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Huawei P40 Pro+ available via Globe’s ThePLAN 1799

Huawei P40 Pro and P40 also available on the same plan

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If you’ve been planning to get the most premium of the Huawei P40 series’ trifecta of phones, you may do so with Globe. The Huawei P40 Pro+ is partnering with Globe to offer the phone at ThePLAN 1799.

Customers who pre-order the Huawei P40 Pro+ 5G with ThePLAN 1,799 (includes PhP 36,000 cashout) can get their hands on a pair of Huawei x Gentle Monster sunglasses for free.

Acting fast is the key, as only 200 of these limited edition items will be given out on a first come, first served basis, and only between the pre-order period from June 16 – June 26, 2020.

The other two P40 series phones are also available on ThePLAN 1,799.

  • P40 Pro — PhP 24,000 cashout
  • P40 — PhP 7,200 cashout

If you get these phone plans from June 19-30, 2020, you’ll also get a free Huawei Band 4 and 50GB of Huawei Cloud storage for a year.

We also caught wind that the P40 Pro+ will retail for PhP 69,990 in the Philippines (US$ 1397, EUR 1243, SG$ 1898). Huawei Philippines will likely announce the official pricing and availability soon.

Huawei P40 Pro+

The P40 Pro+ carries the same profile as the Huawei P40 Pro. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Also, it’s powered by Kirin 990 5G, 8GB RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. This handset still runs on Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top but without Google Mobile Services

However, it has an even better camera system than its siblings and Huawei topped the P40 Pro+ with higher-end features.

For starters, it prides itself with its Penta-rear camera setup: a 50-megapixel F/1.9 Ultra Vision main camera, 40-megapixel F/1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens, 8-megapixel SuperZoom  F/4.4 periscope telephoto lens, another 8-megapixel F/2.4 telephoto lens, and TOF 3D depth sensor. On the front, it houses a 32-megapixel F/2.2 selfie camera.

Moreover, Huawei opted for a ceramic build in lieu of the glass and aluminum combination. Other notable features include 4,200mAh battery capable of 40W fast charging, 40W fast wireless SuperCharge, and 27W fast wireless reverse charging.

Petal Search Widget

Huawei has also released a new Petal Search widget that offers an alternative app search for users to conveniently access and download a wider variety of apps. Petal Search is now available for download on the AppGallery and can be added as a home-screen in the latest EMUI update (v 10.1.0.131).

It works in tandem with Huawei’s own AppGallery as well as third party apps like APKPure. You simply look for the App you want and Petal Search will return results on where you can download that app. If you already have APKPure installed, it will simply launch the app to install the app you were looking for.

Watch our Huawei P40 Pro+ Review.

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

SEE ALSO: Upcoming Snapdragon chipset scores 1000000 on AnTuTu

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

SEE ALSO: Twitter rolls out soft block feature for everyone

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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