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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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Tesla plans to make a US$ 25K autonomous electric car soon

Elon Musk is extremely optimistic

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At its Battery Day event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company intends to launch an affordable electric car within three years. The aimed price is around US$ 25,000 — a radically low price for an electric vehicle. The future car hasn’t received a name yet, but rumors suggest it could be Tesla Model C, where C stands for compact.

The announcement was made after Musk reviewed Tesla’s battery development and manufacturing. He is confident that these factors shall help the company offer cut-throat pricing and make the cutting-edge technology available to the masses.

However, the most interesting feature of the car will be its autonomous capability. Sensors and other onboard equipment are expensive and it remains to be seen whether Tesla is able to fulfill its promise.

Musk revealed a new battery design that incorporates a larger and more efficient cell. The new technology is dubbed “tabless” and is said to increase density by five times, offering 16 percent more range. But the technology announced is likely to take years to implement.

The cost of electric cars has consistently dropped in the last few years and Tesla is relying on this trend to hype up its future products. According to The Verge, Prices have already fallen from a lofty US$ 1,100/kWh just ten years ago to about US$ 156/kWh in 2019.

Altough, this isn’t the first time Musk has announced an affordable EV. The Model 3 was initially touted to cost US$ 35,000 but the base option starts at US$ 37,990 while the Performance variant goes for US$ 54,990.

Ultimately, Tesla hopes to make 20 million vehicles a year, Musk said

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Facebook took down pro-China, pro-Duterte accounts

Reportedly China-sponsored and inauthentic accounts

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With the American presidential elections fast approaching, Facebook is taking an active approach against potential election interference. For one, the social media platform is moderating its content more stringently for misinformation. Now, erring accounts are on the chopping block. Today, Facebook took down pro-China, pro-Duterte accounts in the Philippines.

If you’re worried about a potential violation of the right to free speech, the platform claims that the ban affects “inauthentic Chinese accounts,” according to a new security report. In a list containing more than 200 accounts, most were potentially interfering in Asian and American politics. Facebook also included more than 40 pages, nine groups, and more than 20 Instagram accounts.

Most of the accounts were based in the Philippines, commenting (and supporting) China’s claims on the West Philippine Sea and President Rodrigo Duterte’s actions. They also criticized Rappler. Posts were in English, Filipino, and Chinese.

On the flip side, the smaller chunk of suspended accounts is in the United States, showing support for both Democrats and Republicans.

Whereas the American-based accounts have only around 3,000 followers, the Philippines-based accounts have amassed more than 376,000 followers at the time of suspension. Meanwhile, the implicated groups drew in more than 60,000 followers. The accounts spent US$ 60 on ad spending in Chinese yuan. They also spent a whopping US$ 1,100 in Philippine peso.

Undoubtedly, Facebook is taking a more active approach against political interference. It marks a renewed approach compared to its efforts in 2016. Back then, the platform received a lot of flak for affecting the elections in both the United States and in Southeast Asia.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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OnePlus 8T will have a 120Hz screen

Confirmed by CEO Pete Lau

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Most smartphone brands today are building their own 120Hz smartphone screens. OnePlus is no different. According to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, the upcoming OnePlus 8T will have a 120Hz screen.

In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, Lau confirmed a flurry of specifications in the upcoming smartphone. Highlighting the new confirmation list, the OnePlus 8T will carry a 6.5-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Previously, OnePlus started introducing its 120Hz displays in the OnePlus 8 series earlier this year. At the time, the display aced several tests on DisplayMate’s benchmarking services.

However, the buttery smooth screen found its niche exclusively in the brand’s Pro variants. The OnePlus 8T marks the first non-Pro OnePlus smartphone with a 120Hz screen.

According to Lau, the OnePlus 8T will also have a 2.5D flexible panel, besides the 120Hz display. Accordingly, the smartphone is reportedly offer better brightness and “the highest color accuracy possible across the industry.”

Besides the display, Lau did not confirm any more details about the smartphone. According to previous leaks, the smartphone will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. It will also have a quad (48-megapixel + 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 2-megapixel) rear camera combination.

Despite the lack of confirmed details, OnePlus has already confirmed an October 14 launch date for the OnePlus 8T. It won’t take long now.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 8T renders hint at major design change

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