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Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are all about design and mobile photography

When dual cameras aren’t enough

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After all the rumors and leaks, Huawei finally unveiled its latest flagships — the P20 and P20 Pro. The successors of the P10 series bring everything Huawei is known for while adding extra touches to make them stand out in the sea of borderless Android smartphones.

To start with, the Huawei P20 has a 5.8-inch LCD while the P20 Pro has a slightly bigger 6.1-inch OLED display. The use of an OLED panel gives the P20 Pro an advantage in image quality with deeper blacks and more vibrant colors, but both support HDR10.

Both are practically borderless but Huawei has to place a notch on top for the earpiece, proximity sensor, and front camera; and a chin to house the fingerprint sensor instead of moving it to the back.

The new Huawei phones are powered by the Kirin 970 processor, which is the same silicon that powers the Mate 10 series from last year, and has a large 128GB of storage capacity. Unfortunately, there’s no microSD card slot on either device but the internal storage is already more than enough for average users.

Another common trait of the two is their selfie camera. A 24-megapixel front camera takes care of the selfies and that’s three times the usual resolution of Huawei’s front shooter.

While the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro look similar up front, the back tells a different story. The P20 series now features an all-new Leica camera system with bigger sensors and the highest ISO ever on a smartphone.

The P20 carries over the camera setup of the Mate 10 Pro with a 12-megapixel color sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The brighter aperture of the P20 goes to the secondary monochrome sensor at f/1.6 while the color sensor has an f/1.8 opening. As for the P20 Pro, it has three rear cameras: an 8-megapixel 3x telephoto with OIS, a 40-megapixel main color sensor, and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with an f/1.6 opening.

To further differentiate the two, Huawei gave the P20 Pro more memory and a larger battery capacity. The P20 has 4GB of memory and a 3400mAh battery while the P20 Pro has 6GB of memory and 4000mAh battery. Also, the P20 is just splash-resistant (IP53) while the P20 Pro is fully protected against liquids with its IP67 rating.

The latest Android 8.1 Oreo is available out of the box and skinned with EMUI 8.1. This brings all the additional features Huawei throws into their flagship devices including the productive PC Mode that instantly turns your phone into a desktop interface via an HDMI connection to a monitor or television.

In terms of design, the new P20 series looks miles ahead of its predecessors (or even other manufacturers) with a glass back treated with a special coating and gradient color finishes. There are two gradient colors at launch: Twilight Purple and Pink Gold. Other basic color options are Midnight Blue, Black, and Pearl White.

The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro will be available starting in Europe for EUR 649 and EUR 899, respectively.

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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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