100M units of Huawei Mate 40 sold out in just 11 seconds

A drone show to celebrate the feat!



Call this an amazing feat and a win for Huawei. Its recently-launched Mate 40 series sold out in — one of China’s biggest e-commerce platforms — in a record-breaking 11 seconds.

This feat itself is staggering, considering that sold out a hundred million stock of the Huawei Mate 40 series. All variants of the device sold out, from the regular Mate 40 (4,999 CNY) to the Porche RS variant.

That feat is all the more impressive since it beat the previous record for another Huawei flagship. As a matter of fact, that online sale event alone contributed to 600% growth compared to last year’s Mate 30 series.

Now, one might be wondering why the Mate 40 sold out so quickly. There is actually a lot of added perks that come with the purchase, including one-hour delivery and 1-year free battery replacement.

To celebrate the event, JD put up a special drone show at its own headquarters.  The drone show put up a display of Huawei Mate 40’s unique selling points. These include the device’s unique rear camera design as well as its 5G-capable Kirin 9000 chipset. A “JD x Huawei” message written in Chinese characters was also depicted.

Drone shots celebrating the feat achieved by Huawei Mate 40

Still a behemoth in other regions

This feat also underscores the fact that Huawei remains a top brand in other regions outside the US. In its home market — China — the brand still commands a huge 45% share of the smartphone market. Across various parts of the world, the brand also consistently ranks among the top smartphone makers proving that Huawei’s game is still going strong despite the ban it faces.

However, time will tell if Huawei can keep its momentum strong for the future. Recent figures by Counterpoint Research puts its global smartphone market share at 16%, a huge decline compared to previous years. As a consolation though, recent reports suggest that the brand is allowed to trade again for critical smartphone components.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership



GCash Grab

Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book



The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in



Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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