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Honor 20 Pro goes official with four rear cameras and 30x digital zoom

Taking some cues from Huawei’s P30 Pro

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Honor has just announced its new flagship phone: the Honor 20 Pro. Like with its predecessor, Honor brings all the latest features into a more affordable package. The Honor 20 Pro is part of the company’s new Honor 20 series and since it has the “Pro” name, this is certainly their best offering yet.

For starters, the Honor 20 Pro sports a 6.26-inch All-View display with a Full HD+ resolution. Unlike other manufacturers, Honor favors the hole-punch over a notch. This makes the Honor 20 Pro’s display similar to the Honor View 20 from a few months ago.


While the Honor 20 Pro’s screen is virtually borderless, it’s still an LCD panel and not OLED. This means an in-display sensor is not possible, so Honor placed a capacitive fingerprint scanner on the side similar to the Galaxy S10e and older Xperia models.

Inside the phone is a Kirin 980 chipset, the same one that powers Huawei’s latest P30 series. Moreover, it has 8GB of memory and 256GB of internal storage, which makes it a true flagship-specced phone. It also has Graphene Cooling Sheet technology to keep the phone’s temperature in check.

What makes the Honor 20 Pro shine above other premium phones in the market today is its new quad camera setup on the back. It has a main 48-megapixel sensor with an f/1.4 lens aperture (the biggest opening we know on mobile phones), optical image stabilization, PDAF, and laser autofocus. It also has AI tricks like Ultra Clarity and Super Night modes.

The phone’s main camera is accompanied by a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with OIS. The zoom lens can do 3x lossless optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and up to 30x digital zoom. Lastly, there’s a special 2-megapixel sensor for macro photography. It can sharply focus on things as close as 4cm.

For selfies, it’s got a 32-megapixel front-facing camera in the hole of the display. The front shooter supports AI beauty modes and 3D Portrait Lighting.

Aside from powerful specs, Honor also made sure their new high-end phone looks beautiful. The Honor 20 Pro has what the company calls Dynamic Holographic Design: a two-stage process using Honor’s Triple 3D Mesh technology. Aside from the gradient color effect, the miniature prisms show depth-inducing optical effect.

A 4000mAh battery will be able to keep the lights on for a whole day, while the 22.5W SuperCharge fast charger (included the phone’s retail box) could quickly recharge the battery from zero to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

The phone runs Magic UI 2.1 which is based on Android 9 Pie. It’s very similar to Huawei’s EMUI and has GPU Turbo 3.0 out of the box for improved gaming performance on select titles like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Vainglory, Arena of Valor, and NBA 2K18.

If there’s a Pro model, there’s got to be a normal one. The regular Honor 20 is practically identical to the Honor 20 Pro with the same display, processor, fingerprint reader, and software. Of course, it has a few downgrades like the lesser memory and storage option at 6GB+128GB and smaller battery at 3750mAh.

However, the big difference between the Pro and non-Pro is found in the camera department. The main 48-megapixel camera remains, but it now only has an f/1.8 aperture. The 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter and 2-megapixel macro camera are untouched, but the telephoto lens is swapped for a depth sensor.

The Honor 20 Pro will be initially available in the UK for GBP 550 or EUR 599 (~US$ 670) in other European countries and it’ll come in Phantom Blue and Phantom Black colors.

The regular Honor 20, on the other hand, is cheaper at EUR 499 or roughly US$ 555 when converted. It has three color options: Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, and Icelandic White.

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Huawei offers a ‘Special Warranty Program’ that promises 100% refund

Retailers and fans rally with Huawei

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Amidst the issues and controversies surrounding Huawei, the company still has a solid customer base. However, the effects of the US trade ban must have affected the sales of Huawei phones, because the retailers are offering a pretty special (and interesting) warranty service for its phones and tablets.

In the Philippines, over 30 partner retailers and dealers of Huawei are offering a “Special Warranty Program.” Under the Special Warranty Program, customers who will purchase new Huawei phones or tablets are assured that they’ll no have issues concerning the use of Google apps and services such as the Google Play Store, Gmail, Google Maps, Photos, Chrome, and YouTube. Additionally, it covers non-Google apps as well such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.


If ever Google completely cut ties with Huawei, which will greatly affect future Android updates and security patches, the partner retailers and dealers will offer 100 percent refund of the devices covered by the Special Warranty Program. Terms and conditions apply, of course. According to Intogadgets, one of the partner retailers, the refund will apply to devices that are within the two-year warranty period and free from any defects or damages.

Screenshots of retailers/dealers offering the special warranty

The new warranty program wishes to address the growing concerns from consumers regarding Huawei phones. It’s no secret that the company is currently facing a difficult situation with their partnership with Google because of the US trade ban. Huawei currently relies on Google-made apps and services including the Android operating system running on their phones.

SEE ALSO: Google: Cutting off Huawei is an even bigger threat

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry made up and Twitter is not calm

Peace at last

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Pop queen and LGBT ally Taylor Swift just dropped the music video for her new pop anthem You Need to Calm Down and unsurprisingly, the fans cannot calm down. The star-studded video features queer icons like Laverne Cox, Ellen de Generes, Adam Rippon, and Queer Eye’s Fab Five living their fabulous lives despite the anti-gay protests in front of them.

The surprise that shook us and the internet, albeit many eagle-eyed speculated last week, is a Katy Perry cameo.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the two pop stars had a years-long public feud that eventually ended when Katy extended an olive branch last year, by sending Taylor an actual olive branch.

The music video is their first public reunion, and Katycats and Swifties all over are having a Twitter party:

We’ll tell all our grandchildren one day.

Bless.

Can’t calm down.

Anyone having an awful year so far can relate.

Took the words out of my mouth.

Same.

War is over, if you want it.

*orders McDonald’s*

Give us what we need!

There are many important moments in the whole video but this one featuring drag queens as this era’s pop queens is for everyone who take pleasure in pitting women against each other.

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The Range Rover Evoque is a luxury SUV to beat

Making driving so much easier

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Coventry Motors Corporation, the sole authorized importer and distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles in the Philippines, introduced the All-New Range Rover Evoque. This is Land Rover’s luxury SUV blended with sweet looks and packed with safety tech.

The British car manufacturer takes craftsmanship to the next level with how details all have a purpose to make the Evoque as pleasing to the eye as possible. There’s a sense of familiarity when you first look at the SUV. But at the same time, things are somewhat different — better kind of different.


Up front, sports slim LED headlamps instantly grab your attention. There are prominent wheel arches that shelter its 20-inch wheels and now stands taller while being capable of wading through high waters.

It’s not only taller, but it also has wider and longer dimensions

According to the company, the Evoque now as a new chassis that makes the body stiffer and, in turn, offer that signature Range Rover ride comfort.

With a longer wheelbase, there’s now more room inside for passengers and luggage. The seats are dressed in two-tone Perforated Windsor leather for the top variants and come with 16-way seat controls.

The interior is described as minimalistic and straightforward luxury cabin designed to be more intuitive during drives. Its main hub is a 10-inch touchscreen system connected to a Meridian sound system for an immersive and detailed audio experience.

Land Rover says the Evoque is now smarter than previous models thanks to an updated software sitting behind its infotainment system. The basic idea is to be able to offer class and comfort for modern city living but still able to go off the paved road with its all-terrain characteristics.

This is achieved through the same Terrain Response technology seen on the full-size Range Rover that automatically detects the surface being driven on and adjusts how it acts accordingly.

It’s also complete with Hill Descent Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Lane Keep Assist that all contribute to help you when driving gets a little bit trickier.

The tech features don’t stop there. Introducing as a segment-first is the ClearSight Rear-View that transforms the rear-view mirror into an HD video screen in case passengers and bulky items block the view of the driver for the rear.

To top it off, the Evoque is also introducing the world’s first ClearSight Ground View technology. In a nutshell, it makes the hood or bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This, along with its 360-degree surround camera, should come in handy when you literally find yourself in a tight spot!

While we’re on the subject of firsts, the Evoque is the first in its segment to offer a Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) option. It runs on an efficient 48V mild-hybrid powertrain which is designed to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy with no plug-in charging required.

Pricing for the four variants in the Philippines are as follows:

  • SE 2.0 Diesel – PhP 5,090,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Diesel – PhP 5,490,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE 2.0 Petrol – PhP 5,590,000
  • R-Dynamic HSE MHEV 2.0 Petrol – PhP 6,190,000

If you want something more exclusive, the Evoque is also available in Black Limited Edition on the three R-Dynamic models, for an additional PhP 100,000.

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