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Apple will not upgrade the iPhone’s cameras until 2023

According to Ming-Chi Kuo

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It’s never too early for some new iPhone rumors. Yes, the same applies even if the said iPhone is several years in the future. Especially if it comes from renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Now, fast forwarding to years from now, the famous analyst predicts that Apple will not upgrade the iPhone’s cameras until 2023.

In particular, as obtained by MyFixGuide, Kuo’s latest report involves Apple’s upcoming camera suppliers. For the foreseeable future, Apple will source its camera hardware from Largan, Genius Electrical Optical, and Sunny Optical.

Though most of the report talks about how the different suppliers will fare in the supply chain, Kuo also predicts that none of the suppliers will provide Apple with any upgraded cameras for future iPhones.

For now, Apple will not start developing upgraded cameras until 2022 and a potential release in 2023. However, the company will still develop improvements in the software department.

If anything, the recently launched iPhone 12 series divided the lineup into a regular series and a premium, camera-centric Pro series. If Apple isn’t upgrading camera hardware in the coming years, the company can still leverage its current Pro lineup for the future.

The iPhone 12 series is already available now in four variants: iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Review: Pro Enough?

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Galaxy S23 leaks in FCC filing

Battery revealed

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Though it seems like a long time from now, January and February are just around the corner. As always, the beginning months of 2023 will start off the releases for next year’s smartphones. As such, it’s time to take a look at what’s coming for 2023. Right on time, the Galaxy S23 series has recently popped up in an FCC listing, spoiling a few details about the upcoming flagship.

Via MySmartPrice, the Galaxy S23 5G and Galaxy S23 Plus have made their way to America’s Federal Communications Commission. Naturally, the official listing reveals a few details ahead of the flagship’s official launch early next year.

Specifically, the Galaxy S23 will sport a 3900mAh battery. Meanwhile, the S23 Plus will have a larger 4700mAh battery. The transition from the regular variant to the middle tier is a big one, pushing the latter by almost 1000mAh. Unfortunately, the third model — supposedly the Ultra — has not made an appearance, leaving the most premium one in the dark.

Ahead of the launch, the upcoming flagship has already had some of its spec list spoiled. For example, Qualcomm has confirmed that the series will exclusively use Snapdragon chips, instead of a balance with Exynos chips.

Thankfully, the wait isn’t long for more details. Samsung is reportedly scheduled to launch the series in early February.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm: Galaxy S23 series will not use Exynos at all

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Infinix HOT 20 series, budget-friendly gaming phone, released

More than what you pay for

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Infinix HOT 20

Filipino mobile gamers will get an even more affordable but reliable smartphone to fulfill such needs as the Infinix HOT 20 series has been released.

All three devices under the line are priced under PhP 10,000, yet the premium option — HOT 20 5G — delivers on 5G connectivity to complement what it offers for gaming.

The HOT 20 5G is powered by a Dimensity 810 processor and comes with 7GB RAM, thanks to its extended RAM feature, along with a 128GB storage.

Its display is a 6.58-inch IPS LCD screen with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The phone also has a 5,000mAh battery and has Phase Change Cooling System.

The camera setup isn’t shabby either, with a 50MP main shooter and an 8MP selfie camera.

This phone is priced at PhP 9,499, available in Space Blue, Blaster Green, and Racing Black. Until November 30, it will also get a special launch rate of just PhP 8,849 on Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok.

HOT 20S, HOT 20 also released

Aside from the face of the series, the HOT 20 package also has the HOT 20S and HOT 20 to offer customers two more options.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specs of each variant.

HOT 20S

Price: PhP 8,499

  • Helio G96 processor
  • 13GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 6.78-inch HyperVision Gaming-Pro display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Support for 18W fast charging

The HOT 20S is available in Sonic Black, Tempo Blue, Fantasy Purple, and Light-rider White. For the launch sale, its price goes down further to PhP 7,849.

HOT 20

Price: PhP 7,499

  • G37 processor
  • 6GB extended RAM (up to 11 RAM)
  • 6.82-inch IPS LCD display
  • 90Hz refresh rate
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Support for 18W fast charging

The HOT 20 will get as much as a PhP 650 off when customers purchase on or before November 30 — with a Free Fire phone case included.

WATCH: Remote work day with the Infinix ZERO ULTRA

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Huawei Mate 50 Pro vs HONOR Magic4 Pro: Camera Shootout

Camera battle between two companies that used to be together

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Huawei HONOR

In case you didn’t know, HONOR used to be Huawei’s sub-brand — until they decided to part ways. While still using Huawei’s EMUI software (but calling it Magic UI), HONOR is now operating as a separate entity.

But what actually makes the HONOR Magic4 Pro different from Huawei’s reborn flagship, the Mate 50 Pro?

Well, aside from the obvious Magic vs Mate branding, Huawei has its own “Ultra Aperture” camera. Coined from the term itself, it features a dual-variable aperture versus the Magic4 Pro’s fixed f/1.8 lens opening.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro HONOR Magic4 Pro
Wide 50MP f/1.4-4.0
PDAF + Laser AF + OIS
50MP f/1.8
Multi-Directional PDAF + Laser AF
Ultra-Wide 13MP f/2.2 120º 50MP f/2.2 122º
Telephoto 64MP f/3.5
3.5x optical zoom
100x digital zoom
OIS
64MP f/3.5
3.5x optical zoom
100x digital zoom
OIS
Selfie 13MP f/2.4 + ToF 3D Depth 12MP f/2.4 + ToF 3D Depth

 

It also looks like the megapixel count is smaller on the ultra-wide unit of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro. Aside from that, the periscope telephoto lens and selfie cameras of the two phones are very much alike.

Now that you get a clear picture between the similarities and differences of each phone’s camera system, let’s get on to our camera shootout!

Wide

As previously mentioned, the Mate 50 Pro features a dual-variable aperture while the Magic4 Pro is consistent with its aperture offering. But can you really tell which is which considering they both feature a 50MP sensor?

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Huawei HONOR

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Huawei HONOR

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Ultra-Wide

For shots that require a wider Field of View (FoV), which do you think wins this round considering that the Magic4 Pro features a 50MP ultra-wide shooter while the Mate 50 Pro has a measly 12MP UWA shooter? (Despite the same f/2.2 aperture)

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Mate 50 Pro Magic4 Pro

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Huawei HONOR

Periscope Telephoto: Optical Zoom

Both the Mate and the Magic have a similar 64MP f/3.5 lens that has an optical zoom range of 3.5x. But of course, there would still be a difference in post-processing AI algorithm.

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Mate 50 Pro Magic4 Pro

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Mate 50 Pro Magic4 Pro

Periscope Telephoto: Lossless to Digital Zoom

With a similar periscope lens, both phones can both achieve a 10x lossless zoom and up to 100x digital zoom. But in this specific section, I chose to just zoom up digitally to just 60x.

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#20 (60x)

Night Mode

This is what makes or breaks a smartphone camera. With the obvious differences in Night Mode processing magic, one phone definitely stands out. That’s either a matter of personal preference or just fans’ favorites.

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Huawei HONOR

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Huawei HONOR

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Huawei HONOR

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Huawei HONOR

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Huawei HONOR

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Mate 50 Pro Magic4 Pro

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Huawei HONOR

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Huawei HONOR

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Huawei HONOR

BONUS: Super Macro

Just like other flagship smartphones nowadays, Super Macro is a feature that uses the ultra-wide lenses instead of the regular wide one in order to take close-up macro shots of objects. Doing so requires you to go closer to the subject you are shooting.

Huawei HONOR

Results

You may already have a hint considering the results are consistent throughout the board:

Photo A — HONOR Magic4 Pro

Photo B — Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Conclusion

What should set both phones apart are the way they process each shot — but Huawei and HONOR’s similar AI camera processing techniques are what actually makes it hard to differentiate one phone from another.

Huawei HONOR

For the most part, you can barely tell which is which. Shots taken during the broad daylight looked barely different regardless if its the regular wide, ultra-wide, or even the periscope telephoto lens.

Huawei HONOR

But in some instances, the HONOR Magic4 Pro boosts saturation while the Huawei Mate 50 Pro samples focuses on brightening up the shots. However, its dual-variable aperture camera did not really make drastic differences in daylight shots for it to be considered a “groundbreaking” camera feature in today’s flagship smartphones.

HONOR Magic4 Pro

Now when it comes to Night Mode “Magic”, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro is the clearer winner — especially with its very wide f/1.4 aperture. As I told in my past camera shootouts, the “better” Night Mode shot isn’t just about being the brightest nor the most vibrant of the bunch.

In the case of the Mate, it displayed the right amount of shadows, highlights, contrast and even the dynamic range. Most of all, its saturation what you can actually see irl.

Honestly speaking, I thought the HONOR Magic4 Pro is one among the best flagship smartphones for night photography. But after seeing how there’s a clear distinction between it and the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, I have reconsidered my opinion.

Huawei HONOR

The less-saturated look of the night shots taken with the HONOR Magic4 Pro is preferential though. Some may still like it because it gives you that flat, RAW-like image. Thus, giving you more creative freedom in post-processing the shot afterwards.

Honestly, you can never go wrong between choosing these smartphones. But the dealbreaker is: can you compromise 5G and proper GMS support over a set of cameras that perform better at night?

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