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Motorola P30 is official, combines the latest phone designs

It combines both Apple and Huawei’s designs

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Just yesterday, we saw a few leaked images about an upcoming Motorola phone. What’s interesting about it is that it practically has the design of an iPhone X from Apple and the gradient color that we first saw on Huawei’s P20 Pro. Well, it’s now officially announced and it’s called the Motorola P30.

The Motorola P30 is a new midrange phone meant for the Chinese market. It’s essentially a Lenovo phone with the Motorola branding. It’s got a borderless 6.2-inch IPS LCD with a Full HD+ resolution and wide notch. The phone is quite tall due to its 19:9 aspect ratio.

The silicon inside the Motorola P30 is the modest Snapdragon 636 processor with the Adreno 509 GPU. The phone has 6GB of memory, which is plenty for multitasking. As for storage, it comes in either 64GB or 128GB. It also has a microSD card slot for more photos, apps, and files.

At the back of the phone, we have an iPhone-esque dual-camera setup using 16- and 5-megapixel sensors. The main lens has an f/1.8 aperture, while the second one has f/2.2. For selfies, there’s a 12-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

As mentioned earlier, Lenovo is behind this Motorola phone and since it’s for the Chinese market, it’s got the ZUI 4.0 skin on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. The UI is from Lenovo’s books and it’s pretty much like any Chinese-made Android skin that doesn’t come with Google services.

A USB-C port is found at the bottom along with the 3.5mm audio jack. Fascinatingly, the Motorola logo at the back also doubles as the fingerprint reader. The battery that’s powering the device is rated at 3000mAh and it comes with an 18W fast charger out of the box.

The phone will arrive in Ice White, Bright Black, and the special Aurora Blue color which is reminiscent of the Huawei P20 Pro. The price for the 64GB variant is CNY 1,999 (US$ 290), while the version with 128GB storage is CNY 2,099 (US$ 300).

Source: Motorola China

SEE ALSO: Motorola announces Moto Z3, first 5G-ready smartphone

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Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

Huawei won the game, though

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2018 wasn’t a great year for smartphones in terms of sales, but not every company took a hit last year. According to the latest report by Gartner, the total number of devices sold in 2018 was 408.358 million, a 0.1 percent growth from 407.845 million. The biggest losers are Apple and Samsung, both in Q4 and the whole year.

Apple sold 11.8 percent fewer units during the holiday season compared to the same quarter in 2017. Samsung also sold fewer phones during the last quarter, but the South Korean company still managed to maintain a big gap from competitors.

According to the report, Apple is mostly affected in Greater China since buyers are now delaying their upgrades as they wait for bigger innovations. Alternatives are gaining popularity due to their cheaper prices as well.

While two of the biggest names in the industry suffered losses, Huawei, on the other hand, increased their sales and is now close in taking Apple’s coveted second spot. The Chinese tech giant managed to sell an additional 52 million phones in 2018.

Xiaomi and OPPO also gained a few extra millions of sales during the last quarter of 2018. Interestingly, Xiaomi was able to overtake OPPO for the whole year with a 7.9 percent market share versus 7.6 percent.

SEE ALSO: Apple users take longer to upgrade than before

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Huawei official confirms P30 Pro’s quad camera setup

Through a leaked photo

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Image source: Weibo

In a month, Huawei will finally launch the successful P20 series’ successor — the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Given last year’s success, the P30 series has some huge boots to fill. Thankfully, existing rumors are already painting a colorful portrait for us.

As the launch beckons just around the corner, Huawei has officially confirmed the series’ most highlighted rumor — the quad rear camera. Last year, the P20 Pro flaunted an amazing triple rear camera system. This year, leakers and rumor mills have speculated on one more camera. After much speculation throughout the past few months, a Huawei official has suddenly leaked the information himself.

On Chinese social network Weibo, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, posted an incredibly close-up shot of the recent full moon. As is standard with most Chinese smartphones, the photo came with an incriminating watermark.

Image source: Weibo

Strangely, Yu still tried to blur out the phone’s model. Despite the blur, the “Leica Quad Camera” label is blatantly clear. Further, the blur still doesn’t completely hide the starting letter, “P.” Obviously, the P20 series does not have the indicated quad camera setup. Also, the blur isn’t big enough to cover “Mate 20 Pro.” The P30 Pro is the only possible option.

Intentional or not, Yu’s leak is the biggest hype maker for the upcoming launch. If the P30 Pro can shoot moon shots like that, it will likely offer an enjoyable shooting experience. Regardless, the Huawei P30 series is only a month away. Huawei has a lot of momentum going into the launch.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Nokia 6 and 2.1 get updated to Android 9 Pie

True to the promise

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HMD Global, the company that creates the new Nokia phones, is keeping their promise to users of the original Nokia 6 and the entry-level Nokia 2.1 by seeding the Android 9 Pie update according to schedule.

Both the Nokia 6 and Nokia 2.1 phones should start getting the sweet update to Google’s latest Android version. Like with any rollout, the process is done gradually; some users might have to wait for a bit to get theirs.

For the Nokia 6, the update weighs around 1.7GB and it also brings the latest February 2019 security patch. This is the phone’s second major version upgrade. It was released in 2017 with Android Nougat and got updated to Android Oreo last year.

The Nokia 2.1, on the other hand, gets the Android Pie (Go edition) since it’s a phone with 1GB of memory. The lightweight version of Android makes sure that things will run smoothly despite the limited memory and storage capacity.

Based on HMD Global’s schedule, the Nokia 3.1 Plus was supposed to receive Android Pie in January, but it was missed. The Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1 are next in line for the update.

SEE ALSO: HMD Global shares Android Pie update roadmap for Nokia phones

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