First Phone With 12GB RAM And Snapdragon 855 Processor Launched

As smartphone manufacturers work towards notchless, bezel-less displays, sliding designs are making a comeback. In October, Xiaomi and Honor both released devices with rear slide-up mechanisms that allow components like the camera and top speaker to be placed somewhere besides the screen. Last month, Lenovo also joined the movement with the launch of the Z5 Pro. This week, however, the company outdid themselves with the announcement of the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT.

This new slider moves in the same way as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and Honor Magic 2: the back half of the phone slides up just enough to expose the front camera and speaker. Though the design closely resembles that of the Z5 Pro, the GT edition shown off on Tuesday really pumps up the specs.

The newest model retains the same size display and camera specs as its predecessor, but the RAM is doubled to 12GB, the storage is multiplied to 512GB, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 is replaced with the 855. Despite this device coming with industry-leading features, there’s no 5G support even though the mobile communications standard begins shifting at the start of the new year. Aesthetically, the only difference between the two models is that the Z5 Pro GT edition has bright red accents that frame the screen and both rear cameras. Instead of the smooth finish that the Z5 Pro dons, the GT has a glossy carbon fiber pattern under the exterior glass. Putting the front camera and speaker on a mechanism that slides out from behind the display is great for those who want that full-screen experience, but it also forces owners to slide the screen down to take a phone call. Maybe it’s worth it, maybe it’s not.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro starts at 2,698 yuan (about $390) and is already available to the Chinese market, while the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT starts at 4,398 yuan (about $640) and launches January 24 with pre-orders beginning on January 15.

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OPPO to Launch Phone With 10x Zoom Camera

To add more power to smartphone photography, Chinese smartphone maker OPPO has said it will launch a phone with 10x “lossless” zoom technology in the second quarter of this year. The phone will have a triple-lens camera structure including a 48MP main camera, 120 degree ultra-wide lens and a telephoto lens, the company announced at its “Innovation Event” here on Saturday on the eve of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona.

“With all the three lenses we can cover broad focal lengths of 16 mm-160 mm which make up our 10x lossless zoom,” said Chuck Wang, Product Manager, OPPO. “How did we fit it in a smartphone? We developed a periscopic module that is structured in a horizontal organisation. This reduces the thickness of the lens, resulting in a camera module only 6.76 mm thick,” he said.

The phone will have optical image stabilisation (OIS) features on both the main camera and telephoto lens so that images become less blurry. “Our 10x Lossless Zoom is mass-production-ready and will appear in a product soon,” Wang added. OPPO also showcased at the event its first smartphone that is designed to work in a 5G network. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and paired with the chipmaker’s AX50 5G modem, the OPPO 5G phone is likely to be launched this year, said Henry Tang, Director of Standards and Head of OPPO Standards Research Centre. OPPO said the phone would be ready for trial in India in the second quarter of this year. OPPO first showcased a 5G prototype of its flagship Find X smartphone in China in December 2018. The OPPO Find X was launched last year. In November 2018, OPPO completed a group video call on a R15 Pro-based 5G smartphone which lasted for more than 17 minutes on a 5G network with a bandwidth of 100 MHz. So the buzz is that OPPO’s new 5G phone could either be in the Find or the R series, with sources claiming that the chances are higher for the latter making the cut. OPPO currently operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with six research institutes and four R&D centres worldwide, including one in Hyderabad.

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