Honor 8 now official with dual-camera setup, up to 4GB of RAM.
“Huawei sub-brand Honor has announced its latest phone, the Honor 8. The phone comes with a fingerprint sensor and a dual-lens rear camera setup. The Honor 8 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow under the EMUI 4.1 custom software layer. The Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch 1080p display, and is powered by a Kirin 950 processor, with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. It comes with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be upgraded with a microSD card. The dual lenses on the back are both 12-megapixel shooters, while the front-facing camera is 8-megapixels. The Honor 8 also has a fingerprint sensor on the back, allowing for easy authentication. The phone has a 3000mAh battery, which can be charged over a USB-C connection. The Honor 8 is currently available for pre-order from a number of Chinese retailers, with the 32GB option with 3GB of RAM running ¥1,999 (around $300), while the 64GB version with 4GB of RAM costs ¥2,499 (around $375). You can get the Honor 8 in Sunrise Gold, Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sakura Pink, or Sapphire Blue.”
It seems to me that the Huawei and Honor brands and becoming confusing. With the sheer number of phones with slightly varying specs or software additions and or omissions, it is becoming all too complicated. And the price points charged for each brand also seem mis matched versus the specs and what is being offered?
Below are a selection of photos I took yesterday from the LG G5 with some commentary. To view the full size, click on photo and select original or full size.
The above shot of Foggintor Quarry is superb. I have taken many shots with different phones of this place, but the wide angled lens of the G5 captured the walls too. Edited in snapseed with HDRScape filter.
Above is the quarry with the normal 16mp lens. You can see my 3 dogs just before they jumped in for a swim. This is not edited in any way. In the past I used panoramic mode to capture the inside of this quarry, but the wide lens does a much better job.
Take my local church and shoot it with the wide lens again. The effect is dramatic.
Same church taken the day before but using the normal lens to give you an idea of the difference. This was the very first shot from the LG G5.
So I tried some action shots with my dogs. Above is George. This is a cropped shot. Having 16mp worth of detail is great for something like this.
Again another action shot using burst mode. But with the wide angle lens. Note how the clouds look as if they are moving inwards.
National Park Visitor Centre. Normal lens. Crisp and a good quality shot.
That wide angle lens on the G5 is something else. Look how much more was captured in the frame. Now this shot did curve the buildings more than shown, so using VSCO Cam app on the G5, I made a few adjustments and then edited in snapseed using HDRScape.
Using both lenses to create the above shot. Not that excited about this mode.
High quality shot using the normal lens of Fury. I like this one.
Cropped close up of Tiggy. This photo was originally too dark, so I had to raise the brightness and shadows.
So above is a small selection of the photos that I have snapped over the last couple of days. I found the wide angle lens to be wonderful. Not only that but the 8mp wide angle lens actually had a lot more detail than expected with file sizes around the 4mb. The Normal 16mp lens produced file sizes around 7mb.
Based on the full range of photos I have taken with the G5, I am able to write up my views on this camera versus the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera. This hopefully will be live tomorrow. But all I will say at this point is the G5 and S7 are so different its actually great news for consumers to have such choices.
So that’s right, potentially looking at a 5.1 QHD screen, 4gb ram, Snapdragon 820, 12mp camera, USB Type C and more. Now if the 12mp camera has OIS that could be interesting depending on the size of the camera sensor.
But somehow, I feel very underwhelmed by all these leaked details on the HTC 10. There is nothing standout about the phone in a crowded android market place.
The LG G5 has a modular system with LG Friends and a unique camera setup. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is gorgeous to look at and is being pushed with its Gear VR headset and dual pixel f/1.7 low light camera. The Xiaomi Mi-5 is top end specs in a lower priced body. And then we come to the HTC 10. Let’s hope HTC has a few surprises up its sleeve.
Could HTC save the day? Maybe, if they could get their new HTC Vive VR headset to work with the HTC 10. Now that would be cool!
So Samsung announced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge yesterday to the world’s media with a few surprises. Mark Zuckerberg had a guest spot to emphasis the working relationship between Samsung and Facebook and Virtual Reality.
The Key Specs S7 and S7 Edge (Respectively)
– Android 6.0 Marshmallow
– Display 5.1-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED, 5.5-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED Dual edge screen
– Processor Octa-core Snapdragon or Samsung Exynos
– Storage 32GB
– Expandable microSD up to 200GB
– RAM 4GB
– Rear Camera 12MP f/1.7, 1.4-micron pixels OIS, dual pixel technology for super fast focusing even in low light
– Front Camera 5MP f/1.7
– Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 ac MIMO
– Bluetooth v4.2 LE
– ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC
– Charging micro-USB
– Fast charging
– Qi wireless
– Powermat wireless
– Battery 3000 mph, 3600 mph
– Water resistance IP68 rating
– Security One-touch fingerprint sensor
– Samsung KNOX One-touch fingerprint sensor
– Dimensions 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
– Weight 152g, 157g
– Prices – £569 and £639 approx
So like I did with the LG G5, below are the tidbits of information you may really want to know.
– 12mp is only available at 4:3 ratio. If you want to shoot at 16:9, the resolution drops to 9.1mp.
– 32gb is the only storage option available.
– Micro SD card support is available but not adoptable storage
– Features an always on display with customisation
– The Edge model has a larger Edge panel and is open to developers.
– Build quality looks exceptional
– Car mode integrates with Glympse for instant location sharing with contacts
– New Wireless Charger available which is angled. Wireless charging is faster now too
– Microsoft productivity apps are included
– Only Gold and Black in the UK currently available to pre order. Silver is absent currently.
– Samsung Pay is coming to the UK and other select countries in 2016
– Official Samsung accessories include a case that allows for clip on lenses. The Official Leather Cover case really reminds me of the Apple Leather case!
– Gorilla Glass 5 is being used
– Whitepages is integrated into phone app
– New Samsung Gear 360 camera works with the new S7
– Fast battery charging: 83% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– Vulcan API – Gamers Dream
– Display 5.50-inch 1080p, 73.9% screen to body ratio, Gorilla Glass 4
– Processor – HiSilicon Kirin 935, CPU Quad-core 2.2 GHz & quad-core 1.5 GHz,GPU Mali-T628 MP4
– RAM 3GB
– OS Android 5.1.1 with Emotion UI 3.1
– Storage 32GB, 64GB or 128gb with Force Torch only on 128gb
– Rear Camera 13-megapixel, 8mp front camera, OIS dual LED flash
– Battery capacity – 2700mAh
– Dimensions 149.8 x 75.3 x 7.2 mm (5.90 x 2.96 x 0.28 in)
– Weight 156 g (5.50 oz)
– Dual SIM or SIM plus up to 128gb micro sd card
– Fingerprint sensor, Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
– Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
– Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
– GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS/ Beidou (market dependant)
– NFC Yes
– Radio FM radio
– USB microUSB v2.0
– Extras – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Xvid/MP4/H.265/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player, Photo/video editor, Document editor
Let’s cut straight to the chase. The Huawei Mate S is a gorgeously made and great looking phone from whichever angle you glance at it. As this is manufactured by Huawei, the phone reception, in fact all the radios WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and cellular are excellent at picking up and signal as well as clear voice calls. The Mate S is configured with a dual sim arrangement, which can use the second nano sim as a micro SD card slot unto 128gb. It is also dual 4G LTE. There are 3 versions, Standard 32gb grey or champagne colours, Premium 64gb which adds gold/pink colours and luxury is the 128gb Force Touch model which is finished in Prestige Gold. Just to be clear, the Force Touch is only available in the 128gb model. Pricing is 649 euros, 699 euros and even more for the Force Touch 128gb version! That is expensive. Viewing angles are excellent. AnTuTu scored 50,000 which is respectable. So does it live up to the premium flagship status? Read on!
Below is a video of me showing off the build of the Huawei Mate S.
The Fingerprint sensor is the fastest I have ever used. Totally instant. It uses the second generation sensor which gives 100% faster recognition speeds and sensitivity. Once unlocked you can use the fingerprint sensor to take photos, stop alarms, show notification panel or browse photos. It becomes a mouse pad. The interface skin is Emotion UI v3. See screen shots. This provides a host of features and no app drawer too. The phone has a wealth of settings, more than you could ever dream of. Click on the gallery of screen shots below to reveal all the options.
Force Touch – I spent time using this model as well as the 32gb version which I had for much longer. Huawei really have not got a clue what to do with this technology apart from weighing small fruit on the screen or zooming in on photos. In the Huawei press conference, they did mention they were hoping developers would create great uses and apps for this technology. Below is a short video of me using Force Touch.
I tested the loudspeaker, it is extremely clear but not very loud around 84db. I think Huawei went for quality over quantity. The headphone output is excellent and the phone plays back FLAC files with no issues. APT-X is supported along with USB Audio.
The 13mp camera is a 4 colour RGBW image sensor, with 1.2 degrees Optical Image Stabilisation, Sapphire Glass Protected but what really counts is the image quality. First let’s look at the camera app interface. As you can see a full range of modes from manual, auto, HDR, panorama, light painting modes, and more. The longest shutter speed is 8 seconds in manual mode. Supernightmode can take up to a minute. Colour reproduction was good. Panoramas were around 8mb in size and well stitched. The camera worked well except for low light shots. In a restaurant I photographed my friends opposite with the LG G4, iPhone 6 Plus and the Mate S. The best shot was by the G4, then iPhone 6 Plus and a really noisy shot by the Mate S. But if you can live with this weakness, the other shooting modes do make for a comprehensive camera app. The supernight mode is freaky good.
Below are screen shots from the camera app showing all the options. Click on a photo to open up the gallery.
The colour reproduction is excellent. The Mercedes below was taken with the filter on prior to the shot.
The flower on the table is using the Supernight mode. Phone was on a mini tripod for this shot.
Another supernight mode shot.
Using the light painting mode, you can have some fun.
Part of the default camera app, below is a time lapse recording. Really good quality again.
The Huawei Mate S is the expensive flagship from Huawei. It is impeccably built. Gorgeous to look at. It does a lot really well but in my opinion is let down by the camera in lowish light. At flagship pricing it needs a flagship camera at the levels of the LG G4 or Samsung Galaxy S6. The camera modes like supernight mode and light painting make off for this deficit. At the end of the day, it really depends what YOU want from your phone.
Twitter user @evleaks has revealed a render of the new BlackBerry Venice smartphone, that runs android instead of BB110. Apart from the slide out keyboard, there will be a curved Quad HD display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, specific and exclusive BlackBerry features including the BlackBerry Hub.
On paper this looks really good. Can’t wait to see this in person. Press play for more eye candy.