OPPO F21 Pro 5G goes on sale in Pakistan

OPPO F21 Pro 5G goes on sale in Pakistan
OPPO F21 Pro 5G goes on sale in Pakistan

LAHORE – The most awaited OPPO F21 Pro 5G is officially available to purchase online and in stores across the country.

With fans swooning over its incredible design and fastest internet connection due to 5G enabled, 6nm processor, and camera capabilities, the OPPO F21 Pro 5G has been very well received since its launch.

With its exquisite style and unique Mega lens & Mega portrait feature, the phone has witnessed huge anticipation across the stores on its first sales day.

Powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 695 5G Mobile Platform built on a 6nm process, slim and sleek design along with good battery life, OPPO F21 Pro 5G ensures an exceptional user experience. The phone has a powerful 4500mAh battery that comes with 33W SUPERVOOC Flash-charging technology. With 128GB of ROM and 8GB RAM, which can be extended by 5GB from OPPO’s RAM expansion, promising great power efficiency.

It comes in two stunning colors including Cosmic Black and the unique Rainbow Spectrum. It is available to purchase in stores and at ‘Daraz’ for a retail price of PKR 69,999/-.

With an aim to enhance the quality of calls and fast connection through VoNR technology and VoLTE, the phone is equipped with such features through which users can experience enhanced 4G+ performance with 5G as well if it is available in their respective location.

The new OPPO F21 Pro 5G handles data privacy and information security at levels that exceed industry standards. Smart Notification Hiding helps protect your privacy when using your phone in public areas.

The powerful camera system by OPPO is going to change the reel dynamics. The features include Bokeh Flare Portrait, Selfie HDR, AI Scene Enhancement, and AI Color Portrait. It features a 64MP High-Res Main Camera, a 2MP Macro Camera, a 2MP Depth Camera, and a 16MP Front Camera.

Moreover, browsing and consuming information has never been easier thanks to smart AI sensing algorithms and intelligent translation on OPPO F21 Pro 5G.

With the Air Gestures on ColorOS 12, you can mute a call with a swipe-up gesture or scroll up and down on pages within apps like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok without touching the device.

Over the years, the OPPO F series has made significant advancements, including the introduction of VOOC charging, improved camera capabilities, innovative design, and unique color options.

With an incredible design, this new device combines cutting-edge technology with a vibrant style and chic design. The phone is available for purchase at and in stores nationwide.

Shot on vivo X80 — ‘Imtehan’ under Hamza Lari’s Direction Officially Released in Pakistan

Shot on vivo X80 — ‘Imtehan’ under Hamza Lari’s Direction Officially Released in Pakistan
Shot on vivo X80 — ‘Imtehan’ under Hamza Lari’s Direction Officially Released in Pakistan

vivo, the leading global smartphone brand recently launched its latest device in the X Series — vivo X80.

With the launch, the brand also announced a campaign under the theme ‘Stories. Redefined.’ where it partnered with filmmaker to produce the art of storytelling on screen via smartphones. vivo also invited people across Pakistan to share their stories. vivo then collaborated with Hamza Lari — a well-respected director in the industry to empower users to make the best out of vivo’s leading technology, channelize their creative talent and explore vivo’s X80 to make films. With the launch of vivo X80, the brand has now officially released short film named “Imtehan” today on through its official media channels.

While all the stories were outstanding, Ahsan Rahim — a famous actor, writer & director selected the most relatable and heart-warming story and refined it to document for the audience. Then Hamza Lari brought the story into reality with vivo X80.

Discussing his experience of using a smartphone to make films and vivo X80’s camera features that were most used throughout the filming, Hamza Lari said “It has been an absolute pleasure partnering with vivo for this filmmaking project. The X80 is a truly magnificent smartphone and gem for both aspirational and professional videographers. During the shoot, I would constantly explore different features, filters and lighting to set the mood. What I love about the device is its user-friendliness. The whole process was so simple to understand that I quickly grasped my way through the device. As a filmmaker, I enjoyed both the creative and the technological process of shooting thanks to vivo X80. Another impressive detail is vivo’s genius collaboration with ZEISS. vivo smartphones in any case are known for their camera’s versatility but the ZEISS Professional Imaging has ensured that users experience professional photography at its best”.

Mr. Muhammad Zohair Chohan, Director Brand Strategy at vivo Pakistan said, “The wonders of X80 have added yet another feather to vivo’s cap and we couldn’t be prouder of this achievement. Partnering with a well renowned director like Hamza Lari has been such an honor because minds like his are not only creative but are equally passionate about the entire process. As a team, we are so proud to bring a smartphone master like X80 to the market because of its superior camera capabilities. Watching Hamza Lari engrossed in the device, thoroughly enjoying himself at work has made us extremely happy. It has also doubled the happiness of watching the short film because this is a result of all our continuous efforts. We also hope that ‘Storied. Redefined.’ inspires youngsters today to chase after their dreams because if a smartphone can evolve with high level professional photography abilities, everything is possible.”

vivo’s coming of age short film is now available to stream on vivo Pakistan’s official social media handles. Do watch the film and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Why is vivo X80 currently the top flagship smartphone in Pakistan?

Global smartphone brand, vivo, has recently come up with its latest X Series smartphone that has instantly become the talk of the town. The smartphone industry has been particularly praising vivo’s camera system among other features. Here’s a quick look at its most mentioned features for users to know and make an informed decision.

The true star of X80 is the new vivo V1+ Chip. With innovation at the epicenter of vivo’s strategy, the chip is quite an advancement thanks to the vivo’s R&D program. vivo V1+ Chip has a built-in AI system for professional-level visual improvements with features such as the AI Video Enhancement.

Equipped with a great camera system, vivo X80 boasts a 50MP Ultra-Sensing Sensor Camera,12MP portrait camera, and a new 12MP wide-angle camera on the main panel that has made professional imaging a reality. On the front is a 32 MP front camera, a dream for all selfie lovers.  The 50 MP main camera also makes use of a new ultra-sensing IMX866 RGBW sensor that delivers images in greater detail and improves the camera performance in dark and low-light scenarios.

Moreover, vivo’s X series cannot be mentioned without the brand’s long standing series partnership with global optical technology leader, ZEISS. With ZEISS, comes ZEISS Professional Imaging which includes an array of features that enhances the camera system surpassing user expectations.

A first in the industry, the ZEISS Cinematic Video Bokeh creates oval flares in film-standard 2.39:1 aspect ratio, creating a widescreen cinematic lens effect that can capture highly aesthetic and expressive videos. The main camera also shows a ZEISS T* Coating stamp that informs users that photography in dim lighting will not be a problem. The stamp means that vivo enhances light transmission in dark environments that reduces ghosting and produces clear, bright images at the same time. vivo’s X80 also poses the ZEISS Superb Night Camera that combines with the Pure Night View to deliver natural looking pictures at nighttime.

When it comes to smartphone designing, vivo has been acing the game. With the X80 too, the brand has left no stone unturned in producing a smartphone that becomes an instant eye-turner. Its futuristic appearance and classic color schemes make for a handsome device. The smartphone is available for purchase in two classic shades of Urban Blue and Cosmic Black truly depicting the uniqueness of the day and night skies respectively. Additionally, the Cloud Window 2.0 balances a round camera on a square plate that brings out the elegance of the entire look. Plus, the Fluorite AG Glass design not only offers a super look but also a perfect grip and in-hand experience.

Much like its enthusiasm for design and camera, vivo focuses extremely on how well its devices perform. The brand understands that with the X series comes more expectations. In order to satisfy its customers, vivo has equipped the device with MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Processor which ensures swift and smooth functioning for users. Switching between apps, playing heavy games without lags and an unhindered streaming experience has become possible thanks to the processor.

The device runs on a large 4500mAh battery life that comes with an equally large fast charging capacity. The 80W FlashCharge guarantees that the user will be able to continuously use their device without any unnecessary interruptions or battery warnings.

Moreover, X80 also seeks the attention of gamers. Having installed a large X-Axis Linear Motor, supported by vivo’s self-developed vibration algorithm that allows for quiet but powerful scene-based vibration. In addition, X80 also boasts of a Dual Stereo Speaker balanced with powerful bass to magnify the sound quality.

The device is now out in the Pakistani market for purchase for a price of Rs. 159,999.

Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion, vows to curb spam bots

Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion, vows to curb spam bots
Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion, vows to curb spam bots

SpaceX founder and business tycoon Elon Musk has secured a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, a move that will bring the control of key social media platform in the hands of the world’s richest person.

The development comes as the microblogging site, which is used by millions of users and global leaders, is facing multiple challenges.

“Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter stockholders will receive $54.20 in cash for each share of Twitter common stock that they own upon closing of the proposed transaction. The purchase price represents a 38% premium to Twitter’s closing stock price on April 1, 2022, which was the last trading day before Mr. Musk disclosed his approximately 9% stake in Twitter,” read the official statement.

After clinching the deal, the Tesla co-founder in a statement said: “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated”.

He also vowed to reshape the social media platform with the help of new features and open source algorithms that will defeat the spam bots.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it,” Musk said.

Twitter officials earlier met the SpaceX founder on weekend over negotiations as the latter came up with a $43 billion offer.

In its statement, the company said Musk secured $25.5 billion of debt and margin loan financing and is providing a $21 billion equity commitment. However, details about the breakup fee and who would head the company were not divulged.

It was not immediately clear what the breakup fee would be or who would run the new company.

Twitter who handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day, initially snubbed Musk’s approach following a series of negotiations.

Tensions are also running high as users of the platform, including many global firms and leaders, are contemplating what the service could look like under the watch of the world’s richest person.

WhatsApp rolls out another shortcut for Android users

WhatsApp rolls out another shortcut for Android users
WhatsApp rolls out another shortcut for Android users

WhatsApp has introduced another shortcut “search message”, improving the experience for its users, WABetainfo reported.

The feature is part of the redesigned contact info interface the widely popular messaging application launched last year.

Initially, it will be available to certain beta testers on Android, the report said, adding that the new option can be view by tapping on the +1 icon as it can be seen in the photo.

“Unfortunately, the search shortcut doesn’t seem working so well,” the WhatsApp news tracker said, adding that the company would resolve the glitches in future updates.

TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines

TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines

TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines
TikTok removes over six million videos in Pakistan for violating community guidelines

TikTok, a widely popular short-video sharing app, announced that it had removed 6,019,754 videos over violation of community guidelines in Pakistan in the third quarter (Q3) of 2021.

The China-based firm on Monday released its Community Guidelines Enforcement Report, providing details about the content removed from the platforms for violating the Community Guidelines and, reinforcement of TikTok’s public-accountability.

TikTok, which was blocked for five times in Pakistan, in a statement said: “To protect the safety of the community and the integrity of the platform, 91,445,802 videos were removed globally, between 1st July and 30th September 2021, comprising around 1 percent of all videos uploaded”.

“Nearly 95 percent of those videos were removed before a user reported it, while 88 percent before the video received any views and 93 percent were removed within 24 hours of being posted.”

With 6,019,754 videos removed, Pakistan is now ranked fourth in the world for the largest volume of videos taken down, TikTok said.

“In addition, 73.9 percent of content promoting harassment and bullying were proactively removed, while 72.4 percent of hateful-behavior videos were also removed before anyone reported them,” the statement added.

Fun-filled TECNO-HiOS event concludes in Lahore

Fun-filled TECNO-HiOS event concludes in Lahore
Fun-filled TECNO-HiOS event concludes in Lahore

LAHORE – TECNO HIOS FANS Cafe was successfully held in Lahore on Sunday with dozens of young fans, well-known mentors, industry pacesetters, and tech developers. The event was held to announce and celebrate the latest HiOS 8.0 Update in the latest Camon 18 Series.

The event was filled with fun activities. The session started with a training session by the national trainer, Arsalan Zahid, where an Introduction of HiOS Update, Utilization, and Functions were explained in detail. The participants were thoroughly communicated about the usage and importance of these new updates. Zahid said,

“This is a great initiative from TECNO and HiOS. Through the new updates, Ella, the Voice Assistant allows controlling your whole device with a single voice command. It helps you take better snaps for documents so that they come out at the right angle, and also helps users in better at Video Making. It also brings improved features such as the Always On Display and Phone Cloner.”

After that, a KOL Briefing on HiOS Updates and Experience was also conducted by one of the top Tech YouTubers – Nouman from Tech Hoz. He explained how HiOS updates will be useful for video makers, Vlogger, YouTubers, etc. These sessions followed an engaging Q&A session and distribution of Gifts among participants. The fans experienced CAMON 18 Premier’s HiOS 8.0 update and shared their remarks as below.

“I’m loving the Ella voice assistance update”, “I’m a job person and can’t check my phone every time, but HiOS 8.0 update is offering an always-on display which helps me with notification updates so I never miss out on anything”, “I love making videos. And HIOS 8.0 update has come with film making inbuilt feature.” Fans enthusiastically expressed their joy at the scene.

Moreover, a passionate Drum Circle had been arranged for the participants which hyped up the event with mystical music. The event was all filled with learning, wisdom, and then fun for the participants. A group photo was taken with the fans as a remembrance of this great event.

Kelvin Zeng, CEO of TECNO Mobile Pakistan, shared his view of the event

“This is an exclusive experience we have brought for our fans in collaboration with the HiOS team. We want the younger generation in Pakistan to better understand the technology and help them use it fruitfully. As the Camon 18 Premier comes updated with the latest HiOS 8.0, fans got a chance to use its first-hand today.”

The event ended on a warm note, rightfully achieving the objective of the gathering. Every participant was enlightened and more aware of the usefulness of the new updates.

HiOS Fans Cafe is an event that has come to stay with fans cordially. Every of our fans are special to us. This event ended on a warm note, rightfully achieving the objective of the gathering. Every participant was enlightened and more aware of the new products.

Return of the Flip: TIME names Galaxy Z Flip3 5G among 2021’s 100 best inventions

Return of the Flip: TIME names Galaxy Z Flip3 5G among 2021’s 100 best inventions
Return of the Flip: TIME names Galaxy Z Flip3 5G among 2021’s 100 best inventions

Before the dawn of the smartphone era, manufacturers tried out a variety of different phone styles and designs to see what would stick. From candy bar phones with their clicking dial pads, to more advanced flip phones and sliders, to phones with full QWERTY keyboards.

But in those days, it was the flip phone that really stole consumer hearts: compact enough to fit in your pocket, but expandable, to give you more features.

Keeping that spirit of innovation alive, Samsung has been working hard to develop the next generation of mobile device – one that combines the power of today’s smartphone with the portability and style of the flip.

Now with this year’s launch of the Galaxy Z FIip3 5G, Samsung has hit the mark, with consumers and tech enthusiasts taking notice of the device’s innovation, technological maturity, durability, and style. This combination finally led TIME Magazine to name the Galaxy Z FIip3 5G as one of “The 100 Best Inventions of 2021,” where it’s joined by the year’s most groundbreaking creations from around the world – a feat Samsung has achieved after three generations of foldable innovation.

After much dedication, the flip phone era has been reborn – with all the innovations of the modern smartphone.

TIME writes: “For the past few years, manufacturers have been trying to merge the functionality of smartphones with the portability of a ’00s-era flip phone—with results that were middling at best. But with the Galaxy Z FIip3, Samsung finally seems to have nailed it. The Z Flip is as compact as devices from two decades ago, only instead of a tiny display and physical dial pad, you get a vibrant 6.7-in. display, with another screen on the front cover so you can easily read messages or screen calls when it’s closed. Even better: the $999 price tag, making it the first mainstream phone with a foldable display that’s priced below $1,000.

The Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is changing the way we work, express, and create with our smartphones. From hands free Flex mode and a stunning 12MP camera that’s changing the way we create content, to a redesigned Cover Screen that’s four times larger than before, letting you see more of your messages and notifications on the go without opening your phone. And with Dolby Atmos supported speakers, a Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, and a responsive UX that adapts to how you fold the phone, the Galaxy Z Flip3 offers a level of entertainment so far unseen on other devices. So you can immerse yourself deeper into your favorite stories, games, or video calls. Making it even more practical is the fact that the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Z Fold3 are the first foldable phones with a water-resistant IPX8 rating. And it all comes in an iconic design that’s compact enough to slip in your pocket.

With its combination of smartphone functionality and flip phone portability, it’s easy to see why the trendsetting Galaxy Z FIip3 5G is making lists for bringing users an all-new smartphone experience. And with the holiday season just around the corner, it may be a perfect item for your holiday shopping list as well. Now with the all-new Galaxy Z Flip3 Bespoke Edition, you can mix and match colors to customize the Z Flip3 for anyone on your list, for a one-of-a-kind gift that matches their unique style.

SnackVideo and PUBG Hashtag Challenge was a Brilliant Success

SnackVideo and PUBG Hashtag Challenge was a Brilliant Success
SnackVideo and PUBG Hashtag Challenge was a Brilliant Success

PUBG MOBILE, the leading gaming platform, recently collaborated with SnackVideo for the first time on a hashtag challenge, set to introduce the heroic warriors and their collaboration with Engin Altan Düzyatan, the main protagonist of the renowned Turkish show, Ertugrul.

The challenge encouraged SnackVideo content creators to produce imaginative and fun videos inspired by their favorite hero, Ertugrul, and hashtag the videos with #GhaziPUBGM. The challenge ran for 7 days and was a whopping success. SnackVideo was the ideal platform for PUBG for their communication as it reaches out to a diverse audience and this is proven by the fact that SnackVideo content creators generated more than half a million videos and gained over 6 billion video views.

“Bringing Altan Düzyatan collaboration to PUBG Mobile and working with the gaming creators on the SnackVideo platform emphasizes our brand’s commitment to our growing community. PUBG Mobile believes in an inclusive gaming experience and touching the different lifestyles of our valuable players through strategic partnerships” – Khawar Naeem, Country Head Tencent Games (Pakistan Region).

The collaboration between SnackVideo and PUBG Mobile was a success as it delivered solid results. This harmonious partnership may evolve as it creates a lot of potential for the game, the platform, the gamers, and the consumers.

Brands have benefited greatly from their collaborations with SnackVideo after it entered the market. The partnership has helped increase brand awareness, recognition and offered engagements with existing as well as new users who have and could become customers and consumers. SnackVideo worked on other crossover collaborations with Maybelline as well as Bagallery earlier in 2021.

CricWick, Daraz partners to provide In-App Fantasy League for T20 World Cup 2021

CricWick, Daraz partners to provide In-App Fantasy League for T20 World Cup 2021
CricWick, Daraz partners to provide In-App Fantasy League for T20 World Cup 2021

KARACHI – South Asia’s leading online marketplace, Daraz, has joined hands with CricWick to bring the ‘CricWick Fantasy League’ on Daraz App during the T20 World Cup.

The anticipated cricket season is geared to be one of the busiest home seasons in Pakistan, with the series starting off on 23rd October 2021. On top of gaining exclusive T20 live Match streaming rights for the entire international cricket tournament, Daraz, in partnership with CricWick, is set to offer fans an immersive cricket experience to play fantasy league on the app too.

Wali Khan, Head of Sports Strategy, Marketing & Entertainment, Daraz said,” As an avid deliverer of excellent customer experience, Daraz is dedicated to creating additional value for its customers by constantly pushing the boundaries of technological innovation. With this motivation, the brand is narrowing on the concept of in-app shoppertainment – giving users an immersive, all-round entertainment experience which is accessible from anywhere.”

He also said, “The fantasy league is a perfect opportunity for individuals to engage with the game they love on a profound level. While watching live matches, people can put together a virtual team of their favorite cricket stars. Based on the real-life performance of the cricketers, each player will gain points depending on their customized teams. In addition, the league will enable winners to gather interesting rewards.”

Ahmed Hanif, CEO CricWick said, “We are excited to bring the Biggest Fantasy Cricket League of Pakistan to users of Daraz for the entirety of the T20 World Cup 2021. It is a thrilling prospect to be involved with the sport that is followed by the masses and this collaboration will bring outstanding engagement to the customers of Daraz. This partnership will be an excellent opportunity for the users of Daraz app to experience the CricWick World Cup fantasy and then become permanent visitors of one of the most exciting cricketing platforms of Pakistan.”

Moazzam Faruqui leading Affiliate Marketing at Daraz PK mentioned ” We at Daraz are providing income-generating opportunities for our partners who seek to monetize their online presence, we have global examples of affiliates developing a consistent income-generating stream through affiliate marketing and Daraz being the largest ecommerce platform in South Asia enables affiliates operating in Pakistan to benefit from the same.”

Farhan Sheikh, CCO CricWick said,  “We believe that the cricket fan is really invested in the game and the CricWick Fantasy League empowers them by entrusting them the role of a selector. They can choose their own customised playing XI for every match. We feel that our partnership with Daraz will open new engagement avenues for both companies.”

Moreover, being a one-stop solution for all, Daraz understands the growing need for a complete entertainment experience. Sports, being a leading source of joy for South Asian consumers, paves way for the brand and its customers to develop stronger relations.

With this partnership, both Daraz and CricWick aim to bridge the gap between sports, entertainment, and digitization. Tapping into the endless potential of tech-based innovation, the collaboration assists Pakistani users to both watch and play the country’s most loved game on the Daraz App.