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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: When beauty meets technology

How power blends with aesthetic

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A phone shouldn’t just excite us on specs, but also with its design. The latter can ultimately become the deciding factor in choosing a new smartphone.

That’s why Huawei made sure the Mate 20 Pro is powerful both in specs and design. Let’s dive into what makes the phone a jewel.


A forged masterpiece

The first thing anyone would notice once they see a Mate 20 Pro is its gorgeous display. It uses the most advanced display technology available and has an incredibly high resolution. The screen’s pixels are practically invisible to the naked eye; that’s how sharp the display is.

Huawei claims to feature that world’s first “flowing” design on a smartphone. The complexity of designing a sports car has come to our mobile devices. The Mate 20 Pro has subtle curves on eight sides giving it a streamlined look.

This approach benefits the users not just through visual, but also in physical contact. The body of the Mate 20 Pro is marvelous and is a pleasure to hold in the hand. The phone’s 3D glass is seamless that it’s effortlessly comfortable for every user.

Moreover, Huawei’s designers attempted to capture the grace of nature’s free-flowing elements. The handset’s symmetrical and simplistic design makes it look aesthetically pleasing.

The luxury four-point design

If there’s anything the Mate 20 Pro uniquely has, it’s the use of a distinctive matrix camera arrangement. When smartphones started having multiple cameras, manufacturers had to be creative with where and how to place the lenses on the phone. The two-by-two camera array of the Mate 20 Pro is something that other devices don’t have.

Putting in so many lenses on the phone can be tricky, but Huawei has been creative. The company’s partnership with Porsche is not just about car-branded phones, but also car-inspired designs.

Porsche’s four-point principle for its headlights has been applied to the Mate 20 Pro’s camera module. Fans would know that this is a unique feature of top Porsche models. Each of the lenses is encircled in polished metal frames which add a visual impact. Also, it makes the phone look more premium and balanced.

New rich colors

It’s no secret that Huawei pioneered the use of gradient as color options. Other brands have already copied this, so it’s high time for Huawei to introduce something new.

As a tribute to nature’s rich colors, the Mate 20 Pro is available in new shades called Emerald Green and Midnight Blue. It even has what Huawei calls Hyper Optical Patterns in the phone’s glass body which reflect light beautifully.

Glass attracts fingerprints and other unsightly smudges, but Huawei knows how to take care of that. The phone’s special glass texture resists smears and even makes it less slippery.

Of course, the Twilight gradient color is available as well. If you want a more formal-looking color, the phone also comes in black.

There’s more to love about the Mate 20 Pro, so be sure to watch our hands-on. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now available in stores for PhP 49,990.


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Almost too much

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Unboxing a CUSTOM Apple Watch Series 5

Titanium is a new option

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This is our Apple Watch Series 5 Unboxing and Hands-On.

For the first time, you can customize Apple Watch Studio, pick your case, and your dream band before you check-out. Apart from the usual aluminum and stainless steel, this year ceramic is back, and titanium is a new option.


In this video, we unboxed a custom Apple Watch. I chose a 44mm Apple Watch with a stainless steel with a Milanese loop. Go over the new features in Series 5 and WatchOS 6.

More from Apple: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

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iPhone 11 Unboxing: Purple, Midnight Green or Space Gray?

Fresh new iPhones!

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This is our iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Unboxing.

Not sure which color to get? We help you out in this video by unboxing the Purple iPhone 11, and both the Space Grey and Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pros.


More from Apple: iPhone 11 | iPhone 11 Pro | Apple Watch Series 5 | iPad 7th Gen

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OPPO A9 2020 Hands-On: Massive and Playful

For every kind of junkie

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OPPO recently streamlined its smartphone lineup. From Find and Reno, OPPO introduces us to the newest A series. On paper, it seems the A-series is a combination of the F-series and former A-series. Sitting in a sweet spot between an affordable price range and incredible performance, the OPPO A9 2020 is shaping up to be a contender in a sea of smartphones fighting for the crown in the midrange category.

With Xiaomi and Huawei firmly in the lead, can OPPO put up a fight just like it did with its F series? Let’s find out in this Hands-On!


Starting with looks, the OPPO A9 2020 gives in to a premium-like design

It has a dedicated fingerprint scanner and a quad-camera setup on its rear

You can find the power button here…

…While the left side houses the volume keys and sim card slot

Its top is clear, but its bottom shows-off its speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port

It has a 6.5″ IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch for the front camera

The OPPO A9 2020 prides itself with its new design that took inspiration from its R-series. In addition, OPPO focused on the phone’s display, reinforcing its IPS LCD screen with a Toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 3+.

Moreover, its screen has new features such as the Sunlight Screen which allows you to adjust the contrast so you can read the screen, even under strong direct light. It also has a Blue Shield which filters out blue light, relieving your eyes from fatigue and strain and protecting your eyesight.

Going big and definitely not going home

Sporting a Snapdragon 665 chipset along with an 8GB RAM, 128GB storage (which you can expand up to 256GB of external memory), the A9 2020 really joined the battle of offering power to midrange devices. OPPO decides to make everything flashy and… big.

For instance, it boasts a humongous 5000mAh battery that can last you throughout the day. Furthermore, it’s capable of reverse wireless charging (through OTG) so your friends can rely on you when their phones run out of battery.

Gamers will find delight with the A9 2020. Thanks to Game Boost 2.0, OPPO’s accelerator technology aims to resolve latency, reduce touchscreen lag, and optimizing energy consumption to avoid overheating.

OPPO decided to up their game for entertainment junkies, too! Packed with Dual Stereo Speakers and Dolby Atmos sound effects, expect a superb, immersive audio experience.

Smarter, smoother

The A9 2020 runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9.0. Now, its interface is cleaner and smoother. Icons look cute with their subtle gradient tones.

It also comes with smart functions like Smart Assistant, Riding Mode — which lets you remain uninterrupted by notifications and incoming calls — and a Music party app which lets multiple phones connect in the same LAN through a Wi-Fi hotspot for synchronized listening.

Navigating the phone is now easier with a single hand, too. Through Gesture Navigation, you can return to the home screen, check out recent tasks, switch pages and applications by just swiping up, left, and right.

Cameras for all angles and scenarios

The OPPO A9 2020 shows off its highly versatile camera setup. It has a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel portrait lens, and a 2-megapixel mono lens on its rear.

On its front is a 16-megapixel camera with AI Beautification technology which automatically identifies your skin tone, age, gender, and skin color for customized beautification, giving you a pretty yet make-up free look.

More features include artistic portrait styles, ultra night mode, and 4K video shooting. More sample photos here:

Is the OPPO A9 2020 your GadgetMatch?

If you’re into massive and chunky smartphones with a solid build, the OPPO A9 2020 might be a good match. It offers power and performance for gamers and entertainment junkies, and its smartphone has a versatile camera setup to appease your needs. While there may be Xiaomi and Huawei leading the midrange category, OPPO definitely cooked up a powerful yet affordable phone that can go toe-to-toe with its rivals.

The OPPO A9 2020 is available in two colors: Space Purple and Marine Green. Its retail price is PhP 15,990 and will be available for pre-order starting September 20 until September 27 in Lazada, and through OPPO stores, authorized dealers, and e-commerce partner sites like Shopee, Akulaku, and Argomall on September 28.

For those who want to avail through Home Credit, customers can pre-order the A9 2020 starting September 20 with flexible payment terms of six and nine months with a guaranteed zero percent interest.

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