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vivo V23 series now official

Features dual front cameras

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vivo is opening 2022 by introducing the vivo V23 series which consists of two phones — the vivo V23 Pro and the vivo V23 5G. The series is being marketed as something perfect for selfie enthusiasts with its dual front cameras.

Elevating selfies, portraits and super wide-angle shots

The V23 series has pairs its 50MP AF front camera with an 8MP super wide-angle camera to expand its selfie shooting scenarios. So, whether you’d like to get more people in the selfie or just want to capture more of your background, you can do so.

There’s also the new Natural Portrait feature. It addresses many selfie needs with its optional beautification effects. AI algorithms can enhance face details, as well as any potential dual-tone spotlight elements. Low-light night portraits are taken to the next level with the Super Wide-Angle Night Portrait mode.

4K selfie videos and bokeh flare

vivo has also taken into account the rise of short form videos for TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube shorts. Which is why the vivo V23 series lets users shoot 4K Selfie Videos with vivo’s AI Face Beauty feature, boosting post-editing capabilities for touching up faces and images. The V23 Pro supports 4K 60fps high-resolution videos, while the V23 5G supports 4K 30fps videos.

Users also get the bokeh flare feature for both the front and rear cameras which allows users to achieve the highly-desired professional ‘background blur’ in still images.

Rear cameras are no slouch either

The vivo V23 Pro, specifically, is able to shine even in Night scenarios. It features vivo’s latest 108MP mobile sensor, the ISOCELL HM2 ultra-HD image sensor with a pixel size of 0.7 microns. The sensor uses nine-pixel fusion technology to provide unparalleled low-light performance, while the native Smart ISO allows for brighter and clearer photos even in dark conditions.

Supporting the main camera is an 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle lens and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. The same two lenses are also on the vivo V23 5G which has a 64MP f/1.9 main camera.

Elegant design

vivo also made sure that both the vivo V23 Pro and vivo V23 5G are pleasing to the eyes. The V23 Pro combines vivo’s Ultra Slim 3D Curved Screen with a unique exterior surface using Fluorite AG technology for a velvet-like surface. Meanwhile, the V23 5G has the same Fluorite AG technology and both V23 models feature a unique color-changing exterior that changes color under direct sunlight.

V23 series specs

vivo V23 Pro

vivo V23 5G

Display 6.56”
AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+
6.44”

AMOLED, 90Hz

Processor MediaTek MT6893 Dimensity 1200 5G (6 nm) MediaTek Dimensity 920 5G (6 nm)
Memory + Storage 8GB+128GB
12GB+256GB
8GB+128GB
12GB+256GB
Battery 4,300mAh, fast charging 44W 4,200mAh, fast charging 44W
Colors

Sunshine Gold, Stardust Black

Price and availability

The vivo V23 series is being rolled out in more than 50 markets such as India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand. It will also come to other APAC regions, the Middle East, and Europe.

The availability and specifications of each V23 series model will vary according to local market conditions and consumer preferences.

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Zelda sequel Tears of the Kingdom has a release date

Priced at $70

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Barely more than a month into the new year, 2023 already looks like a phenomenal year for gamers. A lot of upcoming games are looking like exciting additions to everyone’s to-play list. Though we already knew the title is coming this year, Nintendo officially announced the release date of Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

After revealing a flurry of games, Nintendo capped off their recent Direct with the fresh trailer of the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild. As was showcased in previous teasers and trailers, Tears of the Kingdom is a much darker vision set in the same world as Breath of the Wild. Ganon (or what looks like a zombified version of the villain) is back to terrorize Hyrule. This time, however, the iconic villain has a voice!

Plus, Tears of the Kingdom adds a lot of verticality by introducing floating terrain and more aerial movement. While the world looks similar to Breath of the Wild, the sequel still has a lot to show players.

Finally, the trailer caps off with the release date. Tears of the Kingdom will launch on May 12. Preorders have already begun for the title. Additionally, dedicated fans can also get a Collector’s Edition which includes a SteelBook, a poster, an art book, and a pin set. The release also coincides with the launch of a new Amiibo to commemorate the launch.

Priced a bit higher, Tears of the Kingdom will sell for US$ 69.99.

SEE ALSO: Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel trailer breakdown

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Nintendo adds Game Boy titles to Switch Online

And Game Boy Advance

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Nintendo Switch Online is the gift that keeps on giving. More than giving players the ability to play online, the subscription service also offers subscribers a gallery of classic games from bygone eras. The feature remains one of the most convenient ways to play old titles from the NES and the N64. Now, the service is adding Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles.

Announced during the most recent Direct, Nintendo has announced that several titles from the Game Boy and the Game Boy Advance are now playable through the subscription service. While all subscribers will have access to the Game Boy titles, Game Boy Advance titles will come only with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscriptions.

The starting lineup of Game Boy titles include Tetris, the original Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX and Kirby’s Dream Land. Meanwhile, Game Boy Advance titles will include Super Mario Bros. 3, Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, and WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$. Games included will come with local and online multiplayer, if applicable.

Nintendo will continue to add more titles to the roster throughout the year. Since the Game Boy generation is one of the company’s biggest, expect a ton of announcements as the roster fills up. (We’re still holding out hope for the classic Pokémon games.)

SEE ALSO: Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

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Twitter expands character limit to 4,000 characters

But not for everyone

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Despite the traditional limitations, the platform’s users have always found a way to express themselves beyond Twitter’s character limits. Whether broken through extensive threads or third-party sites, strict limitations don’t exist anymore. Now, Twitter is essentially getting rid of the character limit by introducing its biggest expansion to date.

Announced today, Twitter will allow users to post tweets with up to 4,000 characters. That’s a gigantic leap from the original 140-character limit and the expanded 280-character limit in 2017. But, of course, some good things come with a price.

Not everyone will have access to the new feature. Currently, only Twitter Blue subscribers in the United States can create tweets of up to 4,000 characters. Besides original tweets, subscribers can also quote tweet with the same expanded limit.

Thankfully, the new feature will not inundate everyone’s feeds with an ocean of text. Any tweets going beyond 280 characters will be cut off with a “show more” prompt.

Through the past few months, the platform has changed a few fundamental elements before Musk took over. Most importantly, Twitter Blue, the platform’s paid subscription service is now much more expansive. Among other things, subscribers now get the coveted blue checkmark attached to their profiles. Now, they also get a massive boost in capabilities when it comes to tweeting.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is teasing an ad-free subscription tier

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