CIA, FBI, NSA say you shouldn't buy the Huawei P20 Pro. Would you?

Early this year, Huawei was so, so close to an actual deal with a US carrier. The Mate 10 was supposed to be compatible with and sold through AT&T. But, alas, politics got in the way. The NSA, FBI, and CIA all say US citizens should tread carefully when using the China-made smartphones and managed to pressure AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile enough for the carriers to back away.

This means that, unfortunately, the shiny new P20 Pro will also not be making it to the carriers’ store shelves. It also doesn’t support a whole lot of LTE bands, so importing one might not be a great idea right …


Huawei is working on giving its virtual assistant the ability to read a user's emotions

Siri, Cortana, Alexa and Google Assistant are virtual personal assistants that will relay information and handle tasks in a robotic sort of way. Emotions are left out of these digital helpers’ responses, which are the same regardless of the current emotional state of the user. Now, the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer says that it is working on software that will use AI to help its own virtual personal assistant interact with users on an emotional level. The company released a virtual assistant in China back in 2013 that is used daily by 110 million people, and hopes to enhance it …

The Huawei P20 Pro just won a big photography award

Huawei’s P20 Pro has been given a photography award by the Technical Image Press Association, also known as TIPA. Huawei certainly raised eyebrows with the launch of its latest triple camera-boasting flagship which immediately dethroned the Galaxy S9+ upon launch to take the crown of best smartphone camera according to DxOMark. Now, continuing to impress, the P20 Pro’s camera has once again been honored, this time with the 2018 Best Photo Smartphone award by TIPA.

Winning the award is a huge achievement for Huawei. After all, TIPA is a non-profit organization that partners up …

Blind camera comparison: Huawei P20 Pro vs iPhone X, Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2 XL

It is big, it is shiny, it is powerful, and it has over 90 megapixels at its disposal. That’s the Huawei P20 Pro in a nutshell, an we’ve been playing with it for the past week or so, evaluating every single one of its features as part of our in-depth review. Spoiler alert: it’s pretty good!
But what about that fancy triple camera on its back? Is the Huawei P20 Pro as capable of a shooter as its maker says? And no less importantly, is it a match for today’s top performers in the field? Well, maybe you can help us find out.
Yup, it is time for …

Huawei P20 & P20 Pro Review


Chinese company Huawei has been on a streak in the past few years by selling millions of phones and quickly growing to become the world’s third-largest phone maker, behind Apple and Samsung.

The company planned a loud US debut in early 2018 and was on the verge of launching its flagship phones on AT&T and Verizon Wireless, but lawmakers intervened and the deal fell apart in the last minute. The reason? US politicians say Huawei is “effectively an arm of the Chinese government” and the heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA have recommended people not to use Huawei phones. Huawei, on the other …

Huawei considered the display notch years before the iPhone X

Huawei has been considering the idea of display notches for a number of years. The Chinese company’s most recent flagship lineup features display notches front and center. Speaking at the Huawei Analyst Summit, though, the company’s mobile chief Li Changzhu revealed the company has, in fact, been debating the controversial notches for many years.
According to the executive, Huawei first looked into expanding the smartphone display area “three to four” years before the recent Huawei P20 launch. After debating the new design format for some time, however, the company ultimately …

Kirin processors will remain exclusive to both Huawei & Honor smartphones

Huawei’s Kirin processors will remain exclusive to the company’s devices. It has previously been reported that the Chinese company would begin expanding its processors across the globe via partnerships with other smartphone manufacturers in a bid to take on Samsung. Speaking at the Huawei Global Analyst Conference, however, the company has denied these reports, confirming it currently has no plans to open up its processors to other brands.

Currently, Huawei’s own processors give it a huge advantage when it comes to optimizing its smartphones. After all, the company can not only specially …

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro unboxing and first look

The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have finally arrived in our office and while we are already drooling over that 40-megapixel camera, it’s time to first unbox the pair and see what these new phones are really all about.
Here is what is inside the box:
PhoneHuawei fast wall chargerUSB-C to USB-A cableUSB-C to 3.5mm audio adapterSim ejector toolWhite Earbuds with in-line micUser Manual
The nice thing is that both phones come with a pre-applied plastic screen protector that ensures that …

Huawei P20 Pro vs Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy S9+ vs iPhone X: low-light camera shoot-out

Being what my colleagues would describe as a “photography aficionado” (a.k.a annoying camera geek), and someone who loved the 20MP monochrome cameras on the Huawei P9 and the P10, I was excited to learn that the Huawei P20 Pro will feature three cameras and a massive (for today’s smartphone standards) 1/1.7-inch sensor for better low-light performance. Not to mention the f/1.8 aperture, which albeit not the lowest f-stop number we’ve seen on a smartphone, is actually capable of capturing quite a bit more light than the competition, thanks to the increased surface area of the sensor.

So, …

After laying off five U.S. employees, is Huawei giving up on grabbing a strong stateside presence?

Even though the U.S. government has already warned Americans that Huawei devices could be spying on them and U.S. corporations, the company recently said that it wasn’t giving up on the states. With the firm’s ambitious goal to top Samsung and Apple to become the globe’s largest smartphone manufacturer, it probably is important for Huawei to grab a toehold in the U.S. via one of the major U.S. carriers.

To that end, Verizon and AT&T were supposed to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro earlier this year, but both pulled out at the last minute. There is speculation that both wireless operators …