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Huawei’s EMUI 10 is coming

Expect Android Q and a few refinements

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Huawei’s status in the US remains unclear at the moment. However, that’s not stopping the Chinese company from announcing the latest update to their Android UI. EMUI 10 will be announced at the keynote presentation of the annual Huawei Developer Conference happening on August 9.

It is expected to be based on Android Q, the next version of Android. That version of Android though is still in beta so there’s a chance EMUI is also still in beta.

According to some rumors, there will be slight tweaks with the icons and UI elements and a new system-wide font. There will also be plenty of performance improvements along with AI and gaming related announcements.

Huawei devices eligible for the upgrade include the P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X, Mate 20, the Honor 20 series and the Honor Magic 2. The update might also arrive to these devices: Honor View 20, Honor 10 Lite, Honor Play, and Honor 8X.

EMUI 10 is set to refine Huawei’s Android skin. While it has been criticized for copying the visual elements of Apple’s iOS early on, it has since grown to be one of the more recognized skins in the Android world.

There were earlier reports that the company is developing their own mobile OS in light of the trade negotiations between the US and China. However, Huawei has gone on record to say that HongMeng OS is not an Android replacement.

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Caviar is selling an iPhone 12 designed after Apple’s very-first device

Piece of history!

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For most of us, our first-ever Apple device is the iconic iPod. However, Apple’s history goes far beyond the once-ubiquitous portable music player. Back then, the company designed the world’s very-first personal computers, starting with the Apple I in 1977. Now, the iPhone 12 is unofficially honoring that historic tradition with an official third-party variant. Caviar is selling an iPhone 12 designed after Apple’s very-first device.

As you might expect by now, Russian tech maker Caviar has started selling custom, luxury variants of the upcoming iPhone 12 series. Back in August, the company advertised a gold iPhone 12 selling for US$ 23,380. Though it’s not made from gold, Caviar’s iPhone 12 Apple I collection still promises something special for willing customers.

First of all, the phone’s wooden case carries a “glossy titanium screen,” heavily inspired by the original Apple I’s design. The “screen” displays code ending in the historic “Hello, World” message from computing history. Below the screen, you’ll find titanium buttons spelling out “COMPUTER.” And below that, Caviar is installing a piece of the Apple I’s original motherboard right on the phone’s rear. (Yes, it belongs in a museum!)

Rounding off this piece of history, the Apple I edition sports the roughly engraved label “Apple,” another mark from the original computer.

Naturally, the museum-worthy iPhone 12 Pro variant comes in an extremely limited supply. Caviar is selling only nine units of the collection, starting at US$ 9,990 and going up to US$ 11,150. Meanwhile, Caviar is also selling a limited, 49-unit run of a smaller Apple 1 Light (sporting a tinier piece of the motherboard), starting at US$ 4,990.

SEE ALSO: Caviar just launched a US$ 67,00 pair of AirPods Pro

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Samsung isn’t done working on Galaxy M phones for 2020

At least two more models coming this year

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Despite the chaotic uncertainty of 2020, one thing remains constant: the remarkable persistence of Samsung’s Galaxy M series. Though the smartphone industry suffered numerous delays this year, the South Korean company has constantly outed new Galaxy M models throughout the past few months. According to a report, Samsung isn’t done working on Galaxy M phones for 2020.

Exclusively reported by SamMobile, Samsung is still working to launch at least two Galaxy M models before the end of the year. Carrying the model numbers SM-M425F and SM-M127F, the two smartphones will reportedly turn up as the Galaxy M42 and the Galaxy M12s.

Of the two, the Galaxy M42 has the more storied career. Last year, Samsung released the Galaxy M40, a capable budget-friendly driver with a triple rear camera combination. This year, the company certified a 6800mAh whopper, the supposed battery of the potential Galaxy M41. However, despite the certification, Samsung didn’t utter as much as a peep of the alleged Galaxy M40 sequel. If the leak holds true, the company is moving up production a bit further by making the Galaxy M42 before the Galaxy M41.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy M12s has a stranger story. Last year’s Galaxy M10 marked one of the earliest entries for the Galaxy M series. This year, a follow-up — the Galaxy M11 — sported a massive 5000mAh battery. Who knows what the Galaxy M12s might hold?

Beside the ubiquitous Galaxy S and Note series, Samsung has constantly rounded out its smartphone offerings with a healthy lineup of midrange and budget-friendly models. With a thriving Galaxy M series, the company can offer its iconic Samsung experience to a wider audience.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Philippines Smartphone Price List

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vivo Y20i price and availability in the Philippines

Affordable gaming phone?

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There’s a new affordable phone in town! Chinese smartphone company vivo officially unveiled the vivo Y20i.

It’s a sleek, entry-level smartphone that lets you play in style. It comes in a lightweight design, coated in stylish colors: Nebula Blue and Dawn White.

The vivo Y20i is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and 5000mAh battery. It sports a large 6.51-inch IPS LCD display, making this budget phone perfect for your gaming needs.

Aside from looking chic and powerful, the vivo Y20i is equipped with an AI Dual Camera setup: a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 2-megapixel bokeh lens. It’s also loaded with midrange-like features such as a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, FaceView unlock, and AI Portrait technology.

Pricing and availability

The vivo Y20i will be available on October 3, retailing for PhP 7,499 (US$ 155). Customers can pre-order the Android 10-ready smartphone through vivo’s concept stores, exhibits, kiosks, and multi-brand stores nationwide. For online orders, head through vivo’s official Shopee store and Lazada store.

Pre-order starts on September 28, 2020, until October 2, 2020. There’s a downpayment needed to pre-order: PhP 500 downpayment or online purchases and PhP 300 for in-store purchases. Freebies include premium headphones and an adorable “little V” USB night-light.

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