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Nokia 3310 Unboxing: Special Clear Box?!

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Now here’s a retail box we don’t normally see!

When we first received our Nokia 3310 retail unit, we were a little surprised by its presentation — A see-through front cover?! we thought.

But lo and behold, this is official packaging and not some knockoff you’d find in the gray market.

Watch us as we unbox it:

Despite the unusual box, all the nostalgia-filled accessories and presentation are still there — just the way we like it!

SEE ALSO: Special edition Nokia 3310 is encased in titanium and gold

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 888

Get ready, 2021 flagships!

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Were you expecting the Snapdragon 875? After months of speculation, Qualcomm has finally unveiled its next flagship processor, the Snapdragon 888. During today’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, the company revealed more details about the future of smartphones.

As with Qualcomm’s recent innovations, the Snapdragon 888 will feature 5G connectivity with the 3rd-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem, offering compatibility with mmWave and sub-6 networks. To demonstrate the chipset’s seamless connectivity prowess, Qualcomm fitted two remote-controlled cars with the modem and controlled them from a mile away.

Additionally, a completely re-engineered Qualcomm Hexagon processor improves the generation’s AI Engine. The new system supposedly ramps up performance by up to 26 tera-operations per second.

The Snapdragon 888 also comes with an upgraded Adreno GPU, putting out frame rates going up to 144 frames per second.

As you might expect, the Snapdragon 888 will don next year’s flagships. Though the company has not revealed any compatible smartphones yet, Sony, OnePlus, and Xiaomi made an appearance during the event, renewing their support for Qualcomm’s chipsets. Further, Qualcomm has confirmed Snapdragon 888 support for ASUS, Black Shark, Lenovo, LG, MEIZU, Motorola, Nubia, realme, OPPO, Sharp, vivo, and ZTE.

More smartphone companies will likely reveal their support for the upcoming processor soon. For one, Samsung is probably launching their upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S21 series soon. If tradition holds next year, the flagship series will come with the new chipset, alongside an unannounced Exynos variant.

SEE ALSO: Five flagships will come with Snapdragon 875 early next year

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro price and availability in the Philippines

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Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone — the Huawei Mate 40 Pro — is now in the Philippines.

The Mate 40 Pro continues the Mate line’s legacy of being a fantastic all around smartphone. It delivers the best in terms of design, build, cameras, and performance.

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.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

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.

A testament to how smart its cameras are is how you can lazily shoot with it and you’d still come up with pretty darn good shots.

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.

Watch our Huawei Mate 40 Pro Unboxing and Review.

 

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro retails for PhP 55,999 in the Philippines. It will be available starting December 4. If you purchase it from December 4-6, you’ll get a free Mate 40 Pro Ring Light case worth PhP 3,999 for free!

 

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Huawei devices bundled with freebies this Christmas

More reasons to get a Huawei device this holiday season!

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True to the spirit of Christmas, Huawei keeps on giving with vast discounts and promos for its devices. This Christmas, select Huawei devices come with exclusive freebies so users can start the new year with a bang.

First is the Huawei Nova 7 series. For the Nova 7i, buyers can snag a free moon night light worth PhP 999. That is already on top of the PhP 12,999 discounted price for the device.  Meanwhile, the Nova 7 and Nova 7 SE comes with a premium Christmas gift box worth PhP 2,299.

Listening on the go is much enjoyable with the free entertainment gift package worth PhP 2,099 for the FreeBuds Pro. That’s not the only Huawei wearable to come with an exclusive item, though. The Watch Fit also comes with a free moon night light, while the Watch GT 2 Pro comes with a free entertainment gift package which is inclusive of a Huawei notebook, multi-connector, and Bluetooth speaker.

That same exclusive item comes bundled with every purchase of Huawei MateBook D14. For those who wanted a larger laptop to match their workflow, MateBook D15 is there to meet their needs, coming with a Huawei Bluetooth speaker worth PhP 1,499.

For tablet users, the MateBook T8 is a tempting option, especially with the bundled moon night light.

As for buyers of the recently launched Huawei Watch GT2 Pro, they can get a free entertainment package to match their premium wearable. Meanwhile, a free moon night light awaits buyers of the Huawei Watch Fit.

Premium gift for the premium devices

Eyeing a flagship for the holiday season? Huawei Mate 30 series and P40 Pro series now comes bundled with free FreeBuds worth PhP 8,990. Meanwhile, Huawei’s flagship tablet — MatePad Pro — now comes with a free entertainment gift package just in time for the new year ahead.

Other Huawei devices also have discounts and freebies in store. These include:

  • Nova 5T — free entertainment gift package
  • Y9s — free thermos worth PhP 899
  • Y6p — free thermos
  • Band 4 — PhP 1,690 (SRP: PhP 1,890)
  • Watch GT 2e — free thermos

All these freebies and discounts can be had from November 27 to January 17, 2021. Visit Huawei’s online store to avail of these devices, or follow their Facebook page for more updates.

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