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Huawei headlines with superzoom photos, non-Android OS: Weekend Rewind

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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. Could this really be the Huawei P30 Pro’s superzoom camera?

We’re roughly around two weeks away from the launch of the Huawei P30 series and with that comes a new round of leaks. In this edition though, it looks like we’re being treated to sample photos of the Huawei P30 Pro’s superzoom camera.

The first bundle showcases a concert of British boy band Blue — one shot with a wide-angle lens, the other with a closer shot without losing much detail. Another set of photos shows a prenuptial photoshoot but with clear labels of the camera’s different modes.

A little while back, a Huawei official also released a photo of an incredibly zoomed-in moon and tag that says “Huawei P30 Pro.” Perhaps the Chinese company could have just used any of these photos instead of a stock image on one of their promotional materials.

2. Huawei working on non-Android OS

Huawei CEO Richard Yu recently confirmed with German publication Die Welt that they are indeed developing an operating system not based on Android. No other details were revealed but he said the company is doing this due to “extenuating circumstances.”

The company has faced multiple issues over the past few months with the most recent one against the US government who they filed a case against. Despite this, Yu said they still prefer to stay with Google’s ecosystems and that what they’re working on is only a backup plan.

3. Android Q beta now ready on Pixel phones

The rollout of Android Pie to most Android smartphones is still ongoing. However, it didn’t stop Google from releasing Android Q Beta 1.

Yes, the latest Android is now ready for download on Pixel phones. Since this is an early preview, expect to experience some instability. Here’s to hoping everyone else gets a piece of Android Pie before Android Q reaches its final stages.

4. Motorola to come up with a midrange foldable

We’ve seen both the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. Not to be outdone, it appears Motorola is also joining the foldable revolution.

Several rumors have come up, many of which speculate that Motorola will likely revive its Razr line as branding for its foldable phone. However, a new report says the foldable will be called Voyager. It will have the following specs: Snapdragon 710, up to 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, and a 2730mAh battery.

5. Harry Potter AR game from makers of Pokemon Go is here

Potterheads rejoice! It’s your turn to roam the streets with the new augmented reality (AR) game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

Developed by the same studio that brought us Pokemon Go, the game will have you walking around looking for artifacts instead of adorable pocket monsters. According to The Verge, there are mini-games when casting a spell. You’ll have to complete a collection book, earn points, and level up. Eurogamer also notes that players can choose one of three classes: the Magizoologist, the Profesoor, or the Auror. Which one will you choose?


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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The secrets behind iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode

Together with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing as well as their Human Interface Designer

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For the first time ever, we had a three-way interview with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance as well as one of their leading Human Interface Designers, Johnnie Manzari. If you’re not starstruck enough, both of them appeared in Apple’s September 2021 Keynote event!

Other than new camera sensors, newer camera features are also found on the new iPhone 13 Series. One of those is the new Cinematic Mode.

If you’ve watched some of our latest iPhone videos including the Sierra Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing, we’ve let you take a sneak peek on that new video mode.

We’re not gonna lie, it’s one amazing camera feature Apple has managed to deliver.

But what are the secrets behind it? And are you curious how technicalities work?

Watch our 16-minute interview with the Apple executives explaining why Cinematic Mode is the next big thing in mobile videography.

 

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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