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


Twitter adds draft, schedule tweets on the web

Sending tweets just got more flexible



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Sending tweets just got more flexible. Twitter is now adding an option for users to draft a tweet which they can continue later. Plus, there is now an option to schedule when a tweet should be posted.

Users don’t have to do anything to take advantage of these new features. Twitter has enabled these features just recently to everyone after experimenting with them in November.

For users who want to draft a tweet, they simply have to click “X” on the tweet window. A prompt to save the tweet will appear. Clicking “Save” will send the tweet to the “Unsent Tweet” where users can see a list of their drafted tweets.

It is important to note that drafted tweets will sync only on the web version of Twitter. There’s no option yet to see web version drafted tweets on the mobile app.

Meanwhile, those who wanted to schedule their tweets can do so by clicking on the new calendar icon on the bottom left of the tweet window. By doing so, a schedule option will appear, and users can change the date and time of the tweet’s post schedule.

Twitter Support prepared a little video for those who prefer to watch these new features in action:

These new features are surely a welcome addition to the platform. Perhaps, users who wanted to clarify their thoughts first before tweeting should greatly benefit from this feature. Now, if only Twitter would give its users an option to edit tweets. It’s still a pipe dream, but with new changes being introduced to the platform, it’s not impossible.

Source: The Verge

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Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 might now be in mass production

Launch alongside the Note 20?



The Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be announced in August, as a report from South Korea states that the phone has just entered mass production. It’s already over a year since the company unveiled the first-gen Fold.

Daily Korea reported on insider information around Samsung’s current manufacturing scenario. The company will use UTG (ultra-thin glass) in the Fold 2. The same tech was applied on the Galaxy Flip. UTG is considered to be superior to CPI (transparent polyimide) present in Galaxy Fold.

Furthermore, the report says Samsung has already placed bulk orders for the components needed for mass manufacturing with major suppliers. Considering that foldable phones use more complex parts, the report believes the time between order and delivery will be higher than usual.

The Fold 2 is expected to share the stage with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series in August. A recent report claimed that Samsung could launch a more affordable option of the Galaxy Fold to clear out pending inventory. The phone shall have minor changes to cut down costs but retain the same form factor.

Churning in the rumor mills the Fold 2 is expected to sport a hole-punch camera, a 7.59-inch inner display, and a 120Hz refresh rate. The outer screen could be 6.23-inches with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Just like the S and Note-series, Samsung has created a 6-month cycle to launch these foldable flagships. The Fold-lineup goes along with the Note and the Flip tags along with S-series. Each, offering a unique selling point and enough distinguishing factors.

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Microsoft adds new spellcheck system for Chrome on Windows

Embracing an open-source ecosystem



There’s no error in the headline, Microsoft is indeed helping Google’s Chrome browser work better thanks to a new spellcheck system. This move will not just help Chrome though, it’ll also enable Edge browser with improved spellcheck. Getting too confusing? Here’s a simple explanation.

The Chromium project is a free and open-source repository, just like Android. Anyone can use it, edit it, or build upon it. Google’s Chrome browser is based on this project, and so is Microsoft’s Edge. Other browsers utilizing this backend technology are Torch, Brave, Amazon Silk, and many more.

How is Microsoft helping Google? It’s bringing a new spell checker on Windows 8.1 and newer for all Chromium browsers.  Until now, Chromium browsers were leveraging open-source proofing tools for spell checking. By collaborating directly with Google’s Chromium engineers, Microsoft has enabled Windows Spellcheck for all Chromium browsers.

The new Windows Spellcheck will support URLs, acronyms, email addresses, additional languages along with various dialects, and a shared custom dictionary. The new system replaces Microsoft’s Hunspell Spellcheck tool.

The update is among more than 1,900 such changes Microsoft has contributed to the browser’s project. The new spell checker is live on Edge with version 83.

While this announcement may not seem to be very exciting, it underlines an essential change in Microsoft’s strategy. The software company has a notorious reputation of being against open-source. However, it has radically changed its position in the last handful of years. After the fall of Windows Mobile, it was a clear lesson that the future is about embracing an open eco-system instead of a partial one.

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