In addition the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung also launched the Gear 360 camera. The Gear 360 is a 4K camera that can take 360-degree photos and videos bridging the gap between watching VR content and creating them. In addition, Samsung also unveiled a motion-sensing controller for the Gear VR.
The Gear 360 camera comes equipped with two CMOS 8.4-megapixel dual fish eye lens with f/2.2 aperture to capture true 360 content. The camera allows for video and still shots, which users can seamlessly share, view and edit content using tools, effects and filters to create a truly immersive content. It also works the other way round. Users can also convert the 360 images into standard formats for easy sharing.
To seamlessly share the content, the camera needs to be connected to a compatible smartphone or computer and even live broadcast on social platforms like Facebook and Samsung VR. The Gear 360 is compatible with the latest Samsung flagship as well as older devices like the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note5 and more. The camera is also compatible with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and more.
“As consumers turn more to video to share their experiences, we want to deliver accessible and innovative products to make digital content easier to create, share and stream,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics in a statement. “The updated Gear 360 will continue to expand the horizons of what consumers can experience and share.”
Xiaomi’s 2017 flagship smartphone, the Mi 6 and a bigger Mi 6 Plus variant will be launched on April 16. But according to recent leaks and reports, more specifications of the smartphones have surfaced.
According to recent reports, the Mi 6 will feature a 5.15-inch full HD display in a body made of metal and glass. Xiaomi’s Mi 6 will come with a 19-megapixel rear camera which has a Sony IMX400 sensor followed by an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand, will come with a larger, 5.7-inch full HD display and dual rear cameras. The dual 12-megapixel camera on the Mi 6 Plus houses Sony’s IMX362 sensor while there’s an 8-megapixel front camera.
The Mi 6 will be powered by a 3,200 mAh battery whereas the Mi 6 Plus gets a bigger, 4,500 mAh battery.
Interestingly, the Mi 6 runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but the Mi 6 Plus runs on Xiaomi’s interface based on Android 7.0 Nougat.
As for the processors, the smartphones will come with, several leaks suggest that Xiaomi is facing difficulties in acquiring the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and as such will initially launch its latest flagships with Snapdragon 821 instead. A recent leak on Weibo suggests that a Mi 6 rocking Snapdragon 835 will launch at a later date this year.
The Mi 6 will come with RAM and internal storage variants of 4GB/6GB and 32GB/64GB/128GB. Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand, will come with 6GB RAM and onboard memory variants of 64GB and 128GB.