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Unused phones around the world weigh more than 54 Boeing 747 planes

Don’t discard phones in your usual waste bin

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Buying a new phone isn’t a huge deal today, and we change our primary phone quite frequently. With technology advancing rapidly, new phones are being launched every month, and pretty much all phone makers have ramped up their production due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

According to a survey by German electronics store reBuy, most people don’t get rid of their old phones. We usually keep them aside in a drawer and forget about it for eternity. And even if we’re cleaning our rooms once in a year, when was the last time you remember recycling or properly disposing of a phone?

Smartphone waste is technically called e-waste, and the report estimates that there are 23,964 tonnes of unused phones out there. That’s equivalent to 54 Boeing 747-8 aircraft or 138 blue whales.

The numbers are mind-boggling. In Sweden, there’s an average of 1.31 unused phones per capita. This effectively means there are more unused phones than the country’s population.

And when we add up all the unused phones in the 27 countries surveyed, the weight of precious metals found in these dusty devices amounts to 23,964 tons of e-waste. These include rare earth metals like gold, silver, palladium, and platinum. When valued, these metals could fetch a whopping €1.9 billion.

E-waste also includes other electronic gadgets like gaming, music, home appliances, and more. The German report has estimated only unused phones and all other larger, or smaller appliances are still left out.

When not disposed of properly, these rare earth metals can add to pollution and contamination. Phone makers worldwide are urging users to recycle their unused phones, and many companies even offer a small amount as compensation.

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro price and availability in Singapore

Is this the Mate for you?

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Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone — the Huawei Mate 40 Pro — has arrived in Singapore.

The Mate 40 Pro continues the Mate line’s legacy of being a fantastic all around smartphone. It delivers the best in terms of design, build, cameras, and performance.

An all-around camera

Huawei’s mobile camera tech is one of the best in the business and there’s more of the same in the Mate 40 series.

The three phones come with an array of camera features found in Huawei phones past, all improved and upgraded. There’s Dual Cine Cameras, Steady Shot, Tracking Shot, Audio Focus, Audio Zoom and the list goes on.

A testament to how smart its cameras are is how you can lazily shoot with it and you’d still come up with pretty darn good shots.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

A leap in performance

Every single phone in the Mate 40 series is powered by Kirin 9000 5G. Huawei is calling it “the most sophisticated 5nm 5G SoC  available.”

It features a three-level power efficiency architecture with cores running at clock frequencies of up to 3.13Ghz. Really, all you need to know is it’s extremely powerful, extremely efficient, and it’s close to mind-boggling the things that it enables the phone to do.

The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU on the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ is the most powerful GPU ever on a Huawei device. It’s great for intense graphic performance and works well with the 90Hz screen refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

Of course, having 5G means it’s gonna take a toll on the battery. The Mate 40 has a 4,200mAh capacity while the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro+ have 4,400mAh. But more than the numbers, Huawei says the phones are equipped with tech to handle the demands of 5G.

A new user experience

We’ve already been introduced to EMUI 11 and all it’s wonderful features. So there’s all of that plus a handful of improvements in several areas.

Smart Gesture Control makes a return. It’s the feature that lets you hover your hand over the device to wake it up, navigate, and answer a call. Like magic!

Huawei is also expanding Petal Search to Petal Maps, essentially replacing everything it lost with Google and putting their own stamp on it while making sure to communicate that it’s all private and secure.

Watch our Huawei Mate 40 Pro Unboxing and Review.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro will be available in Singapore in limited quantities in two color variants: Mystic Silver and Black starting December 12 at a retail price of SG$ 1,598

Customers will also receive a HUAWEI SuperCharge Wireless Stand (40W) worth S$148 with every purchase, while stocks last.

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Facebook on iOS now has dark mode

It’s more dim than dark

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Facebook Dark Mode

Took them a while but it appears Facebook on iOS now has dark mode. The company started publicly testing the feature back in early November and it looks like more users are now able to make the switch.

To turn your Facebook app into dark mode on iOS, you only need to tap the Menu button on the lower-right hand side of the screen. Scroll down and look for Settings and Privacy then tap that. Afterwards, the Settings and Privacy option will expand. You’ll then see Dark Mode right up above App Language. Tap on Dark Mode. It’s turned off by default but you have the option to turn it on or match your system settings.

Earlier reports suggest the company is also testing the dark mode on Android. However, as of the moment, it’s only more widely available for iOS users.

Android users should be able to see the update come to their devices in the next few weeks.

It’s important to note that this is different from the dark mode that some Android UI/UX. This particular app date is native to the app versus the one forced by the Android skin.

SEE ALSO: Facebook launches dark mode for desktop

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Qualcomm reportedly launching a new Snapdragon 700 chip soon

To fight against the Exynos 1080

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When the Snapdragon 888 launched earlier this week, a lot of people were surprised. Most industry watchers were expecting the Snapdragon 875, as per Qualcomm’s usual naming scheme. However, much like the chipset’s specs, the Snapdragon 888’s name teases good things to come for next year’s flagships. Apparently, we’re not done. Qualcomm is reportedly launching a new Snapdragon 700 chipset to compete against the Exynos 1080.

Leaked on Weibo, the upcoming processor will occupy an upper-midrange slot that was conveniently missing from this week’s big event. According to the leak, the chipset will debut sometime within the first quarter of 2021. Most importantly, new smartphones with the processor will ship immediately after the debut.

Though the leaker did not reveal a lot of details, the new Snapdragon 700 series will supposedly go one-on-one with Samsung’s Exynos 1080 chipset. If this is true, Samsung’s and Qualcomm’s new lineups are strangely positioned. For one, the natural assumption is that the Snapdragon 888 will compare against the Exynos 1080, matching flagship against flagship.

With a potentially strange discrepancy, either the Exynos 1080 won’t perform like a flagship or the Samsung hasn’t announced next year’s flagship Exynos yet. Either way, next year’s processor lineups are shaping up into new and surprising levels of excitement. Already, several smartphone makers are already committing resources towards the newly announced chipsets from both Qualcomm and Samsung.

SEE ALSO: realme Race will be one of the first phones to have Snapdragon 888

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