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The Realme Selfie Guide + Showcase Of US West Coast!

The Realme Selfie Guide + Showcase Of US West Coast!

Realme smartphones are not known for the selfies, which is a shame. We took the Realme 3 on a trip across the US West Coast, and here is our Realme selfie guide and showcase!

Find out what settings you should use on Realme smartphones, and check out the selfies we took from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles!

Don’t forget to also check out our Realme Nightscape Guide For Awesome Night Shots!

 

The Realme 3 Selfie Camera

The Realme 3 selfie camera has a higher-resolution 13 MP sensor with a brighter f/2.0 lens. The Realme 2, you may recall, has an 8 MP front camera with f/2.2 lens.

Its f/2.0 aperture puts its front camera on par with many flagship-class smartphones like the HUAWEI Mate 20, the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018, the HONOR 20, and the OPPO R17 Pro.

Its higher-end brother, the Realme 3 Pro, also has a front camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture. The only difference is it has a higher-resolution 25 MP sensor, instead of a 13 MP sensor.

 

The Realme Selfie Camera Guide

We highly recommend that you enable these settings before you start shooting – Location, Flip Selfie, and Auto HDR. These are the common settings you find in other Realme smartphones, like the Realme 2 Pro and the Realme 3 Pro.

Location

While travelling in the US, we do not always have time to note the exact location (building, street address, etc.) where we take these photos.

Enabling Location lets the Realme 3 add the GPS coordinates to every photo, so you can always look up the location when you get back.

Flip Selfie

We highly recommend turning on the Flip Selfie option, which basically gives you a mirror image of the selfie. This is important because it makes sure any text in the background will be readable.

This was not enabled by default, which led to some of our selfies not turning out right. Make sure you enable this option before you start taking your selfies!

Auto HDR

Selfies are often impromptu… spontaneous… There’s very little time to set-up a selfie, unless you’re an influencer and you would have a buddy or two, with LED lighting, etc (you get the idea).

This is why you should make sure Auto HDR is enabled. It lets the Realme 3 automatically decide when is the best time to take HDR shots (combining multiple shots with different exposures).

HDR will bring out the details in both dark and overexposed areas of a photo, while increasing the picture’s dynamic range. Take a look at this example :

Without Auto HDR, both faces in this selfie shot would be too dark because of the overly bright background.

It may not be obvious in the picture above, but it was CRAZY HOT and BRIGHT at the Grand Canyon when I took that photo in the shade. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out!

Recommended Reading : The Realme Nightscape Guide For Awesome Night Shots!

 

Realme Smartphone Price + Availability

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Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Boulder City

After landing in Las Vegas, we headed straight for Boulder City, which is a small town about 30 minutes away.

You will pass it on the way to the Grand Canyon, or Hoover Dam. So it’s a great place to stop for the night, especially if you plan to visit Hoover Dam.

But first, we had some burger and chicken fingers at The Chicken Shack. The folks here are extremely friendly!

Here is Nick with the Double Shack burger, with double beef patties and cheese. Only$9.79 before taxes, , with a side of fries and a drink!

And here are Steve and Justin with my order of chicken fingers!

The chicken tenders here are large strips of chicken breast meat. I prefer dark meat, but they were juicy and tender. Only $7.99 for 5 of “em!

This is Allyson from the Boulder Pit Stop, serving our Pit Burger and Turkey Burger. Seriously great burgers even without adding cheese, bacon or mushrooms.


The Pit Burger with a 1/3 lb patty is only $5.75 before taxes, and the Turkey Burger only $4.50 before taxes. If you’re ever going to Boulder City, make sure you try them out!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Hoover Dam

The best view of Hoover Dam is actually midway across the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

Just turn off about a mile after the security check point, and walk up to the Memorial Plaza, which leads to the pedestrian walkway of the bridge.

There’s no need to walk all the way to the end. Just walk until you get a picture you like, or to the mid-point, so you can have one foot in Nevada, and another foot in Arizona! 😀

The lifts were undergoing maintenance so there were no tours that day. However, Hoover Dam tour guides like Alan gave us a presentation on the Hoover Dam instead.

You can feel the pride and love they have for this American engineering marvel!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From The Grand Canyon

Being short on time, we took a short plane + helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon at a Boulder City airport.

Scott here took us on a short cruise down the Colorado river, through the Grand Canyon West Rim.

The bulk of the Grand Canyon West Rim (seen behind us) belongs to the US National Park, while the opposing side is part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

It was CRAZY HOT and really bright at the Grand Canyon that day, but thanks to its Auto HDR capability, this selfie taken at Guano Point turned out much better than I expected!

Since it was so bright, I expected harsh shadows on our faces, and a terribly blown-out background. Yet, the shadows were surprisingly soft, and you can clearly see the Grand Canyon in the back, and even the clouds and the blue sky!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Las Vegas

It’s been years since my last visit to Las Vegas, and while much has remained the same, a lot has changed!

Here is the venerable Las Vegas landmark – the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas signboard!

While it has not changed, it has been upgraded with a special parking lot built into the median, so tourists can park and not get hit by traffic on both sides of the Las Vegas Boulevard! 

I then spent three days at Dell Technologies World 2019, where I met really nice people like Stephanie Silva from McLaren…

And Ben Driscoll and Kendall Peters, who ran the always-busy Press and Analyst Room!

We also had the opportunity to meet and take selfies with the incredibly funny and entertaining Penn & Teller!

These guys are AWESOME! If you can only catch one magic show in Las Vegas, you MUST catch Penn & Teller.

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Realme 3 Selfie Samples From San Francisco

After so many days in Sin City, we flew ourselves to San Francisco, and checked ourselves into the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary!

Located just 1.25 miles or just over 2 km from the San Francisco, it served as a federal prison for 29 years. during which 36 prisoners tried to escape.

Ironically, hundreds of tourists now pay good money to visit Alcatraz every day!

Welcoming us was Ray Hood, a volunteer with the US National Parks Service.

He commutes from Sacramento to help US Park Rangers like Wendy Solis here educate visitors on the rich history of Alcatraz, and to warn us about being “painted white” by the current avian occupants of Alcatraz…

Prison chow at Alcatraz did not agree with us, so we escaped on a boat and headed to the Fisherman’s Wharf, where Ernesto served us Boudin’s new crab chowder in a sourdough bowl!

I met Rodrigo “Roy” Gutierrez outside of Pier 33. He spray painted that piece for me in just 5 minutes! 

Again, Auto HDR kicked in for a nicely exposed photo, even though it was a dastardly bright day.

While I was in San Francisco, I had my MacBook Pro checked out by Brennan Duong at Apple Store Union Square.

Finally, we had to stop by The Baked Bear for their humungous and really delicious ice-cream sandwiches! This is Sam with my tastic ice-cream sandwich!

That’s a  of an ice-cream sandwich! Not a  or a  but an actual … 

We originally planned to have one each, but it was so big – we had to share!

 

Realme 3 Selfie Samples From Los Angeles

We only had a short time in LA, but I had the opportunity to chat with Officer Raviol of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Joshua thinks he looks like Nicholas Cage. I think he looks like Arnold Vosloo. What do YOU think?

 

Realme Smartphone Price + Availability

These are the latest Realme smartphones that are currently available for sale :

 

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Rising Camera PSA – Don’t Be A Dick And Take Dick Pics!

A Scottish bloke just found out the hard way why it’s a bad… VERY BAD IDEA to take dick pics using the newfangled rising camera that goes up and down like… his own dick.

WORST. IDEA. EVER.

 

A Bloody Emergency!

A horny Scottish gentleman was recently admitted to the Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, complaining that his “Johnny’s got cut!“, and spewing blood out the front of his pants.

Doctors quickly determined that a rectangular piece of his male pride was neatly cut out. They successfully sewed up the wound, but the poor bloke now has to live with a permanent downward bent in his junk!

C’est la vie! Or as they say in Scotland – Is e a bheatha!

The doctors were perplexed and greatly intrigued by the wound. It was a small but perfectly rectangular. What on Earth (or in the Milky Way) could cause such a wound?

Was it the results of some misadventure in self-gratification? Or a misunderstanding with a lass?

 

A Rising Camera Clipped His Junk!

With the help of a healthy dose of scopolamine and half a bottle of Macallan, they got to the bottom of it.

The poor bloke had just purchased one of those newfangled smartphones with a rising camera. He loved how the rising camera would go up and down on command, “like his own Johnny”.

After a hot and heavy evening of chatting with a lady he fancied, interspersed with Scotch shots, he decided to prove his virility by taking and sending her a few dick pics.

He could not remember what happened, but the next thing he knew, he was screaming in great pain with blood spurting everywhere!

One of the doctors passed him his phone and asked him to show them how the rising camera worked (seriously???).. and lo behold, when the rising camera slid up, out popped a piece of the Scottish lad…

 

The Rising Camera Is NOT For Dick Pics

Me dear laddies, it be true that the Scottish Highlands are cold and lonely, without a lass in sight and only sheep to keep the nights warm.

So we geddit when you have the urge to connect with a lass of the humanoid persuasion, But don’t be a dick and take those dick pics with a rising camera!

LOOK at how much painkillers they have to give him!!!

Yes, it may go up and down like your dick, but SERIOUSLY, it is still a self-respecting selfie camera and deserves to be treated with the appropriate respect.

So… DON’T BE A DICK and TAKE DICK PICS with your smartphone… especially if it has a rising camera!

 

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The OPPO F5 Preview – Specifications & Hands-On Look!

OPPO just launched the new F5 smartphone which they claim is the Selfie Expert and Leader. After the launch, we had some time to try it out ourselves. Here is our OPPO F5 preview, with a look at its key specifications and a hands-on look!

 

The OPPO F5 Specifications

Here are the key specifications of the OPPO F5 smartphone.

SpecificationsOPPO F5OPPO F5 6GB
Display6" IPS FHD+ Display (1080 x 2160)6" IPS FHD+ Display (1080 x 2160)
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1 with ColorOS 3.2Android 7.1 with ColorOS 3.2
PlatformMediaTek MT6763TMediaTek MT6763T
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (2.3 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.6 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali G71 MP2 (800 MHz)ARM Mali G71 MP2 (800 MHz)
Memory4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM6 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
64 GB internal flash storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera20 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens20 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear Camera16 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash16 MP sensor with f/1.8 lens and single LED flash
Network SupportFDD B1/2/3/5/7/8/20/28
TDD B38/39/40/41(2555-2655MHz)
WCDMA B1/2/5/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
FDD B1/2/3/5/7/8/20/28
TDD B38/39/40/41(2555-2655MHz)
WCDMA B1/2/5/8
GSM 850/900/1800/1900
SIM SupportUp to two nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, dual standby capable
Up to two nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, dual standby capable
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 / 5 GHz)
USB : micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n (2.4 / 5 GHz)
USB : micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
GPSYesYes
Fingerprint SensorYes, Rear-MountedYes, Rear-Mounted
Other SensorsDistance sensor, light sensor, G sensor, E-compassDistance sensor, light sensor, G sensor, E-compass
Battery3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-replaceable)3,200 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-replaceable)
Dimensions76 mm wide x 156.5 mm tall x 7.5 mm thick76 mm wide x 156.5 mm tall x 7.5 mm thick
Weight152 g152 g
Available ColoursGold / BlackRed / Black

 

Our Hands-On OPPO F5 Preview

The OPPO F5 smartphone features an almost bezel-less FHD+ display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080 x 2160. For easier unlocking, the F5 comes with a new Facial Unlock feature, as well as a rear fingerprint sensor.

The OPPO F5 also boasts a 20 MP front camera with the latest AI Beauty Recognition technology that, OPPO promises, will take selfie photography to a whole new level by personalising beautification.

Before we take a closer look at its key features, let’s take a quick tour in this OPPO F5 preview video!

AI Beauty Recognition

OPPO’s AI Beauty Recognition technology gathers information and learns the specific facial features of different people from its global image database of human faces. Professional photographers and make-up artists were consulted during the R&D process to help make selfies look more attractive.

The OPPO AI Beauty Recognition technology is able to recognize the subjects’ skin tone and type, gender and age, match them against its database and subsequently make beautification enhancements that are personalized for each individual in the selfie. With more than 200 facial feature spots scanned, the AI Beauty Recognition technology is able to detect your face in detail and refine your selfie.

High Resolution Cameras

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The OPPO F5 features a 20MP front camera with f/2.0 lens, and a 16MP rear camera with f/1.8 lens. OPPO claims that the F5’s cameras will deliver better photo quality than their competitor’s 13MP or 16MP camera in the same price range.

First OPPO Full-Screen FHD+ Smartphone

The F5 is OPPO’s first 6.0″ full-screen FHD+ display device, with a 1080 x 2160 screen in the 2:1 aspect ratio.

Facial Unlock

The OPPO F5 comes with Facial Unlock, the new face recognition technology that will recognize its user and unlock the phone. If the user prefers to use the fingerprint unlock function, the fingerprint reader is now on the back of the phone, giving way to a full front screen.

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The OPPO F5 Smartphone Price & Features Revealed!

On 2 November 2017, OPPO launched their latest Selfie Expert smartphone – the OPPO F5. But with other smartphones (like the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro) threatening their command of the selfie market, OPPO calls the new F5 smartphone “Selfie Expert and Leader“. Does it deserve that moniker? Let’s find out!

 

The OPPO F5 – Selfie Expert And Leader

The OPPO F5 smartphone features an almost bezel-less FHD+ display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080 x 2160. For easier unlocking, the F5 comes with a new Facial Unlock feature, as well as a rear fingerprint sensor.

The OPPO F5 also boasts a 20 MP front camera with the latest AI Beauty Recognition technology that, OPPO promises, will take selfie photography to a whole new level by personalising beautification.

In this video, OPPO Malaysia Product Manager, Ken Ng, highlights the key features of the OPPO F5 smartphone.

OPPO also announced that Taiwanese singer, Yoga Lin, as the OPPO F5 brand ambassador. He even serenaded the crowd with two of his famous songs!

 

AI Beauty Recognition

OPPO’s AI Beauty Recognition technology gathers information and learns the specific facial features of different people from its global image database of human faces. Professional photographers and make-up artists were consulted during the R&D process to help make selfies look more attractive.

The OPPO AI Beauty Recognition technology is able to recognize the subjects’ skin tone and type, gender and age, match them against its database and subsequently make beautification enhancements that are personalized for each individual in the selfie. With more than 200 facial feature spots scanned, the AI Beauty Recognition technology is able to detect your face in detail and refine your selfie.

High Resolution Cameras

The OPPO F5 features a 20MP front camera with f/2.0 lens, and a 16MP rear camera with f/1.8 lens. OPPO claims that the F5’s cameras will deliver better photo quality than their competitor’s 13MP or 16MP camera in the same price range.

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First OPPO Full-Screen FHD+ Smartphone

The F5 is OPPO’s first 6.0″ full-screen FHD+ display device, with a 1080 x 2160 screen in the 2:1 aspect ratio.

Facial Unlock

The OPPO F5 comes with Facial Unlock, the new face recognition technology that will recognize its user and unlock the phone. If the user prefers to use the fingerprint unlock function, the fingerprint reader is now on the back of the phone, giving way to a full front screen.

 

The OPPO F5 Price & Availability

The OPPO F5 will be available for purchase beginning 11 November 2017, with the MSRP of RM 1,298 / ~US$ 309, inclusive of the 6% GST.

It will be offered in two colour variants – Black and Gold. Both will have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage.

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) Review Rev. 2.0

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro was one of the key smartphones revealed at the ASUS “We Love Photo” event in Taipei. In fact, it is the top-of-the-line model in their Selfie line of smartphones, with two selfie cameras – one of which is capable of taking 24 MP photos! Let’s take a close look at the new ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD552KL) smartphone, and see if this is the ultimate selfie smartphone!

Updated @ 2017-10-24 : Added a selfie video comparing the viewing angle and video recording quality of the two selfie cameras. Made various other updates and minor corrections to the review.

Originally posted @ 2017-09-14


 

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Specifications

ASUS launched the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) together with a lower-end ZenFone 4 Selfie (ZD553KL) model. What’s the difference? Here is a comparison table of their key specifications :

SpecificationsZenFone 4 Selfie ProZenFone 4 Selfie
ModelZD552KLZD553KL
Design2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass display with metal unibody & multiple colour selections2.5D contoured glass display with metallic-finish unibody
Display5.5" Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)
Greater than 500nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
Capacitive touch panel with 10 point multi-touch sensing (support glove touch)
5.5" HD IPS LCD (1280 x 720)
400 nits brightness for excellent outdoor readability
74.2% screen-to-body ratio
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0
System PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 625Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
Processor8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 2 GHz)8 x ARM Cortex-A53 (up to 1.4 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 506Qualcomm Adreno 505
Memory3 GB RAM / 4 GB RAM4 GB RAM
Storage64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
64 GB internal flash storage
One microSD card slot (up to 2 TB)
Main Camera16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
16 MP Omnivision 16880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture
Front CameraDual Camera System

Main Camera (25 mm)
- 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor
- 1.4 μm pixel size
- f/1.8 aperture
- Supports 24 MP DuoPixel, instead of Dual Pixel PDAF

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.2 aperture
Dual Camera System

Main Camera (31 mm)
- 20 MP Omnivision 20880 sensor
- 1.0 μm pixel size
- f/2.0 aperture

Wide-Angle Camera (12 mm)
- 8 MP Omnivision 8856 sensor
- 1.12 μm pixel size
- f/2.4 aperture
Connectivity4G : CAT 7 - up to 300Mbps download / 100Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
4G : CAT 4 - up to 150Mbps download / 50Mbps upload
WiFi : 802.11n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.1
Micro USB 2.0 - supports OTG
SIM CapabilityDual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Dual SIM, dual standby
SIM1 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
SIM2 : nano SIM (2G / 3G / 4G)
Fingerprint Sensor0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition0.3 sec ultrafast unlocking, supports 5 fingers and 360 degree recognition
GPSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDSGPS, AGPS, Glonass, BDS
AudioHi-Res Audio 192kHz / 24-bit support (4 X CD quality)
5 Magnet Speaker for louder sound and less distortion
DTS HeadPhoneX: 7.1 Virtual surround
5 Magnet Speaker
Battery3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursRogue Red / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea BlackRose Pink / Mint Green / Sunlight Gold / Deepsea Black

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Unboxing The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes in a white cardboard box with a sleeve cover. As it comes in three colour options (at launch), you should check for the correct colour using the helpful colour sticker at the lower right corner of the sleeve’s back.

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (ZD552KL) smartphone
  • One ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro bumper case
  • One set of User Guide, Warranty Information Form and IMEI stickers
  • One 10 W ASUS USB charger with micro USB 2.0 cable
  • One set of ASUS earphones and four earbuds
  • One ASUS SIM tray extractor pin

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The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro Up Close

Thanks to its thin bezel design, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a 5.5″ full HD AMOLED display in a form factor that is smaller, thinner and lighter than the iPhone 7 Plus. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass with a 2.5D contoured edge that merges seamlessly with the diamond-cut chamfer.

Everything is packed into a metal unibody chassis that is just 6.85 mm thick, and weighs only 147 grams. And yes, it has the 3.5 mm audio port. ASUS obviously put a considerable amount of work into the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check).

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which they used most recently in their ZenFone 3 Zoom smartphone. Like the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, it also comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM and 64 GB of internal flash storage.

 

Two Selfie Cameras!

This is the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s killer feature – two front cameras for the perfect selfies. They consist of a main high-resolution selfie camera, and a wide-angle selfie camera for group shots. They are both supported by a soft LED flash that is designed to deliver enough fill light for selfies without overexposure and harsh shadows.

The main DuoPixel selfie camera (on the left) has a high-resolution Sony IMX362 sensor paired with f/1.8 lens. This camera boasts twice the light sensitivity of competing selfie cameras, and the astounding capability to take 24 MP photos. Heck, it can even record 4K selfie videos!

The wide-angle selfie camera (on the right) has a 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor paired with f/2.2 lens. With a 120° field of view, It allows you to capture a group shot (a wefie) without using a selfie stick.

The two cameras work individually – you switch from one camera to another, depending on whether you want a close up selfie, or a group wefie..

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The 24MP DuoPixel Technology

You may be wondering how the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) takes 24 MP pictures with a 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor. Note that these 24 MP pictures are taken in a single shot, not stitched from multiple shots (e.g. ASUS Super Resolution). And no, they didn’t just double the pixels.

What they did was make full use of the Sony IMX362 sensor.

The IMX362 is a Dual Pixel Autofocus sensor, which means each pixel has two photodiodes. Usually, the two photodiodes are used separately to speed up autofocus, before being combined to capture the pixel data.

When you enable the ASUS DuoPixel Technology for 24 MP photos, the signals from the two photodiodes are not combined to create the final pixel. Instead, they are used to create two pixels, effectively doubling the resolution to 24 MP.

DuoPixel does not merely duplicate the pixels. The two photodiodes are effectively two pixels sharing the same microlens, each recording different beams of light. This is an elegant way to double the effective resolution of the photo. The only drawback – low light performance will suffer because each “pixel” now receives only half of the light. Not to worry though. You can disable DuoPixel for maximum low light performance.

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The 16 MP PixelMaster 4.0 Camera

Even though the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s main focus is the front camera capabilities, ASUS did not neglect the rear camera. It has 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor coupled with f/2.2 lens and an LED flash. It is capable of recording 4K videos. The camera does not support OIS (optical image stabilisation), but is electronically stabilised on 3 axes when it records full HD videos.

If 16 MP is not good enough, this camera supports the ASUS Super Resolution technology that captures and combines four 16 MP photos to create a 64 MP photo. The camera also supports a new Time Lapse Mode with Power Saving, which lowers the screen brightness and puts the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro into the Airplane mode. Now you can take long Time Lapse videos without worrying about running out of power.

 

Hybrid SIM & Fingerprint Sensor

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has dual SIM, dual standby capability. It has a hybrid SIM tray for two nano SIM cards. The second SIM card tray (SIM2) doubles as a microSD card slot (up to 2 TB). Both SIM1 and SIM2 support 3G and 4G connectivity, but only one SIM card can connect to the 3G / 4G network – the other can only connect to a 2G network.

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a fast, all-aspect fingerprint sensor integrated into the Home button. Our tests showed that it requires just 12 finger presses to register a fingerprint, and is very fast and accurate in recognising the registered fingerprint.

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ASUS SonicMaster 4.0

The audio aspect of smartphones is often overlooked. The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has an impressive set of hardware and software audio technologies, which ASUS markets as SonicMaster 4.0.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is Hi-Res Audio-certified, so you can enjoy 24-bit / 192 kHz audio. It also supports DTS Headphone:X for virtual 7.1 channel surround sound over your headphones. It has a 5-magnet speaker driven by the NXP Smart Amp with 40% more power output and less distortion.

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Setting Up The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) ships with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and ASUS confirmed that it will be upgraded soon to Android 8.0 Oreo. It also comes with 100 GB of free Google Drive storage for 1 year. Let’s show you just how easy it is to set-up the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro.

 

The Ergonomics

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) may have a large 5.5″ display, but it is svelte at less than 75 mm wide and slim at less than 7 mm, even with the camera bump. It is surprisingly light at just 147 grams.

The large display with its full HD resolution is just perfect for watching movies. We also applaud ASUS for using an AMOLED display – it is generally more vivid and power-efficient.

We especially like the satin finish of the anodised chassis. It is smooth and comfortable to touch, and is resistant to fingerprint smears. The provided bumper case increases grip while protecting the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) without making it overly bulky, or covering up its look.

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Available Memory & Storage

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes with 4 GB of LPDDR3 memory, of which 1.8 GB (45%) is free to use. That is about as much memory as some smartphones ship with, so don’t worry about running out of RAM with the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro!

The ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) also comes with 64 GB of internal flash memory. Of that, just under 51 GB is available to use. If that’s not enough, you can top it up with a microSD card (up to 256 GB).

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Main Camera Performance – Photos

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) uses the 16 MP Sony IMX351 sensor for its main camera, paired with f/2.2 lens. The full 16 MP resolution is attained with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Each picture has a resolution of 4640 × 3480 and a file size of between 6 to 8 MB.

Here are 10 high-resolution samples for you to check out. Click on them to load the full-sized photos, which you can also download to examine.

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Selfie Cameras Performance – Photos

The main selfie camera has an excellent 12 MP Sony IMX362 sensor with fast f/1.8 lens, and a resolution of 3928 x 2944. The wide-angle selfie camera has a 5 MP Omnivision 5670 sensor with f/2.2 lens, and a resolution of 2552 x 1912.

Here are three examples demonstrating the difference between the 12 MP main front camera, and the 5 MP wide-angle front camera.

The Omnivision 5670 sensor lacks the resolution of the Sony IMX362 sensor but did surprisingly well. While we naturally prefer the greater detail and colour saturation of the main selfie camera, the wide-angle selfie camera sure is useful in packing in more people, or more of the scenery in the background.

The wide-angle camera is best used in bright conditions. While it may not produce very high resolution photos, they are absolutely perfect for social media.

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Main Camera Performance – Video Recording

We tested the main camera’s video recording performance in both 1080p and 4K resolutions. It supports EIS (electronic image stabilisation) but only when it records 1080p video.

While it supports Hi-Res Audio, that’s only for playback. It does not support Hi-Res Audio recording. The noise cancellation is decent, but the recorded audio is a little too bright and lacks punch.

Video Recording Test #1 : Piano (1080p)

The electronic image stabilisation worked well, greatly reducing the amount of hand shake in this video. However, the image itself appears to be somewhat blurred, with the colours muted and highlights overblown.

 

Video Recording Test #2 : Piano (4K)

The image quality when recording at 4K is so much better – sharp, with much greater detail and well-saturated colours. It’s worth trading the hand shake for the much better image quality.

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Video Recording Test #3 : Street Market (1080p)

The image quality in this test was better than what we saw in the Piano test, although the highlights were still overblown. The 3-axis EIS worked well though.

 

Video Recording Test #4 : Street Market (4K)

The resolution is really good – you can take very good screenshots from the video. But the lack of image stabilisation means that 4K recording is best done when you are stationary… or well, just use the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro with a gimbal.

 

Video Recording Test #5 : Video Selfie Test

Both front selfie cameras can record videos at the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. The main selfie camera is noticeably brighter, but the wide angle camera has better control of the background highlights. The video from the wide-angle camera has a noticeable fisheye effect – you get a much wider view, but the corners will be distorted.

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Work Performance – PCMark

We tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s performance using PCMark, which simulates work applications like web browing, playing video, writing text and editing photos.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Work Performance Score
(Average)
7837 6655 4954 3884
Web Browsing 8623 7595 5143 3688
Video Playback 5282 4545 4515 3789
Writing 7692 7264 4948 4141
Photo Editing 10766 7824 5243 3933

Both the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Checkand the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, but the Selfie Pro is almost 18% faster. In any case, they both did much better than the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017), and the OPPO F1s in this test.

 

Battery Life – PCMark

We then tested the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s battery performance using PCMark. It basically ran the PCMark work tests until its battery capacity dropped to 20%.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) has a relatively small 3,000 mAh lithium-ion battery. It lasted 10.25 hours in our battery test, which is pretty good considering its higher performance. Incidentally, you can see that the battery is calibrated to show 100% for the first 7-8% of its total capacity.

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Battery Recharging Performance

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) comes with a 10 W fast charger. It takes about 128.5 minutes (2 hours 8.5 minutes) to recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.

That’s a battery life : recharging ratio of just 4.8:1 – which is rather disappointing. After all, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom uses the same 10 W fast charger to deliver a battery life : recharging ratio of 6.5:1.

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Gaming Performance – 3DMark

We tested the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s gaming performance using 3DMark, using the Ice Storm Unlimited test.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
Gaming Score 14015 13844 13540 7666
Graphics 13470 13372 13548 7511
Physics 16328 15797 13510 8265
Graphics Test 1 80.7 fps 80.3 fps 81.1 fps 49.4 fps
Graphics Test 2 46.0 fps 45.6 fps 46.2 fps 24.4 fps
Physics Test 51.8 fps 50.1 fps 42.9 fps 26.2 fps

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) uses the same Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU as the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, so it performs at about the same performance level.

 

Overall Performance

AnTuTu is a nice benchmark for testing various performance aspects of Android devices.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) OPPO F1s
TOTAL SCORE 65302 63218 56431 41486
3D SCORE 13431 12966 15458 4868
– 3D (Marooned) 8230 7878 10511 3188
– 3D (Garden) 5201 5088 4947 1679
UX SCORE 24848 24089 18496 17640
– UX Data Secure 6226 5713 5295 4885
– UX Data Process 3404 2991 2612 2542
– UX Strategy Games 4611 4193 3671 2829
– UX Image Process 7291 7893 3373 3885
– UX I/O Performance 3316 3299 3545 3499
CPU SCORE 21357 20683 16459 14336
– CPU Mathematics 4304 4264 3132 3142
– CPU Common Use 7150 6673 5199 4805
– CPU Multi-Core 9903 9746 8128 6389
RAM 5666 5480 6018 4643

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) did well in this test, beating the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) by 16%, and the OPPO F1s by 57%. It even beat the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom by 3.3%.

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Our Verdict & Award

While the smartphone industry is focused on dual-lens main cameras, ASUS is taking a chance with the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Instead of placing two cameras at the back, they placed two cameras in the front. Now you have the choice of a high-resolution selfie camera, and a wide-angle selfie camera to fit more people or background into your picture.

The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) is targeted at the Millennials who show a clear preference for taking and sharing selfies and wefies on social media. They generally do not care about the resolution of their pictures because they almost exclusively share their photos and videos with their family and friends on social media and instant messengers.

What matters far more is the ability to take good selfies and wefies. Even better if they can create dramatic shots without resorting to ungainly selfie sticks. That’s where the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s wide-angle selfie camera comes in.

Its 120° field of view allows you to really pack in more people, or more of the background, into your selfies. And you can now take wefies, and more dramatic shots without using a selfie stick. Once you tried it, you will wonder how you ever “lived” without wide-angle selfie cameras!

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Of course, not all selfies require a wide-angle camera. For close-up shots with your loved ones, you will want a regular selfie camera with a field of view of 80° to 90°. You will also want the photos to be in high resolution for posterity. For that, you use the ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro’s DuoPixel camera.

Not only can it take 24 MP selfies, it is paired with a fast f/1.8 lens and the awesome Sony IMX362 sensor with large 1.4 µm pixels. This makes for great selfies even in low-light conditions.

Even though it is a selfie-focused smartphone, ASUS did not skimp on the rear camera – it has a 16 MP camera with an LED flash. Neither did they skimp on its performance, memory and storage. It boasts a fast octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. And all that is packed into a thin and light chassis, with a very nice 5.5″ AMOLED display.

It’s not all perfect though. We did not like the 1080p video recording quality of the rear camera, and its battery recharging speed is rather slow. And we wish ASUS would have paired the wide-angle selfie camera with a faster lens for better low-light performance.

All that in mind, the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro is a great smartphone for those who love to take selfies. The wide-angle camera alone is worth the switch because it gives you better flexibility and creative options. For that reason, we think the ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro (Price Check) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award.

 

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The LEAGOO T1 Plus Launch & Hands-On Preview

On 8 November 2016, LEAGOO officially launched the LEAGOO T1 Plus. The T1 Plus is a 5.5″ phablet with a focus on selfies. Its killer feature? A 13 MP front selfie camera with a Sony IMX219 sensor and an LED flash.

Check out the LEAGOO T1 Plus presentation and specifications. We will also share with you our own hands-on preview.

 

The LEAGOO T1 Plus

In this video, LEAGOO Product Manager, Eric Wong, reveals the key features and specifications of the T1 Plus.

The LEAGOO T1 Plus runs on Android 6.0, and is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor. It comes with 3 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 16 GB of internal flash memory.

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It boasts the 13 MP Sony IMX219 sensor for both the front and rear cameras, both of which have f/2.2 lens. The front camera has a single LED flash, while the rear camera has a dual-tone LED flash.

The 5.5″ display has a relatively low HD resolution of 720 x 1280, but it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 with a 2.5D curved edge. It has a unibody chassis carved out of an aviation-grade magnesium-aluminium alloy, allowing it to achieve a slim 7.5 mm profile.

The LEAGOO T1 Plus also comes with a fast fingerprint sensor, and a relatively small 2,660 mAh lithium-ion battery. It will retail for RM 699 / ~US$ 175 in 3 different colour options – Champagne Gold, Rose Gold or Titanium Grey.

 

Specifications

Here are the rest of its specifications :

SpecificationsLEAGOO T1 Plus
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 with LEAGOO OS 2.0 UI
Display5.5" HD display (720 x 1280)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
System PlatformMediaTek MT6737
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.3 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T720 MP2
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 (640 MHz)
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
microSD card (up to 128 GB), shared with SIM2
Front Camera13 MP Sony IMX219 sensor with f/2.2 lens and single LED flash
Main Camera13 MP Sony IMX219 sensor with f/2.2 lens and dual-tone LED flash
Dual SIM, Dual StandbyYes, two micro SIM cards
SIM2 shared with microSD card
Connectivity4G : LTE Cat4
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB 2.0
GPSYes, with GLONASS and BEIDOU
Fingerprint SensorYes, unlocks in 0.19 seconds
360 degree recognition
Battery2,660 mAh battery (non-removable)
Available ColoursChampagne Gold, Rose Gold, Titanium Grey
Launch PriceRM 699 / ~US$ 175

 

Our Hands-On Preview

After the launch, we had a few minutes to try out the LEAGOO T1 Plus. Here is our hands-on preview video. Enjoy!

 

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Min Chen Joined OPPO F1s Roadshow @ Penang

Penang, 21 August 2016 – Popular female artist Min Chen joined OPPO on its Selfie Expert F1s first sale roadshow in Sunway Carnival Mall, Penang. Min Chen’s appearance in Penang, one of the world’s most renowned top 10 Selfie Cities has attracted many fans, boosting the sales for F1s.

 

Min Chen Joined OPPO F1s Roadshow @ Sunway Carnival Penang

Since 10th August 2016, the launch of the Selfie Expert phone, OPPO F1s has accumulated more than 6,000 units less than a week time. The OPPO F1s Celebrities Squad (consists of Nora Danish, Ayda Jebat, Min Chen and JC Chee) has helped attracting many fans to pre-order the F1s, on top of the striking selling points of the phone itself.

As one of OPPO’s Selfie Icon, Min Chen attended OPPO’s Penang roadshow to meet and greet with OPPO fans, and further to act as ‘OPPO’s Shop Manager’ to introduce and demonstrated many great front camera functions and Beautify Mode 4.0 that come in useful for her daily life. Besides, Min Chen’s performance on her new song attracted the many crowds.

“I feel honoured to represent OPPO F1s as Selfie Icon in Malaysia. With F1s, I can take selfie anytime and anywhere, I can even take a clear and beautiful selfie in a low lighting situation with the help of ‘Screen Flash’ function,” said Min Chen.

She recommended OPPO F1s to those who love to take selfie because with F1s’ 16MP front-facing camera, it is not only a very powerful device to take a beautiful selfie, it is also a hassle free user experience with the ready built Beautify 4.0 that allows users to easily selects the Beautifying functions. Now selfie lovers can always ensure that their photos are looking naturally beautiful and clear.

“Min Chen has close to 1 million followers on social media platform (Instagram and Facebook). Her youthful and energetic qualities is a nice fit with our brand personalities and this is why OPPO has invited her to be on board as one of our Selfie Icon,” said Chen Lu, Brand Manager of OPPO Malaysia.

“OPPO F1s is performing very well with its pre-order so I am very confident in terms of its actual sales starting from today. I believe users feel confidence with our camera phone. Besides Kuala Lumpur, the reason why we focus on Penang for our first sales roadshow is because of Penang ranked as top 10 Selfie Cities in the world by Time Online. We would like to introduce our F1s Selfie Expert to more users who like to selfie and take photo in Penang. The OPPO F1s Selfie Expert is thoughtfully designed to ensure users to have the best perfect selfie experience ever,” Chen Lu explained.

Carrying the name of Selfie Expert with 16MP front-facing camera, OPPO F1s was being officially launched on 10th August 2016 to bring superb selfie camera experience to more selfie lovers. The camera includes other selfie-centric features and functions such as Beautify 4.0, Various Filters, Palm Shutter, Voice Shutter and more. The company’s latest selfie-centric F1s is selling at the price of RM 1,198.

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OPPO F1s Selfie Smartphone Revealed!

At a glamorous launch event in Bangsar South, OPPO revealed a new member of their Selfie Expert series – the new OPPO F1s selfie smartphone. Malaysian actress, celebrity, and OPPO Selfie Queen, Nora Danish, even stopped by to give a few selfie tips! Check it out!

 

OPPO F1s Launch Event

The Malaysian national gymnastic team kicked off the OPPO F1s launch event with an impressive dance. Then OPPO Branding Director, Nikki Chen, gave an update on OPPO’s development in Malaysia.

 

OPPO F1s Key Features Revealed

Next, OPPO Overseas Product Manager, Abby, revealed the key features of the new F1s selfie smartphone.

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Selfie Tips From Nora Danish

Malaysian darling Nora Danish then came on stage to give everyone some selfie tips using the new F1s smartphone. Check it out!

 

Price & Availability

Finally, William Fang, CEO of OPPO Malaysia, revealed its price and availability!

The OPPO F1s smartphone will be available for pre-order from the 10th until the 19th of August, with retail sales and delivery starting on the 20th of August, 2016. It will have a recommended retail price of just RM 1,198 / ~US$ 299!

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Can’t get enough of Nora Danish? Here is the commercial she did for the new F1s selfie smartphone!


And here is a short clip of her photography session after the launch event.

 

Launch Event Photos

Here are some photos we took at the OPPO F1s launch event :

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OPPO F1s Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO F1s
Model NumberOPPO A1601
Display5.5" IPS display - 720 x 1280 pixels
Display ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4 (with 2.5D curved edge)
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0
System PlatformMediaTek MT6750
Processor4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.5 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A53 (1.0 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-T860 MP2
Memory3 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
Storage32 GB internal flash memory
microSD card slot (up to 128 GB)
Selfie Camera16 MP sensor with screen flash
- 1/3.1" sensor size with f/2.0 lens
Main Camera13 MP sensor with LED flash
- 1/3 inch sensor with PDAF and f/2.2 lens
ConnectivityGSM : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Hz
Network : 2G / 3G / 4G
WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth : v4.0, A2DP
USB : microUSB 2.0
SIM SupportDual nano SIM slots with dual standby capability
SensorsAccelerometer, compass, light, proximity
Fingerprint SensorYes, with multi-finger support
- registers fingerprints in 0.22 s
GPSYes, A-GPS
NFCNo
Battery3,075 mAh lithium polymer battery (non-removable)
Dimensions76 mm wide x 154.5 mm high x 7.38 mm thick
Weight160 g
Available ColoursGold / Rose Gold
Recommended Retail Price (at launch)RM 1,198 / ~US$ 299

 

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LINE Releases egg – a free Selfie App

Kuala Lumpur, 26 May 2016 LINE Corporation has announced the release of “egg”, a free selfie app for iOS and Android devices that allows users to customise their photos and videos.

 

Selfie App “egg”

egg is a selfie app that gives users a greater degree of freedom to fulfil their creative purpose by providing features such as 3D Masks which perfectly fit on faces to transform subjects into extraordinary characters much like prosthetic makeup, and animated filters which are triggered by subjects through an eye blink or other actions that the app accurately detects.

The rapid growth of social networks and the selfie trend in recent years has led to an explosion of easy-to-use camera apps with customisation features such as filters and special effects that are being used to take selfies for users’ Instagram and Facebook pages. However, unlike other selfie apps, egg not only lets users take selfies, but also play with their selfies in real time.

The app offers 3D Masks in more than 50 categories (such as “Cute animals”, “Beauty”, “Funny” and “Horror”), and even a mask of the latest LINE character, Choco. Combined with various action-triggered filters such as making hearts appear by blinking, or blowing fire by opening one’s mouth, users can enjoy endless customisation possibilities.

Additionally, users can create their own original masks using photos saved on their smartphones, or even swap faces in real-time with their friends on screen. Besides providing the traditional features of a selfie app — uploading selfie photos and videos to social media — egg proposes a new style of real-time communication with family, friends, and partners through selfies.

In future updates, egg is planning to introduce 3D Masks of popular movie characters, new animated filters, and other entertaining features to bring customers even closer together.

Also added to the collection is a filter featuring Batman from the latest movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which was opened in theatres worldwide between March and April of 2016. Additional character-based filters such as that of Wonder Woman are scheduled to be introduced in future updates.

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Main Features

Take Customised Selfies by Combining 3D Masks and Animated Filters
50 categories of 3D Masks — ranging from LINE Characters to Cute Animals, Beauty, Funny, and Horror — can be combined with animated filters that are triggered by precisely detecting a subject’s facial movements, allowing users to unleash their imagination and create a variety of customised selfies.

Create Your Own Original Mask Using Photos of Your Friends and Celebrities
Users can create their own original masks using photos that are saved on their smartphone.

Swap Faces with Your Friends
Users can instantly create a funny video by swapping faces with their friends on screen in real-time.

Easily Share on Instagram, Facebook, and Other Social Media
An in-app feature allows users to upload photos and videos directly from the app to their social networks.

 

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OPPO F1 Limited Time Offer For Raya 2016

Kuala Lumpur, 23 May 2016 — OPPO Electronics is slashing the price for the OPPO F1 model from 23rd May 2016 until 7th July 2016, making the “Selfie Expert” F1 now even more irresistible just in time for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

At the price of RM998 (~US$ 263), OPPO offers this limited time offer as a part of giving back to the community, allowing more Ofans to grab the F1 to capture wonderful memories for Raya.

 

OPPO F1 Selfie Expert

Oppo F1 smartphone was launched in January 2016. The phone comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 294 pixels per inch.

The Oppo F1 is powered by 1.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Oppo F1 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Oppo F1 runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2500mAh non removable battery. It measures 143.50 x 71.00 x 7.25 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 134.00 grams.

The Oppo F1 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, 3G, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.

The limited time offer will be available for both offline and online sales from today until 7th July 2016.

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OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” Smartphone Revealed


January 21st, 2016 — OPPO F1, the first product of the newly announced F series, is now being introduced to the Malaysian market alongside its selfie ambassador, Nora Danish. Dubbed the “Selfie Expert”, F1 features a standout 8MP front-facing camera, a sophisticated photography platform, and powerful software specially designed to make capturing stunning selfies a breeze, all backed by OPPO’s spectacular build quality and design.

Introducing F1 to the Malaysian market, William Fang, Chief-Executive-Officer of OPPO Electronics said: “F1 is a selfie camera phone that we have tailored made for our local customers. It is a strategic decision for us to move our focus to a selfie-centric smartphone but we are confident that this selfie camera phone is going to be a hit in the midrange market as it is not only attractive with its extraordinary camera that assisted by selfie-focus software and hardware, its premium design, well-rounded internal builds that promises a sharper, steadier and longer lasting performance and with an irresistible price tag.”

“F1 is designed especially for selfie-lovers who can now skip all the hassle in putting on a full makeup and still look effortlessly, naturally beautiful. We are extremely thrilled to have our lovely Nora on board with us as the face of this new selfie savvy phone because Nora is truly a trend setter in mastering the art of selfies. In fact, her successful lifestyle has attracted more than 20 thousand fan ‘likes’ on Instagram on average per selfie. Her beauty, social savviness, expertise in her work and humble personality are values which are align with OPPO’s brand,” said Chen Lu, Brand Manager of OPPO Electronics

 

OPPO F1 – Tailored For Selfie Supremacy

The OPPO F1 features an 8MP front-facing camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture lens and a 1/4-inch sensor, allowing for 44% more light to enter the camera than an f/2.4 aperture lens, and resulting in shots that are 30% clearer than ones taken with an ordinary 5 MP front-facing camera. The F1 also offers OPPO’s ‘Beautify 3.0’ that removes blemishes, highlights a subject’s features and includes 3 different beautify modes along with 8 filters.

Meanwhile, to make snapping selfies in low-light conditions a seamless experience, F1 users can turn on the patented ‘Screen Flash’ feature to ensure natural-looking shots. With Screen Flash, faces will always come through bright, clear and natural. In addition, the OPPO F1 can snap selfies using hand gestures and spoken commands. By opening a palm in front of the camera, or simply by saying “Cheese!” users can activate an automatic selfie with an adjustable countdown.

Snappy performance is one more key factor in the F1’s outstanding user experience. The F1 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 series Octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM, which can be expanded by 128GB, providing abundant space for photo storage and ensuring multitasking fluency.

In addition to the outstanding selfie features, the F1 also offers a great overall photography experience. The F1 sports a 13 MP rear camera with an ISOCELL sensor for reducing pixel noise. The camera also features phase detection autofocus (PDAF), delivering a focus time of just 0.1 seconds, equivalent to the performance of an SLR camera. Meanwhile, the anti-shake optimization feature enables the camera to automatically select the clearest image from a huge buffer of image data the moment the shutter button is pressed.

The camera is backed by OPPO’s own Pure Image 2.0+ camera platform, offering a huge range of filters and plug-ins for everyone from the aspiring photographer to the meme-making savant. Users can also experiment with Ultra-HD, which creates 50 MP photos composed of four consecutive photos, or other eye-popping features like Super Macro, HDR, Double Exposure, Slow Shutter, Super GIF and more.

 

OPPO F1 – Born for beauty

OPPO believes beautiful photos need a beautiful phone to match. The 60-degree angles of the F1’s two eye-catching chamfered edges are the result of precise calculations and numerous rounds of testing to ensure an unbeatable hand feel without skimping on any of the visual impact.

Meanwhile, the OPPO’s designers scoured three countries in search of the finest aluminum alloy for the back panel. After putting the Japanese material they chose through close to 40 polishing procedures, the designers were able to make good on their vision of giving the F1 a texture like “metal silk”.

The F1 has a 5-inch display and is a mere 7.25 mm thick. Its thinness, together with its slight 134-gram weight, assures that the phone feels just right. With its 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Screen, twice as strong as ordinary glass, the OPPO F1 is extra scratch-resistant, making for a phone that’s both durable and attractive to the touch.

Next Page : User Experience, Specifications, Price & Availability

Best user experience ever

OPPO is improving its user experience all the time. And the new F1, with its featherweight price and heavy-hitting features, carries it forward again, bringing a snappy, fluid and stylish device to everyone.

With OPPO’s ColorOS 2.1, based on Android 5.1 and optimized for efficient use with the F1’s powerful battery, users can snap great photos non-stop. ColorOS is defined by efficiency and fun. With Screen Self-refresh technology, ColorOS allows the F1 to automatically adjust the screen refresh frequency to maximize battery life.

Other features include three-mode eye protection, app encryption, a security center suite, background clean-up for improved efficiency, data and energy saving, screen-off and screen-on command gestures, long screenshot, and simple mode, which is ideal for users of any age and past technology experience.

Phenomenal Dirac HD Sound is also in full effect on the OPPO F1. Providing high-fidelity stereo sound output for both earphones and speakers, Dirac HD Sound gives users an immersive, premium listening experience, regardless of which music player or app they use to jam out.

 

OPPO F1 Specifications

SpecificationsOPPO F1 Smartphone
Display5.0" IPS display
- 720 x 1280 resolution
- 294 PPI pixel density
Protection2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Operating SystemAndroid 5.1 with ColorOS 2.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 616
- 8 x ARM Cortex-A53 processors
- Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU
RAM3 GB
Storage16 GB internal flash storage
Upgradable to 128 GB via micro SD card
ConnectivityGSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
FDD 1/3/5/7/8/20/28
TDD 38/39/40/41
SIM SupportDual SIM Dual Standby
Front Camera8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens
Rear Camera13 MP sensor
Audio SupportGlobally-applied Dirac HD Sound
Battery2,500 mAh lithium-ion
Dimensions71 mm wide
143.5 mm tall
7.25 mm thick
Weight134 g (with battery)

 

Availability & Price

[adrotate banner=”4″]The OPPO F1 “Selfie Expert” smartphone has a recommended retail price of RM 1,198 (~US$ 279).

Online purchases for the device start immediately on 22nd of January 2016 at 00:00:00am on OPPOStore.com.my. The first 200 customers on OPPOStore.com.my for the F1 will come bundled with a free OPPO Selfie Stick.

Customers who prefer to check out the OPPO F1 before they make their purchase, please take note that the OPPO F1 will be available for offline sales starting from 25th January 2016.

 

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