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Mate 9 Pro is Huawei’s true flagship

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If you’re thinking about ordering Huawei’s recently launched Mate 9, you might want to hold on to your wallet now that an even better Mate 9 Pro has been announced.

With a smaller 5.5-inch display size and front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the newer Pro model is distinctly different from the 5.9-inch Mate 9 that launched in Munich, Germany earlier this month.

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Huawei Mate 9 Pro in three different colors

Another major difference is the Mate 9 Pro’s Quad HD AMOLED panel, making it sharper and more vibrant than its larger sibling. It’s also curved on both sides, so watching videos will feel more immersive, at the expense of accidental screen touches if you aren’t careful.

Everything else is virtually the same: The in-house Kirin 960 processor, Leica-infused twin cameras, and fast-charging 4000mAh battery are all still there.

It’s basically a more pocketable version of the original Mate 9 with a stronger resemblance to Samsung’s similarly sized Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Comparing the Mate 9 Pro to the iPhone 7 Plus

The only eyesore is the price. The Mate 9 Pro costs significantly more than the plain Mate 9, retailing at CNY 4,699 ($685) for the 4GB memory with 64GB storage variant and CNY 5,299 ($772) for the 6GB memory with 128GB storage option.

As you can tell by the Chinese pricing, the Mate 9 Pro is only available in Huawei’s home market at the moment. Interested parties outside of China can look forward to the grander Porsche Design model, which shares the same specs as the Mate 9 Pro, but has an even crazier EUR 1395 price tag — that’s close to $1,500!

The German automobile branding exists purely for bragging rights, though. The Mate 9 Porsche Design will ship in limited quantities, and only has a classier look to its credit.

It’s clear Huawei wants to be taken seriously as a premium brand by bringing in help from established names. It’ll certainly help gain greater international recognition, but the China-based manufacturer really should rethink its pricing and distribution plans if it plans to dominate market shares, as well.

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Leica is still around to assist Huawei’s dual-camera setup

Source: GizmoChina

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Apple iPhone XS Max undergoes scratch and bend tests

Spoiler alert: It doesn’t bend!

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The latest iPhones from Apple are already available in key markets around the globe. Quite a number of people already have their hands on one (including us), so it’s time to review the phone. While we’re still working on our insights about the new iPhone XS, let’s witness the device go through a series of durability test.

If you’re fond of seeing phones get through sharp blades, you should definitely check out Zack Nelson’s JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube. The latest phone to suffer on his table, of course, is the newest iPhone — the iPhone XS Max to be specific.

Unsurprisingly, the iPhone XS Max practically survived the whole test. The front and back glass body managed to withstand scratches like most high-end smartphones on the market. The stainless steel frame did scratch too, but Zack pointed out that it’s less prone to damages compared to previous aluminum-made iPhones.

Everything was not perfect, though. Apple claimed that the new iPhone XS and XS Max have “sapphire crystal lens cover” for the dual rear cameras. That’s ideal to fully protect the camera from unsightly scratches which will greatly affect the image quality. Unfortunately, it seems to be just a marketing gimmick. Compared to an actual and pure sapphire crystal face of a Tissot wristwatch, the iPhone’s lens cover is not hard enough and it scratches easily.

At least, though, the iPhone XS Max didn’t bend at the end of the video.

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1 gets tested for durability

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro official cases leak online

That’s a wide notch

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Huawei is set to announce their latest flagship phone next month, but we’ve seen seeing leaks about it all over the internet. The latest one is this: the upcoming Mate 20 Pro is seen inside the official case renders.

Similar with the P20 series that was announced earlier this year, the Mate 20 Pro will once again have a notched display. However, the new notch appears to be wider which indicates that Face ID-like technology is coming to the new Huawei phone. The overall front design is pretty iPhone X-esque, to be honest, but there’s a bit of a chin towards the bottom of the display.

Check the upcoming official cases from Huawei for the Mate 20 Pro:

At the back, you can see the new square-shaped camera module. This will house three cameras and a dual-tone LED flash. It’ll be quite unusual, but it’s a welcome change.

Also noticeable is the lack of a fingerprint reader. Neither the front or rear of the phone has a visible fingerprint scanner. Huawei could implement an in-display reader, though.

The Mate 20 Pro will go official on October 16 in London along with the regular Mate 20 variant.

Source: Slashleaks

SEE ALSO: Leaked Huawei Mate 20 copies from Apple and Samsung

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OnePlus 6 officially gets stable Android Pie update

The update is rolling out in stages

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Earlier this month, OnePlus announced the open beta version of Android Pie for its latest smartphone. Thankfully, it didn’t take them long to have the final and stable version available. If you own a OnePlus 6, turn your update notification on because Android Pie is coming to your phone.

OxygenOS 9.0 brings Android Pie features to OnePlus devices, starting with the OnePlus 6. The version number of OxygenOS jumped from 5.x to 9.0 to match Google’s latest version number.

OnePlus also adopted the Android Pie user interface and gestures, but the support for custom accent colors is still present. There’s also the Adaptive Battery feature, new Do Not Disturb settings, and updated Gaming Mode v3.0. The September 2018 security patch is also in tow.

The update is rolling out in stages. Only a few users are getting it first, so they can report any missed bugs before the wider roll out in the next few days.

Source: OnePlus

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3 and 3T will surely get Android P

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