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TCL 10 series is an affordable offering with quad-cameras

There’s also a midrange option with 5G

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TCL unveils today the  TCL 10 series that consists of the TCL 10 5G, TCL 10 Pro, and TCL 10L. Instead of going after the flagship segment, the company is positioning the products as an affordable offering.

TCL is like HMD Global, it goes slow, but has some formidable products. The company was also authorized to make BlackBerry-branded phones. However, lately, we’ve seen them focus on their original brand name that’s quite famous in the television segment.

Starting with the TCL 10 5G, it has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a punch-hole cut-out. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For authentication, a physical fingerprint scanner has been included on the back.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens, along with unspecified 5MP and 2MP lenses. On the front is a 16-megapixel selfie shooter located in a punch-hole cut-out.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0. The phone ships with Android 10 out-of-the-box. It’ll be available in Chrome Blue and Mercury Grey color options.

The TCL 10 Pro, on the other hand, has a 6.5-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution but a tiny water-drop notch. Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 675 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Unlike the 5G option, this one sports an in-display fingerprint scanner.

It has the same camera setup as the TCL 10 5G on the rear, but a 24-megapixel selfie camera. It also gets the same battery setup that can deliver 4500mAh of power along with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Lastly, the TCL 10L has the same display as the TCL 10 5G, but is powered by a Snapdragon 665 processor. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage configuration. It has a 4000mAh battery, but there’s no mention of fast charging.

On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. It’ll be available in Arctic White and Mariana Blue color options.

Pricing and availability

The TCL 10 Pro will retail for US$ 449.99 while the TCL 10L will sell for US$ 249.99. Both will be sold online at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.

Each device will come in one color option at launch: The 10 Pro will come in Ember Gray and 10L will come in Mariana Blue. Both phones will be coming to Canada later this summer. More details to come closer to Canada’s launch.

Pricing and availability for the TCL 10 5G have yet to be released.

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WhatsApp delays roll-out of new privacy policy until May

Signal and Telegram are trending instead

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WhatsApp rolled out a new privacy policy that clearly specifies how the instant messaging app will leverage your data for monetization. But the new privacy policy is on hold.

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15. In the blog post, the company says that none of its privacy-focused features are changing.

“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the statement said.

It faced massive backlash as users are worried about their personal data. When the privacy policy changes went public last week, the response from the public was downright brutal. Alternative apps like Telegram and Signal started trending worldwide as users started joining it in hopes of ditching WhatsApp.

Even though WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will still fetch some crucial information like your transactions, location, and other behavioral data from linked Instagram profile. And, we all know Facebook has a nasty reputation as far as personal data management is concerned. What makes it even more outrageous is that the policy is leave or take, and there’s no third option.

In the wording used, WhatsApp says the new privacy policy will change how it partners with Facebook to “offer integrations” and that businesses can use Facebook services to manage WhatsApp chats. It said that hat all private messages between friends and family members will remain end-to-end encrypted.

According to a CNBC report, India’s technology ministry also asked WhatsApp to withdraw planned changes to its privacy policy that has drawn widespread backlash.

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Huawei P50 Pro could come with a 120Hz display, 200x digital zoom

What about Harmony OS?

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Huawei may be barred from using Google Mobile Services, but it is far from giving up. The Chinese brand has pivoted to natively developed options and continues to work on its flagship P and Mate series. Going by the usual trend, the Huawei P50 series is expected to launch soon, and we already hear a lot of chatter about it.

According to @RODENT950 on Twitter, Huawei P50 Pro will have a 6.78-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Another user on Weibo claims that the regular version of Huawei P50 will be using a 90Hz refresh rate screen, while the top-end option may come with a 120Hz panel.

Under the P50 Pro and P50 Pro+ hood will be the Kirin 9000 or Kirin 9000E chipset. Designed on a 5nm process, these are Huawei’s best-in-class and offer massive performance improvements. Furthermore, the phone will support 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless charging.

Most importantly, the cameras are expected to get a major upgrade. The “space zoom” technology could go one step further by incorporating 200x digital zoom. Keep in mind, the recently launched Galaxy S21 Ultra has 100x digital zoom. So, Huawei’s offering makes a lot of difference, at least on paper. The P50 Pro+ will continue the race, as the phone will likely offer a massive 200x zoom from a derived 20x optical zoom setup.

While many reports said Huawei could ship the P50 series with Harmony OS, recent inputs suggest the brand shall continue with Android-based EMUI 11. In other aspects, the Huawei P50 series will come with 4 surround speakers and an upgraded vibration motor for haptics.

The phone is expected to launch in the coming months. The P50 series will consist of multiple options, and the details mentioned above are based on leaks, speculations, and unverifiable information. The end product could differ vastly.

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Honor V40 will bring back Google Mobile Services

According to a leak

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Two weeks ago, Honor was tipped to start working on Qualcomm-powered smartphones. The upcoming smartphone marks the company’s emancipation from former parent company Huawei. Finally, the Chinese company freed itself from the anti-China bans currently plaguing Huawei. As expected, Honor’s freedom isn’t stopping with Qualcomm. According to a leak, the upcoming Honor V40 will bring back Google Mobile Services when it launches.

Based on previous leaks, Honor was slated to unveil the Honor V40 on January 12, which was eventually pushed to January 18. Now, since that date has passed, the next date is on January 22. Apparently, Honor is still polishing some logistics associated with the launch.

However, according to the leak from Lenta RU, Honor delayed the launch to ensure that the smartphone is launching with Google Play Services from the get-go. If the leak is true, Honor is coming back into the Google-sponsored fold.

Though the company is also working on a Qualcomm partnership, the Honor V40 series will reportedly launch with the Dimensity 1000+ chipset from MediaTek. It will come with a 50-megapixel main camera sensor and 66W fast wired charging. As expected, the smartphone will launch exclusively in China first.

Currently, Huawei is still under extensive restrictions, further exacerbated by former president Trump’s eleventh-hour revocation of approved applications. Honor is certainly breathing a sigh of relief from losing its association with Huawei.

SEE ALSO: Honor supposedly unveiling Honor V40 on January 12

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