Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080: should you upgrade?

After months and months of waiting, it’s finally here. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 has been announced at Gamescom 2018, and it promises a huge jump in performance over the previous generation. However, is that jump in performance worth the price to upgrade? 

Well, let’s figure this out, together.

The RTX 2080 rocks 2,944 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, which is a huge jump over the GTX 1080’s 2560 CUDA cores, 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang insisted that this will mean a monumental increase over 2016’s model.

So, for anyone who is currently rocking a GTX 1080 in their build, the value is a bit dubious – unless you absolutely need the best performance available, and we couldn’t blame you for that. The true value, though, is going to be for anyone who skipped the 10-series and is still rocking either a GTX 970 or 980 (or even older). If you’re looking for a way to break into 4K gaming, now’s the time to take the high-resolution dive.

Price to performance

The new GeForce cards are, well, expensive – it can’t be denied. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will set you back $1,199 (£1,099, AU$1,899). That’s a lot of money to spend on a card, but that’s not what we would recommend for most people. 

The RTX 2070 and 2080 are going to be the sweet spot for most people, costing $599 (£569, AU$899) and $799 (£749, AU$1,199), respectively. These cards will theoretically be able to handle 4K/60FPS gaming without breaking a sweat, as they’re specced higher than the GTX 1080 Ti at a lower price point.

What this means is that 4K gaming is absolutely affordable for the first time, and when aftermarket designs start rolling out in the coming months, it’s going to become even more attainable for more people. 

4K or not 4K?

For years, 1080p has been the de facto resolution for most gamers – with a small segment preferring 1,440p displays – and Nvidia Turing might just mark the beginning of the end for that era. Even the RTX 2070 should be able to max out most current games at 4K and still get a silky smooth framerate. But, what if you’re good with sticking with a lower resolution?

Monitors are expensive – especially high-resolution ones, so it can get pretty expensive to upgrade all of your equipment to a higher resolution. These Turing cards, then, might not be worth the investment, as the GTX 10-series will be able to handle 1080p, and even 1,440p,  gaming for a while.

However, if you already have the equipment, or you’re willing to make the jump, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 is going to make a world of difference.

Nvidia RTX

The games we play

Ok, but the 1080 and the 1080 Ti can already play games at 4K, right? Right now, yeah, but only barely. The 1080 Ti is currently able to max out most games at a 4K resolution, but 1080 users have to turn down a few options to hit that 60fps sweet spot. 

So, a lot of the decision is going to have to come down to the games you play. If you play a lot of E-sports or older games like Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or even World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, the huge investment really isn’t going to be worth it – most current graphics cards can max out those games with tons of room to spare. 

Where these new cards are going to shine is in the games that’ll come out over the next few years or so. At its Gamescom presentation, Nvidia showed off how the RTX technology affects the lighting and shadows in upcoming games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Metro: Exodus – it was nothing short of breathtaking.

If you’re the type of gamer that likes to stay on the cutting edge, playing the latest games on the latest technology, then the RTX 20-series is going to be the way to go – we know we can’t wait to see all the latest games running in all of their high-res glory. 

Should I buy it?

At the end of the day, everything boils down to what you want to do with your tech. It’s unlikely that ray tracing, the highlight feature of the new cards, is going to be a huge part of the games that come out for the rest of 2018 and probably most of 2019. However, the RTX 2080 and the rest of the Turing family are going to be a massively important improvement over current-generation graphics cards and could herald a revolution for PC gaming. 

However, it’s too early to tell. 

Right now, our advice is to take a look at your current equipment, your budget and what you want to do with your computer. If you’re just going to be playing lightweight games at 1080p, or if you already have a GTX 1080, it’s probably not going to be worth the upgrade right at this moment. 

However, if you’ve been sitting on a Maxwell (or older) GPU, biding your time and waiting to upgrade, it’s hard to think of a better time to make the jump. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang made a huge deal about the RTX 2080 Ti being 10 times more powerful than the GTX 1080 Ti – imagine how much more powerful it is than a GTX 980 or 970. 

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Mac Mini ‘Pro’ reportedly launching with new MacBook Air 2018

Apple is prepping the long-awaited return of the Mac Mini and MacBook Air, giving both computers their first major refresh in several years, according to a new report today.

The ‘Mac Mini Pro’ could easily be the new name of the Mac Mini 2018 described by Bloomberg citing anonymous sources. Expectations are for new storage and processor options, a first for the Mac Mini since October 2014.

This may not be a routine update. Apple is said to be focusing on pro users, with the report specifically mentioning how the Mac Mini has been popular among app developers, those running home media centers, and server farm managers.

The company still sells the four-year-old Mac Mini for $499 (£479, AU$749) without a keyboard, mouse, or screen. That has made the small desktop computer affordable, even with powerful internal specs (at the time of the computer’s launch).

Of course, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the cutting-edge Mac Mini Pro is said to be more expensive than the version that’s on sale right now.

MacBook Air time

Apple’s MacBook Air 2018, on the other hand, is targeting computer shoppers who are looking for an entry-level Mac deal. The rumors on this laptop has been consistent for months – Apple just needs to launch it.

It’s said to have a 13-inch screen with thinner bezels and a much-needed high resolution display, according to Bloomberg. The current MacBook Air (which has merely been getting year-to-year specs bumps) is the last Apple laptop without a ‘Retina’ display and with limited (very distracting) viewing angles.

The real selling point here is almost certainly going to the price. The MacBook Air 2017 currently costs $999 (£949, AU$1,499) but the design is rather dates. The superior 12-inch MacBook starts at $1,299 (£1,249, AU$1,899). The latter is a hard sell to schools and users looking for laptops on a budget.

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When will they launch?

Today’s report notes that the MacBook Mini Pro and MacBook Air 2018 could launch in October, which is typically when Apple reveals its new iPad or computer lineup.

Apple is also expected to hold a press conference to launch the iPhone 9 and iPhone 11 in early September, theorized to be September 12. We could see the new Mac computers then, or discover maybe hints of them.

iOS 12 is expected at the early September launch event, while MacOS 10.4 Mojave could be the big software highlight for an October event.

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The best cheap TV deals in August 2018 – 4K TVs for less

If you’re in search of a 4K TV deal, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve thoroughly searched the internet to find the best TV prices to share with you, our readers. So whether you’re looking for an extra large 4K TV to serve as the focal point of your home theater system, a modestly sized set for the bedroom or kitchen, or an entry level TV for the kids, you’re sure to find something that meets your specifications and budget.

You will find all of our carefully selected deals below. We’ve divided them into different size categories immediately after our pick for the best cheap TV deal of the week. Highlights this week include a 49-inch Smart TV for only $210 and and a selection of brand name TVs bundled with gift cards. Towards the bottom of the page, you’ll also find our favorite HDTV (non-4K model), although these days you really don’t have to pay much more to get a ultra HD set instead. If you’re after the hottest tech in TV though, you may want to take a look at the cheapest OLED TV prices.

Whether you want a small TV with a price tag to match or features like HDR and IPS, we’ve found plenty of options. Read on to find the TV you want at a great price!

Seiki 49UK700N

TechRadar’s cheap 4K TV deal of the week

Seiki 49UK700N 49-inch 4K Smart TV | Now $209.99 | Walmart
What would be an amazing price for any 4K TV is a truly astounding price for a 4K Smart TV of this size. For just over $200, you get Smart TV capabilities and three HDMI and two USB inputs. Even better, this price is nearly half off. 

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Not found the right cheap TV for you today? Or maybe you’d prefer to directly browse the TVs at your favourite retailers instead of our highlights of the best cheap TV deals? We’re updating this page on a regular basis, so you may have better look another day. If you want to take a look for yourself now though, here are the direct links to a the full collection of TV deals at multiple stores. 

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Vizio D40F-E1

The best cheap HD TV deal

Vizio D40F-E1 40-inch 1080p Smart HDTV | Now $229.99 | Walmart
We realize that not everyone may need or want a 4K TV, and a 1080p TV is still more than capable than delivering an astounding picture. This TV is only $230, making it very easy on your wallet, and it comes with built-in Smart TV capabilities!

Amazon wants to turn Homebase stores into new UK warehouses

Amazon is set to expand its UK property empire by snapping up a number of Homebase stores. 

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the online retail giant is looking to acquire Homebase stores around the UK as it looks to extend its network of warehouses.

Homebase is currently undergoing a major overhaul that includes offloading 42 of its 241 UK stores as part of a company voluntary agreement (CVA) adopted by the chain’s new owners Hilco.

The company is looking to close stores in order to cut costs after being acquired for £1 earlier this year, with up to 70 more stores potentially at risk.

Amazon UK deliveries

If completed, the Homebase sites, many of which are situated in urban locations in major towns and cities, could become “last mile” warehouses, allowing for quicker delivery times for items ordered from the site.

This could include superfast one-hour delivery times in areas such as Central London, with much of its stock currently stored in warehouses outside of cities.

The news comes shortly after it was claimed Amazon was looking to move into financial services as it looks to further its operations in new areas.

The move could lead to Amazon setting up a price comparison site where consumers could match offers on a variety of services such as home or car insurance.

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Government superfast broadband projects give £9bn business boost

Businesses covered by government-assisted superfast broadband rollouts have seen a combined £9 billion increase in turnover, according to new findings.

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) and other programmes saw central government, local authorities and telcos (most notably BT) roll out fibre to areas that were not considered to be commercially viable, an independent report found.

Other findings include a £690 million net increase in ‘Gross Value Added’ to the UK economy during the period between 2012 and 2016, the creation of 49,0000 local jobs and £12.26 of benefit for businesses for every £1 spent by government.

Government broadband

The report also said there is “strong evidence” that government projects have encouraged the telco industry to expand the scope of their own deployments.

More than 27 million homes and businesses are now covered by superfast broadband, equivalent to 95 per cent of the UK population. In areas where the government has intervened, adoption rates are as high as 45 per cent.

“Our rollout of superfast broadband across the UK has been the most challenging infrastructure project in a generation but is one of our greatest successes,” said digital minister Margot James. “We are reaching thousands more homes and businesses every week, that can now reap the clear and tangible benefits that superfast broadband provides. We are helping to ensure the downfall of the digital divide.

There are plans to increase this 98 per cent using alternative technologies like fixed wireless access (FWA) and satellite. This will be partly be funded by money returned by BT and other telcos for projects in which adoption rates exceed the original business case, a figure which is now as high as £500 million.

BDUK has been criticised for the amount off money handed to BT, which some claimed amounted to a state subsidy, and for the use of Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology rather than full fibre.

However BT itself has now committed to a ‘fibre first strategy’, while the government wants to bring fibre to the premise (FTTP) technology to the entire of the UK by 2033, at which point it will consider switching off the UK’s copper infrastructure.

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Nvidia Gamescom 2018 press conference live blog: will we see the GeForce RTX 2080?

Nvidia is gearing up for its Gamescom 2018 press conference, where it is highly likely the graphics card maker will unveil its next generation of graphics cards, including the GeForce RTX 2080.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, there have been a number of rumors suggesting that we will also see an even more powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at the event as well.

The event itself will be held in Cologne, Germany, just before Gamescom 2018 properly starts. It all kicks off at 18:00 CEST (12:00 EDT/09:00 PST/17:00 BST/02:00 Tuesday August 21 AEST).

We’ll be right there reporting live from the event, and we’ll keep this blog updated with the latest breaking news from Nvidia’s conference. If you want to watch the conference live, head over to our guide on how to watch Nvidia’s Gamescom 2018 press conference.

Nvidia Gamescom 2018 press conference live blog

All times in Central European Summer Time (CEST)

13:00 – Cologne was looking stunning this morning as we took a stroll waiting for Nvidia’s event to start. We should get to the venue by about 16:00 local time.

12:05 – Nvidia has been steadily building the hype for this event (see the tweet above), so we’re expecting some seriously exciting announcements in just under six hours!

We’ll be heading to the venue soon, where we’re sure hype levels for the Nvidia’s upcoming reveals will reach fever pitch.

How to watch WWE SummerSlam 2018: live stream the PPV from anywhere

WWE is pulling out all the stops for its biggest event of the summer with a loaded match card and seven hours of action. And there are plenty of ways to live stream SummerSlam 2018.

WWE SummerSlam 2018 will feature all of your favorite wrestlers including Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey who will both be returning to the ring after sitting out WWE Extreme Rules.

Samoa Joe is challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns is going up against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship and Ronda Rousey is set to take on Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship. 

Additionally Japan’s Shinsuke Nakamura will meet Jeff Hardy in the ring to see who will win the US Championship while Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Carmella will face off for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship.

If you’re a die-hard wrestling fan or just interested in seeing some of the top names in sports entertainment meet in the ring, then WWE SummerSlam will be an absolute must watch. Luckily for you, we’ll show you how to live stream the entire event with our guide to watch WWE from anywhere in the world.

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Live stream WWE SummerSlam from anywhere in the world

Live stream on the WWE Network

How to watch SummerSlam 2018: USA stream

Stick to the WWE network

If you’re watching from the United States, then subscribing to the WWE network is your best bet as it is the most cost effective way to watch. Other pay-per-view providers including Spectrum, Dish Network and Xfinity are showing SummerSlam 2018 but they cost upwards of $40 each. 

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Canada stream

It’s the WWE Network again

As is the case in the WWE’s home country, the WWE Network is also the cheapest, most convenient place to watch SummerSlam 2018 in Canada. However, you could choose to go with Bell, Shaw PPV or SaksTel PPV but expect to pay similar prices to PPV providers in the US. 

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: UK stream

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Australia stream

How to watch Extreme Rules 2018: Japan stream

The WWE Network is available in Japan

Japanese fans eager to watch Nakamura take on Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship can catch all the action live on the WWE Network. SummerSlam 2018 will start at 8am on Monday morning in Japan. Alternatively, DMM.com, J:Com and Sukachan are all listed as offering PPV options. 

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Meet the new Rainbow Six Siege operators coming in Operation Grim Sky

Another season of Rainbow Six Siege is right around the corner, and of course that means another pair of operators to add to the sizeable group of playable characters. After the two most recent operations offering up two operators on the same side, we are back to having one of each, with Operation Grim Sky bringing one new attacking operator from the US and one new defensive operator from the UK. 

Clash and Maverick are the 41st and 42nd operators in Rainbow Six siege, but both of them bring something completely new to the table. Clash is the first defensive operator to wield a shield, while Maverick is a hard breacher who isn’t focused on creating new pathways. Of course both are much deeper than that, and will certainly take a good bit of getting used to. 

However, we did get the chance to go hands on with these new operators, which will launch next month as part of Operation Grim Sky, at the Six Major Paris where the best Rainbow Six teams in the world competed for a share of $350,000. 

Clash

Electrified full-body riot shields might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the Metropolitan Police Service, but that is exactly what new operator Clash brings to the table. After being a member of the Met and becoming an expert on mob behavior and snatch-squad tactics Clash has now transferred over to team Rainbow, bringing her massive shield with her. 

Unlike other shields in Siege, which are all on attacking operators while Clash is a defensive option, this shield easily covers her entire body height all the time, meaning pretty much every single shot coming from in front of her will be blocked by this massive shield. However, like all shield operators, she has no protection on her back, so if you can flank a Clash you have an easy kill on your hands. 

Of course holding a shield this big requires two hands, and while Clash can bring a secondary weapon with her, 95% of the time you will just be holding your shield, and unable to shoot any bullets at your foes. Instead the shield is equipped with what are basically a couple of tasers. These short range electric shocks can be fired pretty rapidly, and will slow down any opponents hit by them, and do a small amount of damage. 

This effectively means that Clash’s most suited role is crowd control and being a pretty good distraction. If she can get in front of a couple of operators, while a teammate gets a better angle on them then you are sure to get a couple of easy kills.  On the Hereford base reworked map, where we got to play Clash, we found that putting clash on a staircase, while another teammate flanked via the new second staircase worked wonders, as players would be so preoccupied with shooting Clash’s shield they would forget to check for the flank behind them. 

Clash is certainly great fun to play, but once you start to come up against high skill players she seems to become a little less effective. Obviously the best way to deal with her is to get behind her, and while less experienced players might be okay with unloading an entire mag into her shield a more experienced player will simply get behind her. She is great fun to play when you are absorbing a ton of bullets and baiting players in, but we expect high level players to figure her out very quickly. 

Maverick

While Clash is all about distracting opponents, Maverick is a hard breacher who is quite good at remaining unnoticed. Unlike most other hard breachers, Maverick can use his high powered blowtorch to create small holes in surfaces, including reinforced walls. By doing this he can create tiny lines of sight that are hard to notice for any defenders, but can be perfect holes to shoot a few bullets through and get a free kill if someone walks past. 

It will of course take a while to figure out the best places to create these smaller holes to get easy kills on spots where defenders like to sit, but even with just a few rounds to play with Maverick it became clear how strong this power can be.  

In one round, again on the new Hertford base, there was one defender sat in a room with a Castle barricade on one door, making the other door a clear risk for the one remaining attacker, a Maverick. The Maverick assumed that the defender would be watching the other door, so created a tiny hole in a wall, that gave him a perfect angle onto the defender. A couple of shots later and the round was won and the defender had no idea where the shots had come from, thanks to the Suri Torch being almost silent when burning through wall. 

Of course Maverick can also use his torch to create a path through walls, even reinforced ones for his team to run through, but this is a pretty inefficient use of time and resources if you have any other kind of hard breacher on your team. Creating new lines of sight and creating tiny kill holes certainly seem to be the best use of his gadget. 

The changes to hatches, with them now being partially destructible instead of just totally disappearing when they take enough damage, also means that you can create great lines of sight from above with clear vision. Maverick’s blow torch can burn through floors to do this, just like a grenade can, but you will often have a ton of support beams blocking your view, and more importantly shots. But partially destroying a hatch means you have a totally clear line of sight to shoot down through. 

Maverick seems to be much more useful than Clash when it comes to higher level play, he is an operator everyone will be able to use well, regardless of skill and will always be useful as a breacher. However he would probably be an unlikely choice to bring as your only hard breacher, so where he will end up fitting into the meta remains to be seen. 

Rainbow Six Siege’s Operation Grim Sky is due for release in September.

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Valve mistakenly previews its upcoming Steam.tv streaming service

It looks like Valve is planning upgraded livestreaming capabilities for Steam, after a new service at the Steam.tv domain briefly went live over the weekend. Before it got pulled, the feed was showing a livestream of Dota 2 at the Valve’s esports tournament for the game, The International 2018.

Valve later admitted to CNET that the feed went live earlier than it was supposed to: “We are working on updating Steam Broadcasting for the Main Event of The International, Dota 2’s annual tournament,” a representative said. “What people saw was a test feed that was inadvertently made public.”

CNET and other outlets briefly had chance to play around with the new Steam.tv service, and it comes across as a more mature and powerful version of the rather limited Steam Broadcasting platform that already exists. In other words, Valve might be planning to take on Twitch and YouTube Gaming more directly.

Come back next week

The feed was only available in the web and didn’t work in the Steam desktop application, those who saw it confirmed. There was the option to create live chats and video chats alongside broadcasts, though the only content being streamed before the site went dark again was of Dota 2.

That rather brief statement from Valve confirms that something is on the way, but just how advanced it ends up being remains to be seen. The Main Event starts on Monday August 21 (tomorrow), with the final on Saturday August 25, so something should go live soon.

Valve and Steam have a big enough presence to take on the likes of Amazon (which owns Twitch) and YouTube, and gaming streams and esports continue to grow rapidly in popularity (and money-making potential): Twitch current averages more than a million views on the platform at any one time.

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Android Giants: Samsung Note 9 vs. Huawei P20 Pro, which one should you go for?

The global smartphone industry has become a battle of Android phones, especially now with Huawei becoming the second largest smartphone vendor globally, surpassing Apple. With the competition getting fierce, it’s time to compare Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 9 to the HUAWEI P20 Pro in four areas that drive an end user to buy their new: Camera, chipset, design and, ultimately, value for money!

Superior Camera

We took the camera out for a few fun test shots, both during the day and night and found that even though launched in March, the HUAWEI P20 Pro, is still the best smart camera phone on the market.

Equipped with Leica Triple Camera, HUAWEI P20 Pro has a leading rear camera system comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens. Compared to the Note9’s 12+12MP dual lens camera, HUAWEI P20 Pro supports a higher resolution in both its primary and secondary sensors, and on top of that, it also has a third sensor with a dedicated telephoto lens.

In the simplest terms, the images shot on a camera with a higher resolution are clearer and more detailed, whilst a low-resolution camera is only capable of producing images that are comparatively blurrier and noisier. However, there are several more factors that impact image quality– for instance, the sizes of the sensor and photosites (pixels on the sensor).

With AI being the recent game changer in camera specs in smartphones, it is safe to say that Huawei was the first to launch the AI powered camera feature last year in its flagship device HUAWEI Mate 10 series, which offered Real-Time Scene and Object Recognition. This basically meant that the camera settings were automatically set based on the object and scene, where actually the phone recognizes the object and scene and adjusts the camera setting automatically to capture a clear and sharp picture.

This feature was further developed and improved upon with the launch of their HUAWEI P20 Pro that comes equipped with a triple 40 MP AI camera. In all fairness, one of the most unmatchable features of HUAWEI P20 Pro is its low light photography capability, which is equipped with state-of-the-art AI Image Stabilization. Phone users are be able to capture incredible blur-free, handheld shots in low-light using Night Mode, without the need for a tripod. The HUAWEI P20 Pros night mode also balances high-contrast scenes for effortlessly clear, light-balanced snaps in any setting. In fact, HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Night Mode feature can sometimes capture scenes that even the naked eye cannot see.

Besides HUAWEI P20 Pro’s edge in sensor specifications, HUAWEI’s current top-of-the-line flagship also supports 3x optical zoom, allowing the HUAWEI P20 Pro to zoom farther than the Note9, which only can manage 2x optical zoom. Also, though both devices support 10x digital zoom, HUAWEI P20 Pro also supports 5x hybrid zoom, which leverages its on-device AI capabilities to combine both optical and digital data to minimize quality loss while zooming.

AI is the future and the P20 Pro is designed for it

CPUs are poorly optimized to execute AI tasks. Without the support of a dedicated AI processor, they struggle in areas such as image recognition.The Huawei P20 Pro comes built-in with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) inside the Kirin 970 that is optimized for AI tasks. The EMEA models of the Galaxy Note 9 are powered by the Exynos 9810 processor which lacks a a discrete processor for AI tasks.

Without the support of a dedicated AI processor, the EMEA model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will likely provide a subpar user experience compared to the HUAWEI P20 Pro. Another score for HUAWEI P20 Pro with its AI enabled Kirin 970 chipset.

Beauty beyond Compare

We chose phones that are trendy and stand out from the crowd. Over the years, phones have become a fashion statement that is an extension of ourselves. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be launched in three colors in the Middle East: Lavender Purple, Ocean Blue and Midnight Black. However, their visual impact pales in comparison with HUAWEI P20 Pro’s Twilight color. Whereas all Note9 variants have a singular color, some also with a metallic finish, HUAWEI P20 Pro is available in an iridescent gradient color.

Drawing inspiration from the Northern Lights, Huawei created the unique Twilight purple-to-blue gradient color using the NCVM process, a lengthy industrial process that involves high costs and low yields, but produces a unique look that makes the HUAWEI P20 Pro instantly stand out from amongst others.

Huawei’s designers deliberately aligned the camera module in a way so that when a user holds the device horizontally, the look of the device resemble that of a compact camera. This is an exemplification of how Huawei speaks through design—just from looking at the device, a user can tell that it’s made for photography. On the other hand, Note9’s design showcases Samsung’s clear lack of attention to detail. The primary rear camera on the Note9 is slightly, though noticeably off from the center 

Yet again, HAUWEI P20 Pro’s gradient colours and camera + key placement, makes it a user-friendly and ‘haute’ phone to own and hold.

Better Value

Lastly, which works better for your pocket and gives you the best value for your money?

Launched in March 2018, the HUAWEI P20 Pro comes with a trove of innovations and features that competitor devices have only recently caught up to. For instance, when Samsung put a 3300mAh into its Note8 and a 3500mAh battery into the S9+, Huawei designed the HUAWEI P20 Pro with a massive 4000mAh battery. Following in Huawei’s footsteps, Samsung included a 4000mAh battery in the latest Note9. 

But that wasn’t the only feature that Huawei introduced first. One of the features that Samsung highlighted during its Unpacked event was the Samsung DeX desktop mode without the need of a dedicated dock. Huawei has the same feature on the HUAWEI P20 Pro under the name “Easy Projection”, for over five months now. Perhaps most importantly, Huawei is offering these premium features at a very competitive price today—while Samsung still needs another few weeks before they can put their costly new flagship into the hands of consumers.