HONOR VIEW 20: New smartphone now on sale

London – VIJAY SHAH

This year looks to be a promising one for the smartphone, with several new models planned for launch in the next few months or being readied in the pipeline. One such smartphone, the sleek and admirably-designed Honor View 20, which has already been hailed as the ‘most beautiful (Honor) phone yet’ by the site TechAdvisor.co.uk, was launched just this past 22nd January, and is now on widespread sale and contracts in the UK.

 

The View 20, an Android offering made under the Honor brand name of China’s flavour-of-the-month phone manufacturer Huawei, was in fact the first new phone launch of 2019, and comes packed with an attention catching 48 megapixel camera, 256 GB worth of storage, 6.4″ IPS LCD display, sleek body design and an ‘all-over’ screen which reaches right to the edge, or bezel, of the phone. Some more features are detailed below, courtesy of the manufacturer.

  • It has a resolution of 1080×2310 and a screen size of 6.4 inches in length. The screen comes with a curved display across phone’s side. It is easy to handle. The phone uses advanced touch-screen technologies for accuracy and responsiveness. You may change the touch sensitivity on the Settings.
  • The phone comes with 4,000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities. The charge port is a USB-C. It can manipulate priority of background apps for better battery conservation. A full charge requires 1hr 12 mins of charging time.
  • Gradient effect and glass back finish. Available in blue, red and black colours. The cover can be changed whenever you want. The back finish includes a chevron design pointing downwards.
  • Storage goes up to 256 GB and RAM up to 8 GB. Unlike many high storage devices which are costly, Honor View 20 seems to be the best for its price.
  • Honor View 20 comes with flashy designs. It has a very good library of default themes and wallpapers. You get to choose the brightness, contrasts and saturation of the screen. It offers a colour wheel for more colour choices.
  • Cameras are well set; a rear camera of 48 MP with 3D camera feature. Front camera reaches to 25 MP. You can shoot 2x zoom images in very high resolutions. The Camera features a range of filters and effects including an Aperture mode for better photography.
  • You will need a 3.5mm headphone for the new smartphone. It supports mobile Bluetooth devices as well.

The phone is now on sale in Britain for the RRP of £499.-, and is also been promoted in India and China. As of the time of publishing, the phone has not yet being made available in the United States. The phone, with its dense array of improved and ground-breaking features, is being particularly aimed at amateur photographers, YouTube fans and online gamers. It has also been receiving rave reviews in the first few weeks of sale, and is being tipped as a strong competitor against other premium ‘flagship’ phones like the Samsung S10, iPhone X and OnePlus 6T.

SOURCE:

“Honor View 20 – the new smartphone” – Aspers Casino via journalism.co.uk (6 February 2019) https://www.journalism.co.uk/press-releases/honor-view-20-the-new-smartphone/s66/a734294/

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“HONOR View 20 6GB RAM 128GB” – Carphone Warehouse https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/honor/view-20-6gb-ram.deal.html?cid=PAIDSEARCH_Google_1684735579_69270255087_pla-618603948436&gclid=Cj0KCQiAtP_iBRDGARIsAEWJA8iSK4sNeqoYwoHNfsC36RlEHyKbheiVVq78RUArERIGaHfJL0WwkXoaAqz_EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds#!propsId=21507047

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COMET: The world’s first completely waterproof smartphone

San Jose, UNITED STATES
VIJAY SHAH

A new emotionally sensitive smartphone that promises to be the world’s most waterproof is currently undergoing crowdfunding on the popular website Indiegogo, the Half-Eaten Mind reports today.

The new gadget, codenamed ‘Comet’, is being funded by a technology firm based in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose, California, USA, and is said to be the world’s first buoyant smartphone. Designers claim it can float on water without any ill-effect and is developed using military-grade technology. It is described as coming with ‘amazing specifications’ and its creators plan to offer the Android device at an affordable price, a direct challenge to established and more expensive smartphone models from the likes of Samsung, Sony and Apple. The phone was originally conceived as an idea back in June 2013, and Indiegogo funding and pre-orders started in September 2015. Comet is scheduled for launch on the market in April 2016.

(c) Comet/Indiegogo

 

The smartphone’s water repellent capabilities are said to be so finely tuned that users can even make calls underwater and that dropping the phone in the toilet, bath, swimming pool or sea need never see them lose their handset or stored data again.

Apart from its ability to float like a sponge, Comet also will boast a ultra fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 2 GHz Octa-Core processor, a 16 megapixel dual camera, encrypted security and will run on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system, current since March 2015. The handsets, which seem to be influenced by the iPhone 6S in its edge-hugging super clear 4.7 inch AMOLED screen, will be made available in two memory sizes, 32 and 64 gigabytes.

The phone also comes equipped with a LED notification light system that can actually read a user’s moods and emotions using a biometric platform that picks up on the person’s body temperature, with different colours being used to express emotions like happiness, excitement, love and enthusiasm. The LEDs will run along the vertical edges of the Comet, giving it a neon vibe but with more sophistication and a gentler light.

The dual camera is aimed at the contemporary and fashionable ‘selfie’ generation, enabling them to take high-quality selfies, but will also appeal to hobby photographers with its ability to pump out panorama shots, landscape photos and picture bursts.

The 32GB model can be bought for USD 249 and the 64GB for USD 289, directly from the crowdfunder as a pre-order. User can choose from three colours as well – jet black, light gold and iceberg white.

Comet will be compatible for worldwide usage with its sizeable assembly of wide band LTE/GSM ranges and can run with most carriers. The phones will be sold unlocked, so customers will be able to use it with any provider they wish, without being trapped by pricey contracts. The phone has special military-grade encryption technology for voice calls and text messages, meaning that your personal data should be hacker and spy proof, provided your contacts also have the Comet handsets.

The phone has already won plaudits from technology experts and news media across the globe, with support coming from the Daily Mail, INC42 and Reuters, who have hailed Comet as the next generation of waterproof smartphone. It has also received support from numerous celebrity and expert backers, including rappers, DJs, filmmakers and even a zoologist and a Muay Thai martial arts expert.

The phone’s Indiegogo page, set up by the Comet company’s founder and CEO, Prashanth Raj Urs, is already progressing on its way to its funding goal of USD 100,000 with USD 28,105 raised so far.

SOURCES:
HEM Businesses, The Half-Eaten Mind, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-businesses
MEMMOS Enterprises, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/MEMMOSDubai
“COMET: World’s First Buoyant Smartphone” – Prashant Raj Urs, Indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/comet-world-s-first-buoyant-smartphone#/
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“COMET: World’s First Buoyant Smartphone” – Prashant Raj Urs, Indiegogo https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/comet-world-s-first-buoyant-smartphone#/

XIAOMI MI NOTE: New phablet to take on iPhone 6 Plus

Xiaomi, the Chinese phone manufacturer who have had runaway success in the Asian mobile phone and tablet markets, has launched a new larger-sized model which it is touting as its biggest challenge to the Apple iPhone yet. The device, known as Mi Note, is the latest to join the ever-growing list of ‘phablets’ to hit the market, as consumers move away from wanting to spend big funds to purchase separate phones and tablets and look towards gadgets that combine the best of both worlds.

The Mi Note comes at a good time for Xiaomi, who have recently been declared the world’s most valuable start-up, according to technology news site TechCrunch. The company’s new-found bravery in its launch to break the hegemony of Apple Inc. comes as it enjoys runaway success in the rapidly developing and emerging markets of the Gulf, India and east Asia. The company plans to become the world’s premier manufacturer of smartphones in the next decade, knocking Apple off the top spot. It is now China’s largest, and the world’s third largest, smartphone giant.

The Mi Note, which bears a strong resemblance to the Samsung Galaxy Note as well as its newer iPhone rivals, was launched at a special press conference in the PRC capital, Beijing this past Thursday. At the launch event for the Mi Note , which retails at 3,299 yuan ($530, £350) for the largest 64 gigabyte model, and its more advanced sibling the Mi Note Pro, the Xiaomi chief executive officer and co-founder Lei Jun was said to have been very keen to play off the iPhone 6 Plus and his new product together, making frequent comparisons and references between the two in his speech. He claimed that the Mi Note devices were lighter and thinner than the latest reincarnation of the iPhone, all the while bearing a larger screen. Jun also took a swipe at the iPhone’s back-facing camera, criticising its jutting out from the main body of the iPhone, while the Mi Note has a flattened back camera incorporated into the body of the Mi Note, so no annoying obtrusion.

(c) thebudcloud.com

A selection of products manufactured by Xiaomi, China’s largest smartphone manufacturer. The company has recently released its lightest phablet yet, the Mi Note.

The Mi Note was not just better than the iPhone merely for having a flat camera lens; CEO Jun told the gathered media at the launch event. He also claimed the new front camera boasted 13 megapixels and came with image stabilisation which will put an end to shaky and blurred snaps.

The Mi Note also comes with a 5.7-inch screen, with a Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz processor under the bonnet, alongside 3 GB RAM. As for the Mi Note Pro, that comes with a more powerful 64-bit, 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and a whopping 4 gigabytes RAM. The device includes 64 GB of storage and costs 3,299 yuan ($535, £350), while the cheapest 16 GB model will retail in at 2,299 yuan ($370, £244) — Xiaomi says support LTE-CAT will give users lightning fast 450Mbps download speeds. The Mi Note Pro is the most expensive phone that Xiaomi has ever sold, and its best on paper too, in TechCrunch’s opinion.

The phone has a revolutionary new ‘curved’ screen. While LG  have already burst into the market with ‘flexible screens’, and Samsung have recently released a version of its Galaxy Note phablet with a screen that stretches over the side of the devices and offers virtual buttons, the Xiaomi recipe goes for aesthetics, giving the Mi Note sleek curves and a more natural design.

Xiaomi has gone in for slimmer phablets, treading a path well worn by its rivals. The Mi Note has a thickness of only 6.95mm, tipping the scales at 161 grams, making it incredibly lightweight compared with the iPhone or many other phablets, which have been criticised for being clunky and demanding on users’ pockets. Finally, Jun mentioned the Mi Note’s battery life; the best of its products yet, with a 3,000 mAh battery manufactured by Korean electronics firm LG. Xiaomi also produce its own range of portable chargers, although it is not known if the company will be producing chargers for the Mi Note in particular. The phone can also support multiple SIM types, such as micro-SIM, which is very rare in the phone world.

The Mi Note will be available in China from 27 January. There are no currently scheduled release dates for markets abroad as of yet.

SOURCES:
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/
“Xiaomi Launches Mi Note Phablet To Fight The iPhone 6 Plus” – Jon Russell, TechCrunch/AOL Inc. (15 January 2015) http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/15/mi-note/
IMAGE CREDITS:
CC Search, Creative Commons http://search.creativecommons.org/
“Buy Xiaomi Mi3 & Redmi 1S Easily – Best Android Phone 2014” – Abhay Nagpal, thebudcloud.com (29 August 2014) http://www.thebudcloud.com/buy-xiaomi-mi3-redmi-1s-best-android-phone/

A MOVING TARGET: Met Police starts awareness campaign of mobile theft

London’s Metropolitan Police have launched a leafletting campaign aimed at preventing people from becoming victims of mobile theft. The theft of smartphones in particular is steadily on the rise in London, with some phones selling for as little as £50 on the black market. Stolen phones have been sent abroad to be sold onward, making them more difficult to trace and block.

(c) V. Shah/HalfEatenMind
(c) V. Shah/HalfEatenMind

One of the crime prevention leaflets distributed by Met police cadets at Stratford’s bus station.

According to the BBC’s news division in London, an estimated 314 mobile phones are stolen on the streets every day, with iPhone models especially vulnerable to being taken.  Figures for earlier this year showed an astonishing 9,751 phones were lifted in December 2012 alone, with iPhones making up 50% of all stolen handsets. A stolen iPhone can easily be sold on by gangs for £250.

Phones are usually taken from victims’ pockets or bags by pickpockets working in specialised gangs who  prey on unsuspecting commuters travelling in London’s buses and Tube networks. Increasingly however, younger robbers armed with little more than a mountain bike will snatch mobiles from the hands of people using them to make calls on public pathways. Street robberies, where victims are threatened with violence to hand over mobiles and valuables, are declining as would-be thieves turn to quick snatch-and-grabs which incur less severe legal penalties. The spate of roadside robberies has become so commonplace that a local newspaper reported that thieves were seeking out fashionable high-value phones in what the newspaper described as the new variant of mobile theft: “apple-picking” and “blackberry-picking”.

Image representing iPhone as depicted in Crunc...
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iPhones are highly prized by mobile phone thieves.

In Newham, east London, the Met stationed junior police cadets at strategic locations inside Stratford Bus Station late on Friday evening to hand out special leaflets to commuters heading on nights out. The bus station is only a short walking distance from both the Westfield Shopping Mall and Stratford’s London Underground Station, busy hotspots highly attractive to phone thieves.

English: Stratford Bus Station - June 2009
English: Stratford Bus Station – June 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Newham, among other places, the Met have distributed handy leaflets with simple, useful advice for people to keep their phones from being stolen.

The Met Police’s leaflets aim to get people thinking about the safety of themselves and their valuables. Each leaflet advises the reader to avoid tempting mobile phone thieves and to be aware when making a call. The leaflets also are printed with the following helpful information, which has been reproduced for a wider audience here :-

*When using your phone in public places, like shopping centres, parks or concerts, be aware of activity around you. Thieves will use crowded places as cover to steal phones and make a quick getaway in the resulting confusion.

*Avoid leaving your handset unattended on tables in places like restaurants, pubs and cafes. An opportunistic thief can very easily pocket the handset and leave the premises undetected.

*When leaving a Tube or Overground station, do not start making calls straightaway. Let the person on the other end of the line wait a few minutes before making or returning a call.

*Do not walk and text at the same time. Apart from putting you at risk of injury, the distraction of texting also leaves you vulnerable to would-be thieves passing by on foot or bike.

*If you really need to make a call in a public place, try and keep the conversation as brief as possible. The longer you talk, the more likely it is you will attract the attention of a thief. Robbers have been known to scope out and keep an eye on potential victims, following them to quieter places where they can carry out their crime away from witnesses.

*If you do have your phone stolen, report it to your service provider (network or carrier) as soon as possible so they can block the phone and prevent re-use. This is also important if your phone goes missing or lost.

*Also report the theft at your nearest police station and contact your phone insurance provider if you have taken out protection insurance on the handset.

The Met’s leaflet further offers advice on making your phone less attractive to criminals. You can use etching equipment or an ultra-violet pen to mark your house number and postcode on the cover of the phone. Register your phone with Immobilise, the UK’s national property register (www.immobilise.com) which is supported by police forces and insurance companies. Registration with them is free of charge.

Each phone carries a unique 15 digit numerical code known as an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. You can easily find out your phone’s IMEI by entering *#06# into the keypad. On most models a pop-up window will flash up on-screen with the IMEI. Alternatively on some older models, the IMEI is printed on the battery label. Simply make a note of this number and keep it in a safe place. Registering the IMEI with your network provider will make it easier for the phone to be barred across any network in the event of a theft.

Deutsch: IMEI eines Mobiltelefons
Deutsch: IMEI eines Mobiltelefons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have any information on any crime, and you would prefer not to speak to police you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website: www.crimestoppers-uk.org . Crimestoppers is a charity independent of any police force.

In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-urgent enquiries, please use the non-emergency number 101, or you can visit the Met Police’s website at www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention .

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SOURCES:
“314 mobile phones ‘stolen in London every day'” – BBC News London (15 January 2013) LINK
“Preventing Personal Theft – Don’t Make Your Mobile A Moving Target” – Metropolitan Police (leaflet)