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Vivo’s APEX 2020 Reveals Futuristic Vision Beyond Imagination

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Super Unibody Design and Edgeless Display offer extraordinary visual experience, with innovative photography features pushing boundaries for the future of smartphones

Vivo today unveils the third generation of its APEX concept smartphone – APEX 2020. Known for iconic innovation, APEX 2020 builds on the success of its previous generations to feature more cutting-edge technologies, while also showcases vivo’s continuing pursuit of head-turning aesthetics. This flagship product displays a major breakthrough in visual effects that is based on vivo’s deep consumer and smartphone industry insight. APEX 2020 is truly a revolutionary manifestation of vivo’s exploration of future smartphone design.

Vivo’s APEX 2020 Reveals Futuristic Vision Beyond Imagination

APEX 2020 has a 120° FullView Edgeless Display that removes side edges and bezels from the front view. With the In-Display Camera and vivo Wireless Super FlashCharge 60W, APEX 2020 has a Super Unibody Design with no openings. vivo also successfully embeds a gimbal-like structure into APEX 2020’s main camera, which is equipped with a 5x-7.5x Continuous Optical Zoom. This feature showcases vivo’s latest achievements and future plans to offer extraordinary visual effects and enhanced future photography.

Harry Hong, General Manager of Product, vivo said, “APEX is never a mere ‘concept’ or a glimpse of ‘imagination’. It’s a creation that goes beyond any previous experience brought by mobile technology. Through APEX 2020, we are proud to see vivo’s vision come to life as a technology company that continues to push the boundaries of mobile technology and explore what lies beyond the ordinary. It also showcases our ambition to achieve our aspirations step-by-step. vivo will continue to put APEX’s innovative technologies into practice, allowing more consumers to be empowered by such technology.”

120° FullView Edgeless Display, Pushing the Boundaries Further

The APEX 2020 has carried on vivo’s exploration and pursuit of a truly FullView Display and Super Unibody design. It is wrapped in a 6.45-inch curved display that bends at an angle of up to 120° on both sides. This helps remove side edges and bezels from the front view and results in an ultra-bezel-less display.

For both aesthetic and practical considerations, physical buttons are replaced by a virtual pressure-sensing button. APEX 2020 is another perfect fusion of visual effect, natural touch and human-device interaction.

120° FullView Edgeless Display that bends at an angle of up to 120° on both sides

In-Display Camera, Visualizing the Invisible

The In-Display Camera of APEX 2020 unleashes the new possibility of a non-mechanical front camera. The “invisible” front camera presents a Super Unibody design with no openings and expands the internal space.

Through innovation in screen pixel layout and circuit design, APEX 2020 has successfully increased the light transmittance of the screen right above the front camera to 6 times of the other part of the screen, and effectively reduces optical interference, diffraction and stray flashes through a series of algorithm optimizations to increase the photography quality. The final image quality is also enhanced through a series of algorithm optimizations. The 16MP front camera features a 4-in-1 super-pixel photosensitive chip, realizing the innovation of capturing clear images with the In-Display Camera.

5x-7.5x Continuous Optical Zoom – High Resolution + High Image Quality, Recording A Clearer World

Currently, almost all high magnification zoom solutions in the industry depend on hybrid zoom. As different fixed magnifications need to be integrated with digital algorithms for output, there is a level of compromise in resolution and image quality. APEX 2020 comes with Continuous Optical Zoom, becoming the world’s first smartphone equipped with high-magnification continuous zoom. It can achieve continuous optical zoom under high magnifications between 5x-7.5x and produce images in high resolution and quality rather than filling focal lengths through digital magnification. It enables users to preserve the clarity of all moments by effectively enhancing every detail.

APEX 2020 is equipped with a “4-group lens combination” with two groups fixed and two groups movable, which achieves high-magnification continuous zoom and real-time focus at one time. With the support of a periscope structure, the entire module is only 6.2 mm thick, therefore, making it possible for this professional-grade lens to be incorporated into the APEX’s ultra-thin body. To further enhance the image quality, vivo has incorporated a leading multi-frame algorithm so that scenery from afar can also be easily captured.

Gimbal-Stabilizing Main Camera – Stable Mechanical Structure and Enhanced Night Photography

With the arrival of 5G, creating smartphone video content becomes an even bigger priority. In order to fulfill users’ demand to record daily life anywhere, anytime, vivo successfully embeds a gimbal-like structure into APEX 2020’s main camera after a long-term technical development and multiple experiments. It achieves optical stabilization in the front-back and left-right inclined directions with enhanced performance. Lab tests demonstrate that compared to the traditional OIS system, its stabilization angle is 200% extended. In addition, the image integrity is preserved to a greater extent.

This feature greatly reduces the blurring caused by a shaky hand. Users can also enjoy videography with smoothness. There is no need to bring other equipment as this handset is readily available for you to capture all those wonderful moments. Stable handheld shooting can also effectively extend the exposure time so that APEX 2020 also has a stronger capacity for night photography.

Vivo Wireless Super FlashCharge 60W, Challenging the Boundaries

The APEX 2020 features the revolutionary vivo Wireless Super FlashCharge 60W, which recharges a handset with a 2000mAh battery in only 20 minutes, offering a faster charging experience than conventional wired flash charging.

Other than that, APEX 2020 is also equipped with innovations such as the 3rd Generation Screen SoundCasting Technology, Instant Photobomb Removal and Voice Tracking Auto-Focus. APEX 2020 brings an all-rounded user experience and endless surprises to the smartphone industry and global users.

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moto g 5G plus: The future of ultrafast connectivity for everyone

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Motorola’s mission is and always has been to make innovative technology and meaningful mobile experiences accessible to everyone. Motorola announced moto g 5G plus, the smartphone that will bring the power of 5G technology into more people’s hands without sacrificing the features they know are most important to them.

On top of ultra-fast connectivity available for anyone, moto g 5G plus delivers industry-leading features that matter most to consumers. Whether they’re looking for incredible performance or an outstanding CinemaVision display with a higher refresh rate, moto g 5G plus offers this and so much more. With our first ever ultra-wide front camera system, 48MP quad camera system and powerhouse battery life, get ready for an uncompromised and amazing experience.

5G connectivity delivers more bandwidth, lower latency, and reduced lag time, which means downloading entire movies in minutes, streaming intensive online games without lag, and feeling like you’re right there in the moment when video calling with loved ones. moto g 5G plus is built by the team at the forefront of every new generation of wireless technology in history. By offering compatibility with both 4G and 5G networks, you’re covered for today and ready for tomorrow.

With moto g 5G plus they’re bringing the display experience to another level. Every scroll and swipe will look amazing thanks to the 90 Hz screen refresh rate that ensures smooth movements through the app drawer, images, and webpages, and offers a sleeker gaming experience. Plus, it comes with our largest screen ever in a moto g device. The 6.7″ CinemaVision Full HD+ display offers a massive ultra-wide screen for a cinematic viewing. It’s certified for HDR10, so you can enjoy your favorite movies, shows, and photos in vivid, true-to-life colors with improved brightness and contrast. And with the unique 21:9 aspect ratio, the phone offers a beautifully streamlined design that’s easy to hold while elegantly accommodating the large, gorgeous screen in your hand.

moto g 5G plus also introduces our first-ever dual selfie camera system with a unique ultra-wide selfie lens. With the ability to fit 4x more of your friends or background into your frame, you can leave the selfie stick at home. The main 16MP camera features Quad Pixel technology with 4x more light sensitivity6, for brighter low-light shots. Now you can capture Instagram-worthy snapshots no matter what the conditions are.

With the rear camera system you’ll have the perfect camera for any situation, any way you look at it. The 48 MP main sensor with Quad Pixel technology and 4x light sensitivity makes every shot shine, even in low lighting. The ultra-wide lens also fits 4x more into the screen so you never miss a single detail in a larger-than-life shot. A depth sensor makes everyday photos extraordinary with DSLR-quality blurred out backgrounds, and a dedicated Macro Vision camera gets you 5x closer to your subject compared with a normal lens for stunning, pro-looking photos that will take your breath away.

The moto g 5G plus is powered by the advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765 Mobile Platform featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X52 Modem-RF System to enable exceptional performance to meet even the most demanding 5G use cases. Moreover, it unites 5G and AI to power select premium-tier experiences, including breakthrough entertainment, intelligent multi-camera capabilities, and support for all-day battery life. No matter how fast you’re moving or how much you’re multitasking, moto g 5G plus can keep up.

All this performance is powered by a powerful 5,000 mAh battery so you can go for two days without having to worry about slowing down or recharging.5 Free yourself from the tyranny of power outlets and game or stream to your heart’s content. When you do need to plug in, 20W TurboPower™ charging makes getting back to the good stuff easier than ever.

With moto g 5G plus there’s a better way to pay. Simply hold your phone near an NFC terminal to make a purchase at the store. It’s fast and secure, so there’s no need to carry cash or credit cards. NFC technology also lets you wirelessly share content like contacts, pictures, and videos with other devices.

When it comes to software, our priority is bringing the best experiences possible to our consumers, and our relationship with Google speaks to that commitment. Motorola continues to build on a tight integration with Google services. As with all Motorola devices, Google Photos remains our native gallery app. With it you will have a new way to store, search, and share all your photos and videos. Automatically organized and searchable by the people, places, and things in them, your photos and memories are always easy to find and share. This means unlimited storage for all of your photos which are automatically backed up and can be accessed, edited and shared from anywhere.

Instead of duplicating the great things Google does with Android, they choose to build upon it to enhance customers’ mobile experience. That’s why moto g 5G plus also includes My UX, which brings all Moto Experiences customers have come to know and love as well as a variety of new customizable features. My UX gives users custom settings and advanced controls to music, videos and games. Users can even create their own device themes by choosing from unique fonts, colors, and icon shapes, so their phone is one in a million.

Availability & pricing

moto g 5G plus will be available from July 8th on across Europe in two variants, starting at €349 and €399. Prices by market may vary depending on local taxes and memory configurations. Moto g 5G plus will also reach KSA, UAE and many other markets in the near future.

With the exciting release of moto g 5G plus in Europe, Motorola is advancing its mission to deliver 5G for all. In North America, affordable 5G started with moto z4 and 5G moto mod, and continues with edge, launching later this summer. To further our mission, Motorola is committing to launch a sub-$500 5G device in North America this fall.

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Upcoming Android 11 Promises Magnificent Updates to OPPO ColorOS

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Android 11 was officially announced and OPPO Find X2 Series will be one of the first devices to adopt it!

Android 11 Beta 1 will soon be available on OPPO Find X2 Series – expected to include potent updates to features like enhanced privacy, smart home controls, and notification management.

Here’s some of the features we are looking forward to in Android 11 Beta

  • Dedicated Conversations section in the notification shade where you can easily view, engage and prioritise chats from various apps.
  • New floating Bubbles UI for messaging apps that enables users to create floating windows for individual chats to improve multitasking.
  • Improved privacy protection with additional one-time permission, permission auto reset*, and background location preferences for more control over sensitive permissions.

ColorOS will incorporate additional features from Android 11 Beta in its future beta releases.

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Some Favorite ColorOS 7.1 Features

We expect many developments upon these features in future ColorOS iterations. In the meantime, here are some unmissable features of our Android based operating system.

ColorOS 7.1 includes many cutting-edge features that will continue to be iterated upon moving forward. There are several exciting inclusions on ColorOS, such as its beautiful design aesthetics, smart 5G capabilities, and enhanced image processing.

ColorOS 7 Design & Style

Lightweight Icons – icons feature a stylized design with thinner lines for increased legibility.
Icon Styles – offers 3 sets of exclusively designed icon styles to choose from – rectangle, pebble, and default.

Redesigned & Customizable Third-Party App Icons – users may adjust the size, shape, and arrangement of apps on the Home screen.

Artistic Wallpaper Designs – Our design philosophy has been implemented in ColorOS 7 through our artist wallpaper project, which brings stunning nature, purity, geometry, culture, life, and future themes to the forefront.

Live Wallpapers – With the help of computer graphics algorithms, technology and art converge to offer a wide variety of dynamically interactive live wallpapers.

ColorOS 7 Ultra Vision & Enhanced Image Processing

Video Motion Compensation – Find X2 Pro is able to boost video frame rate from 30fps to as high as 120fps, for greatly enhanced stability, less blur, and improved resolution. Especially useful for sports, action cinema, and scenes with quick cuts!

HDR Video Enhancement – Find X2 Pro can convert SDR video to HDR quality, which increases clarity, brightness, color display, and dynamic range for your viewing pleasure.

AI Adaptive Eye Protection System – Automatically adjusts color temperature and brightness according to ambient lighting, making it much easier on the eyes.

Ultra Steady 2.0 – One of the best steady-video processing technologies in the industry, bringing phone cameras up to the level of professional motion picture cameras. Steady videos on the go are more possible now than ever, even during bumpy vehicle rides.

Ultra Night Mode 3.0 – Enables users to shoot in darkness with daytime-quality zoom. All three rear cameras on OPPO Find X2 Pro support Ultra Night Mode with up to 20x zoom.

ColorOS 7 Smart 5G

Power Consumption Optimization – ColorOS 7.1 can automatically and seamlessly switch between 4G and 5G depending on the temperature, battery level, network speeds, and usage scenarios – ensuring optimal use of your device’s battery.

Smart Cell Selection – AI-enabled modeling algorithms allow your devices to more quickly search for and connect to 5G networks.

Dual Mode 5G – Find X2 Series can automatically switch between NSA and SA 5G networks.

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Samsung A01 core appears on Google Play Console with specifications

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A new phone has been spotted on the Google Play Console. The phone produced by Samsung Electronics, the South Korea giant tech company, has appeared with the name Galaxy A01 Core. Samsung Galaxy A01 core is set to be launched anytime from now. The Galaxy A01 core is reported to be the lower version of the Galaxy A01 released in December 2019. Unlike Samsung’s regular phones, the Galaxy A01 core is going to be ultra-affordable, a budget model of Samsung. The new phone has surfaced on Google Play Console with its key specifications. It is certified with Bluetooth 5.0 at Bluetooth SIG with the model number SM-A013F_DS. This model number is similar to SM-A013F, which appeared on Geekbench listing. This new phone may be the same phone that appeared as Galaxy A01e. It is rumored that if it is the same phone, then Galaxy A01 Core will be the official and final product name of the phone.

Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy A01 Core

The phone appears to have 720 x 1480 pixels display with 320ppi pixel density. The chipset is a 3-year old MT6739WW, which is surprising as it is a rare platform. Although it is a modern smartphone SoC that provides a great Android experience, it is cost-effective, which seems to buttress the fact that the phone’s price is going to be a budget-friendly model, which might be the cheapest smartphone produced by the giant tech company. The new phone seems to have run on 1GB of RAM and the latest Android 10.0 version. What is unsure is whether it will run on the full version of Android 10 or the Go edition. But it will most likely run on the lightweight Go edition as it is precisely for low-cost devices. More so, the specs of the new Samsung phone appear to be similar to that of Nokia 1 plus, which also has a chipset of MT6739. Nokia 1 Plus runs on the Android 10 Go edition too. 

The model number of the new phone that appeared on the SIG listing has also appeared on the Wi-Fi alliance site. It seems to have a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n dual-band.

These are the specifications that have been released for now. Specifications such as physical appearance, camera quality, processor frequency, battery capacity, screen type, and other features are yet to be known. But this will be known soon enough, once the phone is unveiled.

Capability

Although there will be limitations to the ability of the Galaxy A01 Core, however, it will not be classed as obsolete. As said earlier, some of the specs are similar to that of Nokia 1 plus, and we know what the Nokia Phone is capable of. With the specs, it’s going to be able to run android apps and games. Users will also be able to play casino online and other games or software that require Flash or Java Technology. The display also appears with good graphics quality that will be good for media and games like slots, RPG and other games. With the Wi-Fi version of the phone, the connection to diverse wireless networks is guaranteed. The connection can range from mobile hotspots to mobile Wi-Fi, even to the modern Wi-Fi routers

Conclusion

Many people, especially the producing company fans, have their fingers crossed for the launching of the phone. With the approval from Bluetooth SIG and certification received from the Wi-Fi Alliance, it is an indication that Samsung will unveil the phone in a few weeks. Samsung products are always a big fish in the mobile phone market. Of a certainty, when this new product hits the mobile market, it will cause significant competition among devices of its cadre.

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