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Huawei P40 Series pricing and availability in Singapore

First country in Asia to get Huawei’s new flagship

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Singapore will be the first country in Asia to launch its latest flagship Huawei P40 Series. The series consists of three phones — the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+. The P40 Pro+ isn’t coming until June but the other two are ready to hit stores starting April 4, 2020.

The focus of the P40 series, much like the rest of the P-series phones, is photography. As such, all P40 phones are equipped with the 50MP f/1.9 RYYB Ultra Vision Wide lens — the largest sensor on a smartphone camera in the market today.

But the setup for each one is different.

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

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.

Visionary Performance

Powering all phones is the company’s proprietary Kirin 990 5G processor. 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

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.

There are also a new transport and ride-hailing apps on the AppGallery. Huawei partnered with taxi operator ComfortDelGro and ride-hailing companies such as TADA and RYDE to provide users with convenient transport services.

Curved on all sides,

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.

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. Here’s everything else that’s different.

 

 

Huawei P40

Huawei P40 Pro

Huawei P40 Pro+

Display 6.1” 6.58” 6.58”
Battery 3800mAh 4200mAh 4200mAh
RAM and Storage 8GB +128GB 8GB +256GB 8GB + 512GB

Pricing and availability

The Huawei P40 and P40 Pro will be available in Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, and Blush Gold. Customers who will buy either of the two will get exclusive Prestige Care services:

  • One year door-to-door repair pick-up and delivery service
  • Two-year warranty coverage
  • Three months screen insurance, terms and conditions apply

Pre-order period for the P40 series is from March 27 to April 3 and the phones, as mentioned earlier, will hit stores on April 4, 2020.

The Huawei P40 will retail for SG$ 1,048. Pre-order freebies are worth a total of SG$ 296: Huawei Freebuds 3 and a Smart View case. Meanwhile, the Huawei P40 Pro will retail for SG$  1,448 with pre-order freebies worth  a total of SG$ 562: Huawei Watch GT 2 Elite Edition, Huawei SuperCharge 27W wireless charger, Huawei SuperCharge wireless car charger, and a Smart View Flip cover.

Interested buyers can pre-order from the following official channels:

Telco operators:

Consumer electronic stores:

Huawei official online stores:

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French privacy watchdog is now probing TikTok

As if the US and India weren’t enough

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A silver lining for TikTok still isn’t clearly visible. Backed by Chinese giant ByteDance, the short-video sharing app is now being investigated by French watchdog CNIL. The app is already under scrutiny in multiple countries, including the US and India.

A spokesperson from CNIL confirmed to Bloomberg that it had received a complaint in May. However, they’ve refrained from divulging any further information. However, they did say that the agency is particularly vigilant regarding this complaint.

TikTok hasn’t responded yet. Other European countries like the Netherlands have also opened an investigation to ensure TikTok’s practices are safe for children. The British watchdog has also started a similar case study to ensure the Chinese app isn’t breaching any data protection norms.

India is the only country to have completely banned the app following an Indo-China border skirmish. However, the country has taken an even more radical stance against Chinese developers and banned more than a hundred apps. This includes TikTok, TikTok Lite, Camscanner, UC Browser, and many more.

President Trump has threatened to ban TikTok in the US and negotiations are underway that could see a potential sale of TikTok’s services to Microsoft. TikTok has rejected claims that it’s controlled by the Chinese government or that user data is at risk.

However, independent analysis has suggested mixed results. A study says the app is a mass surveillance tool, but another report states that the app follows all usual protocols and there isn’t anything to worry about.

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Xiaomi wants to make its own processor, Huawei ban no deterrent

Xiaomi is betting big

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Pretty much every major smartphone maker today relies on a third-party for processors. Qualcomm and MediaTek lead the race, while Samsung has its in-house Exynos lineup. Huawei’s Kirin series has long been its first choice of processor for flagships, but this could change soon.

Xiaomi wants to join this elite club and intends to continue working on its own chips. According to Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun, the Chinese smartphone maker continues to design its own chips and shall announce the results when new developments are made.

The announcement’s timing is of utmost importance since US-China relations have radically deteriorated in the last couple of years. The ban on Huawei has revoked its access to Arm chip designs. It means that the telecom giant can no longer produce any Kirin-branded processor.

The ban sets a negative precedent for Chinese companies that inherently depend on Western technology. It’s like a stack and the processor’s design is the heart. All new developments are made on top of each other, making it near-impossible for Chinese companies to move forward without Arm design.

Amid the uncertainty, Xiaomi’s announcement is confidence infusing. It first released its in-house chip in 2017 and was called Surge S1. The affordable chipset has been seen in Mi 5C only so far.

After the Huawei ban, Chinese companies have ramped up their effort to go truly independent. The Chinese government has also rolled out tax incentives to boost chipset production. On the same lines, Huawei has intensified its efforts to develop Harmony OS, a direct competitor of Android.

These bets are all long-term in nature and it’s unlikely we’ll see any advancement in the near future. But, the US-China clash has kickstarted a new race, a race that’s aimed towards digital technological superiority.

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Apple’s Tim Cook is now worth a billion dollars

Officially a billionaire

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A few years ago, Apple earned the highly distinguished status of becoming a trillion-dollar company. Without pausing to catch its breath, the company is already barreling towards the 2-trillion mark. Coinciding with his company’s success, Apple’s Tim Cook is now worth a billion dollars.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, Cook’s net worth has just passed the US$ 1 billion mark just as Apple’s shares substantially grew last week. Just recently, the company announced a 4-in-1 split for its stocks due to the success.

The Apple CEO’s new position in the success column is an interesting one. Unlike his peers in the industry, Cook is one of the few CEOs who did not found his own company. The current leader took over the reins from the late Steve Jobs back in 2011. Since then, Apple’s success skyrocketed to its current status today. Back in 2015, amidst all the riches he acquired, Cook promised to give away most of his money to philanthropic endeavors.

Apple’s recent success is a stroke of good news compared to other big tech companies in the US. Last week, the biggest tech CEOs faced an onslaught of antitrust issues surrounding the tech industry. For example, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg failed to defend his bullying and acquiring tactics to stomp competitors down. Though surviving this barrage, Apple is currently facing its own set of issues worldwide, including antitrust issues in the EU and a strange branding lawsuit in Canada.

If the current trend continues, Apple is set to ascend even further up the ranks of tech companies in the near future.

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