P20 Lite hands-on: an iPhone X with a Huawei soul – Hardware reviews

The Huawei P20 Lite is the new mid-range flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer. As in previous years, this version is less powerful but more affordable than its flagship. Marketed at a price of 369 euros (or around 450 dollars), a question arises: does it deserve its price? Do the latest design changes and features introduced to the Lite family justify the price increase?

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A Lite version that isn’t very affordable
With the P20 Lite, Huawei lets you enjoy some of the new features of its new flagship, the P20 Pro, for a more reasonable price. The smartphone is 369 euros (approximately 440 dollars). It is available in three colors: black, blue and pink.
Even though this price is more attractive than the P20 Pro, the device can still be viewed as expensive if you consider the device’s technical specs. For comparison, the Honor 9 Lite offers the same Kirin 659 processor for around 200 dollars cheaper. Of course, Honor’s phone come with 1 GB less of RAM, but that doesn’t justify such a price difference.

A bit expensive for a Lite version. / © AndroidPIT

An attractive design
Looking at the P20 Lite, the first impressions are that it is similar to the iPhone X. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering that it’s a mid-range phone. The P20 Lite isn’t compromising on the premium glass and metal look. On the front it’s a 5.84-inch, 19:9 FHD+ resolution display, which is almost bezel-less and has a notch. I won’t go on about the advantages and disadvantages of the notch in this review. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but personally, I don’t like this design element and I prefer the look of the Honor 9 Lite.

The P20 Lite has a FullView display with a notch

The slim body of the phone (71.2×148.6 x7.4 mm) with its rounded corners is definitely inspired by Apple, but at the same time, some features are also characteristic of the Huawei and Honor family of devices.

Metal and glass are part of the package. / © AndroidPIT

On the back, in addition to the fingerprint reader, there is another new feature for the Lite line: a double camera that protrudes slightly from the body. The USB Type C port is located along the bottom edge of the device to charge it. The physical keys remain on the right side and are easy to reach.

As on the P20 Pro, the inscriptions on the smartphone are written vertically and not horizontally. / © AndroidPIT

All in all, the Huawei has done a very good job in terms of the finishing. It is true that the black version easily attracts fingerprints on the body, but other manufacturers are in the same boat. If the smartphone isn’t particularly original in terms of aesthetics, it remains pretty nonetheless and its compact format ensures a very good grip.
Apart from the notch, I regret that the smartphone doesn’t offer a certification that protects the device from water, as is the case for many devices now.

A high-quality screen
Huawei opts for a 5.84-inch IPS screen and uses a Full-HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. As mentioned above, the display comes with a 19:9 format, but no curved edges. The maximum brightness of the screen is 500 nits, which is sufficient. For the sake of comparison, the screen (IPS) on the new LG G7 reaches 1000 nits.

The display takes up most of the front of the device. / AndroidPIT

In everyday use I enjoyed the P20 Lite screen. It offers good contrast, balanced colors and excellent brightness, even in fairly sunny outdoor conditions. As always, Huawei also offers the option of adjusting the color temperature in its settings. 
The viewing angles are also good (although they could be better) and the Full HD+ definition is also nice, making apps, games, and videos enjoyable.

The display on the P20 Lite offers very good color representation. / © AndroidPIT

Face recognition on the menu
As we mentioned, Huawei has included the notch, which was introduced by Essential and made popular by the iPhone X. This feature has already been adopted by several flagships and we can expect to see it on many more high-end phones this year. In this price range, however, it is still a rarity, and many users will appreciate this design choice. Of course, time will tell if the apps will work properly even if the notch is there.

The P20 Lite has a dual rear camera

In addition to the notch, the device can be unlocked with a smile! In other words, by using face recognition. In order to make this possible, the 16MP front camera comes into play: we will test the accuracy and timing of unlocking as soon as we receive the device in the editorial office, but I expect it will function in a similar way to the View 10.

The notch has also reached the mid-range class of smartphones. / © AndroidPIT

Software: The P20 Lite’s Achilles heel
As we’ve already seen on some Huawei Lite versions, the smartphone’s software interface remains its main weakness. While the P20 Lite may offer Android 8.0 Oreo and EMUI 8.0, Huawei’s phone suffers from some delays that hinder the user experience.
During my test I noted some unfortunate bugs that were disappointing, even for a mid-range smartphone. I’ve experienced some apps close unexpectedly, some overheating at times, generally slow animations and poor multitasking management. Another concern is that many apps aren’t yet compatible with the notch and some information isn’t displayed correctly. While the last update (Build Number ANE-LX1 8.0.0.223(C432)) fixed a lot of the problems, it hasn’t fixed all of them. I hope that Huawei does something quickly to find a solution.

Oreo is part of the package, but the P20 Lite doesn’t run very smoothly. / © AndroidPIT

A convincing device?
If you look at the P20 Lite, you might think you have a high-end device. But if you look at the specs sheet, you’ll immediately notice that the device closer resembles the Huawei P Smart more than it does the iPhone X. At the heart of the P20 Lite we find a Kirin 659, a chip that has already proven itself on other devices (such as the Honor 9 Lite).
Perhaps Huawei could have gone with a new chip, but with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal memory via microSD, the Kirin 659 is enough for daily use. It’s just a shame that the software hasn’t been optimized. While the transition between certain apps can sometimes take a while, fortunately the performance is sufficient to ensure a pleasant experience, but the device functions better if you don’t ask too much of it.

Huawei P20 Lite benchmarks

 
3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme ES 3.1
Geekbench Multi Core
PassMark Memory
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Huawei P20 Lite audio
With the P20 Lite, you have a single speaker. The stereo sound of the P20 Pro unfortunately doesn’t come on the Lite version. The sound is therefore rather disappointing, especially at high volume where the distortion causes a somewhat metallic sound. As for the audio output, it’s quite average. Those who love good sound and have high-end headphones may want to look into other devices.
As far as communication is concerned, the Huawei P20 Lite gets the job done. Calls are clear and network coverage is very good (even if you’re on the subway). The smartphone is compatible with all 4G bands.

The fingerprint sensor is also fast and reliable. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Huawei P20 Lite camera
Until now, the Lite line has been limited to a single camera. Huawei made the decision to include two cameras on the P20 Lite, which are located vertically on the left, the same as on the standard P20 and iPhone X. The camera is slightly protruding and consists of two sensors with 16+2MP and f/2.2 apertures. The second sensor only serves to create a bokeh effect in portraits. Several modes are available in the camera (including Pro, Night, Panorama, HDR, and AR). You can also use the Wide Aperture mode to play with the blurring effects before and after taking the picture.
The quality of the pictures is quite disappointing for a smartphone that wants to compete with more upscale smartphones. This is correct but we clearly expected more from the smartphone. An Honor 9 Lite or Honor 7X offer better results. This photos lack details, the white balance remains a bit cold and the focus is sometimes hard to get right.

The camera in action! / © AndroidPIT

An enduring smartphone
The P20 Lite battery has a capacity of 3000 mAh. It offers very suitable autonomy in daily use. If you’re a moderate user, it’s easy to exceed the day and a half of autonomy, provided you’re not a huge gamer. The Huawei P20 Lite withstood our benchmark PCMark test for almost 9 hours.

Huawei P20 Lite technical specifications

Dimensions:
148.6 x 71.2 x 7.45 mm

Weight:
145 g

Battery size:
3000 mAh

Screen size:
5.84 in

Display technology:
LCD

Screen:
2280 x 1080 pixels (432 ppi)

Front camera:
16 megapixels

Rear camera:
16 megapixels

Flashlight:
LED

Android version:
8.0 – Oreo

User interface:
Emotion UI

RAM:
4 GB

Internal storage:
64 GB

Removable storage:
microSD

Chipset:
HiSilicon Kirin 659

Number of cores:
8

Max. clock speed:
2.36 GHz

Connectivity:
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

Final verdict

This is a mid-range device that has a premium look and that overall fulfills its mission. Its processor isn’t the newest, but it has proven itself in other devices. Its RAM, internal memory, autonomy, compatibility with 4G and Android Oreo / EMUI 8.0 will provide a decent user experience for the majority of you.
The camera also has some small features that many users will find useful: dual SIM compatibility, USB Type-C, a dual camera, face recognition, and the notch… it’s up to the users to see how this fares on a daily basis, but for a device in this range, it’s a pleasant surprise.
We do, however, remain somewhat disappointed by this device that doesn’t in any way stand out from the competition (particularly in comparison to the Galaxy A8). The price isn’t really affordable, which makes the price-performance ratio quite unspectacular. You can definitely find devices with similar technical data that are cheaper, such as the Honor 9 Lite or Honor 7X.
 
 
 

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First CubeSats to travel the solar system snap ‘Pale Blue Dot’ homage – TechCrunch

The InSight launch earlier this month had a couple of stowaways: a pair of tiny CubeSats that are already the farthest such tiny satellites have ever been from Earth — by a long shot. And one of them got a chance to snap a picture of their home planet as an homage to the Voyager mission’s famous “Pale Blue Dot.” It’s hardly as amazing a shot as the original, but it’s still cool.
The CubeSats, named MarCO-A and B, are an experiment to test the suitability of pint-size craft for exploration of the solar system; previously they have only ever been deployed into orbit.
That changed on May 5, when the InSight mission took off, with the MarCO twins detaching on a similar trajectory to the geology-focused Mars lander. It wasn’t long before they went farther than any CubeSat has gone before.
A few days after launch MarCO-A and B were about a million kilometers (621,371 miles) from Earth, and it was time to unfold its high-gain antenna. A fisheye camera attached to the chassis had an eye on the process and took a picture to send back home to inform mission control that all was well.
But as a bonus (though not by accident — very few accidents happen on missions like this), Earth and the moon were in full view as MarCO-B took its antenna selfie. Here’s an annotated version of the one above:

“Consider it our homage to Voyager,” said JPL’s Andy Klesh in a news release. “CubeSats have never gone this far into space before, so it’s a big milestone. Both our CubeSats are healthy and functioning properly. We’re looking forward to seeing them travel even farther.”
So far it’s only good news and validation of the idea that cheap CubeSats could potentially be launched by the dozen to undertake minor science missions at a fraction of the cost of something like InSight.
Don’t expect any more snapshots from these guys, though. A JPL representative told me the cameras were really only included to make sure the antenna deployed properly. Really any pictures of Mars or other planets probably wouldn’t be worth looking at twice — these are utility cameras with fisheye lenses, not the special instruments that orbiters use to get those great planetary shots.
The MarCOs will pass by Mars at the same time that InSight is making its landing, and depending on how things go, they may even be able to pass on a little useful info to mission control while it happens. Tune in on November 26 for that!

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Honor 10 review

Erupting in a kaleidoscope of color, the glass-bodied Honor 10 costs way less than you’d expect, and still has the excellent camera we’ve come to expect from the company. We’ve had it in our hands to see if it can live up to those initially very strong impressions. Here’s our Honor 10 review.
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The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, explained

The NBA Draft Lottery is Tuesday night and we have all the info you need from the format to the odds for each team winning the No. 1 overall pick.
The 2018 NBA Draft lottery is Tuesday night ahead of the second game of the Eastern Conference Finals. At the lottery, the league’s worst 14 teams will find out which pick they’ll receive in this year’s draft.
Teams are eyeing 19-year-old Slovenian Luka Doncic, who is the overwhelming favorite to go No. 1 overall, as well as Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Texas’ Mo Bamba, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Oklahoma’s Trae Young, and a list of other potential all-stars. This year’s draft isn’t the deepest, but there are stars at the top, so landing a high pick is as important as ever.

The 14 teams participating in the draft lottery had the worst records in the league and missed the postseason. The NHL and NBA are the only two major sports that award the worst team in the league the best chances at the top pick in the draft. The odds get worse depending on how many games teams won.
So how does the lottery work?
Fourteen ping-pong balls are labeled 1-14 and placed in a machine to be selected at random. Four balls are selected to create a four-digit number. Each team is assigned a different percentage of those four-digit numbers depending on how terrible their record was last season. The Suns won last season’s tank-off and will have the best odds.
Balls are only drawn for the top three picks in the draft. The other 11 are ordered again by last season’s standings.
This format will change next year
In September, the NBA approved a change for the 2019 season that’ll award the worst three teams by record equal chance at the top pick in the draft. They will each have 14 percent odds rather than 25, 19.9, and 15.6 percent odds, respectively, in an effort to curb tanking.
Each pick after the top three will drop incrementally in percentage, too. The lottery will also select the top four picks, meaning the team with the best odds could fall as low as the No. 5 pick, rather than the current system which wouldn’t let them fall below No. 4.

The 2018 draft lottery odds

Here are the odds for each team receiving each pick, per Tankathon.

Can any teams lose their picks via trade?
Yes!

The Pistons will only keep their pick if it lands in the top three, otherwise it goes to the Clippers from the Blake Griffin trade.
The Cavaliers will get the Nets’ pick no matter what from their trade with the Celtics for Kyrie Irving

The Lakers will lose their pick no matter what, but where they land will depend on who it goes to. If they get the Nos. 1, 10, 11, 12, or 13 picks, it’ll go to the Sixers via the trade to get Markelle Fultz. If it lands Nos. 2 or 3, it belongs to the Celtics.

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How much do you know about the Premier League 2017-18 season? – quiz

Who kept losing? Who was proud? Who was ‘the manager of the year’?
In which month did Crystal Palace score their first goal of the season?
August
September
October
November
Who were the only team to win the majority of their points away from home?
Burnley
Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
Which goalkeeper made one save in the league last season and 111 this season?
Asmir Begovic
Loris Karius
Wayne Hennessey
Willy Caballero
Tottenham finished the season as the highest placed team from London. Who was their manager when they last achieved that feat?
Gerry Francis
Martin Jol
Juande Ramos
Harry Redknapp
Nine clubs changed their managers during the season. Which of them brought in a permanent replacement with no previous experience of managing in England?
Crystal Palace
Leicester City
Everton
West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion
Swansea City
Stoke City
Watford
Southampton
Who did José Mourinho proclaim “the manager of the season” in early April?
Pep Guardiola
Darren Moore
Carlos Carvalhal
Roy Hodgson
Which of these managers had a 0% win percentage this season?
Alan Pardew
Frank de Boer
Craig Shakespeare
Mauricio Pellegrino
Tony Pulis
Which player scored against all of the top six clubs – Manchester City, United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal?
Riyad Mahrez
Marko Arnautovic
Glenn Murray
Jamie Vardy
What do Jack Cork, Harry Maguire, Lewis Dunk, Mathias Jorgensen and Alfie Mawson have they common?
Their only goals this season were own goals
They made their international debuts this season and were relegated
They were all sent off four times
They are the only outfielders who played every minute of every game for their club
Who said this about the vacant managerial role at Everton: “It would have been a fabulous job, but it just didn’t feel right – it just never materialised as I thought it would”?
Arsène Wenger
Marco Silva
Sean Dyche
Sam Allardyce
Four managers took charge of West Brom this season. Which of them earned the most points?
Tony Pulis (12 games in charge)
Alan Pardew (18 games in charge)
Gary Megson (2 games in charge)
Darren Moore (6 games in charge)
What did Lewis Dunk do against Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Swansea?
He was sent off in the first half
He scored an own goal
He was booked for diving
He conceded two penalties
Which team were not beaten on their own ground? (Spurs don’t count)
Arsenal
Manchester City
Liverpool
Manchester United
Who declared himself the “proudest man in Proudsville”?
David Wagner
Rafa Benítez
Sean Dyche
Marco Silva
Manchester City defeated every side they faced in the league this season. So did which other club?
Liverpool
Tottenham
Manchester United
Burnley
8 and above.
Decent
9 and above.
A decent score. Enjoy the World Cup
10 and above.
A fine score. Enjoy the World Cup
11 and above.
Super. Enjoy the World Cup
12 and above.
Super. Enjoy the World Cup
13 and above.
Wonderful. Enjoy the World Cup
14 and above.
Wonderful. Enjoy the World Cup
15 and above.
Pep, is that you?
1 and above.
Oh dear
2 and above.
Oh dear
3 and above.
Oh dear
4 and above.
Oh dear
5 and above.
Not great
6 and above.
Not great
0 and above.
Frank de Boer, is that you?
7 and above.
Not great

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Need vacation ideas? Just follow Mike Leach on Twitter

He’s even sent these out right before kickoff on game day.
Summertime is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re daydreaming of taking a summer vacation. This is especially true in football, where the end of spring ball means the one time all year when coaches briefly unplug.
One head coach who is also fantasizing about his next getaway is Washington State’s Mike Leach. How do we know this, you ask? Instead of tweeting just about his team and the NFL Draft like most coaches, his Twitter account has been filled with summer getaway ideas for the majority of last month:

21 Lazy Rivers to Float This Summer – Travel Channel https://t.co/znCAzpJRYs
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

Best Long-Distance Hiking Trails – Travel Channel https://t.co/lQFneYWG8B
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

Islands Under the Radar – Travel Channel https://t.co/1RcM79EGuX
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

What to Do in Wyoming – Travel Channel https://t.co/16iHa3rr6q
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

UPDATE: Leach has found his destination! He posted a photo of him in Taiwan in mid-May:

The Night Market in Taipei
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

But this wasn’t exclusive to just the month of April — Leach was dreaming about swimming holes and sailing back in February and March:

The 10 Best Swimming Holes in the World – Travel Channel https://t.co/GBmR70xN70
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

10 Great Small Towns for Big Vacations – Travel Channel https://t.co/JhtEVgarOJ
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

And even during last season! This was one day before Wazzu’s game against Arizona:

10 Haunted Highways and Byways – Travel Channel https://t.co/klJ0IuSZeb
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

Who Needs Venice? 10 Floating Towns You Can Sail Through – Travel Channel https://t.co/tkLRmrsPIj
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

This one was on game day against Oregon State — the timestamp looks like it was just about an hour and a half before kickoff Pacific Time, amazingly:

Paris Neighborhood Guide for First-Time Visitors – Travel Channel https://t.co/ts13LEjYCT
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

My favorite part about all of this is that randomly, in the middle of a series of travel tweets, completely unrelated articles like the following will pop up out of nowhere, and it’s hilarious:

George Washington was nearly impossible to kill – Business Insider https://t.co/6oenpkGjJn
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

On the cusp of turning 112, a whirlwind life for the oldest living World War II veteran – My San Antonio https://t.co/CD9Malo5oL
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

Real Life Trick Shots 2 | Dude Perfect https://t.co/3PdvIvtOjD via
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

This was a thing last summer, too!

Gorgeous Castles You Can Rent on Airbnb – Travel Channel https://t.co/IeED37cgUJ
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach)

At the very least, you gotta applaud Leach for being consistent in his reading and Twitter habits.

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5 Reasons Google Maps Still DESTROYS Apple Maps

Michael Grothaus

15/05/2018 – 3:04pm

And how Apple can improve its mapping software in order to better compete with Google Maps?

It’s fair to say Apple Maps didn’t get off to the right start. When the company’s mapping app replaced Google’s in iOS 6 in 2012, many thought that it would be inherently better than Google Maps.
Boy were they wrong. Apple Maps was plagued with a host of problems upon launch, the primary being a dearth of Points of Interest (POIs) aka locations like stores. And of the POIs it did offer, many of them were incomplete or entirely wrong.
It was arguably Apple’s biggest public blunder to date. But in the almost 6 years since its launch, Apple has made Maps MUCH better. Its POIs is almost as good as Google’s and it now sports some basic features such as transit directions and some indoor maps.
Even so, Google Maps is still widely superior to Apple Maps in terms of feature sets. Here are five reasons why–and five things Apple should steal from Google for their next Maps update.
Highlighted Areas Of Interest

Another visual element missing from Apple’s Maps is a noticeable lack of structures when compared to Google’ Maps. Structures are things like buildings or other man-made objects that have outlines on maps. On Google Maps the outlines are numerous and complete and correspond almost entirely accurate to the shapes of their real-life counterparts.
On Apple Maps, the company does display structures, but they are lacking in number and accurate shape in even the biggest cities on the planet, like New York and Tokyo. A look at the same area of the world on Apple’s and Google’s Maps apps and you can see just how many more structures Google offers, which makes navigation easier.
Popular Times

Another feature Google has offered for a while now is Offline Maps. This allows you to select an area on a Google Map–such as an entire city–and download all of its maps content to your phone so you can access the map and some POIs even when your phone is offline.
Needless to say, this is a boon to travelers who often land in foreign countries yet don’t have a mobile Internet service plan yet. It also saves on having to use up your data plan downloading map information. Why Apple Maps has yet to offer an offline maps mode is beyond me.
Street View

Google has offered Street View for over a decade now. The feature allows you to view photographs of a street that are stitched together, giving you a virtual way to explore the area on the map. Street View is very useful when looking for a particular establishment or just browsing Maps to see where you might want to live next by browsing in areas without actually going there.
Apple Maps doesn’t have a street view, but it does offer what it calls “Flyover.” This is a semi-3D aerial view of an area. It’s more like enhanced satellite imagery than street view, however. And Street View is still far superior. It would be a welcome addition to Apple’s Maps.

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The Honor 10 is here — and it’s a £399 smartphone stunner

The Chinese manufacturer’s newest smartphone has already been released domestically, but today’s launch brings its psychedelic glass design to UK shores.
The Honor 10 comes with a 5.84in, 2,280 x 1,080 FHD+ display, and a pixel density of 432 pixels per inch. It’s built around a notched screen – à la iPhone X – and a resolution that sits somewhere close to the Huawei P20 Pro (click here to read our full review).
Honor has made much of the handset’s “AI camera”, which is able to automatically tweak photos to make the most of lighting in different situations. The rear camera modules are 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel respectively, while the front camera ups the game with an impressive 24-megapixel sensor. Couple that with Honor’s “AI portrait mode” and it looks like this is one handset which will be great for everything from selfies to video calls.
Honor 10: Price, specifications and design

The Honor 10 is a seriously eye-catching handset. The glitzy “Phantom Blue” finish looks utterly gorgeous in the flesh, and looks more than a little like Samsung’s Galaxy S9 if you squint. 
A thin bezel at the bottom of the phone houses a fingerprint scanner, similar to the Huawei P20 Pro, and the notch at the top of the screen houses the front-facing camera. Ingeniously, though, there’s an option to hide the notch by toggling a setting that will add black bars to the screen on either side of it.
The build quality feels great, too, and as the handset measures 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm and weighs in at a very reasonable 153g, the Honor 10 feels light yet balanced in the hand. The only disappointment? There’s no waterproofing. 
There’s no shortage of performance on tap. Honor has employed the octa-core Kirin 970 alongside 4GB of RAM, and both are powered by a slightly under-sized 3,400mAh battery. 
The clincher, though, is that the Honor 10 will cost only £399, which impressively undercuts its competitors – several of which are offering comparable specs for substantially more money. 
Not sure whether it’s the phone for you? We’ve been testing the Honor 10 over the past week, so stay tuned for a full review in the coming days.

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Panasonic Lumix FT7 Review – News

News
The Panasonic Lumix FT7 is a brand new, tough, compact camera. A 20.4-megapixel high-sensitivity sensor is joined by a 28mm wide angle 4.6x (28-128mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Power O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilisation). New for the FT7 is a 0.2-inch 1,170k-dot equivalent Live View Finder for composing your images, while  the 3.0-inch rear monitor boasts the highest-in-class 1,040k-dot resolution. Full-resolution high-speed burst shooting at 10fps is available along with high-resolution 4K video.
The Lumix FT7 will be available in 3 colour versions: orange, blue and black, from July with an SRP of £399.
Panasonic UK Press Release
New LUMIX FT7: The Ultimate Rugged Camera for you Outdoor Adventures.
Capture all your memories, no matter the conditions, with 4K Video and 4K Photo
Panasonic is pleased to introduce a brand new, tough, compact camera geared towards lovers of outdoor adventures, giving you the chance to capture those moments your normal device can’t handle.
The Lumix FT7 is waterproof (up to 31m / 102ft), shockproof (to 2m/6.6ft), freeze proof (to -10°C), dustproof and pressure resistant (to 100kg/220lbf) making it the perfect rugged companion for all your extreme experiences.
With a 20.4-megapixel high-sensitivity sensor which is joined by a 28mm wide angle 4.6x (28-128mm equivalent) optical zoom lens, the FT7 also features Power O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilisation) to help keep your shots steady even during rocky activities.
New for the FT7 is a 0.2-inch 1,170k-dot equivalent Live View Finder for composing your images when screen use is impractical. Use the LVF to compose your shots in strong sunlight, with the added bonus of saving and extending battery life in harsh conditions – such as the cold. Meanwhile, the 3.0-inch rear monitor boasts the highest-in-class 1,040k-dot resolution and uses tough, tempered-glass.
Never miss an opportunity with full-resolution high-speed burst shooting at 10fps*, which is coupled with Light Speed AF. What’s more, all your incredible exploits can be captured in stunningly smooth, high-resolution 4K Video. When 10fps isn’t enough, use 4K Photo to grab even fleeting moments by shooting at 30fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution, extracting the best frame from a 4K burst to save as a photo.
When you want to share the thrills and spills with those back at home, you can do that easily with Wi-Fi connectivity giving you the option to upload your photos and videos to Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp and more. Images can also be GPS geo-tagged to ensure you always remember exactly where your adventures took place. Don’t worry about running out of juice while on the go, as the FT7 supports USB charging for instant power from battery packs when wall charging is out of bounds.
For something extra special, take advantage of special modes such as time-lapse shooting, 22 creative filters and panorama mode, which can capture both horizontal and vertical images. The FT7 can even help with your night-time escapades, such as rock climbing or cave walking, as it can be used as a torch light, without the camera function being activated.
Other super-handy tools on board the FT7 include a compass and altimeter – making it ideal for a huge range of outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, diving, snorkelling, surfing, snowboarding, skiing and mountain climbing. This is a camera that is ready to capture the moments when you’d normally have to leave your other devices behind.
It’s not just thrill-seekers that will appreciate the FT7 – use it on your beach holidays, ensuring all those special memories are captured by a camera which isn’t fazed by sand, water and anything else you and your family want to chuck at it.
FT7 will be available in 3 colour versions: orange, blue and black.
The Lumix FT7 will be available from July with an SRP of £399.
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Plantronics Rig 800 LX Review: Best Gaming Headset Under $150

Plantronics Rig 800 LX Review: Best Gaming Headset Under $150 is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.
The Plantronics Rig 800 LX is the best gaming headset you can find for $150, and it’s good enough to hang with more expensive options. The Rig 800 LX is comfortable, has an incredible 24 hour battery life, sounds excellent and comes with Dolby Atmos built-in.

Plantronics Rig 800 LX Review

The Plantronics Rig 800 LX is an amazing wireless Xbox One headset that is comfortable, sounds great and offers incredible battery life.

What We Love
Great Sound, Multiple EQ’s
Incredibly Comfortable and Lightweight
Super Long Battery Life
Dolby Atmos Support with Code Included

What Needs Work
Would Be Nice to Have Bluetooth Connectivity

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Dolby Atmos is sound tech that allows you to better hear where someone is during a game. Instead of simply hearing left and right like with stereo or adding in front and back with surround, Atmos allows you to hear vertically as well. This can give you a major edge in games where your enemies can come from anywhere.
The Plantronics Rig 800 LX earns a Gotta Be Mobile Editor’s Choice Award for the value, performance and comfort. This is the best wireless gaming headset under $150.
I love that I always know how much battery life is left, can dial in the perfect mix of game audio and chat and the EQ that allows me to play PUBG better and still enjoy WestWorld and booming movies on Netflix. I also love that this headset is totally wireless and only requires a small adapter to connect to the Xbox One with USB.
Plantronics Rig 800 LX Sound

The Plantronics Rig 800 LX wireless Xbox headset sounds great across multiple games. From Far Cry 5 and Fortnite to PUBG the headset delivers immersive sound thanks to beefy drivers and noise isolating earcups. With the EQ set to Intensify it the Rig 800 LX sounded so good in PUBG it felt like cheating. Knowing where an enemy’s footsteps were coming from meant the difference between early deaths and a chance at a chicken dinner on many occasions.
Plantronics holds back a little on the bass across all of the EQ options, which is great for gaming and still proved more than capable for watching movies and TV. The Seismic EQ option boosts the bass and can help with immersion in movies and in games where you don’t have to worry about an enemy’s footsteps making or breaking your play. With the Rig 800 LX on, Far Cry 5’s crazy world came alive to a new level.
A big part of the sound and in game performance is Dolby Atmos. The Rig 800 LX comes with a code to unlock this on your Xbox One, normally a $15 value. The list of games with Dolby Atmos are pretty short, but it did help to deliver an impressive level of detail in Assassin’s Creed Origins. The Atmos feature also carries over to Netflix and other apps.
I found the microphone works very well, and I like the audible notification that it’s turned on our muted when flipping it up or down. Friends said that I sounded good or great when playing multiplayer games.
I really like the sound of the Rig 800 LX. It’s on par, or a little better than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700, though Turtle Beach is the better option if you want a lot of bass.
Plantronics Rig 800 LX Comfort & Design
The Plantronics Rig 800 LX headphones are comfortable for long play sessions.
The Plantronics Rig 800 LX is a big headset, noticeably bigger than the Stealth 700 series and it’s decidedly a gaming headset. This is not a headset you will take with you to listen to music on the go, it’s for gaming and makes no qualms about it.
I play most of my games with glasses on, and the soft, cushy earcups are incredibly comfortable for hours long gaming sessions. The material is soft and the band doesn’t push it into my head too much. It breathes really well so I don’t get that annoying headache like feeling that can come from playing with headphones on for too long.
The soft elastic band helps keep the weight of the headphones supported without weighing down and I was shocked at how light the headphones are overall. The earcups can pop out and connect at one of three positions for a more customized fit.
Most of the controls are on the left earbud with power, overall volume, chat and game mix and a flip down microphone that mutes when you push it up. The game mix is perfect for making sure you can hear your party, which is something that can be a challenge with many headsets or when you use the default Xbox controls. There is an EQ button on the bottom edge of the right headphone.

I love the silver look of the earcups and for a gaming headset the design fits perfectly with my basement gaming setup. The bold angles and skeletonized headphone band looks cool and helps keep the total package very light without every feeling cheap.
The headphones connect to the Xbox One with a small adapter that plugs in by USB, and can also plug into a PC for gaming on Windows 10. This is small and pretty portable, but if you plan to take your headset with you all the time or from house to house the direct connection of the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is more portable.
Plantronics Rig 800 LX Battery Life
The Plantronics Rig 800 LX battery life is stellar. Plantronics promises 24 hours of gaming on a single charge and that’s pretty close to my experience. After a couple months of heavy testing I only ran into one time where the battery life was too low to use, and that was after playing for almost a week and a half without charging. This is a low maintenance headset that you can charge once a week and always have power when you need it.
A built-in voice prompt will tell you the battery level when you turn the headphones on, so you always know how much power is left. There is also a quick charge feature that allows you to get 90 minutes of gaming out of a 30 minute charge. The headphones charge with Micro USB so chargers are easy to come by if you forget yours at home or lose the cable.
Should I Buy the Plantronics Rig 800 LX?
Should I Buy the Plantronics Rig 800 LX headphones?
I’ve tested the Rig 800 LX, Turtle Beach Stealth 700 and the Razer Thresher Elite over the last several months and regularly swap between these three headphones to compare their performance and comfort.
At the end of the day, the Plantronics Rig 800 LX offers the best mix of comfort, performance and features. With Dolby Atmos and excellent in game audio the Rig 800 LX is my favorite Xbox One headset under $200.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is a better option if you need a headset that also works with your phone and as a pair you can wear out and about. I rely on dedicated headphones for travel or day to day use, so I like the comfort and larger design of the Rig 800 LX over the sleek design of the Stealth 700.
The Razer Thresher Elite is still an amazing Xbox One headset, but for the price the Plantronics Rig 800 LX is a better value with great audio and incredible comfort.

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