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Huawei Mate X2 now official, features a no gap, perfect fold

New standard of the foldable form factor?

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Despite its struggles everywhere else in the world, Huawei continuous to get strong support in its home country China. This is why it’s no surprise that the company has again launched a premium device there. This time it’s their latest foldable — the Huawei Mate X2.

No compromise displays

Like with any foldable, a bulk of the presentation centered around what they did with the hinge as well as the device and the displays’ dimensions.

When folded it looks like just any regular smartphone. The OLED display measures 6.45-inches with a 21:9 aspect ratio. That’s something new for Huawei but if you’re familiar with Sony Xperia smartphones, they’ve been rocking that aspect ratio for a while now to mimic the widescreen we see in movie theaters. The display also has a 240Hz refresh rate.

There’s also a punch hole on the upper left area of the display for the front-facing camera which shares the ultra wide angle view of other mate series selfie shooters.

Unfold it and you’ll be greeted by an 8.01-inch Ultra High resolution display with a 180Hz screen refresh rate. The screen aspect ratio is 8:7.1 with Huawei claiming that it’s exactly like having two regular smartphone displays side-by-side. Unlike its competitors, the larger unfolded display has no cutouts for cameras. You’re getting all of that display clean and free of distractions.

No gaps

The crowning glory of the device is of course the Multi-Dimensional Hinge design. With it, Huawei was able to achieve the “perfect fold” — one that has no gaps.

Huawei did two things to make this possible. First is the water drop-shaped cavity supported by a dual spiral structure for stowing the display when the Mate X2 is folded. Second is the interesting decision to taper the device when its unfolded. This means the right side is thicker than the left side with the thinnest side measuring just 4.4mm.

Camera module

The uneven sides isn’t just for achieving the no gap fold. The thicker area houses the Ultra Vision Quad Camera. It’s headlined by the 50MP Super Sensing Wide Camera — the same one found on the Mate 40 Pro. It also has a 20MP telephoto camera that’s able to get up to 10X optical zoom, 20X hybrid zoom, and 100X digital zoom. Then there’s a 16MP ultra wide camera for landscape shooting, and an 8MP SuperZoom lens for macro shots.

Kirin inside

It’s a flagship product so naturally it comes with a flagship chip. Powering the Huawei Mate X2 is the Kirin 9000 5G — again the same one found on the high performing Mate 40 Pro. The same chip also supports 5G connectivity. You’re also getting a 4500mAh battery with support for 55W Huawei SuperCharge.

The chip also powers the device for several of its multi-tasking features like Smart Multi-Window, Floating Window, App Multiplier, and many others. The presentation didn’t explicitly say this but it is still likely running EMUI 11 on top of Android 10. However, it was shown that it will move to Harmony OS by April 2021.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate X2 comes in four colors: White, Black, Crystal Blue, and Crystal Pink. It will be available only in China for now starting February 25. Pricing are as follows:

  • 256GB – CNY 17,999 (around US$ 2,784)
  • 512GB – CNY 18,999(around US$ 2,940)

It also comes with a nifty cover that has a magnetic kickstand which costs CNY 299 (around US$ 47) .

 

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realme shows off the realme 8’s 108MP camera

It has a lot of “firsts”

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The race for megapixels is on and realme in no mood of missing out. The phone maker has showed-off its 108-megapixel camera setup, which will be found on the upcoming realme 8 Pro.

The massive sensor not only produces a sharper image, but also brings the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video, starry time-lapse video, and new portrait filters. realme is confident the camera will be able to outmatch the competition. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 10i and Mi 10T series have a 108-megapixel camera, but the two sensors are different.

realme has opted for Samsung’s HM2 sensor for the primary camera and it features a larger sensor with a size of 1/1.52″. The larger pixel size ensures better image quality and it supports 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. The brand has shown off a few images that were clicked with the sensor.

For zooming, it supports 3x in-sensor zoom, which processes a 12-megapixel image in the end. Essentially, the sensor will compress the image but retain details that are necessary for the picture. In turn, the algorithm improves accuracy, colors, as well as contrast.

A Starry Mode is also showed-off and it can shoot a video timelapse, using a time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos. The camera clicks 30 pictures in 480 seconds and compiles that into a one-second video.

There’s also a tilt-shift mode that’ll let you adjust the shape, angle, position, and size of the bokeh effect. Along with this, there are three portrait filters — Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Color Portrait.

The company hasn’t announced the launch date of the realme 8 series. But we know it’ll be coming first to India in March 2021. Finally, realme has reiterated that its “realme number series” naming format for smartphones shall continue focusing on camera-centric innovations.

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realme Watch S Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pro experience at an affordable price tag

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Smartphone maker realme has just launched the realme Watch S Pro in the Philippines. Dubbed as the partner for your everyday lifestyle, the “pro” smartwatch packed more than just the essential features.

Currently, it’s the company’s most premium watch. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED round display with high resolution and brightness and uses a powerful dual-process supporting a faster refresh rate while consuming less power.

Also, it’s equipped with a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days on a single charge. It also tracks up to 15 different workout modes, thanks to its advanced dual-satellite GPS sensors.

Additionally, the smartwatch measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. Moreover, the smartwatch comes with a premium build where you can pair over 100+ watch faces to suit your mood and style — all while only retailing for PhP 8,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Watch S Pro will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Get PhP 1,300 off for the realme Watch S Pro this 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. From PhP 8,990, the smartwatch will be available for only PhP 7,690. Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out.

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realme Smart TV: Price and availability in the Philippines

Real picture, real sound

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Homes are indeed getting smarter, and realme joins in the fray, bringing the Smart TV to the Philippines.

The realme Smart TV comes in two sizes: a 32-inch with HD resolution and a 43-inch model with Full HD resolution. Both models have LED panels for their display, equipped with a MediaTek processor, 24W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support, and Android TV out of the box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps.

Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available with its remote control having a dedicated button for the first three platforms mentioned.

The Smart TV boasts its Chroma Boost technology, which optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for a top-notch viewing experience. Moreover, it sports several port options such as a couple of USB ports, HDMI, AV, and digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The 32-inch realme Smart TV retails for PhP 11,990 while the 43-inch model is available for PhP 18,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Smart TV will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Both models will get PhP 3,000 off; the 32-inch model with an SRP of PhP 11,990 will be available for PhP 8,990 while the 43-inch model with an SRP of PhP 18,990 will be available for PhP 15,990.

Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out. On another note, ten lucky buyers of the realme Smart TV will get a free realme Soundbar. Meanwhile, first-batch buyers of the TV will get free 12 months extended warranty worth PhP 3,990.

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