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Review: Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G

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Oppo’s new Find X5 Pro 5G is probably its best smartphone yet. Oppo has really stepped up from the Find X3 Pro when it comes to the design and the build quality of the Find X5 Pro 5G. The phone feels very premium to hold and use. Instead of a glass back as seen in the Find X3 Pro, the Find X5 Pro 5G now boasts of a ceramic back, with the phone available in two colours – Ceramic White and Glaze Black.

The one reviewed here is the Glaze Black variant. The Find X5 Pro 5G is also splash, water, and dust resistant, coming in with an IP68 rating. On the front of the device, you get a 6.7-inch curved LTPO2 AMOLED display that WQHD+ resolution, and 100% P3 colour gamut coverage. You also get a refresh rate of 120Hz and Gorilla Glas Victus protection.

The display also offers a pixel density of 555-PPI, and supports HDR10+ and 10-bit colours. Thus, the screen on the Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G is one of the best we have seen this year on a flagship smartphone. On the left edge, you get the volume buttons, while on the right edge is where the power button sits.

On the top edge, you get a noise-cancelling microphone, while on the bottom edge, you get the dual SIM slot, a noise-cancelling microphone, the USB Type-C port, and a speaker grille. The phone comes with stereo speakers, with the top speaker doubling as the earpiece.

At the rear is where you will find the triple camera setup. Now this includes a 50MP main camera that offers an aperture of f/1.7, PDAF, OIS, and sensor-shift. You also get a 13MP telephoto camera that offers an aperture of f/1.4 and PDAF and a 50MP ultrawide lens that offers an aperture of f/2.2 with PDAF.

OPPO has designed a dedicated imaging NPU called MariSilicon X, which is based on a 6nm process crafted for top-tier imaging performance. It runs an advanced AI noise reduction (AINR) algorithm designed by the OPPO Research Institute, to detect and reduce noise in each frame, pixel by pixel while preserving finer detail, skin tone, and colour accuracy.

The wide and ultra-wide angle cameras both feature Sony’s advanced 50MP IMX766 flagship sensors, with a sensor size of 1/1.56-inches, 2um large pixel size after binning. The wide-angle camera also features a five-axis OIS system, which when combined with proprietary algorithms, counters handshake, reduces noise, and sharpens scenes.

You will also find a Hasselblad branding on the rear of the device. This is because, the Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G also features the Hasselblad Natural Colour Calibration in Pro Mode and a range of creative Master filters, bringing natural colour, professional colour profile, and style to mobile photography.

Images shot using the Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G are very detailed, with nice colours, and sharpening. The cameras especially shine when it comes to low-light photography. We were quite amazed at the end results. There is also a Macro mode which kicks in automatically when you are close enough to the subject.

The phone also excels in the videography department. We shot videos in 4K at 30FPS and we ended up with amazing video footage. The videos had an outstanding level of detail, balanced sharpening, and vivid colours.

Under the hood, the Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform. You also get 12GB of RAM, with a RAM expansion feature, which uses the phone’s internal storage to expand the memory when memory-intensive apps are run. From the Settings menu, you can choose to expand the RAM by 3GB, 5GB, and 7GB.

You also get 256GB of internal storage, which sadly is not expandable. The phone runs on the Android 12 operating system with ColorOS 12.1 running on top of it. The overall interface is quite likable, though the phone is filled with a bit of bloatware, which can be easily uninstalled.

The phone is also powered by a large 5000mAh battery, which lasted around 1.5 days on a single charge. However, if you do run out of battery, you can go from 0% to 50% in about 12 minutes, thanks to Oppo’s 80W SUPERVOOC flash-charging technology. The Find X5 Pro 5G can also go from 0% to 100% in 47 minutes, using Oppo’s 50W AIRVOOC wireless charging technology.

For a price of AED 3999, the Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G is a flagship device that offers great imaging hardware, excellent performance, and outstanding design and build quality. The Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G, thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 3999

Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G AED 3999
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Images shot using the Oppo Find X5 Pro 5G are very detailed, with nice colours, and sharpening. The cameras especially shine when it comes to low-light photography. We were quite amazed at the end results. There is also a Macro mode that kicks in automatically when you are close enough to the subject.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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