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ALL about phones.

5-cam Phone

That’s right. Five (5) rear cameras. I’m fine with just one camera on my phone, two is more than I can use. But five? Is it overkill? I’m not so sure yet. I’d want to be able to use Nokia’s brand new phone - the Nokia 9 PureView (N9P). And from an article published by AnandTech, it seems like there’s a purpose to that seemingly chaotic camera setup.

The Nokia 9 is the world’s first handset to use a camera featuring six sensors/modules: two 12 MP RGB sensors featuring Zeiss optics, three 12 MP monochrome sensors using Zeiss lenses, and a time-of-light (ToF) depth sensor.

Those three monochrome sensors though. I wonder if that will make for really great black and white photos. Kinda like that of the Mate 10 Pro. Dedicated monochrome processing and not just conversion from color.

Here’s how that 5-camera system works as explained by an article from Digital Trends:

The five cameras on the back cannot be used individually — rather, they capture five photos each and fuse them together for a photo with richer information. More information from these sensors mean as more detailed photo that’s richer in just about every way. They’re all 12-megapixel cameras with f/1.8 apertures; the middle and bottom center are RGB sensors, and the outer three are monochromatic sensors. It’s the Light Lux Capacitor in the Snapdragon 845 that allows the Nokia 9 to capture and fuse these photos.

Speaking of photos, Digital Trends already posted the first photos I’ve seen taken with those cameras from the N9P. And it looks like the camera system is great at it.

The folding Huawei

I already told you about this from the last article I wrote. This time around though, someone from CNET has had hands-on time with the folding phone from Huawei - the Mate X. And they posted photos of it.

You can check out the photos through this link.

5G phones

Those are phones are among us. They’re expensive, yes. But they’re here. Even if the networks they’re supposed to be on isn’t even up yet. Things are just getting to be really doozy in the mobile phone market. So much to look forward to and hopefully, once the whole industry catches up, prices go down as well.

Until there’s a fully operational 5G network in some part or parts of the world, these 5G phones remain “useless”. Useless, of sorts, because its full potential isn’t realized. Sad but true.

In the meantime, here’s the full rundown of all the 5G phones released in the recent Mobile World Congress as reported by TechCrunch.


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