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In this post I’m going to be looking at the Top 10 Smartphones With The Best Camera globally at the moment. These rankings are based on their DXOMARK scores. Before we go into that I sincerely apologize for going MIA.  I have a lot going on in school at the moment, Uniport is pretty stressful.

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That said let’s get into what this post is about. Smartphone cameras have been improving over the years and this year smart phone brands are really pushing their phones to the limit and in a couple of years we might have no need for the DSLR Camera as we know it but who really is the king of smartphone cameras? 

Let’s find out.

Top 10 Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World

10. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

10th on this list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World is one of Xiaomi’s 2018 Flagships the Mi Mix 3 with a DXOMARK score of 103. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 845 chipset, and features camera hardware that is identical to  the Mi 8 and Mi MIX 2S.

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Key camera specifications:

  • Dual camera with wide-angle main and secondary telephoto lenses
  • OIS on the main camera
  • Phase detection autofocus
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 12 MP (wide), f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4-axis OIS
  • 12 MP (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0

9. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in 9th on the list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World with a DXOMARK score of 103. The Note 9 comes with a dual-camera setup, featuring a wide-angle camera with 12MP sensor, f/1.5-2.4 dual-aperture lens, and dual-pixel autofocus. The second camera offers a 12MP sensor with a 2x “telephoto” lens and f/2.4 aperture. Both lenses are optically stabilized.

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Besides being equipped with dual cameras, the Note 9 features AI-assisted camera operation, with the company calling it their most intelligent camera yet. For example, the system can identify key elements in an image and optimize shooting settings and image processing based on one of 20 separate categories.

Video enthusiasts can capture 4K footage at 30/60fps. Other high-end features include a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED (2960×1440) display, AKG-tuned speakers, and depending on region, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or an Exynos 9810 Octa chipset.

Key camera specifications:

  • Dual cameras
  • Primary: 12MP (1/2.55-inch sensor, dual-pixel PDAF, f/1.5-2.4 variable-aperture lens)
  • Secondary: 12 MP (f/2.4 lens, 1/3.6-inch sensor, AF)
  • OIS on both cameras
  • Single LED flash
  • 4K video at 30/60 fps

8. HTC U12 Plus

HTC might be struggling in the mobile sector but they managed to give us one of the best smartphone cameras so far. Coming in 8th in the list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World is the HTC U12+ with a DXOMARK score of 103.

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HTC U12+ comes with a 12Mp sensor and wide-angle (27mm-equivalent) f/1.75 lens with OIS for the primary camera, together with a secondary 16Mp sensor and telephoto (54mm-equivalent) f/2.6 lens for 2x optical zoom. Running Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, there’s plenty of power for imaging tasks, along with a “Pro” photography mode for greater manual control and RAW-format file support.

HTC’s Ultraspeed Autofocus 2 system offers phase detection and laser-assisted autofocus; there’s a bokeh simulation mode for artificially blurring the background in portraits; and a dual-tone LED flash unit. For video enthusiasts, the HTC U12+ can capture movies at 4K resolution up to 60fps.

Key camera specifications:

  • Dual camera setup
  • 12Mp main camera with 1/2.55″ sensor (1.4µm pixel size), f/1.75 lens and OIS
  • 16Mp secondary camera (1.0µm pixel size) with f/2.6 2x telephoto lens
  • Phase detection and laser-assisted autofocus
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 4K video at 60fps

7. Apple iPhone XS Max

Seven they say, is a lucky number and it’s not really surprising to see the Apple iPhone Xs Max comes in 7th in the list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World with a DXOMARK score of 105.

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Although the camera specs on the surface look pretty much identical to the iPhone X. A closer look reveals important changes. For example, the 12MP sensor in the dual-camera setup’s wide-angle module is now larger than before, featuring 1.4 µm pixels compared to 1.22 µm on the iPhone X. But like the previous version, the new lens channels light onto the sensor through a 6-element lens with an f/1.8 aperture, and as before, the 2x tele-camera comes with 1.0µm pixels and an f/2.4 aperture in a six-element lens. Both lenses are optically stabilized.

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On the software and image processing side of things, the improvements are more obvious. During still image capture, the camera continuously captures a multi-frame buffer at different exposures, allowing for simultaneous zero shutter lag and HDR processing, something that is unique to the new iPhone at this point. This also means the iPhone XS Max is capable of displaying HDR images in real-time in the preview image, so what you see is what you get.

In video mode, the iPhone XS Max can shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second and 1080p Full-HD at up to 240fps. The faster sensor readout allows for better video stabilization and a reduced jello effect. In addition, the camera can shoot footage with expanded dynamic range when the frame rate is limited to 30 fps

Key camera specifications:

  • Dual-camera setup
  • 12Mp main camera with 1/2.55″ sensor (1.4µm pixels) and six-element f/1.8-aperture lens, 26mm equivalent focal length
  • 12Mp secondary 2x tele-camera with 1/3.4″ sensor (1.0µm pixels) and six-element f/2.4-aperture lens, 52mm equivalent focal length
  • Optical image stabilization on both lenses
  • Phase-detection autofocus (PDAF)
  • Quad-LED dual-tone flash
  • 4K video at 30/60 fps, 1080p at up to 240 fps

6. Xiaomi Mi 9

The Xiaomi Mi 9 holds the sixth spot in the list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World with a DXOMARK score of 107. This is Xiaomi;s first device with a triple-camera setup. The main module captures image information on a 1/2″ 48Mp sensor that produces 12Mp output images. In addition, there’s a 12Mp 2x tele-module for zoom shots and a 16Mp super-wide-angle with a 117-degree field of view. The autofocus system uses a mix of PDAF, laser, and contrast detection.

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Users can view, edit, and compose images on an AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, and the device is powered by Qualcomm’s latest top-end Snapdragon 855 chipset.

Key camera specifications:

  • Triple-camera setup
  • Primary: 48Mp 1/2-inch Sony IMX586 quad-sensor with 0.8µm pixels, f/1.75-aperture lens, 26mm-equivalent focal length
  • Tele: 12Mp 1/3.4-inch Samsung S5K3M5 sensor with 1.0µm pixels, f/2.2-aperture lens, 50mm-equivalent focal length
  • Super-wide-angle: 16Mp 1/3-inch Sony IMX481 sensor, f/2.2-aperture lens, 17mm-equivalent focal length
    PDAF/laser autofocus
  • LED flash
  • 2160p/60fps video (2160p/30fps in default mode)

5. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

In 5th place of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World is the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus released this year by Samsung with a DXOMARK Score of 109 , comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED Display and a triple-lens setup in its main camera. Samsung combines the primary 12Mp camera and variable-aperture lens with a 16Mp ultra-wide-angle module and a 12Mp 2x telephoto module

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Key camera specifications:

  • Triple-camera setup
  • Primary: 12Mp sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm-equivalent, f/1.5–2.4 aperture lens, Dual-Pixel AF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 16Mp sensor 1.0µm pixels and 13mm-equivalent, f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12Mp sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm-equivalent, f/2.4 aperture lens, PDAF, OIS
    2160p/60fps (1080p/30fps at default settings)

4. Huawei P20 Pro

The Hauwei P20 Pro takes the 4th place in the list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World with a DXOMARK score of 109.The P20 Pro is the first smartphone to feature a triple camera setup. However, Huawei hasn’t simply slapped a third sensor and lens onto its current dual-camera system. The new model stands out among its peers in several ways:

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At 1/1.78″, the main camera’s sensor is unusually large—approximately twice the size of the Samsung Galaxy S9’s 1/2.55″ chip. Despite a slightly slower f/1.8-aperture lens, the RGB main camera sensor of the P20 Pro captures approximately 20 percent more light than the smaller sensors used in most competing models. As with previous high-end Huawei smartphones, the main sensor is supported by a secondary monochrome sensor which helps further increase photon capture.

The main camera sensor uses a Quad Bayer structure with a total pixel count of 40Mp. It outputs data binned in 2 × 2 pixel units, resulting in 10Mp image output.With an equivalent focal length of 80mm, the P20 Pro’s optically-stabilized tele-camera offers a significantly longer reach than the 2x tele-modules in the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy devices.

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This is possible because the main camera in combination with the 20Mp monochrome secondary sensor is already capable of delivering decent zoom detail at a 2x zoom factor. As a consequence, the engineers have been able to focus on squeezing a longer reach out of the P20 Pro’s tele-lens. The Tele also outputs 10Mp image.

The monochrome sensor in the camera setup serves several purposes: it helps with depth estimation for the simulated bokeh effect, and the fine detail and low noise levels of the monochrome sensor improve image quality when zooming and in low light.

Key camera specifications:

  • Triple camera setup
  • Main camera: 40Mp, 1/1.73″ RGB sensor with Quad Bayer structure, f/1.8-aperture lens with 27mm equivalent focal length
  • Secondary camera: 20Mp, 1/2.78″ monochrome sensor, f/1.6-aperture lens with 27mm equivalent focal length
  • Tele-camera: 8Mp, 1/4.4″ RGB sensor, f/2.4-aperture lens with 80mm equivalent focal length, and optical image stabilization
  • Aperture mode default eq. focal length: 55mm
  • PDAF on main sensor
  • 4K video (not default mode)
  • 960 fps slow-motion video at 720p
  • 6.1″ display, 2240 x 1080 resolution
  • Kirin 970 chipset

3. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro takes the 3rd place in the list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World with a DXOMARK Score of 109. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.

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Other components housed in the IP68-rated glass and metal body are all worthy of a premium device as well. Processing and other tasks are powered by Huawei’s new Kirin 980 chipset, and users can compose and view images on a large 6.39-inch HDR OLED display with 1440 x 3120 pixel resolution.

Key camera specifications

  • Triple camera
  • 40Mp main camera with 1/1.7″ sensor; f/1.8-aperture, 27mm-equivalent lens
  • 20Mp super-wide-angle with f/2.2-aperture, 16mm-equivalent lens
  • 8MP tele with f/2.4 aperture, OIS, 80mm-equivalent lens
  • PDAF + laser AF
  • Dual-tone LED flash
  • 4K video at 30fps (1080p/30fps at default settings)

2. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

The 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 comes in second in the list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World with a DXOMARK score of 112. It comes with 8GB of RAM, along with a 6.7-inch, 3040×1440 pixel, HDR10+ -certified AMOLED display. It’s loaded with either 256GB or 512GB of memory, which is helpful, since there is no microSD slot.

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The main camera system combines a primary 12Mp camera and variable-aperture lens with a 16Mp ultra-wide-angle module and a 12Mp 2x telephoto module. Compared to the standard S10 model, the 5G model also adds a Time of Flight (TOF) sensor to assist with bokeh when shooting video as well as with augmented reality applications.

Key camera specifications:

  • Quad-camera setup, including a dedicated TOF sensor
  • Primary: 12Mp sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm-equivalent, f/1.5–2.4 aperture lens, dual-pixel AF, OIS
  • Ultra-wide: 16Mp sensor 1.0µm pixels and 13mm-equivalent, f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12Mp sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm-equivalent, f/2.4 aperture lens, PDAF, OIS
  • 2160p/60fps, shoots 4K video at 30fps by default

1.Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 takes the throne as the King of Smartphone Cameras at the moment with a DXOMARK scroe of 112 .

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The P30 pro comes with a triple-camera setup (quad-camera, if you count the time-of-flight sensor) that offers a plethora of improvements over both the P20 Pro and the Mate 20 Pro (launched in October 2018).

The primary camera comes with a 1/1.7 40Mp quad sensor that produces 10Mp image output. The 27mm-equivalent lens comes with an f/1.6 aperture and is optically stabilized—a first for this sensor size in a smartphone. Thanks to a minimum focus distance of 25mm, the 20Mp super-wide-angle (16mm-equivalent) camera is capable of capturing macro shots, but the arguably most exciting innovation is the stabilized tele-camera that uses folded optics to achieve a 5x optical zoom factor (125mm equivalent).

5x optical zoom with folded optics

The laws of physics make it difficult to fit a longer zoom lens into a thin smartphone body. Even using smaller-than-usual image sensors and clever lens design, manufacturers have only managed so far to achieve 2 or 3x optical zoom factors in conventional high-end smartphones.

For the P30 Pro, Huawei uses folded optics to overcome this limitation. The image sensor is placed vertically within the phone and aimed at a lens with an optical axis that runs along the body of the phone, and a mirror is used to reflect incoming light into the lens and onto the sensor. This allows for a much longer equivalent focal length than would be possible with a camera oriented in the usual fashion—that is, one constrained by the phone’s thickness.

“Field-of-view fusion” zoom

The P30 Pro doesn’t rely just on hardware alone for zooming, however. Software is just as important, and the P30 Pro uses a system Huawei calls field-of-view fusion, a combination of optical and algorithm-powered digital zooming that adapts to the chosen magnification factor. Up to 3x magnification, the tele-lens remains unused; instead, the camera performs all zooming with the help of a super-resolution algorithm—a concept similar to what we saw on the Google Pixel 3, one in which the camera merges several RAW frames into one high-resolution frame that it then crops for zooming.

Key camera specifications:

  • Triple-camera setup
  • Primary: 40Mp, 1/1.7-inch quad RYYB sensor; f/1.6-aperture lens, OIS, 27mm-equivalent focal length
  • Tele: 8Mp sensor, folded optics with f/3.4 aperture lens, OIS, 125mm-equivalent focal length
  • 20Mp super-wide-angle with f/2.2-aperture, 16mm-equivalent lens
  • PDAF/Time-of-flight (ToF) autofocus
  • LED flash

So there you have it the TOP 10 list of Smartphones With The Best Camera In The World.  I still wonder why the Google Pixel 3 Didn’t make the cut. Well, keep an eye on this page for updates.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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    May 4, 2019 at 11:09 am

    It’s a long read but I read all. It’s a nice list. Thank you Ajah.

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iPhone 11 – Is there anything left to announce?

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It is still months before Apple unveil their next iPhone, but that has not done enough to avert the ton of leaks online.

The release for the iPhone 11 is set for September this year. Apart from the aesthetics and designs, not much is known about its specifications.

Although there have also been rumors of the iPhone 11 spec sheet, history has severally proven those type of speculations to be unreliable.

Here are the leaked photos. What do you think?

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Huawei Ban In The US – The Domino Effect And What Is Really Going On

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I’ve been following up the Huawei ban by the Donald Trump and administration and to be frank with you, I really hope this ban is reversed because the effect is something I would call a “Domino Effect”. Can you just picture a pack of dominoes falling ?

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I believe you get the picture now, that’s what Donald Trump just set off and I really hope this doesn’t escalate. The US got into a trade war with China and The Huawei ban was a result of the crossfire. This move is affecting a lot of companies not just Huawei and it would slow down a lot of improvements in the tech sector globally.

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Huawei is the second largest smartphone company in the world coming in right below Samsung and just above Apple. They even made an excess profit of $100b some time ago and this money comes in from their various buinesses. Huawei happens to be the biggest Chinese brand in this position globally and it’s really disappointing that this is coming just right after the Samsung Fold issue and people were looking towards the Huawei Mate X as the next foldable device to look forward to , even Android Q now natively supports foldable phones but now it’s seeming like we all will have to wait for another foldable phone to get us excited again.

What Huawei Has To Do With The Trade War

Huawei doesn’t make just smartphones, they make a lot of things from laptops to servers to telecom materials and now they have developed 5G.

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Yes you read that first line well, Huawei has developed 5G and is working on improving data download speeds and also fixing the problems that come with such speeds . 5G is not just advanced 4G LTE as many people feel, 5G is actually a whole lot faster. You can download a 2 hour movie on 5G within 3.6 seconds.

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Yes.. it’s that fast and with the growing number of driver-less cars , smart homes and inter connected devices, 5G would actually make life a whole lot easier. Doctors can even perform surgeries in a location from an entirely different part of the world. The benefits are just too numerous.

The US was actually the first to develop 4G and it added about $100b to their GDP and created over a million jobs. If they had pioneered 5G first, they would have added $500b to their GDP and created almost 10 times the amount of jobs they created. I get the fact that Trump is a businessman but there are better ways to do settle this rather than accusing Huawei of being a pawn of the Chinese Government.

 Currently, Donald Trump is literally like a frustrated driver in Lagos Traffic getting annoyed that someone overtook him in traffic after he did the same a few moments ago .The major issue Trump is using to cover up here is that he fears that the Chinese Government would use the 5G network to spy on other countries and personally I feel this is just a bit overblown.

The Effects OF 5G and Why The West Is Scared

Now most of our communication systems already have some sort of encryption in place so I really feel it’s not something that we should be worried about . The only major concern here is the power it comes with and the security concerns have gotten into the UK. The UK already set up a panel to investigate Huawei and make sure there isn’t any security  breach or backdoors in the system.

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Like it or not, the future of warfare would be totally cyberwarfare, if someone can shut down the communication systems of a country with the touch of a button, the resultant effects would be definitely catastrophic.

I believe you now understand why western governments are scared. I also understand this but I still feel the decision to ban Huawei was rather too hasty even though one Huawei executive was arrested sometime ago for a case related to espionage but I still feel it isn’t enough to pin Huawei completely and start a Huawei ban

Huawei CEO Responds To The Huawei Ban

I followed up an interview where the Huawei CEO was asked to give his views on the Huawei ban is facing at the moment and here’s what he had to say –

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“I’m very grateful to the US companies, they’ve grown with us for the past 30 years and made a lot of selfless contributions, they taught us how to walk. Most of my consulting enterprises are in the US for example IBM and many others, Secondly we have received great support from these companies and it reflects
the conscience of the US Firms in this crisis”

“2 or 3 days ago I received a call saying that the US companies are working to solve the crisis by reaching out
to the US Government regarding the ban on Huawei. There a re 4 types of regulations. We are not seasonal control, we received entity control this means whatever US companies are selling to Chinese Companies need to get permission. ”

“Even though the entity control is there the inside of the company would not be affected.
The US is a country with an adequate legal system so US Companies have to abide by the law and so does the entity list. So this affects both US companies as well.”

“We are not quite prepared for our low-end products because we think they will die out soon so those might be affected but our high end products won’t be affected at least 5G won’t be affected. Other companies won’t be able to catch up with us in the next 2-3 years”

“If Google cuts off the support to Huawei it would affect Huawei significantly even though Google is still a good company and we’re working on it to find a solution as soon as possible.”

How The Huawei Ban Would Affect Huawei

Now this ban would actually affect Huawei in two major ways and unfortunately these are the major parts of their company as a tech company – The software part and the hardware part.

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The Huawei Ban Software Problem

Google has already revoked their Android License so Huawei can’t use any of their products on future devices. No Gmail, Youtube, Playstore and others. Now these apps are already part of a core Android users mobile experience and you can hardly find a good replacement for that apart from users within China who don’t depend on it.

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So basically that on it’s own poses a major challenge for the mobile division of Huawei. Although Huawei has two options in this part to use AOSP (Android Open Source Project) without Google Services or simply create their own OS.

Huawei has already been rumored to be working on their own OS for smartphones , HongMeng OS and according to one of their executives the OS was supposed to be launched this year. If you can recall one of the Huawei GT smartwatches didn’t run on Android Wear but was still a great smartwatch.

Was that actually HongMeng OS?

Well I can’t say for sure but I have a feeling it might be.

In the PC division, there’s the Windows issue, Huawei makes Matebooks which all run on windows. Windows is a Microsoft Product (A US company). So Huawei would still have to chose an OS for their new laptops as well.

The Huawei Ban Hardware Problem

Although Huawei probably has the ability to make a few of the hardware they buy from other companies, if not all but it would still affect them badly. Corning, Intel, Nvidia, Synaptics and Snapdragon are all US Companies and they can’t do business with Huawei immediately after the 90 day period when the ban goes into the effect .

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These companies all contribute to Huawei’s products in one way or the other. Huawei has confirmed that they have 3 Months worth of supply stored in their company from each company they buy from, which means Huawei actually prepared ahead of time.

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I was confident Huawei would be able to make their own chipsets for their smartphones since they already made it -the Kirin Chipset. Now ARM, a UK based company that makes the components for most of the smartphone processors have also pulled out of supporting Huawei because their production plants are based in Houston Texas. So this still poses a major threat to the development of Kirin Processors.

What lies Ahead for Huawei – HongMeng OS  Or AOSP ?

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Huawei as basically two options, to use AOSP without Google apps or use a brand new OS – HongMeng OS that is said to make Android apps 60% faster . Hauwei is a big company and has the capability of making the OS a major competitor in the tech market and with so many restrictions  at the moment the future seems to point towards HongMeng Os and even though I want the restrictions to be removed , I can’t wait to see the new OS.

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