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vivo launches photography-centric flagships, the X70 series

Three different variants

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Over the past year, Chinese smartphones have risen through the rankings of smartphone brands all over the world. vivo, riding the same wave, wants to keep the hype going. Today, the smartphone maker has launched the photography-centric flagship series, the vivo X70.

X70 Pro+

Leading the pack, the 6.78-inch vivo X70 Pro+ sports the Snapdragon 888 Plus with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution.

As for the main event, the leading flagship features a 50-megapixel Samsung GN1 main sensor, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide gimbal shooter for action shots, a 12-megapixel selfie-shooter, and an 8-megapixel periscope shooter with 60x zoom capabilities. vivo’s V1 imaging chip further bolsters image quality by reducing noise. It has a 32-megapixel selfie shooter shared throughout the series.

The phone also features IP68 resistance and a 4500mAh battery. It is also compatible with 55W wired charging and 50W of wireless charging.

The X70 Pro+ comes in black, blue, or orange. It starts at CNY 5,499 (or approximately US$ 853).

X70 Pro

Meanwhile, the X70 Pro features a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor with 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage.

The phone’s camera has a Sony IMX766V 50-megapixel main sensor leading the quad camera combination. It also has a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel portrait camera, and an 8-megapixel sensor. It also has the same gimbal technology as the X70 Pro+. The battery’s capacity is at 4450mAh.

The X70 Pro will come in Artique White, Aurora Dawn, or Cosmic Black. It retails for CNY 4,299 (or approximately US% 667).

X70

Finally, the regular X70 sports the same MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor with 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. The X70 just has a triple rear camera setup: 40-megapixel main sensor + 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel). The battery is capped at 4400mAh.

The regular variant comes in the same colors as the X70 Pro and will retail for CNY 3,699 (or approximately US$ 574).

SEE ALSO: vivo Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Foldable Pixel reportedly delayed to next year

Google isn’t happy

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For years, Samsung has been the most dominant force in the foldables market. Though other brands, especially Chinese ones, have brought their own devices to the table, Samsung’s lineup of foldables are undeniably strong, flaws and all. That said, other giants are working on their own entrants. However, it will take a lot longer before the crowd really fills up. According to reports, Google has postponed its own foldable Pixel for next year.

Reported by TheElec, Google has reportedly decided to delay the first foldable Pixel. The company was supposedly unhappy with the current iteration of its prototypes. The next target launch window is next spring. Notably, the device, which has been in development since last year, is sourcing its screen from Samsung Display.

Currently, not much is known about the foldable device yet. Previous reports have speculated on a 7.57-inch main screen (and a 5.78-inch screen when folded), though. A more recent one has also dropped “Pixel Notepad” as a potential name for the device.

Regardless of the status of its foldable Pixel, Google is enjoying a lot of success with its new lineup of smartphones. Last year, the Pixel 6 series refreshed the company’s slate of devices, bringing new hype for the company. This year, Google is continuing that trend with the Pixel 6a and the upcoming Pixel 7 series.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Google foldable might be called Pixel Notepad

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Samsung prints cat billboard to show off 200-megapixel camera

Look at all those pixels

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it. That said, if you have a gigantic 200-megapixel camera, what can you do to flex your chops? Obviously, you print every photo onto a billboard. Samsung, in one of the craziest flexes this year, has printed a billboard of a cat photo taken with its 200-megapixel camera.

From two years ago to early last year, Samsung teased plans for a much, much larger camera in the megapixel race. Reports at the time already confirmed the coming of the 200-megpiaxel camera, but Samsung went so far as to tease a 600-megapixel shooter.

Now, the 200-megapixel ISOCELL camera is now ready for launch. Of course, it’s not our first time seeing the huge camera. Samsung previously unveiled the sensor back in September but didn’t confirm its launch on a specific device yet.

The lack of a device won’t stop Samsung from showing off its power, though. The company got a photographer and used the sensor to take photos of a cat. Then, they printed the photo onto a billboard to show off the captured detail.

However, though the flex is certainly impressive, not everyone has the money or the desire to have their own billboard. The specifics of the 200-megapixel camera might go over most users today. Still, once the camera drops into mainstream shooter, it’s good to know what it’s exactly capable of.

SEE ALSO: 200-megapixel Samsung camera is ‘coming soon’

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This is what the Nothing phone (1) looks like

And when it might launch

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Since the inception of the company, Nothing has drummed up consistent hype for its products. The ear (1) carried a notable air of mystery before its launch. Now, all eyes are on the company’s next launch, its first smartphone called the Nothing phone (1). As the supposed launch window approaches, more and more details are coming out for the device. With a new report now, we know what the phone (1) might look like and when it will launch.

The first nugget comes straight from Carl Pei’s mouth. Speaking to Wallpaper, Pei and Tom Howard, Nothing’s head of design, both confirmed that the device will have a transparent rear. The company is reportedly proud of the different components inside the phone, especially the camera and wireless charging coil.

To show off the hardware, Nothing placed a transparent rear, showcasing something that users don’t usually see. It’s a design philosophy that the company has followed since the ear (1).

On the unconfirmed side of things, the phone (1) will supposedly launch on July 21, according to German publication AllroundPC. However, the publication doesn’t confirm whether the date pertains to the launch or the start of sales.

Other sources have also speculated that the phone will use the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 for its processor. If anything, Pei and Howard have both confirmed that the device will have a Qualcomm chipset.

SEE ALSO: Carl Pei confirms Nothing phone (1) is coming this year

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