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


Jordan Brand launches first store in Manila




Hoop-heads now have a new store they can frequent — with proper social distancing protocols, of course — as  Jordan Brand announces the launch of its first store in the Manila, Philippines.

The store is located in Bonifacio Global City and will open its doors starting December 3, 2020. The Manila Jordan Brand Store introduces a new retail design concept inspired by Michael Jordan’s legacy authentically grounded in basketball culture.

The design aesthetic across the store’s 4,500 square feet is rooted in the game and community of basketball. It leads with a design palette that is authentically connected to the heart and soul of the brand. The new store will be home to the best from Jordan Brand in terms of products, premium product services and experiences.

To help highlight the vibrant Filipino culture and flavor throughout the store, art from some of Manila’s most exciting artists will be showcased throughout the space. Veejay Villafranca, Jaime Pacena, Raxenne Maniquiz, AJ Dimarucot bring together the local voice and basketball street elements from the nation’s true obsession  through their art.

The store also boasts the largest assortment for Jordan apparel across men’s, women’s and kids in South East Asia. Consumers can access exclusive features like one-on-one styling services or  ‘Custom 23’ to customize Jordan products to help curate their on and off-court looks.

At launch, designs from eight globally acclaimed artists will be used to customize laces, dubraes, aglets and tees.

A special rooftop court

The rooftop of the store features a basketball court with a stunning mural designed by renowned NYC artist Kimou Meyer (@groteskito). Through the design, Kimou captures the energy and ethos of the Jordan Brand by showcasing two figures intertwined in a 1:1 game. The space will be used for community games, events, activations, clinics, and special guest appearances.

Exclusively for the launch of the first Jordan store, 150 pairs of the limited Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Manila’ edition will drop starting December 3.

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From zero to export, here’s how India ramped up PPE making

US and China are its biggest trade partners



With a 1.3 billion population, India is a highly dense country. The imposition of a sudden lockdown meant critical equipment like PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), masks, and other medical equipment were in low supply. Due to the global outbreak, imports were also difficult to find since the demand was too high.

The initial cases of Coronavirus were detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in November 2019. While the outbreak was limited initially, it gradually spread across China, followed by other countries, and reached a critical stage in March.

Many countries implemented a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. While these curfews helped reduce the spread of the virus, it also handicapped industries because the normal flow of goods and production was adversely affected. Adding to this, developing countries were worse hit because their healthcare system is weak and under-equipped.

India rising to the occasion

However, India was able to find a home-grown solution. The country went on to start exporting Coronavirus goods within a few months. California-based financing company Drip Capital released a detailed report that gives us an insight into India’s production response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The report considered 14 categories of medical-related products that were shipped between January and July of 2020. The data is directly compiled from India’s Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). These categories include textiles, disinfectants, test kits, soap, rubber, gloves, footwear, and other medical equipment.

In a nutshell, the industry clocked a growth of US$ 150 million when compared to the same period last year. The country was in a lockdown state for almost two months. PPE demand among medical workers, contact tracers, and other essential workers was extremely high. The textile category alone contributed to the growth of US$ 40 million, followed by test kits at US$ 26 million, disinfectants at US$ 28 million, and soap at US$ 12 million.

PPE production in full swing

What’s even more interesting is, India had zero domestic manufacturing capacity for PPEs in January. A few restrictions were placed on exports in January due to a shortage of inventory, and a complete ban was placed in March. The government released massive tenders to encourage domestic production, and the country was making 700,000 to 800,000 PPE kits a day by June.

Once domestic demand was fulfilled, the government opened up exports, and a milestone was reached in October when India delivered 1.8 million N95 masks to the US. The effect is quite easily visible as the country exported goods worth US$ 539 million in the first seven months of 2020.

In comparison, India exported goods worth US$ 532 million in the whole of 2019. Hence it’s safe to assume this year’s exports shall be almost twice that of last year.

70 percent of all exported goods originated from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. On the other hand, India’s top trade partners were spread across the globe. The US single-handedly imported goods worth US$ 98 million, followed by China at US$ 37 million, Germany at US$ 30 million, and the Netherlands at US$ 22 million.

Indian goods were in high demand in smaller countries like the UAE, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. A natural edge that Indian goods have is their pricing. Being a developing economy with a substantial population engaged in agriculture and textile, PPE was a perfect commodity that helped grow small scale industries.

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iPhone 12 series coming to Smart, Globe via Postpaid plans

The latest handset made more accessible!



Merry holidays! The most-awaited iPhone 12 series is coming to the Philippines officially via postpaid offerings from Smart and Globe.

Both telcos teased their subscribers through an announcement posted on their social media platforms.

In a tweet, Smart confirmed the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available soon with Smart Signature Plans. We can only assume that it will still be available in Plan S 999 with a huge one-time cashout.

For Globe, the iPhone 12 series will be offered via ThePlan and ThePLATINUM PLAN. We’re also expecting Globe to offer the handset as low as ThePlan 999 albeit with a huge one-time cashout same as Smart.

Currently, the price for the latest iPhones start from PhP 43,990 for the iPhone 12 Mini (64GB); PhP 49,990 for the iPhone 12 (64GB); PhP 62,990 for the iPhone 12 Pro (128GB); and PhP 68,990 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB). For the full price list, check here.

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