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You'll be able to wirelessly charge Huawei's new earbuds with a Mate 20

We're expecting Huawei to unveil the premium Mate 20 phones in a few weeks after showing off the Mate 20 Lite during IFA. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will reportedly have a cool bonus if you also buy the upcoming Freebuds 2 Pro true wireless earbuds. Just set the earbuds on your phone, and they'll charge up.

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Huawei is reviving smartphone leather backs with stitching

One day bootleg pants are all the rage, the next it's considered a faux-pas to wear one and everyone moves to skinny leg pants. A couple of years later, bootleg pants are back in style and you feel like you understand nothing about nothing because you just threw yours in the trash. Just like clothing fashion, smartphone design goes through cycles. A few years ago, the Note 3 started the trend of using faux-leather with stitching on the back and so followed the Note 3 Neo, Note 4, and Note Edge. Not to be outdone by it, LG carried on the torch with the LG G4 and its middle stripe stitch, but the style pretty much died with it.

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Android Oreo now rolling out to Honor 8 users in India — who's next?

Honor 8 users are on a bit of an emotional roller coaster when it comes to getting Android 8 Oreo. In January, they were told that the 2016 device would not receive Android Oreo at all, even though the Honor 8 Lite and Honor 8 Pro were getting the new OS version, due to "hardware and software limitations." That didn't really sit well with anyone, though, and a few months later the Honor 8 Android Oreo beta arrived in China, before rolling out to the public in July, alongside builds for a variety of other Honor and Huawei devices. Now, the Oreo update has finally arrived for users in India.

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[Update: Huawei statement] UL Benchmarks delists several Huawei and Honor devices for cheating on 3DMark test

We always say that benchmarks don't matter as much as the overall experience of using a phone, but they do still matter enough that device makers sometimes put a thumb on the scale to improve scores. A recent report from Anandtech accused Huawei of configuring phones to produce artificially high benchmarks. Now, the maker of 3DMark has banned several Huawei devices in response.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Watch 2 Sport is just $173 ($56 off) with our exclusive coupon at Daily Steals

We're expecting a new crop of Wear OS smartwatches to start streaming out in a couple of months with a new Qualcomm smartwatch chipset, but those are bound to be pretty expensive. So if you want a feature-filled Wear OS watch and you want it now, we've got an enticing deal for you: a Huawei Watch 2 Sport for $172.99 from Daily Steals with our exclusive coupon code.

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite is official, available September 5

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite was leaked in graphic detail earlier this month, exposing a big battery, four cameras, and a notched display. Huawei officially unveiled the device today, confirming many of the previously rumored details — plus a buzzy and entirely unsurprising focus on AI.

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Huawei introduces the 7nm Kirin 980 SoC, promising big boosts to performance and AI

At IFA, Huawei announced its new flagship system-on-chip, the Kirin 980. Following in the footsteps of its fantastic predecessor, the 980 is the first commerical 7nm SoC, meaning that Huawei beat Qualcomm to the punch. It uses a combination of modified Cortex-A76 and A55 cores, a new Mali-G76 GPU, and a dual Neural Processing Unit (NPU).

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Huawei announces four striking new P20 and P20 Pro colors, including two leather options

Huawei's P20 is known for being available in some refreshingly funky color schemes. It launched in a few different colors, including the eye-catching Twilight variant, which has a color-changing finish that shifts from blue to purple to green depending on the lighting. Now, the P20 is getting four new non-traditional finishes: two more iridescent models, and two sporting leather.

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Honor Play, Huawei's gaming phone, comes to Europe and the rest of Asia

A couple of months ago, Huawei's sub-brand Honor announced the Play for China. Equipped with a Kirin 970 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM, it also featured Huawei's new GPU Turbo technology. Originally thought to be exclusive to China, Honor has subverted our expectations and is releasing the Play to Europe and the rest of Asia with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, starting at €329.

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Huawei moves ahead of Apple in Europe as shipments skyrocket

Much has been made of Huawei's troubles in the US market over the last year. Its AT&T launch was torpedoed by the US government, and intelligence officials have regularly warned against using Huawei (and ZTE) devices. Over in Europe, there isn't the same sort of paranoia. Huawei has continued growing at an astounding rate, surpassing Apple in the second quarter of 2018.

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