A good smartphone doesn’t just have to be beautiful and insanely fast — it also has to be durable. We all know our smartphones go through everyday paces, so you should know if your device can last the test of time.
One of the popular YouTubers who thoroughly test (or torture) their devices is Zack from JerryRigEverything, and his newest video is about the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. The handset is pretty fresh on the US shelves, so it’s a no-brainer that American consumers will be curious about Huawei’s flagship.
The test turned out positive. Its screen scratched at the same level as any scratch-resistant glass on other smartphones and managed to hold its own when exposed to open fire for 40 seconds without any damage. But because the Mate 10 Pro uses an OLED panel, the pixels didn’t recover — unlike some LCDs.
What’s more important was that the Mate 10 Pro survived the bend test with flying colors. It didn’t flex much, whether bent from the front or the back. There was also no crack on the glass exterior of the phone.
The only damage that the Mate 10 Pro got was intentional scratches to the fingerprint reader which has a plastic coating.
Here’s the video:
Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash
Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.
Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.
The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.
Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.
Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders
Or the upcoming Galaxy Book
The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.
If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.
Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.
The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.
Apple halts development of in-house chip
Broadcom is still in
Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.
To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.
Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.
Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.
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