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Honor View 20 has a punch-hole display and 48MP camera

Honor wants to end the year with a bang!

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The year is about to end and Honor has unveiled a smartphone that incorporates everything exciting about 2018. The phone has a punch-hole display, a huge camera on the rear, very flashy design, and the heart of a beast.

The View 20 (V20 in China) is a successor of the View 10, a midrange phone that performed significantly well in the competitive market. It has been launched in China only for now, but the company has already expressed its plans to launch it globally on January 22.

It starts at CNY 2,999 (US$ 435) for the 6GB RAM option and the second variant with 8GB RAM costs CNY 3,499 (US$ 505). Pre-orders have already started and the device is expected to ship by December 28. Honor has also announced a Moschino Edition that comes with 256GB internal storage and is marked at CNY 3,999 (US$ 580).

The first thing you’ll notice about the phone is its display. Unlike the usual trend, the View 20 skips the notch in favor of a punch-hole camera. The screen has eighteen layers, but drills just two of the bottom layers to make room for the camera. It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a 91.82 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to a smaller 4.5mm key-hole.

The brand is positioning this phone as its flagship offering for the beginning of 2019 and has embedded a class-leading Kirin 980 chipset along with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The internal storage is the same for both options at 128GB and is expandable via a microSD card.

Sitting within that cutout is a 25-megapixel selfie shooter, but the real story sits on the back. Using a Sony IMX586 sensor, Honor says the View 20’s camera will be able to deliver photos with 48 megapixels, with lots of detail even when zoomed in. The phone is also capable of shooting 960fps slow-motion videos.

Powering the phone is a 4000mAh battery that charges via Honor’s 4.5V/5A FastCharge technology. The brand claims it can charge 55 percent of the battery within 30 minutes.

Additionally, Honor will introduce Link Turbo, which again uses AI to assess the best network connection out of Wi-Fi and cellular, based on the signal, usage, and network conditions, and switches seamlessly between them.

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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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