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Essential is working on a really long smartphone

Tweeted by founder, Andy Rubin

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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.

SEE ALSO: Essential Phone gets cheaper and comes with a bunch of accessories

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Get a free Mate 30 Pro with Huawei’s AppGallery promo

Freebuds 3 and Watch GT 2 are also up for grabs

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Huawei is putting tremendous effort into promoting its own AppGallery. AppGallery is its own alternative to Google Play Store. It is where you have to go now to get apps for your Huawei device. This has been the case after the Chinese tech company was prohibited from using Google Mobile Services as a result of the ban last 2019.

To promote the AppGallery in the Philippines, Huawei is holding a promo from April 6 to September 30. Anyone who participates in the promo has a chance to win a Huawei Freebuds 3, Watch GT 2, or Mate 30 Pro. A redeemable PhP 50 Huawei points is also up for grabs.

The promo mechanics is simple. Participants have to download a participating app and sign-in with their Huawei ID. After signing in, they should head over to AppGallery to redeem their prizes. They have to literally spin a wheel that will determine the prizes they shall get.

To view the participating apps, visit this interactive website. This website also contains links where participants can sign-in to the participating apps. For more information on the promo, visit Huawei’s Facebook page.

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Samsung Galaxy A51: Price and availability in Singapore

Solid midranger coming to your area

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The awesome screen of the Samsung Galaxy A51 is coming to Singapore!

Launched alongside the Galaxy A71 during a BLACKPINK fan meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Samsung Galaxy A51 is a well-rounded phone.

The Galaxy A51 has a 6.5-inch FHD Super Amoled display. It follows the Infinity-O display that houses the 32MP front-facing camera. Overall design is consistent with Samsung’s 2020 releases so far. It also sports a 4000mAh battery with 15W charging.

It has a quadruple camera setup: 48MP main shooter, 5MP depth sensor, 5MP macro lens, and 12MP ultra-wide angle lens. Pretty much the same as the Galaxy A71 save for the main camera.

There’s also the usual Samsung features like Bixby Vision, Lens, and Routines, Samsung Health, and Samsung’s security platform Knox.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy A51 will come in Prism Crush White and Prism Crush Black. It will retail for SG$ 448 and will be available starting February 1, 2020.

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