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OPPO Launches the new Find X

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OPPO today launched the OPPO Find X in the regional market. Find X combines innovative technologies with groundbreaking design philosophy, fully reflecting OPPO’s pursuit of the futuristic flagship smartphone. OPPO Find X introduces a gorgeous brand-new design featuring an abundance of new innovations including the amazing panoramic design with hole-less front and rear panels, 3D Structured Light. Together, these technologies bring the smartphone user experience to a new level.

Commenting on the regional launch of the much-anticipated flagship, Andy Shi – Managing Director of OPPO Middle East and Africa said, “The Find series smartphones represent OPPO’s continuous exploration of technology and artistry with profound ideas on the future development of the mobile phone. The Middle East and Africa smartphone market is key to any business, especially the mobile industry. Today we are proud to launch our latest state-of-the-art flagship in Dubai which has carved a name for itself for being a futuristic city.”

With panoramic design, Find X forges a new path. The elegant look and feel expresses the “beauty of nature” combining serenity and vitality. Find X achieves a refined silhouette thanks to the hole-less front and rear design as well as smoothly inlaid 3D glass on the edge. Find X is graceful to look at while being comfortable in your hand.

Find X introduces the unique and beautiful Panoramic Arc Screen, an all-screen display with no compromises. OPPO uses COP flexible screen packing technology in the Find X bringing the visual screen ratio to 93.8%. With the front almost all-screen, Find X and its panoramic screen brings the user an unprecedented visual experience.

Find X has two gradient colour combinations — Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue. The Multifaceted Color Process used by OPPO realizes a perfect blend of gradient design with a 3D arc on the rear. In the light, Find X shines like crystal and flowing water, presenting a colorful effect that changes with your surroundings.

The Find X uses an innovative sliding structure that completely disguises the cameras within the body of the phone. When not in use, the cameras are hidden, providing a sleek and uniform exterior. When activated, the camera opens automatically for unlocking and photographing. This up-and-down gives the product movement, a natural and highly functional design. OPPO’s product team has carried out strict testing on the sliding structure, as it can sense the falling distance and get hidden within the phone, which balances the design and durability.

The stealth 3D cameras not only include the 25-megapixel front camera and 20MP+16MP dual rear cameras, but also a 3D Structured light module with many high-tech components. Flood illuminator, Infrared camera, proximity sensor, Dot projector, Receiver and RGB camera are integrated into this unit. The 3D structured light module in Find X can project 15,000 dots, building a precise and complete 3D module of a user’s face, and then compares with the registered face of the owner to unlock.

The 3D Face recognition has a higher level of security than fingerprint identification. The false acceptance rate of fingerprint recognition is 1/50,000, while the false acceptance rate of 3D Face Recognition is 1/1,000,000, developed by OPPO, not only makes unlocking safer but also more convenient while offering support for mobile payment. OPPO has already made it possible to pay with 3D Face Recognition by integrating Alibaba’s Alipay, making Find X the first Android phone to support payment through face recognition.

Powered by 3D structured light, OPPO Find X makes further progress in photography. With high-precision facial data captured and complemented by the 25MP front-facing camera, Find X introduces 3D Smart Selfie Capture. Find X creates a 3D model of the user’s face using 3D Recognition with millimeter-level accuracy. Based on the resulting 3D model, AI technology intelligently analyzes facial characteristics such as face shapes and features, providing suggestions to make faces look more natural and realistic.

In addition, precise face recognition enables Find X to simulate various lighting effects on a human face, so portraiture lighting is enabled even for a selfie. Various lighting effects are supported including; feature light highlighting the contour of the human face, bi-color light that simulates the classic red-blue color of neon, and rim light that brightens the skin color and makes the contour more vivid. Portraiture lighting makes your selfies more beautiful and artistic.

Aside from 3D Smart Selfie Capture, 3D recognition also has another interesting function–3D Omoji. You can choose any interesting images to make Omojis or generate your cartoon avatar, and then create a video or GIF Emojis. Now, you can use them in any chat app and chat with friends using your own Omojis.

OPPO Find X also provides the solution for backlight photography. The real-time pixel-level graded exposure technology, Sensor HDR 2.0, makes the subject and background more distinct when taking a selfie. This technology maintains the preview effect simultaneously with the final image meaning what you see is what you get.

Moreover, OPPO Find X makes it easier to take high quality photos. With the assistance of AI Scene Recognition, it intelligently identifies scenes and objects while optimizing the image. It supports over 20 scenarios of photography and over 800 scenario combinations including snow, food, pets, and so on.

|OPPO is always exploring how to use AI to improve the user experience. Based on Android 8.1, Find X is deeply integrated with the Qualcomm AI Engine in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform. The AI capability of this arrangement helps the software understand user needs better than ever before,” said the company in a statement.

“As the third generation of Qualcomm AI Engine, Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform is engineered with forward-looking features, including camera, gaming, an intelligent personal assistant and advanced vault-like security. With the brand-new Qualcomm Hexagon 685 DSP, enhanced Qualcomm Kryo CPU and Qualcomm Adreno GPU, Snapdragon 845 is stronger, faster and smarter than its predecessor,” said the company.

OPPO has also established a global strategic partnership with world top supercar brand Automobili Lamborghini at the Product Launch. This is the first time that a globally-leading smartphone brand establishes a three-year exclusive strategic cooperation with world high-end car brand. In this OPPO Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition, carbon fiber texture, which is also widely used in Lamborghini sports cars, covers the phone body. The high-quality dark cover perfectly combines the sense of powerfulness and gem texture, transferring the magnificent texture to the phone.

The Automobili Lamborghini LOGO is engraved on the body of OPPO Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition and has a suspended three-dimensional effect created around it using special technology. No matter from what angle you look at the phone, the logo looks suspended over the phone body. Furthermore, the Automobili Lamborghini Edition will support SuperVOOC flash charge, which enables the charge power of mobile phone to exceed 50W for the first time. With SuperVOOC, Find X can be fully charged in just 35 mins.

In addition to OPPO Find X, OPPO also launched the new F9 – the latest addition to OPPO’s F series. As the latest generation of the OPPO F series, in addition to the excellent selfie function, the F9 has made breakthroughs in fast charging, dual rear cameras, and gradient color design with water drop screen.

As the first smartphone with flash charge technology in mid –range market OPPO F9 is equipped with VOOC Flash Charge; a technology, independently developed by OPPO, applies low voltage charging technology and has a charging speed up to four times faster than general charging at 5V/1A. With this technology, users can easily realize “5-min charge, 2-hour talk.”

OPPO F9 is also the first smartphone in its price segment to have gradient color design with water drop screen. It has three gradient color combinations – Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple. The device also has a 25MP front-facing camera, and, for the first time in OPPO F series, is equipped with dual rear cameras (16MP + 2MP). As for the software, OPPO brings the ColorOS 5.2 Operating System to create a smarter interactive experience for users. When it comes to hardware, the OPPO F9 has a 4GB/6GB + 64GB memory combination improves the speed of operation. Moreover, OPPO F9 supports multiple SIM cards – two for SIM cards and one for the storage card.

OPPO Find X is available in the UAE markets.  The standard version with 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM and VOOC flash charge technology is priced at AED 3999. The Lamborghini Edition with SuperVOOC flash charge technology is priced at AED 6999. The specs of OPPO Find X may vary across different markets in the region.

OPPO F9 is also available in the UAE markets. Its 4GB RAM + 64GB version is priced at AED 1249. The price of F9 6GB RAM version will be announced later this month.

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‘Black Panther’ and its Science Role Models Inspire More Than Just Movie Awards

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Written by Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

It has been said many times that the Marvel movie “Black Panther” is an important landmark. I’m not referring to its deserved critical and box office success worldwide, the many awards it has won, or the fact that it is the first film in the superhero genre to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

Instead, I’m focusing on a key aspect of its cultural impact that is less frequently discussed. Finally a feature film starring a black superhero character became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – a successful run of intertwined movies that began with “Iron Man” in 2008. While there have been other superhero movies with a black lead character – “Hancock” (2008), “Blade” (1998), “Spawn” (1997) or even “The Meteor Man” (1993) – this film is significant because of the recent remarkable rise of the superhero film from the nerdish fringe to part of mainstream culture.

Huge audiences saw a black lead character – not a sidekick or part of a team – in a superhero movie by a major studio, with a black director (Ryan Coogler), black writers and a majority black cast. This is a significant step toward diversifying our culture by improving the lackluster representation of minorities in our major media. It’s also a filmmaking landmark because black creators have been given access to the resources and platforms needed to bring different storytelling perspectives into our mainstream culture.

2017’s “Wonder Woman” forged a similar path. In that case, a major studio finally decided to commit resources to a superhero film headlined by a female character and directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Female directors are a minority in the movie industry. Jenkins brought a new perspective to this kind of action movie, and there was a huge positive response from audiences in theaters worldwide.

And beyond all this, “Black Panther” also broke additional ground in a way most people may not realize: In the comics, the character is actually a scientist and engineer. Moreover, in the inevitable (and somewhat ridiculous) ranking of scientific prowess that happens in the comic book world, he’s been portrayed as at least the equal of the two most famous “top scientists” in the Marvel universe: Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic). A black headlining superhero character written and directed by black artists is rare enough from a major studio. But making him – and his sister Shuri – successful scientists and engineers as well is another level of rarity.

Scientists On Screen

I’m a scientist who cares about increased engagement with science by the general public. I’ve worked as a science adviser on many film and TV projects (though not “Black Panther”). When the opportunity arises, I’ve helped broaden the diversity of scientist characters portrayed onscreen.

Jason Wilkes is a black scientist on ‘Agent Carter,’ whose character emerged from the author’s talks with the show’s writers.
Panels from ‘The Dialogues,’ including a black female scientist. ‘The Dialogues,’ by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press 2017).

I’ve also recently published a nonfiction graphic book for general audiences called “The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe.” Its characters include male and female black scientists, discussing aspects of my own field of theoretical physics – where black scientists are unfortunately very rare. So the opportunity that the “Black Panther” movie presents to inform and inspire vast audiences is of great interest to me.

The history and evolution of the Black Panther character and his scientific back story is a fascinating example of turning a problematic past into a positive opportunity. Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he’s the first black superhero character in mainstream comics, originally appearing as a guest in a “Fantastic Four” Marvel comic. As a black character created and initially written by nonblack authors, guest-starring in the pages of a book headlined by white characters, he had many of the classic attributes of what is now sometimes controversially known as the “magical negro” in American cultural criticism: He ranked extremely highly in every sphere that mattered, to the point of being almost too unreal even for the comics of the time.

Black Panther is T’Challa, king of the fictional African country Wakanda, which is fathomlessly wealthy and remarkably advanced, scientifically and technologically. Even Marvel’s legendary master scientist – Reed Richards of the superhero team Fantastic Four – is befuddled by and full of admiration for Wakanda’s scientific capabilities. T’Challa himself is portrayed as an extraordinary “genius” in physics and other scientific fields, a peerless tactician, a remarkable athlete and a master of numerous forms of martial arts. And he is noble to a fault. Of course, he grows to become a powerful ally of the Fantastic Four and other Marvel superheroes over many adventures.

While likening Black Panther to a ‘refugee from a Tarzan movie,’ the Fantastic Four marveled at his technological innovations in ‘Introducing the Sensational Black Panther.’

The key point here is that the superlative scientific ability of our hero, and that of his country, has its origins in the well-meaning, but problematic, practice of inventing near or beyond perfect black characters to support stories starring primarily white protagonists. But this is a lemons-to-lemonade story.

The Fantastic Four were amazed by the scientific ingenuity of Wakanda in ‘Whosoever Finds The Evil Eye.’

Black Panther eventually got to star in his own series of comics. He was turned into a nuanced and complex character, moving well away from the tropes of his beginnings. Writer Don McGregor’s work started this development as early as 1973, but Black Panther’s journey to the multilayered character you see on screen was greatly advanced by the efforts of several writers with diverse perspectives. Perhaps most notably, in the context of the film, these include Christopher Priest (late 1990s) and Ta-Nehisi Coates (starting in 2016), along with Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, writing in “World of Wakanda” (2016). Coates and Gay, already best-selling literary writers before coming to the character, helped bring him to wider attention beyond normal comic book fandom, partly paving the way for the movie.

Through all of the improved writing of T’Challa and his world, his spectacular scientific ability has remained prominent. Wakanda continues to be a successful African nation with astonishing science and technology. Furthermore, and very importantly, T’Challa is not portrayed as an anomaly among his people in this regard. There are many great scientists and engineers in the Wakanda of the comics, including his sister Shuri. In some accounts, she (in the continued scientist-ranking business of comics) is an even greater intellect than he is. In the movie, T’Challa’s science and engineering abilities are referred to, but it is his sister Shuri who takes center stage in this role, having taken over to design the new tools and weapons he uses in the field. She also uses Wakandan science to heal wounds that would have been fatal elsewhere in the world.

Black Panther isn’t an isolated genius – his half-sister Shuri is a technological wiz herself.

If They Can Do It, Then Why Not Me?

As a scientist who cares about inspiring more people – including underrepresented minorities and women – to engage with science, I think that showing a little of this scientific landscape in “Black Panther” potentially amplifies the movie’s cultural impact.

Vast audiences see black heroes – both men and women – using their scientific ability to solve problems and make their way in the world, at an unrivaled level. Research has shown that such representation can have a positive effect on the interests, outlook and career trajectories of viewers.

Improving science education for all is a core endeavor in a nation’s competitiveness and overall health, but outcomes are limited if people aren’t inspired to take an interest in science in the first place. There simply are not enough images of black scientists – male or female – in our media and entertainment to help inspire. Many people from underrepresented groups end up genuinely believing that scientific investigation is not a career path open to them.

Moreover, many people still see the dedication and study needed to excel in science as “nerdy.” A cultural injection of Black Panther heroics helps continue to erode the crumbling tropes that science is only for white men or reserved for people with a special “science gene.”

The huge widespread success of the “Black Panther” movie, showcasing T’Challa, Shuri and other Wakandans as highly accomplished scientists, remains one of the most significant boosts for science engagement in recent times.

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TP-Link to Showcase Neffos X20 and X20 Pro at MWC 2019

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Neffos, TP-Link’s sub-brand for smartphones, will be exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, on February 25. The theme for the year’s biggest technology convention for mobile products and innovations is intelligent connectivity, which is in line with TP-Link’s slogan of “Faster Wi-Fi, Better Signal Phone, Smarter Home.”

At the MWC 2019 tech show, Neffos will display Neffos P1 as well with a built-in projector feature for beaming HD content onto a large wall. Neffos P1, which adds a laser projector that can throw a picture as large as 200 inches wide onto a wall or any flat surface in high resolution.

For the first time, the company will also showcase its new Neffos X20 and X20 Pro flagship phones. The two models are expected to hit the market sometime in June, along with Neffos’ own NFUI 9.0 software based on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. As NFUI 9.0 hasn’t launched yet, the X20 and X20 Pro will be the first devices to run the latest user interface out of the box.

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OPPO’s VOOC Charging System Gets TÜV Rheinland’s Certification

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OPPO has received a new safety certification for its proprietary flash charging technology known as VOOC, which can charge a flat smartphone batter up to 40% in just 10 minutes. “The company recognizes that fast charging is now one of the most important demands from smartphone users globally who want a device that can fully charge in minutes, not hours,” said the company in a statement.

OPPO’s VOOC flash charging uses a special adapter and cables to charge devices safely at 25W without overheating—far above the industry standard. The company also offers a Super VOOC system that boosts the charging power to a massive 50W, capable of charging a flat battery to a full charge in just 35 minutes. Most high-end smartphones today take around 2 hours to fully charge.

The latest certification from renowned international safety authority TÜV Rheinland acknowledges that OPPO’s VOOC charging system has undergone rigorous testing across multiple sessions and test cycles to ensure its safety for daily usage. The VOOC system also allows users to safely use their smartphone during charging without it overheating.

OPPO’s VOOC flash charge technology is already used in more than 100 million smartphones worldwide including several models available in the Middle East today. The system is featured in OPPO’s flagship premium handset, the OPPO Find X, as well as its mid to high-end OPPO R17 and R17 Pro devices.

“Such innovations will continue as OPPO plans to raise its global R&D investments to around $1.43 billion in 2019, a 150% year-on-year increase,” said the company.

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