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ZTE Nubia Z17 introduces Quick Charge 4+

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If you want your smartphone to stand out, you must deliver on no-nonsense features and the best possible specifications. ZTE’s Nubia Z17 delivers on both, introducing Qualcomm’s latest fast-charging technology and possibly the best set of specs we’ve seen on an Android.

In an unusual move, Qualcomm granted ZTE the right to unveil its Quick Charge 4+ tech, which is a mild upgrade to its predecessor, Quick Charge 4. The newest version lowers the operating temperature, charges 15 percent faster, and is up to 30 percent more efficient — perfect for topping up the Nubia Z17’s 3200mAh battery.


This is made possible by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, which originally came with Quick Charge 4 when it launched last year. On top of the Nubia Z17 being the first to bring the new charging standard to the masses, it’s also just the second to have a generous 8GB of memory. (The yet-to-ship ASUS ZenFone AR is the first.)

That’s impressive for a China-branded phone that didn’t have much hype surrounding it. Other than that, this Android handset settles for more common specifications: a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display, up to 128GB of internal storage, a dual-camera setup at the back, and oh-so-vital water resistance. Its only real drawback is the exclusion of a 3.5mm audio port.

As expected, only residents in China are fortunate enough to get their hands on this. It has excellent bang for one’s buck, retailing for CNY 2,799 ($410) for the variant owning 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage, and CNY 3,999 ($590) for the more capable version using 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage.

The Nubia Z17’s closest competition for that price and feature set is Xiaomi’s Mi 6, which also hasn’t been internationally available since its launch yet.

SEE ALSO: ZTE’s Blade V7, V7 Lite phones are easy on the eyes and wallet

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Some Huawei phones are showing unwanted ads on lock screens

A way for Huawei to earn money?

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Huawei P30 Lite | GadgetMatch

While Huawei continues to find ways to fight off the trade ban implemented by the US, a number of Huawei phone owners are expressing their dismay over sudden ads on their lock screens. Huawei doesn’t need more negative publicity right now, but the company decided to push unwanted ads without users’ permission.

Initially reported by Android Police, users in several countries have noticed an ad for Booking.com on the lock screen of their Huawei phones. Surprisingly, some of the devices affected include the flagship models like the Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and Honor 10. Other models are also presumably affected. [Editor’s note: I noticed this on my Mate 20 X, as well.]


Huawei users now have a Reddit thread to talk about this fiasco, and Twitter reports are coming in. Here some of the tweets showing the reported lock screen images:

It seems like the ads are appearing for device owners who are using the preinstalled landscape background wallpapers. The ads are showing up in certain countries in Europe and South Africa for now.

Huawei phones have a “Magazine unlock” feature that shows a series of curated wallpapers based on the user’s preference. This can be turned off and that should get rid of the advertising. Needless to say, this could be Huawei’s move to earn extra ad cash.

SEE ALSO: Huawei on getting to top spot: ‘This process may take longer’

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Taiwan Excellence is holding its first esports cup in the Philippines

With a prize pool of P360,000

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Esports continue to grow in the Philippines thanks to the help from both organizations and major brands. The latest to make its mark in the local competitive scene is Taiwan Excellence, which will be holding an esports cup in Manila beginning in July.

With the help of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), there’ll be a PhP 360,000 prize pool for the expected 2,000 participants from across the country. The featured games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LOL).


Registration for the tournament begins on June 15. The first phase of the competition will start on July 6 for CS:GO and August 3 for LOL. The grand finals will happen from October 4 to 5 at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City. Taiwan Excellence’s esports cup was previously held in Malaysia and Thailand.

“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with esports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers,” said C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T is basically the Redmi K20 for the European market

Yet another superb midranger

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Xiaomi Mi 9T | Image credit: Xiaomi

As scheduled, Xiaomi announced the new Mi 9T which is the latest member of its Mi 9 lineup. For those following Xiaomi’s releases, the phone is a familiar one because it was launched before. The Mi 9T, as expected, is the Redmi K20 for Xiaomi’s international markets.

The Mi 9T isn’t quite the 2019 flagship everyone is expecting, but it’s still a capable midranger on paper. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor paired with up to 8GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. Those looking for a Snapdragon 855 chip will have to wait for the phone’s rumored Pro version.


Display-wise, the Mi 9T has a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone doesn’t have any cutout in the front thanks to its motorized pop-up camera mechanism.

Xiaomi Mi 9T | Image credit: Xiaomi

Speaking of the pop-up camera, it’s a 20-megapixel selfie snapper. As for the rear cameras, the Mi 9T has three: a main 48-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera.

A large 4000mAh battery keeps the phone on and it supports 18W fast charging via its USB-C port. The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and NFC. MIUI 10 runs on the phone with Android 9 Pie at its core.

Xiaomi’s Mi 9T will be available in Europe beginning in Spain by June 17. Price starts at EUR 329 (US$ 370) for the 6GB+64GB variant and EUR 369 (US$ 415) for the 6GB+128GB option.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 with a colored display and 20-day battery life

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