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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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.

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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.

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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/
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“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/

KIDS WITH MOBILES: 90% of six-year-olds to have mobile phones by 2020

British tabloid Metro reports that five years from now an astonishing ninety per cent of six year olds will have their own mobile phones, according to a prediction in a study commissioned by a leading telecommunications company. The statistic is said to come from a paper on global communications by Swedish handset manufacturer Ericsson, which also predicts that the pinnacle of the ‘communications boom’ that has characterised the industry for the past fifteen years is in fact yet to happen. Other media have reported however, that the figure of ninety per cent refers to the world’s population from the age of six onwards.

As more parents adopt advanced mobile technology, many of them are also introducing young children to smartphones in particular, as they are useful as playing devices for games and educational apps, as well as keeping youngsters from hassling busy and stressed parents. As more and more children experience mobile technology from toddler-age onwards, the reluctance of parents to gift phones to younger children will decrease. Even as more and more junior schoolers do own their own gadgets, a lot of parents are also increasingly concerned by the trend for younger and younger children to possess mobiles, as studies have found that increasing exposure to social networking sites and the internet are causing children to mature faster, as well as causing tough issues regarding child protection. The majority of parents in a recent poll by BullGuard admitted they worry their children are growing up too quickly, and 77 per cent blamed the web. They attributed this accelerated maturity, in particular, to peer pressure from friends and schoolmates, the vast amount of information they see online, and social networks – according to a news report by independent site NyoozTrend.

Rima Qureshi, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Ericsson said: “The falling cost of handsets, coupled with improved usability and increasing network coverage, are factors that are making mobile technology a global phenomenon that will soon be available to the vast majority of the world’s population, regardless of age or location.

The Ericsson Mobility Report shows that in 2020 the world will be connected like never before.

The Mobility Report, which tracks trends around mobiles, data and networks worldwide, suggests that the number of smartphones in use globally will explode by 2020. Currently there are 2.7 billion in circulation today, mainly in developed countries such as the US and Japan, but the growth of both wealth and mobile phone markets in developing countries will cause the smartphone population to swell to 6.1 billion. In 2014 alone, there have been 800 million new smartphone subscriptions worldwide, with India and China seeing the greatest expansion in new customers.

The company also expects people’s phone habits to change, with customers more like to use their handsets to send videos instead of texts, as video recording capacity inevitably improves. Fifty-five per cent of mobile data sent across mobile networks is expected to be video footage. Web browsing using inbuilt browsers on mobile phones will fare less well. Ericsson predicts mobile surfing to decline in importance as users make the jump to smart televisions and tablets.

The relative share of traffic generated by web browsing will have declined by 2020 as a result of stronger growth in categories such as video and social networking. Consumer preferences are shifting towards more video and app-based mobile use relative to web browsing,” the company said.

Many smartphones now have larger screens, enabling higher picture quality for streamed video. Video content is increasingly appearing as part of other online applications; for example, news, advertisements, and social media.”

In the United Kingdom, it is estimated that three-quarters of children aged ten own a mobile phone, according to the Daily Mail, that is twice as many as children in other countries. A third of under-tens keep a mobile, usually paid for by parents or carers. The BBC gives figures that ninety per cent of UK 11-16 year olds own a mobile, with ten per cent of teenagers spending more than forty-five minutes a day making voice calls. A study by comparison website USwitch.com, also in the UK, claims that nearly one in ten children receive their first phone by the age of five – with the average parent spending £125 on their child’s handset plus £11 per month on credit.

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