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Honor 8 Pro is better, cheaper than Huawei P10

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In a somewhat unusual move, Huawei’s Honor sub-brand released the Honor 8 Pro in Europe, which happens to be better equipped and more affordable than the just-released Huawei P10 flagship.

Priced at EUR 549 or roughly $585, it’s significantly cheaper than the EUR 649 ($690) Huawei P10, but has a lot more going for it. For one, the display is 5.7 inches with a Quad HD resolution; that places it in between the 5.1-inch Full HD screen of the P10, the 5.9-inch Full HD display of the Mate 9, and 5.5-inch Quad HD panel of the P10 Plus.

Confused and already looking up what all these numbers mean? All you have to know is the Honor 8 Pro has possibly the best display from this manufacturer to date — well, on paper at least.

More importantly, this Honor has a Kirin 960 processor, the same one found on the P10 and Mate 9. It’s nowhere near as popular as the Qualcomm and Exynos chips we’re so used to reading about, but rest assured, it packs a wallop. There’s also 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable, yes), and a massive 4000mAh battery on board, matching powerhouses like the OnePlus 3T and Xiaomi Mi Note 2.

So, with all this talk about how it’s better than every other Huawei out there, how does it manage to lower the price? We’re pointing fingers at the dual-camera setup on the rear, which doesn’t have any Leica branding. In fact, it matches the 12-megapixel camera found on last year’s standard Honor 8. That’s a smart move, considering how adequate the original camera was and anything with two lenses at the back is enough to hype up a gadget.

If any of these specs sound familiar, that’s because the Honor 8 Pro is pretty much a rebranded Honor V9, which was released in China right before MWC 2017 last February. This is part of Huawei’s quest to come up with the most confusing naming schemes for each region. Remember the — take a deep breath — Honor 6X/Huawei GR5 2017/Huawei Mate 9 Lite? Geez, Huawei/Honor/Whoever.

The only real differentiator between Huawei- and Honor-branded phones is the latter is sold purely online. Honor is also supposed to be the cooler and more budget-friendly brand of the two, but with releases like this, we can’t attest to that anymore.

Anyway, what’s important is we’re getting options, or at least mainland Europeans are. If you happen to be one and are interested, you may pre-order an Honor 8 Pro right now.

SEE ALSO: Honor 6X (aka Huawei GR5 2017 or Mate 9 Lite) review

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered loss, Huawei, on the other hand, increase their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an extra 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO the whole year with 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

Through a leaked photo

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In a month, Huawei will finally launch the successful P20 series’ successor — the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Given last year’s success, the P30 series has some huge boots to fill. Thankfully, existing rumors are already painting a colorful portrait for us.

As the launch beckons just around the corner, Huawei has officially confirmed the series’ most highlighted rumor — the quad rear camera. Last year, the P20 Pro flaunted an amazing triple rear camera system. This year, leakers and rumor mills have speculated on one more camera. After much speculation throughout the past few months, a Huawei official has suddenly leaked the information himself.

On Chinese social network Weibo, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, posted an incredibly close-up shot of the recent full moon. As is standard with most Chinese smartphones, the photo came with an incriminating watermark.

Image source: Weibo

Strangely, Yu still tried to blur out the phone’s model. Despite the blur, the “Leica Quad Camera” label is blatantly clear. Further, the blur still doesn’t completely hide the starting letter, “P.” Obviously, the P20 series does not have the indicated quad camera setup. Also, the blur isn’t big enough to cover “Mate 20 Pro.” The P30 Pro is the only possible option.

Intentional or not, Yu’s leak is the biggest hype maker for the upcoming launch. If the P30 Pro can shoot moon shots like that, it will likely offer an enjoyable shooting experience. Regardless, the Huawei P30 series is only a month away. Huawei has a lot of momentum going into the launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Nokia 6 and 2.1 get updated to Android 9 Pie

True to the promise

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HMD Global, the company that creates the new Nokia phones, is keeping their promise to users of the original Nokia 6 and the entry-level Nokia 2.1 by seeding the Android 9 Pie update according to schedule.

Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2.1 phones should start getting the sweet update to Google’s latest Android version. Like with any rollout, the process is done gradually; some users might have to wait for a bit to get theirs.

For the Nokia 6, the update weighs around 1.7GB and it also brings the latest February 2019 security patch. This is the phone’s second major version upgrade. It was released in 2017 with Android Nougat and got updated to Android Oreo last year.

The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, gets the Android Pie (Go edition) since it’s a phone with 1GB of memory. The lightweight version of Android makes sure that things will run smoothly despite the limited memory and storage capacity.

Based on HMD Global’s schedule, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was supposed to receive Android Pie in January, but it was missed. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are next in line for the update.

SEE ALSO: HMD Global shares Android Pie update roadmap for Nokia phones

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