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Showing posts with label PHONES. Show all posts

An Annoyed Lady made a Phone with Rotary Dial

An Annoyed Lady made a Phone with Rotary Dial
PC: Justine Haupt


The smartphone changed the world, but it wasn’t all for the better. Mobile devices are packed full of endless productivity-killing distractions, and the ability to actually make a phone call almost seems like an afterthought now.

A Science Associate from Brook-haven National Laboratory Instrumentation Division made a phone with an old school Rotary Dail as she thaught the regular big screen modern phones are annoying and want to take control of her life.

Justine Haupt made the phone from scratch and made her notes available on her website.

To call her better half and other family members she designed a dedicated button for each loved one.

There’s an entire generation that probably won’t be able to make sense of Haupt’s Rotary Cellphone or why it has a bizarre circular wheel affixed to the top. For the rest of us who suffered through a time when placing calls meant spinning a plastic wheel, Haupt’s creation seems like it was brought to Earth from a parallel dimension where mobile phones took an entirely different evolutionary route, and where technologies like touchscreens never came to fruition.

For those scratching their heads over that dial, users would place a finger in the hole of the number they wanted to ‘press’ and then turn the dial until their finger hit a metal clip, at which point they’d release the dial and it would spin back into place. All of that for every single number of a ten-digit phone number.

According to Haupt’s website where she provides lots of details on how this creation came to be, the dial itself was salvaged from a Western Electric Trimline telephone which featured hardware that was more compact than other rotary phones from decades back. That, along with the necessary electronics needed to make the dial interface with modern cellular chipsets, was integrated with a custom-designed board that was manufactured in China, and then stuffed into a 3D printed enclosure. The Rotary Cellphone is far from pocketable but it’s compact and light enough to pick up and hold to your ear for the length of the average phone call.


An Annoyed Lady made a Phone with Rotary Dial
PC: Justine Haupt


Despite looking somewhat primitive, Haupt did integrate some useful features borrowed from modern smartphones, including a 10-LED signal meter, programmable shortcut buttons for calling specific people, a power switch that physically slides on and off, and a curved e-paper screen with two sections so that information like missed calls can be displayed on the side like an old-school pager would.

On her website Haupt has shared not only photos of how her Rotary Cellphone came together, but also raw schematics and links to all of the original design files, released as open-source materials, allowing anyone with the technical expertise to build their own.

An Annoyed Lady made a Phone with Rotary Dial
PC: Justine Haupt

New Moto Razr lasted for 27000 folds

New Moto Razr lasted for 27000 folds
Pic: 9to5 Google

Remember the folding bot from CNET that folded Samsung galaxy fold for over about 9 hours at a high speed of 2.5 folds per second. In this test, the Samsung galaxy fold lasted for about more than 120,000 folds. Watch the video here

Now it's time for moto Razar a new single-screen folding phone to take this folding test. After testing it on the folding bot the new moto razor just lasted for 27000 folds.



Tech Experts has done small math to calculate the life of a moto Razr phone folding.

The math goes like this :

If you open and close the moto Razr phone 100 times a day on average that gives you around 270 days of life.

so Samsung has done a better job than the Motorola in hinges and Motorola has done a good job in the display. Well, Razr has not gone the same vigours as Galaxy fold.

In Samsung galaxy fold, at first, the display has got visible pink lines at 119,000 folds and after 122000 folds the hinge is making noises to fold.

Coming to Moto Razr the screen is in intact but the hinge is not folding at all and small misalignment in the hinge is noticed.






The Huawei Mate 30 Pro

 
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei revealed its major H2 flagships, the Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro . As expected, they arrived without Google services.

This marks a turning point for the company, and perhaps Android itself, as the second-biggest smartphone maker in the world launches phones without Apple or Google app store access. Here’s what we saw at yesterday’s event.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro


Before talking about what the Mate 30 Pro is missing, let’s take a look at the hardware it delivers:

Display: 6.53-inch curved OLED (with notch), 2,400 x 1,176 resolution
Chip: Kirin 990
RAM: 8GB
ROM: 128GB / 256GB
Rear cameras: 40MP f/1.6, 40MP f/1.8 ultra-wide, 8MP f/2.4 3x telephoto, 3D depth sensor
Front camera: 32MP, 3D depth sensor
Battery: 4,500mAh
OS: Android 10 (and EMUI 10)

  • These characteristics put the Mate 30 Pro squarely at the most premium end of the smartphone spectrum.
  • Looks-wise, you can’t miss it: it has a large, boxy body with a notch at the top and an unmissable circular camera cutout on the rear.
  • Speaking of cameras, the four rear sensors — including two huge 40MP sensors — will surely help put this among the best smartphones for camera quality (expect some critics to crown it the best).
  • It can also shoot ultra-slow motion at a ridiculous 7680fps at 720p.
  • But it lacks a headphone port. Boo.
  • Huawei showed off a Mate 30 Pro 5G model too, as well as a variant with a vegan leather rear.
  • The Mate 30 Pro will start at 1,099 Euros, the Mate 30 Pro 5G starts at 1,199 Euros, but Huawei didn’t talk release date or markets.
  • Here’s a hands-on video with the device from Android Authority (YouTube).
  • From a hardware standpoint, it looks like a beast. There’s just one problem…

The app situation


  • The Huawei Mate 30 series doesn’t support apps like YouTube, Maps, and Gmail, and it can’t run the Google Play Store.
  • This is a result of the ongoing trade ban the U.S. has imposed on Huawei. It isn’t of Huawei’s own volition.
  • Mate 30 owners will have to rely on Huawei’s marketplace called AppGallery if they want to download apps instead.
  • Little is known about this yet, but it won’t house anywhere near as many apps like Google Play, though WhatsApp and Instagram have been confirmed for it (BBC).
  • Huawei said there may be a way to sideload Google apps onto the phones in the future, but details are murky.
  • In a group interview, Huawei’s Richard Yu said Google services could potentially be rolled out to the Mate 30 “over one night,” should the trade ban be lifted.

What about the standard Mate 30?


  • The regular Mate 30 model is a lower-spec’d, less expensive version of the Pro model.
  • Oddly, it’s slightly bigger than the Mate 30 Pro overall, but also with slightly smaller battery capacity at 4,200mAh and a smaller notch.
  • Its camera setup isn’t as high performance, with lower resolution sensors on the front (24MP vs 32MP) and back (40MP + 16MP + 8MP vs 40MP + 40MP + 8MP), and no 3D face unlock.
  • But it does have a headphone port.
  • Otherwise, it’s very similar to the Pro model, with essentially the same resolution display, same chipset, and up to 8GB RAM. The Huawei Mate 30 starts at 799 Euros.
  • Will anybody buy these phones?
  • Huawei is in an unfortunate situation, being forced to launch a new phone range with what Western consumers will see as a crippling caveat.
  • The big question is whether the Mate 30 series does enough to justify the lack of Google Play and Google Services access. For me, that would be a no.
  • Huawei can’t spring to life an app store like Google Play, and the Google Play Services are far too important to overlook, despite great hardware.

It may not be a big deal for Huawei in China, where it doesn’t rely on Google services anyway, but for the Western world, I think most people will see it as a deal-breaker.


Source : digit daily

OnePlus 7T Launch Event Live Blog

 Image: OnePlus

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau posted the early look at the phone over on the OnePlus forum, and it looks pretty much as the leaks have promised, with a new circular rear camera module that features a triple-camera system. It also gives a good look at the new blue color gradient, which Lau describes as a “smooth matte surface with a brilliant metallic radiance.”

A separate leak from Twitter user Ishan Agarwal reports the exact specs for those three cameras: a 16MP 17mm ultra-wide-angle camera with a 117-degree field of vision; a 48MP 26mm wide-angle lens at f/1.6; and a 12MP 51mm telephoto lens at f/2.2 with 2x optical zoom. That’s in addition to the rumored Snapdragon 855+ processor and 90Hz display that OnePlus is expected to feature on the 7T.

Lau’s post doesn’t show off the front of the device, so we don’t have confirmation yet if there’s still some kind of notch or if OnePlus is offering a pop-up camera similar to the OnePlus 7 Pro to cut down on bezels. Presumably, we’ll find out more on September 26th, assuming Lau doesn’t post any more reveals in the coming days.






Selected Huawei devices to get free software update offline

Huawei devices to get free software update offline

Some of the Huawei customers are facing update issues from quite some time. Huawei just announced on its Twitter account that Huawei devices can get a free update to EMUI 10.  This service activity is especially available at HUAWEI HONOR Exclusive Service Centers.

Which devices are eligible for this free software update?

List of Product Models which are entitled to Free EMUI Upgrade:

Huawei Y9, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei P20 lite, Huawei Nova 3i, Huawei Nova 3, Honor View 10, Honor Play, Honor 9lite, Honor 8X, Honor 8 Pro, Honor 10, Honor 7X (starting from July end), Honor9N (starting from July end).

Free EMUI Upgrade Campaign Time Period: 

15th July 2019 – 12th October 2019.

Where is this Service available?

This service activity is especially available at HUAWEI HONOR Exclusive Service Centers. You can book an appointment via our HiCare APP & HUAWEI India Website to save time.

What if my device warranty is expired?

Offer available for both In & Out of Warranty Devices: Every customer visiting our Exclusive Service Center during the campaign period is eligible for Free Upgrade.

Xiaomi Redmi K20 & K20 Pro Launched in India


Xiaomi Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro have been launched in India. The two smartphones are affordable flagships with impressive hardware at an affordable price. Redmi K20 price in India and Redmi K20 Pro price in India is expected to be revealed soon. Both smartphones have similar hardware.

The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and the Redmi K20 has a Snapdragon 730 SoC. This is an entirely new series of Redmi phones, and perhaps an attempt by Xiaomi to break the Redmi brand's image as one of the budget phones.


Xiaomi Redmi K20 specifications

The Redmi K20 has a 6.39-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.9 percent screen-to-body ratio. The Redmi K20 is powered by a Snapdragon 730 SoC and up to 8GB of RAM along with up to 256GB storage. The smartphone features a pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The smartphone runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and the back, and its display supports HDR. The Redmi K20 has a 4,000mAh battery and an 18W charger in the box. There's a triple rear camera setup at the back, with a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens.

  Xiaomi Redmi K20 price in India

The Redmi K20 price in India for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant is Rs. 21,999. Redmi K20 price in India for the 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant is Rs. 23,999. The Redmi K20 will be available on Flipkart from July 22 at 12pm.

  Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro specifications

The Redmi K20 Pro has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and an Adreno 640 GPU. It has up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. It has a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor, 13-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x zoom.

The Redmi K20 Pro supports 4K video recording at 60fps, and 960fps slow-motion video recording. It has a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera. The Redmi K20 Pro has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back. It has a 4,000mAh battery and ships with an 18W fast charger in the box.

The smartphone has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display and it has an in-display fingerprint sensor. It supports HDR, so you can enjoy HDR content on YouTube, Netflix, and even when gaming. It also features an always-on display. The smartphone runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie and supports a system-wide dark mode. The Redmi K20 Pro weighs 191g and has a USB Type-C port.


Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro price in India

The Redmi K20 Pro price in India for the 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant is Rs. 27,999. Redmi K20 Pro price in India for the 8GB RAM, 256GB storage variant is Rs. 30,999. The company is launching the 27W Sonic Charger at Rs. 999. The Redmi K20 Pro will be available on Flipkart from July 22 at 12pm. Redmi K20 Pro special edition price in India is Rs. 4.8 lakhs.

Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones price in India

The Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones were launched in India at Rs. 1,599. This pair of Bluetooth earphones promises eight hours of battery life.

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