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  1. In the fifth of our comparison articles, I've decided to compare the various flagship phones from all the major manufacturers. In this, part 2 of that fight, we have Mi, HTC, Sony & Huawei. 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. 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 Mi Mix2 HTC U11+ Sony ZX Premium Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium, ceramic & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm 151.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.7mm 158.5mm x 74.9mm x 8.5mm 156mm x 77mm x 7.9mm Weight 178g 185g 188g 195g Screen OLED 6.0" 2160x1080 402ppi IPS LCD 5.9" 2160x1080 403ppi SuperLCD 6.0" 2880x1440 538ppi IPS LCD 5.4" 3840x2160 807ppi Screen / Body Ratio 80.9 % 80.8 % 78.0 % 68.4 % Battery 4000 mAh 3400 mAh 3930 mAh 3230 mAh Processor Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835 RAM 6GB 6GB / 8GB 4GB / 6GB 4GB Storage 128GB 64GB / 128GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus 12Mpix f/2.0, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, HDR, Panorama 12Mpix f/1.7, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, HDR, Panorama 19Mpix f/2.0, Predictive Phase Detection & Laser autofocus EIS, HDR, Panorama Camera (front) 8Mpix f/2.0 5Mpix f/2.0 8Mpix f/2.0, HDR 13Mpix f/2.0 Connectivity 3G, 4G, Gigabit LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.0 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 Operating System Android 8.0 Android 7.1 Android 8.0 Android 7.1 Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (side), face detection Protection Splashproof (IP53) None Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 520 £ 799 £ 650 Availability Now Now November 2017 Now Total points 8 5 6 10 ...The winners from part 1 were the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, both with 10 points. Adding in the results from this round, it seems we have a 3-way tie at the top of the table, along with a shock defeat at the bottom. Without further ado; the winners of the Mobile & Gadget best smartphone of 2017 (this week) award are: LG V30 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Sony ZX Premium ...and the looser (by 1 point) Apple iPhone X View full news
  2. 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. 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 Mi Mix2 HTC U11+ Sony ZX Premium Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium, ceramic & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Size 154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm 151.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.7mm 158.5mm x 74.9mm x 8.5mm 156mm x 77mm x 7.9mm Weight 178g 185g 188g 195g Screen OLED 6.0" 2160x1080 402ppi IPS LCD 5.9" 2160x1080 403ppi SuperLCD 6.0" 2880x1440 538ppi IPS LCD 5.4" 3840x2160 807ppi Screen / Body Ratio 80.9 % 80.8 % 78.0 % 68.4 % Battery 4000 mAh 3400 mAh 3930 mAh 3230 mAh Processor Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835 RAM 6GB 6GB / 8GB 4GB / 6GB 4GB Storage 128GB 64GB / 128GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB + MicroSD Camera (rear) Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus 12Mpix f/2.0, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, HDR, Panorama 12Mpix f/1.7, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, HDR, Panorama 19Mpix f/2.0, Predictive Phase Detection & Laser autofocus EIS, HDR, Panorama Camera (front) 8Mpix f/2.0 5Mpix f/2.0 8Mpix f/2.0, HDR 13Mpix f/2.0 Connectivity 3G, 4G, Gigabit LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.0 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 Operating System Android 8.0 Android 7.1 Android 8.0 Android 7.1 Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (side), face detection Protection Splashproof (IP53) None Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68) Charging QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging Price £ 799 £ 520 £ 799 £ 650 Availability Now Now November 2017 Now Total points 8 5 6 10 ...The winners from part 1 were the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, both with 10 points. Adding in the results from this round, it seems we have a 3-way tie at the top of the table, along with a shock defeat at the bottom. Without further ado; the winners of the Mobile & Gadget best smartphone of 2017 (this week) award are: LG V30 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Sony ZX Premium ...and the looser (by 1 point) Apple iPhone X
  3. It's October, it's miserable outside, and our thoughts turn to how we're going to entertain ourselves over the next few bleak months. Google, HTC and Motorola are doing their part by rolling out a new tablet, phone and media player. Firstly, as widely predicted, HTC are back in the tablet making game with the Nexus 9 It's good to see that the Nexus 9 matches the Nexus 10's screen resolution (in a slightly smaller and different shape display), and we're really happy to hear that HTC's front facing BoomSound speakers are present. There's no news yet on UK prices yet (US prices - $399 for 16GB, $479 32GB, $599 32GB LTE), or if it will include expandable memory (probably not). Also no news if any of the new devices will support wireless charging or not. If you'd like to see more info, look here or look at the video Google also launched the Nexus 6 phone It's basically a larger version of the Motorola X with a more powerful Snapdragon 80 processor, 2MB RAM, 5.9" 1440x2560 display (493 ppi), 3220mAh battery, 13MP OIS rear camera and 2MP front camera. It also comes in 32GB and 64GB options in white or midnight blue. Once again, no wording on price ( US - $649 for 32GB) or wireless charging. Preorders kick off on 29th October. If you'd like more information, have a look here, or look at the video Google have also released a Nexus Player made by ASUS. Think of it as a Chromecast to stream stuff to, plus also runs standard Android apps so it will also be able to use Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Video etc and play games on. It comes with a voice control remote. You can also buy a games controller for it too. Price is yet again unknown (US $99), Preorders from 17th October for 3rd November launch. Finally, the one thing which ties all these devices together is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Hopefully we'll get to have a play with these in the near future and leave reviews. Click here to view the news
  4. Firstly, as widely predicted, HTC are back in the tablet making game with the Nexus 9 It's good to see that the Nexus 9 matches the Nexus 10's screen resolution (in a slightly smaller and different shape display), and we're really happy to hear that HTC's front facing BoomSound speakers are present. There's no news yet on UK prices yet (US prices - $399 for 16GB, $479 32GB, $599 32GB LTE), or if it will include expandable memory (probably not). Also no news if any of the new devices will support wireless charging or not. If you'd like to see more info, look here or look at the video Google also launched the Nexus 6 phone It's basically a larger version of the Motorola X with a more powerful Snapdragon 80 processor, 2MB RAM, 5.9" 1440x2560 display (493 ppi), 3220mAh battery, 13MP OIS rear camera and 2MP front camera. It also comes in 32GB and 64GB options in white or midnight blue. Once again, no wording on price ( US - $649 for 32GB) or wireless charging. Preorders kick off on 29th October. If you'd like more information, have a look here, or look at the video Google have also released a Nexus Player made by ASUS. Think of it as a Chromecast to stream stuff to, plus also runs standard Android apps so it will also be able to use Netflix, iPlayer, Amazon Video etc and play games on. It comes with a voice control remote. You can also buy a games controller for it too. Price is yet again unknown (US $99), Preorders from 17th October for 3rd November launch. Finally, the one thing which ties all these devices together is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Hopefully we'll get to have a play with these in the near future and leave reviews.
  5. HTC's latest event launched two new devices. The Desire Eye, which has a 13MP front and rear camera, and the RE which is an odd looking point and shoot camera. The HTC Desire Eye is a reasonably high specced handset with Snapdragon 801 processor, LTE, 2GB RAM, 5.2" 1080p display, 16GB storage (expandable) and the 13MP camera sensors. The only thing which doesn't sound flagship is the 2400mAh battery. Made from plastics, it has a marmite dual-colour look, coming with either red or blue flourishes. The handset still does carry HTC's trademark Boomsound, with dual front speakers, and the handset is also waterproof to 1 meter. Given everyone seems to believe these days that selfies are the next big thing, HTC have made a big effort by putting on a 13MP front camera with a 22mm lens and a dual tone led flash also on the front in case you need some extra light. But HTC have also introduced some new features which will also be rolled out to all the current range of top end HTC handsets. HTC Eye, like Zoe before it, will offer some unique modes such as photobooth, being able to seperate up to 4 people in a group for a Skype call to 4 seperate frames for video conferencing, a beautify mode, split panes (for front and rear photos taken at same time, and a Crop me in mode, which allows you to drop your face into pictures taken with the rear camera. Speaking of Zoe, that's not available for all Android 4.3+ handsets. I must must admit to being a bit of a fan of the video montage app. The HTC Desire Eye is due to roll out in a month's time in Three and CPW. We're guessing a price of about £350. The HTC RE is an altogether odder creation. It's HTC's re-imagining of the point and shoot. The 16MP camera reminds us of a periscope or asthma inhaler, or one of those odd little seabed creatures poking it's head out of the sand at aquariums. This literally is a point and shoot camera, with no viewfinder. If you want to look at what you're taking a photo of, you need to pair it with an Android or iOS device, which can also be used as a remote. Rather strangely, there is no zoom on the camera, and there are only two photo modes, normal angle (no details), and super wide angle which offers 146 degree panoramic shots, and then some software processing to reduce barrelling. It has one button on it, which either takes photos, or videos if you press it for a long time, and it's always on. It is activated by picking it, which is a good thing as it has a 820 mAH battery. It's also water/dustproof, and has 8GB storage (expandable). One other interesting feature, which is promised to roll out soon, is that you'll be able to use it for live video streaming onto Youtube when paired with a mobile. It'll be out in a month's time. Click here to view the news
  6. HTC's Event Offers Double Exposure

    The HTC Desire Eye is a reasonably high specced handset with Snapdragon 801 processor, LTE, 2GB RAM, 5.2" 1080p display, 16GB storage (expandable) and the 13MP camera sensors. The only thing which doesn't sound flagship is the 2400mAh battery. Made from plastics, it has a marmite dual-colour look, coming with either red or blue flourishes. The handset still does carry HTC's trademark Boomsound, with dual front speakers, and the handset is also waterproof to 1 meter. Given everyone seems to believe these days that selfies are the next big thing, HTC have made a big effort by putting on a 13MP front camera with a 22mm lens and a dual tone led flash also on the front in case you need some extra light. But HTC have also introduced some new features which will also be rolled out to all the current range of top end HTC handsets. HTC Eye, like Zoe before it, will offer some unique modes such as photobooth, being able to seperate up to 4 people in a group for a Skype call to 4 seperate frames for video conferencing, a beautify mode, split panes (for front and rear photos taken at same time, and a Crop me in mode, which allows you to drop your face into pictures taken with the rear camera. Speaking of Zoe, that's not available for all Android 4.3+ handsets. I must must admit to being a bit of a fan of the video montage app. The HTC Desire Eye is due to roll out in a month's time in Three and CPW. We're guessing a price of about £350. The HTC RE is an altogether odder creation. It's HTC's re-imagining of the point and shoot. The 16MP camera reminds us of a periscope or asthma inhaler, or one of those odd little seabed creatures poking it's head out of the sand at aquariums. This literally is a point and shoot camera, with no viewfinder. If you want to look at what you're taking a photo of, you need to pair it with an Android or iOS device, which can also be used as a remote. Rather strangely, there is no zoom on the camera, and there are only two photo modes, normal angle (no details), and super wide angle which offers 146 degree panoramic shots, and then some software processing to reduce barrelling. It has one button on it, which either takes photos, or videos if you press it for a long time, and it's always on. It is activated by picking it, which is a good thing as it has a 820 mAH battery. It's also water/dustproof, and has 8GB storage (expandable). One other interesting feature, which is promised to roll out soon, is that you'll be able to use it for live video streaming onto Youtube when paired with a mobile. It'll be out in a month's time.
  7. 4G / LTE is starting to gain momentum in the UK, and is becoming increasingly prevalent in even the most affordable of new handsets. With that in mind, HTC have launched the Desire 510.With 4.7" (854x480) screen, Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of built in memory (expandable) and a 5MP rear camera all wrapped up in an attractive case. It also runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and HTC's Sense. For retro style lovers, it also has it's own dot matrix case like on the HTC One (M8) and has a host of themes. It offers good value at £149 sim free, and will be available from September. Click here to view the news
  8. With 4.7" (854x480) screen, Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of built in memory (expandable) and a 5MP rear camera all wrapped up in an attractive case. It also runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and HTC's Sense. For retro style lovers, it also has it's own dot matrix case like on the HTC One (M8) and has a host of themes. It offers good value at £149 sim free, and will be available from September.
  9. The Nexus 9 Thread

    The rumours earlier this year seem to be true. HTC are the most likely candidate to make the next Nexus tablet which will an 8" tablet. (8.9" has also been rumoured). What is possibly more alarming, is that it's also rumoured to be Google's last Nexus tablet.
  10. The HTC 8 series (midrange) Thread

    Looks like HTC are planning on acting quickly after their chairman's recent comments about having neglected the mid-tier segment lately. It's supposed to be a 5.5" handset with 13 megapixel (not ultrapixel) camera and 5MP front camera. It looks quite nice, and I hope it has similar build quality / plastics to the recent Nokias as it will also comes in a few colours. It's due to be launched on March 18th in Beijing.
  11. It's a sad reflection of modern tech business, that when companies aren't busy suing each other for something, they're busy trying to pull the wool over our eyes in benchmark tests. Manufacturers claim that their phone are merely optimised. Some people will say they are cheating.Bristol outfit Gamebench have come up with a new way to prevent manufacturers from 'optimising' their products to work with current benchmark tools. Most benchmark tools take a snapshot of a phone's performance, but Gamebench propose to test a phone over a longer period of time, over a number of popular games to test the average performance of a handset over a period of time. It will merge the results for frame rate and battery drainage to come up with an overall score. This way, buyers will hopefully get a more realistic idea of what phones are capable, rather than the current batch of 'gamed' scores. More info Click here to view the news
  12. Bristol outfit Gamebench have come up with a new way to prevent manufacturers from 'optimising' their products to work with current benchmark tools. Most benchmark tools take a snapshot of a phone's performance, but Gamebench propose to test a phone over a longer period of time, over a number of popular games to test the average performance of a handset over a period of time. It will merge the results for frame rate and battery drainage to come up with an overall score. This way, buyers will hopefully get a more realistic idea of what phones are capable, rather than the current batch of 'gamed' scores. More info
  13. The HTC M8 (Two?) Thread

    Rumours are starting to appear for the successor for the One, aka M8. (The HTC One was originally code named M7) Looks like it might have a finger print sensor on it like the HTC One Max. Hopefully it will be better implemented. Source
  14. The Htc One Thread

    Android 4.3 is starting to roll out to unlocked international HTC Ones
  15. The decline of HTC

    It's well documented. But here's an interesting piece of news about them readying a Chinese market orientated operating system. Probably inspired by the success of Xiaomi. Plenty of room in that market for a new OS and HTC are well placed to 'have a go' in China. Look forward to seeing updates on this situation.
  16. No one wants to have all their stuff on their mobile phone wiped out by accident. Imagine how frustrating it would be if you so happen to click a link on a web page and it deleted everything on your phone.It turns out that this is quite possible if you're using an Android handset. Any handset which has not had it's dialer updated in the last 3 months is vulnerable to this. Basically it works off something called USSDs. You know. When you're browsing a web page from your handset, you click a phone number and it calls it for you. It's a special type of URL. Turns out that whilst the most common instruction is to make a call, it can also be used to show you your IMEI number or do a full factory reset..... See below If you've updated to Jelly Bean, or your phone manufacturer / network have released an update for your handset (which you've downloaded and installed), then you should be safe. For everyone else, be aware! To see if your handset is vulnerable, click this link to see if it displays your IMEI number or not (if it does, that's not good) More info Click here to view the article
  17. It turns out that this is quite possible if you're using an Android handset. Any handset which has not had it's dialer updated in the last 3 months is vulnerable to this. Basically it works off something called USSDs. You know. When you're browsing a web page from your handset, you click a phone number and it calls it for you. It's a special type of URL. Turns out that whilst the most common instruction is to make a call, it can also be used to show you your IMEI number or do a full factory reset..... See below If you've updated to Jelly Bean, or your phone manufacturer / network have released an update for your handset (which you've downloaded and installed), then you should be safe. For everyone else, be aware! To see if your handset is vulnerable, click this link to see if it displays your IMEI number or not (if it does, that's not good) More info