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Huawei P8 Lite First Impressions and Review [Hands On]

Huawei P8 Lite First Impressions and Review [Hands On]

We already looked at Huawei’s 2015 flagship device the Huawei P8 a few days back. Now, its time to check out its younger brother, the Huawei P8 Lite.  The P8 Lite comes with a 5 inch display but its resolution has been dialed down to 720p. The coloring of the display is not as vibrant as found in other devices with similar displays. The display has a slightly green hue to it, which might annoy some users. Huawei P8 Lite (left) and Huawei P8 (right) The body of the device looks premium, but the key word here is “looks”. If you take a closer look at the device, the body is made of plastic, but the back of the device is made from a hand-crafted satin layer, which gives that metallic look to it. This is a plus point for those who want their device to stand out, well just a bit. Under the hood lies a 1.2 GHz Octa Core processor which is meant to run almost all apps, which require high power, coupled with 2GB of RAM, these are some really decent specs. The device comes in only one storage variant that is 16GB of internal memory, 6GB is taken by the OS itself, so you are left with 10GB of usable memory. The option of a microSD card is also available.  It is to be noted that, as this is a Dual – sim device, the memory card goes into the second sin card slot. So, there is a choice either use it for extra storage or a second sim. The Huawei P8 Lite comes with a 13 MP back camera with dual flash, the software of the camera is quite similar to that of the original P8 packed with features. The device sports a 5 MP front facing camera which is more than enough for selfie enthusiasts. On the software front, the device runs on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with Huawei’s own EMUI 3.1 on top of it. The UI might not appeal to many, if they have not used previous Huawei devices, as there is no app drawer (something Apple users are all too familiar with). The company has not officially mentioned the price of the device, but if the price is right, then this is definitely a good deal of a phone to buy. Huawei P8 Lite Tech Specs 5 inch 720p HD display (294 ppi) 1.2 GHz Octa Core Processor 2 GB RAM 16 GB internal memory 13 MP back and 5MP front camera Android 5.0 Lollipop Non-removable Li-Ion 2200 mAh battery microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) Black, White and...

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Huawei launches the Huawei P8 in Pakistan – Hands On

Huawei launches the Huawei P8 in Pakistan – Hands On

Huawei launched its 2015 flagship device the Huawei P8 in April. Today, it landed on Pakistan’s shores and we got to play with it.  The device looks really sleek and even with its full metal uni-body, it is extremely light. The Full HD 1080p display was quite impressive which could rival that of any current flagship device in the market. The 13MP camera is the main attraction of the Huawei P8. The camera uses a “worlds first” 4 – color RGBW (Red, Green, Blue, White) Imaging sensor, which boasts 32% higher brightness in high contrast images and 78% less color noise in low light situations. The camera coupled with OIS is said to rival even some DSLR cameras.  The design of the camera is an achievement in its self, due to the sleek nature of the device there is no camera bump. This makes the device look even more beautiful that it already is. The camera has two cool features which are worth mentioning,  Light Painting and Director mode. Light Painting captures various light trails, that could be stars in the sky, car tail lights, rushing water etc. The second cool feature is Director Mode which connects 4 smartphones to record a single video from various angles. One primary device and 3 secondary devices, all connected to each other over Wifi. The primary device can view what the other 3 are recording and make into one great video. Other specs include Huawei’s very own Kirin 930 Octa Core 64-bit processor, 3GB RAM, 16/64GB internal storage and a front facing 8MP Selfie camera. On the Software front the Huawei P8 runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with their own EMUI 3.1 skin on top. The smartphone will come in four colors, the 16GB variants will come in Mystic Champagne and Titanium Grey. The 64GB variants will come in Carbon Black and Prestige Gold. Prices for both variants of the device have yet to be announced.  Huawei P8 Tech Specs at a Glance: 5.2 IPS LCD 1080p display (424ppi) HiSilicon Kirin 930/935 64-bit Octa-core processor (Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53) 16/64GB ROM 3GB RAM 13 MP back and 8MP front camera Android 5.0 Lollipop Non-removable Li-Po 2680 mAh battery microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) Titanium Grey, Mystic Champagne (16 GB model) Carbon Black, Prestige Gold (64 GB...

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Infinix Hot Note Hands-On Review

Infinix Hot Note Hands-On Review

There comes a time when not so well known OEM’s tend to bring devices that wow us. They are sometimes notoriously difficult to get in all parts of the world but we are really lucky that it arrived at our shores and we were lucky enough to get our hands on one. The device we are talking about is the Infinix Hot Note (X551)!  So enough said, lets get straight to the hands on below! Design and Body The Infinix Hot Note (X551) has a plastic body, weighing in around 172 g and is 8.9mm thick which makes the device feel pretty light considering the size of the display.  Even though the body is made of plastic (durability might be a question) the device feels pretty sturdy in the hand and have yet to find any finger smudges on the back of the device. Three capacitive touch keys (home, back and recent apps) are housed just below the display, so no hard home key on this one, with the power and the volume keys on the right side of the device for easy one hand usage. The plastic back panel does open, but only for the dual-sim card and microSD card slot. The device comes in four fashionable color schemes, the front of the device is always black, the back of the device is a whole another story. The Hot Note comes in Copper Brown, Champagne Gold and Mint Green and my personal favorite Anthracite Grey. The Mint Green version is not available yet, but we assume it might be in the near future. Performance Now, this is the part which surprised quite a few of us. Under the hood, the Infinix Hot Note packs a 1.4 Ghz  MediaTek MT6592 Octa- Core processor, which is a beast of a processor. The RAM on the other hand is just 1GB. That being said, the Octa-Core processor easily makes up for the lack of RAM in the device, making high graphics games such as Mortal Kombat X and Modern Combat 5 (multiplayer online and offline) run smoothly without any lag or frame rate drop, which is quite impressive. Display and Screen Size Talking about the size of the screen, the Infinix Hot Note has a 5.5 inch High Definition IPS display having 720×1280 resolution (267 PPI). The 720p HD display makes the colors really pop, making playing games and watching pictures or videos even more fun. Though the display cannot be considered the best out there, it still is able to hold its own against a number of competitors in the market currently. The size of the display puts the device in the Phablet category (anything above...

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Android M gets unveiled at Google IO 2015

Android M gets unveiled at Google IO 2015

Google IO is the biggest Google event of the year, where Google comes up with some extraordinary stuff year after year. This time was no different. Google L a.k.a Lollipop was unveiled last year and now its turn for Google’s next OS version Android M. Android M is not a visual overhaul like Lollipop but is a more an internal change which some pretty neat new functions. App Permissions gets real   Whenever an app is installed on Android, you get to see a list of permissions which tell you what functions of the device the app will use like accessing location or using the mic or camera and so on. Now with Android M you will no longer be seeing that list during installation. Instead, you can choose which permissions to allow and which to reject when the app demands it, for example you can choose which apps will be allowed to use the microphone in your phone. Chrome integration in every app   Google announced a feature called Chrome Custom Tabs, what it basically does is, making loading pages faster by pre-loading some data such as passwords. This will help in a way that whenever you might click on a link through an app say twitter, currently you would see a stripped down web view of the site. Now, once you click on the link it will open as if it were open in Chrome itself. Well, it is Chrome just automatically customized according to the app you are using. USB-C and Improved Battery Usage   It was announced that Android M will support devices with USB-C. Now, what is USB-C you may ask? Well, the basic idea is that you do not have to worry what the right side of the USB cable is, because there is NO WRONG side any more. You can insert the USB-C cable upside down or right side up doesn’t matter. Another feature which comes with Android M is called “Doze”. This uses the stand by mode more effectively, so you get a longer battery life. According to Google, they tested it on the Nexus 9 and Android M running devices lasted 2 times longer than the ones running Android Lollipop. Google Now on Tap   This is one of the best new features that comes with Android M. Google Now on Tap is a program that has made Google Now much much smarter. How it works it that when you are in an app, just hold the home button and Google cards pop up with relevant information according to the app or data on the screen at that time. Rather than giving you an example...

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Huawei launches two new flagships – Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max

Huawei launches two new flagships – Huawei P8 and Huawei P8 Max

All major OEM’s have started to roll out their flagship devices for 2015, now its time for the Chinese Giant Huawei to do the same. Huawei officially launched the Huwaei P8 and P8 Max, successors to last years Ascend P7 in an event in London. They have seemed to drop the “Ascend” branding with the new device. Huawei P8 The Huawei P8 is a sleek looking rectangular device with a metallic body and rounded edges. The device is pretty slim only 6.4mm and Huawei have managed to fit a rear camera which does not bulge out even the slightest. The 5.2 inch IPS LCD Full HD 1080p display  with 424 ppi is quite impressive, not the best considering the QHD displays on flagships these days. Powering the device is Huawei’s own Kirin 930 Octa Core 64-bit processor, which includes four 2GHx Cortex A53 processors and four A53 1.5Ghz processors. The Huawei P8 comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory. The battery was one of the low points of the P7, but they have manged to bump it up as well to 2680 mAh. On the camera front, the Huawei P8 has a 13MP shooter at the back with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and a Dual-LED flash. The front on the other hand is again quite impressive housing an 8MP camera, which is more than enough for single as well as group selfies. Huawei had also talked about their world’s first four color 13MP image sensor, which can rival some DSLR camera’s. Some nifty camera modes include, light painting, movie director, time lapse and some beauty modes specially keeping in mind girls and their selfie perfections. On the Software front the Huawei P8 runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop with their own EMUI 3.1 skin on top. The smartphone will come in two colors, Mystic Champagne and Titanium Grey. Huawei P8 Max The Huawei P8 Max is the older brother of the P8 with a massive 6.8 inch 1080p display with 320ppi. It is a phablet and will compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G4 Note, iPhone 6 Plus and so on. Other than the display the Huawei P8 Max comes with a 4360 mAh battery, which according to Huawei will last 2 days after a full charge. The P8 Max also comes in an exclusive Luxurious Gold color apart from the Champagne and Grey . The phablet has a 5MP front camera compared to the 8MP found in its smaller counterpart. On the memory front the Huawei P8 Max comes with 64GB built in storage with a memory card slot as well. The Huawei P8 will cost...

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Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Android 5.0 Lollipop – A Sweet New Take on Android

Google has finally made it official, the much awaited “Android L” is…*drum rolls please*… Android 5.0 Lollipop. Not only that but Google also announced the Nexus 6 made by Motorola, Nexus 9 made by HTC and Asus’s Nexus Player. We had received a glimpse of the new operating the system at Google I/O earlier this year and couldn’t wait for it to get officially released. Now that it is finally here, lets get straight into the nitty gritties! Material Design Android 5.0 Lollipop, as its called has visually been modified quite a bit (much to our hearts content) thanks to the Material Design language used. A lot more bolder colors, new icons and animations breathe new life to the look and feel of Android. The multitasking has been given a very nice overhaul, resembling the Tab switching in Google Chrome. Not only does it look more beautiful, it has become much more fluid. Notifications Next in the list of changes is the new notifications, specially found on the lock screen. It includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications. You can control which apps are allowed to pop up notifications, either you can prioritize them, hide sensitive content or turn them off completely. If you are watching a movie or playing a game, incoming calls are no longer a bother, a notification will slide down where you can either accept the call or ignore it. This way you will not get disturbed from what you have been doing. Project Volta It helps better manage batter life, with Android 5.0 Lollipop you now get a nifty battery saving mode. This function extends the battery life for 90mins longer. Also, the time left for the charge to be completed is also shown, which is quite handy, if you are like me looking at the percentage every 15mins. New Quick Settings The quick settings panel which was introduced with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has received a much needed change. Now the quick settings toggle displays the most frequently used settings first, then the rest if the list. Now straight from the quick settings menu you can control the flash light, hotspot and cast screen controls. Pretty handy no? Device Sharing Google has taken the use of cloud storage to a whole new level. Now as Google does back up, your contacts, photos and messages, you can access them from any device running Android 5.0 Lollipop. You just need to log in to your own profile on nay phone and you access all your info which has been backed up. There is a nice little feature called “Guest User”, where you can just allow the content...

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