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Honor 10 offers the best of Huawei minus the premium price

Gives up only a few features

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Huawei has done it once again, releasing a more affordable alternative to its latest flagship smartphone lineup and placing it under the more budget-friendly Honor brand. This time, we’re looking at the newly launched Honor 10.

Make no mistake about it, the Honor 10 is a feature-packed device. A lot of the high-end specifications found on the Huawei P20 series — such as the top-of-the-line Kirin 970 processor, glass and metal body, and latest EMUI 8.1 software (based on Android 8.1 Oreo) — are mostly here.

And yes, there’s a notch on top. It fits inside the 5.84-inch 1080p LCD with a 19:9 screen ratio. Underneath the display is the front-mounted fingerprint sensor, although Huawei’s usual facial recognition feature is available if you prefer that for unlocking your phone.

This being a Huawei device, you can expect the cameras to be great. In this case, there’s a 16- and 24-megapixel combo on the back, with the latter having a monochrome image sensor for sharper photos. Not to be outdone, the selfie shooter is of the 24-megapixel kind, as well. Unfortunately, there’s no Leica branding in sight, which explains why this phone can be sold cheaper, but you do get artificial intelligence in the cameras for smarter scene recognition.

Memory and storage configurations are excellent, with 6GB for the former and a choice between 64GB and 128GB for the latter. And because this is a big phone, a 3400mAh battery is found inside, just like on the P20. What’s extra special is the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio port, something Huawei flagships have given up on since the Mate 10 series.

Pricing starts at CNY 2,599 (US$ 412) for the 6GB memory with 64GB storage variant, and CNY 2,999 (US$ 477) for the model with 128GB of storage (neither of which can be expanded using a microSD card). There’s some difficulty in translating the exact color names to English, but rest assured there are four to choose from: black, gray, purple, and blue.

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Apple plans to remove the iPhone’s Lightning port soon

In anticipation for the AirPower wireless charger

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A few years ago, Apple eliminated the audio jack from its iPhones, ending years of tangled cords and loose-fitting earbuds. The move rightfully irked audio fans, citing lost AirPods and monopolized accessories.

Sadly, Apple is continuing its war against I/O ports. By September, the company will release their first official wireless charging mat, the AirPower.

Of course, Apple’s AirPower isn’t the first exclusive charging mat in the smartphone industry. Currently, Android smartphones also tout their own Qi wireless charging mats. However, despite wireless prevalence, Android phone makers have not announced plans to remove wired charging altogether.

Shockingly (or perhaps not), Apple already has plans to remove the iPhone’s Lightning port. According to Bloomberg writer Mark Gurman, the company considered removing the port as early as the iPhone X.

At the time, Apple did not have the guns to back up their vision. Since the AirPower hasn’t launched yet, a push for wireless exclusivity is ill advised.

Although, with the AirPower’s nearing release, Apple’s desire to eliminate all wired accessories is slowly coming to reality. Despite last year’s setback, Apple is still adamant to create a completely wireless iPhone.

Notably, the Lightning port’s capabilities extend from just simply charging. The port also supports media and file transfers from larger devices. Eliminating the port also puts a premium on wireless file transfers.

Without a Lightning port, Apple is realizing an iPhone that will look like a slab of glass. As of now, a Lightning-less iPhone will likely spark more controversy for Apple. The company has already earned a lot of ire for removing the 3.5mm audio port.

Regardless, an I/O-less iPhone is coming sooner than we would like.

SEE ALSO: Apple might switch to USB-C, fast charging in the future

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Whole country shuts down internet to prevent cheating, shuts down Facebook

Going extreme!

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The internet is a wonderful, wonderful thing. But, with great power comes great responsibility.

Following incidents of online exam leaks, Algeria has decided to shut down nationwide internet for high school exams. The blackouts, happening June 20 to 25, mean both mobile and lined internet would be turned off for an hour after the high school diploma exam starts. It has been reported that Facebook will also be blocked throughout the entire period.

Students and staff are also asked to surrender all electronic devices that can access the web when entering any of the 2,000 exam halls. As added measure, the area where the tests are being printed are being secured — metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and signal jammers have been installed.

It was in 2016 when an exam leak happened online that caused widespread cheating. Determined to prevent the incident from happening again, last year’s exams commenced with limited social media access. This year, the government is going all-out. Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit said that although they are “not comfortable” with this setup, “We should not passively stand in front of such a possible leak.”

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy S10 appears in the flesh with virtually no bezels

True or not, we’re excited about it

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy S10 | Image credit: @UniverseIce

With the Galaxy S9 phones available in the market and selling like hot cakes, Samsung is already (or has always been) prepping their tenth S-series flagship. There’s a new leaked image going around the internet lately, and it could be the Galaxy S10 we’ve been wanting to see.

Noted leaker IceUniverse posted a photo on Twitter with a caption “This may be a design beyond” and a photo of a phone with it. The photo in question shows off an all-screen phone with virtually no bezels at all. The sides appear to be curved, just like how Galaxy S phones’ have been in the past years.

There’s also no selfie camera or any visible sensors in front, so they could be somewhere inside the phone. Vivo and OPPO have been pioneering the use of a pop-up mechanism to achieve a high screen-to-body ratio with the NEX and Find X. Samsung might follow suit — unless they have something else in mind.

Also, with no space for the iris scanner, the South Korean company could also use under-display fingerprint sensors or maybe something similar to Face ID to complement the front camera.

Of course, nothing is final and it’s still too early to tell how Samsung’s 2019 flagship will look like. The Galaxy Note 9 will come earlier than the Galaxy S10, so Samsung could test the waters of some new features on their upcoming large-screen phone.

Let’s take things with a grain of salt, but we’ll keep our expectations high. If this turns out to be true in the end, Samsung deserves to be recognized for avoiding the notch completely.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 steals the crown from iPhone X as best-selling phone

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