The Huawei P40 Pro just got better than the last year's P30 to the point where it is nothing but perfect. It takes the P series features to the next level in a big way. With a massive camera sensor, 90Hz display refresh rate, and updated internals, there is a lot to talk about the P40 Pro. The only cons here is the lack of Google services impacts it in such a negative way. Last year, the Huawei P30 Pro was one of the best camera phones that had ever seen. Its innovative zoom camera and impressive image quality are nothing but excellent.
Despite having everything perfect on the specs sheet the phone is having a problem among the masses due to its lack of Google apps. The hardware is more than perfect but is it enough to make up for its software deficiencies? The phone has a curved top and bottom edges that make swipe gestures so smooth. The aluminum sides help users to hold it in their hands effortlessly. The volume and home buttons are set on the right edge. The device is IP68-rated and will survive some water exposure.
The phone comes with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chipset. It's a decent system-on-a-chip with similar CPU power to the Snapdragon 855. The device seems reasonably fast thanks to the Kirin 990 5G and 8GB RAM. But it's not a gaming device due to less capable GPU. The phone comes with a 4,200mAh battery, 256GB storage, and 40W supercharging. You can charge Huawei P40 Pro from zero to 100% in just 74 minutes. This might not sound impressive, but it gets to 97% in just 60 minutes. The face unlock feature is pretty fast and uses infrared technology to help detect the user's face even in the dark.
Yesterday, Honor launched its large screen premium smartphone, the Honor X10 max in China. This is the only smartphone by the company which offers such a massive 7.09-inch display screen, ideal for watching movies or playing games. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Density 800 chipset, making it the third such Huawei/Honor device in the past few weeks. The phone follows a similar design as the Honor X10 was announced early in May. This includes a rectangular camera like the Honor X10. The Max variant features a traditional waterdrop display on the display. Thanks to the design team, the company decided to retain the 3.5-mm headphone jack as well as the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and power button, similar to its smaller variant.
The Honor X10 max comes with an RGBW color display replacing the traditional RGB. The additional W stands for white sub-pixels that are supposed to reduce the power consumption of the panel when white color is the display. The company claims that by using RGBW that have successfully reduced the power consumption. The panel also filters out harmful blue light that emits from the mobile phone screen especially at night time.
The Honor X10 max comes with 6GB RAM and 8GB Ram and has up to 128GB internal storage. To keep the prices of the handset, the company decided to skip the 256GB ROM option. The phone features a three-camera system at the rear side including the primary camera on the phone that it 48MP paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP depth sensor lens. For taking selfies, you get an 8MP selfie shooter housed in a waterdrop notch. Given the display screen size, the phone needs a large battery as well. You get a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. The X10 comes with a 4,300mAh battery. The Honor X10 max uses 1217 linear stereo speaks with smart PA for amplifying its sound. The phone comes in three colors - Racing blue, black, and silver. The honor X10 max will go on sale from July 3 across all major retailers in China.
2020 has ended and we have seen many new smartphones by some major and small mobile phone manufacturers. In the smartphone department, Nokia started last year with the launch of Nokia C2, which was then followed by Nokia 5.3, Nokia 8.3 5G, and Nokia C3. The Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 were released in September. They completed their launch of new smartphones with the Nokia C1 plus and Nokia 5.4. So, we got three devices from the C series, two from the 5 series and one from the 1,2,3, and 8-series each. If we keep the count of last year's smartphones we might get to see the new Nokia 6,7, or 9 this year before anything else.
As the last year was about to end, there was some news about three new Nokia batteries being certified by the authorized bodies. According to the new certifications, the future Nokia smartphones might carry the 3,900mAh, 4,470mAh, and 5,050mAh batteries. The first two models were certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan and the latter by Element Materials Technology.
At least three new Nokia smartphones can be expected based on these certifications. We are not sure if there will be only three models or more that will appear as Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 5.4 share the same battery, so we can expect the same for the future smartphones as well. Currently, the maximum battery capacity supported by Nokia smartphones is 4,500mAh battery, that too only in Nokia 8.35G and Nokia 2.4. Hence, a 5,000mAh+ will be the first significant upgrade Nokia phones are going to have this year. Hopefully, it will come with the fast charging option. We don't know what next year will bring for us but I think it is time for Nokia to introduce bigger batteries and fast-charging technology to more devices.
In what was the worst quarter for Samsung Mobiles in the last two years, the tech giant has experienced a decrease of 96% in operating profits in Q3 2016, as compared to Q3 2015. It doesn't take a genius to guess that the recalling (twice) of the Galaxy Note 7 and its subsequent discontinuation due to mysterious hazardous threats that it posed to the customers are the main culprits behind such a disastrous financial quarter. That being said, Samsung is still the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world and significantly ahead of Apple, with a market share of twenty percent in the quarter!
According to Melissa Chau of IDC, "Samsung's market dominance in the third quarter was unchallenged in the short term even with this high-profile Galaxy Note 7 recall, but the longer term impact on the Samsung brand remains to be seen."
"If the first recall was a stumble for Samsung, the second recall of replacement devices face-planted the Note series. In a market that is otherwise maturing, Christmas has come early for vendors looking to capitalize with large-screened flagship alternatives like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel."
According to IDC, 72 million of the 363 million smartphones sold in this quarter were manufactured by Samsung. The report from Strategy Analytics differs slightly (75 million out of 375 million handsets sold) but still clearly depicts the strong presence of Samsung in the global smartphone business, in spite of the embarrassing episode with the Galaxy Note 7.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy S8 will be launched in roughly two week's time, but it is still more than a month away from being available for purchase. While that is quite frustrating given Samsung has not released a flagship smartphone in over a year, it might also be the perfect time to pick up a S7 or S7 Edge in the US.
As of now, both the phones are available for purchase from Sprint and T-Mobile at a discount of $250 and a free 128GB micro-SD card. AT&T is selling the devices at a discount of $200, along with the same 128GB micro-SD card thrown in. Although Verizon or the unlocked variants of the S7 and S7 Edge does not have the same offers, Samsung has officially slashed the prices of the two phones by $100, even if you are buying the unlocked or Verizon version. However, you will get a 64GB memory card for free if you buy a regular S7 and a 128GB card will be bundled in only if you buy the S7 Edge in this case. Given that the S7 and S7 Edge are still among the best smartphones that money can buy, the discounts almost make them a must buy at this point.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)