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Huawei P40 Pro+ arrives in Singapore

More premium build plus better cameras

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The creme of the crop of Huawei’s P40 series — Huawei P40 Pro+ — is now in Singapore.

It 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.

Price and availability

The Huawei P40 Pro+ will come in White Ceramic and will retail for SG$ 1898. Pre-order period is from June 20-26 with some freebies as usual.

Premium Bundle Freebies (Worth SG$ 646)

  • Huawei Sound X — SG$ 498
  • Huawei SuperCharge Wireless Stand (Max 40W) — SG$ 148

If you miss the pre-order period, there will also be a limited time offer of freebies while stocks last. The bundle is worth SG$ 196

  • Huawei SuperCharge Wireless Stand (Max 40W) — SG$ 148
  • Huawei P40 Pro+ Monogram Series case — SG$ 48

P40 Pro+ buyers will also enjoy exclusive offers and services:

  • Huawei Mobile Cloud — Free 50GB Huawei Mobile Cloud storage for 12 months
  • Huawei Video — Six (6) months free access to TVB channel, three months free of dimsum entertainment, one month free of MangoTV
  • Huawei VIP Prestige Service — Two-year warranty, One year door-to-door repair pick-up and delivery service, One-time complimentary screen replacement within first three months of purchase

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

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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Lenovo Legion confirmed to launch on July 22

One of the first phones to have Snapdragon 865 Plus

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Between the ROG Phone 3 and the Lenovo Legion, the gaming smartphone wars is turning up the heat. As of late, ASUS’s ROG Phone 3 has made more waves than its Lenovo counterpart. Now, we know a lot about the device’s specifications and potential launch date. Of course, Lenovo will eventually take its turn in the limelight.

Recently, Lenovo has confirmed more details about its gaming phone, the Lenovo Legion. Posted on Weibo, the company is launching the Legion on July 22, at 7:30 p.m. (presumably in China).

Besides the official launch date, the included poster also confirms the device’s chipset. As was also confirmed by Qualcomm earlier, the Lenovo Legion will tout the Snapdragon 865 Plus — one of the first phones to have the new chipset.

Of course, we already know a lot about the Lenovo Legion based on previous rumors. Most notably, the device will have a high-RPM cooling fan, maintaining a good temperature for high-performance gaming. It might also get a side pop-up camera. It will have two USB-C ports; one on the bottom and another on the side, enabling easy charging depending on how you’re using the phone. Finally, it will have a sizable 5050mAh battery.

If you’re a fan of gaming smartphones, July is a perfect month to get a new model. Besides the Lenovo Legion, the ROG Phone 3 is also expected to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion 5, Legion Tower 5i coming to Philippines

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Apple: Don’t cover your MacBook webcams

Might damage your screen

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Lately, the conversation surround cybersecurity has ramped up. Users are making sure that no one is spying on them through their favorite devices. One of the most popular ways of doing so is placing a cover on a laptop’s built-in webcam. However, Apple has issued an official warning against the obscuring method.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple has posted a new support page on its official website about closing a MacBook with a cover attached. Apparently, doing so can severely damage your screen. The laptop wasn’t designed for such use, Apple says. Further, covering your webcam can affect the different sensors on the device.

In lieu of a physical cover, Apple is asking users to trust the green indicator light instead. According to the page, “the camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on.”

Of course, trusting a device’s hardware isn’t always the best option. If absolutely needed, Apple has issued a few criteria for appropriate covers: thinner than 0.1mm (or about the thickness of a piece of printer paper), no adhesive residue, and removing the cover whenever closing the device.

With camera covers becoming all the rage, issuing some safety tips might be the best course of action for the MacBook maker. Certainly, people will still cover their devices despite warnings. And more certainly, people will still remain wary about malicious parties spying on their cameras.

SEE ALSO: Apple will stop using Intel in MacBooks next year

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Samsung starts making smartwatches in India

Includes an entire range of 18 smartwatches

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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G Aluminium edition in India. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 has been available in the country for quite some time, but there’s something special about the Aluminium edition.

It’s the first Samsung smartwatch to be built in India. The brand said it has started manufacturing its entire range of 18 smartwatches in India as part of the Make for India program. The company has been making phones in India for years, but wearables were usually imported.

Samsung has a huge production facility in Noida, India. Smartphones are also built for export and the plant can be expanded further depending on demand. Amid the call to avoid foreign goods, Indians are actively looking for options that are made or designed in India.

Coming to the watch, it’s priced at INR 28,490 (US$ 378) and shall be available in Cloud Silver, Aqua Black, and Pink Gold color options.

It sports a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass DX+ for protection. The smartwatch is IP68 certified and rated to work at a maximum pressure of up to 5ATM. It runs on Tizen OS with 1.5GB RAM and 4GB internal storage.

Once connected to a phone, it can also access the smartphone camera, videos, and use Wireless PowerShare to transfer data quickly.

It has e-SIM connectivity that enables calls, messages, and notifications on-the-go. Lastly, it’s equipped with a heart-rate sensor, ECG sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, and ambient light sensor.

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