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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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Philippines: Huawei ban ‘will have a little impact’ on the country

States the Philippines’ robust cybersecurity measures

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Throughout the past few days, the Huawei debacle has devastated companies and consumers across the globe. Everyone is falling for the fear. Huawei’s long-standing suppliers have cut ties with the company. Huawei’s consumers are getting rid of their favored headsets. The wave has swept the whole world.

Naturally, the Philippines isn’t immune. Recently, smartphone retailers and resellers have started refusing Huawei devices from their stores. Local Huawei users can’t easily sell their devices to the second-hand market anymore.


However, an important question still stands. How much will the Huawei ban affect the Philippines?

Of course, the ban originates from Trump’s trade war against China. Among other reasons, the American government cites the company’s inherent cybersecurity risks as the prime motivator. Supposedly, Huawei’s telecommunications hardware can transmit valuable data to the Chinese government. Given the Philippines’ proximity to China, are we also at risk?

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Huawei’s ban “will have a little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry.” Shared through a Facebook post, the DICT assures users of the country’s robust cybersecurity measures. As of now, the department has not reported any cybersecurity breaches coming from Huawei equipment.

Likewise, shortly after the news broke, local telcos confirmed continued support for Huawei’s devices. According to the DICT, “they will diversify in their present and future procurements of equipment to make their networks more robust and future proof.” The department is also imposing strict rules on local telcos regarding network monitoring. The statement also quickly adds the imposition of the same rules on a potential third telco.

Is the DICT’s statement believable? For now, Huawei’s impact is still marginal at best. Companies and consumers are going on the perceived risk of the future. Right now, Huawei has not announced drastic changes to its products yet. Existing Huawei products still support Google.

Of course, cybersecurity is another issue. The risk will always exist when foreign companies control the telecommunications equipment of another country. At the very least, the DICT isn’t treating the whole debacle as a non-issue. Hopefully, the department’s promises are an optimistic sign for the country’s telecommunications industry.

SEE ALSO: Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

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IGTV adds support for horizontal video

No longer exclusive to vertical content

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When Instagram’s IGTV platform first launched, it was special for its focus on vertically oriented videos. The reasoning here is that this is how people naturally hold their smartphones, and vertical video recording has become a standard.

Unfortunately, IGTV didn’t exactly fly from the get-go. Even after certain adjustments, such as integrating its system into Instagram itself for better exposure, content creators and casual users couldn’t fully embrace the platform.


In yet another move — possibly the most drastic yet — IGTV will now support landscape videos. This comes as a response to both creators and viewers who want to upload and watch videos in “a more natural way.”

“Ultimately, our vision is to make IGTV a destination for great content no matter how it’s shot so creators can express themselves how they want,” wrote Instagram on its blog.

The blog reminds us that a similar change happened to Instagram in 2015, when you could start uploading photos in non-square formats. IGTV hopes that this transformation will have the same positive effect.

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OPPO K3 introduces pop-up camera to budget segment

Includes midrange specs and fast charging

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It’s looking like pop-up cameras are here to stay. After making a splash last year, more and more smartphones have been using this implementation for notch-less displays.

The latest to join the trend is the OPPO K3, a budget smartphone with midrange specifications. Not only does it have a 16-megapixel camera that elevates from the top, it also owns a fast Snapdragon 710 chipset and a 6.5-inch OLED panel with an under-display fingerprint scanner.


That’s fantastic for a phone that retails at CNY 1,599 (US$ 230) for the 6GB+64GB model and CNY 1,899 (US$ 274) for the 8GB+128GB variant.

And the generous features don’t end there. The OPPO K3 also comes with VOOC 3.0 fast charging, a hefty 3765mAh battery, and a 16- plus 2-megapixel dual-camera setup on the back.

The only downsides are the micro-USB port instead of the more preferable USB-C, and the ColorOS 6 skin on top of Android 9 Pie, which purists may say isn’t as feature-packed as other Android skins.

The OPPO K3 is already available in China. International availability, as always, will happen at a later date if we’re lucky.

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