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Honor is working on Qualcomm-powered smartphones

Business deal coming soon

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Amid the chaos surrounding Huawei, Honor’s recent emancipation presents a huge opportunity for the Chinese brand. Most importantly, Honor can move forward with its businesses outside of the restrictions applied to Huawei. As expected, the company is doing just that. According to a new report, Honor is already working with Qualcomm for new Qualcomm-powered smartphones.

Even during its Huawei days, Honor has never used Qualcomm for processors. In a more peaceful time, they never needed to. The company always had Huawei’s Kirin chipsets. With Huawei’s recent bans, they resorted to MediaTek’s Dimensity series. For example, a new leak still foresees the upcoming Honor V40 series sporting Dimensity chipsets.

However, according to a new leak from China, Honor is already working on a new business deal with Qualcomm for future smartphones. At this point, no one knows what the Qualcomm-powered Honor phones will look like and when it will release.

Still, it’s a good sign for the independent Chinese company. Late last year, Huawei finally sold Honor, granting the latter its own independence and subsequent protection from ongoing bans. Already, new rumors have revealed an upcoming Honor V40 series, the first smartphone under Honor’s independent banner.

SEE ALSO: Honor supposedly unveiling Honor V40 on January 12

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Corning announces durable glass for phone cameras

Called the DX and DX+ lineup

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Despite the evolution of smartphone glass durability, rear cameras are still soft spots for mobile devices. With enough sharp force, the smartphone’s rear camera can shatter, destroying its ability to take photos in the process. Corning is finally planning to address that issue with its DX and DX+ series.

Announced late last week, Corning is bringing its damage-resistant glass to smartphone cameras. Besides offering the company’s iconic durability, the DX and DX+ range will supposedly offer better optics for the camera as well. The glass can reportedly allow 98 percent of light into the camera’s sensor, reducing the usual camera issues such as ghost reflections.

Currently, some smartphone makers use anti-reflective coating to address optical issues. However, as any smartphone camera photographer can tell, issues can still happen especially in bright or low-light conditions.

Naturally, Corning’s claims are still unproven at this point. It will take an actual product before users can tell the difference. According to Corning, the DX and DX+ series will first ship out with upcoming Samsung devices. The company hasn’t listed the specific devices it’s coming to, though. However, if the timing is any indication, Samsung is set to host its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. Will this be the first appearance of Corning’s new camera glass?

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Huawei Mate X2 Review: The Better Foldable?

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Huawei introduced a different kind of foldable approach with the Mate X way back in 2019. But this year, they’re as similar as what you get with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold2 and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix Fold.

While the Galaxy Z Fold2 showed various improvements over the uncanny Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s Mate X2 offers better outer display ratio, more robust durable hinge mechanism, and an almost crease-less display.

But which one is better? Head over to our Huawei Mate X2 review now!

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OPPO partners with Amazon for Web Security

OPPO looks to upgrade its cloud

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OPPO, one of the known phone manufacturers chose Amazon for its cloud storage system. The Amazon Web Services (AWS), is the world’s leading cloud service. With AWS, OPPO is now capable of providing smartphone users with secure data storage services. As a result, users can conveniently store photos, videos, contacts, notes, and
important data in the cloud.

To support this functionality, OPPO utilizes AWS’ global infrastructure in Singapore, France, and India to introduce the cloud-based services. This includes Amazon Aurora (a relational database built for the cloud) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

 Improved privacy

The latest ColorOS 11 is based on Android 11. The operating system helps ensure user security through features including OPPO’s Private System, Private Safe, and Personal Information Protection. Private System allows users to create a separate system account in which apps and data run independently of the original account.

With Private Safe, users can keep their important data private by securing the data within an encrypted space behind a password, making the data unavailable to apps that have access to other media.

For situations where apps require users to grant access to personal information, OPPO’s Personal Information Protection allows users to send out a blank data form to the app, and access the app without disclosing personal information.

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