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The official specs are: Format: Candybar; non-modular aluminium sides & glass front & back construction Screen: 5.7" "FullVision" 18:9 QHD+ 2880x1440 564dpi Size: 148.9mm long x 71.9mm wide x 7.9mm deep Weight: 163g Battery: 3300 mAh (non-removable) Processor: Qualcomm SnapDragon 821 Cameras (main): Dual 13MP cameras (Wide angle: F2.4, 125 degree) (standard angle: F1.8, 71 degree) , supporting HDR10, SnapDragon processor assisted zoom, IOS 2.0 Camera (front): 5MP wide angle (F2.2, 100 degree) RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB UFS2.0 internal storage, plus MicroSD slot Conectivity: 3G, 4G, LTE (600Mb download), WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, USB 3.1 Android version: Nougat 7.0. Google Assistant included, which works even with the screen off (exclusive to the G6) Colour: 3 distinct colours, "signifying nature" - Ice Platinum; Mystic White & Astro Black Fingerprint sensor / power button: Rear, under the camera (as has been the style since the G2) Sound: DolbyVision Support built in, quad-DAC system as found in the V20 Games: $200 of Google Play in-game credit for 6 games in the "G6 Game Collection" Interface: LG UX6 - designed specifically to make use f the 18:9 screen, with two square (9:9) windows side by side, for example in the camera app as well as more obvious things like calendar Cooling: Heat pipes nestled inside the phone help to cool the processor Waterproofing: IP68 dust and waterproofing Charging: Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
Yesterday I met up with Doro to see what was new from the company that has specialised in building mobile phones for senior citizens for almost ten years, and has a heritage that goes back thirty more. Doro specialises in feature phones for people aged 65 and above, but in recent years has also entered the smartphone arena with devices aimed at those wanting a bit more functionality, but still retaining an emphasis on simplicity and usability. Indeed, Doro has been bucking the trend on the decline in feature phone sales, with the company increasing its sales faster than the decline being experienced by others. However, with less and less room on mobile phone retailer shop floors for non-smartphones, Doro is now seeking out new markets for its most simple devices, targeting ordinary retailers that can now sell a SIM-free box without worrying about SIM cards or contracts, and make some profit in the process. Chris Millington, Managing Director of Doro UK & Ireland explained that this would open up the market far wider than the normal phone retailers. Chris also revealed that an increasing number of under 65s are now buying Doro phones too, primarily because of their simplicity, call quality and battery life. Primo by Doro The new Primo range comprises three handsets, all in new retail-friendly packaging (usually phone boxes aren't even seen until you buy a phone in a shop). These are the Primo 215, Primo 305, and Primo 401. The Primo 215 is the entry-level model, but comes complete with a docking cradle that's absent from the others. It has a 1.7-inch 160x128 pixel colour display, Bluetooth, 1,000mAh battery, and the obligatory large buttons and an assistant/SOS calling button. The phone itself measures 110x51x13mm, and weighs 83g. The Primo 305 offers a more traditional candy bar look, with a larger 2-inch colour display (176x220 pixels), VGA (0.3MP) camera, 800mAh battery, and a memory card slot for saving photos. The 305 measures 109x46x18mm, and weighs 78g. Finally, there's the 'flagship' clamshell, the Primo 401. With a 2-inch colour display matching the 305, the phone also has an 800mAh battery, but no camera or card slot, but is lighter at 74g and measuring 91x46x19mm. Prices are to be confirmed, but all three phones should be very affordable even if they won't be at the absolute bottom end of the market, which is an area of the market that Doro has no interest in competing with because it reduces quality and reduces the scope for investment in future devices. The Primo 215 is also tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900MHz), while the other two are dual-band (900/1800MHz). It's perhaps easy to dismiss these phones as uninteresting and unexciting, compared to the more common news on new smartphones with QHD displays, 4K video recording and octo-core processors, but Doro has repeatedly demonstrated that there's still a market for simple phones, with good battery life and call quality combined with an clear menu layouts and buttons. Doro 820 Mini Claria The next announcement from Doro was rather more significant, and is a smartphone aimed at the blind. The Doro 820 Mini Claria is an enhanced version of the Doro 820 mini smartphone (see below), which comes with a unique software build to give blind and visually-impaired users voice guidance for every function of the phone, combined with a special cover that makes it easy to find reference points for navigating menus and entering numbers or text. The software developed in partnership with Claria, a company specialising in solutions for the blind and partially sighted, sits above an otherwise ordinary Android phone, with everything on the display being read out, including things like the time, navigation, or reading out web pages, emails and text messages. In addition, the phone can be controlled by voice, and the camera used to tell the owner what colour something is, or to read text aloud that is captured by the camera and converted to text using the OCR function. I recorded a short video demonstrating some of the features, which gives a good idea of what can be done. My initial thoughts of the cover was that it was too thick and hindered my ability to press on the display, but this is intentional and done under the advice of the RNIB. This is to make sure there's no chance of sweeping a finger over the touch-sensitive display and selecting things accidentally. Sighted users would obviously seek to bypass the cover (and the cover can in fact be removed) but the phone isn't designed for people with good vision - and it was pointed out that as I'm obviously used to a certain way of using a smartphone, it's only natural that I would find things different, confusing and difficult - unlike a blind user. The phone is more expensive than the standard model, but is VAT exempt for those who are registered blind, and it also has a high level of customer support that Doro pointed out will last far more than just a few weeks or months after purchase.
We'll be covering the Windows, Android & Chrome Transformer Pads, tablets & laptops in future articles, but for now we're concentrating on the new ZenFone range, which, unlike some other manufacturers, will be available very soon indeed. First of all, let me say that while absolutely lovely products, the three phones launched tonight, the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5 & ZenFone 6 (depicting their screen size), are not being pitched as absolute top-of-the-range Android devices. Their screens aren't QuadHD; their cameras aren't 20 MPix; their mass isn't 5 grams. However, what they are, are immensely usable, functional, very nice to hold, premium quality, fully specified handsets with the majority of features you would expect to find on the average Samsung, Motorola or HTC device. Asus are very much an Intel house. What this means is that they generally don't produce any device, be it a phone, laptop or tablet, which contains any processor other than an Intel chip. Subsequently the majority of the ZenFone range runs on the latest Intel quad-core Atom processors, tied to Android 4.4.2, ensuring not only excellent performance ratings, but also an exceptional range of available applications from the Play Store as well as all-important stand out battery life. It is worth noting however, that the Intel SOC doesn't yet support LTE, so any 4G Asus handsets are forced to use a "more traditional" ARM-based SOC, usually a Snapdragon processor. There is another side-effect, or more accurately a benefit, of Asus producing Intel-only devices - they get somewhat preferential pricing from Intel. What this mean to us, the consumer, is that we get to enjoy Asus' excellent products at rock-bottom prices! The ZenFone range starts at only £99.99 inc VAT! That's not an "on contract" price - that's the unsubsidised RRP for the ZenFone 4 in the UK! The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 6 are available only as 3G (intel Atom based) handsets, while the ZenFone 5 is available as either a 3G (intel Atom based) or 4G (Snapdragon 400 based) handset. The entire range are available as dual-SIM handsets (this is apparently region dependent, but there's no mention of which regions it applies to) and have from 8GB internal storage on the ZenFone 4 up to 16GB on the ZenFone 6. All come with an external microSD card slot. The ZenFone 5 & 6 have Asus' PixelMaster technology which improves low light and other performance from the camera, which is 8MPix on the ZenFone 5 and 13MPix on the ZenFone 6. While it was fairly hard to get meaningful hands-on impressions last night, due to the phones not having SIM cards or configured wireless connectivity and the venue being in nightclub mode (so no meaningful pictures I'm afraid) the handsets all felt well made and solid in the hand, while the displays were bright and vibrant.The ZenFone 4 felt a little portly, mainly due to it being the same thickness (if not slighly thicker) as the ZenFone 5 & 6, which in turn felt more balanced and generally well rounded. To my mind the ZenFone 5 is the sweet spot of the range and certainly the one I think will sell in the largest numbers. UI response was smooth and fast, with Asus' additions and alterations to stock Android not detracting from the overall experience. There was some bloatware installed, but it didn't seem overly intrusive and was the usual Asus fare found on many other of their devices. The camera was nice to use, having been re-skinned from the stock Android camera to something similar to the latest Samsung camera offering. One interesting feature, if only by name, was that turning the flash to permanently on was described as "low light mode". The ZenFone range is available to pre-order from 21st August and will be shipping from 1st September 2014. The ZenFone range are priced as follows: ZenFone 4: £99.99 ZenFone 5: £149.99 (£179.99 for the ZenFone 5 LTE) ZenFone 6: £249.99 More information is available on Asus' website as listed below. Please note that some of the links on the ZenFone 6 page aren't curently working correctly, you'll need to add the page name to the end of the URL already in your address bar. (you'll get the idea) ZenFone 4: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_4/ ZenFone 5: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_5/ ZenFone 6: http://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_ZenFone_6/
Samsung must be feeling pretty smug right now, whilst Apple must be feeling that the test wasn't done correctly. It seems that if battery life is your key concern, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be your first choice. We do add a bit of caution to the result though from our own completely non-scientific experience, where we find that all the phones there do seem to last much of a muchness, (give or take a couple of hours) during the day, and perhaps pure call usage, or data usage is too simple a summary of how long a phone will last you in day to day usage. I get at least 24 hours usage from all the recent top end phones I've used. It still makes for an interesting read none the less. Source