Smartphone photography has somewhat influenced amateur photography for a few years now, at least, Apple and Samsung have won the appreciation of photographers and youngsters in general with software enhancements and DSLR-like photos. Recently, we have seen smartphone manufacturers are emphasizing greatly photography sections and bringing larger and sensitive camera sensors. Having a 108MP camera sensor isn't shocking news anymore.
When smartphone companies are competing with each other, Xiaomi decided to join the trend. The company announced its latest development through a Tweet. The company's official Twitter feed shows a short clip of a new 120mmm retractable camera lens that is built specifically for smartphones, taking the ultrawide lens that users are now getting used to, and giving it a major power-up. The tweet says, "Inspired by traditional camera designs, we now introduce you to the 120mm-equivalent retractable-wide aperture lens! Optimized with a bigger aperture and upgraded stabilizer, you can now capture better portraits and low light images.
If you have ever used a traditional camera, you must be familiar with the concept of retractable design. These lenses when pressed and rotate, get the extended length. In some cameras, it automatically starts the camera as well. The retractable camera lens has been absent from smartphones due to several reasons, including fragility and issues like waterproof. Those hurdles remain, which it is likely which Xiaomi is only showing off this bet of technology. Still, we can expect and hope for bigger steps in the future in terms of mobile photography.
Huawei has unveiled its brand new flagship smartphone, the Mate 9 and not without a "customary" dab at the Galaxy Note 7's battery disaster by stating that they have been monitored "to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life." There is no denying that the Mate 9 is an impressive smartphone with enough tricks up its sleeves to warrant it a position among the best in the business. Take a look below to check the specs and some of the functionalities that it offers.
Display: 5.9-inch Full High Definition (1080p) IPS LCD panel
SoC: Hisilicon Kirin 960 (Mali G71 MP8 GPU)
Storage: 64GB with support for micro-SD cards of up to 256GB (hybrid slot)
Rear camera: 20-mp + 12-mp Leica sensors with OIS, laser autofocus, phase detection, f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash
Front camera: 8-mp with f/1.9 aperture
Battery: 4,000mAh with "SuperCharge" fast charging
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 on top
Colors: Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Space Gray, Ceramic White and Graphite Black
Price: $777 for the regular version with 64GB storage and $1500 for the "Porsche Design" edition with 256GB storage
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The LG G5 did a number on the Samsung Galaxy S7's camera this year with its modular upgrades and in order to fight back, Samsung had declared that it would be releasing a modular lens cover for the S7 series of smartphones very soon. As promised, Samsung has now released the lens cover which will allow owners of the S7 or S7 Edge to enhance the imaging capabilities of their phones.
The lens cover comes with a tele-lens, as well as a wide-angle lens so that the user can switch them according to the need of the moment. The package including the phone cover and the two lenses are currently priced at around $120.99. Considering that a retailer in Holland had listed these covers at roughly $170 about eight weeks ago, the official price tag seems much more reasonable now.
You are probably familiar with how the lenses work already, but just in case you are not, here is some know-how. A wide-angle lens is usually used for capturing landscape shots or group photos. The telephoto lens on the other hand is ideal for shooting objects at a distance, for example, the moon. Given how much people depend on the cameras of their smartphones these days; this is an excellent move by Samsung.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
Google announced before that it is developing a Smart Contact Lens prototype containing a glucose sensor. The US-based company had earlier said that this lens won't be available to the general public for at-least next five years, it now looks like the wearable device may hit the market before 2019.
This was revealed in a recently uncovered patent application that showed off potential designs for how the search giant could package a smart contact lens. When reached for comment, a Google representative said that product releases can't be deduced from patent applications.
For those who aren't aware, the smart lens can measure glucose levels by analysing the wearer's tears. It is capable of generating a reading once per second.