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Honor 9 challenges the Huawei P10 and Mate 9

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It seems like every Honor smartphone is designed to disrupt the market. The Honor 9 is the latest to do so.

The funny thing is, the Honor brand (which is a subsidiary of Huawei) often goes as far as making its parent company look less desirable. It happened a couple of months ago with the Honor 8 Pro looking like a fantastic alternative to Huawei’s P10 and Mate 9 flagships. And now, the Honor 9 makes another solid case for choosing the online-only sold handset.

Technically a successor to last year’s Honor 8, the Honor 9 starts at a reasonable price of a CNY 2,299 or about $340 for the variant owning 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. That’s a steal considering it comes with the same high-end Kirin 960 processor found in the P10 and Mate 9.

Two more options exist: one with 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage for CNY 2,699 ($400) and another with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage for CNY 2,999 ($440). So yes, these could beat Huawei’s best smartphones spec for spec.

All it’s lacking is the Leica branding for its cameras, although the trademark dual-camera setup (a pair of 20-megapixel monochrome and 12-megapixel color image sensors) is still there. A less impressive 8-megapixel front-facing camera exists, but this isn’t being marketed as a selfie-centric phone in the first place.

What you’re actually buying into is a well-oiled Android 7.0 Nougat-powered smartphone with a sleek body encasing the 5.15-inch Full HD display in front. Add a decent 3200mAh battery to the package, and we don’t see why this won’t be a hit.

Well, the only hindrance would be its Chinese exclusivity. Until Huawei decides it’s worthy enough to ship internationally like it did with the Honor 8, we’re left looking down for the honor of owning one.

SEE ALSO: Honor 8 Pro is better, cheaper than Huawei P10

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Official Samsung Galaxy S9 cases are now available including a Hyperknit cover

All are looking good!

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We’re just a week away from the official announcement of the Galaxy S9 from Samsung, but its official cases just can’t wait anymore.

With all the leaks we’ve seen and read all over the internet, we already know everything about the physical looks of the Galaxy S9. It’s supposedly not much different compared to its predecessor, aside from the fingerprint reader placement at back. With probably the same fragile glass body, how do we protect it? Here’s a preview of the official cases from Samsung.

Fabric is the new thing in tech nowadays. If the luxurious Alcantara cases aren’t enough, the Galaxy S9 will also have Hyperknit covers in red or gray. There’s another cloth case with a flap on the front and shows time when closed.

The usual high-quality silicone cases will also be available and they’ll come in pink, black, and gray. The coverage of the silicone cases is the same as the Hyperknit’s sans the sporty-looking fabric cover.

The staple Clear View Stand cases will be on sale as usual. So far, there are three confirmed colors: gold, purple, and blue.

The source link below directs to the listing of MobileFun along with the corresponding prices of these and others like the new Alcantara cases but they don’t have available images as of writing.

Source: MobileFun

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Preview Video

 

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Google kills ‘View Image’ button on searches

Stealing images won’t be that easy

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Google has announced a small, but significant change in their image search. Yesterday, the company announced that they are removing the “View Image” button on Google Image searches.

It’s not just one button that’s being killed. The “Search by Image” button is also getting the axe.

With this change, Google hopes to better safeguard the rights of copyright owners.

Google has also confirmed that these changes are part of settlements with Getty Images, who, nearly two years ago, filed a case against Google for “promoting piracy resulting in widespread copyright infringement.”

Earlier this month, the two companies announced a multi-year global licensing partnership with Getty Images CEO Dawn Airey claiming that “this agreement between Getty Images and Google sets the stage for a very productive, collaborative relationship between [our] companies.”

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel review (3 months later)

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Nokia 7 Plus appears in live photos

Nokia’s first near-borderless phone

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The Nokia leaks keep sneaking in.

Just a few days ago, renders of the Android Go-powered Nokia 1 and Android One-backed Nokia 7 Plus appeared online. This time, an actual photo of the latter got uploaded and has been making rounds throughout the web.

The design closely matches the design we’ve been seeing in previous leaks. Its 6-inch near-borderless 18:9 display, which is supposed to be the company’s first, is seen more clearly in person:

Having Android One means the Nokia 7 Plus will have less bloatware on top of the slimmer bezels, as well as a quicker response to when new Android versions, such as the upcoming Android P, begin rolling out.

Not much else is known about the rumored smartphone, except that it’ll fall under the midrange segment for its assumed Snapdragon 660 processor, although a Zeiss-branded dual-camera setup is expected to appear on the back.

We won’t have to wait much longer to gather all the details; the Nokia 7 Plus (and possibly the Nokia 1) may show up during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain later this month.

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