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Samsung has revealed the new Galaxy S9

Samsung has revealed the highly anticipated Galaxy S9. The S9 continues the popular trend of bezel-less screens, sporting a 5.8″ full frontal glass, edge-to-edge display, termed by Samsung as an “Infinity Display”. The Infinity displays have been showcased on previous Samsung models including the S8, the S8 Plus and Note 8. For those keen on previous designs, the Galaxy S9 follows closely to the look of S8 and has been released alongside a second, larger version, the Galaxy S9+, which sports a 6.”2 Infinity Display.

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The latest flagship packs a next generation dual-aperture camera, designed to adapt to super low and bright light automatically. In dark or nighttime settings, the S9 camera lens will open to F1.5 mode, providing multi-frame noise reduction so that you can capture nighttime shots with clarity. In the daylight, the lens will shift to F2.4 mode.  For those with a creative spark, the aperture can also be toggled manually to create a mood.

(Left: F1.5 aperture mode, Right: F2.4 aperture mode)

(Left: F1.5 aperture mode, Right: F2.4 aperture mode)

The camera also features new super slow-motion abilities, allowing you to shoot 960 frames per second in 6 second clips. This feature however only supports HD resolution which can drain both your storage (roughly, 100-200MB per minute of HD video) and battery life. However with the option to expand the memory and wireless quick charging, this is less of an issue for S9 users. Finally, the camera is equipped with upgraded optical image stabilisation so you’ll be able to minimise any vibrations from your hands for a steady shot.

The S9 has an improved version of Bixby, the Samsung virtual assistant, that can work alongside the updated camera to provide real-time language translation. Similarly to Google translate, with the S9 you can now point the camera (In Bixby mode) at some foreign text and Bixby will generate translated information overlaid onto the image it’s viewing in real-time, whether you wish to translate a road sign while navigating or decipher the lunch menu.

Further features include the latest version of Android – 8.0 Oreo, a waterproof body and improved stereo speakers, claimed by Samsung to provide 1.4x more powerful sound than any previous Galaxy model.  Security has also been given a boost with a new combination of facial recognition and a iris scan when unlocking your device. This is also useful for identification in low light settings as the two can work together to ensure you can be verified. This means the galaxy flagship now offers six different ways to secure your device, whether you choose the iris scanner, facial recognition technology, fingerprint sensor, a simple password, pattern or pin.

Spec overview

  • 5.8″ Quad HD SuperAMOLED Infinity Display
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 12MP rear camera with OIS
  • 8MP camera
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, expandable up to 400GB via microSD
  • Waterproof IP68
  • Wireless charging

Although unveiled, the new devices will be not be released until March 13th 2018.

For more information on the new Samsung 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!

Brand new smartphones coming to you in 2018…

Brand new smartphones coming to you in 2018…

1) LG G7 – Potential January 2018 launch

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It’s rumoured that the LG G7 will be launched in January, slightly earlier than initially planned, to keep up with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S9. Whispers have suggested that the G7 will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset and an OLED screen. The screen holds the largest expectation after the recent release of LG’s award-winning signature ‘paper-thin’ OLED TVs.

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The TV’s are a miniscule 2.57mm thin and even include special magnets for mounting on the wall. Despite the decrease in size, the screen’s offer a 4K resolution and feature a 25% brighter screen than previous models. It’s hoped that LG will incorporate it’s new technology into the LG G7.

2) Samsung Galaxy S9 – Potential January 2018 launch

Image result for samsung galaxy s9 miniIt’s rumoured that Samsung will release its new flagships at the beginning of next year, ahead of its annual March/April schedule. Three variants are expected, the S9 mini at 5″, the S9 at 5.8″ and finally the S9+ at 6.2″. Both the S9 and S9+ models will have 64GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expanding capacity as well as a headphone jack. However, the S9+ will offer 6GB of RAM and two rear cameras, while the S9 will have 4GB of RAM and a single rear sensor.

3) HTC U12 – Potential May 2018 launch

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It’s rumoured the HTC U12 will feature a 5.7″ 4K display with curved edges. Unlike the new Samsung S9 and S9+, the U12 will not feature a headphone jack, despite Apple originally receiving a lot of criticism for doing so.  The U12 will feature JBL speakers and a 16MP front facing camera and dual rear cameras. Finally, further whispers have suggested a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

4) Huawei P11 – Potential February 2018 launch

Finally, design rumours for the Huawei P11 include a titanium body and an ‘under-glass’ fingerprint scanner as seen in the concept above. Alongside the premium design, it’s expected the P11 will feature a 3.5mm headphone jack and 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.  Finally, it’s likely Huawei will continue to partner with Leica to include a dual-lens 20MP camera for high-quality snaps.

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

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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.