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OnePlus 6 is official, Donald Trump tries to save ZTE: Weekend Rewind

This week’s top stories

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Donald Trump is trying to save the dying ZTE

ZTE’s woes started when they were caught trading with Iran despite a clear ban, and the US government sanctioned ZTE. However, the company failed to comply with the sanctions as well so the US had no choice but to impose heavier punishments including a nationwide ban on business to and from ZTE. Now, the collapsing brand is getting a deus ex machina save from the unlikeliest of sources — US President Donald Trump himself. Read the full story here.

SEE ALSO: Samsung is in talks to lend Exynos chips to ZTE, other phone makers

2. Porsche Design finds the notch disturbing

Ever wondered why the premium Huawei Mate RS doesn’t look like the rest of the P20 family? Well, Porsche Design’s Christian Schwamkrug said in an interview with Digital Trends, “when I saw the notch for the first time, I nearly couldn’t believe it. It’s disturbing, from a design philosophy.” Read the full story here.

3. Honor 10 launches for the global market

Huawei’s sub-brand is making a name for itself with the launch of its flagship phone to the world. After the initial introduction in China, the Honor 10 makes its way to the global market, including Southeast Asia and India. The phone is pretty similar to the higher-end Huawei P20, but with a cheaper price tag. Read everything about the phone here.

4. OnePlus 6 is a complete Android flagship phone

OnePlus 6 is another sleek, high-spec phone from OnePlus, but the infamous notch found its way to the newest flagship. The phone has improved cameras for both photos and videos, the back is now made of glass, and it’s also water-resistant. There’s even a special Avengers Edition launched in India that comes with an Iron Man case. Read everything about the phone here.

5. Nokia X6 is officially the company’s first notched phone

The new Nokia handset is now official and it’ll be called the Nokia X6. Like with most smartphones to come out lately, it has a notch, glass back, midrange processor, dual rear camera setup, and pricing that starts at only CNY 1,299 (US$ 200). Read everything about the phone here.

6. OPPO Realme 1 launches in India

Realme is a new sub-brand of OPPO that aims to capture the tightly contested midrange segment in India. The first phone under the brand, the Realme 1 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P60, the same processor found on the more expensive OPPO F7. It aims to take on the Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been outselling the competition since launch, although Xiaomi hasn’t been able to keep up with the demand. ASUS also saw the same opportunity and launched the ZenFone Max Pro M1 to fill the vacuum. Read everything about the phone here.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?

Huawei outdoes itself again

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In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.

In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

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

Price isn’t the only factor

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Huawei has once again launched two flagships phones at the same time; one comes with a Pro moniker, while the other does not. Like before, there are some significant differences between the Mate 20 pair to take note of.

While we wait to get our hands on the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS and Mate 20 X, here are the two phones we already know everything about.

Display

One obvious difference is in their displays. While the Mate 20 Pro goes for a notched 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — certainly a mouthful — the regular Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD with a much smaller notch.

The Pro model justifies the larger notch by housing a more complex camera system for secured facial recognition, but if that doesn’t matter to you, the regular variant’s Dew Drop notch may be more appealing — and definitely less intrusive.

In addition, the Mate 20 Pro’s OLED tech allows it to curve the edges and equip an in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s essentially the more modern-looking design of the pair.

Performance

Since both models have Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset installed, pure performance is virtually identical. The Pro and non-Pro also share the same memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, respectively, although the plain Mate 20 has a more affordable 4GB memory variant available, too.

Another minor difference: The 4200mAh capacity of the Mate 20 Pro, along with the more energy-efficient OLED, provides it with potentially longer battery life than what the Mate 20’s 4000mAh capacity and LCD panel offer.

A more significant advantage for the Mate 20 Pro is its inclusion of a 40W SuperCharge adapter in the package — noticeably better than the 22.5W output of the Mate 20’s. Plus, the Pro version can charge other phones wirelessly using wireless reverse charging tech.

Cameras

Perhaps, you’ll care most about the difference in camera quality and performance. While it’s too early to make photo and video comparisons, an initial look at specs shows that the Mate 20 Pro may have an edge.

There are three modules in place for the Pro: One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final unit offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom

As for the Mate 20, its main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom.

Despite the larger notch of the Mate 20 Pro, they share the same 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Pricing and colors

This part largely depends on where you reside, but in an ideal setting, all five colors — Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black — should be available for both models.

Pricing is another matter, and it again depends per region. In Europe, the Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049, making it more expensive by EUR 250 and EUR 200, respectively.

In Singapore, the Mate 20’s 6GB+128GB setup retails for SG$ 998, while the Mate 20 Pro is at SG$ 1,348 — a difference of SG$ 350.

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Huawei Mate 20 series first to have Nano Memory Card

Could this become a trend?

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Aside from introducing a host of flagship features to the freshly minted Mate 20 series, Huawei also introduced a new memory card standard, simply named Nano Memory Card.

It’s available on both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it effectively replaces the microSD slot we’ve become so accustomed to. The question is: What’s so special about it?

The simplest answer is that it has the same size as the nano-SIM card inside any smartphone today. Because of the identical dimensions, the secondary card slot doesn’t have to be designed differently, like what has been done for microSD cards.

In the case of the Mate 20 series, the removable card tray has back-to-back slots: one for the nano-SIM, and the other for either another nano-SIM or separate Nano Memory Card.

As of writing, Huawei will be offering 128GB and 256GB NM Cards, with speeds of up to 90MB/s.

It’s certainly a more efficient way of adding physical storage to a handset, and allows manufactures like Huawei to use the saved space for other features, like a large battery.

Looking ahead, it seems only logical for other smartphone brands to follow suit, but that would mean consumers would have to buy into a whole new standard and let go of their microSD cards.

The same thing happened with the introduction of the USB-C port, wherein users had to replace their micro-USB cables for the newer, more intuitive system. It’s been a gradual process, but definitely rewarding.

It’ll take a while before we find out if this will become a trend, but for now, we should appreciate Huawei’s courage in taking the first, big step.

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