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Huawei MediaPad M4 with Android Oreo is Likely Coming Soon

When it comes to Android tablets, there aren’t that many high-end options to choose from. Even now, it’s not uncommon to see folks opt for older tablets like the three-year-old Nexus 9. But Huawei is one of the companies trying to turn things around, and rumor has it it’s working on a high-end Android tablet to rule them all: A successor to the MediaPad M3, the MediaPad M4.

The Huawei MediaPad M3 came out in September of last year, sporting Huawei’s latest HiSilicon Kirin processor, along with a 1600 x 2560 screen and Android 6.0 Marshmallow (later updated to Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5). With 4GB RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and lots of expandable storage, it’s a decent device for folks who watch a lot of movies, read plenty of ebooks, or play some decently demanding games. Now, thanks to some people over at the Dutch technology site Mobielkopen, some new information about its sequel — the upcoming Huawei MediaPad M4 — has been revealed.

A User Agent Profile (UAProf) on Huawei’s site mentions the MediaPad M4. That’s telling in and of itself — a user agent basically tells websites what kind of browser, device, and operating system is connecting to it, so that the website serves the correct version of the web page. The user agent for a mobile device for example, might prompt the website to serve the mobile version of a page rather than the desktop one. Obviously, web page developers need to account for these, and so they embed information like device type and screen resolution in UAPs.

The Huawei MediaPad M4’s UAP, for example, describes a tablet with Android 8.0 Oreo according to the and a model number “SHT-AL09”. It’ll retain the same screen resolution as its predecessor, 1600×2560, and potentially launch with one of Huawei’s high-end processors, either the Kirin 960 or Kirin 970.

You can check out the report from Mobielkopen below, or check out the user agent profile XML file yourself.


Source: Huawei
Via: Mobielkopen

Looks like the Huawei P11 may have an iPhone X-like notch

We’re anticipating a new phone from Huawei at MWC 2018 and it looks like the next flagship in the company’s P series may be experimenting with a notch at the top of the screen, much like Apple’s iPhone X.

Firmware files obtained by XDA Developers show the existence of a small notch at the top of the screen on a new device, codenamed Emily. It would make sense that this is the Huawei P11 as that’s the next anticipated flagship phone from the company.

An overlay image within the files suggests the company is playing with the idea of a notch and while it isn’t possible for the example to be published, XDA Developers has recreated the image, which you can see below.

Credit: XDA Developers

It looks smaller than the notch on the iPhone X, so it may be that this area of the phone just features the front-facing camera rather than face unlock tech like we’ve seen on Apple’s most expensive phone and the OnePlus 5T.

What will it feature?

According to the source the name ‘notch’ is also referenced within the system build, heavily suggesting Huawei will be opting for this method to be able to shrink down the bezels around the screen.

We expect to see the Huawei P11 launch at MWC 2018 next year and we’ve previously heard rumors it would launch with a triple-lens Leica rear camera on the back of the phone.

That same leak also suggested the phone would be set to come with a 24MP selfie camera.

Via PocketNow

Looks like the Huawei P11 may have an iPhone X-like notch

We’re anticipating a new phone from Huawei at MWC 2018 and it looks like the next flagship in the company’s P series may be experimenting with a notch at the top of the screen, much like Apple’s iPhone X.

Firmware files obtained by XDA Developers show the existence of a small notch at the top of the screen on a new device, codenamed Emily. It would make sense that this is the Huawei P11 as that’s the next anticipated flagship phone from the company.

An overlay image within the files suggests the company is playing with the idea of a notch and while it isn’t possible for the example to be published, XDA Developers has recreated the image, which you can see below.

Credit: XDA Developers

It looks smaller than the notch on the iPhone X, so it may be that this area of the phone just features the front-facing camera rather than face unlock tech like we’ve seen on Apple’s most expensive phone and the OnePlus 5T.

What will it feature?

According to the source the name ‘notch’ is also referenced within the system build, heavily suggesting Huawei will be opting for this method to be able to shrink down the bezels around the screen.

We expect to see the Huawei P11 launch at MWC 2018 next year and we’ve previously heard rumors it would launch with a triple-lens Leica rear camera on the back of the phone.

That same leak also suggested the phone would be set to come with a 24MP selfie camera.

Via PocketNow

Looks like the Huawei P11 may have an iPhone X-like notch

We’re anticipating a new phone from Huawei at MWC 2018 and it looks like the next flagship in the company’s P series may be experimenting with a notch at the top of the screen, much like Apple’s iPhone X.

Firmware files obtained by XDA Developers show the existence of a small notch at the top of the screen on a new device, codenamed Emily. It would make sense that this is the Huawei P11 as that’s the next anticipated flagship phone from the company.

An overlay image within the files suggests the company is playing with the idea of a notch and while it isn’t possible for the example to be published, XDA Developers has recreated the image, which you can see below.

Credit: XDA Developers

It looks smaller than the notch on the iPhone X, so it may be that this area of the phone just features the front-facing camera rather than face unlock tech like we’ve seen on Apple’s most expensive phone and the OnePlus 5T.

What will it feature?

According to the source the name ‘notch’ is also referenced within the system build, heavily suggesting Huawei will be opting for this method to be able to shrink down the bezels around the screen.

We expect to see the Huawei P11 launch at MWC 2018 next year and we’ve previously heard rumors it would launch with a triple-lens Leica rear camera on the back of the phone.

That same leak also suggested the phone would be set to come with a 24MP selfie camera.

Via PocketNow

New Triple-lens Camera Leak Details Huawei’s Threat To Galaxy Note 8 And iPhone X

Dual camera setups are redefining our expectations of what’s possible from smartphone photography, but Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, looks set to go one better by introducing a triple rear camera.

According to prolific, and famously accurate, leaker, Evan Blass, Huawei seems to have been considering a 40MP three-lensed camera for a forthcoming smartphone, probably the P11.

Taking to Twitter, Blass writes:

Is the next Huawei P-series going to be an imaging powerhouse? A digital artist at one of the company’s creative agencies added these “PCE Series” ads to their portfolio — claiming 40MP, 3 lens rear (5x hybrid zoom) + 24MP selfie, all Leica-co-developed.”

The “PCE Series” information shown in the leak, which has since been removed from the artist’s portfolio, includes details of a 40MP camera using three lenses to deliver up to 5x zoom, taking its capabilities far beyond currently available smartphone cameras.

Huawei pins a great deal of importance on its smartphone cameras, not only in forming a working relationship with premium camera manufacturer, Leica, but also in terms of the cost of the camera hardware itself.

This latest development, should it turn out to be true, would be a perfect for a company so clearly aiming to make waves in smartphone photography.

Why include three cameras?

The obvious question is whether or not three cameras could actually deliver any tangible benefits to the user over a dual-camera setup. After all, Google’s Pixel 2 currently delivers first glass performance with just a single lens.

In my opinion, there most certainly are advantages to be gained from a third camera and here’s why:

While the benefits of dual cameras can include increased light-gathering capability, optical zoom effects, reduced image noise and some level of 3D depth-perception, the actual benefits received depend on the particular configuration of lenses used.

Simplistically put, you could use a pair of dissimilar lenses as in the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, to enable telephoto or wide angle shots or, as Huawei has chosen to do with the current Mate 10 flagship, you could use a pair cameras with identical lenses and combine their output for higher image quality.

However, adding a third camera would, therefore, allow the use of both of these approaches at the same time. For example, by combining a pair of similar lenses for great quality with a third telephoto lens to add extra zoom capabilities.

Huawei’s current implementation does offer a 2x ‘lossless zoom’ mode which relies on the higher 20MP pixel resolution of a dedicated monochrome camera to boost the details captured by the 12MP main colour sensor.

However, adding a third zoom lens would allow for the extended 5x zoom range mentioned in the leak. Fitting a 40MP sensor in a smartphone would usually be problematic due to the additional image noise which would likely occur. However, combining the output of three separate sensors could go a long way to mitigating against this.

Also mentioned in the leaked advertisements are a 24MP selfie camera, a ‘Pro Night Mode’ and ‘Pro AI camera assist’. If done well, a three-camera system from Huawei will definitely be one to watch.

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The Huawei Nova 2S goes official with a 6-inch 18:9 display and four cameras

68060_Huawei-Nova-2S The Huawei Nova 2S goes official with a 6-inch 18:9 display and four cameras FoneArena

Hot on the heels of a successful launch of the Honor V10, Huawei is taking wraps off another device. The Huawei Nova 2S has just launched in China and sports a 6-inch 18:9 display and a 20 MP front-facing camera. The Nova lineup of phones straddles the line between mid-tier the value flagship territory.

The Nova 2S follows up last year’s Nova and Nova Plus. Those phones featured 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. Both had 32 GB of storage, 3 GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processors. The Nova 2S bumped those internals to 64 or 128 GB of storage, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and a Huawei-made Kirin 960 processor.

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The changes don’t stop with the specs, though. Huawei jumped firmly on the 18:9 display bandwagon with a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 display. The Honor 2S is one of the first phones we’ve seen hit the market to incorporate an 18:9 display and the small bezels that tend to come with them, and a physical home button that houses a fingerprint sensor.

Customers will find a dual camera on the back of the phone that houses a 16 MP RGB sensor and a 20 MP monochrome sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. The show-stealer here may be the 20 MP front-facing camera. It has an f/2.0 aperture, an LED flash, and a secondary 2 MP sensor. That’s right, dual front-facing cameras.

The rest of the specs include a 3,340 mAh battery that supports fast charging, hybrid dual-SIM card support (two SIM cards or one SIM card + one microSD card), and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It’s also running Android 8.0 Oreo. The Huawei Nova 2s comes in Black, Gray, Red, Rose Gold, and Blue and will run customers 2699 yuan (~$400) for the base 4/64 version.

Huawei will also release a special edition of the device called the Yixing Zhang Special Edition. The device named after the Korean entertainer and comes with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, an album, ringtones, and more. It’ll run 3399 yuan (~$500) and hits store shelves at the end of the month.

Android Today: Huawei Starts Rolling Out Oreo Update For Honor 9 and Honor V9, Asus ZenFone 4 To Get In December

After rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9, Huawei has now added two more smartphones to the list.

Today, the Honor 9 and Honor V9 are getting the Oreo treat in China. Huawei confirmed that the Honor 9 and Honor V9 users who were enrolled in the beta program will be getting the update first and it will then be coming to other users. However, it all is starting today therefore Android 8.0 Oreo will debut on every unit of Honor 9 and Honor V9 within this week in China.

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For now, the update is limited to China, but a global push is expected to kick off by the end of this month. It’s worth noting that Honor 8 Pro users will also get the update as it is the global version of the Honor V9. Besides, Huawei’s Oreo update brings the software version to EMUI 8.0 from its Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 version. With Oreo update, the Honor 9 and Honor V9 (Honor 8 Pro) will get much-talked-about Oreo features like Autofill, picture-in-picture, redesigned Settings app, notification options, and more.

Asus ZenFone 4 to get Android 8.0 Oreo update in December

Following other OEMs, Asus is also gearing up to offer Oreo treat to its smartphones. Today, the company announced that it will be rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo update to its mid-range smartphone, the ZenFone 4. Eventually, all ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 will be receiving the update.

Earlier this week, Asus pushed ZenUI 4.0 to the ZenFone 4 Max. The company today announced that it will be rolling Android 8.0 update to its standard ZenFone 4 (ZE554KL) model in December. We don’t know the exact release date yet, but it will arrive sometime this month. For the rest of the ZenFone series phones (there are just so many!) we can assume that the update should arrive sometime next year.

Asus has been pretty discreet about the update timeline for the smartphones in the ZenFone lineup. The company has not made it clear how it is going to go ahead with the update cycle for the rest of the phones. As for the ZenFone 4, the update will first reach the unlocked version and will then move on to the carrier units.

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Huawei Nova 2s arrives with Android Oreo

Huawei held a special event today for its latest addition to the Nova series. The company introduced the Nova 2s with 16 MP RGB + 20 MP Monochrome camera setup on the back and a 6” FullView display with a fingerprint scanner below it on the front.






Huawei Nova 2s official renders

The tall screen comes with Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The phone runs on Kirin 960 chipset and has three memory versions – 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.

The two cameras at the back have f/1.8 aperture, while the front ones have relatively slower f/2.0 lenses. The front snapper is 20 MP and is coupled by a secondary 2 MP camera and an LED flash.






Huawei Nova 2s in all its glory

Huawei was keen to brag the Nova 2s supports Face Unlock. Interestingly enough the function is still not available at the Mate 10 series but its appearance might be a hint for an upcoming arrival.

There is 3,340 mAh battery on board that is charged through the USB Type-C and as most higher standing Huawei phones, it comes with Huawei SuperCharge that fills the battery to 50% in 30 minutes.

Offered in Black, Gray, Red, Blue and Rose Gold, the Huawei Nova 2s costs CNY2,699/$407 for the 4GB/64GB version, CNY 2,999/$453 for the 6GB/64GB option and CNY3,499/$528 for the 6GB/128GB variant.

Source (in Chinese)

Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0 Now Available for the Chinese Huawei Mate 9

Over the past several months, we’ve seen quite a few OEMs roll out Android Oreo to their devices. It’s a pretty exclusive club at the moment, but it seems like more devices every day are getting Google’s latest and greatest. Case in point: A stable version of Android Oreo, based on EMUI 8.0, is now available for the Huawei Mate 9.

The Oreo update for the Mate 9 has been available in beta since since October, but it’s only recently gone public. The stable Oreo update is available for all four Chinese models of the Mate 9: The Mate 9 (MHA-AL00) Mate 9 Netcom Version (MHA-TL00), Mate 9 Pro (LON-AL00), and Mate 9 Porsche Edition. Keep in mind, though, that the update it’s not available over-the-air (OTA) at the moment — you’ll have to sideload it. Specifically, you’ll have to manually download it from the Mate 9’s Huawei Mobile Services application.

After updating, Mate 9 owners can look forward Oreo features such as picture-in-picture mode, password and username autofill, and battery-saving background task limits, along with EMUI 8.0 goodies like Smart Resolution, dual Bluetooth device connectivity, a Samsung DeX-like PC mode, Dynamic Wallpaper, navigation bar customizations, and more.

Unfortunately, folks carrying international variants of the Huawei Mate 9 will likely have to wait — the Oreo update’s not available outside of China. But given that Huawei promised to upgrade the entire Mate 9 lineup to Oreo before the end of the year, there’s a good chance it’ll roll out sooner than later.


Source: Gizmochina

Huawei’s Daydream VR headset might be one step closer to reality

15095_huawei-vr-840x465 Huawei's Daydream VR headset might be one step closer to reality

Remember when it was Google, not Huawei, that unofficially unveiled the latter’s virtual reality headset? If you don’t, no one can blame you — that was way back in January. We haven’t heard a peep from either company since then, though some FCC documents spotted by Ausdroid indicate that Huawei’s Daydream VR headset is very real.

Based on the documents, Huawei’s “virtual reality handle” includes a controller that is aesthetically similar to that of Google’s Daydream View headset. If functionality remains the same, the concave area at the top should be touch-sensitive, with Home, Return, and volume buttons sitting below that area.

15095_huawei-vr-840x465 Huawei's Daydream VR headset might be one step closer to reality

15095_huawei-vr-840x465 Huawei's Daydream VR headset might be one step closer to reality

15095_huawei-vr-840x465 Huawei's Daydream VR headset might be one step closer to reality

According to the documents, the volume buttons, in addition to controlling the volume, allow you to answer or reject calls when using the headset. This indicates that Huawei’s VR headset is not a standalone headset, but one that houses your smartphone and uses its display to show Daydream-compatible content.

We still don’t know what the finished product will look like, however. The documents only showed off the controller, not the headset, and though Google showed us what Huawei’s VR headset looks like, it could have gone through some design changes.

We also don’t know when Huawei will expand its Daydream-ready lineup. Currently, the company’s Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 are its only smartphones that support Google’s VR platform, and though the Mate 10 Pro checks off all the appropriate boxes, the phone has yet to be officially certified.

We’ll keep you posted if we hear more regarding Huawei’s Daydream headset. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on Daydream and Huawei’s upcoming headset in the comments below.

Huawei Is Shamelessly Copying Signature Features Of iPhone X

Android fans would go to any length to convince you that Apple’s flagship phones merely copy features that Android phones have been offering for years. Android devices had the facial recognition feature years before Apple introduced Face ID that uses 3D depth-mapping. Face ID is far more secure than the face detection technology on Android phones. Samsung and other vendors switched to OLED display years ago. But, according to DisplayMate, the OLED screen used on the iPhone X is far better than any Android phone on the planet including Samsung’s flagship models. So, you see, Apple does things its own way using far more sophisticated technologies. Now Chinese smartphone vendor Huawei has announced that it is going to blatantly copy the iPhone X’s signature features like Face ID and Animoji.

d56a7_Huawei-Rival-To-iPhone-X-Face-ID Huawei Is Shamelessly Copying Signature Features Of iPhone X
Image Source: WinFuture.de (screenshot)

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The instant popularity of the Face ID and Animoji seems to have prompted Android vendors to add similar features to their own devices. Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, wanted to tell the world that it’s working on an answer to the Face ID and Animoji, and its features would be much better than Apple’s offerings. The only problem is that Huawei didn’t tell which phone would first get the iPhone X-copied features, and when that phone would go on sale.

At an event where it unveiled the Honor V10 smartphone, Huawei teased a 3D depth-sensing camera technology that would support facial recognition and animated emojis. Just like the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X, it would use infrared and a projector to create a 3D map of the user’s face. Huawei claims its system will analyze 300,000 points on your face. That is 10x higher than the 30,000 infrared dots projected by the iPhone X’s Face ID on your face.

The Chinese company claims its face recognition system would be secure enough to be used for mobile payment authentication. Also, it would be blazing fast, unlocking your phone in just 0.4 seconds. You will be able to use it in a variety of lighting conditions, reports WinFuture.

Huawei blatantly copies the iPhone X’s animoji

Huawei also showcased its Animoji feature that it claims is much more advanced than Apple’s. Animoji is a fun way to communicate with your friends. You can choose any of the available animated emojis to enact your facial expressions and voice on it. The iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera does a pretty good job tracking your facial expressions and movements. Huawei claims its camera will be able to track your tongue movement as well, which the iPhone X can’t do.

When will it bring these features to market?

The moment Apple unveiled the iPhone X, we knew that Android vendors would copy its signature features in one way or the other. But it’s quite surprising to see Huawei copying the Face ID and Animoji so blatantly and shamelessly. Anyway, Huawei hasn’t announced which phone would use these features, or when it would ship. The Chinese company was just trying to show you that it was working on an answer to Apple’s Face ID and Animoji. It’s not something people could buy next month.

Even if Huawei manages to offer 3D facial recognition and animated emoji features that are better than Apple’s, the fact is that it didn’t have the courage to take big risks and introduce revolutionary features of its own. It was the iPhone X that proved that novel features like 3D depth-sensing and animated emojis could do well in the market. Huawei and other Android vendors are merely following Apple’s lead.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said earlier that before the iPhone X launch, Android vendors were exploring the in-display fingerprint sensor for security and authentication. But the iPhone X has tilted their interest towards front camera-based 3D depth-sensing technologies. Enquiries into 3D-sensing technologies from Android vendors have more than tripled since Apple unveiled the iPhone X in September.

Kuo told investors that the in-display fingerprint reader was seen only as a “spec upgrade,” but the 3D-sensing delivers a “revolutionary user experience.” It is also a key factor in augmented reality applications. The analyst has previously said that it would take Android smartphone makers about two years to replicate the TrueDepth camera’s functionality and user experience.

Apple sold 6 million iPhone X units during the Black Friday weekend

Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang estimates that Apple witnessed impressive iPhone X sales during the Black Friday weekend. The analyst says Apple sold about 6 million iPhone X units between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The figure doesn’t include other models such as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or the iPhone 7, which has received a price cut.

In total, Apple is estimated to have sold 15 million iPhone X units since November 3. Rosenblatt Securities added that most customers were buying the 256GB variant of the device, which costs $1,149. The 256GB version is selling twice as fast as the 64GB iPhone X. It should boost Apple’s average selling price during the holiday quarter.

Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Whether fairly or not, every new iPhone that hits the market immediately becomes the de facto official device against which top Android smartphones are compared. While there is no shortage of powerful flagships on the market right now, Huawei, as usual, has been doing the most trash talking against Apple in recent weeks.

So we figured we’d pit the two company’s flagships – the iPhone X and the Mate 10 Pro, released just a week apart in most parts of the world – against each other for a good ol’ fashion camera shoot-out.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Before we ring the bell let’s get the tale of the tape: both devices sport a 12-megapixel “main” rear camera, but each handles the secondary rear camera differently.

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Huawei’s second shooter is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor that the company says helps the Mate 10 Pro take in more light information for post-shot processing. Apple, meanwhile, flanks the iPhone X’s main lens with a secondary 52mm telephoto lens that has a longer focal length, which effectively magnifies images.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Daylight images Let’s begin with the most common photography situation – outdoors, in broad daylight. This first set of photos was shot outside the Anaheim Convention Centre in California on a very sunny day. Both Huawei and Apple’s cameras produced superb exposure and contrast, but the Mate 10 Pro’s image suffered from a slightly cool tone that made the sky and clouds less vibrant than in the image shot using the iPhone X.

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When zooming in on the banners on the side of the building on a large monitor, the Mate 10 pro’s image showed finer lines and a bit more detail, however.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

In the second set of images, of Hong Kong high-rises, the Mate 10 Pro’s Leica-crafted algorithm kicks in, punching up contrast and dynamic range for an eye-catching, yet unrealistic, show. The image shot with the iPhone X image is a lot more realistic. Which you prefer is up to you: some of you will value colour accuracy above all else, while others just want the coolest looking photo.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Macro images For close-up shots the iPhone X’s camera in point-and-zoom auto mode focuses on the object slightly more quickly. But because the Mate 10 Pro – like many top Android handsets – offers a manual mode with adjustable focus, I was able to get a much closer and more detailed impression of the coin and the texture of the plant.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Night images

The images of the fountain outside Hong Kong’s International Finance Centre are both excellent, and it was almost impossible to determine a winner when viewed on the handsets’ screens. But when I blew up both images on my 40-inch monitor, I noticed less noise and a bit more detail in the Huawei shot.

Also, notice the Standard Chartered building on the right of the frame; the iPhone X camera overexposed the bank’s main logo and entrance sign, washing out the colours of the former and making the latter illegible. On the Mate 10 Pro image, you can see the signature green in the bank’s main logo and see clearly that the sign reads “Standard Chartered”.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Moving on to another set of night shots, this time taken from the Central Ferry Pier, and the one taken with the Mate 10 Pro comes out on top again. While the iPhone X camera produces a more natural representation of the lights of Kowloon’s International Commerce Centre on the left of the frame, the right side of the photo is a mess: the ferry and the water it sits on look blurry and mushy.

The ferry is a lot more crisp and detailed in Huawei’s shot; this may have something to do with the phone’s NPU (neural processing unit) that can recognise scenes and bump up the camera’s shutter speed accordingly.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Very low light images

When it comes to really dark shooting situations – such as inside an aeroplane cabin during an overnight flight – the Mate 10 Pro can produce a brighter image but at the expense of colour accuracy.

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The iPhone X produced a shot that’s much closer to how the scene looked in real life. But I think most of us would sacrifice colour accuracy to get more details when taking photos inside a dark pub.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Bokeh images

While many attribute the rise of smartphone “Portrait” photography – images taken with the depth-of-field bokeh effect – to the iPhone, it was actually Huawei that did it first (the Huawei P9 beat the iPhone 7 Plus to the market by almost half a year). Still, these two companies were definitely ahead of the game, as every phone maker, with the exception of LG, has since jumped on the bokeh bandwagon.

In both cases the software that produces the bokeh effect did an admirable job of developing that artificial blur around my friend’s profile, especially considering that the photos were taken at night. But Huawei’s post-image processing went a bit overboard, resulting in a highly artificial photo. Apple’s take is a bit more natural and less garish.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punch

Selfies As I mentioned in my iPhone X review, Apple’s approach to selfies runs counter to Chinese and South Korean companies, which tend to “beautify” subjects with digital skin smoothing and wrinkle removing. The results are often artificial and unnatural, like in the Huawei-shot selfie (above, right). I much prefer the iPhone X’s shot, simply because it doesn’t make me look like I just had plastic surgery. Both selfies were shot with bokeh effect turned on, and in neither does the effect look great.

Videography

Both devices can shoot videos up to 4K resolution, but the iPhone X can do so at 60 frames per second, while the Mate 10 Pro is stuck at 30 fps. The difference is noticeable, as the iPhone X’s video, when panning, is noticeably smoother. OIS (optical image stabilisation) on both phones works well – notice neither videos feel jittery despite me walking and shooting at the same time.

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Apple wins the slow motion video battle, too, as the iPhone X can shoot at a stellar 240 fps while the Mate 10 Pro shoots at a lesser (not specified) rate. Notice the whipping ropes flow more smoothly on the video shot on the iPhone X than in that shot using the Mate 10 Pro.

 Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera comparison: point-and-shoot prowess versus Instagram-ready punchConclusion

Overall, the iPhone X tends to place emphasis on colour accuracy and finding the right balance, even if at times it leaves the photos a little dull. The Mate 10 Pro goes for vibrant, punchy shots that look better on Instagram but which photography purists may consider artificial. Apple’s device wins hands down in videography, but Huawei’s phone offers manual controls which allow it to capture some shots the iPhone simply cannot do.

These different approaches to photography are an apt metaphor for iPhone and Android as mobile platforms: if you want something that just works well with minimal tweaking, go with the iPhone X; if you want more control over what you do, even if it sometimes results in more bugs, go with the Mate 10 Pro.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro scores record-breaking pre-orders in Europe

6c8e6_Huawei-Mate-10-Pro-water-closeup-840x473 Huawei Mate 10 Pro scores record-breaking pre-orders in Europe

Huawei unveiled its Mate 10 Pro in Germany on October 16 alongside the standard Huawei Mate 10. The latest devices in Huawei’s “Mate” range of phablets, these had the difficult task of going on sale during a period which would also see the launch of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X from the company’s main competitors.

Despite the challenging circumstances, Huawei has revealed that the Mate 10 Pro has become its fastest-selling smartphone in Western Europe. In a statement, Huawei said that the device surpassed “all previous” company records for pre-orders in Western Europe, and that it also “exceeded internal sales targets for pre-order by over 100%.” Huawei didn’t reveal exactly how many device pre-orders were taken, however.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro launches in the UK, Vodafone giving free Watch 2 to first 1,000 buyers

The Mate 10 Pro boasts a bezel-less, 18:9 display, Hisilicon Kirin 970 and an outstanding camera. It’s also water-resistant, unlike the Mate 10 standard, but is also a little more expensive at €799 (~$950) compared to €699 (~$830). You can read more about the differences between these two in our Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro review; we said that, despite some caveats, they are “incredible” smartphones.

Meanwhile, Huawei isn’t the only company announcing record-breaking sales this week — the OnePlus 5T was revealed as the fastest-selling OnePlus smartphone only a couple of days ago.

Does Huawei have what it takes to achieve its goal of becoming the number one smartphone vendor by 2022? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei might have become one of the world’s top 3 smartphone manufacturers, but there are some things that still haven’t improved over the years. Things like tightly, locked phones, the heavily customized EMUI skin, and the not so global rollout of updates. The latter means that only the latest and greatest, and even then not all, get to enjoy the latest Android releases. That’s the plight owners of the Huawei P8 Lite find themselves in with regards to Android 8.0 Oreo. Fortunately, hope springs eternal. Or rather, trickles, with the new OpenKirin GZOSP Android 8.0 port for the device.

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iPhone X vs Mate 10 Pro: 5 things Huawei excels at

Apple’s iPhone X and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro are two of the hottest smartphones this season. Both of them are equipped with the manufacturer’s latest processor, screen and camera technologies. However, there are many aspects in which the Huawei Mate 10 Pro pulls ahead of the iPhone X, and here are five of those.

iPhone X vs Mate 10 : High-end audio

For anyone who is a audio fan, Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro comes equipped with a quad DAC that can process audio at 384k/32bit. The iPhone X on the other hand: 48k/24bit. Huawei also supports the new LDAC bluetooth technology that can transfer much more data over Bluetooth — up to a bitrate of 990kbps.

iPhone X vs Mate 10 : Longer battery

iPhone users have always complained about battery life and that’s not about to go away with the iPhone X which has a 2716mAh battery. That’s quite a bit lower than the 4,000mAh battery present on the Mate 10 Pro. 

Not only is the battery larger but Huawei bundles a 22.W charger capable of charging the phone much at a much faster rate. Also worth mentioning is that Huawei is the first company that has gotten a certification from TUV for safely fast charging your device.

iPhone X vs Mate 10 : Better pictures

Both the Mate 10 Pro and the iPhone X are equipped with dual cameras, however, Apple uses 12MP sensors with an f/1.8 + f/2.4 configuration whereas Huawei uses 20MP+12MP sensors with f/1.6 lens on both cameras. Huawei has worked with Leica on it’s camera technology bringing on over 150 years of expertise from the highly respected optics manufacturer and uses the combination of monochrome as well as RGB sensors to create stunning shots.

iPhone X vs Mate 10 : More flexible connectivity

Like every other iPhone before it, the iPhone X comes with a lonely SIM slot and if you’re ever travelling abroad, you either need to be disconnected from your primary phone number to replace it with a local SIM or you need to pay ridiculous roaming charges. 

The Mate 10 Pro has two SIM slots with each one capable of running at 4G speeds. This allows you to keep your home SIM in one slot and use data by adding a local SIM where you’re traveling to.

iPhone X vs Mate 10 : Bigger bang for your buck

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is priced at AED 2,999 whereas Apple is asking AED 4,099 for the iPhone X- that’s over a thousand Dirhams more. Not only are you paying more for the iPhone X but you’re getting less- iPhone X has 3GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas the Mate 10 Pro comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage.

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Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro Is a Valiant Attempt to Slay the iPhone With AI Smarts

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All images: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo

A few months ago, Huawei passed Apple to become the second largest smartphone maker in the world, (Samsung’s number one). Yet you don’t see Huawei ads on TV in the United States, and its phones are seldom sold in any of the big carrier stores. Even when they are, they are often hidden behind a bigger brands like on the Nexus 6P. Shit, most Americans can’t even say the name of the company properly (it’s hwah-way, btw). The company isn’t a known entity in the US, but that won’t stop it from releasing new phones. Its latest flagship handset, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, comes complete with its own homegrown silicon that Huawei claims should make its smartphone the most intelligent. It isn’t.

With its new Kirin 970 processor, our Mate 10 Pro review unit with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage is definitely fast, and with a body constructed out of glass on front and back and held together by a polished strip of aluminum, the phone feels quite luxurious too. But after using it every day for more than a week, I’m still struggling to figure out how the phone’s AI, machine learning and built-in neural processing unit elevate it above a Pixel 2, iPhone X or any other “smart” phone.

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Part of the problem is that certain aspects of Huawei’s programming can only have a measurable impact months down the line. Huawei claims algorithms baked into the Mate 10 Pro should let you avoid the typical three to six-month post purchase slowdown. Maybe it will!

There’s also Huawei’s partnership with Microsoft to provide a custom version of the Microsoft Translator app. It should be powered, in part, by the Mate 10 Pro’s Neural Processing Unit. You take a picture of some text or simply speak into the phone, and the app spits out a translation for you likety split. But the app doesn’t always get it right, and compared to using something like Google Translate, it’s still unclear if the Mate 10 Pro’s NPU gives a real advantage.

The Mate 10 Pro’s design looks like Huawei is going after the luxury crowd, which is nice, but it still seems like its lacking a little personality.

Huawei also went the extra mile by including support for machine learning platforms such as Facebook’s Caffe 2 and Google’s Tensor Flowlite machine learning platforms, alongside their own AI framework. But that potential can only be realized after people have had time to develop apps designed to utilize the Mate 10 Pro’s NPU. Which they haven’t, so it’s just another bet on a future that may, or may not pay off.

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At least all the AI and neural processing works in the camera app. The camera can identify 13 different scenes or objects including flowers, plants, beach, food, nighttime, text, cats and dogs, and then automatically adjust the camera’s settings to help you capture the best picture possible. You know it’s working, because when the phone detects a subject it knows how to enhance, a corresponding icon will pop up in the camera’s UI.

With the AI in action, the Mate 10 Pro’s photo looks like what you would get if someone edited the iPhone X’s pic.

Those little tweaks can make a big difference too. In a side by side comparison between the Mate 10 Pro and the iPhone X, Huawei’s AI-powered camera added some real drama to an otherwise typical shot of a cold rainy night in NYC. The iPhone X’s photo more or less captured what I saw, but the Mate 10 Pro’s photo captured what I wanted to see. The sky in the Mate’s photo had less of the hazy redness you see in the iPhone’s pic, the various streetlights and decorations are sharper and less blown out, even the street looks wetter. Now some may say this blurs the line between accuracy and interpretation, but given the choice, I’d pick the Mate 10 Pro’s photo every time.

Even without help from the AI, the Mate 10 Pro can still shoot a nice pic.

However, other times, like when I snapped a pic of the Empire State Building, the AI failed to recognize anything it could enhance, even though it seemed like it should. Apparently it wasn’t dark enough to classify as a nightscape, and the backdrop wasn’t right for activating the phone’s Blue Sky mode. But it’s November in New York, it’s going to look gray and dreary like this for the next four months, which means the camera’s AI is useless if it can’t adjust. To that end, Huawei says its constantly feeding more images through its machine learning software and hopes to update the its phones with new AI modes over time. But it could be slow going.

The Mate 10 Pro is the first phone to have dual cameras where both have f/1.6 apertures.

That said, even when the AI doesn’t step in an help out, the phone still has solid hardware to fall back on. It’s the first phone featuring two cameras with f/1.6 aperture lenses (the LG V30’s main cam is f/1.6, but its wide-angle camera is not), and the combo 12 megapixel RGB sensor and 20 megapixel monochrome sensor still work together so you can adjust depth of field from super shallow all the way to infinity. The results are quite good too, often keeping pace with Portrait mode shots from the iPhone X. Although as seen in the NYC shots above, photos from the Mate 10 Pro tend to come out slightly underexposed compared to pics from Apple’s $1,000 phone.

So if the Mate 10 Pro’s AI smarts, outside of photography, aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, what is it like as a “normal” smartphone? Quite nice! The big 5.9-inch 18:9 OLED screen is vibrant and bordered on top and bottom by some deliciously thin bezels. There’s also a fingerprint sensor around back, and IP67 water-resistance to make sure the phone can survive a quick dip or two. And it lasted 11 hours and 13 minutes on our battery rundown test, which is practically the same as the Pixel 2 XL (11:17), and noticeably better than the Galaxy Note 8 (10:21) and iPhone X (9:56).

Huawei includes a 3.5mm USB-C dongle in the box, but that’s not a very elegant solution for a compromise you shouldn’t have to make.

Huawei has even included a handful of nifty tricks, like the Mate 10 Pro’s ability to function as a (Android-based) desktop PC just by hooking it up to an external display using a USB-C or USB-C to DisplayPort cable. From there, all you have to do is pair a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and off you go. There’s even a secret mode that lets you sign into different accounts on your phone depending on which finger you use to unlock it.

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There’s still one big bummer. Want a headphone jack? Sorry, that’s only available on the standard Mate 10, which by the way also has a higher resolution display. That’s crap. The Pro should have everything the base model has and more. Let people who want to save money figure out what kind of compromises they are willing to make.

The standard Mate 10 has a front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 16:9 LCD.

Which brings us to price. Huawei says this phone is definitely coming to the US, but hasn’t announced anything official yet. Based on the timeline for last year’s Mate 9, I’m expecting Huawei to make a splash with a US debut at CES 2018 in early January. And if it arrives costing around $800 like its Euro pricing would imply, we’re looking at a pretty nice alternative to other 6-inch phones like the LG V30, Pixel 2 XL or even the Galaxy Note 8. But any more and Huawei is really pushing it, because until the phone gets smarter, the AI hasn’t demonstrated a ton of value.

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  • Huawei is leaning heavily into machine learning and AI, but it’s hard to see exactly how those developments set the Mate 10 apart from other phones.
  • Fantastic battery life and a nice build, but there’s no headphone jack.
  • When it works, the camera’s AI-powered auto mode is the best example of AI making the phone better.
  • Official U.S. price and availability still to be determined
  • Only works on GSM networks like ATT and T-Mobile

SPEC DUMP

EMUI 8 running Android 8 • Kirin 970 CPU • 4GB RAM • 64GB storage • microSD card slot • 18:9 6-inch 2160 x 1080 OLED display • 12-MP RGB/20-MP monochrome rear camera with f/1.6 aperture • 8-MP f/2.0 front cam • 5.9 x 3.06 x 0.32 inches • 6.56 ounces • colors: brown, black, champagne

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AI camera modes: blue sky, flower, plant, beach, sunrise/sunset, performance, food, text, nightscape snow, cat, dog, portrait.

Deal: Huawei’s Mate 9 phablet on sale for $400

b7406_Mate-9-deal Deal: Huawei's Mate 9 phablet on sale for $400

The Huawei Mate 9, which was announced last November, is on sale. You can get the phablet from Best Buy or Amazon for $400, which is $100 off its normal retail price. It’s unlocked, compatible with GSM networks, and comes in two color options: Space Gray and Moonlight Silver. Both of them are available on Amazon, while Best Buy is only selling the Space Gray version.

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As a refresher, the Mate 9 is a large device due to its 5.9-inch Full HD display. You’ll find the Kirin 960 under the hood, which is the same chipset that powers the company’s P10 smartphones. The device has 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of expandable storage, and packs a 4,000 mAh battery.

It’s equipped with a Leica-branded dual-camera setup on the back featuring 20 and 12 MP sensors, and an 8 MP selfie snapper on the front. The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s EMUI user interface on top but will be upgraded to Oreo in the near future. There’s also Amazon’s Alexa on board, which has a lot of the same features as Google’s Assistant. You can learn more about the device by checking out our review of the Huawei Mate 9.

There’s no word on how long the deals will last, so it’s best to place your order sooner rather than later to secure the $100 discount.

However, if you’re looking for the latest and greatest Huawei smartphone, you might want to wait for the Mate 10 Pro to make its way to the US. The latest rumors suggest the phablet is coming to ATT, although there’s no word on when that might happen.

Rumor: the Huawei Mate 10 Pro could be sold in AT&T stores in the US

Huawei normally focuses on selling its smartphones in Europe, its home market of China, and other Asian countries. Despite its massive sales around the world, it still lacks a presence in the United States beyond some online listings. That lack of retail presence makes it even more impressive that Huawei is the world’s second largest phone manufacturer.

But Huawei has its sights set on taking the top spot. Last month, the CEO of its consumer group, Richard Yu confirmed that it was not only gunning to pass Apple, but Samsung too.

We will overtake them definitely. That’s our destiny. Maybe I’m not humble … but nobody can stop us.

The most direct route to catching Samsung would appear to be to push into the United States. According to some new information dug up by XDA Developers, Huawei is doing just that. Rumor has it the company will allegedly release the Huawei Mate 10 Pro exclusively on ATT.

12198_Huawei-Mate-10-Pro-display-840x473 Rumor: the Huawei Mate 10 Pro could be sold in AT&T stores in the US

The information was uncovered in a firmware dump of the device that contained ATT software. Additionally, the firmware obtained is named BLA-A09-att-us, while the international version is named BLA-L09. The naming convention might suggest some differences between the devices, but there is no evidence as to what those differences may be.

Huawei is finally putting a bigger focus on software updates

The firmware dump shows that the device will come with all of ATT’s normal software, and Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8.0 on top. EMUI can be pretty polarizing and it’ll be interesting to see how it impact sales in the US. There aren’t many other phones in carrier stores with a software experience like the Mate 10 Pro.

Unfortunately, the leak didn’t provide any details on pricing or a release date. If you’re interested in picking one up, be sure to read our full review first.

Will you consider the Huawei Mate 10 Pro as your next device? How do you feel about EMUI? Let us know down in the comments.

Huawei’s “Made for Huawei” certified accessory program reportedly …

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From Apple to Google, more smartphone manufacturers over the years decided to launch certified accessory lines in the hopes of driving more sales. That is why is it not entirely surprising to see that Huawei, the largest smartphone maker in China, might launch a Made for Huawei program for certified accessories.

As the name suggests, Made for Huawei looks to certify certain accessories for Huawei’s smartphones. Once accessory makers go through the procedures of the program, they can attach a “Made for Huawei” sticker on its accessories, which, in turn, should boost sales.

According to GizChina‘s report, the first accessory sold under the new program is a USB Type-C to HDMI cable for the Mate 10, though more accessories are likely to be announced down the road.

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It would make sense for Huawei to launch a certified accessory program. For one, competitors like Samsung and Xiaomi already have certified accessory programs in place, so for Huawei to not have one would be a glaring omission. Such a program would also open up a new revenue stream for the company – Apple charges a fee for certified products, so if Huawei goes down the same route, it would have a new way of making money.

Finally, and this is more of a consumer-facing reason, it inspires more confidence in someone that they’re making a sound purchase. An accessory without a Made for Huawei sticker might make some folks think twice about picking it up for their phones.

The Made for Huawei program already soft-launched in China with the aforementioned cable, though there does not seem to be official word from Huawei just yet. Also unknown is whether it will expand to other markets, but given the company’s presence in Europe, Asia, and, to some extent, the US, that seems likely.




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