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Qualcomm terminates Snapdragon Satellite partnership with Iridium

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Qualcomm terminates Snapdragon Satellite partnership with Iridium

Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Satellite on 6 January 2023.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon Satellite is dead before it even arrives on any Android device.

Announced earlier this year, it was a partnership between Qualcomm and Iridium to bring satellite connectivity to Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 devices.

Iridiumshared in its press release that Qualcomm recently notified the company to terminate their partnership with effect from 3 December.

While both companies "successfully developed and demonstrated the technology", Iridium says the lack of interest from smartphone makers to include the technology in their devices led to the end of the partnership.

Iridium says the termination of the partnership allows the company to directly re-engage with other smartphone makers, chipmakers, and smartphone platform developers that it had been working with previously.

Even though Snapdragon Satellite is dead, that doesn't mean we won't see satellite communication on Android devices.

Qualcomm says in a statement to CNBC that it will continue to work with Iridium on "standards-based solutions" since smartphone makers have "indicated a preference towards standards-based solutions" for satellite-to-phone connectivity.

Earlier this year in February, Samsung announced its two-way satellite connectivity solution for smartphones. The South Korean company developed and simulated the 5G non-terrestrial (NTN) modem technologystandard-based satellite technology with the Exynos Modem 5300 reference platform.

And perhaps more importantly,at least one of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S24 models is tipped to support satellite communications.

Source: Iridium, CNBC

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The MacBook Air might switch to OLED after the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro

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The MacBook Air might switch to OLED after the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro

OLED might come to the Apple MacBook Air in the next few years.

The Apple MacBook Aircould use an OLED panel within the next few years, based on analyst Jeff Pu's latest investor note.

In line with previous reports, Pu reiterated that the iPad Pro lineup will switch to OLED next year and Apple is targeting to ship 10 million units.

The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are said to be on track to switch to OLED "sometime in 2026."Pu then added that Apple is "actively developing" an OLED panel for the MacBook Air.

Pu's forecasted timeline is similar to that of Display Supply Chain Consultants CEO Ross Young, who claimed last month that the OLED transition is "at least three years away" for the MacBook Pro and he expects the OLED MacBook Pro to arrive in 2026 or 2027.

The current MacBook Pro models use mini-LED panels which look crisp and sharp with super vivid colours. However, the mini-LED display suffers from a slight blooming issue.On the other hand, the MacBook Air deploys a regular IPS panel.

With the switch to OLED, the MacBook lineup will benefit from increased brightness, higher contrast ratio, deeper blacks, and better power efficiency which in turn leads to longer battery life.

But perhaps more crucially, it will also bring it on a par with high-end PC notebooks, which have had OLED panels for a while now.

Source: MacRumours

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App sideloading might be coming to iPhone users in the EU in the first half of 2024

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App sideloading might be coming to iPhone users in the EU in the first half of 2024

App sideloading is said to be coming to iPhone users in the EU by the first half of 2024.

Apple will reportedlyintroduce app sideloading for iPhone users in the EU in the first half of 2024.

In his latest Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg claims Apple will roll out a "highly controlled system" for iPhone users in the EU to download and install apps hosted outside of its App Store.

This system could come with certain security requirements to authenticate apps from third-party stores and potentially charge a fee according to a December 2022 report by Gurman.

Besides opening up to third-party app stores and sideloading on iOS, Gurman says the Messages and payment apps will also be modified to meet the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA).

The DMA enacts "rules for digital gatekeepers to ensure open markets", which means Apple has to open up its services and platforms to third parties. Tech companies have to comply with the DMA by 6 March 2024 and Apple is believed to havea localised iOS 17 updateready by this deadline.

Apple has been very vocal about its stance against app sideloading on its devices. The company published a whitepaper in October 2021 on the risks of app sideloading, and how its current implementation is in the best interests of users and the platform.

This is particularly true given the recent spate of scamming incidents that often involve Android users. These users are often tricked into installing malicious third-party apps that steal their accounts and passwords.

This doesn't affect iPhone users as much because you can't install third-party apps if they aren't on the App Store. And every app on the App Store has been screened by Apple for malware, and reviewed by moderators for quality and accuracy. Although the thoroughness of this screening process has been criticized at times, but insofar as security is concerned, it beats thelaissez-fairenature of the Android ecosystem.

Source: Bloomberg via MacRumors

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Google starts trial for generative AI search engine in Singapore

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Google starts trial for generative AI search engine in Singapore

Google's search generative experience (SGE) combines generative AI into answering search queries.

Google is running a trial for its “Search Generative Experience” (SGE) in more than 120 countries as an opt-in experiment in its Search Labs feature.

How generative AI works in Google Search.

Users in Singapore can try out generative AI responses for search results in English. SGE lets you get new functionality out of your search queries, or even try questions that Google Search was unable to answer before.

Using generative AI, SGE now shows an overview of key information and links to a wider range of sources on the results page.

Example where user asks if fish sleep at night on Google Search with SGE enabled. Credit: Google.

One key difference is your search results become conversational in nature, with possible follow-up questions below and available for exploration. In the example given on Google’s blog, a user can ask about running with pet beagles, before pivoting into hiking with the dog. Google’ SGE will understand the conversant nature of your queries and serve up relevant answers.

Mobile example of SGE. Credit: Google.

Another key difference is the inclusion of other people's experiences, which helps users access more useful information already shared on forums or social media sites.

Besides English, SGE also comes in four other languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Indonesian.

How to enable the trial SGE feature on mobile. Credit: Google.

To get SGE, you can either visit this link on desktop, or tap on the beaker logo in your Google app on mobile (iOS and Android).

Source: Google (blog)

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Hinomi X1 Ergonomic Office Chair review: An extraordinary 'office chair' for the home

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Hinomi X1 Ergonomic Office Chair review: An extraordinary 'office chair' for the home

My initial encounter with the Hinomi X1 chair was marked by a blend of anticipation and curiosity. Having previously heard commendations about its predecessor, the Hinomi H1 Pro, I was keen to discover how the X1 would hold up in real-world usage. It’s not quite a gaming” branded chair like those from Secretlab or Razer, but Hinomi does place ergonomics and comfort as key tenets for their chairs.

The chair’s aesthetic is the first thing that catches the eye. The Hinomi X1, with its sleek design and modern contours, exudes a professional yet contemporary vibe. It's a piece of furniture that wouldn't look out of place in a high-end office or a tastefully decorated home study. That said, the grey model that Hinomi sent over for me to review will certainly look a little odd in an RGB-filled gaming-themed room, in my opinion.

The four-panel backrest is a standout feature of the Hinomi X1. Unlike traditional chairs that offer a monolithic back support, the X1’s segmented approach is innovative. Each panel is designed to cater to a specific area of the back. In use, this translated to a remarkable level of comfort and support. I noticed a significant reduction in the typical discomfort I experienced after long hours of sitting. The upper panels provided ample support for my shoulder and upper back area, a boon for those of us who tend to slouch after hours at a desk.

The chair’s stability and mobility is excellent too. The base felt robust and well-balanced, providing a secure foundation regardless of how much I leaned or shifted my weight. Comfort-wise, the seat woven mesh design truck a fine balance between firmness and softness, providing a comfortable seating experience without the sinking feeling that some heavily cushioned chairs can have.

For ergonomics, the lumbar support system of the X1 is a masterpiece of functionality. I like the adjustable lumbar support of Secretlab’s Titan Evo but found the 3D adjustability of the lumbar support on the X1 to be better at getting the exact contours of my back. I wouldn’t say this customisation is a game-changer for many, but if you are like me who has to wrestle with back issues,then the X1 could be the fix for those sore lower backs. The TPU material in this region offered a resilient yet gentle support, perfectly balancing the need for firmness and flexibility. This aspect of the chair proved to be great for me during extended periods of work, significantly enhancing my overall comfort and posture.

I also like the versatility in seating positions that the chair offers, which I felt stands out as a notable feature compared to the competitions. The X1 allows for a crazy number of adjustments to suit various activities – a locked upright position for maintaining posture, a reclined angle for more relaxed moments, and a unique retractable leg/footrest for those times when you wish to fully unwind. Initially, I found the leg rest slightly cumbersome, but as a footrest, it’s a different story. The comfort it provides while reclining, whether immersed in gaming or casually browsing on a phone, is appreciable. This discreet but effective design element, uncommon in many office or gaming chairs, adds a layer of functionality to the Hinomi X1, making it adaptable for both office and home environments.

Key to this versatility is the 6D armrests. Their adjustability in six dimensions – height, width, pivot, depth, and the unique vertical tilt feature – allowed me to tailor them to my exact preferences. Whether I was typing, reading, or using my smartphone, the armrests provided consistent support. This adaptability proved especially beneficial when I switched from work to leisure activities, such as gaming. The front-end 30-degree tilt and back-end 15-degree tilt options were particularly useful when engaging with mobile devices, providing a natural and comfortable arm position.

Despite these impressive features, I encountered a few challenges with the Hinomi X1. The sheer number of adjustable elements, while beneficial, also introduced a complexity that required a learning curve. Initially, I found myself fiddling with settings to find the perfect configuration, which can be a bit overwhelming for users who prefer a simpler, more intuitive setup. The vertical tilt feature of the armrests cannot be locked too, which can be distracting for users who want it to stay in place. It’s also worth pointing out that the X1 is only available in a woven mesh design – a material that I personally like, but I also know of many others who see this as a deal breaker.

Furthermore, the premium price point of the chair, while justifiable given its features and build quality, might be a deterrent for those on a tighter budget. Hinomi has priced the X1 with an SRP of $1,299, but has been known to cut it down to as low as $799 during sale festivals such as 10.10 or 11.11 so it’s worth keeping a watch for these price drops.

You can buy the Hinomi X1 ergonomic chair here.

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Vivo launches X100 Pro and X100 in China

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Vivo launches X100 Pro and X100 in China

Vivo X100 Pro.

Vivo has announced next year’s flagship handsets, the X100 series, which includes the Vivo X100 and Vivo X100 Pro.

Vivo X100 series

Both models are rated IP68 for water and dust resistance.

Both Vivo X100 offer a 6.78-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a 1-120Hz refresh rate, 2,800 × 1,260 pixels resolution, and HDR support. Both offer identical peak brightness (3,000 nits), on-display fingerprint sensors, and a punch-hole cutout for their 32MP front cameras.

Both are also 5G network-compatible devices, backed by a brand new MediaTek Dimensity 9300 chipset — this new 2024 chipset built by TSMC (4nm) for flagship Android smartphones tout 15% single-core improvements, 40% multi-core upgrades, and a “world’s first” hardware-based Generative AI Engine which offers up to 33 billion parameters and on-device LoRA Fusion support.

They also have IP68 dust and water resistance, Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4, USB 2.0 Type-C ports, and a proprietary Android 14 reskin right out of the box.

What does the Vivo X100 Pro offer?

Vivo's telephoto camera uses ZEISS APO lenses and a moving periscope design.

Where they mainly differ lies in their cameras.

The X100 Pro features triple 50MP cameras. The primary camera comes with a 1-inch type Sony IMX989 sensor (f/1.75 aperture), a 50MP super-telephoto camera (f/2.5) with ZEISS APO lenses and a floating periscope module with a 100mm equivalent focal length, 4.3x optical zoom, and 100x digital zoom, and a 50MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.0). Both the main and telephoto cameras come with OIS.

According to its product page, the ZEISS APO lenses are chromatic aberration lenses with an apochromatic design (hence the APO name). It optically aligns red, green, and blue light into the same plane of focus, which prevents fringing caused by coloured artefacts.

Vivo X100.

The Vivo X100’s triple rear camera includes a 50MP main (f/1.57), 64MP ZEISS telephoto (f/2.57), and 50MP ultra-wide (f/2.0). Like its Pro variant, both the main and telephoto cameras have OIS.

Also, the Vivo X100 Pro is a touch heavier than the Vivo X100 (221g versus 202g), likely due to its larger 5,400mAh battery, which supports 100W wired fast-charging and 50W wireless charging. The lighter Vivo X100 tops out at 5,000mAh, with 120W wired charging and no wireless charging.

Vivo X100 series pricing and availability

Vivo X100 Pro.

The Vivo X100 starts at CNY3,999 (~S$760.32) for 12GB RAM + 256GB storage and goes up to CNY5,099 (~S$969.46) for the 16GB RAM (LPDDR5T) and 1TB storage variant.

The Vivo X100 Pro starts at CNY4,999 (S$ 950.45) for 12+256 GB and goes up to CNY5,999 (S$ 1119.76) for 16+1TB. Both models will go on sale in China on 21 November 2023. International and Singapore availability will be confirmed later.

Source: GSMArena, Vivo (China)

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When is Black Friday 2023? What to expect and early deals to shop in Singapore

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When is Black Friday 2023? What to expect and early deals to shop in Singapore

Just as we wave goodbye to the 11.11 sales, Black Friday is around the corner with more discounts to enjoy. It’s the perfect time to get the best savings on big ticket purchases and get all the Christmas shopping done.

When is Black Friday 2023?

For this year, Black Friday officially starts the day after American Thanksgiving on 24 Nov, and lasts until Cyber Monday 27 Nov.

Nowadays, it’s more of a blanket phrase that starts anywhere from the end of October and carries on until early December. There are of course the 11.11 sales on 11 Nov, which can sometimes offer greater discounts than Black Friday.

However, there’s no doubt that you can expect some of the biggest sales and discounts of the year. In fact, retailers like Amazon will be saving their best sales and offers during this time.

What to expect in the Black Friday sales in Singapore

Black Friday 2023: Amazon

When: 20-27 Nov 2023

Amazon is starting their sale early this year, with 8 days of deals planned. Access some of their lowest prices of the year during this time, from local and international brands in electronics, toys, home appliances and more.

Up to 40% off LogitechUp to 50% off BoseUp to 49% off Prism+Up to 70% off books and international toy brands like Pokemon and Melissa & DougUp to 50% off Transformers, PlayDoh, Barbie and Hot WheelsUp to 40% board games like Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The GatheringSave up to 40% on bundle deals on wines and champagne with Amazon FreshUp to 30% off beauty items from Aveeno and Neutrogena

Shop Amazon Black Friday sale

Black Friday 2023: Robinsons

When: 17-27 Nov 2023

The categories Robinsons are best known for are in the bedding and home categories, but you can also find electronics and beauty items on sale too. While hundreds of items are already discounted now, you can stack additional discounts on top of your order with these promo codes.

Between 17-19 Nov, get 20% off no minimum spend with code WEEKEND20On 24 Nov, get 20% off no minimum spend with code BLACK20. In addition between 6pm and midnight, you can enjoy 23% off with code FINAL23From 25-26 Nov, get 18% off when you spend $100 $100 spend with code WEEKEND18Between 10pm 26 Nov until 2am 27 Nov, get 23% off with code CYBER23Enjoy 20% off with code CYBER20 on Nov 27

Shop Robinsons Black Friday sale

Dyson Black Friday sale: if 2022’s Black Friday and the recent 11.11 sales are anything to go by, you can expect savings on selected cordless vacuums, with free gifts with purchase of the Dyson hair devices. Shop Dyson saleLazada Black Friday sale: Last year, Lazada ran 1-for-1 deals and brand day specials and daily flash sales in the lead up to Black Friday. No specific offers have been announced yet, but you can expect plenty of discounts from LazMall brands in every category, from beauty and health to electronics and home appliances. Shop Lazada saleShopee Black Friday sale: We saw 50% off tech deals and 15% cashback vouchers from Shopee last year. Will we see similar deals this year? Check back here for updates on this year’s Black Friday offers. Shop Shopee saleMicrosoft Black Friday sale: Expect savings on Surface laptops and Xbox Series X consoles and accessories. Shop Microsoft saleSamsung Black Friday sale: The 11.11 sales saw offers on the Z Flip 5, Galaxy S23, TVs and soundbars and other appliances, with additional promo code savings and rewards points for members. Look out for similar offers for Black Friday. Shop Samsung saleNike Black Friday sale: Shop early Black Friday deals now, with offers of up to 20% off men’s and women’s sneakers, up to 30% off clothing and up to 23% off bags. Shop Nike saleAdidas Black Friday sale: Enjoy up to 50% off and extra 30% off for members in the end of season sale. Shop Adidas sale

Bookmark this page and keep checking back as we update this list with more Black Friday offers as they are announced over the week.

Early Black Friday deals to shop now

Ugreen 100W USB C Charger

Our favourite fast charger is back on sale again. This portable 4-port GaN charger can juice up a MacBook Pro from zero to 42% in just 30 minutes. Compatible with Apple and Android, this will keep your space clutter-free.

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Jabra Elite 5 Earbuds

The Jabra Elite 5 earbuds are our pick for best wireless earbuds for those on a tight budget this year. In our assessment, we found it to be a “solid performer without any glaring weakness”. Check out our review

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Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse

We called this a “peerless general purpose mouse” that will elevate your daily computing in our review.

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Crucial BX500 SSD 1TB

With sequential read speeds of up to 540 MB/s, sequential write speeds of up to 500MB/s and endurance of 360TB TBW, the BX500 1TB is compatible with 2.5-inch form factor and SATA 6Gb/s interface.

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Bose TV Speaker

Watch a lot of movies or TV shows? The Bose TV Speaker is a compact soundbar that will enhance your TV experience, focusing on elevating dialogue for clear speech and more realistic audio. It’s easy to setup and connects seamlessly via Bluetooth for you to stream your favourite music and podcasts.

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Robinsons Hotel Collection Cooling Reversible Comforter

$99.99 $299.99 67% off

Featuring Q-Max cooling technology, this comforter has one side that’s cool to the touch to absorb body heat for a dry and comfortable sleep, while the other side is made from 100% cotton to keep things super soft and breathable.

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Philips Essential 6.2L Airfryer XL

Meet your new kitchen BFF, making meals a breeze with its NutriU recipe app. Imagine whipping up healthier, crispy delights for the family with just a tap on your phone. In fact, the more you use the app, the more personalised your recommendations will get.

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Mayer Bread Maker

Imagine waking up to the smell of fresh baked bread every morning. This affordable bread maker has 12 baking functions, including a 1-hour ultra fast baking function, and adjustable settings to set your preferred crust colour and a 60-minute keep warm function.

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Dibea F20Max Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Dibea’s flagship model has some reviewers “surprised how effective it is”, and someone to remark how it’s a “Dyson at a fraction of the price”. It offers three suction modes and can be converted into a handheld vacuum for cleaning the car and sofa, ceiling or other hard to reach surfaces.

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Thule Convertible Laptop Backpack

Great for travel and day-to-day commuting, this stylish water-resistant backpack has a thick padded compartment with a soft lining that can hold a 15.6-inch laptop, and has straps that can be converted to a briefcase.

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Nike Air Max Pre-Day Men’s Sneaker

$179.90 $229.00 21% off

Made from 20% recycled material, this retro-aesthetic sneaker takes the classic heritage look of Nike Running and mixes in Air cushioning for super comfort.

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Adidas Grand Court Cloudform Sneakers

$58.15 $65.73 11% off

If you’re more of an Adidas fan, these casual sneakers sport the classic three stripes and Cloudform Comfort cushioning for a soft, comfortable wear.

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Funko Pop! Star Wars: Star Wars Celebration

Treat yourself or a Star Wars fan to this collectible five-pack of the original Star Wars trilogy beloved characters that come with their own built-in stand.

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Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

A returning deal from Amazon’s October Prime Day that was popular with HardwareZone readers, this screen-free toy allows kids aged 4-9 to program a mouse to go through mazes they build. It’s a fun way to let kids get hands-on with coding and develop early critical thinking.

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Magna Tiles Arctic Animals Set

Suitable for children aged 3 and over, this delightful set contains 25 magnetic pieces that allow children to exercise their imagination and creativity by building various scenes for arctic animals penguin, seal, whale and polar bears.

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Samsung unveils artificial intelligence for its Galaxy phones — Galaxy AI

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Samsung unveils artificial intelligence for its Galaxy phones — Galaxy AI

Artist rendition of Samsung's AI Live Translate Call, a Galaxy AI feature for users of its phones. Source: Samsung.

Even Samsung now throws its artificial intelligence (AI) hat into the ring.

Today (10 November 2023), Samsung announced Galaxy AI, a “comprehensive mobile AI experience” that uses Samsung’s on-device AI capabilities and proprietary cloud-based AI features for Galaxy products and services.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because Samsung’s approach of combining on-device and cloud-based AI is what Google also uses for their Pixel phones and interesting Magic-named features (for example, Magic Editor).

Samsung said its Galaxy AI cuts across several use cases, like communication, productivity, and creativity. However, it has name-dropped only one upcoming AI feature.

AI Live Translate Call by Samsung’s Galaxy AI is a personal translatorintegrated into the native call capabilities of Samsung phones (thus removing the need for third-party apps that can do the same).

AI Live Translate Call is said to offer audio and text translations in real-time, so callers speaking in another language get close-captioned subtitles like the ones you get in your favourite shows. Samsung added that this AI feature is on-device, making the calls private and not uploaded or processed anywhere beyond your Galaxy phone.

“Mobile technology has an incredible power to enable connection, productivity, creativity and more for people around the world, but until now, we haven’t seen mobile AI ignite that in truly meaningful ways. Galaxy AI is our most comprehensive intelligence offering to date, and it will change how we think about our phones forever,” said Wonjoon Choi, EVP and Head of R&D, Mobile eXperience Business, Samsung.

We’ve contacted Samsung Singapore for more information about Galaxy AI, its features, and its availability to Singapore users. Stay tuned.

Source: Samsung Singapore (newsroom)

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Oppo Find N3 Flip review: Is it really better than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5?

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Handling, Display, UI and Features

Oppo Find N3 Flip.

Flipping off the competition

Oppo must be pretty confident about its new clamshell foldable with its S$1,499 (256GB) official price tag, marking itself as a direct challenger to its S$1,498 Korean rival, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5.

Let’s take stock of what the Oppo Find N3 Flip offers. At a glance, it’s fronted by a 6.8-inch LTPO AMOLEDMain Screen that has a less obvious crease, along with a vertical 3.26-inch AMOLED Cover Screen with extreme utility thanks to its FlexForm Capture (for selfies) and support for nearly 30 third-party apps.

TL;DR:Samsung cannot afford to rest on its laurels. The Oppo Find N3 Flip is a great alternative for the same price, if you know what you want in your clamshell phone.

Flip over to the camera, and you get Hasselblad-branded shooters with a 50MP main camera, 48MP ultra-wide, and 32MP portrait camera with 2x optical zoom.

Topping it all off is IPX4 resistance against water, with the “X” signifying no dust resistance. Oppo also said its improved Flexion Hinge is rated for 600,000 folds, rounding off its durability.

Oppo Find N3 Flip on Main Screen.

The phone seems like it’s almost superior next to its Korean counterpart, until you realise it uses a MediaTek Dimensity 9200 chipset (while the Galaxy Z Flip5 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2). The Cover Screen on Oppo’s flippy phone also isn’t as big as its opponent’s, and it lacks wireless charging for its 4,300mAh battery with 44W wired charging.

Putting it all together gives us an Oppo Find N3 Flip seemingly poised to be a clamshell foldable for power users who want both style and performance in one device. Are its perks and trade-offs enough to make people consider it over Samsung’s clamshell instead? Let’s find out.

Oppo Find N3 Flip
Oppo Find N3 Flip
Launch SRP From S$1499
Operating system Android 13 (ColorOS 13.2)
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 9200
Built-in Memory 12GB RAMLPDDR5x
Display Main Screen:6.8-inch / LTPO AMOLED / 2,520 x 1,080 pixels (403 ppi) / 1-120Hz adaptive refresh rateCover Screen: 3.26-inch / AMOLED / 720 x 382 pixels (250 ppi) / 60Hz refresh rate
Camera Rear: 50MP main, f/1.8 aperture, 84 ̊ FOV, AutoFocus, OIS48MP ultra-wide, f/2.2 aperture, 114 ̊ FOV, AutoFocus, 4cm macro distance32MP telephoto, f/2.0 aperture, AutoFocusFront: 32MP, f/2.4 aperture, 90 ̊ FOV, no OIS
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 5G (NSA, SA,NR), 4G (LTE) , Bluetooth 5.3, BLE, NFC, USB-C
Storage Type 256GB internal storageUFS 4.0
Battery 4,300mAh44W wired SuperVOOC, 15W VOOC 3.0 (5V/3A), 13.5W PD (9V/1.5A)No Wireless Charging
Dimensions Unfolded: 166.4 x 75.8 x 7.79mmFolded: 85.5 x 75.8 x 16.45mm
Weight 198g

Almost better looking than before

Oppo Find N3 Flip in hand.

To the untrained eye, the Oppo Find N3 Flip may seem similar to its predecessor. A closer look would reveal many little design details, making Oppo’s latest clamshell even more aesthetically and practically pleasing than its previous iteration.

Although we were given Sleek Black colourway for this phone review, we’d gladly pick Misty Pink or Cream Gold in a heartbeat; they all look fantastic with its high polish finish and smooth texture.

Oppo Find N3 Flip in Sleek Black.

Find N3 Flip has a new Alert Slider added to its left rim, and is well thought-out. It has three levels (Silent, Vibrate, and Ring).

It’s impressive how Alert Slider is orientated to the display you’re currently on, inverting its controls when you flip to its other display. The Silent option always sits at the top, while Ring mode rests at the bottom. A lesser company would have neglected to orientate it correctly.

The hinge no longer has the Oppo logo but it's still on the back.

Oppo also did away with its logotype on the improved Flexion Hinge, replacing it with a beautiful wave pattern machined onto its polished metal bar. It adds a touch of class when they don’t put their brand name upfront. After all, true luxury or branded goods don’t need to advertise their worth. The Oppo logo is still prominent on the rear plate, but you can cover it up with a phone casing.

Camera housing looks a bit too bulky for its slim profile.

Another design gripe is the chunky Cosmos Ring with Starlight Track camera housing, ruining an otherwise sleek phone. Still, the increase in housing size is a worthy trade-off for getting high-powered Hasselblad rear lenses (more about its imaging performance later).

Finishing these details off are its glass platings on both sides with curved edges to resemble a compact makeup mirror, paired with an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor on its power button and a near-creaseless appearance for its inside panel.

Find N3 Flip's Main Screen.

The design of the Find N3 Flip is pleasing if only marred by an extra thick bezel for its Main Screen.

The 6.8-inch LTPO AMOLED internal screen at 2,520 x 1,080 pixels matches flagship alternatives thanks to its combo of 1-120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and 1,600-nits peak brightness. Helping it with its near-creaseless look is a new screen structure that reduces film reflection to 1%, which Oppo said is 5x less reflective than other foldable smartphones.

The near-creaseless panel could just as well be truly creaseless, except that you can still feel it when you run your finger across the display. 1% reflectivity does play a huge role in appearances.

We’d say the Find N3 Flip edges out the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5, appearance-wise. Samsung does have a tidier camera housing, but it still keeps the branding on its hinge and also has thick bezels for its internal screen. Of course, Oppo's finishing blow comes from its near-creaseless inner display that’s high in quality, making up a significant part of the premium user experience.

Mini-apps, major utility

Mini-apps living on the Cover Screen.

With Oppo running ColorOS 13 on Android 13 for the Find N3 Flip, you’ll likely find it similar to most high-end or premium Oppo mobiles. Instead, we’ll look at the overhaul offered on the clamshell’s vertical 3.26-inch AMOLED Cover Screen (17:9 aspect ratio, 900-nits peak brightness).

While its size, shape, and orientation hardly changed since its predecessor, Oppo has made good on its promise to bring more third-party “mini-apps” to make the Cover Screen more useful than before.

Google Maps works amazingly on Cover Screen.

Don’t be misled by the name — these mini-apps are mostly full-fledged apps crammed into the phone’s tiny outer display. There are almost 30 third-party apps available, cutting across key categories like messaging, digital payments, fitness tracking, and more. You can pin up to three on the first screen, but swiping right would give you the complete list of mini-apps you’ve enabled. To enable them, it has to be done in the Settings menu.

TikTok, too, works on the Cover Screen.

In comparison, Samsung’s more prominent display may be easier on the eyes, but it only had five mini-apps available at launch, with two of them being default SMS apps, severely limiting its practicality.

List of Oppo Find N3 Flip mini-apps available at launch
Type Name Territory
Tools GBoard Global
AccuWeather India
Fitness Strava Global
MyFitness Pal Global
Heytap Global
NikeRun Global
Digital Payments Google Pay Global
Grab Pay Global
Line Pay Malaysia, Taiwan
Momo Pay Vietnam
Ovo India
GoPay India
Ride-Hailing Grab Global
Uber Taiwan
GoJek Global
Navigation Google Maps Global
Social and Messaging Zalo Vietnam
LINE Global
WeChat Global
WhatsApp Global
Telegram Global
Google Messages Global
X (formerly known as Twitter) Global
Reddit Global
TikTok Global
Productivity Gmail Global
Outlook Global

In our Oppo Find N3 Flip trial, we tried using Telegram, Grab, and Google Maps (among others) to great effectiveness. The mini-apps are full-featured versions of their full-screen selves. We mainly used the Cover Screen to check for updates, seeing how the narrow panel size makes it poor for typing.

It served as a great way to keep tabs on directions, read our group chats, or see the status of our food deliveries and ride-hailing arrivals without powering up the Main Screen.

Oppo’s Cover Screen supersedes Samsung’s in sheer practicality, but we did wish it had the same real estate offered by its Korean rival.

3D interactive pets make for a more animated Cover Screen.

Other useful Cover Screen features included its notifications tab (which could display 4-5 full notifications at a glance), a customisable shortcut next to its clock, and a pull-down Quick Settings menu for adjusting brightness, Wi-Fi, etc. We did like the 3D interactive pet that lived on the display, but we also wished it had Samsung’s level of personalisation instead — replete with short videos as wallpapers.

Having tried both clamshells, we’re torn between choosing either foldable based on its outer display’s features. Why can’t they both have it all?

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The next iPhone SE will likely feature a "modified" iPhone 14 chassis

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The next iPhone SE will likely feature a "modified" iPhone 14 chassis

The current generation iPhone SE still has a Home button.

Word on the street is that Apple is working on a new iPhone SE. The SE is Apple's true entry-level budget phone and the last update came in early 2022.

According to rumours, the next iPhone SE will feature a dramatic redesign with Apple finally retiring the iPhone 8 design that was used for the last two generations of the iPhone SE.

Instead, it will use a modified version of the iPhone 14 chassis, which means flat sides and an all-display front. Consequently, the next iPhone SE is said to ditch the Home button in favour of Face ID.

Another rumour is that the next iPhone SE will have a single 48-megapixel camera. The iPhone SE always had a single-camera design so that's nothing unusual, but the decision to include a 48-megapixel is unexpected given that it was only this year that all the iPhone 15 series phones got 48-megapixel main cameras.

It's unclear when Apple will release a new iPhone SE. The first iPhone SE was released in 2016 and we had to wait four years for the second-generation model. However, the third-generation iPhone SE came just two years later. The general consensus is that the next iPhone SE will be announced sometime in 2025.

Source: MacRumors

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