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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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Twitter is also considering a deal with TikTok

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Throughout the past week, everyone threw TikTok around like a hot potato. President Donald Trump announced and signed an expansive ban covering TikTok and WeChat, effective starting September 15. That is, unless both companies can reach an acquisition agreement with an American company. Since then, only Microsoft rose as the main suitor for the video-sharing platform. However, according to a new report, Twitter is also considering a deal with TikTok.

Reported by the Wall Street Journal, both parties have allegedly already engaged in talks for a possible deal. Of note, however, the report talks about a “possible combination,” rather than an outright acquisition. Whether or not the wording is critical remains to be seen.

According to the report, a potential deal will involve significant hurdles for both parties. On the one hand, Twitter is potentially courting the platform’s American operations, which are still facing a ban next month. On the other hand, a merger between the two will unify two globally dominant platforms into one.

Though Microsoft can benefit from a stronger presence in the social media industry, Twitter is already a dominant force. If it acquires TikTok, the company’s position will only grow stronger.

Of course, this is all just speculation at this point. No one knows who will ultimately land the popular video-sharing platform yet. Only Microsoft and Twitter have entered any sort of discussion with the Chinese company — publicly, at least. Though a potential buyer on its own right, Apple has already declined any sort of interest for the Chinese company.

SEE ALSO: TikTok is considering moving to the UK

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Qualcomm reportedly urged US to reverse the Huawei ban

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Yesterday, Huawei confirmed the inevitable end of the Kirin chip, owing to the heightening American ban. When it launches later this year, the Huawei Mate 40 series is the last phone to feature the iconic processor. Despite the terrible news, Huawei’s fate is still up in the air. For one, the Trump administration can still (unlikely) reverse everything, restoring Huawei’s former status on top of the industry. In another likelier scenario, a third-party chip supplier can provide some much-needed supply for the ailing Chinese company. Today, Qualcomm reportedly urged US to reverse the Huawei ban.

It’s still a shocking plot twist. Qualcomm has clashed with the Chinese company in the processor industry before. Naturally, when the bans rocked the smartphone industry, the company’s continued dominance flourished at the rival’s major losses. However, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf soon announced long-term pursuits to court Huawei’s business. The supposed courting fell silent just as quickly.

Today, however, the Wall Street Journal has leaked a presentation detailing Qualcomm’s lobbying to reverse the ban. According to the document, the chip-making company wants to lift exporting restrictions so it can sell its chips to Huawei. With the export ban in place, the US will allegedly drive Huawei’s business away from America and into competitors from other countries like Samsung and Mediatek.

Of course, it’s also important to note that this is different from an operating license. Amidst the ban, a few American companies have applied for a license to sell components to Huawei. Qualcomm has not applied for such a license — at least, not yet. Instead, the company wants every export restriction lifted, allowing other companies to also do business with Huawei.

Lobbying is only one thing. It’s still up to the US government, ultimately. However, American companies are also fighting the extensive ban. Only time will tell if things will go back to how they were.

SEE ALSO: Mate 40 is the last Huawei phone to feature Kirin chips

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Chinese brands dominate Q2 2020 smartphone sales in Southeast Asia

vivo, realme, OPPO, Huawei, and Xiaomi takes the top spots

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According to the latest data by Canalys, Chinese brands dominated the Q2 2020 smartphone sales in Southeast Asia. Both vivo and realme also demonstrated positive year-on-year growth for the quarter.

Chinese brands that dominated smartphone sales include OPPO, vivo, realme and Xiaomi. All in all, these brands captured the top 5 spots in the overall smartphone sales for the whole quarter.

The only non-Chinese smartphone brand that made it to the top 5 is Samsung, capturing 21% of the total sales. The latest figures also affirm that Samsung is still the leader of the pack when it comes to smartphone sales.

OPPO came close to Samsung on overall smartphone sales. It captured 20% of the overall sales shares. vivo, realme, and Xiaomi follow next with 18%, 12%, and 11% shares, respectively.

Year-on-year growth is also down for most brands during the second quarter when most countries started implementing quarantine measures. However, the pandemic didn’t stop vivo and realme from registering a positive growth — they garnered 20% and 102 growth, respectively.

Canalys also saw a 13% quarter-on-quarter increase on smartphone sales, which is good news for these brands. It’s also a sign of recovery for the smartphone market in the region as most countries start to ease their stringent quarantine measures.

The Philippines’ top five smartphone vendors

The situation is more or less the same in the Philippines. Chinese brands dominate the smartphone market in the country. Samsung, however, managed only to snag the second place as vivo takes the crown with a 21% unit share for Q2 2020. It also registered a positive 18% growth during the quarter, which is impressive given the situation the country faced at that time.

realme managed the third spot, registering 18% of the total smartphone shipment. What’s more impressive about the brand is its 254% year-on-year growth, which is a hundred percent more than the regional growth numbers. The aggressive marketing and pricing of its products really helped realme register a healthy growth despite the challenges posed by Q2 2020.

Coming in at the fourth and fifth spots is OPPO and Huawei. However, both brands took a toll this quarter, with year-on-year growth on the decline.  Xiaomi, which is fifth on the regional top smartphone vendors, is nowhere to be seen this time around.

The recent smartphone sales figure just shows how Chinese brands have overtaken the smartphone market in Southeast Asia. It also showed another thing: most brands are having a hard time during these uncertain times. Perhaps, there could be improvements in smartphone sales as the world enters into the third quarter of 2020.

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