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Huawei Mate 30 Pro retakes position as DxOMark camera king

An excellent score of 121

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s impressive specs truly raises the bar for a 2019 flagship phone. Among its impressive specs are the quadruple rear cameras found in this flagship.

Looking at the raw specs of the camera alone, there is a 40MP wide-angle lens, 40MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 8MP telephoto lens, and a Time-of-Flight (T0F) 3D depth-sensing camera in the back. In the front, there is a 32MP camera and a ToF sensor. But there is more to that raw specs in creating a good photo. Fortunately, Huawei delivers on all fronts as proved by DxOMark’s camera review.

The cameras alone are so impressive that DxOMark gave Mate 30 Pro a high score of 121. The score is the highest given by DxOMark, dethroning the score of 117 previously set by Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G.

Mate 30 Pro’s  Night Mode is more or less represented by this photo of Shanghai at night.

Impressive for photo stills

DxOMark gave a score of 131 for photos taken by the Mate 30 Pro. The Mate 30 Pro capture high levels of detail even in low light conditions. Apparently, its cameras capture photos with minimal noise and lots of detail in low light.  The photos also show a good balance of noise and detail — something tricky to achieve for a smartphone.

In terms of exposure and color, the Mate 30 Pro performs very well. Photos are well-exposed and retained a high dynamic range (HDR) even in low light conditions. Also, they are well-saturated more than the P30 Pro, which DxOMark found to be a positive aspect in favor of the Mate 30 Pro.

Night Mode shooting is also favorable for the Mate 30 Pro. It did well in low-light conditions, whether or not the flash is on. As a matter of fact, DxOMark remarked that its night mode is the best among all flagships.

Zooming on subjects is no problem at all for the Mate 30 Pro. It may have lost the P30 Pro’s 5x optical zoom, but the 3x optical zoom in this phone still captures excellent photos. Zoom shots in close and medium range are captured with good details. Meanwhile, autofocus is not a problem as the cameras were quick to focus, in all conditions. Most smartphones struggle with low-light, but the phone’s autofocus locks on the subject immediately.

Those who love their bokeh would be happy with the Mate 30 Pro. The photos taken show excellent depth estimation and detail, but they can be undersaturated and lacking in HDR. Also, the 18MM field-of-view limits what can fit inside a photo taken by the phone.

The phone won’t disappoint selfie lovers too, as it took selfies with good exposure and HDR. Colors are accurate and details are good. It is worth noting, however, that the lens are fixed-focused, unlike other flagships released this year.

Videos are great, but not the best

For the videos taken by the Mate 30 Pro, DxOMark gave a score of 100. Samsung Note 10+ 5G scored higher with a 101. Still, the phone captures videos with good detail and minimal noise in all conditions.

The Mate 30 Pro lacks HDR video recording; nonetheless, colors are vivid and exposure is accurate in most conditions. The autofocus is fast and accurate, while stabilization is good. Its cameras compensated well for the walking motion and camera shake.

And last, the Mate 30 Pro captures videos in 4K by default.

Aside from the impressive camera specs, the Mate 30 Pro packs a 6.62 inch edge-to-edge screen which curves at 88 degrees. The new Kirin 990 processor is powering the device which enables 5G connectivity. Battery is sufficient at 4,500 mAh which can be charged with either 22W or 40W Huawei SuperCharge.

It is available in various color variants: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black. A vegan leather option is also available, coming in two colors: Forest Green and Orange.

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Lenovo presents new Yoga lineup in the Philippines

16GB RAM + 1TB SSD combo!

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Lenovo decks out smarter and more premium laptops in the Philippines, revealing the 5th-generation of Yoga devices. Designed for consumers with sophisticated taste, the Yoga laptops presents new form factors in style.

Yoga 9 series

Lenovo’s new headliners come in the form of two premium, innovative, and versatile notebooks: the Yoga Slim 9i and the Yoga 9i convertible, both starting at PhP 99,995.

The two laptops are powered by up to the latest 10th-gen Intel Core i9 HK-series processors, with Intel Xe graphics. Moreover, both laptops come with stylish design, smart features, and power-efficient batteries.

Yoga 7 series

Another lineup of powerhouse devices is thin and light laptops from the Yoga 7 Series. There’s the Yoga Slim 7i Pro (price starts at PhP 64,995), fueled by Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce Mx450 GPU, balancing speed and power. It’s a powerful companion for multitasking, video editing, and more.

For those who are always-on-the-go, particularly executives and businessmen, the Yoga Slim 7i Carbon (starts at PhP 59,995) is a perfect match. It packs a 15-hour battery life and powerful performance while looking elegant with a stunning Moon White finish coupled with a featherweight, portable design.

On the other hand, the Yoga 7i (price starts at PhP 59,995) offers an ultra-thin convertible with a long-lasting battery, at approximately 16 hours. It’s designed for balanced performance, making it the perfect work-and-play companion.

In case you need a compact notebook, the Yoga Slim 7i presents an all-metal machine-cut premium device with a clamshell design.

Yoga 6

The most portable powerhouse, so far, is the Yoga 6 (price starts at PhP 49,995). It houses a top-performing AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor with built-in AMD Radeon graphics inside a compact 13-inch chassis. Despite its ultra-compact size, this laptop can last up to 18 hours of computing and entertainment activities.

IdeaPad 5 and 3 series

The IdeaPad lineup has just evolved, bringing fast and intuitive devices to help bring ideas to life. The IdeaPad Slim 5i (price starts at PhP 42,995) prides itself on narrower bezels and innovative charging via Type-C connection, compared to most laptops in the same bracket. There’s also the IdeaPad Flex 5i (price starts at PhP 49,995) featuring super-fast connectivity, advanced display technology, and a 360-degree hinge for flexibility. It also comes with Lenovo’s Digital Pen.

For those looking for value-for-money laptops, the IdeaPad Slim 3i offers just that. It’s available in two variants: Core i7 (starts at PhP 44,995) or Core i3 with MX GPU (starts at PhP 29,995).

Major improvements on the new lineup

Lenovo just made history, bringing the widest range of devices with a powerful 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD combo in the Philippines. Together with the previously launched Yoga Duet 7, the suite spans 10 devices — Yoga Slim 91, Yoga 9i, Yoga Slim 7 Pro, Yoga Slim 7i Carbon, Yoga Slim 7, Yoga 7i, Yoga 6, IdeaPad Slim 5, and IdeaPad Flex 5 — with a starting price of PhP 49,995.

Freebie galore

With the exception of the IdeaPad Slim 3i (Core i3 variant), all the devices come with pre-installed Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 (worth PhP 6,995) and Lenovo’s 3-year Premium Care Warranty (worth PhP 9,100).

Lenovo also teams up once again with Herschel this holiday season, handing out a limited edition Herschel merchandise for every purchase of participating devices. Customers availing select devices under the Yoga 9, 7, and 6 series will get a Lenovo x Herschel Stowaway Jacket (worth PhP 10,995), Gibson Travel Bag (worth PhP 7,495), and Spokane Sleeve (worth PhP 3,495), and other Lenovo accessories for free.

Those purchasing select devices of the IdeaPad 5 and 3 series will also receive the Stowaway Jacket and other accessories. Certain models of the IdeaPad 3 series will also get the Stowaway Jacket and a Fifteen Hip Pack (worth PhP 2,495) among other freebies.

The Lenovo and Herschel Holiday collection runs from November 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021. Only purchases made at official Lenovo stores — online and offline –, as well as authorized Lenovo Partners’ branches and their online stores, will be honored. Customers are required to keep the Sales Invoice as proof of purchase. Other terms and conditions apply. For the full mechanics of the promo, visit this link.

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Zoom is now rolling out end-to-end encryption for free, paid users

But there’s a twist

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Video conferencing service Zoom has announced it’s rolling out end-to-end encryption for all users globally. It’s now available for users as a technical preview for the next 30 days and users can provide feedback.

The technical preview means the company is still working on the feature and user feedback could bring changes to the end implementation. End-to-end encryption means that the company hosting the service too cannot snoop around. The encryption key is saved with the user and all communication between two people remains secured.

The feature is opt-in only, meaning users have to manually go to the Settings tab and enable end-to-end encryption. You’ll also be prompted to create a one-time passcode, which Zoom says will help them prevent abuse. By default, Zoom meetings and webinars use AES 256-bit GCM encryption for audio, video, and application sharing.

Due to the added security layer, you won’t be able to dial-in on calls via an ordinary phone. Additionally, it’ll disable a few features like join before host, cloud recording, streaming, live transcription, Breakout Rooms, polling, 1:1 private chat, and meeting reactions.

End-to-end encryption is available on Mac and PC, the Zoom Android app, and Zoom Rooms. It’s yet to roll-out on iOS since the updated patch hasn’t received approval from Apple’s App Store yet.

Zoom says that this is just a part of their security update and the company plans to roll out better identity management and E2EE SSO integration as part of phase 2. Altough, the latter is scheduled for 2021.

Lastly, Zoom for Android has received a new update and it brings along support for live streaming to YouTube.

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Xiaomi continues to lead India’s smartphone market

realme has clocked maximum growth though

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India is the world’s second-largest smartphone market and a majority of it is concentrated in the entry-level or affordable range. So naturally, it’s a prime market for companies like Xiaomi, realme, Samsung, OPPO, and vivo.

Xiaomi has consistently been India’s top smartphone maker in terms of units shipped since 2018. The streak doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon as the brand managed to capture 26.1 percent market share in Q3 2020, according to a report by Canalys.

Samsung comes in second with a share of 20.4 percent. Xiaomi and Samsung have recorded an annual growth of 9 percent and 7 percent respectively. vivo comes in third with 17.6 percent share, followed by realme at 17.4 percent. Interestingly, realme scored maximum annual growth at a whopping 23 percent.

In total, 50 million units were shipped in the country, an all-time record high for a single quarter. The country was under a strict lockdown in March and April due to the Coronavirus spread and e-commerce services or stores were fully closed. Hence, shipments during Q2 of 2020 were radically low. In fact, phones were often being sold in the black market amid the restrictions.

Apple is a negligible player if we go by market share because its offerings are premium. However, it also achieved double-digit growth in the quarter and Canalys says it sold more than 800,000 units of the new iPhone SE.

The lockdown was slowly relaxed from May, opening up stores and ramping up e-commerce activity. Most professions have shifted to the work-from-home model and even students are now attending classes via digital mediums.

Smartphones are the backbone of India’s digital economy and their sales were expected to rise. While other industries like tourism and aviation have lost a huge chunk of their value, the technology and electronics industry has remained unhindered.

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