Live from China – The Meizu 15 Unboxing

A hotel room? A review unit? Matteo Doni? Mix up those ingredients and there’s a tasty video in the making.

The Meizu 15 launched just yesterday and we were on hand to give it the maximum amount of coverage direct from China.

The Meizu 15 has a 5.46″ 1920x1080p Super AMOLED screen and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8-core (2.2GHz) CPU. It also has 4GB RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of RAM depending which model you have.

Live from China   The Meizu 15 Unboxing

Meizu 15 Plus (Left) and the Meizu 15 (Right)

As you can see above, there’s a “Plus” size model too, which packs 6GB of RAM and a 5.95″ 2560×1440 Super AMOLED screen. That’s powered by a Samsung Exynos 8895 8 core CPU running at 2.5GHz.

Wait though, you want that unboxing don’t you? Well, here it is my friends, here it is…

Both phones have an AI powered camera system which is said to produce amazing low-light shots. You can see some of our sample images from the camera in our earlier piece.

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Live from China – The Meizu 15 arrives

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

We’re live from Wuzhen in China this weekend. It’s the launch of the Meizu 15. It’s got the best camera technology in a Meizu and it’s the first Meizu handset to run on a Qualcomm chipset.

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

There’s also going to be a Meizu 15 Plus, which has the same Exynos chips as the Samsung S8+. Both versions have “Standard” and “Deluxe” flavours which add further internal memory. The “Standard” model has 64GB of storage whilst the “Deluxe” has 128GB on board. We’ve found no mention of a microSD card as yet.

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

Here’s the specs..

Meizu 15

5.46″ 1920x1080p Super AMOLED screen with 404 PPI
Available in white, black, blue and gold.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 CPU (8 core @ 2.2GHz) with Adreno 512 GPU
4GB RAM
143mm x 72mm x 7.25mm
152g
3000mAh battery with fast charging

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

Meizu 15 Plus

5.95″ 2560×1440 Super AMOLED screen with 404 PPI
Available in black, grey and gold.
Samsung Exynos 8895 (8 core @ 2.5GHz) withMali-G71 MP20 GPU
6GB RAM
153.8mm x 78.25mm x 7.25mm
177g
3500mAh battery with fast charging

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

Both devices have dual rear Sony cameras – a 12 megapixel one sits next to another 20 megapixel unit. There’s also a 6-LED circular dual-tone ring flash, an enhanced night mode and up to three times lossless zoom. The camera setup is something that Meizu have shouted about quite a lot during their launch event. The cameras are said to produce more vivid colours with a greater depth of field at a higher resolution.

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

The camera tech will automatically differentiates between day and night, optimally adjusting shots so that you get the best possible result. We’ve got some example photos taken on the Meizu 15 below..

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives
Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

Meizu has also added photo editing capabilities to the Meizu 15, so you can tweak images after. Up front there’s a 20 megapixel selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture (the rear cameras have an f/1.8) and a beauty mode.

Other features include a liner vibration haptic feedback, stereo speakers at the top and bottom of the device, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooyh 4.2 and GPS.

What we don’t have is NFC, which is a bit of a pain when contactless payments are so prevalent in the UK. It also looks like those in the UK  will have to wait a little longer, as these phones will be arriving after other European countries.

More as we get it..

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

Live from China   The Meizu 15 arrives

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Live from China – The Meizu launch

Live from China   The Meizu launch

Whats this? Our very own Matteo? In China on business? Yes indeed, but wait a minute, he’s had something arrive.

It’s an invite, but this isn’t some dull piece of paper. This is a very posh, plush and official-looking box. Inside there’s something quite special, and there’s even an LED light in there too.

Want more information? Here’s the unboxing..

As you can see from the video, we have the Meizu 15 branding on the box, so this seems to indicate the Meizu 15 handset. We’re expecting to see a whole lot more of it tomorrow and we’ll be there to bring you all the latest from this upcoming global announcement.

Keep it locked here for all the latest information. 🙂

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TV and radio struggles with the smartphone generation

TV and radio struggles with the smartphone generation
How do you get your news? For the majority of people reading this, we very much doubt that it’ll be via a newspaper alone. Now people are getting their news updates instantly via smartphone, and the 16 to 34-year-old audience range is proving the most difficult for traditional news suppliers to attract. Likewise, big media organisations are having difficulties too.

At a recent BBC conference, the corporation’s chairman Sir David Clementi stated that…

This age group represents our biggest challenge. They watch less TV than older people and listen to less radio. They are the smartphone generation and their view of the world is shaped by social media. It is a generation with which we have to work hard to remain relevant.

Having thoughts and decisions altered and shaped by social media is something that I’ve spoken about before and there’s not a quick fix for it. People will believe what they choose to believe, based on sources they choose. They’ll also watch content from whatever platform supplies it.

TV and radio struggles with the smartphone generation

Sir David, who was speaking at the “Voice Of The Listener And Viewer” spring conference said of younger viewers that…

This is the generation for whom the one thing they can’t afford to lose is their smartphone. Their whole life revolves around it.

Indeed, whether it’s streaming TV, listening to on-demand content such as podcasts and radio shows, catching up with social media or playing games and gaming with apps such as www.conquercasino.com, the smartphone is king.

All of this has meant that the BBC and the traditional TV licence that funds it has become less important. The BBC revenue has fallen, and it’s also affecting commercial broadcasters too. People are skipping ad-laden live TV and going online, to subscription services instead. All of this, according to the BBC, means that “the volume and breadth of British content that British audiences rely upon is now under real threat”.

So, instead of watching a well-made drama or UK TV show, you could instead be stuck with home-made YouTube clips.

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ZTE Being Given a Chance to Argue Its Case

ZTE will have an opportunity to ask the U.S. Commerce Department to change its mind regarding the government’s decision to ban U.S. corporations from selling hardware or software to ZTE for a period of seven years. An official at the Commerce Department said the agency has given ZTE permission to present more information regarding the actions it took in the wake of its 2017 settlement. ZTE agreed to pay a hefty fine and reprimand 35 executives. The Commerce Department says ZTE did not reprimand those execs and then misrepresented the facts. The agency said this created a breach of trust and it announced the ban earlier this week. According to the Wall Street Journal, “ZTE doesn’t have administrative appeal rights under agency regulations, but the agency had agreed to receive the evidence through informal procedures in the near future.” It’s unclear what these informal procedures are, nor what impact they might have on the Commercel Department’s decision. The ban will prevent ZTE from using mobile processors from Qualcomm and perhaps the Android operating system from Google. ZTE itself said the ban will severely impact the company’s chance of survival. Google hasn’t commented on the matter directly.

Source: Phone Scoop – Latest News

GSMA Puts eSIM Development On Hold Due to Inquiry

The GSMA telecommunications group today said it will pause work on the eSIM standard while the U.S. Justice Department completes its investigation over the technology. The Justice Department alleges that AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and the GSMA have been colluding to make it more difficult for consumers to take advantage of the benefit of eSIMs. eSIMs act as an electronic version of the physical SIM cards most phones use to identify the subscriber on the network. The original idea behind the cards was to make it easier for consumers to switch network providers via software. Apple and other companies complained to the U.S. government that AT&T, Verizon, and the GSMA are in fact doing the opposite, and making it more difficult for eSIM devices to be used on competing networks. Apple uses its own Apple SIM, which works like an eSIM, in some iPads. Verizon said the inquiry was “much ado about nothing.” AT&T and Apple have not commented on the matter.

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Justice Department Launches Antitrust Investigation Into AT&T, Verizon

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating AT&T and Verizon for secretly colluding to put carrier-locking ability into the new eSIM industry standard, according to the New York Times. eSIM technology eliminates the physical SIM card that gives a phone its number and identity on the network, replacing it with a virtual SIM that can be loaded and replaced over the network. The Apple Watch and Pixel 2 already include eSIM, but the standard is new and evolving. As originally designed, eSIM could make it easier for consumers to switch their existing phone to a different wireless carrier. AT&T and Verizon are accused of secretly colluding with the GSMA standards group to alter the standard so that eSIM phones could be locked to one carrier. Such a move could be harmful to smaller carriers, and thus the alleged collusion could run afoul of antitrust laws. The Justice Department investigation started when both a phone maker and another carrier filed formal complaints.

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Hands On with the Moto e5 Play

The Moto e5 Play is the latest truly entry-level phone from Motorola / Lenovo. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it does manage to fit in a fingerprint reader and an HD display. We checked it out in person. Here are our first impressions.

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New Android Messaging Service Chat Is Google's Answer to iMessage

After years of launching — and sometimes discontinuing — a variety of mobile messaging apps aimed at replacing SMS text, Google is taking a new tack: embracing a new global standard for Rich Communication Services (RCS) messages.

The RCS-based Chat, as Google calls it, will enable a new range of features that aren’t currently available with SMS text messaging, but are familiar to Apple customers who use that company’s built-in iMessage system. Those features include read receipts, video support, group conversations, and Internet-based — rather than SMS-based — sending. For now, however, one thing Chat won’t offer that iMessage does is end-to-end encryption.

Chat could become available to many Android users starting sometime this year, according to a report yesterday in The Verge. The decision on when will depend upon individual wireless carriers that have traditionally offered their own proprietary apps for SMS text messaging.

Expect ‘A Wave of Trials’

With Chat, Google is changing course on a mobile messaging journey that has included Android Messages, Hangouts, Allo, and Duo. As The Verge reported, the company is now hitting “pause” on Allo to focus on moving Android Messages from an SMS-based world to an RCS-based one.

“Google’s plan this time around is much more complicated than just launching a new messaging app,” The Verge noted. “To get it started, it has had to corral more than 50 carriers and nearly a dozen manufacturers into adopting a new standard. It had to ensure that Chat would work the same, everywhere, and that it would actually have a decent set of features.”

That has meant persuading wireless carriers that RCS offers a viable alternative to popular SMS alternatives like iMessage, Signal, Facebook Messenger, or WhatsApp. The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) global trade group — which has taken the lead on establishing standards…
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Review: Amazon Brings Fitting Room Home with Prime Wardrobe

I’m not stylish, but I do like my T-shirts soft, my sweaters cozy and my jeans to not be scratchy — all of which is hard to know when shopping online.

Some online retailers have found ways around that, offering free returns to get shoppers to take a chance and click “Buy.” Others have opened stores to let people feel the fabrics and try on the clothes.

Amazon has another solution: Prime Wardrobe, which sends a box of fashions to try before you pay, basically bringing the fitting room home. It ships up to eight items and users are charged for whatever they don’t send back.

It sounds a lot like Stitch Fix, Trunk Club or other services that send clothing in a box. But there are differences: There are no stylists with Prime Wardrobe, so you’ll have to pick out your own shirts or skirts. It’s not a subscription, so there’s no monthly commitment or additional fees — although you need to be a Prime member, which costs $99 a year or $12.99 a month. Prime Wardrobe also lets you mix men’s, women’s or kid’s items in the same box, which may be useful for families who want to avoid the mall. And accessories like shoes, jewelry, purses and hats can be tried before buying, too.

The service has been rolling out to users slowly. Amazon says it is still available only to those who are invited, but it recently gave access to more Prime members, including me. So I tested it out.

The Search

Finding which clothing qualifies for Prime Wardrobe can be tricky, since it’s limited to certain designers as well as specific colors and sizes. Browsing is simple, since Amazon set up a section within its site for the service, but it’s easy to get lost when you see something you like….
Source: Mobile Tech Today