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.
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.
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’).
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.
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.
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.
OnePlus 6T to launch in Nepal on November 11
OnePlus’ fastest device is coming faster than ever in Nepal this time.
OnePlus recently announced that it will be launching the OnePlus 6T in Nepal on November 11. The company launched the handset just last month in New York.
Yes, OnePlus is sticking to its ridiculous six-month update cycle that outdates the only flagship every six months.
The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, and a chin, of course, on the front. It packs a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending upon your preference.
OnePlus has added an in-display fingerprint scanner to the handset, and removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery included in slightly larger in capacity than what we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6. Rest follows what’s on the OnePlus 6.
You can pre-order the OnePlus 6T in Nepal beginning November 11, and get the handset delivered in the next few days if not weeks. OnePlus Nepal is offering the handset at a discounted price of 69,999 NPR for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, in partnership with Alibaba’s Daraz to celebrate its Double 11 sales day.
That said, the regular OnePlus 6T pricing will likely be a little over what Daraz is offering.
We’ve reached out to OnePlus for more information, and will update this article as the story progresses.
Update: OnePlus will be selling the OnePlus 6T for 75,999 NPR in Nepal after the Daraz Double 11 sale is over. Grab the discounted price while you can.
OnePlus 6T gets new Thunder Purple finish in China
OnePlus fans in China are in for a treat that’s not black but purple.
OnePlus has announced a new OnePlus 6T variant that it’ll trade exclusively in China for the time being. The new OnePlus flagship doesn’t take another tech specs bump in this news, rather a new finish. Thunder Purple.
While the US and rest of the world has to settle for OnePlus 6T Mirror Black and Midnight Black, customers in China will be able to avail a new Thunder Purple finish of the OnePlus 6T. It’s similar to Samsung’s Lavender Purple, with more light purple at the bottom and darker as it reaches to the top.
For 3,399 Yuan ($490), you can grab the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in China. Rest of the world, waiting could be the only option for now.
Apple Pay is set to launch in Germany
This could happen anytime soon.
Apple is about to launch Apple Pay in Germany. Local banks have started emailing customers about Apple Pay’s launch in the country, but none have mentioned an exact launch date yet. Plus, Apple’s Germany website also states “coming soon” for the mobile payments service, leaving us without an exact date.
Apple earlier this year promised that it will launch Apple Pay in Germany before the end of this year; we can now see where it’s headed. Apple Pay made its debut in Europe when it launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, and now covers most parts of the continent. The contactless payments service could go live in Germany anytime soon.
At launch, Apple Pay will support American Express, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Boon, Bunq, ComDirect, Square, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, N26, O2 Banking, and Vim Pay customers in Germany.
Stay tuned for more information as the story progresses.