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LG G4 Unboxing

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LG G4

The LG G4 is a 5.5-inch smartphone with one of the best cameras of 2015. LG’s flagship shoots 16 megapixel images, has an f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, and a dedicated color spectrum sensor. The phone also sports a new genuine leather back that’s removable, allowing users to swap batteries and memory cards. In this video we unbox the LG G4 and take a look at some of its features.

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Huawei officially announces the Nova 3 and Nova 3i

New flagship and midrange phones from Huawei

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Huawei has announced their latest phones: the Nova 3 and Nova 3i. In a grand launch in China, the company made the two phones official after the long wait. The looks of the Nova 3 phones are based on the P20 series, but they offer a lot more value for the money.

Nova 3

The Nova 3 is Huawei’s newest flagship-level offering which sits below the P20 series. Despite having a different name, the Nova 3 borrows a number of design cues and specs from the P20. The Nova 3 is also powered by the Kirin 970 processor along with a built-in NPU chip for AI capabilities. The GPU Turbo feature, which will soon arrive on existing Huawei phones, comes out of the box and promises better gaming performance.

The phone sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display encased in a full-glass body. Just like with the P20, Huawei will offer the Nova 3 in exciting colors: Primrose Gold, Light Blue, Blue Purple, and Bright Black.

Huawei Nova 3 in Primrose Gold, Blue Purple, and Light Blue

Huawei phones have been known to have great cameras, and the Nova 3 will be no different because there are four cameras on board the device. At the back, there’s a 16-megapixel color sensor and a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. In front, there’s another 24-megapixel shooter accompanied by a 2-megapixel depth sensor for sharper portrait shots.

All of these features are run by Android 8.1 Oreo skinned with EMUI 8.2. A large 3750mAh battery keeps the phone on and charges quickly with Huawei SuperCharge through USB-C.

The Nova 3 is priced at CNY 2,999 (US$ 445) in China for the variant with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

Nova 3i

Then there’s the Nova 3i which is basically a more affordable, toned-down version of the Nova 3. It still has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2.

To make the Nova 3i cheaper, the specs have to be adjusted. Instead of the Kirin 970, it’s got a midrange-class Kirin 710 processor but still with up to 6GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage.

Four cameras are still on board the Nova 3i, but the rear shooters have a different combo. Gone is the rear monochrome sensor which has been replaced by a 2-megapixel depth sensor to help the main 16-megapixel shooter. Don’t worry, the selfie cameras of the Nova 3i are kept similar to the Nova 3’s.

Huawei Nova 3i in Blue Purple

Battery capacity is also different on the Nova 3i. A slightly smaller 3340mAh gives juice to the phone and it charges through a micro-USB port.

The Nova 3i has a launch price of CNY 1,999 (US$ 300) for the 4GB/128GB variant while the 6GB/64GB variant is priced at CNY 2,199 (US$ 330).

We already have a hands-on of the Nova 3i which you can read here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 3i is a beautiful phone with quad-camera goodness

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Nokia X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus) is a more affordable X6, retains notch

This would do well in more markets

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The Nokia X6 came out two months ago, and even though it was pegged as a budget phone with a notch, it wasn’t that affordable. That’s why we have the Nokia X5 launched earlier today.

Possibly named the Nokia 5.1 Plus when it hits other countries, the Nokia X5 is more affordable than the X6 while retaining a lot of key traits.

The first is the 5.86-inch 720p display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 because of the notch. On top, you can find the 8-megapixel selfie camera with the usual AI and portrait mode tricks.

Fortunately, the rear retains the dual-camera setup: a main 13-megapixel shooter with a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for measuring depth.

Since this is a cheaper model, there are some changes in hardware. The X5 settles for a Helio P60 processor (compared to the Snapdragon 636 of the X6), although the memory and storage configuration can go up to 4GB and 64GB, respectively.

And because this is the rejuvenated Nokia we’re talking about, it comes with an updated version of Android Oreo, which is kept alive by a 3060mAh battery.

As an X-series phone, it’s currently exclusive to China, just like the Nokia X6. Everyone can agree, however, that this could be a potential hit in other countries like India.

The lowest configuration with 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage retails for CNY 999 (US$ 150), and the one with 4GB memory and 64GB storage costs CNY 1,399 (US$ 210). Those prices are well below Nokia X6 pricing, making this a more attractive option for budget-conscious markets.

For colors, you have blue, black, or white to choose from.

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Huawei Nova 3i is a beautiful phone with quad-camera goodness

The newest midrange contender

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Huawei just unveiled the Nova 3i and it looks good. Allow me a minute to gush about its looks.

This new midrange smartphone sports a glass back with a premium feel and a beautiful gradient back reminiscent of the Twilight P20. Let’s look at that closely.

As if this phone couldn’t get more extra looks-wise, there’s also a what Huawei reps call the “shining curve effect” which gives it that oomph when light hits the handset.

Now, on to what it can do.

This thing has a quad-camera setup: A 24- and 2-megapixel combo in front and a 16- and 2-megapixel setup on its back.

This phone makes you look good not just in selfies, but also while doing selfies. Take it from Chay.

Different scenes mean different adjustments to get the perfect shot. The cameras are equipped with AI, meaning they can intelligently detect scenes and automatically improve your photos. And, it’s not only the rear cameras with this technology; the selfie cams also have AI capabilities and an improved AI beauty mode.

The fingerprint scanner is found on the phone’s back, which usually means a more bezel-less screen. The 6.3-inch display features tiny bezels and a smaller chin plus, surprise, a notch!

There’s also a facial unlock feature and AI 3D Qmoji, which is basically Huawei’s version of Apple’s Animoji. 

The Nova 3i runs on Huawei’s brand-new Kirin 710 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It has 3340mAh battery capacity and runs Android Oreo out of the box. 

Aside from this pretty gradient, the Nova 3i is also available in white or black.

Will this smartphone be as good as it looks? You’ll have to wait for the full review. Meanwhile, you can check price and availability here.

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