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Is Huawei set to announce a Note 7 clone?

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Huawei will hold an event in Munich, Germany on November 3 to introduce the Huawei Mate 9 to the world. We’ve heard some interesting reports, but we haven’t gotten a good look at the Chinese manufacturer’s Galaxy Note rival until very recently.

Venture Beat has published an exclusive on the Mate 9, complete with renders and more details about the upcoming premium smartphone. According to the tech site’s two sources with knowledge of the discussions, Huawei is set to announce two versions of its Mate device: one with a 5.9-inch, dual-curved edge display, similar to that of Samsung’s now-discontinued Note 7; the other, featuring a more traditional, flat screen of the same size.


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The former has been dubbed Long Island internally, the non-curved model goes by the nickname Manhattan. Huawei must really like New York. Both phones are equipped with top-end specs, with the curved model allegedly getting the proper flagship treatment. Long Island is said to meet the standards required to run Google’s Daydream VR, meaning a Quad HD screen is present on the device.

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Huawei’s non-curved Mate 9, according to Venture Beat sources

If all of this sounds tempting, we remind you not to get your hopes up, because it sounds like the more premium Mate 9 won’t see an official global release and will likely be exclusive to customers in China. In any case, we’ll wait to hear from Huawei next month, but we wouldn’t rule out a change of heart, especially in light of the Note 7 cancellation and Google’s limited-release strategy for the Pixel handsets.

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If we were in Huawei’s corner, we’d make a stronger push for the curved Mate 9. Because if we learned anything from the Note 7’s best days, it’s that people adore a sloping display that bends both ways. Mirroring the Note 7’s home button and front aesthetic — we’re not sure if it helps or hurts the Mate 9.

As for its core specs, Huawei’s next-gen release is tipped to feature a state-of-the-art, in-house processor with as much as 6GB of RAM and 256GB storage capacity and a pair of 20-megapixel cameras around the back.

Source and image credit: Venture Beat

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!

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This is not a drill.

With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I just love how extra it is.


The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”

There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration, not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion x tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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Honor 20 Lite offers triple rear cameras for less price

The more affordable ones

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Honor 20 Lite | Image credit: Honor

Apart from the main Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro models, there’s another Honor 20 phone: the Honor 20 Lite. As the successor to the Honor 10 Lite, the new budget-friendly Honor 20 variant is meant to be in the lower tier.

The Honor 20 Lite has a 6.21-inch Dewdrop FullView display with a Dynamic prism-shaped gradient color body. It mimics the look of its more premium siblings, but for less cost.


As a midrange-specced Honor phone, it’s powered by the widely-used (within the Honor and Huawei family) Kirin 710 processor paired 4GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage. Unsurprisingly, it runs Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0 out of the box.

Honor 20 Lite | Image credit: Honor

Camera-wise, it has three rear AI cameras: a main 24-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In the front, there’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera inside the display’s notch.

The phone’s 3400mAh battery is respectable, but it doesn’t support SuperCharge and it charges through a micro-USB port. For comparison, the P30 Lite from Huawei already has a reversible USB-C. Additionally, the phone’s fingerprint reader is located on its back.

The Lite model is already available in stores in Europe for EUR 299 or around US$ 335 when converted.

SEE ALSO: Honor 20 Pro goes official with four rear cameras and 30x digital zoom

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Honor 20 Pro ties with OnePlus 7 Pro on DxOMark

Even beats the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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Honor has never been one to make noise on DxOMark’s camera performance charts, but the company finally felt that it’s time to set a high bar for all flagship smartphones to follow.

The Honor 20 Pro, which is the brand’s latest and best smartphone to date, earned a score tof 111 on DxOMark’s mobile ranking. That’s right below the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, plus it ties with the recently launched OnePlus 7 Pro.


It’s a major statement to say the least, and puts the Honor 20 Pro on the map as one of the best pocket shooters in the market.

When you check out its specs sheet, you wouldn’t be too surprised by the high score. The Honor 20 Pro has a 48-megapixel main camera with a bright f/1.4 aperture, 16-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, 8-megapixel telephoto unit, and a 2-megapixel macro option. Indeed, that’s as much variety as a smartphone can get.

In addition, the chipset that processes the P30 Pro’s images — the Kirin 980 — does the same work for the Honor 20 Pro’s photos. The broken-down scores of 117 for photos and 97 for videos simply prove that this Honor flagship is every bit as capable as its parent company’s best.

With a starting price of EUR 599, this is quite a deal for the camera performance you get out of it. You can learn more about the Honor 20 Pro in our unboxing and hands-on video:

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