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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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Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

States the Philippines’ robust cybersecurity measures

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Throughout the past few days, the Huawei debacle has devastated companies and consumers across the globe. Everyone is falling for the fear. Huawei’s long-standing suppliers have cut ties with the company. Huawei’s consumers are getting rid of their favored headsets. The wave has swept the whole world.

Naturally, the Philippines isn’t immune. Recently, smartphone retailers and resellers have started refusing Huawei devices from their stores. Local Huawei users can’t easily sell their devices to the second-hand market anymore.


However, an important question still stands. How much will the Huawei ban affect the Philippines?

Of course, the ban originates from Trump’s trade war against China. Among other reasons, the American government cites the company’s inherent cybersecurity risks as the prime motivator. Supposedly, Huawei’s telecommunications hardware can transmit valuable data to the Chinese government. Given the Philippines’ proximity to China, are we also at risk?

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Huawei’s ban “will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry.” Shared through a Facebook post, the DICT assures users of the country’s robust cybersecurity measures. As of now, the department has not reported any cybersecurity breaches coming from Huawei equipment.

Likewise, shortly after the news broke, local telcos confirmed continued support for Huawei’s devices. According to the DICT, “they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof.” The department is also imposing strict rules on local telcos regarding network monitoring. The statement also quickly adds the imposition of the same rules on a potential third telco.

Is the DICT’s statement believable? For now, Huawei’s impact is still marginal at best. Companies and consumers are going on the perceived risk of the future. Right now, Huawei has not announced drastic changes to its products yet. Existing Huawei products still support Google.

Of course, cybersecurity is another issue. The risk will always exist when foreign companies control the telecommunications equipment of another country. At the very least, the DICT isn’t treating the whole debacle as a non-issue. Hopefully, the department’s promises are an optimistic sign for the country’s telecommunications industry.

SEE ALSO: Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

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IGTV adds support for horizontal video

No longer exclusive to vertical content

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When Instagram’s IGTV platform first launched, it was special for its focus on vertically oriented videos. The reasoning here is that this is how people naturally hold their smartphones, and vertical video recording has become a standard.

Unfortunately, IGTV didn’t exactly fly from the get-go. Even after certain adjustments, such as integrating its system into Instagram itself for better exposure, content creators and casual users couldn’t fully embrace the platform.


In yet another move — possibly the most drastic yet — IGTV will now support landscape videos. This comes as a response to both creators and viewers who want to upload and watch videos in “a more natural way.”

“Ultimately, our vision is to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want,” wrote Instagram on its blog.

The blog reminds us that a similar change happened to Instagram in 2015, when you could start uploading photos in non-square formats. IGTV hopes that this transformation will have the same positive effect.

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OPPO K3 introduces pop-up camera to budget segment

Includes midrange specs and fast charging

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It’s looking like pop-up cameras are here to stay. After making a splash last year, more and more smartphones have been using this implementation for notch-less displays.

The latest to join the trend is the OPPO K3, a budget smartphone with midrange specifications. Not only does it have a 16-megapixel camera that elevates from the top, it also owns a fast Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6.5-inch OLED panel with an under-display fingerprint scanner.


That’s fantastic for a phone that retails at CNY 1,599 (US$ 230) for the 6GB+64GB model and CNY 1,899 (US$ 274) for the 8GB+128GB variant.

And the generous features don’t end there. The OPPO K3 also comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, a hefty 3765mAh battery, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back.

The only downsides are the micro-USB port instead of the more preferable USB-C, and the ColorOS 6 skin on top of Android 9 Pie, which purists may say isn’t as feature-packed as other Android skins.

The OPPO K3 is already available in China. International availability, as always, will happen at a later date if we’re lucky.

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