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LG V30+ launches in Singapore, pre-orders begin

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LG continues the global rollout of its creator-focused V30 smartphone with a launch in Singapore today.

Here at the Lion City, LG is selling the higher V30+ model which has more storage than the standard V30 (128GB versus 64GB) and comes with bundled QuadPlay earphones.

Despite fierce competition from its closest rivals, the V30+ is in a class of its own, being the only flagship with an ultra wide-angle camera, and specialty features that appeal to video content creators, including the ability to shoot in LOG – basically a set of tools that give you a wider range of control over the videos you create.     

You can read our in-depth hands-on feature here, or watch the hands-on video we shot in Berlin here:

In Singapore, the V30+ will retail for S$ 1,098 and will be available starting December 2 at M1, Singtel, StarHub, and LG stores. It is available in the entire range of colors including aurora black, lavender violet, Moroccan blue, and silver.  

LG is accepting pre-orders online at www.lgmobilereg.com and in person at their LG Living booth at ION Orchard Basement 4 Atrium from October 31 to November 17. 

Customers who pre-order will get a pair of S$ 229 B&O Beoplay H3 earphones. 

SEE ALSO: LG G6 vs ASUS ZenFone 4: Camera Shootout

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Apple iPhone 9, iPhone SE 2 rumor roundup

Newer iPhone parts in an old body

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It hasn’t even been a full two months since 2020, but rumors about the next cheapest iPhone have been overflowing since October last year. Whether it’s about the price, renders, specs, and even in-store pre-orders, leaksters can’t keep their mouths shut.

Disclaimer: Everything you see here are just leaks and rumors and nothing has been confirmed yet.

iPhone 8-like design (plus red color option)

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The images we made are based from OnLeaks and Svetapple’s renders. They both show that the design is based from the two-year-old iPhone 8. Ming-Chi Kuo, a prominent iPhone leakster, has further solidified that this next iPhone will have the same form factor. The materials will mostly feature an aluminum and glass sandwich. It’s never early to tell that a stainless steel frame is unlikely going to happen considering the minimal cost of production.

While it’s unfortunate that both the Max and Pro series of iPhones never had a Product (RED) option, Kuo has confirmed that this cheap iPhone will come with that colorway. There are no news whether this iPhone will have a gold finish or not.

Same 4.7-inch Retina Display (and Touch ID isn’t dead yet)

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With the same design in mind, the second generation iPhone SE will most likely have a Retina Display found on the iPhone 8. Although the 4.7-inch screen size has been evolving since the iPhone 6 from five years ago, expect little to no display improvements other than the inclusion of Apple’s True Tone technology.

It’s also expected that it’ll have Touch ID (instead of Face ID) to keep manufacturing costs low.

iPhone 11-grade performance

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We’ve heard that the next A14 Bionic Chipset is reserved for the upcoming iPhone 12, so the iPhone 9 will likely feature the A13 Bionic Chipset found on the iPhone 11 series. The RAM might be limited to just 3GB like the iPhone X and iPhone XR, but it’ll still have a major bump in processing power. Who knows? It might even beat the iPhone XS and XS Max altogether considering the inclusion of a newer processor.

iPhone XR-esque camera sensor

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Remember when the iPhone SE had an edge by having the same sensor as the iPhone 6s with 4K video over the 5s’ lackluster camera? Apple might just do the same with the SE’s successor. Although no specifics were given, it’s probable that this will still ship with a single-rear camera setup with a larger image sensor — similar to the iPhone XR.

Launch date and pricing

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It’s rumored that the base model of the iPhone 9 or SE 2 (with 64GB of onboard storage) will cost around US$ 399 — which was the same retail price as the iPhone SE when it was launched four years ago.

As reported by the popular leakster Evan Blass weeks ago, it might be launched around mid-March. Consumers should expect less units though due to the 2019-coronavirus strain (COVID-19) outbreak that halted a lot of businesses and production lines in China and parts of Asia.

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TONE e20 is a smartphone that prohibits you from taking nudes

A must-have security feature

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You read the headline right! TONE e20 is a smartphone with an unusual feature. It was made by the startup Japanese brand TONE Mobile. Before you start whining how “ridiculous” this phone is, the company’s goal is to protect innocent children and teenagers from creepers, pedophiles, and child predators.

The TONE Camera app has a “smartphone protection” feature that prohibits the user from taking nude photos (and even videos). It’s equipped with a special AI algorithm that detects if the image being taken is deemed “inappropriate”. Once detected, a warning shows for up to two seconds. The photo won’t be saved to the gallery nor linked cloud services.

If a child takes a sensitive photo, his/her parents (or guardians) will be notified with the pixelated image and the location where it was taken. The company says they don’t store data through servers. If you’re an adult who’s fond of taking nude selfies, it will also be disregarded right away.

This phone also has a double biometric authentication for extra protection. There’s the fingerprint scanner that works even when you wear gloves. The face recognition system relies on its 2-megapixel front camera which can detect your face even in dark environments.

Speaking of cameras, it has a dual rear camera setup. You have a 12-megapixel sensor for your regular shots. Meanwhile, the 13-megapixel camera shoots “super ultra-wide angles” with a 120-degree field of view. Its HD+ display measures at 6.26 inches. Inside, there’s an octa-core 2.0GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage with an expandability of up to 256GB through microSD slot.

The TONE e20 retails for only JP¥ 19,800 (roughly US$ 178). You simply get what you pay for with this smartphone with an added security feature that no other phone manufacturer has thought of.

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Everything we know so far about the Huawei P40 Pro

No ban can stop this phone from going out

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While the Mobile World Congress will no longer push through, Huawei is gearing up to unveil its new Huawei P40 series lineup of devices. Of course, one of the devices to look out for is the new Huawei P40 Pro — the successor to the P30 Pro. Even with a cancelled MWC and on-and-off bans from major markets, the company seems undeterred to show you what it’s got.

Here’s what we know so far about the Huawei P40 Pro:

Phone design

Leaked photos and renders online suggest that the Huawei P40 Pro will come with a curved display. On the display, these leaks also show that the phone will come with a punch-hole camera on the upper left. The punch-hole camera setup, at the very least suggests that the phone will come with a dual selfie camera setup. In terms of the quality of the lenses of the dual selfie camera, nothing has been revealed yet.

Other photos are also suggesting that the Huawei P40 Pro will look relatively similar to that of its less powerful brother, the Huawei P40. There are reports that claim that both models will come in five different colors: Black, Blush Gold, Silver Frost, Deep Sea Blue, and Ice White with a rumored Mint Green. Also, no renders or leaks have shown any sign of a headphone jack on the device, so it’s possible that this is the direction Huawei wants to go.

The camera setup

Renders of the main cameras on the Huawei P40 Pro show Leica sensors, much similar to how the past Huawei P Series smartphones. One report from Somag News suggests that a Sony IMX700 CMOS sensor will be in the P40 series, with a resolution of 52MP. If this is true, this means that Huawei has opted not to follow their competitors in incorporating high-resolution sensors to their flagships.

Leaks also suggest a sort of camera bump at the back of the phone because of this setup. These renders show that Huawei is opting for a quad-camera setup for the P40 Pro, highlighted by the previously mentioned Sony IMX700 sensor. The main camera could also come with a 40MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 10x optical zoom sensor, which could perform better in low light situations.

The big reveals

One thing that Huawei made sure of was that they plan to launch the P40 series sometime late March of this year. Some had anticipated that the now-cancelled Mobile World Congress was going to be the company’s main platform to tease the new phone.

Of course, if the US ban on Huawei is still in effect by the time of its actual release, expect that the phone won’t come with any native Google apps. Instead, Huawei plans to incorporate its Huawei Mobile Services suite, which is still miles behind the Google Suite.

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