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Honor announces Honor 9X Pro and View 30 Pro globally

MWC cancellation couldn’t hinder Honor’s plan

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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor, through a virtual conference in Barcelona, expanded its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio and announced the Honor 9X Pro and Honor View 30 Pro. Due to the U.S. ban, Honor is also relying on Huawei Mobile Services to replace Google apps.

Honor 9X Pro

The Honor 9X Pro has a 6.59-inch Honor FullView display. Powering the phone is a Kirin 810 chipset and a Mali G52 GPU. For extended gaming, the phone also houses a liquid cooling system. On the rear is a 48-megapixel primary camera, followed an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Backing the phone is a 4000mAh battery.

It will be available in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, starting March 2020, with a starting price of EUR 249.

Honor View 30 Pro

The Honor View 30 Pro is the first 5G phone from Honor and features a Matrix camera for improved photography. Among the main features of the phone is the device’s Kirin 990 chipset which Honor claims will help the phone deliver an industry-leading 5G experience.

The phone comes with a triple camera setup on the rear that consists of a 40-megapixel Sony IMX600 primary camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor. It has a 4100mAh battery that supports 40W fast charging. The company hasn’t confirmed market availability, price, or release date yet.

Through the Huawei AppGallery, the phones have access to a number of new features including a new app store. The company is actively trying to reduce its dependence on Google’s services and is also working on its own operating system — Harmony OS.

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LG ad says V60 ThinQ is great for taking upskirt photos of women

Ad has been deleted, statement issued

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Throughout the years, smartphone makers have often used shady marketing techniques to promote their latest devices. Most commonly, a few companies have often used DSLR-sourced photos to stand in for their smartphone’s camera samples. However, despite the ambiguous practice, the industry has rarely strayed into truly unethical territory. That is, before LG’s now-deleted ad released very recently.

Less than a month ago, LG officially launched the LG V60 ThinQ, a dual-screen behemoth from the company’s premier series. To promote the new smartphone, LG Poland posted a TikTok video on their official profile. To the TikTok-uninitiated, the platform is a haven for quirky memes and viral trends. Naturally, any promotional material has to conform to TikTok’s humor. And LG Poland’s video did just that.

Spotted first by PhoneArena, the video depicts an old man using the V60 ThinQ to take upskirt shots of a woman going up a flight of stairs. The woman notices, turns around, grabs the phone, and checks the gallery. To the man’s relief, the woman does not find any incriminating photos and returns the phone apologetically. However, when the man takes it back, he reveals that he has indeed taken upskirt photos, which the woman failed to notice.

Strangely enough, the video doesn’t explicitly promote any specific V60 ThinQ feature. If anything, only the phone’s dual screen makes any sort of impact. Even then, it seems like the video was released to illicit humor, albeit controversially.

LG Poland has since deleted the video. A Twitter user, Rubén Chicarro, managed to save it before deletion.

Further, the company has also issued a statement to PhoneArena about the matter.

“A recent video posted by LG Poland failed to follow the proper approval process for social media content. It did not live up to the standards and policy of LG Electronics and was immediately removed. We apologize for any offense this ill-conceived video may have caused. We will strive to prevent such an occurrence from happening again in the future.”

Regardless, the video has already left its mark. One still has to wonder what LG had in mind when it released the video.

SEE ALSO: LG V60 ThinQ Hands-on and First Impressions

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OPPO Reno4, Reno4 Pro specs and official renders leaked

Revealed in all its glory

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Have you had enough of OPPO’s Reno series? The first OPPO Reno came out only a bit more than a year ago. Yet, the fast-paced series is already on its third generation with one spinoff on the side. Apparently, OPPO isn’t done. Recently, a barrage of leaks has confirmed the development of the next generation, the OPPO Reno4.

Leaked on Weibo, the first batch is a couple of promotional posters advertising the upcoming smartphones series. The posters contain shots of the smartphone’s rear, revealing a triple rear camera. They also promote a few features, including 5G support and 65W fast charging.

Image source: Weibo

The second batch is much more revealing, outing spec sheets and official renders. Also leaked on Weibo, the spec sheets confirm two models in the series: Reno4 and Reno4 Pro. The same leaker also included a snapshot of the regular version’s rear.

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The regular 6-43-inch Reno4 will allegedly carry a Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, a 48-megapixel + 8-megapixel ultra-wide + 2-megapixel depth rear camera setup, a 32-megapixel + 2-megapixel depth selfie shooter, and a 4000mAh battery with 65W fast charging.

On the flipside, the Reno4 Pro will have similar specs. Instead of topping at 8GB of RAM, it will go up to 12GB of RAM. The cameras are also slightly different. It will have a 48-megapixel OIS + 12-megapixel low light + 13-megapixel telephoto rear camera setup, and a single 32-megapixel selfie shooter.

Finally, the leaked images reveal a punch hole front-facing camera on the screen’s top-left corner. On the rear, the smartphone has a curiously large “Reno Glow” logo stamped lengthwise across the panel. It has no 3.5mm headphone jack. Otherwise, the smartphone series is notably standard.

The previous entry — the OPPO Reno3 series — launched only a few months ago. However, given the very short separation between every iteration, the Reno4 series will likely launch very soon.

SEE ALSO: Content creator switches from iPhone 6s Plus to OPPO Reno3

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Realme Watch launches with a touchscreen display and HR tracker

High on features, light on the pocket

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This is the first watch from Realme and we’ve been waiting for it for a long time. The company teased its existence multiple times and considering the brand’s reputation, we knew it’ll have a very competitive price. Thankfully, the watch is now official, and here’s everything you need to know.

It comes with a 1.4-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels, a maximum brightness of 380 nits, and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Currently, it comes pre-loaded with 12 watch faces and the company has confirmed more than a hundred will be available via an OTA update soon.

The smartwatch offers real-time heart rate monitoring using the built-in PPG sensor and records results every five minutes. Furthermore, it also has a SpO2 monitoring system to track the blood oxygen level.

On the fitness front, it has 14 different sports modes such as Badminton, Cricket, Indoor Run, Outdoor Run, Walk, and Yoga, among others. Health-based features also include sleep monitoring, sedentary reminders, hydration reminder, and meditation relaxing.

Just like all other smartwatches or bands, it can receive notifications from your phone via Bluetooth, control music playback, and unlock the phone via Android’s smart unlock system. Unlike the Apple Watch, you can’t pick-up voice calls but it’ll let you reject the call or mute the notification.

Realme Watch runs on a proprietary OS and can be linked to your phone via the Realme Link app. It supports 20mm removable wrist straps and has an IP68-certified body that can resist dust and water.

The Realme Watch is priced at INR 3,999 (US$ 53) and will be available via Flipkart and Realme.com from June 5. The additional color straps will cost INR 499 (US$ 7) later.

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