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Oppo F5 to come in three variants

There is one week until the unveiling of the Oppo F5, but we already know some of the specs and versions of the next “Selfie Expert”. According to a photo from Thailand, the device will be available as a standard Oppo F5, a more powerful Oppo F5 6 GB and a more affordable Oppo F5 Youth.
Oppo F5 to come in three variants The vanilla Oppo F5 will have 4 GB RAM, “AI Beauty” selfie camera that is expected to have 20 MP sensor and sadly, the outdated Android Marshmallow 6.0. The screen will most likely be 18:9 FullView display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
The Oppo F5 6 GB will have, you guessed correctly, 6 GB RAM. All other specs are expected to stay the same.
The Oppo F5 Youth is a slight downgrade from the regular Oppo F5 in the most important spec of the phone - the selfie camera. The sensor will be lowered to 16 MP, but at least the phone will keep all the other neat features like the Facial Unlock and the intelligent beauty filters.
All three variants are available for pre-order with freebies such as VIP card, Oppo bag, and a unique gift bag, as seen on the poster.
There is one week until the unveiling of the Oppo F5, but we already know some of the specs and versions of the next “Selfie Expert”. According to a photo from Thailand, the device will be available as a standard Oppo F5, a more powerful Oppo F5 6 GB and a more affordable Oppo F5 Youth.
Oppo F5 to come in three variants The vanilla Oppo F5 will have 4 GB RAM, “AI Beauty” selfie camera that is expected to have 20 MP sensor and sadly, the outdated Android Marshmallow 6.0. The screen will most likely be 18:9 FullView display with 2160 x 1080 resolution.
The Oppo F5 6 GB will have, you guessed correctly, 6 GB RAM. All other specs are expected to stay the same.
The Oppo F5 Youth is a slight downgrade from the regular Oppo F5 in the most important spec of the phone - the selfie camera. The sensor will be lowered to 16 MP, but at least the phone will keep all the other neat features like the Facial Unlock and the intelligent beauty filters.
All three variants are available for pre-order with freebies such as VIP card, Oppo bag, and a unique gift bag, as seen on the poster.

LG V30 lives through scratch, bend and burn tests

Smartphone boogeyman JerryRigEverything got his hands on an LG V30 and put it through his own version of the Salem witch trials – he scratched, bent and burned it.
The Gorilla Glass 5 front scratches at a Mohs level 6 or 7, which is to be expected from this toughened glass. It protects the entire front (including the selfie camera) and the grilles of the stereo speakers are metal. The V30 is already earning solid points on durability.
Just about everything on the side of the phone is made of hard metal (save for the antenna bands, but that is by necessity). This rigid metal passed the bend test with ease. If you want to learn more about V30’s dual camera, check out the earlier video where the whole thing is taken apart.
Smartphone boogeyman JerryRigEverything got his hands on an LG V30 and put it through his own version of the Salem witch trials – he scratched, bent and burned it.
The Gorilla Glass 5 front scratches at a Mohs level 6 or 7, which is to be expected from this toughened glass. It protects the entire front (including the selfie camera) and the grilles of the stereo speakers are metal. The V30 is already earning solid points on durability.
Just about everything on the side of the phone is made of hard metal (save for the antenna bands, but that is by necessity). This rigid metal passed the bend test with ease. If you want to learn more about V30’s dual camera, check out the earlier video where the whole thing is taken apart.

Samsung 360 Round is a 3D 360° camera for the pros

After years of development, the Samsung 360 Round is official. This a 360° camera that can stream VR content in a more professional setting, unlike the Gear 360.
For one, it has a total of 17 cameras organized in 8 pairs plus one on the top. This allows it to stream immersive 4K 360° videos in 3D (something the Gear camera cannot do).
If you’ve tried watching 360° video from a consumer camera, you’ll likely have noticed that it’s in 2D, which spoils the illusion. It takes pairs of cameras to create a 3D image with depth.
High quality audio is supported out of the box with 6 internal mics for spatial audio plus 2 external microphone ports. The IP65 dust and water resistance means the camera can capture sights and sounds of some less than hospitable places.
But this camera isn’t for the Average Joe. To do a live broadcast of its 4,096 x 2,048px / 30fps footage, you’ll need a Core i7-6950X processor with 32GB of RAM and two (!) Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Post processing is easier, but you still need an i7 CPU and one GTX 1080 (non-Ti).
The camera packs some impressive hardware of its own. Each of the 17 cameras has a 2MP sensor (1/2.8”) with an f/1.8 lens. It can record in H.265 to a microSD card (UHS-II is required) or an SSD (preferred).
The camera already packs 40GB of eMMC and 10GB OF RAM (LPDDR3). To quickly transfer the large files, there’s a LAN port and USB-C.
The Samsung 360 Round camera is not something you can carry in your pocket either, it weighs nearly 2kg. The price was not officially announced but some reports put it north of $10,000 (that’s a good deal cheaper than Nokia’z discontinued OZO cam). The camera will go on sale in the US later this month and expand to other regions later.
After years of development, the Samsung 360 Round is official. This a 360° camera that can stream VR content in a more professional setting, unlike the Gear 360.
For one, it has a total of 17 cameras organized in 8 pairs plus one on the top. This allows it to stream immersive 4K 360° videos in 3D (something the Gear camera cannot do).
If you’ve tried watching 360° video from a consumer camera, you’ll likely have noticed that it’s in 2D, which spoils the illusion. It takes pairs of cameras to create a 3D image with depth.
High quality audio is supported out of the box with 6 internal mics for spatial audio plus 2 external microphone ports. The IP65 dust and water resistance means the camera can capture sights and sounds of some less than hospitable places.
But this camera isn’t for the Average Joe. To do a live broadcast of its 4,096 x 2,048px / 30fps footage, you’ll need a Core i7-6950X processor with 32GB of RAM and two (!) Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Post processing is easier, but you still need an i7 CPU and one GTX 1080 (non-Ti).
The camera packs some impressive hardware of its own. Each of the 17 cameras has a 2MP sensor (1/2.8”) with an f/1.8 lens. It can record in H.265 to a microSD card (UHS-II is required) or an SSD (preferred).
The camera already packs 40GB of eMMC and 10GB OF RAM (LPDDR3). To quickly transfer the large files, there’s a LAN port and USB-C.
The Samsung 360 Round camera is not something you can carry in your pocket either, it weighs nearly 2kg. The price was not officially announced but some reports put it north of $10,000 (that’s a good deal cheaper than Nokia’z discontinued OZO cam). The camera will go on sale in the US later this month and expand to other regions later.

Legend introduces diamond-studded iPhone X collection

Apple introduced the iPhone X in September, and the phone will go on sale on November 3. But if the starting price of $999/£999/€1,149 doesn't seem like much to you, you may want to consider one of the customized units by Finnish company Legend. It is selling 256 GB iPhone X's with diamonds on the back and gold rim to add extra fancy to the premium smartphone package.
Some of the variants Legend offers Some of the variants Legend offers Some of the variants Legend offers
Some of the variants Legend offers
At €2,950 the Aurum model is the cheapest in the rooster. It has a 24K gold-plated back panel, nacre (mother of pearls) inlaid logo and a solid 18K gold rim.
The Fusion edition has a carbon-fiber center inlay at the back framed by patterned solid silver plates featuring black rhodium or platinum plating. Alternatively you can have the middle stripe in exotic leather or even figured wood.
Still not impressed? The Momentum iPhone X has a 0.3 carat genuine red diamond center at the middle of its back, complimented with VVS1 grade diamond halo, plus a bunch of other fancy materials around those.
At the top end, there is also a Lu edition where the Apple logo and bezel are encrusted with 10.70 karats of VVS1 grade diamonds. Legend says the price on this one is available by request.
Every Legend iPhone X is with 256 GB memory and comes in a luxury retail box with 24k gold earpods, leather pouch and a certificate of authenticity. You can get the complete details on all available models by heading over to the
Apple introduced the iPhone X in September, and the phone will go on sale on November 3. But if the starting price of $999/£999/€1,149 doesn't seem like much to you, you may want to consider one of the customized units by Finnish company Legend. It is selling 256 GB iPhone X's with diamonds on the back and gold rim to add extra fancy to the premium smartphone package.
Some of the variants Legend offers Some of the variants Legend offers Some of the variants Legend offers
Some of the variants Legend offers
At €2,950 the Aurum model is the cheapest in the rooster. It has a 24K gold-plated back panel, nacre (mother of pearls) inlaid logo and a solid 18K gold rim.
The Fusion edition has a carbon-fiber center inlay at the back framed by patterned solid silver plates featuring black rhodium or platinum plating. Alternatively you can have the middle stripe in exotic leather or even figured wood.
Still not impressed? The Momentum iPhone X has a 0.3 carat genuine red diamond center at the middle of its back, complimented with VVS1 grade diamond halo, plus a bunch of other fancy materials around those.
At the top end, there is also a Lu edition where the Apple logo and bezel are encrusted with 10.70 karats of VVS1 grade diamonds. Legend says the price on this one is available by request.
Every Legend iPhone X is with 256 GB memory and comes in a luxury retail box with 24k gold earpods, leather pouch and a certificate of authenticity. You can get the complete details on all available models by heading over to the

Logitech announces UE Blast and Megablast Bluetooth speakers with Alexa

Logitech has announced two new Ultimate Ears speakers, the Blast and the Megablast. While on the surface they look like slightly redesigned Boom 2 and Megaboom, both of these new speakers feature Amazon Alexa built-in.
Like Amazon’s Echo series of devices, both Blast and Megablast feature Amazon’s voice assistant built-in. Using an array of far-field microphones, the speakers can listen to your queries once you say the magic word, presumably even over the sound of music playing through its speakers. As you’d expect, both speakers have Wi-Fi and need to stay connected to the internet for Alexa to work, although they can be used without it as regular old Bluetooth speakers.
Along with Alexa, users also get three months of Amazon Music subscription for free, which is streamed directly over the internet instead of through the connected phone. This also works with iHeartRadio and TuneIn, meaning you can get away with not having your phone paired with these at all for playing music and just stream everything from the cloud.
Apart from that, they really are like the other Ultimate Ears speakers that came before them, which means they sound really good (we are fans of how the Ultimate Ears speakers sound), are water-resistant and have 12 hours and 16 hours of battery life on the Blast and Megablast, respectively. There is also an optional charging dock available, that lets you play music while the device is charging.
The UE Blast is priced at $229.99 and the UE Megablast at $299.99. The Power Up charging dock is priced at $39.99.
Logitech has announced two new Ultimate Ears speakers, the Blast and the Megablast. While on the surface they look like slightly redesigned Boom 2 and Megaboom, both of these new speakers feature Amazon Alexa built-in.
Like Amazon’s Echo series of devices, both Blast and Megablast feature Amazon’s voice assistant built-in. Using an array of far-field microphones, the speakers can listen to your queries once you say the magic word, presumably even over the sound of music playing through its speakers. As you’d expect, both speakers have Wi-Fi and need to stay connected to the internet for Alexa to work, although they can be used without it as regular old Bluetooth speakers.
Along with Alexa, users also get three months of Amazon Music subscription for free, which is streamed directly over the internet instead of through the connected phone. This also works with iHeartRadio and TuneIn, meaning you can get away with not having your phone paired with these at all for playing music and just stream everything from the cloud.
Apart from that, they really are like the other Ultimate Ears speakers that came before them, which means they sound really good (we are fans of how the Ultimate Ears speakers sound), are water-resistant and have 12 hours and 16 hours of battery life on the Blast and Megablast, respectively. There is also an optional charging dock available, that lets you play music while the device is charging.
The UE Blast is priced at $229.99 and the UE Megablast at $299.99. The Power Up charging dock is priced at $39.99.

Samsung introduces Gear S3 Golf Edition

When playing golf, caddies can be crucial to your success. But now Samsung aims to provide a viable replacement for them by releasing the Gear S3 Golf Edition smartwatch.
Samsung introduces Gear S3 Golf Edition in South Korea The watch is a collaboration between the Korean company and Golfzon Co., a South Korean developer of indoor golf simulators. The Gear S3 Golf Edition has the Smart Caddie app pre-installed. Its database has information of over 60,000 golf courses around the globe.
The Smart Caddie also provides real-time location and geographical features of the actual course, including undulations. The watch doesn't have any design changes and is already available at major golf equipment shops across South Korea.
The price of the Samsung Gear S3 Golf Edition comes without LTE and is KRW399,300 or a bit more than $350. It comes with a special gift box that includes a second unique strap.
When playing golf, caddies can be crucial to your success. But now Samsung aims to provide a viable replacement for them by releasing the Gear S3 Golf Edition smartwatch.
Samsung introduces Gear S3 Golf Edition in South Korea The watch is a collaboration between the Korean company and Golfzon Co., a South Korean developer of indoor golf simulators. The Gear S3 Golf Edition has the Smart Caddie app pre-installed. Its database has information of over 60,000 golf courses around the globe.
The Smart Caddie also provides real-time location and geographical features of the actual course, including undulations. The watch doesn't have any design changes and is already available at major golf equipment shops across South Korea.
The price of the Samsung Gear S3 Golf Edition comes without LTE and is KRW399,300 or a bit more than $350. It comes with a special gift box that includes a second unique strap.

Google Pixel 2 undergoes durability test

We’ve come to really enjoy YouTuber JerryRigEverything’s smartphone durability tests. They give us a comprehensive look into the materials chosen for smartphone models and the bend test gives us general idea of how well the phones are built on a structural level.
The latest device to undergo this durability test is the HTC-made Google Pixel 2. This is the smaller model with a 5-inch display.
The speaker grilled are made of metal, which is an improvement over the fabric-like material found on the first-generation Pixel. The Pixel 2’s display is made of Gorilla Glass 5, which scratches with the Moh’s hardness level 5 and 6 picks. This is the same case with the front-facing camera, which sits behind the same glass as the display. While many of the more recent smartphones have been coming with back-sides made of glass, they are more resilient to Zack’s razor against scratches. So you can imagine that the Pixel 2’s metal body with matte finish didn’t do well against the razor. Zack attributes this to the Pixel’s “Premium hybrid coating”, which was briefly touched on at the MadeByGoogle event. Google’s website even mentions that color from jeans or leather may even transfer to this coating and that the coating could chip when dropped. Something to consider when deciding whether you should get a case for it or not. While many fingerprint scanners that Zack scratches work after they meet his razor blade, the Pixel 2’s was rendered useless. This is only a problem if you plan to scrape it with a blade. Finally, skipping ahead to the bend test, the Pixel 2 doesn’t totally fail, but the frame did split right where it put a plastic antenna line insert next to the nanoSIM card tray. Putting such an insert must be strategic or the phone’s structural integrity could be compromised. While the phone didn’t make Zack’s shelf of shame, it barely passed his durability test. The takeaways from this endurance test is you’ll probably want to throw the Pixel 2 in a case or skin to prevent the coating from rubbing on other materials or chipping when dropped. The Pixel 2 XL is built differently than the Pixel 2 with its 3D glass, which the smaller model does not have. We'll be waiting to see how the Pixel 2 XL does in Zack's durability test.
We’ve come to really enjoy YouTuber JerryRigEverything’s smartphone durability tests. They give us a comprehensive look into the materials chosen for smartphone models and the bend test gives us general idea of how well the phones are built on a structural level.
The latest device to undergo this durability test is the HTC-made Google Pixel 2. This is the smaller model with a 5-inch display.
The speaker grilled are made of metal, which is an improvement over the fabric-like material found on the first-generation Pixel. The Pixel 2’s display is made of Gorilla Glass 5, which scratches with the Moh’s hardness level 5 and 6 picks. This is the same case with the front-facing camera, which sits behind the same glass as the display. While many of the more recent smartphones have been coming with back-sides made of glass, they are more resilient to Zack’s razor against scratches. So you can imagine that the Pixel 2’s metal body with matte finish didn’t do well against the razor. Zack attributes this to the Pixel’s “Premium hybrid coating”, which was briefly touched on at the MadeByGoogle event. Google’s website even mentions that color from jeans or leather may even transfer to this coating and that the coating could chip when dropped. Something to consider when deciding whether you should get a case for it or not. While many fingerprint scanners that Zack scratches work after they meet his razor blade, the Pixel 2’s was rendered useless. This is only a problem if you plan to scrape it with a blade. Finally, skipping ahead to the bend test, the Pixel 2 doesn’t totally fail, but the frame did split right where it put a plastic antenna line insert next to the nanoSIM card tray. Putting such an insert must be strategic or the phone’s structural integrity could be compromised. While the phone didn’t make Zack’s shelf of shame, it barely passed his durability test. The takeaways from this endurance test is you’ll probably want to throw the Pixel 2 in a case or skin to prevent the coating from rubbing on other materials or chipping when dropped. The Pixel 2 XL is built differently than the Pixel 2 with its 3D glass, which the smaller model does not have. We'll be waiting to see how the Pixel 2 XL does in Zack's durability test.