Category Archives: Android

OnePlus 7 Pro – New Firmware Oxygen OS 9.5.7 with the largest camera update – full details

OnePlus just released a new firmware for the OnePlus 7 Pro. This firmware is a massive fix for the camera. The full changelog is –

Camera

-Improved overall contrast and color performance
-Improved white balance consistency of triple camera
-Improved accuracy and stability of auto focusing
-Fixed issue of greenish tone in some low light scenes
-Fixed issue of noise in some HDR scenes
-Improved contrast and color saturation of ultra wide
-Improved clarity and noise reduction in low light scene of ultra wide
-Improved clarity and noise reduction of telephoto
-Improved clarity and color of Nightscape
-Improved brightness and clarity in extreme low light scene of Nightscape

System

-Optimised Double Tap to Wake
-Fixed issues with Ambient Display
-Improved the audio quality for voice calls from third-party apps
-Improved touch sensitivity for screen

So the million dollar question, just how much better is the camera? If you have already installed this update, let us know if the camera is now improved to your satisfaction.

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Nokia announces the Nokia 2.2 – Full Details

London, UK, 6th June 2019 – HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has today announced the new Nokia 2.2, delivering sophisticated AI powered low light imaging and Google Assistant at the press of a button, all at a truly astonishing price. Nokia 2.2 is the first 2 series Nokia smartphone to be part of the Android One programme, delivering the latest full Android experience on a modern 5.7” screen with a discreet selfie-notch. Shipping with Android 9 Pie, Nokia 2.2 is Android Q ready and will receive two years of OS upgrades and three years of monthly security updates, ensuring access to all the latest innovations from Android.

The Nokia 2-Series phone part of the Android One programme. It is available in Steel and Tungsten Black, starting from 99 Euros.

– AI-powered low light imaging, and tech that lets you get ahead in life
– includes “face unlock” and Google Lens
– 5.71 inch HD+ an edge-to-edge display with a modern discreet selfie-notch
– 400 nits brightness
– quad core MediaTek A22 CPU chipset
– Fast access to the Google Assistant with dedicated button
– Android 9 Pie out of the box

Seems like another solid budget handset from Nokia.

80M Huawei phones are now running EMUI 9, 20M more still expected!

Huawei is continuing to drive a positive message regarding its phone business, despite the political scene that is ongoing between Trump and China over a trade agreement.

Huawei have issued another press statement confirming that over 80 million of its phones now all run EMUI 9, which is Huawei’s skin that exists over Android 9.

Huawei originally released it on a handful of devices which included the Mate 10, Huawei P20, Mate RS Porsche Edition (one of my favourite looking phones) and the Nova 3. To boost the number of devices, Huawei is now adding even more devices, showing some love to the older handsets, including the Mate 9 and P10. The Huawei Mate 9 and P10 are expected to receive the EMUI 9 update by the end of June 2019.

Honor 20 Lite Review – Triple Camera Delight

Welcome to my review of the Honor 20 Lite. The Honor 20 Lite retails for £249.99.

The Honor 20 Lite is a vibrant looking phone, featuring a dual tone gradient, 3D curved body. Anyone buying this will feel like they’ve bought a far more expensive handset.

Key Features

– 4gb ram, 128gb storage with expandable storage via micro SD cards.
– EMUI 9, Android 9.
– GPU Turbo 2 for improved graphics.
– Kirin 710 chipset , Mali G51 graphics.
– Large 3,400 mah battery.
– 6.21 inch full view ips 1080p display , 90% body ratio.
– New generation eye comfort mode, certified by TuV rheinland.
– Dual 4G sim, ideal for travelling or just having flexibility.
– Price £250.
– Weight 164g.
– Construction is a plastic build.
– Includes a 3.5mmm headphone jack with reasonable headphone audio.
– Micro USB connector still and not the newer USB C.
– Single downward speaker – this sounds reasonable.

In terms of security the phone features both face and fingerprint unlock. One of the neat features is the phone wont unlock when your eyes are closed. Also the face data is stored in secure enclave on your handset.

Cameras

The Honor 20 Lite features a strong camera setup on both the rear and front.

Front Camera
– 32mp front selfie camera, f/2.0, allows you to print selfies to poster size with no loss of detail.

Triple rear cameras
– 24mp f/1.8 Quadra CFA sensor , boosts low light performance , crop or zooming is possible with the high resolution .
– 8mp ultra wide 120 degree wide angle
– 2mp depth sensor

The Honor 20 Lite includes a super night mode , with AI stabilisation. You can also adjust the ISO and shutter speed within this mode. In addition to the portrait mode and standard photo mode, you have time lapse, light painting (star trails, traffic trails and silky water) Pro mode and even more options.

The AI camera is smart enough to recognise 500 scenes and 22 categories. In my testing, I found it better to keep AI on.

The AI beauty mode, supports 3D face recognition, detecting over 100 facial point to optimise facial details, adjusting looks based on gender, age and skin tone. Works with group selfies too. You also have the portrait selfie and lighting effects.

Video Review including camera samples

Conclusion

The Honor 20 Lite a solid budget phone with lots of storage available, which is unusual at this price point. It also comes with lots of camera flexibility.

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OnePlus 7 Pro First Impressions + Camera Test on new firmware

At 7am this morning, my OnePlus 7 Pro received the new firmware OS 9.5.5 which incorporated big updates for the camera.

I waited for this update before releasing my first impressions video to ensure I gave the phone a fair opportunity to fix a few things and improve the camera.

So what do I think of the phone ? And how good is the camera now?

Honor 20 Pro – Hands on with the Quad Camera – It’s a Beast!

Honor launched its new flagship. It comes with quad camera with a Sony IMX586 48MP Main Camera, featuring the advanced AI Ultra Clarity mode and AIS Super Night mode. The quad camera is also packed with the 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera, 8MP Telephoto Camera, and the 2MP Macro Camera, which allows users to capture wider and closer with Optical Image Stabilisation.

HONOR 20 Series boasts a 6.26″ all-view display with a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio. the industry-leading GPU Turbo 3.0, offering users an enhanced visual and tactile experience, an immersive audio experience through the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound feature powered by Histen 6.0. This is the first time that this cutting-edge technology is applied to smartphones. The Virtual 9.1 surround sound supports most earphones and packs an in-built dual microphone with noise reduction.

So let’s take a first look at this phone as I went hands on at the official London launch.

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom First Impressions & Camera

Oppo held its UK launch of its Oppo Reno range of handsets.

These included, the Oppo Reno, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom and Oppo Reno 5G.

EE will be offering the 5G version. The Oppo Reno is an all screen phone with a shark fin pop up front camera.

I took a closer look at the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, the UI, camera interface and a few camera samples.

Huawei P30 Pro Review including 150+ Stunning Photos

Welcome to my Huawei P30 Pro Review. I have already posted a dedicated camera review, so please check this out.

Key Features

– 40mp Wide Angle Lens f/1.6 with OIS
– 20mp Ultra Wide Angle Lens f/2.2
– 8MP Telephoto f/3.4 OIS
– ToF Sensor – Time of Flight
– Underscreen front speaker for the earpiece
– Underscreen fingerprint sensor
– Infra Red Blaster
– USB Type C
– Desktop mode
– 4,200mAh battery
– Video AI Effects
– Incredible colour hardware options
– 40w Super Charging
– 15w Qi Fast Charging
– Reverse Wireless Charging

The Huawei P30 Pro features quite a significant camera upgrade over the P20 Pro with its new RYYB sensor in the main camera. The use of red yellow yellow blue photocells on the sensor surface rather than the traditional red green green blue Bayer array provides offer 40 percent higher light sensitivity over the P20 Pro, as yellow lets in more light than green.

With a 5 x fixed optical zoom lens, installed periscope style, the P30 Pro can manage 10 x lossless and up to 50 x digital zoom. If macro is your thing, the super macro mode can get as close as 2.5cm away from the subject. This is done using the ultra wide lens.

Other key features is being able to use an ISO up to 409,600. And no that isn’t a typo. So what I have done, is create a video below to give you an idea of what the P30 Pro can deliver with out of the box firmware. Future firmwares will improve the phone and add more functionality.

But then there is the rest of the phone with a kitchen sink approach. So sit back and enjoy my review, covering the positives and negatives.

Video Review

Conclusion

The sum of all the parts make this an amazing offering and experience. Highly recommended.

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Huawei P30 Pro info & pricing plus cases

Photographing Wild Cats & Bears with the Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro is a phone with such a versatile camera, and one that has a 5 x optical zoom, 10 x lossless zoom and up to 50 x digital zoom. With that in mind, I decided to put it through it paces at Dartmoor Zoo.

The film “We Bought a Zoo” featuring Matt Damon is a true story based on Dartmoor Zoo.

So sit back and enjoy all the photos and videos of the wild cats and bears at Dartmoor Zoo.