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13
Feb

Duplicate Files Fixer review: automatically detect and remove duplicate items to save space.


Does your device run out of storage, forcing you to painstakingly go through your phone and delete your contents ? Too busy or just too tired to go through your contents? Worry no more! Duplicate Files Fixer(free), available and rated 4.5 stars on the Google Play Store, does all this for you.

Objective View

Entailing a simplistic and easy to use interface, this is a user-friendly application that can be operated DFF-2by anyone. Within the program, you are met by several options including Scan Audio, Scan Videos, Scan Pictures, Scan Documents and Full Scan.

Upon inspecting the miscellaneous categories, your device will scan each for the respective content and display a screen with all the duplicates. It then has all the duplicates selected and gives you the ability to unmark the duplicates you intend on keeping. After pressing the delete button, you are asked to confirm your decision in the event of you making an error.

Although the purpose of this application is to optimize your tech by cleaning duplicate files, it does not include the option to delete the original file. Sometimes when choosing what to clean, you may come across files you have no intention of keeping and want to delete it as well as the duplicate, but alas, you can only remove the duplicate and have to locate the original afterwards. Perhaps developers would take a look into that matter.

 

 Summary

I used this application for a mere few hours and found that it is an absolute blessing. I was able to delete approximately 800 megabytes of duplicate files alone, including pictures, voice notes, music tracks and documents. It’s a really simple program and has only one screen excluding DFF-3the help menu which includes a basic tutorial of pictures. Despite the few flaws and improvements which could be made, Duplicate Files Fixer was definitely well thought out and has a smooth and polished UI.

In conclusion, this simple program is definitely worth downloading, and it will most definitely help you clean up your device and free some space for your more important information, but more so, it will help save your time.

Google Play Store – Duplicate File Fixer

 

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12
Feb

Honor’s Holly 2 Plus will be available for Rs. 8,499 in India from February 15


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Moving on from the deluge of leaks about the upcoming Samsung, HTC, and LG flagships, and today we have Huawei’s Honor brand launching its Holly 2 Plus handset in India. The handset will be available exclusively via Flipkart and Amazon for Rs. 8,499 ($124) from February 15th in dark grey, white and gold colours. 

The Holly 2 Plus has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution. Under the hood, the Holly 2 Plus is powered by MediaTek’s quad-core MT6735P processor(@1.3GHz), with 2GB of RAM for multitasking, and 16GB of internal storage that you can expand by up to 128GB via the included MicroSD card slot.

On the rear is the almost ubiquitous 13MP present on many budget-busting handsets, along with features such as AutoFocus, LED flash, Panorama, and touch to capture. There is a 5MP camera on the front for those selfie pictures.

The Holly 2 Plus has a couple of standout features. The first is that it boasts both CDMA and GSM (LTE) connectivity, which will prove handy when traveling overseas. Secondly, there’s a 4,000mAh battery providing the juice to get you through the day and then some. Elsewhere, you’ll find both GPS and GLONASS functionality, along with support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE and WiFi bands 802.11 b/g/n.

The Honor Holly 2 Plus runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 overlay. Huawei has confirmed that the Holly 2 Plus will receive an update to Marshmallow and EMUI 4.0 although no ETA has been given.

What do you think of Huawei’s latest offering in India? Is Rs. 8,499 a reasonable price, or would you rather spring a little extra for the Honor 5X?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Full Press Release:

 

The ‘Made for India‘ Phone is Exclusively Available at Flipkart and Amazon 

Honor, which is Huawei’s smartphone e-brand for digital natives, under Huawei, today announced the sale commencement of its recently launched Holly 2 Plus. The newly launched phone is in line with the design philosophy of Honor and is aimed to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products which offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young. Holly 2 Plus will be available in Dark Grey, White and Gold colors with the exclusive partners on 15th February, midnight.

Honor Holly 2 plus is Honor’s first smartphone which supports 4G for both CDMA and WCDMA.

Mr. P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India – Consumer Business Group said, “Holly 2 Plus  is a smartphone specially designed for India market with dual SIM 4G support and also one of the only smart phone which supports 2G/3G/4G LTE and CDMA at this same time. Over the last 15 months, Honor in India has strived to come up with products which meet the unmet needs of the Indian customers by localized research and product development. With these new product introductions, Honor is optimistic of providing phones which suit the needs of Indian customers.”

Holly 2 Plus  is a smartphone specially designed for India market, and also one of the only smartphone which supports 2G/3G/4G LTE and CDMA at the same time. The phone offers a 4000 mAH battery with a reverse charging to share your power with your friend via Micro-B USB to Micro-B USB Cable, Dual-mic noise cancellation technology with outstanding audio and integrated speaker experience. With SmartPower 3.0, you can go the extra distance by saving over 30% of energy. The phone offers 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera that helps to explain your best side. The phone offers an in-built memory of 16GB, expandable up to 128GB with a microSD Card. A 64-bit high speed processor and 2G RAM offer consumers more power and pleasure. Customers can enjoy longer battery life with the 4000 mAh battery with shorter charging times thanks to the quick charge feature.

Honor would be providing its customers regular software updates to ensure that the customers have access to latest and most up to date product experience. Honor has already come up with 7 HOTA updates and the Android M 6.0 marshmallow update for Honor 7 is available for download on the Honor official website. Honor saw an over 2X growth globally closing 6Bn sales value in 2015 compared to the 2.4 Bn closure in 2014. Honor is expecting the similar growth rate in this year.

About Honor:  

Honor is Huawei’s smartphone e-brand which is also world’s leading smartphone e-brand. The target consumers of Honor are digital native generation, a group that live in the internet, spending more than one third of their time online for social and  entertainment, shopping, studying or simply staying connected. Honor customers are young, vibrant and driven by passion.  Honor brand has clocked sales of over 20 million Honor phones in 2014, accounting for a global revenue of about 2.4 billion USD with a 24 times increase and closed 2015 with a 6Bn global sales. Honor has been expanding aggressively in global markets, and has successfully launched in 74 global markets, entering the bestselling charts in most of the European countries honor launched. Accordingly, honor obtains a huge user base which has yielded powerful mouth-spreading asset. Honor products also enjoy global aesthetics, super processing technology and massive patent support. The three basic characteristics of honor product: best signals, long battery life and remarkable quality. Honor is born for ultimate tech innovation.

Come comment on this article: Honor’s Holly 2 Plus will be available for Rs. 8,499 in India from February 15

12
Feb

Honor’s Holly 2 Plus will be available for Rs. 8,499 in India from February 15


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Moving on from the deluge of leaks about the upcoming Samsung, HTC, and LG flagships, and today we have Huawei’s Honor brand launching its Holly 2 Plus handset in India. The handset will be available exclusively via Flipkart and Amazon for Rs. 8,499 ($124) from February 15th in dark grey, white and gold colours. 

The Holly 2 Plus has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution. Under the hood, the Holly 2 Plus is powered by MediaTek’s quad-core MT6735P processor(@1.3GHz), with 2GB of RAM for multitasking, and 16GB of internal storage that you can expand by up to 128GB via the included MicroSD card slot.

On the rear is the almost ubiquitous 13MP present on many budget-busting handsets, along with features such as AutoFocus, LED flash, Panorama, and touch to capture. There is a 5MP camera on the front for those selfie pictures.

The Holly 2 Plus has a couple of standout features. The first is that it boasts both CDMA and GSM (LTE) connectivity, which will prove handy when traveling overseas. Secondly, there’s a 4,000mAh battery providing the juice to get you through the day and then some. Elsewhere, you’ll find both GPS and GLONASS functionality, along with support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE and WiFi bands 802.11 b/g/n.

The Honor Holly 2 Plus runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 overlay. Huawei has confirmed that the Holly 2 Plus will receive an update to Marshmallow and EMUI 4.0 although no ETA has been given.

What do you think of Huawei’s latest offering in India? Is Rs. 8,499 a reasonable price, or would you rather spring a little extra for the Honor 5X?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Full Press Release:

 

The ‘Made for India‘ Phone is Exclusively Available at Flipkart and Amazon 

Honor, which is Huawei’s smartphone e-brand for digital natives, under Huawei, today announced the sale commencement of its recently launched Holly 2 Plus. The newly launched phone is in line with the design philosophy of Honor and is aimed to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products which offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young. Holly 2 Plus will be available in Dark Grey, White and Gold colors with the exclusive partners on 15th February, midnight.

Honor Holly 2 plus is Honor’s first smartphone which supports 4G for both CDMA and WCDMA.

Mr. P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India – Consumer Business Group said, “Holly 2 Plus  is a smartphone specially designed for India market with dual SIM 4G support and also one of the only smart phone which supports 2G/3G/4G LTE and CDMA at this same time. Over the last 15 months, Honor in India has strived to come up with products which meet the unmet needs of the Indian customers by localized research and product development. With these new product introductions, Honor is optimistic of providing phones which suit the needs of Indian customers.”

Holly 2 Plus  is a smartphone specially designed for India market, and also one of the only smartphone which supports 2G/3G/4G LTE and CDMA at the same time. The phone offers a 4000 mAH battery with a reverse charging to share your power with your friend via Micro-B USB to Micro-B USB Cable, Dual-mic noise cancellation technology with outstanding audio and integrated speaker experience. With SmartPower 3.0, you can go the extra distance by saving over 30% of energy. The phone offers 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera that helps to explain your best side. The phone offers an in-built memory of 16GB, expandable up to 128GB with a microSD Card. A 64-bit high speed processor and 2G RAM offer consumers more power and pleasure. Customers can enjoy longer battery life with the 4000 mAh battery with shorter charging times thanks to the quick charge feature.

Honor would be providing its customers regular software updates to ensure that the customers have access to latest and most up to date product experience. Honor has already come up with 7 HOTA updates and the Android M 6.0 marshmallow update for Honor 7 is available for download on the Honor official website. Honor saw an over 2X growth globally closing 6Bn sales value in 2015 compared to the 2.4 Bn closure in 2014. Honor is expecting the similar growth rate in this year.

About Honor:  

Honor is Huawei’s smartphone e-brand which is also world’s leading smartphone e-brand. The target consumers of Honor are digital native generation, a group that live in the internet, spending more than one third of their time online for social and  entertainment, shopping, studying or simply staying connected. Honor customers are young, vibrant and driven by passion.  Honor brand has clocked sales of over 20 million Honor phones in 2014, accounting for a global revenue of about 2.4 billion USD with a 24 times increase and closed 2015 with a 6Bn global sales. Honor has been expanding aggressively in global markets, and has successfully launched in 74 global markets, entering the bestselling charts in most of the European countries honor launched. Accordingly, honor obtains a huge user base which has yielded powerful mouth-spreading asset. Honor products also enjoy global aesthetics, super processing technology and massive patent support. The three basic characteristics of honor product: best signals, long battery life and remarkable quality. Honor is born for ultimate tech innovation.

Come comment on this article: Honor’s Holly 2 Plus will be available for Rs. 8,499 in India from February 15

12
Feb

Honor’s Holly 2 Plus will be available for Rs. 8,499 in India from February 15


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Moving on from the deluge of leaks about the upcoming Samsung, HTC, and LG flagships, and today we have Huawei’s Honor brand launching its Holly 2 Plus handset in India. The handset will be available exclusively via Flipkart and Amazon for Rs. 8,499 ($124) from February 15th in dark grey, white and gold colours. 

The Holly 2 Plus has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution. Under the hood, the Holly 2 Plus is powered by MediaTek’s quad-core MT6735P processor(@1.3GHz), with 2GB of RAM for multitasking, and 16GB of internal storage that you can expand by up to 128GB via the included MicroSD card slot.

On the rear is the almost ubiquitous 13MP present on many budget-busting handsets, along with features such as AutoFocus, LED flash, Panorama, and touch to capture. There is a 5MP camera on the front for those selfie pictures.

The Holly 2 Plus has a couple of standout features. The first is that it boasts both CDMA and GSM (LTE) connectivity, which will prove handy when traveling overseas. Secondly, there’s a 4,000mAh battery providing the juice to get you through the day and then some. Elsewhere, you’ll find both GPS and GLONASS functionality, along with support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE and WiFi bands 802.11 b/g/n.

The Honor Holly 2 Plus runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, with Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 overlay. Huawei has confirmed that the Holly 2 Plus will receive an update to Marshmallow and EMUI 4.0 although no ETA has been given.

What do you think of Huawei’s latest offering in India? Is Rs. 8,499 a reasonable price, or would you rather spring a little extra for the Honor 5X?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Full Press Release:

 

The ‘Made for India‘ Phone is Exclusively Available at Flipkart and Amazon 

Honor, which is Huawei’s smartphone e-brand for digital natives, under Huawei, today announced the sale commencement of its recently launched Holly 2 Plus. The newly launched phone is in line with the design philosophy of Honor and is aimed to meet the needs of digital natives through internet-optimized products which offer superior user experiences, inspire action, foster creativity and empower the young. Holly 2 Plus will be available in Dark Grey, White and Gold colors with the exclusive partners on 15th February, midnight.

Honor Holly 2 plus is Honor’s first smartphone which supports 4G for both CDMA and WCDMA.

Mr. P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India – Consumer Business Group said, “Holly 2 Plus  is a smartphone specially designed for India market with dual SIM 4G support and also one of the only smart phone which supports 2G/3G/4G LTE and CDMA at this same time. Over the last 15 months, Honor in India has strived to come up with products which meet the unmet needs of the Indian customers by localized research and product development. With these new product introductions, Honor is optimistic of providing phones which suit the needs of Indian customers.”

Holly 2 Plus  is a smartphone specially designed for India market, and also one of the only smartphone which supports 2G/3G/4G LTE and CDMA at the same time. The phone offers a 4000 mAH battery with a reverse charging to share your power with your friend via Micro-B USB to Micro-B USB Cable, Dual-mic noise cancellation technology with outstanding audio and integrated speaker experience. With SmartPower 3.0, you can go the extra distance by saving over 30% of energy. The phone offers 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera that helps to explain your best side. The phone offers an in-built memory of 16GB, expandable up to 128GB with a microSD Card. A 64-bit high speed processor and 2G RAM offer consumers more power and pleasure. Customers can enjoy longer battery life with the 4000 mAh battery with shorter charging times thanks to the quick charge feature.

Honor would be providing its customers regular software updates to ensure that the customers have access to latest and most up to date product experience. Honor has already come up with 7 HOTA updates and the Android M 6.0 marshmallow update for Honor 7 is available for download on the Honor official website. Honor saw an over 2X growth globally closing 6Bn sales value in 2015 compared to the 2.4 Bn closure in 2014. Honor is expecting the similar growth rate in this year.

About Honor:  

Honor is Huawei’s smartphone e-brand which is also world’s leading smartphone e-brand. The target consumers of Honor are digital native generation, a group that live in the internet, spending more than one third of their time online for social and  entertainment, shopping, studying or simply staying connected. Honor customers are young, vibrant and driven by passion.  Honor brand has clocked sales of over 20 million Honor phones in 2014, accounting for a global revenue of about 2.4 billion USD with a 24 times increase and closed 2015 with a 6Bn global sales. Honor has been expanding aggressively in global markets, and has successfully launched in 74 global markets, entering the bestselling charts in most of the European countries honor launched. Accordingly, honor obtains a huge user base which has yielded powerful mouth-spreading asset. Honor products also enjoy global aesthetics, super processing technology and massive patent support. The three basic characteristics of honor product: best signals, long battery life and remarkable quality. Honor is born for ultimate tech innovation.

Come comment on this article: Honor’s Holly 2 Plus will be available for Rs. 8,499 in India from February 15

11
Feb

Upgrading from Huawei Mate 7 to Huawei Mate 8


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Back in early January I wrote about my experience going from a Nexus 6 over to the Nexus 6P. Shortly after that, I temporarily put away my Nexus 6P in order to explore another new phone I managed to get my hands on, the Huawei Mate 8.

Like the Nexus 6P in relation to the Nexus 6, I am very familiar with the Huawei Mate 8’s predecessor. In fact, before getting my hands on the Nexus 6, I had used the Mate 7 as my daily driver for nearly half a year. So I wanted to bring you my impressions of what it is like to go from the Mate 7 to the Mate 8, and, in the process, explore what direction Huawei is heading in. Spoiler: I like what I’m seeing.

With the Huawei Mate 8, the entire smartphone experience has taken a big step forward.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how I loved Huawei’s phones, but wish they’d better optimize their software for the western world. While it’s true that the software experience could use some further refinement, don’t let that fool you, Huawei builds great devices and honestly, even the software has come a long way in just a year or so. It’s not just the software either, everything has taken a step forward.

While the Nexus 6P provides a small jump up in performance compared to the Nexus 6, I noted back in January that this improvement wasn’t necessarily that noticeable on a day-to-day basis. With the Mate 8, however, there’s a huge positive difference in performance, which I’ll get into more detail a bit later.

Instead of breaking this down like a formal review, I instead want to point out what I personally feel are the key differences between the Mate 7 and Mate 8, starting with design.

Design

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When the Mate 8 was first announced, I remember thinking just how similar I thought the two phones are. Now that I’ve actually had them both in my hands at the same time, I see a lot of similarity yes, but there’s certainly some pretty striking differences.

Sure, both phones have the same weight (185g) and almost the exact same dimensions (Mate 7 – 157 x 81 x 7.9 mm, Mate 8 – 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm). The overall shape is also essentially the same, and the feel in the hands is pretty close as well. But despite all this sameness, the Mate 8 has a more modernized appeal to its design, including a ever so slight curve to the glass and other stylistic changes.

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The rounded camera, rounded fingerprint scanner, even the flash, all have a look that just feels like the future. The bulkier design on the Mate 7 is still very nice, but personally I think the phone feels a bit more dated. The Mate 7’s fingerprint scanner also seemed to be a dirt/junk magnet for some reason, a problem I’m not facing with the Mate 8. Another thing to note, the speaker has been moved to the bottom this time, though the sound quality isn’t necessarily better. After spending a good deal of time with both, I can say they are mostly on par with one another, though the Mate 8 might hold a slight edge here.

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What’s ironic about this is, that before I got my hands on them both, I actually thought the Mate 7 looked better in photos. Sometimes photos just don’t do justice and there’s something to be said for seeing a new device in person. In short, the Mate 7 and Mate 8’s design are similar, but the difference is enough to make it feel like a solid upgrade.

Day to Day Performance

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The Mate 7 was certainly a good performer that very much felt like a 2014 flagship, but it wasn’t without flaws. With the Mate 7, running in smart battery mode meant putting up with some minor sluggishness in the UI, and so running it in “full performance” mode was pretty much a requirement if you wanted the smoothest experience possible. Even then, things weren’t perfect, as some areas of the UI would occasionally lag. Bottom-line, the Mate 7 was a good device that performed admirably enough, but there were other high-end phones on the market at the time that provided a slightly better experience when it came to raw performance.

In contrast, the Mate 8 is an exceptional performer with few rivals.

The Mate 8 is every bit as fast as the Nexus 6P and other late-2015 flagships, if not faster. No matter what I do on the Mate 8, there’s virtually no lag, from media consumption to browsing, using the multi-tasking menu, all UI elements, gaming — nothing gets in the way. Oh, and that’s with the Mate 8 running on “smart mode”. There’s also a full performance mode that gives you even more oomph but is more taxing on the battery. Honestly, the performance is so good here that I have never felt the need to turn it on, outside of briefly testing it out.

What’s also really important to point out is that Huawei’s EMUI is a fairly resource intensive skin, whereas the Nexus 6P runs stock Android. The fact that the performance between these two devices is so close is just further testament to how good Huawei’s Kirin 950 processor is, or how much better software/hardware optimization is in the Mate 8 compared to the Mate 7. Honestly, it is probably a bit of both.

EMUI has come a long, long way

Yes, I recently gave some constructive criticism about the software experience and how it could better appeal to the western market. Yes, EMUI is probably the only major sore point for would-be buyers that aren’t into such a highly customized take on Android. That said, looking at EMUI 4.0 and comparing it to EMUI 3.0 (the version that first shipped with the Mate 7), it’s clear to see how far the out-of-box experience has come.

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With the Mate 7, I was never a fan of the white backgrounds in the notifications shade. I also honestly disliked EMUI’s recent apps implementation, which stacked everything into a grid. Not only was the layout a bit odd to me, it also was the only major area of the UI that lagged. With the Mate 8 and the Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.0, both of these issues are resolved.

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Throughout the whole experience you’ll find that things just perform faster, and while the EMUI look is still one that takes getting used to, I have to admit it’s clear that Huawei has made some real progress here. Another area where Huawei has made huge strides in terms of software is upgrade frequency.

Quick charging + big battery = epic experience

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The Mate 7 had wonderful battery life, easily getting 2 days with moderate use, and probably closer to three days with light use. Despite a slightly smaller battery (4000 mAh, not 4100 mAh), you can expect the same kind of battery life with the Mate 8. That said, the addition of quick charging here is a game changer. With the Mate 7, I found that if I let my phone get close to bone dry, charging was a long and tedious affair. With the Mate 8, I no longer charge my phone overnight — ever.

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In fact, if you could spare just 30 minutes a day to charge your phone, you’d likely never run out of juice. Yes, the quick charger is that good. From completely empty, it obviously still takes a bit, but the point is that with a little bit of planning, you’ll never run into the issue with battery life. There’s something about not having to plug my phone in at night that feels liberating. Yes, I’m a nerd.

Update frequency

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During the entire six months that I used the Huawei Mate 7, I had a total of zero updates grace the device. This meant that, in an age where Lollipop had fully taken root, I was stuck using a version of EMUI that was based on Android 4.4 KitKat. While Huawei promised the phone would eventually see Lollipop, it only recently started rolling out in mass to global Mate 7 owners, with my colleague Bogdan Petrovan (based out of Europe) noting that he received an update for his Mate 7 about a month or so ago now. That means it basically took Huawei an entire year to roll out the Lollipop-based EMUI 3.1.

Bottom-line, when it comes to timely updates, Huawei has a poor track record. The good news is that Huawei seems to finally understand the importance of more frequent updates on flagship devices.

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The Huawei Mate 8 runs EMUI 4.0 out of the box, which is built on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of Android. So that’s one point in its favor. A second, even bigger, sign that Huawei is finally getting onboard the update train is the fact that in the time I’ve been using this phone (about two to three weeks), it has received two updates. That’s two more updates than I ever received with the Mate 7 during the entire time I used it as my primary device.

The first update added a new health app and some tweaks the camera. The second had to do with general performance and optimizing how well 3rd party apps run. Sure, none of these updates brought massive changes or amazing new features, but they show a commitment to improving the Mate 8 throughout its life, and not just saying “okay, we got you to buy it, our business here is over”.

When Android 7.0 (or whatever the next major update is) arrives will Huawei finally give us a swift upgrade? While no one knows the answer to this just yet, I can rest assured by the fact that by the time that happens, I’ll at least have had a more pleasant, frequent update experience than I ever had with its predecessor.

Should you upgrade?

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There you have it, those are some of the biggest differences between the Mate 8 and its predecessor. Ultimately, despite many improvements in performance and a more modernized design, the Mate 8 feels very familiar, but that’s not a bad thing. Though not perfect, the Mate 7 was a wonderful phone and was really my first introduction to what Huawei was all about. Those who know me well can attest to the fact that I really enjoyed the Mate 7, so saying that the Mate 8 is a massive leap forward is truly a compliment.

With the Mate 8, Huawei proves that it isn’t holding still, and that its craft is only going to get better.

With the Mate 8, Huawei proves that it isn’t holding still, and that its craft is only going to get better. For me, I hope that means an eventual overhaul of the software experience, the really only weak point for Huawei. Even if it doesn’t make any dramatic changes in the near future, I’m pretty confident things are only going to get better as the company further pushes into the western markets. But for those that were enticed by the Mate 7 and purchased one, is this worthy of your upgrading dollars? Great question.

To be frank, if you are happy with the Mate 7 now, I’d wait for whatever is next from Huawei. That said, if you liked the Mate 7 but wish it had better performance, better updates, and an improved software experience, you’ll find that the Mate 8 is an exceptional choice that easily holds its own against any other flagship on the market. As for those that just can’t get past Huawei’s software? The Huawei Nexus 6P has many of the same pros — solid battery life (though not as good as the Mate 8), a premium aesthetic, blazing fast performance, but has a stock Android experience that might appeal better to those in the west.

What do you think? Anyone make the switch from the Mate 7 to the Mate 8, if so, what was it that compelled you to upgrade?

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9
Feb

The $350 Huawei GX8 is now available for purchase


Huawei is definitely on a mission to be the maker of your next smartphone. Getting its second phone out in the U.S. before Mobile World Congress is no small feat. In January Huawei launched the launched the Honor 5X which made a name for itself with its high-end build and starting price of just $200.

Huawei wants to compete in every price category and has just made the Huawei GX8 available for purchase at GetHuawei.com, BestBuy.com, newegg.com, and Amazon.com for $349.99. The GX8 was announced a month ago at CES 2016, and has quite a spec sheet for a mid-range price.

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Huawei GX8 highlights:

  • 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 616, 8-core processor, 64 bit
  • 16GB memory (expandable up to 128GB)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5.5″ 1080p 2.5D display
  • US Supports AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and other GSM networks
  • Colors: Horizon Gold, Space Grey or Mystic Champagne
  • 13MP camera
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

The GX8 has s superior build being made from aircraft grade aluminum, and sports a fingerprint reader on the back of the phone similar to the Nexus 6P and Honor 5X. Huawei has been on a roll with fantastic devices in every price range, and should be atop your list of devices to check out if you’re interested in premium quality at budget prices. The GX8 comes free of contracts and can also be financed directly through Huawei if you can’t afford to put all $350 down at one time for as little as $20 per month.

Learn more at Huawei.com.

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9
Feb

Huawei GX8 arrives in the US, priced at $349 unlocked


Back in January we learned that Huawei would be bringing its GX8 over to the United States in the near future. True to their word, the phone has now landed, available through Huawei’s website and via Best Buy’s online store. The phone will also hit NewEgg and select Best Buy brick-and-mortar locations starting tomorrow.

The Huawei GX8 is a bit of a curious device, toting essentially identical specifications to the Huawei-made Honor 5X, as well as a very similar design language (it’s different, but not massively so). While having two phones with the same basic spec/design isn’t so strange, it is a bit odd that the GX8 is priced $150 higher, with a sale price of $349 unlocked in your choice of gold, gray, or champagne.

So what kind of hardware we talking about for this price point? The GX8 is powered a Snapdragon 615 with 2GB RAM. Other specs include 16GB storage, microSD, a 13MP main cam, 5MP rear cam, a 5.5-inch 1080p TFT display, Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1, a 3000 mAh battery, and standard connectivity features (but no NFC). Like the Honor 5X, you also get Huawei’s high-quality fingerprint sensing tech baked in.

While the pricing isn’t bad for what you get, we can’t help but feel that the Honor 5X is the better deal. That said, if you prefer the Huawei brand over their sub-brand, honor, the GX8 could be worth a look.

Buy now via Best Buy

9
Feb

Huawei, Best Buy, and Newegg join Amazon in selling the GX8


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At the end of last week, Huawei’s somewhat new GX8 became available in the United States through Amazon. Now, the phone, which costs $349 off-contract, can be bought through an additional three retailers as Huawei is expanding their reach in the country. Huawei itself along with Best Buy and Newegg are joining Amazon in selling the GX8 to U.S. consumers.

The GX8 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) TFT display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP / 5MP cameras, a 3000mAh battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop smothered in Huawei’s EMUI 3.3 software overlay. So what’s the difference between this phone and the new Honor 5x? Not much outside of price. The Honor 5X costs around $150 less than the GX8. It’s also guaranteed that the Honor 5X will receive a software update to raise its version to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Huawei, Best Buy, and Amazon are all selling the GX8 for $349; however, Newegg has a special promotional price where you can get the phone for $299. Newegg is also throwing in a 64GB microSD card as part of a limited time offer that might just last until the pre-order label is removed. If you prefer to buy device in-store though, head over to your local Best Buy because the electronics retailer is the exclusive in-store seller of the GX8.

While all models have the same 16GB of internal storage, you do get to choose a color. The Huawei GX8 comes in Horizon Gold, Mystic Champagne, and Space Grey.

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6
Feb

Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – February 6, 2016


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It hasn’t been all too busy in the Android world this week, but our video team has been hard at work to bring you some wonderful Android-related coverage.

This was a very comparison-heavy week. Josh just published his big Huawei Mate 8 vs Nexus 6P comparison, Lanh compared the honor 5X, OnePlus X and Nexus 5X, and Gary did a great job at comparing all of the fast charging standards out there. That’s not all though – Bailey got a chance to review the new BLU Vivo XL, Gary took an in-depth look at what’s inside the Kirin 950 processor, and Joe rounded up the best Android apps of the week.

Alright, I’m done talking your ear off. Without any more delay, here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week.

Comparisons

Huawei Mate 8 vs Nexus 6P

The Huawei Mate 8 and the Nexus 6P are two of the manufacturer’s best smartphones to date. But how do they compare against one another? Be sure to check out Josh’s full comparison of the Mate 8 and Nexus 6P.

honor 5X vs Nexus 5X vs OnePlus X

The new honor 5X and OnePlus X are both available for under $250, but how do they compare with this year’s inexpensive Nexus device? Join Lanh as he compares the honor 5X, OnePlus X and the Nexus 5X.

Fast charging standards compared

With so many fast charging standards out there (Qualcomm Quick Charge, OPPO VOOC, MediaTek PumpExpress+, Motorola TurboPower), how can you tell which one is the best? Gary compares all of these standards and tries to figure out which fast charging method is the best out there.

BLU Vivo XL review

We don’t normally see AMOLED displays, full 4G LTE coverage and full day battery life on sub-$150 smartphones, but that’s not the case for the BLU Vivo XL. Of course, a smartphone that’s this inexpensive doesn’t come without its flaws, but is the low price point enough to make it a good value? Check out Bailey’s full review of the BLU Vivo XL.

An in-depth look at the Cortex-A72 and Mali T880

One of the key CPU core designs for 2016 is the Cortex-A72, which can be found in the Kirin 950. The question is, how well does it perform? Gary explains everything you need to know in his informative video attached above and written portion below.

Android Apps Weekly

Spotify gets video, Final Fantasy IX gameplay, VR for all! – you don’t want to miss the latest episode of Joe’s Android Apps Weekly show.

5
Feb

In-depth look: Just how good are the Cortex-A72 and Mali T880 in the Kirin 950?


One of the key CPU core designs for 2016 (and beyond) is the Cortex-A72. Designed by ARM, it was announced at the beginning of 2015 and during the summer I got a chance to talk with the lead designer, Mike Filippo. Robert Triggs also wrote a deeper analysis of the A72’s core architecture. The Cortex-A72 is ARM’s second generation 64-bit core design and ARM wanted to achieve three main goals with the design:

  1. Push the performance up for the next generation of phones and mobile products.
  2. Pull the power down significantly so that it can sustain maximum frequency performance for longer.
  3. Reduce the area of the design, which contributes to the reduction in power, but also enables low cost designs as well.

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As with many industries, going from design to product is a long process and now at the beginning of 2016 we are starting to see the first smartphones with
System-on-a-Chips (SoCs) using the Cortex-A72. One of the first is the Huawei Mate 8 with its Kirin 950 processor.

The Kirin 950 is an octa-core processor that includes 4 Cortex-A72 cores, clocked at 2.3GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores, clock at 1.8GHz, an ARM Mali T880 GPU and Huawei’s i5 co-processor. It is build on a 16nm FinFET+ process node and is said to be 30% more efficient than the Kirin 930. According to Huawei this means that the CPU uses at least 20% lower power and has 11% higher performance than ARM’s previous generation of core design.


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As for the GPU, the Mali T880 is ARM’s latest generation of GPU which offers up to 1.8x the performance of the 2014 Mali T760 GPU, while boasting up to a 40% energy reduction. As well as the CPU and GPU, the Kirin 950 also includes the i5 co-processor. It supports all the functions of a sensor hub as well as speech recognition, MP3 playback, and Fused Location Provider (FLP) navigation.

So this is all great in terms of theory, ARM designed a faster, more efficient CPU core and Huawei turned that design into a faster, more power efficient chip. But what about the real world? How does it perform?

I recently got my hands on a Huawei Mate 8 and I have been running a large variety of tests on the phone to see what kind of performance levels this latest generation of SoC can deliver.

Benchmarking

To test the Kirin 950 I have performed different types of performance testing. First, I use the standard benchmarks which are available from the Google Play store including AnTuTu, Geekbench, CPU Prime Benchmark, Epic Citadel, and 3DMark. Second, I used some benchmarks that are closer to real world scenarios, like the Kraken Javascript test. Third, I used my own benchmark tools, which I wrote, so that I can independently verify the other results.

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The standard benchmarks

Here is a table of the CPU focused benchmarks, alongside the scores for the Exynos 7420 (as found in the Note 5) and the Snapdragon 810 (as found in the Sony Z5 Compact):

  AnTuTu CPU Prime Benchmark Geekbench
Kirin 950 91087 31108 1772 (single-core)
6089 (multi-core)
Exynos 7420 77989 22862 1504 (single-core)
5258 (multi-core)
Snapdragon 810 76497 20771 1385 (single-core)
4295 (multi-core)

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As we can see the Cortex-A72 in the Kirin 950 performs excellently. The AnTuTu, CPU Prime Benchmark and Geekbench scores are all higher than the Exynos 7420 and the Snapdragon 810, both of which have Cortex-A57 cores. Of particular interest is the increase in the single-core performance scores from Geekbench.

But what about the GPU, do we see similar gains? Here is a table of the GPU test results, along with the comparison results:

  Epic Citadel 3DMark – Sling Shot (using ES 3.1) 3DMark – Ice Storm Unlimited (ES 2.0)
Kirin 950 59 fps at 1800 x 1080 in Ultra High Qualiry mode. 923 19026
Exynos 7420 49.2 fps at 2560 x 1440 in Ultra High Qualiry mode. 1278 25073
Snapdragon 810 58.5 fps at 1200 x 720 in Ultra High Qualiry mode. 1168 27160

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So while the CPU part of the Kirin 950 is clearly leading the way, it seems that the GPU is actually slightly behind. I don’t know if this is a software optimization issue, an implementation issue that is particular to the Kirin 950, but I was expecting more from the Mali T880.

More like the real world

In the hope of moving slightly closer to read world scenarios I ran two JavaScript benchmarks using the latest version of Chrome for Android. Kraken was created by Mozilla and measures the speed of several different test cases extracted from real-world applications and libraries. Octane is from Google and has similar goals.

  Kraken (lower is better) Google Octane
Kirin 950 3524 10868
Exynos 7420 3753 9174
Snapdragon 810 4253 9100

Like the CPU tests earlier, here we can yet again see the improvements that the Cortex-A72 brings when compared to the Cortex-A57. The Mate 8 is faster for both Kraken and Octane when compared to the Cortex-A57 based processors.

My benchmarks

To make sure that everything is fair, I have also written my own benchmarks. I use these mainly to check that the results I am getting from the popular testing apps are genuine. The first of my custom benchmarks tests the CPU without using the GPU. It is a four stage test that first calculates 100 SHA1 hashes on 4K of data, then it performs a large bubble sort on an array of 9000 items. Thirdly, it shuffles a large table one million times, and lastly it calculates the first 10 million primes. The total time needed to do all those things is displayed at the end of the test run. The results are below in the “Hashes, bubble sorts, tables and primes” column. Note that lower is better for this test.


Soc-showdown-featured-imageSee also: SoC showdown: Snapdragon 810 vs Exynos 7420 vs MediaTek Helio X10 vs Kirin 935101

The second of my three custom benchmarks uses a 2D physics engine to simulate water being poured into a container. The idea here is that while the GPU will be used slightly for the 2D graphics, most of the work will be carried out by the CPU. The complexity of so many droplets of water will exercise the CPU. One drop of water is added every frame and the app is designed to run at 60 frames per second. The benchmark measures how many droplets are actually processed and how many are missed. The maximum score is 5400.

My third benchmark is written in Unity3D. It is a terrain flyover that yields a frame per second score for a pre-programmed pass over the rendered world.

  Hashes, bubble sorts, tables and primes (lower is better) Water simulation (best score is 5400) Terrain 4
Kirin 950 19074 5400 3543 total frames, 22.83
Exynos 7420 30370 5349 3432 total frames, 21.48 fps
Snapdragon 810 22937 5222 4800 total frames, 42.22 fps

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As we can see the Kirin 950 performs better than the other two devices for the hashes etc test. In fact the Kirin 950 is 37% faster than the Exynos 7420 in this particular test. The Note 5 held the record for my water simulation benchmark, until the Mate 8 came along. The Exynos 7420 scores 5359, just slightly shy of the maximum score, however the Mate 8 hits the jackpot. This is great news for Huawei, however it is terrible news for me, as it means I will need to re-write the benchmark for 2016’s flag ship devices!

As for the Unity3D test, the Sony Z5 Compact comes out top due to its 720p screen resolution. It is followed by the Mate 8 and then the Note 5. However it is worth noting that the Mate 8 has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 which is lower than the Note 5’s 2560 x 1440. This means that if the Kirin 950 was driving a display akin to the Note 5’s display then it would be slower than the Note 5 overall.

Wrap-up

So what does this all mean? Firstly we can see that the CPU part of the Kirin 950 has pushed the performance envelope to new heights and clearly the Cortex-A72 is a significant improvement over the Cortex-A57. However the Kirin 950 seems to be weaker than expected on the GPU side. We won’t know if this is a software optimization issue, or an implementation issue until either Huawei releases some software updates for the Mate 8, or we see other SoCs using the Mali-T880 but with better performance.

Overall it is safe to say that the next generation of mobile SoCs are upon us and that they are faster, leaner and more efficient!

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