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Honor Magic V now official, its first foldable flagship

‘Creaseless, symmetrical display’

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Honor joins the foldable race with their first flagship foldable — the Honor Magic V.

‘Creaseless, symmetrical display’

Honor says the Honor Magic V is unlike any other foldable that’s already in the market. For one, it’s waterdrop hinge technology makes it the slimmest one available right now. It also makes the device creaseless and symmetrical when unfolded.

When folded, there’s a 6.45-inch 44° curved OLED display available for use. It has a 21.3:9 screen aspect ratio, making it a little tall and narrow. When unfolded, it opens up to a 7.9-inch display for a more tablet-like experience.

Both screens support a 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut and delivers up to 1.07 billion colors with a screen refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Specifically, 90Hz on the unfolded screen and 120Hz on the folded screen. The Honor Magic V is also the first foldable smartphone to receive the IMAX Enhanced certification.

Built to perform

Powering the the Honor Magic V is Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G processor. It also has 12GB of RAM with 256GB of internal storage. It’s backed by a 4,750mAh battery that supports 66W HONOR SuperCharge. That tech enables it to be juiced up to 50 percent within just 15 minutes.

Honor Magic UI 6.0 makes its debut on the Honor Magic V. It offers a range of enhanced, customized features to provide a smart life experience through its AI Engine called Magic Live.

Magic Live lets the foldable act as a personal assistant, intelligently learning a user’s habits and behaviors to provide tailored recommendations. Naturally, there will be support for multi-windows to truly take advantage of the foldable form factor.

Megapixel mania

All the rear cameras are 50MP shooters. Yep, all three of them: 50MP f/1.9 wide camera, 50MP f/2.2 ultra wide angle camera, and 50MP f/2.0 spectrum enhanced camera. On the front, there’s a 42MP f/2.4 selfie shooter. Naturally, the numbers don’t tell the whole story. We’ll have to try it for ourselves to see exactly how good the cameras are.

It does offer various shooting modes supported by the Honor Image Engine. These are Night, HDR, and Zoom. The advanced imaging system enhanced by AI aims to deliver best-in-class multi-camera computational photography everytime, no matter where you are or what you are shooting.

Pricing and availability

The Honor Magic V comes in three colors: Black, Space Silver and Burnt Orange. It’s available in China starting January 18 and pricing are as follows:

  • 12+256GB — CNY 9,999
  • 12+512GB — CNY 10,999

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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