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HTC’s new Desire 12 and 12+ return to a shiny, chrome look

All that glitters is gold

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Once again, HTC brings back the dated shiny chrome phone to our smooth matte 2018. After relative silence over the upcoming U12 line, the phone maker debuted the midrange variants of their new phones — the HTC Desire 12 and 12+.

At 5.5 inches and 6 inches respectively, the Desire 12 and 12+ sport the new 18:9 ratio with a 1440 x 720 IPS LCD screen. The unique design shares its philosophy with last year’s U11 line.

Under the hood, the Desire 12 builds off a MediaTek MT6739 chipset with a variety of options — 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and up to 2TB of microSD expansion. Meanwhile, the Desire 12+ rocks a Snapdragon 450 chipset with the better of the Desire 12’s options — 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and up to 2TB of microSD expansion.

Behind the camera, the Desire 12 both shoot with a 13-megapixel rear image sensor. However, the Desire 12+ carries an additional 2-megapixel rear shooter for portraits.

The Desire 12 plays with a 5-megapixel front camera, while the Desire 12+ has an 8-megapixel front shooter. As with most phones now, the Desire line promises adequate facial recognition tech.

For batteries, the Desire 12 packs in a 2730mAh battery while the bigger Desire 12+ peaks at 2956mAh.

Both phones will enjoy LTE compatibility and GPS/GLONASS features. They will also rock a 3.5mm audio port, a welcome feature amid the rise of wireless connectivity. Meanwhile, the Desire 12+ will have a rear fingerprint sensor.

HTC is keeping mum on how much both phones will cost and where they’ll be available. However, they do confirm that it will ship in shiny gold. Further, additional photos confirm a purple and a black variant.

With the reveal of the Desire 12 series, the HTC U12 flagship will likely debut soon.

SEE ALSO: HTC U12 specs leaked, will have Snapdragon 845 and dual cameras

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Amazon makes a grand announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices

A smart home has to have these

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Amazon continues to make a mark in the smart home market with their announcement of new Alexa-enabled Echo devices. The company announced a slew of devices, but let’s know more about the key Echo products that now have new upgrades.

Amazon Echo Dot

The new Echo Dot gets redesigned to look stylish and more modern. The plasticky design of the previous model is a thing of the past; the new model now has a fabric design that comes in three colors. The new model is also claimed to sound louder and better, but it’s still priced at US$ 50.

Amazon Echo Plus

The new Echo Plus also has similar upgrades with its new fabric design. It comes with an upgraded 3-inch speaker for stronger bass and clearer mids and highs. Like the Dot, the new model is still priced like its predecessor which is at US$ 150.

Amazon Echo Show

The gigantic Echo Show has been redesigned as well. It features a new body with a large 10-inch HD display. Of course, the new display comes with a new sound system composed of two 2-inch drivers with a passive radiator and Dolby audio processing.

It also comes with a new 5-megapixel front-facing camera for HD video calls. Alexa will soon support Skype audio and video calls, so you will be able to use Skype straight from your Echo Show. Additionally, it now has a built-in web browser. Pricing remains at US$ 230 like with the previous model.

Amazon Echo Auto

The Echo Auto is probably the most intriguing of the bunch. It’s a US$ 25 accessory (the cheapest Echo, yet) designed to let you access Alexa even while in your car. It powers itself from your car’s power outlet or a USB port and connects to the Internet via Bluetooth through your phone.

Using the Alexa app on your phone, it can play music or give you turn-by-turn navigation. You can also ask it pretty much anything you’d ask with other Echo devices.

The new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show are already up for pre-order and will go on sale starting October 11. The Echo Auto is also up for pre-order, but by request only.

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Huawei gives free power banks to Apple fans

This is quite a power move!

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Huawei is mastering the art of throwing shade real quick. It started during the iPhone XS launch when the Chinese company thanked Apple for “keeping things the same.” Now that people lined up to finally get their hands-on on the iPhone XS and XS Max, Huawei made sure they’re also in the scene.

In Singapore, Huawei representatives were seen handing out free power banks to the eager Apple fans who queued up for the new iPhones.

It even included a cheeky message saying “Here’s a power bank. You’ll need it,” before making sure the recipient knows who the power bank was from, “Courtesy of Huawei.”

Previously, it was just Samsung that brazenly took shots at Apple. Their latest ones feature anti-iPhone ads that centered around power and stylus support. Before that, they also released an ad mocking the notch.

Huawei, who made significant headway in the smartphone market in 2018 thanks to their P20 models, wants in on the conversation. It looks like it’s not going stop any time soon as they get ready to launch their latest flagship — the Mate 20 — on October 16 in London.

This is not the first time that other brands rode the iPhone wave. HTC once provided warm drinks to combat the cool weather Apple loyalists had to endure. Other brands have also stepped in before to provide some form of comfort or aid for the brave people who lined up.

SEE ALSO: Singapore’s first iPhone XS buyer goes all out

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Instagram now lets you send GIFs through direct messages

About time!

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Instagram continues to evolve from a photo-sharing app to a full-fledged messaging platform. If video chatting service is not enough to convince you that it’s more fun to talk to people on Instagram, then what about GIFs? After the long wait, you can now finally send fun GIFs on Instagram through direct messages.

The incoming (or it’s probably already available to you) update will have GIPHY support to find and send GIFs. It’s somewhat similar to how you can look for GIFs for your Stories, but this one is for private conversations.

Sure, it won’t put Instagram on par with the best communication apps out there like Facebook Messenger, Viber, or WhatsApp, but it’ll make talking to friends much more fun. I think GIFs are fun to send as a reaction to Stories, right?

The feature is rolling out over the next few days, so keep your Instagram app updated. While we’re at it, follow GadgetMatch on Instagram for more content and live updates of what’s we’re currently up to.

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SEE ALSO: 7 tips to stepping up your Instagram game

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