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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!

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.

EE aims to launch UK’s first 5G trial this October

EE intends to be the first operator to initiate a live trail of 5G technology at London’s Tech City in October. In total, 10 5G sites will be trialled around London’s Tech City, where five businesses and five homes will have the chance to get connected using new technology such as prototype 5G broadband devices.

The aim of the 5G trial is to provide the highest speed mobile data connections, including in some of the most densely populated urban environments. To find participants for the UK’s first ever 5G trial, EE will be using social media.

“We want the UK to be a global leader in 5G as part of our ambition to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.” Minister for Digital Margot James

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Not only will the trial benefit EE as a network but alongside the Government’s test beds and programmes, these initiatives combined should ensure the UK is at the forefront of 5G technology and will help deliver the benefits of this new revolutionary technology to businesses and consumers across the nation.

What’s so special about 5G?

5G will be the fifth generation of mobile network, and is expected to dramatically out-do the performance of the current 3G and 4G networks.

“Ericsson predict that 5G’s latency will be around one millisecond – un-perceivable to a human and about 50 times faster than 4G.”

5G is expected to be capable of delivering extremely fast data with estimates between 10 – 50 Gbit/s compared with today’s average 4G download speed of 15 Mbit/s. In fact, back in 2013 Samsung tested 5G at 1Gbps and journalists reported that a HD movie could be downloaded in less than 30 seconds. Fast track to 2014 and Samsung set a mobile speed record of 7.5Gb/s in another 5G trail, while estimates predict the speed will reach 10Gb/s, with transfer rates as high as 800Gb/s further down the line, taking your download time of a full length film to around a second!

While the use of a very high frequency spectrum, above 6 GHz, could support a variety of uses including financial trading, gaming and entertainment, holographic projections, and the potential to support very high demands users in busy areas such as city centres. It’s also predicted that the new 5G network shouldn’t break, offering you the same reliability that you currently receive from fibre connections.

Own a Samsung S9 and heading to BST? Your chance to win

As the official partner of BST, Samsung is offering a ‘Golden Ticket’ opportunity, VIP access with panoramic views, for those attending the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park (6th – 8th July and 13th – 15th July). For your chance to win you simply need to capture a Super Slow-Mo video and share your video across social media, using #GalaxyS9 and #withGalaxy.

“We can’t wait to share our on-site experience with music fans this festival season. Whether capturing low-light sunset gig shots or taking a Super Slow-mo video on the Galaxy S9, we are excited to enable festival goers to capture their moment in the best way possible.”

Up to 15 winners will be chosen daily and the lucky group will gain access to a VIP area designed by Samsung, offering views that overlook the festival and mainstage.

BlackBerry launches KEY2

Design:

BlackBerry has released it's latest flagship, the KEY2, the lighter and thinner version of it's predecessor, the KeyOne. Framed with Series 7 aluminum and featuring a diamond grip non-slip back, the 4.5" KEY2 display is also coated with Gorilla Glass 3 for a premium looking design that doesn't skimp on durability. Most notably, the KEY2 features a new take on the iconic BlackBerry keyboard. Claimed by BlackBerry to be their most 'intelligent keyboard ever', the new design a customisable BlackBerry convenience key or 'speed key' for you to choose a desired function (such as an app shortcut or action) that you wish to initiate quickly. This key is also usable as a mute key when on an active call.

Key features:

Despite the smaller size, the KEY2 provides up to 2 days of battery life from just one charge, allowing you to go about your day without worrying about running out of juice. Not only has BlackBerry improved both the keyboard and the power, the KEY2 also takes on one of the latest smartphone trends, featuring the first dual camera on a BlackBerry. Sported by the HTC Desire 12+, iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, BlackBerry has ensured it's latest device is on par with the top flagships on the market. The Dual Camera also includes portrait mode and optical superzoom for greater control and image quality. Finally, BlackBerry has once again pulled out all the stops on security to ensure it keeps it's title for the 'most secure Android smartphone'. Highly recommended as a business device, the KEY2 features BlackBerry DTEK software that watches what apps are accessing– and gives you the chance to nip various unauthorized accesses in the bud — as well as giving an overall security rating. The KEY2 also features Locker Private Zone App + Firefox Focus Private Browser - allowing you to keep various apps, files and searching private. In your 'locker' you can drop apps, photos or videos inside securely and enable access via a password, PIN or your fingerprint. 

Spec overview:

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    Android™ 8.1 Oreo
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     Qualcomm® SDM 660, Kryo 260 Octa-Core 
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    Impact resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass
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    First dual main camera BlackBerry smartphone
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    Dual Camera 12M+12M with Dual Tone LED Flash
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    Up to 2 days battery life
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    Access to over a million apps on Google Play
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    Touch enabled 35 key backlit Physical Keyboard (QWERTY) with integrated fingerprint sensor
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    USB Type-C 

Pricing and release date 

The KEY2 will retail in the UK from £579.00 and be available from June 27th 2018. For more information on the new BlackBerry KEY2, 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!