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Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9 A Beastly Smartphone

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Quick Take Away’s:

PROS:

  • Fantastic Battery life that keeps going
  • Feature-rich hardware
  • Powerful Performance
  • Porsche Design Mate 9 with advanced display
  • Small body for a large phone
  • Dual cameras for awesome photos
  • EMUI 5 is a good polished UI on top of Android

CONS:

  • Some bugs in UI
  • Full HD for the regular non Porsche Mate 9
  • Porsche Mate 9 Design is expensive
  • Low-light performance has room for improvement
  • Camera is not as effortless as the S7/S7E/Pixel

 

Many companies have come forth to present their best from the crop for 2016. Huawei has come far as well with their Mate line up. This year we see the Huawei Mate 9 (regular and Porsche design). This is a big screen Android device which could be a good alternative for people who are in the market for such specifications.

The bottom line for the Mate devices is basically; metal unibody designs, large displays, and fantastic battery life. Today we see upgraded and improved internal hardware and software. We see the fruits of their partnership with LEICA with the P9 dual camera set up. In terms of software the EMUI 5 (Emotion UI) interface is much improved and very much polished.

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Design

The Mate 9 is a large device thanks to its 5.9 inch display but because of its compact, curved aluminium build it does not feel large as it looks. The bezels are narrow and this slim design is pleasing to the eye and to your hands. We found the Mate 9 to be easier to handle compared to the iPhone 7 Plus and the Google Nexus 6P. The benefits to a large display is clearly aimed for major media users and gamer’s.

We see the power and volume keys on the left side along with the dual-SIM tray. The Mate 9 uses USB-C as its interface and it has dual speakers. The 3.5mm head phone jack is found on top. The body has a brushed aluminium along with chamfer’s to the edges providing further grip. The Mate 9 is certainly ergonomically friendly.

The LEICA dual-camera is found on the back which is set up in a vertical layout. A circle underneath the camera serves as the finger print sensor. The fingerprint sensor is blazing fast as typical Huawei design. The camera is flush with the body when used with the included case.

The Mate 9 is a good looking device, however, the Porsche Design Mate 9 is the true winner here. There is a dual curved display found on the Porsche design like you would find on the S7 EDGE. The Fingerprint sensor is moved to the front, the display is smaller, and the body is a pitch-black anodised metal that glimmers in the light.

The curved display is a design language and not a functional element.

We feel that the Mate 9 is not revolutionary but an important and strong step in their evolution in their design strategy.

Display

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The Mate 9 uses a 5.9 inch 2.5D FHD IPS display (373 ppi) while the Porsche Design brother uses a QHD 5.5 inch AMOLED dispaly with 534 ppi.

Right off the bat we can see a huge difference between these two models on the same line up. Huawei utilizes a high contrast ratio (1600:1+) which helps protect their IPS FHD displays from being non- AMOLED. It is easy to judge the regular Mate 9 for having FHD.

Both devices have a “cooler” color language. However, the Porsche Design Mate 9 has more accurate colors due to the AMOLED display.

Features such as the “blue light filter” (used during night time to reduce eye strain) is included into the device and Huawei calls it”Eye Comfort”. The Porsche Design Mate 9 maxes out in terms of brightness at 383 nits. The FHD resolution Mate 9 can go up to 600 nits which shows it is better in sunlight.

Regardless of resolution and screen type, we found that both Huawei Mate 9 displays are fantastic to look at and have no issues.

Performance

The Mate 9 sports the Kirin 960 chipset. Kirin has come a long ways throughout the years and the company is now fully capable of competing against Snapdragon, Samsung’s Exynos and other SoC manufacturers. The Kirin 960 is fast and efficient. It is made up of ARM’s latest Cortex-A73 chipset and the “octa core” chipset uses a 2.4GHz performance core (four cores) and four lower speed Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.8GHz. The Mate 9 also is the first ever to utilize the new 8-core Mali-G71 MP8 GPU. This is fantastic new’s as it beat new upcoming smartphone flagships arriving in 2017.

The Mate 9 is equipped with 4GB of RAM and either a 64GB storage or a 6GB RAM + 256 GB storage in the Porsche Design model. The Regular Mate 9 comes with expandable storage via microSD while the Porsche Design does not.

A powerful processing SoC coupled with large amounts of RAM and super fast UFS 2.1 storage speeds means that performance is top notch. There was about 2.4 to 2.6GB of free RAM with no apps running in the back ground. The number reduces down to 1.5 GB RAM free when you have about 20 Apps up and running. This is impressive compared to other flag ships out there. The Mate 9 comes closer to PC- levels of optimisation’s and resource utilization. Huawei programmed a new machine learning algorithm into the Mate 9 software. This learn’s user habits and prioritises most frequently used applications to make sure the right amount of resources are made available when necessary.

Battery Life

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Huawei devices normally have the best battery life found anywhere. The 4,000 MAh battery is equipped with Huawei’s SuperCharge which charges the device in 90 minutes. Screen on time ranges from 4 to 8 hours easily with 6 weeks of use. The device lasts all day easily  and can keep going for days. The Mate 9 is proof that flag ship devices with strong internals can have lasting battery lives.

The PD (Porsche Design) Mate 9 also includes a Dark Mode within it’s settings which would allow users to save that extra power by switching it’s UI completely black. It is known that AMOLED displays utilize a lot less energy when displaying black images or colors. Darker colors = More power for AMOLED displays.

Standard power saving modes are available if you some how find yourself running low on juice but need that extra help. If you are in a very tight bind with power and you see no power outlet in sight Huawei included the Ultra Power Saving mode as well which reduces the phone’s functionality but will drastically improve battery life even further until you can find a power outlet or get home. On top of these two setting’s we found a “Low-Res” mode for additional power savings which would be quite useful for long drawn out days.

Regardless of which power saving mode you may choose, we found that the battery life of the mate 9 was fantastic. “Battery Anxiety” was not experienced with this device as we did with many other high end devices out there. Even with a mixed usage of LTE and Wi-Fi we are left with more than 50% of battery life at the end of the day. Our usage was estimated at about 35% battery life per charge! Which puts us at about 4 to 8 hours of screen on time. However, it is easy to use your battery life if you use it exclusively on LTE. LTE is a power hungry connectivity function so it is to be expected. Another important factor, that affects all mobile devices, is spotty reception. If the device starts hunting for better signal then battery life efficiency takes a nose dive. Even so, the Mate 9 held its own but continuing to be pretty battery efficient. Screen on time did drop a few hours but that is completely normal.

If battery life is an important factor for you then the Mate 9 is a strong contender.

Camera

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Huawei continues on in it’s partnership with camera maker Leica. The new and improved camera found on the Mate 9 is a dual-lens, dual sensor system. There is an RGB sensor and a monochrome sensor integrated for enhanced details.

The RGB sensor is a 12 MP, f/2.2 lens with OIS. The second camera is a 20 MP black and white sensor using an aperture of f/2.2 as well. Huawei claims that this dual set up enables users to capture clear low-light shots while capturing enough detail to use a hybrid zoom feature. The camera has a “wide aperture” mode which enables bokeh and a shallow depth of field. The Kirin 960 SoC also includes a dual ISP designed to manage both camera sensors.

Overall image quality has been good. Images taken in daylight are normally great but with a bit more muted colors but more realistic. Auto-HDR activated during low light shots which boosts dynamic range and creates images with detail in both light and dark areas.

Conclusion

The Huawei Mate 9 is a big phone with big features. The only issues we had is that Huawei decided to put a 1080p display on its main Mate 9 line up while keeping the 1440p AMOLED display on the more expensive Porsche Design Mate 9 models. The camera is quite good and approaches High End camera models but still has a bit of issues with movement in low light compared to Samsung devices. The good thing about this device is its battery life and performance with its Kirin 960 processor. The battery life is phenomenal featuring a 4,000 MAh battery and a pretty optimized EMUI 5 OS on top of Android. We find this device to be an interesting contender against the already well established high end models released.

The price may be a bit steep, however, compared to already pricey premium devices available. The design, hardware, performance, and battery life makes it a pretty good buy if you do come to purchase this. We do recommend the Huawei Mate 9 if your budget is there and you like it’s design. But for a truly high quality premium feel we recommend either Google or Samsung in these cases.

Huawei Honor 6X Review!

Huawei Honor 6X Review!

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Today we look at Mid Range contenders in the Smartphone battle field. A smartphone that pops out amongst the range of devices is the Honor 6X by Huawei.

With a low cost price tag this smartphone introduces good quality dual camera’s, speedy fingerprint sensors, and dual SIM capabilities.

Some drawbacks which are common amongst mid tier devices range from a bit of a washed out display, and weak speakers. However, for 250$ the Honor 6X is a fantastically competitive phone amongst its brethren.

 

INTRODUCTION

The Honor brand represents mid range devices which still manages to represent a large number of high-quality and affordable smartphones. With each new release Huawei improves upon the last. The Honor 6X happens to be the latest and greatest mid – tier phone from Huawei. The 6X sports a refined design and quite a few internal improvements.

DESIGN

The 6X keeps the composite metal design in play just like its predecessor, this means that although the phone may not be a full metal uni body construction it has various metal elements. Plastic windows are stripped on the top and bottom to assist with network antennae performance and since the metal wraps to the front of the device a plastic frame is seen on the bezels.

Sure the build quality is not exactly the S7 Edge or the HTC 10 but for the cost we are looking at a more curvy design which is not bad at all. It should feel quite comfortable for many in-hand.

The buttons don’t look tactile and they certainly are not the most high quality as they do not offer a satisfying click which is a common feature found on most high end devices today. We still see the power button and volume rockers on the side along with a head phone jack at the top of the phone. The Honor 6X uses a microUSB port at the bottom of the device.

The dual SIM card / micro SD slot tray is found on the right side of the device. The fast fingerprint sensor is found on the back below the dual camera sensor.

DISPLAY

The Honor 6X uses a 5.5 inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. We think it is a pretty good display for the money as sharpness is not an issue with acceptable brightness levels. The only issue is that the LCD display tends to have a washed out look compared to saturated colors found on most AMOLED displays. Large displays are a popular choice amongst many tech users as users can view a lot more on screen when playing games, using media and much more.

PERFORMANCE

The 6X is a mid-range device with a mid-range processor. The Honor 6X uses a Kirin 655 SoC with 3GB of Ram. We can see the effects of market growth in smartphone competition as we see increases in RAM specs and performance specs. Overall, everything should be fluid and clean for common usage as a daily driver. Graphically intense games should cause little problems for you. We are confident to say that the price to performance ratio is excellent.

HARDWARE

The bottom mounted speaker unit is quiet for most expectations. It is not as loud and strong as many other devices out there.

A missing feature is NFC which means no Tapping features are available.

A PRO that we mentioned is the fast fingerprint scanner. This is found beneath the rear cameras just like the Pixel phones by Google. The sensor is fast and rivals that of high end handsets. At this stage of the year we should expect fingerprint senor units to be mastered by manufacturers, however.

On top of basic unlocking functions the fingerprint sensor can be used for various other functions such as photo capture, phone call functions, alarm stopping, and browsing via swiping left or right.

BATTERY

The Honor 6X comes with a 3,340 mAh battery and Huawei claims that their device can last for up to 2 days with moderate usage or 1.5 days with heavy usage. The consistent real world experience we saw was about 1.5 days with consistent use. This involves a bunch of gaming, and lots of Youtube.

Not many high end phones can live up to manufacturer claims such as Huawei’s, but we are pleased to report that the Honor 6X can live up to the claim.

CAMERA

The Honor 6X is the first mid – tier phone to feature a dual camera setup. The 6X comes with a 12MP primary camera and a secondary 2MP unit. The 2 MP camera is used to capture depth information.

The Wide Aperture mode allows users to dial down all the way to f/0.95 which creates very pleasing bokeh effects.

For the price range the camera is not bad at all. It is f Honor-6X-1ast to focus and capture and color reproductions are pretty good and are quite detailed.

CONCLUSION

We like the Honor 6X, for a 250$ device we get fantastic hardware, and performance. The Huawei Honor 6X is a worthy contender in amongst the mid tier device battles and some points can even go up against the high end market such as its finger print sensors.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE New Years Review and How to Improve your Experience!

Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE New Years Review and How to Improve your Experience!

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Samsung’s greatest flagship model still stands even after the fall of the Note 7 as the 2016 Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone.

The device has award winning features and designs that rival the likes of Apple. Samsung included a fantastic low light camera and design materials that work together perfectly that makes it good.

 

PROS:

  • Fantastic AMOLED screen
  • Feels good in the hands
  • Superb Camera function
  • Fast and smooth performance
  • Good Battery
  • MicroSD slot for expandable memory

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Non- Removable Battery

 

The S7 Edge received some of the Note 7’s features as the Note 7 died in 2016 due to cancellations. The Alway’s On Display features made its way to the S7 Edge and with the upcoming Nougat update in January 2017 the S7 Edge will be up to speed even further as a refreshed flag ship before the launch of the S8 within the series.

Compared to last years winning S6 design the S7 Edge takes over with smart changes and updates. Some of which include the microSD support which was sorely lacking in the S6 / Note 5 line up. The S7 edge still does not have removable battery but that would be quite hard to implement with its IP68 water resistance rating.

The S7 Edge is packed with power. The Exynos 8890 SoC is a fantastic in house designed Samsung chip. The optimizations Samsung made are tightly knit and all of this brings the whole user experience together into a smooth buttery ride. Compared to the Snapdragon variant in the U.S. the Exynos performs with lower temperatures, faster processing power, better battery life, and sustained performance in UI and media. This may come from the fact that the Exynos is an Octa core processor (Dual Quad Core) compared to Snapdragon’s (Dual – Dual Core SoC) 820.

The beautiful AMOLED display is larger as well. Samsung followed a new trend of larger screens but smaller bodies compared to their previous generations. This amounts to a slim, sexy design with a large display wrapping around the body of the device. The rear of the phone is now curved as well which helps it to sit nicely in your hands. The AMOLED screen’s made by Samsung are a league of it’s own. Everyone would know about it by now for its deep blacks and color production.

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Galaxy S8’s Most Exciting Leaks

Galaxy S8’s Most Exciting Leaks

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming soon and it is in the works as we speak. Currently, the S7 and S7 Edge takes the top spot for smart phones around the world for great design, powerful specs, and a fantastic low light camera.

Consumers will always demand more and manufacturers will always do their best to pump out high end specs in a tiny body that seems to cut bits off as we go.

 

This is the latest round up of Galaxy S8 rumors and leaks.

What we hope to see in the new upcoming flagship is sort of in line with many enthusiasts also waiting for the S8 to launch. Not only is the basic parameters expected such as; more powerful specs, thinner design, bigger battery, new revamped UI, improved ergonomics and additions of software and hardware features not seen in any other device.

We look forward to 2017 where Samsung is expected to release their next flag ship model. If the previous release cycle pattern is followed we should see the S8 device unveiled during Mobile World Congress in 2017. The potential launch date could be February 26 2017.

After the Note 7 situation some say many fans and users lost “faith” while other reports state that not that many users actually left but are willing to return to the next iteration of Samsung’s products. For us personally, we are willing to return and get back on the Samsung band wagon. Of course, because of the problems caused by the Note 7 debacle we expect Samsung to step it up and provide compelling advertisements to lure people back (whether it be a discount for previous Note 7 owners, or a focus on new features that can possibly bring in the wow factor again).

Coming back to the features that are much talked about we expect the S8 to launch in two models: the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy s8 Edge. It is possible that Samsung is looking to release two variants of it. There is potential for Samsung to release a 3rd variant of the device to try and cover for the Note 7 which is now missing from their smart phone portfolio. This could be seen as a large screen Galaxy S8 with S pen technology included.

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Galaxy S8 / S8 Edge Display

An important rumor that has been going around indicates that the Galaxy S8 is expected to release only curved displays. It is possible for Samsung to remove a flat screened younger brother from their line up.

Another rumor indicated that Samsung is going for an all screen device which could possible fulfill a 90% screen to body ratio dream. This is an echo of an already existing phone (Xiaomi Mi Mix).

Samsung is a leader in terms of mobile technology along with their display innovations. We would not be surprised to see Samsung go for an all screen display.

Final few details include Samsung getting rid of the home button and 3.5mm audio jack. Samsung may opt to include new technology which enables the entire front display to work as a giant home button via fingerprint sensors embedded directly into the display.

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Galaxy S8 / S8 Edge Hardware

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 + 6 GB RAM
  • Iris/Fingerprint sensors
  • Battery Capacity above 3400mAh
  • New and Improved Camera with f/1.4 aperture

We expect the next flagship models to sport the newly unveiled SD830 SoC. This is a powerful new chip made by Qualcomm and unveiled a few months ago. Many claim that 6 GB RAM storage s is the new norm and thus Samsung is expected to follow in suit. Iris scanning, which was first revealed on the Note 7, was not a gimmick and actually worked, and worked very fast in unlocking your device and gaining access to your accounts on various websites and apps using your Iris. We expect this also to be included in all their next flag ship devices.

The battery capacity is a bit difficult to swallow, 3400mAh was found in the Note 7 and the Note 7 had the largest battery pack compared to previous Note devices. However, after the issue with batteries melting down we doubt Samsung would try to increase the battery size unless they can be 100% sure it will be safe. With so much technology packed into a small device we could see that the Li-Ion battery packs face a lot of physical strain with use.

Samsung had a great year in 2016 with their S7 Camera. It featured a dual pixel focus (a spec that is found also in DSLR’s such as the Canon 70D) and an aperture of f/1.7. It was a fantastic camera with excellent sharpness, color reproduction, and very strong low light performance thanks to its wide aperture not found in any other devices so far. Many are looking forward to a camera module with an even greater expectation of high end specs.

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Galaxy S8 / S8 Edge Software

  • Viv personal assistant is confirmed
  • Android Nougat (7.0 +)

Android Nougat is the future and should be found in any new future devices. It comes with a slew of improvements and adjustments that make our smart phones a lot more efficient. Of course, Samsung likes to skin their UI and add a bunch of functions and software features. Some will like it, some will not but we have noticed that the most recent Touchwiz UX software is cleaner and very nice to use.

On top of this we have seen Samsung confirm that Viv assistant will be included. This AI is expected to compete against Google and Apples own personal AI systems.

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 Conclusion

All information provided is based off of rumors and leaks, we must take every detail with a grain of sand. However, some things are quite obvious due to their existence and press releases (such as Viv, and the iris scanner). We are excited as much as many other smartphone fans who look forward to the future towards newer and better tech. We simply hope that Samsung can prove to the public that their new flagship will not have fatal issues as the Note 7 did and to topple other smartphones as king again with fantastic features and specs.

Are Tablets a Dying Breed?

Are Tablets a Dying Breed?

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We would be hard pressed to give an exact answer on this common question but we do see that many major manufacturers are “giving up” on this category. More specifically, we are seeing a decline in profitability due to declining interest in the tablet market. The R&D speed has slackened and manufacturers are discontinuing well known tablet models such as the Venue slates when Dell decided to put an end to tablet line ups.

The reason for declining tablet sales compared to smart phones is because people tend to hold onto their tablets a lot longer than they do with smart phones. The tablet market was young and full of questions for manufacturers. They were unsure how often consumers would “upgrade” to the newest model. The demographic behavior in this field seems to be more visible now. For many manufacturers, tablet development and efforts are actually quite underwhelming because of little returns.

Another reason why tablet’s are on their way out is because of over-saturation. Consumers are demanding less and less as there are already a ton of choices and there is only so much a tablet can actually do. This was the main reason Dell decided to end the Venue tablet’s life.

The Dell Venue 8 7000 was one of the best high end Android tablet of the time. It still is today. IT features OLED displays, and a RealSense camera. In all honesty, despite usage of tablets in multimedia senses and for other personal usages, no one really needs a tablet when phablets are in the market that can do so much more on top.

Tablets are also trailing behind iPad’s and will never catch up to the iOS ecosystem in one important aspect. App support. Both Android and Apple stores have vast numbers of apps but Android still pales compared to App optimized support and sheer number in the iOS ecosystem.

The differentiating factor is too little between a big powerful phablet phone one would shell out thousands for over time compared to a 700$ tablet device.

At this time, we see that Android Tablets are actually becoming something else now. Enter Chromebooks. Google has updated Chrome OS to support Android Apps which would allow Chromebooks with touch screen devices to become a much more functional hybrid tablet. We would eventually see 2 in 1 detachable Chromebooks coming out soon.

The Tablet market is dying over time, but this does not mean that everyone thinks they are pointless. Many have found good usage for their beloved tablets purchased recently or years ago. All in all, they have their own place but in the eyes of manufacturers there is simply not enough demand.

Galaxy S8 to Have 6.2 Inch Bezel-less Display

Galaxy S8 to Have 6.2 Inch Bezel-less Display

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Samsung is reportedly set to launch the GALAXY S8 “PLUS” variant in 2017. This ‘plus’ model features 6.2 inches of bezel-less displays.

Most information out there are all speculati
on based on various leaks and insider look at associated manufacturers. We are also still a few months away from any official statements Samsung has made for its S8. We have heard of a beefy AI coming and the home button disappearing along with the head phone jack.

Recently an online publication site known as “The Investor” suggested that Samsung will be releasing two versions of the S8 while the latter is an attempt to appeal to consumers who prefer the Note series.

According to sources the S8 is set to launch a 5.7 inch display model and a 6.2 inch display, both bezel-less.

Despite the screen increase, Samsung is known for ultra thin profile devices jam packed with features. Consumers should feel comforted that such a trend should continue. This means that despite the screen size increasing the dimensions of the phone should remain largely the same as the already ultra thin S7 series.

Lastly, it seems plausible that Samsung is stopping any “flat” screen variants of the GALAXY line up in 2017. As curved AMOLED display technology and bezel-less displays are becoming the trend it would be interesting to see what Samsung decides to extravagantly change and keep. We see a lot of this happening with Apple.

Galaxy S8 Rumored to get Interesting AI

Galaxy S8 Rumored to Get Interesting AI

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Many rumors have been circulating based on certain facts that the upcoming Galaxy S8 will feature Samsungs very own AI. This is based off the acquisition Samsung has made over Viv Labs who are the pioneering designers behind Siri. It seems like Samsung has been working on a voice recognition based AI to integrate into not just the upcoming Galaxy phone but to their other product lines such as an advanced refrigerator.

To further the rumors a Wall Street Journal reported that a dedicated button may be added to the S8 just for the AI. A prototype of the device is said to have an extra button on one of its sides that gives instant access to the apparently powerful AI assistant.

Samsung has made hints that their AI will be significantly different from their rivals such as Siri and Google Assistant. Samsung revealed a bit of how the service would work:

“Developers can attach and upload services to our agent,” reported Rhee Injong, vice president executive of Samsung. “Even if Samsung doesn’t do anything on its own, the more services that get attached the smarter this agent will get, learn more new services, and provide them to end-users with ease.”

Unfortunately, due to the Note 7 fiasco it may seem that the traditional release date cycle Samsung has become known for may be shifted. Normally Samsung would unveil their next S series flag ship phone at the Mobile World Congress trade show in February. However, WSJ made hints that the S8 unveiling may come as late as April. We guess that Samsung is leaving nothing to chance and making sure their flagship products will never face the troubles of its short lived elder brother. Better safe than sorry.

 

 

LG V20 Available in Canada

LG V20 Available in Canada

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2 months ago LG announced their new flagship device; the LG V20. This is the first V series device that will hit Canada for the first time. The LG V20 will be sold by Canadian carriers Videotron and Wind Mobile. Consumers who purchase these devices early will be able to receive a bonus gift which are the Beoplay H3 headphones by Bang & Olufsen. However, there will be limited quantities so first come first serve!

The LG V20 provides users with a powerful suite of multimedia tools deployed at their finger tips. With the inclusion of the quad DAC (32 bit digital to analog converter) for super high-quality audio experiences and a high performance mic for excellent phone recording users would have a lot of fun being creative. The dual camera and steady shot 2.0 is also included to provide seemless video recording and picture taking. The dual rear facing camera is a combination of a 16 MP f/1.8 aperture module and a 8 MP f/2.4 module. There is also included a “wide angle” lens which shows a field of view of 135 degrees. The 5 MP front facing camera views at 120 degrees so you can selfie a lot of friends. The unique design of the LG V20 is the secondary screen which displays notifications and frequently used apps.

In terms of other specifications the LG V20 features the 5.7 inch QHD IPS display and carriers a 3,200 mAh battery. With 64 GB of expandable storage (via microSD) and 4 GB of RAM storage and performance will not be an issue. Speaking of performance the LG V20 utilizes the Snapdragon 820 chipset which is a high end SoC found in other high end flagship phones of 2016. A notable mention is that the LG V20 is the first non Google android to arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat. The LG V20 is Band 66 compatible which allows the phone to work with Wind’s unique AWS-3 LTE network.

At this point only Videotron and Wind carriers this flagship model in Canada, we have yet to recieve any further word from other major Canadian carriers.

PRICE

Wind is currently selling the V20 for as low as 349$ on the Wind Tab and 999$ outright. Videotron is selling the LG V20 for 249.95$ on a 2 year contract and 1020.95$ outright.

 

 

LG V20 “ShatterGate”: What is going on?

LG V20 “ShatterGate”: What is going on?

 

2016 seems to be a circus for smart phone makers starting with the discontinuation of the Note 7 device for being fire prone. A growing controversy is starting to grasp a new flag ship device that was just released, known as the LG V20.

The LG V20 is a fantastic device manufactured by LG which replaces the LG V10 device. The device features a secondary ticker screen, dual camera system on the back, metallic body, fast snapdragon 820 SoC, replaceable batteries, and a big screen.

Unfortunately, several reports show that the LG V20’s camera glass shatter’s upon small drops, scratches, and possibly from simply putting the phone down.

A Reddit Thread which was created by xAmorphous began gathering all relevant cases which includes youtube user JerryRigEverything’s stress test video which showed the camera unit cracking after a simple scratch test.

A user on Android Central also reported that the camera glass shattered after dropping the phone 2.5 feet on carpet. The troubling fact was that the phone was encased in a strong Otterbox case.

The Reddit thread contains various other cases of similar shattergate situations. The LG V20 is supposed to feature the MIL-STD-810 standard (shock – resistant certification) so the camera glass should not be shattering. As the news is still rather fresh we are assuming that it is a handful of LG V20 units that are affected. We hope to see how LG will react and rectify the situations for those select few, if not them all.

Samsung’s New GALAXY TAB A(6) 10.1 + S PEN

Samsung’s New GALAXY TAB A(6) 10.1 + S PEN

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Back in September amidst the excitement of the Note 7 release Samsung released another budget tablet into the Korean market. This is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1  that allegedly comes with the S pen and S pen innovation suites that was found on the awesome Note 7. The U.S. release date was also set for OCT. 28 2016. Any release dates for Canada is still not known. You can order them now through various U.S. channels. The device is priced just below the TAB S2 and has significant improvements over the previous iteration’s of the TAB A family.

The Hardware (SPECS)

  • 10.1-inch WUXGA display with a resolution of 1,920×1,200 pixels
  • Exynos 7870 octo-core processor
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • Expandable microSD storage up to 256GB
  • 1.22 pounds (553 grams)
  • Wi-Fi-only
  • Antiglare screen with blue light filter

Despite being budget we found that the tablet is worth it due to it’s specs. This is a 10.1 inch tablet which is set to retail for about 350$. The display resolution is better at 1920 x 1200 and comes with the same S Pen stylus with S pen app’s found on the Note 7. The S pen is a great tool which does not need to be charged and utilizes Wacom technology for precise writing and drawing. As the software found on the Note 7 also should exist here users will be able to not only write and draw but also select items, modify, edit, and even capture a portion of your screen as screen shots or as an animated GIF. The new Samsung Notes is also available, which combines previous Note phablet apps such as Action Memo, S Note, and Scrapbook all into one app.

The tablet runs on the Exynos 7870 SoC which run’s alongside of the 3 GB RAM. There is only 16 GB of on-board storage but that is also paired with a micro SD slot that supports storage sizes of up to 256 GB of expandable storage on top. It is rare to see microSD support on tablets now a days.

The Camera is a 8 MP main and a 2 MP front facing camera set up. The device has a 7,300 mAh battery with which Samsung claims can provide you a usage time of up to 13 hours. We will find Bluetooth 4.2 LE and USB 2.0 connections.

The tablet is a WIFI unit but an LTE version is also expected to be released soon into the future.

Should you get it?

Despite being priced lower than Samsung’s flagship Tablet models known as the S series (S and S2) the Tab A provides a strong performing spec on board for a fraction of the price. This device is highly recommended for anyone still in the market for a tablet with the added feature of being able to draw, write and design with the S pen.