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Huawei unveils Mate 10 series

Huawei unveils Mate 10 series

Huawei will be releasing it’s latest series in the UK between the end of October and mid October.

Design:

The Mate 10 will be available in Black, Pink Gold, Champagne Gold and Mocha Brown. The Pro version on the other hand, features in Titanium Grey, Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold. It seems the colour differences are more apparent than the differences in size, with the Pro display just 0.1″ larger. Both devices feature a robust glass casing on the front and back, but the Pro takes durability up a notch with 1P67 water and dust resistance.

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Spec overview:

  • 5.9″ (1440 x 2560 pixels) and 6″ display (1080 x 2160 pixels)
  • Android 7.0 Oreo
  • 4,000mAh high-density battery
  • 4GB of RAM, 6GB for the Pro
  • 64GB internal storage, 128GB for the Pro
  • USB-Type C port

Features:

Huawei believes it’s latest devices are the first true artificially intelligent (AI) smartphone line. Huawei claims the smartphones can learn your behaviour and then adapt to optimise usage, resulting in no device slowdown after 18 months of use. For example, the devices are equipped with a smart battery management system that understands your smartphone behaviour and as a result, allocates resources to maximise battery life. The 4,000mAh battery is claimed to last two days with light use and one day with heavy usage.

“As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance the user experience; provide valuable services and improve product performance.” – Richard Yu, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO.

When it comes to photographic capabilities, Huawei has once again joined forces with Leica, the German optics enterprise, renowned for it’s high-quality lightweight rangefinder cameras. The camera has a 12 megapixel RGBM colour lens, paired with a 20 megapixel monochrome lens. The Leica lens is combined with Huawei’s ‘Al’. Al uses intelligent photographic algorithms to identify different types of scenery and objects in real time. By doing so, the camera will automatically adjust the colours, contrast, brightness and exposure for the perfect snap. Other camera features include: f/1.6 aperture lens, phase detection, laser autofocus and dual-LED flash.

For information on the new Huawei devices, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. Your account manager can also give you information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once the new devices are available.  We are always more than happy to help!

Apple has announced the brand new iPhones

Apple has announced the brand new iPhones

Apple has released three new iPhones: the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X is the latest generation of Apple’s flagship device, featuring a whole new design and Face ID technology to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Apple iPhones. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus offer an upgrade from the previous iPhone 7 and iPhone Plus, including an all-glass design and wireless charging.

Design

New iPhones

Left – Right: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8

The iPhone X features radical changes in design from the edge-to-edge display to the removal of the home button. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still have the traditional iPhone look, accompanied by a new all-glass and aluminium design which Apple claims is the “most durable glass on any smartphone”. All three of the new models are water and dust resistant. Surprisingly, Apple has dropped the popular Jet Black and Rose Gold colour choices. Instead the iPhone X will be available in Silver and Space Grey, and the iPhone 8/8 Plus will be available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

Features

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus both have Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip, but without the Neural Engine of that fitted to the iPhone X, have improved screens with the company’s True Tone feature, improved speakers and keep the traditional home button with Touch ID 2 fingerprint scanner. The new iPhone X on the other hand features facial recognition technology that uses your face as a secure new way to unlock your iPhone and authenticate and pay with Apple Pay. The new technology is enabled by the TrueDepth camera and is simple to set up. It projects and analyses more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face. Better yet, the facial recognition has the ability to adapt to physical changes in your appearance over time, for example needing glasses. The TrueDepth camera also analyses more than 50 different muscle movements so that your expressions can be mirrored into 12 Animojis.

Wireless charging

The new iPhones do not require a charging cable and will work with Qi wireless chargers that are commonly found in hotels, cafes, airports and cars. Belkin and Mophie have also developed two new wireless chargers designed for the iPhone 8, while Apple’s new ‘AirPower’ mat will let you charge multiple devices wirelessly once released in 2018. This means that you’ll be able to simply set your iPhone down when it needs a boost and remove the worry of remembering and carrying your plugs and cables when you’re on the move.

Specs & pricing

New iPhone Prices

Prices exclude VAT.

How to pre-order

You can join our waiting list: http://www.callmastermobile.co.uk/pre-order-the-new-apple-iphone, once completed, our team will be in touch as soon as they can.

LG V30

LG V30

Design

The V30 features a 6″ display, with a slightly curved screen and rear for more comfortable holding. Featuring Gorilla Glass 5, Gorilla’s strongest glass yet, on both the front and rear, the V30 is highly durable. But better yet, for the first time, LG has thrown out the usual LCD panels used on it’s flagships and given the V30 OLED panels. This means the display will offer more vivid colours, deep blacks and in general, an all-round better display to it’s LCD counterparts. A fingerprint sensor sits on the back of the device, which can also be used as a lock button. The V30 will be available in a few colours: a shiny black, blue-tinged silver, a much darker blue, and a lilac purple.

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Features

The V30 features the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. Running on Android 7.1.2, LG has made a couple of additions, including a better battery saver mode.

LG has also improved the headphone port, thrown in a pair of B&O earbuds and placed a quad-DAC inside the phone that seriously improves sound quality.

Like the LG G6, there are two cameras on the rear. The ‘main’ camera is 16 megapixels with OIS and a wide f/1.6 aperture that should help low-light photography. Next to that sits a wide-angle camera that captures pictures with a 120-degree field of view. This secondary camera lacks optical image stabilisation, but it still has a wide f/1.9 lens.

Specs

  • 6″ Quad-HD+ Full Vision display
  • HDR 10 support
  • Snapdragon 835. 4GB RAM
  • 64 or 128GB storage
  • Quad-DAC
  • B&O earbuds

Availability and price

For information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352. We are always more than happy to help!

Doro 8040 – the senior smartphone

Doro 8040 – the senior smartphone

Doro has unveiled the 8040 for the senior market. The new device comes fully equipped with loud and clear sound, adjustable text size and an assistance button. Family and friends will also be able to remotely access the 8040 through the ‘My Doro Manager’ web portal, allowing you to provide assistance if needed. The portal also includes user guides on how to add contacts, adjust settings, put the device on silent mode and lock and unlock the device.

“With the full integration of our web-based portal, mydoromanager.com, we have addressed the needs of the senior and taken the device to the next level. It will change the way seniors interact and connect with loved ones. The Doro 8040 is our best smartphone yet; truly and fully adapted for the user.” – Robert Puskaric, Doro Group CEO.

Features & specs

The Doro 8040 features a 5″ display as well as all the basic specs. Equipped with a 8MP rear camera and 2MP camera, flashlight, Google Play for apps, email and web browser. The biggest improvement however, from the previous Doro 8030, is the loud and clear sound – compatible with hearing aids – and easy to see icons through a multi-faceted interface. The new, more logical navigation also keeps track of the features you use most often.

Free 12 month trial of Connect & Care

But better yet, you’ll receive a free trial of Doro Connect & Care for your entire first year. Connect & Care includes a help alarm which is activated via the phone’s assistance button and can alert your chosen network of people. The built-in GPS functionality works together with the assistance button to inform your family and friends of your location. While the activity log feature keeps track of when you last answered a call and lets others in the network know if there is a reason to be concerned.

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For example, should you miss a certain number of calls, Connect and Care will automatically send out an alert so that people can easily check to make sure you are ok. You can also send requests to your network for help with everyday tasks such as changing a light bulb or fetching milk from the shop. The Connect & Care platform will create a to do list so that your network can co-ordinate who takes care of what and fairly share the load. You’ll also receive shared reminders to help you keep track of important events and appointments.

Those in the UK or Ireland will be able to purchase the Doro from November.

One Plus 5 review

One Plus 5 review

Initially, chinese corporation One Plus was heavily dominated by the big players across the globe,  such as  Nokia – Finland, Samsung – South Korean, Apple – USA, and HTC – Taiwan. But, despite the high  barriers to entry, One Plus is now a renowned brand offering smartphones with major value for money. Their latest model – the One Plus 5.

One Plus 5 Models

Design

The One Plus 5 is their thinner flagship yet, at just 7.25mm, yet boasts more power than ever before. In fact, you can take advantage of a day’s power in half an hour thanks to ‘Dash Charge’ – video example below. Finally, the One Plus 5 sports a 5.5-inch display and is available in Slate Gray, Soft Gold and Midnight Black.

 

Features

The One Plus 5 has the highest resolution dual camera on a smartphone at 20MP compared to 12MP on Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 8 Phablet. The camera even takes RAW photos which means your images won’t be compressed, so they’ll be even higher quality. The One Plus 5 knocks the new Note 8 out the park once again, with 8GB of RAM available compared to 6GB. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is power efficient too, so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice. The OnePlus 5 comes with up to 128GB storage, so you can forget about having to delete apps to make room for more photos. And it even learns how you use your phone to launch important apps more quickly.

One Plus 5 Graph

Key Specs

  • 5.5-inch 1080p screen
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 6 or 8GB RAM
  • 64 or 128GB storage
  • Dash Charge
  • Bluetooth 5
  • 3300mAh battery
  • USB-C
  • OxygenOS built on Android 7.1
  • NFC

Price

With high-end specs comparable to the other latest flagships on the market, the One Plus 5 certainly wins on value money. Prices range from £449.00 for 6GB + 64GB to £499.00 for 8GB RAM + 128GB depending on your usage levels and storage needs.

Price comparison

For more information on the One Plus 5, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager, we are always more than happy to help. You can phone us on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk.

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.