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Huawei Mate 20 series launches with Kirin 980, new Leica cameras, wireless charging

Absolutely jam-packed inside and out

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Huawei, like most brands, try their best to cram as many features as they can into a single smartphone. Having done the best they could with the P20 Pro earlier this year, Huawei’s next attempt lies in the newly launched Mate 20 series, which is feature-packed to the brim.

Before anything else, there are two models again: a regular Mate 20 and a Mate 20 Pro. They look and feel quite different, despite owning mostly the same internals.

Let’s begin with the higher-end Mate 20 Pro. Yes, it has wide notch containing a 3D depth-sensing array to go with the 24-megapixel selfie shooter for better face scanning, but that’s on top of a 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — allowing the phone to come equipped with an in-display fingerprint reader.

Mate 20 Pro

More fascinating, however, are the Leica cameras on the rear. Like the P20 Pro, there are three in place, but they’re arranged in a square format. One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final module offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom — no monochrome sensor this time.

Another headline feature is wireless reverse charging, which allows you to charge any other smartphone wirelessly by simply placing it on top of the Mate 20 Pro’s 4200mAh battery. Getting the large capacity to full is pretty quick too, thanks to the bundled 40W SuperCharge adapter.

Memory and storage combo is standard at 6GB and 128GB, respectively. The latter is expandable up to 256GB, but only through Huawei’s new Nano Memory Card standard, which has the same size as a nano-SIM card.

The regular Mate 20 is less amazing on paper, but doesn’t stop short of being a premium smartphone. While the 24-megapixel selfie camera is still there, there are no additional sensors for 3D face recognition in the smaller notch, and even though the 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD is larger, it isn’t curved on the edges and doesn’t offer an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Left: Mate 20, Right: Mate 20 Pro

You’ll also notice a similar square camera setup, but there are a few differences: the main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom. Below this is a standard fingerprint sensor.

Other compromises include a marginally lighter 4000mAh battery (with no wireless reverse charging), slower 22.5W bundled SuperCharger, lack of IP68-rated water and dust resistance, and 4GB+128GB base memory and storage (although a 6GB+128GB option is still available, plus Nano Memory Card expansion).

Left: Mate 20, Right: Mate 20 Pro

As for similarities, there are quite a few. The most prominent one is the shared use of Huawei’s brand-new Kirin 980 chipset, which we first saw at IFA Berlin 2018. Next is the color options: Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black.

And since we’re nearing the end of 2018, it’s only right for these flagships to sport Android 9 Pie topped with Huawei’s home-baked EMUI 9 skin. They are both dual-SIM as well, as long as you don’t use the second slot for the aforementioned Nano Memory Card.

Pricing goes like this: The Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049. Availability begins on October 16.

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Nokia teases fans with an Instagram photo

Is this the year of mobile photography?

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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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Mate X is Huawei’s upcoming foldable 5G phone

A full announcement is imminent

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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

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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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