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I took the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 home for a few days.

Here are a few impressions of the pre-release unit.

Models start shipping in September 2019.

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OPPO Reno12 Series Launch Promotion is Hard to Resist

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OPPO is about to release its Reno12 Series, which on its own, looks to be a smart buy. But when you consider the promotional offer OPPO has planned for the first month, it’s not just a smart buy, it’s a no brainer.

RENO12 PRO

The Reno series has always been a leading mid-to-premium range mobile device for photography with cutting edge-features and now it’s leading the way in AI for OPPO.

So what’s the deal?

To celebrate the Australian launch of the Reno12 series, OPPO is offering a special Gift With Purchase promotion.

DJURO SEN TALKS ABOUT THE OPPO WATCH X ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION WITH TIM GILBERT

From 27 June to 25 July, 2024 – customers who order the Reno12 Pro for A$999 will receive an OPPO Watch X, valued at A$699, as a gift with purchase via redemption.

Customers ordering the Reno12 for A$799 will receive an OPPO Pad Neo, valued at A$449, as a gift with purchase via redemption.

RENO12

I’ve seen a few promos in my time and this is one of the best.

“We are incredibly excited to introduce the OPPO Reno12 Series and Watch X to our Australian customers,” said Michael Tran, Managing Director of OPPO Australia.

“With the Reno12 Series, we’re following through on our commitment to bring advanced AI capabilities to handsets beyond flagships.

“Following on from our recently launched Pad Neo, the new OPPO Watch X further demonstrates our dedication to continuing to build out the OPPO ecosystem for our Australian customers by now providing a high-end wearable product.”

RENO12 SERIES AND GENERATIVE AI

The Reno12 Series comes with a suite of GenAI features you’d find in more expensive handsets. AI Eraser allows users to easily remove strangers in photos with a simple tap. AI Studio can create digital avatars or artistic portrait styles from just one single user photo.

Both phones have AI support to enhance group photos. Including opening eyes that were closed and other facial enhancements.

The Reno12 Series looks good with a 6.7-inch 120Hz OLED display attached to a high-strength alloy framework. This helps to protect the devices from drops, pressure, and water. They are powered by the new 4nm MediaTek Dimensity 7300-Energy mobile platform, co-developed by MediaTek and OPPO.

CAMERA RENO12 PRO SPECS

Camera Specifications
Camera Specification
Rear Main: 50MP; f/1.8; FOV 79°; 5P lens; AF; OIS supported
Ultra-wide angle: 8MP; f/2.2; FOV 112°; 5P lens
Telephoto: 50MP; f/2.0; FOV 90°; 5P lens; AF supported
Front 50MP; f/2.0; FOV 90°; 5P lens; AF supported
Shooting Mode Rear: Pro, Video, Photo, Portrait, Night, Extra HD, Pano, Slo-Mo, Time-Lapse, Dual-view video, Sticker, Doc Scanner, and Google Lens
Front: Video, Photo, Portrait, Night, Pano, Time-lapse, Dual-view video, Sticker, etc.

Video Specifications Reno12 Pro

Video Specifications Reno12 Pro

Category Specification
Rear 4K@30fps, 1080p/720p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Video stabilisation: EIS/OIS, 4K@30fps, 1080p/720P@30fps, 1080P@60fps
Video zoom: 4K@30fps, 1080P/720P@30fps, 1080P@60fps; zoom not supported for Ultra Steady Video
Slo-mo: 1080p@120fps/480fps, 720p@240fps/960fps
Time-lapse: 1080p@30fps
Dual-view video: 1080p@30fps
Front 4K@30fps (max) and 1080p@30fps (default) (beautification enabled by default)
Video stabilisation in 1080p/720p@30fps and 1080p@60fps
Video zoom supported
Slow motion not supported

CAMERA RENO12 SPECS

CAMERA RENO12 SPECS

Category Specification
Rear Camera Main: 50MP; f/1.8; FOV 79°; 5P lens; AF; OIS supported
Ultra-wide angle: 8MP; f/2.2; FOV 112°; 5P lens
Macro: 2MP; f/2.4; FOV 89°; 3P lens
Shooting Modes: Pro, Video, Photo, Portrait, Night, Extra HD, Pano, Slo-Mo, Time-Lapse, Dual-view video, Sticker, Doc Scanner, and Google Lens
Front Camera 32MP; f/2.0; FOV 90°; 5P lens; AF supported
Shooting Modes: Video, Photo, Portrait, Night, Pano, Time-lapse, Dual-view video, Sticker, etc.

Video Specifications

Video Specifications Reno12

Category Specification
Rear 4K@30fps, 1080P@60fps/30fps, and 720P@30fps
Video stabilisation: EIS/OIS, 4K@30fps, 1080P@60fps/30fps, and 720P@30fps
Video zoom: 4K@30fps, 1080P@60fps/30fps, and 720P@30fps
Video slow motion: 1080P@480fps/120fps and 720P@960fps/240fps
Time-lapse: 1080P@30fps
Front 4K/1080P/720P@30fps (max), 1080P@30fps (beautification on by default)
Video stabilisation in 1080P/720P@30fps
Video zoom supported
Time-lapse supported
Slow motion not supported

I’ve always considered OPPO the industry leader in battery tech. The Reno12 Series includes OPPO’s 80W SUPERVOOC Flash Charge technology. These phones have the highest energy density 5,000 mAh battery in Reno Series history with up to four years of optimal battery lifespan.

THE BONUS DEVICES

So what are the gift devices like? This is what to expect if you purchase a Reno12 Pro or Reno12.

Watch X

OPPO WATCH X

OPPO Watch X is A$699 device on its own. OPPO claims it has a 100 hour battery life, that’s four-and-a-bit days if you didn’t want to do the maths. This is something I’ll be testing over the coming weeks. I might also note, it can apparently reach 12 days in Power Saver Mode.

It lasts that long thanks to a large 500mAh battery. Watch VOOC Flash Charging works for both multi-day use and quick recharging. It can be fully charged in just 60 minutes or provide an additional 24 hours of use in as little as 10 minutes.

Watch X is equipped with dual-frequency GPS and multiple exclusive fitness monitoring features. Powered by Wear OS, Watch X can install Google apps including Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Wallet, and Google Play. It offers a wide range of third-party apps, and with Fast Pair, it can be quickly connected and set up with your OPPO or other Android smartphone.

OPPO WATCH X

At the heart of Watch X is OPPO’s proprietary dual-engine architecture with two separate chipsets — the Snapdragon® W5 Gen 1 Wearable Platform and the BES2700 MCU. The watch’s two chips have been tuned to work in tandem with Wear OS’s hybrid interface.

It’s pretty tough too. It’s passed the MIL-STD-810H US military standard and is rated for IP68 dust resistance and 5ATM water resistance. 

Pad Neo

DJURO SEN SHOWS OFF THE OPPO PAD NEO ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION WITH TIM GILBERT

If you bought the OPPO Pad Neo outright, you’d spend A$449 for a pretty good tablet.

The 11.4-inch 2.4K ReadFit screen with a 7:5 aspect ratio is ideal for reading. 7:5 is really like having a book in your hand. Compared with conventional 5:3 tablet displays with similar diagonal screen lengths, the OPPO Pad Neo offers nearly 7% additional screen area.

The 2.4K screen is 2408 x 1720 pixels at a density of 260PPI. It covers 96% NTSC colour gamut with 400 nits peak brightness. Good stats but it is best viewed indoors.

Key Features
  • 11.36” LCD with 2.4K Resolution and 90Hz Display
  • 8000 mAh Battery, 33W SUPERVOOC Flash Charging
  • Dolby Atmos Quad Speakers
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB Storage

You can read more about the Pad Neo here.

OPPO Reno12 Series Availability

OPPO Reno12 Series Availability

Event Details
Pre-Sale 27th June
On Sale 11th July
Reno12 RRP $799
Reno12 Pro RRP $999
Reno12 Colours Astro Silver and Black Brown
Reno12 Pro Colours Nebula Silver and Nebula Black
Retailers OPPO Australia’s Online Store, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, and Harvey Norman

Review videos coming soon.

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WWDC 2024: Apple Intelligence

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is underway in California and yes, AI is the feature item. ChatGPT is part of the package but not all of it. Apple has been using a types of AI to perform tasks like photography for some time but now the tech giant is all in with generative AI.

AI NOW MEANS

“APPLE INTELLIGENCE”

Apple Intelligence will be available later this year when integrated into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia. Private Cloud Compute adds computational capacity between on-device processing and larger, server-based models that run on dedicated Apple silicon servers.

“Our unique approach combines generative AI with a user’s personal context to deliver truly helpful intelligence,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

SIRI

Siri gets a badly needed overhaul thanks to Apple Intelligence. One of the main issues with Siri has been the lack of integration with the iPhone’s features and lack of understanding of context. That’s all changing with AI. We can look forward to more intelligent language capabilities, plus more natural and more effective communication.

If you hesitate or stumble, Siri can follow your conversation while maintaining context from one request to the next. Impressively, users can type to Siri, and switch between text and voice – nice. It can even give tech support by answering questions about how to do something on the iPhone or iPad.

Siri also looks different. It will light up around the display edges when active, giving a clear indication that it is listening.

Siri will be much more useful thanks to AI. If a friend texts a user their new address in Messages, the receiver can say, “Add this address to his contact card.” Siri will work across apps too.

I often run into trouble trying to play a podcast via Siri I’ve been listening to since 2006. Now I can say things like, “Play that podcast that Mick recommended,” and Siri will locate and play the episode, without the user having to remember whether it was mentioned in a text or an email. Or, “When is Mum’s flight landing?” and Siri will find the flight details and cross-reference them with real-time flight tracking to give an arrival time.

If Siri delivers on all these changes in real life, while I’m driving my car, I’ll be doing cartwheels to celebrate.

CHATGPT

Later this year ChatGPT access will be integrated into iOS 18, iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia but Apple’s put a deliberate roadblock in place. Users will be asked before any questions are sent to ChatGPT, along with any documents or photos, and Siri then presents the answer directly.

Privacy protections when using ChatGPT include the obscuring of IP addresses and OpenAI won’t store requests. ChatGPT’s data-use policies will apply when users connect their account. Apple users can access it for free without creating an account, and ChatGPT subscribers can connect their accounts and access paid features right from these experiences.

ChatGPT will be accessible from Apple’s Writing Tools ecosystem and through Compose, users can also access ChatGPT image tools.

PRIVACY

Apple has always been big on privacy. Sometimes it’s held the company back while others have made profitable use of our previous personal data. To make AI work on a device it needs to get to know us. Know our habits and preferences.

This requires trust.

On-device processing is a big part of that for Apple and the iPhone for example is a very secure device to run AI. To run more complex requests that require more processing power, Private Cloud Compute extends the privacy and security of Apple devices into the cloud to unlock even more intelligence.

With Private Cloud Compute, Apple Intelligence can flex and scale its computational capacity and draw on larger, server-based models for more complex requests. These models run on servers powered by Apple silicon, so that only data relevant to the user’s task is processed on Apple servers, but never stored or made accessible to Apple.

PHOTOS

You’ll be able to search through your photo library using natural language. Using Apple Intelligence anyone can search for “Dick surfing in a red shirt,” or “Jessie with ink on her face.”

A really handy feature will be searching within videos. You’ll be able to find specific moments without having to scroll through hundreds of minutes of video.

Just like Android AI devices, iOS users can use the new Clean Up tool to identify and remove distracting objects in the background.

Memories allows users to create a story by just typing a description. Apple Intelligence will choose the photos and videos, create a storyline and arrange them into a movie. AI will offer song suggestions to match from Apple Music.

During this process all photos and videos are kept private on device.

WRITING

Users can rewrite, proofread, and summarise text they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps. AI will allow users to choose from different versions of their written content.

MAIL

In Mail there’s a new Priority Messages section at the top of the inbox. Instead of previewing the first few lines of each email, users can see summaries without needing to open a message. When it comes to long threads, key details can be selected and Smart Reply gives suggestions for a quick response, while AI identifies questions in an email.

NOTIFICATIONS

Priority Notifications appear at the top of the stack to show what’s most important. Summaries help users scan long or stacked notifications to show key details right on the Lock Screen. To stop notifications from being a distraction – Reduce Interruptions – will only show notifications that might need immediate action, like an urgent medical call.

TRANSCRIPTION

In the Notes and Phone apps, users can now record, transcribe, and summarise audio. When a recording is initiated while on a call, participants are automatically notified, and once the call ends, Apple Intelligence generates a summary to help recall key points.

IMAGE PLAYGROUND

Image Playground allows users to create images in three styles: Animation, Illustration, or Sketch. It’s a dedicated app which also operates within apps like Messages. In Notes, users can access Image Playground through the new Image Wand in the Apple Pencil tool palette. You will also find it in Keynote, Freeform, and Pages plus third-party apps.

GENMOJI

Something I’ve always wanted to do on the fly is create my own emoji. Now we can. Users can create an original ‘Genmoji’ just by typing a description or based on their photos of friends and family. As with emojis, Genmoji can be added inline to messages, or shared as a sticker or reaction in a Tapback.

AVAILABILITY

Apple Intelligence is free for Apple device users, and will be available in beta as part of iOS 18iPadOS 18, and macOS Sequoia later this year in U.S. English.

Some features, software platforms, and additional languages will arrive next year. Apple Intelligence will be available on iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and iPad and Mac with M1 and later, with Siri and device language set to U.S. English.

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New iPad Pro Just Jumped the Queue with M4 Chip

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We knew the iPad Pro was going to get a processor bump, but this is ridiculous. Apple has given the new iPad Pro the M4 chip, making it the most advanced device in the company’s lineup. Sounds crazy but it’s true.

The second-generation 3-nanometer M4 features a new display engine to drive a radical new OLED display. More on that in a moment. The new CPU has up to 10 cores, while the new 10-core GPU builds on the M3 by bringing Dynamic Caching, hardware-accelerated ray tracing, and hardware-accelerated mesh shading to iPad for the first time.

The M4 has Apple’s fastest Neural Engine ever, capable of up to 38 trillion operations per second. Apple says that’s faster than the neural processing unit of any AI PC today.

“The new iPad Pro with M4 is a great example of how building best-in-class custom silicon enables breakthrough products,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies.

“The power-efficient performance of M4, along with its new display engine, makes the thin design and game-changing display of iPad Pro possible, while fundamental improvements to the CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and memory system make M4 extremely well suited for the latest applications leveraging AI. Altogether, this new chip makes iPad Pro the most powerful device of its kind.”

Despite all this horsepower, the new iPad Pro is the thinnest product Apple has ever made with the 13-inch model just 5.1mm thin while the 11-inch model is just 5.3mm thin.

Now to the display. Apple calls it the Ultra Retina XDR display.

It features tandem OLED technology that uses two OLED panels, combining the light from both to provide extra brightness. The new iPad Pro supports 1000 nits of full-screen brightness for SDR and HDR content, and 1600 nits peak for HDR. Tandem OLED technology enables sub-millisecond control over the colour and luminance of each pixel.

Apple says highlights appear brighter and there’s more detail in shadows. A new nano-texture glass option is now available to cut down on glare.

The tandem OLED technology is very interesting. It’s also available on both pro models.

Apple’s also updated the cameras on the new iPad Pro. The 12MP back camera has improved colour capture, improved textures, and detail in low light. It also now features a new adaptive True Tone flash that improves document scanning.

The front TrueDepth camera system moves to the landscape location. The Ultra Wide 12MP camera with Center Stage improves video conferencing in landscape orientation.

iPad Pro supports Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4, giving up to 40Gb/s connectivity. Thunderbolt supports external displays like the Pro Display XDR at 6K and external storage.

iPad Pro supports Wi-Fi 6E connection and there’s a new Apple Pencil Pro.

But one of the really interesting accouncements was about software. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2, will be released soon and it promises a lot. Live Multicam is a new feature that allows your iPad to view and control up to four connected iPhone and iPad devices wirelessly.

Backing up Live Multicam is a new capture app for iPad and iPhone. Final Cut Camera gives users control over options like white balance, ISO, and shutter speed, along with monitoring tools like overexposure indicators and focus peaking. Final Cut Camera works as a standalone capture app or with Live Multicam. Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 also allows users to create or open projects from external storage.

I’ve become a regular user of Blackmagic Camera App, but it’s great Apple is bringing us a native app with ‘professional’ controls but please note, it’s not free.

In fact if you watch the keynote, in the end credits you’ll notice that Apple again shot the whole event on iPhone and edited it on iPad. Another big production statement from Apple.

Logic Pro for iPad 2 is available on 14 May.

We’ll have more coverage from today’s keynote shortly on Image Matrix Tech and Sky News Australia Weekend Edition this Sunday.

Pricing and Availability

  • Customers can order the new iPad Pro with M4 starting today, 8 May, at apple.com/au/store, and in the Apple Store app in 29 countries and regions, including Australia, with availability in stores beginning Wednesday 15 May.
  • The new 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space black finishes in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.
  • The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,699 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model, and RRP A$2,049 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The 13-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$2,199 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model, and RRP A$2,549 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Additional technical specifications, including nano-texture glass options, are available at apple.com/au/store.
  • For education, the new 11-inch iPad Pro is available for RRP A$1,529 inc. GST  and the 13-inch iPad Pro is RRP A$2,029 inc. GST. Education pricing is available to current and newly accepted university students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and home-school teachers of all levels. For more information, visit apple.com/au-hed/shop.
  • The new Apple Pencil Pro is compatible with the new iPad Pro. It is available for RRP A$219 inc. GST. For education, Apple Pencil Pro is available for RRP A$199 inc. GST.
  • Apple Pencil (USB-C) is compatible with the new iPad Pro. It is available for RRP A$139 inc. GST and RRP A$119 inc. GST for education.
  • The new Magic Keyboard is compatible with the new iPad Pro. It is available in black and white finishes. The new 11-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$499 inc. GST and the new 13-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$579 inc. GST, with layouts for over 30 languages. For education, the 11-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$469 inc. GST and the 13-inch Magic Keyboard is available for RRP A$549 inc. GST.
  • The new Smart Folio is available for RRP A$129 inc. GST in black, white, and denim finishes for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$159 inc. GST for the new 13-inch iPad Pro.
  • Logic Pro for iPad 2 is available on 14 May as a free update for existing users, and for new users, it is available on the App Store for RRP A$7.99 inc. GST per month, or RRP A$59 inc. GST per year, with a one-month free trial. Logic Pro for iPad 2 requires iPadOS 17.4 or later. For more information, visit apple.com/au/logic-pro-for-ipad.
  • Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 is coming soon to the App Store for RRP A$7.99 inc. GST per month, or RRP A$59 inc. GST per year, with a one-month free trial.
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