Asus ZenFone 6 – All you need to know

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to knowHere in the evening sunshine, Asus conducted quite possibly the most relaxed press launch I have ever had the privilege of attending.

A large part of the announcement was put aside to detail the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU. A lot was said about it, but I can distil it down to being generally quicker, more efficient and with AI baked in.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

The phone itself has been built “for those who want to create content and for those power users who expect the best from their smartphone”. In addition to that CPU, they’re also “killing the battery anxiety” by adding a high capacity battery with quick charge combined.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

The result is a 5000mAh battery (yes, 5000mAh) and Quick Charge 4.0. That’ll give you up to 2 days of battery life.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

As for the cameras, there’s a 48 megapixel shooter and a 13 megapixel shooter pulling double-duty, with pictures from the ultrawide 13 megapixel lens and the f1.79 48 megapixel Sony lens being combined to produce the shot. Asus told us how this dual-camera setup was “all that was needed” to get a great photograph, and one that looks great in any light setting.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

Other specs include stereo speaker, a USB-C charging point and a triple SIM / microSD slot.

It has a 6.4″ Full HD+ 19.5:9 screen which manages a 92% screen-to-body-ratio because there’s no notch. It also has a 600nits IPS display and is protected via Corning Gorilla Glass-6.

Wait, no notch?

That’s because there’s no front camera.

Wait, no front camera?

Nope.

Prepare for the party piece. This is where things get fun. The camera setup on the back – that flagship top-end 48 megapixel lens and that wide-angle 13 megapixel unit.. they flip round to face you, coming out of the rear panel, rotating round and locating themselves directly at you.

Thus you get all the goodness of the rear camera setup, but facing you. Even better – you don’t have to do a full 180 degree flip. You can stop the rotation wherever you wish, meaning that you can do a 90 degree sweep and use the camera to take a shot in a whole new way.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

Very clever that, although it did immediately make me worry about sitting opposite people on the Tube. 🙂 Having the camera set at 90 degrees means you can put the phone flat and see what’s directly in front of you.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

In action this is really rather cool and I loved the “soft close” when it completed the move. I was, however, a little concerned about how much mechanical complexity had been added. There’s 13 gears here, which is far more than is needed for something like the pop-up camera we saw on the OnePlus 7 Pro camera. The people from Asus are keen to show that you can do far more with theirs though, and obviously angle the cameras however you see fit.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know
Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know
Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

OK, specs then, and this comes with there will be a few versions. The base model has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, or you can pay a bit more and have 128GB of storage. Then there’s an 8GB RAM version with 256GB of storage but, wait up because….

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

…all of them not only have two SIM-card slots, but you can also drop a microSD card in. Yes, a microSD card. That’s brilliant really, and means that you can probably just go ahead and get yourself the 6GB / 64GB version and then whack a massive microSD card in. Boom. Done.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

Stereo speakers are included, as is a USB-C slot and a regular old-school 3.5mm audio jack.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, who is one cool cucumber let me tell you, told us..

ASUS ZenFone 6 is the ultimate illustration of our passion and persistence for innovation and technology. It is an emblem to honour our hard-core enthusiast fan base and a tribute to our relentless engineering origin — one that derives from extreme hunger to shatter the status quo. We confronted four of the most fundamental challenges of smartphones: screen, camera, battery, and performance. We believe we provided the best ever and most extraordinary solution. ASUS ZenFone 6 is designed to Defy Ordinary without compromise.

Pricing is as below, and we’ve being told that this will translate exactly into UK pricing, however we’re trying to confirm this and we’re awaiting confirmation.

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

Will update shortly..

Asus ZenFone 6   All you need to know

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Transform your commute. Climb on the Cowboy!

Transform your commute. Climb on the Cowboy!
Getting an electric scooter and trying to work out if you’re allowed to use it in various places, so most people tend to go for an electric bike if they’re wanting to get around without exerting too energy.

Trouble is, electric bikes weight a tonne right?

Well, that’s where the new minimalistic “Cowboy” bike comes in. It’s an award-winning smart electric bike created by a Belgian start-up, and now they’re expanding across European expansion.

Transform your commute. Climb on the Cowboy!

The Cowboy bike weighs just 16kg and can be carried pretty easily. It’s got a range of up to 70 km (a nudge over 43 miles) and has a clean, understated design. It features an automatic motor assistance system which senses when the rider needs more power and adjusts accordingly, so no need to switch gears. In addition, there’s front and back lights – those rear lights increasing in intensity when you brake.

A mobile application helps to control the bike (available for Android and iOS) and connects via Bluetooth. It’ll activate the bike and will also act as a dashboard to show you speed, duration, distance and battery level. You can also switch on the light and it’ll act as a tracker so that you can locate the bike if it gets stolen.

Transform your commute. Climb on the Cowboy!

The people behind this are going “big” in terms of customer service, with constant access to customer support and they only make direct sales via <A href="https://www.cowboy.com.

The bike costs EUR 1,990 and will be available for purchase in the UK later this year. It’ll charge up in 3.5 hours and has a top speed of 25 km/h (15mph).

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Sprint Launching 5G on May 31st

Sprint’s first 5G phone — the LG V50 ThinQ 5G — will launch on May 31st. Pre-orders start tomorrow, May 17th, and the company is offering special pre-order pricing on the LG V50: 50% off ($24/month with a “Sprint Flex lease”). The company is also offering a 5G mobile hotspot from HTC. Sprint’s initial 5G coverage includes Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City. In “the next few weeks”, Sprint will switch on 5G in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix. and Washington, DC. Sprint’s initial 5G network uses band 41, which is near 2500 MHz, offering much better coverage and building penetration than the mmWave bands Verizon and AT&T are using for their initial 5G networks. Sprint is offering a free three-month trial of the Hatch game-streaming service on its 5G phones, including the LG V50.

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Atmosphere Weather – A whole new way to plan your day

Atmosphere Weather   A whole new way to plan your day

When you check the weather it’s usually via a daily update or a top-down representation of your area with clouds, sun and rain symbols etc.

This, though, is very different. Atmosphere Weather definitely takes a different and very refreshing approach to forecasting.

The main screen has a clock-like displat, with hourly temperatures mapped throughout the day plus wind, rain, cloud cover and sun. Thus, in one screen, you can see what’s happening now and what’s coming up – without needing to faff around too much.

Atmosphere Weather   A whole new way to plan your day

The app renders the colour of the sky and, if you swipe up or down, the wind speed, direction and humidity. Not only that, but you can import your calendar appointments to see what the weather will be like for your important upcoming events. Good huh?

Atmosphere Weather   A whole new way to plan your day

In addition, there’s radar coverage, pressure change, trends and you can add multiple locations in or move the map around the update the weather forecast on the fly.

Atmosphere Weather   A whole new way to plan your day

It’s remarkably easy to use and will rapidly replace your existing weather forecasting app. This is a truly personal weather forecast and I love how it gives all the information you need on one screen.

There’s a whole load of settings available so that you can choose whether to show humidity, wind, barometric pressure and so on. You can also adjust the map radius and when the day starts / ends etc.

Atmosphere Weather   A whole new way to plan your day

It’s a two-week free trial, then it’ll switch to free mode after that. It’s a £3.69 yearly cost to import your calendar events and given annual weather forecast. Get more details on their website or download the app and give it a try for yourself.

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Steam Link Finally Available for iOS

The Steam Link app — which lets you play Steam games on your PC or Mac remotely on another device such as a phone, tablet, or TV — is now available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Unlike the Android version, it does not support new game purchases within the Steam Link app, to comply with Apple’s App Store rules. The app supports Bluetooth game controllers.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

OnePlus hire Iron Man

OK, story time. Get comfortable..

Once there was a company called HTC. They started off making phones and strange things called “PDA’s”, but nobody knew who they were because the networks would put their logos on the devices instead.

Then, some years later, HTC got big. Really big. Everyone had a HTC phone. There were big HTC phones, small HTC phones and every single category was filled.

However, something weird happened. One day, people stopped using HTC phones. Now people ask, “Who’s HTC?” again.

OnePlus hire Iron Man

Towards the end of that story, a gentleman by the name of Robert Downey Jr. was hired to do some rather strange HTC adverts. We covered them way back in 2013, and they played on the initials of the company to create commercials such as the “Happy Telephone Company and so on. Actually (checks notes), he was taken on by HTC pretty much 6 years ago to the day to push the HTC brand plus the BlinkFeed and BoomSound features .

Sadly, the brand has imploded. It’s dead (come on, let’s admit it). The once mighty HTC has vanished from the high street.

…however…

Now OnePlus have decided to take on Robert Downey Jr. in a “long-term campaign” to focus on the “disruptive role OnePlus has played in the smartphone industry”. We’re hoping that this new campaign will have a more positive impact on OnePlus than it did with HTC.

OnePlus hire Iron Man

They’ll be using their “Never Settle” tagline and, as you’ll have seen from our coverage of OnePlus this week, the new OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will feature quite a bit.

Founder and CEO of OnePlus, Pete Lau, tells us..

We, at OnePlus believe in having a laser focus in everything we do and in doing whatever it takes to create an exceptional experience for our community. Working with Robert Downey Jr, we see that these ideologies are reflected in him as well, in his creativity and dedication. This synergy has us convinced that nobody could represent what we stand for better and we are delighted to welcome Robert Downey Jr into the OnePlus family.

And Iron Man himself popped into the Coolsmartphone offices to give us his thoughts (no, not really, but we got a canned statement)…

It’s cool to see a young brand disrupting the tech landscape. I was challenged to help them create an authentic campaign based on the tenets of quality and craftsmanship, and it’s already proving to be a great fit creatively. In checking out the upcoming ‘OnePlus 7 Pro’ the attention to detail coupled with the innovative design was truly impressive.

Let’s just hope that the campaign doesn’t involve any of those Hipster Troll Carwash ideas..

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Deal – 128GB microSD for less than £15

Deal   128GB microSD for less than £15
If you’ve got yourself a microSD slot (and let’s face it, you’re in a dwindling crowd of people), MyMemory have just reduced the price of their 128GB microSD card – down from £26.99 to £14.99.

For that you get completely free delivery, UHS-I, U3 Performance and an SD card adapter included.

This is a MyMemory-branded card, but it comes with a lifetime warranty and they also offer free returns, so a pretty solid product.

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1 TB microSD Card Available Now

The first microSD memory card that can hold 1 TB (1,000 GB) of data is now on sale for $450. The SanDisk card has a V30 speed rating suitable for recording 4K video.

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FCC Proposes Greater Freedom to Block Unwanted Calls

At its June 6th meeting, the FCC will consider new rules giving phone companies greater power to block robocalls. Companies would be allowed to completely block calls before they reach a consumer’s phone “based on any reasonable analytics designed to identify unwanted calls”, and make this the default behavior for all customers. Companies could also send such calls directly to voicemail. The new rules would also allow phone companies to block calls that fail SHAKEN/STIR authentication, the new protocol designed to fight number spoofing. Consumers would have the option to opt out of call blocking. A further rule would permit blocking all calls not from a number on the customer’s phone contact list, although this service could only be opt-in, not the default.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

Network operators to provide end-of-contract alerts

Network operators to provide end of contract alerts
It’s something we don’t like you guys doing. Paying too much for a phone or a mobile contract is just wrong. So, if you sign up for a contract, ensure that you move at the end of the deal, because continuing to pay is just bonkers.

The reason? Because the cost of a regular mobile phone contract has a portion allocated for the phone. Once you’ve paid off that slice (after 24 months or 36), continuing to pay means that you’re still paying for a phone that you’ve already paid off.

In the past we’ve detailed how to get the best deal, but not enough people are upgrading on time or switching to SIM-only. Last year Citizens Advice found that around 4 million people were paying too much for their phones because they’ve just continued paying their contract.

So now, Ofcom have finally decided to act, and have told broadband, pay-TV, mobile phone and landline providers to tell their customers when their contracts are about to end. Not only that, but they must also tell those customers about the best alternative deal, under new rules.

For mobile providers, you will soon see wither a text, an email or a letter around 10 to 40 days before your contract runs out. This should hopefully stop many continuing to pay for a phone they’ve already paid for.

For broadband and TV customers, it means that customers can be aware of their option to switch to a more competitive provider or get a better deal with their current one.

All in all, very good news.

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