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Motorola razr 5G now official

A minor refinement

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Motorola re-ups their foldable with a few improvements here and there but also equipped it with the next generation of connectivity. The Motorola razr 5G is here and it smoothens out any rough edges from its predecessor.

Quick View display

Building on feedback from the previous model, the 2.7-inch  Quick View display lets users access the phone even while it’s close. Even better, users have full control on what shows up there.

It now has a navigation bar that mimics the gestures of Android 10. You can also use it to reply to messages either with speech-to-text, smart reply, or even a full keyboard all on Quick View.

You also have access to Google Maps, Spotify, and YouTube Music. razr pre-selected the apps that will show up by default. These are camera, messages, calculator, Keep, Google News, Google Home and YouTube. However, users have the ability to change these based on their usage.

Updated design

Some of the design changes include a tapered chin, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and an updated hinge. These changes were all made to make it even easier for one-handed use. These were all taken from direct customer feedback.

The Motorola razr 5G is made of polished 3D glass and 7000 series aluminum. It will come in three colors: Polished Graphite, Liquid Mercury, and Blush Gold.

When flipped open, there’s still the same sized 6.2-inch Flex View display with a 21:9 CinemaVision aspect ration. The hinge is still zero gap but has been built to be stronger. Motorola says it can now do up to 200,000 flips. Based on usage study, this should be enough to last power users up to five years.

Faster with 5G

The biggest obvious improvement is the addition of 5G capability. It’s now equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor.

Naturally, that’ll take more battery power so it’s been upped from 2510mAh to 2800mAh. Still not a lot, but at least there’s some improvement.

Better camera

Replacing the paltry 16MP shooter is a 48MP one with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. They also added another 20MP camera for selfies.

 

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Huawei Mate 40 series now official

The series is still an engineering marvel

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It’s like clockwork now for Huawei. Every year at around this time, they unveil a new Mate series. This time it’s the Mate 40 series consisting of the Mate 40, Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+.

Each Mate release is the company pushing the boundaries of how much tech they can pack on a smartphone that we carry around all day. The Mate 40 series is no different.

Iconic Space Ring Design

So, yeah. This.

Jokes aside, Huawei says it’s an evolution of the Mate line’s circular and symmetrical design. They didn’t exactly expound on how this particular look is form-meeting-function but hey, it helps them stand-out. If that’s the function, then it’s done its job. More on the rear camera tech later on.

Overall, the Mate 40 series looks and feels very Mate-y — curved body for an easy hold, IP68 rating, immersive viewing, and all that jazz.

In front inside a small cut-out is the selfie camera packed with the usual: 3D Face Unlock, Ultra Vision Selfie Camera, and Smart Gesture control.

Rounding up the “look” section are the colors. The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro will come in Black, White, and Mystic Silver. There are also two leather variants: Yellow and Green.

Meanwhile, the Mate 40 Pro+ will come in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

An all-around camera

Huawei’s mobile camera tech is one of the best in the business and there’s more of the same in the Mate 40 series.

The three phones come with an array of camera features found in Huawei phones past, all improved and upgraded. There’s Dual Cine Cameras, Steady Shot, Tracking Shot, Audio Focus, Audio Zoom and the list goes on.

In terms of the numbers on those cameras, take a look at this.

Mate 40 Mate 40 Pro Mate 40 Pro+
50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28
8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, optical zoom 12 MP, f/3.4, 125mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom 12 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide) 20 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), PDAF 8 MP, f/4.4, 250mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
TOF 3D, (depth) 20 MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide), PDAF
TOF 3D, (depth)

A leap in performance

Every single phone in the Mate 40 series is powered by Kirin 9000 5G. Huawei is calling it “the most sophisticated 5nm 5G SoC  available.”

It features a three-level power efficiency architecture with cores running at clock frequencies of up to 3.13Ghz. Really, all you need to know is it’s extremely powerful, extremely efficient, and it’s close to mind-boggling the things that it enables the phone to do.

The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU on the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ is the most powerful GPU ever on a Huawei device. It’s great for intense graphic performance and works well with the 90Hz screen refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Of course, having 5G means it’s gonna take a toll on the battery. The Mate 40 has a 4,200mAh capacity while the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ have 4,400mAh. But more than the numbers, Huawei says the phones are equipped with tech to handle the demands of 5G.

Configurations are as follows:

  • Mate 40 — 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB
  • Mate 40 Pro — 8GB+256GB
  • Mate 40 Pro+ — 12GB+256GB

A new user experience

We’ve already been introduced to EMUI 11 and all it’s wonderful features. So there’s all of that plus a handful of improvements in several areas.

Smart Gesture Control makes a return. It’s the feature that lets you hover your hand over the device to wake it up, navigate, and answer a call. Like magic!

Huawei is also expanding Petal Search to Petal Maps, essentially replacing everything it lost with Google and putting their own stamp on it while making sure to communicate that it’s all private and secure.

Other devices

During the launch, Huawei also introduced a handful of other devices:

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OnePlus 9 series could arrive sooner than expected

Two Nord phones are also coming soon

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The OnePlus 8T series was recently announced and we’re already hearing about its successor. Popularly dubbed as the OnePlus 9 series, it could launch within the next six months. While this is its regular product cycle, the next launch could be sooner than we expect.

According to Android Central, the company hasn’t decided on a launch date yet but it should be around mid-March. Two years ago, OnePlus used to launch in May, which was then shifted to April. Now, we could see another early launch.

There’s no word on the phone’s internals yet, but we can safely assume it’ll have Qualcomm’s next flagship processor. Called the Snapdragon 875, it’s expected to launch in December and shall be found in next year’s flagships.

The OnePlus 9 isn’t the only phone that’s coming early though. Samsung usually launches its S-series flagship in February, but this could change soon with a launch in January.

OnePlus is also expected to launch two new phones under the Nord branding. Rumor mills suggest they’re named the Nord N10 5G and N100.

It’s also worth noting that Xiaomi has cornered OnePlus in the Indian market. The Mi 10T series has very aggressive pricing, directly under-cutting OnePlus’s lastest offering.

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Acer launches 3 new TravelMate laptops for enterprise use

Comes with military-grade design

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Alongside a host of upgrades to its existing lineup, Acer announced three new laptops in the TravelMate series. TravelMate laptops are not available for retail purchase and can only be purchased by businesses or enterprises via the commercial channel.

Hence, these laptops are designed to keep purely work in mind and are supposed to be power houses. This includes TravelMate Spin P4, a convertible touchscreen notebook; TravelMate P4, a powerful machine with a traditional build; and TravelMate P2, a durable notebook with tonnes of ports.

The laptops are powered by 11th Gen Intel processor and Iris X graphics or NVIDIA GeForce MX350 dedicated GPU. They can sport up to 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and longer battery life. Acer claims the Spin P4 and P4 can last up to 15 hours on a single charge while the P2 clocks in 13. The former duo takes just an hour to charge the battery by 80 percent.

Being the fancier laptop, the Spin P4 gets Gorilla Glass protection and 360 hinge convertible design. The Spin P4 also gets MIL-STD-810G certification, which means it can endure rugged usage. The keyboard is spill proof and the corners are shock absorbent.

The Spin P4 and P4 are light weight and weigh around 1.5kg. The P2 is slightly heavy at 1.6kg. All three laptops support WiFi 6 and 4G LTE compatibility via an eSIM. On the port section, a Thunderbolt 4 port is included along with the standard selection of USB-C, USB 3.0, and more.

Lastly, the laptops are secured by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 with an anti-tampering chip. Additionally, it has support for Windows Hello, built-in webcam covers, and a fingerprint reader for authentication.

Pricing and Availability

The TravelMate P2 (TMP214-53) will be available in North America in March 2021 starting at US$ 799.99; in EMEA in November starting at 759 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 4,999.

The TravelMate P4 (TMP414-51) will be available in North America in December starting at US$ 899.99; in EMEA in November starting at 899 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 5,999.

The TravelMate Spin P4 (TMP414RN-51) will be available in North America in December starting at USD 999.99; in EMEA in November starting at 999 EUR ; and in China in October, starting at CNY 6,999.

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