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Tired of taking and posting the same photos? Fortunately smartphones these days are packed with features that were not even possible on tiny smartphone cameras until recently. Huawei’s latest midrange powerhouse offers a lot — from a flagship processor to a capable quad-camera setup. Here are five creative ways to add variety to the photos you can take using the Huawei Nova 5T.

1) Capture the bigger picture with the 16MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera

2) Take photos even without sunlight with Super Night Mode

3) Make your subjects stand out with Aperture Mode

4) Own your OOTDs and selfies with the 32MP Selfie Camera

5) Make heartfelt messages with your images with Light Painting

What are your favorite camera tricks? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks, Redmi vs Realme: The Rewind

It’s a megapixel party

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 leaks

Xiaomi’s 108-megapixel camera phone might finally have a name — and it’s a familiar one.

Leaks suggest that the phone Xiaomi has been teasing is the Mi Mix 4 and the camera isn’t the only thing that stands out about it.  In fact it might have four lenses. Joining the main shooter are a 16-megapixel superwide lens

A 12-megapixel lens, and a periscope lens.

According to rumors we could be looking at a phone powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus with 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. Supporting the massive specs is a 4,500mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging. Those numbers are insane.

The rumor also suggests the Mi Mix 4 might come with 5G and will re-introduce the headphone jack to the Mi Mix lineup.

There are no details about the front-facing camera. So we don’t know for sure if it’s sliding mechanism similar to the Mi Mix 3 or if we will finally see the under display camera that Xiaomi teased a while back.

We won’t find out for sure until September — that is if that rumored month of announcement also holds true.

2. Phones with 64MP cameras finally named 

It appears Xiaomi and Realme are on the path to a head-on collision

Earlier in the year, Realme teased a photo taken with a 64MP camera with Realme’s watermark on it. Just weeks ago, Xiaomi also announced that they’re working on a phone with 64MP cameras. It didn’t take too long for both companies to reveal the names of the handsets.

Redmi’s general manager shared an image taken with the 64MP camera with the phone name clearly showing Redmi Note 8 Pro.  Digging deeper, leaks suggest the phone will sport a whopping 5,000mAh battery and will be powered by the gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G90T processor A chip that hopes to rival Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855.

Over on the Realme side, the company recently launched the Realme 5 series but towards the end of the event they also teased their 64MP camera phone — the Realme XT. Rumors suggest it will sport the Snapdragon 855 plus further solidifying the potential clash that these two phones are in for.

Redmi though will be officially launching on August 29th and we might not see the Realme XT until end of September or early October.

3. Huawei in ‘battle mode’ amid US turmoil

Huawei just can’t stay out of the news.

After Trump’s latest pledge to ease Huawei’s restrictions, the US government has yet to deliver the goods. Earlier this year, Huawei gained a 90-day temporary operating license. That license has expired this week but the US government extended the license for another 90 days. Huawei isn’t happy since it still means they are in limbo.

Huawei’sCEO Ren Zhengfei issued an all-hands-on-deck ultimatum for his employees implying that underperformers will be sacked. The CEO remains determined and optimistic saying Huawei will “survive” and that they will “dominate the world.”

4. Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo are playing nice

File sharing in an open ecosystem like Android can be… challenging.

If you’ve experienced the wonders of Apple’s Airdrop no file sharing app really comes close. Three Chinese companies want to change that.

Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo have banded together forming a new cross-brand direct file transfer alliance. With this new, yet to be named file sharing feature devices of all three brands will be able to transfer files at 20 MB/s without the need of a third-party service like ShareIt.

It’s a huge step forward considering the three brands own 50% of China’s smartphone market. If this proves to be successful, it might encourage brands like Huawei to also join the fray.

5. NVIDIA GeForce Now will bring PC games to Android devices

Is cloud gaming the future?

That’s a loaded question but for now, it seems brands are gearing up for it. After the announcement of Google Stadia and Microsoft’s xCloud now comes NVIDIA’s GeForce Now. 

The cloud gaming platform has been in beta for PC, Mac, and NVIDIA Shield TV but now they’re offering something new. GeForce Now will also be available on Android.

This means you’ll be able to play Triple A games on PCs  using your Android smartphone. There is no exact date when GeForce Now will be available to the public as well as how much the platform will cost. But what it offers is promising so we will all gladly wait.


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Samsung’s mobile cameras take the spotlight: The Rewind

Plus news on spying, banning, and new accessories

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. Samsung making waves in camera department

The team behind Samsung’s smartphone camera lenses should probably get a raise. Following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, DxOMark has officially dubbed its cameras as the best smartphone camera.

The Galaxy Note 10’s rear camera got a strong overall score of 113, scored a strong 118 for photo capabilities and 101 for video capabilities. Samsung leads in both categories. The selfie shooter gets a score of 99 overtaking previous best 98 by the ASUS Zenfone 6.

Samsung also officially announced the 108-megapixel ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor. That’s an insane number of megapixels.But the tech won’t debut on a Samsung phone. That distinction goes to a yet to be named Xiaomi phone that’s slated to launch later in 2019.

2. 2015 MacBook Pro banned from flights worldwide 

We’re getting flashbacks of the Galaxy Note 7 as airlines worldwide are banning another product from flights.

To prevent any explosion situation, the US Federal Aviation Administration bans the 2015 MacBook Pro units from American flights. Back in June, Apple announced a global recall for potentially malfunctioning MacBook Pro units shipped from September 2015 to February 2017. The aging device carries a faulty battery that can overheat and catch fire.  Since then, the company has offered free battery replacements for affected units.

Apple invites affected users to turn in their units as soon as possible. You can check your unit’s status on Apple’s website.

3. Facebook listens to our Messenger chats

We’ve all had suspicions that Facebook is listening to our Messenger chats.

Well, in a tell-all on Bloomberg report, the company admits to listening to your audio messages. Facebook has been hiring third-party firms to transcribe personal conversations for unknown purposes. An anonymous firm says Facebook did not tell contractors where the conversations came from.

Facebook has terminated the service a week before the report was published. But is that enough to comfort us?

This isn’t the first instance of tech companies listening to private conversations. Weeks ago, Apple was caught listening in on people having sex through Siri’s voice recognition software. Google also hired outside contractors to transcribe the conversations on their servers.

The recent surge in privacy concerns sparks an absolute need for stricter data control in the future.

4. DJI’s Osmo Mobile 3 is foldable!

DJI’s latest stabilizer is now even more portable!

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is now able to fold making it easier to carry on trips. There are also plenty of improvements. You can access Quick Roll by pressing the Mode button twice. It lets  you rotate the phone’s orientation from landscape to portrait and vice versa.

There’s ActiveTrack 3.0 that helps in re-centering the subject being tracked. There are also several modes to play with like Sports Mode, Gesture Control, Slow Motion Mode, and many others.

The accompanying Mimo app that has Story Mode. It lets you edit videos right away with preset music, transitions, and filters.

5. Snap launches the Spectacles 3

In case you’re wondering, Snapchat is still alive and kicking, and they even have some new hardware — the Spectacles 3.

With steel frames and classic details the Spectacles 3 feature two cameras on the front to properly capture depth. Of course it has AR Snapchat filters as well as 3D effects to closely take advantage of Snapchat’s photo enhancing capabilities

Users can quickly tap one of the two buttons and record up to 60 seconds of video. This includes audio captured from four microphones or a still picture.  Captured media instantly gets synced with your phone and you can use Snapchat to add filters.

These are all great but is it enough to get more people to use Snapchat again?


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Galaxy Note 10 launches, Huawei announces Harmony OS: Weekend Rewind

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ 

What’s better than one Galaxy Note 10? Two of them, of course. For the first time ever, Samsung launched two versions of their Galaxy Note line. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is your usual specced out Note while the Galaxy Note 10 is a smaller version of the note we’ve come to love.

For a detailed look at their difference. Check out this breakdown:

Note 10 Note 10+
Display 6.3″ 6.8″
Rear Camera 16MP Ultra Wide, 12MP Wide, 12MP Telephoto 16MP Ultra Wide, 12MP Wide, 12MP Telephoto, DepthVision Camera
Front Camera 10MP 10MP
Memory and Storage 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB 12GB/256GB, 12GB/512GB
Battery 3500mAh 4300mAh

The Galaxy Note 10 has plenty of new features. First up is Air Actions that lets you switch camera modes and take photos. Moving the S Pen left to right or up and down performs different commands. You’ll definitely feel like you’re in Hogwarts casting some sort of spell.

Another nifty feature on the S Pen is the ability to turn handwritten notes into text when you import to MS Word, or copy to whatever app you wish.

Video creators might also find plenty to love on the Note 10. Aside from improved stabilization and a new hyperlapse feature, Live Focus is now also available for that bokehlicious shot. There’s also a Zoom-In Mic feature that captures the audio of your subject as you zoom in on it.

The native video editor is also more powerful than ever but if that’s not enough Adobe Rush is also optimized for the device. There’s plenty love and also plenty to scrutinize on the Galaxy Note 10 so you should definitely watch out for our review.

2. Huawei announces Harmony OS

Huawei’s new OS is finally official — It’s called Harmony OS. Announced at the company’s developer conference Huawei confirms the OS has been in production for a while — two years to be exact. Development was hastened following the US ban but this doesn’t mean it will replace Android immediately.

For now, it’s reported that the first device to carry the OS is the Honor Smart Screen TV. Right now, the OS is geared towards Smart Home devices. However, should things go haywire between the US and China trade, Huawei says they’re ready to move their entire smartphone system to Harmony OS.

It’s an interesting development and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

3. Apple working on a foldable iPhone 

The hype for foldable phones was high early in the year with the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X leading the charge. The excitement has died down following issues encountered by the Galaxy Fold which prompted Huawei to take their own precautionary measures.

Things could pick up again as a major player might be  joining the fold. According to an investor’s note on UBS, Apple could be developing their own foldable. Don’t expect it to come any time soon though. Right now the Cupertino company is focused on the launch of the next iPhone. We might not see a foldable iPhone until 2021.

4. Realme announces release date of phone with 64MP camera

Realme previously teased a photo taken with a 64MP smartphone camera Months later, we finally more about the phone and when it’s expected to drop.

The phone in question might be the successor to the Realme X and it’s coming our way some time in October. Other than the 64 megapixel sensor, the phone is expected to have a quad camera setup with the other sensors being a wide-angle lens, a telephoto one, and a depth sensor.

Realme is using Samsung’s ISOCELL GW1 sensor to pull off this 64-megapixel camera phone. Curiously, another company is using that same sensor.

5. Xiaomi Redmi to launch phones with 64MP, 108MP cameras

Not to be outdone by Realme, Xiaomi announces it’s also working on a 64-megapixel camera. The sensor is coming to its Redmi line of phones and it will be available in the fourth quarter of 2019.

It doesn’t end there though.

Xiaomi also teased a phone with 108-megapixel camera. That’s a lot. The feature is coming to the Mi line of phones and we’re excited to see what they can do.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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