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Huawei P9 and P9 Plus gear up for Southeast Asia release

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Let’s face it: Smartphones won the war on casual photography.

And if you find yourself taking more photos and videos with your smartphone than with your compact camera, then Huawei might have something that’ll convince you to retire your point-and-shoot gear or dump them in the “to sell” bin altogether.

The number three mobile vendor globally, which shipped more than 100 million units in 2015 and raised its revenue to over $60 billion year-over-year, has unveiled the pricing and launch date for the premium Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones for some parts of Asia.

Both promise to deliver a camera experience that’s second to none, thanks in no small part to a pair of cameras resting flush on their backs. The cameras have been co-engineered with prominent German camera maker Leica, which has lent its name — and to a limited extent, its camera cred — to the Chinese OEM.

Huawei says one of the cameras on the back of the P9 phones makes use of a traditional 12-megapixel color sensor; the other has a monochrome or black-and-white sensor that crams in as many megapixels.

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The two work in tandem to produce the clearest and most detailed image possible. More impressively, this particular setup helps the phones capture better-quality photos in situations that even a modern camera phone would struggle with.

Huawei’s P9 and P9 Plus don’t skimp on processing power and memory options either, as both devices feature top-shelf silicon in the HiSilicon Kirin 955 chip that has up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of expandable storage. Fast charging is also promised with either model.

What they lack, though, is a bleeding-edge display, with neither the P9 nor P9 Plus offering anything higher than 1080p resolution on their AMOLED screens.

The lackluster pixel density is more of a concern with the 5.5-inch P9 Plus than with the 5.2-inch regular model — but then again, unless you’re a stickler for on-screen details, you probably won’t mind too much, if at all.

The latest Huawei luxury phones are slated to launch in the Philippines next month. The exact pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the P9 is expected to start at P25,000 ($530). The P9 Plus, meanwhile, could retail for around P30,000 ($635).

In Malaysia, the P9 series could debut by end-May, carrying a price tag between RM2,000 and RM2,600. Launch details haven’t been listed for other Southeast Asian markets, but the phones could see a wider rollout later this month or in early June. Price points will likely be comparable to those mentioned above.

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LG Eclair QP5: Most compact soundbar yet rolls out in Singapore

Great fit for contemporary homes

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LG Eclair QP5

LG Electronics announced the rollout of the LG Eclair QP5 soundbar, its most compact model to date in Singapore.

The award-winning product is a great fit for contemporary homes with its compact design suited for limited spaces, all while delivering immersive sound.

Superior, immersive audio quality

LG Eclair delivers powerful performance with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support coupled with low vibration and a power bass subwoofer, which employs Meridian Audio’s tuning and technology.

The Horizon technology up-mixes two channel stereo content into multi-channel audio, delivering a wider soundstage.

LG Eclair also offers an enhanced viewing experience with its 4K-pass through support that allows viewers to enjoy 4K and HDR content on their favorite streaming devices.

Additionally, LG AI Sound Pro analyzes content being played, automatically applying the best sound settings for whichever genre – like news, music, or cinema.

Sophisticated design

Only a third the size of LG’s previously smallest soundbar (SP8YA), the LG Eclair features an oval design and jersey fabric in classic black or white.

Its minimalist design also makes it blend seamlessly with any decor or LG TV.

LG also designed the Eclair with the environment in mind, as it uses polyester jersey fabric made from Global Recycled Standard-certified plastic bottles.

Its outer mesh is also comprised of recycled fabric made from plastic bottles while the internal packaging, previously EPS foam, is now recycled molded pulp.

Full specifications

LG Eclair QP5

To check the full specifications of the LG Eclair (model QP5), visit its product page on the LG official website.

Pricing and availability

The LG Eclair QP5 retails at SG$ 999 and is available from mid-January at official LG KrisShop, LG Lazada, LG Shopee, and all authorized dealers including Audio House, Best Denki, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Mega Discount Store, and Parisilk

 

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Facebook faces British privacy lawsuit worth billions

For allegedly selling its users’ data

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The hits just don’t stop coming. Since being called out for alleged manipulation during the 2016 elections (and arguably before that), Facebook has endured hit after hit from privacy pundits, security firms, and global courts. Now, after much deliberation, criticisms and lawsuits against the platform are finally coming to roost. In Britain, for example, Facebook stands to lose billions in a privacy lawsuit from Britain.

As reported by Reuters, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority senior adviser Liza Lovdahl Gormsen filed the huge lawsuit to represent British citizens who used the platform between 2015 and 2019 — which approximates 44 million people. The suit alleges that Facebook used unfair terms and conditions to force users to give up their rights to their own information. The entire lawsuit is worth GBP 2.3 billion (or approximately US$ 3.15 billion). Though Facebook is worth over US$ 100 billion now, such a lawsuit likely isn’t insignificant to the company.

But, of course, it doesn’t come without precedent. Last year, the company was scrutinized extensively because of whistleblower Frances Haugen’s revelations. According to the former Facebook employee, the platform knowingly creates ruptures in societies everywhere in the world. Besides its effect on mental health and geopolitics, Facebook was also criticized for selling personal data and treating its users as marketable products.

While Britain’s claim is already extensive, it is far from the only country looking to break the company up. The platform is also facing issues in its own home turf for the same charges. The year is just starting, and this likely won’t be Facebook’s last trip to the legal battlefield.

SEE ALSO: Facebook will force at-risk users to use two-factor authentication

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All iPhone 14 models will have 120Hz screens, 6GB RAM

Pro will have a better camera, though

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Since the introduction of the four-model iPhone lineup, Apple has thrived under a simple and easy-to-read system. There are two premium Pro variants and two capable-but-not-as-premium non-Pro variants. It’s a tried and tested formula at this point. However, if a new rumor rings true, the upcoming iPhone 14 series might cause more confusion for discerning users.

According to a research note from Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu (via MacRumors), the unannounced flagship series will launch with four models with each sporting the same specs. All four will have a screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 6GB of RAM.

Compared to the rest of the industry, both a 120Hz screen and 6GB of RAM aren’t specs to immediately blow a budget over. However, unifying the entire iPhone 14 lineup with identical specs does create a new zeitgeist for Apple.

The current iPhone 13 lineup maintains a steady delineation between Pro and non-Pro variants. Only the two Pro variants have Apple’s ProMotion (or a 120Hz display), for example. Likewise, only those two have 6GB of RAM. Unifying them might cause some confusion for users — at least in those particular areas.

Though the lineup might lose differentiation in those two aspects, the analyst does say that the Pro variants will get a few more features compared to their non-Pro buddies. Both Pro versions will come with an upgraded 48-megapixel rear camera and will start at 256GB of internal storage.

Right now, it’s still too early to approach the rumor with a substantial amount of credibility. The next iPhone series is still some ways away. Either way, it’s interesting to speculate on what Apple has in store next.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 14 will have a punch-hole camera, rumor says

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