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Huawei might replace the camera notch by drilling a hole

It’s getting weirder and weirder

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Throughout the past year, phone makers have embarked on an inventing race to eradicate screen bezels. Already, there are two major methods that are dominating the market today.

Due to its ubiquity, everyone already knows about the most popular method — the controversial camera notch. Most brands today are trying to shrink their bezels by stuffing everything into a dedicated notch.

Alternatively, Chinese brands OPPO and Vivo have launched their own version — the retractable camera. The OPPO Find X and the Vivo NEX have achieved their maximum screen-to-body ratio by stuffing their bulky camera into a retractable panel.

Now, a new outlandish method is potentially bursting into the scene this year. According to Korean news site ETNews, Huawei will drill holes into its phones, instead of using a notch. The 6.39-inch LCD screen will feature a hole that houses its front-facing camera.

Through a crude rendering on the site, the phone features a nearly-bezel-free display. A thin sliver at the top houses the speaker, the proximity sensor, and the ambient light sensor.

Image source: ETNews

More importantly, the camera hole conceptually sticks out like a sore thumb, especially on an otherwise pristine screen.

As it stands, there are no provisions which enable apps to accommodate a camera hole. Additionally, Huawei, by itself, likely does not have enough street cred to sway the industry towards new app designs. If it launches, the camera hole will likely obstruct a lot of apps at first.

Despite logistics issues, Huawei still has one or two high-end phones in the pipeline this year. If the rumor proves true, the hole will probably ship with the premium Mate 20 variant.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 3i: Are four cameras a gimmick?

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OnePlus confirms it’ll make an affordable phone soon

It wants to go back to its roots

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OnePlus’ CEO Pete Lau has confirmed the brand will be making an affordable phone soon in an interview with the Fast Company. He further added that the company aims to go back to its roots and offer an affordable option to users. This isn’t entirely a very shocking revelation because the existence of an OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus Z has been doing the rounds for months now.

In the last few years, the brand has gradually pivoted to the premium segment, starting with the OnePlus 6 series. It soon further added a “Pro” variant as well, helping it further push the price ceiling. The rise of OnePlus as a brand is interesting because it started with the affordable segment and today is a leading company in the opposite spectrum of the pricing structure.

As expected, Lau did not divulge any further details about the upcoming phone but did reiterate that the affordable phone will continue OnePlus’ standard. We’re assuming he means their fluid OxygenOS software experience, software updates, and build quality of the phones.

Even though OnePlus has ventured into the premium segment, it’s finding it harder to sell phones with tough competition from Apple, Samsung, and even Huawei. The brand has a strong presence in developing markets like India and that’s where it intends to focus the most.

Lowering the price offering automatically makes a larger buyer base available. Considered to be a premium brand now, OnePlus can offer phones in the midrange segment while commanding better margins than the competition.

The company has also expanded to other segments like smart TVs and amplified its audio accessory offering with the Bullets lineup of earphones. A recent report has also suggested the company could soon launch a pair of TWS earbuds.

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Twitter labels President Trump’s tweet as “misleading”

Even Twitter’s had enough!

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For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of US President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning. The social media platform labeled two of his tweets as “unsubstantiated” and accused him of making false claims.

The label was added because it violated Twitter’s “civic integrity policy”, a company spokeswoman confirmed. Below the tweets, a link which read “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” took users to a notice calling the claims “unsubstantiated”, citing reporting by CNN, the Washington Post, and other credible publications.

Obviously, Trump was furious over the label and accused Twitter of stifling free speech. He further accused Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.” However, it’s worth remembering that Federal law protects the rights of internet platforms to moderate the third-party speech they publish.

Trump and Twitter share a long history and their relationship isn’t constructive. Twitter is technically a micro-blogging platform that’s used by everyone. World leaders have their official accounts on the platform to reach out quickly. But Trump has made Twitter a battleground and threatened to nuke a country, spread misinformation, malign the media, and spread conspiracy theories.

Trump has never previously faced Twitter moderation on his account. The social media platform has radically upped its moderation policies before the 2020 American Presidential Election to ensure the spread of misinformation is controlled and a Cambridge Analytica-type scandal isn’t repeated.

It banned political ads in November 2019 and recently announced that it’ll be labeling tweets that are found spreading misinformation amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

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realme 6 and 6 Pro: price and availability in the Philippines

Upgrades of the realme 5 pro and realme XT

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realme recently launched the first phone in its realme 6 series, the realme 6i. Now, it is following the entry-level smartphone with two more devices. The realme 6 and 6 Pro are both launching on May 27 in the Philippines. Both of these devices are sure to shake up the midrange segment in the country.

realme 6 Pro

The realme 6 Pro is a midrange device that offer competitive specs at a bang-for-the-buck price. The display on this device is a 6.6-inch FHD screen with a cut-out for the dual selfie cameras. The best part about this display is its 90Hz refresh rate, a feature that is slowly making its way to midrange devices. The new cut-out notch and 90Hz refresh rate delivers a much immersive viewing experience than last year’s Realme 5 Pro.

Realme has also put some capable cameras for the 6 Pro. On the back, there’s a quad-camera setup consisting of 64MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro lens. Meanwhile, the front now consists of a dual-camera setup in a 16MP wide + 8MP ultra-wide lens arrangement. Realme 5 Pro only has one front camera, making the 6 Pro a definite step-up to its predecessor.

As for the performance, the realme 6 Pro is the first smartphone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G. The Snapdragon 720G is a midrange processor designed to handle medium to occasionally intensive tasks. Combined with the device’s realme UI which is based on Android 10, expect great all-around performance on this thing. The 4,300 mAh battery on this device also ensures all-day battery life for the Realme 6 Pro. There’s also a 30W quick charger bundled with the device for speedy top-ups.

realme 6

Meanwhile, the realme 6 is billed as the true successor to the realme 5 Pro. It gains a 90Hz refresh rate for its display, which is now 6.5 inches compared to the 5 Pro’s 6.3 inches. It still has a quad-camera setup on its back, but there are some notable changes too. Realme bumped the main wide-angle camera from 5 Pro’s 48 MP to 64MP, which will deliver more detailed shots than before.  The selfie camera is still the same at 16MP.

This time around, realme opted for a MediaTek processor on this device. It now has the midrange Helio G90T processor inside. Coupled with realme UI based on Android 10, this processor should provide decent performance for realme 6. The battery and charging times are improved with this device too. It now comes with a 4,300 mAh battery and a faster 30W charger bundled with the device.

Pricing and availability

The realme 6 and 6 Pro will both retail on May 27 on Lazada. The first 200 customers of the 6 Pro will get a free Realme Band worth PhP 1,499. Pricing are as follows:

realme 6

  • 4GB + 128GB — PhP 11,990
  • 8GB + 128GB — PhP 13,990

realme 6 pro

  • 8GB + 128GB — PhP 16,990

There will also be a special offline selling period of the device from May 30 to 31, and June 6 to 7.  Customers can snag a limited-edition bag worth PhP 1,499 when they buy at any realme stores and kiosks nationwide during the selling period.

SEE ALSO:
realme 6i review: You gain some, you lose some
realme 6 review: Perfect gaming phone for the lockdown?

 

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