With the Reno2 Z Oppo is offering a mid-range smartphone with a wide range of impressive photo and video features.
A new name to me and without a visit to the Amazon Christmas event it would have probably stayed that way. This is a portable USB lead that has USB or USB ‘C’ on one end a coiled lead to fit into a small carry case and three different ends to make sure it has a fitment to suit whatever you need to charge, so wherever there is power so do you.
In fact there are six different combinations so three for each of USB and USB ‘C’. The outer box measures 9x9x2.5 and the inner one round at 6.5cm and 1.5cm thick; there is a rubberised loop to fit over a finger or more likely a belt. The weight is less than 50 grams. It has a clear top the flip open container has a black coiled lead 9cm long – fully coiled to over 30cm uncoiled. The ends are white, as it arrives USB on one end and micro USB on the other end.
While this was launched before the Cricket World Cup it did not arrive with me until the Cricket season was finished. Indeed anyone watching the main courts at Wimbledon would have seen the ‘oppo’ name on the show courts, great advert but how many will have known what the name referred to.
The Oppo Reno 10 Pro measures 16x7.5x.8cm and it weighs 216grams. The viewable screen is 15.5x7.2cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 6.6inches. This is a large phone with hybrid zoom. The selfie phone gives a wider capture angle as the lens is not in the screen but on a pop out above it. Start up is 13 seconds and shutdown only 1.2 seconds. Going around the outside has the on/off button on the right. The base has USB ‘C’, SIM entry point and speaker.
Continuing its drive towards product development, Xiaomi has made a number of wireless charging announcements.
Since being founded in 2010 Xiaomi has been busy developing smartphones and other smart hardware items that are connected by the Internet of Things (IoT) platform in order to push the boundaries of what is available from such devices.
Around eighteen months ago OnePlus had a major worldwide launch in the UK for their OnePlus 6. Then at the start of this year they launched OnePlus 6 Pro. So what as the autumn creeps in does the OnePlus 7 Pro have to offer.
It is 16x7.5x.7cm and weighs 204 grams. The viewable screen is 15.4x7cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of 6.67 inches. Going around the outside has a lock button on the right side with the on/off button below this. The base has a reasonable speaker, pin hole microphone and USB ‘C’ charging connection. The left side has the volume rocker and SIM entry point. The back has the three cameras in a column 1.5cm down from the top with the LED flash below them.
This latest phone has some nice little extra features, it also is Android 9 and has a pure Android operating system so no skin added this is called Android One but this means with no extra skin to slow it down it is really fast.
It is 16x7x.9cm and weighs 198grams; this includes a clear silicon case that covers the back and sides. The viewable screen is 15.7x6.4cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial screen resolution of 6.3inches. Going around the outside has volume rocker with on/off button on the right side. The base has its speaker, USB ‘C’ and microphone. The left side has SIM entry point and the top has 3.5mm headphone socket.
This is a cheaper Android phone but it looks anything but that, around £100 should secure this SIM free and some might keep this as a second unit or one to take to festivals or night clubs and the like where security is less than perfect.
It is 14.5x6.6x.7cm and weighs 129 grams. The viewable screen is 12.5x6.5cm with the selfie camera above the screen. The diagonal imperial measurement is 5.5 inches. The screen resolution is 720x1440. Going around the outside finds the volume rocker towards the top of the right side with the on/off button below this. The base has the micro USB socket for charging and connection of an OTG device. The left side has SIM and micro SD card entry point. The top has a pin hole microphone and 3.
No doubt you are aware that the latest step forward within the world of communication expansion is that of 5G. This latest technology is slowly spreading its net(work) over the communication world with the promise of better things to come as users adjust their equipment to take advantage of this latest Holy Grail of mobile orientated features to keep users happy.
Although the spread of 5G might seem initially slow with regards to its availability rather than performance. you do need to consider the geographical spread that this technology needs to cover and the upgrading of the equipment needed to support the technology with the range of equipment being developed by various competitive companies and the tactics being used to promote their take on the product and its technology.
While Vodafone sell all the major brands of phones they also do their own range of phones designed and tested to work on the Vodafone network. Here I am looking at their latest offering the Vodafone Smart V10 that will not cost nearly as much as certain recent review items.
The Vodafone Smart V10 measures 15x7x.8cm and it weighs 147grams. The viewable screen is 13.7x6.5cm which gives notional diagonal imperial measurement of 5.9 inches; the screen display is 1560x720 which is 19:9. The selfie camera is a notch in the centre of the top of the screen. The front is shiny black and the sides and back are chrome colour. Going around the unit has the on/off rocker towards the top of the right side with the on/off button just below in a contrast red colour.
If you want a SmartPhone that can offer almost everything that the latest super offerings can do but at a lower price then this unit from Honor may well tick all the boxes. A lot of recent phones are sold on the cameras capabilities and this one has AI built in.
The Honor 20 Lite measures 15.3x7.2x.7cm and weighs 165grams while the viewable screen is 14.3x6.6cm and that gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of just over 6.2inches. The pixel resolution is 2340x1080 but you can lower this in settings to 1560x720 if you need to save battery. Talking about battery the 3440mAh battery should last well into the second day even for a heavy user, it supports 10w fast charging.
Gamers, who are on the move, could enjoy this next piece of kit.
The manufacturers of smartphones tend to show their "smarts" by adding to the feature sets of their handsets. Improvements are being made to issues that relate to the unit's size, weight, biometric security and the image capturing facilities as dual lenses are now considered the standard rather then the exception. However there is one area that many brands of smartphones seem to have ignored. This is that of gaming capabilities.
It’s unusual for recent SmartPhone launches to be made without review product being available, on one such recent launch I was told ‘next week’ and it has still not arrived, and here in the case of the Honor 20 it was nearly six weeks but it was launched just after a rant by Donald Trump against this phones parent company, still it has now arrived to receive tests over a very short two week timeframe.
Most phones that arrive come with a Getting Started guide, not so here.
The Mi8 Lite is a mid-range smartphone in the portfolio of Xiaomi Corporation, a fast growing Chinese company that, despite becoming China’s largest smartphone company in 2014. is hardly known in this country.
When looking for a bargain handset, you might like to consider an Alcatel unit.
As you might surmise from its title, the Alcatel 1x is an enhanced version of the on this site Adopting the familiar candy bar appearance, this Alcatel 1x smartphone is available in either Pebble Blue or, as in the case of my review unit, Pebble Black. According to the information supplied to me, this particular smartphone is currently available from Carphone Warehouse SIM-free listed at the bargain level price of £99.99. With dimensions of 148.4 x 68.8 x 8.
So while you may see less of a single brand due to a disagreement with Mr Trump, others may benefit and one such brand is Samsung. Here I am looking at the latest offering from Samsung the Galaxy S10, so what does it have to offer.
It is 15.5x7.5x.8cm and weights 177 grams. The notional diagonal imperial screen measurement is 6.4 inches. The screen resolution is FHD+ 2280x1080 but can be cranked up to 3040x1440 if your eye sight is better than mine using an option in Display. There is the front facing camera towards the right edge near the top of the screen, with the other normal things like clock, Wi-Fi, battery state and 4G indicator to its left.
At the start of April a review of a sibling unit to this one can be found on Gadgetspeak. So here what is quite a similar product on the face of it, however there are surprises like a fingerprint reader that is normally invisible on the screen.
It is 15.5x6.5x.8cm and weighs 159 grams. The viewable screen has the optional diagonal imperial measurement of 6.4inches. Unlike some recent phones that have no edges here there is approximately .3cm on all sides. The display is still over 90% of the screen and ideal for those Apps that require touches near the edge. The top has a central notch on the screen, which drops down into the display in a teardrop by up to .5cm. The back is shiny and moves from Blue to Purple from top to bottom.
This phone is one for those who like to watch films as the format is taller and slimmer than most, of course it still does everything that a phone should it’s just the screen shape that makes landscape use the most likely way to use it.
The Sony Xperia 10 measures 15.3x6.5x.7cm and weighs 162 grams. Startup is 20 seconds and shutdown is 2.5 seconds. The notional diagonal imperial screen measurement is 6inches. Going around the outside the top has a 3.5mm headphone socket, the right side has the on/off button fingerprint scanner and volume up/down rocker. The base has the speakers with USB ‘C’ socket in the centre of the bottom.
Adding to its range of smartphones, Sony has released its Xperia L3 model. As is often the case, my review sample of the smartphone handset has been provided by Vodafone for the purpose of this review.
In familiar fashion the front of the handset is dominated by the unit’s display 5.7 inch screen delivering a 75.6% screen-to-body ratio. The Sony Xperia L3 is fitted with an IPs LCD capacitive touch screen that is capable of displaying 16M colours. With a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels at 18:9 ratio, the screen has a ppi density of ~282. Providing protection for the screen, in the case of accidents, is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Samsung is one of the largest brands and certainly one of the companies that bring new things to the market. Here a slim sleek and powerful offering that will do everything you want and never look out of place even in a boardroom.
While I am aware that the Samsung range is rolling out ‘V10’ of some of its offerings a while after the launch is often a good time to invest or buy as any slight problems at the time of launch will have been sorted and indeed the amount needed to purchase could be a little less. It is 16x7.5x.7cm and it weighs 201grams. The screen resolution is 2960x1440. There are four colours available mine was Ocean Blue. The viewable screen is 14.5x7.