It’s only been a week since the Huawei Mate 10 series was unveiled in Munch, Germany, but the flagship trio is already making its way to Southeast Asia — earlier than in most regions.
Singapore is fortunate enough to be the first nation to roll out the Mate 10 Pro, which is sandwiched between the Mate 10 and Porsche Design Mate 10 in the hierarchy.
The premium flagship comes with a 6-inch OLED FullView display and Huawei’s best processor to date, the Kirin 970. Partnered with 6GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a generous 4000mAh battery, this is as good as it gets for a modern smartphone at this price range.
It retails for S$ 1,098, and will hit stores on November 11 for the Mocha Brown variant and November 25 for the Midnight Blue version.
It’s only bested by the more expensive Porsche Design model and its Diamond Black glass finish and premium leather flip cover. There’s also a VIP card in the package, providing you with extra privileges such as an extended warranty and priority after-sales support. Specs are nearly identical to the Mate 10 Pro; only the storage has been upped to 256GB.
The sole Porsche Design Mate 10 is available beginning November 24 for S$ 2,298.
Finally, we have the regular Mate 10. Nothing is ordinary about it, however, as it has the same Kirin 970 chipset, Leica-powered dual-camera setup at the back, and artificial intelligence technology as its two pricier companions. The screen is just a tad smaller at 5.9 inches with larger bezels surrounding it, and the memory and storage configuration caps at 4GB and 64GB, respectively.
Mocha Brown and Black are the two variants available for the Mate 10, and both will be available beginning October 28 for S$ 888.
Those eager to get their hands on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro can go to Huawei concept stores, local telcos (M1, Singtel, and StarHub), Lazada Singapore, major consumer electronics stores (Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman, and Sprint Cass), and selected Huawei authorized resellers.
The Porsche Design Mate 10 has a more limited release, found only in selected Huawei concept stores, Lazada Singapore, and Sprint Cass outlets within Changi Airport transit areas.
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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Coming first late 2021
A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.
In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.
Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.
According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.
Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.
On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.
not sure anyone has heard but,
I resigned from Twitter pic.twitter.com/G5tUkSSxkl
— jack⚡️ (@jack) November 29, 2021
First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.
Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.
Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.
Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor
Same with Snapdragon, reportedly
The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.
Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.
Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.
If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.
Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.
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