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Huawei Mate 40 Pro price and availability in the Philippines

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Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone — the Huawei Mate 40 Pro — is now in the Philippines.

The Mate 40 Pro continues the Mate line’s legacy of being a fantastic all around smartphone. It delivers the best in terms of design, build, cameras, and performance.

A leap in performance

Every single phone in the Mate 40 series is powered by Kirin 9000 5G. Huawei is calling it “the most sophisticated 5nm 5G SoC  available.”

It features a three-level power efficiency architecture with cores running at clock frequencies of up to 3.13Ghz. Really, all you need to know is it’s extremely powerful, extremely efficient, and it’s close to mind-boggling the things that it enables the phone to do.

The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU on the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ is the most powerful GPU ever on a Huawei device. It’s great for intense graphic performance and works well with the 90Hz screen refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Of course, having 5G means it’s gonna take a toll on the battery. The Mate 40 has a 4,200mAh capacity while the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ have 4,400mAh. But more than the numbers, Huawei says the phones are equipped with tech to handle the demands of 5G.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

An all-around camera

Huawei’s mobile camera tech is one of the best in the business and there’s more of the same in the Mate 40 series.

The three phones come with an array of camera features found in Huawei phones past, all improved and upgraded. There’s Dual Cine Cameras, Steady Shot, Tracking Shot, Audio Focus, Audio Zoom and the list goes on.

A testament to how smart its cameras are is how you can lazily shoot with it and you’d still come up with pretty darn good shots.

A new user experience

We’ve already been introduced to EMUI 11 and all it’s wonderful features. So there’s all of that plus a handful of improvements in several areas.

Smart Gesture Control makes a return. It’s the feature that lets you hover your hand over the device to wake it up, navigate, and answer a call. Like magic!

Huawei is also expanding Petal Search to Petal Maps, essentially replacing everything it lost with Google and putting their own stamp on it while making sure to communicate that it’s all private and secure.

Watch our Huawei Mate 40 Pro Unboxing and Review.

 

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro retails for PhP 55,999 in the Philippines. It will be available starting December 4. If you purchase it from December 4-6, you’ll get a free Mate 40 Pro Ring Light case worth PhP 3,999 for free!

 

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Disney+ coming to the Philippines soon?

We’re cautiously optimistic

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Finally! The days of using VPN and “other means” to catch up on the latest The Mandalorian or WandaVision episodes could be coming to an end for Filipinos.

An Instagram account with the handle @disneyplusph was just activated and while it’s not verified, it certainly follows the look of other official Disney+ accounts.

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Adding fuel to the fire that this is likely happening soon is the announcement that the entertainment giant’s streaming service is also hitting other Southeast Asian markets through Hotstar — a video streaming service most popular in India.

There was even news previously that Disney+ will be streaming in India via Hotstar but that was delayed.

We reached out to Disney’s representatives in the Philippines, but it still hasn’t been confirmed as of writing. There’s not a lot to go on for now but we’ll surely keep our eyes peeled for more updates.

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adidas Ultraboost 21 now official, has even more Boost

More comfortable and with an all-new design

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adidas unveiled the latest evolution of their popular Ultraboost silhouette — taking the popular sneaker line in an even more performance oriented direction with the new Ultraboost 21.

The Ultraboost 21 boasts a new redesigned torsion system, which includes LEP (“Linear Energy Push”) that makes the shoe even more responsive, along with an updated design, sustainably sourced materials, and more Boost in the midsole, all to create a shoe that’s even more comfortable, with even more energy return.

The dramatic heel curve of the midsole boasts 6 percent more Boost used, which should make the Ultraboost 21 even more comfortable than the UltraBoost 20 we reviewed last year.

Additionally, there’s a new Primenit+ upper, which has a more precisely designed knit to give enhanced support and movement. The upper is also created from adidas Primeblue, a recycled material of at least 50 percent Parley Ocean Plastic. adidas has a long history with Parley and we’re happy to see sustainably made materials being used in such a high-profile sneaker!

Lastly, there’s the new redesigned ‘Linear Energy Push’ torsion system with stiffer, reinforced material in the midsole to provide runners with less flex in the forefoot and increased responsiveness.

Announcing the new shoe, adidas Running‘s Senior Design Director Footwear Moritz Hollmüller said, “In creating the adidas Ultraboost 21, we have developed our most holistic running shoe ever, that is the ultimate expression of comfort and responsiveness. Ultraboost 21 takes all the aesthetic ingredients that were part of the original shoe’s DNA and fuses them with the latest technology, such as adidas LEP, to create a shoe that combines all of these great design features with incredible comfort, support and energy return.”

The Ultraboost 21 will release in a white and “Fluorescent Yellow” colorway this January 28, though some buyers will have early access to purchase the shoe via the adidas Store App in Malaysia and other parts of APAC.

In Malaysia, the Ultraboost 21 is priced at MYR 779. Other colorways will follow globally on February 4, 2021.

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Honor V40 5G with Dimensity 1000+, 50MP camera now official

Honor’s first smartphone after split with Huawei

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Honor is coming out with a bang with its first smartphone release after the split with Huawei — the Honor V40 5G or Honor View40 5G.

Powering the device is a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ octacore chip. Supporting the SoC is an 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The 5G chip should get you up to 4000mbps download speed provided the location is 5G covered.

We all know 5G is power intensive. To make sure you can last a day, it has a 4,000mAh battery with support for 66W Honor SuperCharge and 50W Wireless charging.

The Honor V40 has a 6.72-inch waterfall Curved OLED Display. You can toggle between a 120Hz and 60Hz refresh rate and it supports HDR10. For gamers, it has a 300Hz touch response rate. Supporting the feature is the GPU Turbo X and a Hunter Boost Gaming Optimization.

As for the cameras, the headliner is the 50MP f/1.9 camera. It’s flanked by an 8MP f/2.4 ultra wide lens and a 2MP f/2.4 macro lens. Up front, it has a 16MP selfie camera.

Pricing and availability

The Honor V40 5G is only currently available in China in these colors: Night Black, Titanium Silver, and Rose Gold.

Pricing are as follows:

  • 8GB+128GB — CNY 3,599  (around US$556)
  • 8GB+256GB — CNY 3,999 (Around US$ 618)

Go Beyond

This smartphone marks a new beginning for the company after it was sold by Huawei. The “Go Beyond” slogan represents the company’s bid to become a globally iconic brand. The strategy isn’t too different from what Huawei is doing as it will continue with the 1+8+N strategy wherein they’re using the smartphone as a gateway to a broader ecosystem of smart devices.

Changes might come soon as Honor says its current workforce includes almost 8,000 employees who will cover the entire spectrum of end-to-end operations, including over 50% R&D staff. With five R&D centers and over 100 innovation labs worldwide, HONOR is committed to developing powerful technology that empowers people to become a better version of themselves.

They’re also working with key partners such as AMD, Intel, MediaTek, Micron Technology, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, SK hynix, and Sony to produce more quality products.

 

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