Lenovo Z5 is not the ‘all-screen’ phone we were made to believe

It has a notch and chin



The Lenovo Z5 was finally announced earlier today in China and it’s not exactly the phone we were expecting. The Chinese company has been hyping the Z5 with teasers showing that it’ll be an “all-screen” phone similar to the Vivo APEX. Unfortunately, it was unveiled to be another iPhone X lookalike.

The teased “all-screen” phone from Lenovo is far from the teasers. We’d make less of a fuss if Lenovo had just been honest from the start, but they led us to believe that they’ll have a phone with an extremely high screen-to-body ratio. Here’s a comparison of the teaser and the actual product:


Lenovo was even proud of the phone’s notch, even though it shouldn’t have one in the first place. During the live reveal, they claimed that the notch is narrower than the iPhone X’s. 🤷‍♂️

Moving forward, the Z5 has a 6.2-inch 19:9 IPS LCD with a Full HD+ resolution. It’s a midrange handset since it’s powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor with 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. Of course, Lenovo joins the AI wagon with its dual rear camera setup using a 16- and 8-megapixel combo. The selfie camera hiding in the notch is an 8-megapixel sensor that also has AI capabilities.

The battery of the handset has a typical capacity of 3300mAh and it supports 18W fast charging through the USB-C port at the bottom. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo topped with ZUI 4.0, but a promised update to Android P is coming when that version comes out later this year.

The Z5 will come in black, blue, and Aurora which shifts under different lighting just like the Honor 10. There will be two storage options: a 64GB model priced at CNY 1,299 (US$ 200) and a 128GB version for CNY 1,799 (US$ 280). The phone is coming to China in June 12, while the international market still has to wait.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo unveils S5 to compete against other Chinese midrange phones


India’s new SMS regulation creates havoc for banks, essential services

SMS deliveries have been down for days



Indian telecom service providers started implementing the second phase of a new SMS regulation, disrupting essential services like OTP (one-time passwords), bank updates, and e-commerce messages. This is an industry-wide issue affecting everything, including India’s identity verification program called Aadhaar and the Coronavirus vaccination portal called CoWIN.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently issued a guideline that mandated verifying every SMS and its content before delivery. The process is technically called scrubbing and was implemented on March 8, 2021. As a result, unverified and unregistered SMS messages were blocked by telcos.

TRAI says that scrubbing helps reduce spam or misleading messages that pretend to be from a financial institution. The process helps in differentiating between promotional and transactional messages. To control fraud, a blockchain-based solution is used by telcos to check every SMS’ header and content. If the source isn’t registered, the message won’t go through.

Telcos say that they simply followed the upgrade regulations and that telemarketers and companies are yet to join the formal registration process. Unfortunately, neither the telcos nor the banks have issued a statement to address public outrage.

Every transaction done by a credit or debit card is authenticated on the spot via a preset PIN or SMS OTP in India. For online transactions, a vast majority of users rely on OTPs, and these just aren’t getting delivered. Even SMS updates about a transaction aren’t able to go through. Telcos pushed back and pinned the blame on companies and their lax adoption, which have failed to comply with regulatory standards.

According to BloombergQuint, Axis Bank, one of India’s largest private banks, can deliver only 25 to 30 percent of the total messages. In the meantime, users are suggested to rely on alternative authentication services like Verified by Visa.

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Huawei P50 will launch with HarmonyOS out of the box

Bye Android



Because of the ongoing American ban, Huawei is rapidly plummeting down the ranks. Though the company is already struggling to replace multiple components across the board, everything started with the loss of Google. Fortunately, they are already developing an Android alternative called HarmonyOS. However, the supposedly independent operating system is still nowhere to be found. Reportedly, its time has come. According to a Weibo source, the Huawei P50 series will come with HarmonyOS out of the box.

In the now-deleted source (captured by GSMArena), Huawei has already completed the second beta testing phase of its upcoming HarmonyOS and is readying for its third phase. Further, a final release is impending. According to the source, the upcoming P50 series will already come with the system from the get-go.

For existing Huawei users, though, the HarmonyOS beta is already available for anyone who wants to opt in. Naturally, doing so might not be the best decision yet, especially since it’s still in beta. Further, the ecosystem is still building itself into a thriving one.

Despite the software’s continuous development, it hasn’t been free from controversy. According to past rumors, HarmonyOS is apparently still based on Android’s software, specifically AOSP. If it’s true by the final release, the company hasn’t strayed away from its Android roots.

The Huawei P50 series is set to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Huawei P50 series still coming in March

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro now available with Smart postpaid plans

Starting at PhP 2,899 per month



Huawei’s latest flagship, the Mate 40 Pro, can now be had on Smart’s Signature postpaid plans. For as low as PhP 2,899 per month, you can have the latest and the greatest from Huawei plus all the perks from Smart.

The perks include 15GB of data with rollover, unlimited texts and calls to all networks, and free 150 minutes of calls to local PLDT numbers. You will need to pay a PhP 9,800 one-time cashout.

If you want to make the most out of your device plan, apply now until March 31 to get a free, exclusive ring light case worth PhP 3,999. Physical store applications will net you a free wireless table lamp worth PhP 2,499 from March 12 to April 30.

Freebies for Huawei devices

Now is the best time also to check out Smart’s postpaid plans for Huawei devices. Every Huawei P40 Pro+, Nova series, and Y series postpaid plans now come with freebies worth up to PhP 20,990. You can grab this amazing deal only at Smart stores nationwide until March 31, 2021.

To know more about this offer, visit Smart’s website today.

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