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Rumor: Huawei selling the Mate and P phone brands

Huawei has denied the reports

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With no end in sight for the ban that took effect last 2019, Huawei is taking drastic measures to ensure its own survival. Just this week, the company’s CEO — Ren Zhengfei — outlined the company’s strategy for the future. If the latest report from Reuters is to be believed, we may never see another Huawei-branded Mate and P phones in the future.

Citing two sources familiar on the matter, Reuters claims that Huawei is in early talks to sell its flagship Mate and P phone brands to other manufacturers. The company is specifically eyeing the sale to a consortium of government-backed Shanghai investment firms.

Huawei initially explored the possibility of selling its flagship brands last September. The talks allegedly went back and forth for months, with the company yet to finalize its decision. The timing of these talks coincides with the sale of another Huawei asset — its Honor sub-brand — last November to a government-backed Shenzen firm.

The sale of its flagship brands has been mulled by Huawei since it sees little to no hope with the change in the US administration. The Biden administration has yet to take a stance on the ban imposed by the Trump administration. In the meantime, the company has to weather the ban that saw its phones lose access to the Google Play Store and other critical Android apps.

The shortage of Kirin chips is also behind the decision to go ahead with the talks. Analysts predict that Huawei will run out of supply of its own Kirin chips this 2021. The company outsources the production of its chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) which uses US-made equipment. A ban that took effect last year made it clear that Huawei can never use any US-made equipment, impeding the production of its Kirin chips.

Huawei responds

It didn’t take long for Huawei to respond to the reports that it is selling its flagship brands. A company spokesperson denied these reports, stating that these are “substantiated rumors”. The spokesperson also claimed that the company “has no such plans” for a sale and that they “remain fully committed” to the smartphone market.

The Mate and P series remain major drivers in Huawei’s smartphone business. In fact, the recently launched Mate 40 series sold so well in China and other non-US markets.

Huawei also continues to be a major player in the smartphone segment. Just last year, it toppled Samsung briefly to become the no. 1 smartphone brand in the world. However, that might soon change as reports indicate that the company will slip further on rankings this year. TrendForce, in particular, predicts the company to slip into seventh place behind OPPO, vivo, and Xiaomi.

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realme GT 5G unveiled, sports Snapdragon 888, 120Hz display

A true flagship

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The launch season has arrived, and companies are bombarding the market with products. While Xiaomi was launching the Redmi Note 10 series today in India, realme announced its new flagship phone in China — the realme GT 5G.

realme is serious about grabbing the premium market and had been teasing the phone for quite a while now. Not only does the phone have Qualcomm’s latest offering, but it also sports a 108-megapixel camera and 120Hz display.

To be precise, the front has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen also brings a 100 percent DCI-P3 wide color gamut and 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio thanks to the punch-hole cut-out. The panel is protected by Corning Gorilla 5.

The Snapdragon 888 processor is coupled with Adreno 660 GPU, which brings a 30 percent improvement in performance. It’ll have up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The newly launched Realme GT ships with Realme UI 2.0, which is based on Android 11.

On the rear are a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. On the front, you get a 16-megapixel camera for capturing selfies. The phone supports photography features like PureRaw mode, AI selfies, up to 4K 60fps recording, and more.

The realme GT 5G has a 4,500mAh battery and supports 65W fast charging. An in-display fingerprint scanner is provided for authentication, while other features include stereo speakers, Hi-Res audio support, and even a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The phone comes with a starting price tag of CNY 2,799 (US$ 430) for the 8GB+128GB option, followed by 12GB+256GB at CNY 3,299 (US$ 510). The company has also launched a Vegan Lether edition. It’ll go on sale from March 10.

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Redmi Note 10 with Snapdragon 678, 48MP camera now official

Continuing the legacy

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Alongside the Redmi Note 10 Pro series, Xiaomi also unveiled the Redmi Note 10 — the classic. The family has given Xiaomi the number one spot in India for the last few years. Despite competition from Samsung, realme, and many others, the “Redmi Note” craze is only rising.

The Redmi Note 10 follows the same EVOL design language we’ve seen in the other beefed-up options. It retains a Gorilla Glass 3 body that’s IP52 rated for protection against dust and water ingress. It also gets stereo speakers, an IR blaster, and the infamous headphone jack. Even the fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side.

The front sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with 1100 nits of peak brightness and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The front camera is housed in a punch-hole cut-out.

Powering the Redmi Note 10 is a Snapdragon 678 processor with 8x Kryo 460 cores clocked up to 2.2GHz. It’s coupled along with Adreno 612 graphics chipset and up to 6GB RAM.

The back has a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel Sony IMX582 sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera. The front has a 13-megapixel camera for selfies.

The phone is backed by a 5000mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging. The charger is provided in-box. Xiaomi also boasts that the phone is comparatively thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The base variant with 4GB+64GB configuration goes for INR 11,999, while the 6GB+128GB option goes for INR 13,999. The sale starts on March 16 via Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores. It’ll be available in Frost White, Aqua Green, and Shadow Black color options.

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Redmi Note 10 Pro Max launches with Snapdragon 732G, 108MP camera

The price is unbelievable!

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After a long wait, Xiaomi has finally unveiled the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India today, alongside the Redmi Note 10. Together called the Redmi Note 10 series, it plays a critical role for the company since it’s one of the most awaited launches of the year.

The phone features a new design language that’s called EVOL by the company. It consists of a back panel with a dual-tone premium matte frosted glass back, which is a first for the Note series. It has an IP52 rating coupled with rubberized ports ensures protection against dust and water ingress.

On the front is a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 1200 nits of peak brightness, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 while the back consists of toughened glass.

Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 732G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.2 storage. The processor is made on an 8nm process and designed on Kryo 470 architecture, which clocks up to 2.3GHz. Xiaomi claims the Redmi Note 10 Pro Max offers 15 percent faster graphics performance than the predecessor.

The back consists of a quad-camera setup that includes a 108-megapixel primary camera. The Samsung HM2 sensor is the thinnest ever designed and leverages 9-in-1 pixel binning technology to capture maximum details in low-light. Complimenting the primary sensor is an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Xiaomi’s MIUI brings in a few extra features, namely Night mode 2.0, VLOG mode, Dual video, Pro Video mode, Magic Clone, and Long exposure mode. For selfies, a 16-megapixel camera is located on the front.

Backing these internals is a 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging. Xiaomi has provided a 33W charging brick with the phone and it can charge from 0 to 59 percent in just 30 minutes. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max ships with MIUI 12 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box. For authentication, a fingerprint sensor is located on the side.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max starts with the 6GB+64GB option at INR 18,999 (US$ 260), followed by 6GB+128GB for INR 19,999 (US$ 275), and lastly, the 8GB+128GB for INR 21,999 (US$ 302). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 18, 2021. Color options include Dark Night, Vintage Bronze, and Glacial Blue.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro

It gets everything from the elder sibling, except for the camera setup. Instead, it sports a 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GW3 primary sensor.

The 6GB+64GB option costs INR 15,999 (US$ 220), 6GB+128GB costs INR 16,999 (US$ 233), and the 8GB+128GB options will go for INR 18,999 (US$ 261). It’ll be available across Mi.com, Amazon.in, Mi Home and Mi Studio stores starting March 17, 2021. Color options include Frost White, Aqua Green and Shadow Black.

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