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Samsung to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7’s

Samsung to Sell Refurbished Galaxy Note 7’s

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Samsung recently announced their official plans for the recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices. As many remembers, Samsung had to recall all of their Galaxy Note 7’s from around the world and cancel the device altogether. It may be one of various ways for Samsung to recoup losses that which the company took heavily due to the cancellations. Many also speculate that this is one of Samsung’s response to the Greenpeace protest’s for a more responsible recycling plan. We know that Samsung will refurbish and resell the Galaxy Note 7’s in certain markets and also recycle Note 7 devices that will not be sold or reused as a rental phone in some markets.

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The recycling process of the Note 7 will involve extracting rare precious metals such as: gold, copper, nickel and silver. The company will also be extracting unused components such as system chips, capacitors, camera modules and possibly the lithium from batteries. The Note 7’s that will be refurbished for sale or rental in some countries will come with a smaller battery to ensure a device that will not burst into flames again.

Samsung has stated that the Note 7 may also receive a new model number, a full name change, and will only allow limited availability based on country or market regulation.

“The objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact,” Samsung told The Verge in a statement. It also hinted that the phone may be renamed entirely when more details are unveiled. “The product details including the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available. Samsung will not be offering refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices for rent or sale in the US.”

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The company will need to work out new deals and also demonstrate that the refurbished Note 7 phone’s will be safe to sell again. This will require conversations to take place with regulatory bodies operating within the countries that Samsung plans to re-release the phone in. Samsung has no plan’s to sell or allow rental refurbished devices in the U.S. The new safety regulation sector that the company set in place to manage safety protocols for all future devices has already been set in motion because of the Note 7 situation of 2016.

OREM, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: Several Samsung Galaxy Note 7's lay on a counter in plastic bags after they were returned to a Best Buy on September 15, 2016 in Orem, Utah. The Consumer Safety Commission announced today a safety recall on Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after users reported that some of the devices caught fire when charging. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)


 

Samsung Galaxy S8 DeX Dock Resembles Continuum

The New Samsung Galaxy S8 DeX

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As we approach the official unveiling of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus on March 29 leaks and news reports are becoming more unified and clearer. It is possible that Samsung will fail to surprise the crowd with their “hidden” design anymore. It is more of a re-introduction than anything else. However, today we discuss an interesting accessory that will be included (reportedly) with the S8 devices; the Samsung DeX docking station.

What is Samsung DeX?

Running under the brand “Samsung Galaxy Desktop” this DeX station will enable a Microsoft Continuum-esqe functionality. Simply plop your brand new S8 or S8 plus into one of these docks and you will have a desktop experience using the power of the S8’s hardware.

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The connection is handled through an HDMI port for transferring 4K content at 30 frames per second. There is also two USB 2.0 ports and a 100Mb/s Ethernet port. The USB ports will enable users to connect a mouse and keyboard for use with the interface.

The hub also features a power supply port and an embedded cooling fan to keep the phone cool while delivering 4K content.

Dropping the S8 into the dock is purported to launch a desktop friendly UI on the monitor which Samsung may call the “Samsung Galaxy Desktop.” The pricing is said to be about $214.47 CAD.

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Nokia 5: A Good Mid Range Device

Nokia 5: A Good Mid Range Device

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Quick Specs Sheet:

  • Dimensions
    • 149.7 x 72.5 x 8 mm (5.89 x 2.85 x 0.31 in)
  • Display
    • 5.2 Inch IPS LCD (1280 x 720) resolution (~282 ppi pixel density)
    • Corning Gorilla Glass (Unknown type)
  • Operating system
    • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (Octa-Core 1.4 GHz Cortex A53)
    • GPU: Adreno 505
    • OS: Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 16 GB, microSD up to 256 GB
  • Camera
    • 13 MP, f/2.0 PDAF + Dual-LED
    • 8 MP, f/2.0
  • Battery
    • 3,000 non removable Li-Ion battery

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Good Points:

  • Affordable Cost
  • Good Design
  • Fingerprint Scanner is available

Nokia 5 Pricing

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The Nokia 5 is a middle child amongst Nokia’s new 2017 smart phone line up. Sitting just below the Nokia 6 the Nokia 5 has specs that fit a middle range smart phone market. The pricing is going to be about $200 US. This will buy you a smartphone with an HD display, octa-core cpu processor, a premium full metal body and a sizable battery.

We expect the Nokia 5 to go on sale during Q2 2017 which translates to sometime this April or June.

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The Nokia has a compact full metal form factor which should help convince potential buyers to make the purchase. The design gives it a more ergonomic feel with curved edges which allow the phone to comfortably nestle into your palm. The screen is small enough as well to allow one handed use thanks to its 5.2inch IPS HD display which is also quite sharp and good to look at. The body is also compact with dimensions measuring

  • 149.7 x 72.5 x 8 mm (5.89 x 2.85 x 0.31 in)

According to Nokia, the body is made from a single block of 6000 series aluminium that gives off a premium finish. Gorilla Glass is added to increase durability of the display.

The available colors of the Nokia 5 will be: Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue, or Copper.

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The phone features relatively small bezel’s which feels like it blends into the chassis. The display resolution is a 1280 x 720 HD panel which is expected for a mid range pricing in the market. The display, despite the 720p spec, was still found to be vivid, bright while display good colors.

The Nokia 5 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor which is also the same one found on the older brother the Nokia 6. The 430 processor has an integrated Adreno 505 graphics card. The device also packs a 2 GB RAM inside. By today’s standards the Nokia 5 shouldn’t cause any performance issues. the 430 is a low to mid range processor but should still be enough for daily tasks and smooth performances for various tasks. Heavy gaming would not be ideal for this hand set.

16 GB of internal storage is include along side microSD expansion support for up to 128 GB.

The Nokia 5 will come shipped running on the latest Android update (Android Nougat 7.1.1). HMD Global (the company that bought out Nokia) decided to go with a “Pure Android” experience which gives users a stock Android minus any OEM skins. Vanilla Android fans will love this.

Thanks to a vanilla approach to Android, HMD Global has promised regular updates to the software.

 

How To Unlock an AT&T or T-Mobile Phone

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While some devices are sold unlocked so that  people can use them with any carrier, the majority of phones are sold SIM-locked. If a device is locked it can only be used through one particular carrier.  Let’s assume you’ve  purchased a phone from AT&T and have chosen a plan. It’s not as easy as you might think to switch over to T-Mobile or another service provider.  You’ll first have to unlock the phone using one of our unlock codes.

Below is a simple step-by-step procedure to unlock ATT phones.

Unlocking AT&T devices

Before attempting to unlock any device that’s locked into AT&T, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

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Samsung Exynos 9: Best Tech Announcement of MWC 2017

Samsung Exynos 9 Launched (Exynos 8895)

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What is it?

At MWC we not only witness the birth of great new smartphones and gadgets but also some of the hardware that power our smartphones into the future. In 2017 Samsung has finally taken off the wraps on the new SoC (System On Chip) toted as the Samsung Exynos 9. Labelled as the Exynos 8895 Octa-Core Processor it is built on Samsung’s own 10nm FinFET Process Technology. This chip set is the latest premium product released by Samsung for 2017. On paper we expect to see a 27% increase in higher performance while utilizing 40% less battery power when compared to the 14nm FinFET chips.

The Exynos 8895 is an octa-core processor which includes four of Samsung’s custom designed CPU cores (2nd generation) and four Cortex-A53 cores for power efficiency. With upgraded SCI (Samsung Coherent Interconnect) technology the chip will support Heterogeneous System Architectures which enables faster calculations for use in areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Deep Machine Learning.

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On the graphical front the 8895 features an ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. This enables future smartphones to take advantage of next level 3D graphic’s performances while minimizing 4K UHD Virtual Reality latency. The GPU contains 20 graphical processing cores which, again on paper, toute’s a whopping 60% increase in performance compared to the previous generation.

The Exynos 8895 will support display panels with WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) resolutions and 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) displays as well. The 8895 will also have the capability to support LPDDR4x memory speeds along side eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1 and SD 3.0 for faster storage speeds.

4K UHD 120fps play back and video recording is made possible thanks to an advanced MFC (Multi-Format Codec) with codec support including HEVC(H.265), H.264 and VP9.

The ISP on board (Image Signal Processor) will support 28 MP camera sensors on the front and back of the device. Smart WDR and PDAF will be supported as well for a more efficient and faster focusing experience. The ISP also supports dual camera module support with a 28MP+16MP configuration. The chip will have two ISP units installed; one for high quality imaging while the other is dedicated to reduce power consumption through low power processing.

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The processor also will support biometric solutions such as iris and fingerprint scanners. A separate processing unit will be embedded on the chip to handle the security ends of the user experience. An embedded VPU (Vision Processing Unit) is used to analyze items and movements for improved video tracking of subjects, panoramic imaging, and machine vision technology.

Fast LTE Downlink and Uplink speeds

The Exynos 8895 will be the first mobile processor to support an integrated gigabit LTE modem. This modem can support up to 5CA (Carrier Aggregation) for downlink which supports maximum speeds of up to 1 Gbps (Cat.16) as well as Cat.13 speeds of 150Mbps or 2CA for uplink.

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Samsung has notified the press that the Exynos 9 Series 8895 SoC is currently under mass production. We should expect to see new high end smartphone devices to be unveiled later in the year with this fantastic processor. We hope to see the likes of the Note 8 unveiled with this chip, which will most likely be the case.


 

 

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Nokia 6: Hands On Review

Nokia 6: Hands On Review

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The Nokia 6 was revealed at MWC 2017 and is the top end model among Nokia’s new offerings. In terms of specs and design the Nokia 6 does not impress anyone. However, what is impressive is that the Nokia 6 marks the return of an age old technology company who in a time past lead the world with innovative mobile products. The company was bought out by HMD Global (it’s headquarter’s found in Finland) while the staff of Nokia remains largely the same (original Nokia employees). Due to this fact we are quite optimistic about Nokia’s future and their smartphone’s to come.

The Nokia 6 is not considered a high end device. It runs a Snapdragon 430 processor which falls in between entry level and mid range. The processor features an octa-core design with all eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. The clock speed here is quite low which would deter people who are used to fast speeds and performances in gaming. The Adreno 505 is the integrated GPU found on the chip set. The Adreno 505 will be able to achieve generally okay speeds in various android games but will need to be toned down to medium graphical settings to play somewhat smoothly in other more graphically intense games. Despite the low to medium end graphic and cpu chipset we found that the Nokia 6, as expected, is still very smooth in normal tasks and operation when launching, swiping through, and trying out the phone.

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The Nokia 6 comes with a 5.5inch IPS LCD 1080p display. The display looks sharp and bright. Many have commented that, in the age of manufacturers pushing a bezel-less trend, the Nokia 6 has rather large bezel’s. The glass looks smooth and covers curves into the bezel’s and we particularly liked the deep black color option. The black color of the device sort of masks the thickness of the bezel until you turn on the phone with a contrasting wall paper applied. The bezel will be made of metal materials which should help in withstanding drops or bumps.

Still, Nokia did a good job with the design of the phone considering it as a medium range device. The edges are sharp and the device looks and feels excellent. There is a bit of a one plus look with an iPhone 7 glass. The back side came in a Matte Black color option.

Furthermore, the Nokia 6 comes with a 4 GB RAM module and 64 GB internal storage. This storage configuration will be made only available in the “premium” option of the Nokia 6. The standard Nokia 6 will have only 3 GB’s of RAM and 32 GB’s of internal storage.

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We found that the Nokia 6 has a 3,000 mAh battery pack (non removable). The Snapdragon 430, being power efficient and significantly less power hungry than its higher end counterparts (such as the Snapdragon 821) should have minimal impact on the battery life of the phone.

There is a 16 MP back camera with an aperture of f/2.0. The video recording is capped at 1080p so don’t expect any 4K or high end video features here. The CPU would have bottlenecked any resolution’s higher than 1080p. The front facing selfie camera is a 8 MP f/2.0 module.

The smartphone does come with a finger print scanner on the front. The module works pretty well but is not as fast or accurate as we would have liked. Perhap’s we are to used to finger print scanners to just work and not cause a fuss.

The Nokia 6 will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Sony Xperia XA1

Sony Xperia XA1 Review

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Quick Specs Sheet:

  • Dimensions:
    • 145 x 67 x 8 mm (5.71 x 2.64 x 0.31 in)
    • Weight: 143 g (5.04 oz)
  • Display:
    • 5.0 Inch IPS LCD Display (Resolution: 1280 x 720 (~294 ppi pixel density) Scratch-resistant glass (>9H)
    • Up to 4 fingers in multitouch
  • Processing Specs:
    • CPU: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 ( Octa-Core 4 x 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53+ 4 X 1.6 GHz Cortex A53)
    • GPU: Mali-T880MP2
    • Android v7.0 Nougat
  • Storage and Memory:
    • 32 GB (4 GB RAM)
    • microSD support available
  • Imaging Processor:
    • 23 MP f/2.0, 24mm, back camera (PDAF, Laser AF and LED Flash available)
    • 8 MP f/2.0, 23mm, front facing OIS camera
    • Video: [email protected], HDR
  • Battery:
    • Non-Removable Li-Ion 2300 mAh

 

Quick Review:

Compared to the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra (the phablet version) the normal XA1 is a normal, smaller, version of the mid-range XA1 line up. It features a smaller display of 5.0 inches with a smaller resolution of 720p (1280 x 720) with less pixel density of ~294 ppi. This translates to a display with sharpness levels below that of the older brother, the XA1 Ultra. However, we must keep in mind that the phone is a mid range device with mid range specs. Don’t expect a fancy display here. With such a low resolution and low pixel density the XA1 may not be the best option for media consumption and other tasks. It will simply work as intended.

Aside from the confusing naming scheme the XA1 is found to be the least interesting device amongst Sony’s current 2017 line up. While Sony’s Xpera XZ is showcased as the device with a 4K HDR display and the older brother, the Xperia XA1 Ultra, showcased as a simply huge 6.0 inch mid range phone, the Xperia XA1 feels like a minor update from last years model, the XA.

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The design resembles that of other Xperia phones so far. It is not bad, rather we do like it in some ways. It has a striking design and is small enough to be somewhat lost in your deep pockets. The display is 5 inches which is a full inch smaller than the XA1 Ultra, but the problem does not end there. The display shows a lack of vibrancy and is simply dull without life. We have seen many other budget phones released with displays fantastically more vibrant and alive than the XA1.

Aside from the few bits of issues we have observed, the  XA1 does follow in its elder brothers footsteps, notably the camera. The Xperia XA1 uses the same camera found on the Sony 2015 flagship, the Xperia Z5. This is a 23 MP f/2.0 aperture camera module. The front camera is an 8 MP f/2.0 but this camera lacks optical image stabilization which is found in the selfie camera of the XA1 Ultra.

Given the track record of this particular camera module we expect good results in various lighting. The processor found in the XA1 is the same Helio P20 found in the XA1 Ultra as well. The processor is not the strongest available (hence the mid range category) and will not give you the best of the best. 3 GB of RAM is sufficient and is a good decision on Sony’s part to keep things running as smooth as possible while covering for the loss of performance values due to other components. The XA1 only comes with a 32GB internal storage configuration that can be expanded via a microSD card.

The battery is smaller in this model with a 2,300 mAh pack. We will need to wait for official release to see how the processor will impact the battery performance in the future.

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Sony XA1 Ultra Review

Sony XA1 Ultra Review: A New Phablet for the Mid-Range Market

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Quick Specs Sheet of the Sony XA1 Ultra Phablet:

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  • Dimensions:
    • 165 x 79 x 8.1 mm (6.50 x 3.11 x 0.32 in)
    • Weight: 188 g (6.63 oz)
  • Display:
    • 6.0 Inch IPS LCD Display (Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (~367 ppi pixel density) Scratch-resistant glass (>9H)
    • Up to 4 fingers in multitouch
  • Processing Specs:
    • CPU: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 ( Octa-Core 4 x 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53+ 4 X 1.6 GHz Cortex A53)
    • GPU: Mali-T880MP2
    • Android v7.0 Nougat
  • Storage and Memory:
    • 32 GB (4 GB RAM)
    • 64 GB (4 GB RAM)
    • microSD support available
  • Imaging Processor:
    • 23 MP f/2.0, 24mm, back camera (PDAF, Laser AF and LED Flash available)
    • 16 MP f/2.0, 23mm, front facing OIS camera
    • Video: [email protected], HDR
  • Battery:
    • Non-Removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh

Quick Review

This phone has a massive display of 6.0 inches. The phone is also rather large to hold in the hand. The specifications aim at the middle range of the smartphone market with its Mediatek Helio P20 Octa Core processor. It’s predecessor the Sony XA Ultra was also a large 6.0 inch phablet back in 2016.

On top of the display we found that the camera module was pretty interesting as well. There is a 24 MP rear imaging sensor which was also found on Sony’s flagship model from 2015. There is an 8 MP front facing selfie camera as well. We expect the pricing of the Sony XA1 Ultra to be reasonably low, thus, for the price the photographic abilities of this phone should be good.

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Given a good day with good lighting outdoors users may be pleased with the strong shooter on the back camera module.

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Going back to the design of the phone this is a large device with a 165 x 79 x 8.1 mm dimension. The only reason one would buy this phone would be due to the desire for a large phone. Due to the enlarged 6.0 inch display that 1080p panel won’t look as sharp as we are all used to thanks to higher end devices released for quite some time now. Regardless, the colors on the display are good with impressive contrast ratios and the Octa-Core Helio P20 processor is strong enough to prevent lags or trouble while using the phone.

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In terms of performance the XA1 Ultra also comes with 4GB of RAM on board giving the phone a solid boost.

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The  Sony XA1 Ultra is a mid range phablet phone. The specs are very mid range but are good enough for daily tasks and most gaming tasks. For those who are looking for a big phone but also cannot spend a fortune on high end devices need to look no further. The Sony XA1 Ultra is a strong contender for the phablet category in the middle range market.

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Huawei P10 Plus Review

Huawei P10 Plus Review

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We reviewed the Huawei P10 earlier which is the “younger brother” of the more beefier Huawei P10 Plus. The Huawei P10 Plus comes with a larger display of 5.5 inches and the display is upgraded to a Quad-HD (from the Full HD display found on the regular P10). The phone is noticeably larger in size but other than that the differences are found internally. The Huawei P9 of last year was the companies last flagship device. The P9 is highly regarded as an excellent phone that can compete against big league rivals from the likes of Apple, Samsung, HTC and Sony.

Huawei P10 Plus Specs Sheet:

  • Dimensions:
    • 153.5 x 74.2 x 7 mm (6.04 x 2.92 x 0.28 in)
    • Weight: 165 g (5.82 oz)
  • Display:
    • 5.5 inch IPS-NEO LCD (2560 x 1440 resolution ~ 540 ppi pixel density)
    • Curved Edge Screen
  • System:
    • Android OS, v.7.0 (Nougat)
    • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Octa-Core 4 x 2.4GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53)
    • GPU: Mail-G71 MP8
    • RAM: 4 GB
    • Storage: 64 GB (microSD support up to 256 GB)
  • Camera:
    • Dual 20 MP + 12 MP, f/1.8 OIS, Leica lens’
    • Front: 8 MP f/1.9
  • Hardware:
    • Battery: 3,750mAh capacity

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The P10 Plus is the regular Huawei P10’s older brother. It is a beefier, higher spec’ed device with more RAM, and a bigger, better display panel. Despite the new hardware we still found the P10 Plus to be more of an evolution from the older P9 than a revolution. The build is a full metal construction with the home button found on the front which doubles as a fingerprint sensor and a hub for various gestures which replace on screen navigational buttons. This means users can swipe to go to your recent apps, tap once to go back and tap and hold to activate your “home” button.

The design of the P10 Plus reminds us of the iPhone 7 in many ways including the antennae bands and the curve of the edges. In collaboration with a company called “Pantone” the P10 will be released in various colors including: Dazzling Blue, Rose Gold, Prestige Gold, Ceramic White, Mystic Silver, Dazzling Gold and Graphite Black. A new color called “Greenery” will be offered as well.

As mentioned, the P10 Plus will come in an all metal build with various color options available. Even though the P10 Plus is found to be the larger phone it still manages to sit comfortably in the hand and it does not feel to cumbersome. The dual camera does not stick out from the body and sits flush at the back. With a smooth chamfered edge all the way around, it was comfortable to play with. The USB-C Port and 3.5mm headphone jack is found at the bottom.

Performance

 

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The phone is runs on Android 7.0 but also has Huawei’s own custom skin called EMUI 5.1 on top. The usage response was smooth and there were no notable lags. General tasks should not be an issue in high end phones at this point in time of fast advancing technology.

The P10 Plus is loaded with the new HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset. This is also found in the younger brother the Huawei P10. Huawei also engineered a new memory optimization instruction set into the phone which offers machine learning methods. This method enables your phone to properly optimize memory functions based on usage patterns over time. For the average user this may not be obvious at all as it involves gradual micro adjustments by the system contributing to an overall better usage experience into the future. In addition the memory optimization tool integrates a memory compression algorithm which reduces the size of apps and other software materials into a smaller size to maximize your RAM.

Huawei is offering a 4 GB RAM and a 6 GB RAM option.

Camera

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This year, Huawei and Leica is continuing on their strategic partnership together in the Leica branded dual camera module. The Imaging set up has some notable changes in both the hardware and software front. A portrait mode was implemented which is similar to the “super bokeh” portrait mode found on the iPhone 7 Plus. This mode blurs the background behind your subject to create that artificial “bokeh” effect.

The difference from the iPhone 7 Plus is that the Huawei P10 Plus will not have a “zoom” lens as its second camera. Rather the dual camera works together per image to process lighting on the subject’s face and reduce issues found on the photo. The colors are also made to “pop” a bit more compared to iPhone portraits. Interestingly the same features are found on the 8 megapixel selfie camera as well which has a bright aperture of f/1.9.

The selfie camera on the front now comes with face detection that also calculates how many faces are found on the image. The Portrait mode will then defocus the background based on this given information. This will bring into focus all the faces available and defocus the rest of the background.

The dual camera on the back feature dual f/1.8 Leica Summilux lenses. This is significant as this means that the P10 Plus will have two bright lenses available. Low light photography will be more feasible thanks to this. This brings the P10 Plus super close to the Pixel and G6 night shots. The P0 Plus overall proivdes a great camera experience thanks to the better lens found on it.

Early Verdict

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The P10 Plus did not fail to impress many attendees at MWC 2017. The phone showcased high end products inside with an advanced chipset, new software that optimizes memory storage, and a fancy design language. The array of colors made available are quite interesting to see as well. We look forward to the officially released version of the hand set and to see its real world performances as reported by us and by users world wide.

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