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Lenovo brings Vibe X3, Vibe K4 Note multimedia phones to PH

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Lenovo has made quite a splash in the Philippines with great, sub-Php10,000 smartphones like the A7000 Plus, but the Chinese company, which owns Motorola, isn’t shifting its focus away from the midrange. And understandably so, because higher-priced items make a company more money.

Which brings us to the Lenovo Vibe X3 and Vibe K4 Note, two cousins with 5.5-inch, full-resolution displays and mid-market pedigree and all it implies — in the case of Lenovo, Dolby-certified speakers and an app drawer-less user interface on top of last-gen Android software (Lollipop).

Neither of these phones will blow your socks off, though to be fair, it’s rarely the case that in-betweeners ever do.

Lenovo Vibe X3

Lenovo Vibe X3

But if you’re in the market for a reasonably priced device that delivers a big sound and an even bigger viewing experience, Vibe X3 or K4 Note might be a good match for all your multimedia needs.

And it doesn’t hurt that the two Lenovos are powerful in their own right; the higher-end X3 houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 system-on-a-chip and 3GB of RAM — the same configuration as last year’s flagship LG G4 and BlackBerry Priv phones — the K4 Note, meanwhile, enjoys the same serving of RAM and is built around one of MediaTek’s newer octa-core processors.

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

Lenovo K4 Note

The X3 and K4 Note also share a similar-looking chassis featuring two front-facing speakers, a tapered back, and a metal band that runs along the sides of the hardware. There’s also a fingerprint scanner and internals that make fast charging possible.

The Lenovo Vibe X3 and Vibe Note 4 cost Php22,099 ($480) and Php10,699 ($230) in the Philippines, respectively, and both will come with a free VR headset when they hit stores this month.

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered loss, Huawei, on the other hand, increase their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an extra 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO the whole year with 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

Through a leaked photo

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Image source: Weibo

In a month, Huawei will finally launch the successful P20 series’ successor — the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Given last year’s success, the P30 series has some huge boots to fill. Thankfully, existing rumors are already painting a colorful portrait for us.

As the launch beckons just around the corner, Huawei has officially confirmed the series’ most highlighted rumor — the quad rear camera. Last year, the P20 Pro flaunted an amazing triple rear camera system. This year, leakers and rumor mills have speculated on one more camera. After much speculation throughout the past few months, a Huawei official has suddenly leaked the information himself.

On Chinese social network Weibo, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, posted an incredibly close-up shot of the recent full moon. As is standard with most Chinese smartphones, the photo came with an incriminating watermark.

Image source: Weibo

Strangely, Yu still tried to blur out the phone’s model. Despite the blur, the “Leica Quad Camera” label is blatantly clear. Further, the blur still doesn’t completely hide the starting letter, “P.” Obviously, the P20 series does not have the indicated quad camera setup. Also, the blur isn’t big enough to cover “Mate 20 Pro.” The P30 Pro is the only possible option.

Intentional or not, Yu’s leak is the biggest hype maker for the upcoming launch. If the P30 Pro can shoot moon shots like that, it will likely offer an enjoyable shooting experience. Regardless, the Huawei P30 series is only a month away. Huawei has a lot of momentum going into the launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Nokia 6 and 2.1 get updated to Android 9 Pie

True to the promise

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HMD Global, the company that creates the new Nokia phones, is keeping their promise to users of the original Nokia 6 and the entry-level Nokia 2.1 by seeding the Android 9 Pie update according to schedule.

Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2.1 phones should start getting the sweet update to Google’s latest Android version. Like with any rollout, the process is done gradually; some users might have to wait for a bit to get theirs.

For the Nokia 6, the update weighs around 1.7GB and it also brings the latest February 2019 security patch. This is the phone’s second major version upgrade. It was released in 2017 with Android Nougat and got updated to Android Oreo last year.

The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, gets the Android Pie (Go edition) since it’s a phone with 1GB of memory. The lightweight version of Android makes sure that things will run smoothly despite the limited memory and storage capacity.

Based on HMD Global’s schedule, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was supposed to receive Android Pie in January, but it was missed. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are next in line for the update.

SEE ALSO: HMD Global shares Android Pie update roadmap for Nokia phones

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