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Sneak peek: Huawei P20 launch at the Grand Palais Paris

A preview of what’s to come

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If its launch venue of choice is any indication, Huawei’s upcoming P20 is going to be a spectacular smartphone.

The phone will be unveiled here in Paris on March 27 at the glass-domed Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées.

An architectural icon built in the late 1800s, the Grand Palais is also home to Chanel’s yearly haute couture fashion shows. A fitting backdrop for a phone that aims to attract the same hip and fashion-forward crowd.

GadgetMatch was given an exclusive sneak peek of the event venue as preparations are underway, and it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t take you along for the ride.

Here we go!

Hi, I’m Michael Josh and you’re watching GadgetMatch — from Paris!

The roof of the Grand Palais is all glass, flooding the room with plenty of natural light. This is a big departure from most product launches that take place inside dimly lit event halls. Underneath the glass dome itself stands the stage. Further forward is the registration counter.

To the left and right of the stage, experience centers will be set up. The themes will be summer (right) and winter (left).

All the bright natural light in this venue is amazing! Perfect for selfies and photo taking 😎🤳🏽

In the middle of the summer garden stands a sculptural piece — three rings that most likely represent the triple-camera setup of the P20 Pro. The same three rings are used in Huawei’s official teasers for the event.

See Mooore with three Os; again, a nod to three cameras. Huawei is promising “master photography” powered by AI. It’s most likely that the P20 and P20 Plus will have additional AI-based camera features first seen on the Mate 10.

Racks of flowers and plants of all kinds wait to be set up to give the summer garden some life. This isn’t the first time this venue has seen an intricate event setup: Chanel’s annual fashion shows, held here, are big production operations that entail this space’s transformation, too.

Part of the garden will be covered in real grass. Huawei hopes to transport attendees into a new world with lush greenery.

Close-up of the stage. Imagine what great things will be announced on this platform soon!

And behind the stage, crates of production equipment wait to be put together. Attendees of the event won’t see the grand staircase painted in gold.

Approximately 2,000 people are expected to show up on launch day, and we plan on coming early to get a good seat. One of these perhaps.

To the left of the stage, the winter-themed experience zone has yet to take shape. Off in the distance, you’ll notice a cave-like structure. I’m getting pretty curious about how everything will look.

Here it is up close. Inside they’re setting up a dark room where media can test the low-light capabilities of the P20 and a yet-to-be-revealed product feature.

There’s a miniature village inside! Could this be to test zoom capabilities in low light? We find out at the launch.

With all these preparations underway, I’m definitely excited for what Huawei will be announcing in two days. I end this quick tour of the Huawei P20 launch venue with a photo of the Hueres Du Monde clock.

In just two days, this whole place will be transformed and only time will tell what surprises Huawei has in store for us. Trust me, it’s going to be amazing.

SEE ALSO: Huawei to announce Porsche Design Mate RS at Paris event

SEE ALSO: Latest Huawei P20 series leaks show us the best look at the phone

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ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions

It comes with a special case!

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“Oooh what’s in the box?” is what I imagine most of you say whenever a new device comes out. So, for the Zenfone 8 Flip, we’ll show you what you can expect should you decide to cop the latest from ASUS.

This is the box. Pretty standard, with the 8 on top.

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The inside follows the same color and brushed-cement looking finish. 

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I totally just made-up “brushed-cement” but it’s the only thing I can think of to describe the look.

First thing in the packaging is a packet with the SIM tray ejector tool.

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Inside it are the user guide and the special case.

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Underneath the packet is the Zenfone 8 Flip itself. 

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We’re gonna dive straight into the phone. 

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It has quite a glossy glass finish. That means smudges. 

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That’s icky

The power button has a bright blue tint that stands out from the rest of the device. 

Zenfone 8 FlipSitting right on top of it are the volume rockers.

The bottom has the usual USB-C port and speaker grille.

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While the left side has the SIM tray. 

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Here’s a closer look at the Flip camera module. 

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And here it is actually flipped. 

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What’s cool is you control the angle of flipping.
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Here it is with the case on. 

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It has a stopper to keep the module from flipping.

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And the phone knows when it’s on. 

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It’ll give you this prompt if you switch to ‘selfie’ on the camera app with the stopper equipped. 

Zenfone 8 FlipPretty cool, yeah?

This is what the home screen looks like. That wallpaper is actually animated. 

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You also have the a USB-C cable

And a power adapter.

That’s everything inside the box!

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First Impressions 

The ASUS Zenfone Flip 8 has some heft to it. Perhaps that’s to be expected given the Flip camera module. Speaking of, that camera module has a way of making you want to use it. I’m not one for selfies but I took a few for a quick test run along with some other quick snaps.

Selfies

Main camera, HDR off

Ultra-wide, HDR off 

Ultra-wide, auto HDR

Main camera, auto HDR 

Ultra-wide, auto HDR 

Indoors, Main camera 

Indoors, Portrait 

Bright light indoors

Some observations: The post-processing after you take photos does A LOT of work whether or not you have HDR turned on or off. This results in high contrast and sharpened images. On the contrary, using the same camera but with portrait mode, the resulting image looks softer.

This isn’t a good look for the image processing and I can see people opting to use Google Camera instead of the stock one on the phone.

Performance-wise, we haven’t spent a significant amount of time with the device but the whole thing feels snappy and buttery-smooth. So, it’s par for the course for something flagship. The display does look sharp and pleasing to the eyes. It is, after all, Samsung AMOLED.

That’s all we have on the Zenfone 8 Flip for now. Stay tuned for the review.

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Here’s a quick look at the specs of the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip side by side.

Zenfone 8 Zenfone Flip 8
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display 5.9” Samsung AMOLED, 120Hz 6.67” Samsung AMOLED, 90Hz
OS Android 11, Zen UI 8 Android 11, Zen UI 8
Configuration 6GB + 128GB

8GB +128GB

8GB + 256GB

16GB + 256GB

*No storage expansion

8GB +256GB

*Up to 2TB storage expansion via MicroSD

Battery 4,000mAh 5,000mAh
Cameras 64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

12MP front-facing

64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

8MP telephoto

*Flip camera module

Pricing and availability details to follow.


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ASUS Zenfone 8 Review: Tiny but Mighty

The compact flagship

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In a sea full of big smartphones, ASUS made a detour with the Zenfone 8 by making it smaller than its previous Zenfone 7 predecessor.

Packed with flagship specs such as Snapdragon 888, 16GB of RAM and a 120Hz display, it’s simply their best and most compact phone to date.

But how did ASUS managed to fit in all these powerful internals in such a compact body? Watch our full review video of the ASUS Zenfone 8 to know more.

SEE ALSO: Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Redefining gaming phones

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Mobile games are convenient, portable, and efficient. You can play anywhere and any time instead of being tied to your desktop or console. On top of all that, it’s also mostly for free so, despite the memes and childish slap fights, getting a proper gaming phone has been a legitimate hunt for some people.

As the mobile gaming scene gained traction over the years, gaming brands have released top-performing phones with pretty high price tags. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a ton of casual players or hopeful esports pro players who want to get their hands on something more affordable.

Surprise, surprise! There are top-performing phones out there that may not come from the gaming fan service brands but can do just as well. Enter the Galaxy A52 5G.

No fuss, all game buffs

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The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G isn’t marketed as a gaming phone but it features specs suited for people looking for a more affordable and well-rounded phone.

It has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and sports a 120Hz refresh rate. The phone display is capable of reaching 800 nits of brightness. So, expect this midranger to unapologetically flaunt buttery smooth graphics perfect for stunning playthroughs.

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Under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G sports an octa-core processor, along with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. That’s more than your storage and processing power than any other mid-range phone. And, more than enough storage for your daily use and play.

If you’re somehow missing out on more space, it also comes with a MicroSD slot that supports up to 1TB of storage. On top of all that, it’s equipped with a 4,500mAh battery, giving you uninterrupted day-to-day use.

Games you can play

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With its processor, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G can handle more than you’d expect. Samsung brought the big guns for the Galaxy A52 5G with their octa-core processor. With League of Legends: Wild Rift, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and PUBG Mobile as the most played competitive games people play on; it doesn’t stutter or struggle.

The lengths of mobile gaming doesn’t end there. More artsy games like Florence and Sky can be played on the Galaxy A52 5G with ease. And, they look nothing short of stunning.

The Galaxy A52 5G is decked out with 120Hz refresh rate capabilities. So, everything looks buttery smooth and detailed with whatever game you play on it. That’ll come in handy when you’re in the mood for competitive play. If you’re worried about the battery life, you can scrap the plug, in “plug and play” for this one, because the battery manages well with day-to-day gameplay.

Photo perfect?

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One feature that most gaming phones don’t necessarily sell out on is the camera. The Galaxy A52 5G sports a quad-camera system: a 64-megapixel main camera with OIS, a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view, a 5-megapixel dedicated macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.

On its front, it houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera located on a punch-hole cut-out. Check out the samples below:

Main camera

Macro

Zoom 2X, 4X and 10X

Food

Low light

Landscape wide

Panorama

Night mode

Portrait: Cat

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Main Camera: Person with Auto HDR Off

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Selfie

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Not your typical gaming phone

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a pretty impressive phone. Most gaming phones get away with some features faltering into the sidelines, with gameplay features taking the forefront of the phones’ priorities.

However, with the Galaxy A52 5G, you get the full package of top-performing features people want from a regular phone. From immersive watch time, to quality photos, to playing on your phone, this mid-ranger takes the cake.

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On top of all that, this phone stands out when watching Netflix or listening to podcasts on speaker with Dolby Atmos. Essentially, you get a smooth and responsive display, decent storage, reliable battery life, decent quad-camera set-up, and good audio.

Is the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G your GadgetMatch?

If you’re looking for an affordable gaming phone with all the same bells and whistles you’d look for on a flagship gaming phone, this is it. It delivers all its features without selling itself out as a gaming phone because, we would argue, it’s technically more than just that.

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If this is just what you’re looking for, the Galaxy A52 5G costs PhP 23,990 SRP. The 5G compatibility makes this phone slightly more expensive than its sibling. But, it still costs a fraction of any ungodly RGB-vomiting-rainbow-gamer phone out there.


This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung Philippines.

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