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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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Xiaomi Mi A3: Price and availability in the Philippines

It still comes in an affordable price

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Remember when Xiaomi announced the Mi A3 in India days ago? Good news for everyone as the Mi A3 will also be in the Philippines.

This latest A-series offering is known as the “stripped-down” version of the Mi CC9e. It packs the same internals: Snapdragon 665 chipset, 4GB RAM, plus 64 or 128GB storage options. What’s different? Instead of the heavily-skinned MIUI 10, it packs the Android One with a fresh, stock-like Android experience — just like using a Google Pixel.


There’s a new 6.088-inch Super AMOLED display in tow. With the new display technology, it’s expected to be power-efficient. Although changing the technology from IPS-LCD may sound good, the downgrade of screen resolution from 1080p to 720p might become a dealbreaker for some. Other than that, there’s an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, eliminating the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner of the Mi A2.

This year’s A3 packs a triple camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a new 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The Dot Drop Display notch houses the 32-megapixel selfie camera. Both cameras have AI functionality.

When it comes to battery, the 4,030 mAh capacity is a huge improvement over last year. It is expected to have a longer battery life than Mi A2’s so-so 3,000 mAh battery. 18W Fast Charge is still supported, all thanks to USB-C. They also brought back the 3.5mm audio jack for dongle-less usage. The IR blaster is still present for controlling appliances.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi A3 will be available in local Mi Authorized stores starting August 24, 2019 and will be on Lazada and Shopee starting September 9, 2019. There are three color options to choose from: Not Just Blue, Kind of Grey, and More than White. The sole variant with 4GB/128GB configuration will retail at PhP 11,990.

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Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

Try Spotify Premium for a longer period of time

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Spotify offers a free trial for everyone wanting to try the Premium experience. Spotify Premium used to be free for just 30 days, but that is changing today. Starting this August, Spotify is extending its Premium free trial for three months.

Spotify Premium is now offering the first 3 months for free. Everyone can try it out. The feature is rolling out globally with all of the plans eligible upon sign-up.


However, the three month offer is open only for those who haven’t tried Premium before. To activate, visit the website of Spotify Premium. Signing up requires either a credit card or a carrier billing.

Those lucky to grab the three month offer gains access 50 million song tracks available on-demand and ad-free, along with access to 450,000 podcast titles. Spotify is the leading music streaming service globally, and it offers an Android, iOS, desktop and web apps for all. Today, it boasts 217 million users across 79 markets.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Android Q is just Android 10

10 is not a dessert

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Android is changing things up. After years of naming its newest iteration after a sweet treat, the newest version will now just be called Android 10.

Google’s mobile operating system explains that the decision to change its naming convention is aimed at being more inclusive.


Android says that while using names of tasty treats and desserts has always been a fun way of releasing each update annually, it wasn’t immediately understood by everyone. Especially not with a 2.5 billion user-base that’s spread all around the world. They’ve even gone out of their way to explain that “L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.”

They also made a fair point that it’s not easy for most people to identify if they’re device is running the latest OS. After all, there’s no clear indication that KitKat comes after Lollipop.

By switching to just Android 10, it becomes more easily understandable for all of its users, and the company felt that it was time for a change.

A new name also merits a new look. The Android robot is now officially part of the logo and the font color changed to black. The video below details the evolution.

 

 

 

 

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