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Huawei unveils the Nova 5 series with three models and a new processor

The company pushes through despite the ban

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Huawei Nova 5 | Image credit: Huawei

Despite the uncertainty of Huawei‘s future without Android (outside of China, at least), the Chinese giant announced its latest Nova 5 series powered by the new 7nm Kirin 810 chipset from their own processor plant.

The Nova 5 series is composed of the three models with the regular Nova 5 sitting in the middle. The new Huawei phone is powered by the Kirin 810 processor which has eight cores and is based on 7nm manufacturing node. The new silicon from Huawei is just a midrange chip, but it’s built in the same way as the flagship ones. It’s paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

Speaking of, there’s also the Nova 5 Pro with the flagship Kirin 980, the same chipset found in the P30 Pro and the Mate 20 series. Being the star of the series, the Pro variant has 8GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage.

Huawei Nova 5 / Nova 5 Pro | Image credit: Huawei

Other than the CPU, both the Nova 5 and Nova 5 Pro share the same specs. The phones have 6.39-inch notched OLED displays with built-in fingerprint scanners. On the back, they have a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor.

Moreover, the Nova 5 and Nova 5 Pro accept microSD cards for storage expansion. Both have 3500mAh batteries with 40W fast-charging via USB-C. They have headphone jacks for your wired audio peripherals as well.

Huawei Nova 5i | Image credit: Huawei

Sitting below the two Nova 5 phones is the Nova 5i. In the front, the Nova 5i looks a lot like the previous Nova 4 series with its hole-punch display. Inside, the phone is powered by the older Kirin 710 chip with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

The Nova 5i still has four cameras on its back, although the resolution is down to 24 megapixels for the main sensor and 8 megapixels for the ultrawide shooter. It has an LCD rather than an OLED screen; however, it has a larger 4000mAh battery.

Huawei’s new three phones are to be sold in China this month. The Nova 5 has a starting price of CNY 2,799 (US$ 410) and it’s already available for purchase. The Nova 5 Pro and Nova 5i will be in stores on June 28 with starting prices of CNY 2,999 (US$ 440) and CNY 2,199 (US$ 320), respectively.

SEE ALSO: Huawei won’t back down, promises to deliver Android Q to at least 17 phones

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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All MediaTek processors found with vulnerabilities

Thankfully patched now

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Technology is imperfect. Though the tech world has a plethora of revolutionary features, it also has a handful of vulnerabilities that malicious parties can exploit with gusto. And, as long as that world keeps advancing, weaknesses will always be found. In a new report, a whopping 37 percent of all smartphones was found with a critical vulnerability.

Reported by Check Point Research, MediaTek’s processors apparently have a vulnerability embedded into their AI and audio components. Currently, MediaTek is one of the most popular processor brands in the world. The company’s lineup, including the Dimensity series, is found in around 37 percent of smartphones and devices around the world.

In their report, Check Point Research tried to reverse-engineer the processor’s audio components. Because of its architecture, a hacker can create a custom message that can access the feature remotely. As such, victimized devices can eavesdrop on their users without them knowing.

By the time that Check Point Research published the report, MediaTek already patched the vulnerability out from its current lineup. It was fixed in October and will be officially reported in the company’s December newsletter.

Of course, it all depends on whether users will keep their devices updated with the latest software releases. If you want to prevent your phones from getting victimized, always keep them updated with security updates pushed by your respective brand.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek Pentonic 2000 will power flagship 8K 120Hz TVs

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