Motorola P30 is official, combines the latest phone designs

It combines both Apple and Huawei’s designs



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


Does the Google Pixel 3 XL scratch too easily?

Here’s how to remove them



Within the past month, Google has consistently made headlines. Everyone is talking about Google’s new smartphones — the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. At the time, the media’s speculative talk painted an optimistic picture of the eventual launch. True to the hype, the Pixel 3 duo opened to much fanfare.

Now, with the launch in the rear-view mirror, the Pixel 3 is finally getting its fair share of criticism. Naturally, critics are putting the smartphone through all sorts of stress tests. Besides performance benchmarks, these include hardware durability tests. More famously, YouTube channel JerryRigEverything specializes in destroying smartphones.

As per his usual regimen, the YouTuber tried to damage the Pixel 3 XL’s front and rear panels. The results are both surprising and disappointing.

On a positive note, the smartphone’s Gorilla Glass 5 withstood all damage. The scratch test proved Corning’s ironclad claims in the past. At the very least, the Pixel 3 XL is safe from substantial damage.

However, JerryRigEverything discovered a more surprising revelation. The Pixel 3 XL’s back is remarkably prone to scratches. Upon scratching the surface, a sturdy key left clearly visible marks on the smooth exterior. Unlike the Gorilla Glass front, the rear is partially made with just frosted glass. Sadly, the video concluded without offering any solutions. Seemingly, the scars came with permanence.

Fortunately, another YouTuber, Erica Griffin, debunked JerryRigEverything’s claims. After confirming the aesthetic flaw, Griffin showed what the scratches really are and how to remove them. Instead of deep scratches, the scarring is actually just residue of the key. Afterwards, Griffin washed the blemishes with water, soap, and a toothbrush. The method completely erased all traces of the scars.

Indeed, the rear is more prone to scratches. However, if you find yourself with a horridly scratched rear, there is an easy way to clean your phone without taking it in for repairs. Just don’t try scratching your phone deliberately.

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 XL Unboxing

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock is not as secure as it’s supposed to be

It’s easy to fool



The recent buzz in the smartphone realm is all about the Mate 20 series from Huawei. When the company officially announced the new flagship phones, we were in awe at what they can do. Although, no phone is perfect and early releases come with flaws. Take the Mate 20 Pro’s face unlock feature for example. It’s supposed to be more secure than the usual security measure, but it turns out it’s not.

With two biometric unlocking methods, the Mate 20 Pro should be one of the most secure and convenient phones. You can unlock using the in-display fingerprint reader or use the 3D face recognition with all the complex sensors like Apple’s Face ID. Unfortunately, the latter is not working right for the guys over at AndroidPit in Germany.

The video is in German but you’ll get the context. Check out the video below:

According to the Steffen Herget of AndroidPit, the Mate 20 Pro they have for review quickly unlocks with his face and also his colleague’s. It didn’t happen one time, and it’s not done intentionally.

Steffen and his colleague do look alike, though. They both have a full beard and similar short hair. But, they’re neither twins nor related to each other. This is where the security features of 3D face unlock should come into play, but things aren’t working as expected.

Huawei does claim that their 3D face unlock feature has a failure rate of 1:1,000,000, which is the same as Apple’s Face ID, so it shouldn’t be that easy to be fooled.

This issue could be fixed by a firmware update, especially since the software of review units are pre-final. The retail version might have newer firmware, but this is not looking good for Huawei.

You may head over to the source link (it’s also in German) below to read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s 3D face unlock fail. Huawei has yet to issue a statement or a quick fix.

Source: AndroidPit

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

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Honor Watch to launch alongside Magic 2

Coming October 31



Honor will be launching its flagship Magic 2 with its manual sliding camera mechanism by the end of the month, and coming along for the ride is the Honor Watch.

Based on a teaser shared by Honor on Chinese website Weibo, the Honor Watch is set to be unveiled on October 31.

Other than that, not much else is known about Honor’s first truly smart watch.

There’s speculation that it’ll resemble the recently launched Huawei Watch GT, but will be sold at a cheaper price, which Honor has been doing with its smartphones.

Whatever the case, it’ll simply add to the numerous tech launches we’ve been experiencing this month. Before this event, we’ll still see new products from Xiaomi, Apple, and OnePlus, to name a few.

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