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Apple iPhone 8: 8 top features to expect

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We’re still months away from the season on new iPhone announcements, but there are already a number of leaks and interesting information floating around about the next iPhone, particularly the 10th Anniversary version or also known as the iPhone 8. We listed down the eight rumored features we’ve been hearing about the special iPhone. Let’s start with…

Edge-to edge OLED display

Since Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi already have their own full-screen smartphones, anyone would expect Apple to join the trend and make it more mainstream. Ever since we started seeing leaks of the iPhone 8, the rumor about its edge-to-edge display never disappeared. Also, Apple will now take advantage of OLED, a display technology similar to the likes of Galaxy smartphones. What’s the deal about it? Black will be totally pitch-black, there’l be more vibrant colors, and it’s energy efficient thus better battery life. (Hopefully!)

On-screen Touch ID

The trade off about having an edge-to-edge display is the lack of space to put the familiar home button, which also houses the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. That’s why we expect the iPhone 8 to feature something similar to what Vivo showcased, an on-screen fingerprint scanner. By putting the reader at the back of the display, it’ll be able to function like it normally would without ruining the edge-to-edge display design.

Vertical dual rear cameras

Apple is already in the dual-camera bandwagon and no doubt that they’ll have it again for the upcoming iPhone. This time around though, based on unchanging leaks about the design of the rear panel from case makers, the two shooters are positioned vertically with the LED flash sitting in the middle. Not exactly the best-looking iPhone back, but we’re curious why Apple has to opt for this.

Introduction to augmented reality

With virtual reality or VR already well introduced to the mass market, Apple is now going for the grasp of augmented reality or AR. Developers already have access to Apple’s ARKit for its latest mobile operating system, iOS 11. We’re yet to see the practicality of AR because based on our time with the ASUS Zenfone AR, it’s fun at first but it wears off after you’ve explored the features. We have to rely on Apple’s magic in making things friendly.

New biometric security feature

Just in case Apple won’t be able to push through with the on-screen fingerprint scanner, the backup security feature is 3D face scanning. This rumor is inline with the AR plans of Apple, as well. Samsung wasn’t able to place a fingerprint scanner under the Galaxy S8’s display, so they placed it on the back but Apple is unlikely to come up with the same decision.

USB-C charger and cable

The latest reversible USB connector has been fully embraced by the new MacBooks leaving the previous type in the dust. While it’s still unclear if the Lightning port will remain on the phone, we’re pretty sure the other end of the charging cable will have USB-C. Of course, the travel charger will feature a USB-C port.

Wireless magnetic charging ala Apple Watch

Wireless charging is already enjoyed by Android users (depending on your phone model) for years now, and perhaps it’s about time the iPhone gets it, too. Depending on the body material of the new iPhone, it may get wireless charging. Leaked designs pertain to something similar to the magnetic charging of the Apple Watch. Just additional trivia: Apple has filed a patent for charging through Wi-Fi.

iOS 11 out of the box

Lastly, it’ll have the final version of iOS 11. Apple has already released a public beta that current iPhone owners can check out.

Bonus: Still no headphone jack

Sorry, there’s nothing we can do about this.

SEE ALSO: Apple enlists Samsung’s help for iPhone 8

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?

Huawei outdoes itself again

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In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.

In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

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Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

Price isn’t the only factor

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Huawei has once again launched two flagships phones at the same time; one comes with a Pro moniker, while the other does not. Like before, there are some significant differences between the Mate 20 pair to take note of.

While we wait to get our hands on the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS and Mate 20 X, here are the two phones we already know everything about.

Display

One obvious difference is in their displays. While the Mate 20 Pro goes for a notched 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — certainly a mouthful — the regular Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD with a much smaller notch.

The Pro model justifies the larger notch by housing a more complex camera system for secured facial recognition, but if that doesn’t matter to you, the regular variant’s Dew Drop notch may be more appealing — and definitely less intrusive.

In addition, the Mate 20 Pro’s OLED tech allows it to curve the edges and equip an in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s essentially the more modern-looking design of the pair.

Performance

Since both models have Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset installed, pure performance is virtually identical. The Pro and non-Pro also share the same memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, respectively, although the plain Mate 20 has a more affordable 4GB memory variant available, too.

Another minor difference: The 4200mAh capacity of the Mate 20 Pro, along with the more energy-efficient OLED, provides it with potentially longer battery life than what the Mate 20’s 4000mAh capacity and LCD panel offer.

A more significant advantage for the Mate 20 Pro is its inclusion of a 40W SuperCharge adapter in the package — noticeably better than the 22.5W output of the Mate 20’s. Plus, the Pro version can charge other phones wirelessly using wireless reverse charging tech.

Cameras

Perhaps, you’ll care most about the difference in camera quality and performance. While it’s too early to make photo and video comparisons, an initial look at specs shows that the Mate 20 Pro may have an edge.

There are three modules in place for the Pro: One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final unit offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom

As for the Mate 20, its main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom.

Despite the larger notch of the Mate 20 Pro, they share the same 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Pricing and colors

This part largely depends on where you reside, but in an ideal setting, all five colors — Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black — should be available for both models.

Pricing is another matter, and it again depends per region. In Europe, the Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049, making it more expensive by EUR 250 and EUR 200, respectively.

In Singapore, the Mate 20’s 6GB+128GB setup retails for SG$ 998, while the Mate 20 Pro is at SG$ 1,348 — a difference of SG$ 350.

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Huawei Mate 20 series first to have Nano Memory Card

Could this become a trend?

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Aside from introducing a host of flagship features to the freshly minted Mate 20 series, Huawei also introduced a new memory card standard, simply named Nano Memory Card.

It’s available on both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it effectively replaces the microSD slot we’ve become so accustomed to. The question is: What’s so special about it?

The simplest answer is that it has the same size as the nano-SIM card inside any smartphone today. Because of the identical dimensions, the secondary card slot doesn’t have to be designed differently, like what has been done for microSD cards.

In the case of the Mate 20 series, the removable card tray has back-to-back slots: one for the nano-SIM, and the other for either another nano-SIM or separate Nano Memory Card.

As of writing, Huawei will be offering 128GB and 256GB NM Cards, with speeds of up to 90MB/s. They’re hoping it’ll become the new standard, and are producing adapters for additional compatibility.

It’s certainly a more efficient way of adding physical storage to a handset, and allows manufactures like Huawei to use the saved space for other features, like a large battery.

Looking ahead, it seems only logical for other smartphone brands to follow suit, but that would mean consumers would have to buy into a whole new standard and let go of their microSD cards.

The same thing happened with the introduction of the USB-C port, wherein users had to replace their micro-USB cables for the newer, more intuitive system. It’s been a gradual process, but definitely rewarding.

It’ll take a while before we find out if this will become a trend, but for now, we should appreciate Huawei’s courage in taking the first, big step.

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