HONOR announces Magic4 Pro, 3 X Series phones

Returning to the Philippines in a major way



Magic4 Pro

HONOR is back in the Philippines in a massive way, announcing the flagship Magic4 Pro smartphone and three mid-range phones under the X Series during its “The Power Of Magic” launch event last Tuesday.

The Magic4 Pro boasts of an impressive rear camera setup with advanced technologies, bannered by a 50MP wide camera that has a massive 1/1.12 sensor and a large f/1.6 aperture for a superior light-sensing performance.

With Ultra Fusion Photography, the phone is capable of shooting 4K Night Mode videos while capturing previews in real-time. 

The main camera is complemented by a 50MP ultra-wide lens and a 64MP Periscope telephoto camera. It can go up to 100x digital zoom. Up front is a 12MP ultra-wide camera with a 100-degree field of view.

HONOR’s latest flagship is powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G processor and Adreno 730 GPU. It runs on the Android 12-based Magic UI 6.0.

Its 4,600mAh battery supports 100W fast charging. HONOR claims the device can recharge to full in just half an hour. There is also a 100W fast wireless charging and reverse charging for both wireless and wired.

The phone has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. It features a large 6.81-inch HDR10+ LTPO OLED display with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz.

Available in Black and Cyan color options, the Magic4 Pro will retail for PhP 52,990 and comes with a free HONOR Watch GS 3 (worth PhP 11,990) until supplies last.

HONOR X Series: eXtra power, performance, vision

The Magic4 Pro was not the only phone HONOR revealed; the brand has also launched three mid-rangers as part of the X Series: The X9, X8, and X7.

All three devices feature HONOR’s SuperCharge technology. The X7 and X8 variants have a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging, while the X9 has a 4,600mAh battery with 66W SuperCharge for a 50 percent recharge in just 15 minutes.

The three phones all have a Snapdragon 680 chipset. Their displays are all capable of up to 90Hz refresh rates.

Perhaps the only significant difference is that the X7 has only a 4GB RAM. Meanwhile, the X8 and X9 have 6GB and 8GB, respectively although all devices have 128GB of internal storage.

The X8 and X9 both have 64MP main cameras too, while the X7 doesn’t lag far behind with a 48MP main shooter.

Pricing, availability

The phones in the X Series will be available on Lazada and over 600 dealer stores nationwide for the following prices:

  • HONOR X7: PhP 9,990 (Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Titanium Silver)
  • HONOR X8: PhP 12,990 (Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Titanium Silver)
  • HONOR X9: PhP 14,990(Midnight Black, Ocean Blue)

Interestingly, the X8 will come with a free HONOR Band 6 worth PhP 1,990 too.

SEE ALSO: Bringing back HONOR with Magic



A new iMessage feature alerts you of any government spies

Anyone can use it



Do you have an irrational fear of government hackers spying on your text messages? If you do, Apple has a new feature to help alleviate your phobia. Starting today, users can opt into the new iMessage Contact Key Verification feature, a security measure designed to prevent any unwanted snooping on your messages.

If it sounds too specific, it’s because Apple designed the feature for those who face “extraordinary digital threats,” like journalists and politicians. Naturally, this subset of the population can benefit from keeping their conversations away from snoopers (which includes, according to Apple, state-sponsored attackers). However, there’s no denying that the feature is also a boon to users who want an extra layer of protection for their messaging needs.

To use the feature, both the sender and the receiver need to have the option turned on while using their device. On a more basic level, the device will alert both users if an unexpected party suddenly crashes and enters the encrypted conversation. A more advanced level even allows iMessage users to compare verification codes, ensuring that both parties are indeed talking to whomever they intend to talk to.

While most users might not find a lot of use for an exorbitant amount of protection against hackers, it’s a step in the right direction for total message encryption. Despite some significant hiccups, Apple remains focused on bringing encryption to its users.

SEE ALSO: Apple is tracking users even with settings turned off

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Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

Sued by the FTC



The year started off with a bang. Microsoft, already a respectable name in the gaming industry by itself, announced the impending acquisition of Activision Blizzard for US$ 68.7 billion. Perhaps it’s fitting that the year will end right back where it started. The FTC is officially suing Microsoft to block the monumental purchase from going through.

Announced today, the United States’ FTC (or Federal Trade Commission) has filed a legal claim against Microsoft, stating that the acquisition will allow the company to suppress competition between its rivals in the gaming industry. The commission believes that it has enough to effectively block the purchase. Allowing Microsoft to go through with the purchase will supposedly enable the company to prevent Activision Blizzard’s titles — including the Call of Duty franchise — from coming out easily on other platforms.

Since the announcement of the acquisition, Activision Blizzard has gone through a rocky year. The company had its dirty laundry aired out: a plethora of disagreeable practices from within the company. Exacerbated by the rocky launches of Diablo Immortal and Overwatch 2, it’s not exactly a stellar year for the company.

In fact, it’s not a good year for monopolistic practices either. Recently, Ticketmaster found itself under the microscope after a massive kerfuffle preventing Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets to the star’s upcoming concert.

While the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is still up in the air, it seems company acquisitions aren’t as easy as this year has made them out to be.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft announces a modular Adaptive Mouse

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Google is merging Waze with Google Maps

Apps will remain separate



It’s not a secret. Google owns both Google Maps and Waze. Though both certainly come with their own pros and cons, using either app can boil down to a matter of preference, especially in driving cities. Starting soon, the two might even look more alike. Google is merging the teams of Google Maps and Waze together.

Since acquiring Waze in 2013, Google has kept the app’s development separate from Google Maps. Even knowing this face, it’s hard to draw comparisons between the two. They felt like separate products, and they were.

Now, as announced today (via Wall Street Journal), Google will merge Waze’s team (which consists of over 500 employees) with the larger team that oversees Maps, Earth, and Street View. While there are no plans to lay off any employees, incumbent Waze CEO Neha Parikh is expected to leave the company after the merger.

Though a merger might spell the end for Waze, Google remains committed to keeping its own services separate from each other. However, by merging the teams, the company can reduce a lot of redundant work that the two teams have in common.

From a more generalized standpoint, Google Maps and Waze are incredibly distinct apps. While the latter focuses more of directions for drivers, Google Maps offers a grander sweep of directions for all travelers including those who prefer to walk or take public transportation.

SEE ALSO: Google Maps introduces a new way to be a tourist

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