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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.

Accessories

Huawei expands personal audio line: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Studio

There’s something for every preference and budget

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Intelligent Sound. That’s what Huawei is promising with its new set of personal audio devices: Freebuds Pro, Freelace Pro, Freebuds Pro.

Freebuds Pro

The Huawei Freebuds Pro’s noise cancellation has gone up to 40db. Previous models were at 30db (Freebuds 3) and 15db (Freebuds 3i).

Like the Freebuds 3, it’s equipped with the Kirin A1 chip to aid in noise cancellation, but there are other factors in play as well. The chip is complemented by the in-ear fit — a feature it shares with the Freebuds 3i but not the Freebuds 3.

Adding to these are the dual microphones located both inside and outside the earbuds. This is a key design decision that helps in detecting the surrounding you’re in. It enables the Freebuds 3 Pro to automatically choose the appropriate noise cancellation mode of which it has three: Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode, and General Mode.

Freelace Pro

The Huawei FreeLace Pro is a combination of everything you want about neckband earphones with pro-level noise cancellation.

It’s still pretty much the FreeLace that you used to know in terms of overall look and design. Its lightweight body is made with nickel-titanium alloy — the kind that you can twist and bend but will still return to its original form. That alloy is wrapped with a skin-friendly silicone so it’s comfortable to where.

But the defining feature that will justify the “pro” tag is noise cancellation. Like the Freebuds 3 Pro, this can cancel noise of up to 40db. This is because the two employ pretty much the same tech.

There’s no mention of the Kirin A1 chip. However, the FreeLace Pro does also have two microphones inside and out for noise cancellation and surroundings detection.

Assisting those microphones is a 14mm Dynamic Driver Unit. It detects and responds to deeper sound and cancels noise at lower frequencies. The driver also contributes to the overall better sound quality.

Freebuds Studio

The Huawei FreeBuds Studio, it marks the entry of the company in the over-the-ear Bluetooth headphone market. The FreeBuds Studio are designed to be premium and go up against offerings from Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.

The headphones offer a 40mm driver with 4-layer Polymer diaphragm. The company claims that it can reproduce frequencies as high as 48KHz and can go down to 4 Hz. It supports L2HC codec for best possible audio output and features six mics for calls that reduce background noise.

It also comes with eight mics that team up and provide dynamic noise cancellation. Huawei claims the headphones can reduce noise by 40dB and the headphones can automatically choose between three modes based on the surrounding environment. These modes are called Ultra Mode, Cozy Mode and General Mode.

Price and availability

Audio Colors Price Availability
Freebuds Pro Silver Frost

Ceramic White

Carbon Black

SG$ 238

(Purchase at SG$ 228 during pre-order from 1 – 11 Nov)

Pre-order (1 – 10 Nov):

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  • Best Denki
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  • Courts
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Freelace Pro Spruce Green

Graphite Black

SG$ 148 Available from 11 Nov:

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  • Best Denki
  • Challenger & Hachi.tech
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  • Lazada
  • Shopee
Freebuds Studio Black SG$ 398 Available from 11 Nov:

  • Huawei Concept Stores
  • Best Denki
  • Challenger & Hachi.tech
  • Courts
  • Harvey Norman
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Reebok unveils Valhalla-themed Capsule Collection

Inspired by the Viking fantasy of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title

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Capsule Collection

Are any of these your SneakerMatch? Footwear brand Reebok launches its own Capsule Collection inspired by the Viking fantasy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

The whole collection features sneakers, apparel, and accessories in different color accents taken straight from the game. For the footwear options, three styles headline the entire collection with designs taking insipiration from elements of Viking lore. The Zig Kinetica, Club C Revenge, and Classic Leather Legacy all include symbols, weapons, and colors taken from Norse mythology.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is just right around the corner, and it promises a whole new adventure to explore. Explore the rich lore of the Vikings as Eivor, a fierce raider during the time of England’s Dark Ages. With new features and new worlds to explore, Valhalla promises a whole new dimension in the Assassin’s Creed saga. Before you get to venture into the Dark Ages, you can bring Valhalla to your sense of style!

The collection also features two hoodies, caps, and socks to match the footwear. It will be exclusively available on Reebok’s website beginning November 7, and will hit select retailers on November 11.

SEE ALSO:
Reebok Zig Kinetica review: Reebok’s best trainer
Reebok Zig Kinetica Concept_Type 1 review: A head-turner

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Apple has now reached 1 billion active iPhones

According to an analyst

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How many iPhone users are there right now? Name your best guess. If you answered one billion, you’re probably right. According to an analyst’s estimates, Apple has now reached 1 billion active iPhones, marking a monumental increase in revenue this year.

Knowing Apple’s popularity, it’s surprising that they took this long. This year, the iPhone maker finally reached the milestone. Of note, the analyst, Above Avalon, predicts that Apple reached 1 billion active iPhones last month, before the iPhone 12 series launch.

Adding to the milestone’s impressiveness, Apple’s revenue actually dipped this year, stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because of income dips and a new work-from-home lifestyle, no one really wanted to buy new phones. Apparently, despite the decreased demand, whatever Apple did sell was enough to push the company above 1 billion.

According to the analyst, Apple has always subsisted on an upgrade system; that is, existing users buying the new models every year. That said, though there are 1 billion active iPhones, it is highly likely that a significant portion of the iPhone-owning population owns more than one iPhone.

With that in mind, the company aims to continue the same tradition by focusing on increasing the value of owning an iPhone. Doing so will propel the company’s growth even further, as the analyst says.

Besides a renewed focus on iPhones, the analyst also predicts that Apple’s wearable market will prove essential in pushing the company to 2 billion active users. Much like how an iPhone user can own multiple iPhones, buying into Apple’s ecosystem increases the likelihood of buying an Apple wearable to go along with it.

SEE ALSO: Apple is now worth $2 trillion

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