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Huawei P40 Series with ‘visionary photography’ now official

A visionary set of phones?

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Huawei is on a mission to give regular users the power to take professional-level photos with just a smartphone. The latest attempt in this undertaking is the Huawei P40 series consisting of three phones — the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro+.

Notably, this is the first time for Huawei to launch three phones for the P-series. But what makes each one different? Let’s start with the primary talking point — the camera setup.

Visionary Photography

Here’s what each P40 series phone has.

Huawei P40 Huawei P40 Pro Huawei P40 Pro+
50MP f/1.9 RYYB Ultra Vision

(Wide)

50MP f/1.9 RYYB Ultra Vision

(Wide)

50MP f/1.9 RYYB Ultra Vision

(Wide)

8MP f/2/4 Telephoto

(3x Optical)

40MP f/1.8 Cine Lens

(Ultra-wide)

40MP f/1.8 Cine Lens

(Ultra-wide)

16MP f.2.2 Ultra-wide 12MP f/3.4 Periscope

(5x Optical)

8MP f/4.4 Super Periscope

(10x Optical)

Huawei ToF Lens 8MP f/2.4 Telephoto

3x Optical

Huawei ToF Lens

 

There’s a lot to digest here but what Huawei did is equip all three phones with their latest and greatest — the 50MP f/1.9 RYYB Ultra Vision Wide lens which is the main camera. It’s the largest sensor on a smartphone camera in the market today.

In the simplest terms, the larger sensor will allow more light to come into the lens promising better photos at night and in low light situations.

Huawei also has a brand new focusing tech. They say the P40 series phones have eight focus points per pixel. This makes it easier for the phone to quickly focus on the subject even if it’s moving.

The optical zoom that was one of the main highlights of the P30 series is still here with optical zoom differing from each phone. The P40 has up to 3x zoom, the P40 Pro up to 5x, and the P40 Pro+ up to 10x.

There’s an interesting inclusion of another telephoto lens on the P40 Pro+, which Huawei says should take the zoom capabilities even further. The AI image stabilization equipped on all three phones will come in handy for the usual shake you get when zooming in.

Visionary Performance

Naturally, Huawei put the best of what it can offer inside the P40 series. Powering each phone is the Kirin 990 5G processor. The company claims it has 460 percent better neural processing power. If previous flagships are any indication, this practically means it can handle literally any task you throw at it.

Other carry over features that have been improved are as follows:

  • In-display fingerprint sensor — Now 30 percent larger and is supposed to be faster with new unlock patterns to choose from.
  • 40W wireless charging — The wireless charger doesn’t come with the device but this should be one of the fastest wireless charging tech available right now.
  • Face unlock — Again supposed to be faster and now with an IR sensor on the pro models

Speaking of face unlock, the P40 Pro phones have a 32MP dual front-facing camera setup with autofocus. More than taking better and wider selfies, the front-facing cameras can record 4K video at 60 FPS. Handy for when you want to record yourself.

Visionary Experience

The Huawei P40 series is still running Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top. If you’ve been following the news at all, Huawei is in a bit of a pickle against the US government, as such they are going all in on Huawei Mobile Services or HMS.

If you’re worried about the app situation, the AppGallery is slowly but surely adding apps that most of us use. The company is also working on AppSearch inside AppGallery to bring more apps to Huawei phones.

For the rest, Huawei has suggested using the PhoneClone app where you can copy most of the apps from your old phone over to your new Huawei phone.

Huawei’s newest flagship  will now also come with its own voice assistant named Celia. Much like how you talk to any other voice assistant, you can just say “Hey Celia,” and follow it up with a command to execute a task.

The catch? At launch, it’s only currently available in the UK, France, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia.

The P40 series is also introducing MeeTime — a video calling app much like FaceTime and Google Duo. Other than being able to make 1080p video calls, the tech behind it should also be applicable in other functions that other developers may adapt for its apps.

Like Celia, the feature’s availability is only limited to a few countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

A few other specs are different for each phone. Here’s a quick look.

Huawei P40 Huawei P40 Pro Huawei P40 Pro+
Display 6.1” 6.58” 6.58”
Battery 3800mAh 4200mAh 4200mAh
Colors Ice White, Black, DeepSea Blue Ice White, Black, DeepSea Blue Black, White

(Material is Ceramic)

Compared to the P20 series and P30 series, the colors are more subdued. The glass back on both the P40 and P40 Pro will also come in two matte finishes that they say will be more resistant to fingerprint smudges — Silver Frost and Brush Gold.

Visionary Design

Now that we’re at it, the colors bring us to the P40 series’ design.

Let’s go back a little bit to the camera module. Huawei says the P-series had always been designed with the thought that people will be holding it horizontally when taking photos, thus the module — which looks a lot like the ones on Samsung’s latest phones — had always been aligned left when facing the back of the phone.

Speaking of which, the P40 and P40 Pro are still made with glass but now with a matte finish. However, for the P40 Pro+, the company opted to go with ceramic just to mix things up.

In terms of IP rating, the P40 is at IP53 while the P40 Pro and P40+ are both IP68.

Huawei has also kept its curved displays. Even doubling down on it by adding curves at the top and bottom. We’re still unsure how that helps in day-to-day use, but it’s there and hey, it looks good.

Speaking of a display, the P40 series will have a 90Hz screen refresh rate. A happy middle ground between the 60Hz of yesteryears and the 120Hz on Samsung’s S20 series and the ROG Phone 2.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei P40 wit 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage is priced at EUR 799 while the Huawei P40 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage will retail for EUR 999. Both phones will be available starting April 7, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Huawei P40 Pro+ with 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage will retail for EUR 1399. We’ll have to wait a while as it will only be available starting June 2020.

Visionary Phone?

With a lot of uncertainty in the present given everything that’s happening, there’s a lot of focus on the P40 series’ being about the future.

It’s been months now since the company’s biggest software hurdle. They are now slowly gaining momentum with unmistakably top-of-the-line hardware and Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) at its core.

Is there enough on the P40 series to carry Huawei through? We’ll need to test the phones for it for sure. While you wait for that, first check out our Hands-On video.

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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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