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.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 19, 2019
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.
How to use your selfie camera for better photos
The front-facing camera is all you’ll ever need
When someone says “selfie,” most people think of photos similar to this:
And while there’s nothing wrong with photos like these, I’m here to tell you that pictures with your smartphone’s front-facing cameras can be way better. No, really.
In this article, I’ll walk you through how to get picturesque selfie shots that are Instagram-worthy.
First off, you’ll need a smartphone with a powerful selfie cam. Gone are the days when front shooters were considered secondary cameras. Brands have now recognized the importance of selfie shooters and they’re now putting in even better ones — thank heavens! The weapon of choice for this activity was the Honor 10 Lite with a 24-megapixel camera equipped with AI.
The next step is finding a great spot. Find a way to mount your phone — whether it be with a phone tripod, or entails propping it up on a wall or your coffee mug (like I did). What’s important is that your phone is on a stable place. Now you can fix your framing!
The camera timer is the most commonly used feature for these photos. All you need to do is turn it on and pose.
My favorite selfie feature would be the Palm Gesture. Simply raise up your palm when you’re ready. This saves you the trouble of having to physically tap the shutter button over and over. On the Honor 10 Lite, there’s also the Smile Shutter feature which triggers the shutter every time you smile, and the Volume Control feature which triggers the shutter when you say “Cheese,” or when your voice reaches a certain decibel.
What I love about shooting with the selfie cam is the fact that it shows me what my photo looks like before I hit the shutter. This means I can move around and make sure none of my body parts are cut out. I can also make sure I’m not shooting an unflattering angle and adjust accordingly. Here are just some samples I shot with the Honor 10 Lite:
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Honor.
Sneaky Apple announcements: Weekend Rewind
Is something big coming?
Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.
1. Apple announced a bunch of things, Tim Cook starts a meme
Apple quietly announced a bunch of updates to their products, ahead of what many expect to be a big announcement at the end of March.
The company announced significant updates to the iMac. The 21.5-inch iMac now features Intel’s eight-generation six-core processors, while the bigger 27-inch iMac can offer up to an eight-core Intel Core i9 processor which promises 2.4 times faster performance.
AirPods can now be wirelessly charged. It’ll work with any Qi wireless charging solution. It also delivers better performance efficiency, faster connect times, 50 percent more talk time, and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.”
The iPad Air and iPad mini get a boost in performance, as well as Apple Pencil support for the iPad mini, an A12 Bionic chip, and Retina display with True Tone tech and wide color support.
But perhaps the most significant thing that came out of these updates is Tim Cook giving birth to a new meme.
2. Travel video shot with Huawei P30 leaks
Cinematographer Parker Walbeck uploaded a Cancun travel video on his channel which was supposedly shot with the P30 Pro. Walbeck did say he made a few edits in post production but also went on to praise the phone’s optical and digital zoom capabilities.
3. Tesla’s Model Y is more affordable
Tesla is taking another stab at a mass market EV with the Tesla Model Y. It can easily be mistaken as the Model X at first glance with its long, sloping lines, wide bonnet, and lower grille. The difference is that being a crossover, the Model Y is bigger. In front there are LED fog lamps, auto dimming and power folding side mirrors, and a choice of 18-, 19-, or 20-inch wheels.
Pricing starts at US$ 39,000 and stretches to US$ 60,000 for the top-of-the-line Performance model. In between those are the Long Range and Dual Motor AWD which are at US$ 47,000 and US$ 51,000, respectively.
4. Black Shark 2 in your area
Xiaomi’s gaming smartphone isn’t playing around. The Black Shark 2 is here with top-of-the-line specs namely a Snapdragon 855 chipset, Adreno 640 GPU, up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage.
The Black Shark 2 touts a Samsung-sourced 6.39-inch AMOLED screen, pumping out images at 2340 x 1080 resolution. Additionally, the display’s brightness goes up to 430 nits. Latency has also been reduced to 43.5ms. It has motion interpolation, optimizing the display for gaming purposes.
5. Google Stadia is for people with high-speed internet
At its recent Game Developers Conference, Google unveiled Stadia, its new cloud-based gaming platform. Unlike the PlayStation Now, Stadia does not require its own console. According to Google, gamers can access the platform anywhere online — laptops, TVs (through Google’s Chromecast), and smartphones. Thankfully, the service is brand agnostic; any device will work.
Predictably, this new platform will require a lot of bandwidth, so bad news for locations that don’t have access to really fast internet. And they really should’ve just called it Google Games or Google Gaming. GG.
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.
Nissan pushes through with electrification of Asia and Oceania
One step at a time
It’s that time of the year again when Nissan gathers thought leaders, government officials, and media representatives from around the region to discuss how to improve and reshape the way people use transportation.
With the theme “Transform the way we drive and live,” this year’s Nissan Futures offers updated statistics and tackles the company’s plans and strategies to fully electrify Asia and Oceania.
Through a report, Nissan kicked off the event by showing us our current situation and where this could lead. They said that in about 30 years, the human population will hit 9.9 billion and two out of three people will be living in cities. This translates to more carbon footprint for each city and heavier air pollution for everyone if we simply continue going down this path.
“Asia Pacific is home to more than 2.1 billion urban residents, that is 60 percent of the world’s urban population. This brings increased pressure on the region’s cities and mobility systems. Events like Nissan Futures create the appropriate platform to discuss solutions for our region’s societies and mobility systems,” said Yutaka Sanada, Regional Senior Vice President for Asia and Oceania. “Driven by our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, we are committed to bringing safe, smart, and sustainable mobility to more people.”
We already talked about the benefits of electric vehicles (as well as myths that surround them) and how they will significantly reduce tailpipe emissions on the streets and eventually reduce air pollution. With that in mind, Nissan envisions a city with a more sustainable environment by jumping on the electric bandwagon. And right now, their Leaf electric vehicle is what embodies their plans for the future.
“The Leaf remains the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our strategy for moving more people to a better world,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s Global Head of Marketing, Sales, and Electric Vehicles.
Just earlier this month, the Leaf cemented itself as the most successful EV to date — surpassing the 400,000 sales mark. Although, we weren’t that surprised since we got to drive and experience the Leaf for the second time. I’d say the drive was more exciting this year since we drove it around the open streets of Hong Kong and witnessed how it fared in terms of its safety features, handling, power, and battery consumption.
We made a short video of the drive:
Yes, we’re still far away from cities being fully electric, but Nissan is relentlessly pushing through. It has already put its foot in and is paving the way for electrification that will soon extend beyond the confines of a vehicle.
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