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Huawei announces Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro with focus on AI features

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Artificial intelligence continues to shape up as we get closer to the future we see in sci-fi films. Huawei has invested a lot with their new processor, making the new Mate 10 series built with AI in mind from the ground up.

Huawei says goodbye to the metallic body of the predecessor former Mate 9 with a new 3D glass body with what they call Signature Stripe to give a bit of flare rather than a plain glossy slab.

The new Mate 10 phones are the first to have the Kirin 970 processor, the world’s first AI processor with a dedicated neural-network processing unit (NPU), and also the latest EMUI 8.0 based on Android Oreo. Both also come with dual 4G SIM support and VoLTE connections.

Another new feature of the Mate 10 series is the latest Leica Dual Camera with SUMMILUX-H lenses, which feature an f/1.6 aperture on both 12-megapixel color and 20-megapixel monochrome sensors. Optical image stabilization is only available on the color sensor, though. The AI feature of the processor comes into play on the cameras with real-time scene and object recognition. And, yes, bokeh and dramatic black and white modes are still available.

Huawei Mate 10

The regular variant of the Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch 2K HDR (2560 x 1440 pixels) FullView display which translates to a sharp 499ppi, but has the usual 16:9 aspect ratio. It’ll come with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. Battery capacity is 4000mAh and has support for SuperCharge fast charging.

The Mate 10 will come in four colors: champagne gold, pink gold, mocha brown, and black. It’s coming in late October for EUR 699 (US$ 825) in 15 key markets including Spain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The better Mate 10 Pro comes with a 6-inch OLED FullView display with support for HDR as well. Sadly, it comes with a lower Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) or a pixel density of 402ppi. However, it has a larger 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

Water and dust resistance are better on the Mate 10 Pro with its IP67 rating, but it doesn’t come with a 3.5mm audio port. The sacrifice doesn’t result in a bigger capacity though, because we still have a 4000mAh battery.

The Mate 10 Pro will come in four colors: titanium gray, midnight blue, mocha brown, and pink gold. It’ll be available sometime in mid-November for EUR 799 (US$ 945) in more than 24 countries including Germany, France, Italy, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 2i Review: The midrange phone to beat?

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UK will allow Huawei to build 5G network

With a few exceptions

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Huawei and “banning” have become so synonymous today. Every headline practically begs the question: Who will ban Huawei next? When will Huawei catch a break?

To those following the entire saga, Huawei is already on the cusp of a much-needed breakthrough. Several countries are still on the fence regarding the Chinese company. The international outlook isn’t as bleak as the American one makes it seem.

Today, one of those ambivalent countries has made a decision. After meeting with the country’s National Security Council, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has allowed Huawei into its 5G network industry. The development comes after Brussels has reportedly made the same decision as well. (Belgium has not issued an official statement regarding its decision yet.)

Regardless of the initiating country, Johnson’s decision is conclusive. Like a stack of dominos, the world’s 5G industry is falling into place, in favor of Huawei. Naturally, no one wants to feel left out. “We want world-class connectivity as soon as possible,” British Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said.

“But this must not be at the expense of our national security,” he continued. Despite the favorable decision, the UK remains vigilant regarding potential cybersecurity risks. Though allowed in the country, Huawei cannot touch the country’s “most sensitive networks.” These will likely include networks that specialize in transferring official information.

Previously, the country was on an on-and-off relationship with the Chinese company. For some moments, the UK considered a favorable decision from the get-go. For others, you noticed their warier side. Regardless, Huawei has landed a significant blow against America’s crusade against Huawei integration.

The US is still adamantly warning nations against adopting Huawei, encouraging them to implement bans just as they did. The country has even threatened to disconnect from countries that allow Huawei in. With the UK’s decision, will the US keep enforcing its iron fist against Huawei’s technology?

SEE ALSO: UK Prime Minister caught using a Huawei P20

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Samsung Airdresser is a smart personal dry-cleaning closet

It can clean, deodorize, and straighten your clothes

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My desire to live a luxurious, connected life awakened when Samsung showcased the Airdresser. It’s a closet that will keep your clothes cleaned and straightened, without having to go to a dry cleaner.

Samsung’s Airdresser utilizes powerful air and steam through various technology to refresh and sanitize your clothes. Beginning with JetSteam, the Airdresser blasts steam through its Air hangers. Then, it sanitizes your clothes, effectively killing allergens, germs, and viruses.

It also uses its Deodorizing Filter function to get rid of any odor and unpleasant smells building up. Fret not, even if the Airdresser is a cabinet, it has Self Clean technology which cleans its interior, using a combination of heat, air, and steam.

The Airdresser prolongs your clothes’ lifespan, as well. Through HeatPump Drying, the cabinet cools down your clothes to dry it gently and quickly — reducing heat damage and shrinkage. The AirDresser then smooth out creases without using an iron through its Wrinkle Care System.

It dehumidifies, too, drawing air to remove moisture so your clothes are protected while smelling fresh. More importantly, the Airdresser isn’t limited to clothes. Its technology is built to handle towels, coats, wraps, shawls, and even fur! It’s definitely going to make anyone’s life easier.

Samsung has launched the Airdresser globally, but it’s expected to be available on select markets like UK and Russia. It will retail for GBP 1999.

SEE MORE: Being connected isn’t what makes a smart home a dream home

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Nokia 2.3 has AI on a budget

Another competitive budget offering from Nokia

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Nokia is continuing to make a stride in the Philippines by offering competitive budget and midrange smartphones at an attractive price. Now, it is bringing another budget device to the country — the Nokia 2.3.

The third iteration of the popular Nokia 2 series is now available in the country starting January 25. Each purchase comes with a free Bluetooth speaker and a case.

The best part about this phone is the price. At PhP 5,990, Nokia 2.3 is an affordable proposition to other budget devices from Chinese tech companies.

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Nokia’s budget device does not skimp on features even with its low asking price. Unlike other budget devices, it features a metal unibody design that makes it feel premium compared to others.

In the camera department, the phone features dual rear cameras consisting of 13MP and 2MP setup. It also features an immersive 6.2-inch HD screen with a waterdrop notch that house the selfie camera.

Nokia is touting two-day battery life with a 4,000mAh battery packed inside.

However, what makes Nokia 2.3 a standout in the sea of budget devices is its guaranteed two years of OS updates. The phone will receive an update to Android 10 later this year. Besides, this phone is part of Android One, so expect smooth and solid performance from its stock-like OS.

The Nokia 2.3 is available on all Nokia physical stores nationwide. Buyers may also head to Nokia’s Lazada, Shopee, MemoXpress, and ArgoMall online store.

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