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Mate 40’s camera revealed in several leaks

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Later this week, Huawei is finally unveiling the forthcoming Mate 40 series. Despite the launch’s proximity, the unannounced flagship series kept most of its details private — minus, of course, the Kirin chipset. Now, days before the event, a leak reveals the Mate 40’s camera in its entirety.

The leaked render first appeared in several sources on Twitter. Though just promotional images, the leak clearly shows the phone’s curiously shaped rear camera setup. Instead of last year’s circular rear cameras, the Mate 40 series will have octagonal setup. If the renders are true, the series will sport five rear cameras, an LED flash, and what looks like a ToF sensor.

A second leak reveals a promotion for screen accessories. Though the poster itself doesn’t reveal much, it’s clear that the series will come in black and blue-green color options.

Finally, rounding out the day filled with leaks, renowned leaker Ice Universe reveals the rear panel of the Mate 40’s premium variant: the Mate 30 Porsche Design. Shining in brilliant blue gray, the premium model’s rear has vertical accents running down the center. Compared to the more standard variants, the Porsche Design variant looks more premium.

Last week, a separate leak reveals the device’s front panel. This time, the flagships will have a dual punch-hole camera window on the top-left portion. Besides that, they will also have a curved edge-to-edge display.

As confirmed by Huawei, the Mate 40 series will finally debut on October 22. The series will carry the last proprietary Kirin chipset and will receive the upcoming HarmonyOS 2.0 first for smartphones.

SEE ALSO: Mate 40 series is coming very soon

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Smart postpaid plans for Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Starts at PhP 900 with one-time fee of PhP 18,600 for Plan S

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is available in the Philippines right now, but those waiting for the device to come on carrier plans are out of luck until now.  Smart is now offering the budget flagship device on its Signature Plans, starting at PhP 999 per month.

Like other devices on Signature Plans, the device is available on four plan tiers — S, M, L, and XL. Across all plan tiers, there are two payment options for the device. These payment options differ by the amount of one-time cashout and the monthly fee.

Signature Plan S

Payment Option 1 Payment Option 2
Amount of Data 5GB
Texts Unlimited to all networks
Calls Unlimited to Smart and Sun, 100 mins to other networks
One-time cashout PhP 18,600 N/A
Monthly fee PhP 999 N/A

Signature Plan M

Payment Option 1 Payment Option 2
Amount of Data 10GB
Texts Unlimited to all networks
Calls Unlimited to Smart and Sun, 100 mins to other networks
One-time cashout PhP 15,000 PhP 5,820
Monthly fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,899

Signature Plan L

Payment Option 1 Payment Option 2
Amount of Data 15GB
Texts Unlimited to all networks
Calls Unlimited to Smart and Sun, 150 mins to other networks
One-time cashout PhP 15,000 PhP 4,510
Monthly fee PhP 1,999 PhP 2,299

Signature Plan XL

Payment Option 1 Payment Option 2
Amount of Data 30GB
Texts Unlimited to all networks
Calls Unlimited to Smart and Sun, 300 mins to other networks
One-time cashout PhP 4,100 PhP 1,810
Monthly fee PhP 2,999 PhP 3,099

Plan renewals and new applications can be done via Smart’s online store. Select Smart physical stores are also open to serve customers and subscribers alike. Smart postpaid subscribers will get special discount rates on the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE upon renewal of their plan.

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Nokia is likely working on an actual flagship

Is this the Nokia 10?

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Since its resurrection from the dustbins of history, Nokia championed the banners for the midrange and budget segments. The company’s recent lineup includes both nostalgia jerkers and actual competitors. Of course, Nokia still lacks significant presence in the flagship segment. According to an internal document, Nokia is likely working on an actual flagship.

Reported by Nokia-centric outlet Nokiamob.net, the internal document confirms Nokia’s continued drive to become one of the world’s top smartphone companies in three to five years. To do so, the company is possibly planning for a Nokia 10 launch in the future.

However, if you’re hoping for more details about the upcoming device, the document does not explicitly reveal the new phone. Instead, it directly prohibits any rumors from surfacing about the Nokia 10. According to the leaker, the prohibitive clause itself confirms the existence of the smartphone without alluding to it directly.

Going by the company’s usual naming standards, the Nokia 10 will likely follow the Nokia 9, potentially hinting at an upcoming upgrade for the lineup. The company’s five-year goal further adds credence to the possibility.

Besides the Nokia 10, the document also emphasizes Nokia’s drive to strengthen support for Google and its services. With more Google-centric phones, Nokia hopes to “attract new users and increase [their] product value for existing users.”

Finally, the document affirms Nokia’s focus on several key markets going forward: India, China, Russia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Mexico, and the United States. Though the company will certainly retain presence over other markets, expect more news to trickle from those territories first.

SEE ALSO: Nokia is building a 4G network on the Moon

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Samsung acquires license to supply phone screens to Huawei

One off Huawei’s list

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Earlier this month, Huawei unveiled its last hurrah to the current Kirin generation, the Mate 40 series. Unfortunately, with the current state of geopolitics, the Chinese company can no longer access any America-dependent components it needs for devices. With the ban firmly in place, Huawei’s devices are in jeopardy of fading into oblivion. That said, foreign companies are also struggling to obtain licenses to keep Huawei as a valued client. Recently, Samsung has reportedly acquired such a license to supply phone screens for Huawei.

According to Reuters, Samsung Display’s bid for a license came through successfully, allowing the South Korean company to ship components to the Chinese company. The license potentially fills Huawei’s gaps in the supply chain.

In general, Huawei is with good company. Samsung Display currently ships screens to Samsung’s devices and Apple’s iPhones. Unfortunately, the report did not confirm which types of screens will fall under the list of permissible components for Huawei. Besides standard screens, the company also makes benchmark-topping OLED screens for smartphones.

Though Samsung already has the go-ahead, other companies have also applied for similar licenses from the US government. However, only a handful of companies have successfully received their licenses. With only a few trickling through, Huawei is still in a rough spot, lacking essential components for future smartphones and other devices.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 40 Pro Unboxing and Review: Last of its Kind

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