Hands On: BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ Becomes KeyOne

February 27th, 2017

BlackBerry KeyOne

Don’t call it a Mercury. The new keyboarded, Android-powered BlackBerry is a KeyOne, and it’s rising in Apr for $549.

Made by TCL, a primogenitor of Alcatel, a KeyOne has a 4.5-inch shade and a full BlackBerry keyboard we remember; it will be concordant with all vital US and Canadian carriers.

We had an early hands on with a KeyOne final month during CES, though Mobile World Congress is a central entrance out party, and we got to spend some-more time with a hardware and software.

First, we have full specs now. The KeyOne measures 5.87 by 2.85 by 0.37 inches, and has a 4.5-inch, 1,620-by-1,080 LCD shade in a 3:2 aspect ratio. The categorical camera is 12 megapixels and a front camera is 8 megapixels. There’s 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and a MicroSD label slot. There’s a outrageous 3505mAh battery, and it all runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor.

Wait, a 625? That doesn’t sound like a flagship phone. But a reason for a 625 is battery life, pronounced TCL Communication North America boss Steve Cistulli. The 625 is a really power-efficient processor, and a multiple of a processor and battery will let a phone final some-more than a full day of use, he said.

In Canada and a US, there will be dual models: one that supports CDMA for Sprint and Verizon as good as ATT and T-Mobile’s networks, and one that’s ATT and T-Mobile-only. Cistulli pronounced a unbarred indication of a phone will work on all 4 US carriers. For Canada, it looks like this is a Big Three phone, as it lacks Freedom Mobile’s new Band 66.

The phone will launch initial on a unbarred marketplace in a US during a second entertain of this year, with Canadian carriers following and US carriers after that, Cistulli said. Read a rest of this entrance »

HTC U Ultra review: Does a phone unequivocally need dual screens?

February 26th, 2017

HTC has a span of USB-C headphones in a box, though no adapter, so we have to buy one if we already have a set we like. There seems to be small reason to get absolved of a jack except that Apple already has – and a rest of a universe isn’t there yet.


The U Ultra runs Sense HTC’s chronicle of Android Nougat 7.0. Each manufacturer’s essence of Android is a matter of personal choice though we can’t get on house with HTC’s. It’s finished swell in new years by putting things like Google Photos in place of a possess app, though there’s still too most on here.

Swipe right from a home shade for example, and we get “Highlights”, a uncanny feed of news, adverts and amicable media posts. A few times a day notifications from HTC’s news use cocktail adult unwanted. Operationally it’s utterly true to Google’s “clean” Android, though things still get in a way.

Other points

  • Battery life is subsequent what I’d design of a phone this size, generally true out of a box, nonetheless it will get we by a day.
  • Generally, a phone is zippy and responsive, and a haptic feedback is reassuring.
  • As common with HTC, sound by a speakers is good above average
  • Memory during 64GB should be adequate for roughly anyone. A 128GB chronicle also exists, though does not seem to be on sale in a UK during launch.


HTC has pushed a pouch here, that is calming to see. Most of a fundamentals are finished good and a camera is ideally adequate.

The second shade generally is interesting, even if it could be improved applied, though a miss of a headphone jack is irritating. HTC’s Sense Companion – a AI partner and a large offered indicate of a phones – isn’t accessible yet, and it’s bizarre to launch a phone but it.

Overall, a tough to clear a £649 cost indicate with foe such as a Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S7 in a Android market, generally with Samsung’s subsequent large thing around a corner. Read a rest of this entrance »

Hands on examination of a Meizu Pro 6 Plus Android phone

February 22nd, 2017

The Meizu Pro 6 Plus is directed during a high finish veteran or business user. The phone is packaged in a tough cosmetic box that is most incomparable than boxes for other phones. The wrapping is most some-more stout and is a improved peculiarity compared to cheaper devices.

The USB-C cord is coiled with useful wire grips to stop a wire tangling when not in use.

The wire supports information delivery with a bandwidth adult to 5Gbps.

The USB wire also supports 24W quick charging and has insurance opposite brief circuit incidents.

There is also a compress USB wall horse in a box.

The phone battery has a ability of 3400mAh with a lifespan, according to Meizu, of over 900 charging cycles.

Like other Meizu phones we have reviewed, a device is accessible in 4 colours: Champagne, Gold, Grey, and Silver. It feels plain and good built in a hand.

The phone has a 5.7 in. Quad HD display, and is somewhat incomparable than a Meizu Note 5 device we reviewed final month. It has ‘always-on-display’ record and four-axis visual picture stabilisation. It has a good frail shade display.

Its measure are 155.6mm x 77.3mm x 7.3mm and it weighs 158g – a identical weight to a M5 Note.

Meizu contend that a 2560×1440 arrangement resolution, exceeds a 2K customary and “most of” a mainstream desktop displays.

Behind a shade there is an Exynos 8890 processor built on a 14nm FinFET process, and Samsung M1 architecture. This is a depart from a Helio P10 octa-core processor inside a Note 5 and M3 Max. It has 64 or 128Gb UFS 2.0 inner storage. Read a rest of this entrance »

Honor 6X review: A $250 phone that feels like a million bucks

February 14th, 2017

honor 6x skinny new

Battery life, estimate power, and a headphone jack are all facilities to cruise when selling for a new phone. Most importantly, does a phone demeanour good, feel responsive, and take good pictures?

But as bill phones continue to get smarter, another critical doubt has emerged: Is it worth it? With high-end phones creeping into a four-figure range, it’s a doubt that’s begun to take on substantial weight. We design a Galaxy S7 to have a improved processor, camera, and arrangement than a Galaxy A5, though is it twice or even 3 times as good? Or are we only profitable additional since of a top-of-the-line specs and branding?

These are a questions that popped into my conduct when we picked adult a Honor 6X for a initial time. Right off a bat we was impressed. Had we not famous a price, we would have substantially guessed a cost was identical to a OnePlus 3T, somewhere in a $450 range. It’s build and underline set feels some-more like mid-range charity than a bill one, and even with a aloft cost tab than a $200 predecessor, it still punches above a weight.

Mind you, if you’re awaiting Honor’s latest U.S. entrance to smoke-stack adult to primogenitor association Huawei’s Mate 9, you’ll approaching come divided disappointed, though we need to cruise that could buy dual 6Xes for a same cost and still have income left over for an 128GB SD card. But still, even with such a low cost, a doubt remains: Is it value it?

Premium for pennies

When it comes to smartphones, prices lift certain expectations. Just as most as an $800 is approaching to fire by a tasks, final all day, and take professional-quality pics, a $250 phone isn’t unequivocally approaching to do any of these things. A phone that costs reduction than a smartwatch is ostensible to be done of plastic, run a two-year-old chronicle of Android, and take subpar photos. Read a rest of this entrance »