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Pixel 5 is now official

Featuring the Snapdragon 765G

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As scheduled, Google finally launched the much-awaited Pixel 5. During today’s Launch Night In event, the company unveiled the latest flagship and a slight variation of the previous generation. Of course, the Pixel 4a 5G is a different story. For now, let’s focus on the Pixel 5.

Under the hood

Marking a huge departure from its usual tradition, the Pixel 5 is launching with the Snapdragon 765G chipset, rather than the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 series. Compensating for the midrange chipset, the flagship will also have 5G compatibility, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.

For its display, the Pixel 5 will sport a 6.0-inch OLED panel: 2340 x 1080 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 90Hz refresh rate. Compared to last year’s Pixel 4, the Pixel 5 will have a minuscule punch-hole camera and a true edge-to-edge display.

The Pixel 5 has a capable 4080mAh battery, capable with 18W USB-C fast charging, wireless charging, and power sharing. An Extreme Battery Saver mode can extend the battery life further, allowing the device to survive up to 48 hours on a single charge.

Cameras in the spotlight

Speaking of the camera, the flagship boasts a spotlight-stealing dual rear camera setup: a 12.2-megapixel main sensor (with a 77-degree field of view) and a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor (with a 107-degree field of view). Meanwhile, the front-facing selfie shooter takes shots at 8 megapixels.

For functionality, the Pixel 5’s cameras can reportedly take outstanding night photos with a new Night Sight mode. An AI-assisted Portrait Light mode can automatically adjust lighting for portraits shots. Finally, a Cinematic Pan mode makes full use of the rear camera’s wide fields of view.

Pricing and availability

The Pixel 5 will ship out to select countries (unknown at this point) starting October 15. It will ship out in the United States starting October 29. It retails for US$ 699. Pre-orders are open now.

SEE ALSO: Google is officially launching Android 11 today

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Huawei Mate 40 series now official

The series is still an engineering marvel

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It’s like clockwork now for Huawei. Every year at around this time, they unveil a new Mate series. This time it’s the Mate 40 series consisting of the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+.

Each Mate release is the company pushing the boundaries of how much tech they can pack on a smartphone that we carry around all day. The Mate 40 series is no different.

Iconic Space Ring Design

So, yeah. This.

Jokes aside, Huawei says it’s an evolution of the Mate line’s circular and symmetrical design. They didn’t exactly expound on how this particular look is form-meeting-function but hey, it helps them stand-out. If that’s the function, then it’s done its job. More on the rear camera tech later on.

Overall, the Mate 40 series looks and feels very Mate-y — curved body for an easy hold, IP68 rating, immersive viewing, and all that jazz.

In front inside a small cut-out is the selfie camera packed with the usual: 3D Face Unlock, Ultra Vision Selfie Camera, and Smart Gesture control.

Rounding up the “look” section are the colors. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will come in Black, White, and Mystic Silver. There are also two leather variants: Yellow and Green.

Meanwhile, the Mate 40 Pro+ will come in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

An all-around camera

Huawei’s mobile camera tech is one of the best in the business and there’s more of the same in the Mate 40 series.

The three phones come with an array of camera features found in Huawei phones past, all improved and upgraded. There’s Dual Cine Cameras, Steady Shot, Tracking Shot, Audio Focus, Audio Zoom and the list goes on.

In terms of the numbers on those cameras, take a look at this.

Mate 40 Mate 40 Pro Mate 40 Pro+
50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28
8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, optical zoom 12 MP, f/3.4, 125mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom 12 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide) 20 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), PDAF 8 MP, f/4.4, 250mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
TOF 3D, (depth) 20 MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide), PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth)

A leap in performance

Every single phone in the Mate 40 series is powered by Kirin 9000 5G. Huawei is calling it “the most sophisticated 5nm 5G SoC  available.”

It features a three-level power efficiency architecture with cores running at clock frequencies of up to 3.13Ghz. Really, all you need to know is it’s extremely powerful, extremely efficient, and it’s close to mind-boggling the things that it enables the phone to do.

The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU on the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ is the most powerful GPU ever on a Huawei device. It’s great for intense graphic performance and works well with the 90Hz screen refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Of course, having 5G means it’s gonna take a toll on the battery. The Mate 40 has a 4,200mAh capacity while the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ have 4,400mAh. But more than the numbers, Huawei says the phones are equipped with tech to handle the demands of 5G.

Configurations are as follows:

  • Mate 40 — 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB
  • Mate 40 Pro — 8GB+256GB
  • Mate 40 Pro+ — 12GB+256GB

A new user experience

We’ve already been introduced to EMUI 11 and all it’s wonderful features. So there’s all of that plus a handful of improvements in several areas.

Smart Gesture Control makes a return. It’s the feature that lets you hover your hand over the device to wake it up, navigate, and answer a call. Like magic!

Huawei is also expanding Petal Search to Petal Maps, essentially replacing everything it lost with Google and putting their own stamp on it while making sure to communicate that it’s all private and secure.

Other devices

During the launch, Huawei also introduced a handful of other devices:

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Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

Unboxing experience unlike the rest

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The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is finally in our hands! Unlike the usual blue iPhone unboxing videos you see, ours come in white and gold respectively.

If you’re still confused which model to buy, this video discusses points that might actually help you decide which features are more important for you. I know you can’t wait. Quickly head over to our Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro unboxing and buyer’s guide by clicking this link right here.

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OnePlus 9 series could arrive sooner than expected

Two Nord phones are also coming soon

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The OnePlus 8T series was recently announced and we’re already hearing about its successor. Popularly dubbed as the OnePlus 9 series, it could launch within the next six months. While this is its regular product cycle, the next launch could be sooner than we expect.

According to Android Central, the company hasn’t decided on a launch date yet but it should be around mid-March. Two years ago, OnePlus used to launch in May, which was then shifted to April. Now, we could see another early launch.

There’s no word on the phone’s internals yet, but we can safely assume it’ll have Qualcomm’s next flagship processor. Called the Snapdragon 875, it’s expected to launch in December and shall be found in next year’s flagships.

The OnePlus 9 isn’t the only phone that’s coming early though. Samsung usually launches its S-series flagship in February, but this could change soon with a launch in January.

OnePlus is also expected to launch two new phones under the Nord branding. Rumor mills suggest they’re named the Nord N10 5G and N100.

It’s also worth noting that Xiaomi has cornered OnePlus in the Indian market. The Mi 10T series has very aggressive pricing, directly under-cutting OnePlus’s lastest offering.

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