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  1. News: FIGHT: Hauwei, Apple, LG, Samsung

    I'll double check the specs; but pretty sure they said the Mate 10 did have it. It seems the V30 screen is much better "in real life" than when running greyscale tests. However, the comparison above still focuses on the DPI rating
  2. In the fourth of our comparison articles, I've gone all out this time and included the newly announced Hauwei Note 10 and Note 10 Pro as well as the Apple iPhone X against our (my) old favourite the LG V30 and the "king" of Samsungs, the Galaxy Note 8. The winner is quite interesting, (as is the outright looser), so read on to find out what the numbers tell us... Comparing phones is always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decisions and some may need explanation. For example, the V30 wins the screen category purely because it has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) rating - screen size has been ignored; and the Mate 10, Pro, iPhone X & V30 share the size category because their combination of size vs. screens size is more impressive than the others. The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature Huawei Mate 10 Pro Huawei Mate 10 iPhone X LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm 150.5mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 178g 186g 174g 158g 195g Screen AMOLED 6.0" 2160x1080 402ppi IPS LCD 5.9" 2560x1440 499ppi AMOLED 5.8" 2436x1125 458ppi AMOLED 6.0" 2800x1440 537ppi AMOLED 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Battery 4000 mAh 4000 mAh 2716 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Apple A11 Bionic Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 6GB 4GB 3GB 4GB 6GB Storage 128GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD 64GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus Dual 12Mpix f/1.8 & f/2.4, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, 2x Optical zoom Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Tele: 12Mpix f/2.4 (45deg) & Wide: DualPixel 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg), IOS, 2x Optical zoom Camera (front) 8Mpix f/2.0 8Mpix f/2.0 7Mpix f/2.2, HDR, panorama 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7 Connectivity 3G, 4G, Gigabit LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Android version Android 8.0 Android 8.0 iOS 11.0.2 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Fingerprint Sensor Yes, rear (middle) Yes, front No Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (left) Protection Splashproof (IP53) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Fast Charging, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 699 £ 1000 (approx) £ 700 (approx) £ 869 Availability November 2017 November 2017 November 2017 November 2017 Now Total points 12 5 4 13 9 ...so, once again, LG has pulled it out the bag, producing a phone which (by the specs alone) beats all others. Even more interesting though is how *badly* the iPhone X does in this comparison; there really is nothing hardware-wise that makes it stand out against the crowd! View full news
  3. FIGHT: Hauwei, Apple, LG, Samsung

    Comparing phones is always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decisions and some may need explanation. For example, the V30 wins the screen category purely because it has the highest ppi (pixels per inch) rating - screen size has been ignored; and the Mate 10, Pro, iPhone X & V30 share the size category because their combination of size vs. screens size is more impressive than the others. The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point) Feature Huawei Mate 10 Pro Huawei Mate 10 iPhone X LG V30 Galaxy Note 8 Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm 150.5mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm 151.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.3mm 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm Weight 178g 186g 174g 158g 195g Screen AMOLED 6.0" 2160x1080 402ppi IPS LCD 5.9" 2560x1440 499ppi AMOLED 5.8" 2436x1125 458ppi AMOLED 6.0" 2800x1440 537ppi AMOLED 6.3" 2960x1440 521ppi Battery 4000 mAh 4000 mAh 2716 mAh 3300 mAh 3300 mAh Processor Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Apple A11 Bionic Snapdraggon 835 Exynos OctaCore RAM 6GB 4GB 3GB 4GB 6GB Storage 128GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD 64GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB / 128GB / 256GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus Dual 12Mpix f/1.8 & f/2.4, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, 2x Optical zoom Main: 16Mpix f/1.6 (71deg)& Wide: 13Mpix f/1.9 (120deg), IOS, HDR10, Assisted Zoom Tele: 12Mpix f/2.4 (45deg) & Wide: DualPixel 12Mpix f/1.7 (77deg), IOS, 2x Optical zoom Camera (front) 8Mpix f/2.0 8Mpix f/2.0 7Mpix f/2.2, HDR, panorama 5Mpix f/2.2 (90deg) 8Mpix f/1.7 Connectivity 3G, 4G, Gigabit LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 Android version Android 8.0 Android 8.0 iOS 11.0.2 Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.1 Fingerprint Sensor Yes, rear (middle) Yes, front No Yes, rear (middle) Yes, rear (left) Protection Splashproof (IP53) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP67) Waterproof (IP68), Shockproof Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Fast Charging, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 699 £ 1000 (approx) £ 700 (approx) £ 869 Availability November 2017 November 2017 November 2017 November 2017 Now Total points 12 5 4 13 9 ...so, once again, LG has pulled it out the bag, producing a phone which (by the specs alone) beats all others. Even more interesting though is how *badly* the iPhone X does in this comparison; there really is nothing hardware-wise that makes it stand out against the crowd!
  4. Update: Earlier today (10th October), Microsoft essentially admitted that build 16299.15 IS the Fall Creators Update by releasing it to the "Release Preview" ring of the Windows 10 Insider Preview program. Last week, Microsoft pushed out Windows Insider build 16299.15; an updated build of the previous Insider Preview build 16299.1. Considering this is the same base build, but a newer compile of it (with bug fixes), could 16299.15 become the Fall Creators Update RTM build? The timing is certainly about right, and this would also follow what Microsoft did with the original Creators Update builds (namely fixing on a "base" build and then issuing incremental updated builds until all the blocking bugs were eliminated); and having been running 16299.15 for most of the last week, it certainly seems stable. Microsoft's release notes for this build don't indicate it *is* the final build; but I guess we'll only learn that as we get closer to 17th October. (read the Update 2 line in the release notes) View full news
  5. Last week, Microsoft pushed out Windows Insider build 16299.15; an updated build of the previous Insider Preview build 16299.1. Considering this is the same base build, but a newer compile of it (with bug fixes), could 16299.15 become the Fall Creators Update RTM build? The timing is certainly about right, and this would also follow what Microsoft did with the original Creators Update builds (namely fixing on a "base" build and then issuing incremental updated builds until all the blocking bugs were eliminated); and having been running 16299.15 for most of the last week, it certainly seems stable. Microsoft's release notes for this build don't indicate it *is* the final build; but I guess we'll only learn that as we get closer to 17th October. (read the Update 2 line in the release notes)
  6. Insider Preview build 16299

    This is another "stabilization" build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update (due for release on 17th October) and as such contains just a few bug fixes. In this build those are: We fixed an issue some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC. We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge might crash when scrolling embedded PDFs. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights. We fixed an issue where using the Automatic File Download notification to block an app from downloading files wasn’t working for UWP apps. We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Defender potentially downloading files selected to be online-only after using the file picker dialog and viewing their thumbnails Here's the full release notes from Microsoft.
  7. Microsoft have today anounced a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build - build 16299. This is another "stabilization" build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update (due for release on 17th October) and as such contains just a few bug fixes. In this build those are: We fixed an issue some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC. We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge might crash when scrolling embedded PDFs. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights. We fixed an issue where using the Automatic File Download notification to block an app from downloading files wasn’t working for UWP apps. We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Defender potentially downloading files selected to be online-only after using the file picker dialog and viewing their thumbnails Here's the full release notes from Microsoft. View full news
  8. The What's Going on at Apple Thread

    I quite agree that the fingerprint sensor placement on the S8 / Note 8 handsets is bloody awful. It's clearly an afterthought (when they realised it wouldn't work "in the screen"; and equally as they avoided placing it centrally on the back (a-la LG handsets) it is simply a PITA to use. And of course, the iris / face recognition is pretty awful. My iris recognition never gets used as it's quicker to grope for the fingerprint sensor (even if I have to turn the phone around) than to get the exact correct angle for the iris detection to work.
  9. The What's Going on at Apple Thread

    Samsung couldn't make it work for the S8, and as the X essentially uses the same screen (certainly same tech) it's not surprising that Apple couldn't make it work either. I fully expect the embedded fingerprint / button tech to be in the S9 and iPhone XI (or iPhone X.1 or whatever they call it). BTW, the S8 is a very very nice piece of kit; even Touchwiz is not too annoying these days
  10. Insider Preview build 16294

    This build is interesting for two reasons; firstly it contains an important bug fix for an issue Microsoft introduced in build 16288 which caused a boot issue on Surface Pro 3 devices; and second, this is the first build where there are absolutely NO feature improvements or additions mentioned, it is a purely bug fix build. As such, the change log isn't very long, Microsoft have fixed, in their own words: The full release notes and announcement are here
  11. Hot on the heals of build 16291, Microsoft last night slipped out Windows 10 build 16294 - another one of their "stabilization" builds for the upcoming Fall Creators Update. This build is interesting for two reasons; firstly it contains an important bug fix for an issue Microsoft introduced in build 16288 which caused a boot issue on Surface Pro 3 devices; and second, this is the first build where there are absolutely NO feature improvements or additions mentioned, it is a purely bug fix build. As such, the change log isn't very long, Microsoft have fixed, in their own words: The full release notes and announcement are here View full news
  12. Late yesterday Microsoft released Insider Preview build 16291 - the second build described as a "stabilization" build for the upcoming Fall Creators Update. As such, there aren't many new features in this build; Microsoft's focus now is on fixing all the (obvious) nasty bugs so they can release the Fall Creators Update on 17th October as promised. However, we do get one new feature in this build, namely the ability to "Resume from phones to PC with Cortana", which essentially means that anything you had open in the Cortana app on your iPhone or Android phone, can now be "resumed" in the same state, at the same place, on your PC. (presuming you've paired your phone and PC already). There's a raft of bug fixes as well, none of them desperately interesting, apart from the notable fact that this build actually installs (unlike 16288). Here's the full Microsoft release notes for the build. View full news
  13. Insider Preview build 16291

    As such, there aren't many new features in this build; Microsoft's focus now is on fixing all the (obvious) nasty bugs so they can release the Fall Creators Update on 17th October as promised. However, we do get one new feature in this build, namely the ability to "Resume from phones to PC with Cortana", which essentially means that anything you had open in the Cortana app on your iPhone or Android phone, can now be "resumed" in the same state, at the same place, on your PC. (presuming you've paired your phone and PC already). There's a raft of bug fixes as well, none of them desperately interesting, apart from the notable fact that this build actually installs (unlike 16288). Here's the full Microsoft release notes for the build.
  14. The previous major release of Windows 10, the original Creators Update, was version 1703, so the jump to 1709 might not seem like much of an increase, and compared to previous releases it isn't; but what it is is a bug-fixed and tweaked version of the original Creators Update that was, frankly, half baked when launched earlier this year. It should be noted that although 1709 is the "version number", it isn't the build number of the "gold" image for the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft tell us that they haven't reached that stage yet, although the current Insiders Build (16288) is the first one to not show an "Evaluation build" watermark when installed.
  15. Microsoft have announced that the Windows 10 version number for the upcoming Fall Creators Update will be 1709. The previous major release of Windows 10, the original Creators Update, was version 1703, so the jump to 1709 might not seem like much of an increase, and compared to previous releases it isn't; but what it is is a bug-fixed and tweaked version of the original Creators Update that was, frankly, half baked when launched earlier this year. It should be noted that although 1709 is the "version number", it isn't the build number of the "gold" image for the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft tell us that they haven't reached that stage yet, although the current Insiders Build (16288) is the first one to not show an "Evaluation build" watermark when installed. View full news