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Huawei won’t back down, promises to deliver Android Q to at least 17 phones

Good news for Huawei phone owners

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Here’s yet another news about Huawei. This time around though, it’s a bit of good news for current Huawei phone owners, and maybe even for future buyers. While the future of Huawei is still uncertain at this point because of the trade ban that’s still in effect, the Chinese tech giant has promised to still deliver future Android updates.

Huawei has confirmed that its EMUI 10 builds, which are based on the yet-to-be-final Android Q, are coming to at least 17 of its existing phones. The list includes its current flagships and a few older devices.

Here’s the complete set of devices so far:

  • P30 Pro
  • P30
  • P30 Lite
  • Mate 20 Pro
  • Mate 20
  • Mate 20 X
  • Mate 20 X (5G)
  • Mate 20 Lite
  • Porsche Design Mate 20 RS
  • P Smart 2019
  • P Smart+ 2019
  • P Smart Z
  • P20 Pro
  • P20
  • Mate 10 Pro
  • Mate 10
  • Porsche Design Mate 10

It’s no secret that — just in case things don’t go well — Huawei has a backup mobile operating system that’ll replace Android. The final name of Huawei’s home-baked OS is yet to be confirmed, but the listing points to Ark OS or Hongmeng OS.

Additionally, Huawei’s sister company, Honor, will also seed out Android Q for its Honor 20 series. Like with Huawei, Honor also uses EMUI for its devices.

A pre-release build of EMUI 10 that’s based on Android Q is already previewed by the people from XDA Developers. More or less, this is what the future of Android looks like on Huawei phones. The interface changes done to EMUI 10 is pretty minimal and it’s not that different from EMUI 9 overall.

Here’s a video showing a P30 Pro running EMUI 10 in beta courtesy of XDA Developers:

Moreover, Huawei has a useful FAQ page for its customers which addresses the concerns about current phones’ status, future, and warranty claims. You may read more about it here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei dealers offer ‘Special Warranty Program’ that promises 100% refund

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The instax Mini 9 comes with a retro craft bundle for the holiday season

For all your scrapbooking dreams

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The holiday season is here!

If you’re still struggling in coming up with a gift idea, Team Instax might have just curated one for you. Fujifilm partnered with Craft Easy to create the instax Mini 9 Craft Kit.

The craft kit comes with a unique, retro tin box that comes in five colors — each with an accompanying message and particular design. Inside you get a Mini 9 camera, a pack of film, as well as crafting materials including wooden clips, washi tapes, and a set of fun stickers. This special bundle could be a great gift for only PhP 4,499 (US$ 89).

instax Mini 9

The instax Mini 9 is an instant camera that lets you take better selfies that you can print thanks to the built-in selfie mirror placed next to its lens. There’s also a close-up lens attachment if you want to photograph your subjects closer. Lighting can easily be adjusted, too, with its brightness adjustment dial. To operate the camera, you only need two AA size alkaline batteries. Happiness is just one click away!

The Mini 9 is available in Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue, and Smoky White. The camera retails for PhP 3,999. It’s available at Fujifilm authorized dealers nationwide.

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OPPO Reno2 F now available in Nebula Green

More color options for the discerning buyer

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OPPO is investing more and more on its Reno lineup. Last October, it unveiled the Reno2 F in the Philippines, essentially replacing the F series. Now, the phone is available in a new color option: Nebula Green.

Still priced at PhP 19,990 for the 8GB + 128GB configuration, OPPO is offering a PhP 500 discount for its Enco Q1 earphones when you buy this color option. To get the new variant, visit any OPPO stores nationwide or their online stores on Lazada, Shopee, Akulaku, Argomall, Abenson, and MemoXpress.

Pay Day Treats promo

To entice more customers, OPPO is also rolling out their Pay Day Treat promo from November 16 to 17. Buyers of any Reno models or the A9 2020 receive free vouchers from Zomato, Grab, Viu, and iWant.

To know more about the promo, visit their Facebook page or their website.

The OPPO Reno 2F is a more affordable variant of the Reno 2 with a focus on great camera experience. It has a quad-camera setup, a nice 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and a Helio P70 processor. Powering the device is a 4,000 mAh battery with support for VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. Additionally, it has a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot which are rare finds these days.

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Xiaomi and Realme are Lazada’s best tech brands in 11.11 sale

The competition is getting intense

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The competition between Xiaomi and Realme is heating up. Realme, a relatively new brand in the market, is going toe-to-toe with Xiaomi for value smartphones in the Philippines. And if Lazada’s 11.11 sale is an indicator, the two are competing for the best in the country.

Xiaomi is still king

In the recently held 11.11 sale on Lazada, Xiaomi reigned supreme as the best-selling tech brand in the mobile phone and tablet category. The company’s best-selling products are the Mi Smart Scale and the recently launched Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro.

Both midrange phones are priced competitively while offering quad cameras, decent performance, and huge battery life. In particular, the Redmi Note 8 has a Snapdragon 665 processor, 6.5″ HD display, a 4,500mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup. It is priced at PhP 7,990 for the base 3 + 32GB model.

…but Realme is catching up

However, Xiaomi’s reign might be short-lived if Realme continues its strong, fast growth in the country. It placed no. 2 under the mobile phone and tablet category during its first Lazada 11.11 sale. The company witnessed a 966% growth from its September 9 sale.

Realme 5 took the spot for the best-selling smartphone, with competitive specifications of a Snapdragon 665 Processor, 6.5” HD display, 5,000mAh battery, quad-camera setup, and a price of PhP 7,990.

The Realme 5 makes a good alternative to the Redmi Note 8, which has almost the same specs and pricing. However, Realme 5 takes the edge slightly with bigger battery capacity and higher storage for the base variant at 64GB.

It is no wonder that Xiaomi’s intention behind the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro is to offer competitive phones that match Realme’s offering. Surely, their rivalry is in full swing in the country. But Realme has a lot to go before beating Xiaomi globally — it’s the “sales volume king” in China’s Singles’ Day sales event.

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