Huawei’s biggest announcement at IFA 2015 is the Huawei Mate S – a 5.5-inch smartphone headlined by… wait for it… Force Touch.
Yes, the same Force Touch first seen on the Apple Watch which has also made its way to the MacBook and is rumored to appear on the Cupertino company’s next iPhone. In case you need a reminder, Force Touch is a feature that allows you to feel a sensation despite the display being just a flat surface. Varying levels of pressure prompts a different command. One should note though that Force Touch on the Mate S will only come with its 128GB variant.
Flip the phone over and you’d think you’re looking at an HTC One M9, except there’s a Huawei logo on the lower part. In a recent video on GadgetMatch we talked about a ‘Frankenphone’, and Mate S could very well be it seeing as how it took the best out of other phones and tried to make them all work together.
Huawei also joins the wearables battle with the Huawei Watch. A luxurious-looking smartwatch that runs Android Wear OS. Like the Gear S2, it also sports a round design and actually looks like a traditional watch.
It starts at $349 (P16,325) but the classier looking gold-model will burn your pocket at $799 (P37,374). Yikes!
Something it has going for is that it will work with both Android and iOS devices. It comes with a wireless fast-charging dock that should get you to about 80 percent battery life in 45 minutes. Note though that the Huawei Watch doesn’t have NFC and lacks GPS tracking. If those aren’t deal breakers for you then lookout for the watch as it becomes available on September 17.
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Marvel cases also coming to Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Available for both the Note 10 and Note 10+
Officially called the Galaxy Friends Marvel Smart Cover, these cases more than just change the exterior of your phone. When slapped on, your entire theme changes to the superhero of your choice. Available for the Note 10 and Note 10+ are Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, and Deadpool.
He even shared wallpapers for the Iron Man and Spider-Man cases. Both which are pretty much the same ones on the Galaxy S10s.
These cases and the tech behind it was first introduced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. They were also applied to the cases of the BLACKPINK edition both for the Samsung Galaxy A70 and Galaxy A80.
There’s no official word yet from Samsung on when these cases will hit the market but we’re crossing our fingers that it happens soon!
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note+
The Samsung Galaxy Note and Note 10+ will be powered by the company’s Exynos 9825 processor. There are also plenty of improvements. A lot of which are on the Galaxy Note’s staple — the S Pen. It now features Air Actions that lets you control your device without holding it and just through the S Pen. Video makers will also love all the upgrades and features put into capturing, editing, and sharing video. Lastly, it’s now even easier to go from desktop to mobile and vice versa with Samsung Dex.
Watch our Hands-On video to see everything that this new flagship has to offer.
The Galaxy Note 10 has the best ever camera, according to tests
Beats the Huawei P30 Pro
As always, Samsung introduced a bevy of features with the new Galaxy Note 10 series. The Galaxy Note 10 sparkles and shines in a cutthroat industry. Of course, the premium flagship just came fresh out of the oven. No one really knows what the beast can do in the real world yet.
Ahead of real-world results, benchmarks are painting an interesting photo of the Galaxy Note 10. For example, DxOMark has awarded the smartphone its top distinction for the best smartphone camera. Right now, the Galaxy Note 10 has the industry’s best rear-facing and front-facing cameras.
The Galaxy Note 10’s rear camera got a strong overall score of 113. Particularly, the score weighs in a score of 118 for photo capabilities and 101 for video capabilities. It squeezes past the former co-leaders, the Huawei P30 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, who both scored 112 on the scale. The smartphone also leads in the video category.
Meanwhile, the selfie shooter got a score of 99. The former leader, the ASUS ZenFone 6 scored 98 on the scale. The Galaxy S10 5G scored a 97 on the same scale.
Additionally, the Galaxy Note 10 has also set new boundaries on DisplayMate’s benchmark tests. Based on a recently released shoot-out, the smartphone broke or matched records in 13 different categories. For example, the smartphone’s absolute color accuracy and image contrast accuracy are both “visually indistinguishable from perfect.” Because of its record-setting performance, the Galaxy Note 10 received DisplayMate’s highest ever A+ grade.
Benchmarks are a huge part of the tech industry’s ecosystem. More often than not, high benchmarks easily equate to brilliant real-world results. That said, we can’t wait to take this workhorse for a spin.
Can the Galaxy Note 10 be your go-to video camera?
New features say yes
So much value has been placed on smartphone cameras. Especially those that are able to produce images that can nearly rival those that we get on DLSR cameras.
We’ve had several examples of smartphone cameras being used as the primary tool for magazines. It just goes to show that a more than capable camera in the hands of an expert photographer can really do wonders. But what about video?
Basic tools for video capturing and editing on Android smartphones have mostly been an afterthought. Just like the two brands who pushed for it on mobile — LG and Sony. Huawei and OPPO’s latest flagships offer fantastic cameras, but neither one offer an optimized video capturing and editing experience. This is where the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 wants to step in.
One key problem in taking videos has always been audio. Especially if the kind of video you want to produce requires some speaking parts. Audio captured on smartphones is just plain bad. There’s no way to isolate the background noise. Samsung, supposedly, has a solution.
The feature is called Zoom-In Mic. The way it works is it focuses audio on the subject you zoom in to. This way, you don’t need to physically move from where you’re shooting. You just need to zoom and the volume will automatically adjust.
The samples look promising so we can’t wait to try this for ourselves.
Less shakes, live focus
The stabilization has also been significantly improved. The sample that Samsung showed during the demo showed a side-by-side video taken with the Note 9 and the Note 10. The latter’s footage almost looks like it was stabilized using pro-editing software.
Then, there’s live focus for video. Previously only available for photos, what live focus does is it creates separation between the subject and the background by applying a blur effect. It’s far from perfect. In fact, it looks like the early versions of “portrait mode” before brands started calling it that. But I believe it will get better and it’s a step in the right direction.
Level up your mobile videography! You can now add bokeh to your video and see the effect in real time as you are shooting. 😍
— GadgetMatch (@gadgetmatch) August 9, 2019
There are also a few filters that can really add some texture to your video. Like this one which Chay is really fond of.
— Chay Lazaro (@chaylazaro) August 7, 2019
All-in-one video making hub
So you’ve shot your footage and you’re ready to put them together. Time to send over the clips to a computer! Samsung says, hold up.
The company is confident that their native video editor has more than enough of what you need to put together a quick simple edit. This is a pain point on Android devices. There really just isn’t one app that has emerged as the far and away best video editing app on the platform. The iPhone has had iMovie for years and it remains unrivaled in mobile video editing. Samsung hopes to change that.
However, if the native Galaxy Note 10 video editor isn’t enough for you, Adobe Rush is also optimized to work like magic on Samsung’s newest flagship. Like the Note 10’s video features, the app is fairly new and some areas still need improvement.
Can you really make videos with just the Note 10?
The short answer is yes. It’s as powerful a mobile device as any and there are already tools out there available to make quick video edits on mobile. What remains to be seen though is how good the quality of the videos captured and edited on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be.
Hopefully, there’s a really good filmmaker out there who decides to try out all these features and come up with some sort of masterpiece. For our part, we’re definitely excited to try and see just how good the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ are in making videos. What kind would you like us to make? Hit us up on social media so we know what’s on your mind.
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