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Huawei P30 series elevates mobile photography with even better cameras

Using the world’s first quad Leica camera system

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No smartphone manufacturer has pushed the boundaries of mobile photography more than Huawei in the past few years. With the goal of once again rewriting the rules of photography, the newly launched P30 series is set to take its place at the top of the charts like its predecessors.

Launched today in Paris, France, the flagship P30 series consists of the P30 Pro and regular P30. Although different in key specs, the two phones share the same pillars of success: Camera, Design, and Intelligent Experiences.

Beginning with the cameras, the P30 Pro has the world’s first quad Leica system on the back, consisting of a 20-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 40-megapixel f/1.6 main shooter, 8-megapixel telephoto lens capable of 5x optical zoom (and 10x hybrid zoom), and a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for measuring depth.

The standard P30 forgoes the ToF sensor, but retains a solid triple Leica setup: 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 40-megapixel f/1.8 main shooter, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom (with 5x hybrid zoom). Both models, however, tout an astonishing 32-megapixel selfie camera in their tiny notch.

What’s different this time around is Huawei’s image sensor, which is a RYYB array instead of the traditional RGGB. By offering a yellow filter instead of green, more light can pass through for an improved night mode and ISO sensitivity — up to 409600 for the P30 Pro and a max of 204800 in the P30.

Of course, a camera system as intricate as this needs an equally impressive all-glass body. The P30 Pro doesn’t disappoint with its curved 6.47-inch 1080p OLED, while the regular P30 goes for a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED. Both have an optical under-display fingerprint scanner, but the P30 Pro has something more interesting: acoustic vibration for sound instead of the usual earpiece.

Both still employ a bottom-firing speaker, however, although only the non-Pro P30 has a 3.5mm audio port. As for water and dust resistance, the P30 delivers a respectable IP53 rating while the P30 Pro owns a more tightly sealed IP68 rating. The Pro model also has a heftier 4200mAh battery (with 40W SuperCharge) compared to the P30’s 3650mAh capacity (with 22W SuperCharge).

Getting all this magic to work is Huawei’s Kirin 980 chip, which also powers the Mate 20 series. Combined with the latest EMUI 9.1 software, interface speeds are faster across the board. Huawei offers multiple memory and storage configurations for both models depending on each market, starting at 6GB+128GB for the P30 and 8GB+128GB (up to 512GB storage) for the P30 Pro.

Huawei put lots of emphasis on the color options again this time. As of now, we have Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Aurora, Pearl White, and Black. Like the configurations mentioned earlier, the availability for each color depends per region.

The regular P30 will retail for a starting price of EUR 799, while the P30 Pro will begin at EUR 999. Both models are available beginning today, March 26.

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Sony’s WF-H800 h.ear in TWS headphones offer rich sound

Available in five colors

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Already a leader in noise-cancelling headphones, Sony is offering something a little different in the true wireless headpones department — the Sony WF-H800 h.ear in headphones.

One of the first easily noticeable things is how the WF-H800 is available in five colors: red, orange, green, blue, and black.

Noticeably missing is the active noise-cancellation feature. However, it makes up for it with other Sony staple-features, primarily the 360 reality audio. The effect of which can only be truly felt once you experience it for yourself.

It also has a 6mm dynamic driver to deliver a wide range of audio frequencies as well as a feature Sony calls DSEE HX or Digital Sound Enhancement Engine. This tech restores the high-range sound that’s lost in compression. It reproduces digital music files with rich, natural sound.

It’s also lightweight and designed to fit your ears perfectly. The WF-H800 promises up to eight hours of music playback plus another eight hours with the carrying case giving you a total of 16 hours. Additionally, 10 minutes of charge time will give you up to 70 minutes of listening time.

Just like other Sony headphones, these are compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

Price and availability

The Sony WF-H800 will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centers, Sony authorized dealers and the official Sony store on Lazada from March 202. It will retail for SG$ 299.

SEE ALSO: Sony WF-1000XM3 review: Masterclass in noise cancellation

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China: US is a hypocrite for attacking Huawei

Says US hacked Germany before

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We’re midway through the second month of 2020. By now, you’d expect yesteryear’s issues to finally resolve themselves. Unfortunately, we’re still stuck in the same issues. Particularly, Huawei and the US are still at each other’s throats.

Today, both parties fired shots at each other on Twitter of all places. In this exchange, the US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell tweeted that “any nation who chooses to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will jeopardize [America’s] ability to share Intelligence and information at the highest level.”

For the past few years, the US government has persistently smeared Huawei’s reputation in international territories, urging other countries to stop considering the company as a 5G partner. The strategy has met only moderate success across the globe. Some countries have already allowed Huawei to build infrastructure on their land.

Naturally, Huawei isn’t taking it lightly. In response to Grenell, Hua Chunying, China’s spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tweeted a scathing rebuke against Grenell’s accusations.

“Who he is [sic] threatening? Who’s the real threat? Remember, Snowden said US spied on Chancellor Merkel’s phone,” the tweet went.

The ambassador is referring to Edward Snowden, an infamous American whistleblower who revealed an entire library’s worth of state secrets. Regardless of its truth, Hua Chunying’s tweet is scalding, especially in the tense situation between both countries.

SEE ALSO: China is giving away cash incentives for new Huawei users

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ViSenze, iPrice’s partner for easier online shopping in Southeast Asia

Search is now powered by visual recognition technology

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Online shopping is a booming trend made possible by various e-commerce sites. Most online shoppers use search keywords to find what they’re looking for. However, using search keywords can sometimes turn up the wrong results, and can be time-consuming for some.

Thankfully, iPrice and ViSenze’s new partnership aims to make shopping an easier experience for shoppers in Southeast Asia. iPrice will soon leverage ViSenze’s visual recognition technology — making the search as simple as pointing a camera to the desired item.

Leveraging visual recognition

Visual recognition technology is not new. Google already had this feature  back 2017 in the form of Google Lens. ViSenze — a commerce solution platform — uses the same technology for visual recognition. It already powers some big names in e-commerce — making search easier for users.

With iPrice leveraging ViSenze’s technology, users can use their camera instead to search for items. For example, pointing the camera at a dress brings up a list of relevant results from iPrice. This lets users shop for things that they cannot properly describe. It also simplifies the whole search experience, so users don’t have to type anymore.

iPrice will also bring up useful coupons and vouchers whenever these users search for an item. To start leveraging this feature, users need to do these three easy steps:

  1. Activate their camera app and use the AI-powered shopping lens to point at the desired product, or simply upload a photo of it from the phone’s gallery
  2. Browse through the suggested list of relevant products that appear (based on visually similar attributes)
  3. Tap on one of the search results to be redirected to the merchant page to purchase the product

The shopping lens, however, will work only on Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Vivo through their respective assistant apps. So, users must have Bixby (Samsung), HiVision (Huawei), Q-Lens (LG) and Jovi (Vivo) installed.

With online shopping booming in Southeast Asia, iPrice ensures that visual recognition will bring greater convenience to shoppers. Being able to use the smartphone’s camera to search for things online is godsent especially when it’s too bothersome to bring up the keyboard and type.

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