The Nokia 8 V 5G UW is HMD’s first high-end phone sold by Verizon

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HMD’s Nokia is launching the $699 Nokia 8 V 5G UW, the company’s second 5G device. In a major shift for HMD, it’ll be sold through Verizon, making the Nokia 8 V HMD’s first high-end device that’ll be available through a US carrier. Despite the new branding, though, the Nokia 8 V is effectively a Verizon-branded version of HMD’s first 5G phone, the Nokia 8.3 5G, that it announced in March. The Nokia 8.3 5G finally launched in the US in September as an unlocked device for the same $699 price. As for the actual Nokia 8 V, it visually appears identical to the 8.3 5G, although it comes in a gray colour scheme instead of a blue one. Otherwise, expect the same 6.81-inch display, with a main 64-megapixel sensor, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Inside, you’ll find a Snapdragon 765G processor with an integrated 5G modem, a 4,500mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. Rounding things out are a power button, a voice assistant button, USB-C for charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’ll ship with Android 10, although HMD promises that an Android 11 update is in works.

Leica’s Q2 Monochrom is the company’s latest black-and-white-only camera

Leica is no stranger to releasing cameras that buck the norm or the various generations of M Monochrom cameras that only capture black-and-white images. The company is now expanding that line with the new Q2 Monochrom for $5,995. This is the company’s first autofocus Monochrom camera, with all of the previous models having been based on M-series rangefinders. As you can expect, it’s based on the standard Q2 and shares the same design, autofocus system, processor, battery, software, and more. The difference is that the Q2 Monochrom has a black-and-white 47-megapixel full-frame sensor that can capture a wider dynamic range and has better low-light sensitivity than the colour sensor in the standard Q2. Leica claims it can capture up to 13 stops of light, two stops more than the colour model, and its ISO range extends from 100 to 100,000. Leica says that to make a Monochrom camera, it completely redesigns the sensor inside, including the micro lenses that focus light on each individual pixel. By expanding the Monochrom family to the Q line, which has a thoroughly modern autofocus system and even the ability to shoot 4K video, Leica is making it more accessible than before.