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HTC ain’t done yet, announces U19e and Desire U19+ midrangers

Only in Taiwan for now

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HTC U19e | Image credit: HTC

As expected, HTC unveiled new smartphones. While the company’s releases aren’t exactly as popular as before, HTC still believes that they have a grip on their home market in Taiwan.

HTC is not venturing into the flagship market, for now, so they created two midrangers to keep their presence alive. The first one is the HTC U19e and it’s a 6-inch phone with a fair amount of bezels, but it doesn’t sport a notch.

The phone has an OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 710 processor paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. It’s sustained by a 3930mAh battery and runs Android 9 Pie with HTC Sense out of the box.

HTC U19e | Image credit: HTC

As for the cameras, it has a dual rear setup including a main 12-megapixel f/1.8 shooter and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. In the front, it has a 24-megapixel selfie snapper and an IR camera for iris recognition.

The HTC U19e comes in either green or purple with translucent effect color options. It goes on sale in Taiwan starting today for NT$ 14,900 or roughly US$ 475.

Additionally, there’s the HTC Desire 19+ which is the company’s first phone with triple rear cameras. It also sports their biggest display at 6.2 inches with a dewdrop-style notch for the 16-megapixel front camera.

HTC Desire 19+ | Image credit: HTC

The Desire U19+ is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. The phone also runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and has a sizeable 3850mAh battery.

The cameras on its back are a combination of a main 13-megapixel shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The phone’s back also has a capacitive fingerprint reader.

HTC’s new big phone will go on sale in Taiwan as well for NT$ 9,990 (US$ 320) or NT$ 10,990 (US$ 350) depending on the configuration. It’ll be available in early July.

Source: HTC, ePrice

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Twitter is finally getting a dark mode for Android!

Updates are rolling out today

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Welcome to the dark side! Twitter is finally rolling out a true dark mode for its Android app. The short-form social media network tweeted an official announcement on its own account. The message is simple: “You can now go lights out on Twitter.”

Twitter is rolling out the update starting today. To activate the feature, swipe open the left-hand options panel. On the lower-left corner, a lightbulb button can easily turn the feature on and off. It will also prompt an automatic toggle that turns the feature on at sunset.

Likewise, Android users can also access the feature through the usual settings menu. From the “Settings and privacy” menu, you can open the “Display and sound” submenu to toggle the new dark mode.

Notably, Twitter for Android already had a rudimentary dark mode — called Dim — in the past. However, the previous iteration was only a dark blue, a far cry from a true, energy-saving dark mode. Twitter’s new “lights out” mode is finally a true black.

Regardless, if you’re a fan of the old Dim mode, the option is still available. The true dark mode, however, is a blessing for energy savers.

Previously, Twitter already released a true dark mode for iOS users. Android’s version was a long time coming. Thankfully, we’re finally here in the dark side. The update should roll out soon for all Android users.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is secretly saving your deleted DMs

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All-new Honda Fit debuts with hybrid variant, five trims

Different trims for different lifestyles

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The 46th Tokyo Motor Show is at full swing and one of the biggest names in car manufacturing has just unveiled its newest offering in the compact car segment. The all-new Honda Fit wants to cater to almost every lifestyle you may have — whether you want things simple or a bit flashy, rugged or elegant.

For the exterior’s design, the company gave importance to “emotional value” which is a new concept that they’re going for. Instead of going for design cues that are sleek and intimidating, Honda evidently took the more conservative route with softer curves and a generally mild-mannered expression.

Inside, the company boasts its “four dimensions of comfort” that should make everyday drives more enjoyable. From having a wide, comfortable view, body-stabilizing seats, smooth-running engine/motor, to a spacious interior, the all-new Fit should have you covered.

As mentioned previously, the company aims to cater to different lifestyles by offering its new compact car in five different trims or types:

BASIC

The basic type of the all-new Fit offers both high-quality design and comfort. This type will feature a simple and endearing appeal. It includes a front face with a gentle look and a seamless flowing exterior.

HOME

This type strives to realize a relaxing and carefully designed space using the sense of sight and touch. This is achieved through coordinating colors and materials, including natural-looking fabric seats made with high-quality materials, a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Prime Smooth soft padding.

NESS

This type features exciting color coordination and adopts water-repellent materials for the seat surfaces while soft padding has been installed on the instrument panel. It has a sporty and fashionable vibe which will enable customers to enjoy driving just like they enjoy fitness and sports.

CROSSTAR

This type features an exterior design developed exclusively for the CROSSTAR. It flaunts a set of 16-inch aluminum wheels that look good both in the city and outdoor environments.

As for the interior, water-repellent materials are also used for seat surfaces and soft padding on the instrument panel. This type projects a compact yet tough look.

LUXE

Striving to create a space where people can spend elegant and comfortable time in, the LUXE comes standard with genuine leather seats while pursuing excellence in visual and tactile quality. For the exterior, platinum-style chrome plating and 16-inch aluminum wheels were adopted to increase the high-quality feel.

In addition to those trims, the Fit will also be available in a two-motor hybrid system called e:HEV.

As far as features are concerned, we’re far from over. This new offering comes with Honda Sensing technology which is what we saw on the recently launched Honda Accord in the Philippines. It basically uses cameras and sensors to be able to avoid collisions.

Another thing is the Honda CONNECT. It actually makes its debut along with the new Fit and offers three services.

First, you can use it to access certain vehicle functions remotely, then it connects the vehicle to emergency support in case a traffic accident happens, and finally, its “rush over” service dispatches a security guard when the system detects an abnormal situation happening to the vehicle.

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Forget iPhone 11, Apple’s secret weapon is the iPhone XR

OnePlus and Samsung should be worried

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Continuing the legacy, Apple announced the iPhone 11 series in September and response has been widely positive. The phones pack the latest A13 Bionic chipset, exponentially improved cameras, and best-in-class display.

However, Apple’s secret weapon is a generation old iPhone that is often perceived to be low-cost. In developing regions like India, the latest offerings are extremely expensive and amid a global slowdown, demand has remained unchanged.

Apple’s secret weapon is the iPhone XR and its recently announced price-cut. The phone is now available for INR 44,990 (US$ 635), down from its launch price of INR 76,900 (US$ 1,100). And, even though it’s one-year-old, the specifications are still class-leading with an A12 processor, kick-ass single-lens camera, and smooth iOS experience.

Apple’s market share has taken a massive beating in the country due to increasing competition from OnePlus and Samsung. Being a very price-sensitive market, the iPhone XR has been selling like hotcakes since the official drop. In fact, further discounts were also available during festive sales and the device was out-of-stock in no time.

Apple is doubling down on India and has been slowly ramping up local production to avoid import duty as high as 20 percent. Older models like the iPhone 7 and iPhone X are already being sourced locally and the brand has now started with the iPhone XR.

Multiple sources confirmed to IANS that production of the iPhone XR is up and running at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai.

For years, Apple has been accused of ignoring the Indian market, but multiple developments this year have confirmed that the brand is indeed serious about establishing itself. After almost a decade of trying, the brand finally got approval to directly sell products in India and not rely on third-party vendors that are termed “Authorised Resellers”.

There have also been reports about an iPhone SE 2 launching in the first quarter of 2020 and if this materializes, India will be a primary market for the low-cost iPhone.

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