Huawei Mate 8 review: probably the best all-round Android phone you can buy

Huawei Mate 8 review: probably the best all-round Android phone you can buy

The Huawei Mate 8

The Huawei Mate 7 was arguably the best phone of 2014 – it offered more features and, in some instances, better performance than every other flagship phone on the market while costing hundreds of dollars less. It also came to Australian shores early although its successor has come very late (it was launched in November 2015). It’s still relatively cheap… ish. But is it worth buying?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Injustice edition which was announced by the company will be available for sale on June 17. The company claims that there are only 500 units of this special edition. The device will be available in different countries and they include China, Singapore, Korea, Russia, and some countries in Latin America.

Earlier, the price of this special edition device was not known, recently the price was revealed in Russia. The device will cost $1220 which is comparatively much higher than the Galaxy S7 edge. This edition of the device comes with a different look.

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BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

Remember BlackBerry and its QWERTY keyboard-loving ways? Yeah, well, BlackBerry’s still a thing – just about – and the company’s set to launch its first ever Android phone, the BlackBerry Priv. Pairing high-end specs with a hearty dollop of smartphone nostalgia, the Priv is official and heading to UK stores in the coming weeks.

Set to go head-to-head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the iPhone 6S, the Google-powered handset isn’t just BlackBerry’s latest phone – it could well be its last. So, with the fate of the ailing one-time giant resting on its boxy shoulders, here’s everything you need to know about the firm’s would-be saviour – or coffin nail.

The BlackBerry Priv release date has been confirmed, and you won’t have to wait long to snap up the follow-on to the company’s desperately dire last effort, the BlackBerry Passport. Set to be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse here in the UK – at least on day one – the BlackBerry Priv has been pencilled in for a November 6 launch. That means there’s less than 3 weeks separating you from a return to physical smartphone keyboards – who’s excited? Oh, that few.

For those who simply can’t wait to snap up BlackBerry’s Android convert, BlackBerry Priv pre-orders have already kicked off. Those desperate to secure the handset can drop their cash now, with the phone coming on contract plans starting at a lofty £49 per month – ouch.

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Keen to scream that a BlackBerry is no longer just for fuddy-duddies in suits, the 5.4-inch Priv is very much a case of old meets new. It pairs the maker’s trademark physical QWERTY keyboard with the cutting-edge in smartphone design, a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge-inspired dual-side encompassing display. Keeping things as refined and compact as possible, the handset’s keyboard is a slide out affair, dropping down from behind its stunning display.

Despite the phone’s double layer, it’s not particularly obese. Yes, sat next to the iPhone 6S or Sony Xperia Z5 it will look positively portly, but at 9.4mm thick and 192g in weight, it’s not too large. Heck, even the Moto X Play is chunkier and that doesn’t host a physical input option. It’s not quite a classic BlackBerry look, but in 2015 that’s a good thing. Like its recent siblings, however, the Priv features a soft-touch, carbon fibre-effect rear.

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Nexus 5X release date, news and features

Nexus 5X release date, news and features

Nexus 5X

Google has announced the Nexus 5X, its smaller, LG-designed Android phone with a one-hand-friendly display and much better camera.

For those non-giants out there who literally can’t handle the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X dimensions are 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm and weighs just 136g. It sports a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display that you can actually hold and use without resorting to two hands.

  • What is it? Google’s smaller Android flagship phone
  • When is it out? Ships this October
  • What will it cost? $379 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB option

    New design, new camera

    The most exciting part of the Nexus 5X might be the camera. It has the best camera Google has ever put into a Nexus device thanks to its 1.55 micron pixels. Sure, it’s just 12.3MP, which at first seems like a low number compared to its Android rivals. However, the Nexus 5X’s extra microns allow it to capture extra light for superior low-light photos. That’s important for all indoor photos.

    This rear ultrapixels-like camera has a f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus and shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second. The front-facing camera is 5MP with the normal 1.4 microns and the same f/2.0 aperture.

    While the camera is different, the internal specs don’t stray too far from the LG G4. After all, LG is behind this smartphone design. It has the same Snapdragon 808 processor with a 1.8GHz hexa-core CPU and Adreno 418 GPU. However, there’s 2GB of RAM here instead of the LG G4’s 3GB.

    The Nexus 5X fast charges via USB-C in half the time it takes to rejuice an iPhone. In fact, Google says that 10 minutes of charging the new phone can get you nearly four hours of battery life.

    More iPhone-rivaling specs are part of the new Nexus 5X, including the Android Sensor Hub, which seems to be an activity recognition chip to challenge the Apple’s motion processor.

    Talking about the Nexus 5X imprint sensor, Google says it unlocks in less than 600 milliseconds and has a “incredibly low false reject rate.” It gets better over time with each use, too. The company is betting heavily on Android Pay, where Apple Pay have cornered the digital wallet market.

    Release date and price

    Google says that you can buy the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P through the Google Store starting today via a pre-order in the US, UK, Ireland and Japan, with more countries coming in the coming weeks. It’ll partner with leading retailers and partners in other countries.

    The confirmed Nexus 5X price will be $379, with a 90-day Google Play Music and, in the US at least, a $50 Play credit with all pre-orders. In addition to the normal manufacturer warranty, it’ll tack on an extra year. If something does happen to your phone, you can get a new holdover device as early as the next business day. It’ll be $69 for this Nexus 5X service. Want to save more money? The phone will support Google’s Project Fi service, too.

    In the UK, the Nexus 5X starts at £339 for the 16GB version and the 32GB costs £379.

    Source @ Tech Radar