Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G gets the highest score on DXOMark

Impressive camera performance all around



DXOMark awarded Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro with the highest score yet on its smartphone database. The Mate 30 Pro 5G gets the highest ever so far at 123 points, while its 4G variant gets a respectable 121 points. As a result, the 5G variant leads the pack in DXOMark’s database, while the 4G variant nets the 3rd spot.

For both stills and video recording, DXOMark found the Mate 30 Pro 5G the best in the flagship class. The device posted strong performance across the board for its photo capture and video recording capabilities.

The best photos in the class

DXOMark awarded its highest score yet for photos on a smartphone to Mate 30 Pro 5G. The device received a high score of 134 points, while its 4G variant gets a still-respectable 132 points.

Huawei’s latest flagship packs a quad-camera in a 40MP primary + 40MP ultra-wide secondary + 8MP telephoto camera setup, with the fourth as a time-of-flight sensor for bokeh and 3D sensing.

Its 4G variant also gets the same setup, but DXOMark gave it a lower score due to differences in software processing. Overall, the Mate 30 Pro 5G improves upon the 4G variant with better performance for zoom, bokeh, and nighttime stills shoot. On the flip side, however, the 5G variant performed slightly worse with its ultra-wide camera.

The slightly worse performance of the ultra-wide camera is due to a lesser field of view, which is a result of the new anti-distortion algorithm. According to DXOMark, the ultra-wide camera in the Mate 30 Pro 5G is one of the least wide they tested on a smartphone.

On a positive note, the ultra-wide camera heaped praise for good image quality in most situations. The same goes for its zoom camera, which was improved from its non-5G improvement. Bokeh performance is more or less the same for both variants, but the 5G variant improved on it with a slightly better dynamic range.

The same scenario goes for the nighttime shots. The Mate 30 Pro 5G touts better exposure and details in the background for shots taken with flash. Overall, photos taken at night has more details and lesser noise compared to the regular 4G variant.

Both variants received good points for preserving details and managing noise. They also received points for a good exposure, wide dynamic range, and accurate color reproduction in most scenarios.

Paired with excellent videography capabilities

Huawei also ensured that the Mate 30 Pro’s videography capabilities are the best among its class. Both variants heaped praised for excellent color reproduction and stabilization in videos taken with this device. As such, the Mate 30 Pro 4G and 5G receive a score of 100 and 102, respectively.

While both variants are good enough, DXOMark found some notable improvements again for the 5G variant. Video recording on this device results in more captured details, better noise management, and superior subject tracking. It also brings an improved dynamic range to the table.

A flagship to beat

Excellent camera performance is not the sole strong suit for the Mate 30 Pro. The Kirin 990 processor on this device enables flagship performance and 5G connectivity. It also comes with an immersive 6.3″ OLED screen with curved sides that act as its sophisticated side controls. And best of all, its storage is expandable with Huawei’s nano memory card. Truly, the Mate 30 Pro is the epitome of a flagship smartphone today.

See also: Huawei Mate 30 Pro Review


Xiaomi blacklists “Samsung” and other terms from its phones

But there’s a reason why



Throughout the past few years, Chinese smartphones have received a lot of flak for its ties to geopolitical issues. Both Huawei and ZTE have already suffered through bans from the American government. Naturally, Xiaomi is in a similar boat. Unfortunately, because of a new research report, things might get worse before they get better.

According to a report published by the National Cyber Security Centre in Lithuania, Xiaomi’s smartphones automatically download a list of terms that they blacklist. The list includes sketchy terms like “China,” “Taiwan Solidarity Union,” and other geopolitical terms. Obviously, including China-related terms can cause a bit of alarm for users elsewhere. However, the blacklist might have uses outside of the obvious.

Spotted by XDA Developers, Xiaomi uses the list for advertising purposes. Besides the China-related terms, the list also includes its brand rivals like “Samsung” and “ZTE.” It also includes pornography and piracy terms. Most ironically, the list also blocks its own smartphone models. The publication spotted that the blacklist is used solely by the smartphone’s advertising platform. Which does make sense now.

The list is designed to block out ads from competing companies and its own (which makes sense since someone who owns a Xiaomi phone probably doesn’t need to see a Xiaomi ad anymore). Blocking pornographic and piracy-supporting ads also makes sense. The China-related terms remain problematic, but there is no indication that Xiaomi uses the list for anything other than advertising.

Further, Xiaomi should activate the filter manually. The automatic download doesn’t automatically mean that the phone is censored. That said, there is still a possibility that Xiaomi can use the filter for more geopolitical reasons. At the very least, current reports don’t point toward that for now.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 11T series focuses on mobile filmmaking

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Xiaomi brings the Mi TV P1 to the Philippines

4K UHD Android TV for your viewing pleasure



Mi TV P1

Xiaomi truly has it all for you. Not only do they have a wide range of smartphones and devices, they also want to take over your living room with the Mi TV P1.

The Mi TV P1 is a 4K Android TV. It has all the bells and whistles that we’ve come to expect from 4K TVs. Other than being 4K UHD, the display has a 60Hz refresh rate with a 178°(H)/178°(V) viewing angle. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

On their website, it comes in four sizes — 32″, 43″, 50″ and 55″ making it a pretty accessible TV set for any household.

You can’t have a good display with subpar sound. For audio, the Mi TV P1 has a speaker sound output of 10 W + 10 W with support for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. Looks good on paper but we’ve yet to experience how it actually sounds.

For connectivity, it has the following: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, three (3) HDMI ports — one of which is eARC for a soundbar connection, two (2) USB ports, Composite In (AV), Ethernet Port, CI Slot, Optical Digital Audio Out, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Powering the device is a MediaTek 9611 chip with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for all the TV apps.

The specs are a little different for the 32″ version. It has less ports and a lower resolution but still a good TV nevertheless.

As mentioned earlier, it has the Android TV interface that should be fairly easy to navigate. This means it’s also compatible with Google Assistant and it’ll be receptive to voice commands. It also has a 360 bluetooth remote so you don’t necessarily have to point it to the TV for it to work. There are also dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Price and availability

The Mi TV P1 will be available starting September 30, 2021. Pricing are as follows:

  • 55″ — PhP 24,990
  • 50″ — PhP 22,990
  • 43″ — PhP 18,990
  • 32″ — PhP 10,990

The Mi TV P1 Series can also be availed on a special early bird price with freebies from September 30 until October 1. Those who will purchase the 32” and 43” variants will get a free Redmi soundbar or PhP 8,990 and PhP 16,990 respectively.

A Mi Soundbar for the 50” and 55” variants will serve as freebies with price cuts at PhP 20,990 and PhP 22,990, respectively.

These offers will be available exclusively on Xiaomi Authorized Stores and in Xiaomi official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

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Xiaomi Pad 5 now in the Philippines

New tablet to consider



Xiaomi Pad 5

Unfazed by the recent release of the new base iPad and iPad mini, Xiaomi is bringing over a tablet challenger to the Philippines — the Xiaomi Pad 5.

Meant for work, school, and then play, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is an all around tablet. You’re getting an 11-inch WQHD+ 120Hz display so you’ll definitely enjoy tapping on this slate. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor for all your work and play needs.

Taking work even further, you can pair it with the Xiaomi Smart Pen. Its 4096 pressure sensitivity and 240Hz touch sampling rate hopes to emulate a natural writing experience.

Here’s a rundown of the specs:

  • Display — 11″ WQHD+ 120Hz
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 860, Adreno 640 GPU
  • Audio — Quad speakers, Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio
  • Configurations — 6GB+128GB, 6GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 8720mAh, 22.5W wired charging
  • Included accessory — Xiaomi Smart Pen1
  • Colors — Cosmic Gray, Pearl White

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Pad 5 will be available on Xiaomi Authorized Stores starting October 1. Pricing are as follows:

  • 6GB+128GB — PhP 14,990
  • 6GB+256GB — PhP 19,990

A limited early bird price of PhP 14,990 and a free Xiaomi Smart Pen for the 6GB+128GB variant will be offered exclusively on Xiaomi Official Global Store via Lazada on September 24 only.


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