OPPO’s Reno series is all set to get a refresh tomorrow, at the official Reno3 5G launch event in Hangzhou, China. The Reno3 5G and Reno3 Pro 5G models will be officially announced tomorrow alongside the company’s new OPPO Enco Free TWS earbuds. With their launch tomorrow, OPPO would also officially label the Reno series as the smartphone lineup with one of the shortest product cycles ever! After all, this would be the third-generation model, with the first-gen device being announced just 10 months ago!
Despite having a 5G phone in the market – the OPPO Reno 5G, the Reno3 5G duo will be the pioneering the company’s growth in this emerging market. Both phones are expected to be mid-range with a few premium features and will ditch the pop-up camera design of its predecessors.
Since the OPPO Reno3 5G and the Reno3 Pro 5G differ quite significantly, let’s take a look at what to expect from each device individually.
OPPO Reno3 5G Design & Specs (Expected)
The OPPO Reno3 5G will be what the Redmi K20 was in the K20 series. It will bring 5G, an AMOLED display, a quad-camera setup, and a thin sub-8mm body at a cheaper price tag than the Pro model.
In terms of design, the Reno3 5G and its Pro sibling will differ quite significantly on the front. The Reno3 5G will feature a flat 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ display with a waterdrop notch on top. If you know, motorized camera setups ensure you have a full-screen display, but they have a drawback. Pop-up camera-equipped phones are heavier and thicker than traditional front camera solutions, like a waterdrop notch. OPPO is giving priority to a slimmer and comfortable form factor on the Reno3 5G and hence, you get the waterdrop notch on its display.
At the back, things are very similar to the ‘Pro’ version. We can expect a quad-camera setup on the top left corner with the bottom two cameras sharing the same sub-housing. This is what differentiates the Reno3 with the Pro version, which has all the four cameras within its pill-shaped camera housing. The words ‘Ultra Steady’ are written beside the quad-camera solution, which confirms the phone will have some sort of video feature like the ‘Super Stable’ mode on the OnePlus 7 series.
In terms of specs, the quad-camera setup is expected to feature a 64MP primary shooter with an 8MP wide-angle sensor, and two other 2MP sensors, likely for Macro and bokeh. On the front, you can expect a 32MP shooter to take care of your selfies.
Inside, the OPPO Reno3 5G is confirmed to feature the Dimensity 1000L 5G processor. We can expect Mali-G77 GPU to be paired with the CPU for a pretty good graphics performance. There should be an 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM variant alongside a high-end 12GB RAM + 128GB ROM model. A large 4025mAh battery should take care of the power requirements with the 30W VOOC 4.0 fast charging technology.
OPPO has already confirmed that both, the Reno3 5G and the Reno3 5G Pro models will feature a 360° surround antenna design to better implement 5G connectivity. Both phones will support 5G SA/NSA (standalone / non-standalone) networks.
As for the pricing, the 8GB RAM + 128GB model of the Reno3 5G is rumored to start at 3,199 Yuan ($458) while the 12GB RAM + 128GB model could be priced at 3,599 Yuan ($515).
OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G Design & Specs (Expected)
OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G is going to be the star of the launch event tomorrow. The phone will feature a beautiful curved 6.5-inch display on the two sides, kind of like the Galaxy S10. I mentioned the Galaxy S10, and not the OnePlus 7T Pro here simply because it shares one another feature that’s present on the S10 – a punch-hole camera. The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G is confirmed to feature a punch-hole camera on the top left corner of the display. It looks like punch-hole cameras are gaining traction in the premium smartphone segment with the likes of the Redmi K30 5G, Vivo X30 Pro 5G, and even the upcoming Realme X50 featuring one, or even two, punch-hole shooters on the display. Note that the display will feature a high 90Hz refresh rate.
The Reno3 Pro 5G will also come with a slim profile, measuring just 7.7mm in thickness and 171 grams, a far cry from the 9mm thick and 190+ gram weight of the Reno2 Z or even the OPPO Reno 5G models. To make things really interesting, OPPO has confirmed that the phone will feature a 4025mAh battery with 30W fast charging too, in this slim form factor. At the back, the quad-cameras will be arranged vertically, in a pill-shaped design.
It is expected that both, the OPPO Reno3 5G and the Reno3 Pro 5G will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. To recall, the OPPO Reno 5G model didn’t have this dedicated jack, but it made a comeback with the Reno2 Z. Even the Pro model is expected to feature an in-display fingerprint solution. There should be four colors available at launch: Misty White, Sunrise Impression (Blue-red gradient), Blue Starry Night, and Midnight Black.
The quad-cameras at the back should feature a 48MP primary camera, with an 8MP shooter (likely wide-angle), another 13MP sensor (telephoto likely), and a 2MP shooter (possibly for macro or bokeh). According to a recent Geekbench listing, the OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G, aka PCRMOO scored 2847 and 7686 in the benchmark test. It didn’t reveal the processor inside but OPPO has already confirmed that it will use the Snapdragon 765G octa-core chipset, the same one that powers the Redmi K30 5G.
Both phones are expected to run on ColorOS 7 based on Android 10.
The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G’s 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM model is rumored to start at 3699 yuan ($529) and it could go up to 4199 yuan ($601) for the 12GB RAM +256GB top-end variant.
Reservations for both the devices are already up in China and have crossed 500,000 registrations already.
The Reno3 5G and the Reno3 Pro 5G will be announced tomorrow. So we are less than 24 hours away from getting official details from the company.
Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)