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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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WWDC 2022

Apple reveals WWDC22 lineup

Free to watch and happening online

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WWDC22

Apple’s annual Developer Conference is just around the corner. Happening officially from June 6-10, the company has unveiled the full lineup of WWDC22. Check them all out below. (All times in PDT).

Apple Keynote, June 6, 10AM

WWDC22 launches with a first look at groundbreaking updates coming to Apple platforms later this year. The keynote address will be available via apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, with on-demand playback available after the conclusion of the stream.

Platforms State of the Union, June 6, 1PM

Developers will learn how they can take their apps to the next level with a deeper dive into the new tools, technologies, and advances across Apple platforms. Platforms State of the Union will stream via the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.

Apple Design Awards, June 6, 5PM

Every year, the Apple Design Awards recognize and celebrate the art, craft, creativity, and technical expertise that Apple developers bring to their work. The Apple Design Awards will stream via the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.

Access to Experts

Featuring over 150 in-depth session videos, WWDC22 brings together the latest tools and technologies to give developers the chance to learn how they can create the next generation of apps. Apple Developer Program members, Apple Developer Enterprise Program members, and 2022 Swift Student Challenge award recipients can request one-on-one lab appointments with Apple experts for guidance on implementing the latest technologies, following best practices, and designing their apps.
Beginning June 7, session videos will be posted daily on the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.

Activities

In addition to sessions and lab consultations, Apple engineers and designers will host activities all week in Digital Lounges to help developers engage in technical discussions, get answers to their questions, and connect with the community. Try a coding or design challenge, participate in a Q&A, meet session presenters, and more.

Swift Student Challenge

With the announcement of the Swift Student Challenge winners today, Apple continues to celebrate student developers from all over the world. The event gives students of all ages the opportunity to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift Playgrounds app project.

Developer App

The Apple Developer app is a great way to experience WWDC22 on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, with daily updates and notifications on the latest news, content, and activities. Developers can browse content by topic, register for Digital Lounges and one-on-one lab consultations, watch videos with their peers using SharePlay, copy code directly from session videos, read feature stories, and more.
Developers can also access all WWDC content, registration, news, feature stories, and documentation at developer.apple.com.

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Apple’s WWDC22 will be all online

Happening from June 6-10

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The 2022 Edition of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is returning to an all-online format. The conference is happening from June 6 to 10 and is free for all developers to attend.

WWDC22 will showcase the latest innovations in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. It will also give developers access to Apple engineers and technologies to learn how to create groundbreaking apps and interactive experiences.

In addition to the announcements shared from the keynote and State of the Union presentations, this year’s program will also include more information sessions, more cutting-edge learning labs, more digital lounges to engage with attendees, and more localised content to make WWDC22 a truly global event.

Apple will host a special day for developers and students at Apple Park on June 6 to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, along with the online community. Space will be limited, and details about how to apply to attend will be provided on the Apple Developer site and app soon.

For students

Apple will also support students who love to code with the Swift Student Challenge. Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun.

For this year’s challenge, students from around the world are invited to create a Swift Playgrounds app project on a topic of their choice, and they can submit their work through April 25. For more information, visit the Swift Student Challenge website.

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MWC 2022

POCO debuts X4 Pro 5G, M4 Pro

All-around flagship-level experience

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POCO X4 Pro 5G

Tech brand POCO announced the global launch of the new POCO X4 Pro 5G and POCO M4 Pro at the MWC 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

The POCO X4 Pro 5G packs flagship-level experience for a value, making it perfect for the young tech enthusiasts.

It comes with a 120Hz AMOLED Display, 108MP camera, Snapdragon 5G processor, and more cutting-edge features.

The POCO M4 Pro, meanwhile, looks to be a competitive option suitable for the user’s entertainment experience as it is powered by MediaTek Helio G96 and has a 64MP main camera.

Both new phones have an octa-core CPU and come with 8GB of RAM that can be expanded up to an extra 3GB from the 256GB storage for a seamless experience.

X4 Pro 5G: All-around, flagship-level

The new POCO X4 Pro 5G marks the first time the company is employing AMOLED for the X-series, as the phone comes with a large 6.67-inch AMOLED DotDisplay screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate for less lag.

The display features a 2400 by 1080 FHD+ resolution that is SGS-certified for Eye Care Display.

It is powered by a Snapdragon 695 5G processor and an octa-core CPU headed by two Arm Cortex-A78 performance cores for speeds up to 2.2GHz.

Various camera features

The centerpiece of the smartphone is a 108MP main camera that measures in at 1/1.52”, making it one of the world’s highest resolution sensors available.

It is also joined by an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP micro camera on the rear, and a 16MP front camera.

Among the POCO X4 Pro 5G’s camera features are the panoramic selfie option, slow motion, dual-video, time-lapse, super macro, kaleidoscope, and more.

Powerful battery, fast charging

Lastly, the X4 Pro 5G comes with a 5,000mAh battery to allow users to browse or play all day long with up to 15 hours of video playback of 191 hours of music playing.

With its 67W turbo charging, the smartphone can be charged up to 70 percent in just 22 minutes, and can be fully charged in less than an hour.

M4 Pro: Ultimate entertainment experience

Meanwhile, the POCO M4 Pro is presenting itself as an entertainment powerhouse that combines value for money.

Like the X4 Pro 5G, The M4 Pro has a 2400 by 1800 FHD+ resolution. It also has a 6.43-inch AMOLED DotDisplay screen. Still with a 90Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate.

This allows the device to be used for basically all activities like vlogging, social media scrolling, or taking pictures and videos.

The M4 Pro comes with a triple camera setup. It has a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro lens camera. Meanwhile, in front is a 16MP camera.

It also has a 5,000mAh battery that can be recharged fully in just an hour with 33W Pro fast charging.

Price and availability

POCO’s X4 Pro 5G and M4 Pro will be available via the brand’s official e-commerce channels.

Both phones will come with YouTube Premium pre-installed. The brand is also offering customers up to two months free on the streaming service.

For the prices, variants, and color options for the two latest smartphones, check the table below:

Unit Variant Colors available Retail price
POCO X4 Pro 5G 6GB + 128 GB Laser Black, Laser Blue, and POCO Yellow PhP 16,990
8GB + 256 GB PhP 17,990
POCO M4 Pro 6GB + 128 GB Power Black, Cool Blue, and POCO Yellow PhP 12,990
8GB + 256 GB PhP 13,990

 

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