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Huawei Mate 10 series announced: The leader or the follower?

Huawei Keynote took place in Munich today where Chinese tech giant joined almost-bezel-less trend announcing the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro lineup. Before the announcement, Huawei teased us with Mate’s 10 neural engine and what difference it will bring to smartphone performance. So let’s see if the new industry leader was unveiled just a few hours ago or is the Mate 10 Samsung’s and Apple’s follower.

Big display, small bezels

The design elements got key improvements. Shape-wise you will find the Mate 10 a bit wider, but 19:9 aspect ratio and slim bezels will contribute to nice feel in hand. The 5.9-inch LCD display occupies the front of all-glass Mate 10. The bottom bezel wraps the fingerprint scanner around, whereas on the Mate 10 Pro it got relocated and now takes centre-rear alignment. Huawei decided to treat its Pro version with 6-inch OLED display with aesthetically thin bezels. The front with new HD+ display really stands out. The handset is not an exception to this year’s standard 18:9 screen-to-body ratio with a 2160 x 1080 resolution.

At its core

Earlier in September Huawei announced its ultimate Kirin 970 Neural Processing Unit. In other words it’s AI infused processor and it is packed in both Mate 10 flagships. Reportedly, the new chip will offer 25 times better performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency. In real life, Huawei Mate 10 users will get AI tasks completed quicker. The device will recognise your behaviour and will adjust settings and suggest user experience friendly solutions.

The greatest advancement NPU brings to photo taking process. The Smart Camera feature will recognise the objects you’re about to snap and will take a picture in an appropriate mode without you configuring settings. So no matter what level are your photography skills, you can nail it with picture-perfect results.

Both phones stand out thanks to a 4,000 mAh beast battery and dual sensor Leica cameras. The camera set up includes a 20 MP colour and a 12 MP monochrome sensors for better detail and light capturing. Mates 10 come with Android 8.0 and latest EMUI – Huawei’s software skin- out of the box.

Differences

Although Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are from one family, they come with couple differences. The Mate 10 still (thanks God) come with a 3.5 headphone jack and microSD slot, but it cost the IP67 water and dust resistance of which Mate 10 Pro is a proud owner. Pro version has more internal storage options: 64GB and 4GB of RAM as well as 128GB and 6GB of RAM. The Mate 10 will be only available with 64GB storage capacity.

Extras

Alike, Galaxy Note 8 and S8 duo, Mates 10 offer desktop mode. There is no docking station required though, you can experience desktop environment just by plugging in your phone via a USB-C cable. Privacy Settings can be filtered allowing to mute notifications and eliminate them popping up during your presentation in front of the public, for example.

Huawei will launch three Mate 10 dedicated accessories:

  • EnVizion 360 camera capable of shooting photos in 5K, 360 degree videos in 2K and with multiple social media platform cross sharing options.
  • Supercharge power bank that supports low voltage fast charging at 4.5V.
  • Smart Scale campanion app is much like FitBit and will help you analyse body mass index and other fitness related criteria.

That’s not it, yet

As you might think, Mate 10  and Pro variants are the only ones in the Mate 10 family this year. But Huawei announced slightly more sleek and fancier Mate 10 Pro in cooperation with Porsche. The Mate 10 Pro Porsche Design comes with the same under-the-hood specs and brings 6GB of RAM and internal storage up to 256GB.

 

 

When it will be out?

Not much details were announced from the stage, but the UK is in the first-wave launch markets, so we should see the Mates 10 available in stores from November so no Black Friday deals, unfortunately. Assumingly, UK price will be around £710.

Wrap up

Nevertheless, iPhones 8 were released first with Apple’s A11 all bionic chipset, Huawei’s AI-first focus in its Mates 10 is definitely setting the highest heights for its competitors. Hopefully, NPU will allow Huawei to lead the market in AI direction for better user experiences across devices.

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Leaked Huawei Mate 10 Features

Huawei will hold a special press conference on Monday next week unveiling their newest handset. Some leaks have surfaced around the details of the latest model but the hype is still strong for what they are coining as the “Real AI Phone” as a not-so-subtle jab at Apple before the official launch on 16th of October.

Rumours and leaks have been hard to come by for the Mate 10, and despite the launch being so soon, details have only been slowly released and teased out over the Huawei social media channels and at previous conferences.

The latest leaks come straight from Chinese stores before the release with a list of specifications for new model.

Credit @Daimoi on Weibo for snapping this picture from a Chinese store

 

For those that can’t read blurry Mandarin (cheers Daimoi from Weibo), the bullet points read the following;

  • 6.2-inch screen
  • 2160 x 1080 display
  • Dual-lens rear camera with a 23 megapixel sensor and 20 megapixel one
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Kirin 970 chipset

These specifications do differ slightly from the previous leaks, the screen size in particular has been previously reported as 6 inches, so it will be interesting to see if this display is accurate.

The camera specifications is a massive improvement on the Mate 9 which had 20MP and 12MP dual camera sensors on the rear.

The battery is the same size as the Mate 9 which was already larger than the average smartphone and significantly bigger than the leading flagships. How this translates into talk time remains to be seen.

The Kirin 970 Chipset has been confirmed and makes up a lot of their claims that the Huawei is going to be a leading AI smartphone. The details around the AI have been kept closely under wraps, but Huawei are expecting to compete directly with Samsung, Google and Apple with their own AI personal assistant that they are hyping up.

Either way, we are excited for the latest handset out of Huawei, and if the price point is competitive this could be a legitimate contender as the first Chinese phone to break into the mainstream in the UK.

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Designed To Work and Made By Google: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google presented its new high-end smartphone duo to challenge Samsung and Apple dominance. Two words that come straight to mind about just unveiled Pixels: pragmatic and AI infused. Let’s break it down.

The basics

Looking at hardware both models are barely different from original Pixel, especially Pixel 2. There’s the same 5-inch screen with attention-grabbing huge bezels, AMOLED display and resolution. Improvement in this year’s Pixel comes in Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Fingerprint scanning became faster and the sensor is located on the rear of the phone where finger lands naturally. IP67 certified Pixels 2 are made to perform in wet conditions but are not fully water-proof.

The screen size and type, the battery capacity and design are the most noticeable variations of both Pixels 2. XL version has a 6-inch pOLED display, smaller top and bottom bezels. Pixel 2 houses 2700 mAh power pack enough for all day with single charge as Google says battery life got 10% longer. XL’s battery is significantly bigger at 3520 mAh.

Shared specifications

The Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL share a lot in common. In more details, both phones have Snapdragon 835 under the hood, 4GB of RAM and internal storage of either 64GB or 128GB.

You won’t find dual camera set up as was rumoured on any of Google phones because the software does everything two cameras perform on other flagships. Pixel 2 camera sets a record-breaking 98 rating and tops overall smartphone camera quality listing. 12.2MP sensor lands on the back with laser autofocus, optical and electronic image stabilisation. Aperture wise we go from f/2.0 to f/1.8 for better low-light snaps. Google decided to retain 8MP selfie camera unchanged.

No surprises, Google?

Something HTC-like is packed in both phones and it’s Active Edge. Squeezing both sides of the phone allows to launch virtual assistant instead of saying out loud in public: “Ok, Google..”

USB-C is required for charging and listening to music. Yes, Pixels 2 come without headphone jacks and wireless charging capabilities.

It cost Google bezel-less design to ship front-facing speakers on both phones. For some users, dual speakers and stereo experience is a big deal and Google acknowledges this supporting lots of Bluetooth 5 new audio codecs.

To finish

Both phones are now available for pre-order directly from Google or Carphone Warehouse as well as through EE. The Pixel 2 price starts at £629 (64 GB) or £729 for 128GB storage. The bigger brother’s price will vary from £799 for 64GB of storage to £899 for 128GB.

We should say thumbs up to Google for ignoring mainstream 2017 flagship design. Pixel 2 phones are a remarkable combination of software, hardware and AI in bold Pixel-style bodies. Aesthetically, Pixels 2 do not look or feel groundbreaking and there are no advanced add-ons that people are willing to pay over £800 for. However, you can be sure they are designed to work and adapt to its user creating seaming less experience.

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Can the Pixel 2 Compete as a Flagship? Where to Watch the Announcement

The Pixel 2 announcement is going to be live today (4th of October) at 5PM BST. You can watch the live event on Youtube or right here on the Compare and Recycle blog. What can Google deliver to build on the impressive but underappreciated first iteration?

First off the hardware event is going to showcase advancements to Google Home, a high-end Chrombook device line and rumours are that there will also be the Virtual Reality headset followup to the Daydream VR headset. But more about these later.

What does the Pixel 2 Need to compete with Samsung S8 and the iPhone X?

We know what we want to see from the announcement, we think we know what we need to see for the Pixel 2 to be seriously considered as a contender for the top flagships.


Source: Evan Blass

Who has bezels in 2017?

The first Pixel was, a little bit on the ugly side. There’s no getting away from the fact that it had huge bezels and the over-sized chin was an eyesore to the sleek and curved Samsung and the familiar and comfortable design of the iPhone. The Pixel looked cumbersome and out of place even compared to the Sony Xperia.

And since the original Pixel, the new range of bezel-less phones have been flooding the market, with the Samsung S8 receiving accolades for its great design and the yet-to-be-released iPhone X following suit. There is also the Xiaomi Mi Mix, LG v30 and G6, and even the exciting Essential PH-1 project from the Android Co-founder Andy Rubin. All making a move to reduce the bezel.

If the Pixel 2 gets showcased with anything less than a 18:9 ration then the phone will be up for ridicule. The leaked render above shows both models front and back. The Pixel 2 (bottom) and the Pixel 2 XL (top). The smaller variant looks boring and seems to be stuck in the year 2015 design-wise. Whereas XL version introduces minimal bezels. But will it be enough to get the place along premium, edge-to-edge Androids?

Dual Camera

There’s no doubting that the Google camera software is possibly the best on the market. The new iOS 11 camera software is giving it a run for its money, so there will need to be further enhancements on the software to really ensure they stay ahead.

The camera hardware also needs a significant upgrade, the single 12.3 megapixel camera of the original Pixel was far from the quality of Apple’s double lens, so depending on what improvements they have lined up, we’d expect to see them take the dual lens route.

Release before the iPhone X

There are many impatient people around, so if it wants to compete with the iPhone X then a release date coming before or about the same time then the drive for people that don’t want to wait around for the latest tech will inevitably pick the quickest one to get delivered.

Sit back and watch the keynote

Enough of talking for now. We’ll see what both phones have to offer in couple hours. Watch this space for updates and get your popcorn ready!

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LG V30: reasons to buy and how to get your hands on one?

LG’s latest V series super phone was announced about a month ago and it blew our minds away. However, the price tag was still a mystery until now.

UK price and release dates

We’ve seen shocking price of to-be-released iPhone X (starting at £999, ohh wow!) LG V30 will save you from going busted at £799 SIM-free exclusive from Carphone Warehouse. UK-based retailer has monthly contract on offer from £44 with a £9 upfront fee.

If you choose to go on contract, the cheapest deal is with Vodafone and it will cost you in total £896 over 12 months. Paying £80 upfront and £34 per month you’ll get unlimited call and texts allowance and 1GB of data (4G).

Cloud Silver and Moroccan Blue colour variants are available to choose from and if you decide you buy one you will get it delivered free by 1st of November.

What are you getting?

We know, £800 is still a bit pricey, so when considering this investment, you need to know what are you paying for and V30 has all the high-end specifications to persuade you. Believe us, they sound delicious.

Design and display

The moment you hold the V30, you will feel the comfort and balance of Gorilla Glass and metal frame. The smartphone is 7.4mm thick and delicately curved on the rear. It is certified with IP68 rating against water deep to 1.5m and dust.

 

You will see just two top and bottom bezels slim enough not to be noticeable (not like the iPhone X notch ;D). The 6 inch OLED display with 18:9 standard for this year’s flagships screen to body ratio. Colours are tuned up and media is going to look accurate at Quad HD 2880 x 1440 pixel resolution.

Camera

Nowadays, we’re hunting for smartphones capable of taking DSLR quality pictures and videos and V30 has more than you wish.

The phone has two cameras on the back. One has 120 wide-angle sensor and 13MP, the second one is a 16MP snapper. At the front, there’s a 90-degree wide 5MP sensor. The dual rear camera features f/1.6 aperture allowing more light to come through the lenses for real-life colours even in low light conditions. Point Zoom feature lets you control zoom for Hollywood style smooth and sharp shots.

Point Zoom feature lets you control zoom for Hollywood style smooth and sharp shots. Hi-Fi sound is guaranteed when recording videos and playing them back as LG packed Quad DAC to capture best of sound in noisy environments.

 

Inside

V30 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has 4GB of RAM under the hood to make your switches between apps smooth and speedy. Moreover, all this power enables you to experience VR. Internal memory is 64GB with micro SD slot to expand it up to 2TB.

The battery has 3300 mAh capacity with fast charging up to 50% in 36 minutes. If you want to try out wireless charging, just place V30 on an inductive pad and no USB cable sticking.

Summary

The LG V30 is challenging to get in Europe, but it’s worth the hunt. If you think the price is uncompetitive, trade in your old phone towards a new upgrade or wait couple months for the price to drop. But then there will be new advanced handsets on your wishlist.

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3 of The Best iPhone Deals Around the Web

We have trawled the web to find what we think are the three best deals across the web for the iPhone 8 64GB mobile.

You can read exactly what we think of the new iPhone 8 by reading our announcement run down here.

But if you are here for the deals then we have some good ones for you!

Cheapest all round deal goes to Virgin

Cheaper than buying the phone outright from the Apple store, Virgin are offering a 1 month contract version of the iPhone. You do have to pay the full £679 for the iPhone upfront, but effectively you are getting 4GB data, 2500 minutes and unlimited texts for essentially free. Great if you want to save that £5. You can then get the phone unlocked for free once the contract is over (after one month). Granted it’s a bit of messing around, but who could resist the bragging rights of getting the iPhone for the cheapest price.

 

Cheapest Contract

The cheapest contract comes courtesy of Vodafone, the 24 month deal comes with 4GB data allowance and unlimited minutes and texts a very reasonable upfront cost of £125 and monthly cost of £38 makes for a worthy deal.

No Upfront Cost

If you really can’t afford the initial payment for the phone, then EE are providing the best deal for walking out with the phone at no upfront cost. Whilst you are getting 20GB data allowance on their superfast network, it is clear that you are paying a lot more than some of the other offers with an initial downpayment.

 

If you are buying the new iPhone, make sure you recycle your old mobile and get the best deal with us at Compare and Recycle.

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iOS 11: The Best New Features for iPhone and iPad

Apple’s new smartphone and tablet operating system has started being rolled out today adding various new features and improvements. Here are some of the improvements that have us iPhone users in the office, most excited;

Control Centre Customisation

Since its introduction with iOS 7, it’s come under scrutiny for lack of customisation like its Android counterpart, however with iOS 11, the widget filled setting screen can be customised with regularly used applications such as music player or stop watch.

A very welcome upgrade that will make the day to day operation of the phone much more enjoyable and convenient.

New Emojis

You can’t have too many emojis and people want more ways to express their emotions through little pictographs in text. Whether you want to express your emotions through a T-Rex or a bearded man or a breastfeeding lady you now have the option to!

Airpod Gestures

Ok, when they said they were getting rid of the 3.5 jack, we didn’t like it, but after using the airpods, we are slowly coming around to them. So when news came out that improvements to the airpods with skipping track with a double tap of the right or left earpiece for forward or back skipping.

Dark Mode

The new and improved dark mode is pretty awesome as it’s now “smart-invert” and works with apps so things like album art will still look fine in the music player, magazines and any Apple app. There are rumours circulating for support for third party apps, and this will likely come out in stages, because YouTube and SnapChap.

Updated Siri

Siri now responds to texting, so if you want to text Siri instead of talking to your phone in public, which is still a bit of a no-no in many areas, you can now simply type and Siri will understand.

DDNDWD (Definitely Do Not Disturb While Driving)

The iPhone will now understand when you are driving a car and now has an automatic reply function so people know you are driving. It is far too easily to get distracted by the phone in the car. It is great to see companies like Apple take these steps to try and ensure you’re not distracted.

Teeny-weeny media and fresh filters

The update comes with a refreshed set of nine photo filters. You can access the filter gallery by swiping up from the bottom of the viewfinder or tapping the Filters button in the toolbar.
You will find updated Portrait Mode. The feature now supports OIS (optical image stabilisation) and HDR.

Moreover, your photos and videos will use 50% less storage thanks to adopted new image formats. Anyone up for another dozen of selfies today?

For full details on all the wonders that iOS 11 will bring, take a wander over to the official Apple site and to download visit your settings and find “software update”.

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The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, Apple Watch and Apple TV

Our feature article described the main event of the Apple announcement, the iPhone X, so here is the rest of what was shown at the announcement including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K.

The 2 hour, invite only event was on Tuesday the 12th of September, and whilst the highlight was the iPhone X, there was plenty else to get excited over.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple introduced 3 brand new iPhones on Tuesday, and the iPhone 8 is the first of the bunch. There are some improvements to get your teeth into and for the most basic of variations, the iPhone 8 is a much more welcome addition than the “C” variations that came out on previous announcements.

These are the reasons you might want to choose an iPhone 8;

  • Wireless charging – Making the whole chassis glass means they were able to be QI compatible. Just placing the phone down on a wireless charger the phone will start charging. We knew Apple were going to introduce it some day, and these latest iPhone ranges are going fully supporting (as well as the iPhone watch, which can also be charged wirelessly).
  • Better Processor – the A11 Bionic processor is the same as the iPhone X, so you are guaranteed the same performance as the premium model (probably even more so without the processing needed for faceID, but more that later). So it can handle all sorts of Augmented Reality, games and image processing.
  • The Camera – the main camera is exactly the same as the one in the plus and the X. 12 megapixel f/1.8 camera has a “larger and faster” sensor than the iPhone 7. With optical image stabilisation and video recording in 4K at 24, 30 and 60FPS the software is equal to those in the premium.
  • A familiar size – if you are the owner of a 7 or 7 Plus the sizes are exactly the same so the cases you have bought for your 7 are still going to fit.

It was more of the same formula from Apple, with nothing too unexpected with the 8 and 8 Plus, this was obviously reserved for the iPhone X, however what has been introduced improves the speed and efficiency of the phone dramatically, speed of charging, speed of changing between applications and multitasking, and the very much adored camera has seen an improvement in the actual hardware and the software. All improvements that will be welcomed by the fan base.

Some other technology from the iPhone 8 announcement as follows

Apple Watch

Ages ago already was the announcement for the latest technology to come out of the apple camp. The first hour was about the new Apple watch with its own cellular data, so you can run applications like Spotify and take calls without your phone being within reach with its own mobile plan on offer from EE.

  • Mobile plan (optional)
  • GPS
  • Swimproof
  • 70% faster dual-core processor
  • W2 Wireless Chip
  • WatchOS 4
  • Partnership with Nike

Perfect for runners, workers and make the perfect companion synced up to the various wireless headphones that Apple have mad or partnered with. Word is they harvested the Project Red iPhone parts…

Apple TV

Secondly was the Apple TV with a new and improved chip to allow for faster browsing and better streaming through their new and improved A10X Fusion Chip allowing it to produce stunning 4K streaming. Twice as fast as previous models and out the box ready to support Netflix 4K Ultra HD and partnering with Dolby Vision to ensure Apple TV produces 4K in the highest clarity on the market.

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iPhone X – Apple reveals the new direction for iPhone

10th anniversary iPhone

Apple took the wraps off its completely innovative device in comparison to the rest of iPhone line up. The high-end smartphone – iPhone X (reads as iPhone 10) – marks a tremendous change in iPhone design and takes its place in line with awesome, bezel-less phones released earlier this year.

iPhone X is moving in new direction. It took Apple 18 devices and 10 years of evolution to introduce such impressive smartphone.

Do you really want an iPhone X?

Over the past two days since the announcement, a lot of discussions are going on around new features and upgrades that come with iPhone X. Let’s get down to the specs that can make you want one, really want.

Design

This year Apple choose to cover its anniversary phone in all-glass much like the iPhone 4 and 4s. In order to tackle the durability issues with back and front glass panels used in the past, iPhone X’s ultra-strong glass claims to make spider web screens a thing of the past.

Display

We finally see Apple jumping on an OLED-screen trend that Samsung been producing for years. The brand-new handset features 5.8 inches Super Retina OLED screen ditching the LCD panel that we still see in recently announced iPhone 8 series and last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

The cutting-edge OLED based screen allows iPhone X to upgrade to a resolution of 2436 x 1125. New screen technology provides blacker blacks and whiter whites making colours rich and leaving that touch of brilliance to anything displayed on the iPhone X.

You won’t see any bottom bezel, however, there’s a notch that cuts into the screen and hosts camera sensors and speaker. You might think it will get in the way when gaming or watching movies. You shouldn’t worry too much, it’s not going to ruin apps. It will let you get the most use of 18:9 screen ration (TBC) and additionally Apple had to come up with an alternative iPhone defining feature.

No more home button

Don’t look for it, it’s not there. Same as Apple removed the headphone jack last year, this September they crossed out the physical home button to welcome pressure sensitive 3D Touch and Face ID – 3D facial recognition technology. From now on the interaction with iPhone X is entirely gesture-based. Swipe it, left, right, hold the tap longer and not a single click. You can access the control swiping down from the top. The home screen is now upward-from-the-bottom-gesture away. 

Touch ID replaced

Together with the home button, we waved goodbye to fingerprint scanning. Instead, you can unlock your iPhone by simply looking at it. Apple claims that Face ID is more secure than fingerprint scanner as there’s only 1 chance in a million your face can be faked. The trick behind Face ID is that machine learning adapts to your facial changes and uses True Depth camera and multiple sensors hidden in the top notch to scan your face. Even in the dark. Even you are wearing a hat or spectacles, or growing a beard over night.

Dual lens camera set up

The camera sensors stick to same specifications as last year – wide-angle 12 MP lens and 12 MP telephoto lens. This year’s dual cameras do have a redesign. Dual optical image stabilisation makes images blur-free even when zooming in. Camera sensors are larger and faster and we see a f/2.4 aperture improvement on telephoto lens. The new, advanced Portrait Lightning Mode is a game changer in smartphone photography. Your portraits with added blur-background can be transformed applying lightening effects on model’s face, much like studio lights.

Emoji animations

Let’s get back to the TrueDepth camera benefits we mentioned briefly. The 7 MP TrueDepth camera with ambient light sensors, proximity sensors, dot projector and flood illuminator (all those face-mapping sensors) can capture your facial expressions, mirror them and guess what? – apply on an emoji. Yes! Any emoji – fox, cat, piggy, monkey and even silly poo! What’s more crazy you can record a video and send it to your friends over iMessage.

 

Performance

All the above mentioned techy features are enabled with a smartly designed, new A11 Bionic chipset. The six-core chip will power latest augmented reality apps and 3D games. Apple hasn’t mentioned anything about battery capacity or RAM specifications, but rumours suggest iPhone X will sport 3 GB.

First wireless charging iPhone

The glass back was a design solution to offer fast wireless charging to iPhone X owners. Apple claims it will last 2 hours longer than on iPhone 7 and will charge up to 50% in 30 minutes. The only unwelcome news is that you’ll need to purchase separate charging adapter to experience fast charge capabilities.

Release and price

We’ll have to wait until November 3 for the iPhone X to come out and it can be pre-ordered starting from October 27. Space grey or silver water-resistant (IP67 rated) iPhone X will cost £999 for 64 GB storage version and hefty £1,149 for the 256 GB.

Okay, if you trade in your old iPhone for the most cash, you might be able to afford the radically redesigned all-screen iPhone X. With extra cash invested towards the upgrade, it won’t seem so costly, we hope.

To sum up

The level of craftsmanship Apple reached with its iPhone X is incredible. It is the most advanced iPhone to date. Our first impressions are great as this device means a step to the future for the company. We shall wait for the phone to be released and see how it performs in comparison to Android flagships. Well done, Apple!

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Guide to Apple’s Event

Today is the big day! The day when Tim Cook will take the stage in the brand new Steve Jobs Theatre to announce new iPhones marking the 10th anniversary of the smartphone. The major expectations are, of course, the completely redesigned iPhone X in three possible colour variations: black, silver and a new ‘Blush Gold’ (coppery thing) along the upgraded versions of iPhone 7 – iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Read on to get familiar with what we’re going wow about and how to watch the live-stream.

The biggest iPhone changes since iPhone

 

Apple has been trying hard to keep all the bits under wraps, but hot HomePod and iOS Gold Master leaks appeared over past months and revealed detailed design and specifications of the all-new iPhone. iOS developers dug into the code and shared the bits and pieces of much-anticipated iPhone including the official brand name.

Regarding iPhone X performance recent leak tips the brand new A11 processor with six cores. The chip will come with four Mistral cores – that’s twice more than in A10 – and two Monsoon cores. This upgrade means that iPhone X will be the most powerful smartphone obtaining access to more power than ever before.

Specifications

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith said that iPhone 8 will pack 2 GB of RAM whereas both iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will sport 3GB. You might question how this is going to be better than 6 and 8GB of RAM in current Android flagships. Well, the answer is the A11 processor with each cores being independently addressable. Internal storage capacities will be 64 and 256 GB. Crazy rumours suggest that 512 GB storage will be available as well. But we doubt that’s going to happen as the price of the handset is expected to go higher than £900 and to be honest who really needs this much storage in a phone?

Design changes

Apple will go edge-to-edge this year and make iPhone out of glass with first ever OLED display. The 5.8-inch screen will cover the entire front leaving a little cut out in the top bezel for sensors and Face Time camera.

The home button has been a trademark feature since the very first iPhone released back in 2007. But as last year Apple decided to get rid of the headphone jack, this time it’s the home button that we wave goodbye to. Instead of clicking and 3D touch, we’ll get facial recognition and gesture-based interaction with the phone. Facial recognition technology will be used to unlock the device, verify payments and access apps.

In order to charge the new, high-end, iPhone, rumours indicate it will need to be placed on an inductive pad for, yes you guessed it, wireless charging. We haven’t spotted any details on battery capacity and standby time, but if Apple makes its next device to keep the charge for more than a day, it will be a real breakthrough.

There might not be much improvement in rear camera. The revolutionised iPhone X will feature 12MP sensors this year. However there hasn’t been any evidence, so it may stay a secret until this evening.

Leaked iOS GM firmware disclosed new feature such as Smart Camera that will identify different backgrounds and adjust settings automatically. Portrait Lightning Mode is believed to be more advanced than last year’s Portrait Mode and relate to the flash when taking photographs giving studio-like images as the result.

How to tune in live?

To witness all this exciting stuff and new watch, iOS 11 and Apple TV announcements you can follow the event live.

Apple event live stream will be broadcasted from Apple Website and it starts at 6 pm (BST). Apple wouldn’t be Apple if it was that easy to watch the grand unveiling. Events cannot be streamed on the Chrome or Firefox browsers. Safari browser on Mac computers with macOS 10.11, iPhones and iPads with iOS 9.0 or later will work perfectly fine. Windows users will need to access Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.

If you are not able to meet these requirements, join us on Twitter this evening, we’ll be sharing live all the announcements.

Tasty treats prior to iPhone release

Our recent data research revealed that best time to sell earlier models is before the new iPhone goes on sale. This gap between announcement and release can mean the difference of £100. If you have your eyes on next iPhones, now is the time to choose the best deal and ensure the biggest pay. Act quick! The release is rumoured on 22nd of September.

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