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It’s official! This is the first smartphone with an under-display camera

It’s the ZTE Axon 20 5G!

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ZTE Axon 20 5G

ZTE beat everyone to the punch. While more prominent brands like OPPO and Xiaomi have shown off prototypes of an under-display camera on a smartphone, it’s ZTE who claims bragging rights as the first manufacturer to hit the market with it with the launch of the ZTE Axon 20 5G.

ZTE used a high transparency material that includes new organic and inorganic films, to balance the performance of the display and the 32MP front camera. This helps improve the light input on the camera.To make sure you don’t see traces of the camera when you look at the display, ZTE used a built-in independent dual-control chip along with integrated driver circuits.

We’ll have to wait and see how photos actually look like, but ZTE promises you won’t notice and differences from regular selfies. To achieve this , ZTE is using a special algorithm that was tested under several lighting conditions.

The display itself is OLED and measures 6.92 inches with a 90Hz refresh rate. Everything else is exactly as earlier reports suggested. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 765G processor and has a 4,220 mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging.

On its rear is a quad camera setup featuring a 64MP main sensor, and 8MP ultra-wide angle lense, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera.

In terms of smartphone build, the back is made of3D curved glass that contains ten layers of structural stacks. ZTE says this was carefully crafted with 36 different processes to create a unique and good-looking texture.

Pricing and availability

The ZTE Axon 20 5G will come in black, white, purple and orange.

Pre-order period starts on September 1. It will be available for sale in China starting September 10 and will come in these configurations:

  • 6GB+128GB — CNY 2,198 (US$ 322)
  • 8GB + 128GB — CNY 2,498 (US$ 366)
  • 8GB + 256GB — CNY 2,798 (US$ 410)

H/T: GSMArena

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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