The HONOR 50 and HONOR 50 Pro smartphones were just launched in China!
Here is what you need to know about these new Chinese smartphones with “Giant Eyes”!
HONOR 50 | HONOR 50 Pro : What You Need To Know!
The HONOR 50 and HONOR 50 Pro are the first smartphones to debut from the new HONOR, after HUAWEI sold the brand to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology.
It is also their first smartphone to reintroduce Google Mobile Services (which is banned to their original parent company – HUAWEI).
That itself is the biggest, and arguably, the most important news of their launch event on 16 June 2021.
But the most eye-catching part of these new HONOR smartphones? That can only be their Giant Eyes!
They are both built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G mobile platform, which has 8 processor cores :
1 x Qualcomm Kryo 670 Prime core (2.4 GHz)
3 x Qualcomm Kryo 670 Gold cores (2.2 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kryo 670 Silver cores (1.9 GHz)
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G also features the Adreno 642L GPU, Snapdragon X53 5G modem, Hexagon 770 AI engine, and Spectra 570L image signal processor.
The HONOR 50 Pro features dual VC (vacuum chamber) liquid cooling, paired with graphene sheet for better cooling performance. It also comes with a 4D linear motor for tactile feedback while gaming.
Both smartphone models come with 8 GB of RAM, and up to 256 GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card support, so you will not be able to add more storage.
Both the HONOR 50 and HONOR 50 Pro come with OLED displays, capable of 10-bit colour with 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut and a 1 to 5 million contrast ratio.
The HONOR 50 has a 6.57-inch display, with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Meanwhile, the Pro model has a larger 6.72-inch display, with a resolution of 1236 x 2676 pixels.
Both displays have a 120 Hz refresh rate, and a 300 Hz touch sampling rate. They also have a 75° curved edge on both sides, with design cues that are remarkably reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy S10.
In the front, both models come with a 32 MP high-resolution selfie camera. The Pro model has an additional front camera – a wide-angle 12 MP camera that boasts larger pixels for better low-light performance.
In the back, they both feature the same “quad-camera” system, that consists of :
a 108 MP main camera, with f/1.9 aperture
an 8 MP wide-angle camera, with f/2.2 aperture
a 2 MP macro camera, with f/2.4 aperture
a 2 MP depth sensor, with f/2.4 aperture
We should point out that the depth sensor does NOT take any pictures, so it’s really just a triple camera system.
Battery + Charging
The HONOR 50 has a 4,300 mAh battery, and supports 66 watt Super Fast Charging :
20 minutes to charge to 70%
45 minutes to charge to 100%
The Pro model comes with a slightly smaller 4,000 mAh battery but supports 100 watt Super Fast Charging :
20 minutes to charge to 90%
25 minutes to charge to 100%
As you can see, they are both pretty darn fast at recharging their batteries!
HONOR 50 | HONOR 50 Pro : Specifications
To make it easier for you, we compare their key specifications in this table :
HONOR 50 Pro
1236 x 2676 pixels
1080 x 2340 pixels
120 Hz refresh rate
300 Hz touch sampling rate
1:5 million contrast ratio
Magic UI 4.2 (based on Android 11)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
Dual VC Cooling
128 GB / 256 GB
32 MP (f/2.2)
12 MP ultra-wide (f/2.4)
32 MP (f/2.2)
108 MP main camera (f/1.9)
8 MP wide-angle camera (f/2.2)
2 MP macro camera (f/2.4)
2 MP depth sensor (f/2.4)
USB Type C
4D Linear Motor
Under Display, Optical
100 W Super Fast Charge
66 W Super Fast Charge
74.7 mm wide
163.5 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
73.8 mm wide
160 mm tall
7.7 mm thick
HONOR 50 | HONOR 50 Pro : Price + Availability
Both smartphones are available for pre-sale booking in China at these price points :
vivo just kicked off their OOTD contest, giving you the opportunity to win a new V21 series smartphone and other cool prizes!
Here are the details!
vivo V21 OOTD Contest : Light Up Your Style!
Want to win yourself the new vivo V21 series smartphone and some cool prizes?
Then go join the new vivo V21 OOTD (Outfit of the Day) contest, which runs from now until 31 May 2021!
Contestants stand to win not only a brand-new vivo V21 series smartphone, but also limited-edition co-branded swag like t-shirt, cross-body bag, oversized shirt and bucket hat – all conceptualised and designed by local fashion labels like KitWoo, Evensince, Neonate and Cassey Gan!
vivo Light Up Your Style Contest Prizes
vivo V21 Series Smartphone
+ vivo exclusive co-branded item
DJI OM 4 + vivo exclusive co-branded item
vivo Wireless Sport Lite + vivo exclusive co-branded item
vivo exclusive co-branded item
vivo V21 OOTD Contest : How To Participate?
All you have to do is showcase your best creative interpretation of the theme – “Light“, using your lightweight and breezy outfits!
Step 1 : Style up and take your OOTD (Outfit of the Day) photo.
Most smartphones are capable of playing games, but vivo shares how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!
How vivo X60 / X60 Pro Enhances Your Gaming Experience!
The vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones may be focused at delivering flagship-class photographic capabilities, but it is also a gaming powerhouse.
vivo shared how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!
Flagship Class Performance!
The vivo X60 and X60 Pro are built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 mobile platform, which features :
1 x Prime Core : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 3.2 GHz
3 x Performance Cores : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.42 GHz
4 x Power-Saving Cores : ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU
Qualcomm Hexagon 698 DSP
All that delivers exemplary CPU and GPU performance that is more than capable of handling any game you throw at it, at maximum resolution!
Display With High Refresh Rate + High Response Rate!
All of that processing power is important because it helps the vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones drive their fantastic 6.56-inch AMOLED display, which boasts not only a 120 Hz refresh rate, but also a 240 Hz response rate!
This not only gives you silky smooth visuals, but also ensures you can react much more quickly than your gaming opponents.
This will give you a definite edge in first-person shooter or battle royale games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile.
Long Battery Life!
This is an oft-overlooked feature – a long battery life. Sure, you can keep your smartphone plugged into the wall, but is that really fun?
The X60 and X60 Pro not only come with a large 4,300 mAh battery, vivo optimised their power consumption to ensure that it lasts longer than competing smartphones.
This lets you go on playing, even when your gaming opponents have run out of power!
vivo X60 / X60 Pro : Enjoy A Great Gaming Experience Today!
Here are a few places online where you can buy a vivo X60 or X60 Pro smartphone, to enjoy a great gaming experience!
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Samsung Galaxy A52 : A Quick Wrap
The Galaxy A52 offers quite the awesome deal that Samsung promised. Let’s do a quick wrap of what we really liked about it.
Very Nice Display
The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a very nice 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, and brightness of up to 800 nits!
We are very glad Samsung built the Galaxy A52 around the Snapdragon 750G, which proved to offer really good CPU and GPU performance. It feels like a flagship device, without the flagship price.
Nice Set Of Cameras
The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a very nice set of cameras – both in front and in the back.
The 64 MP main camera and 12 MP ultra-wide camera are the main stars. The 5 MP macro camera will not see much use, but at least it is better than the 2 MP macro camera that comes in some mid-range devices!
The image quality of the 64 MP main camera, in particular, is superb in its default 16 MP mode.
Long Battery Life, Fast Recharging
You will really like how long the Galaxy A52 lasts, and how fast it recharges.
There are a couple of small features that could be very important, and yet are not available in other mid-range smartphones :
3.5 mm audio port
Triple card tray with microSD card slot
Samsung Galaxy A52 : Our Verdict + Award
The Samsung Galaxy A52 offers a lot of great features and a very long battery life, at a great price point.
There are very few smartphones at this price point that would offer you a large 90 Hz Super AMOLED display, a powerful processor and a 64 MP camera system, with a large battery.
This is why we believe it deserves nothing less than our Editor’s Choice Award! Congratulations, Samsung!
Samsung Galaxy A52 : Where To Buy?
The Samsung Galaxy A52 has a launch price of RM1,499 (approx. US$362 / £262 / A$474 / S$487) with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage.
Here in Malaysia, it will come with a FREE clear standing cover worth RM109.
This time, Realme is claiming that the video was pre-recorded due to “local pandemic control policy” and the A1 team sent them the wrong file.
They removed the livestream video, and will republish it after “the re-production is complete“.
Respecting and abiding by the local pandemic control policy, the narzo 30A launch video was planned to be recorded in advance. Additionally, the launch video involved a narzo 30A hands-on gaming video.
To ensure a better quality video output, the gaming part was recorded by our partner A1 Esports team and sent to the producer, post-recording.
Although the A1 team did use the narzo 30A smartphone for the recording of the gaming part, a wrong file was accidentally sent to the producer, which led to the appearance of a non-realme smartphone in the video.
In response to this issue, we have immediately contacted our A1 team partner to rectify the accident. We shall republish the video after the re-production is complete.
We sincerely apologize for any unanticipated impacts the incident may have caused. Your kind support to the brand is very much appreciated. Please stay tuned with realme for future updates.
We Examine The Realme narzo 30A – iPhone Claims
Going through Realme’s statement, we can’t help but feel troubled by a few “logical inconsistencies”…
Issue #1 : Local Pandemic Control Policy?
What local pandemic control policy? They arranged for three gamers to play PUBG Mobile side-by-side, and without face masks too!
Issue #2 : Pre-Recorded For Better Quality?
If the video was pre-recorded, why was there a need for the A1 team members to stand up there and “pretend play”?
If they were concerned about video quality, they should have just streamed the pre-recorded clip directly, instead of displaying it behind the A1 team members, as a large but pixelated video that lacked contrast.
Issue #3 : They Didn’t Check The Pre-Recorded Video?
What makes even less sense is the claim that the A1 esports team recorded their gameplay using the narzo 30A, but sent them the wrong file.
Why would the A1 esports team record their gameplay on an iPhone, as well as the narzo 30A? Didn’t Realme check the video they received, to make sure it was from their narzo 30A smartphone?
Which is more likely?
a) they accidentally triggered Guided Access during the livestream, or
b) the A1 team recorded the gameplay on an iPhone and narzo 30A, and accidentally sent Realme the wrong file, and Realme didn’t check their gameplay before streaming it onto the big screen?
You may recall that the Realme team blamed a bug for their fantastical AnTuTu benchmark score. They have yet to adequately explain that either…
narzo 30A – iPhone Scandal : Another Hit To Realme’s Rep
We have been a fan of Realme since they first started with their Realme 2 Pro, Realme 2 and Realme C1, because they offered really great value for our money.
So we were not surprised by how fast their devices improved, and how fast they grew. Heck, we even took the realme 3 on a photographic trip to the US West Coast, and Las Vegas!
However, a new team apparently took over in the middle of 2019, and it looks like they are willing to risk everything just to gain market share. Perhaps that’s why they coined the tagline, Dare To Leap!.
Since then, they have been hit by revelations that their 90 Hz display only works in certain situations, the recent AnTuTu cheating scandal and now this iPhone streaming scandal.
It’s a real shame, because Realme was doing so well, and building a great reputation for offering great features at a low, low price.
Reputation, as they say, takes a lifetime to build, but can be lost in a second.