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Leaked infographic reveals more about Huawei P30

Based on six pillars

Leaked P30 images courtesy of Roland Quandt WinFeature

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In less than two weeks, the Huawei P30 will be unveiled in Paris.

And if it’s going to be anything like last year’s blockbuster, Huawei’s next flagship should rock the tech world. But what exactly is there to be excited about?


A lot apparently. Recently I spoke with a source inside Huawei who showed me an infographic giving us new clues about the upcoming P30 and P30 Pro. While I wasn’t allowed to publish the infographic, I was allowed to take notes and publish the details here.

The infographic, like the rest of the official promo materials that have gone out, refers to the P30 as a smartphone that will “rewrite all the rules.”

My source tells me the phone will focus on six pillars.

  • More beauty (phone design)
  • More detail (selfie camera)
  • More advanced (rear cameras)
  • More convenient (fingerprint sensor)
  • More features (UI)
  • More battery (battery life)

While the source didn’t go into detail about what exactly these specific features and changes will be, one might be able to deduce enough.

More Beauty. Last year, Huawei pioneered a new design trend giving the P20 a host of eye-catching gradient finishes, including the most coveted, Twilight.

Leaked photos show that Huawei is sticking to its gradient design. But also offering new color selections including bright red (I want).

More beauty could also refer to the front of the phone with a more vibrant OLED panel, tiny teardrop notch, as well as a slimmer forehead and chin with no bezels on its sides thanks to its curved display.

More Detail. The leaked infographic shows the progression of P Series front cameras. From 8 megapixels on the P9 and P10 to 24MP on the P20. More detail perhaps might indicate an even higher megapixel count or maybe even pixel binning tech like Huawei does with the P20’s 40MP rear camera.

The wishful thinker in me hopes that more detail also means a wider lens, as the current crop of selfie cameras (aside from the Pixel 3 XL) that can fit very little into the frame are very limiting.

More Advanced. Over the past year, no other smartphone manufacturer has pushed the boundaries of smartphone photography more than Huawei. And it would come as no surprise if the P30 takes it yet another step forward.

The P30 is rumored to have three rear cameras (one normal, one ultra wide-angle, and one zoom) while the P30 Pro is going to have four; the fourth will be a Time of Flight sensor which maps 3D objects in a scene and provides even better depth sensing.

The zoom lens on both models will definitely be able to zoom in further than ever thanks to a new camera system based on periscope tech. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, Huawei VP for Marketing Clement Wong showed me an up-close photo of the moon, the same one posted by Huawei CEO Richard Yu to Weibo, saying it was taken using an unreleased Huawei flagship.

Photo of the moon / Richard Yu on Weibo

Huawei has also posted this teaser showing the really close zoom-ins of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

More Convenient. It is almost all but certain that the P30 will have an under-display fingerprint scanner, the first time on the P series but not necessarily on a Huawei phone. It isn’t clear how this fingerprint scanner will be more convenient. Here’s to hoping Huawei has developed its own ultrasonic sensor like the Qualcomm tech Samsung put on the Galaxy S10+.

More Battery. Well, this one isn’t too surprising. Huawei smartphones, both the P and Mate series, deliver the best battery life in the market today and one would expect this tradition to live on in the P30 and P30 Pro. Expect a larger battery compared to last year’s model, even better optimization, and faster wired and wireless charging speeds.

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ROG Phone II Hands-on

Console replacement?

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Is there a place for gaming phones in 2019? ASUS believes so. In fact they’re so bullish about the mobile gaming industry that they’re giving their gaming phone an update!

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ASUS ROG Phone II Hands-On: The ultimate in mobile gaming

With new and improved accessories too

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Is there a place for gaming phones in 2019? ASUS believes so. In fact they’re so bullish about the mobile gaming industry that they’re giving their gaming phone an update. This is our ROG Phone II hands-on.

At first glance, it’s not very different from last year’s model and that’s intentional. Their focus hasn’t been to rework the wheel but to make the original even better.


The phone is now taller, giving it that now popular 19.5: 9 aspect ratio. It’s built tough with a Gorilla Glass 6 display and is intentionally flashy with RGB lighting baked into the logo on its back with ROG’s trademark styling.

Best display on a smartphone today

The flat all screen display is edge-to-edge except for its top and bottom. ASUS said this is a design decision so that gripping the phone doesn’t get in the way of gameplay.

It also leaves room for the dual front firing speakers and a selfie camera. It’s strategically placed so game streamers can play and stream at the same time.

The panel itself is impressive possibly the best we’ve seen on a smartphone today. It’s the world’s first 120Hz AMOLED display on a smartphone with a super fast one millisecond response time.

It not only gives you buttery smooth transitions, but combined with ultra low touch latency, it’s supposedly also going to give you an advantage when pulling the trigger in a head-to-head shooting game. This HDR display is glorious. Colors pop and images are rich and vibrant. It’s my new favorite display and is perfect whether you’re watching videos or playing games.

Baked into the display is a fingerprint scanner which, based on our initial tests, is quick and snappy.

Performance fit for the most competitive gamers

When it launches, the ROG Phone II will also be one of the most powerful smartphones in the market today. Topping early benchmark tests versus other flagships including the Galaxy S10+ from Samsung and the OnePlus 7 Pro.

It’s powered by an updated version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 — the 855 Plus which is even faster. Coupled with an updated Adreno 640, it’s promising a 15 percent GPU performance.

A completely souped up model will have 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. The phone promises to handle any power intensive game you throw at it with not only fast frame rates but also a commitment to sustained performance across long gaming sessions.

To keep its internals running at optimal condition the phone offers three steps of cooling: First with a 3D Vapor Chamber, second with a built-in heat sink and vents on its back cover, and third via an attachment called the Aero Active Cooler II. With all of these working together, ASUS promises unbeatable performance.

A battery that can handle all that power

So what about battery life? Surely all of this performance power will take a toll on battery life? Nope. The ROG Phone 2 will come with a massive 6000mAh battery. That’s 2000mAh more than most flagships these days.

ASUS is promising 7.1 hours of battery life when playing something like PUBG. What excites me the most is that non-gamers could potentially get two days of more than average use.

The phone also comes with fast charging support built in. A full charge will take one hour and 21 minutes.

More love for gamers

There is much more gamers will love about the new ROG Phone II. ASUS kept the Dual USB-C ports — one on the bottom of the phone and one on its side. This means you can charge the device and continue playing any which way you like.

I also particularly like the improved air triggers that let you control your game by tapping either top side of your phone in landscape mode. Along with an improved vibration motor, the phone feels more like a game controller than ever before.

It’s clear that this isn’t your average phone. It’s one built specifically for gamers. But having said all that ASUS says it’s not just the best gaming phone. It’s a great flagship too!

To ensure the experience is top notch. They gave the ROG Phone II the same impressive camera that’s on the Zenfone 6. Except for its flipping mechanism of course.

A 48MP main camera and a 13MP ultra wide secondary camera. Take a look at some sample photos.

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On the front of the phone is a 24MP selfie camera. Here are some selfie samples.

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The ROG Phone Ecosystem

Depending on how you like to play, ASUS attempted to cater to every game style with a range of accessories made specifically for the ROG Phone II.

The new Kunai gamepad comes with controllers that snap on to a bumper reminiscent of the Nintendo Switch. You can also attach the controllers to the Kunai Holder and use them as you would a gamepad.

The Twin View Dock from last year has also been updated making it lighter and easier to use. It can also be used in conjunction with the GamePad.

Other accessories include the Aero Active Cooler II, Aero Case, and the Lighting Armor Case. Older accessories like the desktop dock, Pro Dock, and the WiGig Display Dock Plus also support this new model.

Is the ROG Phone II your GadgetMatch?

Let me start by saying this phone isn’t for everyone. From the way it looks, to some of its standout feature, these are things that appeal to a very special kind of user.

If you’re the type who is serious about mobile gaming then it definitely is going to be a good investment. If you’re not a gamer but care about things like a great display and ultra long battery life this might be a phone worth considering also.

Representatives from ASUS tell me that once the phone rolls out globally this September there will also be an option to change its interface to the stock-like ZenUI for a more everyday smartphone feel. That’s good news too.

The ROG Phone II launches in China this week. The Global Version is coming first week of September – our review video will drop around the same time.

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BLACKPINK unboxes their own edition of the Samsung Galaxy A80

Spoiler alert: It has a different content inside

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In case you missed it, BLACKPINK members were chosen as Samsung’s A-series ambassadors, thus the reason for the spectacular performance at the Galaxy A event last April.

After a few months, Samsung also launched a special BLACKPINK edition of the Galaxy A80. It was first available in Thailand, then it also made its way to other Southeast Asian markets.


Samsung and TikTok then partnered up and made the Galaxy A80’s slide and swiveling camera movement a dance challenge, giving BLINKs the chance to win the phone with the BLACKPINK branding.

The serious endorsement makes sense especially because Samsung and BLACKPINK are both considered icons of Hallyu (한류) or K-Wave.

Meet the BLACKPINK members: Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo and Rosé (L-R)

All BLACKPINK members were excited to unbox their special edition phone.

As you can see, the boxes are different. BLACKPINK has their own special pink box with a fancier design.

 

For clarification, the usual pink box consists of the BLACKPINK charging stand, case, and a random photo card.

Meanwhile, BLACKPINK’s Special Edition Box includes not just the Galaxy A80, but also the BLACKPINK-branded Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds.

The BLACKPINK logo can be found at the phone’s back and during its initial boot up.

The members were astounded when they saw themselves on the phone’s lock and home screens. The BLACKPINK theme was already set upon turning on the phone.

The BLACKPINK Galaxy Buds is something you can’t get from the other package. It stands out with its black and pink-colored buds (BLINKs would definitely flex this!). The AirPods could never. 👀

Aside from Jisoo wearing the watch, it’s more special because the strap is in BLACKPINK’s official pink color.

Whether that may just be the case or the special Galaxy Buds, BLINKs (including me) would still spoil ourselves with goodies related to BLACKPINK.

 

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