Ahead of the local introduction of its newest flagship smartphone series, the leading smartphone brand vivo announces the launch of the vivo Imaging Academy. The academy will feature a series of online classes with renowned photographers here and abroad which aim to not only spotlight the outstanding photography features of the vivo X80 series but also impart top-notch photography techniques straight from the ZEISS masters.
There will be a total of five main episodes which will each be spearheaded by photography masters and experts. Every 35-minute episode will showcase the masters’ work and life experiences, case studies, and the key imaging functions and features of the X80 series in relation to different types of photography. At the end of each session, participants are encouraged to capture images and create their own art while applying the new techniques they have just learned.
Meet the Masters
New York-based photographer Michael Halsbandwas determined that he wanted to become a photographer at the very young age of 10. Many years and thousands of photographs later, he has already made his mark in the photography scene as the former exclusive photographer of The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Andy Warhol, among many prominent bands and celebrities.
His works are exhibited and archived by major art museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, and The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania. For the vivo Imaging Academy series, Michael will be sharing his insights about Portrait Photography: Journey to understand what defines to be an iconic image.
Peter Van Agtmael
Known for his surrealist style of photography is multi-awarded photographer Peter Van Agtmael who is also based in New York. Heavily influenced by his Yale history degree and the 911 attacks, his works usually reflect images of conflicts, history, nationalism, militarism, and social classes. He works with the New York Times and his works are archived by the International Center of Photography, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Deutsche Bank, and Yale University Art Gallery.
Because of his extensive work especially on the US wars in Israel and Palestine, Peter has been recognized by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, the Magnum Foundation, Pictures of the Year International (PoYI), and the Pulitzer Center, among others. For the vivo Imaging Academy series, Peter will be talking about Documentary Photography: Finding the beauty in the ordinary.
Michael and Peter will also be joined by other renowned photographers who are also experts in their respective fields. Among them is an artist and photojournalist Issa Barte. Despite picking up photography only during the pandemic, her passion and dedication to giving a platform to the existing climate crisis at a grassroots level made it too difficult for National Geographic not to notice her work. In 2021, she was recognized as one of NatGeo’s 25 Young Explorers and Changemakers around the globe. Issa will be sharing her story and some expert tips through her episode Nature Photography: empowering change through photography.
ZEISS Ambassador E-Jay Zhang specializes in urban architecture, night scenes, and night portrait photography. All the way from China, E-Jhay will be spearheading the episode Night Shot: Capture Amazing City Landscape at Night. To complete the list of masters and experts is Raul Romo, a self-taught freelance photographer based in Los Angeles, California. He specializes in portraiture and fashion photography.
His works include magazine cover shoots for popular celebrities like Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, and Ashanti. For the vivo Imaging Academy master class series, Raul will be talking about Commercial Photography: Leverage lights and colors for stylish portraits.
Learn From Some of the World’s Best
The vivo Imaging Academy masterclass series will be available on vivo Philippines’ official Youtube and TikTok channels starting this month. The first episode featuring Michael Halsband will be available on June 15-20 while each of the remaining episodes will be premiered individually in the succeeding months following this schedule: Peter Van Agtmael (July 15-20), Issa Barte (August 15-20), E-Jhay Zhang (September 15-20) and Raul Romo (October 15-20).
The vivo Y02s is a slim yet powerful entry-level smartphone
An entry-level smartphone as your daily driver.
Report has it that vivo is gearing up to launch yet another entry-level smartphone that is said to be the successor of the vivo Y01 — the vivo Y02s.
Vivo has been on top of its game when it comes to launching smartphones that meet the users’ digital needs — from entry-level to flagship, vivo ensures that there’s a vivo smartphone perfect for its fans from all walks of life — and the innovation never stops.
This new addition to the vivo Y series smartphone line is rumored to house a 5000 mAh battery and is allegedly the thinnest design ever in its price range with only 8.15 mm thick. If that’s the case, users can expect a slim vivo Y02s that will surely offer a comfortable grip with an immense battery capacity.
Based on the leaked photos, the vivo Y02s comes in two stylish colors: Flourite Black and Vibrant Blue, and already supports a USB Type-C port. It is also tipped that the upcoming vivo Y02s is powered by MediaTek Helio P35 chipset which will offer consumers a smooth performance and might come paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, allowing users to save more photos and files without hassle.
vivo surely knows how to combine style and quality together without breaking the pocket of its consumers. vivo is yet to disclose the official price of the vivo Y02s but it is expected to launch in the Philippines soon! Stay tuned for more details.
Special deals on Nokia smartphones this rainy season
From July 29 until September 30, you can save up to Php 1,000 off and get amazing freebies and bundles!
Making the cloudy days brighter, HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announces deals and promos for fans to enjoy this wet season. Selected Nokia smartphones and tablets came with awesome discounts and are bundled with classic, limited-edition branded umbrellas and hoodies that are perfect for the weather.
From July 29 until September 30, customers can save up to Php 1,000 off of Nokia smartphones, and get amazing freebies and bundles:
- Experience a full-day battery life, big and crystal-clear HD+ screen with the Nokia C10. Get over 10 per cent off with the Nokia C10 1GB RAM and 32GB storage, now available for only Php 3,090 from its original price of Php 3,590. From its original price of Php3,990, the Nokia C10 in 2GB RAM and 32GB configuration, has a 5 per cent slash off for a discounted price of Php 3,790.
- Enjoy legacy durability wrapped in a stylish and sturdy exterior and all-day battery life of the Nokia C21. With 2GB RAM and 32GB memory in Dark Blue and Dark Grey colour variant receives a Php 500 off discount, from its regular price of Php 5,490, now at Php 4,990.
- Grab the Nokia G50 that boasts two-day battery life 18W fast-charging technology and a 49MP triple-lens camera with AI smarts for as low as Php 12,990, a whopping Php 1,000 off from its original price of Php 13,990. You can also get a limited-edition Hoodie for every purchase of the smartphone.
- Three Nokia smartphones – Nokia C2 2nd edition, Nokia C30 and Nokia G21 come with an umbrella freebie.
- The Nokia C2 2nd edition offers optimal storage that makes it easier for users to customize the device and make it their own. It is available in 2GB RAM and 32GB configuration in grey colour variant for Php 4,790.
- Enjoy watching animated videos with Nokia C30’s huge 6.82-inch HD+ screen and supersized 6000mAh battery that gives users enough energy for up to three days on a single charge. Get this device with 3GB RAM and 64GB memory in a green colour variant for Php 6,690.
- Fans can capture exciting moments with the newest member of the G-series, the Nokia G21, with its 50MP triple-lens camera to create professional-looking photographs. Available in 6GB RAM and 128GB storage in Nordic blue (navy) colour variant at Php 9,990.
- In an extended offer from HMD Global’s latest tablet, fans can get the Nokia T20 with the new Nokia Wired Headphones bundled for Php 10,990. The Nokia T20 has optimum durability and a powerful 8200mAh battery for non-stop web-surfing can be perfectly paired with the Nokia Wired Headphones that support users with pumping bass and powerful sound through the accessory’s lightweight foldable design and comfortable cushions.
Relax amid the rainy days
Staying at home for safety during the wet season can be spent in relaxation. Enjoying one’s family or me-time with the Nokia C10 hits the spot, with its big crystal-clear HD+ screen for binge-watching favourite shows, Youtube and TikTok videos.
It comes with AndroidTM 11 (Go Edition) software to keep data safe and the phone running smoothly as one spends their recreational activities virtually.
Stay productive at home
Let the rain pour while you work using the newest family member of the C-series – the Nokia C21. The Nokia C21 boasts a streamlined operating system on a higher memory smartphone with a multi-core processor that brings efficiencies without sacrificing the signature all-day battery life – download at speed and enjoy fast app opening times, for an even snappier, more productive experience.
The Nokia C21 smartphone also comes with AI-powered face unlock and is now supported by a fingerprint sensor for extra security and convenience. This way, users can be assured that every file on their phone is safe.
Explore creativity indoors
Staying indoors can be an opportunity to create amazing content with the Nokia G50. The smartphone’s impressive 49MP triple-lens camera with AI smarts can capture life’s precious moments anywhere and anytime.
Taking a video with Nokia G50 will also give users a good result, thanks to the video stabilization technology that ensures steady frame shots.
Maintain peace of mind with the family
For carefree family time with the young ones indoors, the Nokia C2 2nd Edition gives users peace of mind, being a super-tough smartphone thanks to its durable inner metal chassis. The smartphone is designed to withstand the roughness and tumble of everyday activities.
An accessible smartphone to amplify one’s selfie-game at home while the rain is pouring outside, the Nokia’s C2 2nd Edition’s front and rear camera can give users good quality photos even in low light settings while indoors.
Worry no more with online classes and meetings
The weather may push everyone to do their daily tasks and activities remotely at home. The Nokia C30 has fans covered with its huge 6.82-inch HD+ display that they can maximize for working or studying from home, navigating online meetings and presentations with ease. Study and work breaks are now made more meaningful with some well-earned catching up on online video series with its massive display.
Hardworking individuals require a battery that can keep up. The Nokia C30 sports a supersized 6000mAh battery giving users enough energy for up to three days on a single charge. One can upskill, stream and connect to those that matter most to them, worry-free.
Last longer for emergencies
Due to the heavy rains and strong winds, power outages are inevitable during this time of the year. Good thing the new Nokia G21 has an unmatched three-day battery life that users can rely on, even on a full weekend without a charger. Fans can turn on the all-new bespoke Super Battery Saver mode to make the phone last even longer – available exclusively on selected Nokia phones.
Users can even choose where exactly the energy savings are made, so they can still access key features that are needed. When the time to fuel up arrives, its 18W fast charging ensures users won’t have to wait long to get going again.
Make every moment memorable with the family
Making indoor moments with the family more memorable and productive has never been this easy. The Nokia T20 tablet brings the same quality you’d expect from a Nokia smartphone to a much bigger screen, all members of the family can enjoy its innovative and accessible features. This includes a crystal clear 2K screen together with its stunning sound quality, from which users can catch every detail when it matters most to enjoy a truly immersive listening experience.
Nokia smartphones offer great storage and battery life right out of the box and come with years of monthly security updates. Giving every user the freedom to browse, shop and bank safely online without worries. The Nokia C-series – Nokia C30, Nokia C2 2nd edition, Nokia C10 and Nokia C21 can receive two years of regular security updates, while the Nokia G-series – Nokia G50 and Nokia G21, and the Nokia T20 Tablet come with three years of monthly security updates.
Customers can avail of these special deals and freebies in all Nokia mobile physical stores and kiosks nationwide and online at Shopee, Lazada, Mxmemoexpress.com, Zalora and all authorised resellers. All promos above are not in conjunction with other promos unless stated otherwise.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Here’s what you need to know
Is this the best option if you want a phone that also functions as a small tablet?
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was revolutionary when it was originally introduced in 2019. Even though the overall formula hasn’t altered dramatically three generations later, Samsung has greatly improved it. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the most advanced foldable produced by the firm to date thanks to those years of improvement.
On August 10, 2022, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 was released as part of the summer season of Galaxy Unpacked events. The general sale date was set for August 26 and preorders began that day. At the same event, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Z Flip 4, Galaxy Watch 5, and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is simply a more refined version of the company’s already-proven formula. The new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC upgrades both the processor and cameras. The design has been slightly modified to provide a little bit more screen real estate, better durability, and an all-around more attractive grip. The experience is further enhanced by some new software techniques and new colors.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 doesn’t significantly change from its predecessors overall. As usual, it seems to be a “regular” smartphone when folded, although a rather thick one. However, if you open it up like a book, a sizable foldable display is revealed. When you need more space, the inner display lets you use it like a tablet, while the outer display lets you use it like a regular smartphone.
There is hardly any competition for Samsung in the foldables market. The competition it does have—from Motorola, Oppo, Xiaomi, and a few other companies—cannot compete with Samsung’s global presence. In North America, you have two options if you want a foldable phone: a Samsung “fold” type phone or a Samsung “flip” style phone.
In light of this, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is currently the greatest foldable smartphone available worldwide. It has many advantages over the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and is more powerful and capable than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 from a year ago. If you want a folding smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the best one you can get right now.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 not only has some of the best hardware on the market, but it also boasts the best software commitment of any foldable available. Samsung will send security updates for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 for five years and four Android upgrades, making it a good long-term investment.
Obviously, this phone is pricey. A used or refurbished Galaxy Z Fold 3 could be a better choice if you can’t afford the minimum price of $1,799. A Galaxy Z Flip 4 is another option and starts at $999. However, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is now the best option if you want a phone that also functions as a small tablet.
|Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4|
– 1.9-inch Super AMOLED
– 512 x 260
– Gorilla Glass Victus Plus
– 6.7-inch Super AMOLED
– 120Hz refresh rate
– 2,640 x 1,080)
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1|
|Storage||128, 256, or 512GB|
No expandable storage
25W Super Fast Charging
Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
No charger in the box
– 12MP wide, 1.8μm, OIS, Dual Pixel AF, ƒ/1.8
– 12MP ultrawide, 1.12μm, ƒ/2.2Internal:
– 10MP, 1.22μm, ƒ/2.4
Dolby Atmos support
No 3.5mm headphone port
|SIM||Single nano-SIM tray|
|Biometrics||Side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor|
One UI 4.1
|Dimensions and weight||Folded dimensions:|
– 84.9 x 71.9 x 17.1mm (measured at hinge)Unfolded dimensions:
– 165.2 x 71.9 x 6.9mmWeight:
– 187gIPX8 water resistance
|Colors||Global: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, BlueBespoke Edition:|
– Front/back: Yellow, White, Navy, Khaki, Red
– Frame: Silver, Black, Gold
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