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Will we ever see the Samsung Galaxy Fold? We hope so.

Will we ever see the Samsung Galaxy Fold? We hope so.

A little under three months ago a few members of the Unlocked Mobiles team were in attendance at the Samsung event in San Francisco, where Samsung unveiled the future in smartphones, well at least we thought so, with the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The hall was filled with excitement, everyone thought that this was an industry changer and we were expecting a new evolution in handheld devices.

After the announcements, we all made our way through the exhibition area to the sample rooms on either side of the venue, we were all excited to see the amazing new device. However, there was one strange question by everyone at this event when we got to the display stands – just why is the Galaxy Fold not on display? Why would there be an announcement for a product and then not have it to show the people who were invited. If there was an indication that Samsung were not ready to showcase this device then this was it. A week later at MWC in Barcelona, we were greeted with exactly the same situation. However, we had faith in Samsung, even after the Note issues in the past, surely they would not make a similar mistake? Well, it appears to have happened again. The lucky people (press and influences that haven’t paid and would have to return the initial samples) who got to use the device before general sale started to receive their sample units and gradually the devices became unusable and failed.

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As of writing this post, we are still unsure at to whether the Fold will be released. We hope it does. We hope it will work and we hope it will make way for a new array of amazing devices from Samsung and other OEM manufacturers. Be confident that if it is released, Unlocked Mobiles will stock the Samsung Galaxy Fold Sim Free, so register your interest on our product page – you never know – it may be the best phone ever released after all!

Pre Order the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Pre Order the Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

This week Google announced two new smartphones, the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. Both handsets feature similar specifications, the XL however features a slightly larger display.

The Pixel 3a range offer great value for money, selling at £399 for the 3a and £468 for the 3a XL. Both handsets feature 64GB of memory, a 12.2 dual pixel rear camera  and 8 mega pixel front camera. The Pixel 3a has a 5.6 inch display and the 3a XL has a 6 inch display. Google has also offered to endorse the smartphones with 3 years of software updates.

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Both handsets are now available to pre order now at Unlocked Mobiles, follow the link for the Pixel 3a Sim Free and the Pixel 3a XL Sim Free and place your order. Stock is due in next week and you can buy the handsets either on a monthly finance plan, or outright. UK customers can also attach a sim of their choice with their order.

3 Things to expect from Google’s I/O Annual Developer Conference:

3 Things to expect from Google’s I/O Annual Developer Conference:

Tuesday 7th May kicks off with Google I/O annual developer conference goes until May 9th, most of the big announcements will happen during the 90-minute keynote starting at 1PM ET (10AM PT). Here are our top 3 predictions for what we’ll be seeing across the week:

The Pixel 3A and 3A XL

As per usual with any new mobile release, leaks and rumours of the Pixel 3A and 3A XL devices have been flying. We expect both devices to offer a similar camera performance to their flagship Pixel 3 phones, but you’re likely to shell out a lot less money for these models. Cost-cutting does come at a price, with slightly less powerful processors, a plastic build and no wireless charging. But fear not, both handsets will offer headphone jacks, three years of software and security updates, plus other features like Call Screen.

Google i/o 2019

A Preview of Android Q

We’ve seen a handful of beta releases of Android Q from Google already, but we’re expecting the tech giants to offer up more insight into the OS upgrade during their Annual Developer conference. We’re expecting to see more flexible privacy controls, the ability to limit apps to tracking location, a dark mode and a much more responsive sharing menu.

Improvements to Google Photos

It has become one of the most popular photo management App on the market and we’re expecting to see Google introduce new features at I/O. Then there’s predicted updates to Google Lens too, which turns the camera of Android phones into a powerful computer vision tool.

Stay tuned to the blog, as we update you with all the latest news at the week progresses.

Register your interest: Huawei Mate X Foldable Smartphone

Register your interest: Huawei Mate X Foldable Smartphone

 

  • Dimensions: Unfolded: 161.3 x 146.2 x 5.4 mm
  • Folded: 161.3 x 78.3 x 11 mm
  • Weight: 295 g (10.41 oz)
  • SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Display:
  • Open: 8.0 inches, 205.0 cm2 (~86.9% screen-to-body ratio) OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors 2200 x 2480 pixels (~414 ppi density)
  • Folded cover display: 6.6″, AMOLED, 1148 x 2480 pixels (19.5:9)
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • Memory Card slot: NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
  • Internal Memory: 512 GB, 8 GB RAM
  • MAIN CAMERA
  • Quad
  • 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide)
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto)
  • TOF camera, Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
  • Audio:  3.5mm jack
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • GPS: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared port: Yes
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast battery charging 55W
  • Huawei SuperCharge (85% in 30 min)

  • Register your interest to be the first in line for Pre-orders for the Huawei Mate X Foldable Smartphone

Huawei to launch a Pop Up Camera Smartphone

Huawei to launch a Pop Up Camera Smartphone

 

Tech giant Huawei are set to expand their P mobile family with an interesting take on the selfie camera. Reportedly to be named the Huwaei P Smart Z, the mid-tier device is rumored to house a pop-up selfie camera. Reviving a design that most have move on from, Huawei’s rising camera houses a 16 megapixel camera with an f/2.0 lens.

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Leaked renders from Mobielkopen also provide the speculated specifications for the P Smart Z, which include a large 6.59-inch Full HD+ display, a Kirin 710 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. The battery powering the device is predicted to be a generously sized 4,000 mAh battery for all day power.

Don’t want to wait for the P Smart Z? Check out the other offerings from Huawei, including the Huawei P30 Pro.

Huawei P30 Sim Free Specification Sheet

Huawei P30 Sim Free Specification Sheet

Huawei’s latest release, the Huawei P30 Sim Free Handset, is looking like it will revolutionise Mobile Photography thanks to an impressive triple Leica camera set up.

Here are the specs at a glance:

  • Dimensions: 149.1 x 71.4 x 7.6 mm (5.87 x 2.81 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 165 g (5.82 oz)
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Durability: IP53 dust and splash protection
  • Display: 6.1 inches, 91.3 cm2 (~85.8% screen-to-body ratio), OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 ppi density), HDR10, DCI-P3
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • Memory Card slot:NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)
  • Internal: 64/128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Main Camera: Triple Leica Camera 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF/Laser AF, 16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), PDAF/Laser AF, 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 3x optical zoom, PDAF/Laser AF, OIS, Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 2160p 30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps
  • Front Camera: Single 32 MP, f/2.0, (wide), HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Audio: Loudspeaker, 3.5mm jack, 32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Dolby Atmos sound
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • NFC: Yes
  • Radio: No
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3650 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast battery charging 22.5W

Huawei P30 Sim Free and Huawei P30 Pro Sim Free: How do they compare?

Huawei P30 Sim Free and Huawei P30 Pro Sim Free: How do they compare?

Huawei announced their Huawei P30 Sim Free and the Huawei P30 Pro Sim Free devices today, both promising to revolutionise the photographs you take on your device. But how do these two flagships compare?

Let us guide you through with a Specification comparison:

Power:

Both devices running on the Kirin 980, the world’s first 7nm mobile process chipset and the P30 Pro Sim Free offers 8GB RAM, with the P30 offering slightly smaller 6GB.

Camera:

This and the display specifications are where you’ll notice the most difference between the two handsets in the P30 range. The P30 offers a reasonable Triple rear Leica Camera ( 40 megapixel main sensor, 16 megapixel ultra-wide sensor and 8 megapixel zoom sensor) and 3x optical zoom.

The P30 Pro packs in four rear Leica cameras (40 MP main sensor, 20 MP ultra-wide sensor, an 8MP zoom sensor and Huawei TOF Camera.) The Pro offers 5 times optical zoom and up to 50x digital zoom.

Both devices have a 32MP Selfie camera.

Display:

The Huawei P30 Pro sim free gives the latest Samsung Galaxy handsets a run for their money, with a stunning 6.47-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and 19.5:9 ratio. The curved display is very reminiscent of the Galaxy S10, while the Huawei P30 Unlocked smartphone offers a more traditional flat display. Measuring 6.1 inches, the P30 also offers a 2340 x 1080 resolution and 19.5:9 ratio.

A more advanced in-screen fingerprint sensor offers ultimate usability and security, and a IP53 design offers dust and splash protection.

Durability

The Huawei P30 Pro offers IP68 water and dust resistance, again similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. The standard P30 does offer a slightly lower IP rating or IP53, which still covers from most splashes and dust resistance.

Dimensions

As the name suggests, the Huawei P30 Pro offers slightly more, and this includes its size and weight, measuring in at 158 x 73.4 x 8.41mm, 192g to accommodate the larger display. The P30 standard device is slightly smaller at 149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57mm and 165g.

Battery

The Huawei P30 Pro runs on a long-lasting 4,200mAh battery, that offers intelligent power saving capabilities. The Huawei P30 Sim free houses a slightly smaller 3650mAh battery, which still offers incredible battery life for when you’re on the go.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Specifications leaked.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Specifications leaked.

Huawei is set to launch the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro next week, and alongside the renders we’ve been exposed to leaked the specs sheets ahead of time:

Huawei P30 Pro

  • Display: 6.47-inch Full-HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) OLED display
  • CPU: Kirin 980
  • OS: EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie
  • Internal Storage: 128/256/512 GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Main Camera: 40 Megapixel (OIS, f/1.6) + 20 (wide-angle, f/2.2) + 8 MP (f/3.4) with 10x Hybrid Zoom + ToF
  • From Camera: 32 Megapixel
  • Battery: 4,200 mAh with Huawei SuperCharge
  • Sensor: USB Type-C, NFC, In-display Fingerprint Scanner,
  • Durability: IP68 dust and water resistance

huawei p30 and p30 pro specifications

Huawei P30

  • Display: 6.1-inch Full-HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) OLED display
  • CPU: Kirin 980
  • OS: EMUI 9.1 based on Android Pie
  • Internal Storage: 128 GB
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Main Camera: 40 MP (f/1.8) + 16 MP (wide-angle, f/2.2) + 8 MP (telephoto, f/2.4)From Camera: 32 Megapixel
  • Battery: 3,650 mAh with Huawei SuperCharge fast charging
  • Sensor: USB Type-C, NFC, In-display Fingerprint Scanner,
  • Durability: IP68 dust and water resistance

Register your interest to be the first in line for pre-orders for the Huawei P30 Sim Free and Huawei P30 Sim Free devices.

BlackBerry® KEY2 and KEY2 LE win two 2019 iF DESIGN AWARDS

BlackBerry® KEY2 and KEY2 LE win two 2019 iF DESIGN AWARDS

TCL Communication, makers of BlackBerry handsets, won two iF DESIGN AWARDS for Smartphone Product Design this evening for its BlackBerry KEY2 and BlackBerry KEY2 LE at the iF Design Award Night 2019. Selected from among 6,375 entries from 52 countries by the 67-member jury of international independent experts, the KEY2 and KEY2 LE were highlighted for offering the perfect blend of form and functionality.

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The iF DESIGN AWARD has been renowned worldwide for 66 years, for recognizing outstanding design services. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design/UX, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concept.

TCL wins iF Design Awards

“We are extremely proud to have our devices designs recognized by such a prestigious organization which highlights just a bit of our product development capabilities within TCL Communication,” said Shane Lee, General Manager of Global Product Center at TCL Communication. “Our teams remain committed to offering our customers around the world a genuine BlackBerry smartphone experience that offers an experience quite distinct from the rest of the market today.”

Could this be the next Galaxy Fold? Samsung hint at wearable Smartphone for your wrists.

Could this be the next Galaxy Fold? Samsung hint at wearable Smartphone for your wrists.

Less than a month from one of the most exciting launches in mobile history (Samsung’s Galaxy Fold), the tech giant are outdoing themselves, dropping hints of smartphones that look like they’re straight out of science fiction novels.

samsung bendable wrist smartphone

The South Korea-based smartphone giant is taking malleable displays to a whole new level, promoting their ambitions for bendable phone displays.

A patent filed by Samsung last year with the World Intellectual Property Organisation was published a few days ago, depicting displays that can be worn around the wrist, allowing a smartphone to replace the smartwatch as an all in one alternative.

samsung wearable smartphone with flexible display

According to the filings, the smartphone will be fitted with magnets at either end to allow the device to keep its shape when curved, and the camera will be on one side of a sliding mechanism.

Tech Blog LetsGoDigital, have created renders based on the patent, suggesting the rear of the bendable smartphone will be fitted with flexible elastic plates constructed from stainless steel. The movement of these plates will come from a number of small links to give the phone its ability to bend.

If you’re looking to get your hands on a foldable handset as soon as they hit the market, register your interest in the Samsung Galaxy Fold or Huawei’s Mate X for VIP Pre-order privileges.

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