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Huawei unveils the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

In-display fingerprint scanner, reverse wireless charging, 7nm SoC, three rear cameras, and AI. That’s it.

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Huawei today announced the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in London.

Apart from being a 2018 flagship with a notch and multiple cameras at the back, Huawei has grabbed the first 7nm processor Android phone in the market. And, it’s a Samsung Note 9 competitor for sure, if not iPhone’s. But it doesn’t come along a stylus anyway.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro In-display Fingerprint Sensor

The Mate 20 Pro features a 6.39-inch OLED display at 3,120 x 1,440 resolution with thinner bezels around and a wide notch just like the iPhone Xs. The handset also has a 3D depth sensor wrapped in the notch, which works well for a Face ID resemblance on Android, alongside an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Powering the Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s in-house Kirin 980 processor (7nm) paired with 6GB of RAM and a massive 4,200mAh battery. The storage choices on board are either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB.

The Pro is Huawei’s first phone to ship with a new feature called SuperCharge that can power up 70 percent in just half an hour, and it’s safe. One interesting feature about the Qi wireless charging on the Mate 20 Pro is “reverse charging,” as the name suggests, you can charge other Qi wireless smartphones with the Pro. It doesn’t sound much efficient but can be of great help during emergency situations.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Waterproof

Now Huawei’s favorite, the camera part. The Mate 20 Pro has a trio of cameras at the back, which don’t look that appealing to me given its design but fair enough for the photography on offer. The cameras are co-engineered with Leica, of course.

Huawei is proudly showcasing the AI features on the Mate 20 Pro. The Leica triple camera setup at the back has ‘Master AI’ that’s capable of detecting more than 1,500 scenes and 27 breeds of dog.

The triple camera setup has a 40-megapixel Quad Bayer sensor with f/1.8 wide-angle lens, a 20-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 telephoto camera.

The IP68 waterproofing backs the Mate 20 Pro under water to some extent along with stereo speakers that’s grille-less and uses the USB Type-C port instead. Well, that’s pretty much about the Mate 20 Pro — the high-end flagship. There’s more to the show, the Mate 20 (without the ‘Pro’).

Huawei Mate 20

The base variant Mate 20 downscales a lot of things yet gives a premium look and feel. The Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch LCD Full HD display on the front, while the back has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, unlike the Pro.

The front still has a notch but it’s a teardrop notch here without the 3D scanner, offering more real estate in screen. The handset has a 4,000mAh battery with no support for wireless charging in either direction.

Huawei Mate 20 Camera

What you might like is the presence of the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, which couldn’t make it to the Mate 20 Pro. But it comes at a cost of no stereo speakers and no IP68 waterproofing.

Furthermore, the triple camera configuration has a change of sensors and lenses. The main snappier is a 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 lens, accompanied by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. AI capabilities remain unchanged, fortunately.

Huawei EMUI

Still, the Mate 20 from Huawei is a premium device to hold even with these significant reductions.

The new Mate devices will ship with Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 atop Android 9.0 Pie. Pre-orders for both Mates are open now, with no word on pricing yet.

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Xiaomi unveils the Mi 9 flagship

First flagship of 2019.

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Xiaomi has announced the 2019 flagship Mi 9 today. The handset is first in line to be this year’s premium android flagship phone, with specs that could rival last year’s Huawei offering.

The Mi 9 raises the bar for this year’s upcoming Android phones in terms of specs. The 6.39-inch FHD phone is powered by Qualcomm’s first 7nm Snapdragon 855 processor, coupled with either 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of RAM — that’s absolutely on your preference. Fueling the device is a 3,300mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charging technology; that’s 27W for wired charging, and 20W for wireless. There’s also an under-the-display fingerprint sensor to use.

Interestingly, the Chinese smartphone maker has made noticeable improvements on the camera front. The Mi 9 carries along a triple-camera setup on the back, and a ‘Dot Drop’ look on the front. On offer is a 48-megapixel camera sensor on the rear, but there’s a catch! It uses Sony IMX586 sensor, which will render the photos you take with a 0.8-micron pixel size at 48 megapixels, and will be a bit noisy. The best you can get from this lens is at 12 megapixels with a 1.6-micron pixel size. DxOMark score for the Mi 9 is 107 points, for the record.

Pricing starts at 2,999 RMB ($446) for the base 6GB/128GB variant, and goes up to 3,999 RMB ($595) for 12GB/256GB configuration. There’s also a middle-tier that will cost you 3,299 RMB ($490) for 8GB/128GB. Availability of the Mi 9 remains in China for now. Given the history Xiaomi has with product launches, International release should take some time.

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Apple’s latest iPhone ad is Bokeh​’d

Did you bokeh my child?

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iPhone Ad Depth Control Bokeh

Apple has posted a new iPhone ad that shows off Portrait Mode Depth Control in action. The ad highlights how you can bokeh and unbokeh photos shot on iPhone even after you’ve captured them.

After a long time, we have seen Apple coming up with such a hilarious ad. In the clip, two parents are having an uncomfortable talk over the use of bokeh in their children’s photo. One blames the other of ignoring Jacob (her child), referring to the blurred effect which we all know as bokeh. You can watch the iPhone ad in full length below.

Depth Control on iPhone XS and iPhone XR lets you adjust the bokeh effect on backgrounds before or after you shoot. So you can turn a cute portrait of two kids into a stunning portrait of one kid.

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Apple acquires digital marketing startup DataTiger

With iPhone sales coming lower than expected, this might actually help.

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Apple has acquired digital marketing startup DataTiger, reports Bloomberg. The report cites a regulatory filing from December that quotes Apple as the controlling body for Operatedata Ltd., the legal name of DataTiger.

DataTiger’s CEO Philip Mohr writes “we’re re-thinking the whole marketing experience,” on LinkedIn.

DataTiger is a set of tools that enables you to build marketing software that puts your data to work. Using DataTiger is the fastest and easiest way to increase retention & monetisation. With our platform you can individually optimize the marketing flows for your customers in real-time across all channels.

DataTiger can be used as an online tool, importing your data and set up user flows in minutes, with all of your data living in the cloud – or it can be fully customized in-house, building your own marketing solution via our APIs + open-source front-end components.

Founded in 2017, DataTiger is relatively a small company, with 2-10 employees, headquartered in the UK. Apple hasn’t disclosed financial terms of the deal yet, however, it should be considered as a small-scale acquistion.

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