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Nokia 8 flagship phone features 13MP dual-cam with Zeiss optics

HMD Global, the company behind the Nokia smartphone brand, has launched its long-anticipated Nokia 8 flagship. With a 5.3″ QHD IPS display covered in 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB storage options the Android device comes with high-end specification all-around and has a lot to offer in the camera department as well.

HMD says the rear cameras has been developed in collaboration with Zeiss but has not revealed any further detail. The unit features a 13MP RGB sensor with 1.12µm pixels, F2.0 aperture and optical image stabilization with a secondary 13MP monochrome sensor. As usual with this kind of system, image data from both sensor is combined for more detail, lower noise levels and better dynamic range. However, there is no word of a background-blurring portrait mode like it can be found on most dual-cam equipped devices.

There is also a dual-tone LED-flash and the in video mode the camera is capable of recording footage in 4K resolution. The front camera comes with a 13MP sensor and F2.0 aperture.

An interesting camera feature is the so-called “Bothie” mode which allows you to take pictures or record video with front and rear cameras at the same time. We’ve seen this function before on LG and Samsung phones but Nokia adds the ability to live-stream to Facebook or Youtube in this mode.

All the Nokia 8’s components are wrapped up in an IP54 rated aluminum uni-body which will be available in Gloss Blue, Tempered Blue, Steel, and Polished Copper. In Europe the Nokia 8 will cost you €599 (approximately $700). No information on availability in the US has been released yet.

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FrontRow is a life-logging camera in the shape of a necklace pendant

Company Ubiquiti has announced the launch of FrontRow: a pendant-shaped life-logging camera designed to record your life experiences automatically. As with other life-logging cameras, FrontRow doesn’t require user interaction; instead, it faces outward from your necklace and records everything that takes place in front of you automatically. The content is then assembled with a mobile app and can be shared with the world at will.

Life-logging cameras are not new, and they are arguably not very popular either, leaving Ubiquiti with an uphill battle if it hopes to see any substantial success with FrontRow.

Unlike past life-logging cameras, FrontRow is designed to dangle from a lanyard rather than clip onto a shirt or backpack strap—a design that is ostensibly more convenient when you’re talking about something that is supposed to be worn all day or for many hours at a time.

FrontRow features an 8MP F2.2 main camera with a 148-degree FOV, as well as a 5MP F2.0 reverse camera. Unlike some other life-logging cameras, FrontRow also boasts a round touchscreen display not unlike what you’d find on a smartwatch. The display has a 640 x 572 resolution with full color and multi-touch support.

Other features include USB-C, a stereo microphone, 1W integrated speaker, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

This camera is compatible with both Android and iOS, and supports both live streaming video and creating time-lapses as part of its ‘Story Mode’—supported platforms include YouTube Live, Twitter Live, and Facebook Live. FrontRow is currently listed as ‘coming soon’ on its product website, where both Black and Rose color options are presented with a $400 USD price tag.

Whether consumers will be willing to pay such a high price for what is essentially a novelty camera is yet to be seen. Previous life-logging cameras from → continue…

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 quick review

The Mi Max 2 is the latest incarnation of Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi’s large-format ‘phablet.’ It combines a very large 6.44″ Full-HD screen that allows for split-screen applications with Qualcomm’s upper mid-range chipset Snapdragon 625, 4GB of RAM and storage options up to 128GB. At 174 x 89mm the Mi Max 2 is definitely not small but, apart from the large display, the dimensions also allow for the use of a gigantic 5300 mAh battery that, according to Xiaomi, gives you 57 hours of call-time and also supports quick-charging via a USB Type-C port.

In the camera department the Mi Max 2 offers a 1/2.9″ Sony IMX 386 12MP image sensor that is coupled with a F2.2 aperture and on-sensor phase detection AF. In video mode you can shoot footage in 4K resolution or 120 fps slow-motion clips in 720p. All components are wrapped up in a sleek-looking full-metal unibody with a fingerprint reader on the back.

Thanks to Gearbest.com, a retailer shipping Xiaomi devices worldwide, we’ve had the chance to try the Mi Max 2 and its camera, shoot a wide range of samples and see how it generally performs as a device for mobile photography.

Key specifications:

  • 1/2.9″ Sony IMX 386 12MP image sensor, 1.25 µm pixel size
  • F2.2 aperture
  • PDAF
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 5MP / F2.0 front camera
  • 4K video, 720p/120 fps slow-motion
  • 6.44″ 1080p IPS LCD display
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64/128 GB storage, microSD support
  • 5300 mAh battery
  • Fingerprint sensor

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The camera app features a manual mode but no DNG Raw file format.

The camera app has been kept simple, with point-and-shoot operation in mind. Focus point and exposure can be set by tapping on the preview image and a mode screen offers a number of special options, including panorama, beautify and manual mode. The → continue…

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Sharp announces Aquos S2 with bezel-less display and dual-cam

Sharp isn’t the first name that springs to mind when you think “high-end smartphones,” but the Japanese’s company’s display technology is being used in quite a few devices from other brands, and Sharp tends to use its own products to showcase its latest developments. This is the case for the Aquos S2, which was announced today and features a pretty stunning edge-to-edge 5.5″ panel with 17:9 aspect ratio, a 2,040 x 1,080 resolution, 135-percent sRGB gamut and 550-nit brightness.

Thanks to Sharp’s display know-how, the Aquos S2 has an impressive 87.5-percent screen-to-body ratio and essentially fits a 5.5″ display into the dimensions of a conventional 5″ device. You still get a sizeable 3,030 mAh battery, though, and all the components are built into an aluminum uni-body design with a glass back.

A small cutout at the top of the display provides room for the 8MP front camera with large 1.4um pixels and F2.0 aperture. A dual-cam on the back combines a 12MP main sensor with a 8MP secondary chip which is mainly used for a 7-level depth-effect but doesn’t provide any zoom capability. Both rear image sensors also feature 1.4um pixels and fast F1.75 apertures.

Sharp has not released any information on global availability yet, but the company is already taking pre-orders in China. The standard model is powered by a Snapdragon 630 chipset , 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and will set you back 2,500 yuan (approximately $370). The premium model is approximately $150 more expensive, but it’ll get you a Snapdragon 660, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

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Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes with dual-cam and dual-screens

Chinese manufacturer Meizu has released its latest flagship smartphone and the Pro 7 Plus is quite a remarkable device in a number of ways. Like most recent high-end devices it comes with a dual-camera on the back. However it also offers a secondary AMOLED display on the back as a standout-feature. It can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.

In addition the Pro 7 Plus is also the first device to be powered by MediaTek’s new Helio X30 10nm chipset with 10 cores in three clusters. There are also 6GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options a 3500mAh battery and a 16MP front camera. Images can be viewed on a large 5.7″ QHD AMOLED display.

In the dual-camera the Meizu uses a very similar configuration to the Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition that was announced two days ago. Two 12MP 1/2.9″ Sony IMX368 sensors with 1.25 µm pixel size, one RGB and one monochrome, are combined for depth-effects and improved image quality. The lenses come with F2.0 apertures and phase detection AF is on board as well.

If you think the Pro 7 Plus might be too large for your liking, there is also the standard Pro 7 with a smaller 5.2″Full HD panel and less powerful MediaTek Helio P25 chipset. The camera setup is the same as on the Pro model though. No information on pricing and availability has been provided yet.

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