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HTC Desire 10 Pro, Desire 10 Lifestyle announced: style over substance

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HTC has struggled with flagging sales and profits lately. Even with the release of the likable HTC 10 flagship, the Taiwanese phone maker hasn’t posted a positive quarter in five straight tries.

On Tuesday, the company took another step to reverse its fortunes with the unveiling of the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle. With them, HTC hopes it can stake out a profitable position in the midrange segment.

Before we get too technical, it’s worth noting that the two phones look upscale and refined with their metal and matte-plastic designs and gold highlights gracing the back and sides of each device. But while the two are nearly identical on the outside — they even share the same 5.5-inch screen size and Android Marshmallow software — they are a whole lot different on the inside.

Desire 10 Pro in ‘Valentine Lux’

HTC has yet to reveal pricing details, but the Desire 10 Lifestyle is currently being rolled out to stores in Europe as we speak. The Desire 10 Pro is due for release next month. The devices will be available in a variety of shades: black, white, navy blue, and a light blue color scheme HTC is calling “Valentine Lux” for seemingly no apparent reason.

HTC Desire 10 Pro

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Of the two, the Desire 10 Pro is obviously the handset you’d want if you can afford it, as it comes with faster specs, better cameras, and fingerprint hardware for unlocking the phone and controlling the camera app.

The screen is of 1080p resolution and at the helm is an above-average MediaTek Helio P10 processor paired with a roomy 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that is expandable via a microSD card slot. The 20-megapixel rear camera is almost flush with the body and has fast autofocus and two-tone flash, while the front camera gets a 13-megapixel sensor, plus a special mode for taking group selfies. HTC claims the 3,000mAh battery offers up to 11 hours of video playback or 8 hours of internet use over WiFi.

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle

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The Desire 10 Lifestyle retains the Pro’s lovely aesthetic but sheds everything else that makes the latter a contender in the wide-open Android market. It settles for an aging Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, which is now listed as a wearable CPU, and drops down to a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front-facer. There’s no fingerprint sensor, no generous RAM and storage provisions.

It will come in two variants: one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage; the other with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Thankfully, you can expand the storage using a microSD card, up to an additional 2TB. The battery is rated at 2,700mAh and should be good for up to 8 hours of video-watching or 7 hours of WiFi use.

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet

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Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure

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The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

SEE ALSO: Mislatel confirmed as Philippines’ new telco

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Huawei Nova 4 press renders leak before official announcement

It’s the era of holed phones

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Samsung already announced their new midrange phone that has a hole in the screen. This is the newest display trend after the notch, and Huawei is next in line to present their own. The launch of the Nova 4 is scheduled for next week, but official-looking renders have already leaked online.

The renders further confirm some of the early reports about the Nova 4. The most obvious one is the position of the hole in the display for the front camera, which is expected to be a 25-megapixel sensor. This approach is supposedly less intrusive than having a notch. The Nova 4 will also have a triple-camera setup on the rear that’s strikingly similar to the P20 Pro’s; however, the sensors will not be same.

Rumors suggest that Huawei will have two Nova 4 variants. Both will have the Kirin 970 processor (same on the Nova 3), 8GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. They will also feature the same 16-megapixel monochrome and 2-megapixel depth sensors.

The difference between the two variants is in the main camera. The more expensive one will have a 48-megapixel Sony sensor, while the cheaper variant is stuck with a 20-megapixel sensor. Aside from that, the two variants will be practically identical.

Huawei will announce the Nova 4 on December 17 in China. Based on the leaked renders, it’ll come in a basic black color with red, blue, and white-pink gradient options.

Source: DroidShout

SEE ALSO: Huawei P30 will have a notch and curved display

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