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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Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

States the Philippines’ robust cybersecurity measures



Throughout the past few days, the Huawei debacle has devastated companies and consumers across the globe. Everyone is falling for the fear. Huawei’s long-standing suppliers have cut ties with the company. Huawei’s consumers are getting rid of their favored headsets. The wave has swept the whole world.

Naturally, the Philippines isn’t immune. Recently, smartphone retailers and resellers have started refusing Huawei devices from their stores. Local Huawei users can’t easily sell their devices to the second-hand market anymore.

However, an important question still stands. How much will the Huawei ban affect the Philippines?

Of course, the ban originates from Trump’s trade war against China. Among other reasons, the American government cites the company’s inherent cybersecurity risks as the prime motivator. Supposedly, Huawei’s telecommunications hardware can transmit valuable data to the Chinese government. Given the Philippines’ proximity to China, are we also at risk?

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Huawei’s ban “will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry.” Shared through a Facebook post, the DICT assures users of the country’s robust cybersecurity measures. As of now, the department has not reported any cybersecurity breaches coming from Huawei equipment.

Likewise, shortly after the news broke, local telcos confirmed continued support for Huawei’s devices. According to the DICT, “they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof.” The department is also imposing strict rules on local telcos regarding network monitoring. The statement also quickly adds the imposition of the same rules on a potential third telco.

Is the DICT’s statement believable? For now, Huawei’s impact is still marginal at best. Companies and consumers are going on the perceived risk of the future. Right now, Huawei has not announced drastic changes to its products yet. Existing Huawei products still support Google.

Of course, cybersecurity is another issue. The risk will always exist when foreign companies control the telecommunications equipment of another country. At the very least, the DICT isn’t treating the whole debacle as a non-issue. Hopefully, the department’s promises are an optimistic sign for the country’s telecommunications industry.

SEE ALSO: Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

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IGTV adds support for horizontal video

No longer exclusive to vertical content



When Instagram’s IGTV platform first launched, it was special for its focus on vertically oriented videos. The reasoning here is that this is how people naturally hold their smartphones, and vertical video recording has become a standard.

Unfortunately, IGTV didn’t exactly fly from the get-go. Even after certain adjustments, such as integrating its system into Instagram itself for better exposure, content creators and casual users couldn’t fully embrace the platform.

In yet another move — possibly the most drastic yet — IGTV will now support landscape videos. This comes as a response to both creators and viewers who want to upload and watch videos in “a more natural way.”

“Ultimately, our vision is to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want,” wrote Instagram on its blog.

The blog reminds us that a similar change happened to Instagram in 2015, when you could start uploading photos in non-square formats. IGTV hopes that this transformation will have the same positive effect.

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OPPO K3 introduces pop-up camera to budget segment

Includes midrange specs and fast charging



It’s looking like pop-up cameras are here to stay. After making a splash last year, more and more smartphones have been using this implementation for notch-less displays.

The latest to join the trend is the OPPO K3, a budget smartphone with midrange specifications. Not only does it have a 16-megapixel camera that elevates from the top, it also owns a fast Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6.5-inch OLED panel with an under-display fingerprint scanner.

That’s fantastic for a phone that retails at CNY 1,599 (US$ 230) for the 6GB+64GB model and CNY 1,899 (US$ 274) for the 8GB+128GB variant.

And the generous features don’t end there. The OPPO K3 also comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, a hefty 3765mAh battery, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back.

The only downsides are the micro-USB port instead of the more preferable USB-C, and the ColorOS 6 skin on top of Android 9 Pie, which purists may say isn’t as feature-packed as other Android skins.

The OPPO K3 is already available in China. International availability, as always, will happen at a later date if we’re lucky.

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