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HTC 10 evo announced

HTC 10 evo announced
A brand new waterproof phone without a 3.5mm headset? No, it’s not that one. This is a new handset from HTC, although I should call it new-ish because it has already been on sale in the USA as the HTC Bolt exclusively on Sprint.

The phone arrives with some super high-quality headphones (always a bonus for me, I still miss the old days when “Beats” headphones could be found in a HTC box) and brings back the “Evo” name we saw previously on the HTC Evo 4G many years ago.

HTC 10 evo announced

The all aluminium shell and unibody chassis measures in at 153.92 x 77.22 x 8.13mm and it weighs 170g. There’s an impressive Quad HD 5.5″ 2560 x 1440 pixel screen up front with a 534ppi, although HTC have gone with Super LCD instead of AMOLED. It weighs in at 170g, with a USB-C socket on the bottom and is powered by that Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 quad-core chipset (the one that had the “thermal” issues). This particular chip would be found in leading premium handsets from last year.

Along with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and all the usual goodness; there’s also 3GB of RAM and either 32 or 64GB storage with a microSD card slot for more. HTC have included a front fingerprint sensor, a 3200mAh quick-charge battery and it all runs on the very latest Android 7.0 Nougat with some HTC Sense tweaks including Blinkfeed and HTC Themes, although the OS still shows through and feels nice and vanilla.

It’s at this point that we usually tell you which networks have lined up to take the HTC 10 evo, but there’s none in the press release and, at the moment, it looks like you’ll only be able to buy it from HTC.com.

HTC 10 evo announced

HTC were previously making a big noise about their BoomSound HiFi system, which pairs the bottom speaker with the earpiece for stereo sound. Here on the HTC 10 evo it’s just the bottom speaker, which isn’t terrible, but we always loved the HTC BoomSound tech. HTC have instead given you some hi-res audio headphones with a USB-C plug on the end. The HTC 10 Evo delivers an auto-tuning system called “adaptive audio” which only works with these special headphones and – after running a quick test – it’ll set the audio levels and create a personal profile for your ears. You can alter this as you move around to help reduce exterior noise. All great, but if you have some expensive headphones you already want to use, you’re going to be in a world of adapter-ville.

HTC 10 evo announced

Camera-wise, and around back there’s a 16 megapixel f/2.0 shooter with optical image stabilisation and phase detection autofocus. It’ll deliver RAW image capture, 4K video recording and comes equipped with a dual-tone flash. The “Pro” option gives you a stack of options, including a long exposure, macro and night mode. Meanwhile, up front, an 8 megapixel selfie shooter (with “selfie flash”) will let you share snaps of yourself or do video calling.

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Get the full press release below. No news on release dates, but as mentioned before it’ll be exclusively available on the HTC website. Gunmetal and Glacier Silver are your colour choices.

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  • Motorola Moto G 3rd gen – Review

    It has been just less than a couple of years since Motorola launched the original Moto G, and now the third iteration of Motorola’s successful device is with us. I recently live-blogged the announcement event for the 3rd generation Moto G, the Moto X Play and Moto X Style. At the London event, I was given a review unit of the 16GB 2GB RAM 3rd gen Moto G, and after a few weeks of extensive usage as a primary device, here is my review.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   ReviewThere are two variants of the 3rd gen Moto G: an 8GB storage 1GB RAM version (starting at £179) and a 16GB storage 2GB RAM (starting at £209). Both variants are powered by the same chipset and are in the same water resistant body.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   ReviewFull specifications:

    • 5” 720×1280 IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (67% screen to body ratio)
    • Android 5.1.1
    • 13 megapixel rear camera with dual tone flash
    • 5 megapixel front facing camera
    • 8GB or 16GB storage expandable via Micro SD (up to 32GB)
    • 1GB RAM (8GB storage model) or 2GB RAM (16GB storage model)
    • Micro SIM
    • Quad-core CPU (Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 – 1.4GHz A53)
    • GPU Adreno 306
    • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, FM Radio
    • Water resistant construction (up to 1 metre for 30 minutes), IPX7 certified

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   Review

    In its 3rd iteration, the Moto G plays on the strengths of the previous generations and updates parts of the design in line with the higher tier Moto X Play and Moto X Style. The back is now a rubbery feeling silicon panel, which gives a reassuring grip and makes you feel less likely it will slip. In the middle of the back panel there is a metal insert which mounts the rear camera lens (f2.0 aperture) and the dual LED flash.

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    The front of the device is very very similar to the second generation Moto G, with front facing stereo speakers and relatively thin bezels around the 720×1280, 5” display.

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    All physical buttons on the 3rd generation Moto G are on the right side: a power button and the volume rocker.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   Review

    The micro USB charging port is centrally positioned on the bottom edge and a 3.5mm audio socket similarly positioned at the top.

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    Motorola, now under Lenovo, have continued to ship a close-to-Google-Experience version of Android on the Moto G 3rd gen. There are minor changes to a few icons, a Motorola camera app with slide in control carousel and a Motorola Gallery app. A few other Motorola apps are in the OS, but nothing intrusive or big enough to be called bloatware.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   Review

    If anything, the Moto app guides the user to making the most of some of the value add software/hardware features of the Moto G. Moto Display used to be a feature of the flagship Moto X less than two years ago. Now it is on the Moto G. The advantage may be minimal, as the screen of of the Moto G is an LCD one and so it all has to be lit up to be on, unlike the AMOLED panel on the Moto X.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   ReviewOne of my favourite things of the Moto G 3rd gen is the Actions, which are motion activated functions of the phone: perform a double karate chop with the phone and the torch turns on without you needing to unlock the screen. Double twist the Moto G, and the camera is opened.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   ReviewAssist is a location/context assistant which aims to set or configure your phone appropriately. It needs to be trained, but once setup turns out to be quite handy.

    The Moto G 3rd gen is a water resistant smartphone. It has IPX7 certification, which means it can be under fresh water up to 1 metre for up to 30 minutes. I’ll admit it, I’ve taken the device into the pool with me and taken some sample photos. The screen doesn’t work underwater, but no bad things came to my device while holding it under the surface. I think this will give the average user a bit of peace of mind when using the device in situations like when caught in rain, or near water. I have a feeling this device is going to be popular in Scotland…

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    The camera on the Moto G 3rd generation is a 13 megapixel one. At the launch event in London, I was lucky enough to have a chat with Peter Matsimanis, the technical lead behind the team who looks after the cameras on Motorola smartphones. Peter explained that the sensor on the Moto G 3rd gen is the same as the one in the Nexus 6 (without ring flash or optical image stabilisation). I’m really impressed with the camera performance on the Moto G 3rd gen, especially considering the price range of the device. In outdoor, well-lit conditions, the snaps are clear and with HDR set to Auto. This is a great point and shoot camera.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   ReviewLow light shots are not great, but still outperform some of the more expensive competition.

    Video is good in optimal light conditions, and the HD recordings are clear.

    Motorola Moto G 3rd gen   ReviewFor the first time in the Moto G iterations, Moto Maker is available for it. Moto Maker is Motorola’s device customisation service. You can visit their website, choose the colour of the front and the accents of your device, the colour of the back silicon panel and what to have engraved on the device. You will also be able to choose which memory configuration to choose (8GB storage/1GB RAM or 16GB storage/2GB RAM).

    The Moto G 3rd gen is available in black and white SKUs from multiple retailers in the UK. Three UK have a network exclusive on the Moto Maker, but if you are happy to buy the affordable device outright, Motorola.co.uk allow you to personalise with Moto Maker.

    I’ve been won over by the Moto G since the first iteration in late 2013. With the 3rd generation, Motorola have improved on the original formula, and brought water resistance and improved on the second gen’s bigger screen and body. I must say I really really like the Moto G 3rd generation. I like it so much I’m using it as one of my main devices and have even used one of my precious Google Play Music authorisations on it. The only thing I find myself wishing the Moto G 3rd gen had is an AMOLED screen, mostly so that Moto Display uses less battery power. Expandable memory, a great feeling device with reasonable battery life and a very recent Google-like version of Android are pushing all the right buttons with me: a bit like the onscreen ones…

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  • I’m raving, I’m bathing.

    Im raving, Im bathing.

    If you want some tunes in a nice relaxing bath or you want to swim around to your favourite tracks, this floating Bluetooth speaker is just your thing.

    It costs £24.95 from Prezzybox and supplies 4 hours of music. The floater works with any Bluetooth device and will happily bob along on the surface of the water to blast out music as you enjoy a swim or a bubble bath. You’ll just need to ensure that you keep it within 10 metres of your smartphone of other playback device. The speaker itself kicks out 3W of power but you need to ensure that it’s not completely submerged. It measures 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm x 8 cm.
    Im raving, Im bathing.
    Not only that, but because it’s waterproof you can safely take it camping or anywhere else outside without it getting damaged in the summer downpours. Call this summer eh? Pah!

    Head to the product page to rave while you bathe.

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  • Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Pouch review

    Inateck IPX8 Waterproof Pouch review

    Ahhhh, the British summer is here!

    What does this mean? Day trips to the beach, ice cream and loads and loads of photos.

    But, if you want to take your beloved smartphone with you, you’ll need some form of protection. Not from the sun, no, but from the rain and mud of course. What were you like thinking? The sand and the sea? Oh, well yes, that too.

    Anyway you can put your superbly designed and highly priced smartphone in a big unsightly case, or you can leave it naked as God intended and then pop it the IPX8 waterproof pouch, which will protect your device from dust/sand and submerging in water for up to 30 mins.

    Good Points:

    • Fits a 5.5/5.7 inch screen perfectly
    • Able to use the touch screen through the case.

    Bad Points.:

    • With the edges being sealed means button presses on the device edges a little tricky.
    • There’ll always be a degradation in picture quality.

    In Use:

    For want of a better description, the Inateck IPX8 Waterproof pouch has a clear front and back panel that allows you to continue to use your capacitive touch screen.

    The pouch comes with a lanyard which allows you to wear your phone around your neck too. It’ll open at the top and, once your phone is slid inside, will lock and seal thanks to two locking levers.

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    Inateck state that the pouch will accommodate phones up to 5.7 inches, but I found that it fitted my OnePlus One almost perfectly. As you can see from the picture below the edges of the pouch are sealed together and this makes for operating the buttons on the side of the phone a little tricky. However, I have my OnePlus to double tap to wake and sleep, so I had no issues using it that way.

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    The touch screen was still as responsive, but I wouldn’t recommend taking or making a call whilst it’s in there as the person on the other end only hears a very muffled version of you.

    I also took some pictures while my phone was still in the pouch and, as you can see, the results are really impressive.

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    Excuse the finger in the last shot. :)

    The Inateck IPX8 Waterproof pouch is available from Amazon for £8.99 and is available in Black/White/Orange, I will certainly be buying one. if nothing else, it will keep my phone nice and dry when I ride my motorbike in our fantastic summer weather.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Active heads to AT&T with extra battery power

    Samsung's Galaxy S6 broke cover last month and today AT&T revealed its exclusive grip on the rugged device. The IP-68 rated dustproof and water and shock resistant handset packs a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display that touts a whopping 577 PPI to handle your swipes through Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop). Inside, a 64-bit Octa-core processor and 32GB of internal storage do the heaving lifting with 16-megapixel rear-facing and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras for photo duties. In addition to staying dry in depths of up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes, the S6 Active also packs in a beefy 3,500mAh battery. That's significantly larger than the battery inside the regular Galaxy S6. And yes, when it does run down, you can juice up with wireless charging accessories or make use of the Fast Charging option to charge to 50 percent in around half an hour.

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    Source: AT&T

    HTC’s Butterfly 3 makes you wonder why the M9 exists

    Here's yet another case of "Japan gets all the nice things." Earlier today, local carrier au by KDDI announced its smartphone lineup for the summer, and the one that caught our attention was the new HTC J Butterfly (HTV31), which will no doubt be entering other markets as the Butterfly 3. With the centered 13-megapixel selfie camera and subtle front-side BoomSound stereo speakers, this new phone shares a similar face with the Desire Eye and the Desire 826; except its 5.2-inch screen has a much sharper Quad HD resolution. The familiar Duo Camera feature on the back (for bokeh plus filter effects) is here to stay, though for some bizarre reason, the secondary camera is placed below its 20.2-megapixel counterpart instead of above it, meaning you'll have to be more careful with where you place your index finger while holding the phone.

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    Via: Engadget Japanese

    Source: HTC, KDDI

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Active breaks cover with an expectedly rugged look

    If you're looking for a phone with great specs that can be tossed around and survive a swim, Samsung's Galaxy S6 Active appears to be on the way. Both GSM Arena and trusted leaker @evleaks offered a glimpse of the forthcoming handset today, one that features an outer shell similar to last year's version. Like previous Active models, a trio of hardware buttons reside on the front, so don't expect the same fingerprint scanner found on both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. They do have to be waterproof, after all. Other than a look at both sides, details remain scarce besides save for word that the S6 Active packs a 3,500 mAh battery. If history is any indication, you can expect similar specs to the flagship while being both shock resistant and dustproof, as this handset will be built to withstand a bit more stress.

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    Via: BGR

    Source: @evleaks, GSM Arena

    Mophie’s latest iPhone battery case is waterproof, too

    Mophie's cases are a popular choice for adding some extra minutes to your mobile device's battery life. While the company already had both charging and storage options for the iPhone 6, it how offers protection from water damage, too. The H2PROTM accessory not only packs in an additional 2,750 mAh battery, but it's waterproof as well. An IP-68 rated Otterbox-esque design also protects the handset from dirt and drops with easy access to those side-mounted controls and a mute switch. Worried about Touch ID? Mophie's scratch-resistant membrane that covers the screen will still allow you to leverage that feature. What's more, priority-charging tech makes sure your phone charges before the case when plugging in is unavoidable. If you're itchin' to snag one, the Mophie H2PROTM is available for pre-order now for $130 and it's schedule to ship later this month. Unfortunately, there's no word on an iPhone 6 Plus option just yet.

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