Honor 30 series goes official with three options to choose from

There’s something for everyone



Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has announced the Honor 30 Series. It’ll be the brand’s flagship series for a while though sales are currently limited to China. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, a lot of prime markets like India and the Philippines are closed-off at the moment.

It has launched three phones in the series — Honor 30, Honor 30 Pro, and Honor 30 Pro+.

Honor 30

It gets a 6.5-inch curved OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a punch-hole cutout for the front camera. Powering the phone is a HiSilicon Kirin 985 processor along with 6GB RAM in the base option. Backing the internals is a 4000mAh battery with 40W fast charging.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a primary 40-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel periscope lens for 5x optical zoom, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. On the front is a 32-megapixel selfie camera.

It’s available in three configurations. The starter option with 6GB+128GB specs is priced at CNY 2,999 (US$ 425), the second option gets 8GB+128GB and costs CNY 3,199 (US$ 455), and lastly the 8GB+256GB variant is marked at CNY 3,499 (US$ 495).

Honor 30 Pro

It shares the same design language as the Honor 30 but has a few specification differences. On the front is a slightly bigger 6.6-inch curved OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an elongated cut-out for the front cameras. Powering the phone is a HiSlicon Kirin 990 processor and standard 8GB RAM. Though, it also gets expandable storage via a microSD card. It gets the same 4000mAh battery and 40W fast charging as the Honor 30.

The rear camera setup includes a 40-megapixel primary sensor that has the same specifications as the one on Honor 30, a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel periscope lens. Yes, this “pro” version gets only a triple-camera setup. However, the front has a 32-megapixel primary sensor along with an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens for selfies.

The 8GB+128GB option will cost CNY 3,999 (US$ 565) while the 8GB+256GB variant is priced at CNY 4,399 (US$ 625).

Honor 30 Pro+

Just like the previous two, this one also gets incremental upgrades and in turn, providing more options to the end-user. It has the same display as the Honor 30 Pro, but with a 90Hz refresh rate. Powering the phone is also the same HiSlicon Kirin 990 processor. Even the battery capacity and charging speeds are the same. However, this one also supports 27W fast wireless charging as well as support for reverse charging.

All camera specifications remain the same, but the primary rear sensor has been bumped to 50-megapixel. It will also have IP54 water and dust resistance. All the three phones come with Magic UI 3.1 that’s based on Android 10.

The 8GB+256GB option costs CNY 4,999 (US$ 710) and the 12GB+256GB variant is marked at CNY 5,499 (US$ 780). For now, sales are limited to China and there’s no timeline available for other markets.


Oceanic+ turns the Apple Watch Ultra into a dive computer

Available now



The Apple Watch has come a long way. From its humble beginnings in a sweaty gym, Apple’s iconic wearable can now go deep underwater. Released earlier this year, the rugged Apple Watch Ultra promised unparalleled durability designed to withstand extreme conditions. Adding to this durability, the Apple Watch Ultra now has the new Oceanic+, a new app that turns the smartwatch into an operational diving computer.

Built through a partnership between Apple and Huish Outdoors, Oceanic+ melds the ease of use of an Apple Watch and the technical complexity of a diving computer. “People who know how to use an Apple Watch already know how to use this dive computer,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors.

The app will display much-needed information for divers in a timely fashion. Before a dive, users can set surface time, depth, and gas. The app can then calculate their No Deco time, an essential feature for planning a dive. Divers can see this information even when they are underwater.

Further, after a dive, the app automatically collates and summarizes information to give users feedback regarding their dive including GPS entry and exit locations.

Users can easily operate the app even underwater using the Action button and the crown. Plus, the watch’s strong haptic feedback provides users with vibrations that can be felt even underwater. With limited sound underwater, haptic feedback becomes a necessary tool to alert divers of any important information as they come.

The Oceanic+ app is now available through the App Store. Most of the common functionalities are available through the free basic plan. However, more premium features — like decompression tracking, tissue loading, and a location planner — are locked behind a US$ 9.99 per month subscription.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

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Over 5.4 million Twitter accounts have just been exposed

Beware of any fishy emails



According to new owner Elon Musk, Twitter is enjoying record-breaking numbers as of late. If the billionaire’s claim is true, it’s time to beef up your Twitter account’s security. A leak stemming from earlier this year has exposed and exploited over 5 million accounts.

Back in July, the platform confirmed the leak but claimed that none were exploited. An API vulnerability reportedly caused the leak. Now, according to BleepingComputer, Twitter isn’t out of the woods yet.

Though the vulnerability has already been patched, the 5.4 million users affected by the leak have just had their private information leaked on a hacker forum. These details include both phone numbers and email addresses — information that isn’t usually readily available on the platform. The list of affected users even include celebrities and companies.

Thankfully, the leak doesn’t give outright access to an affected user’s account. However, it gives malicious parties some information to work with. Needless to say, if you receive any suspicious emails, take a gander before clicking any links, especially those that ask for your password or any other sensitive information. Also, it might be a good idea to beef up your security with two-factor authentication, just in case.

That said, 5.4 million users is just a drop in the bucket for a massive platform like Twitter. Though it’s not impossible, it’s more likely that your individual account is safe from any of the current chaos. Still, keep your accounts safe.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is working on encrypted DMs and video calling

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Galaxy S23 leaks in FCC filing

Battery revealed



Though it seems like a long time from now, January and February are just around the corner. As always, the beginning months of 2023 will start off the releases for next year’s smartphones. As such, it’s time to take a look at what’s coming for 2023. Right on time, the Galaxy S23 series has recently popped up in an FCC listing, spoiling a few details about the upcoming flagship.

Via MySmartPrice, the Galaxy S23 5G and Galaxy S23 Plus have made their way to America’s Federal Communications Commission. Naturally, the official listing reveals a few details ahead of the flagship’s official launch early next year.

Specifically, the Galaxy S23 will sport a 3900mAh battery. Meanwhile, the S23 Plus will have a larger 4700mAh battery. The transition from the regular variant to the middle tier is a big one, pushing the latter by almost 1000mAh. Unfortunately, the third model — supposedly the Ultra — has not made an appearance, leaving the most premium one in the dark.

Ahead of the launch, the upcoming flagship has already had some of its spec list spoiled. For example, Qualcomm has confirmed that the series will exclusively use Snapdragon chips, instead of a balance with Exynos chips.

Thankfully, the wait isn’t long for more details. Samsung is reportedly scheduled to launch the series in early February.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm: Galaxy S23 series will not use Exynos at all

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