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Huawei P30 Pro: Rewriting the rules, again

It’s not just about adding more cameras

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Huawei‘s latest flagship is already out in the market. Shortly after its launch in Paris, France, the P30 Pro went global in Europe and Asia. Coming from the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei further improved the phone’s design.

So, what’s new with the Huawei P30 Pro?

New colorways

Last year, Huawei started the gradient color trend with the P20 series. As a new addition, the P30 Pro introduces a new innovative concept: nature-inspired gradient colors. The back of Huawei’s latest flagship is inspired from the never-ending salt flats, by the Northern Lights, and the Big Dipper. Indeed, nature has influenced many elements of P30 Pro’s design.

Huawei P30 Pro in Breathing Crystal

The P30 Pro features new gradient colors namely the Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Black, and Aurora. Each reflects the different times of the day — from sunrise to night time.

Huawei P30 Pro in Amber Sunrise

Perhaps the most special among the four is the lustrous Breathing Crystal. It took hundreds of coating trials before Huawei’s designers were able to get the right one. Amber Sunrise is also a new option in Huawei phones with its bright orange hue. The original Aurora color is now more vibrant than previous versions, while Black is available for those who prefer understated looks.

Ergonomic design

Smartphone design isn’t just about the colors. In the P30 Pro, the double-curved glass creates a slim look while providing a more comfortable grip. Even though the phone has a pretty large display, the curved sides make it seem smaller on hand.

Additionally, the phone’s unibody is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. A beautiful-looking phone with a functional body — that’s the P30 Pro for you.

Immersive FullView display

Even in the front, the P30 Pro is well-thought-out. It features a FullView display with the new Dewdrop notch which doesn’t take up much screen real estate. It’s small and unobtrusive, especially when compared to other phone notches.

Using a flexible OLED panel, the P30 Pro adopts a curved display. This makes viewing more immersive in full screen since the display is virtually edge-to-edge. Also, the display has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels which is really sharp, plus the color reproduction and contrast makes everything look pleasing.

Use multiple cameras at the same time

New on the P30 Pro is the Dual-View Video. This new feature pioneered by Huawei allows users to create split-screen videos by using both the phone’s primary camera lens and zoom lens, showing both angles at once on the screen.

With this, users will be able to produce exceptional videos by capturing a wider view by highlighting the background and zooming in on desired subjects at the same time. Essentially, it lets users shoot both panoramic and close-up angles simultaneously.

World’s first “real” sound-emitting screen

Did you know that the P30 Pro doesn’t have an earpiece? To be specific, it doesn’t have a conventional earpiece speaker. Instead, it has what Huawei calls Acoustic Display Technology that uses the P30 Pro’s screen to be the speaker. Using magnetically levitated speakers, the screen transforms into an earpiece speaker with a sound-emitting area.

This means you can keep your voice notes and phone calls private even if you’re in a crowded place. Moreover, with a 300 percent wider sound-emitting area and loud performance, this new technology also assures that you’ll be able to hear your calls loud and clear.

The best Huawei phone today

A true flagship phone has to have the latest innovations in the mobile industry, and the P30 Pro is a testimony to Huawei’s continues effort in R&D. With all the new technologies and features the P30 Pro has, it’s definitely the best P-series phone available. From its impressive cameras and top-of-the-line performance to its beautiful yet functional glass body, the P30 Pro is currently Huawei’s crowning glory.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro: When beauty meets technology


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Stylish leather accessories: His and Hers

Accessories to help complement your look ✨

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More and more manufacturers are designing gadgets as a fashion statement. Depending on how you style it, a device can make or break a look.

If you haven’t tried it before, you can build outfits around a device and make it a focal point. These stylish accessories can help complement the look you’re going for.

His: Rugged Case for Pixel Buds A-Series in Rustic Brown

Give your wireless earbuds case a rugged makeover with a sleek leather cover. The raw, vegetable tanned leather is sourced from one of America’s oldest tanneries and the case has an optical light pipe to allow the Pixel Bud’s LED charging indicator to shine through.

Hers: Native Union Clic Heritage Case in Sapin

A premium phone deserves an elegant case that lasts, not a clear jelly case that will turn yellow in a few months. The Native Union Clic Heritage is made with a blend of smooth and cross-grained Italian leather and finished with gold accents to match even your favorite pair of earrings.

His: AirTag Leather Loop in Rustic Brown

Upgrade your everyday carry with a leather loop for your AirTag. Track your keys, camera, umbrella, or your bag with this minimal and sleek accessory. It’s designed to beautifully patina with time creating a MagSafe charging experience unique to you.

Hers: Stow Slim for MacBook in Sage

Your laptop doesn’t have to go into a clunky black bag. Truth be told, it deserves better than that. The Stow Slim protects your laptop from anything that might scratch it in your tote, but it looks just like a casual clutch that you wear with a flirty top and wide leg trousers.

His: Nomad Card Wallet in Rustic Brown

Keep your cards and cash secure in this slim card wallet from Nomad. It can fit up to 10 cards, including the Card for AirTag that will launch in September. Now the two essentials in your pockets match, too!

Hers: Heritage Card Holder in Sapin

Carry your cards and a little bit of cash in a matching card holder as your iPhone case. You would instantly look more put together when you want to walk into a cafe for a cup of joe.

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Dancing in the rain? Capture it with the Galaxy A52 5G

Content creation with IP67

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Galaxy A52

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is easily the best flagship-loke phone without the wallet-robbing price.

And with flagship specs, come flagship lenses. These make the Galaxy A52 5G the best content creator phone.

With its quad-camera’s 64MP main shooter and 32MP selfie camera, it’s really no surprise this phone’s got all the specs you want and need for content creation.

A quick swipe into more camera features, gives you loads to choose from. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is feature packed. From delivering stunning stills, to features like 4K video, Fund Mode, nothing comes close to making content all in one phone.

From silly obscure intros, to filming your new indoor hobbies, to finding the best moments while vlogging. And it doesn’t stop there.

The phone has IP67, protecting it against dust and sand. It can also work for at least 30 minutes while under 15cm to 1m of water.

Want to record quality TikToks? Play and stream? Or, Vlog your day-to-day? You ca do those, plus watch and immerse in other’s content on the 6.5” Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a heavy hitting midranger. Whether you’re watching content or making it!


This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung Philippines.

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I’m missing the Olympics because I don’t have cable

And it sucks

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It’s 2021. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, is in full swing as of writing. However, as someone whose primary source of media entertainment all comes from streaming, there’s no easy and convenient way for me to watch the games. Major bummer.

I like to enjoy my media a certain way; I prefer to stream them on my TV. Which is why majority of the content I consume come from YouTube, Netflix, and the occasional Amazon Prime, HBO Go (Yep, not even HBO Max), and Apple TV.

I find it incredibly baffling that the stakeholders involved in bringing the games to the people failed to come to an agreement to make it easily accessible on the aforementioned platforms. It’s 2021. Why on earth am I not able to watch the greatest sporting event on the planet the way I want to?

Believe me, I hear the privilege in my words. Regardless, I still feel marginalized.

So how can you watch the Olympics right now?

I asked a friend who’s been covering the games. He watches through cable and had to pay a PhP 150 fee (around US$ 3/ SG$ 4) to avail of the Tokyo 2020 Premium from a particular cable provider.

Thing is, the whole Olympic coverage in the Philippines is locked to the MVP group of companies. You wanna follow the games, you’re gonna have to do it on one of their platforms.

Here’s an excerpt from their press release on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic coverage:

“Sports fans will have comprehensive access to the Olympic Games — from the Opening Ceremonies all the way to when the games conclude — on free to air via TV5 and One Sports. One Sports+ on Cignal TV will also dedicate a significant amount of their daily hours to broadcast the events, with Cignal also opening up two exclusive channels dedicated to broadcast the games 24/7. Cignal Play, in addition to live channels TV5, One Sports & One Sports+, will be offering exclusive channels broadcasting live updates to its subscribers, along with exclusive content not available on the TV broadcast. Cignal TV’s One News leads the group’s round-the-clock news coverage, featuring results, updates, and highlights.”

Comprehensive? Maybe. For platforms within the MVP group of companies. If you’re not subscribed to any of these, well, that’s just too bad. It’s good for business and I completely understand how the whole thing works. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

The coverage also missed to televise or showcase Hidilyn Diaz’s historic gold medal win in the Weightlifting competition. If you’ve been following sports news, the Philippines was expected to get a medal in this event. Sadly, the moment was only known following updates from reporters on the ground.

How I wish it was handled

I’m sure there’s a lot more that goes into it in terms of TV and broadcasting rights, but we’re literally at an age where plenty of folks have decided to cut the cord and rely on streaming for content.

On YouTube, you can buy and/or rent movies and shows. The platform and structure exists for pay-to-watch content. They could have even made tiers or packages like charge a certain amount to gain access to all the games, a different and lower amount if you just want to follow a certain sport and/or a certain event.

Maybe the potential earnings to do so didn’t justify the costs to implement it. Whatever the case, it’s still incredibly frustrating.

Sure, I can go through the hoopla of setting up a VPN and look for streaming sites. But that’s more even more cumbersome. I don’t mind paying a convenience fee if it means that after a long day of work I can kick back, relax, and watch some damn sports.

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