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Snapchat Specs - will you buy them?

Snapchat Specs - will you buy them?

15 Dec 2016
Mariah - amaysim blogger


amaysim's content guru

Snapchat’s boom is far from over as it continues to gain popularity with selfie after selfie. But it just got a whole lot easier to share your snaps with the world, thanks to Snapchat Spectacles.

In Australia alone, there are over four million active snappers each and every day. On a global scale, the number exceeds 150 million. It’s easier than ever to share your travel pics, #foodporn and nights on the d-floor with the world, and with the release of Snapchat Spectacles you can take it even further.

What are Snapchat Spectacles?

Snapchat Spectacles are the first product to be released by Snap Inc., the recently rebranded Snapchat. This was the first step in Snapchat’s plan for world domination that sees them move beyond being just another social networking app to a camera and photography company. Phase one of Snapchat taking over the world = complete.

Phase two is to reinvent the camera as we know it and get everyone using their hardware – and they’re doing a pretty good job of it. Snapchat’s glasses are compatible only with the Snapchat app and have inbuilt cameras on either side of the frame allowing you to film or take photos from your own point of view. They look pretty sharp and on-trend too, coming in three colours (black, coral and teal) and with round frames which hide the battery and tech embedded in it really well!

When and where can I get my hands on a pair of Snapchat Spectacles?

This is the not so great news for us Aussies – it’s near impossible to snap up a pair at this early stage as they’ve taken a pretty random approach to releasing the glasses on to the market. They’re for sale for $130 solely from Snapchat’s roaming Snapbot vending machines which at the moment are popping up only in US cities for 24-hours at a time. You can try to grab some clues over on their website.

There’s no news as to when this will be going global, but if you’re desperate you can always buy a pair of Snapchat Specs through eBay, but you better be rolling in some serious dough because they don’t go cheap! It may cost you an arm, a leg and your family heirlooms but at least you’ll be stalking – I mean SNAPPING in spectacle style.

How do Snapchat Specs work?

Once you get your own pair of Snapchat Specs (don’t worry, it will happen if you persevere hard enough!), you’ll only need to get your head around a few quick steps before you can be next-level snapping:

  1. Touch the button on the side of the frames when you’re ready to start snapping away, but remember they only last for 10 seconds so you’ll need to be quick!
  2. The specs either take a photo or short video. The camera will light up when you’re snapping away, so your friends will know exactly when it’s their time to shine.
  3. Post to Snapchat on your phone – all you need is a functioning phone (iOS 8 on iPhone 5 and above, or Android 4.3+) with the Snapchat app installed, and a mobile phone plan with plenty of data.
  4. Share your experiences with the world (or your buddies, if you’re a bit shy)! We all want to create some #FOMO, am I right?
  5. When you’re done snapping up a storm throw them back in their swanky charging case and plug it in when you’re home. You should get an epic 400 snaps per charge.

But don’t despair if you don’t snag yourself a pair of Snapchat Spectacles straight away – there’s still plenty of fun to be had wearing flower crowns, warping our faces into pieces of fruit and throwing up rainbows in the meanwhile!


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.