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Huawei announces Honor Magic 2

Huawei has delivered a contemporary take on the Nokia 8110 or ‘banana phone’. The new flagship sports a near bezel-less display and sliding selfie camera.

From the 'Matrix' model to the modern Magic 2

From the ‘Matrix’ model to the modern Magic 2

Huawei kept relatively quiet about the new device during the launch event, but did announce that the Honor Magic 2 will feature Huawei’s latest, next generation processor, the Kirin 980. Honor president, George Zhao, also claimed the Magic 2 has a near 100pc screen to body ratio, providing the appearance of the ultimate edge-to-edge display. The Magic 2 will be able to be charged quickly with a 40 watt charger, claimed by Honor to provide “15 layers of protection”. Notably, the phone will be able to automatically identify the battery, cable and charger, and only when all three parts are identified as safe will the Super Charger start.

It looks similar to the Oppo Find X, but there's a big difference: The Magic 2 has a manual slider mechanism.

For more updates on pricing and release date of the Honor Magic 2, check back at the CMM blog!

Huawei Mate 20 Lite will be available for Vodafone Red entertainment customers

Huawei Mate 20 Lite will be available on Vodafone Red Entertainment plans

The Mate 20 series, initially unveiled by Huawei in March this year at the Grand Palais in Paris, offer substantial specs. Both devices are powered by a 2.4GHz octa-core Kirin 970 chip, that as claimed by Huawei, is the first smartphone chipset to provide a neural processing unit to run artificial intelligence features. The most notable ‘first’ however belongs to the P20 Pro. The Pro variant sports the World’s first Leica triple camera set up that boasts a whopping 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome shooter and an 8MP sensor with a telephoto lens, for some seriously professional images.

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It’s no wonder then that the anticipation for the Mate 20 Lite is building.  It has now been confirmed that the new variant will be available on Vodafone Red Entertainment Plans, which includes: Amazon Prime Video, Sky Sports Mobile TV, Spotify Premium or a NOW TV Entertainment Pass for the whole duration of a contract. Rumoured specs are a Kirin 7710 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal memory. Alleged leaked images (pictured) reveal dual cameras and availability in black, gold and blue. Rumours suggest the new model will be a mid-range device, sitting below the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, perhaps offering users the opportunity to purchase from the new flagship range at a lower price.

For more updates on the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, check back at the CMM blog.

All new charging stations in London from 50p

Branching out in the capital, ChargedUp has developed a network of charging stations where, from 50p, users can charge their phones either at a station or on the go with the option to return the charger to another location. The East London-based start up has currently launched in over 40 locations. To locate a ChargedUp station you can download the app that will inform you of the two stations that are nearest, with the first two charges free. You can also claim your first two free charges on the ChargedUp website.

“Battery life has not managed to keep up with the demands we put on our smartphones, and running low part-way through the day is a now common, and very frustrating occurrence. We also wanted to ensure that we had protecting the environment at the heart of the business, which is why all the batteries are charged using green energy from Ecotricity.” Hugo Tilmouth, ChargedUp CEO and founder

The chargers are available for all Android and iOS devices and will cost a maximum of £3 per day to use, with penalties up to £30 if a charger is not returned. The batteries are fully powered by green energy thanks to a partnership with the UK’s largest green energy provider Ecotricity. ChargedUp hopes to have opened 300 stations open by September, finishing with 1,000 at the end of December at a rate of 10 stations per week!

Going over your mobile data allowance?

Tips to avoid bill shock

Android

On Android smartphones, you can check your data usage and set alerts and limits to ensure you don’t receive the dreaded bill shock at the end of the month. Simply head to Settings > Data Usage (On some devices you may have to select Wireless & Networks or Network & Internet before Data Usage). You’ll see a graph showing your data usage over a specific period of time. You’ll be able to set both warnings and limits. Warnings will alert you when your device has used a certain amount of data, while limits will automatically turn off mobile data when your device has used a certain amount. For those with devices running Android 7.0 and up, Data Saver Mode is available. Data saver mode lets most apps and services get background data only via Wi-Fi. Currently active apps and services may use mobile data. To turn Data Saver Mode on or off, head to Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage > Data Saver.

iOS

You can check your data usage by going to Settings > Cellular data.  You’ll be able to view a list of all your applications and the amount of data used for each. To turn mobile data off for an individual application, simply find it on the list and slide the toggle to off. However, you will have to remember to manually reset the statistics at the start of your billing cycle for this to be useful (The reset statistics option can be found at the bottom of Mobile settings).

Windows

Windows devices feature a ‘Data Sense’ app which offers a detailed breakdown of data usage on your Windows Phone and helps you avoid unexpected charges when you’re nearing your data limit. To track your usage, tap the Data Sense app and select ‘Set limit‘. Here you can choose your ‘Limit Type‘ from Pre-paid if you have a pre-set amount of data to use that expires on a specific date, Monthly if you have a limited amount of data you can use each month before you’re charged or Unlimited if your data is unlimited but you’d still like to monitor your usage.

Samsung announces the new Note 9

The Note 9 has been announced by Samsung and is their most expensive flagship to date.  The devices will be released on August 24th in two variants, a 128GB model at £899 and a 512GB model at £1,099, making the new Note 9/s more expensive than the Apple iPhone X. The specs and features, however, make up the price tag. The 6.4″ device provides a whopping 4,000mAh battery that offers all-day performance, while one of the variants available allows for over 1TB of memory. Users will be able to insert an expandable 512GB SD card that can take the 512GB model past 1TB of memory, offering a tremendous amount of  storage.  To put this into perspective, the average size photo is 500K so 1TB has the potential to hold around 2 million photos! The only downfall? The external memory may only be used for media such as photos, videos and music files but not applications.
samsung note 9Additional specs include an improved dual camera with a 12MP rear camera set up that has dual-aperture technology. The new features include automatic optimisation of colour settings such as contrast, white balance and exposure, making it nearly impossible to take a bad shot. A further key feature is the S Pen, designed to create a similar sensation as putting pen to paper, allowing you to create your very own electronic notebook, personalise messages and emails with your signature and even create art. Conveniently the S Pen can be used to remotely access the camera, removing the need for self-timers or straining for a selfie, and can be used to command your presentation slideshows. Finally, the stylus can be used to play, pause or switch media from photos in the Gallery to YouTube videos.

Image of person changing presentation slides with S Pen

The Note 9 will be available in Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple and Black and Copper colours, however the availability is expected to differ in each region. The monochrome metal frames surround Samsung’s largest Infinity display yet, with a near bezel-less, full-frontal glass, edge-to-edge screen. Each colour variant is available with a matching stylus. Under the hood, the Note 9 features the Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM for superior multi-tasking.

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For more information on the new Note 9, 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 provide you with information on pay-monthly or SIM only plans once available.  We are always more than happy to help!

New Apple iPhone Smartphone rumours

New Apple iPhone Smartphone rumours

Update 11/09/2018 – Apple has released partially gold invitations, suggesting the release of a gold-coloured iPhone. The cheaper variant is rumoured to follow in the iPhone 5C’s footsteps and sport a variety of unconventional colours. The gesture controls and Face ID unlocking featured in the iPhone X are expected to appear in the new models, while 3D touch may be dropped. Final updates in Apple’s product launch include the suspected release of a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini.

Last September, Apple released the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, alongside the iPhone 10, using the roman numeral “X” to represent the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone release. This means it’s unclear whether the next flagship will be the iPhone 9 and 9 Plus, iPhone 11 or even the iPhone XI.

Rumours have speculated the following models:

  • iPhone SE 2
  • iPhone 9
  • iPhone 9 Plus
  • iPhone 11 (XI) – possibly expanding to 6.1in
  • iPhone X Plus

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The iPhone XI is rumoured to feature faster mobile data speeds, possibly with support ready for the launch of 5G technology, alongside a Dual-SIM card slot. A Dual-SIM Smartphone is capable of holding two SIM cards. This allows you to have two numbers and two identities at once, so you could make or receive calls and send or receive texts on either number and give each number only to people of your choosing. If you’re already on the line on one SIM, and another call comes through on the other SIM, you can choose to put your first call on hold while you take the second or the second call will go to voicemail, ensuring you don’t miss a call. Dual-SIM devices feature a SIM Manager, so you can decide various capabilities such as which is your main SIM and manage data usage separately. The SIM’s can also have different call and text rates.

What are the benefits?

  • Separate business and pleasure– Dual-SIM devices allow you to keep work and play separate with the potential for one SIM card for business and one for personal use. And you’ll be able to differentiate between work and personal calls before answering the phone. Better yet, you can get properly reimbursed for work calls with a clear line between personal and business expenses. 
  • Cheaper rates abroad–  Dual-SIM phones are highly useful for trips abroad as you’ll have the ability to put a local or travel SIM in one slot, that will match the country’s cheaper rates. 
  • More storage– Having two SIM cards means double the storage and the choice to store different content on each SIM, or to use one as a back-up.

In the past, the likes of Sony, Motorola, LG and Huawei have provided Dual-SIM models so this would be a nice update from Apple. Further speculations point to an included fast charger, removing the previous requirement to separately purchase a charger from Apple in order to take advantage of fast charging capabilities. Previously, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the first Apple devices to support quick charging – offering up to 50% of juice in just 30 minutes. Despite the new devices being capable of quick charging, the feature did not work with the included standard Lightning cable and iPhone charger. To take advantage, users had to purchase additional accessories that are compatible with USB Type-C charging, for a costly £74 (£25 for the adaptor cable and from £49 for the USB-C charger) so this will be welcomed news for those looking to purchase the next iPhone. Facial ID, a new chipset, possibly the A12 and a dual-lens rear camera are also expected to feature. For more rumours leading up the traditional September release, check back at the CMM blog.