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161 new emoji are coming in 2018

One small step for Unicode, one huge leap for diversity

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22,000 signatures and a three-year petition later, redheads are finally getting their own emoji.

The Unicode Consortium, the body in charge of emoji selection and standards, announced 161 new emoji this week including 12 redheads with different skin tones.

“The man and woman emoji can now have various hair styles (red-haired, curly-haired, white-haired, and bald), and the new superhero and supervillain support genders and skin tones,” the Unicode Consortium said in its Emoji 11.0 announcement.

Ginger Parrot, who started the change.org petition in 2015 to add red-haired emoji, said that the announcement would mean that redheads can now all feel included “which is what the intention of the diversified emojis should have been.”

Ginger hair is so rare that it’s estimated to comprise only one to two percent of the entire world population.

Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia noted as far back as January 2017 that “the lack of a redhead emoji has been the most frequent complaint from Emojipedia users in the past three months.”

Redheads all over Twitter couldn’t help but express their excitement over the news by warning their friends of the possible excessive use of the new emoji once they start rolling out:

For Twitter user @MichelleBarish, the news means being finally considered humans in emoji speak:

Over the years vendors have tried to address diversity and equality issues in the original emoji lineup.

In 2015, Apple introduced racially diverse emoji by adding varying shades of skin tones and hair color.

In 2016, Google proposed a new set of emoji that highlights various career opportunities available to women in hopes of reducing gender inequality.

The proposal resulted in emoji in various skin tones and hair color, although still without redheads, that represented a woman police officer, scientist, chef, teacher, and mechanic among others.

Other new emoji in the list include a hippopotamus, llama, peacock, mango, bagel, cupcake, luggage, roll of tissue, and a bottle for lotion or sunscreen.

The new emoji collection is expected to roll out to smartphones and desktops some time in August or September.

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Huawei P20, P20 Pro, P20 Lite: Prices and availability in the Philippines

More affordable than in most regions

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Nearly a month after the international launch and two weeks after the release in Singapore, Huawei’s newest lineup of smartphones is finally coming to the Philippines.

The flagship P20 Pro and P20, along with the midrange P20 Lite, will be available beginning April 28.

Being the best of the lineup (and possibly best of all Android handsets at the moment), the P20 Pro will cost you the most. It’ll retail for PhP 44,990 which converts to about EUR 695 — way below the European launch price of EUR 899. The color options are Black, Midnight Blue, and Twilight Purple.

And then we have the P20, which retails for only PhP 34,990 or around EUR 540. This is, again, much cheaper than the EUR 649 price tag in Europe. For now, it’ll come in Black and Midnight Blue — no sign yet of a local Pink Gold release.

Finally, the P20 Lite will arrive with a price of PhP 15,990. This is only slightly higher than what the Nova 2i (viewed as Huawei’s staple midrange offering since last year) was retailing for. You can purchase one in either Klein Blue or Black.

Pre-orders are also being accepted for the P20 Pro and P20 from April 21 to 27. Do so, and you’ll receive a Canon photo printer for free. And if you buy the P20 Lite during the April 28 launch day, you’ll get a free Huawei accessory for its cameras.

Learn more about Huawei’s P20 series in our hands-on video:

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Moto Z3 Play design revealed thanks to leaked case renders

More Motorola phones are coming!

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Just after we saw the upoming Moto E5 series, another Motorola leak is floating on the internet. We already know that the new Moto phones in the budget segment are imminent, but it seems like the company is also prepping to release a new midrange phone.

The Lenovo-owned Motorola brand is set to unveil a plethora of devices this season starting with Moto G6, which is to be unveiled very soon in Brazil. An upper-midrange phone is also expected to be out soon and thanks to the renders from case-maker Poetic, we can now confirm what the Moto Z3 Play will look like.

As foreseen, Motorola’s new device will adopt the 18:9 display trend with minimal bezels on the top and bottom. But, there’s no notch! Now that’s a relief for some fans who dislike the infamous “feature” of newly released 2018 phones. With no space for the usual fingerprint reader on the bottom bezel, Motorola decided to move it. Not to the back though, but to the side — a placement similar to what was on older Sony phones.

The DNA of Motorola’s design is very much present on the Z3 Play with the circular camera module that houses a dual-camera setup coupled with an LED flash. The ergonomic curves of the phone are also undeniably Motorola by design.

The rumored specifications of the phone include a 6.1-inch display, Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery that supports wireless charging.

Motorola is yet to officially confirm any details regarding the Z3 Play and we’re still waiting for them to give us a launch date. Considering that the Z2 Play was unveiled in June, we could also see the Z3 Play in the same month.

Source: Poetic

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OnePlus will launch an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6

Avengers, assemble!

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Did you grab one of the Star Wars-themed OnePlus 5T Limited Editions last December? If you missed the first Disney-OnePlus partnership, you might be able to grab their second one coming this April.

In celebration of Marvel Studio’s 10th anniversary, OnePlus is launching an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6. The tie-in phone threads its theme from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie.

The film is expected to break a lot of records when it premieres worldwide on April 27 (or 25, in some countries). More than just another superhero flick, it represents the culmination of Marvel Studio’s ten years’ worth of world building.

Previously, OnePlus prematurely launched a teaser trailer that announces the partnership earlier this month. OnePlus has since taken down the video from their channels.

Following OnePlus’s confirmation memo nabbed by Android Central, the partnership will strengthen the tech brand’s relationship with Disney’s branch in India. Sadly, this means that the Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 will likely ship exclusively in India.

If it’s truly an exclusive, it follows in the footsteps of the Star Wars tie-in last year. Launched to coincide with The Last Jedi, the previous partnership was also an exclusive for India. The move comes as no surprise since India is still OnePlus’ largest market.

Currently, OnePlus hasn’t released any info on the OnePlus 6, besides any leaked renders and rumors. We don’t even have photos of the Avengers tie-in yet. As for rumored specs, the phone will likely carry a Snapdragon 845 chip and up to 8GB of RAM.

Since OnePlus has confirmed the tie-in, we can now expect the OnePlus 6’s launch around Infinity War’s premiere next week.

For now, it’s time to once again engage in the age-old debate — Iron Man-themed OnePlus 6 or Captain America-themed OnePlus 6?

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6 leaked front image shows full display with a notch

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