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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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Quarantined man asks neighbor on a date through a drone, posts video on TikTok

Coronavirus can’t stop love

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Needless to say, today is the worst time to go on a date. With social distancing in full effect, getting naughty in bed is a risky proposition. Regardless, even with physical distances, humans will always find a way to get intimate.

In New York, a man just upped his game in the coronavirus dating scene. Jeremy Cohen, a resident of Bushwick, invited his next door neighbor out on a date in the most creative way in the quarantine era.

In Brooklyn, rooftop antics and parties are commonplace. Recently, Cohen spotted his neighbor, Toni Cignarella, dancing alone on the rooftop next door.

“I looked out on the street, saw this girl dancing. I needed to say hi to her,” Cohen said in an NBC New York report. They waved at each other, but Cohen wondered how they could contact each other.

Of course, with the distance today, everyone needs to get creative. Cohen sent his number through a small drone. Naturally, his smooth moves didn’t go undocumented. Throughout the whole process, Cohen filmed the whole thing and posted the video on TikTok. (Where else? He also posted it on his Instagram.)

After Cignarella’s yes, the two went “out on a date.” Specifically, they had dinner on their respective rooftops and talked through FaceTime. Cignarelli commented that it was the “coolest thing anyone’s done for [her].”

Currently, the TikTok video already has 30 million views. Even then, Cohen’s cute gesture is a ray of hope in today’s desolate times.

SEE ALSO: 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis

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Huawei Sound X with hi-end audio launches

Will work seamlessly with the P40 series

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Huawei is slowly but surely venturing out into more and more devices. After wearables, the company is now showing off a hi-end speaker — the Huawei Sound X.

It’s never easy to describe sound on text but Huawei claims the Sound X “will revolutionize high-end acoustic technology with sonorous audio that leaves an enduring, life-altering impression on the listener.”

It was made in collaboration with Devialet — a global audio brand known for its High-Fidelity products.

It’s not a smart speaker in the way that there’s a voice assistant integrated like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, but it does have some ‘smart’ qualities.

For instance, it will work seamlessly with your Huawei P40 series phone. Gently tapping your phone against the Sound X transmits audio to the speaker.

The audio, Huawei says, is lossless and low-latency and can be tweaked thanks to a proprietary EMUI 10.1 multi-device control panel. Think of like Huawei’s own version of Apple’s AirPlay.

Another thing that Huawei is proud of about the Sound X is how compact it is compared to other speakers that promise to deliver the same level of hi-end audio. It’s able to deliver 60W of bass despite being relatively smaller than other speakers with the same capability.

The company says the “exterior design was inspired by the golden dome of the black, glazed surface hints at the robust sound that seems to emanate from a bottomless well.” But it really just reminds of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

The press photos even have the Sound X in this red room of sorts. Screams Sith to me.

Imagine playing the “Imperial Death March” on this thing! Whether you see the resemblance or not, it does kind of look cool.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P40 Series with ‘visionary photography’ now official

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Huawei Watch GT 2e unveiled with more than 100 workout modes

Designed for fitness freaks

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Continuing the Watch GT series, Huawei has unveiled the latest addition — the Watch GT 2e. The brand intends the watch to be a Fitbit-type replacement by equipping it with more than 100 workout modes. This ranges from outdoor activities to indoor exercises.

It has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display and the brand claims it has a “retina” grade display. It’s safe to assume the display has a higher pixel density, delivering sharper visuals. The Watch GT 2e is designed to look sporty and has an integrated strap. The primary body of the watch is built from stainless steel and the strap has four color options — Graphite Black, Lava Red, Mint Green, and Icy White.

For added comfort, the strap is made of TPU material that’s designed to withstand extreme movement caused during any kind of exercise. This shall ensure accurate data reading. The watch face is highly customizable and the user can also add dual time zones, reminders, and a photo gallery.

The watch supports 15 professional workout modes along with eight outdoor activities like running, walking, mountain climbing, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming, and triathlon. Indoor activities include walking, running, cycling, pool, swimming, free training, elliptical machine, and rower.

That’s not all. The watch has 85 customized workout modes across groups like extreme, leisure, fitness, aquatics, ball games, and winter sports. It’ll constantly record the user’s duration, calories burnt, heart rate interval, exercise progress, recovery time, and more.

Lastly, it’s the first watch from Huawei to get blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring. Sleep and stress tracking, a commonly found feature today in fitness accessories, has also been included.

Powering the watch is Huawei’s proprietary Kirin A1 chip and it can last two weeks on a single charge. The company hasn’t announced pricing or availability yet.

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