Huawei teases the Nova 3, quad camera plans

Improved AI cameras, too!



With the launch of the prolific P20 series, Huawei cemented its place as the king of the smartphone camera arena. However, domination in such a fast-paced industry doesn’t mean much. The next big thing can pop up at any moment.

With that in mind, Huawei is busying itself with self-improvement, despite still enjoying the success of the P20 series. Reportedly, the brand has big plans for its next outing, the midrange Huawei Nova 3.

Recently, the alleged smartphone (and its Plus version) made its online debut through a listing on Chinese tech regulator TENAA. Tagged as the Huawei PAR-TL00 and the PAR-AL00, both phones will sport a midrange 2.36GHz chipset, 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage (with up to 256GB of microSD expansion), and 3650mAh of battery life.

Further, Huawei has even confirmed the phone’s launch through a poster on their official Weibo account. The post confirms the inclusion of the dreaded notch and two new colors, light blue and gold.

Image source: Weibo

Aside from its impressive specs, the phone’s biggest improvement lies in its cameras. According to the TENAA listing, it will tout 16-megapixel + 24-megapixel dual rear cameras. On the flipside, it will have 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual front cameras.

For reference, the regular P20 carries just 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel rear cameras. Of course, the hardier P20 Pro still handily beats both variants with its 40-megapixel + 20-megapixel + 8-megapixel triple-camera system.

However, megapixel count depicts only one part of the story. A press release from Huawei India Consumer Business Group confirms that an upcoming release will break barriers once again.

According to the release, Huawei “is all set to launch its latest quad camera smartphones.” The system will house a new AI chipset, which will optimize smartphone photography even further. The release boasts that the chip can detect “more than 500 scenarios in 22 categories.”

If this points to the Nova 3, it can potentially upset the P20 Pro as the smarter shooter. But first, a word of caution: The release does not clarify whether the quad system adorns one or both sides (i.e. if it’s quad rear or dual front + dual rear). Based on the TENAA listing, Huawei can argue that the Nova 3 is already a quad camera phone with two cameras in front and two on the back.

Only one thing is for sure: Huawei’s next big leap in the camera industry consists of four cameras and improved AI features.

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Samsung is collaborating with a Supreme rip-off

Announced in China



Historically, tech companies have not usually paired with lifestyle brands. Being lifestyle objects in their own right, smartphones have collaborated with other brands only for incredibly premium promotions. That said, they can surprise us sometimes.

In Samsung’s case, the surprise comes in two packages. Recently, Samsung China announced a startling partnership with lifestyle brand Supreme. In lifestyle circles, the red-boxed brand is a haven for hypebeasts.

Samsung’s new collaboration is not with that brand. Instead, the Korean tech company has partnered with a known Supreme knock-off. Strangely, both the original Supreme and Samsung know this fact.

Naturally, Supreme’s popularity has spawned dozens, if not hundreds, of knock-off brands. Supreme Italia, Samsung’s partner, is one of those brands. Earlier this year, Supreme Italia was embroiled in a legal battle with the original Supreme based in New York City. In a rare outcome, the fake brand triumphed over the original. On inception, Supreme Italia trademarked its properties in its homeland, Italy. The move perpetually protected the fake company under Italian law.

During Samsung China’s launch event for the Galaxy A8s, Supreme Italia announced the collaboration. Apparently, the fake brand is expanding its operations in China, enlisting Samsung as an official partner. The original Supreme does not have rights to sell its products in China.

Funny enough, all three parties — the original Supreme, Supreme Italia, and Samsung — know about the knock-off.

“Supreme is not working with Samsung, opening a flagship location in Beijing, or participating in a Mercedes-Benz runway show. These claims are blatantly false and propagated by a counterfeit organization,” the original company said in a statement to Hypebeast.

Likewise, Samsung China confirmed the issue. In a deleted Weibo post, Samsung China digital marketing manager Leo Lau said: “We are collaborating with Supreme Italia, not Supreme NYC.”

Ironically (or appropriately), Samsung has been in similar patent issues before. Months ago, the company lost a patent infringement battle with its rival, Apple.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new prototype has a very weird notch

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Samsung Galaxy A8s debuts with Infinity-O display

Yet another upcoming design trend?



Enough with the rumors and premature announcements. It’s time to make the Galaxy A8s official.

If you haven’t heard, this is Samsung’s first smartphone to feature the Infinity-O display, which utilizes a punch-hole design instead of the ubiquitous notch found on most phones today to house the 24-megapixel selfie camera.

It’s certainly a unique way to make the most of the screen’s real estate and avoid taking up too much space on the front. The only trouble here is Samsung seems to have settled for a 6.4-inch 1080p LCD instead of its signature AMOLED panel.

Another non-Samsung feature is the use of a midrange Snapdragon 710 chipset in place of the usual Exynos SoC found in most Galaxy smartphones. It’s a great processor though, and it’s paired with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

The rear has a triple-camera setup consisting of a 24-megapixel f/1.7 camera, 10-megapixel telephoto shooter, and an additional 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing to create creamier backgrounds. Beside these is a standard fingerprint scanner.

To our delight, the 3400mAh battery can be charged through the phone’s USB-C port. To our dismay, the handset also comes with 2017’s Android 8.1 Oreo. FYI, it’s almost 2019.

The three available colors are green, blue, and gray. Availability is currently exclusive to China beginning later this month. Price is unknown, but expect it to cost somewhere between the Galaxy A7 and A9.

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Android 9 Pie update now available for Xiaomi Mi A1

The perks of Android One



After the Mi A2, it’s now Mi A1’s turn to get a taste of Google’s latest software. Being under the Android One program, the Mi A1 will finally get a clean version of Android 9 Pie.

The Android Pie update for the Mi A1 may have come a bit late, but it’s still sooner compared to most Android phones out there. The new firmware weighs more than 1GB to download, so be sure to have a solid connection when updating.

It brings all the benefits of Android Pie plus support for FM radio which wasn’t available before. The change log also mentions new navigation options, but the Mi A1 already has capacitive keys.

The update is already confirmed to be available in South Asia and it’ll soon roll out to all markets. The Mi A1 was launched with Android Nougat and it received the Oreo update. Android Pie is the second major update for the phone.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Mi A1, you may watch our review below. It’s still available at a discounted price in select stores, making it a great budget-friendly phone.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Busan with the Xiaomi Mi A1

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