Alcatel Onyx for Cricket Offers Dual-Camera for $120

The Alcatel Onyx for Cricket has a fingerprint reader, dual rear cameras, a tall 2:1 display, and sells for $120. It’s based on the Alcatel 1x that was launched at CES a few weeks ago. The Onyx does have a fingerprint reader (not all versions of the 1x do). The Onyx also has 32 GB of internal storage instead of the standard 16 GB on the 1x. Otherwise, the Onyx is identical to the 1x. The phone has a 5.5-inch HD display, 3,000 mAh battery, memory card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio. Its 13-megapixel main camera is aided by a 2-megapixel depth camera for portrait effects, the focus of which can be adjusted after the photo is taken. The front camera is 5 megapixel. The Onyx comes with Android 8.1 (Oreo). Alcatel and Cricket announced the Onyx today and it’s available now, in “Suede Black”.

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First US 5G Spectrum Auction is Complete

The FCC’s Auction 101 of licenses to operate in the 28 GHz radio frequency band has reached its conclusion. The Commission successfully auctioned 2,965 licenses, selling for a grand total of $702,572,410. The auction continued despite the ongoing government shutdown because the administration of such auctions is funded by auction proceeds. Auction 101 is tightly linked with Auction 102, for 24 GHz spectrum. Both frequency bands are expected to be used for mobile 5G service. Auction 102 will proceed imminently now that Auction 101 is over. The list of which companies won which licenses is secret until both auctions have concluded.

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Moto G7 Series Accidentally Made Public by Motorola

A Brazilian Motorola web site accidentally posted photos and details of the unannounced Moto G7 series of phones. There will be four versions of the G7. All of them have a headphone jack, fingerprint reader, memory card slot, and Android 9 (Pie). The standard Moto G7 model will have a 6.24″ full-HD+ display with a small “drop-style” notch, and dual rear cameras. Inside is a Snapdragon 632 processor paired with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and 3,000 mAh battery. The Moto G7 Plus model is very similar but has a Snapdragon 636 processor and higher-resolution cameras (16 megapixel main / 12 megapixel selfie). A slightly lower-end Moto G7 Power has a huge 5,000 mAh battery, but has a lower-res (720p) HD screen with a larger notch, less internal storage, a single rear camera, and 3 GB RAM. The cheaper-still Moto G7 Play is similar to the G7 Power but with a smaller 5.7-inch display, 2 GB RAM, and a 3,000 mAh battery. An event is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Brazil where the G7 series is expected to be formally announced.

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Affordable MVNO Visible Expands to Android, Starts Selling Phones

“Unlimited” Verizon 4G service is now available to anyone for $40/month through Visible, an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). The Verizon-backed company launched in May last year as an invite-only service for people bringing their own compatible iPhone. The company dropped the invitation requirement later in the year. As of today, the service is compatible with Android phones, and the company is selling new iPhone and Android phones. The initial Android selection is just the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. The 4G service is limited to 5 Mbps data speed, but all usage is otherwise unlimited. The company does not charge activation fees, SIM card kit fees, upgrade fees, nor restocking fees. The company now offers phone financing with no interest and no down payment, as well as phone insurance plans. Visible has no physical locations, offering activation, support, and all customer interactions via its app, now available for both iOS and in beta for Android.

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Meizu to launch a phone with no orifices!

Meizu to launch a phone with no orifices!
I must admit, I’ve never been that averse to holes. Quite like them. However, Meizu are determined to “push the boundaries of future flagship smartphones” by bringing us a handset that doesn’t have any of them…

Meizu launches the world’s first holeless mobile phone, a true holeless design combined with superb craftsmanship, embracing the new norm of future Smartphones.

The Meizu zero is set to become the first holeless mobile phone. It’s made from a ceramic unibody and is IP68 Certified dust and water resistant.

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So, those traditional holes then. Where have they gone? Well, the 3.5mm port is obviously in the bin. Instead you’ll use Bluetooth audio. Next, the charging port. That’s gone because instead you use a large capacity Meizu “Super mCharge Wireless” system instead. This, according to the company, delivers super-quick battery boosting. Next up, the earpiece, and they’ve added “groundbreaking mSound 2.0 In-screen Sound Technology” to use the screen as a speakers.

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That screen, by the way, is a 5.99″ AMOLED unit incorporating an under-glass fingerprint sensor. Other gadgets include a “Virtual Side Button” to wake the device and adjust the volume without any actual button being present. The company call this the Meizu mEngine 2.0 linear haptic engine, so it’ll feel like a button even though it’s not physically there.

The phone comes with its own charging base to charge and perform data transfers.

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Oh, and the SIM tray? Gone. Instead you’ve got an eSIM, so no pin-hole to push, no cards to fiddle around with.

More as we get it. Interesting idea though 🙂

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The Daily Mail dislikes company which tells the truth about The Daily Mail

This particular newspaper seems to have perfected something that many want to emulate. Newspapers are struggling. The traditional printing presses are getting quieter and newspaper circulation figures are falling through the floor.

Recent figures show some double-digit declines in the actual physical newspaper sales figures. The Sun is still the most popular in print, but has seen their circulation drop by 6% year-on-year, The Daily Telegraph is down by 22%, The Sunday Telegraph by 17%, The Daily Star is down by 15%, The Express by 12%, The Daily Mirror down by 12% and The Daily Mail is down by 12% too.

The move to online is no-where near as lucractive. You can’t make as much money. You can’t charge as much and, with almost everybody now browsing the internet on a smartphone, you can’t flood the page with banners, pop-ups and all the adverts that would help boost your revenue.

So you need as much traffic as possible. You need “stickiness” and you need to get those few ads you are running being displayed as much as possible.

That, then, is where the Daily Mail Online somehow manages to tick the “most successful news website in the world”-box and the “utterly terrible journalism standards”-box at the same time.

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Meghan is helping to create DROUGHT AND MURDER.

See, to get clicks, to get “eyes”, you need to write in a certain way. A way that will “link” your news item to a certain topic without having any factual evidence to support it. A way to casually mention something totally unrelated in order to create a mental connection and a subliminal message. A way to annoy, aggravate and push you into adding a comments, because comments mean more time on the site, more clicks, more money.

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However, the hilariously terrible Daily Mail, which continues to prove popular whilst being widely derided, has hit the news in a way that they probably wouldn’t like. It’s now being flagged as a news website which “fails basic standards of accuracy and accountability”. Some could say that they’re getting a taste of their own medicine, especially when you consider how they regularly attack and discredit celebrities, politicians, judges or members of the Royal Family.

Now, this isn’t new. The warning comes from a plug-in called NewsGuard, which you can stick onto most browsers via a plugin. We’ve just put it on our desktop Chrome browser and, after browsing the Daily Mail website, you get this…
#The Daily Mail dislikes company which tells the truth about The Daily MailAs you can see, it states that the paper repeatedly publishes false content, it doesn’t gather information responsibly and tends to crash all over the line between bringing the news and adding opinionated rants. In addition, their headlines are deceptive and they don’t seem to offer details of who’s in charge. Most stories are written by an un-named reporter.

The matter came to prominence recently though after Microsoft updated its Edge browser app for Android and iOS devices so that NewsGuard was built in. Some of the 28 people using the browser then must’ve noticed. The Daily Mail took a slight swipe at NewsGuard, and “a spokesman” told us the following…

We have only very recently become aware of the NewsGuard start-up and are in discussions with them to have this egregiously erroneous classification resolved as soon as possible.

The BBC asked NewsGuard’s developers about this. They stated that they had already tried to contact the Mail Online.

Our journalist analysts always contact websites if they get a negative rating on any of our nine journalistic criteria. The Mail Online chose not to reply.

 

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Xiaomi announce new Mi Mix 3 offer coming soon

Remember recently we brought you the news the new Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was heading to the UK?

Well it must have been a huge success with the £50 off limited offer sold in just 28 minutes!

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To make sure customers are not left disappointed, Xiaomi have announced that the promotion will start again from the 25th January. This will give customers another chance to bag that handy discount.

We are hoping to have a Mi Mix 3 arrive for review shortly so be sure to check back for our thoughts.

Did you manage to bag a bargain Mi Mix 3? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Below is the press release that was received today by Xiaomi.

XIAOMI ANNOUNCES FURTHER MI MIX 3 DISCOUNTS

  • The initial early bird discount saw limited stock sell out in just 28 minutes
  • The new device offers UK customers an innovative magnetic slider and unprecedented full-screen display experience

LONDON, UK, 23 January 2019 — Following the initial early bird sell out of the Mi MIX 3 on the 16th January, Xiaomi today confirmed a second discount round available to Mi Fans for £449.

The 6GB+128GB version will be available at the discounted price in the UK from Mi.com and Ebuyerand joins Xiaomi’s award-winning Mi MIX series. Once again the brand has merged both technology and art – sporting an innovative magnetic slider alongside a beautiful ceramic back which will be available in two standout colours, Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black. The Mi MIX 3 is also available on Amazon for £499.

Available to UK customers for the first time, Mi MIX 3’s camera setup has achieved a DxOMark photo score of 108 and a selfie score of 84 – making it one of the top three selfie cameras in the world. The device also has a four-sided curved ceramic back panel and an unprecedented full-screen display experience,

To reward loyal Mi Fans, the Mi MIX 3 went on sale on the 16th January at an early bird price of £449* selling out in just 28 minutes.

Wilkin Lee, UK Sales and Marketing Director, comments, “The response to the Mi MIX 3 has been hugely positive in the UK. With limited stocks available and due to high demand with Mi Fans, we will be running a further deal beginning on the 25th January.”

Patented magnetic slider offers a new interactive experience

Mi MIX 3’s patented slider incorporates neodymium magnets that have been carefully calibrated. Once the screen is pushed down, the magnetic mechanism immediately kicks in and finishes the opening in a snap with just the right amount of force. Xiaomi has dedicated substantial resources to the production process to ensure the slider has a life expectancy of 300,000 cycles in lab tests.

The slider design not only creates space for front cameras and antenna, but also allows for the maximum full-screen display. Mi MIX 3 employs a 6.39-inch, 2340 x 1080-pixel FHD+ Samsung AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Its bezels have been further reduced from its predecessor to achieve an extreme screen-to-body ratio of 93.4%.

The full-screen slider is fully customisable. Users can slide-open the phone to answer calls or customise it to launch different functions. Additionally, there is a special in-game function for the slider, allowing users to access screen capture, screen recorder, or hide notifications during gaming sessions.

World-class photography rated 108 by DxOMark

Mi MIX 3 features a 12MP + 12MP rear dual camera that uses the same sensors as Mi 8. To further improve performance in low-light environments, Xiaomi introduced a steady handheld night photography mode in Mi MIX 3, bundling various useful features including hardware multi-frame noise reduction, AI light metering, and AI image stabilization and calibration.

Coupled with the rear camera’s 4-axis OIS, Mi MIX 3 is Xiaomi’s best smartphone for low-light photos to date. The rear dual camera also features 4K video recording and 960 fps slow-motion video capture, supported by an AI background music feature that automatically adds sound effects according to the flow of motion in the video.

The 24MP + 2MP front module sports a Sony IMX576 main sensor that can capture more details than ever before. In low-light conditions, the sensor uses Super Pixel technology to combine the information of four pixels into one large pixel, resulting in 1.8µm large pixels that greatly improve clarity, especially in indoor and low-light scenarios. The secondary 2M sensor captures depth information to facilitate an AI bokeh effect.

Beautiful four-sided curved ceramic back

Mi MIX 3 continues the series’ tradition of using unique materials with artistic design, adding a new Sapphire Blue version inspired by the Palace Museum’s ceramic collections. These ceramic pieces are renowned for their beauty and were meticulously made using a complex production process with very precise temperature control.

10W wireless charger shipped with every unit

Mi MIX 3 supports Qi standard wireless charging and comes with a 10W wireless charger that is 30% more efficient than its predecessor – ensuring a faster version of wireless charging.

Xiaomi Corporation’s shipment of smartphones exceeded 100 million units by the end of October 2018, successfully reaching the full-year target set at its global core suppliers conference on 13 September 2017. Xiaomi has reached the target two months ahead of schedule, and it exceeds the unit shipment of 90 million in 2017.

According to Xiaomi’s Q3 results, in the third quarter of 2018, Xiaomi’s smartphones segment recorded revenue of approximately RMB35.0 billion (£4 billion), representing an increase of 36.1% year-on-year, which was mainly driven by increases in both smartphone sales volume and the average selling price. As of October 26, 2018, Xiaomi’s smartphone shipments exceeded 100 million units, successfully achieving our full-year target more than two months ahead of schedule.

Revenue from the IoT and lifestyle products segment grew the fastest year-on-year by 89.8% to RMB10.8 billion.

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So, you want something different?

How about a folding phone then eh?

Yep. Interested aren’t you? Me too! The ability to extend the display ad-hoc is definitely something I’d like to try out, although a piece of me thinks that there must be some sort of creasing on those edges after you’ve folded and unfolded a few hundred times, surely?

So, you want something different?

This tweet has a bit more detail, with Donovan Sung from Xiaomi telling us that’s it’s a special video from President and Co-founder Bin Lin.

This is in the prototype stage at the moment, so stop throwing your money at the screen.

If you’re interested, this is the second folding phone (with a continuous screen) that we’ve seen recently. Just last week we spotted the Royale Flexpai, which looked equally brilliant.

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Honor View20 – Review

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I’ll be honest, Huawei and Honor seem to be cranking up the handset launches to a rate where I’m losing track slightly. Honor, let’s not forget, is a sub-brand of Huawei. You get the same quality, the same Huawei processor and the same user interface, albeit with a slightly different name.

Announced here in Paris, we’ve used the View20 as our main handset for quite some time now, so we’re able to deliver a full review of the device today. Those of you looking for the “instant hit” can view our full hands-on video below…

Yes, the (almost) unique selling point of this phone is that there’s an in-display camera. It doesn’t sit in an indent, it’s actually positioned away from the edge and the screen goes around it. It’s very cool.

Oh, and I say “almost unique” because there’s a Samsung Galaxy A8s available in China with an in-display camera. However, that’s China. We’re in Europe, so if you want to show off with a phone that doesn’t look like any other smartphone around, check this thing out.

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In recent years (although honestly it feels like months) there’s been a big push towards having a notch on new smartphones. Some phones have fairly wide notches, others have “dewdrop” notches that are pretty small. Here though, there’s just a 4.5mm diameter peephole. That’s it. It means that other bits have gone. On the flat front panel you won’t see anything else. Instead, the earpiece is somehow neatly slotted into the start of the curve as it heads towards the top of the phone, where you’ll then see the rest of the sensors and – yes – a 3.5mm audio port.

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Very clever. When I made a call yesterday I did find that I had to re-position my ear slightly and the sound was slightly “narrow”, but the call was clear and it only took a few seconds to learn the new location.

We need to just talk a bit more about that selfie shooter. It’s a 25 megapixel unit for starters, and you can find yourself staring at it because, in a way, it all seems a bit bonkers.

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Think about it. They didn’t really have to put the camera within the display. They could’ve just jammed it into the corner of the screen so that it touched the border of the screen. That would’ve done. We’d still be talking about it just because it’s a new design idea.

But no, there’s like.. a millimetre of screen above the hole and maybe 2-3mm to the left of it. They’re just showing off now. That’s a tiny, tiny amount of screen. They’re being all clever with that and I love it.

You stare at it as the screen changes, thinking, “Wow, that’s a bit mad that”.

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The screen itself is a 6.4″ 1080×2310 screen with a 398ppi density. In these photos you’ll notice that I’ve still got the screen protector on. I’ve learned over the years to take care of phones that have been loaned to me, so it’s staying on. Due to the screen protector the camera is slightly more noticeable. No notch though, and it achieves a near 92% screen-to-body ratio.

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At the back is a dual-camera setup on a slightly pronounced base. There’s a 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor f/1.8 unit on the back. Yes, that’s 48 megapixels and one of the highest megapixel counts on a smartphone. It’s a great camera – great zoom and this is in part thanks to a secondary sensor for “Time of Flight” (ToF) to capture the depth of the shot.

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I’ll have some example shots from this later on in the review, and I have to say that I was particularly impressed with the low-light images. On the back you’ll also notice that fingerprint sensor. Nicely positioned this, and it works well.

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The reflection on the black model is kinda hard to see unless you’re under a spotlight so…

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.. choose the blue model (or red) if you can. The back panel is bonkers amazeballs!

The back panel also has a really nice “v shaped” reflection with shimmering colours. The gradient finish gleams and changes shade depending on the light and looks fantastic. Hard to capture on camera, but under spotlights or sunlight it looked fantastic. Great to see that it’s made it out of China and you don’t have to hide this either. They’ve put a free cover in the box which fits snugly onto the phone, albeit with a slight bit of “flappiness” at the top where the sensors are.

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As you’d expect from a Honor-supplied case / cover, the cut-outs perfectly match all the various orifices and buttons..

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..all the way down to the sensors up top. You can see the small slice here for that earpiece. As mentioned before, we’ve got that 3.5mm audio port up top, which is great, but you can of course still use Bluetooth headphones.

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Nice bit of Honor branding…

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Along the side, as you’ll have seen from the case shots there, is an understated but easy-to-locate volume and power button for waking the device..

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This sits on a beautifully curved brush-metal edging. On the other side is the double-SIM tray. No microSD card though, you’re going to need to rely on the internal storage alone. On the photo below, look at that edge strip again. Note the subtle arched curve backwards near the top. These little tweaks definitely give it a classy and premium feel.Honor View20   Review

At the bottom, that external speaker and a USB-C charging point. There’s obviously your microphone here too..

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Oh, and I know I’ve already shown you the top, but here’s another quick look. It’s put together amazingly well.

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Inside the phone and we have Android 9.0 (Pie) with the “Magic UI” named after the Honor phone of the same name. It’s basically a rebrand of the Huawei EMUI 9 though and you’ll feel very at home if you’ve used a Huawei handset.

Specs then, and yes, I have got this far into the review without touching too much on them. It’s powered by a Huawei Kirin 980 CPU, and this has 2 2.6GHz cores, 2 1.92Ghz cores and 4 x 1.8Ghz cores plus a Malu G76 MP10 GPU. It’s fast and actually the same processor you’ll see in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Add to that the 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage… it’s no slouch. As I mentioned before, there’s no microSD card slot.

It’s powered by a great 4000mAh battery and the usual Huawei battery management keeps things ticking along for a hilariously long time. Honestly, a very long time. I normally use a smartphone quite heavily, so to see the phone showing a 72% charge remaining at 10PM is just unheard of. The. battery. life. is. amazeballs.

There’s dual 4G with those double-SIMs, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC for your card payments, aGPS, dual-band WiFi and AI tech to make your photos look sharp and vivid.

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Aside from the GUI, a nice feature is the “Digital Balance” option in the settings. This shows just how much screen time you’re using. You can also set app limits, time limits and when it’s time for bed. When you set this up you’ll need to choose if this is your own phone or your child’s handset, setting time limits for usage which are only bypassed with your approval. If you have a Huawei ID, you can apparently do more with this, but when I clicked into the setting it went to the Chinese version of the website and I got a bit lost. That said, this is a pre-release handset so I’m hoping that there’s going to be some sort of remote management for the phone, so that you can approve remotely (a bit like the Apple iPhones) – currently you have to enter a PIN on the phone itself from what I can see on this one.

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On some of these shots you may have noticed that the navigation buttons are slightly off-centre. This immediately triggered my OCD but, after fiddling around in the settings trying to centre them, I realised that perhaps the off-set nature is by design, and means that your thumb can reach down without you losing hold of the phone. I’ve seen other handsets with this centred though so it could be because I’m using an early device. You’ll see a fourth button pop up in some parts of the GUI, and you can alter how many buttons you have and in which order they appear through the settings.

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It’s a big screen, but you can always reduce it down slightly and it works whether you’re left or right-handed . Great for one-handed work and you won’t need to stretch your fingers when you’re running for a bus.

With the CPU and RAM in this phone, everything is extremely quick. No lag, no slow-down or anything like that. I installed all my usual apps, including Spotify, WhatsApp, Twitter, Plex, SoundCloud, iPlayer, Strava and LinkedIn etc. It all worked very well and you get nicely rounded icons for your apps for the most part.

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Add to that the fact that you can easily adjust the appearance of the phone by going into the Themes option. You’d be best here to sign up for a Huawei ID to browse the various themes available. They’re all styled nicely so that you don’t end up with a disjointed appearance, however you can of course adjust the background and so on to a personal picture or anything you download. The Huawei ID will also connect you to a Huawei Cloud system where you can backup various parts of your phone, including WiFi settings, Recordings, photos, calendar appointments, contacts and notes.

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Huawei / Honor have also added a one-handed UI, motion control, voice control and a visual shopping application which integrates into the camera. This lets you point your phone at an item so that you can check for prices online. It’ll identify the item and do all the magic.

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To keep everything running smoothly you’ll find a Phone Manager which will let you manage your blocked numbers and block rules (you an immediately block “strangers” so that you won’t receive any calls unless they’re a contact).

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You can also keep an eye on data usage, battery usage (there’s the option of switching to Power Saving or Ultra Power Saving here but believe me, you won’t need it) and you can do a virus scan or clean up your phone to remove junk files.

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Other Huawei / Honor apps include HiCare for troubleshooting, updating, trading in and repair. This is your one-stop-shop for diagnosing any problems you may be having.

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Here’s a look around the UI. Open each shot by clicking on the preview image..

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There’s also the Huawei App Gallery, which I always tend to ignore (as it’s just another app store really), Huawei Health for monitoring your sleep and activity (this will also sync with Huawei Smart Bands), a file manager and an Honor Store, which just takes you to a website. Other apps include a Tips section so that you can use your phone more effectively, and the “Party Mode” to let you play music across several phones on the same network.

You can adjust the screen resolution to prolong battery life (again, you won’t need to, the battery life is just amazing) and there’s also the option of adjusting the screen brightness and hue so there’s less strain on your eyes.

GUI Video Walkthrough

Screen capture and screen recording is included on the Honor View20, so I figured I’d make use of the screen recording and show you around the phone properly…

Camera

Carrying a lot of functionality from Huawei, the camera has an AI mode to detect scenes and objects. This will then adjust the camera settings so that you get the best possible shot. You can of course turn this off, but it did a great job of spotting what I was taking a photo of. Even in test shots, where I was pointing it at the keyboard I’m typing on right now, it spotted that it was a keyboard!

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Options include “4D predictive focus” to show the focus points on moving objects in real-time and smile capture. There’s also an array of other options, including GPS-tagging, a grid system so that you get shots straight, audio control, a timer and a watermark.

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Head into the camera resolution settings and you’ll notice that 4:3 12 megapixel is the default. This is a pretty standard thing for all Android phones – no matter how good that rear camera, the default option will be a 4:3 format photo which loses megapixels. That said, 12 megapixel is a quarter of what this camera can do, so switch it up when you get one. There’s a 48 megapixel option and a 48 megapixel “AI Ultra Clarity” one. This mode is best for shooting stationary objects in good light.

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Wait, what is that 48 megapixel AI Ultra Clarity mode? Well, according to Honor, it will combine multiple 48 megapixel images into a single 48 megapixel photo, producing a “Super 48 megapixel” photo.

So why is it set to just 12 megapixels as default? Well, the answer basically is because you can’t zoom in the 48 megapixel setting.

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As touched upon before, that 3D rear camera can scan and recognise real world objects. Add the AI, switch to the front camera, and you can do all that AI Emoji stuff. Yes. This is the sort of feature that Samsung showed us on their far-more-expensive Galaxy S9, and yet here it is (to a degree), on the Honor View10.

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Pick a character, look at the phone an pull a face – the character will move with you and open its mouth when you do etc. Here it won’t create a character based on your looks, but you can at least have fun creating 3D Emojis. Here Honor calls them “AI-powered 3D Qmojis” and they’ll basically follow, learn and animate your facial expressions. Even your voice. Then you can fire them off in messages etc.

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Switch to the “Pro” mode and you can fiddle with all those extra camera options that I daren’t ever touch. You can save in RAW format too.

So, example photos below. Click them to get the original images..

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This was a very quick shot taken on a very dark and cold train platform

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This was taken in Paris at midnight. The sky here has been boosted quite a bit – it’s completely black to the naked eye.

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A quick shot from outside the restaurant. It was pitch black and raining

Now for some shots with the resolution cranked right up – these are all 48 megapixel photos..

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Another 48 megapixel AI Ultra Clarity shot

Well, for me that rear camera is fantastic. I’ll be bringing you a little more about the tricks that the depth sensor can do later on in a separate piece. Highly recommended from me.

Conclusion

Honor equals a budget phone, right? Well, wrong. The lines between Huawei and Honor are really blurring here. This is a powerhouse of a phone for a properly reasonable price. The graphic performance with that Mali-G76 GPU is stellar, the 4,000 mAh quick-charge battery just goes on and on and that Kirin 980 chipset flies. It’s 75% faster on a single core performance basis compared to the previous generation but it uses 58% less power. Shocking. Let’s not forget, this is a CPU from Huawei. It’s their own kit. Even when I was playing graphic-intensive games it felt like the phone wasn’t breaking a sweat. Honor engineers have developed a trick bit of liquid cooling technology which dissipates heat incredibly well.

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Sure, it lacks wireless charging, but there’s a nippy fingerprint sensor, two SIM slots, 128GB of storage on-board, a blistering CPU, excellent hi-end gaming performance, a fantastic camera and bags of memory to keep everything bouncing along. We are now firmly in a world where a top-spec phone DOES NOT need to cost the earth. Sure, that in-display camera is showing off a bit, but why not? It looks great, it takes fantastic photos and there’s a battery that’ll last forever powering it all.

Ok sure, so there’s no worries charging and, apparently according to the fact that the pinhole camera is there, no OLED screen, but again we’re hiring that old argument of, “Should you pay another £300-400 just to get a phone with those bits?”

Get this. Get this phone now. Yeah, yeah, I know you might not have heard about the brand, but believe me, this has all the tech, all the performance and all the build quality you’d expect from Huawei – albeit with an Honor badge. Plus, as I type, there’s loads of offers meaning you can get a watch thrown in with your purchase too.

One piece of advice though – if you like that shiny rear panel, go for the blue or red as the black version doesn’t shimmer quite as well.

So the price, for this flagship? Just £499 / €569. That’s for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Get one from Honor direct. You can also purchase the device on O2 or Amazon.

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Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?

Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?
We’re here live in Paris and, just now, the Honor View20 has been announced. Known also as the V20 (you’ll see the letter “V” on the back too, it’s got a few things going for it. For a start, there’s a selfie camera, but it’s actually in the screen. It sits in a tiny 4.5mm hole and is a 25 megapixel unit which also has some clever AR Emoji smarts. Around back, the news gets even better as a 48 megapixel Sony shooter ramps up the megapixel count to new heights.

 

Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?

The phone itself has a 6.4″ 1080 x 2310 pixel screen which is 398 ppi density and it clocks up a near 92% screen to body ratio.

Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?

It’s powered by Android 9.0 (Pie) and has the Huawei EMUI but is called “Magic UI 2” here. Storage-wise there’s no microSD slot, but you do get 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Yes, 6GB. Add to that the HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core chip. That’s the very same one that you’ll find in the Mate 20 Pro. It’s got two 2.6 GHz Cortex cores, two 1.92 GHz cores and four 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55 cores. Mix in some liquid-cooled magic, slot in the Mali-G76 MP10 GPU and then add a 4000mAh battery that lasts for ages and, well, you’ve got one very, very decent smartphone.

Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?

The camera at the back is a dual 48 megapixel unit with a depth sensor – you can do AI-powered 48 megapixel shots which are woven together to produce an ultra-clear photo. The AI will also detect scenes and objects, plus you can compare prices on goods by just taking a photo of them.

Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?

In addition there’s a 3.5mm audio port (officially known as the “courage port” here at Coolsmartphone), Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX, dual-band WiFi, dual-band A-GPS, NFC, a USB-C charger and a fingerprint sensor at the back. It’ll also do speedy charging.

Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?

The price? For this flagship? Just £499 / €569. That’s for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Images from the event below..

Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?
Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?
Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?
Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?
Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?
Honor View20 Announced. Spot the difference?

Full press release below, or head to the Honor website for more.

HONOR VIEW20 SETS NEW SMARTPHONE STANDARDS WITH WORLD-FIRST TECHNOLOGY

The HONOR View20 smartphone has been launched in the UK priced from £499.99 GBP

January 22, 2019 (Paris, France) – HONOR, a leading smartphone e-brand, launched its latest flagship smartphone, the HONOR View20, in Paris today for consumers in the UK. The brand unveiled a host of world-first features, including the first ever 48MP smartphone rear camera, a 25MP in-screen front camera and a stunning aurora nanotexture design, all of which helped it win numerous awards at CES 2019 in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Priced from £499.99 GBP, the HONOR View20 also offers strong performance thanks to a 7nm Kirin 980 AI chipset, as well as Triple-Antenna Wi-Fi technology, which prevents the signal from weakening when a user’s hands cover the receiver.

Michael Pan, President of HONOR, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to launch the HONOR View20, our latest flagship device. The HONOR View20’s impressive AI photography features, strong performance and world-first design are ideal for users looking for dynamic smartphones to match their fast-paced lifestyles. Delivering groundbreaking technology and industry-leading performance, the HONOR View20 is the next stage in smartphone evolution.”

Unrivalled smartphone photography and 3D camera capabilities

The HONOR View20’srear camera is the first to be powered by the SONY IMX586 48MP sensor, with a 1/2-inch large CMOS, and equivalent 1.6μm pixels in Quad Bayer array. The sensor, boosted by the Kirin 980 chipset, helps the new 48MP AI Ultra Clarity mode produce photos with unmatched detail and clarity.

The camera takes several 48MP pictures at once and collates the best details from each photo to create one 48MP image. The Kirin 980’s dual NPU processes the photo using an advanced AI algorithm, which assesses the photo quality, optimises details in the darks and adjusts colours to appear more vivid.

The advanced rear 3D camera collects information on the shapes of objects based on the time-of-flight of light signals to enable depth sensing, skeletal tracking and real-time motion capture. This camera can turn the HONOR View20 into a motion-controlled gaming console, allowing you to play 3D motion games like never before. For the best experience, users can purchase an official dock or use a USB Type-C to HDMI convertor and cables to connect the smartphone to a TV for motion-controlled gaming. They can also use wireless connection to connect the phone to a TV.

New dimension in design

The HONOR View20’s advanced in-screen front-facing 25MP camera design and innovative All-View Display provides a notch-less viewing experience accompanied by an outstanding 91.8% screen-to-body ratio.

The HONOR View20 is also the first smartphone to use nanolithography to create a nanotexture – a vivid and dynamic V-shape colour gradient effect featured on the rear of the phone. The smartphone’s integrated 3D curved body with an elegant arc design is only 8.1mm thick and consists of a perfect blend of metal and glass texture.

Cutting-edge 60fps gaming performance

To celebrate the HONOR View20 launch, HONOR is collaborating with Epic Games to push the mobile gaming experience of Fortnite to the next level. The HONOR View20 provides the highest average frame rate (60fps) and the lowest jitter rate when playing the action-packed game, in comparison to key competitors, delivering an excellent experience to gamers.

As part of this collaboration, HONOR View20 owners will have exclusive access to an HONOR GUARD outfit in Fortnite.

In addition, as part of HONOR and Epic Games’ commitment to push the limits of mobile gaming and bring a console-like experience to gamers everywhere, the brands have begun working together to optimise select HONOR devices for the Unreal 4 Engine.

A leap into intelligent living

The HONOR View20 is equipped with innovative AI capabilities which deliver a customised, easy-to-use experience. Its 3D camera can identify over 100 kinds of food and the AI object identification feature can even identify over 300 famous landmarks and 100,000 paintings from around the world.

From January 22, 2019 onwards, The HONOR View20 will be available for purchase in the United Kingdom at £499.99 GBP (6GB RAM/128GB ROM) and £579.99 GBP (8GB RAM/256GB ROM). The smartphone is available in three colours: Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue and the Moschino co-designed Phantom Blue.

The device will be available to purchase from Carphone Warehouse, JLP, AO, Argos, Amazon, Buy Mobiles, Go Mobile, Mobile Phones Direct, Tesco Mobile, Very and hihonor.com.

The HONOR View20 will also be available on O2, allowing users to tailor their own individual O2 custom plan to suit their needs and lifestyle. Including airtime plus device tariffs and unlimited minutes and texts, plans start from £33.03 per month for 1GB data up to £48.03 per month for 50GB data.

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New smartwatch launch

At the Paris launch, HONOR also unveiled the HONOR Watch Magic and HONOR Watch Dream, new smart watches designed for all aspects of daily life, coming soon.

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