Essential Smartphone with Smallest 360° Camera

Camera Phone Technology

We first saw 360° camera on action cam like Nikon Keymission that captures everything in every shot. Some device offer 170° camera which is good enough for travelers in capturing landscape. A new brand was introduced to the smartphone market called Essential with super wide angle lens and high-end specs for USD699.

This smallest 360° camera is an Essential phone accessory. The magnetic connector with wireless data transfer keeps your phone cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date. It has dual 12-megapixel fisheye lens with F1.8 aperture and 210° (each) FOV. The Essential smartphone with 360° camera has a limited time offer of USD749.

They tried to do a drop test on solid concrete, the Essential Phone’s titanium enclosure survived the fall without blemish. Yes, it’s titanium material, much stronger compare to other phone’s aluminum frame.

Essential PH-1 specification:

Dimension: 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm
Weight: 185 g (6.53 oz)
Build: Titanium frame
Display: 5.71-inches LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 835
Graphics: Adreno 540
Internal storage: 128GB
RAM: 4GB
Rear Camera: Dual 13-megapixel, F1.9 with LED flash
Front Camera: 8-megapixel, F2.2
Video: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
USB: Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Bluetooth: ver. 5.0
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Battery: Li-Ion 3040 mAh
Colors: Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon, Pure White

For me, over all features is great and looks promising, I’m now thinking of getting one for photography and travel purposes. It was globally announced in May 2017 but there is no specific date yet on when it will be available in the Philippines.

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My Top 3 Ideal Lazada Gadgets

Technology

In the past few weeks, there are typhoons and floods that caused brownouts in many area, damage to infrastructure, agriculture and to our homes. I always have my laptop and phone in fully charged when there is electricity supply rotation. There are some cases that you will get stranded in your office or anywhere because of heavy rains and floods that’s why I’m planning to buy something useful this rainy season.

z1 compact colors

 

The first thing that came up to my mind is a waterproof smartphone like Xperia Z1 compact, a high-end smartphone with very nice camera features and underwater capabilities. This is a smaller version of Xperia Z1 with same features and specs but more fit to the hand and easy to hold. If you have plan to upgrade your phone, try to ckeck the features of Xperia wateproof phones that will make you less worry of water splash and spill.

7000mah powerbank

I started to use powerbank last year and I’m planing to  upgrade to a new one with 9,000 to 13,000mAh. During brownout, some of us plug our mobile or tablet to laptop to charge it but that will drain your laptop battery. If you have a powerbank that you can carry anytime and anywhere, you have no worries of draining your battery in calls, messaging, surfing and gaming. Powerbank can be found anywhere in malls, Divisoria, Quiapo and also in online stores like Lazada PH, its available from 500mAh to 25,000mAh.

smartwatch 2

 

This Smartwatch from Sony can be used in any weather and be immersed in water. The battery will last up to 7days for minimum usage even if the watch display in On. There are multiple apps that can be install in this little device like health and fitness apps, social networking and imaging. What I really like about this watch is, you can read message directly to your watch without the hassle of pulling out your phone from your pocket or bag when you are on a bus or train. It can also serve as a remote for music handling.

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How Third World Countries Keep Up With Global Technological Updates

Technology

Asian countries are now catching up to its Western counterparts in terms of providing tech products and services to the rest of the world. With increasing Internet and mobile penetration rates, third-world countries, particularly in Asia, are now thriving markets for tech startup, media, and telecom companies. Below are some factors that are helping third-world countries keep up with the rest of the world in terms of modern advancements and technological updates:

1.  Gaining knowledge in the export market.

Exposure to news outlets and easy access to information enables companies and individuals from even the poorest countries to become knowledgeable to movements in the trade markets. Keeping abreast with the latest developments equips them in preparing for upcoming changes, adjust to shifting prices, and capitalize on opportunities.

2.  Creating a legal framework that ensures equality of opportunities.

Another way developing countries could better maximize technological advancements is through the establishment of legal economic and political frameworks, which guarantee equality of opportunities for each individual, as well as incentives for traders and investors.

A study from Mindy Sipe-Haesemeyer reported that most third-world countries rank low in terms of size of government, legal stability, regulation, and sound monetary policy because they haven’t yet accepted economic liberalization and are resistant to globalization. Third-world government leaders should note that it’s essential to consider the rights of each individual, and that open trade can help these people be free from oppression.

3. Getting help from developing countries.

Developing countries can aid third-world countries to advance and integrate their global network of communication, upgrade technologies, and help encourage a democratic political structure. They can also offer accessible and affordable equipment to the less-privileged nations. By giving these countries phone access and Internet service, these third-world countries can further advance in their businesses and facilitate better service to the rest of the world.

4. Getting proper education.

To ensure that the technology used in businesses by third world countries are up to date, these nations should be equipped with the right knowledge. Governments should be made aware that technology and free market don’t equate to negative idealisms against them, and that individuals are free to access, process information, and make conclusions on their own.

Economic growth is difficult when a tyrannical way of government is in place: the rights of the people are not valued, and a proper political structure and economic support is not provided. Providing support to less developed countries will benefit not only the third-world countries but will also push the developing countries forward educationally, politically, and economically.

5. Knowing your customers’ needs.

To stay competitive with more developed countries in the West, another skill third-world countries should master is knowing customers’ needs and being intuitive on the pulse of a specific target audience. This entails thorough market research, studying the attitudes, behavior, and preferences of customers, and responding to their needs.

An example of this is the emergence of startup tech companies in Asia, where business owners are able to launch innovative business ideas aimed at addressing any unmet need. One concrete example is the rise of credit card comparison portals in Asia, which allow users to compare credit cards and other financial products, enabling them to make sound financial choices.

With the right amount of determination, proper guidance, and liberalization, third-world countries are slowly bridging the gap with Western countries. With the steady increase of Asian startup companies that are establishing themselves as trusted service providers, it will come as no surprise to see third-world countries springing up to the top and coming out ahead of U.S. and Europe in some years.

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