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Honor V10 brings best of Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro together

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Huawei split its large flagship into two smartphones, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, with both having their own unique characteristics to set themselves apart. But what if you want a mix of both? That’s where the Honor V10 comes in.

As part of Huawei’s online-only sub-brand, the Honor V10 takes the best of each handset while lowering its own price considerably — well, at least for the Chinese market.

It has a near-borderless 6-inch 1080p display, but instead of placing the fingerprint scanner on the back, it manages to squeeze the sensor into the thin bottom bezel.

To our delight, the Honor V10 uses Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 chipset with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage which you can expand using a microSD card.

While there’s no waterproofing, you do get a 3.5mm audio port with the Honor V10. The battery capacity is also smaller at 3750mAh, but that’s still a lot by flagship standards.

Looking good thus far, so what’s the compromise? For this Honor, there’s no Leica branding like on all the recent Huawei flagships. You’re instead treated to a 20- and 16-megapixel dual-camera setup on the rear with a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

How much of a downgrade that is will be decided by real-world camera comparisons. The good news is that the Honor V10 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo skinned with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 interface. That’s updated software not a lot of smartphones from China offer.

And for the best part: Its retail price starts at CNY 2,699 for the 4GB memory variant with 64GB of storage. That’s only US$ 410 with the current conversion rates!

Choosing the variant with 6GB of memory would cost you CNY 2,999 (US$ 455). For 6GB of memory and a more generous storage capacity of 128GB, you’d have to pay CNY 3,499 (US$ 530).

Availability is currently exclusive to China. Pre-orders are already being accepted, with the official sales starting on December 5. Gold, blue, black, and red are the colors of choice.

SEE ALSO: Photography with the Huawei Nova 2i: Behind the scenes

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Ulefone X with its notch is launching at MWC 2018

An iPhone X with Android instead

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The iPhone X clones keep on coming.

Ulefone is the latest entry in the copycat trend with its aptly named Ulefone X. It has the near-borderless look and trendy notch on top, but of course, it runs on Android instead.

The company itself already posted a first look video of its upcoming phone on the official YouTube channel:

This video reveals some other interesting points. One: The Ulefone X runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo version. Two: Its overbearing notch and rounded corners manage to cover up some of the notifications and clock up top. Three: The rear dual-camera layout continues to copy the iPhone X’s design.

Not much else is known about the Ulefone X, except it’ll certainly be affordable with possibly entry-level specifications.

We won’t have to wait much longer to see more of it; Ulefone says they’ll be present at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 26 to March 1.

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Google confirms Android Oreo (Go edition) and Android One phones are coming to MWC 2018

Possibly as cheap as $50

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Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and although it’s certain to be a flagship smartphone fest, we wonder: Will there be any budget-friendly phones at the event?

Google, in its latest blog entry, confirms that we’ll indeed see partner brands launching products for two price-conscious Android platforms, namely Android One and Android Oreo (Go edition).

For the uninitiated, Android One is a pure take on the Android operating system designed for handsets outside of the Pixel lineup. They’re significantly more affordable than Google’s flagship devices, and they receive software updates much quicker than most products in the market.

Android Oreo (Go edition), on the other hand, is destined to be another pure version of Android, but with lighter built-in apps and a greater focus on saving mobile data. With prices going as low as US$ 50, smartphones on this system are geared toward budget-conscious consumers without deep pockets.

The next question is: Which brands will launch Android One and Android Oreo (Go edition) phones during MWC 2018?

Based on recent rumors, Nokia seems to be leading the charge on both fronts. A rumored Nokia 7 Plus looks to be the company’s first Android One phone, which also comes with the slimmer 18:9 screen ratio that’s becoming more common recently, while the Nokia 1 would likely be the headlining Android Oreo (Go edition) handset we’ll see in Barcelona, Spain next week.

These two gadgets (and whatever else we’ll see at the show) will be a breath of fresh air in the sea of high-priced devices from the likes of Samsung, ASUS, and Sony. With the way things are shaping up so far, we’re bound to have offerings from all price segments.

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Next-gen Fossil smartwatches arrive in Philippines

There are hybrid smartwatches, too!

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When it comes to merging tech and fashion, trust watchmaker Fossil to have a knack of hitting that sweet spot. Their newest line of smart and hybrid watches are no exception.

First teased at the Baselworld 2017 watch conference in Switzerland and later at the IFA tech show in Berlin, the company is bringing its new lineup of watches to the Philippines this month.

The Q Venture and Q Explorist are Android Wear 2.0-powered smartwatches and the first from the brand to feature the new first full-round touchscreen, which may not sound like a big deal unless you’re familiar with the Android Wear “flat tire” — an incomplete circle that’s peeved many early adapters.

If smartwatches are not your cup of tea, there’s also the Q Commuter Hybrid with smartwatch-like features including activity tacking, music control, and syncing with your smartphone’s clock — all without a touchscreen display or having to charge your watch daily.

Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorist watches are available at Fossil boutiques and start at PhP 13,910. Fossil Q Commuter watches start at PhP 9,150.

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