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Everything we know so far about the Huawei P40 Pro

No ban can stop this phone from going out

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While the Mobile World Congress will no longer push through, Huawei is gearing up to unveil its new Huawei P40 series lineup of devices. Of course, one of the devices to look out for is the new Huawei P40 Pro — the successor to the P30 Pro. Even with a cancelled MWC and on-and-off bans from major markets, the company seems undeterred to show you what it’s got.

Here’s what we know so far about the Huawei P40 Pro:

Phone design

Leaked photos and renders online suggest that the Huawei P40 Pro will come with a curved display. On the display, these leaks also show that the phone will come with a punch-hole camera on the upper left. The punch-hole camera setup, at the very least suggests that the phone will come with a dual selfie camera setup. In terms of the quality of the lenses of the dual selfie camera, nothing has been revealed yet.

Other photos are also suggesting that the Huawei P40 Pro will look relatively similar to that of its less powerful brother, the Huawei P40. There are reports that claim that both models will come in five different colors: Black, Blush Gold, Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, and Ice White with a rumored Mint Green. Also, no renders or leaks have shown any sign of a headphone jack on the device, so it’s possible that this is the direction Huawei wants to go.

The camera setup

Renders of the main cameras on the Huawei P40 Pro show Leica sensors, much similar to how the past Huawei P Series smartphones. One report from Somag News suggests that a Sony IMX700 CMOS sensor will be in the P40 series, with a resolution of 52MP. If this is true, this means that Huawei has opted not to follow their competitors in incorporating high-resolution sensors to their flagships.

Leaks also suggest a sort of camera bump at the back of the phone because of this setup. These renders show that Huawei is opting for a quad-camera setup for the P40 Pro, highlighted by the previously mentioned Sony IMX700 sensor. The main camera could also come with a 40MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 10x optical zoom sensor, which could perform better in low light situations.

The big reveals

One thing that Huawei made sure of was that they plan to launch the P40 series sometime late March of this year. Some had anticipated that the now-cancelled Mobile World Congress was going to be the company’s main platform to tease the new phone.

Of course, if the US ban on Huawei is still in effect by the time of its actual release, expect that the phone won’t come with any native Google apps. Instead, Huawei plans to incorporate its Huawei Mobile Services suite, which is still miles behind the Google Suite.

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in the Philippines

Gift for yourself this holiday season?

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Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo has joined the mobile gaming fray with the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. You can now grab this gaming smartphone in the Philippines.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue — (12GB+256GB) — PhP 39,995
  • Vengeance Red — (16GB+512GB) — PhP 49,995
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Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone

Nabs top spot in AI benchmarks

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Besides the inclusion of 5G, another key feature in modern phones is AI compatibility. Smartphone makers are packing in the smartest chipsets inside daily drivers today. Already, the current state of AI powers more improved cameras and assistant features. That said, AI benchmarks are now more important than ever. Now, after a new test, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is now the world’s smartest smartphone, nabbing the top spot in AI benchmarks.

On AI Benchmark, the Mate 40 Pro scored 216.6 on the rankings. Notably, the second placer — the Xiaomi Redmi K30 Ultra — scores only 135.3 on the same scale. The third placer — the iQOO Z1 — scored a similar 133.0 score. Both second and third place smartphones are considerably lesser than the new winner.

The Redmi K30 Ultra and the iQOO Z1 both sport the MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset. On the other hand, the Mate 30 Pro comes with the new Kirin 9000 processor.

Though the Kirin 9000 is impressive, Huawei has already announced the termination of the Kirin lineup as we know it. Because of ongoing American regulations, the company has no more access to necessary components for the chipset. As a result, they are in a mad dash to either compensate for lost components or find alternative suppliers.

SEE ALSO: Samsung overtakes Huawei as the world’s top phone seller

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Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors, leak says

Including gray, pink, and violet

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After the first Galaxy S21 leaks recently, more details have suddenly popped out of nowhere. Of course, with the reportedly early launch date, it’s not surprising. The Galaxy S21 will apparently debut earlier than usual this time around. Now, here’s one more detail for the hype train. According to a new leak, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will launch in several colors.

According to notable leaker Ross Young, the following colors are already “100%” confirmed. The starter Galaxy S21 launches in Gray, Pink, Violet, and White. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21+ launches in just Black and Silver. Finally, the leading Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in Black, Silver, and Violet.

The color scheme strikes similar to the recently launched iPhone 12 series. Specifically, the starting model will come in more colorful variants. The premium variants, however, ship in more premium colors.

If your favorite color isn’t listed, I wouldn’t lose hope yet. Usually, Samsung releases more colors after the initial launch. For example, the company recently launched BTS variants for the Galaxy S20 series.

Besides the listed colors, the leaker also confirmed the lineup’s production lines in Brazil, Indonesia, and Vietnam. With that data already “confirmed,” it’s likely that Samsung’s schedule is well on its way to completion. If the previous reports are true, the Galaxy S21 series will debut sometime in early January.

SEE ALSO: This is what the Galaxy S21 might look like

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