Zeiss ZX1 Android camera shows up online with $6,000 price tag

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Zeiss ZX1 Camera
  • Zeiss’ ZX1 Android camera is now available on pre-order.
  • It was first announced in 2018.
  • The digital camera runs a custom version of Android.

We’ve seen Android phones cough up multiple camera systems for years now. What we haven’t seen in a while is a camera that runs Android. It’s not a new concept. Light’s 16-lens L16 camera was perhaps the last major Android-based camera to launch in 2017. We’ve also seen other companies experiment with the concept resulting in cameras like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, Galaxy NX, Yongnuo YN450, and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1. Now, Zeiss is launching one that costs a whopping $6,000.

The Zeiss ZX1 full-frame camera was first announced back in 2018 but is only now going on pre-order. It was spotted on B&H Photo by folks over at DP Review.

The compact camera is Zeiss’ first entry into the digital camera space and runs a custom version of Android. We’re not sure how Zeiss has used Android in the camera and what typical Android features you’ll be able to access. We’ll only know that once it gets into the hands of reviewers or customers.

One cool feature of the Zeiss ZX1 is that it gives users access to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. This means that you can touch-up or edit the photos you click directly on the camera instead of transferring them to a PC to laptop. Its Wi-Fi capabilities ensure you can immediately share those edited images.

In terms of camera specs, the Zeiss ZX1 comes with a 37.4MP full-frame image sensor which is significantly larger than any smartphone camera sensor. So in terms of imaging skills, you can expect the ZX1 to click much better pictures than even the best camera phones like the Pixel 4, Galaxy S20, or the Huawei P40.

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Google reveals new 5G Pixel smartphone with cheaper price tag and gaming offering

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Gallery: Upcoming phones: The future smartphones of 2020 and 2021 (Pocket-lint)

Google has unveiled its Pixel 5 smartphone – a 5G-compatible flagship device with a more affordable price tag – and an updated Nest smart speaker, alongside new services including Google TV.



a close up of a car: A Pixel 5 phone streaming games using Google Stadia


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A Pixel 5 phone streaming games using Google Stadia

Although the Pixel 5 had been announced earlier this year when Google unveiled the low-cost Pixel 4a phone, consumers are now being given their first look at the device and its specs.

The new handset’s stand-out feature isn’t its 6″ screen or 90Hz OLED display, but its significantly reduced price tag – coming in at £599 ($699), well below the £669 ($799) that the last generation Pixel 4 retailed at.

Affordability seems to have been the key factor for Google when developing the new device, with 5G connectivity allowing users to connect to services off of the device, rather than rely on the impressive hardware itself outperforming market competition such as Apple‘s iPhone – the latest of which is set to be unveiled next month.



a close up of a computer: The Pixel 4a was released earlier this year


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The Pixel 4a was released earlier this year

Access to Google services has always been the Pixel’s main selling point, and a principal advertising image for the new phone shows it being used with a controller for Google Stadia – the company’s games streaming platform.



a close up of a speaker: Google Nest Audio has been redesigned to improve sound quality


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Google Nest Audio has been redesigned to improve sound quality

A three-month subscription to Stadia Pro is bundled with the Pixel 5, as are subscriptions to some of the company’s other digital services.

“The global economic crisis will suppress the demand for smartphones for at least the next 12 months,” said Marina Koytcheva of analyst firm CCS Insight.

“Google’s decision to address the weak market with a

Google Unveils New Flagship Pixel 5 Smartphone With 5G and $699 Price Tag

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Ahead of Apple’s rumored October event that will see the unveiling of the new iPhone 12 lineup, Google today held a virtual event to unveil its latest flagship smartphones, the 5G-enabled Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G.


Priced starting at $699, the Pixel 5 features a 6-inch OLED display, 8GB RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4080mAh battery, an aluminum body, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip with 5G connectivity. Google is not using the latest Qualcomm chip technology, likely in order to keep the price down.


The Pixel 5 also includes a two-lens camera setup with a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, and it supports bilateral wireless charging for charging Qi-based accessories like headphones.


The more affordable Pixel 4a with 5G is priced starting at $499. It features a 6.2-inch OLED display, the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip, a dual-lens camera, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 3.5mm audio jack, which is missing from the Pixel 5.

Compared to the 5G Pixel 4a, the higher-priced Pixel 5 offers IPX8 water resistance, a Gorilla Glass 6 display, the aforementioned reverse wireless charging feature, larger battery, and a bump in RAM.


Pre-orders for the Pixel 5 are available now from Google’s website, while the Pixel 4a 5G will be available for purchase in November.

Google today also unveiled a new Nest Audio speaker and an updated Chromecast with Google TV service. The Nest Audio is 75 percent louder than the Google Home, with 50 percent stronger bass. It features a 19mm tweeter and a 75mm mid-woofer for what Google says is “full, clear and natural” sound.

A Media EQ feature lets Nest Audio tune itself to the music that’s being played, and Ambient IQ lets it adjust the volume of Assistant, news, podcasts, and more based on

World’s smallest Rubik’s Cube goes on sale, with a puzzling price tag

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Tokyo — A Japanese company has created what it’s billing as the world’s smallest working Rubik’s Cube. Measuring a mere 0.39 inches and weighing less than a tenth of an ounce, the “ultra-precision” aluminum toy, which comes with its own pedestal, is tiny enough to fit on a penny or a postage stamp.

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The Minimal Rubik’s Cube, billed by maker MegaHouse of Japan as the smallest working Rubik’s Cube in the world, is seen in a promotional image.

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“We sought to create an exact tiny reproduction of a Rubik’s Cube,” said Kensuke Tsuchiya, a University of Tokyo expert on “micro manufacturing” who appears in a promo video for the tiny cube. “Making something that was impossible until now… was fun and exciting.”

Japanese toymaker MegaHouse began taking orders last week for the product, which is going for a bit more than its larger predecessor. The mini cubes are priced at about $1,900.

The Japanese were early and enthusiastic Rubik’s Cubers. Since the original six-sided cubes debuted here in 1980, over 14 million have been sold — 4 million within the first eight months alone.

Local reports say MegaHouse anticipates 500 orders for the doll-sized cubes by Christmas.

While the Lilliputian toy was issued to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube in Japan, its launch during the pandemic has also proven timely. With residents spending more time at home, the company reports sales of all Rubik’s Cubes up 50% over the same period last year, boosted by online tutorials that demystify the twists and turns. 

MegaHouse, a subsidiary of toymaker Bandai Namco Holdings, developed the tiny new version of the puzzle with Iriso Seimitsu, a metal processing company based outside Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture.


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Your next big smartphone purchase could come with a hefty price tag

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The global smartphone average selling price (ASP) rose by 10% during the second quarter as  lower sales of cheaper handsets, the resilience of the premium segment, and demand for 5G devices helped offset the wider issues caused by thecCoronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown measures have limited economic activity worldwide, with consumers unable or unwilling to make certain purchases. Sales of mid-range and low-range handsets were hit particularly hard as a large proportion of these take place on the high street.

Counterpoint Research says the industry recorded its lowest ever quarterly shipment decline of 23% however total revenues only fell by 15% as consumers bought more expensive devices.  

Smartphone price rise

Industry ASP has been rising over the past few years due to market saturation and the increasing cost of flagship devices, but Covid-19 has added additional variables that have accelerated this trend.

Shipments of premium smartphones only fell by 8% with Apple – the largest player in the high-end segment – seeing volumes rise by 3% and revenues by 2%.

Analysts suggest that far from putting off purchases, more affluent users were seeking to upgrade as they became increasingly reliant on their smartphone for work, communications and entertainment during lockdown.

Demand for 5G handsets can also explain this resilience as the majority of compatible handsets to date are in the premium segment. While 5G devices account for just ten per cent of sales, they contribute 20 per cent of overall revenues.

 In China, where conditions have largely returned to normal following the pandemic, the increasing availability of 5G networks coupled with a significant push by Huawei have seen sales spike. Smartphone sales in the country rose by 12% during Q2, contributing a third of all revenues – the highest rate since 2016.

These trends are also reflected in the vendor share of