Controversy seems not to leave the Chinese tech giant Huawei alone. This time, they are not against a government or about their 5G network, but against their users and their flagship smartphone. Only recently, Huawei was caught faking an image that was supposedly taken by its flagship phone P30’s camera, but it turns out that it was a stock photo taken by a photographer using a DSLR camera.
Huawei will launch a brand new flagship smartphone in the next few days, priding that the main feature is its multi-lens camera. According to Huawei, the multi-lens camera is supposed to support and deliver a better zoom than most of its competitors like Google Pixel and Samsung. The P30 series by Huawei is set to be unveiled on March 26 in Paris, France. However, leaks about its specs and other details about the phone have already circulated the internet. Most importantly, the company has already confirmed their periscope camera – the technology that will support even better zoom in its flagship smart camera phones.
In order to advertise their state-of-the-art technology, Huawei has teased their upcoming zoom feature by posting several images on Weibo. However, internet citizens are prying eyes and were able to figure out that Huawei has faked at least one of the photo and it was not taken by the P30 camera but by a DSLR camera by a hired photographer.
This is not the first time that Huawei was caught with the same blunder. In August, the leading tech company was also caught faking smartphone selfies. The company used DSLR to shoot a misleading ad that suggested the selfies were taken with a new Nova phone. During the time, Huawei defended itself by saying that the ad was meant to demonstrate how customers can use the new phones, and the selfies were just a reference as what they have disclaimed at the end of the ad.
The new campaign advertises the upcoming P30 launch and has used images of an erupting volcano zoomed to its crater. However, the picture was not taken by the P30 camera – but by a photographer with his DSLR camera. According to a GSM Arena reader, the photo is a stock image taken some ten years ago.
Notwithstanding the earlier disclaimer of Huawei that the photo was for advertising purposes only, the post is misleading and may cause users to buy the phone expecting to have the same results. However, this particular advertising strategy is not only exclusive to Huawei as other tech companies like Samsung have also pulled off a similar move.
CONTROVERSY AFTER ANOTHER
Nonetheless, this doesn’t look good for Huawei who is still facing espionage allegations from the United States. The company cannot afford to be involved in another controversy that would hamper the tech giant’s reputation especially that it has recently launched a campaign to reclaim its lost dignity over the US faux pas.
The US has been carrying out a demolition job against Huawei and its technology across Europe and urging its allies to cut off their plans of integrating Huawei’s 5G technology in their own project. The US accuses Huawei as a Trojan horse for the Chinese authoritarian government to infiltrate their systems and will be used in espionage and economic sabotage. While many other governments are hesitant and skeptical of the warnings of the U.S. regarding the security of Huawei’s technology, the U.S. is using its economic leverage and power to persuade its allies to entirely ditch Huawei. This is following the arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer and other high ranking officials for the alleged violation of U.S. sanctions to Iran.
A few days ago, the United States Ambassador to Germany had threatened the country of cutting them off of U.S. Intelligence if they push through with their plans of letting Huawei provide them the technology for their 5G project.
As a response to the US pressure on Huawei, the company has launched a systematic reclamation of its lose reputation by having its secretive Chief Executive Officer give talks to media companies around the world. Only recently Huawei has opened its tightly guarded gates to journalists to see their state-of-the-art facility in China.
With this new controversy regarding the fake photos circulating the internet, Huawei has once again put itself in the limelight. The effects of this faux pas are yet to be determined, and experts are eager to know how this would affect the sales of Huawei’s P30 line. /apr
Everything About OnePlus 7 And OnePlus 7 Pro
For the first time, OnePlus is releasing two flagship models in a single release: the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro as they revealed on three simultaneous events in New York, London, and Bangalore today May 14.
Interestingly, OnePlus decided, not only to drop two models this year, but these will also be their most high-end and priciest phone to date. Other smartphone companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung have all decided to release their newer models on the less pricey side because people aren’t just crowding to buy new phones as immediately like in the past. It’s just not practical to keep buying a new phone every 6 months.
Moreover, reports claim that the OnePlus 7 flagship to be the first handset from the company that will be available with 5G technology. They just solidified the idea that 5G is coming and they’re saying that they’re ready.
In comparison to the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus7 Pro has overwhelmingly overtaken by nailing down what went missing and what went wrong with its predecessor. But you will surely have different experiences between the 7 and 7 Pro; where OnePlus is really out there defining what Pro stands for.
But we’re here to get down to the nitty gritty:
The first thing you’ll notice on the brand new OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro is its notch-less screen. Respectively, you’re getting the full effect of its 6.41-inch and 6.67-inch screens that both curves to the sides to give that luxurious Android look.
It’s available in three colors: the shiny and sophisticated Mirror Gray, the more adventurous and colorful gorgeous Nebula Blue, and the understated Almond which will be available much later as a limited edition.
OnePlus’ latest flagship models also retained their understated but quite handy volume toggle buttons where you can easily trigger the ring/vibrate/silent features easily.
Quite new, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro has stereo speakers at the top of the screen. They’re not big but they’re there. This model will also use a USB-C charger. However, there’s no earphone jack. That’s how it tends to be on higher-end phone models, so we’re not really surprised.
The main difference between the 7 and the 7 Pro is the screen. The 7 Pro boasts its 3,120 x 1,440 Fluid AMOLED panel while the smaller 7 utilizes a 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED screen, which is similar to the 6T. What makes the Fluid AMOLED panel great is that the screen has a 90Hz refresh rate that makes everything you do on your phone look smooth and seamless. It’s stunning and crisp, all the while realistic. Even better, you get to appreciate it with its full screen! You’ll also notice the difference during gaming and photos.
If you’re wondering how OnePlus was able to achieve a full screen, then you would probably also wonder about the front camera, which leads to the next topic.
As seen in numerous leaks leading to the launch, the camera of the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro pops up! It’s certainly a topic of debate amongst smartphone enthusiasts whether or not this was a good move or not. But, OnePlus certainly has taken the necessary steps to make sure that their pop-up camera is something the public would appreciate.
First of all, it pops up and down smoothly and gracefully. It doesn’t seem cheap or tacky whenever you decide to take a selfie!
Moreover, on the debate about potentially damaging the camera in case of a fall, OnePlus also has it covered. Automatically, the camera pops back down immediately in the situation where the phone senses the littlest detection of a fall. The pop-up mechanism has also been tested to withstand over 300,000 times, which should last you a really long time.
Meanwhile, the back camera follows suit to the trend of triple cameras. There’s a 48-megapixel f/1.7 main camera (with optical stabilization), along with an 8-megapixel f/2.4 3x-zoom telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera.
They take amazingly crisp and realistic photos that is certainly comparable to other flagship phones like Apple’s iPhone.
Both phones will also join the bandwagon on using the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This is also the first non-Samsung Android device that can double performance speeds with its UFS 3.0 storage chip, which can be partnered to up to 12GB of RAM.
On the other hand, there’s no wireless charging capability in both models, But, they definitely do charge fast with its 4,000 mAh of battery power. You can get a full charge within an hour or less because of the bigger battery packed in the device. It will also last you longer!
Lastly, another feature that the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro nailed is the on-screen fingerprint scanner. Compared to the previous, 6T, the latest models now scan faster and easier!
Like the Apple’s ‘Do Not Disturb,’ or other versions of the feature, OnePlus is also introducing one with the latest models; but they’re giving it a twist. Unlike other versions, once triggered, you can only change your mind within the first 5 minutes or you will be forced to not use your phone for the next 15 minutes. You can still make emergency calls and use your camera though!
The OnePlus 7 Pro will price at $699 all the way up to $749 but one thing is for sure, you’ll be getting your money’s worth! There were hardly any points in this device that would make you think otherwise.
Why Don’t We See Other Phone Brands In The US?
What the Mobile World Convention 2019 showed to the world is that Chinese telecommunications companies are at the forefront of producing cutting edge, experimental, and unique designs that the mobile market has to offer.
But, why don’t we see them in the United States?
Undoubtedly, the US mobile market is over saturated with Apple and Samsung at the top, LG in a distant third, then Motorola, and maybe the occasional wildcard option like Google and OnePlus.
Specifically, Apple compromises over 47% of the US smartphone market, Samsung follows with 22%, and LG at only 12%. Only 19% are comprised of all other smartphone brands available market, according to a 2018 report.
The US consumer base is apparently trapped in the clash between giants Apple and Samsung, where Apple is taking the lead with almost half of the US population using its smartphones.
There’s no diversity, there’s no differentiation, and that tends to get quite annoying.
Aside from the on-going political and trade disputes between China and the US, Americans are less likely to veer away from the typical software configuration that Apple conveniently offers. But in return, they are missing out on new technology at prices they can only imagine.
But, just in case you’re tired of seeing the same old iPhone, here’s are a list of Chinese-brand phones that are very hot in the market, at least outside the US:
XIAOMI MI 9
Let’s start the list with Xiaomi’s flagship Mi series.
Xiaomi tends to combine high-end specs, conventional designs but at a lot cheaper price point. Some would consider their phones knock-off versions of popular phone brands.
The Mi 9 has a notched 6.4-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, an on-screen fingerprint scanner, and a triple-camera system with three separate focal lengths.
The Mi 9 also incorporates wireless charging capability with a 6GB of RAM/128GB storage at only $450!
HUAWEI MATE 20 PRO
Huawei’s latest flagship has an impressive Kirin 980 SoC, a strong triple-camera setup, an excellent curved OLED display, both 3D face-scanning and an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a massive battery that delivers class-leading endurance.
This device could have easily been one of the best phones available in the market, if not for its hardware. Priced at $1200, this could be a good contender.
Huawei Mate X
Huawei Mate X recently made its debut at the MWC in Barcelona and is pegged to be the leading smartphone with technology involving foldability features and topping Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.
Huawei Mate X turns into a more prominent 8-inch display once unfolded from its 6.6-inch and 6.32-inch estates. It also sports 5G capability with its Kirin 980 chip embedded with the company’s Balong 5000 5G modem.
VIVO V15 PRO
The V15 Pro is taking a
Vivo achieved a full-screen display without little black spots covering the screen through a 32-megapixel camera that pops up when you need to take a selfie.
This is also the first phone to use Qualcomm’s new mid-to-high-end Snapdragon 675 processor, and performance proves to be impressive.
The Vivo V15 Pro is only priced $400!
The OnePlus 6T is also introduced with on-screen fingerprint detecting design with the Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB memory.
It is also able to include 3700mAh of battery power. The camera has a 16Mp front camera and a 16Mp/20Mp rear cameras.
The OnePlus 6 can deliver one of the best photos, performance and battery life at only $550.
OPPO FIND X
One of the best phones announced last year; the Oppo Find X is the best attempt at a full screen on a smartphone in the market. Enabled by Oppo’s stealth cameras, that they say would revolutionize the smartphone industry.
It also runs on the impressive Snapdragon 845 processor 8GB/256GB RAM with 3730mAh battery power. Priced at$1,200.
There are other choices out there! Don’t get caught up buying a phone that promises to be cutting edge for outrageous prices just because they said so. We’re telling you, the future of the mobile market is in Chinese-led companies.
Samsung Sees A Bright Future For iPhone And Pixel Foldable Phones
A new era of smartphones has come after both Samsung and Huawei have launched their versions of a foldable smartphone earlier this year. Although Huawei’s Mate X may seem to have better specs than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, that doesn’t mean that Samsung is not poised to lead the market of foldable smartphones.
Unlike Huawei and Apple (who also announced its plan to release a foldable phone after 2020), Samsung develops its own display. As a matter of fact, Samsung Display is already the market leader for OLED phone screens. That is why it is not surprising that the Korean company is ready to support foldable iPhones and Pixel phones in the near future. Reports even suggest that Samsung has already sent samples of their foldable screens to Apple and Google earlier this year.
Apple is expected to launch its own version of a foldable phone in the near future; however, reports suggest that it will not be sooner than 2020. The latest iPhone launch, the iPhone XS, still carries the design and specs of older versions of iPhone X series.
On the other hand, Google has started working with Samsung on optimizing Android for flagship handsets and plans to develop a third operating system (like iOS and Android) that will work on any device – including foldable phones.
Samsung was said to be interested in partnering with Google and Apple on its journey to lead the market for foldable phone displays. The global tech leader has reportedly supplied Apple with a 7.2-inch foldable display screen for iPhones. It is a 0.1-inch smaller than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Rumors have it that Samsung also sent Google with samples as well.
“We know that Samsung Display has supplied a set of foldable drives to Apple and Google in order to fully expand its folder-based display business and uncover customers,” an industry source familiar with the Samsung Foldable Display said.
In response to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launching, Huawei, another global smartphone leader, launched on Sunday its Mate X smartphone, as it teased the arrival of its photography-focused P30 Series in March.
During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Shenzen-based, Huawei prided and highlighted its 5G technology. The company is now the second largest smartphone maker in the world.
As global sales for smartphones declined, Huawei and global market leader Samsung are racing to innovate smartphones in their bid to be the best.
Studies have suggested that users nowadays are holding on to their handsets longer and are avoiding the yearly upgrade cycle.
The Mate X can be folded out to reveal an 8-inch near the borderless screen with no notch and no punch holes for the camera. According to Huawei’s consumer business CEO Richard Yu, the device would be the fastest 5G device upon release.
The 6.6-inch Mate X folds out to reveal an 8-inch near borderless screen. Huawei said it would be the fastest 5G device upon release.
Unlike Samsung Galaxy Fold which unfolds to reveal a tablet-like screen while keeping a smaller smartphone-style panel one half of the device, The Mate X’s entire screen is visible even when folded.
Samsung, however, is not interested in making the foldable display technology exclusive. It is the same strategy the company used with Galaxy A series, and it’s Note lines.
A report revealed that Samsung executives are having dialogues with Huawei and Oppo, Chinese smartphone manufacturers, to offer the new foldable screen tech that they have developed to those phone companies.
Currently, Samsung can manufacture around 200 thousand foldable display units every month, which in total can produce more than 2.4 million units every year. However, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone is not expected to exceed one million units this year as the tech giant is still testing the market for foldable phones.
Samsung executives, on the other hand, said that they could expand their production to ten million per year if they see that there is actual demand for foldable display smartphones.
It is still unclear if Apple and Google are indeed releasing their own versions of foldable display smartphones, but one thing is for sure: Samsung is ready to support iPhones and Pixel phones when the time comes. This makes Samsung excited for the future of smartphones. /apr
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