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

The photos look promising!

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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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Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

Unboxing experience unlike the rest

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The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro is finally in our hands! Unlike the usual blue iPhone unboxing videos you see, ours come in white and gold respectively.

If you’re still confused which model to buy, this video discusses points that might actually help you decide which features are more important for you. I know you can’t wait. Quickly head over to our Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro unboxing and buyer’s guide by clicking this link right here.

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Apple iPad Air (2020) Unboxing and Review

An iPad Killer!?

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It’s been a month ever since Apple announced the 4th-generation iPad Air 2020.

Its biggest change can be seen from its full-screen Liquid Retina display and flat edges. But there’s more than meets the eye. In fact, it’s power-packed with the latest A14 Bionic Chip and supports Apple Pencil 2 out of the box.

It may not be a direct competitor of the iPad 8th-Generation, but do you still think the newest iPad Air is a better option over its pricier sibling, the 2020 iPad Pro?

Head over to this link to watch our quick unboxing and in-depth review of the Apple iPad Air 2020.

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How the Lenovo Legion 5Pi rekindled my love for games and arts

And helped me rediscover myself

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Lenovo Legion 5Pi

Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? I was frantically searching for answers to this question, during my exasperating quarter-life crisis.

While I was losing hope waiting for directions, a monstrous laptop came to my house — the Lenovo Legion 5Pi. At first, I wondered how its arrival could mean anything in my situation. Surprisingly, having a gaming laptop helped me take the first step in dealing with my existential issues.

Traveling back to past

When I set up the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, I was taken back to my tranquil past. It felt like I was fourteen-going-fifteen again, cocooned in my bedroom.

Headphones in, keyboards lighting, chips and soda on the side, electric fan buzzing — life back then was untroubled. All I ever worry about was how to finish my homework so I could play online games all night.

At that time, I was stuck between two worlds: my character’s adventures in Grand Fantasia and other titles, and of course, the real world. But now, all I have is this sickening reality unraveling before me.

I’ve thought of playing games again, seeing the laptop as an opportunity to escape my current frustrations. But at some point, I realized escaping wouldn’t help me fix my issues nor provide answers.

What I did instead was sit in my emotions and used the laptop to navigate how I’m feeling — and possibly find out where I’m going next.

If you’re thinking if I went to Google to search for answers… you’re damn right, I didn’t.

Yes, I didn’t. I may be questioning my entire existence and the path I’m supposed to take while my friends are settling down and getting married, but I still believe I’m going to find the answers in a different way.

Honestly, my life felt like I was a character stuck on a puzzling quest. In between my thoughts, somehow it sunk in that maybe, this laptop was just what I needed.

Seeing and using the Legion 5Pi helped me remember how much I loved playing games. How I would spend my hours diving in different worlds, building and developing my character’s skills and personality — and even socializing with players across the world.

Games were my favorite escape

I’ve met several friends from all walks of life through gaming. Looking back, it gave me the advantage to power through this crisis.

I remember Paula, one of my online game BFF turned actual BFF for 10 years and counting. She taught me about going after my passion and what sparks joy in my heart. Surprisingly, I followed her advice until life got in the way.

Reminiscing, I logged into a dear, old game before I dropped gaming as part of my life — League of Legends, if you’re wondering. Previously, I was in my hellish college years; losing myself in depression, suffering from abuse, and other existential crisis I was facing.

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But playing it this time around didn’t spark any pain from the past. Instead, I felt relieved clicking through the mouse and smashing buttons on the colorful keyboard. I was glued to the Legion 5Pi’s large screen, consumed by the stunning graphics and gameplay like I was living in the world I used to enjoy.

In this brief experience, I recalled who I really am before I decided to drop parts of myself  in order to fit in, to be accepted. Truth is, I really liked playing games. It has been my escape from the hell that life put me through. More importantly, it helped hone my skills and personality in life — something your education won’t usually provide.

Going back to making art

Recalling what my friend said about pursuing your passion, I realized how I wasn’t creating art anymore. I also remembered Gabriel, a mentor-slash-guildmate (who’s ten years older than me) that I really admired, especially with how he balances his life. Work, gaming, hobbies, relationships… and he even had the time to make art.

During my stint with the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, I enrolled in an online course to pursue some art classes I’ve been meaning to take for years.

I had fun learning through this gaming laptop, and I continued creating art both on this machine and on paper. It was an amusing experience to rediscover parts of myself. How I dropped arts and games to fit in and follow society’s mainstream culture; partying, feeding into wanderlust, crazing over trends.

Using the Lenovo Legion 5Pi reminded me to be true to myself. When the realizations hit me, I started building a stable ground for myself. I considered how I forgot to make my inner child happy — something that we should be doing no matter the age.

Older people used to nudge us to never forget the things that fill joy into your heart since it’s the key to living a happy life. In my case, it was always creating and playing.

Recollecting all these thoughts, I took the first step in dealing with my quarter-life crisis. Having a stable self can help you survive all these life problems, and it’s what I’m actively trying to do.

And maybe, I’ll get a gaming laptop like the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, so I can ensure I live a happy and balanced life, without forgetting who I really am.

Lenovo Legion 5Pi

The Lenovo Legion 5Pi is a competitive gaming laptop, carrying the latest Intel Core H-series processors. It focuses on extreme performance, sporting up to 32GB of RAM, 1TB of NVMe SSD, and an NVIDIA RTX 2060 for a powerful gaming experience.

Lenovo Legion 5Pi

It also comes with a 15-inch IPS HDR display with a 240Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay. The display comes with 100% sRGB color accuracy, making it perfect for gamers, artists, and creators.

The Lenovo Legion 5Pi retails for PhP 74,995. It’s available in Lenovo’s official stores and authorized retailers.

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