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Two years ago, I tried to recreate photos by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach shot on the Huawei P10 Plus. It resulted in a profound appreciation for modeling and even higher regard for Pia’s  posing skills.

Not even close but it will do 😂

In a wonderful case of how things can come full circle, I got to sit down with Pia to unbox Huawei’s latest flagship, the P30 Pro. We chat about how to pose, her beauty mode tips, and more importantly, what she thought of my Pia versus Me photos! We also took more selfies, because that’s what Queens do. ✨

Take photos with her subjects, that is, lol

Enjoy watching the video, as much as I did shooting it. 💎

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P10 Plus portraits: Pia Wurtzbach vs Me

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Pixel 4A 5G launches with new chipset and 5G compatibility

Plus a better price tag

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By now, you know about the Pixel 5. However, Google has also launched a new variant to last year’s Pixel 4, the Pixel 4A 5G. Unlike the new flagship, the budget smartphone brings a flurry of up-to-date specs (including 5G compatibility) in an attractive price point.

Better than the 4A

For one, the Pixel 4A 5G sports an updated Snapdragon 765G chipset, a marginal but needed upgrade over the original 4A’s Snapdragon 730G. Curiously enough, it’s also the same chipset in the newly launched Pixel 5 flagship.

Under the hood, the budget-friendly handset also has the same 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage as the original Pixel 4A. Further, the Pixel 4A 5G sports a larger 6.2-inch OLED panel: 2340 x 1080 resolution and 19.5:9 ratio. As expected, the new smartphone comes with 5G compatibility, which runs about roughly the same as the Pixel 5’s compatibility.

For cameras, the smartphone sports a dual rear camera setup: 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel main sensor and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens. The camera’s software also includes the same functionalities as the Pixel 5 including Night Sight, Cinematic Pan, and Portrait Light. Meanwhile, the front-facing selfie shooter takes shots at 8 megapixels.

Of note, it comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, marking a welcome difference from the Pixel 5.

Pricing and availability

The Pixel 4A 5G will launch in Japan first on October 15. After which, the smartphone will launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States sometime in November. It retails for US$ 499 — priced between the original Pixel 4A and the new Pixel 5.

SEE ALSO: Pixel 4a vs iPhone SE (2020): Camera shootout

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Pixel 5 is now official

Featuring the Snapdragon 765G

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As scheduled, Google finally launched the much-awaited Pixel 5. During today’s Launch Night In event, the company unveiled the latest flagship and a slight variation of the previous generation. Of course, the Pixel 4a 5G is a different story. For now, let’s focus on the Pixel 5.

Under the hood

Marking a huge departure from its usual tradition, the Pixel 5 is launching with the Snapdragon 765G chipset, rather than the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 series. Compensating for the midrange chipset, the flagship will also have 5G compatibility, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.

For its display, the Pixel 5 will sport a 6.0-inch OLED panel: 2340 x 1080 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 90Hz refresh rate. Compared to last year’s Pixel 4, the Pixel 5 will have a minuscule punch-hole camera and a true edge-to-edge display.

The Pixel 5 has a capable 4080mAh battery, capable with 18W USB-C fast charging, wireless charging, and power sharing. An Extreme Battery Saver mode can extend the battery life further, allowing the device to survive up to 48 hours on a single charge.

Cameras in the spotlight

Speaking of the camera, the flagship boasts a spotlight-stealing dual rear camera setup: a 12.2-megapixel main sensor (with a 77-degree field of view) and a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor (with a 107-degree field of view). Meanwhile, the front-facing selfie shooter takes shots at 8 megapixels.

For functionality, the Pixel 5’s cameras can reportedly take outstanding night photos with a new Night Sight mode. An AI-assisted Portrait Light mode can automatically adjust lighting for portraits shots. Finally, a Cinematic Pan mode makes full use of the rear camera’s wide fields of view.

Pricing and availability

The Pixel 5 will ship out to select countries (unknown at this point) starting October 15. It will ship out in the United States starting October 29. It retails for US$ 699. Pre-orders are open now.

SEE ALSO: Google is officially launching Android 11 today

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Mi 10T series now official with 144Hz display, Snapdragon 865

Taking on OnePlus

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Xiaomi is serious about pushing its premium offering and has doubled its efforts this year. The brand has announced the Mi 10T series, which includes the Mi 10T Pro, Mi 10T, and Mi 10T Lite.

Xiaomi is also leveraging its position in developing markets like India and aggressively pushing its top-end offering. Previously, Xiaomi tried its luck via the niche MIX series, but couldn’t make a considerable dent in a market led by Samsung and Apple.

Mi 10T Pro

Starting with the Mi 10T Pro, it has a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity and 8GB RAM. The phone is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5, has splash resistance, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. For selfies, a 20-megapixel front camera is located in a punch-hole cut-out. The 108-megapixel sensor is known for long exposure pictures, time burst, as well as dual-mode.

Oh and it does this neat photo trick.

Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It ships with MIUI out-of-the-box. It’ll be available in Cosmic Black, Lunar Silver, and Aurora Blue color options.

Mi 10T

On the other hand, the Mi 10T gets the same display and processor as the Mi 10T Pro. However, it has a 6GB RAM option. On the rear is a triple camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel macro lens. On the front is the same 20-megapixel selfie camera.

The design is also similar and houses a 5000mAh battery. Clearly, the Mi 10T is an ideal phone according to the specifications and users have the option to go for the Mi 10T Pro if they’re looking for a better and more powerful camera. It’ll be available in Cosmic Black and Lunar Silver color options.

Mi 10T Lite

Lastly, the Mi 10T Lite gets a 6.7-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 750G processor, coupled along with 6GB RAM.

It gets a quad-camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Lastly, the phone is powered by a slightly smaller 4820mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It’ll be available in Atlantic Blue, Pearl Gray, Rose Gold Beach color options.

If it looks familiar, that’s because it’s like just the POCO X3 NFC rebranded.

Pricing and availability

Mi 10T Pro

  • 8GB+128GB — EUR 599
  • 8GB+256GB — EUR 649

Mi 10T

  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 499
  • 8GB+128GB — EUR 549

Mi 10T Lite

  • 6GB+64GB — EUR 279
  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 329

SEE ALSO: Mi Watch launches | Xiaomi launches Mi Smart Speaker, Mi Band 5, soap dispenser

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