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Huawei Mate S: The Frankenphone

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Huawei’s biggest announcement at IFA 2015 is the Huawei Mate S – a 5.5-inch smartphone headlined by… wait for it… Force Touch.

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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.

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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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New Xiaomi phones, Google I/O: Weekend Rewind

Xiaomi’s on a roll

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Xiaomi launches new phones

It’s a big week for Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi as they launched new smartphones: the special edition Mi Mix 2S and budget selfie phone Redmi S2 in China; plus the Redmi Note 5 and Mi Mix 2s in the Philippines.

SEE ALSO: Mi Mix 2S Review: Faster, smarter

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 5 Hands-on: The new budget smartphone king?

2. Redmi 5A is the current best-selling Android phone worldwide

Believe it or not, Xiaomi’s super-affordable Redmi 5A isn’t just comparable to much more expensive smartphones, it also has the best sales figures of any Android handset today. In fact, it’s the only Android device in the top 5 in terms of sales and market share, pushing the Samsung Galaxy S9+ to number 6. Read the full story here.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Redmi 5A Review: Best smartphone below $100?

3. Xiaomi breaks into Europe’s top 5 despite overall decline

After breaking into the Western European market last November, Xiaomi is now fourth place in smartphone shipments in the region. While that’s not exactly market dominance, the fact that Xiaomi just started and already shipped 2.4 million units, while overall handset shipments decline, is astonishing. Read the full story here.

4. Everything Google I/O

Enough of Xiaomi news; let’s fly halfway across the world to San Francisco. This year’s Google I/O happened this week and there were a number of announcements and demos that people of the modern world should know about. This includes a smarter Google Assistant and Gmail, AI-curated Google News, and a more social Google Maps. If you missed the keynote, here’s a brief summary of what happened.

SEE ALSO: 6 awesome things that happened at Google I/O 2018

5. Android P Beta starts rolling out

Its official name wasn’t announced yet but Android P Beta started rolling out to select devices at Google I/O. While its very own Pixel phones always get first dibs, non-Pixel devices are also receiving early access to the latest software including the Nokia 7 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, and yep, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. See the full list here.

SEE ALSO: What will Android P be called?


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands-On

Testament to Nokia’s craftsmanship

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Two years after making its big comeback, Nokia is slowly filling in the pieces of its Android smartphone lineup. The star of course has to be the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the most premium from the announcements at Mobile World Congress.

But our favorite is the Nokia 7 Plus, a near-borderless Android One phone with Zeiss optics and a beautiful build.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Are these new features worth the price increase?

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In our Samsung Galaxy S9 Review video, we hope to answer questions you may have to help you make an informed decision before buying the phone.

Is Dual Aperture a gimmick? How good is the S9’s camera? S9 or S9+? Is it even worth it?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-On: AR Emoji and super slow-mo

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