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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MWC 2019

Nokia teases fans with an Instagram photo

Is this the year of mobile photography?



If you think you’ve seen it all from last week’s launches with Vivo, Xiaomi, and Samsung stepping up their camera performances, Nokia is stealing the spotlight by teasing us with an incredibly detailed photo uploaded on Instagram.

Finland-based photographer Konsta Punkka posted a stunning photograph on his Instagram account with the caption “captured and edited entirely on a Nokia phone.”

We can all guess but, most likely, this photo could’ve been taken by the Nokia 9 PureView, HMD Global’s upcoming smartphone with a penta-lens camera setup.


Additionally, Punkka says he will be on stage at Mobile World Congress with Nokia. He also invites his fans to follow Nokia on Instagram and leave a comment using Nokia’s hashtags for MWC 2019 to get a chance to join him at the event and “win cool giveaways.”

Even more, HMD Global’s Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas tweeted Punkka’s photo, which confirms that the Finland-based photographer will have a moment during Nokia’s event.

It seems this year is shaping up to become another year of mobile photography. We’ll find out when Nokia takes the stage on February 24 in Barcelona, Spain during MWC 2019.

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MWC 2019

Mate X is Huawei’s upcoming foldable 5G phone

A full announcement is imminent



Image credit: @gimme2pm (Twitter)

Huawei is set to take the stage by storm tomorrow in Barcelona at MWC 2019. As promised, the Chinese company will unveil their very own foldable phone which will go head-to-head with the Galaxy Fold from Samsung. Although, we don’t have to wait to get a sneak peek of Huawei’s device, because there’s a photo of it already going around.

An advertisement banner that’s being set up for the launch of Huawei was photographed and uploaded on Chinese social media. It was already taken down as of writing, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely off the internet.

Based on the image, the foldable phone will be called Huawei Mate X and it’ll be marketed as the “world’s fastest foldable 5G phone.” Furthermore, the folding design of the Mate X is different from Samsung’s or even Xiaomi’s prototype.

Upon closer inspection, the foldable Huawei phone will have its fingerprint reader on the side, while most of its components, including the cameras, are housed by the elongated module.

The existence of Huawei’s foldable phone was confirmed as early as June of last year. Huawei’s deputy chairman Ken Hu later confirmed that this same product will pioneer the company’s 5G era. It seems like this is the direction Huawei is taking, but nothing is certain until the official launch.

Huawei’s keynote is taking place right before MWC 2019 starts on February 24. We’ll be there to give you the latest news and, of course, a good look at Huawei’s futuristic foldable phone.

Via: 9to5Google

SEE ALSO: Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though



2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered losses, Huawei, on the other hand, increased their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an additional 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO for the whole year with a 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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