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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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Vivo V17 launches with quad-cameras and Snapdragon 675

But is it better than Xiaomi or Realme’s offering?

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Vivo’s V-series has been a top-seller for a few years and the brand has positioned it perfectly in the midrange segment. The brand unveiled the phone in India today and it’ll be going up against the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme XT, and Nokia 7.2.

The phone’s unique selling point is its quad-camera setup on the rear, a punch-hole camera on the front, and 4500mAh battery. It’s elder sibling — the Vivo V17 Pro, has already been launched in the Philippines and we expect it to come to India soon.

On the front is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with better screen-to-body ratio thanks to a punch-hole cutout. Other additions include a blue-light filter and a wide color gamut.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Similar to other phones in the segment, it also gets a microSD card slot and dual SIM support.

The rear sports a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The punch-hole cutout houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera. Night mode is now supported on the front as well as the rear and other additions include AR stickers and portrait mode.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with Vivo’s proprietary dual-engine fast charge technology. For gaming, a dedicated mode has been provided that optimises the system and controls heating.

The phone is priced at INR 22,990 (US$ 320) and will be available for purchase from December 17 via all major online as well as offline retailers.

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OnePlus 8 Lite could be a midranger with a punch-hole camera

It’ll come at an affordable price

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OnePlus 8 Lite could be in the works if we are to believe a few leaked renders. The CAD-based renders of the OnePlus 8 Lite have been leaked by popular leakster OnLeaks and suggest the company could launch a more affordable offering soon.

We expect the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro to launch in Q2 2020 and they could be accompanied by the 8 Lite. It can be a substitute for Samsung’s S10e, a smaller phone that doesn’t cost as much as the flagships.

The OnePlus 8 Lite appears to be a serious deviation from the typical OnePlus design, moving the camera bump back to the corner. The phone doesn’t have any headphone jack but it comes with a USB-C port and a speaker grille. But, it may have an under-screen fingerprint scanner, translating into an OLED display.

When it comes to the internal specs, it’s not clear exactly how it might differentiate itself from the standard offering.

OnePlus is now a well-established brand and controls quite a huge chunk of the premium market in countries like India. Within a short span of time, it has managed to challenge Samsung’s status quo and sometimes even Apple.

The brand has been focused on making premium flagships for a few years and recently also expanded to TVs. OnePlus X was the first and last midrange phone from OnePlus and the top management has been quite vocal about not going down the path again.

However, changing times require changing strategies. The S10e has received a phenomenal response and a midrange price will make it easier for users to purchase the phone.

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PH team bags first Mobile Legends gold in SEA Games 2019

Defeats Indonesia in best-of-5 match

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The Philippines is enjoying a fruitful year at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. At the time of this writing, the country has 114 gold medals, breaking its former record of 112 gold medals from the 2005 event. Among the current accolades, however, one victory stands out — the Mobile Legends crown.

In a classic underdog tale, the Philippine team, Sibol Mobile Legends, defeated the Indonesian team by a narrow 3-2 victory.

Coached by Changrok Im, the Philippine team is composed of Kenneth Jiane “Kenji” Villa, Karl Gabriel “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno, Carlito “Ribo” Ribo, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon, Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel, Allan Sancio “Lusty” Castromayor, and Jason Rafael “Jay” Torculas. On the other side, the Indonesia team is filled by medaled champions from Southeast Asian and global tournaments — a veritable dream team.

Of note, the Philippines ended up in a lower bracket in the preliminary group stages, finishing only second to rivalling Indonesia in Group B.

The best-of-five match-up started with an emphatic win from Sibol, headlined by a flank play from Villa. From the onset, Sibol had the momentum going forward.

However, the next two games belonged to Indonesia, including an emphatic game 2 win and a comeback game 3 nail-biter. The rivaling team seemingly regained its champion form.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Sibol blew the game wide open, stealing a crucial game 4 to setup a decider in game 5. In that fourth outing, Indonesia surprisingly allowed the Philippine team to run Esmeralda, Nepomuceno’s ace hero. Naturally, Nepomuceno wreaked havoc, taking kill after kill.

After failing to complete the beating, Indonesia collapsed in the fifth and final frame, granting the Philippines the dominant win and the first esports medal for the country in the 2019 SEA Games.

SEE ALSO: EVOS Legends wins first ever Mobile Legends World Championship

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