The HUAWEI nova 9 features an RYYB Ultra Vision camera and a 32 MP selfie camera for those who enjoy taking photos and videos!
Find out if the nova 9 is the smartphone you have been waiting for!
HUAWEI nova 9 With RYYB Cameras For Content Creators!
The HUAWEI nova 9 smartphone is targeted at millennials who love taking photos and videos, and enjoy creating content and vlogging too!
To cater to photo + video enthusiasts, the nova 9 comes with a 50 MP RYYB Ultra Vision Camera and a 32 MP selfie camera with ultra slow-mo capability, and a slew of other cool features.
Here’s a quick round-up of its key features!
6.57-inch 120 Hz OLED Smooth Display
The first thing you will notice is the large, beautiful 6.57-inch OLED display, which boasts a P3 colour gamut with ΔE < 1 colour accuracy.
On top of that, it can refresh at up to 120 Hz, and has a touch sampling rate of 300 Hz – giving you silky smooth visuals with lightning quick touch response.
Powerful Mid-Range Platform!
The HUAWEI nova 9 is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G mobile platform, which offers :
a Kryo 670 Prime (A78-based) core running at 2.4 GHz,
three Kryo 670 Gold (A78-based) cores running at 2.2 GHz,
four Kryo 670 Silver (A55-based) cores running at 1.8 GHz
Adreno 642L GPU running at 490 MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is a new mid-range mobile SoC built on the 6 nm process, which offers preppy performance without the higher power consumption of flagship mobile SoC.
The nova 9 also uses Graphene and VC Liquid Cooling technology to keep the Snapdragon 778G cool, even in the most strenuous gaming session!
Flagship-Class Cameras In A Mid-Range Smartphone!
To cater to vloggers and content creators, HUAWEI introduced new camera technologies and a new RYYB sensor in the nova 9 smartphone.
In the front, it boasts a magnificent 32 MP selfie camera, with a large f/2.0 aperture and support for slow-motion 720p video recording at up to 240 fps!
At the back, it has a very high resolution 50 MP RYYB Ultra Vision camera, which features a larger sensor size of 1/1.56-inch and a wide aperture of f/1.9 . This camera not only records 4K video, it can record ultra slow-motion 720p video at up to 960 fps!
In addition, the 50 MP camera has an innovative RYYB colour filter array that lets it collect 40% more light, delivering superior low-light performance.
The nova 9 also sports an 8 MP ultra-wide camera, a 2 MP macro camera and a 2 MP depth sensor. But the camera hardware is just one part of the story.
Its XD Fusion Engine uses computational photography techniques to enhance the photos you take, while its Ultra Vision HDR Technology helps you shoot with ease in all kinds of environment.
Content creators will also love the new Dual-View video function, which gives you greater creativity for your videos and vlogs!
Stylish Ultra-Thin Design!
The HUAWEI nova 9 has a stylish ultra-thin design that is only 7.77 mm thick, and weighs just 175 grams.
Its chassis features a new advanced anti-glare Starry Flash AG Glass coating with a double-film and double-coated matte finish, with a star-inspired Star Orbit Ring on its rear camera.
It comes in two colour options – Pristine Black and the signature Starry Blue colour!
66W SuperFast Charging Battery!
The HUAWEI nova 9 comes with a large 4,300 mAh battery, that supports 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge.
You never need to worry about running out of battery, because a quick 38 minute charge gives you a full charge!
Full Suite Of Apps Through HUAWEI Mobile Services (HMS)
The HUAWEI nova 9 has access to a full suite of important apps through the HUAWEI AppGallery, for banking, social media, food & beverage, e-wallet, shopping and of course, games!
Best of all – you only need to use a single HUAWEI ID to access the HUAWEI AppGallery across your different HUAWEI devices. Parents can also enable parental control function to restrict access and limit how much time children can use their devices or browse the Internet.
Its built-in Email app lets you manage multiple email accounts – Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo; while Petal Search gives you access to an AI-powered mobile search engine for a better browsing experience. It can even look for apps in trusted third-party stores, giving you even more options outside of HUAWEI AppGallery.
HUAWEI nova 9 : How To Pre-Order One!
You can pre-order the HUAWEI nova 9 from 8 to 19 November 2021 for just RM1,999 at these online and offline stores in Malaysia :
Qualcomm just introduced FOUR new mobile SoCs – the Snapdragon 778G Plus, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 680 and Snapdragon 480 Plus!
Here is what you need to know about these new 5G and 4G mobile SoCs!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+, 695, 680, 480+ Mobile SoCs!
On 26 October 2021, Qualcomm Technologies introduced FOUR new mobile SoCs for the high-end, mid-range and entry-level tiers :
Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G,
Snapdragon 695 5G,
Snapdragon 680 4G, and
Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G
Here is what you need to know about these new 5G and 4G mobile SoCs!
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus 5G
This is basically the existing Snapdragon 778G, with slightly higher clock speeds for its Kryo 670 CPU and Adreno 642L GPU cores. Its prime Kryo 670 CPU core, for example, will at 2.5 GHz, instead of 2.4 GHz.
Everything else is the same – it comes with the X53 5G modem and the same Wi-Fi 6E connectivity – just rebranded as Qualcomm FastConnect 6700.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G is a new mobile SoC, featuring a Kryo 660 CPU that clocks at up to 2.2 GHz, with an Adreno 619 GPU.
Qualcomm says it will offer 15% better CPU performance and 30% faster graphics rendering, compared to the Snapdragon 690.
Otherwise, it comes with the same X51 5G modem and FastConnect 6200 Wi-Fi 6 connectivity as the Snapdragon 690.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 is a 4G mobile SoC, built on the 6 nm process technology.
It features a Kryo 265 CPU that clocks at up to 2.4 GHz, and an Adreno 610 GPU. It also comes with the X11 LTE modem and FastConnect 6100 Wi-Fi connectivity, which supports up to 802.11ac.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus introduces 5G connectivity to the entry-level 4-series mobile platform for the first time.
It comes with a Kryo 460 CPU that clocks at up to 2.0 GHz, and the same Adreno 619 GPU as the Snapdragon 695 above.
It also comes with the same X51 5G modem and FastConnect 6200 Wi-Fi 6 connectivity as the Snapdragon 695, but with Bluetooth 5.1, instead of Bluetooth 5.2.
Snapdragon 778G+, 695, 680, 480+ : Availability
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus, Snapdragon 695, Snapdragon 680 and Snapdragon 480 Plus are expected to be available commercially in Q4 2021.
Several smartphone brands have expressed interest in using these new Snapdragon mobile SoCs in their upcoming smartphones, including HMD Global, HONOR, Motorola, OPPO, vivo and Xiaomi.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE has a massive 10,090 mAh battery, which promises to deliver up to 13 hours of video playback time.
To test its battery life, we turned off Automatic Brightness, and set its display brightness to 50%.
Why 50%? That is actually slightly higher than the average indoor brightness level of 40% during the day, and is what we usually use in all our mobile battery life tests.
It is important to fix the brightness level, to make sure the screen brightness does not change as the room brightness changed.
We then ran the PCMark Work 3.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20%, repeating several times.
Will you look at that – 12.5 hours of battery life! A little shy of the rated 13 hours, but still much longer than the 8 hours we got with the Galaxy Tab S7+!
With such a long battery life, you can confidently take it on-the-go for a full day’s work without worrying about charging it.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Battery Recharging Speed
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE supports the phenomenally-fast 45 watt super fast charging. Unfortunately, Samsung only bundles an anaemic 15 watt fast charger in the box…
Take a look at how fast its bundled 15 watt fast charger topped up its massive 10,090 mAh battery…
Not bad. The bundled 15 watt charger took just 2 hours 36 minutes to fully recharge its battery from 20% to 100%.
That gives it a recharging speed of about 52 mAh per minute, which is as fast as some 25W or 27W fast chargers.
This gives it a battery life : recharging ratio of just 4.8:1. A general rule of thumb – for one of hour battery life, you will need to charge it for 12.5 minutes.
While that is TWICE as fast as the Galaxy Tab S7+, it cannot match the HUAWEI MatePad Pro, which has a battery life : recharging ratio of 8.5:1, and only needs 7 minutes of charging for each hour of battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : PCMark Results
Tab S7 FE
Will you look at that? The Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G is slightly faster than Snapdragon 855 – the last-generation flagship mobile SoC from Qualcomm!
Samsung originally introduced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ as a cheaper but powerful Android alternative to the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro. However, even its price tag put it out of reach of many users.
So Samsung came up with a Fan Edition of that tablet – the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, which sports the similarly large 12.4-inch display, at a much more affordable price point.
The large display really makes a lot of difference if you want a large workspace, or a more immersive gaming or movie experience. More so with its dual AKG speakers that off good bass and clarity.
Instead of the powerful but power-guzzling Snapdragon 865+, Samsung used the new Snapdragon 778G which is not only pretty darn fast, it is more power-efficient, giving it a much longer battery life.
It inevitably comes with less memory and storage, but even 4 GB of RAM is more than enough for most users. And if you run out of storage, you can always pop-in a microSD card for more storage.
Samsung also threw in a standard S Pen and a 15 watt charger in-the-box, but if you want faster charging – you will need to top up for a 45 watt fast charger.
Samsung sadly did not bundle the Galaxy Tab S7 FE with the Keyboard Cover, which is a critical accessory for this tablet.
I cannot emphasise the importance of the Keyboard Cover enough, as it not only protects the tablet and the stylus (in its own special compartment), it also gives you a keyboard and touchpad, turning your Tab S7 FE into a laptop!
If you do not need the keyboard, at least get the Book Cover. The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a large and heavy tablet that you do NOT want to drop. Please remember that it lacks the Gorilla Glass Victus protection of its more expensive brother – the Galaxy Tab S7+.
Both the front 5 MP and rear 8 MP cameras can record 1080p videos at 30 fps, but the video quality from the front camera is rather poor. Fortunately, the rear 8 MP camera does a much better job.
Overall – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE offers much more value for your money than the Galaxy Tab S7+. If you don’t need the frills, you can literally buy TWO FE tablets for the price of one Tab S7+!
That’s why we have no qualms giving it our Editor’s Choice Award! Nice job, Samsung!
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Colour Options
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes in four colour options (from left to right) : Mystic Green, Mystic Pink, Mystic Silver and Mystic Black.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE : Price + Availability
Here in Malaysia, Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE will be available at these launch prices :
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 :