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By April 21, 2016 Read More →

Unannounced Huawei P9 Lite popping up

Huawei P9 Lite1No sooner do we have the Huawei P9 than the little brother is rumoured and remains yet to be announced by the company. Some European markets in Belgium and Romania have noted it on websites however it has now been listed on the website of Chinese telecommunication authority TENAA, suggesting an imminent launch in the Asian country.

The listing reveals that the device is powered by an octa-core 2.0Ghz chipset, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 16GB expandable internal memory and powered by a generous 2,900mAh battery.

Huawei P9 Lite2

The P9 Lite features a 13MP on the rear and an 8MP front shooter. Dimensions are listed as 146.8×72.6×7.5 and it should weigh around 143g. Android 6.0 Marshmallow will be in running out of the box and typical colour options include gold, white, and black.

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By April 12, 2016 Read More →

HTC present the HTC 10

10 PREVIEWHTC has today unveiled what it has been working on behind closed doors for the last 12 months, with the launch of its latest smartphone. With customer feedback an integral part of the development process, combined with an obsessive attention to detail, the HTC 10 delivers everything that you would want from a flagship device.  

Playing to the Power of 10 – symbolizing greatness and independence but also that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – this newest addition to the HTC phone family combines a world class camera with gold standard audio, bold new metal unibody design and unparalleled performance.

Inspired by light and sculpted to perfection, the HTC 10 employs a new approach to design where bold contours are carved out of solid metal. Capturing the light beautifully, the chamfered edges boast a slimmer, more slender look with its full glass front merging seamlessly into the metal body. download2 Passionate about the small details, it’s not just the materials that come under scrutiny when we create a new handset. With the HTC 10, our design teams worked tirelessly to build a phone where the power button has been beautifully crafted, where the speakers deliver a sleeker look and better sound quality and where the fingerprint sensor recognizes your finger from almost any angle. It is also important that we got the build absolutely right.

Mercilessly engineered to handle everyday knocks, bumps and scratches, the HTC 10 was subjected to over 168 hours of extreme temperature tests, ranging from a freezing -20’C to a scorching 60’C, plus over 10,000 drop, bend, scratch and corrosion tests.

World-class camera! With HTC 10 we’ve delivered what we believe to be the best smartphone camera available on the market today. With the world’s first optically stabilized, larger aperture f/1.8 lenses on both the front and rear cameras, new larger sensors, 12 million of our new generation UltraPixels (1.55um per pixel), faster laser autofocus powering the main camera and a wide angle lens and screen flash on the front UltraSelfieTM camera, this smartphone delivers brilliantly sharp, low light and high-resolution photos whether behind or in front of the lens.

download3 With the camera designed to launch in as little as 0.6 seconds, and a 2nd generation laser autofocus that gives you focused shots faster, it’s quick enough to even work in burst mode. All the settings are also conveniently located at your fingertips with Pro Mode still offering advanced options for more experienced photographers, including RAW format functionality. Boasting a DxOMark score of 88*, this is one of the highest camera quality scores of any smartphone to date and is the result of tens of thousands of hours spent fine tuning each element to deliver world-class photos and videos.

Best in sight, best in sound

But it’s not just the imaging that puts this smartphone at the top of its game – the HTC 10 combines vivid 4K video with the world’s first stereo 24-bit Hi-Res audio recording, capturing 256 times more detail than standard recordings, across twice the frequency range and enabling you to bring to life your recorded content as if you were actually there in person. download4 Built for audiophiles, the HTC 10 is certified for Hi-Res audio and has been designed to make music sound the way that the artist intended. A headphone amp that delivers two times the power of a conventional headphone amp, the ability to upscale from 16-bit to 24-bit audio and high performance digital to analogue conversion combine beautifully to produce ten times lower distortion than other devices on the market, delivering an all round audio performance that cannot be beaten.

Everyone hears things differently, which is why the HTC 10’s all-new Personal Audio Profile system enhances your audio experience even further. By creating a unique profile that is tuned to your individual hearing, it dynamically adjusts specific sound frequencies to each ear, allowing you to hear music the way that the artist intended. Re-engineered HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi edition speakers feature the same separated tweeter and woofer design as leading acoustic systems and combine with a dedicated amplifier on each speaker, adding to the experience and delivering sound clarity unprecedented on a smartphone.  

Great audio deserves great earphones so we have made sure that our flagship phone comes with the best Hi-Res audio certified inbox earphones yet. Featuring an 8µm thin aerospace polymer diaphragm and 70% oversized drivers, the listener is treated to richer sound and twice the frequency range, enabling you to enjoy the best audio experience right from the get go.

Performance at its Best

Whilst the HTC 10 nails it on the hardware, we have also delivered what we believe to be best in class software by focusing on getting the fundamentals right. With apps that launch twice as fast and that perform to the highest standard and a next generation quad HD display that is 30% more colourful, creating a true cinematic feel, and that is 50% more responsive to touch than its predecessor, even the smallest and fastest of finger movements track perfectly. download5 This attention to detail doesn’t stop there! With security high on people’s agendas, we have created a fingerprint scanner, which unlocks in a lightening fast 0.2 seconds and which has been algorithmically designed to recognise you faster and more accurately over time. Engineered from the inside out to last longer, the HTC 10 boasts the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with enhanced 4G LTE.

Each device also comes with Boost+ which is designed to make your phone faster, to consume less power and to provide effective security and application management features. This includes smart boost, which automatically optimises your memory, a game battery booster, which uses less battery during gameplay, and a new PowerBotics system, which auto detects and shuts down apps that use excessive power, improving battery life by 30% and delivering up to two days charge. Not only does Boost+ optimize performance, making it easier to launch apps, but its App Lock function also adds a new layer of security by enabling you to lock any app you choose, whilst App Manager provides an instant fix for when an app isn’t behaving. The HTC 10 also includes the latest in-box quick charge 3.0 Rapid Charger with improved thermal management, so the battery can be charged by up to 50% in just 30 minutes – ideal for people who find their phone running low on juice before the end of the working day.

Controlled by You!

By reducing the number of duplicative and pre-loaded apps and bloatware, and integrating the best of both HTC and Google, we have created a more streamlined phone that enables you to decide what you want on your handset. With HTC’s specially created new Freestyle Layout, you no longer have an on-screen grid that dictates the layout. Instead you can get creative by dragging icons, stickers and widgets anywhere you like. Layer them, group them, link stickers to apps or get rid of screen icons altogether, the choice is yours. download6 The latest version of HTC Themes also provides you with access to thousands of professional looking themes that each come with their own icons, backgrounds and sounds so you can customize your phone based on your own personal style.

Accessories and availability

To further streamline your experience, the HTC 10 offers an all-new Ice View case with a semi-transparent and highly versatile single front-cover case. So when that next call or message comes in, or when you need to skip a track, or snap that perfect shot, you can do it without even opening your smartphone’s case. It’s simplicity, without sacrificing protection.   The HTC 10 will come in two variants with different Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to cater for different market needs. They will both offer the same design, audio, camera and display, with a similar software experience and battery life.

The HTC 10 will be available from April 2016 in four stunning color combinations: Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver, Topaz Gold and Camellia Red. In the U.K., HTC 10 will be available across multiple operators, who will announce colours, availability and pricing in due course.

The UK will be ranging Carbon Grey, Glacier Silver and Topaz Gold and will be on-shelf from early May.  An unlocked edition will be available for Pre-order on www.HTC.com from today, 12th April. JBL and HTC will also be bringing you the world’s first USB-C sport earphone with noise cancellation and adaptive noise control. JBL Reflect Aware C earphones* combine sweat proof design with digital audio and battery-free active noise cancellation, so you can shut the outside world out and enjoy better than CD level music. *coming soon in selected countries

Specifications:

SIZE: 145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0 – 9.0mm

WEIGHT: 161g

DISPLAY: 5.2 inch,Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels, 564 pixels per inch) Super LCD 5 with curved-edge Gorilla Glass

PROCESSOR

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820
  • Quad-core, 64-bit, up to 2.2GhZ

OPERATING SYSTEM

  • Android™ 6 with HTC Sense™

MEMORY

  • Total storage:  32GB or 64GB (available capacity varies4)
  • RAM: 4GB

Expandable: microSD™ expansion supports additional memory cards up to 2TB with Flex Storage (optional cards not included) CAMERA Main Camera

    • 12MP HTC UltraPixel™ 2 (1.55µm pixel size)
    • Laser autofocus
    • BSI sensor
    • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

 

  • f/1.8 aperture, 26mm focal length
  • Dual tone LED flash
  • 4K video recording with Hi-Res Audio
  • Slow motion video recording at 720p, 120fps
  • Modes include Auto-HDR, Panorama, Pro mode with manual control and 12-bit RAW format support, Hyperlapse, Zoe capture, Video Pic, and continuous shooting up to 8fps

Front Camera

    • 5MP (1.34µm pixel size)
    • Autofocus
    • BSI sensor
    • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)

 

  • f/1.8 aperture, 23mm focal length
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Modes include Auto-HDR, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, and Live Make-Up

  SOUND

  • HTC BoomSound™ Hi-Fi Edition
  • Dolby Audio™ 4
  • Personal Audio Profile
  • Hi-Res Audio certified
  • Hi-Res Audio earphones
  • Hi-Res Audio stereo recording
  • Three microphones with noise cancelation

NETWORK3 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 800/850/1800/1900 MHz (Japan)

  3G UMTS Varies by region

  • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
  • 850/AWS/900/2100 MHz (America)

  CDMA

  • 800/1900 with EvDO Rev. A (America)

  4G LTE™ (up to 450Mbps) Varies by region

  • Asia/Europe: FDD B1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 32; TDD B38, 40, 41
  • America: FDD B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 29, 30
  • Japan: FDD: B1, 3, 5, 7, 13, 17, 19, 21, 26; TDD B38, 41
  • Support Cat 9 LTE: downloads up to 450Mbps, uploads up to 50Mbps

  SIM

  • Nano SIM
  • SENSORS
    • Ambient light sensor
    • Proximity sensor
    • Motion G-sensor
    • Compass sensor
    • Gyro sensor
    • Magnetic sensor
    • Fingerprint sensor
    • Sensor Hub for activity tracking

    LOCATIONVaries by region

    • GPS + GLONASS + Beidou (Europe and Asia)

    GPS + GLONASS (America and Japan)

CONNECTIVITY

  • USB 3.1 Gen1, Type-C
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • Bluetooth® 4.2
  • Wi-Fi®: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz)
  • NFC
  • DisplayPort
  • DNLA™
  • Miracast™
  • Google Cast™
  • AirPlay™
  • HTC Connect™ for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems

BATTERY5

  • Capacity: 3000mAh
  • Talk time on 3G/4G: up to 27 hours
  • Standby time on 3G/4G: up to 19 days
  • Power saving mode
  • Extreme power saving mode
  • Quick Charge 3.0 with cool charge: up to 50% charge in 30 minutes

  ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Display color personalization
  • Ice View case
  • Motion Launch
  • Quiet ring on pick-up
  • Pocket mode
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By April 11, 2016 Read More →

Archos F24 Power Unboxing

Image2The T9 keyboard is making a comeback, Candybars and Clamshells are in demand, possible due to popular television shows featuring their buttons and mechanisms as a more dramatic tool to hand up and answer than sliding your finger over the touch screen. Archos have taken queue and tried to mix something new into the tired and tested formula, almost hitting the bullseye.

The Archos F24 features a 2.4 inch colour screen with a simple and intuitive interface. A Dual-SIM setup means you can manage both of your numbers and make sure you never miss a call, combine this with a week of stand-by long battery life for the 4000mAh battery and you have even more time for all your calls. Another novel feature is the twin LED torch on the top of the unit, making good use of the larger battery capacity and providing an extremely useful tool. The F24 does have a rather disappointing rear facing 2MP camera oddly without a flash and those twin LEDs can’t help with the image quality. 

  • 2.4” LCD display
  • Use as an Emergency charger to charge other mobiles
  • Powerful Dual LED touch
  • Dual SIM – you can use two sim cards in this phone
  • FM Radio, MP3 Player with 3.5mm jack slot
  • Bluetooth & organiser with a clock, alarm clock with ringtones , calendar, calculator, stopwatch and unit conversation.
  • 2MP camera for photos and videos
  • Micro SD slot (up to 32GB support)

 

 Archos F24 Power (Available from Sainsburys):  £25

 http://www.phoneshopbysainsburys.co.uk/pay-as-you-go-phones/archos-f24-power.html

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By April 7, 2016 Read More →

php0ih4cgHuawei took to the stage yesterday to announce their flagship successor, the Huawei P9 that combines everything that is great about the Nexus 6P and the Mate S and evolves them. What we ended up seeing was a collection of highly interesting phones that packed some incredible features and some unique additions to really sent them apart from the competition.

The P9 actually breaks down into a few different variants. Here is a list of the actual models:

  • 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
  • Huawei P9 Plus with pressure sensitive display.

Each model will have their own colour selection featuring some unique colours schemes.

The Huawei P9 has a 5.2-inch and P9 Plus at 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. The 5.2-inch model comes with a Full HD resolution and 423 pixels per inch (ppi). Huawei claims this devices has 96 per cent colour saturation (directly comparing it to the iPhone’s 72 per cent), while brightness is rated at 500nits. Whereas the 5.5-inch screen of the Huawei P9 Plus has a 1080p resolution and combined with pressure sensitive technology.

 

The P9 and P9 Plus have the Kirin 955 chipset. This comprises of four 2.5GHz A72 cores, and four 1.8GHz A53 cores. There is also support from a Mali T-880 for graphics. A microSD card slot and USB Type-C connection for fast charging have also been included.

The cameras have been developed in partnership with Leica and both P9′s feature two 12-megapixel sensors, fronted by a Leica Summarit lens. Unlike other dual cameras phones on the market Hauwei have opted for a more interesting approach. One camera features a colour RGB sensor and the other is a monochrome sensor. As we would suspect the camera can combine the information to create a better picture and allow the user to change the focal distance but the dedicated monochrome function captures in black and white, rather than using a filter in post-processing. There is also an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies the P9 Plus has added of autofocus to this camera.

P9 measures 145 x 70.9 x 6.95mm and weighs 144g. The P9 Plus measures 152.3 x 75.3 x 6.98mm and weighs 162g. Prices start at €599 (around £480) for the 32GB Huawei P9, €649 for the enhanced 64GB model, and €749 for the 64GB Huawei P9 Plus. The unfortunately it looks as though the enhanced P9 is not due to be released in the UK. The P9 is due for release across UK, Europe and Asia from 16 April. Huawei P9 Plus will be available from 20 May in these regions.

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By March 14, 2016 Read More →

LG Stylus 2 first smartphone to support DAB+

lgLG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the world’s first smartphone to feature DAB+, the de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting. LG introduced its newest smartphone at Radiodays Europe 2016 in Paris, the world’s largest radio conference. Consumers in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom will be the first to receive the LG Stylus 2 with DAB+.

 

As the world’s first smartphone with DAB+, the LG Stylus 2 features a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app that allows customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. A technical interface also enables broadcasters to develop their own tailored apps in which internet services complement broadcasted radio.

 

Users will be able to access more radio channels with DAB+ than traditional FM. Unlike regular radio apps that stream large amounts of data, DAB+ radio provides excellent audio quality for free, as it uses no data.

 

DAB+ is expected to replace FM analog radio and already reaches over 500 million people in 40 countries around the world. LG collaborated with the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) to include DAB+ technology in the new LG Stylus 2.

 

“We are taking a proactive approach towards the fast-paced technological shift to digital broadcasting with DAB+, in order to deliver a new paradigm of experiences through the smartphone,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With its large 5.7-inch screen, 1 watt speaker and 3,000mAh removable battery, the LG Stylus 2 is the perfect device to enjoy rich, multimedia content.”

 

“We are proud to help introduce a game-changing smartphone with an innovative company like LG. The combination of broadcasting and the internet opens up a vast array of possibilities for the future,” said Gunnar Garfors, president of IDAG. “Consumers get new functionalities and media companies reach new audiences with more broadcasted free-to-air radio.”

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By February 28, 2016 Read More →

Archos 55 Platinum Unboxing

vlcsnap-error892Archos have sent over their latest budget offering and for the tidy price of £85 we are seeing a phone that might surprise.

  • Screen Size – 5.5 inches
  • Resolution – 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Colors 16M
  • Pixel Density – 294 ppi
  • Processor – Quad-core 1.3GHz SC7731
  • GPU – Mali 400
  • RAM – 1GB
  • Storage – 8GB MicroSD up to 32GB
  • Camera – 13 MP & 2MP
  • 2G Network -GSM 850 / 1800 MHz
  • 3G Network – WCDMA 900/2100 MHz
  • Max DL 21Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps
  • Dimensions – 144 x 72.6 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight – 146 gms
  • Available Colors – Black, Blue
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By February 24, 2016 Read More →

ARCHOS Diamond 2 Note 6’’ 4G Octo-core 2K £249

ad2ARCHOS, the French electronics brand will unveil a new smartphone in the Diamond line during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 22nd to February 25th 2016 which should shake up the mobile market.

To please all users, the ARCHOS Diamond 2 Note is packed with a long list of robust features including:

-          6” IPS borderless screen combined with a 2K resolution!

-          optimized screen to body ratio : 6’’ LCD in the form factor of a standard 5.5’ smartphone 

-          3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage for limitless content

-          4G octo-core Helio X10 CPU from Mediatek

-          3600 mAh for extend battery life

-          Fast charge for an 80% charge in just 45 minutes, a definite time gain,

-          Remote control and smart PA sound system

-          16MP back camera with 4K Video recording and 8MP wide angle 84° BSI sensor F2.2 front camera for breathtaking images and videos,

-          A fingerprint sensor that provides more security to the users’ data and faster access to apps

-          Stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow software: boosted with features such as Google Now on Tap, case-by-case app permissions, and Doze to monitor battery usage.

Available in May, the ARCHOS Diamond 2 Note’s retail price will be £249.  For more information, about ARCHOS products visit booth 1G29 Hall 1 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona or www.archos.com

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By February 20, 2016 Read More →

Verus High Pro Shield Unboxing

vlcsnap-error490Mobilefun have sent over a high end cover for the Huawei Nexus 6P. This hard wearing case retails for around £23 and features the following:

Tough dual-layered hardshell body with sleek metallic bumper
Slim-fitting for optimum comfort and a natural grip
Air space built-in for added protection
Attractive two-tone design
Access to all features and ports
Fingerprint reader compatible
Designed specifically for the Nexus 6P

You can purchase one from Mobilefun for £22.99

By February 19, 2016 Read More →

Amazing ARCHOS Diamond 2 Note 6’’ 4G Octo-core £249

ad2ARCHOS, the French electronics brand will unveil a new smartphone in the Diamond line during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 22nd to February 25th 2016 which should shake up the mobile market.

To please all users, the ARCHOS Diamond 2 Note is packed with a long list of robust features including:

-          6” IPS borderless screen combined with a 2K resolution!

-          optimized screen to body ratio : 6’’ LCD in the form factor of a standard 5.5’ smartphone 

-          3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage for limitless content

-          4G octo-core Helio X10 CPU from Mediatek

-          3600 mAh for extend battery life

-          Fast charge for an 80% charge in just 45 minutes, a definite time gain,

-          Remote control and smart PA sound system

-          16MP back camera with 4K Video recording and 8MP wide angle 84° BSI sensor F2.2 front camera for breathtaking images and videos,

-          A fingerprint sensor that provides more security to the users’ data and faster access to apps

-          Stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow software: boosted with features such as Google Now on Tap, case-by-case app permissions, and Doze to monitor battery usage. 

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By February 18, 2016 Read More →

Tidy ARCHOS Diamond 2 Plus package 4GB RAM – 64GB £199

aWith the ARCHOS 50 Diamond, ARCHOS imposed itself as a competitive challenger by offering compelling features for a more than democratic price. At Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, ARCHOS will repeat the feat with the ARCHOS Diamond 2 Plus.

“With this Diamond smartphone, we’ve decided to offer functionalities consistent with consumer demands” says Loïc Poirier, ARCHOS’s CEO. “We want to be first with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Flash at £199 “

ARCHOS’ newest smartphone delivers the following features:

-          4GB RAM and 64GB Flash for extreme responsiveness and extensive storage

-          4G octo-core LTE cat 6 Helio P10 processor from Mediatek for ultra-powerful performance

-          Full HD 5.5” IPS screen with curved edges (2.5D) for extra wide viewing angles and brilliant colors,

-          Wide angle 8MP front camera with flash combined with its 20.7 MP (Sony sensor) back camera bring camera precision to a new level,

-          Micro USB Type-C connector for more powerful data transferring and fast charging,

-          Fingerprint sensor to provides more security to the users’ data and faster access to apps,

-          Stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow software: boosted with features such as Google Now on Tap, case-by-case app permissions, and Doze to monitor battery usage

This newest generation of Diamond smartphones is the most high-end product offered by ARCHOS to date and will be available in May at £199. 

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