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Honor Magic 2 blends the look and power of P20 Pro and Mi Mix 3

It’s got six cameras on board!

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Remember the Honor Magic from 2016? We can’t blame you if you don’t because the phone didn’t exactly become popular. After almost two years, Honor brings its Magic series back to life with the Honor Magic 2.

Honor made sure that their new premium phone has all the flagship specs starting with the bezel-less AMOLED display that’s 6.39 inches big. The panel has a Full HD+ resolution, which is the sweet spot for today’s smartphones. The phone is powered by the powerful Kirin 980 chipset from Huawei’s arsenal with up to 8GB of memory and 256GB of internal storage.

Like with the Mi Mix 3 from Xiaomi, the Honor Magic 2 employs a pull-down display mechanism which they call Magic Slide to hide the dual 2-megapixel 3D scanning cameras and the 16-megapixel selfie shooter. If facial recognition is not your thing, the phone has an in-display fingerprint reader, too.

Borrowing some cues from its cousin, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Honor Magic 2 also sports three rear cameras, but with a different configuration. It’s got a main 16-megapixel RGB sensor and a 24-megapixel monochrome one. The third shooter on the back has an ultra wide-angle lens and a 16-megapixel sensor.

Another main feature of the Honor Magic is the 40W fast-charge for its 3400mAh battery. This promises 50 percent of power in just 15 minutes, and 85 percent in 30 minutes. The powerful charging feature adopts the latest high-voltage, low-voltage current design and is certified by TÜV Rheinland for safety.

The phone runs Magic UI 2.0 which is based on Android 9 Pie. Instead of Google Assistant though, the Honor Magic 2 has it own personal digital assistant named YOYO. Honor’s own assistant is China-centric, so the phone is not meant for the international market — at least for now.

The Honor Magic 2 will initially be available in China starting at CNY 3,799 (US$ 545) for the 6GB+128GB variant. The 8GB memory model comes in two storage options: CNY 4,299 (US$ 615) for 128GB and CNY 4,799 (US$ 690) for 256GB. Pre-order is already open and actual selling will start within the first week of November.

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TNC Predator, Afreeca Freecs Fatal win Predator League APAC 2019

For Dota 2 and PUBG, respectively

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After three long days of battle in Bangkok, Thailand from February 15 to 17, two champions have emerged from the two featured games of the Predator League in Asia Pacific 2019.

For Dota 2, it’s TNC Predator from the Philippines; and for PUBG, the champ is none other than Afreeca Freecs Fatal from South Korea.

Their winnings come from a prize pool worth US$ 250,000. Each champion receives US$ 75,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up split the remaining pot.

The grand event concluded after over 3,500 competing teams from 16 countries were eventually reduced to only 26 groups in Bangkok for the finals.

This was the Predator League’s second event in the APAC region. In 2018, it was held in Indonesia. Next year’s event will take place in the Philippines.

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Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

Cheaper version of the X-T3

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After Canon‘s announcement of the new EOS RP, it’s now Fujifilm‘s turn to present their latest offering: the X-T30. Fuji’s new mirrorless interchangeable camera is the successor to 2017’s X-T20.

The X-T30 is positioned to be a cheaper variant of the flagship X-T3 camera, but they actually share many common features and specs. It’s got a compact and lightweight body at just 383g which looks similar to the premium model, but with some minor changes at the back. It’s got a focus joystick instead of a d-pad, but retains the touchscreen.

Speaking of, it’s a 2-way tilting LCD panel with 1.04 million dots. The EVF, on the other hand, is a 2.36-million-dot OLED color viewfinder with a near 100 percent coverage area.

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Inside the camera is a 26.1-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 160 to 12800, which is expandable up to 51200, and backed by an X-Processor 4. With this, the X-T30 can shoot 30fps at 1.25x crop and 20fps without a crop using the electronic shutter. If you wish to use the mechanical shutter, the speed will be reduced to 8fps.

It has a hybrid AF system with 100 percent phase-detect AF, face detection, and eye tracking. Autofocus is also improved even in low-light. Focusing can be selected either through the touchscreen or joystick.

When it comes to video, the camera can shoot 4K at 30fps and up to 120fps when downscaled to 1080p. It’s capable of 10-bit recording and 4:2:2 DCI 4K video through the HDMI port. Fujifilm’s Film Simulation modes are also available.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be available in March starting at US$ 899 for the body only. It’ll go up to US$ 999 when bundled with an XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens, or US$ 1,299 when bundled with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

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LG V50 ThinQ will be company’s first 5G smartphone

Arriving right before MWC 2019

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We have yet another leak ahead of LG’s press conference happening right before Mobile World Congress 2019. This time, it’s for the company’s first 5G smartphone, the V50 ThinQ.

It comes in the form of a tweet by Evan Blass, who also spilled the beans on LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ flagship a few days ago.

This confirms that the 5G smartphone LG will be showing off at MWC in Barcelona, Spain is the V50 ThinQ. Previously, we knew of such a handset coming on February 24, but we didn’t know what branding it would go under.

The leak, however, points to exclusivity with US carrier Sprint. It might also be a limited partnership, but we can more or less confirm that the V50 ThinQ will carry a Snapdragon 855 chipset in order to handle 5G signals.

In addition, we can see an extra camera on the front and back as compared to the G8 ThinQ’s setup. Sadly, it seems like the wide notch is sticking around.

Surprisingly, the V50 ThinQ is launching less than five months after the V40 ThinQ’s release. LG may be prioritizing its 5G rollout and needs an existing series to lay it on.

We’ll learn more once LG takes the stage on February 24 to reveal all its new devices, which might also include a foldable phone.

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