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Vivo X21 now official with under-display fingerprint reader version

Vivo is keen with under-display fingerprint readers

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Following the announcement of OPPO for their R15 duo, Vivo made their new top-tier smartphone official — the Vivo X21. Unsurprisingly, the X21 shares a few characteristics with OPPO’s newest release but has its own improvements.

The Vivo X21 is equipped with a 6.28-inch border-less AMOLED display with a notch on top. Its resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels is on par with other models in its range, but the notch houses more than just an earpiece and front camera. The X21 has an infrared fill light which enables 3D mapping of facial features for its Face Wake 2.0.

Vivo X21

A Snapdragon 660 processor powers the phone along with a dedicated AI core. The chipset has Adreno 512 for graphics and is paired with 6GB of memory. As for storage, two options are available: 64GB and 128GB. A non-removable 3200mAh battery (with fast-charging through micro-USB) makes sure the phone will last the whole day while it runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Funtouch OS 4.0.

The cameras on board the X21 are enough to make the phone ideal for mobile photography. There’s a dual-camera setup on the back with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main shooter and a 5-megapixel f/2.4 secondary to enable background effects like bokeh and portrait mode.

Vivo X21 UD

A fingerprint reader is located at the back of the X21, but it’ll have a special version with an under-display fingerprint scanner just like its predecessor. This version is only available with 128GB of storage.

Orders for the regular variant will begin on March 24 at midnight with the 64GB model priced at CNY 2,898 (US$ 460) while the 128GB is at CNY 3,198 (US$ 505). Both will come in Aurora White, Ruby Red, and Black.

If you wish to get the version with an under-display fingerprint reader, it’ll be available in Ruby Red and Black starting March 28 for CNY 3,598 or roughly US$ 570.

SEE ALSO: Vivo announces AI-powered Super HDR

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Huawei’s Nova 6 5G apparently has the best selfie camera

Thanks to the dual-camera setup

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Benchmarks are often skewed because they fail to judge real-life experience. However, they do help us understand the nitty-gritty of a gadget and establish results in an empirical manner.

DxOMark has published its camera test results for the Huawei Nova 6 5G, and it turns out this phone tops the selfie charts. Huawei introduced the Nova 6 5G in China today with dual shooters on the front in a punch-hole design, similar to the Honor V30.

The phone achieved a score of 100 while the Galaxy Note 10 5G comes second as it managed to score 99 points. This has officially given it the top spot for selfies amongst its competitors.

The phone sports a 32-megapixel primary selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. In addition, you’ll also find an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. DxOMark tested phone’s front cameras with over 1,500 test images and more than 2 hours of video footage.

According to the test results, this setup can provide good exposure in pretty much all conditions. It also managed to capture wide dynamic range, and white balance was also spot on.

The tests were carried out in a controlled environment and also in natural settings outdoors. DxOMark maintains that all default settings were used.

All in all, the test proves that the Nova 6 5G has a capable selfie camera setup, as marketed by Huawei as well. For now, the phone is restricted to the Chinese market and we should be seeing a global roll-out in the coming months.

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Motorola One Hyper is a midranger with pop-up cameras

And 45W fast charging!

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Motorola was focused on the affordable segment throughout the year but plans to slowly climb up the ladder. It has unveiled the One Hyper, a midrange phone that brings all the quirky features of 2019 at a pocket-friendly price.

The brand has been exploring the market with its One-series and they’ve launched phones that aim to excel like no other at least in one feature. The One Power had a massive battery while the One Macro housed multiple cameras. With the One Hyper, it’s about being on the extreme edge.

On the front, the phone sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. A fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it’s surrounded by an LED ring.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It also gets a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD card slot for expandable storage. Thankfully, it ships with Android 10 pre-installed.

On the rear is a dual-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. The camera app supports a proprietary night mode for low-light pictures along with an AI-enabled portrait mode. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor has been incorporated in a moving pop-up module.

Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery. Interestingly, it gets a new 45W charging system that Motorola calls Hyper Charging. Charging times haven’t been revealed but the brand claims you can get up to 12 hours of battery life by charging the phone for just 10 minutes.

The One Hyper is being sold in the U.S. right now for a price of US$ 400. It’s unclear whether the company will bring it to other markets in the near future.

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2021 iPhones won’t have any holes, report says

Goodbye, Lightning!

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For the past few years, the smartphone market has continually stripped phones of its former essentials. Now, we have smartphones without bezels, notches, or home buttons. After packing every single feature into smartphones, the market is now taking them all out again. In fact, the latest war is now against ports.

According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is developing an entirely new iPhone for 2021. The upcoming year’s top models will cut off the Lightning port entirely. The decision will likely usher in a new era of wireless experiences. Fortunately, the removal will start with the company’s top phones, rather than a complete revamp all at once. (The strategy mimics today’s current trend of limiting headphone jacks to lower-tier models.)

This isn’t the first time that Apple planned a removal of I/O ports. Last year, the company also deliberated on entirely wireless iPhones in anticipation of the AirPower, Apple’s planned wireless charger. However, as we know now, the AirPower never worked out, ending up in the dustbin of failed developments. With the AirPower’s cancellation, Apple also cancelled the wireless iPhone.

Of course, three years after the very first reports, wireless technology will likely improve to a more consumer-friendly caliber. Kuo’s latest report is much more believable.

However, when Apple’s wireless iPhone finally comes around, it won’t likely be the first one. Vivo already released a hole-less smartphone prototype earlier this year. By the time of the hole-less iPhone, non-Apple smartphones will likely have the technology as well.

But that’s a race for the future.

SEE ALSO: Apple Philippines Smartphone Price List

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