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Huawei P30 Pro will have four cameras, leak says

Only three can be used, though

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Yesterday, Huawei celebrated a record-breaking year in the sales department. Despite a tumultuous second half, 2018 was a bright spot for the Chinese tech company. Riding this wave of success, the company hopes to make next year just as prolific as this year.

Of course, Huawei set the bar pretty high over the past few months. The Huawei P20 series redefined smartphone photography, ushering in an era of triple-camera setups. With the series’ next debut coming up, Huawei must do a lot more than simply playing the same hat trick.


As the days count down, we’re finally receiving a thin trickle of leaks concerning Huawei’s latest flagships. As expected, the upcoming series will push the envelope just a little bit further.

Ahead of schedule, case maker Olixar has released pre-orders for the upcoming series. Of note, the pictured case shows four rear cameras, adding one more to the Huawei P20 Pro’s stoplight-esque design. The graphic interpretation details a rear camera setup that obnoxiously takes up almost a third of the phone’s rear panel. Thankfully, Olixar’s renders are based on current smartphones, rather than an actual render of the P30.

Strangely, a more accurate render has popped up on Chinese social network Weibo. On a post by a Weibo-verified vlogger, the Huawei P30 Pro sports four sensors at the back, just as Olixar details. However, the Weibo post pictures a thinner camera setup and a waterdrop notch.

According to other rumors, only three of the pictured four cameras will take photos. The remaining fourth will be a Time-of-Flight sensor, a mechanism often found in VR and AR devices. Strangely, the push for quad cameras poses a curious question: What happens to the front-facing sensors? The waterdrop notch possibly eliminates advanced biometric features once again in the P30 series.

Of course, the night is still young. Huawei still has a lot of time to clear the air before the phone’s official launch sometime next year. If the leaks are true, the upcoming Huawei P30 series hints at the company’s continued dominance in the smartphone photography market.

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Huawei’s foldable phone is delayed to make sure it won’t be like Samsung’s

Learning from the failures of others

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Huawei is still in hot waters because of the US trade ban, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t moving forward for the company. Back in February, the Chinese tech giant announced its foldable phone: the Mate X. The folding smartphone is initially scheduled to become available before the end of June; however, Huawei has a new release date.

The latest news about Huawei’s foldable phone comes from CNBC. According to a Huawei spokesperson, the company will launch the Mate X in September which is three months later than the initial plan.


The reason for the delay stems from Samsung‘s Galaxy Fold fiasco. The spokesperson said that Huawei is doing extra hardware tests and compatibility trials with carriers around the world. The company is also working with developers to make sure their apps will take advantage of the foldable phone’s form factor.

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It’s not surprising that Huawei is being cautious about releasing the Mate X half-baked after Samsung failed to pioneer the foldable phone market with multiple issues, especially regarding the display.

As you know, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold screen started to malfunction and break when tested by reviewers. Samsung eventually canceled the pre-orders for the phone and promised to fix things first.

When everything is set, Huawei will roll out the Mate X globally, focusing on markets where 5G is and will be available soon. The foldable 5G phone is set to go on sale for EUR 2,299 or roughly US$ 2,580, although there’s no update if Huawei will adjust the pricing after the delay.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s foldable phone is delayed to make sure it won’t end up like Samsung’s

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Some Huawei phones are showing unwanted ads on lock screens

A way for Huawei to earn money?

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While Huawei continues to find ways to fight off the trade ban implemented by the US, a number of Huawei phone owners are expressing their dismay over sudden ads on their lock screens. Huawei doesn’t need more negative publicity right now, but the company decided to push unwanted ads without users’ permission.

Initially reported by Android Police, users in several countries have noticed an ad for Booking.com on the lock screen of their Huawei phones. Surprisingly, some of the devices affected include the flagship models like the Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and Honor 10. Other models are also presumably affected. [Editor’s note: I noticed this on my Mate 20 X, as well.]


Huawei users now have a Reddit thread to talk about this fiasco, and Twitter reports are coming in. Here some of the tweets showing the reported lock screen images:

It seems like the ads are appearing for device owners who are using the preinstalled landscape background wallpapers. The ads are showing up in certain countries in Europe and South Africa for now.

Huawei phones have a “Magazine unlock” feature that shows a series of curated wallpapers based on the user’s preference. This can be turned off and that should get rid of the advertising. Needless to say, this could be Huawei’s move to earn extra ad cash.

SEE ALSO: Huawei on getting to top spot: ‘This process may take longer’

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Taiwan Excellence is holding its first esports cup in the Philippines

With a prize pool of P360,000

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Esports continue to grow in the Philippines thanks to the help from both organizations and major brands. The latest to make its mark in the local competitive scene is Taiwan Excellence, which will be holding an esports cup in Manila beginning in July.

With the help of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), there’ll be a PhP 360,000 prize pool for the expected 2,000 participants from across the country. The featured games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LOL).


Registration for the tournament begins on June 15. The first phase of the competition will start on July 6 for CS:GO and August 3 for LOL. The grand finals will happen from October 4 to 5 at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City. Taiwan Excellence’s esports cup was previously held in Malaysia and Thailand.

“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with esports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers,” said C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA.

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