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Looking to upgrade later this year? Top upcoming smartphones

Looking to upgrade later this year?
Top upcoming smartphones

Apple iPhone 8
Apple set to release three new iPhones

The iPhone 8 is rumoured to showcase the latest smartphone technology. Considering the 10th anniversary of the Apple iPhone is coming up this year, we’re not surprised that Apple has been holding back some major updates and improvements. Whispers suggest a complete re-design with the home button removed and the camera and Touch ID integrated into a new OLED edge-to-edge display. When it comes to the inside, rumours have suggested a faster A11 processor, wireless fast charging and even facial recognition technology. Click here for full rumours.

Nokia 8

The 8 is set to be Nokia’s all new flagship device. Expected to feature a metal design with rounded corners and take durability up a notch with 1P68 water and dust protection. But most anticipated is the Nokia 8 camera. Leaks suggest that the new Nokia device will feature a high-end Zeiss dual-camera. Further rumoured specs include a 5.3-inch display (2560 x 1440), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and dual-SIM models.  Click here for full rumours. 

Google Pixel  2 & XL2

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The new Pixels are rumoured to include waterproofing and an improved camera that excels with low-light photography, as well as a curved screen and the Snapdragon 835 processor. The larger Pixel XL2 is set to feature a 5.99″ Quad-HD screen and the smaller Pixel 2 a 4.97″full-HD panel. The new devices will be the first to run on Google’s new Android O operating system. The new OS features multi-windowing mode, autofill (as seen in Chrome but for you apps) and smart text selection (automatically recognises names, addresses and phone numbers so you don’t have to fiddle around with selection handles; it can also suggest a relevant app). You can find out more about the new Android O here

Microsoft Surface Phone

 

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Finally, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2017 with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21MP rear- and 8MP front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.

“The ultimate mobile” – Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO.

Nokia 8 release date, features and specifications

Nokia 8 release date, features and specifications

Rumoured features

When it comes to design, leaks suggest the Nokia 8 will sport a metal design with rounded corners and a 5.3″ or 5.5″ display (There could also be two versions). Theres also been talk of 1P68 water and dust protection. It’s rumoured the Nokia 8 will feature a high-end Zeiss camera lens and have a fingerprint sensor. It’s also been suggested the new flagship will feature the latest version of Android Nougat – click here for more information. 

Finally, the Nokia 8 is likely to feature USB Type-C charging. Capable of supplying far more power, up to 100W, compared to a conventional USB 2.0 connection at just 2.5W. It also supports different “protocols” which means you can have adaptors that can output other types of connections including HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, etc – from a single USB-C port.

Rumoured specs overview

  • 5.3-inch or 5.5-inch screen
  • 2560 x 1440 pixel display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 23-megapixel single camera or 13-megapixel dual camera (by Zeiss)
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 256GB)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB Type C charging port
  • Android 7.1 Nougat operating system

Rumoured price and release date

Although the official release date is yet to be announced, Nokia has scheduled a launch event for an unnamed product in London on August 16th, 2017 so it’s highly likely the Nokia 8 will be unveiled. Also keeping a tight lid on price, we can only assume that as Nokia’s new flagship device, it’s likely the 8 will be around £599-£699.

HTC U11

HTC U11

Design

The new U11 by HTC features a liquid glass surface, formed by layering highly-refractive minerals across the phone’s back cover. The new design means the U11 reflects vivid new colours that transform light with movement. HTC has updated the design further with a new seamless curved look. Finally, the U11 sports a 5.5″ 3D glass screen designed to preserve the authenticity of the image, making for a pretty impressive viewing experience.

Key Specs

  • 5.5″ 3D glass screen
  • 12MP camera
  • Android 7.1
  • 64GB storage – expandable via MicroSD card slot
  • 6GB RAM
  • 3000mAh battery

Key Features

Most notably, the U11 features HTC’s new ‘Edge Sense’ technology. Edge Sense means the sides of the phone react to your touch and you can give the U11 a ‘squeeze’ to perform a command. For example one squeeze could open Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest or you could use the gesture to summon Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.

Beyond virtual assistants, the U11 also provides an ‘Al companion’ that is smarter than ever before. The HTC Sense Companion learns your daily patterns over time in order to offer you convenient and useful support, for example your companion will learn your tastes and recommend new restaurants for you to try. Further features include weather updates, fitness tracking and goals, interesting places nearly by and reminders to power up your battery.

HTC U11 Al Companion

Finally, HTC USonic has been updated to include active noise cancellation technology. The new technology continuously monitors the sound levels in your environment and adjusts to new noises or disturbances to reduce distractions around you.

Get in touch

For more information on the HTC U11 or for SIM-free and pay monthly tariff prices, please do not hesitate to get in touch via sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. We are always more than happy to help.

Honor 8 released in UK

Honor 8 released in UK

Design

With a similar look to the Samsung Galaxy S7, the new Honor 8 sports a sleek dual 2.5D glass body, offset with aluminium alloy. Not only does the Honor 8 offer a premium look, the frame is also highly durable with Huawei’s 15-layer construction. The display is 5.2″ combined with an ultra-narrow bezel for easy one-hand usage. Finally, the Honor 8 is available in three colour options – Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue and Pearl White.

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Key specs:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD screen
  • Dual 12-megapixel rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 950 processor
  • 4GB RAM, 32GB storage
  • microSD memory card support
  • 3000mAh battery

Features & pricing

On the back of the phone you’ll find a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera with laser autofocus. One of the Honor 8’s lenses captures a vibrant colour image while the other snaps a monochrome photo. Further features include a fingerprint sensor that unlocks in 0.4 seconds and up to 47% of power in just 30 minutes of charging.

Disappointingly the Honor 8 is packed with the older version of Android and runs on Marshmallow (6) rather than Android’s latest Nougat operating system. However at just £369 SIM-free, the Honor 8 has plenty of features that offer great value for money.

For more information on the Honor 8, please do hesitate to contact your account manager via email: sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

Top new phones launched at the 2017 Mobile Congress

Top new phones launched at the 2017 Mobile Congress

BlackBerry KEYone

Blackberry Keyone Top new phones released at the Mobile CongressBlackBerry has released it’s new ‘KEYone’ handset, featuring the trademark BlackBerry keyboard with a fingerprint sensor built into the space bar. With durability in mind, the  4.5″ HD display is made of Gorilla Glass 4 for scratch and impact resistance and sports an aluminium frame. The KEYone runs on the latest version of Android, 7.1, and features BlackBerry’s Hub, however as always, it’s the renowned BlackBerry security that sets it apart. Featuring the DTEK software, your operating system and apps are monitored, with notifications sent if your privacy is at risk. Further specs include a 12MP rear camera and it’s 3,505mAh battery can be charged up to 50% in 36 minutes.

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra

Sony Xperia XA1 Top new phones released at the Mobile CongressThe XA1 and XA1 Ultra were released as Sony’s ‘mid-range’ phones for those on a budget. The XA1 is the smaller of the two devices with a 5.2″ display, while the ultra stretches to a 6″ full HD screen. Both phones feature 23 MP rear cameras, have 32GB of storage that can be expanded via MicroSD and USB-C charging. However going for the Ultra will give you a 16 MP front camera with flash, clearly overshadowing the XA1’s 8 MP front camera. The Ultra’s battery is also more powerful at 2,700mAh compared to 2,300 mAh.

LG G6

LG G6 Top new phones released at the Mobile CongressMoving away from the aluminium body sported by the previous G5, LG’s new flagship features a metal frame and glass body with 3 colour choices – Ice Platinum, Astro Black and Mystic White. Further improvements include the ability to view 11.3% more content on the G6 screen compared to the G5, thanks to LG’s almost bezel-less design. Specs include 32GB of built-in memory – expandable via MicroSD, a 13 megapixel rear camera and the latest version of the Android operating system, Android Nougat.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

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The new Huawei flagships are made of glass and metal, and have a similar look to the Apple iPhone. The P10 features a 5.1″ display, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3,200 mAh battery and a 20 MP monochrome sensor with a 12 MP main sensor. The P10 Plus has similar specs but the includes a 5.5″ display, a larger 3,750 mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and the rear camera has a larger aperture.

Moto G5 and G5 Plus

Image result for moto g5 and g5 plusBoth the G5 and G5 Plus feature a metal body design, however the G5 is the smaller of the two with a 5″ display, with the G5 Plus sporting a slightly bigger 5.2″ screen. You’ll be able to choose from 2GB, 3GB or 4GB RAM and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage variants.  The G5 specs include a 2,800 mAh battery and 13MP camera, while the G5 plus boosts a 3,000mAh battery and 12MP camera.

ASUS launches the ZenFone AR

ASUS launches the ZenFone AR

ASUS unveils the first augmented and virtual reality-ready phone 

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Design

Asus has launched the ZenFone AR, the first to deliver augmented reality (Google Tango) and virtual reality experiences (Google Daydream). VR is of course best on a large, high-resolution display. And Asus has gone above and beyond with a 5.7″ Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 – offering a pixel density of 515-pixels-per-inch. The combination of Quad HD and Super AMOLED is one of the best duos you can get in a smartphone display, giving you extremely rich and saturated colours that pop out of the screen. Considering the software the ZenFone AR carries, it still remains a sleek device and weighs just 170g, 18g less than the iPhone 7 Plus.

What is Google Tango and Google Daydream?

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“Our phones already assist us in our day-to-day lives, but we believe they can do even more. We’re excited to see Tango technology incorporated into ZenFone AR, making its capabilities available to more people.” – Johnny Lee, Tango Director of Engineering.

Google Tango:

Tango is a Augmented reality Computing platform, developed by Google. It uses computer vision to enable mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to detect their position relative to the world around them without using GPS or other external signals. This means you could watch virtual objects and see information appear on top of your surroundings. For example, head to your local museum and navigate with directions overlaid onto your surroundings. Take a home re-design to a whole new level with virtual furniture or entertain the kids by bringing virtual toys into their world.
Google Tango Collage

Google Daydream:

Daydream on the other hand, is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for Android Nougat, the seventh major and currently most recent version of the Android mobile operating system. VR places the user inside an experience. Instead of viewing a screen in front of them, users are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds. Daydream-ready phones such as the ZenFone AR are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking.
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Specs

The ZenFone AR specs are high-end with a whopping 23 megapixel rear camera – on par with Sony’s Xperia X and nearly double the MP of the Samsung Galaxy 7 camera. The ZenFone AR runs on the latest version of Android – 7.0 Nougat and offers a huge 8GB of RAM. With a 3,300mAh battery, you can rest assured the AR and VR won’t hog up the battery life. The ZenFone AR also has up to 256GB of built-in storage and a MicroSD slot for adding up to 2TB more. Finally, it’s also equipped with USB-C charging, a standard headphone socket and a physical home button with an integrated fingerprint sensor – as if it could get any better?