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Huawei Nova 2i receives face unlocking feature in latest update

It’s already available!

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When you go for a near-borderless smartphone, you either settle for a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor or have face recognition to unlock your device. Some handsets have both, and the latest entry to that list got in through a software update.

Huawei’s Nova 2i now has face unlocking thanks to a software update that’s already rolling out. All you have to do is enter the phone’s settings and download the latest update to install the new security feature.

Huawei brags that this isn’t some simple unlocking method and claims it has multiple levels of authentication. One, the user’s face information gets stored in the built-in Kirin chipset and not on the cloud; two, the camera captures 1,000 points of your face to ensure higher accuracy; and three, the Nova 2i can’t be unlocked while the user’s eyes are closed, preventing people from entering the phone while you’re asleep.

The Nova 2i also allows you to choose between directly unlocking the device from a successful face scan or entering the notification screen first. This is useful if you simply want to unhide notifications from the lockscreen using your face.

Other than that, this is still the same phone we reviewed last October. The competition in this midrange segment has been getting fiercer since then, but the Nova 2i proves that if there’s a will, there’s a software update.

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Motorola One Power launches with a huge battery

The Mi A2 has some serious competition now

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After launching the Moto G6 series in India, Motorola has now announced the availability of the One Power in the country. Unlike the G6 series, the company isn’t launching the phone months after the global unveiling and is banking on the phone to be a hot sell.

The company has also reiterated that they have long-term goals in the country and are now making the new One Power completely in India, under the Make in India initiative. Motorola has more than 700 Moto Hubs in the country and is expanding their offline reach to more than 30,000 counters or retailers.

The Motorola One Power is priced at INR 15,999 (US$ 220) and will be exclusively available via Flipkart. It will be on sale starting October 5, going up against the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Xiaomi Mi A2.

The phone has a 6.2-inch LCD Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 636 SoC along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It supports a microSD card for expanding storage and features a fingerprint scanner on the back.

The back has a dual-camera setup — a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor that are capable of shooting pictures with a bokeh effect. The front has a 12-megapixel sensor that is housed in the notch along with the earpiece and sensor array.

Motorola has closely partnered with Google via the Android One program, hence all its phone will be receiving monthly security updates for the next three years. This will also be among the first devices to receive the Android Pie update and the company is confident it will be pushing it out by the end of October.

The battery is another unique selling point, the One Power has a huge 4850mAh battery that supports Motorola’s TurboPower charging technology. The company says it can deliver six hours of moderate usage on just 15 minutes of charging.

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Huawei’s FreeBuds 2 Pro can charge wirelessly on top of Mate 20

Maybe it can do more than the AirPods

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Earlier this year, Huawei released an AirPods clone dubbed the FreeBuds. We weren’t able to test it for ourselves due to the limited availability in select regions. This time around though, Huawei might want to make it more accessible because it’ll be a perfect companion for the upcoming Mate 20.

The FreeBuds 2 Pro will be the Mate 20’s ideal wireless earphones. Rumors have it that it’ll be used with the Mate 20 for AI-based speech recognition. Like Apple’s AirPods, they are in a portable case, which also works as a charging dock. But, the FreeBuds 2 Pro will have a Qi standard wireless charging option.

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Not only that, but the case can also be charged when placed at the back of a Mate 20. This means you can share your phone’s juice to the FreeBuds anytime and anywhere.

According to leaked marketing materials obtained by WinFuture.de, it’ll take about three hours to fully charge the FreeBuds 2 Pro wirelessly or two hours when done through a USB-C connection. The wireless earphones can last three hours on a single charge and up to 20 hours when you keep recharging them in the battery case.

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As for the FreeBuds 2 Pro’s specs, it supports Hi-Res Wireless Audio with a bitrate of up to 560 Kbps. It also has a built-in bone sensor that captures the user’s voice via bone conduction and distinguishes it from other people’s voices using AI.

Price-wise, expect the FreeBuds 2 Pro to go on sale from EUR 150 to EUR 160.

SEE ALSO: Leaked Huawei Mate 20 copies from Apple and Samsung

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Huawei will launch a foldable, 5G-ready smartphone

Coming in the middle of 2019

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It’s that time of the year again. Towards the end of the year, the world’s biggest smartphone makers start making their huge promises for next year. For example, Samsung has already begun its annual run of rumors and leaks for the Galaxy S10.

However, among all the promises already out, the market has constantly peddled foldable screens and 5G networks. Most companies have promised future iterations of one or the other. For example, Xiaomi already conducted 5G network tests for launch next year.

Taking the cake, Huawei has promised both features in one fell swoop. Next year, the company will launch a foldable, 5G-ready smartphone.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Huawei’s deputy chairman Ken Hu confirmed the company’s plans. According to Hu, Huawei’s first 5G-ready phone will “introduce a foldable screen.” To add, the phone will launch in the middle of next year.

Curiously, this release schedule falls in between the upcoming Mate 20 series and the successors of the P20. Whatever the phone is, it will likely stay away from Huawei’s major lines.

Months ago, Huawei also hinted a foldable, gaming-centric phone coming this year. At the time, the rumored phone lived exclusively in speculative territory. Now, with the Mate 20 series on the horizon, Huawei’s plans are more concrete.

With official confirmation, next year will finally see the rise of the foldable phone running on 5G networks. Like Huawei, Samsung has also promised a foldable phone soon after the launch of the Galaxy S10 series.

If anything, next year’s new trends should spell a sigh of relief from this year’s obsession with the notch and multiple cameras.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro official cases leak online

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