BlackBerry DTEK50 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Security
Both Samsung and BlackBerry have upped the security game with their latest handsets, the BlackBerry DTEK50 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. With the majority of shopping, banking and payments now being done online, security is a hot topic in the mobile world.
What’s interesting is that both manufacturers have gone down rather different routes for added security, both of which offer their own benefits. We take a look in a little more detail.
BlackBerry are renowned for taking security seriously, and the DTEK50 doesn’t disappoint. World-renowned security experts have created a hardware root of trust is built in to the processor, whilst the DTEK50 secure boot process ensures each stage of the secure boot chain is verified.
BlackBerry also integrated their DTEK app into the handset. DTEK by BlackBerry encrypts data on your device and “will automatically monitor your OS and apps and let you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. With a quick glimpse of your DTEK50 you’ll be able to track the overall security rating for your device and take advantage of BlackBerry’s quickest ever security patches. Read more bout DTEK here.
Last week we hinted that Samsung Pay may be utilising Iris scanning for added security to online payments, but why exactly should we trust it? Samsung state that “The patterns of our irises are incredibly complex and no two irises are the same—even on the same person. And because iris authentication leaves no physical mark on the Galaxy Note7 it’s impossible to replicate, making it one of the most secure ways to protect your data.” Iris scanning will remove the hassle of passwords by letting you log in to websites on the Samsung Internet browser.
You’ll be able to unlock your phone with your iris, but also via your fingerprint or pattern, and you’ll be able to utilise Samsung KNOX to store private information that can only be accessed by you. Advertised as Samsung’s defence-grade system, KNOX will make sure all your data stays private.
Purchase the BlackBerry DTEK50 or Samsung Galaxy Note 7 today.
Thinking of buying the Sony Xperia XA Ultra? Watch this.
If you’re thinking of purchasing Sony’s latest budget friendly smartphone (which is flying off the shelves) check this out:
Here’s the specs at a glance:
- Memory and storage: 3 GB RAM, Up to 16 GB flash memory, Up to 200 GB microSD™ card
- Operating System: Google Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Processor (CPU): MediaTek MT6755, 64 bit Octa Core processor
- Battery: Up to 2 days battery life**, 2700 mAh
- Weight: 202g
- Dimensions: 164 x 79 x 8.4mm
- Display: 6” Full HD 1080p, Mobile BRAVIA engine 2, Super Vivid mode
- Main Camera: 1/2.4’’ 21.5MP Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor, Quick launch and capture, Hybrid, Auto-Focus, HDR photo, 5x Clear Image Zoom, Auto-Scene Recognition, Low-light photography
- Front camera: 1/2.6” 16 MP front camera Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor, Smart Selfie flash, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), Auto-Focus, Wide angle lens (88 degree), Low-light photography, HDR photo, Auto-Scene Recognition
- Networks: GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), UMTS HSPA+ (3G), LTE 4G / Cat 4***
- Connectivity: aGPS, WiFi Miracast, Bluetooth® 4.1 wireless technology, Home network device, Google Cast, NFC
Android Nougat Predictions
Android 7 name: Android 7.0 Nougat
From examining Google I/O and developer betas and previews, we now know that Android Android 7.0 will be called Android 7.0 Nougat.
Google surprised us by release the developer preview for Android Nougat on March 9th, instead of in May as expected. The Android N preview went live a full two months earlier than the industry expected and was available on theLG Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6 and the Huawei Nexus 6P, with he first beta release appearing on May 18th 2016. We are expecting the final Android 7 release date to be confirmed during September this year, presented alongside the next Nexus device.
Predicted Updates include:
- Quick Settings toggle behavior fixed
- App source now shown in App info
- New Google Camera with customizable volume button actions
- New Quick Settings options for developers
- VR mode options now appear in Display Settings
- Google Keyboard themes
- More changes to multitasking
- “Clear All” in Recent Apps menu
- Lock screen Quick Reply
- Launcher shortcuts on the home screen
- Unicode 9.0 emoji support
- Multi-window mode
Rumours are circulating that the upcoming LG V20 will come with Android Nougat out of the box. Register your interest today to be the first to get your hands on this Android N handset.
Moto Mods: Insta-Share Projector Specifications
We’ve been talking about the Motorola Moto Mods recently and getting excited about the ways you can transform the Motorola Moto Z handset. (see our previous blog for an intro into the Moto Mods).
Today we take a closer look at the specification sheet for the Insta-Share Projector.
Projector Mod Specification:
- Dimensions: 153 x 74 x 11mm
- Weight: 125g
- Resolution: 854×480 WVGA (480p)
- Projector technology: DLP
- Brightness: 50 lumens nominal
- Contrast ratio: 400:1
- Throw ratio: 1.2
- Image size: Up to 70″ diagonal
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Wireless: Moto Z phone cellular and wifi data
- Lamp life rating: 10,000 hours
- Keystone correction: -40º to 40º
- Physical button control: Power/settings, Manual focus
- Settings options: Image tilt, Brightness
- Battery size: 1100 mAh
- Battery life: Adds up to 60 minutes of projection time²
- External charging: USB Type C
- Audio output: Speaker, Bluetooth or USB-C from Moto Z phone
- Display Input: Moto Z phone
- Carrying pouch: Included
Place an order for the Motorola Moto Z Sim Free and the Moto Insta-Share Projector today.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7′s Pen Up App
One of the most appealing features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the incredible S Pen (which, along with the handset, is water resistant!)
With a tip that’s so much thinner than before, the S Pen offers a wealth of opportunity for note taking, annotations, drawing, painting, and list creating.
But interestingly, Samsung are attempting to use the S Pen to break into the Social Network arena, with their innovative Pen.Up app. The PEN.UP app is a social space/ creative art community for people who like to draw and interact with fellow art lovers.
With Pen.UP you’ll be able to:
- Upload your work for the PEN.UP community to see, comment on, like and repost.
- Browse through the most popular artwork and artists of the day, the week, the month or all time.
- Join the monthly challenge and be inspired and be motivated to create art
- Display your art in the hall of fame
- Create your own live Wallpapers
- Learn techniques with a range of free instructional art lessons
Samsung’s Pen.Up app will work seamlessly on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Sim Free.
Apps to download for your Moto Z, Moto Z Play and Moto Mods.
Motorola recently announced the modular Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Play, along side the Moto Mods, a range of modular accessories. Be sure to check out our previous blog to Meet the Motorola Moto Mods in more detail.
To accompany the hardware launches, Motorola have created a number of apps available on Google Play store to control and customise your modular accessories further.
1. Moto Mods Manager: Free
First up is the Moto Mods™ Manager app, which allows you to interact and control your Mods.
The app provides an intuitive and easy to use Android experience and allows you to:
- Check battery status
- Receive software updates
- Change settings
2. Moto Mods Projector: Free
The Motorola app works with just the Insta-Share Projector. The app allows users to control the brightness of the image coming from the projector, and includes other settings as well.
Purchase the Motorola Moto Z, Motorola Moto Z Play, Insta-Share Projector Mod, JBL SoundBoost speaker Mod and Incipio offGRID PowerPack today.
Top 5 Trending Handsets of the Week
Here’s our top five handsets of the week:
Winning feature: ‘The World’s most Secure Android handset’
Created by world-renowned security experts, BlackBerry have embedded a hardware root of trust in to the processor for tight security. The DTEK50 secure boot process ensures each stage of the secure boot chain is verified and a quick glimpse of your DTEK50 will provide an overall security rating for your device. BlackBerry also promise their quickest ever security patches.
Winning Features: a 5.5 inch QHD (2560×1440 pixel) Super AMOLED curved display, with a sharp 534ppi and expandable memory.
Constructed with a 3D Thermoformed dual-curve back, the Galaxy S7 Edge is water and dust resistant thanks to a IP68 rating. The new custom CPU, powerful GPU, Exynos and Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM make for a powerful combination, whilst the dual 12 mega pixel rear and 5 megapixel front facing cameras allow you to capture the moment.
Winning Features: 6 inch edge to edge full HD bright display and 21 megapixel camera.
Featuring a 6 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a 76.6% screen-to-body ratio resulting in a usable size phablet with excellent viewing capabilities. On the rear of the handset is a 21.5MP camera with phase detection auto-focus and an LED flash, to accompany the whopping 16MP 1/2.6 inch type sensor of the front selfie camera, which also features autofocus, OIS and even an LED flash.
Winning Feature: Flir Thermal Imaging Camera
The CAT S60 offers incredible opportunities for construction workers and even emergency services thanks to the FLIR thermal camera which records temperatures and displays them as different coloured readings. A separate app overlays a low resolution feed from the main 13MP camera to add detail and depth to the thermal readings and also allows you to swipe between regular photography and thermal.
Winning feature: Rear Dual Leica 12 megapixel cameras (with monochrome and RGB colour sensors for professional images)
The premium version of the Huawei P9, the P9 Plus offers great features, masses of power and Leica dual cameras. The handset houses a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, as well as a large, non-removable Li-Ion 3400mAh battery promising two days of normal use.
All of these handsets are available to order Sim Free today.
Top Features of the Microsoft Continuum
If you’ve checked out the HP Elite X3 recently, you’ll see that we’re giving away a free Microsoft Continuum Dock with your purchase. Continuum allows you to turn your handset device into a desktop PC when you connect it to a larger display using the free Display Dock.
Here’s the official explanation from Microsoft:
Top features of Microsoft Continuum include:
1. Surfing in Desktop Mode:
Simply connect your handset with the Continuum dock to a bigger screen or monitor using Microsoft Display Dock and you’ll be able to surf all of your favourite sites on a desktop PC or on a laptop are supported in a full desktop view.
2. Continue to use your Phone even when it’s Connected to an External Display
Great news for multi-taskers. You’ll still be able to use your phone to make calls, messages and snap images with the camera at the same time as enjoying the benefits of the external display.
3. Speed up with Desktop Shortcuts:
Enjoy all the efficiency of your Windows PCs/Laptop’s keyboard shortcuts with the keyboard shortcuts thanks to Continuum can do it as well.
Windows Continuum is compatible with the Microsoft Lumia 950, Microsoft Lumia 950XL and the HP Elite X3.
LG V20: Confirmed to be the first smartphone in the industry to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC capabilities
Most of the information we have on the LG V20 is still rumours and speculation, but LG have confirmed one detail on a recent press release. LG Electronics (LG) announced that the LG V20 will be first smartphone in the industry to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) capabilities.
LG have worked closely with ESS Technology (a leader in high performance audio & analog devices) to create an Quad DAC that not only delivers a crisp and clear sound that comes closest to a live performance, but is superior by reducing up to 50 percent of ambient noise levels. We have seen ESS Technology used previously as the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC in the V20′s predecessor, the LG V10.
It is also interesting to note that videos taken on the LG V20 will be accompanied by a soundtrack that can ‘capture the roaring sound of waves crashing on a beach or conversations among two individuals at a noisy party.’
Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company, stated:
“As smartphones mature, we’re seeing more and more customers looking beyond just fast processors and big displays in their devices… Higher quality audio is simply the natural evolution of the smartphone, as the industry moves toward a more holistic multimedia consumption experience. We’re pleased to continue this long-term partnership with ESS and bring best in class audio to LG V20 users.”
Don’t forget to register your interest in the LG V20 to be one of the first to pre-order the handset. Other Android mobiles released this month include the Motorola Moto Z with Moto Mod accessories and the Motorola Moto Z Play.
Register your interest in the LG V20 with Android Nougat
Earlier this year we saw LG release one flagship smartphone this year, the modular LG G5. Running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (Quad 2.1 GHz), with 4GB Ram and Android™ 6.01 Marshmallow the LG G5 manage to match its under the hood power, with the clever and sleek exterior design. However, the Korean manufacturers haven’t stopped there. LG are teasing us with their second high end offering, the LG V20, releasing information gradually to keep our interest high.
@Onleaks have leaked some renders of the V20, which show a similar modular design to the LG G5, with a similar pop-off base as the previous flagship. Speculation also suggests that the LG V20 will be released with Android 7 (Android Nougat). The handset is also likely to be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor, with a Quad HD screen of at least 5.5/5.7 inches. Other leaks hint at a secondary ticker screen, dual rear cameras and a rear fingerprint sensor.
The only official news confirmed by an LG press release centres around the Quad DAC, making the handset ‘the first smartphone in the industry to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) capabilities, bringing a superior audio experience to mobile for the very first time.’
Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company also stated that;
“The LG V20 upgrades and extends its predecessor’s cutting-edge multimedia features a step further, providing distinctive mobile experience and sets a new standard for premium phones for consumers.”
Register your interest in the LG V20 today, to ensure you are first in line for pre-orders coming in September.