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Huawei P50 series will reportedly use the Kirin 9000 series

Despite lack of Kirin chips

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Earlier this year, Huawei definitively announced the end of the Kirin chipset. After the Mate 40 series, the company lost the ability to manufacture further in-house chipsets for next year’s smartphones. However, according to a new report, it’s not the last we’ve heard of Kirin. The upcoming Huawei P50 series will reportedly use the Kirin 9000 series.

According to Korean outlet The Elec, the P50 series will still use Huawei’s existing stockpile of Kirin 9000 chips. The company previously used the chipset for the Mate 40 series. The stockpile was originally set to run out after this year.

However, recent events might explain why Huawei suddenly has Kirin chips again. Recently, Huawei officially sold Honor, potentially freeing up significant portions of its stockpile back to Huawei.

Other than the phone’s processor, The Elec also confirms screen supply coming from Samsung and LG. The supply isn’t exactly news right now. Previous reports already hinted at Samsung’s acquisition of an operating license for Huawei’s business. The Kirin 9000 news is a surprise, though.

Besides the two components, other brands are currently applying for similar operating licenses from the U.S. government. Current guidance predicts an easier application process going forward. The government is reportedly easing up on business deals uninvolved with Huawei’s 5G projects.

Huawei will expectedly launch the P50 series sometime in the first half of 2021.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm has reportedly received license to supply chipsets to Huawei

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Rumor: Huawei selling the Mate and P phone brands

Huawei has denied the reports

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro

With no end in sight for the ban that took effect last 2019, Huawei is taking drastic measures to ensure its own survival. Just this week, the company’s CEO — Ren Zhengfei — outlined the company’s strategy for the future. If the latest report from Reuters is to be believed, we may never see another Huawei-branded Mate and P phones in the future.

Citing two sources familiar on the matter, Reuters claims that Huawei is in early talks to sell its flagship Mate and P phone brands to other manufacturers. The company is specifically eyeing the sale to a consortium of government-backed Shanghai investment firms.

Huawei initially explored the possibility of selling its flagship brands last September. The talks allegedly went back and forth for months, with the company yet to finalize its decision. The timing of these talks coincides with the sale of another Huawei asset — its Honor sub-brand — last November to a government-backed Shenzen firm.

The sale of its flagship brands has been mulled by Huawei since it sees little to no hope with the change in the US administration. The Biden administration has yet to take a stance on the ban imposed by the Trump administration. In the meantime, the company has to weather the ban that saw its phones lose access to the Google Play Store and other critical Android apps.

The shortage of Kirin chips is also behind the decision to go ahead with the talks. Analysts predict that Huawei will run out of supply of its own Kirin chips this 2021. The company outsources the production of its chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) which uses US-made equipment. A ban that took effect last year made it clear that Huawei can never use any US-made equipment, impeding the production of its Kirin chips.

Huawei responds

It didn’t take long for Huawei to respond to the reports that it is selling its flagship brands. A company spokesperson denied these reports, stating that these are “substantiated rumors”. The spokesperson also claimed that the company “has no such plans” for a sale and that they “remain fully committed” to the smartphone market.

The Mate and P series remain major drivers in Huawei’s smartphone business. In fact, the recently launched Mate 40 series sold so well in China and other non-US markets.

Huawei also continues to be a major player in the smartphone segment. Just last year, it toppled Samsung briefly to become the no. 1 smartphone brand in the world. However, that might soon change as reports indicate that the company will slip further on rankings this year. TrendForce, in particular, predicts the company to slip into seventh place behind OPPO, vivo, and Xiaomi.

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moto g 5G plus: Fast in more ways than one

Should this be YOUR 5G smartphone?

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Things aren’t slowing down any time soon. To keep up with the pace, Motorola gives us the moto g 5G plus — a phone that’s fast in more ways than one.

Next-gen 5G connectivity

It’s no secret that the primary draw of this phone is its 5G capability. If you find yourself suddenly needing to buy a phone, it’s best to get one that’s future-proof in terms of connectivity.

A faster connection means faster downloads both for media and for your usual browsing. It also improves latency for your online mobile games.

To make things easier for you, snapping up the moto g 5G plus gets you a free GOMO 5G sim with 25GB of data that DOES NOT EXPIRE as part of an ongoing promo that lasts up to January 31, 2021. How fast you consume that 25GB of data allocation depends entirely on your usage, but when you’re near a 5G area, this is the kind of speed you’ll get.

Take note, this particular test was done indoors and normally plays between the 90mbps to 150mbps range. 5G is real, it’s here, and it’s pretty awesome.

A smooth, speedy display

The moto g 5G plus sports a tall 6.7-inch FHD+ display with support for a 90Hz refresh rate. We can’t gush enough about how when you go to 90Hz, it’s a little hard to go back to 60Hz.

Not only is it a smoother and faster experience overall, it’s also better for your eyes. Plus, it’s extra satisfying rummaging through your crush’s Instagram posts when the screen looks and feels this smooth.

My UX is satisfyingly clean

As far as Android skins go, we think My UX is grossly underrated. There’s not a lot of bloat and it certainly feels just as snappy as vanilla Android.

The animations don’t stutter, everything feels seamless, and overall interaction with the UI and the phone just feels like an uninterrupted flow. You also get to make it your own with a few customizations here and there.

The Snapdragon 765G is no slouch

Qualcomm has managed to deliver midrange chips that can go toe-to-toe with and perhaps be even better than flagships from years past. The Snapdragon 765G housed inside the moto g 5G plus is a testament to that.

This chip won’t leave you wanting whether you’re using it to answer work emails, a quick gaming session to take a break, or browsing through Netflix’s library until you find the title you want to watch.

For a lot of people, this level of power and productivity will more than suffice.

Long-lasting battery

Here’s an aspect that you’re thankful isn’t fast — this phone promises up to two days of battery life with its 5,000mAh battery. Naturally, this will vary with your usage. In our experience, it’s a phone that won’t have you panicking in case you forget to juice it up before hitting the sack.

For filling up, the phone supports 20W TurboPower charging. That’s enough to give you a few hours of extra usage despite only charging for minutes.

Pricing and availability

The moto g 5G plus retails for PhP 16,995. As of writing, it’s the most affordable 5G-capable smartphone in the Philippines. You can snap one up at any authorized reseller nationwide. It’s also available in the Lenovo Mobile Official store in Lazada. As mentioned earlier, there’s an ongoing promo up to January 31, 2021 wherein buyers can get the moto g 5G plus bundled together with a free GOMO 5G sim with 25GB of data that DOES NOT EXPIRE. If you avail of the promo quick enough, you may also get a free Lenovo Smartwatch S2! Visit http://lenovoph.com/motog5gpluslazada for more info.


This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Mobile Philippines

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realme to launch a new MediaTek Dimensity 1200 flagship smartphone

Specific details are unclear at the moment though

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realme just announced that it will be one of the first manufacturers to release a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 flagship smartphone. This comes days after the launch of the chipset, which touts 5G capabilities and next-gen AI for better performance across the board.

With the chipset, realme is promising improvements in the areas of 5G, AI, photography, videography, and gaming for its next MediaTek-powered flagship. The flagship is also a part of the company’s dual-platform and dual-flagship strategy for 2021. With that said, there’s nothing much to expect at this point besides that it will come with a flagship MediaTek Dimensity 1200.

The chipset that will power the next realme flagship can give us a clue about its performance though. MediaTek fabricated the Dimensity 1200 on a 6nm process, allowing for better performance while consuming lesser power. It has an octa-core CPU comprised of four high-power ARM Cortex-A78, four low-power ARM Cortex-A55, as well as ARM Mali-G77 on the GPU front.

Displays supported by the chipset range from 168Hz FHD+ to 90Hz QHD+. The chipset’s 5G modem — Helio M70 —  supports sub-6Hz networks though it is unclear if there is support for mmWave.

More MediaTek smartphones coming up

Besides launching a flagship, realme is planning to release several MediaTek-powered smartphones for 2021. Last year, the company launched the first smartphone powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800U, the realme 7 5G. The company also partook in the launch of a MediaTek Dimensity 1000-powered smartphone in the form of realme X7 Pro last 2020.

It still is unclear what realme smartphones will get the MediaTek chipsets.  Following last year’s strategy, however, it seems likely that realme will release the 8-series with Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets. The company may also release a potential X8 later in 2021 touting the latest MediaTek chipset. At the very least though, expect a realme flagship with a Dimensity 1200 inside.

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