The Huawei P20 Pro’s tri-camera setup will be led by a 40MP sensor

Now that the Galaxy S9 lineup has been unveiled, it may seem that there has been a bit of a lull in the market. This couldn’t be further from the truth as we are continuing to learn more information about the Huawei P20 lineup.

These devices are set to be unveiled on March 27th at a standalone event in Paris. Huawei has already ramped up its teaser campaign, with a triple camera setup being the primary focus of the campaign.

While various leaks have been appearing over the last few months, it seems we finally have all of the details regarding this triple camera setup. Thanks to WinFuture, the Huawei P20 Pro will feature a primary 40MP sensor, 20MP B&W sensor, and an 8MP sensor.

The primary 40MP and tertiary 8MP sensor will be able to combine for a total of 5x magnification. The 8MP sensor by itself is said to be capable of achieving 3X optical zoom by itself. The 20MP sensor will primarily shoot images in black & white, but will also assist in providing bokeh effects.

The final rumor surrounding this tri-camera setup is that the P20 Pro will be capable of shooting video in 960fps at 720p. This immediately puts it in the realm of the Galaxy S9 lineup, which is capable of these feats already.

If you were worried about the rest of the specs, WinFuture delivered here as well. The P20 Pro will have a 6.1-inch OLED display, with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,240 x 1080. Oh, and there will be a notch for the 24MP selfie camera and other necessary sensors.

Powering the P20 Pro will be Huawei’s latest chipset, the Kirin 970. This will be coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. Although it’s said that the P20 Pro could see variations including either 64GB or 256GB of storage.

Outside of the tri-camera setup, perhaps the next most impressive feat is the included 4,000mAh battery. While performance may not be the greatest due to the larger display panel, a battery this big will definitely get you through the day, and then some.

Pricing for the P20 Pro is said to start around €899, which falls in line with other recently-launched flagship devices. We’ll have to wait until March 27th, but Huawei’s latest devices really could be game changers, provided that these cameras exceed expectations in real-world usage. 

You can get $200 off the Pixel 2 XL when you finance it through the Google Store

If you’re in the market for a new Android device, Google has a pretty nice little deal going on for the Google Pixel 2 XL. Their latest promo is taking $200 off the phone when you finance it through the Google Store.

The deal is only valid until March 31st, so you’ll need to act quick. With 0% interest, there’s little reason to not take advantage of this offer. With the deal, this effectively brings down the price of the Pixel 2 XL to $650 for the 64GB or $750 for the 128GB and you can’t beat that deal with a stick.

As an added bonus, Google is even throwing in a free 18W USB C Power Adapter, so you can keep a spare in your bag, bedroom, or whatever. Just add it to your cart and checkout, and you’ll see the price dropped to free.

Purchase a Pixel 2 between March 18, 2018 at 12am PT, and March 31, 2018 at 11:59pm PT, and redeem one (1) 18W USB-C power adapter by Google. Available only while supplies last. Both products must be added to your shopping cart to receive the bundle offer, and is not valid on previous orders. Offer cannot be combined with any promotional codes, or bundle offers running at the same time. It’s non-transferable, and isn’t valid for cash or a cash equivalent. Shipping charges may apply. Void where prohibited.

The $200 appears as a statement credit on your account up to billing period after the promotion ends, so don’t freak out if you don’t see it right away. You can have only one statement credit per account, so don’t bother buying these in bulk.

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HTC launches the Desire 12 and Desire 12+ with 18:9 displays

We are all patiently waiting to see what HTC has up its sleeve for its 2018 flagship. However, while we all wait to see what’s to come, HTC is continuing to move forward. Today, the company has announced two of its latest budget-minded options with the Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus.

There aren’t too many differences between the Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus, starting with the similar overall design. Both devices feature the same “liquid surface” design that was introduced with the HTC U11.

HTC Desire 12

As for the specs, the smaller Desire 12 features a 5.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Powering the device is the MediaTek MT6739 chipset, which has been coupled with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of expandable storage.

On the camera side of things, we don’t have anything too fancy. HTC has included a 13MP rear-shooter, and a 5MP selfie camera which should do the job in a pinch. Finally, HTC has packed a mediocre 2,730mAh battery into this package, which is a bit less than we could have hoped to see.

HTC Desire 12+

Moving to the Desire 12 Plus, we have a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and the same 1440 x 720 resolution as its little brother. HTC opted to up the ante a bit with the 12 Plus, as we have the Snapdragon 450 chipset on board.

This processor has been coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. On the front, there is a standard 8MP selfie camera, while a dual-camera setup graces the rear. This setup features a primary 13MP sensor, along with a secondary 2MP sensor.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Desire 12 lineup is HTC’s decision to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack. It was a far-gone conclusion that HTC would be moving away from keeping this, but the company has seemingly reversed its course.

While HTC has announced these new devices, there has been no information revealed regarding pricing or availability. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for this information, and we’ll be sure to bring it to you once available.

In the meantime, sound off in the comments and let us know what you think about the HTC Desire 12 lineup.

Uber’s self-driving vehicle causes first known fatality for the industry

We’ve long been warned about letting AI get on the road for a Sunday drive instead of you getting behind the wheel yourself. Things don’t always go right, even if AI has the potential to be more safe and reliable than humans.

But it wasn’t a real concern after millions and millions of test miles… until Uber’s testing program reached its final mile in Tempe, Arizona after inadvertently striking a pedestrian and causing her death.

The accident is said to have occurred while a human director was behind the wheel. At this time, it’s believed the human did not do anything to cause the accident.

Uber’s initial response has been to suspend testing in all cities they’re currently deployed, including Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto. And to our relief, they’re being pretty transparent about the whole thing and playing along quite nicely with city officials who are tasked with figuring this mess out.

It’s tough to say what’s going to happen from here. Obviously, lawmakers and regulators will look to reevaluate their current stances on autonomous vehicles and whether such technology is fit for the road. There are bound to be those out there keen on treating this like a rabid dog that needs to be put to rest, but let’s also not forget that cars were hitting people long before computers made them do it, and far more frequently.

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Google Play Instant games now available, lets you try games without even installing them

Almost 2 years since Google originally announced the feature back during Google I/O 2016, “Google Play Instant” is now rolling out for games inside the Play Store app. Announced at Game Developers Conference 2018, the feature lets you tap to play games instantly on your phone — no download necessary.

It’s a great way to sample a game without committing to a full download, saving data, storage space, and time should you happen to not like a title very much. We’ve already seen this with specific apps in the Play Store, but today marks the first time it’s finally ready for game titles as well.

To get started, all you have to do is keep an eye out for games with the “Try Now” button. Tapping it will immediately launch the game (after a brief loading screen). To help make Instant games easier to find, Google has grouped many of them under the Instant Gameplay section of the Google Play Store’s new Arcade tab. There’s only a few at the moment, but expect the list to expand as more developers jump on board.

Google Play Instant Games Collection