BoxedTech https://boxedtech.com Tech made easy. Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:54:35 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://boxedtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-favicon-2-32x32.jpg BoxedTech https://boxedtech.com 32 32 The Galaxy Z Fold 2 https://boxedtech.com/the-galaxy-z-fold-2 https://boxedtech.com/the-galaxy-z-fold-2#respond Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:54:57 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=194642 The Galaxy Z Fold 2 The Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a large cover display, improved design and innovative Flex mode, making it the best foldable phone on the market...

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The Galaxy Z Fold 2

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a large cover display, improved design and innovative Flex mode, making it the best foldable phone on the market today.

Foldable phones have been met with much scepticism and inspired a lot of memes when first released. But they have come a long way since then. Samsung’s first-generation foldable phone was delayed due to consistency issues and released with compromised features. The Fold 2, on the other hand, feels like a ruggedly solid device, a true “all-screen” experience for the user.

However, folding phones are still a premium experience, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with an astronomical price tag, costing £1,799 for a 256GB model. There is no sign of Samsung offering other storage variants at this time, which means there are no affordable alternatives coming soon. The release date for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the 18th of September targeting the US and UK markets specifically.

Let’s dive into the specifications to see if the foldable phone experience can lure us into taking out our wallets.

Elite foldable design and display

Though the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still inward-folding, Samsung has massively increased the screen size, to 6.2 inches. The Fold 2 is slightly heavier than the original Fold, but the extra heft lends a high-quality feeling when you hold it. It’s also a bit thinner than the original Fold.

Samsung has integrated a fingerprint sensor into the power button that sits on the right side of the device when folded. This means the volume button is placed slightly lower on this side, making it easier to reach.

You’ll notice a big difference when opening and closing the Fold 2 – it makes the original Fold’s mechanism feel ancient by comparison. The Galaxy Fold 2 supports three states: folded, half-folded, and a position anywhere between 75 to 115 degrees. In the Z Flip, you now have brushes inside the hinge to keep dust and debris at bay. Innovation at its best!

Heavy-duty processor means a seamless gaming experience

The phone’s underlying Snapdragon 865+ processor and 12GB RAM don’t have any problems keeping up with demanding mobile games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends. What’s more impressive is how well it can play games while also allowing you to browse the web and watch YouTube videos at the same time.

Our only point of concern is the storage, which is fixed at 256GB without any microSD expansion.

Flexible camera system

The Fold 2 has three cameras in the top-left and rear of the body. The primary camera has a f/1.8 aperture and supports dual-pixel focusing, which should make it fast and responsive even in low light. The telephoto camera can zoom in 2x optical or 10x hybrid, while the ultra-wide snapper lets you get creative with landscapes and other similar shots.

When the phone is folded, you can use the primary camera in conjunction with the front screen to shoot selfies like you would with any other phone. When the phone is unfolded, you can select a model that uses both the main and front screens, meaning that both photographer and subject can see how the photo is framed.

Superior battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with an impressive 4,500mAh battery, enough to go through an entire day with half its capacity remaining. That’s after streaming videos, checking social media, browsing the web randomly and playing mobile games.

Furthermore, Samsung managed to squeeze fast charging into the Fold 2. With the 25W charger, 30 minutes of charging time gives you 46% of your battery capacity and an hour of plug-in time brings the capacity up to 86%.

Are you getting behind the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2?

Designed to change the shape of the future of phones, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has revolutionized the foldable phone arena.

The luscious new features and sleek design gives this creation a sense of trepidation and excitement to Samsung fans the world over.

If you are willing to take the plunge on cutting-edge technology, then the upcoming phone from Samsung has the best displays, speakers and performance of any foldable device today.

Be sure to drop by the BoixedTech shop to get your own Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 when it releases.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition https://boxedtech.com/samsung-galaxy-s20-fan-edition https://boxedtech.com/samsung-galaxy-s20-fan-edition#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:29:00 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=194477 Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition With Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series being one of the more high-end smartphones in the market, the smartphone giant has unveiled a more affordable addition coming...

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition

With Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series being one of the more high-end smartphones in the market, the smartphone giant has unveiled a more affordable addition coming to the family.

It’s not unusual for Samsung to launch a “lite” version of its flagship models, although the name has varied from time to time. It is called Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition and aims to be much more affordable so that the masses can enjoy access to a version of the Galaxy S20.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is said to be in the works for a while, and leaks surrounding the handset have been aplenty. Reports suggest the phone will be unveiled towards the end of September or beginning of October. Key specifications and renders of the phone have also surfaced online ahead of this probable launch. We here at Boxedtech have been keeping our eye on all the information pouring in and collating it for your benefit.

But, how is the phone cutting cost while still maintaining its lustre and quality? Let us dive into the leaked specifications and decide how we feel about the upcoming launch.

Exynos over snapdragon?

For their fan edition, Samsung is reportedly swapping out the Snapdragon 865 found in most retail versions of the S20 for the less exciting Exynos 990. According to leaks, 5G and 4G editions will be available, with the former integrating Snapdragon 865, while the latter being powered by the Exynos 990.

Given the controversial disparity between Samsung and Qualcomm’s flagship processors, there is a justifiable outcry by techies. This could be a bit of a situation as consumers were worried about heat dissipation and performance concerns about the difference in components inside. The 5G budget version of the S20 could outperform the Exynos-toting Note 20 could be preferred in this situation.

Ideal for gaming with 120 Hz refresh rate

The 6.2” QHD display has been ditched in favour of an FHD version with a pixel density of 407ppi. That said, the leaked reports suggest that the screen will still have a 120Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for gaming.

The leaked renders suggest that the phone will have a hole-punch flat display with the cutout placed in the top centre. At the back, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is reported to have a rectangular-shaped camera module. The phone is said to be measured at 74.5 x 159.8 x 8.4mm thin and weigh 190g. There’s expected to be an in-display fingerprint scanner on board. It is also reported to run on Android 10-based Samsung One UI 2.x software.

Connectivity options are expected to include 5G (depending on the model), 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, and USB Type-C port. The handset is said to support wireless and reverse wireless charging. It is expected to have two stereo speakers with optimisation by AKG and a metal frame.

All the bells and whistles for the fraction of the price

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition’s primary camera is a 12MP, f/1.8 lens that has dual-phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilisation. That unit is paired with a 12MP, f/2.2,123-degree, wide-angle lens and an 8MP, f/2.0 telephoto lens with OIS. Upfront, there’s a 32MP camera poking through the tiny hole in the phone’s display with f/2.0 aperture.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is expected to have a triple camera setup with a 12MP main camera, f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP wide-angle shooter with 123-degree field-of-view, an 8MP zoom camera and f/2.0 aperture that will offer 3x optical zoom.

All handsets will have 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4500mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 6 as standard, equipped with a 15W charger.

Sensors onboard are tipped to include accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetic sensor, hall sensor, light sensor and virtual proximity sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition is expected to be IP-68 water and dustproof.

All for the price of £580 instead of the whopping £899 tagged unto the Samsung S20.

Stay updated on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition

This phone will reportedly sit alongside the flagship Samsung Galaxy S20 series but will have toned-down specifications to make the price tag more aggressive. Of course, there won’t be a Samsung Pen. The phone will be available in bright colours like orange, lavender, green, red and navy blue.

The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition could be announced in the next few weeks as part of Samsung’s aggressive campaign to launch a new phone each month, but this is subject to speculation.

Be sure to check back to our website to see any updates on the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan edition.

If right, you can expect a 12.2MP, 1.4µm sensor with f/1.7 lens and optical image stabilisation with all the AI skills of the Pixel 4, like Night Sight with astrophotography mode, Top Shot and Portrait Mode.

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The Google Pixel 4a 5G https://boxedtech.com/the-google-pixel-4a-5g https://boxedtech.com/the-google-pixel-4a-5g#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:18:28 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=194471 The Google Pixel 4a 5G The Google compound is buzzing with excitement as they gear themselves for the launch of Pixel 4a 5G this September. An internal document from the...

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The Google Pixel 4a 5G

The Google compound is buzzing with excitement as they gear themselves for the launch of Pixel 4a 5G this September. An internal document from the German branch of Vodafone suggests the Google Pixel 4a 5G and Google Pixel 5 may land in Germany on the 25th of September.

Initially, we didn’t know a whole lot about this upcoming phone, but as we get closer to the Google Pixel 4a 5Gs launch date, Google’s plans are coming into focus.

Read on to see what information we have gathered before the launch.

Out with the old and in with the 5G

Embedded in the name of the phone, Google is trying to convey that their new release will support 5G. While having 5G connectivity probably doesn’t matter to most customers right now, it is going to become more and more common over the next couple of years. As a result, future-proofing your purchase will be smart for anyone looking to save money in the long run.

Matte plastic instead of the glass and metal design

Potential design features include a punch-hole display on the front, with a square camera patch and a fingerprint scanner on the back. A colour-contrasting power button on the side will add some extra visual interest. The chassis materials for the Pixel 4a 5G will likely be matte plastic again, rather than the glass and metal design seen on more expensive phones.

A slight hike in price

It is a lot more than the standard Google Pixel 4a, but 5G compatibility seems to be the main reason behind the higher pricing.

Crisp colour

We are likely to find another OLED screen on the Pixel 4a 5G. Google has offered OLED panels on the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 3a, so there’s no reason to expect a switch over to LCD. The Pixel 4a uses an FHD 5.81” display, which can achieve a good max brightness, colour vividness and accuracy, even if the Adaptive Brightness system is not as precise as it can be.

Upgraded to Snapdragon to 730

To give the Pixel 4a the ability to use 5G, Google’s going to have to make some big changes to the basic Pixel 4a. The most obvious move is to upgrade the Snapdragon 730 chip out for something like the Snapdragon 765G, the most powerful of Qualcomm’s mid-range SoCs with a built-in 5G modem. They will also have the advantage of giving the phone a performance boost and closing the gap on rival phones, which use the same piece of silicon.

The new chip also means more RAM and storage capacity to go with it since the phone will be more capable of intensive tasks.

Camera modes galore

The Pixel 4a has the same camera unit as the Pixel 4, similar to what the Pixel 3a did with the Pixel 3. After all, that is the point of these phones – to give you access to those camera skills at a lower price point. Therefore, we expect the Pixel 4a 5G to offer the same too.

If right, you can expect a 12.2MP, 1.4µm sensor with f/1.7 lens and optical image stabilisation with all the AI skills of the Pixel 4, like Night Sight with astrophotography mode, Top Shot and Portrait Mode.

Extended battery life

The Pixel 4a contains a 3,140 mAh battery with a disappointing result in your battery life test of just under 9 hours, compared to the 11-hour average for smartphones. If Google is going to change some of the interior components already, it should be a better battery, and that seems to be the case.

Fortunately, that’s what might happen, specs posted along with that Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G photo suggest that the 4a 5G will get a 3,800 mAh battery.

Google Pixel 4a 5G

Although the price boost is unfortunate, the Pixel 4a 5G could be the better of the two Pixel 4a options. That’s not just because of the 5G compatibility but rather the potential upgrades Google could deliver in terms of screen size and performance. While it is hard to get specifics, the Pixel 5G is expected to come in colours like black and green. The Pixel 4a 5G variant will be announced alongside a black edition.

While it is not out yet, you can be rest assured that we will be keeping tabs on this upcoming offering from Google, check back with us when the time comes so you can get your own Google Pixel 4a 5G.

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The Samsung S20 https://boxedtech.com/unveiling-the-samsung-s20 https://boxedtech.com/unveiling-the-samsung-s20#respond Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:36:29 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=186799 The Samsung S20 The Samsung S20 is the latest offering from the smartphone giant. Released in February 2020, it promises to build on the formidable offerings of the S10. Design...

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The Samsung S20

The Samsung S20 is the latest offering from the smartphone giant. Released in February 2020, it promises to build on the formidable offerings of the S10.

Design

The Galaxy series is filled with visually stunning phones and the S20 is no exception. Thin and slender, the smartphone measures over 151.7mm in length and over 69.1mm in width. The Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED screen measures over 6.2″, and takes up the majority of the phone’s front face. Of course, it comes in three different colours for users to choose from: Cloud Pink, Cloud Blue and Cosmic Grey.

It’s a beautiful phone to be sure, but is it the right device for social distancing? With people forced to stay indoors, the Samsung S20 could be perfect to help you develop some new skills or get into some new hobbies you always wanted to but didn’t have the time.

State of the art specs from the Samsung S20

If you are looking to develop your photography skills, or create a vlog of yourself developing a new skill, then you will not have a better friend then the Samsung S20.

That’s because the S20 has the best camera out of the entire Galaxy Series line – probably in the whole smartphone industry. The smartphone features over four cameras, including a wide-angle camera with over 108MP resolution. That’s millions of pixels packed into a single image. It means you can edit and crop your razor-sharp image without losing a drop of detail.

Besides the 108MP camera, there is also the Ultra-wide MP camera (12MP), Telephoto camera (48MP) and a DepthVision camera. The high MP resolution guarantees sharp, crisp colours – the perfect device to start your new hobby.

More interested in learning video editing or filming? Then, you are in for a treat because the Samsung S20 has a 108x zoom. You can capture sharp images of objects that are kilometres away using the 100x zoom (although admittedly, you will be pushing the limit when you max it out). There’s a lot of filming and shooting options for you to work with when you are at home.

We all know that photography indoors is hard because lighting can be pretty bad. The Samsung S20 fixes some of those problems, thanks to a pro-grade camera system, advanced image selection and AI. This means that images can be captured with minimal blur and noise.

Furthermore, the camera can automatically switch between modes, including Night Mode to shoot images during the dark.

Looking to produce a few videos to refine your video-making and editing skills? The Samsung S20 now features 8K video resolution, that’s 16x the resolution of an HD screen. You can record anything (like your dog taking a nap), and make it look like it was filmed in a professional studio on a million-pound budget.

If you have ever thought about starting your own vlog or are just getting into filmmaking/video editing while you are stuck in the house, you are not going to get a better start than with the Samsung S20.

Research is a huge part of learning a new skill. Whether it is looking up YouTube videos, seeking advice on Reddit or Googling stuff, you will want a smartphone that is fast and responsive. You will be glad to know that the Samsung S20 is perfect for such an activity.

The RAM is built with LPDDR5 memory, which means speeds of up to 6,4000 Mbps. The result of this is that you can stream a video, browse through Reddit and load 100+ results on the SERP, all without seeing a drop in speed or responsiveness.

Expand your skills and indulge in your hobbies during this time

The Samsung S20 is the perfect top-of-the-line device to have during this time. While we are all shut-in, there is absolutely no reason to enjoy the best technology has to offer. But the Samsung S20 is more than just a piece of tech, isn’t it? It’s the perfect device to help you learn some new hobbies and make the best of what is ultimately a tough situation.

Interested in making the best of this social distancing? You can place an order for the Samsung S20, and we will have it delivered to your doorstep in three days. We have taken all steps to ensure that team members and customers remain safe.

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Unveiling the iPhone 12 https://boxedtech.com/unveiling-the-apple-iphone-12 https://boxedtech.com/unveiling-the-apple-iphone-12#respond Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:50:09 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=186649 Unveiling The iPhone 12 It’s common knowledge by now that the much-anticipated iPhone 12 is set to be released in Apple’s 2020 lineup. While there were rumours that the COVID-19...

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Unveiling The iPhone 12

It’s common knowledge by now that the much-anticipated iPhone 12 is set to be released in Apple’s 2020 lineup. While there were rumours that the COVID-19 outbreak would set the production and release of the new iPhone back by several months, many reports confirm that development is unaffected and the new iPhones are set to be released in line with Apple’s original timeline. As such, we can expect to see the new phones hit stores in the middle of September.

Expectations are high for the new iPhone, as many denounced the iPhone 11 range, calling it a simple upgrade on its earlier model with no truly impressive new features.

Here’s what we’re anticipating from the upcoming series.

The name

Despite certain rumours that the new release will be called the 11 series, due to the significant changes that this iPhone is expected to bring to the table, it is far more likely that Apple will continue in numerical order and name it the iPhone 12.

Available sizes

Many reports agree that the latest iPhone lineup will consist of four phones in three different sizes: A 5.4-inch phone, two 6.1-inch phones, and a 6.7-inch phone.

The 5.4-inch model will be close in size to the iPhone 8 and will comprise one half of the lower-end release, alongside one of the 6.1-inch models. The other 6.1-inch model and the 6.7-inch phone will be the higher-end successors of the iPhone 11.

Design

The design of the 12 series is set to bring back the stainless steel frame and square-edged design of the iPhone 4, while retaining the glass front and back for the body of the device.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the new design will feature a much more complex segmentation design as well as new trenching and injection moulding procedures.

As a result of a slimmer, more efficient battery, many also theorise that the new iPhone will be sleeker compared to the last iPhone range. In terms of new colours, many reports agree that a new navy blue finish may be introduced this year.

Cameras

It is rumoured that the new iPhone will include a 3D camera that will work similarly to the LiDAR scanner feature included in the iPad Pro model for 2020. Based on what we already know of this feature on the iPad, the sensor works up to 5 metres away and can map the area around you in nano-seconds.

Current rumours also indicate that the two higher-end models will feature the new time-of-flight rear camera. The new series is also set to have triple lenses to support night mode, and the ultra-wide lens may include a dedicated macro mode as well as larger sensors than the 11 Pro Max.

The two lower-end models, on the other hand, are likely to feature a dual-lens camera.

Display

A great deal of speculation surrounds the notch that was recently introduced to the iPhone design. One analyst speculates that at least one of the phones in the 2020 release will have no notch or Face ID. Instead, it will rely on a fingerprint sensor located underneath the display.

Ming-Chi Kuo additionally predicts that one of the phones will also feature a much smaller front lens resulting in a slighter notch that takes up less space on the display screen. This will be in line with what many have wanted Apple to achieve in terms of an all-screen front display for the iPhone.

New features

One widely-spread rumour claims that the new iPhone is likely to support 5G networks. If this is true, it will be the first of Apple’s iPhones to support 5G and is not an unbelievable rumour, as most phones on the market today do the same.

A new A14 chip is also said to be in the works and its thermal management system will make the chip smaller, faster, and more battery-efficient.

The new iPhone’s RAM is also expected to get a boost with faster sharing and processing speeds.

Are you excited about the new iPhone 12?

Rumours will persist until Apple’s official announcement later in the year and only time will tell if the iPhone 12 will live up to its hype.

One thing that all Apple analysts and fans appear to agree on is that this series will be a marked upgrade on the iPhone 11 models released in 2019. The new iPhone 12 series is set to impress on all fronts from the cutting-edge, beautiful design Apple is known for to its performance and features. This will definitely be an Apple release to watch out for.

Stay tuned to Boxedtech for more updates on the iPhone 12.

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Introducing the Huawei P40 range https://boxedtech.com/introducing-the-huawei-p40-range https://boxedtech.com/introducing-the-huawei-p40-range#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:20:21 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=186480 Introducing the Huawei P40 Range The Huawei P40 range features three novel devices: the Huawei P40, the Huawei P40 Pro, and the Huawei P40 Pro Plus. The P40 range is...

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Introducing the Huawei P40 Range

The Huawei P40 range features three novel devices: the Huawei P40, the Huawei P40 Pro, and the Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

The P40 range is powerful in terms of design and performance. The high-end specifications of all three devices easily match and even rival the features of other leading high-end mobile devices on the market.

Design

Huawei’s latest range takes its design inspiration from flowing water. The quad-curve overflow display appears to spill over the edges of the screen, achieved by the phone’s wraparound, rounded edges.

The slight curvature of the screen and the protective round corners of the device aims to provide an ergonomic and visually appealing phone design, which provides the smooth user experience, especially in terms of hand-to-eye coordination with the device.

The P40 device has a 6.1-inch screen while the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus feature 6.58-inch screens allowing you to immerse yourself in the largely uninterrupted display fully.

The elegance of the Huawei design extends to the colours available in their range as they reflect on the pure beauty of nature. The P40 range’s refractive matte finish comes in deep blue sea, ice white, black, blush gold and silver frost.

The reflective matte is unlike any mobile finish with its reflective capabilities that avoid being garish or shiny.

Display

The display aims to keep users fully immersed in the fluid screen. The front camera subscribes to this sleek design and resides in just a small, pill-shaped section on the front screen.

The Huawei P40 range is designed for ease-of-use, and this is made apparent in their new 30% larger and 30% faster fingerprint sensor. You can also use Face Unlock to quickly unlock your phone for fast and reliable access to your device. The P40 interface is as user-friendly as it is aesthetically pleasing.

The clarity of the display is also incredibly sharp with the P40 possessing a 2340×1080 resolution and the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus boasting a 2640×1200 resolution.

Cameras

The camera quality of this range has impressed many, including the widely-followed YouTube personality and tech reviewer, Marques Brownlee.

The 32-megapixel front camera features auto-focus, IR depth, and a natural bokeh effect. The front camera intelligently optimises lighting, skin colour, and texture details, so you always look your best. This means the camera does all the work for you when you take selfies!

The Huawei P40 range’s powerful camera lenses are incredible, on the whole, designed to capture your memories in the best, sharpest way imaginable giving your best moments the quality it deserves.

The Huawei P40 Pro features a 50MP main camera, 40MP ultra-wide snapper, and a superzoom 12MP telephoto camera. The superzoom feature allows for 10x optical zoom, rivalling some of the biggest names in the mobile industry. It also includes a front and back time-of-flight sensor in its arsenal.

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus takes camera quality still further. While sharing the 50MP main camera and 40MP ultra-wide snapper of the P40 Pro, it also features an 8MP f/4.4 periscope lens with 10x optical zoom and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom alongside its own dual set of time-of-flight sensors. The dual zoom lens enables 100x maximum zoom.

These cameras ensure you always get your best angle by taking a 4K moving picture and allowing you to select and store the photos you like. You can also combine several frames of an image to remove a passerby in the background of your photo while keeping the quality of the image intact.

The front and back cameras also have the capability to record 4K 60fps high-resolution videos so you can unleash your inner cinematographer and capture the most fleeting memories with unbelievable clarity.

The dual-view video feature also lets you view your video from two different perspectives to ensure you get the very best angle.

Performance

The Kirin 990 5G chip means all three devices support 5G networks and boosts battery life, so you can spend more time on your device without worrying about draining your battery; when your phone is a P40, you’re going to want to spend as much time on it as possible.

All the models feature an 8GB RAM with the Huawei P40 having a storage capacity of 128GB, the P40 Pro possessing a capacity of 256GB, and the P40 Pro Plus a 512GB storage capacity. The P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus also possess wireless charging capabilities.

The P40 range makes multitasking easy with its multi-window feature and new voice assistant, Celia. The Huawei app gallery provides a range of secure applications personally suited to your favourite Huawei device.

One available video calling app called MeeTime allows you to share your screen and talk to your loved ones while enjoying stable audio and high-resolution video regardless of poor lighting or bad network connections.

Ready to purchase your favourite device from the Huawei p40 series?

If you’re on the lookout for your next phone and want something user-friendly, with a beautiful design, high-quality photo and video capabilities, long-lasting battery life, and a range of new, cutting-edge features, then look no further than the Huawei P40 range.

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What is in a smartphone processor? How does it benefit you? https://boxedtech.com/what-is-a-smartphone-processor-how-it-benefit-you https://boxedtech.com/what-is-a-smartphone-processor-how-it-benefit-you#respond Thu, 27 Jun 2019 04:11:14 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=108816 What is in a smartphone processor? How does it benefit you? If you have searched for a brand new smartphone, you would have come across terms like ‘octa-core’ or ‘dual-core’...

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What is in a smartphone processor? How does it benefit you?

If you have searched for a brand new smartphone, you would have come across terms like ‘octa-core’ or ‘dual-core’ processor. But, have you ever stopped to think about the meaning behind the words? If you are a technophile, you would already be familiar with these terms, but if you are causal purveyor, its easy to dismiss all those terms as marketing jargon. We have had many customers think along these lines, and it is a big mistake to do so. Why? We are going to explain everything you need to know about the smartphone processor, and what it means for your experience.

What is a smartphone processor?

Let’s start with the basics. A smartphone processor is one of the most important (and expensive) parts of the phone. The processor’s responsibility is to run all the apps, including the background functions that keep the smartphone ticking, as well as supporting modules for hardware and software features, like the camera, security, Wi-Fi, graphics and network connectivity. In essence, everything you do, from browsing the web to playing games, is dependent on the processor’s capability. The faster the processor, the faster you can get things done and the easier it becomes to multitask. So, when buying a new mobile phone, you are better off looking for one with an excellent smartphone processor.

The smartphone processor is also known as System-on-a-Chip (SoC). A large chip made up of several smaller subunits. The most important subunit in the SoC is the central processing unit (CPU), followed by the graphics processing unit (GPU), along with other components like video encoders, camera operation and audio playback.

The CPU is responsible for several vital functions, like activating touchscreen functions. Meanwhile, the GPU is responsible for running specific graphical functions and is vital for anything that entails a visual component, like loading web pages or playing games. When searching for a smartphone, it is always best to find one with a dedicated GPU. Smartphones with a dedicated GPU use less battery power and offer better graphical benefits, like anti-aliasing and geometric realism.

How to find the best smartphone processor?

While a smartphone processor is not the sole reason to get a brand new smartphone, it is a great indicator of what it can do.

When searching for a smartphone with a formidable processor, you need to give due diligence to two key factors: the number of cores and clock speed. The number of cores will vary with each smartphone, this is where you hear terms like ‘dual-core’ and ‘octa-core’ to differentiate between processors. Dual-core means that the processor has two CPU chips, within the SoC. Octa-core, meanwhile, indicates 8 CPU chips within the SoC. The smartphone allows you to divide tasks to different cores based on the amount of power needed to run it, leading to much faster load speeds and multitasking capability.

You also have to consider clock speed. Measured by Gigahertz (GHz), the clock speed refers to how fast the processor can execute tasks. So naturally, the higher the clock speed, the faster the rate, at which, tasks are completed. It is important to note that smartphones with multi-core processors are going to have different clock speeds.

If you think dealing with the numbers of specific processors is overwhelming, then you can look into the brand of the smartphone processor. Qualcomm and MediaTek are the two prominent manufacturers of processors. You will find Qualcomm on the bigger, more established brands like Apple and Samsung, while the MediaTek processors are found in the newer brands, like Oppo, Vivo and Intex.

Bringing it all together

A smartphone processor determines the tasks that can be done and the speed at which it can be done. Hence, the processor is one of the most important parts you can look at. The processor is a chipset divided into different subsets, like CPU and GPU. Not all processors are made with the same specifications as clock speeds and the number of cores can change. The quality of the processor affects the speed at which tasks, like web browsing and gaming, can be done.

Hopefully, you walk away with a better understanding of the smartphone processor, what it is, what it does and how important it is in your smartphone experience.

If you have any questions, drop it in the comments section below and we will do our best to answer them.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 5G https://boxedtech.com/samsung-galaxy-s10-5g https://boxedtech.com/samsung-galaxy-s10-5g#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2019 08:42:00 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=106962 Samsung Galaxy S10 If you are looking for a high-end smartphone prepped for the future, then you need to get the Samsung S10 5G. With its 5G-capability, 6 cameras, excellent...

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Samsung Galaxy S10

If you are looking for a high-end smartphone prepped for the future, then you need to get the Samsung S10 5G. With its 5G-capability, 6 cameras, excellent performance, immersive display and fantastic design, the Samsung S10 5G is one of the defining smartphones of the future. In this blog, we breakdown each feature in more detail and explain why it would be a great fit for you.

5G is the future of the internet and this edition of the Samsung S10 is well-prepped to take full advantage of it. You are guaranteed faster download speeds, more responsive browsing and better gaming experience. Since 5G is much faster than current 4G connections, you can download high-resolution movies in minutes, and there will be little to no load times when streaming due to the speed and low latency of the connection. Gamers will love the 5G connection because of its minimal lag, perfect for online gaming. 5G is the future of the internet, bringing very exciting prospects with it. If you want to feel the benefits of 5G, then you will need to get the Samsung S10 5G because you need a phone with connectivity capabilities specific for 5G.

 

Design

Nothing screams high-end and classy like an incredible design and the Samsung S10 5G is stunning. It consists of a slim, tall body with smooth, curved corners, Gorilla Glass 6 and highly polished metal that reflects light. The display covers the front part of the body end-to-end. With the Samsung S10 5G, there are different colours – all of them cool and futuristic. In fact, it looks like something you will see in a Tron movie.

Overall, we thought the design looked great, and it is smooth and slender to hold, despite its larger size.

Camera

The Samsung S10 5G brings exceptional quality to images and videos thanks to the 6 cameras. Yes, when you are taking images with the Samsung S10 5G, you are not using three or four cameras, you are using 6 pro-grade cameras. Each one is built with high-end specs but of particular note, is the 16MP Ultra Wide camera, which lets you see in 123° field of vision. In addition to the specifications, the cameras feature intelligent software that augments and improves the quality of an image. If you want to take some high quality, sophisticated images and videos, like selfies with a blurred background or videos with bokeh effect, you can now do so with the Samsung S10 5G.

Performance

The Samsung S10 5G doesn’t just promise fast internet, it also promises fast performance. With a RAM speed of 8GB and 512GB storage, the Samsung S10 5G is quick and responsive. We thoroughly enjoyed the smooth, responsiveness of the phone. Loading and switching out apps was a breeze and we rarely encountered any lag even when performing the most demanding tasks, like gaming or experimenting with augmented reality features. You can even multitask demanding apps, like games or streaming, without seeing a drop in performance.  

Display

Multitasking and fast downloads are great but that does not mean much without a large display for immersive viewing. Fortunately, the Samsung S10 5G features an incredibly large 6.7-inch AMOLED display, dubbed as the Cinematic Infinity Display. You will get realistic yet vibrant colours for a rich viewing experience, flush with colour and detail. Even better, the AMOLED display features low levels of blue light, which means less eye strain when you look at the screen. We watched a few movies on the smartphone and read an e-book, and we are pleased to report a pleasant viewing and reading experience. We could look at the smartphone display for almost an hour without feeling any strain.

Key takeaways

The Samsung S10 5G is an excellent smartphone and a handy investment for the future, especially with 5G becoming more mainstream. You will not find a faster smartphone than the 5G edition of the Samsung S10 not just because of the upgraded internet, but also because of its speed and performance. The robust technical specs are complemented by an incredible camera capable of sharp, detailed images and videos. If you are looking for a smartphone that will serve for years to come, look no further than the Samsung S10 5G.

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Finding A Great Smartphone Camera https://boxedtech.com/finding-a-great-smartphone-camera https://boxedtech.com/finding-a-great-smartphone-camera#respond Fri, 31 May 2019 11:16:28 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=106785 Finding A Great Smartphone Camera I got the inspiration for this week’s blog post after having dinner with an old friend. Said friend was proudly telling me about the new...

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Finding A Great Smartphone Camera

I got the inspiration for this week’s blog post after having dinner with an old friend. Said friend was proudly telling me about the new smartphone and its camera specs. “30MP!” he said. “I am going to be a master photographer!” I smiled and agreed, but it got me thinking about smartphone cameras and what people know about them. Do they know what to look for? Do they know what “MP” and “f/2.8” means and how it affects image quality? In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the key components of a smartphone camera, so you know what these terms mean and how they affect image quality.

MegaPixels

One touted feature of a smartphone camera is megapixels (MP). A pixel represents one dot in an image, while megapixels refers to the number of pixels found in an image, for example, one 1MP stands for one million pixels.

A pixel’s job is to capture the data of an image relative to the light reflected from the object (the focus of the image). Therefore, megapixels play a role in resolution and clarity – the more megapixels there are, the easier it is to perform functions, like, image stretching and cropping. Images that are stretched to a larger size will maintain their clarity, which makes editing easier.

However, it’s important to note that MP is not the sole indicator of quality. It’s certainly not going to make you a master photographer because there are other elements at play. For example, If the sensor is bad, it leads to poor megapixels and poor image quality.

Aperture

When looking for a smartphone camera, you may have seen numbers like f/1.7 and f/22. These terms refer to the aperture, the hole in the camera where light travels into the sensor.

In digital photography, aperture affects the depth of field, which determines whether you can take those portrait shots with the blurry background or clear shots of both background and foreground.

The aperture rating determines the hole through which lights travels. Curiously, the smaller the number, the larger the hole and better the depth of field. For example, f/1.7 means a larger hole, and a better depth of field, compared to f/22. We are not sure why this is the case, but smartphone manufacturers often quote this number, so its best to be aware of what it means for the camera.

Zoom

When it comes to smartphones, there is an optical and digital zoom. Some of the more recent smartphones, like the OnePlus 7, now feature optical zoom, other smartphones claim to have both, while some only have digital zoom.

Optical zoom is when the lens physically zooms in and closes the distance between the camera and object. Optical zoom is fairly common in cameras but not in smartphone cameras where digital zoom was more prevalent. Digital zoom refers to software image processing where the zoom is digital and not through a lens.

The main difference between the optical and digital zoom is image quality. Optical zoom simply offers better image quality compared to digital zoom.

Optical Image Stabilisation

Ever tried to record a video with an older smartphone camera? It would have been shaky no matter how hard you tried to keep your hand still. Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) consists of gyroscopes designed to counter the movement of the hand and create a more stable video or image.

Autofocus

Arguably the most important feature of a smartphone camera, the autofocus, determines the sharpness of an image. A high autofocus speed means sharp images, but slow autofocus leads to blurry images.

There are three types of autofocus technology: laser detection, phase detection and contrast detection. Most smartphones come with contrast detection.

In our experience, autofocus is the most important feature that determines image quality. Sadly, autofocus speeds are not easily found, so if you are interested in a smartphone, then you best test the autofocus speed before buying it.

Key takeaways

A smartphone camera is one of the important features customers, like my dinner friend, look at before buying a smartphone. Sadly, not everyone truly understands what the numbers behind the camera mean nor what effect they will have on image quality. Hopefully, after you read this blog, you will get a better understanding of what these terms mean and their effects on image quality.

What are other factors that affect image quality? Comment down below!
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Creative Uses Of Old Smartphones https://boxedtech.com/creative-uses-of-old-smartphones https://boxedtech.com/creative-uses-of-old-smartphones#respond Fri, 24 May 2019 14:12:53 +0000 https://woocommerce-226387-1430283.cloudwaysapps.com/?p=106277 Creative Uses Of Old Smartphones Dave, an old friend and a technophile, was examining the Samsung S10, wishing he could get one. When I suggested he buy it, he shook...

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Creative Uses Of Old Smartphones

Dave, an old friend and a technophile, was examining the Samsung S10, wishing he could get one. When I suggested he buy it, he shook his head. “I’ve got five phones at home”, he said, “I don’t want to throw them away, but I don’t know what to do with them.”. And that got me thinking. Once people upgrade to a new smartphone, what can they do with the old one? In this blog post, I am going to explain what you can do with your old smartphone, after getting a new one.

Creative uses of old smartphones

Car Stereo or GPS device

If you want to use the GPS app on your smartphone, you have to plug in your smartphone, turn on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Then, when you get out of the car, you have to repeat the process all over again. If it’s one day, then it’s not too bad, but how about five days a week? It gets annoying.

The best way to avoid repeating this dull routine is to use your old smartphone as a GPS device or car stereo. With your old phone, you don’t have to worry about plugging in the Bluetooth or connecting to the Wi-Fi. Just have it loaded with your favourite music, podcasts or even GPS apps and activate them when you get in the car. Having an extra phone for your car is better than relying on one phone for everything.

Baby Monitor or Security Camera

No need to spend money on an expensive baby monitor or security camera. You can use your old smartphone, instead. Some home security apps can turn your previous smartphone into a handy security system that will send notifications and alerts to your new smartphone when something goes wrong.

While your old smartphone is no substitute for a high-tech security system, it’s a relatively inexpensive way of keeping your property and family safe. Not to mention, it’s an excellent way to make use of your mobile device.

Backup Phone

Your old smartphone serves as a backup. If you have extra contacts, notes, ebooks and anything else you don’t need on your new smartphone but can’t afford to lose, then your previous smartphone can serve as a backup smartphone.

If your old and new smartphone have the same OS, then you can sync your data using the cloud system. Therefore, if anything happens to your new phone (let’s hope not!), your old phone serves as the perfect backup. You won’t have to get another new phone or post a ‘Lost my phone, numbers please’ status on Facebook.

Digital Photo Frame

Convert a smartphone into a digital frame – it’s a great way to use larger smartphones and tablets. Use it to run a slideshow of your old photos and prop it up as a display.

Several image apps can draw images from social media streams and cloud-based libraries to present a continuous stream of images. The smartphone can go from an old device to a display for your office or home desk that reminds you of good times.

Retro Game Console

Converting your old smartphone into a retro gaming console is possible but requires a bit of work.

First, you need to connect your old phone to your TV via a micro USB-to-HDMI converter cable or Chromecast. Then, download a few emulators for classic games from for old consoles. Finally, you can connect a PS3/PS4 Bluetooth controller via Bluetooth.

It’s a great way to make use of your old smartphone and there are tons of emulators of retro games for smartphones, so finding a suitable emulator will not be a problem. It’s also a great way to keep yourself entertained without spending a significant amount of money.

Here at Boxedtech, we have a special fondness for retro games, so you can bet that we will be trying this particular solution.

Gym device

Ever go to the gym? (Our correct answer is ‘yes’, but the real answer is ‘occasionally’). No matter what your actual answer is, your old smartphone can double as a workout device if you wish.

Start by reformatting the device to remove unnecessary contact information, photos, logins and anything else that might distract you during a workout. Then, upload your workout songs (Rocky theme, anyone?), podcasts and fitness-tracking apps. Staying focused and motivated at the gym will be much easier. This is perfect for getting you healthier and fitter, without paying a cent!

Key takeaways

From a retro gaming console to a digital display to a backup device, there is much you can do with your old smartphones. Many phones (old or otherwise) are exceptional pieces of technology, and there is a lot of value in them, even after you have gotten a new one. It might seem like extra effort to convert a device, but the results are well worth the effort.

Perhaps, after looking at my suggestions, Dave would make better use of his old phones, and eventually, get the S10 he wants.

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