The new Snapdragon 730 adds AI tech to midrange phones

Also introduces a gaming-centric variant



Throughout the past few years, Qualcomm has introduced a substantial amount of differentiation to its lineup. Now, the Snapdragon is a thriving lineup for premium, midrange, and budget markets.

Without stopping for breath, Qualcomm has expanded the family once again. The chipmaker has announced new entries into the Snapdragon 7 and 6 series — the Snapdragon 730, 730G, and 665 platforms. This time, the latest additions are focusing on artificial intelligence and improved gaming performance.

First up, the Snapdragon 730 introduces flagship-level AI technology to a new market. The chipset packs Qualcomm’s fourth-generation multi-core AI Engine and the Hexagon 688 processor. Both components have added AI functionalities previously exclusive to the Snapdragon 8 series.

The chipset’s Spectra 350 increases power efficiency for its devices’ cameras. With the lower power needed, Snapdragon 730 devices can support triple-camera systems shooting ultra-wide, portrait, and telephoto shots. Meanwhile, the Kryo 470 and Adreno 618 offer up to 35 percent better performance and with up to 20 percent less power consumption.

Secondly, the Snapdragon 730G takes the previous Snapdragon 730 to a whole new level. The gaming variant features an enhanced Adreno 618, offering up to 15 percent faster performance than its other variant. The chipset also reduces screen stutter by up to 90 percent. Further, Qualcomm’s in-house gaming studio will work with developers to optimize games for the platform.

Finally, the Snapdragon 665 carries the third-generation AI Engine and the Hexagon 686 DSP. The components deliver up to twice the performance of its predecessors. Likewise, the Spectra 165 can support triple rear camera systems. The Adreno 610 and Kryo 260 churn out great performance between eight cores.

Outside of the device ecosystem, Qualcomm has also developed the new Cloud AI 100, an improved solution for back-end AI enterprises.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 855’s official AnTuTu benchmark score beats the competition


Samsung launches the QLED 8K TV in the Philippines

Is it Samsung’s best TV yet?




Samsung has just launched the QLED 8K TV in the Philippines. It’s the country’s first commercially available 8K TV, elevating the way viewers watch through its bigger and smarter screen.

Powered by a Quantum Processor 8K, Samsung’s newest TV can produce pristine images for a more immersive experience. It also boasts an AI upscaling technology which converts low resolution content into near 8K quality. Whether you stream in 4K, Full HD, HD, or even SD, the Quantum processor will work its magic to give you a premium experience.

In an exclusive with GadgetMatch, Samsung Philippines’ head of product marketing for audio and TV, Lauro Guevara explained that the Quantum Processor 8K contains a database of millions of videos and images.

“When you play a video, it compares that video to its database, and then optimizes it, sharpens the images, and reduces noise and textures based on the type of scene,” Guevara added.

Aside from the rich visual experience, the QLED 8K TV supports Bixby on TV to help viewers (especially parents) access content easily through voice commands.

For design-conscious consumers, this humongous TV can easily blend into your wall with its magic screen feature, accessible through an app. It’s pretty nifty for those who hate seeing an empty, black panel sitting in the middle of their living room.

Apart from the flagship QLED 8K TV, Samsung also showcased its full TV lineup for 2019: QLED 4K TVs with AI upscaling capabilities. A wider selection of 2019 soundbars developed with Harman Kardon were also on display.

The Samsung QLED 8K TV will be available on the first week of May. The 75-inch QLED 8K TV’s suggested retail price is PhP 599,999 (around US$ 11,500). Meanwhile, the 82-inch screen will cost PhP 999,999 (around US$ 19,180). For those who want it bigger, the 98-inch screen will cost PhP 4,999,999 (around US$ 96,000).

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A high-fashion Honor 20 Moschino version is happening

First look at the theme here



The Honor 20 is coming soon. As the launch date draws near, we found more details about the elusive device. Our latest news on the matter confirms that there will be a version of the Honor handset that fashion house Moschino has worked on.

Supposedly even more high-fashion than Moschino’s Honor View 20 variant, the Italian fashion brand was reportedly given more creative control on the upcoming phone’s back design. Moschino was left in charge of the color, theme, material, and finish. Here’s a little preview of the fashion house’s handiwork from images that surfaced today.

The Honor 20 Moschino Edition will come with a matching case and purse. Based on the simple red Moschino theme and chain detail, I think it’s going to be a device that ladies will enjoy. Although we don’t exactly see the phone on the images, I’ll bet it’s going to be one heck of a looker.

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Huawei is offering promotional battery replacements for select older devices

An opportunity for cheap repairs



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If you have an older Huawei phone or tablet lying around with a busted or aging battery, you might want to take advantage of this offer. Huawei Philippines will have a “Battery Replacement Event” for one month.

From April 27 to May 27, Huawei users can have their devices’ batteries replaced for only PhP 799 at all Huawei Authorized Service Centers nationwide. You can check the nearest one in your area through this directory.

However, the promotional battery replacement is only applicable to these selected models:

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei Nova 3i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Y6 2018
  • Huawei MediaPad T1

Of course, the program has certain terms and conditions. Most notably, a customer’s device is entitled to only one battery replacement. Also, the battery replacement fee will not cover any other issues that the device might have. You can know more about the battery replacement event here.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reveals smartphones receiving EMUI 9.1

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