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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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Globe has first-ever Eco-SIM in Asia

More sustainability

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Eco-SIM

Globe debuted the first-ever Eco-SIM cards in Asia for postpaid mobile customers made from recycled refrigerator waste.

The initiative is part of Globe’s contribution to environmental sustainability in time for January’s Zero Waste Month celebration.

The Eco-SIM card was first developed in 2020, in partnership with the Veolia company; it has a neutral carbon footprint.

100 percent recycled waste

The telecom provider partnered with Thales to employ the said Eco-SIM cards starting from November last year, made from 100 percent recycled materials.

The SIM cards are made from recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerator interiors.

Thales has a comprehensive carbon offset program that also ensures there is no further carbon footprint during the manufacturing process of the Eco-SIM cards.

SIM cards, while the smallest consumer items, equate to about 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers as about 4.5 billion cards are manufactured every year.

A global leader in advanced technologies, Thales has presence in the Philippines since 2010.

The company has been a strategic partner for consumers in the civil aviation, defense, digital security, air traffic management, and ground transportation sectors.

From eSIMs to Eco-SIMs

In 2018, Globe was also the first in the country to introduce electronic SIMs or eSIM, as another alternative to the physical SIM cards.

They are basically digital SIMS embedded in compatible mobile phone models, allowing users to manage multiple mobile numbers on just one device.

The eSIM also allows gadgets like smartphones and smartwatches to be connected under one mobile number.

More sustainability

Back in 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in its operations.

While in January 2021, Globe also formally expressed its support to the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), supporting the TCFD framework along with more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 12, which highlights the roles of responsible consumption and production patterns.

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MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

Here’s what to expect

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We’ve come a long way from dial-up. Now, the name of the game is Wi-Fi 6. Amid the rise of 5G connectivity, the home internet sector is adopting the current standard for their devices. But, of course, the advance of technology is not stopping. As Wi-Fi 6 tries to take over the entire market, the industry is already working on Wi-Fi 7. With development well underway, what can you expect from the upcoming standard?

Naturally, better speeds. Recently, MediaTek showcased the world’s first live demo of the new technology. In an impressive show, the standard will reportedly achieve speeds 2.4 times faster than what Wi-Fi 6 can do. The technology can maximize uses for the current spectrums available for Wi-Fi at up to 6GHz. The technology can also reduce latency and interference using MLO and MRU features.

According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will support the ever-growing need for faster internet speeds brought on by emerging uses for online users. These needs include AR/VR applications, cloud gaming, 4K video calling, and 8K streaming. With technology advancing the way it is, high-speed internet — even faster than what’s available today — is turning into a necessity to cope with multi-user households.

MediaTek predicts that products that can support Wi-Fi 7 will start coming out in 2023.

SEE ALSO: Mediatek, AMD collaborate on new Wi-Fi 6E Modules

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Google is working on an AR headset called Project Iris

With its own processor and OS

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Understandably so, a good portion of the world is strongly resistant to Meta’s push for a metaverse based on virtual and augmented reality. However, though people are still hesitant to try on Facebook’s VR-tinted goggles, other companies are more than happy to take on the technology themselves. Google, joining Meta and Apple, is also working on its own AR headset called Project Iris.

According to sources from The Verge, Google is getting back into the augmented reality stage. The company is reportedly working on an AR headset with the current codename. The Project Iris headset is supposedly targeting a 2024 release date.

Inside the mysterious headset, the device will supposedly have its own processor and OS. Given Google’s feats recently, an in-house processor and operating system are within the realms of possibility. Google recently launched its first in-house chipset for smartphones, the Tensor chip. The company is, of course, still the thriving developers of Android, currently tailoring its latest Android version for different form factors.

Plus, it’s not Google’s first time with an augmented reality project. Remember the ill-fated Google Glass? The revolutionary wearable had all the potential but ultimately fizzled out into oblivion. At the time, analysts cited the device’s poor timing. Now, especially with other companies vying for dominance, Google does have more initiative to reestablish itself in the augmented reality market.

SEE ALSO: Facebook changes name to Meta

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