The official premiere of Asus Zenfone 8 smartphones will take place on May 12, and the most interesting model of this line will be Zenfone 8 mini – it combines a display with a diagonal of only 5.9 inches and the flagship SoC Snapdragon 888. Zenfone 8 mini is close in size to iPhone 12, and among Android -smartphones based on the top Qualcomm platform – one of the most compact in the world. Now we know what it looks like.
The case maker was quick to publish images of the Zenfone 8 mini 10 days before the official premiere. The main camera of Zenfone 8 mini is dual, like the iPhone 12. There is a standard headphone jack, and the fingerprint scanner, apparently, is built into the screen, which means that the OLED matrix is used, and the front camera will be embedded. Zenfone 8 mini is also credited with a 4000 mAh battery.
The world’s first smartphone in Pantone Color of the Year 2023. Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta unveiled
Motorola decided to be in trend and introduced the Edge 30 Fusion smartphone in Viva Magenta color.
Viva Magenta has been named Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023. The company’s specialists explained their choice by the fact that it is “an unusual red for an unusual time.”
It is worth noting that the Viva Magenta color has never been seen in smartphones before. Motorola’s novelty in this color, unfortunately, will be exclusive to the US market, but the company may well release its new flagship in the same color. It is also worth noting that the specified version of the smartphone will come with Moto Buds 600 ANC TWS headphones. True, the headphones will be of a different color, but even here Motorola decided to approach the issue from an unusual angle. The fact is that the headphones will be painted in Winetasting color, which was chosen by Pantone as an addition to Viva Magenta.
The Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta will be released in the US for $800. Technically, the smartphone does not differ from the original version, that is, it offers a Snapdragon 888 Plus, a 50-megapixel main camera, 68-watt charging and a 144-Hz screen.
Lost in Alaska: iPhone 14’s ‘satellite SOS’ feature helped save a man
Recently, the Alaska State Police received a message about a man stuck in the snow between the cities of Nurvik and Kotzebue. This is a remote area above the Arctic Circle where there is no cell service, so the man had to activate the emergency satellite service on his iPhone 14 to call for help. The Apple Emergency Response Center, along with local search and rescue teams and the US Arctic Northwest Rescue Coordinator, sent volunteer searchers to GPS coordinates transmitted by a smartphone. Rescuers arrived at the scene and successfully helped the stranded man, fortunately he was not injured.
It is worth noting that Apple honestly warns users about possible failures in the operation of satellite communications in some places above the 62nd parallel of the north latitude. Nurvik and Kotzebue are already closer to the 69th parallel of the northern latitude, but nevertheless, the “satellite SOS” worked perfectly: the rescuers were impressed by the accuracy and completeness of the information provided. Recall that an emergency message via satellite on the iPhone 14 includes not only coordinates, but also a small questionnaire, by filling out which the victim can briefly report what happened and what help he needs. This makes it easier for the rescue services. In mid-November, the function started working in the US and Canada, it will be available for free for two years, Apple has not yet announced anything about its cost in the future. The service should be launched in some European countries soon.
Future Samsung smartphones will be 2.5 billion times safer than current smartphones thanks to a new fingerprint scanner
Samsung is working to ensure that in the near future its smartphones will be equipped with under-screen fingerprint scanners that can scan three fingerprints at once.
This is useful for enhancing protection. According to Samsung itself, this solution is 2.5 billion times safer than using a single fingerprint. In addition, Samsung’s new screens will be able to scan fingerprints across their entire area, which will make the use of such scanners simply more convenient.
ISORG has announced that its own OPD (Organic Photo Diode) multi-fingerprint scanning technology is ready. The company believes that Samsung is likely to use similar materials and processes for its OLED 2.0 all-in-one fingerprint scanner.
The head of ISORG believes that Samsung can release relevant products as early as 2025. That is, perhaps such scanners will receive the flagship smartphones of the Galaxy S25 line.
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