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Review: Vivo X90 Pro+

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In November of last year, Vivo launched its X90 smartphone series in China, with the X90 Pro+ serving as the flagship model. While the X90 series is currently only available for import, there are indications that it may be globally available soon, though the Pro+ variant will not be released in the Middle East region.

The X90 Pro+ boasts an impressive set of features that befit a flagship smartphone. It is equipped with a 120Hz 1440p+ AMOLED panel with a peak brightness of 1800 nits and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. Additionally, the camera setup on the Vivo X90 Pro+ is outstanding, featuring Sony’s IMX989, which is a 1-inch image sensor, and Zeiss optics.

The design of the Vivo X90 Pro+ strongly emphasises its photography capabilities. This is evident from the massive circular camera array and the DSLR-inspired vegan leather finish. In fact, Vivo has gone a step further by printing the words “professional photography” on the top panel, as if the design didn’t already convey that message.

The camera array on the Vivo X90 Pro is coated with Zeiss T* glass finish, which is similar to the high-end camera lenses produced by Sony. In fact, the partnership with Zeiss is advertised by the logo that is placed next to the cameras.

On the front, you get a 6.78-inch AMOLED display that offers a resolution of 3200-by-1440p pixels. It also offers an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a 120Hz refresh rate. You also get up to 300Hz touch sampling rate and support for HDR. The phone weighs 221 grams.

The X90 Pro+ is offered in two different versions with varying storage capacities, namely 12GB + 256GB and 12GB + 512GB. In our review sample, the internal UFS 4.0 storage had a capacity of 512GB. Unfortunately, the Vivo flagship does not support expansion via micro-SD cards.

Other notable features of the X90 Pro+ include Miracast, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC, which includes Google Pay. The device is Play Protect certified, allowing for secure use. Peripherals, such as memory sticks, can be connected via the USB-C port using an OTG adapter, and the USB interface’s data transfer speed is based on the 3.2 Gen1 standard.

Unlike other Vivo phones that use the Funtouch OS, the X90 Pro+ runs on the Chinese equivalent called Origin OS. While the UI is based on Android 13, it is specifically tailored to the Chinese market. The device is also certified with Widevine L1, enabling the streaming of high-resolution content.

The X90 Pro+ is equipped with two zoom lenses, a 50MP 2x telephoto camera that uses Sony’s IMX758 sensor and a 64MP periscope zoom lens with a 3.5x optical zoom, which utilises an Omnivision sensor that is not as well-known. These two zoom lenses have a focal length of approximately 50mm and 90mm respectively, and they are designed for capturing portraits. The former is suitable for taking chest-up portraits, while the latter is better for capturing entire upper body shots.

You also get a 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 50MP portrait camera. The camera module offers really good shots in daylight as well as at night. The photos also have a wide dynamic range. The Vivo X90 Pro+ also has excellent zoom qualities. You get lossless magnification at 5x and the X90 Pro+ preserves a lot of details. Even the 100x zoom is quite usable.

In terms of performance, the Vivo X90 Pro+ does an amazing job at completing all tasks with ease. In benchmarks, the Vivo X90 Pro+ passed with flying colours as seen below:

Though the Vivo X90 Pro+ is an excellent performer, the device will not be launched in the Middle East. The phone, however, can be purchased from other online stores that ship it from China to other regions.

Price: AED 3300 approx.

Vivo X90 Pro+ AED 3300 approx.
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The X90 Pro+ is equipped with two zoom lenses, a 50MP 2x telephoto camera that uses Sony’s IMX758 sensor and a 64MP periscope zoom lens with a 3.5x optical zoom, which utilises an Omnivision sensor that is not as well-known. These two zoom lenses have a focal length of approximately 50mm and 90mm respectively, and they are designed for capturing portraits.

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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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