While the name itself is very hard to take seriously in every possible way, the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 X could both figuratively and literally be a game changing device. It has been a while since companies truly tested the old debate about "how big is too big," but the Mate 20 X is certainly asking that question! Featuring a mammoth 7.21" OLED display, this is not just a flagship device with all the bells and whistles, it brings something completely new to the plate too. Apparently, Huawei has developed this giant to cater to the needs of mobile gamers and while it's not out yet, it would be safe to say that this does look VERY promising. The OEM is even going to sell exclusive joysticks for the phone separately, similar to the Nintendo Switch console. To know what we are talking about, take a look at the most impressive specs below.
· Kirin 980 SoC with graphene-based cooling system
· 7.21" 2244 x 1080 FHD+ OLED display (HDR) with a dew drop notch
· 5000mAh battery
· 40 MP (f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7") + 20 MP (f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7") + 8 MP (f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), ¼", 5x optical zoom)
· 24 MP f/2.0, 26mm (wide) selfie camera
· Color options: Midnight Blue, Phantom Silver
· Compatible with stylus and gamepad, which will be sold separately
· Available for Preorder from October 26
· Exclusive to China and certain parts of Asia only at the moment
There was a time when Chinese manufacturers were accused of copying features and designs from the more established brands, especially Apple. While some manufacturers are still on that road and it cannot be denied that even the most reputed of manufacturers have copied design elements from Apple, certain Chinese OEMs have introduced revolutionary concepts in the recent years, way ahead of Apple or Samsung. The Vivo Nex is the only true bezel less phone in the world right now and Huawei did revolutionize the smartphone camera by launching the incredible P 20 Pro; which was at that time, the only smartphone in the world with three rear cameras.
As a follow up to the P 20 Pro, Huawei will soon be launching the Mate 20 Pro, which is expected to further improve smartphone photography by introducing an enhanced version of the extremely successful Fusion Light technology we saw on the P 20 Pro. Apparently, the Mate 20 Pro will feature four rear cameras by Leica (an extra wide-angle lens), but instead of using Fusion Light, it will use an AI-powered version of it, called FusionMind. The exact details are fuzzy at the moment, but sources have it that the AI-powered technology will help to produce better, sharper images by automatically squeezing multiple pixels into one pixel, as necessary. Fusion Light on the P 20 Pro already provides users with an option to choose between 40-mp or 10-mp (squeezed pixels) images and this seems to be an enhanced version of that. Aside from the huge notch, it does look like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is going to be a very lucrative option soon. You can check out some of the other rumors at Gizmochina.
As 2017 approaches, the new trend for the smartphones of tomorrow seem to be edge-to-edge bezel-less displays. Following the footsteps of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Huawei is rumoured to be the next manufacturer to release a bezel-less smartphone and it might just arrive sooner than you think. The Honor Magic (as it will possibly be called), could be revealed on December 17. It could have already been out and about, had the original release date of December 7 not been pushed back.
If the latest leak is to be believed, then the Honor Magic will be priced higher than a mid-high end gaming PC, two or three average laptops and even the Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB variant! JingDong has the Magic priced at RMB 9,999, which equates to around USD 1441/Euro 1385/1162 pounds. Let's just hope that this listing price is the result of an exaggerated pre-release hype rather than a reflection of the actual official price tag. Also take a look at what the Magic promises to bring with it, as per leaks and rumors.
Curved Super AMOLED edge-to-edge 4K display made by Samsung
A huge battery with charging tech that pumps up the battery from 0 to 50% in five minutes
Dual rear cameras
Fingerprint scanner below the curved glass
3D glass back cover
We are not entirely sure about the authenticity of these rumors, but the image that you see above seems legitimate. However, some of the other specs, as well as the price seem like, well... "Magic!"
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Huawei has unveiled its brand new flagship smartphone, the Mate 9 and not without a "customary" dab at the Galaxy Note 7's battery disaster by stating that they have been monitored "to eliminate safety hazards and safeguard battery life." There is no denying that the Mate 9 is an impressive smartphone with enough tricks up its sleeves to warrant it a position among the best in the business. Take a look below to check the specs and some of the functionalities that it offers.
Display: 5.9-inch Full High Definition (1080p) IPS LCD panel
SoC: Hisilicon Kirin 960 (Mali G71 MP8 GPU)
Storage: 64GB with support for micro-SD cards of up to 256GB (hybrid slot)
Rear camera: 20-mp + 12-mp Leica sensors with OIS, laser autofocus, phase detection, f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash
Front camera: 8-mp with f/1.9 aperture
Battery: 4,000mAh with "SuperCharge" fast charging
OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 on top
Colors: Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Space Gray, Ceramic White and Graphite Black
Price: $777 for the regular version with 64GB storage and $1500 for the "Porsche Design" edition with 256GB storage
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Evan Blass from @evleaks has tweeted out a set of images depicting the upcoming Huawei Mate 9. These show both a flat screen version, as well as a dual curved screen variant of the smartphone. The Mate 9 will possibly be unveiled on November 3, at Munich and considering that the Note 7 is now permanently out of commission due to dangerous manufacturing defects, the Mate 9 could be the phablet that you may want to replace the Note 7 with.
Although the Mate 9 won't sport a stylus like the Samsung Galaxy Note series, it will sport impressive specifications nevertheless. Allegedly, the Mate 9 will be launched with a 5.9-inch display, a HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The premium variant with the dual-edge curved display is codenamed Long Island and will probably come with a QHD panel, ready for Google Daydream VR. The only bad news is that some leakstars are claiming that the Long Island will be available exclusively in China. Let's hope that it's not the case and we get a chance to check out the curved phone in person as well. In any case, the flat screen Mate 9, codenamed Manhattan will be released globally.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)