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20
Apr

Android Authority this week


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Android fans, LG seems bent on revealing everything about the G4 ahead of its official announcement on April 28, and while leaks are fun and all, we can’t say we’re mad that we’re getting some actual info straight from the source. This week also brought us some more news suggesting the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be sales hits; Google updated several of its apps and launched a brand new one; Cyanogen made waves with its Microsoft partnership; and Huawei introduced the sleek P8 and its totally excessive variant, the 6.8-inch P8 Max.

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Some cool announcements are coming from ARM soon, developments that will have a big impact on the features and performance of mobile devices coming down the pike. Our resident chip-heads Gary Sims and Rob Triggs have visited ARM’s headquarters in the UK to talk with the chip giant about its plans for the year. Keep an eye for their reports over the next few days.

If you’re a gaming fan, you’ll be glad to hear we’re planning to put more focus on Android gaming, starting with more day to day Android games news and reviews, and down the line, a regular segment dedicated to the best games of the week. We’re also planning to attend E3 in June, to bring you the hottest news from the world’s biggest gaming trade show.

This week we’re putting up an Oppo N3 up for grabs in our beloved giveaway. Throw your name in the hat here and good luck!

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The stuff you shouldn’t miss

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Top news of the week

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More LG G4 details

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Cyanogen: Lollipop and Microsoft

Galaxy S6 news

The Huawei P8 and the giant P8 Max

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Google apps updates

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17
Apr

Huawei to offer same day P8 replacements in UK through VIP Service


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A new report says Huawei is preparing a new VIP Service for the UK market when the Huawei P8 is available. The primary benefit of the VIP Service will be the potential for buyers of the Huawei P8 to get a same day replacement for their device if a warranty issue is determined to exist. The new service appears to be an attempt by Huawei to compete against Apple in providing replacements, something Apple is able to do rather easily through their retail locations. For Huawei, reports indicate they will provide replacements via a courier service.

According to the description of the service, Huawei P8 owners will have a dedicated service line they can contact if they have a problem with their device. If the representative believes a warranty issue may be involved, the owner can get a same day replacement or next day if it is too late for the courier to get out to a location. Apparently the P8 owner will have to pony up a £100 ($149 USD) deposit in case actual inspection of the device reveals it is not a warranty issue.

Huawei already offers a similar service on the Honor 6 and Honor 6 Plus devices in the UK. This latest service being made available for the P8 may also be available for the P8 Lite. Source indicate Huawei is exploring ways to offer VIP Service on other models, including non-flagship devices. It is not clear whether Huawei may expand the program beyond the UK market.

source: Android Authority

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17
Apr

Exclusive: Huawei to offer same-day replacement for faulty P8’s


One reason that Apple iPhones have sold so well is the in-store support offered by the network of Apple Stores. But Android manufacturers haven’t been able to offer similar levels of support. Most Android manufacturers – Samsung aside – don’t really have a retail empire, so they can’t offer same-day fixes and replacements for broken phone.

Huawei’s new VIP service hopes to offer a similar support experience without the retail empire by offering a same-day replacement service for customers who buy the new P8. A source inside the company told us that Huawei VIP will launch in the UK for customers who buy the P8 and will offer a same-day courier replacement for customers who have faulty handsets.

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Customers who buy the P8 will be able to call a dedicated phone number and speak to a Huawei customer support representative who will then diagnose the problem. If the issue is determined to be covered under warranty, it will be deemed eligible for a same-day warranty replacement (or next-day if you’re after the cut off period). In order for the replacement handset to be dispatched, Huawei will require a £100 deposit to cover against faults not covered under warranty.

Huawei VIP is only launching in the UK at the moment but the company may roll this out to other markets. Our source told us that Huawei VIP will also be available on the P8 Lite, which was rumoured to be announced alongside the P8 but wasn’t made official by the company at the launch.

Huawei VIP is similar to the service offered by Huawei’s e-commerce brand Honor, who offer a VIP replacement service for faulty Honor 6 and Honor 6 Plus handsets in the UK. Huawei will also offer a guaranteed two-to-five day repair (plus one day for shipping) for non-flagship handsets and it’s expected that Huawei VIP could also roll out to other handsets above a certain price in the future.



17
Apr

Hands-on with the humongous Huawei P8 Max


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Every flagship needs a bigger brother or at least that’s how it seems smartphone manufacturers are thinking. Apple have the iPhone 6 Plus, Sony have the Xperia Z Ultra, HTC have the One M9 Plus and even Huawei are getting in on the act with the P8 Max.

Announced alongside the P8 in London, the P8 Max is a larger-than-life phablet that really pushes the size boundaries of a smartphone. Featuring an incredibly large 6.8-inch Full HD IPS-Neo JDI display, the Huawei P8 Max shares the same design philosophy as the P8 and brings a supremely thin metal unibody build that measures just 6.8mm thick.

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Despite being only Full HD resolution – remember, we’ve previously heard that Huawei won’t sacrifice battery life for a Quad HD or Ultra HD display – the JDI screen appears vibrant in low light conditions with the 1500:1 contrast ratio ensuring an outstanding display visual experience. Above the display we have the 8MP front facing camera, which comes with a wide-angle view and Huawei’s Beauty Level feature to accentuate your best facial features when taking selfies.

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On the back, the P8 Max has a 13MP camera that comes with optical image stabilisation and dual-color dual-LED flash. Huawei has added software features to the camera including a new light paint feature (to capture light trails and really impressive night photos), a director mode that combines photos from multiple cameras to create a professional movie and a time-lapse feature that takes images captured at multiple intervals and stitches them together.

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One of most impressive things about the P8 Max (and the P8) is that, despite the camera have a large sensor and optical image stabilisation, it sits completely flush with the super slim body and doesn’t protrude in any way. From first testing with the P8 (the P8 Max’s smaller sibling) which shares the same camera, the P8 Max camera is very capable and produces good quality images in any lighting.

China Tour 2015 with Huawei

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At just 6.8mm thick and weighing just 228 grams, the Huawei P8 Max is a lot nicer to use than you might guess from such a large handset. Powered by an octa-core 64-bit Kirin 930 processor (in big.LITTLE formation) with 3GB RAM, the P8 Max has smooth performance with no visible signs of lag.

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The P8 Max will be available in two versions when it launches in a month’s time (both with 3GB RAM and a microSD card expansion slot); the standard version will have have 16GB storage and cost €549 (before taxes and subsidies) in either Titanium Grey or Mystic Champagne, whilst the Premium version costs €649, comes with 64GB storage and will be available in Titanium Grey or Prestige Gold.

With both the P8 and the P8 Max, Huawei isn’t waiting around to bring them to market. The P8 will launch later this month in 35 countries around the world before rolling out to 100 countries in total in a month’s time whilst the P8 Max will follow the same launch pattern but launch a month after the P8 is available.

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Are you planning on buying either the P8 or the P8 Max? What do you think of the super slim body and design? Let us know your views in the comments below.



16
Apr

Huawei Ascend P8 Gold Hands On


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Huawei announced their new Ascend P8 smartphone in London today featuring a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p screen, octa-core 64-bit Kirin 935 processor and 13MP rear camera. We were at the launch to bring you a hands on and closer look at Huawei’s 2015 flagship.

The front of the Ascend P8 has a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p screen offering 424 pixels per inch density. The IPS display offers really sharp contrast and the vibrant colours look fantastic even in sunlight. Above the display is an 8MP front facing snapper capable of capturing Full HD 1080p video, which also comes with Huawei’s Beauty Level feature to accentuate your facial features.

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The Huawei P8 comes in two flavors; the Standard version is expected to cost €499 before taxes and subsidies and offers 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM in two exclusive colours (Titanium Grey and Mystic Champagne) while the Premium version will cost €599 with 64GB storage, 3GB RAM and the other two exclusive colours (Carbon Black, Prestige Gold).

This multiple-storage strategy is one we’re seeing lots of smartphone manufacturers adopt but unlike other flagships, the Ascend P8 comes with a microSD expansion slot allowing you to expand the storage by up to 128GB. The microSD card slot doubles up as a secondary SIM card slot allowing you to use either two nano SIMs (both with 4G) or a single nano SIM and a microSD card.

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The Huawei P8 measures just 6.4 mm thick but despite this incredible thinness, Huawei have managed to make the 13MP camera sit completely flush with the thin body. The result is a handset that has a unique symmetry and won’t damage your camera if you place it on a table.

China Tour 2015 with Huawei

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The Huawei P8 camera also comes with Optical Image Stabilisation to offer stable photos without noise both during the day and in lowlight. For times when you need extra light, the dual color Temperature Flash uses bright white and warm colour LEDs to capture photos that accurately capture the scene. The Huawei P8 captures Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second but despite the capabilities of the octa-core Kirin 935 processor, it can’t capture 4K Ultra HD video.

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Alongside the hardware improvements, the Ascend P8 also comes with clever software features including a light paint feature (to take incredible pictures at night), a Director Mode to make professional movies from your phone and a Time Lapse feature to stitch together multiple pictures captured at different intervals.

The Huawei P8 brings Huawei’s network knowledge as well by offering a new feature that allows it to stay connected whilst travelling to high speed and LTE Cat 6 allows you to download at 300Mbps on the move. Other notable features include Dolby Digital Plus, noise cancellation, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Android 5.0 Lollipop and Huawei EMUI v3.1.

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The Huawei P8 will launch in 35 countries later this month before rolling out to over 100 countries total a month later. Huawei confirmed that the UK would be one of the first launch countries and presumably the handset will launch in the USA in the next rollout (although this is unconfirmed).

Full specs and press release below!  What do you think of the Huawei Ascend P8 so far? More coverage coming, so stay tuned! 

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Show Press Release
  • Size Height: 144.9mm; Width: 72.1mm; Depth: 6.4mm; Weight: 144g
  • Color Mystic Champagne; Titanium Grey
  • Display 5.2” FHD Screen; 1080p (1920 x 1080); 424ppi; 16M colors
  • CPU Hisilicon Kirin 930; 8-core 64bit; 2.0GHz
  • Operating System AndroidTM 5.0
  • Battery 2680mAh(typical value)
  • Memory 3 GB RAM; 16 GB ROM
  • Network GRA_L09:
  • TDD LTE: B40
  • FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28
  • UMTS: 800(B6,Japan)/800(B19,Japan)/850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Support NFC
  • GRA_UL00:
  • TDD LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41 (2555MHz~2655MHz)
  • FDD LTE:B1/B3/B4/B7
  • UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz(B8/B5/B4/B2/B1)
  • GSM : Main card: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; Second card:
  • 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • GPS GPS/A-GPS/Glonass/BDS(BeiDou Navigation Satellite System)
  • Connectivity Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • Sensors G-sensor; Gyroscope sensor; Ambient Light sensor; Proximity sensor;
  • Camera Main camera: 13 Mega pixel, OIS, RBGW sensor, DSLR-level Image Signal
  • Audio Audio: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, PCM, WMA
  • Video Video Codec: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, VP8, RV7-10, Xvid, WMV9
  • BT 4.1+LE
  • MicroUSB (High Speed USB)
  • Compass, Accelerometer
  • Processor, 1080p video recording/1080p video playback;F2.0; Dual-tone color
  • temperature flash
  • Front camera: 8 Mega pixel
  • Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, MOV, ASF, RM, RMVB
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Video File Format: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .rm, .rmvb, .wmv
  • Image Codec: PNG, GIF (Static only), JPEG, BMP
  • Image File Format: .png, .gif (Static only), .jpeg, .bmp
  • Picture: PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP, WEBP, WBMP
  • Emotion IU EMUI 3.1
  • In the box Handset; Headset; Charger; USB cable; Quick Start Guide; Safety Information

Press Release

Huawei Launches the P8; A Revolutionary Light Painting Smartphone that Breaks New Ground in Fashionology by Combining the Best of Fashion and Technology

London, 15 April 2015 – Today at the legendary Old Billingsgate, London’s renowned arts and fashion venue, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the Huawei P8 smartphone, a perfect blend of technology, sleek styling, usability and revolutionary low light camera features. The Huawei P8 is the culmination of the P series’ rich heritage of style and functionality, and is once again redefining the smartphone market with easy-to-use features that amaze and inspire consumers.

The Huawei P8 takes beauty to the next level, striking a flawless balance of artistry and creativity. Based on a deep understanding of human-machine design, the Huawei P8 delivers a new level of usability for applications impacting everyday life – at work and at play. With craftsmanship that pushes the bounds of possibility and new revolutionary light painting modes, the Huawei P8 provides consumers with an inspiration for creativity.

Redefining Style, Beauty and Technology

Introduced in 2012, the Huawei P series has redefined style. The P1 marked the debut of Huawei’s journey, taking the stage with a new ethos based on beauty. The P2 built on the momentum of the P1, breaking new boundaries of processing speed; the P6 brought out a new and elegant sleekness; and the ultimate craftsmanship of the P7 stunned the market.

The Huawei P8 design is deeply rooted in literary tradition, combining elements of ancient manuscripts, illuminated books and the essence of sunlight in stained glass library windows. It is inspired by the best of human design from different cultures across the centuries and embodies the human spirit of exploration and beauty.

The design details of the Huawei P8 evoke the pages, bindings and hardcovers of traditional books. The one-piece aluminum body with the diamond shape blasting craftsmanship highlights the texture of the metal. The phone comes with four elegant color options: silver, gold, black and grey. The devices come in a translucent package and the unboxing experience is like taking a book from the shelf.

Highlights of Design and Technology

Continuing the minimalist design of previous generations in the P series, the Huawei P8 embodies the ultimate in elegance, craftsmanship and durability. Highlights include:

 The nano-injection molding process results in an industry-leading seamless tight junction connecting a 1.5mm thin plastic bar with one of the industry’s largest screens.

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  •   The phone is 6.4mm thin, with dual SIM cards, and works seamlessly with a 4G network (where the service is available).
  •   The triple-layer shark-gill design enhances the reliability and robustness of the device.
  •   Inside, the new Kirin 930 64-bit Octa-Core chipset boosts performance by approximately 20 percent compared with other phones with similar levels of battery life.
  •   The body’s sleek back cover is constructed of steel, for reinforced structural rigidity.Craft Best-in-Class User ExperiencesThe Huawei P8 is designed to have a natural connection to human nature, providing solutions to common pain points and meeting consumers’ needs – both simple and complex.The Huawei P8 has a revolutionary touch screen experience that is innate to consumers. Double-tapping a knuckle captures a full-length screen shot, while drawing a circle on the screen quickly captures content. Additionally, the “search phone by voice” function allows users to call out to their misplaced smartphone, which will respond through its speaker to identify.

    Unique power management creates a bridge between the Huawei P8’s slim design, power efficiently and stunning performance. The device contains a 2680mAh battery and with Kirin 930 Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, delivering outstanding performance that outpaces the smartphone market by 20 percent.

    The Huawei P8 brings innovative and much-needed features to voice and sound. In loud environments users can increase volume up to 58 percent above normal level. In a windy environment, the smartphone can eliminate 90 percent of the sound of wind when using a headset or earphones with a single mic. Additionally, super hands-free functionality supports hands-free speaker calls within a radius range of 2 meters, while a built-in independent audio decoder chipset enables music volume to double while maintaining the same high quality.

    Considering the user habits as well as upcoming trends, the Huawei P8 provides a comprehensive line-up of solutions:

  •   For 4G SIM card users, the device features dual 4G SIM card support with two flexible card slots.
  •   Once the Huawei P8 has identified and connected with a Bluetooth device such as the Huawei TalkBand B2, the phone can be remotely unlocked without entering a password.
  •   With network roaming performance optimized for 4G, the Huawei P8 connects with network roaming services approximately three times faster than average phone models.

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 Additionally, with an optional E-ink screen on the back of the phone, the metal back cover can switch to an eBook in just seconds.

“The goal of Huawei P8 is to become the most user-friendly smartphone for consumers globally” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, “Through in-depth market research, Huawei has addressed the most pressing pain points for premium smartphone users today. Huawei seamlessly combines the best elements of style and durability in this device, delivering a revolutionary user experience – especially in terms of camera capabilities and network connectivity. Building on the outstanding market performance of Huawei’s P series, we fully believe the Huawei P8 will become one of the most popular smartphones of 2015.”

Best-in-Class Smartphone with Light Painting Camera

The Huawei P8 introduces a new philosophy for camera design leveraging a combination of hardware, software and proprietary algorithms to help users capture beautiful photographs, even in the worst lighting conditions. Features include:

  •   Industry-leading Optical Image Stabilizer technology up to 1.2°, enabling high-quality photos and videos, and managing camera shake so images are consistently sharp.
  •   The world’s first four-color RGBW sensor enhances brightness by 32 percent in high contrast lighting situations, reduces it by 78 percent in low light environments. DSLR-level independent image processor enabling noise reduction when shooting and intelligent detection of a high-contrast lighting environment.
  •   Four professional quality low-light shooting modes giving users access to a virtual photo and video studio to capture artistic inspirations.For example, the Light Painting mode, one of the four professional quality low-light shooting modes, leverages the Huawei P8’s manual camera shutter to capture broad swaths of light. Light Painting mode can capture a rolling ferris wheel at night, showing the circular streams of light in an artistic photo. Users can also “light paint” their own freehand pictures using a small torchlight in the dark. Another industry first low light technology is the light check and preview mode. By giving users a preview of what the shot will look like, the device makes it easier to experiment creatively with light sources in the dark.The Huawei P8’s Director mode is the industry’s first professional-level video capture function on a smartphone. It allows consumers to direct and control up to three other Android phones when shooting a video scene from four angles simultaneously, while also synchronize video clip editing.The Huawei P8 also introduces a powerful new Selfie mode, which allows preset image enhancement settings to capture and customize everyone’s unique beauty, enabling even more people to get in on the fun.

    Setting New Standards for Mobile Connectivity

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Press Release

Huawei has addressed emerging pain points around dropped calls and signal degradation. Building on Huawei’s DNA of world-class communications technology, the Huawei P8 has re-defined the industry benchmark for seamless network connectivity.

The Huawei P8 has re-defined the industry benchmark for seamless network connectivity through proprietary Signal+ technology. The compact and powerful dual-antenna design plus rapid switching technology allows the smartphone to instantly switch between antennas, ensuring a continuous strong network connection. Additionally, the devices’ Signal+ enhances the call connection rate, even when users are travelling on a train at a speed of up to 300 kilometers per hour.

For consumers who travel by air, it takes quite a bit of time to connect when landing at an airport; the Huawei P8 increases the speed of connecting to a roaming network. Based on international roaming test data from more than 20 countries and regions across Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America with network roaming performance optimized for 4G, the Huawei P8 synchronizes with network roaming services approximately three times faster than an average phone.

Huawei’s extremely stylish P series has achieved great success around the world. Global sales of the Huawei P6 have totaled 5 million units in 60 countries and the Huawei P7 surpassed 4 million sales across more than 100 countries in just six months. The success of the Huawei P6 and P7 indicates a strong potential demand for the Huawei P8.

There are two versions of the Huawei P8; the standard device for €499 and the premium version for €599. It will initially be available in more than 30 countries including China, Columbia, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, UAE and the United Kingdom.

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By 2014, Huawei’s products and services have covered more than 170 countries, and a third of the world’s population. Huawei’s shipments of smartphones ranked third in the world in 2014. Huawei has 16 R&D centers have been set up in the US, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer Business Group is one of three businesses within Huawei, covering smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. Based on more than 20 years of Huawei’s expertise in the telecom industry, built on Huawei’s global network, worldwide operations and business partners, Huawei Consumer Business Group is dedicated to providing the latest technology to the consumers and bringing the joy of technological advances to people all around the world. Huawei acts on its word and fulfills dreams. For more information please visit: http://www.consumer.huawei.com

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15
Apr

Jumping off the hype train: Are flagship smartphones still worth buying?


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A massive HD display. Cameras with a high pixel count. A device loaded with several gigabytes of RAM, and a processor with multiple cores. For several years such attributes have been major talking points when describing flagship smartphones from high-profile electronic makers, but things are starting to change. Although it may not be the most lucrative line of business for some companies, the mobile sector is currently loaded with more hardware manufacturers than ever before.

Each year a handful of high-priced top-shelf devices are announced and treated to huge launch events along with major marketing campaigns. While most of these devices live up to the hype, there are plenty of viable alternatives flying below the radar of power users and casual consumers alike.

In the early days of Android, off the chart specs and frequent software enhancements were driving forces when purchasing a new smartphone or tablet. Spec sheets certainly still play an important part, but these days the playing field is much more leveled. Mid-range gear isn’t so mid-range anymore. And while I’m personally not a fan of OEMs cranking out dozens of smartphones each year, I do recognize the importance of being able to offer consumers budget-friendly handsets.

In the early days of Android, off the chart specs and frequent software enhancements were driving forces when purchasing a new smartphone or tablet.

But are today’s low-price smartphones enough to pull consumers away from the highly acclaimed mobile gear produced by the industry’s biggest players? Let’s talk about the current state of flagships versus mid-range devices.

Mid-rangers worthy of your consideration

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Design and Style

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A few years back, most smartphone makers would release their flagship hardware with unique designs that made them stand out compared to other devices in their catalogs. However, things have changed over the past couple of years. Android heavyweights like Samsung, LG and HTC are now releasing mid-range and low-end handsets with design aesthetics almost identical to their respective annual flagship smartphones. While it’s most likely a cost effective measure, this new trend makes some premium handsets feel a little less chic.

Remember, casual consumers aren’t really looking for much. Believe it or not, a good looking phone with a large display is enough to coax most of them into making a purchase. This new industry trend definitely makes budget-friendly prospects look more appealing.

There’s no Need to Break the Bank

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While a device’s spec sheet and benchmark scores don’t move some people, others are obsessed with a device’s internal hardware before making a purchase. These individuals are always chasing the tech industry’s new hotness and they should also be aware of diamonds in the rough. Case in point: Motorola’s Moto G. While it may not pack the punch the same punch found in flagship phone, its hardware is more than sufficient for most users.

For around $180, you can score a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel shooter and an almost vanilla build of Android. Not too shabby at all. But the former Google company isn’t the only place offering low-cost devices with decent specs. Chinese phone makers like Huawei and ZTE are producing more budget-conscious handsets that won’t put a dent in your bank account. And even though it can be somewhat elusive, OnePlus’ aptly named OnePlus One offers a lot of bang for your buck as well.

A more recent example is the Asus Zenfone 2, a mid-range device that offers a speedy Intel processor and up to 4GB RAM, depending on the configuration. While it is priced aggressively, the Zenfone 2’s performance and even aesthetics are more in-line with what you’d expect from a flagship device. Sure, the phone isn’t perfect, but our very own Lanh Nguyen certainly was impressed by the performance of the handset in his recent review.

Another alternative for frugal tech fans obsessed with name-brand products, is buying last year’s model at a discounted price.

While these types of handsets may not be the highly marketed, celebrity endorsed smartphones plastered on billboards around the world, they definitely manage to hold their own. Another alternative for frugal tech fans obsessed with name-brand products, is buying last year’s model at a discounted price.

Similar to cars in the auto industry, new top tier smartphones are released each year. Some devices do exceedingly well, but there’s always leftover inventory to clear. For example, the HTC One M9 just recently hit the streets, however it’s not a complete departure from its predecessor. In addition to a reduced price tag, a flagship phone from the previous year will likely be running the latest version of Android, or eventually receive an update to it, making the software experience nearly on par with its successor.

What About Hardware Enthusiasts?

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If your love for gadgets borders obsession and you don’t mind shelling out big bucks or committing to service contracts, there are some benefits to buying a brand new flagship device. While the aforementioned alternatives fit in with most budgets, some of them will lack amenities typically offered by big-ticket handsets. Items such as LTE network connectivity, NFC support and full 1080p or 4K HD video capture are among some of the more common features missing from budget-friendly smartphones — though even this is starting to be less the case. Most of these items can be gained by purchasing an older model flagship phone, however those come with a few drawbacks as well.

The general idea behind releasing new hardware is for companies to improve upon their previous efforts. This usually means unavoidable changes to industry standards. For example, Google recently pledged its support for the USB Type-C spec, saying that consumers can expect to see it on Android phones in the near future. Another undeniable benefit of buying a freshly released flagship smartphone is raw performance. A new phone typically means the latest and greatest in terms of hardware optimized for the most recent version of Android. 

The general idea behind releasing new hardware is for companies to improve upon their previous efforts. This usually means unavoidable changes to industry standards.

Final Thoughts

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The evolution of Android isn’t just a story of dessert-themed software. Over the last few years, mobile hardware has made numerous advancements, bringing potent components to low-cost devices. On paper, some of today’s mid-range smartphones sound like super phones from just a few short years ago. In some regards, mobile hardware has plateaued a bit and new flagship handsets might not be as appealing to casual consumers.

People who don’t mind service contracts can purchase flagship devices at a discounted rate, with the tradeoff being a 24-month commitment. In a sense, this approach is similar to buying a year old flagship device outright, but at a slightly lower price. This setup should work for most people, but some folks just want more. As for power users who don’t mind parting with extra upfront cash, a new high-end smartphone each year is doable, but certainly not exactly necessary. However, if early tech adoption is your vice, you may want to consider selling your old phone to pick up some of the expenses that come with purchasing a pricey new device outright. Just be sure to take some important precautions before shipping it out or trading it in.

Curious as to some of the best non-flagship devices out there that will deliver an excellent experience without breaking the bank? Be sure to check out our cheap Android phones roundup. 

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15
Apr

Huawei officially launches the Huawei P8, Huawei P8max


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Today Huawei officially launched their new flagship smartphone, the Huawei P8, and its larger companion device the Huawei P8max. With a focus on design, some user interface innovations, and new camera features, Huawei hopes the device will continue the success they have achieved with the last couple devices in their P series line of devices.

Amidst talk of inspiration from traditional books, ancient manuscripts and the beauty of stained glass windows, Huawei revealed the new P8 which is only 6.4mm thick. Packed inside the thin frame is the company’s own Kirin 930 64-bit octa-core processor. Huawei claims the Kirin 930 chip outperforms other processors on the market by approximately 20 percent while providing similar battery life.

The body of the Huawei P8 uses a triple-layer construction that the company describes as a “shark-gill” design. The back cover is constructed of steel, which Huawei says adds structural rigidity to the device. Huawei is also making an optional E-ink screen available on the back cover so that the device can be utilized as an eBook in mere seconds.

Huawei announced that the interface includes a few innovations like the ability to double-tap with a knuckle to grab a screenshot or drawing a circle to capture content. Another feature called “search phone by voice” is unique in that a user can just call out to their phone when it has been misplaced and the device will respond using its speaker to help it find its way home.

Finally, Huawei indicates they have added some new features to the camera in the device and the camera app to help users be more creative. The camera sensor is the world’s first four-color RGBW unit which Huawei says enhances brightness by 32 percent in high contrast lighting situations and reduces it by 78 percent in low light environments. Huawei claims the camera’s image processing is on par with DSLR cameras. Huawei also added some capabilities for users to manually control the camera shutter, a capability they are calling “Light Painting” mode, that will let users slow things down for interesting night shots. The camera app is also capable of showing the users a live preview of what a shot will look like. On the video side, Huawei added a “Director” mode that will let users control up to three other Android phones so they can shoot a scene from four different angles simultaneously with all of the clips synched.

According to Huawei CEO Richard Yu,

“Huawei seamlessly combines the best elements of style and durability in this device, delivering a revolutionary user experience – especially in terms of camera capabilities and network connectivity. Building on the outstanding market performance of Huawei’s P series, we fully believe the Huawei P8 will become one of the most popular smartphones of 2015.”

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Along with the Huawei P8, Huawei also launched a variant, the P8max. The Huawei P8max features a 6.8-inch screen and a larger 4360 mAh battery. The screen is full HD 16:9 FHD screen. Even with the larger screen and battery, Huawei kept the thickness of the device at only 6.8 mm.

Unlike the “shark-gill” construction of the P8, the P8max is cut from a single block of “aerospace grade” aluminum. One hazard of using a block of aluminum is heat dissipation from the electronics inside the device. Huawei says they have implemented some DX19 high thermal conductivity alloy to help keep the device cool in the hands of users.

Huawei indicates the new Huawei P8 will be available in more than 30 countries, though not in the U.S., with the price for the standard version set at €499 ($530 USD) and the premium version priced at €599 ($636 USD). The P8max pricing starts at €549 ($582 USD) for the standard version and €649 ($689 USD) for the premium version.

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source: Huawei (P8), Huawei (P8max)

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15
Apr

Huawei P8 variant for the US passes through the FCC


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Earlier today, an unannounced Huawei smartphone made a pitstop at the United States of America’s official certification authority — the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we are probably looking at a US variant of the company’s recently-announced flagship device, the P8.

Unfortunately, the paperwork doesn’t disclose anything about the internals of this specific handset, but we do know that it’s set to pack a variety of different connectivity options, (including support for 4G carrier bands 2 4, 5, 7 and 13), Bluetooth Class 1 (Version 4.0, LE+EDR), 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n Wi-Fi (dual-band), NFC and GPS.

However, the unit does appear to have faced some minor design changes. From the image included in the FCC listing, we can see that both the camera and flash has been moved to the opposite side of the device.

If you wish to view the full FCC filing, hit the source link below.

Source: FCC
Via: PhoneScoop

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15
Apr

Huawei P8 Announced to World Stage






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Today at a press conference in London, England, the long anticipated Huawei P8 has made its way onto the world stage.

The Huawei P8 is an absolutely gorgeous 5.2-inch Full HD device that brings with it a sleek, metallic design with new and improved camera features. The device follows the Ascend P7 from last year, although the company has dropped the Ascend part from the name, that doesn’t mean that it’s dropped quality. The phone has a great display and powerful front camera on board the device. The new handset is trying to improve on some of the issues that were found last year, such as bad sounding speakers, rear camera, and performance problems.

Some specifications of the P8 include a Kirin 930 processor featuring eight 64-bit cores, four Cortex A53 cores operating at 2 gigahertz, and four Cortex A53 cores running at 1.5 gigahertz, a marked improvement over last year. The P8 also has 3 gigabytes of RAM and storage space starting from 16 gigabytes, and that storage is expandable with an SD card, up to 128 gigabytes.

The new smartphone also sports a 2,680 mAh battery, which is housed in a chassis only 6.4 mm thick. The camera on the back doesn’t seem to protrude as it has on several flagship models that have been introduced this year. The camera sports a 13 megapixel rear camera, also equipped with optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash, the front facing selfie camera is a 8 megapixel lens. Huawei has been working on new software features for the camera, The technical aspects include an image processor that Huawei says will be better than other DSLR offerings, as well as a 13 MP image sensor that includes a four color sensor described as the ” world’s first”. Quite a statement from such a thin handset.

The new P8 is also equipped with Android lollipop, 5.0, right out of the box. However, it will also carry Huawei’s custom skin, Emotion UI 3.1 over the lollipop build. We’ll be looking to see if the skin is lighter than last year’s offering.

The four colors it will be graced with are, Mystic Champagne, Titanium Grey, Carbon Black and, of course, Gold.

The Huawei P8 will be priced at about $500-$550 range, with sales in the U.S starting sometime in May. There will be a version for the European countries that will begin sales later this month. We’ll be here to get a more personal look at that time.

Source: Huawei


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15
Apr

For smaller budgets, Huawei launches the Huawei P8 Lite


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Although it was not part of their big event today to launch the Huawei P8 and Huawei P8max, the company also launched a third device aimed at the mid-tier market. The Huawei P8 Lite comes with a 5-inch display running at 1280 x 720 resolution and is powered by a Kirin 620 octa-core processor. Despite being a mid-tier device, the P8 Lite will support 4G LTE service and comes equipped with a reasonably capable 13 MP rear camera. The hardware also includes 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.

Huawei has not yet announced pricing or availability for the P8 Lite, although seeing it hit the same 30 markets as the P8 and P8max would not be surprising. Sources believe pricing should be consistent with something like the Motorola Moto G, which would be a competing device.

source: phoneArena

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