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Nubia Red Magic Mars remains as AnTuTu’s fastest Android phone

Faster phones have yet to be tested

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While we wait for new phones to be announced in the first quarter of 2019, we’ll have to stick to last year’s devices in determining which of them is the fastest — at least based on their benchmark scores on AnTuTu.

ZTE’s Nubia Red Magic Mars ended 2018 with a bang by positioning itself on top of the AnTuTu chart. Since there are no new phones posing a threat to its place, it’s still the fastest Android phone in the market with a score of 320,000.


The January 2019 update of AnTuTu’s ranking is not that different from last month’s. Red Magic Mars’ score is still a leap ahead of Huawei’s Mate 20 which sits in second place with 308,000. It’s followed by the Honor V20 with 306,000.

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Placing fourth is Huawei’s humungous Mate 20 X with 304,000, followed by another Honor phone, the Magic 2, at 301,000.

Cutting the consecutive listing of sister companies Huawei and Honor phones is Xiaomi’s Black Shark Helo with a score of 299,000. In seventh place is Huawei (again) with the Mate 20 Pro.

The OnePlus 6T remains in the eighth spot with 296,000. The Vivo NEX S and the ASUS ROG Phone are neck-and-neck at 295,000 giving them the ninth and tenth place, respectively.

Based on this updated ranking, the Snapdragon 845 of the Nubia Red Magic Mars remains ahead of the Kirin 980 found on all of the Huawei and Honor phones on the list. The rest of the phones are also powered by the Snapdragon 845, but they seem to lack optimization to get high numbers.

We’re expecting a few Snapdragon 855-powered phones to come out in the coming weeks which will definitely shake things up.

Via: Weibo

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 855’s official AnTuTu benchmark score beats the competition

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A high-fashion Honor 20 Moschino version is happening

First look at the theme here

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The Honor 20 is coming soon and as the launch date draws near, we find out more details about the elusive device. Our latest news on the matter confirms that there will be a version of the Honor handset that fashion house Moschino worked on.

Supposedly even more high-fashion than the Honor View 20 which Moschino similarly worked on, the Italian fashion brand was said to have been given more creative control on the back design of this upcoming phone. Moschino was left in charge of the color, theme, material, and finish– and we see a little preview of this handiwork with images that surfaced today.


The Honor 20 Moschino Edition will come with a matching case and purse. Pictured above, the simple red Moschino theme and that chain detail on the it makes me think it’s going to be a device ladies will enjoy. Although we don’t exactly see the phone on the images, I bet it’s going to be one heck of a looker.

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Huawei is offering promotional battery replacements for select older devices

An opportunity for cheap repairs

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If you have an older Huawei phone or tablet lying around with a busted or aging battery, you might want to take advantage of this offer. Huawei Philippines will have a “Battery Replacement Event” for one month.

From April 27 to May 27, Huawei users can have their devices’ batteries replaced for only PhP 799 at all Huawei Authorized Service Centers nationwide. You can check the nearest one in your area through this directory.


However, the promotional battery replacement is only applicable to these selected models:

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Y6 2018
  • Huawei MediaPad T1

Of course, the program has certain terms and conditions. Most notably, a customer’s device is entitled to only one battery replacement. Also, the battery replacement fee will not cover any other issues that the device might have. You can know more about the battery replacement event here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reveals smartphones receiving EMUI 9.1

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Honor loses a prototype phone, offers a EUR 5,000 reward

Lost in Germany

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Losing a smartphone is too easy in today’s world. Falling out of your pocket, a smartphone can come crashing down to the pavement, into an open drain, or into the hands of a thief. Today, lost and found offices are filled with smartphones. If you’re unlucky enough to lose one, it will likely cost you a new smartphone, at most. As easy as it is, losing a smartphone is expensive.

However, an Honor marketing employee named Moritz Scheidl has made a case for the most expensive smartphone loss in history. On April 22, Scheidl boarded the ICE 1125, headed to Munich, Germany. He was on vacation with his family in Dusseldorf. As is custom, he carried an Honor 20 Pro prototype, testing the unit before its launch later this year.


Upon reaching Munich, Scheidl reached into his backpack, trying to charge the prototype. To his surprise, the smartphone was not in his bag. He notified his superiors immediately. Soon after, Honor Germany’s official Twitter account tweeted a lost and found poster confirming the debacle.

In the tweet, Honor Germany is offering a sweet EUR 5,000 (or approximately US$ 5,578) reward for the prototype’s return. Additionally, the tweet adds in more detail about the prototype’s appearance: it came in a gray case. To Scheidl’s credit, he immediately performed a remote device wipe after learning of the loss. For any finders, the prototype is either a free EUR 5,000 cash grab or a perfectly new smartphone.

Despite the official post, online commenters have also expressed doubt, calling the whole issue a marketing stunt. Likewise, pundits have also said that other publications will likely pay more than EUR 5,000 for the lost phone. Regardless, Honor is adamant about getting the phone back.

Currently, the Honor 20 Pro is scheduled to launch on May 21 in London.

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