Huawei. And so the problems begin.

It really can’t be underestimated just how much the American restrictions are going to impact Huawei. Right now, their phones are fantastic. I recommend them. Both Huawei and Honor are absolutely smashing it out of the park, but here’s just a quick look at the problems they’ve got in 48 hours alone…

– Today, at the EE 5G launch, Marc Allera put the Huawei 5G phones on the back-burner. This just a few days since the network promoted their 5G partnership with the Mate 20 X.

He told us..

We’ve put the Huawei devices on pause, until we have more information. Until we have the information and confidence that ensures our customers will get support for the lifetime of their devices with us then we’ve got the Huawei devices on pause.

Huawei. And so the problems begin.

– Although Huawei are relatively protected because they make their own HiSilicon CPU’s, these are based on a design owned by ARM. That company, for those who don’t know, is actually British, however some of their CPU designs contain “US origin technology” and are therefore affected by the Trump Trade Termination (as we’re calling it). The BBC have obtained details which show ARM ceasing…

….all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements.

This is a massive blow, as the CPU’s Huawei make are based on ARM’s technology. Huawei currently pay a licence to use it. Those same HiSilicon CPU’s are used in the servers and networking kit powering the Huawei mobile infrastructure used by many masts and other equipment.

Huawei. And so the problems begin.

– On one handset alone, Huawei uses components from several different American companies. The BBC took a look at the P30 Pro and found mobile networking kit from Skyworks (based in Massachusetts), radio frequency modules made by Qorvo (in Greensboro, North Carolina) and flash storage designed by Micron Technologies, based in Idaho.

Huawei. And so the problems begin.

– Honor are affected by all of this too. These phones are made by Huawei and share the problems and components.

The US President has effectively put Huawei into a very, very difficult position. One which is very difficult to get out of.

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Justice Department Staff: Block Sprint + T-Mobile Merger

Internally, the US Justice Department’s antitrust division has recommended the agency file a lawsuit to block the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, according to a Reuters reports citing two sources familiar with the matter. The final decision on whether to allow the merger now lies with political appointees at the department. That decision is expected in about a month, the two sources said. Earlier this week, two FCC commissioners announced their support for the deal, after Sprint agreed to shed its Boost prepaid brand. Both the FCC and DoJ must approve for the merger to proceed.

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Hands On with the Blu G9

The Blu G9 is $180 Android phone that tries very hard to look like a flagship-level phone, and pulls off the look pretty well. Its HD screen has a small notch, it supports fast charging of the large 4,000 mAh battery, and it has 4GB of RAM, so there’s substance behind the style. What’s this eye-catching phone like in person? We checked it out.

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Blu G9 Offers Large Battery, Premium Look for Less

The Blu G9 went on sale today, offering mid-range specs and flagship looks for just $130 for a limited time on Amazon, and $180 thereafter. The phone has a metallic frame and glass-like metallic back with color gradient. Its 6.3-inch HD screen has a small notch and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Its large 4,000 mAh battery supports fast charging via USB-C. It also has dual rear cameras, Android 9 (Pie), a MediaTek Helio P22 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of storage. It also has a fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack, and memory card slot. The G9, an unlocked phone, has Cat. 6 LTE in bands 2, 4, 5, 12, and 13, providing basic support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

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Tor Privacy Browser Now Available for Android

The Tor web browser is now available for Android phones. Tor provides complete privacy and anonymity using “onion routing”, which routes traffic through multiple servers to mask its source, and encrypts it each step of the way. The Tor browser interface is based on the familiar Firefox browser. It also provides protections against cross-site tracking and fingerprinting. The Android version has been in alpha since September, but just became available in a final, stable release. It’s available now from the Play Store.

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Sony "Defocuses" on Americas Phone Market

In a recent presentation to investors, Sony revealed new plans for its struggling phone business. The company will continue making phones, but focus exclusively on four markets: Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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EE get the jump on Vodafone. 5G going live on May 30th

EE get the jump on Vodafone. 5G going live on May 30th

Vodafone recently announced their 5G go-live date of July 3rd, but today, in a briefing to press, EE gave announced their intention to switch everything on next Thursday.

It means that EE will provide the UK’s first full 5G service, even if there’s really nobody using it just yet

Six cities will be getting 5G coverage initially. They’re London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester. The network is then committed to rolling out more than 100 new 5G sites per month.

EE get the jump on Vodafone. 5G going live on May 30th

The network also told us about new “5G Smart SIM only and handset plans”, with 5G phones from both Samsung and OnePlus going on sale today. The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, however, is the confirmed to be the UK’s first commercially available 5G smartphone.

EE get the jump on Vodafone. 5G going live on May 30th

Pete Lau, CEO and founder of OnePlus told us..

EE is the perfect launch partner for the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, the network is designed for speed, and complements the incredible screen of our device. Whether you’re streaming a film, or playing a game, the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G delivers stunning quality and is always ready to keep you entertained.

Read more about the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in our earlier story. It’ll be available in Nebula Blue with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage from the EE website. Pricing plans start at £59 per month. It’s a massive £69 per month with £50 upfront for 30GB monthly.

Here’s what’s on their site right now, although they all appear to be on pre-order at the moment…

EE get the jump on Vodafone. 5G going live on May 30th

Pricing?

We’ve had a good look around the 5G sections of the EE website but couldn’t really find a great deal on prices. What we do know is that EE will be pushing (and throwing in) a lot of their benefits, such as the Swappables (5G customers get two choices instead of one) and 5G customers will also be able to upgrade their phone whenever they want with the “EE Upgrade Anytime” included as standard. EE say that ..

All these benefits are available for just £5 more per month than 4G handset plans.

They also tell us that, for SIM-only, you’ll also get Swappable benefits and inclusive Service Pack benefits. Packages start at £32 per month for a 20GB SIM-only deal. That compares to their current £22 per month deal on 4G for the same 20GB.

Would you pay an extra £10 per month for 5G?

The top package appears to be 100GB of 5G for £52 per month. As a comparison, here’s a look at 100GB monthly 4G SIM-only plans from other providers…

EE get the jump on Vodafone. 5G going live on May 30th

So £52 per month for 100GB on SIM-only EE 5G, or £20 per month for 100GB on SIM-only Three 4G?

As is usual with any new technology, this is all going to cost you a lot more per month. If you want even more speed, you need even more cash.

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The European Elections. It’s all about phone orientation.

The European Elections. Its all about phone orientation.

Let’s not try and get into politics. You can probably guess my stance as I’ve been lucky enough to visit several European countries over the years and I really can’t see any tangible benefit of leaving. As part of the EU, Britain has access to 36 free trade deals with non-EU countries. Leaving the EU means we’ll have none in place if we leave in the next few weeks. Oh, and we’ve always had control over immigration, it was just convenient for the press and the government to let the EU shoulder the blame. Tomorrow the Brexit Party will be seeking to fill our 73 elected MEP positions, and there’ll be a lot more votes from unhappy voters than happy ones.

However, as we cover smartphones, all we know is that this Leave voter films in portrait. Bloody portrait. That’s all we need to know on the matter.

STOP FILMING STUFF IN BLOODY PORTRAIT.

Get out and vote tomorrow people. Landscape. Switch to landscape.

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Honor 20 Pro – Hands on

So, the launch has happened and it’s now time to get up close and personal with the Honor 20 Pro. Now, before we get into this fully, I would like to thank Ricky West from TechTalk. He has provided us with the close-up shots of the device. I was only able to get a brief hands-on with the Moschino Honor 20 Pro at the event today, so he’s really helped out. Ricky runs a Youtube channel and it is well worth checking out.

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

This is the Phantom Black variant of the device and I know what you’re thinking. Yes, it does look purple, you’re right, but only in certain light and at certain angles. That is the 3D Mesh finish at work in all its glory.

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

One thing that I think we can safely say is that it’s stunning in this colour. Definitely different, but in a very good way.

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

Here’s another shot of the camera layout, with that asymmetric L-shaped design and the 4 camera setup…

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

On the top of the phone there’s no ports, but there is a mic and also an IR emitter (as is the Honor/Huawei way). It is very difficult to see with the shimmering colour effect though (you can see it in the hands in video below)..

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

Finally the face of the phone with the minuscule 4.5mm 32MP camera. This takes some really good photos from what I’ve seen and, if it is the same sensor as the P30 Pro then it should be great.

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

The screen is very bright and clear, but perhaps expected from an AMOLED screen with a very high 1080 x 2340 resolution and high PPI of 412. The screen-to-body ratio is brilliant at 91.6%. This makes for almost invisible bezels, giving a great viewing experience.

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

In a bit of a switch we now have the Phantom Blue.

In this side view we can see the fingerprint sensor which will unlock the phone in 0.3 seconds. It can also be used to trigger the in-built voice assistant which is a nice use of the space. It is very naturally placed and falls just below your finger when holding the phone, as you can see in this next shot.

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

Another close up of the fingerprint sensor..

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

Below we can see the USB Type C port that will support charging speeds of up 22.5W. It’ll also pull double duty as the headphone port. Gone is the  “courage port”, or 3.5 mm headphone jack as we more commonly know it. Through that connection the phone will push out Virtual 9:1 surround sound which will be awesome, and I look forward to testing it out as soon as I get hands on with the phone.

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

I will leave you with one more pic of the camera layout..

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

The last bit of business that we need to take care of is the hands-on video. This was shot at the venue which had some pretty terrible lighting. I was unable to get the normal Honor 20 Pro, so I went one better and used the Moschino version of the phone. I hope you’ll enjoy!

As for the specs of the phone here is a brief reminder for you…

OS – Magic UI 2.1.0 (compatible with Android 9)
COLOR – Phantom Black or Phantom Blue
DISPLAY – 6.26’’all-view display, 2340p x 1080p 16.7M colors, 412 PPI Multi touch-sensitive screen
CHIPSET – 7nm Kirin 980 AI Chipset with Dual-NPU
BATTERY – 4,000mAh (typical value) all-day battery / 22.5W HONOR SuperCharge: 50% in 30 mins
CAMERA – 32MP Selfie Camera • F/2.0 aperture • 3D Portrait Lighting / AI Camera / AI Ultra Clarity mode / AIS Super Night mode / AI Image Stabilization (AIS) / AI Color mode / Rear cameras: up to UHD 4K video recording, supported by EIS / Front camera: up to 1080P video recording, supported by EIS
STORAGE – ROM: 256GB**/ RAM: 8GB**
CONNECTIVITY – Wi-Fi 2.4GHz: 802.11 b/g/n, MIMO Wi-Fi 5GHz: 802.11 a/n/ac Bluetooth BT5.0 USB 2.0 GPS/AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou/Galileo/QZSS
SIZE 154.60mm (L) x 73.97mm (W) x 8.44mm (D) / Approximately 182g (including battery)
FINGERPRINT – Yes
NFC – Yes
SENSOR Proximity sensor/ Digital compass /Ambient light sensor /Gravity sensor /Hall-sensor Gyroscope
OTHER – 4G LTE TDD: B38/B40/B41(2545-2655MHz) 4G LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28 3G WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B6/B8/B19 2G GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8

We also now have the UK pricing which will be £549 from the Honor store

Honor 20 Pro   Hands on

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Honor 20 Pro announced

Today we have had the pleasure of being in London again. This time Honor have announced their very handset. This phone is actually part of a new collection of phones called the “Honor 20 Series”.

Honor 20 Pro announced

Within the series, there will be a Pro version, a Standard version and also the Lite version which is already available. We are going to look at the Honor 20 Pro for now though…

Honor 20 Pro announced

The big focus of this newly announced phone, and an area that was heavily mentioned during the keynote, was the big uptick in camera capability. Honor is really pushing hard in this area. It is the first Honor phone to have been tested by DXOMark and achieved a score of 111 combined.

Honor 20 Pro announced

The phone will also feature 4 lenses. all which will be used for different jobs. Starting at the top we have got a 16MP Super Wide Angle and next down is the 48MP main camera that will come courtesy of Sony IMX 586 sensor. That has been popping up on a lot of phones in the last few weeks. Next to that is an 8MP Telephoto with 3x optical zoom and up to 30x zoom. This has various stages in-between. Finally, there is the 2MP Macro lens that is built into the area where the flash module is also to be found.

The lenses are set out in an L-Shaped design that is familiar with what we have seen on the P30 Pro.

These camera promise to be really impressive and we will be putting them to the test over the next few weeks as part of our review cycle.

Honor 20 Pro announced

Next up is the new positioning of the fingerprint sensor. In what is a first for Honor, and a move that I am personally a fan of, the sensor has been mounted on the right-hand side of the phone instead of on the back or under the display. A lot like the Xperia 10 that Leigh reviewed this morning.

Honor 20 Pro announced

Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the setup of my P30 Pro, but that comes at a high cost as the technology to implement this setup is still relatively new.

For the rest of the design, the phone is adopting Honor’s stunning use of colour for the rear of the phone. They are also bringing a Dynamic Holographic glass back which is crafted using an industry-first Triple 3D Mesh technology. This is a step up from the beautiful design that was fundamental to the Honor View20 from late last year.

Honor 20 Pro announced

The mesh consists of 3 separate layers. The “depth layer” has millions of miniature prisms to give a diamond-like look. This is then topped by a glass layer which in turn is then coated with the hue that will give the phone its unique colour.

Honor 20 Pro announced

Around the front, we now have a 6.26″ “All View Display” with a stunning 91.6% screen-to-body ratio. This also has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a PPI of 412. It is also Honor’s first ever OLED screen with a hole punch camera measuring 4.5mm across whilst providing 32 MP sensor. Unlike its Huawei stablemate, the Honor 20 Pro does have an earpiece, so audio playback should be a bit better, but this is something that will have to be tested in a quieter environment than the Battersea Evolution!

The edges of the phone have been curved and smoothed for a much better feel in the hand, as you expect from a flagship phone. This, along with the curved screen, make for a much better feel in the hand and aids to grip. The front and back glass have also been coated with anti-fingerprint treatments to try and keep the design elements of the phone shining through.

Honor 20 Pro announced

The aforementioned L-Shaped camera design does allow for a larger battery than previously seen in Honor devices, coming in at 4000mAh. This will also support quick charging at a speed of up to 22.5w. This, of course, facilitated through USB Type C 3.1. This port will also double-up as the audio jack as we no longer have the 3.5mm headphone jack present. Using the USB Type C has the added benefit of enabling 9:1 surround sound, which is a first on any smartphone.

Inside this beauty we have the tried and tested Kirin 980 processor. This can be paired with either 6GB RAM and 128GB storage or 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage depending on which model you go for.

With the pricing starting at 599 Euro, this is a phone that is definitely worth a look.

Honor 20 Pro announced

So there we have it, the Honor 20 Pro. We will be getting a review device in due course which will be put through its paces very soon.

Full press release below..

HONOR’s Flagship N-Series Welcomes Its Latest Member – HONOR 20 Series

  • HONOR launches new collection of HONOR 20 LITE, HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO
  • HONOR 20 and 20 PRO combine 48MP AI Quad Camera, Dynamic Holographic design with powerful Kirin 980 chipset and GPU Turbo 3.0
  • HONOR signs international football star Dele Alli as UK Brand Ambassador

[London, May 21, 2019] Global smartphone brand HONOR has today officially launched its HONOR 20 series: HONOR 20 LITE, HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO. This masterpiece collection testifies to not only the excellence of HONOR’s N-Series, which is lauded for superior design and photography capability, but also the brand’s commitment to the youthful aesthetics and unmatched capabilities.

The newly launched flagship HONOR 20 and 20 PRO has gathered global limelight through its world’s first Dynamic Holographic Design and 48MP AI Quad Camera. The all-powerful Quad Camera has earned the HONOR 20 PRO an impressive DxOMark score of 111.

As well as launching the new 20 Series, HONOR has also announced a partnership with international football star Dele Alli, who joins HONOR as its UK Brand Ambassador. Both Dele and HONOR are young players in their respective fields but display finesse and drive beyond their years thanks to their ability to put in hard work and determination.

“At HONOR, we follow the ethos “Always Better” in everything we do,” said George Zhao, President of HONOR. “HONOR’s renowned N-Series welcomes the latest member of the family, the HONOR 20 Series, and invites users to ‘Capture Wonder’ with a professional-grade camera and the wondrous Dynamic Holographic design. This design cements our leadership in smartphone craftsmanship, which is firmly rooted in HONOR’s principal approach to light play. We welcome users around the world to witness the wonder of HONOR 20 Series on our official website via www.hihonor.com.”

The HONOR 20 LITE is now available in the UK for £249.99 at Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and Very. The HONOR 20 can be pre-ordered now for £399.99 at Carphone Warehouse, O2, Three, Amazon and Argos with a free HONOR Watch Magic, normally priced at £179.99, and will be available soon. More information on the launch of HONOR 20 PRO will be released in the near future.

The Wonder of 48MP AI Quad Flagship Camera

The 20 Series’ flagship, the HONOR 20 PRO, features a Quad Camera which leads with a Sony IMX586 48MP Main Camera, featuring the advanced AI Ultra Clarity mode and AIS Super Night mode to empower users to capture clearer images. The 20 PRO’s Quad Camera is also packed with the 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera, 8MP Telephoto Camera and 2MP Macro Camera which allows users to capture wider and closer shots with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). These four cameras contribute to an impressive DxOMark score of 111.

The HONOR 20 Series also sends shockwaves across the industry with the innovation of AIS Super Night mode and the industry’s largest F1.4 aperture. Powered by the AI multi-frame stabilization technology and an enhanced algorithm, the mode creates ultra-clear night shots with heightened brightness, lower noise, and better colour preservation. With more light passing through the lens thanks to the F1.4 aperture, users can record their magic moments in great details even in dimly-lit scenarios.

The 48MP AI Quad Camera enables users to capture photos with extreme clarity during the day, especially with the AI Ultra Clarity mode. In this mode, the Dual-NPU and the Dual-ISP of the 7nm Kirin 980 AI chipset collate the best details from multiple photos into one “Super 48MP Photo” with a quality surpassing normal 48MP pictures, and vivid details and colours. With the 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera, users can capture more with an extensive 117° viewing angle. Meanwhile the Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) prompts the tiny gyro-sensors to quickly shift pieces of the lens glass to the off-set motion before the image is converted into a digital format, creating a sharper image even with shaky hands.

Finally, the 2MP Macro lens can give users a creative edge by offering new perspectives that the naked eye would never be able to see. It allows users to capture incredible details as close as 4cm, ideal for photographers who enjoy shooting flora and fauna. Similarly, the ability to zoom in on a subject at 3X lossless optical zoom, 5X hybrid zoom and 30X digital zoom means that users can shoot minute details – a useful feature for nature-loving photographers who are looking to photograph elusive wildlife, or street photographers who portray the hassle and bustle of city life.

The Wonder of Cutting-Edge Dynamic Holographic Design

The HONOR 20 Series redefine the user experience by becoming the first product in HONOR’s history to introduce a multi-dimensional, Dynamic Holographic glass back. Meticulously crafted through HONOR’s industry-first Triple 3D Mesh technology, the two-stage process first create a depth layer using nanotechnology to engrave millions of miniature prisms. Upon completion of this intricate process, the engineers continue with the assembly of glass, color, and depth layers. As light passes through the prisms in the depth layer, light is reflected and refracted in all directions.

Coated in either Phantom Black or Phantom Blue for HONOR 20 PRO, and Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue for HONOR 20, the color layer is combined with the glass and depth layer in a vacuum environment under the precise control of temperature and pressure. The outcome is a depth-inducing optical effect that makes the HONOR 20 Series stand out from its predecessors. Due to the complex process, for every 100 back covers, only 20 meet the stringent standards. Meanwhile the HONOR 20 LITE features a bold, avant-garde gradient design available in two beautiful finishes –Phantom Blue and Midnight Black – engineered by HONOR’s highest level of craftsmanship and sophisticated 3D photolithography technology.

The Wonder of an All-Round User Experience

HONOR’s “Always Better” ethos drives the brand to go beyond the textural and colour design of the Dynamic Holographic glass back. HONOR 20 and 20 PRO boasts a 6.26″ all-view display with a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio. With a 4.5mm in-screen camera, the all-view display allows an even more enthralling visual experience without compromising on aesthetics.

The fingerprint sensor on the right side of its aluminium frame has been positioned to complement the natural placement of fingers when one picks up a phone. The asymmetrical “L-shaped” positioning of the four camera lenses allows for a 4,000 mAhiii battery that can support a full-day uninterrupted use. Meanwhile, the HONOR 20 Pro adopts a Graphene cooling sheet technology, a new thermal solution that can efficiently dissipate heat and thus maintaining the optimal performance.

In terms of mobile gaming, the HONOR 20 Series is equipped with the industry-leading GPU Turbo 3.0 – a feature that boosts the device’s gaming capabilities by offering users an enhanced visual and tactile experience. Backed by consumer demands, HONOR 20 Series has teamed up with approximately 25 most sought-after mobile games right now including Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, and Arena of Valor.

Apart from the viewing and gaming experiences, users can indulge in an immersive audio experience through the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound feature powered by Histen 6.0. This is the first time that this cutting-edge technology is applied to smartphones. The Virtual 9.1 surround sound supports all types of wired and wireless earphones and packs an in-built dual microphone with noise reduction – a system tailored according to the specific needs of technophiles and audiophiles.

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