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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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Huawei’s Nova 6 5G apparently has the best selfie camera

Thanks to the dual-camera setup

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Benchmarks are often skewed because they fail to judge real-life experience. However, they do help us understand the nitty-gritty of a gadget and establish results in an empirical manner.

DxOMark has published its camera test results for the Huawei Nova 6 5G, and it turns out this phone tops the selfie charts. Huawei introduced the Nova 6 5G in China today with dual shooters on the front in a punch-hole design, similar to the Honor V30.

The phone achieved a score of 100 while the Galaxy Note 10 5G comes second as it managed to score 99 points. This has officially given it the top spot for selfies amongst its competitors.

The phone sports a 32-megapixel primary selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. In addition, you’ll also find an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. DxOMark tested phone’s front cameras with over 1,500 test images and more than 2 hours of video footage.

According to the test results, this setup can provide good exposure in pretty much all conditions. It also managed to capture wide dynamic range, and white balance was also spot on.

The tests were carried out in a controlled environment and also in natural settings outdoors. DxOMark maintains that all default settings were used.

All in all, the test proves that the Nova 6 5G has a capable selfie camera setup, as marketed by Huawei as well. For now, the phone is restricted to the Chinese market and we should be seeing a global roll-out in the coming months.

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Motorola One Hyper is a midranger with pop-up cameras

And 45W fast charging!

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Motorola was focused on the affordable segment throughout the year but plans to slowly climb up the ladder. It has unveiled the One Hyper, a midrange phone that brings all the quirky features of 2019 at a pocket-friendly price.

The brand has been exploring the market with its One-series and they’ve launched phones that aim to excel like no other at least in one feature. The One Power had a massive battery while the One Macro housed multiple cameras. With the One Hyper, it’s about being on the extreme edge.

On the front, the phone sports a 6.5-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. A fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it’s surrounded by an LED ring.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It also gets a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD card slot for expandable storage. Thankfully, it ships with Android 10 pre-installed.

On the rear is a dual-camera setup that consists of a 64-megapixel primary sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens. The camera app supports a proprietary night mode for low-light pictures along with an AI-enabled portrait mode. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor has been incorporated in a moving pop-up module.

Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery. Interestingly, it gets a new 45W charging system that Motorola calls Hyper Charging. Charging times haven’t been revealed but the brand claims you can get up to 12 hours of battery life by charging the phone for just 10 minutes.

The One Hyper is being sold in the U.S. right now for a price of US$ 400. It’s unclear whether the company will bring it to other markets in the near future.

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2021 iPhones won’t have any holes, report says

Goodbye, Lightning!

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For the past few years, the smartphone market has continually stripped phones of its former essentials. Now, we have smartphones without bezels, notches, or home buttons. After packing every single feature into smartphones, the market is now taking them all out again. In fact, the latest war is now against ports.

According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is developing an entirely new iPhone for 2021. The upcoming year’s top models will cut off the Lightning port entirely. The decision will likely usher in a new era of wireless experiences. Fortunately, the removal will start with the company’s top phones, rather than a complete revamp all at once. (The strategy mimics today’s current trend of limiting headphone jacks to lower-tier models.)

This isn’t the first time that Apple planned a removal of I/O ports. Last year, the company also deliberated on entirely wireless iPhones in anticipation of the AirPower, Apple’s planned wireless charger. However, as we know now, the AirPower never worked out, ending up in the dustbin of failed developments. With the AirPower’s cancellation, Apple also cancelled the wireless iPhone.

Of course, three years after the very first reports, wireless technology will likely improve to a more consumer-friendly caliber. Kuo’s latest report is much more believable.

However, when Apple’s wireless iPhone finally comes around, it won’t likely be the first one. Vivo already released a hole-less smartphone prototype earlier this year. By the time of the hole-less iPhone, non-Apple smartphones will likely have the technology as well.

But that’s a race for the future.

SEE ALSO: Apple Philippines Smartphone Price List

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