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OnePlus 3T comes to the Philippines

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The OnePlus 3’s successor, the OnePlus 3T, has officially arrived in the Philippines through Digital Walker.

The tech goodies store says the 3T will sell for PhP 24,990 (roughly $500) with a one-year official local warranty. The opening promo is a six-month zero-percent installment on all major credit cards, and to sweeten the deal, the first few buyers will get a free ZAGG Invisible Shield screen protector.

The upgraded flagship killer will be out in selected Digital Walker stores starting March 25, 2017. There’s also a PhP 1,000 discount if you pay in cash. Here are the stores that will have the OnePlus 3T on launch day: Rockwell, Estancia Mall, Eastwood City Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura, Robinsons Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, TriNoma, Abreeza Mall Davao, and Ayala Center Cebu.

The unit on sale is the 64GB gray variant. Digital Walker says they are working on bringing over other variants to Philippine shores in the future.

The OnePlus 3T is the surprisingly swift follow-up to the OnePlus 3. A phone with internals that rival those of top-tier flagship smartphones from the likes of Samsung, Apple, Google, and more, but at two-thirds of the cost.

The two are absolutely identical at first glance, but check out the table below for a better appreciation of their differences:

Specs OnePlus 3 OnePlus 3T
Processor Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 821
Battery 3000mAh 3400mAh
Front-facing Camera 8MP 16MP

The more significant changes are the processor and battery capacity — definitely welcome additions for an incremental upgrade. The OnePlus 3T also has two nano-SIM card slots.

You’ll probably get Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but the Android 7.0 Nougat update is already available. The phone has been available in the US and Europe since November 2016.

What do you say, OnePlus 3 users? Will you pick this up or just wait for the OnePlus 4?

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Does the Google Pixel 3 XL scratch too easily?

Here’s how to remove them

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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

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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

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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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