Xperia 5 II goes official with Zeiss cameras, Snapdragon 865

The perfect phone?



Sony’s Xperia 5 lineup focuses on delivering a compact phone that houses state-of-the-art specifications. The brand has launched the Xperia 5 II (Xperia 5 Mark 2) today and it aims to deliver the best gaming, cinematography, and entertainment experience on the go.

The design is similar to the Xperia 1 II and it’s clearly visible the two phones belong to the same generation. Xperia lineup has always maintained a distinctive design language that subtle and screams premium. Now that Sony is chasing a niche market like LG, it has more room for fresh ideas. Both, the front as well as the back, is protected by Gorilla Glass 6.

On the front is a 6.1-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and Sony has incorporated a lot of proprietary technology like Bravia HDR and creator mode. In-line with other Android phone makers, it also gets a 120Hz refresh rate.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor and it’s sure to be blazing fast. To make things more interesting, Sony has collaborated with Qualcomm via with Qualcomm Snapdragon Elite Gaming. Sony is also the official smartphone sponsor of Call of Duty: Mobile World Championship Tournament 2020.

The most exciting part of the phone is it’s triple-rear camera setup. The three are 12-megapixel sensors with focal lengths — 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm. In simpler terms, it has a primary camera, a telephoto lens, and a wide-angle lens. The three are Zeiss optics and leverage many features like real-time Eye AF, continuous autofocus, and 20fps shooting from Alpha brand of professional cameras.

It’s the world’s first phone to support 4K HDR 120fps slow-mo recording and 5x slo-mo at 24fps. On the software front, the phone Xperia 5 II features Photography Pro for manual controls.

Sony is a trusted brand for audio products and it has squeezed some interesting features including a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, and enhanced wireless audio Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that charges 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

The Xperia 5 II will be available as an unlocked phone in the US for US$ 950 and pre-orders start from September 29.


TikTok is suing Trump

Citing violation of free speech and due process



Late last week, President Donald Trump issued a final directive against TikTok’s Chinese operations in the United States. Starting late Sunday, Apple and Google will forcibly pull the popular platform out of their respective app stores. TikTok doesn’t have much recourse. To stave off the potential shutdown, TikTok is suing Trump.

Reported by The Wall Street Journal, ByteDance filed an eleventh-hour lawsuit against the administration for violating the right to free speech. Further, the company claims the lack of due process in the impending ban.

Over the past two months, Trump fired off a vicious crusade against TikTok. Back in August, his administration issued a deadline for the platform to either leave the country or find an American buyer.

Since then, Oracle has emerged as the winner for TikTok’s US operations. Over the weekend, Trump has also “given the deal [his] blessing,” as reported by Reuters. With the deal, Oracle will create a new corporation, named TikTok Global, for the platform’s US operations. The upcoming company will recruit American directors and a security consultant on the board.

That said, TikTok’s fate is still up in the air. Whereas TikTok’s strategy will delay the ban, Trump’s erratic moves will force the platform to quickly shift to American control. More news will likely surface after the weekend.

SEE ALSO: China would rather shut TikTok down than sell it

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Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!



Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera

Accessed a camera without permission



The world of social media is rapidly sinking into a period of reckoning. Earlier today, the Trump administration has announced a definitive takedown of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday. Apparently, American social media platforms can’t catch a break as well. In the United States, Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera.

Reported by Bloomberg, a New Jersey Instagram user, Brittany Conditi, filed the complaint against the company in a San Francisco court. According to the lawsuit, Instagram accesses an iPhone’s camera even when the app isn’t currently active.

Conditi argues that the practice is deliberate and “lucrative” for the company. Instagram allegedly uses the obtained data for “valuable insights and market research.”

According to Facebook (who owns Instagram), the issue is a bug and does not indicate any deliberate attempts to spy on users. The company has also said that the bug is now patched in the latest version.

Regardless, Facebook and Apple have butted heads in the past. Since the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has upped its efforts to curb any untoward privacy violations from apps. Even without the current allegations, Facebook’s concern (or lack thereof) for privacy is well documented.

Currently, Facebook and Instagram are in a race to catch up with TikTok in the short-form video-sharing trend. Instagram, for one, recently launched Instagram Reels, its own take on TikTok.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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