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Apple iPhone XS Max isn’t able to beat Huawei P20 Pro on DxOMark

Ranks as the second best mobile camera

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DxOMark has just released their full review of the cameras on the new iPhone XS Max from Apple. It scored well, but it wasn’t able to beat the Huawei P20 Pro — not even close.

Coming in with a total score of 105, the latest iPhone flagship beat out the camera performance of all other smartphones currently on the DxOMark’s list — except for the P20 Pro, of course. The iPhone XS Max’s score is notably higher than last year’s iPhone X, which earned 97.

According to the review, most of the noticeable improvements on the new iPhone is based on software rather than hardware. This is due to the new Smart HDR feature that captures multiple frames at different exposures.

On the software and image processing side of things, the improvements are more obvious. During still image capture, the camera continuously captures a multi-frame buffer at different exposures, allowing for simultaneous zero shutter lag and HDR processing, something that is unique to the new iPhone at this point.

For photos, the iPhone XS Max scored an impressive 110, and this is mainly because of the phone’s ability to shoot great images shot after shot. The autofocus system is also so good that it’s among the best. Lastly, the Portrait Mode captures quality images with very good subject isolation.

When it comes to video, the score of 96 took a hit with indoor white balance instabilities. But, shooting in bright conditions will show how great the iPhone XS Max is when it comes to video recording.

DxOMark only tested the iPhone XS Max, but more or less expects the iPhone XS to perform the same, since they have identical camera systems.

For a complete look at how the iPhone XS Max’s camera system performed, you may read the full DxOMark review here. Additionally, there are more side by side comparisons with other top smartphones including the P20 Pro and Pixel 2.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reclaims top spot on DxOMark with P20 Pro

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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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

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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

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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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