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Best Cyber Monday tech deals

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Cyber Monday is tomorrow, and analysts predict we’re about to witness the biggest online shopping day in history, with shoppers expected to spend more than $3 billion on shopping sprees across the internet.

On Amazon alone, thousands of deals will be introduced throughout the day. And you’ll need more than luck to figure out if you got a rock-bottom deal. That said, we’re here to get you on the right track. Here are some of the best tech deals we’ve found so far.

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Fitbit Flex 2 for $60

Fitness bands have become more complex and ambitious over the years, behaving more like smartwatches and less like trackers. But the Flex 2 returns to simpler roots. It does only the basics for monitoring your activity and sleep quality, but it does them well. It’s also swimmer- and surfer-friendly, which we can’t say about all fitness trackers.

BUY ON AMAZON

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49-inch Samsung Curved 4K TV for $549.99

This latest TV from Samsung comes with all the bragging rights of a modern television: 4K resolution; HDR for a fantastic and vivid picture; access to online content and apps; and a powerful processor for seamless operation. We’ve seen it come down a bit, but now it’s at its lowest price ever of $549.99, 50 percent off its original price. Wowza!

BUY FROM DELL

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro for $339.99

The PS4 Pro hasn’t been around for very long, but we’re already seeing some fantastic deals online. This discounted offer from Amazon is just perfect if you already have a library of games. Pick one up before stocks run out — we doubt this deal will last long.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 for $249

Last year’s Samsung flagship remains a solid choice for any smartphone upgrader. While it lacks any water resistance, it’s got a super-crisp AMOLED display, a top-end processor, a nice pair of low-light cameras, and lots more. It’s an excellent alternative to any non-flagship handset, and it’s a steal at this price.

BUY FROM WALLMART

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Rugged ASUS Chromebook for $119.99

This rugged ASUS Chromebook goes for just north of $100, and it features an 11.6-inch, high-res display; a 180-degree hinge; a spill-resistant keyboard; and reinforced rubber guards that protects it from bumps, knocks, and drops from up to 3.9 feet. Its low-power Intel processor should help extend battery life — a full day of use is what you’re looking at with most Chromebooks, and this one shouldn’t be different. It does everything you expect a Chromebook to do, except this one can handle some rough and tumble every now and then. Even better, it’s discounted for a limited time.

BUY ON AMAZON

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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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