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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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Amazon makes a grand announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices

A smart home has to have these

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Amazon continues to make a mark in the smart home market with their announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices. The company announced a slew of devices, but let’s know more about the key Echo products that now have new upgrades.

Amazon Echo Dot

The new Echo Dot gets redesigned to look stylish and more modern. The plasticky design of the previous model is a thing of the past; the new model now has a fabric design that comes in three colors. The new model is also claimed to sound louder and better, but it’s still priced at US$ 50.

Amazon Echo Plus

The new Echo Plus also has similar upgrades with its new fabric design. It comes with an upgraded 3-inch speaker for stronger bass and clearer mids and highs. Like the Dot, the new model is still priced like its predecessor which is at US$ 150.

Amazon Echo Show

The gigantic Echo Show has been redesigned as well. It features a new body with a large 10-inch HD display. Of course, the new display comes with a new sound system composed of two 2-inch drivers with a passive radiator and Dolby audio processing.

It also comes with a new 5-megapixel front-facing camera for HD video calls. Alexa will soon support Skype audio and video calls, so you will be able to use Skype straight from your Echo Show. Additionally, it now has a built-in web browser. Pricing remains at US$ 230 like with the previous model.

Amazon Echo Auto

The Echo Auto is probably the most intriguing of the bunch. It’s a US$ 25 accessory (the cheapest Echo, yet) designed to let you access Alexa even while in your car. It powers itself from your car’s power outlet or a USB port and connects to the Internet via Bluetooth through your phone.

Using the Alexa app on your phone, it can play music or give you turn-by-turn navigation. You can also ask it pretty much anything you’d ask with other Echo devices.

The new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show are already up for pre-order and will go on sale starting October 11. The Echo Auto is also up for pre-order, but by request only.

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Huawei gives free power banks to Apple fans

This is quite a power move!

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Huawei is mastering the art of throwing shade real quick. It started during the iPhone XS launch when the Chinese company thanked Apple for “keeping things the same.” Now that people lined up to finally get their hands-on on the iPhone XS and XS Max, Huawei made sure they’re also in the scene.

In Singapore, Huawei representatives were seen handing out free power banks to the eager Apple fans who queued up for the new iPhones.

It even included a cheeky message saying “Here’s a power bank. You’ll need it,” before making sure the recipient knows who the power bank was from, “Courtesy of Huawei.”

Previously, it was just Samsung that brazenly took shots at Apple. Their latest ones feature anti-iPhone ads that centered around power and stylus support. Before that, they also released an ad mocking the notch.

Huawei, who made significant headway in the smartphone market in 2018 thanks to their P20 models, wants in on the conversation. It looks like it’s not going stop any time soon as they get ready to launch their latest flagship — the Mate 20 — on October 16 in London.

This is not the first time that other brands rode the iPhone wave. HTC once provided warm drinks to combat the cool weather Apple loyalists had to endure. Other brands have also stepped in before to provide some form of comfort or aid for the brave people who lined up.

SEE ALSO: Singapore’s first iPhone XS buyer goes all out

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Instagram now lets you send GIFs through direct messages

About time!

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Instagram continues to evolve from a photo-sharing app to a full-fledged messaging platform. If video chatting service is not enough to convince you that it’s more fun to talk to people on Instagram, then what about GIFs? After the long wait, you can now finally send fun GIFs on Instagram through direct messages.

The incoming (or it’s probably already available to you) update will have GIPHY support to find and send GIFs. It’s somewhat similar to how you can look for GIFs for your Stories, but this one is for private conversations.

Sure, it won’t put Instagram on par with the best communication apps out there like Facebook Messenger, Viber, or WhatsApp, but it’ll make talking to friends much more fun. I think GIFs are fun to send as a reaction to Stories, right?

The feature is rolling out over the next few days, so keep your Instagram app updated. While we’re at it, follow GadgetMatch on Instagram for more content and live updates of what’s we’re currently up to.

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SEE ALSO: 7 tips to stepping up your Instagram game

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