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Honor View 20 – a cheaper alternative to the Google, Apple and Samsung flagship devices

Huawei’s latest Honor View 20 offers an unorthodox colour scheme and all-screen front for a whole new look.  As the first phone to offer a ‘hole-punch’ notch – a small hole in the top left-hand corner of the display which the selfie camera pokes through, the device is able to utilise full viewing of its large, FHD+ LCD 6.4” screen. 28 grams lighter than the iPhone XS Max, the View 20 provides a relatively light option without compromising on display size. Though lacking wireless charging, the View 10 is one of the fastest charging phones available with a 30 minute charge providing you with 60% of battery from 0.

Specs

  • 6.4in FHD+ LCD (398ppi) display
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 980 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128 or 256GB storage
  • Magic UI 2 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Rear 48MP camera + 3D sensor, 25MP selfie-camera
  • Fingerprint scanner and 2D face unlock
  • Headphone socket, LTE, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)
  • USC-C port for ultra-fast charging
  • 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
  • 180g

‘Magic UI 2’ is the Honor’s take on the latest version of Android – 9 Pie. You’ll be able to choose from the traditional three-button navigation keys or a joystick-like navigation dock and gesture navigation. Out of the box, the View 20 features icons for every app on the homescreen, somewhat similar to Apple’s iOS. There is an option to enable the more traditional Android app drawer, though it comes with an button rather than the swiping gesture. Most notably, Magic UI 2 has added power-saving features that can extend battery life dramatically if needed.

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Featuring 2D face unlock, this feature may be lacking the same security provided by 3D face recognition, as featured on the latest iPhone devices. Where the View 20 may lack in facial recognition, is made up by the camera. Featuring a new 48 mega-pixel camera, one of the first on the market, paired with a secondary sensor, the View 20 can capture richly detailed shots. With prices starting at just £500, the Honor View 20 offers considerable features for a far lower price tag than competitors offering similar specs, including Samsung, Google and Apple.

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Huawei launches P Smart

Design

The Huawei P Smart is crafted from a glossy ceramic-like texture, with striking colours and super clarity, the 6.21″ FullView display provides a notable viewing experience, embodied by a 3D curved body. Available colours include Midnight Black, Aurora Black and Sapphire Blue.

Key features

Similarly to Samsung devices, the P Smart allows you to split the screen so you can run two apps side by side for optimum multi-tasking. The budget phone includes further quirks such as gesture-shot technology that enables you to take selfies with simple gestures, such as a wave of your hand. A sacrifice for this budget model, however, is a slower performance of 3D, for example, gaming apps on the P Smart won’t meet the same frame rates or quality levels as Android flagship devices. Considering the low price tag, however, the P Smart is fully fitted with fingerprint sensor technology for easy unlocking and added security, alongside the option to ‘Face Unlock’. You can also take advantage of EMUI 9.0 that allows you to scan a product directly or simply long-press an object in an image to get shopping links to leading eCommerce platforms.

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At the rear is the same dual-lens arrangement as the Honor 10 Lite with 13MP and 2MP sensors behind them. The latter is a secondary camera used for depth sensing, while further features include Ultra Snapshot which takes a photo when you quickly press the volume down button twice, even if the phone is asleep. Better yet, the AI CAMERA lettering on the rear means scene recognition is used – just like it is on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro – to optimise settings and processing for various types of scenes. In lower light levels, you may notice a drop in quality due to the small-aperture lenses on budget devices, however, the P Smart provides what you pay for. Finally, the P Smart can be praised for providing the latest version of Android – Pie. Benefits include full-screen gesture navigation, better notifications, digital well-being (called Digital Balance in EMUI) and other improvements, you can find more details here.

Specs

  • Weight: 160g
  • Dimensions: 155.2 x 73.4 x 7.95mm
  • OS: Android 9.0 + EMUI 9.0
  • Screen size: 6.21-inch
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 710
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP

Price and availability

Pricing for the P Smart starts from £199 SIM free, for more information 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!

In the box

  • Headset x 1
  • Charger x 1
  • USB cable x 1
  • Quick Start Guide x 1
  • Eject tool x 1

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.

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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.

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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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