Huawei bets on P60 Pro to challenge Galaxy S23 Ultra’s camera supremacy
Today, Huawei launched its new P60 Pro flagship along with the vanilla P60, P60 Art, and Mate X3 foldable smartphone. The new device comes with promising camera capabilities, on paper, as Huawei bets on P60 Pro to somehow damage Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra’s supremacy.
Huawei P60 Pro starts at 6,988 yuan (~ $1050) and lacks 5G network support due to US restrictions. Still, the Chinese phone maker is putting efforts to keep its smartphone business alive, by introducing new technologies that we heard never before.
As per Huawei Central, Huawei’s new P60 Pro is the world’s first super-spotting main camera, equipped with an RYYB super-sensing sensor and support for ten-level variable apertures from F1.4-4.0. It also introduces a new XD Fusion Pro texture engine to improve sensitivity and clarity, clearly capturing dark nights shimmer.
Adding to this, the Huawei P60 Pro packs the world’s first super-concentrating night vision telephoto with a super large aperture of F2.1, which can easily shoot ultra-clear night scene videos, and the imaging capabilities have gone a step further.
Despite promising camera abilities, the Huawei P60 Pro is unlikely to be available in the United States. However, Huawei might not keep it China-exclusive as the company still believes that select European and Southeast Asian markets (India excluded) may prove beneficial.
Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the other hand, brings the world’s most powerful camera capabilities that are proven. Various reputed reviewers praised Samsung’s latest camera beast as it packs a number of practical functionalities such as a 200-megapixel lens, deep machine learning, and more.
The smartphone comes with an intelligent 200-megapixel primary image sensor, which delivers crispy, blur-free, and high-resolution images. Moreover, there’s a dual Telephoto sensor system, letting you capture close-up shots with the least distortion.
Samsung joins RISC-V software ecosystem eyeing semiconductor advancements
Eyeing Exynos advancements, Samsung joined RISC-V, an open-source software development project to build and spread an advanced semiconductor ecosystem. Recently, the company announced that it has become a member of the operating board of directors for “RISC-V.”
To be noted RISC-V is an open source software development project launched by the Linux Foundation, an open source non-profit organization. This is an organization launched to develop software using RISC-V, n open source (open) semiconductor design asset (IP, Intellectual Property).
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Including Samsung, global IT and semiconductor companies such as Google, Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are participating. Companies participating in the RISE project, including Samsung, plan to jointly develop software based on RISC-V.
“We will participate in the RISE project and collaborate with other companies to build a sustainable RISC-V-based open source software ecosystem,” said Park Soo-hong, head of the Open Source Group at Samsung Research and a member of the Linux Foundation board of directors.
It is easy to implement applications or services, which operate on RISC-V-based chipsets, and resources required for development and maintenance can be reduced. It’s expected to be used in various fields such as mobile, home appliances, data centers, and vehicle applications.
Meanwhile, RISE operating board members include Samsung Electronics, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Mediatek, Andes, and Imae Thirteen companies including Imagination Rivos, SiFive, Ventana, T-Head are Samsung participating.
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Samsung will change the way you transact with cards
Samsung Biometric Card IC is an all-in-one security solution, which offers biometric cards a variety of things they need to make everyday transactions safer and PIN free. Notably, this technology was selected as a winner of the CES 2023 Best of Innovation Awards in the Cybersecurity & Personal Privacy category.
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Let’s take a look at how Samsung Biometric Card IC can make card transactions PIN free and convenient, solving one of the world’s most pressing payment and identification problems. The video mentioned below gives you a high-level understanding of how it will change the way people pay in the future.
What the video below:
Samsung Biometric Card IC
An innovative payment card technology called a biometric card offers cardholders a secure and convenient way to authenticate themselves at the point of sale (POS) by using their fingerprint instead of a personal identification number (PIN) or signature.
Cardholders don’t need to enter a PIN for high-value transactions, making transactions faster and easier. An added layer of security reduces concerns about the card or PIN theft and increases confidence in using the card, especially when traveling because you don’t have to worry about fraudulent payments even if your card is stolen or lost.
Galaxy S23 Blurry Close-up Camera Explained, Samsung Pledges Software Fix
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S23 series brings some of the best camera smartphones out there. Following the launch, it was noticed that the non-Ultra models of Samsung Galaxy S23 have some issues, causing blurry close-up shots, which are now officially acknowledged.
What’s the issue?
Some Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus smartphone users noticed that the area around the subject looks a bit blurred when taking a close-up shot. The impact of this problem is limited to both low-end models of the lineup, while the Ultra remains issue-free.
What’s the reason?
Samsung disclosed through its community post that Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus use a 50-megapixel primary camera powered by AI features and machine learning. The blurry close-up problem causes due to the sensor’s bright aperture, which makes stunning Nitghtography possible.
Fix coming in the future!
Samsung not only explained the issue and shared the reason, but also confirmed that the blurry close-up shots problem on Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus is planned to improve (fix) in a future software update. However, when this software update will release, remains a question for now.
If you are experiencing this on your Samsung Galaxy S23 or S23+, there are a few solutions you can try:
- Try taking a picture from a bit further away; if the subject you are photographing is about 30 cm away, move back a hand’s width
- Try to take a photo holding the phone vertically; if you hold the phone horizontally or diagonally, the background may appear blurred.
Why S23 Ultra is unimpacted?
Galaxy S23 Ultra remains unimpacted from the blurry shot issue as its camera automatically switches to the wide-angle camera and activates the focus booster to prevent blur. But do note that the focus enhancer stops working in high-resolution image mode, possibly resulting in a blurry close-up.