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Honor Magic 3 series serves up three post-Huawei flagships with big camera tech | English News | GulNews

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Today, Honor announced a new lineup of flagship phones with the Magic 3 series, which comprises three devices in all. These new phones are arriving at a time where Honor is trying to pull in more Chinese market share for itself as an independent company, and these are the first flagships Honor has delivered since Huawei sold it off last year.

All three phones in the series – the standard Magic 3, the Magic 3 Pro, and the Magic 3 Pro Plus – will ship with a 6.76-inch OLED display. Regardless of the model, we’ll get an 89-degree “super curved display” that outputs at 2772 x 1344 resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ certification. All three models also sport the same front-facing camera – a 13MP, 100-degree wide-angle lens – and they’ll all use Honor’s own Magic UI 5.0, which is based on Android 11.

Now we get into the differences between the three devices, and perhaps those differences are most obvious in the chipsets. While the standard Magic 3 will use a Snapdragon 888 chipset (with either 128GB or 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM), both the Pro and the Pro Plus will use a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset. The Magic 3 Pro will offer 8GB/12GB of RAM and 256GB/512GB of storage, while the Pro Plus will pack 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM – no configuration considerations necessary, it seems.

The three phones also differ when it comes to rear-facing cameras. On the back of the standard Magic 3, we’ll see a triple-camera array with a 50MP wide camera, a 64MP monochrome camera, and a 13MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens. The Magic 3 Pro keeps all of those but adds a 64MP telephoto camera with 3.5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, and 100x digital zoom. Meanwhile, the Pro Plus keeps all of that while adding optical image stabilization to the 50MP wide camera and upgrading the ultra-wide camera to a 64MP lens with a 126-degree field-of-view.

When it comes to battery, we’ll see all three phones outfitted with a 4,600mAh pack that has different capabilities depending on the model. While the battery in the standard Magic 3 supports 66W wired SuperCharge, the batteries in the Pro and Pro Plus offer that alongside 50W wireless SuperCharge and reverse wireless charging, which means you can use your phone to charge other devices. Add to that 5G and support for WiFi 6, and it sounds like we’ve got some flagships on our hands.

Honor says that these three phones will be available in mainland China and that it’ll announce new regions in the future. The standard Magic 3 will start at €899 and come in “Golden Hour” and “Blue Hour” styles made with synthetic leather, along with Black and White. The Magic 3 Pro will start at €1,099 and will be available in Golden Hour, Black, and White models, while the Magic 3 Pro Plus will start at €1,499 in Ceramic Black and Ceramic White models.

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iPhone 13 camera upgrade leak tips Portrait video and improved displays | English News | GulNews

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Expect Portrait video modes among the big camera updates on the iPhone 13, according to a new report, as pre-launch details on Apple’s flagship 2021 smartphone continue to leak out. The successor to the iPhone 12 family is expected to debut in September, and while the improvements are likely to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, that doesn’t mean there won’t be good reason to upgrade.

Apple made big changes to iPhone last year, with the iPhone 12 bringing 5G and a new design to the smartphone line-up. For 2021, the general aesthetic and the four-strong family are expected to stay, but changes inside and to the display will address some common requests from users.

A new Portrait mode for video is among those changes, according to a new Bloomberg report. Said to be internally referred to as Cinematic Video, that would use computational photography techniques to artificially blur the background while leaving the subject crisply in focused, emulating a classic bokeh effect from traditional camera lenses. iPhone has offered that feature in still photos for some years now, but 2021 will apparently expand the feature to video capture as well.

It’s not the only video update that’s rumored. Another is said to be ProRes support, a higher quality of video compression that Apple developed. It supports up to 8K resolution, though that’s not to say the iPhone 13 camera will necessarily reach that level. Currently, the iPhone 12 records up to 4K video, and the iPhone 13 is said to stick with that limit despite some Android handsets already offering 8K capture.

Then there’s a new filters system. Although the iPhone Camera app already supports color and black & white filters, this new system will apparently use artificial intelligence and machine learning to better implement different styles, rather than apply them ubiquitously across the image.

Among the options in the new system, it’s said, will be a choice of warmer or cooler colors that doesn’t change the white balance away from neutral in the process. Others will be more dramatic, or pull out more shadows and brightness in shots similar to what we expect from HDR images.

The features will tap new processing power from Apple’s latest A-Series chipset for mobile devices. Expected to be the Apple A15 Bionic, the SoC is also likely to power a new screen tech with a faster refresh rate. Likely to be branded ProMotion, as on the iPad Pro, that’s believed to run at 120 Hz for smoother scrolling and less jerkiness in games and video.

Finally, the notch is said to be smaller this time around. A new, updated version of the TrueDepth camera – which powers Face ID among other things – is believed to have allowed Apple to slim down its still-controversial display cutout. Other leaks have suggested the iPhone 13 will feature an always-on display, capable of showing notifications and other alerts even when in standby. That, ProMotion, and a smaller notch were key reasons cited as motivation to upgrade to iPhone 13 in a recent consumer survey.

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