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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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India’s new SMS regulation creates havoc for banks, essential services

SMS deliveries have been down for days

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Indian telecom service providers started implementing the second phase of a new SMS regulation, disrupting essential services like OTP (one-time passwords), bank updates, and e-commerce messages. This is an industry-wide issue affecting everything, including India’s identity verification program called Aadhaar and the Coronavirus vaccination portal called CoWIN.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently issued a guideline that mandated verifying every SMS and its content before delivery. The process is technically called scrubbing and was implemented on March 8, 2021. As a result, unverified and unregistered SMS messages were blocked by telcos.

TRAI says that scrubbing helps reduce spam or misleading messages that pretend to be from a financial institution. The process helps in differentiating between promotional and transactional messages. To control fraud, a blockchain-based solution is used by telcos to check every SMS’ header and content. If the source isn’t registered, the message won’t go through.

Telcos say that they simply followed the upgrade regulations and that telemarketers and companies are yet to join the formal registration process. Unfortunately, neither the telcos nor the banks have issued a statement to address public outrage.

Every transaction done by a credit or debit card is authenticated on the spot via a preset PIN or SMS OTP in India. For online transactions, a vast majority of users rely on OTPs, and these just aren’t getting delivered. Even SMS updates about a transaction aren’t able to go through. Telcos pushed back and pinned the blame on companies and their lax adoption, which have failed to comply with regulatory standards.

According to BloombergQuint, Axis Bank, one of India’s largest private banks, can deliver only 25 to 30 percent of the total messages. In the meantime, users are suggested to rely on alternative authentication services like Verified by Visa.

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Huawei P50 will launch with HarmonyOS out of the box

Bye Android

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Because of the ongoing American ban, Huawei is rapidly plummeting down the ranks. Though the company is already struggling to replace multiple components across the board, everything started with the loss of Google. Fortunately, they are already developing an Android alternative called HarmonyOS. However, the supposedly independent operating system is still nowhere to be found. Reportedly, its time has come. According to a Weibo source, the Huawei P50 series will come with HarmonyOS out of the box.

In the now-deleted source (captured by GSMArena), Huawei has already completed the second beta testing phase of its upcoming HarmonyOS and is readying for its third phase. Further, a final release is impending. According to the source, the upcoming P50 series will already come with the system from the get-go.

For existing Huawei users, though, the HarmonyOS beta is already available for anyone who wants to opt in. Naturally, doing so might not be the best decision yet, especially since it’s still in beta. Further, the ecosystem is still building itself into a thriving one.

Despite the software’s continuous development, it hasn’t been free from controversy. According to past rumors, HarmonyOS is apparently still based on Android’s software, specifically AOSP. If it’s true by the final release, the company hasn’t strayed away from its Android roots.

The Huawei P50 series is set to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P50 series still coming in March

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro now available with Smart postpaid plans

Starting at PhP 2,899 per month

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Huawei’s latest flagship, the Mate 40 Pro, can now be had on Smart’s Signature postpaid plans. For as low as PhP 2,899 per month, you can have the latest and the greatest from Huawei plus all the perks from Smart.

The perks include 15GB of data with rollover, unlimited texts and calls to all networks, and free 150 minutes of calls to local PLDT numbers. You will need to pay a PhP 9,800 one-time cashout.

If you want to make the most out of your device plan, apply now until March 31 to get a free, exclusive ring light case worth PhP 3,999. Physical store applications will net you a free wireless table lamp worth PhP 2,499 from March 12 to April 30.

Freebies for Huawei devices

Now is the best time also to check out Smart’s postpaid plans for Huawei devices. Every Huawei P40 Pro+, Nova series, and Y series postpaid plans now come with freebies worth up to PhP 20,990. You can grab this amazing deal only at Smart stores nationwide until March 31, 2021.

To know more about this offer, visit Smart’s website today.

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