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Huawei officially announces the Nova 3 and Nova 3i

New flagship and midrange phones from Huawei

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Huawei has announced their latest phones: the Nova 3 and Nova 3i. In a grand launch in China, the company made the two phones official after the long wait. The looks of the Nova 3 phones are based on the P20 series, but they offer a lot more value for the money.

Nova 3

The Nova 3 is Huawei’s newest flagship-level offering which sits below the P20 series. Despite having a different name, the Nova 3 borrows a number of design cues and specs from the P20. The Nova 3 is also powered by the Kirin 970 processor along with a built-in NPU chip for AI capabilities. The GPU Turbo feature, which will soon arrive on existing Huawei phones, comes out of the box and promises better gaming performance.

The phone sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display encased in a full-glass body. Just like with the P20, Huawei will offer the Nova 3 in exciting colors: Primrose Gold, Light Blue, Blue Purple, and Bright Black.

Huawei Nova 3 in Primrose Gold, Iris Purple, and Light Blue

Huawei phones have been known to have great cameras, and the Nova 3 will be no different because there are four cameras on board the device. At the back, there’s a 16-megapixel color sensor and a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. In front, there’s another 24-megapixel shooter accompanied by a 2-megapixel depth sensor for sharper portrait shots.

All of these features are run by Android 8.1 Oreo skinned with EMUI 8.2. A large 3750mAh battery keeps the phone on and charges quickly with Huawei SuperCharge through USB-C.

The Nova 3 is priced at CNY 2,999 (US$ 445) in China for the variant with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

Nova 3i

Then there’s the Nova 3i which is basically a more affordable, toned-down version of the Nova 3. It still has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2.

To make the Nova 3i cheaper, the specs have to be adjusted. Instead of the Kirin 970, it’s got a midrange-class Kirin 710 processor but still with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

Four cameras are still on board the Nova 3i, but the rear shooters have a different combo. Gone is the rear monochrome sensor which has been replaced by a 2-megapixel depth sensor to help the main 16-megapixel shooter. Don’t worry, the selfie cameras of the Nova 3i are kept similar to the Nova 3’s.

Huawei Nova 3i in Iris Purple

Battery capacity is also different on the Nova 3i. A slightly smaller 3340mAh gives juice to the phone and it charges through a micro-USB port.

The Nova 3i has a launch price of CNY 1,999 (US$ 300) for the 4GB/128GB variant while the 6GB/64GB variant is priced at CNY 2,199 (US$ 330).

We already have a hands-on of the Nova 3i which you can read here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 3i is a beautiful phone with quad-camera goodness

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Samsung is collaborating with a Supreme rip-off

Announced in China

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Historically, tech companies have not usually paired with lifestyle brands. Being lifestyle objects in their own right, smartphones have collaborated with other brands only for incredibly premium promotions. That said, they can surprise us sometimes.

In Samsung’s case, the surprise comes in two packages. Recently, Samsung China announced a startling partnership with lifestyle brand Supreme. In lifestyle circles, the red-boxed brand is a haven for hypebeasts.

Samsung’s new collaboration is not with that brand. Instead, the Korean tech company has partnered with a known Supreme knock-off. Strangely, both the original Supreme and Samsung know this fact.

Naturally, Supreme’s popularity has spawned dozens, if not hundreds, of knock-off brands. Supreme Italia, Samsung’s partner, is one of those brands. Earlier this year, Supreme Italia was embroiled in a legal battle with the original Supreme based in New York City. In a rare outcome, the fake brand triumphed over the original. On inception, Supreme Italia trademarked its properties in its homeland, Italy. The move perpetually protected the fake company under Italian law.

During Samsung China’s launch event for the Galaxy A8s, Supreme Italia announced the collaboration. Apparently, the fake brand is expanding its operations in China, enlisting Samsung as an official partner. The original Supreme does not have rights to sell its products in China.

Funny enough, all three parties — the original Supreme, Supreme Italia, and Samsung — know about the knock-off.

“Supreme is not working with Samsung, opening a flagship location in Beijing, or participating in a Mercedes-Benz runway show. These claims are blatantly false and propagated by a counterfeit organization,” the original company said in a statement to Hypebeast.

Likewise, Samsung China confirmed the issue. In a deleted Weibo post, Samsung China digital marketing manager Leo Lau said: “We are collaborating with Supreme Italia, not Supreme NYC.”

Ironically (or appropriately), Samsung has been in similar patent issues before. Months ago, the company lost a patent infringement battle with its rival, Apple.

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s new prototype has a very weird notch

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Samsung Galaxy A8s debuts with Infinity-O display

Yet another upcoming design trend?

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Enough with the rumors and premature announcements. It’s time to make the Galaxy A8s official.

If you haven’t heard, this is Samsung’s first smartphone to feature the Infinity-O display, which utilizes a punch-hole design instead of the ubiquitous notch found on most phones today to house the 24-megapixel selfie camera.

It’s certainly a unique way to make the most of the screen’s real estate and avoid taking up too much space on the front. The only trouble here is Samsung seems to have settled for a 6.4-inch 1080p LCD instead of its signature AMOLED panel.

Another non-Samsung feature is the use of a midrange Snapdragon 710 chipset in place of the usual Exynos SoC found in most Galaxy smartphones. It’s a great processor though, and it’s paired with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

The rear has a triple-camera setup consisting of a 24-megapixel f/1.7 camera, 10-megapixel telephoto shooter, and an additional 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing to create creamier backgrounds. Beside these is a standard fingerprint scanner.

To our delight, the 3400mAh battery can be charged through the phone’s USB-C port. To our dismay, the handset also comes with 2017’s Android 8.1 Oreo. FYI, it’s almost 2019.

The three available colors are green, blue, and gray. Availability is currently exclusive to China beginning later this month. Price is unknown, but expect it to cost somewhere between the Galaxy A7 and A9.

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Android 9 Pie update now available for Xiaomi Mi A1

The perks of Android One

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After the Mi A2, it’s now Mi A1’s turn to get a taste of Google’s latest software. Being under the Android One program, the Mi A1 will finally get a clean version of Android 9 Pie.

The Android Pie update for the Mi A1 may have come a bit late, but it’s still sooner compared to most Android phones out there. The new firmware weighs more than 1GB to download, so be sure to have a solid connection when updating.

It brings all the benefits of Android Pie plus support for FM radio which wasn’t available before. The change log also mentions new navigation options, but the Mi A1 already has capacitive keys.

The update is already confirmed to be available in South Asia and it’ll soon roll out to all markets. The Mi A1 was launched with Android Nougat and it received the Oreo update. Android Pie is the second major update for the phone.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Mi A1, you may watch our review below. It’s still available at a discounted price in select stores, making it a great budget-friendly phone.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours in Busan with the Xiaomi Mi A1

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