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Huawei MatePad 10.4 Review – The best affordable Android tablet (even without Google) – Currently just £199.99

The MatePad is the latest mid-range tablet from Huawei, providing a more wallet-friendly experience to the MatePad Pro which costs almost double. Similar to other recent Huawei releases, this no longer features any services by Google. Instead, you rely on Huawei Mobile Services. While I have found this can be problematic at times on a phone, I feel it is less so here. Due to a lack of competition, this is also likely your best bet for a tablet around £250. I have reviewed this based on the RRP of £229.99 but as I post this, it is just...

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Huawei P40 Lite 5G Review – An Impressive affordable 5G phone, if you can live without Google

This year Huawei has expanded their P series line up to include five different phones. I have already reviewed the Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus, and now the P40 Lite 5G. This sits one rung up the ladder with the standard 4G P40 Lite being the most affordable option. There is quite a lot separating these two phones, beyond the added 5G connectivity with very few of the specs shared. With the mid-range 5G market getting increasingly competitive in recent weeks, does the Huawei P40 Lite 5G offer enough to stand out from the pack? Sale 1,348...

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Huawei P40 Pro+ Review – Huawei is still at the forefront of camera technology

Following up from my Huawei P40 Pro review, I have been lucky enough to try out the new top of the range offering in the series, the Huawei P40 Pro+. The new phone follows suit from other brands such as Samsung and Oppo by introducing a new, incredibly high priced option for tech enthusiast that want the best of the best and as a way for companies to show off their technological achievements. With this phone being identical to the P40 Pro in many aspects, I won't go extensively into some aspects, to avoid repeating myself. Things like benchmarks...

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Huawei incentives more developers to use Huawei Mobile Services with competition to win to $20,000 USD

The long term success of Huawei phones is going to be dependant on them making Huawei Mobile Services a viable alternative to Google Play Store. At the moment, it is OK, and getting better, but has a long way to go. Instead, you need to sideload app or going through a frustrating process of installing Google Play Store. Apps from HMS work exactly like the Google experience, everything is auto-updated and there is some element of security (compared to sideloading). Currently Petal Search is the best way to find new apps. The latest attempt to persuade developers to use...

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Huawei EMUI 10.1 Update Schedule for P30 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 30, Honor 20 series and many more

Huawei is one of the better companies out there for updating their phones. Consistently and pushing regular security updates out for many of their phones and issuing major software releases for phones well beyond what some other brands offer (i.e. Motorolla Edge and the initial commitment to one major update). Before anyone asks, devices that were released with Google Play, will continue to have it. Devices such as the Mate 30 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro which launched without Google but with Huawei Mobile Services will continue to have the same functionality. Huawei today announced the global release schedule...

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Huawei MateBook 13 now available with AMD Ryzen 5 3500U for £699 – How does it compare vs £899 i5-10210U model

Today, Huawei has introduced a new model to their MateBook 13 series. Previously the two available options used the lates 10th Gen Intel chips with the options being i5-10210U or the i7-10510U. The new model comes at a much lower price point while offering similar CPU performance, but falls a little behind for gaming and editing due to the Intel models having a discrete GPU. With the much more attractive pricing, this looks like a great ultrabook. Huawei MateBook 13 AMD 2020 Specification ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3500UMemory8GBStorage256 or 512 GB PCIe SSDDisplayScreen Size: 13 inchesScreen Type: IPSResolution: 2160 x...

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Huawei WiFi AX3 Pro / Honor Router 3 Review vs Netgear RAX120 – Is Wi-Fi 6+ any better or just marketing BS?

[Update] The Honor Router 3 has officially launched in the UK for £79.99 and is available from hihonor United Kingdom from the 23rd July, with delivery being made in August. Huawei introduced the WiFi AX3 back in February with the launch of the Huawei P40 Pro and made lots of big claims including stating that the router was the most powerful Wi-Fi 6 router in the world and introducing a brand new proprietary Wi-Fi 6+ technology. I was a little critical of the launch comparing the specs and performance claims against the TP-Link Archer AX11000 and Netgear RAX120, both...

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Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 1020 still on schedule with TSMC

Huawei's woes seem to be never-ending at the moment, and this probably won't ease up while President Trump remains in power. It was recently confirmed that the current trade ban against Huawei would be extended for at least one more year. However, things have escalated a bit further than that with the US blocking Huawei's ability to trade with the Taiwanese based TSMC. While a Taiwanese company may not seem like it should get embroiled with this dispute, the technology they use US technology or equipment, which is then not allowed to be used with Huawei. TSMC also has plants...

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Huawei P30 Pro New Edition is just the old edition with a lower RRP but more expensive than the P30 Pro on Amazon

[Update] This is now official. The Huawei P30 Pro New Edition launches in the UK from 3rd June (Silver Frost only), from the Huawei Store and selected operators and retailers (RRP £699).  The Huawei P30 Pro New Edition also comes with a free Huawei Watch GT2e, when purchased up to and including the 30th June 2020 (via redemption, T&C apply). The existing UK model has just 128GB while the New Edition has 256GB storage. I would say the £699 is not worth it vs the £500 you can currently get the older P30 Pro for. However, the Huawei Watch...

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How to fix push notifications on Huawei P40 Pro if you have installed Google Play Services

Since writing my guide on getting Google Play Services on the Huawei P40 Pro, it has been reported by many users that some push notifications don’t work. This is also the case for me, but it is only certain apps. I get notifications for things like Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and a few others, but then no notifications from Ring and some other services. People over at Xda-developers have concluded that the issue is related to apps using GMS for push notifications. Some do, some don’t and the ones that do don’t get push notifications. There have been a few...

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Huawei Freebuds 3i vs Freebuds 3 – Affordable active noise-cancelling earphones with silicon tips

The Huawei Freebuds 3 was a slightly confused pair of earphones offering active noise cancelling but then an open design fit – which is generally the opposite of what you want for noise cancelling. While the design decision was odd, and open fit earphones don't really work in my ears, I did love them, and still use them today. I use them for office work, and when I go for long walks, with some 3rd party silicon ear tops they fit great, and I love the sound quality they produce. New low price Now Huawei has introduced the Freebuds...

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Google Alternatives Guide: Replacement Google apps & services for Huawei phones or anyone interested in privacy

The Huawei P40 Pro is the first major launch in the UK from Huawei with a phone without Google. When I reviewed the phone, there is definitely a learning curve if you want to adapt to a life without Google, you could, of course, still, install Google Mobile Services. The reason Huawei can’t use Google is President Trump is paranoid that China is spying on us all. However, the US has been believed to be doing just the same via the numerous backdoors that keep appearing in Cisco gear. If you are worried about the Chinese reading your emails,...

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