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Huawei phone, iPad Pro fold: Weekend Rewind

One shouldn’t have folded

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Huawei reveals foldable phone

Following the announcement of Samsung’s Infinity Flex, Huawei unveiled progress on their own version of a foldable phone as reported by Korean website ETNews.

Other than its folding abilities, the prototype also demonstrated the company’s support for 5G. The private demo consisted mainly of Korean telco networks.

Folded, the smartphone has a wieldy 5-inch screen. This means Huawei’s foldable prototype is larger than Samsung’s model. Based on their previous presentation, Samsung’s prototype has a 7.3- and 4.6-inch screen combination.

2. iPad Pro fails bend test

While we’re on the topic of folding electronics, here’s one you shouldn’t try. YouTuber JerryRigEverything is back at it, this time subjecting Apple’s iPad Pro to the bend test.

The YouTuber first snapped the second-generation Apple Pencil in half before proceeding to Apple’s latest slate. Based on the video, the tablet doesn’t seem to have any sturdy structure inside its aluminum body. It’s indeed very thin, but maybe Apple could have done more for the tablet’s durability.

3. Xiaomi takes over Meitu

Xiaomi and Meitu are now working together. To be more precise, Xiaomi now has control over the design, research, development, production, business operation, sales, and marketing of Meitu.

Meitu built its brand catering to the selfie culture in China. In this agreement, they will get 10 percent of the gross profit from each phone sold in the next five years. In a statement, the company said, “Working with a partner who has a scalable smartphone business can significantly accelerate [our] pace in realizing the vision of putting [our] smartphones in the hands of tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions of users.”

4. Galaxy S10 to have premium ceramic panel

As early as now, we’re getting rumors for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10. The latest one indicates that Samsung’s next flagship smartphone will feature a premium ceramic panel.

We’ve seen ceramic panels before from the likes of the Essential Phone and most recently Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3. Ceramic is supposed to be tougher than glass while also providing support for wireless charging.

There’s been no word yet on when the Samsung Galaxy S10 will officially be announced but it should happen on or around Mobile World Congress 2019.

5. Kingdom Hearts 3 is finally coming!

The long wait is finally over! The latest installment of the fan-favorite RPG series Kingdom Hearts will officially be available on January 29, 2019. It’s been five years since Kingdom Hearts 3 was first announced. This week, the game’s director Tetsuya Nomura announced they’ve wrapped up development.

Coincidentally, Kingdom Hearts 3 will also wrap up the story of the series that sees main protagonist Sora traverse different Disney and Pixar worlds alongside Donald Duck and Goofy as they battle against villains called Heartless.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?

BEAST!

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Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

Awakening of the sleeping giant

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Samsung has been the smartphone market leader for half a decade now, and its flagship phones continue to be an inspiration for everyone. However, while the brand is dominating in developed markets, it has taken a massive beating in the developing ones.

Thanks to players like Xiaomi, the South Korean brand has consistently lost market share in countries like India. Samsung slowly prepared itself to change strategy by the end of last year and intends to go hard in 2019. It announced the new Galaxy M-series lineup of phones in the budget segment and the M10 and M20 are the first ones to roll off the shelf.

The M20 has been launched in India for INR 10,990 (US$ 154) and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The option with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs INR 12,990 (US$ 182). The phone goes up against the Redmi 6 Pro, Realme U1, and even the Mi A2.

To start with, Samsung has opted to go with a basic design, consisting of a plastic body that is curved at the edges and is pretty glossy. The phone is extremely comfortable to hold, and the build quality is top-notch. Even the buttons are very tactile and bezels are smaller.

On the front is a 6.3-inch TFT display with a Full HD resolution and small water-drop style notch on the top. This is the first Samsung phone to feature a notch, and the display quality is surprisingly good. The color production is vivid and satisfying, while the viewing angles are perfect. It is easily visible even under direct sunlight.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it is fast enough. You also have the option of face unlock and it works quickly in well-lit conditions. It has dual-SIM support and there’s a separate slot for microSD card, as well.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor, which is considered to be on par with the Snapdragon 636. It is a very power-efficient processor with more emphasis on the cameras. Day-to-day tasks are handled smoothly and games like PUBG are playable with low graphics.

It has a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The pictures clicked during daytime are decently saturated but lack sharpness. Even focus tends to get slow in low-light conditions. The wide-angle lens works best in bright surroundings only and is a very handy tool. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter with built-in beauty enhancements.

It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box and is actually well optimized. There is barely any lag and the UI offers a plethora of customizations and features. The company announced that the Android Pie update will be landing soon. Lastly, it has a massive 5000mAh battery that’ll get you through two days of usage.

Xiaomi has been successful because it offers users a balanced product that suits everyone’s needs. With the M20, Samsung goes down the same road. While the recently announced A-series phones were for photography enthusiasts, the M20 is good enough for everything.

The M20 is no disruptor, but an indication that Samsung is gearing up. And as a generation-one product, it’s performing fairly well.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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