The first Nokia-branded Android phone – yes, we like to pretend the half-baked Nokia X series never happened – has finally launched. The rather unimaginatively named Nokia 6 was introduced on Sunday by HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand.
Without any fanfare, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a release on its website, well ahead of the rumoured MWC debut. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.
The unibody Nokia 6 is built using 6000 series aluminium and its home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner. It packs a f/2.0 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera for selfies. The smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers’ for louder sound.
It all started ten years ago when Apple CEO Steve Jobs took centre stage at MacWorld 2007 in San Francisco to introduce the first ever iPhone. 2017 is a big year for Apple as it marks the tenth anniversary of the revolutionary mobile device, but January 9 is even more special, as it is the day Jobs took the stage to unveil it for the first time ever. In commemoration, Apple has issued a press release highlighting the journey of what it claims is the “gold standard” in the smartphone industry.
Apple claims that since inception, the company has managed to sell over one billion units, and now CEO Tim Cook claims that the “best is yet to come.”
Cook says, “iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work, and live. iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come.”
Just to recap, the first iPhone was launched on
Lenovo has finally announced that its P2 smartphone will be made available in India exclusively via Flipkart on Wednesday, January 11. The smartphone’s India launch was teased by the company earlier this month on Twitter. Even though company’s earlier teaser didn’t mention any release date for the smartphone, Lenovo has now said that the P2 will be unveiled on Wednesday at 12:30pm IST.
The Lenovo P2 was first unveiled by the company earlier last year at IFA 2016 and has been made available by the company in several other regions, including home country China, already. Notably, in China, only 4GB LPDDR4 RAM variant with 64GB of inbuilt storage has been made available whereas in other regions around the world variants with 3GB or 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage will be made available.
Even in India, the phone is expected to be made available with both the above mentioned memory/ storage variants. The highlight feature for the Lenovo P2 is its 5100mAh battery, which comes with fast charging capability.
Lenovo’s dual-SIM smartphone runs
The ZenPad 10 has a low price, a nice design, a UK keyboard, great sound, microSD support and okay battery life on its side, but it’s also slow and running old, bloated software. It can’t stand up to the best Android tablets, but at just under £200 it may well do the job. Let’s have a closer look at the Asus ZenPad 10 ZD300C.
There are two variants of the Asus ZenPad 10. The Z300C is simply the tablet, while the ZD300C reviewed here comes with the AudioDock keyboard. You can pick up the ZD300C from eBuyer for £199.97.
A Z Stylus is also available for the ZenPad 10, which you can buy from Amazon for £26.60, although we weren’t supplied one for review.
One of the best things about the ZenPad 10 is its design. It might be a plastic tablet, but it’s finished to a high standard with a metal-effect trim around the screen, smooth rounded corners and a grippy leather-effect rear on both the tablet itself and the bundled AudioDock keyboard. It looks much more expensive than it
The Chuwi Hi10 Pro is a cheap tablet that dual-boots Windows 10 and Android Lollipop and to which you can add a stylus and keyboard to turn it into a cheap portable laptop. But is it any good? Read our Chuwi Hi10 Pro review to find out.
You won’t find a Windows 10 tablet much cheaper than this, with the Chuwi Hi10 Pro currently costing £128.53 at GearBest. The optional keyboard dock (a recommended purchase) is an extra £29.31, also from GearBest, while the HiPen H2 stylus can be bought from Geekbuying for £11.16. That’s a total price of £169, but note that you could be asked to pay import duty upon its arrival to the UK that would take the total price closer to £200. Even so, that’s a tiny amount of money for a product that is Windows 10 tablet, Android tablet, Windows 10 laptop and Android laptop.
Buying products from China typically returns huge savings, but you should always take into account the risks. Products can take several weeks to arrive, depending on which shipping option you select, and if they are faulty you’ll have the hassle of returning them at your cost
Best kids tablets: buying guide
The best tablet for your child will depend on their age. LeapFrog and VTech make tablets which are well suited to young children from around 3-6. When kids reach around 6 or 7, they no longer want what they see as a ‘toddler’s tablet’ and will start asking for something a bit more grown up.
They’ll no doubt already know what a ‘proper’ tablet should be like because they’ve borrowed your iPad or Android tablet. That’s one reason we’ve included the iPad mini 2 in this list: it’s a lot cheaper now than when it first launched, but it remains the most expensive option here. If an iPad becomes available as a hand-me-down, that’s great: your child will be over the moon even with an old one. The issue is that iPads don’t have great parental controls. They’re also quite fragile. But, they have the widest selection of apps and games, many of which are free. You can buy child-proof iPad cases, and disable Safari (to prevent web browsing) and restrict music, videos, apps and games to the appropriate age level, so they’re actually quite a good choice for kids.
Where’s the Tesco Hudl?
The Asus ZenBook UX310UA is what happens when a practical everyday laptop and an expensive all-aluminium Ultrabook fall in love. It gets you the pricey look and feel of a portable, stylish machine with the features of a workhorse and a price way below that of a rival MacBook.
We’ve seen a few laptops arrive with similar ideals, the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 being the most recent. This one is something special, though. It’s a laptop we can imagine recommending to many people over the next 12 months, and is even better than its ‘predecessor’ the ZenBook UX305 in several respects.
The Asus ZenBook UX310UA we’re reviewing costs £699 from Currys. It’s not cheap, but is also only about 60 per cent the price of a top-end laptop that, for many, won’t feel much faster to use day-to-day.
The exact specifications for the Asus ZenBook UX310UA vary depending on the country in which you buy the thing, but in the UK you get an Intel Core i5 CPU, a 128GB SSD, 500GB hard drive and 8GB RAM.
There’s also a cheaper version with an Intel Core i3 CPU, 1920×1080 screen and 4GB RAM that
Once upon a time HTC showed Samsung stiff competition in the Android market, but these days it has LG to fear. The G5 was a fantastic phone, and the LG G6 should be even better – potentially with waterproofing and wireless charging! So, should you wait for the LG G6 or buy the LG G5 now? We round up the LG G6 rumours, including details on the LG G6 UK release date, price and specifications.
LG G6 UK release date rumours: When is the LG G6 coming out?
LG G6 UK release date: 26 February 2017 (TBC)
For the first time in 2016 LG announced its annual flagship upgrade at the MWC tradeshow in February, putting it in direct competition with the also announced Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. In previous years LG had held off until later in the year for a late-Spring launch.
This paid off well for LG and we think it will follow the same pattern for the G6. Samsung is expected to announce its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at an Unpacked press conference the day before MWC starts on 26 February, so expect LG to also pick
CES is one of the biggest tech shows that takes place each year, and 2017 is no exception. The Tech Advisor team has been spending time on the show floor in Las Vegas checking out the hottest new tech, and has picked out the best of the best. Our top 10 products each receive a Tech Advisor Top Pick award and are the gadgets we’ll be keeping the closest eye on throughout the year.
Our top 10 from CES 2017 is in no particular order. All of these great products have made the cut and we’re looking forward to spending more time with them to bring you full reviews of each product.
Xiaomi Mi Mix
We’ve already published our full review of the Mi Mix by Xiaomi and have awarded it a Tech Advisor Recommended award as well as our Top Pick of CES 2017. We were blown away by its breathtaking bezel-less display and flawless performance
Samsung Galaxy A3
Samsung’s latest update to its A series Galaxy phones bring the mid-range handsets one step closer to a flagship but without the big price tag. We went hands-on with the Galaxy A3 at
Apple’s iPhone 6S is the phone that can’t come as much of a surprise to many. Every odd-numbered year has yielded an ‘S’ variant of the previous year’s phone, offering a few upgrades to the handset but largely keeping the same design and chasis.
The iPhone 6S is almost identical to 2014’s iPhone 6, to the point that we could barely tell the difference between the two in the hand, with a little extra thickness and weight to give you the clue that you’re holding a next-gem phone in your hand.
But while the outside is identical, the stuff that Cook’s Crew crammed inside is supposed to be a big change – hence Apple’s decision to give this phone the tagline: ‘The Only Thing That’s Changed Is Everything’.
With an all-new way of touching the phone, an improved chassis and a pseudo-magical way at viewing your photos, will this be the first iPhone ‘S’ variant that is just a polished version of the previous year’s model?
iPhone 6S design
The design of the iPhone 6S is, well, the iPhone 6 with 0.2mm thickness and 14g more weight. That’s it.
Everything else is
It’s also the first iPhone to bear the “7” moniker, this isn’t just an “S” update, and while new numbers usually bring new designs, the iPhone 7 appears to be laying the groundwork for something much more important (which we’ll get onto in due course).
Both iPhone 7 models are now waterproof, have more storage, and don’t feature a headphone jack, but the iPhone 7 Plus differentiates itself with a dual camera.
The iPhone 7 measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm. That really is massive. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, for comparison, is 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm, despite featuring a screen which is 0.2-inches larger than the iPhone (5.7 vs 5.5-inches).
This is down to the large bezels around the 5.5-inch screen. But hey, at least the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t explode, right?
As we’ve already mentioned, the iPhone 7’s design isn’t a massive departure from the iPhone 6 aesthetic. You can see this two different ways:
1. The iPhone 6 was the best-looking smartphone around and has been for years. It’s essentially peak Apple design. Jony Ive can retire, and Apple should never change the iPhone again.
It’s fair to say there’s been a few negative reactions around Apple’s new MacBook Pro line-up. There’s a (somewhat worthwhile) school of thought that says this laptop should have been a new MacBook Air, with Apple announcing a workstation-level notebook called the Pro.
Naturally this would have also come in for some criticism. But it’s clear that Apple does not see itself as a mainstream supplier of notebooks. It’s somewhat odd to think of the MacBook Air as old hat, but that’s what it is, the closest thing Apple has to a mid-ranger.
Here we’re looking at the Touch Bar version (which comes in 13 or 15-inch sizes, available in Silver or Space Grey) but there’s also a base-level MacBook Pro without TouchBar and with only two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports that shaves £300 off the 13-inch TouchBar price.
What’s incredible about all the new Pros is that they’re the same thickness as the rear of the MacBook Air but with retina display and far more power. Except for a small subset of users, these truly are do-anything devices.
They borrow the best new features from the 12-inch MacBook, drops all ports (save the
The first time we saw a Galaxy Note was in 2011. And while it’s a bit embarrassing to admit now, we thought it was bloody ridiculous and Samsung was – well, crazy. After all, who needs a 5.3-inch phone?
Well more fool this writer because here we are, five years down the track. And not only does the Note now have an even bigger 5.7-inch screen (unchanged in size since 2014’s Note 4) but we all have massive phones. And we love them.
The Note has always been an interesting device. Originally pitched as being neither a tablet nor a phone, the Note’s key feature has always been the S Pen, which has been further refined with this release. The new Note 7 follows on from the Note 5. There’s no Note 6 because we now have a Galaxy S7, so it makes sense for the Note series to follow the same numbering so it doesn’t appear older than models that sit below it in the range. After all, the Note 7 is Samsung’s very best handset.
The main thing that strikes you about the Note 7 is the screen. The Note 7 is smaller
If you’re looking for the very best tablet to buy, get Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It’s the ultimate combination of premium design, specifications, paired with powerful software and an unrivaled ecosystem of accessories and apps.
The best thing about it, has to be the design but there’s a lot more going for it including the powerful specs, decent battery life and versatility. The breadth of accessories (including the awesome Apple Pencil) is quite something, too.
If you don’t want the iPad Pro, but don’t worry – T3.com has you covered with a number of other brilliant tabs to suit your needs.
How to choose the best tablet for you
Let’s face it, tablets aren’t the most exciting devices in the world of tech right now, there’s not that much innovation going on, and they’re not exactly flying off the shelves.
But bear with us, because most households in the UK still own one (or more), and buying a tab should be a big decision, because, unlike smartphones, your tablet will stick around for longer than two years. So what should you look out for in a tablet?
A great screen is a
1.Emtect Power Pouch
A case that fits a wide variety of phones, the Power Pouch from Emtec is more of a wallet-style holder that a case that fits every nook of your handset, but for some of you that will be ideal. Here’s something else in the Power Pouch’s favour: a 6,000mAh battery, the second-largest in this list.
We’ve put this in the Android list but such is the versatility of the Power Pouch you can use it with iPhones too (you get both Lightning and microUSB adapters when you buy one). Of course there’s the added benefit of not having to change your battery case when you next upgrade your smartphone.
2.KiwiBird Slim Rechargeable Extended Battery Case
4,000mAh of power to draw on, a slimline fit, and a rock bottom price – there’s a lot to like about this Slim Rechargeable Extended Battery Case. The model shown is for the Galaxy S6 but if you shop around you’ll find different variations made to work with several of the top Android phones on the market.
There’s an LED power indicator here too and it doesn’t interfere with any of the NFC or infrared
Apple penalized CEO Tim Cook for the iPhone maker’s first sales slump in 15 years with a 15 percent pay cut.
Cook still did extremely well, with a compensation package valued at $8.7 million (roughly Rs. 59.3 crores) for Apple’s fiscal year that ended September 24, according to a regulatory filing made Friday. But the amount was down from nearly $10.3 million (roughly Rs. 70 crores) in the prior year.
The Cupertino, California, company cited a downturn in Apple’s revenue and operating profit as the main reason it cut the pay of Cook and its other top executives.
(Also see: Apple CEO Tim Cook Says He Is ‘Open to Acquisitions of Any Size’)
Apple’s revenue dropped 8 percent to $216 billion (roughly Rs. 14,70,204 crores), while its operating profit declined 16 percent to $60 billion (roughly Rs. 4,08,390 crores). That was mainly because it sold fewer iPhones for the first time since the device came out in 2007.
It also marked the first time that Apple’s annual revenue decreased since 2001, which was just before the company’s late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod. That digital music player set the stage
At the ongoing CES trade show in Las Vegas, ZTE announced two smartphones for the American market – the ZTE Blade V8 Pro, which flagged the entry of ZTE’s Blade series in US, and the Hawkeye smartphone, which is powered by ZTE’s Project CSX. It seems the company isn’t done yet and has now launched a new entrant to its Blade series.
Called the ZTE Blade V8, it is a mid-range smartphone with premium design that is expected to reach Russia and Japan around February and a month later in Germany, Spain, and China. The price of ZTE Blade V8 has not been revealed by the company.
According to GSMArena, the ZTE Blade V8 runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box with ZTE’s Mifavor 4.2 skin on top. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, which is a bit lower performance-wise as compared to the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 CPU packed in ZTE Blade V8 Pro. It includes a 5.2-inch full-HD LCD display with 2.5D curved glass. The ZTE Blade V8 is said to come in two RAM+storage options – 2GB of RAM with 16GB inbuilt storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB
There’s more to your smartphone than you might think: underneath its user-friendly, simple surface there are all kinds of hidden features and shortcuts you can take advantage of do more with your handset of choice.
Okay, okay – maybe your friends won’t be that impressed unless you make your phone vanish into thin air. But these are all handy little tips you can use to get more out of your mobile, and maybe raise an eyebrow or two along the way.
1.Digtise Your Documents
Thanks to the increasing quality of smartphone cameras, you no longer need a scanner to get all of your paper files up into the cloud. Evernote, Google Drive and CamScanner are three of several apps that can do the job.
2. Identify song in on instant
You can use apps such as Shazam or SoundHound to work out what you’re listening to, but you don’t have to: Google Now, Siri and Cortana can all respond to the voice command “what song is this?”.
3. Put your contact details on your lock screen
If someone else finds your phone, will they be able to get it back to you? Put your details
Xiaomi Mi 6 has supposedly scored 210,329 in AnTuTu benchmark
That score is higher than what the iPhone 7 Plus got
Xiaomi Mi 6 will reportedly be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to pack a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, which was finally unveiled at CES this week and is Qualcomm’s most efficient SoC till date. That said and if the Weibo user’s claim is to believed, the AnTuTu score for Xiaomi Mi 6 rakes in at an impressive 210,329, which is higher than the record score of 183,106 of iPhone 7
The Nintendo Switch release date and price is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo but that hasn’t stopped a slew of reports suggesting what to expect.
This latest one comes courtesy of Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei. It states that the price of the Nintendo Switch will be JPY 25,000. Despite a direct currency conversion pegging the US price at around $213, it should end up being $250.
The reason for this is the price of Nintendo’s previous consoles. At launch, the Wii cost JPY 25,000 (around $213) in Japan with the US price being $250. The difference is because the Japanese edition of the Wii did not include any bundled games while the US version did.
In the past Nikkei reported that Nintendo stopped production of the Wii U, which the company vehemently denied despite it being true
This latest report is in line with previous ones suggesting a similar price point.
“UK specialist gaming retail chain GAME has been informed of the Nintendo Switch’s wholesale price to retailers, and is planning on selling their basic SKU (stock keeping unit) of the system in stores for £199.99,” a post on LetsPlayVideoGames reads.