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Samsung launches world’s first 108MP mobile camera

DSLRs are becoming a thing of the past

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Last week, Xiaomi announced it’ll be launching Redmi-branded phones with a 64-megapixel camers sensor. In the end, it also added that we can expect a 108-megapixel camera phone soon, but it never released any further information.

Now, Samsung has officially released its 108-megapixel ISOCELL Bright HMX sensor, developed in collaboration with Xiaomi. Obviously, Xiaomi will be the first one to release a phone with this sensor.


The new sensor will be able to capture 108-megapixel grade photos with a resolution of 12032 x 9024 pixels. The sensor will continue to come with a 0.8-micrometer (μm) pixel size, same as its 64-megapixel predecessor. It also comes with support for Smart ISO that changes in accordance with the environment for optimal light-to-electric signal conversion.

According to Samsung, it can absorb more light in low-lit settings and its pixel-merging Tetracell technology allows the sensor to imitate big-pixel sensors, producing brighter 27-megapixel images. We’ve seen a similar concept in action with Xiaomi’s current 48-megapixel phones.

The camera is also capable of shooting videos at resolutions up to 6K (6016 x 3384 pixels) with 30-frames-per-second (fps).

Samsung will be mass-producing it later this month and we can expect a smartphone bearing the camera sensor some time at the end of 2019.

This is a very essential win for Samsung since it has been trying to ace camera components for years, but Sony has always maintained an edge. Samsung has practically no market share in China, but is trying to make in-roads via individual components. The company already makes processors, RAM, storage chipsets, and displays.

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Huawei Watch GT 2 with two week battery life launches

It runs on LiteOS

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Huawei Watch GT was launched a year back and was a lifestyle-focused watch with impressive two-week battery life. Now, Huawei announced a follow up dubbed Watch GT 2, alongside the new Mate 30 series, once again using its proprietary Lite OS.

With two distinct designs, the Watch GT 2 had leaked often ahead of the official launch. However, little was known about the experience that these smartwatches would offer.


There’s the Huawei Watch GT 2 42mm series that “can operate continuously for up to one week,” then there’s the Huawei Watch GT 2 46mm that can operate “continuously for up to two weeks.” Courtesy of Huawei’s latest Kirin A1 chipset, the company says this brings double the power efficiency and double the Bluetooth range of the original Watch GT.

Thye have a curved 3D AMOLED display with a resolution of 390 x 390 and 454 x 454 respectively. Both also come with Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, and an optical heart rate sensor.

The watch also includes features like compass, torch, workout records, and barometer. Apart from that, Huawei has also included a heart rate sensor which scans for heart failure and bradycardia.

You can track up to 15 sports including eight outdoor sports, with running, walking, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming is included for the outdoor sports enthusiast. For indoor usage, you can choose between treadmill runs, walks, cycling, swimming, elliptical training, and rowing machine.

Huawei says you can fit 500 songs on the watch’s 2GB of storage, and thanks to the microphone and speaker you can make and take calls from your wrist when your phone is connected.

The Watch GT 2 will cost €249 (US$ 275) for the 46mm model and €229 (US$ 250) for 42mm variant and will be available from October. Huawei hasn’t disclosed the countries which will be getting the new Watch GT 2.

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Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro now official

Now this is a flagship

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When Huawei said they’re rethinking possibilities with the Huawei Mate 30 series, they weren’t kidding at all. Unveiled in Munich, Germany, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro’s hardware do not disappoint.

A modern design

The Huawei Mate 30 series features an edge-to-edge screen that the company is calling the Horizon Display. It curves at an angle of 88 degrees deliver the most screen it can despite still having a notch — which Huawei says is ultra-narrow.


The edge-to-edge display on the Mate 30 Pro created the need for the Side-Touch Interaction feature. It replaces the physical volume keys. This also lets you customize the virtual button’s position giving you more control on how you want to interact with your device.

These are all very similar to the tech implemented by vivo on the NEX 3. Groundbreaking stuff. We’re quite surprised the invite wasn’t by innovation only. 😏

Rethinking the cameras 

Flip over the Huawei Mate 30 and you’ll see the phone’s triple camera module now enclosed in a circle. The cameras are as follows: A 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera.

On the Mate 30 Pro you’ll get a quad camera system: the 40MP Cine Camera, 40MP SuperSensing Camera, an 8MP Telephoto Camera and a 3D Depth Sensing Camera.

Huawei really pushed the boundaries on these cameras. The Cine Camera features a large 1/1.54-inch sensor size with a high maximum Video ISO of 51200 to capture videos with an extended dynamic range at 4K/60fps as well as ultra slow-motion at the highest 7680 fps.

The Mate 30 Pro also offers what Huawei calls pro-bokeh capabilities on video recording. We’ll have to test the feature if it’s any better than the bokeh effect found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Video also has a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and AI Stabilisation (AIS) for superior stabilization.

The cameras also have a sensor larger than the ones found on other flagships today. This lends nicely to taking night shots. And the samples Huawei showed on stage was pretty impressive.

Shanghai at Night. Taken with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro Night Mode

Fast and powerful

We already know that the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro is equipped with the Kirin 990. It’s a chip specifically designed to support 5G. In various graphs throughout the presentation, Huawei pointed out how they have built the most advanced 5G tech and put all of it in the Huawei Mate 30 series.

Of course, having 5G means larger power consumption. Fret not, the Huawei Mate 30 sports a 4200mAh battery while the Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery capacity with 4500mAh.

It also won’t take long to charge those batteries as the Huawei Mate 30 series supports the 27W Wireless Huawei SuperCharge and the 40W Huawei SuperCharge. The Reverse Wireless Charging feature that was introduced on the Mate 20 series is now also three times faster.

New materials, new variants

The 6.53-inch Huawei Mate 30 Pro and 6.62-inch HUAWEI Mate 30 come in various colour variants and materials: Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black.

Huawei also introduced a new material — vegan leather. They say it’s also water and dust resistant. The vegan leather variants will come in two colors: Forest Green and Orange.

Pricing and availability

Pricing are as follows: Huawei Mate 30 with 8GB+128GB will retail for EUR 799, the Huawei Mate 30 PRO with 8GB+256GB will retail for EUR 1099. The 5G version of the Mate 30 Pro will retail for EUR 1199. Also announced at the event was the Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Edition with 12GB+512GB and it will retail for EUR 2095.

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Google wants to assists users without depending on the Internet

And Google Pay just got more exciting!

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Google is by definition an “internet” company. Every part of its business depends on connectivity, whether its Google Search or AdSense. The company has penetrated every developed market and now intends to grab the untapped markets of India and other Southeast Asian countries.

Google Assistant

Courtesy: Bhardwaj

At its Google for India 2019 event, the company announced the launch of a special helpline that users can call to have their questions answered. We usually use Google Assitant on the go via any Android phone, but it depends on internet connectivity. How do you reach out to a feature-phone user who barely has a 2G connection?


A 24×7 healpline. Teaming up with Vodafone India, users will be able to dial 000-800-9191-000 and they won’t be charged for the call or the service. Early this year, Google also worked with KaiOS to integrate Google Assistant on entry-level 4G phones like the JioPhone.

Google Assistant was launched in India a couple of years back and Hindi is now the second-largest language globally. You can also switch languages by a simple voice command now.

Google Pay

Courtesy: Bhardwaj

Usually, you can use payment solutions like these in the US via NFC. Your cards are saved on the app and a gentle tap to a PoS machine will initiate the transaction. However, in India the app leverages the countries universal UPI protocol to transfer money. Up till now, you had to add your bank account in the app and scan a QR code to send money.

Google has now announced support for NFC cards. This will make the experience much simpler and streamlined. Though your phone needs to have an NFC reader and only HDFC, Axis, Kotak, and Standard Chartered bank are supported for tokenization at the moment.

The company went on to share a few interesting stats about its position in the country. The app handled 918 million transactions a month in the country.

New AI Lab

Courtesy: Bhardwaj

A new artificial intelligence research lab is being set up in Bengaluru to create India-specific products. Google has tied up with state-run BSNL for expanding Wi-Fi hotspots in villages in Gujarat, Bihar, and Maharashtra. They’ve already deployed more than 5,000 WiFi hotspots in partnership with Indian Railways.

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