Essential is working on a really long smartphone

Tweeted by founder, Andy Rubin



Image source: Andy Rubin

How many weird smartphones have we seen this year so far? February’s Galaxy Fold announcement sparked an overwhelming wave of creativity in the industry. Since then, smartphone designers have churned out the most bizarre concepts and prototypes including a rolled smartphone, a peekaboo camera, and some outright weird ones. And the year isn’t even done yet.

Essential, yesteryear’s hottest upcoming brand, is officially testing an all-new form factor. The company’s founder, Andy Rubin, recently tweeted a series of photos detailing the new device. Unlike today’s “bigger is better” motto, Essential’s upcoming smartphone is a long one. Literally.

Rather than the usual aspect ratios, the long Essential smartphone is much, much taller than it is wide. On the rear, the device sports a single camera lens and an LED flash. It will come in at least four different colors: azure, vermillion, orange, and turquoise (as far as we can see, at least). All four colors have a very metallic sheen. In fact, some colors even have a slight gradient.

Of course, software is another story. The screen has a sizable bezel, for one. On the other hand, the user interface is an entirely different story. Because of the orientation, apps are more elongated. For sure, the software will require more developer support.

Given the size, the upcoming smartphone might be a problem for small hands and tiny fingers. Unfortunately, the tweet does not show much of the phone’s operation or projected development cycle.

Because of Essential’s past, the smartphone is still an unknown. Last December, the company canceled the development of the Essential Phone’s successor. Likewise, Rubin was also recently embroiled in a sexual misconduct case during his time with Google. The tech giant supposedly bribed the former Google employee to leave the company after the misconduct investigations.

In any case, despite the uncertainty, Essential’s long phone is a strange addition to the crowding market.

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Globe strengthens SMS anti-spam efforts

Report the spammers!



As more and more netizens have reported experiencing receiving unsolicited and fraudulent SMS texts in recent weeks on social media, Globe timely announced that it is continuing to heighten its anti-spam and anti-scam campaigns.

Through a dedicated cybersecurity team, Globe has deactivated 5,670 confirmed spam numbers, and successfully blocked close to 71 million spam messages in this year alone.

The company’s specialized teams are part of a larger internal Cybersecurity and Data Privacy group that responds to spam complaints and proactively deals with spammers and scams.

Globe terminates and blocks numbers of detected spammers through its systems, including those reported through www.globe.com.ph/stopspam.

Protection of customers a priority

Globe has also partnered with major universal and commercial banks, as well as Lazada and Shopee, to minimize not just spam but also scams and phishing activities to ensure the protection of customers within the network.

These partner companies report fake numbers, suspicious sender names, and websites, which Globe in turn blocks in its network immediately, as they are reported.

The telco also stressed that as it does its best to control spam on the network side, there are also tools available to customers on the device side.

Customers can use the “Messages” app by Google as their default Android SMS messenger for instance, since the app has highly-effective built-in spam filters similar to how a “Google Mail” user may have built-in spam filters.

Fully aware of the inconveniences and related problems that arise from scams, Globe reiterated that it is continuing to intensify its efforts for a spam-free experience for all customers.

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Huawei Nova 8 series: His and Hers 

Huawei nova 8 for him and Huawei nova 8i for her



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With so many options to choose from, finding a midrange phone that fits our lifestyle and nature of our work has really been a challenge. We’ve been looking for ones that are more than just regular daily drivers and have the right combination of features to let us keep on going with our work and play. 

Huawei may have struck that balance as they released the perfect pairs — the Huawei Nova 8 and 8i that revolutionizes the function of midrangers. 

In this edition of His and Hers, we dive into the Huawei Nova 8 series as Apple takes a hold of the Huawei Nova 8i and see how it gets her through her day while Andre tackles the Huawei Nova 8 and if its features fit his preference. 

Andre: You look good when you feel good

Back in the olden days, there was a saying that you can tell a lot about a person by his shoes. Nowadays we usually get judged by the smartphone we use. That being the case, with the Nova 8, you won’t shy away from its appearance being judged. Because it’s likely to draw some eyes to it with its shiny back case and its curved edge display.

I wouldn’t mind flashing it around in style in more professional settings and showcase a vibe that I mean business.

Plus, not only does it look good, it also feels good to the hand. It’s comfortable enough for one handed use thanks to its curves and slim body.

Apple: Sleek and Stylish 


These days, I rarely get to go out because of the pandemic. But the times that I do get to visit my family or some friends at their respective homes, I try to vary my outfits from casual to classy. So, I am really glad that the aesthetic look of this Moonlight Silver Huawei Nova 8i goes perfectly with anything and everything I wear. Its fancy and premium design is so versatile that I can take it everywhere I go.

Andre: Visual feast

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It’s amazing to think that nowadays, a midrange phone would have a curved display as we only used to see this in higher end phones. The 90Hz, 6.57-inch curved OLED display which supports up to 240Hz touch sampling rate for extremely low touch delay is very satisfying on the Nova 8.

If you’re coming from a more budget friendly phone like I am, you would immediately notice that the swipes are much more responsive and games feel smoother to play. It really does feel like a much higher end phone than it is and your eyes will thank you for it. 

Apple: Matched for Marathons 

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Hometown Cha Cha Cha has been a source of healing and kilig

I usually use my laptop when I have to deal with some visuals at work such as reviewing artworks done by my colleagues or previewing videos that our editors worked on. 

So when I need to take a break, I have this habit of staying away from my laptop and using my Huawei Nova 8i for watching an episode or two of my recent K-Drama craze or streaming music videos of my favorite band on YouTube. It is perfect for binge-watching with its 6.67-inch edgeless display and ultra narrow bezels, letting me get immersed in what I’m watching and really let me enjoy my break. 

Andre: A stress reliever

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Quick race?

With so much going on, there are times that we just can’t control the amount of stress we get especially when we’re swamped with work. To me, gaming is one thing that gets me away from it all even just for a while. A race or two on Asphalt 9: Legends or a classic match on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is my quick fix before heading back to the corporate battlefield. 

Thankfully, the gaming experience on the Nova 8 with its Kirin 820E processor combined with the high refresh rate curved display is delightful. It’s powerful enough to give me lag free gameplay but also lets me keep track of work. I am able to jump from work to play while keeping things running in the background thanks to its 8GB of RAM.

Apple: King of Convenience

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I must admit, there are days that are just too hectic that I barely realize I haven’t charged my phone until the day ends or sometimes until morning. Gladly, with the Huawei Nova 8i, low-battery anxiety is a thing of the past with its large 4,300 mAh battery and 66W SuperCharge. 

I can use my phone for a day or a bit longer without charging and when I already have to juice it up, it only takes less than 40 minutes to fully charge it. Talk about convenience. 

Andre: Photographers side arm

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Photography is a thing I truly enjoy doing. But like most of us, I usually rely on my phone for quick snaps since I can’t always lug around a big camera. With smartphone cameras getting better, it might not be long for us to see smartphone cameras that combat mirrorless or DSLR camera quality. The Nova 8 is another step towards that aspiration as they fit a 64MP camera sensor in this body.

That means there’s plenty of resolution headroom for post-processing which is perfect for photos of products I sell online.

And when I go out, I can now easily capture landscapes without having to move further back just to get subjects in frame thanks to the built in ultra-wide camera.

Apple: Every snap counts 

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While my job entails a lot of writing and social media content, it has also become my habit to take photos to recall memorable or mundane moments, or some snaps for my own social media feed. That may be a special time with friends, my newly discovered pastry store or just a blossoming flower I found in the garden.

This is where the Huawei Nova 8i comes in handy with its 64MP with a 1/1.7-inch sensor. Through these features, I can easily capture clear photos with crisp details for memories and great images worth keeping. 

The Huawei nova 8 and 8i have proven to be powerful midrange smartphones that both feature superb re-designed aesthetic, immersive display and a 64MP quad-camera setup. 

From our casual browsing, gaming and extensive tasks, the Huawei Nova 8 series really showed its capability to handle our demands so we can definitely say, these phones are truly a pair that’s hard to beat. 

The Huawei Nova 8i comes in Moonlight Silver, Interstellar Blue, or Starry Black and retails for PhP 13,999. Meanwhile, the Huawei Nova 8 comes in Blush Gold and retails for PhP 19,999.

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Honor V40 5G with Dimensity 1000+, 50MP camera now official

Honor’s first smartphone after split with Huawei



Honor is coming out with a bang with its first smartphone release after the split with Huawei — the Honor V40 5G or Honor View40 5G.

Powering the device is a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ octacore chip. Supporting the SoC is an 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The 5G chip should get you up to 4000mbps download speed provided the location is 5G covered.

We all know 5G is power intensive. To make sure you can last a day, it has a 4,000mAh battery with support for 66W Honor SuperCharge and 50W Wireless charging.

The Honor V40 has a 6.72-inch waterfall Curved OLED Display. You can toggle between a 120Hz and 60Hz refresh rate and it supports HDR10. For gamers, it has a 300Hz touch response rate. Supporting the feature is the GPU Turbo X and a Hunter Boost Gaming Optimization.

As for the cameras, the headliner is the 50MP f/1.9 camera. It’s flanked by an 8MP f/2.4 ultra wide lens and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. Up front, it has a 16MP selfie camera.

Pricing and availability

The Honor V40 5G is only currently available in China in these colors: Night Black, Titanium Silver, and Rose Gold.

Pricing are as follows:

  • 8GB+128GB — CNY 3,599  (around US$556)
  • 8GB+256GB — CNY 3,999 (Around US$ 618)

Go Beyond

This smartphone marks a new beginning for the company after it was sold by Huawei. The “Go Beyond” slogan represents the company’s bid to become a globally iconic brand. The strategy isn’t too different from what Huawei is doing as it will continue with the 1+8+N strategy wherein they’re using the smartphone as a gateway to a broader ecosystem of smart devices.

Changes might come soon as Honor says its current workforce includes almost 8,000 employees who will cover the entire spectrum of end-to-end operations, including over 50% R&D staff. With five R&D centers and over 100 innovation labs worldwide, HONOR is committed to developing powerful technology that empowers people to become a better version of themselves.

They’re also working with key partners such as AMD, Intel, MediaTek, Micron Technology, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, SK hynix, and Sony to produce more quality products.


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