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Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro looks like one of the best phones you probably can’t buy

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Huawei today unveiled its latest flagships, the Mate 40 Pro and Pro+. The phones pack a massive ring-shaped camera array with multiple lenses, and their Kirin 9000 processor makes them just the second family of smartphones to use a 5-nanometer process, after Apple’s iPhone 12 family.

The circular camera array lends the phone a unique aesthetic that doesn’t look like anything else out there. On the rear, anyway — on the front, the Pro+ features a 6.8-inch display, while the regular pro has a 6.5-inch one, both capable of 90Hz refresh rates.

Processor aside, the phone’s promise high performance with 8 GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD on the Pro; the Pro+ gets 12 GB of RAM. Both are capable of 66W charging — up to 50W wirelessly — allowing you to top up the 4,400 mAh battery quickly (curiously, both phones have the same battery size).

The camera specs are, in typical Huawei fashion, beastly. The Pro+ has a 50-megapixel primary camera, a 20-megapixel ultrawide, a 12-megapixel 3x telephoto, and an 8-megapixel periscope camera with a 10x optical zoom. The last sensor is a time-of-flight camera meant to capture depth.

The regular Pro has nearly the same specs, but the periscope camera is only a 5x zoom, and there’s no ToF camera on the rear. Both cameras do have one on the front, however, which helps provide a depth effect to selfies.

It must suck to be a Huawei fan right now, at least in much of the western world. Though I don’t want to downplay national security concerns, tech fans have been missing out on hardware from one of the only companies that can go head to head with Apple and Samsung. The lack of Google apps makes it hard to get the most out of Android, although Huawei continues to build its own ecosystem, this time adding its own Petal Search and Maps.

If you’re somewhere you can buy the Mate 40 Pro and the lack of Google apps doesn’t phase you, the smaller model will retail for €1,199 while the Pro+ will cost €1,399.

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Published October 23, 2020 — 01:11 UTC

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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