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Huawei announces Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with focus on AI features

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Artificial intelligence continues to shape up as we get closer to the future we see in sci-fi films. Huawei has invested a lot with their new processor, making the new Mate 10 series built with AI in mind from the ground up.

Huawei says goodbye to the metallic body of the predecessor former Mate 9 with a new 3D glass body with what they call Signature Stripe to give a bit of flare rather than a plain glossy slab.


The new Mate 10 phones are the first to have the Kirin 970 processor, the world’s first AI processor with a dedicated neural-network processing unit (NPU), and also the latest EMUI 8.0 based on Android Oreo. Both also come with dual 4G SIM support and VoLTE connections.

Another new feature of the Mate 10 series is the latest Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, which feature an f/1.6 aperture on both 12-megapixel color and 20-megapixel monochrome sensors. Optical image stabilization is only available on the color sensor, though. The AI feature of the processor comes into play on the cameras with real-time scene and object recognition. And, yes, bokeh and dramatic black and white modes are still available.

Huawei Mate 10

The regular variant of the Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch 2K HDR (2560 x 1440 pixels) FullView display which translates to a sharp 499ppi, but has the usual 16:9 aspect ratio. It’ll come with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Battery capacity is 4000mAh and has support for SuperCharge fast charging.

The Mate 10 will come in four colors: champagne gold, pink gold, mocha brown, and black. It’s coming in late October for EUR 699 (US$ 825) in 15 key markets including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The better Mate 10 Pro comes with a 6-inch OLED FullView display with support for HDR as well. Sadly, it comes with a lower Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) or a pixel density of 402ppi. However, it has a larger 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

Water and dust resistance are better on the Mate 10 Pro with its IP67 rating, but it doesn’t come with a 3.5mm audio port. The sacrifice doesn’t result in a bigger capacity though, because we still have a 4000mAh battery.

The Mate 10 Pro will come in four colors: titanium gray, midnight blue, mocha brown, and pink gold. It’ll be available sometime in mid-November for EUR 799 (US$ 945) in more than 24 countries including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 2i Review: The midrange phone to beat?

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Huawei dealers offer ‘Special Warranty Program’ that promises 100% refund

Retailers and fans rally with Huawei

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Amidst the issues and controversies surrounding Huawei, the company still has a solid customer base. However, the effects of the US trade ban must have affected the sales of Huawei phones, because the retailers are offering a pretty special (and interesting) warranty service for its phones and tablets.

In the Philippines, over 30 partner retailers and dealers of Huawei are offering a “Special Warranty Program.” Under the Special Warranty Program, customers who will purchase new Huawei phones or tablets are assured that they’ll no have issues concerning the use of Google apps and services such as the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, Photos, Chrome, and YouTube. Additionally, it covers non-Google apps as well such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.


If ever Google completely cut ties with Huawei, which will greatly affect future Android updates and security patches, the partner retailers and dealers will offer 100 percent refund of the devices covered by the Special Warranty Program. Terms and conditions apply, of course. According to Intogadgets, one of the partner retailers, the refund will apply to devices that are within the two-year warranty period and free from any defects or damages.

Screenshots of retailers/dealers offering the special warranty

The new warranty program wishes to address the growing concerns from consumers regarding Huawei phones. It’s no secret that the company is currently facing a difficult situation with their partnership with Google because of the US trade ban. Huawei currently relies on Google-made apps and services including the Android operating system running on their phones.

SEE ALSO: Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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The Range Rover Evoque is a luxury SUV to beat

Making driving so much easier

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Coventry Motors Corporation, the sole authorized importer and distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in the Philippines, introduced the All-New Range Rover Evoque. This is Land Rover’s luxury SUV blended with sweet looks and packed with safety tech.

The British car manufacturer takes craftsmanship to the next level with how details all have a purpose to make the Evoque as pleasing to the eye as possible. There’s a sense of familiarity when you first look at the SUV. But at the same time, things are somewhat different — better kind of different.


Up front, sports slim LED headlamps instantly grab your attention. There are prominent wheel arches that shelter its 20-inch wheels and now stands taller while being capable of wading through high waters.

It’s not only taller, but it also has wider and longer dimensions

According to the company, the Evoque now as a new chassis that makes the body stiffer and, in turn, offer that signature Range Rover ride comfort.

With a longer wheelbase, there’s now more room inside for passengers and luggage. The seats are dressed in two-tone Perforated Windsor leather for the top variants and come with 16-way seat controls.

The interior is described as minimalistic and straightforward luxury cabin designed to be more intuitive during drives. Its main hub is a 10-inch touchscreen system connected to a Meridian sound system for an immersive and detailed audio experience.

Land Rover says the Evoque is now smarter than previous models thanks to an updated software sitting behind its infotainment system. The basic idea is to be able to offer class and comfort for modern city living but still able to go off the paved road with its all-terrain characteristics.

This is achieved through the same Terrain Response technology seen on the full-size Range Rover that automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts how it acts accordingly.

It’s also complete with Hill Descent Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist that all contribute to help you when driving gets a little bit trickier.

The tech features don’t stop there. Introducing as a segment-first is the ClearSight Rear-View that transforms the rear-view mirror into an HD video screen in case passengers and bulky items block the view of the driver for the rear.

To top it off, the Evoque is also introducing the world’s first ClearSight Ground View technology. In a nutshell, it makes the hood or bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This, along with its 360-degree surround camera, should come in handy when you literally find yourself in a tight spot!

While we’re on the subject of firsts, the Evoque is the first in its segment to offer a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) option. It runs on an efficient 48V mild-hybrid powertrain which is designed to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy with no plug-in charging required.

Pricing for the four variants in the Philippines are as follows:

  • SE 2.0 Diesel – PhP 5,090,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Diesel – PhP 5,490,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Petrol – PhP 5,590,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE MHEV 2.0 Petrol – PhP 6,190,000

If you want something more exclusive, the Evoque is also available in Black Limited Edition on the three R-Dynamic models, for an additional PhP 100,000.

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