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Here are the top stories on GadgetMatch this week.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ 

What’s better than one Galaxy Note 10? Two of them, of course. For the first time ever, Samsung launched two versions of their Galaxy Note line. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus is your usual specced out Note while the Galaxy Note 10 is a smaller version of the note we’ve come to love.

For a detailed look at their difference. Check out this breakdown:

Note 10 Note 10+
Display 6.3″ 6.8″
Rear Camera 16MP Ultra Wide, 12MP Wide, 12MP Telephoto 16MP Ultra Wide, 12MP Wide, 12MP Telephoto, DepthVision Camera
Front Camera 10MP 10MP
Memory and Storage 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB 12GB/256GB, 12GB/512GB
Battery 3500mAh 4300mAh

The Galaxy Note 10 has plenty of new features. First up is Air Actions that lets you switch camera modes and take photos. Moving the S Pen left to right or up and down performs different commands. You’ll definitely feel like you’re in Hogwarts casting some sort of spell.

Another nifty feature on the S Pen is the ability to turn handwritten notes into text when you import to MS Word, or copy to whatever app you wish.

Video creators might also find plenty to love on the Note 10. Aside from improved stabilization and a new hyperlapse feature, Live Focus is now also available for that bokehlicious shot. There’s also a Zoom-In Mic feature that captures the audio of your subject as you zoom in on it.

The native video editor is also more powerful than ever but if that’s not enough Adobe Rush is also optimized for the device. There’s plenty love and also plenty to scrutinize on the Galaxy Note 10 so you should definitely watch out for our review.

2. Huawei announces Harmony OS

Huawei’s new OS is finally official — It’s called Harmony OS. Announced at the company’s developer conference Huawei confirms the OS has been in production for a while — two years to be exact. Development was hastened following the US ban but this doesn’t mean it will replace Android immediately.

For now, it’s reported that the first device to carry the OS is the Honor Smart Screen TV. Right now, the OS is geared towards Smart Home devices. However, should things go haywire between the US and China trade, Huawei says they’re ready to move their entire smartphone system to Harmony OS.

It’s an interesting development and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

3. Apple working on a foldable iPhone 

The hype for foldable phones was high early in the year with the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X leading the charge. The excitement has died down following issues encountered by the Galaxy Fold which prompted Huawei to take their own precautionary measures.

Things could pick up again as a major player might be  joining the fold. According to an investor’s note on UBS, Apple could be developing their own foldable. Don’t expect it to come any time soon though. Right now the Cupertino company is focused on the launch of the next iPhone. We might not see a foldable iPhone until 2021.

4. Realme announces release date of phone with 64MP camera

Realme previously teased a photo taken with a 64MP smartphone camera Months later, we finally more about the phone and when it’s expected to drop.

The phone in question might be the successor to the Realme X and it’s coming our way some time in October. Other than the 64 megapixel sensor, the phone is expected to have a quad camera setup with the other sensors being a wide-angle lens, a telephoto one, and a depth sensor.

Realme is using Samsung’s ISOCELL GW1 sensor to pull off this 64-megapixel camera phone. Curiously, another company is using that same sensor.

5. Xiaomi Redmi to launch phones with 64MP, 108MP cameras

Not to be outdone by Realme, Xiaomi announces it’s also working on a 64-megapixel camera. The sensor is coming to its Redmi line of phones and it will be available in the fourth quarter of 2019.

It doesn’t end there though.

Xiaomi also teased a phone with 108-megapixel camera. That’s a lot. The feature is coming to the Mi line of phones and we’re excited to see what they can do.


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.

Best Smartphones

Best Premium Smartphones above $600

November 2019 Edition

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If you’re looking for the very best high-end smartphones available, you’ve come to the right place! Every month, GadgetMatch updates this list with the finest devices money can buy, no matter how much they cost.

Updated monthly, this list takes every newly launched flagship costing more than US$ 600 into consideration, but doesn’t discount the smartphones that continue to make an impact since their launch last year.

Here they are in no particular order:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (US$ 1100)

The Samsung Galaxy Note series continues to set itself apart by being the premiere smartphone that comes with a stylus. It doesn’t hurt that the smartphone is also pretty darn good at pretty much any other thing you might think of doing on a smartphone. While it’s not necessarily elite at one thing, it’s pretty darn good at everything.

HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy Note 10

ASUS ROG Phone 2 (Starts at US$ 500)

Nobody asked but ASUS followed up their gaming smartphone. The ROG Phone 2 maxes out every imaginable spec all while maintaining the design language of its predecessor. While the older accessories work, ASUS still introduced a few new ones. Most notably the Kunai gamepad that makes the gaming phone look almost like a Nintendo Switch.

REVIEW: ROG Phone 2

Google Pixel 3 (US$ 799)

As good as the Pixel 3 XL is, we’re recommending its smaller sibling once again. Not only is its 5.5-inch screen the perfect size for one-handed use, but the absence of a notch also makes all the difference in this era of camera cutouts. As expected, the Pixel 3 has the best single rear camera in the biz, plus the extra camera in front adds another dimension to selfies.

REVIEW: Google Pixel 3

iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max (US$ 999)

The iPhone 11 Pro made no leaps in design which is why it somewhat feels underwhelming. It does, however, make up for it with yet another faster than ever processor, and a much-improved camera system. No, Apple didn’t exactly “innovate” but the iPhone is still what you expect it to be — a smartphone who’s hardware and software just works.

UNBOXING: iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max

OnePlus 7 Pro (US$ 669)

OnePlus went all out with its latest flagship smartphone, and although the price is now firmly in the premium category, the OnePlus 7 Pro provides all the high-end featured you’d expect from even pricier phones. The combination of the stunning design, top-of-the-line specs, and impressive cameras all this phone to compete with the Samsungs and Huaweis of the world.

REVIEW: OnePlus 7 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro (EUR 999)

Yes, we are well aware that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has been released. But one thing that the P30 Pro has over the Mate 30 Pro is Google Mobile Services that’s ready out-of-the-box. The Mate 30 Pro has superior hardware so far, but the hardware can only take you so far. The Mate 30 Pro is a fantastic smartphone, but if the software we expect aren’t readily available, it’s a tough sell.

REVIEW: Huawei P30 Pro

Motorola razr (US$ 1499)

If you’re hell-bent on owning a foldable smartphone, this is probably the easiest choice. The Motorola razr is proof that being first to get new tech out on the market isn’t as important as being the first to get it right.
It’s an old favorite, reinvented. And that’s just flat out brilliant.

HANDS-ON: Motorola razr


Update as of November 2019:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ replaced the Samsung Galaxy S10+
  • Motorola razr has joined the list

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Best Smartphones

Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

November 2019 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

Realme XT (US$ 333)

The Realme XT is our choice for best smartphone with a 64MP camera. This smartphone produces flagship-level photos.

REVIEW: Realme XT

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (US$ 300)

Xiaomi has always been a part of the list and the Mi 9 SE truly deserves its spot. It’s a flagship-grade phone from its design to its specs. It’s dubbed as a “compact flagship” thanks to its smaller-than-usual form factor. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t hurt your pockets both in size and price, check out the Mi 9 SE.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Realme 5 Pro (US$ 232)

A quadruple-camera setup at this price point seems unlikely but Realme made it happen. And it’s not just the setup, the lenses actually take photos with good image quality. That would have been enough to recommend this but it also has a Snapdragon 712 AIE chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you’re looking for a great deal, this is it.

HANDS-ON: Realme 5 Pro

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (US$ 245)

While not as affordable as its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 still does several things most phones can’t even dream of at this price point. We get an upper-midrange chip, large 5000mAh battery, versatile cameras, and a pure take on Android.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

Huawei Nova 5T (US$ 367)

Huawei managed to put a flagship-level chip with a glass back and with triple cameras on a midrange phone. These are things you expect from brands like Xiaomi but Huawei was able to pull it off as well.

READ: Huawei Nova 5T

Samsung Galaxy A50s (US$ 345)

Samsung’s pivot to the A series has been fantastic and the Galaxy A50s is another proof of that. It’s a refinement of everything that was good with the Galaxy A50. If you’re a die-hard Samsung fan looking for a midrange phone, the Galaxy A50s is a solid option.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A50s


Update as of November 2019:

  • The Realme XT was added to this list

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

November 2019 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Redmi Note 8 (US$ 155)

The Redmi Note 8 is proof that you can put quality cameras on a budget smartphone. It has a 48MP main shooter which is what you’ll find on most flagships and midrangers. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, it should also have no trouble handling basic gaming and other tasks you do on your phone.

READ: Redmi Note 8

ASUS ZenFone Max M2 (US$ 175)

We were disappointed to find out that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 went above the US$ 200 mark, but we still have the non-Pro Max M2 to buy at this price point. Fortunately, the fast Snapdragon 632 processor, large 4000mAh battery, and dual rear cameras remain.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max M2

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Realme 5 (US$ 154)

Realme is giving Xiaomi a run for its money on our top-of-mind easy phones to recommend. The Realme 5 is a real treat for people looking for a budget smartphone that provides more than what they need.

HANDS-ON: Realme 5

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20


Update as of November 2019:

  • The Redmi Note 8 replaces the Redmi Note 7 on this list

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