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Lessons from household appliances

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I found myself standing in the middle of the LG exhibition room in Jeju Island, Korea and I didn’t see mere appliances — it was a room filled with possibilities.

As I made my way to each product, I was schooled in LG’s newly announced signature line. But really, I took away more than just machine specs:

LG Signature OLED TV

This big screen was a sight to behold.


At a thickness (or thinness) of 2.57mm (equivalent to two stacked coins!), and attached to the wall only via a magnetic mount, this was something straight out of a sci-fi movie.

This flexible (literally, it bends) telly paints a pretty picture of possibilities imagined that are now realities, and I’m not just talking about TV shows.

LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator

The newest LG fridge is an ode to improvement, as it attempts to solve mundane issues with typical refrigerators through innovation.

Knock knock!

It features a 29-inch Full HD touchscreen display, the InstaView (which means a glass panel allows you to see the inside of the refrigerator without having to open it), and automatic lighting with a knock.

This is proof that simple solutions can make life easier if you pay attention to the problems in the first place.

LG Levitating Portable Speaker

The LG levitating speaker, more than anything, is an example that nothing is impossible.

Speakers do not float, but this one does, and it just floats on, okay. Made of two parts — the dock and the speaker — this ingenuous device hovers as it brings music to your ears. It then gracefully falls back into the dock to charge once it runs out of batteries, because even this machine realizes when to recharge so it can live to fight another day (as should you!).

LG TWINWash

The LG TWINWash, aptly called, is a double washer. This allows you to do two loads of laundry at the same time because of its unique twin-wash system, which means there is a main washer and additional mini washer.

In laundry, as in life, solutions sometimes entail having to think outside of the box, or even adding another (mini washer) box in.

CordZero Robot

This robot vacuum is an adaptive machine. As it cleans, it recognizes its surroundings and takes in information regarding where to clean and what obstacles there are.

The cord zero isn’t tied down (it’s cordless!) because it’s designed, precisely, to go out there, learn, and adapt to get the job done — just like you.

Hub Robot

This oddly shaped robot is the cutest machine you’ll see yet.

This dancing (yes, it really dances) control bot integrates all your appliances and brings them together in one centralized, voice-activated system. It allows you to take control of your home by creating one seamless network. It also recognizes people and has its own facial expressions! Plus, there are Hub Robot Minis which act as extensions of the main Hub Robot, and they perform the same functions.

It’s amazing how all these gadgets in your home become one big amazing powerhouse (literally) because they come together in one unified system. Sometimes, all it really takes is bringing everything you already know/have and applying it to create a great thing. Each beautiful, shiny machine was outstanding in their own ways; each a product of human ingenuity and experience.

Applied to technology, these improvements make for precision appliances. Applied to real-life scenarios, well, let’s just say we finally get where the Korean brand got its slogan: Life’s Good.

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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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