 13

Because of the two Pro models

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For years, Apple has earned the unfortunate reputation of being one of the most expensive smartphone brands in the world. It’s hard to justify a new iPhone every year. If you’re still holding out hope for a cheaper iPhone, then you might want to find a new place to place your money on, especially after this latest report. Apple might be increasing the price of the iPhone 14 this year.

According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the average selling price for the iPhone 14 series will be around 15 percent higher than the iPhone 13 series. The series will reportedly have an average price between US$ 1,000 to US$ 1,050.

Thankfully, it’s not a sweeping increase. Kuo states that the increase in the average will come from price hikes for the iPhone 14 Pro duo.

It’s in line with what we know so far. Previous rumors have speculated that Apple is further delineating the Pro from the regular iPhone duos. A few months ago, Kuo also reported that the upcoming A16 chip will adorn only the two iPhone 14 Pro models.

Since the introduction of the four-model series, the iPhone has constantly tried to build two identities between its users. As the more premium duo packs in more features, it’s inevitable that prices will go up.

Naturally, an increase in price won’t likely equate to a positive in user satisfaction. If you’re on the fence and this report comes true, a more expensive iPhone this year might be enough to sway you over to other brands.

SEE ALSO: Only iPhone 14 Pro series will have A16 chip, report says

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