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OPPO's sibling firm Vivo debuted the technology in 2018

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The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. IANS

Chinese handset maker OPPO, which has been known to be experimental with its smartphone designs has just launched its flagship smartphone Reno 10x Zoom with several innovations such as the shark-fin pop-up selfie camera.

The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. OPPO’s sibling firm Vivo debuted the technology in 2018.

The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom comes in two variants — 6GB RAM+128GB internal storage variant and 8GB RAM+256GB configuration that cost Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively.

We tested the Ocean Green coloured premium variant with 8GB RAM+256GB storage that costs Rs 49,990 for a week. Here’s how it fared during our review.

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Chinese handset maker OPPO, which has been known to be experimental with its smartphone designs has just launched its flagship smartphone Reno 10x Zoom. Wikimedia Commons

The handset has a layer of protective Corning Gorilla Glass that rendered a sophisticated matte look which was minimalistic yet stunning.

The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges.

The matte finish ensured that the smartphone does not retain fingerprint marks.

Along with a 48MP primary sensor, there is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 13MP lens 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom at the back.

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Placed right at the centre of the rear, the triple cameras sit flush with the smartphone in a vertical set-up, thus, making the phone less wobbly. The flash is located at the rear of the shark-fin pop up camera.

The primary camera worked very well in dark lighting and the images were neither grainy nor disintegrated. The launch time of the camera app was also quick.

The notchless display offered an immersive experience; it was bright, sharp and had vivid colours. The almost bezel-less display performed well under direct sunlight too.

However, its rival in the same price range, OnePlus 7 Pro scores better with fluid AMOLED display and a refresh rate of 90Hz.

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The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. Wikimedia Commons

The left edge of Reno 10x Zoom sports volume rockers while the right edge houses a single power button.

The dual SIM tray is located on the bottom of the smartphone while a type-c charging port sits next to the stereo speaker.

This new pop-up camera is definitely one of the biggest USPs of the Reno 10x Zoom. However, it raised with a low mechanical sound.

The phone’s facial recognition was as snappy as its in-screen fingerprint sensor.

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The selfie camera took beautiful and sharp images.

Just like its competition — OnePlus 7 Pro, the Reno 10x Zoom is powered by the top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that ensured performance was superfast even during multi-tasking and gaming.

OPPO outpaced OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery with a 4,065mAh battery in the Reno 10x Zoom. The hefty battery lasted almost an entire day on a single charge.

OPPO’s in-house VOOC fast charging technology quickly charged the smartphone in less than an hour.

The device runs OPPO’s own ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie, which quite looked like a rip off of iOS.

There was a pair of fancy colour coordinated type-c earphones bundled in the box which is not-so-common these days.

OPPO has not advertised the phone to be water and dust protected. Other downsides include no support for expandable memory.

In addition, it was impossible to charge and use the earphones simultaneously as there was no separate headphone jack.

Despite being a performance powerhouse, the device lacked wireless charging.

Conclusion: The stunning look and innovative design language of OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has the potential to take on its competition OnePlus 7 Pro in the sub-Rs 50,000 price segment in India. (IANS)

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South Korean Tech Giant Samsung to Spur Innovation as Biz Challenges Rise

Samsung said earlier this week it will announce the updated schedule “in the coming weeks”, without elaborating

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong has called for senior executives to spur efforts to develop innovative technologies to tackle rising business challenges and foster new growth drivers, the company has said.

Lee, the de facto leader of the South Korean tech giant, held a meeting with senior executives of the IT and mobile division at the Suwon headquarters, south of Seoul, on Friday to discuss global strategies.

The global strategy meeting, which is held twice a year, has drawn keen attention as Samsung is faced with business challenges from the weak memory chip and handset business and uncertainties from a trade war between the US and China, Yonhap new agency reported on Sunday.

During the meeting, Lee called for the company officials to spur efforts to develop new technologies, including the 6G mobile network, blockchain and Artificial Intelligence and to expand global partnerships.

“We have to make bold investments for the future regardless of any changes in the business environment,” Lee was quoted as saying in a press release.

“No company can guarantee they will be around 10 years from now,” Lee said. “We have to have a mindset of starting new businesses, beyond resting on what we’ve achieved so far.”

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The new Samsung S10 phones are displayed Feb. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. Samsung is hailing the 10th anniversary of its first smartphone with three new models that it hopes reverses a sales slump in an industry recycling the same ideas. VOA

His meeting with the handset division executives came two weeks after having a separate gathering with senior officials of the semiconductor and display business as the company was assessing the ripple effect from the US decision to put a ban on Chinese tech giant Huawei.

The world’s largest smartphone maker has grappled with slowing growth in the premium smartphone market, while losing a market share in the low-end and mid-tier segment to cost-effective Chinese makers.

According to industry tracker Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped 71.8 million units of smartphones, or 21.7 per cent of the total, in the January-March period, with its market share falling 8 per cent from a year earlier.

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Although the company tried to boost demand in the high-end market with its Galaxy Fold priced at $1,950, its April launch schedule has been constantly pushed back without further notice over durability issues.

Early reviewers pointed out that the device’s protective screen layer was easy to peel off and gaps made it easy for debris to damage the foldable display. Samsung said earlier this week it will announce the updated schedule “in the coming weeks”, without elaborating. (IANS)