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Huawei P20 Lite becomes official in Europe, named Nova 3E in China

Launches before the flagship P20 phones

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After seeing that early — and we mean early unboxing the other day, it was only a matter of time before Huawei’s P20 Lite became official. It finally came, and we have all the features and pricing you need to know.

In case you’re wondering: No, the P20 and P20 Pro haven’t been launched yet — those are coming on March 27. What we have here is the Lite variant with a similar design, yet positioned in the midrange segment.

After all the leaks we’ve seen recently, there aren’t that many surprises. The 5.84-inch 1080p IPS LCD is still in place with a 19:9 aspect ratio and noticeable notch on top to hold the selfie camera and earpiece. On the back is another sheet of glass that’s bound by the sturdy metal frame.

This being a midrange device, there’s a homemade Kirin 659 chipset inside, which is the same one found in the highly popular Nova 2i from last year. It’s coupled with 4GB of memory and 64GB of expandable storage through a microSD card.

The dual-camera setup at the back — housing a 16-megapixel sensor and another 2-megapixel unit — is expected to offer the usual bokeh-rich photos we’ve grown accustomed to, while the 16-megapixel front-facing shooter will handle high-resolution selfies and face scanning (although there’s a fingerprint sensor at the back as an alternative).

As for the battery, it has an adequate 3000mAh capacity, but you’ll be happy to know that there’s fast charging on board and enough space for the 3.5mm audio port. As expected, Android 8.0 Oreo is available out of the box and is skinned by Huawei’s own EMUI 8.0 interface.

At the moment, the available colors are black, pink, blue, and gold. The P20 Lite will retail in Europe for EUR 369 (US$ 450) and will experience a gradual rollout throughout the continent.

Not to be outdone, China will have their own version, and it’s slightly better and more affordable.

Their model is called the Huawei Nova 3E, which looks identical to the P20 Lite, but comes with an additional 128GB storage variant and a more impressive 24-megapixel front camera. It can be bought for CNY 1,999 (US$ 315) for 64GB of storage or CNY 2,199 (US$ 350) for 128GB of storage — both have the same amount of memory at 4GB.

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Finally! Grab users may now pay directly using GCash

Much-awaited partnership

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Grab Philippines and GCash have finally struck a partnership deal that will make payments on the superapp even easier and more convenient.

Starting February, users will be able to add GCash as a direct payment method on the Grab app, making cashless transactions on food and grocery deliveries, car transport, and other services cashless.

Prior to the collaboration, GCash users could only send money from their account to their GrabPay wallet, and vice-versa, causing a bit of hassle switching in between apps on one’s phone screen.

The partnership also means there will be no more transaction fees unlike before when Grab users have to cash in using their credit or debit cards or linked bank accounts.

Grab customers may also avail of GCash exclusive deals, and even get treats when they pay using the e-wallet.

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Samsung offers $100 for Galaxy S23 preorders

Or the upcoming Galaxy Book

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The Galaxy S23 series is coming. Samsung has officially scheduled the first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year for early February, heralding the coming of the Galaxy S23 series. While the flagship series will certainly wow a lot of users, buying one might crumple bank accounts so soon after the holidays. Luckily, Samsung is holding an early reservation promo ahead of the Galaxy Unpacked event.

If you reserve either the new Galaxy S23 or the new Galaxy Book now, Samsung is giving away US$ 50 worth of Samsung Credit. Additionally, users can reserve both devices and get US$ 100 worth of credit for use on any eligible products in the store.

Simply by signing up with your email address, you can use this link to save up to US$ 100 when you shop with Samsung.

The promo ends next Wednesday, February 1, by 11:59pm EST.

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Apple halts development of in-house chip

Broadcom is still in

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Apple is currently on a quest to reduce its reliance on third-party components for its devices. For the most part, the company is successful in doing so. Apple Silicon is already an important part of the brand’s identity — with work on more in-house components ongoing. Now, Apple is reportedly pausing development on one of its upcoming chips.

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will delay the development of its in-house connectivity chip. In the meantime, the brand will keep relying on Broadcom for the same components, going into the iPhone 15 series.

To be clear, the paused component only deals with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Apple is still developing its in-house modem for 5G connectivity — according to outside reports, at least. While the Broadcom deal will still continue, Qualcomm might still get the axe after Apple develops its replacement chip.

Given the positive response to Apple Silicon, building more in-house components might ultimately work well for the brand. If anything, the company can rest easier by controlling how one of its components is produced.

Besides Apple, other brands are also developing their in-house chipsets to rival component makers like Qualcomm. Google, for instance, is doing relatively well with the Tensor lineup. Additionally, though the upcoming series will rely on Qualcomm, Samsung is currently working to bring the Exynos lineup to match current standards.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye Pro Max, hello Ultra

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