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Nokia 8 Android Flagship Brings Dual-Sight ‘Bothie’ Camera, OZO Audio

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the Nokia 8 flagship, a premium smartphone for Android purists. Oh yes, it’s designed with content creators in mind.

Nokia’s premium rectangular slab — the Nokia 8 — is made out of a single block of 6000 series aluminum, which has been refined over 40 stages, including machining, anodizing, and polishing. Some select high-gloss mirror finish variants take over 20 straight hours to complete.

Sporting a 5.3-inch QHD display with Gorilla Glass 5, the Nokia 8 is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset, the latest offering from Qualcomm, coupled with 4GB of memory. The storage volume mounts to 64GB, and is expandable up to 256GB via microSD.

Nokia 8 Polished Blue and Copper

There’s a 13-megapixel dual-camera setup at the back, while the same with a wider camera angle on the front. The handset also debuts Nokia’s collaboration with ZEISS optics. The battery is a 3,090mAh affair, supporting Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. There’s a biometric fingerprint sensor, as well.

The Nokia 8 also features OZO Audio. What this means for you is that the handset can capture audio with immersive 360-degree spatial surround sound. It actually combines three microphones with Nokia’s acoustic algorithms, and enables high fidelity playback even on non-OZO Audio devices, according to the company, thanks to binaural codecs.

Nokia 8 Color

Besides the premium features and construction, the Nokia 8 has something even more on board. The handset has its unique take over selfie — no, not wefie! It’s called #Bothie (and you know what it sounds like!). Thanks to the new Dual-Sight feature, the Nokia 8 lets you make use of both front and rear cameras simultaneously. It stitches the front and rear camera views in a split screen visual for both photos and videos. Plus, you can live stream natively and in real-time through Dual-Sight. A big thanks to ZEISS optics!

Not unlike other Nokia Android phones, the Nokia 8 will, of course, come bloatware-free with pure Android Nougat 7.1.1. Available in Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel, the Nokia flagship will retail for approximately €599 when it launches next month in Europe.

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Apple TV 4K, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X Support FLAC Audio Playback

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Apple has quietly added support for FLAC audio playback to the recently-announced iPhone 8, iPhone X and Apple TV 4K. Also included in the audio standard’s support list is the iPhone 7.

In case you’re wondering, FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. It’s an audio format similar to MP3, but it’s lossless. What that means is the audio is compressed without any loss in quality, providing a lossless compression.

iPhone FLAC Audio

In order to listen to FLAC audio files on your iPhone, you’ll need to use the native Files app or a third-party app such as VLC, as Apple’s Music app doesn’t support the FLAC standard just yet. Plus, a Lightning-connected headphone is recommended to listen to FLAC audio files, as it offers more bandwidth than a connection over Bluetooth.

The new iPhones and Apple TV 4K ship with FLAC playback support, whereas the iPhone 7 gets it with the release of iOS 11 on September 19.

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Apple unveils the bezel-less iPhone X with Super Retina Display and Face ID

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After unveiling the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, and the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the wraps off iPhone X with a ’One more thing…’ note. Yes, a third iPhone during Apple Special Event at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater.

Apple’s iPhone X is the long-rumored iPhone the internet has been talking (and leaking) about for sometime now.

iPhone X (pronounced as iPhone 10) has a gorgeous 5.8-inch Super Retina Display (2,436 x 1125 at 458ppi) that’s bezel-less and extends edge-to-edge, with neither a Home button or TouchID. But wait, there’s a notch at the top that accommodates the front camera and other necessary components such as speaker, microphone, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. There’s even more…!

iPhone X and Tim Cook

The Super Retina Display that iPhone X accommodates is the first OLED panel in an iPhone, with stunning colors, true blacks, a million-to-one contrast ratio and wide color support. Apple says it is the best system-wide color management in a smartphone. In addition to HDR10 and Dolby Vision support, the iPhone X comes with True Tone that dynamically adjusts the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light.

While a highly polished, surgical-grade stainless steel band wraps around and strengthens the iPhone X, the glass-backed design at the back is same as that of iPhone 8. As elegant as durable, says Apple.

iPhoneX Splash

As mentioned earlier, there is no TouchID. So, how do you unlock the handset? Welcome, Face ID. Apple’s Face ID on iPhone X replaces Touch ID, as it uses a state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system to make sure authentication on iPhone is more secure. The TrueDepth camera system is made up of a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator, and uses A11 Bionic to map and recognize a face for authentication. It can be used for unlocking the device, using Apple Pay, accessing secure apps, and many more. If you’re wondering about the position of TrueDepth camera, then it’s on the notch found above the screen.

iPhone X Notch

Face ID actually projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots on your face to create a mathematical model of your face. The mathematical model is created when the IR image and dot pattern are processed through neural networks, and it’s sent to the secure enclave to confirm a match. All of the processing happen on-device and not in the cloud. Privacy concerns here! If you’re concerned about your ever-growing beard and/or mustache, then you’d be happy to know that Face ID adapts to physical changes in appearance, too. Apply says Face ID is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks, and only unlocks the device when one genuinely looks at it. One here means the individual who has registered with Face ID on iPhone X.

Camera. The 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera on the front brings Portrait Mode for stunning selfies, with auto image stabilization and precise exposure control. The rear facer has a vertical dual 12-megapixel camera system with dual optical image stabilization. The wide-angle camera lens has f/1.8 aperture, while the telephoto camera has an improved f/2.8 aperture. Not anything unlike iPhone 8 Plus here, the iPhone X shares the same Apple-designed image signal processor, video encoder, and Portrait Mode with Portrait Lighting. Plus, the calibrations for Augmented Reality (AR) into the camera are same as well.

iPhone X Animoji Craig Federighi

Ever heard of Animoji? Probably not because it’s an Apple gig. As you might guess, Animoji is a fancy name for ‘animated emoji.’ The TrueDepth camera on iPhone X can analyze over 50 different facial muscle movements, and then animate those expressions in an Animoji, including panda, unicorn and robot. You can use these Animojis to express yourself in a real fun way, as these Animojis can actually add not just your facial expression but also your voice.

iPhone X Charging Dock Pods

As mentioned earlier, the A11 Bionic that powers the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is under-the-hood of the iPhone X as well. All specs for the chipset remains same. Apple’s iPhone X also supports Qi wireless charging, as it has a glass back design that helps enable a world-class wireless charging solution. AirPower, an Apple-designed wireless charging accessory that you can use to charge up to three Apple devices simultaneously, will be launching sometime next year. These three devices include iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X along with Apple Watch Series 3 and a new wireless charging case for AirPods.

Starting at $999, the iPhone X will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations, with Silver and Space Gray color choices. Pre-orders begin October 27, and shipping starts November 3.

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Apple announces the glass-backed iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

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Apple unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park. The new iPhones come with similar design language as past year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but refines quite a lot of things — from the interior, of course, to the exterior.

Until this year’s iPhone announcement, Apple continued its S-branded iPhone lineup ever since iPhone 3GS was announced. But the announcement of iPhone 8 after the iPhone 7 has just killed that tradition. Although the upgrades that Apple has made from iPhone 7 to iPhone 8 could be considerably called as an S-branded iPhone (that is, iPhone 7s), Apple dropped the ’S’ and went with iPhone 8.

Hello, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus!

iPhone 8 Charging Dock Pods

Getting started here. Every September, a new iPhone, but now it’s multiple iPhones.

Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus look like past year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively, but the notable change here begins from the back of the devices. Apple has returned to glass-backed design (remember iPhone 4/4S!), with both iPhones featuring shinny glass back and aerospace-grade aluminum. Apple says it’s the most durable glass ever in a smartphone.

Need a reason why? It’s because glass-backed design helps enable world-class wireless charging solution, which works with Qi ecosystem. Well, Qi ecosystem is an open wireless standard, which most of us don’t really know but is widely used in phones that support wireless charging. Apple also gave us a sneak peak of AirPower, a wireless charging accessory from Apple that will be launched sometime next year. The Apple-designed AirPower accessory will let you charge up to three devices, including the new iPhone, Apple Watch Series 3, and a new wireless charging case for AirPods, simultaneously.

The glass finish is made using a seven-layer color process, says Apple, for precise hue and opacity. And yes, the handsets are dust and water resistant.

iPhone 8 Plus Color Selection

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus both offer Retina HD displays with True Tone that adjust the white balance of the display to match the surrounding light. Apple says the vibrant wide color gamut Retina HD display offers the best color accuracy in the industry.

What’s inside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?

With every passing year, we see new iPhone chips that are faster, improved (and sometimes smaller) than the previous one. This time around, Apple’s A11 Bionic takes things even further. The A11 Bionic features a six-core CPU design with two performance cores 25-percent faster and four efficiency cores 70-percent faster than the A10 Fusion. All six cores can work simultaneously as well, thanks to a new, second-generation performance controller. And wait, the battery life remains unaffected. The Bionic integrates the first-ever Apple-designed GPU with a three-core design, delivering up to 30-percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation.

With iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, you get deeper bass, and up to 25-percent louder sound, thanks to the new stereo speakers. TouchID is there where it should be: the faceplate, below the screen. Bluetooth 5.0 support is included as well.

Camera on the new iPhones are improved, too. The 12-megapixel rear unit on the iPhone 8 has a larger and faster sensor, a new color filter and deeper pixels, with optical image stabilization. There’s a new Apple-designed image signal processor that delivers advanced pixel processing, wide color capture, faster autofocus and better HDR photos. Everything stacks up to photos with vibrant, realistic colors and more detail.

Still waiting to read a new fancy name for iPhone’s photography strength?

iPhone 8 Plus sports dual 12-megapixel cameras, with Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting. The latter is Apple’s new terminology for the iPhone 8 Plus’ ability to capture stunning portraits with a shallow depth-of-field effect in five different lighting styles. The Portrait Lighting isn’t just a filter, in fact it’s an application of Machine Learning, where the camera scene is recognized, and a depth map is created to separate the subject from the background. You can add the Lighting even after you’ve clicked the photo.

With better video stabilization, you can now shoot 4K videos up to 60fps and 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps. The Apple-designed video encoder provides real-time image and motion analysis for optimal quality.

It’s not just photography that Apple has tuned iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus for. The cameras on the new iPhones are custom tuned for Augmented Reality (AR) as well. Each camera on the new iPhones is calibrated with new gyroscopes and accelerometer for accurate motion tracking. Apple first showed its interest in AR during this year’s WWDC with iOS 11, introducing ARKit for developers.

Available in Space Gray, Silver, and a new Gold finish, Apple’s iPhone 8 line-up starts at $699 for the smaller variant, and $799 for the bigger Plus model, depending on storage configuration. Pre-orders begin September 15, with launch date of September 22.

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