CES 2016 Startups

Stefra Yezz – Smartphone with a 360 degree Video recording

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We have already witnessed smartphones with Dual Rear cameras to capture depth and fast focus, but how about using two cameras to take 360 Degree Videos.

The Yezz Sfera Smartphone, made it possible by using two cameras as well, but it’ll capture not only primary subject, but also the surroundings at the same time. That’s because it has the first 360-degree camera put into a smartphone, capturing VR immersive video and stills. Now we may not need a VR device for capturing 360 degree videos.

Yezza is still in prototype stage, but we can expect the smartphone to be launched in 2nd quarter of the year. VR is already becoming the concept of 2016.

How it works : The camera lenses on the front and rear capture 360-degree footage, just like other action cams. Once recorded, it can be viewed on the phone’s screen, and like 360 degree videos, you can scroll around using fingers. However, the Sfera will come into its own when used with Google Cardboard. Google has the Cardboard Camera app for taking immersive stills, but the Sfera experience and functionality goes way beyond this.

There’s a live view where you can scroll around the frame while shooting, a 360-degree landscape view, and a split-screen front/rear option. Shooting the photos or video is also very different to normal. You may not need to point the camera at something specific, just hold the Smartphone in the same position, and it’ll record everything around you, with no need to move it at any point.

This smartphone got a software that stitches the pictures or video taken by the fish-eye lenses into a 360-degree spherical image. The Yezz is powered by MediaTek’s 2GHz oct-core Helio P10 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Yezz runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has a 5.5-inch screen, 4G LTE, a 3000mAh battery, and 32GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card.

The Sfera is available for pre-order through its own website now for $300, and shipments are expected to start at the end of April / May. At that price, the Sfera may turn out to be a surprise hit for Yezz, and in turn see the firm come out with more eye-catching, genre-busting tech in the future.

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