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Forbes Is SHOCKED That HUAWEI P30 Pro Got New Colours!

Forbes just published an incredibly funny piece about the HUAWEI P30 Pro at IFA 2019!

They were SHOCKED that HUAWEI released two new colours for the P30 Pro, dramatically claiming that they were “redesigned” devices that “cleverly skirted” the Trump ban.

So drama. Cue major eye roll by every tech journalist or pundit worthy of the name. LOL!

 

The Dumbing Down Of Forbes

It is interesting how Forbes has evolved from a staid but serious business publication, into a “hip and trendy” publication that attempts to redefine creative writing as news.

They actually turned a simple report about HUAWEI coming out with two new colours for their P30 Pro smartphones into a dramatic piece of creative writing about how HUAWEI “cleverly skirted” and “circumvented” the Trump ban.

 

Forbes Is SHOCKED That HUAWEI P30 Pro Got New Colours!

Let’s take a look at how SHOCKED Forbes was about the HUAWEI P30 Pro getting new colours, and show you why they are either :

a) completely ignorant about mobile technology and the smartphone business, or
b) writing a fallacious piece for money (probably hoping it would go viral)

Either way, it’s shocking that Forbes actually published such a nonsensical piece.

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Forbes Claim #1 : The New HUAWEI P30 Pro Circumvents US Ban

Forbes started with a dramatic title, claiming that what HUAWEI did circumvented the US ban.

IFA 2019: Huawei Confirms Shock New Android 10 Smartphones, Circumventing U.S. Ban

How does the new HUAWEI P30 Pro CIRCUMVENT the US ban, Forbes???

Anyone who actually bothered to read up on the Trump ban would know that the US Commerce Department issued a Temporary General Licence to HUAWEI, that was recently extended by another 90 days.

That temporary licence indubitably allows HUAWEI to ship the P30 Pro smartphones with the new Android 10 operating system.

Recommended : CONFIRMED : HUAWEI Licence Extended By 90 Days!

Forbes Claim #2 : It’s Shocking News!

After noting that HUAWEI unveiled new versions of P30 Pro with Android 10 pre-installed, Forbes stated that,

This, of course, came as shocking news knowing that the Chinese telecommunications giant is under a strict U.S. ban which bars American companies including Google, Qualcomm, Microsoft and Intel to do business with it as well as foreign companies which products contain 25% or more of U.S.-originated technologies or materials.

How is that shocking at all, Forbes???

The only shocking thing is that you appear not to be aware that HUAWEI is legally entitled to ship their P30 Pro smartphones with the latest version of Android.

The temporary licence explicitly allows American companies to “provide service and support, including software updates or patches, to existing Huawei handsets that were available to the public on or before May 16, 2019.

Recommended : The HUAWEI Trump Ban – Everything You Need To Know!

Forbes Claim #3 & #4 : It’s An Astucious WorkaroundThe New P30 Pro Is A Refresh

In the very next paragraph, they claimed it was a workaround with a really fancy word – astucious :

However, Huawei found an astucious workaround: The new P30 Pro smartphones are essentially a refresh of the devices that were initially launched in Paris earlier this spring.

REALLY? A workaround, Forbes?

Seriously, it is unquestionably NOT a workaround if they just introduced two new colours of the SAME P30 Pro smartphone!

Introducing new colours of existing smartphone models is actually a pretty common practice, as it generates (free) publicity and drive new sales.

Recommended : US Tech Companies Pressure Trump On Lifting HUAWEI Ban!

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And how is this a REFRESH, Forbes?

The only thing they did was introduce two new two-tone colour finishes for the SAME P30 Pro smartphones that you admitted launched in Paris earlier in the spring.

Think about it for a moment… If Toyota offers two new colour options for their Camry sedans a few months after launching them with five colour options, would you call that a refreshed model?

HUAWEI themselves pointed this out when they showed this slide at IFA 2019 after announcing the new Misty Lavender and Mystic Blue colour options :

As you can see, the two new colours join the existing five colour options for the HUAWEI P30 Series. They are all one, big, happy family, Forbes… ONE family, not two.

Recommended : The HUAWEI P30 Pro vs HUAWEI P30 Comparison Guide!

 

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LG Dual Screen Smartphone Technology Explained!

LG has now introduced two Dual Screen smartphones – the LG V50 ThinQ and the LG G8X ThinQ.

In this article, we will dive into their Dual Screen technology, and look at the good, the bad and the ugly side of it!

 

LG Dual Screen Technology

Foldable displays are a great way to differentiate smartphones from their rivals. But the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have shown, they are difficult to develop and manufacture.

Unwilling to spend money to develop their own foldable display, LG chose to develop Dual Screen devices instead.

While not as sexy as foldable displays, they are inherently much cheaper and easier to develop and manufacture.

That’s why the first model is out now, with a second model on the way, even while the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have been delayed for months now.

LG V50 Dual Screen

First introduced in the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, it basically involves attaching a Dual Screen case (which has a second display) to an ordinary LG V50 smartphone.

The Dual Screen case has a second display on the inner side of its front cover. It uses a three-pin POGO connector to deliver power and data to this display.

The two displays have different characteristics which we have summarised in this table :

Specifications LG V50 ThinQ Display LG Dual Screen Display
Size 6.4-inch 6.2-inch
Panel Type OLED OLED
Resolution Quad HD+
1440 x 3120 pixels
Full HD+
1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel Density 538 pixels per inch 390 pixels per inch

The hinge design not only separates the two display by about ¼ inch, it cannot fully open so the two displays cannot lay flat.

LG G8X Dual Screen

At IFA 2019, LG unveiled their second Dual Screen device – the LG G8X ThinQ.

It incorporates a number of improvements over the LG V50, including using the same display… right down to the notch!

Specifications LG G8X ThinQ Display LG Dual Screen Display
Size 6.4-inch 6.4-inch
Panel Type OLED OLED
Resolution Full HD+
1080 x 2340 pixels
Full HD+
1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 403 pixels per inch 403 pixels per inch

Instead of a 3-pin POGO connector, the G8X uses the USB-C port to communicate with its Dual Screen case.

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Dual Screen = Separate Displays

The way LG designed it, the two displays are functionally and logically separate displays.

This means it is not possible to stretch an app across both displays… except for a singular exception – the NAVER Whale browser.

It does not help that the two displays are separated by a hinge that is about ¼ inch wide, and hinge design itself prevents the two displays from laying flat.

 

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Why LG Dual Screen Devices Need To Use NAVER Whale!

LG just announced that they will be partnering with NAVER to introduce the Whale browser for use with LG Dual Screen devices.

However, their press release which many websites have posted is inaccurate. We will clarify and explain what this is all about, and what it means for LG Dual Screen devices.

LG Dual Screen

Foldable displays are a great way to differentiate smartphones from their rivals. But the HUAWEI Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold have shown, they are difficult to develop and manufacture.

LG chose to develop Dual Screen devices instead, which are much cheaper and easier to develop and manufacture.

The LG Dual Screen technology basically adds a second display to the LG smartphone using a special case.

Due to design limitations, they work as separate displays. It is therefore not possible to stretch an app across both displays, which greatly limits its use.

This is where LG’s partnership with Naver comes in…

 

NAVER Whale

Although LG claims to have developed the Whale browser with NAVER in their press release, that appears to be inaccurate.

As far as we can tell, Whale was developed completely by NAVER, a South Korean developer, without input from LG.

In fact, NAVER released Whale back in 2017, with the Android version released in April 2018.

Based on the open-source Google Chromium browser, NAVER Whale supports omnitasking – the ability to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously on one screen.

It also supports a split screen mode with an adjustable divider, that lets you browse two different websites in the same tab.

 

LG Dual Screen + NAVER Whale = A Logical Choice

LG Dual Screen technology is limited by the fact it uses two functionally and logically separate displays.

NAVER Whale allows you to use both displays at the same time. For example :

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  • If you are on a shopping website, you can scroll through its category menus on one display, while reading product descriptions on the other display
  • You can display the same news report or article in two different languages simultaneously – one on each display

This is why LG Dual Screen devices need to use the NAVER Whale browser. It is currently the only logical choice for Dual Screen displays.

The real story of the press release is that LG is pre-installing NAVER Whale into their new and upcoming Dual Screen devices, like the LG G8X announced at IFA 2019.

 

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The NVIDIA ACE Design For Creator Laptops Explained!

At IFA 2019, NVIDIA unveiled their ACE reference design for creator laptops, as part of their RTX Studio initiative.

With NVIDIA’s help, we will explain what the new NVIDIA ACE reference design is all about, and how it relates to RTX Studio!

 

The NVIDIA ACE Reference Design For Creator Laptops

NVIDIA introduced the first RTX Studio laptops at Computex 2019 – basically high-end creator laptops built around their Quadro RTX GPUs using the Max-Q Design philosophy.

To spur the development of NVIDIA Studio creator laptops, NVIDIA is now introducing the ACE reference design.

This reference design allows NVIDIA partners get their RTX Studio designs to market faster. They just have to customise it with CPU and storage options, as well as aesthetics, and they are ready to go!

In creating the ACE design, NVIDIA focused on delivering the most performance in a sleek 15-inch form factor.

The NVIDIA ACE reference design has a few key features :

NVIDIA ACE Thermal Design

  • The CPU and GPU are located behind the display
  • It uses two ultra-thin titanium vapour chambers to keep the CPU and GPU cool
  • It is capable of cooling 300 watts of thermal output, while maintaining a chassis Z height of 25 mm
  • It will keep the chassis at ambient skin temperature, with the keyboard cool to the touch

NVIDIA ACE Power Innovations

  • It will feature enhanced NVIDIA Optimus technology, that automatically switches between discrete and integrated graphics, depending on the workload
  • It will come with a slim 300 watt power adaptor that is half the size of traditional power adaptors

Professional-Grade Display

The ACE reference design will feature a professional-grade 4K 120 Hz display, with these specifications :

  • 100% Adobe RGB / 97% DCI-P3 colour gamut
  • Delta E < 1 colour accuracy
  • PANTONE-validated and factory-calibrated

 

The First NVIDIA ACE Laptop – ASUS ProArt StudioBook One

The first creator laptop to use the new ACE reference design is the ASUS ProArt StudioBook One.

It will be powered by the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 discrete graphics, with these specifications :

  • 4608 CUDA cores, 576 Tensor cores, 72 RT cores
  • 24 GB GDDR6 memory with 672 GB/s bandwidth
  • 11 Gigarays per second, 14.9 TFLOPS, 119.4 TOPS of performance

The NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 GPU alone has a maximum graphics power of 250 watts!

 

NVIDIA ACE Performance

NVIDIA ACE is designed to deliver desktop-class performance in a mobile form factor.

Take a look at this comparison of the ASUS ProArt StudioBook One creator laptop, pitted against a desktop workstation with RTX 6000 graphics.

From what NVIDIA tells us – the ACE design will deliver graphics performance within 10% of their desktop equivalent.

 

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The Acer Predator Thronos Air Gaming Cockpit Revealed!

At IFA 2019, Acer just unveiled the Predator Thronos Air gaming cockpit for hardcore gaming enthusiasts!

Here is everything we know so far about the Acer Predator Thronos Air!

 

The Acer Predator Thronos Air Gaming Cockpit

The Acer Predator Thronos Air gaming cockpit is a beautiful enclosure with a gaming chair, modular desk and a triple monitor rack.

It is designed to envelope the gamer in a comfortable cockpit for complete gaming immersion, with teal blue lighting.

The chair can be adjusted to 130 degrees inside the cockpit, and even comes with an elevated foot rest and an integrated massage function! It can be further adjusted to 180 degrees outside the cockpit.

The modular desk has an adjustable keyboard and mouse tray, so you will have a comfortable gaming experience no matter how you adjust the seating angle.

The industrial-strength monitor arm is attached to a monitor rack that supports up to three displays. It can be manually raised and lowered using a handle located below the middle monitor.

You can also mount a video camera right above the middle monitor, to live-stream your gaming session to YouTube, Twitch or Mixer.

The gaming PC itself is stored behind the chair, with a cable management system that neatly keeps wires and cables out of the way.

 

Acer Predator Thronos Air Upgrade Options

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  • a cup holder
  • a headset holder
  • a USB hub
  • a webcam

 

Acer Predator Thronos Air Price + Availability

The Acer Predator Thronos Air gaming cockpit will be available for sale beginning Q4 2019, with these starting prices :

  • EMEA : €8,975
  • North America : USD 13,999
  • China : RMB 79,999

 

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Acer C250i Portable Projector with Auto-Portrait Revealed!

At IFA 2019 in Berlin, Acer unveiled their C250i portable projector that boasts the world’s first auto-portrait mode!

Here is everything we know so far about the Acer C250i portable projector!

 

The Acer C250i Portable Projector

The Acer C250i is a lightweight, portable LED projector with a stand-free multi-angle orientation and the world’s first auto-portrait mode.

Acer C250i Twisted Roll Design

Thanks to its unique twisted roll design, it supports stand-free multi-angle projection. You no longer need a stand or tripod.

When used on its side, just roll it to the perfect angle to project on the wall or ceiling.

Its vertical orientation, on the other hand, supports horizontal wall displays, and automatically activates the auto-portrait mode.

Acer C250i Auto-Portrait Mode

The auto-portrait mode lets you direct project videos or photos in the portrait orientation (like video chats or live-streaming sessions) wirelessly, without black bars on both sides.

Acer C250i Performance

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Despite its compact size, the C250i boasts 1080p (Full HD) projection, with a battery life of up to 5 hours on a single charge. You can even use it as a portable power bank to recharge your mobile devices.

Its LED module has a 30,000-hour lifespan, with 300 ANSI lumens of peak bones and a 5,000:1 contrast ratio. It also has a wide colour gamut of 100% NTSC.

Acer C250i Connectivity

Android and iOS users can connect and stream to the C250i wirelessly, but it also comes with a standard HDMI port to support desktop or laptop computers.

It also comes with USB Type C and USB Type A ports to support video outputs from smartphones. You can also insert a USB drive for direct playback without a PC or smartphone.

 

Acer C250i Price + Availability

The Acer C250i portable projector will be available for sale in January 2020, with these recommended retail prices :

  • EMEA : €539
  • North America : USD 489
  • China : RMB 3,299

 

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