Honor View 20 – a cheaper alternative to the Google, Apple and Samsung flagship devices

Huawei’s latest Honor View 20 offers an unorthodox colour scheme and all-screen front for a whole new look.  As the first phone to offer a ‘hole-punch’ notch – a small hole in the top left-hand corner of the display which the selfie camera pokes through, the device is able to utilise full viewing of its large, FHD+ LCD 6.4” screen. 28 grams lighter than the iPhone XS Max, the View 20 provides a relatively light option without compromising on display size. Though lacking wireless charging, the View 10 is one of the fastest charging phones available with a 30 minute charge providing you with 60% of battery from 0.

Specs

  • 6.4in FHD+ LCD (398ppi) display
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 980 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB of RAM
  • 128 or 256GB storage
  • Magic UI 2 based on Android 9 Pie
  • Rear 48MP camera + 3D sensor, 25MP selfie-camera
  • Fingerprint scanner and 2D face unlock
  • Headphone socket, LTE, wifi, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)
  • USC-C port for ultra-fast charging
  • 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
  • 180g

‘Magic UI 2’ is the Honor’s take on the latest version of Android – 9 Pie. You’ll be able to choose from the traditional three-button navigation keys or a joystick-like navigation dock and gesture navigation. Out of the box, the View 20 features icons for every app on the homescreen, somewhat similar to Apple’s iOS. There is an option to enable the more traditional Android app drawer, though it comes with an button rather than the swiping gesture. Most notably, Magic UI 2 has added power-saving features that can extend battery life dramatically if needed.

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Featuring 2D face unlock, this feature may be lacking the same security provided by 3D face recognition, as featured on the latest iPhone devices. Where the View 20 may lack in facial recognition, is made up by the camera. Featuring a new 48 mega-pixel camera, one of the first on the market, paired with a secondary sensor, the View 20 can capture richly detailed shots. With prices starting at just £500, the Honor View 20 offers considerable features for a far lower price tag than competitors offering similar specs, including Samsung, Google and Apple.

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.  We are always more than happy to help!

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Top tools for flexible working

Has your business invested in technology that allows you to work whenever and wherever you need to  – even when the snow hits? Here’s our top choice of tools:

Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is the cost-effective smart solution to cloud computing. Office 365 ensures emails, calendar and contacts are automatically updated across your PC’s and Smartphones so you can access customer details and schedule that prospect meeting whether at home or in the office.

Better yet, Office 365 Web Apps are companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote so vital business applications and documents can be accessed, viewed and/or edited directly from a web browser.

Office 365

If the snow hits, you can hold your sales and support meetings via Skye (the conferencing and instant messaging part of Office 365), and share your sales forecast in Excel on everyone’s device of choice at the same time and any member of your team can edit it accordingly.

For more information on Office 365 please click here. For more information on how to stay productive throughout all weathers, please get in touch on 01252 854352, we are always more than happy to help.

VoIP

Thanks to bigger and better data capabilities, businesses can take advantage of VoIP aka the “Voice Over Internet Protocol”. This flexible phone system allows you to make calls over your internet connection.

Incoming phone calls are routed to your VoIP phone where-ever you plug it into the network so you can unplug your desk-phone from the office, plug it in at home and work as normal – providing complete flexibility.

Better yet if the snow strikes, you can record a message remotely to inform customers that although the office may be closed, business is still open as usual.

For more information on VoIP please click here.

Vodafone One Net

Ideal for small to medium-sized businesses, Vodafone One Net Business is a cloud-based service that seamlessly integrates your landlines, mobiles, desktop and tablet connectivity, into a single system. This means you can connect with customers, prospects and colleagues at any moment, through any device.

Even though landlines and mobiles are combined, just one number will appear to customers. Ensuring you can take or make calls from any phone – irrelevant or whether you’re snowed in at home, off-site or made it to the office.

One Net also offers the ability to share a single voicemail box for all your numbers, ensuring any messages can be retrieved and acted on by anyone in your company, so a customer call is never truly missed.

With built-in disaster recovery, we highly recommend One Net as both a reliable and intelligent solution for your business. Click here to take advantage of our free in-house One Net demonstrations.

2019 will bring you foldable phones and flexible tech

Released in China, The Royole FlexPai is the first foldable phone. Believed to mark the beginning of a new wave of foldable devices on the market, rumours suggest manufacturing giants Huawei, Samsung, Motorola and Oppo will be bringing you foldable smartphones. Early adopters will be looking at hefty price tags, with the FlexPai available at around £1,000. So, why fold? Folding devices will enable you to take advantage of the big-screen benefits delivered by tablets, whilst simultaneously providing you with the convenience of a smartphone. With complaints of performance laggs, the FlexPai has a lot of room for improvement, however, this new device represents the beginning of unorthodox territory for the smartphone industry. It’s hoped that the next devices to be released will combine this innovative style with optimum performance and currently, the bets are on Samsung.

Royole FlexPai by Royole

Back in 2011, Samsung’s prototype was able to remain intact after a whopping 100,000 folds with only a 6% drop in brightness at centre (where all the folding happened), however various manufacturing issues prevented the real deal. Despite missing the title of the first company to release a  foldable phone, the South Korean multinational giant could be releasing its foldable device (Prototype below) alongside the Galaxy S10 at the Mobile World Congress this February 2019. In contrast to Royole that uses a single screen, Samsung’s prototype features two screens – a larger screen that folds inward, as if to imitate a book, while the smaller screen takes the place of the book’s cover. This means the larger display will be protected when closed, while the smaller display imitates the traditional smartphone. Leaks suggest the new Samsung device will appear in black, silver, blue and green colours.

GIF: Samsung

While the foldable smartphone may remain a somewhat desirable novelty until it becomes more widely available – and affordable, it cannot be denied that flexible technology is a risk that’s paying off. LG’s roll-able television is a prime example of innovation at its finest – providing users with a minimalist finish to their home or the option to remove distractions at dinner. This sleek, roll-able TV, termed by LG as ‘revolutionary’ is not only easy on the eye but provides 4K viewing – for those unfamiliar, this means you’ll be able to watch your favourite films and shows in four times the resolution of Full HD.

For more tech updates, check back at the CMM blog.

Introducing Vodafone ‘V’ GPS trackers

Vodafone has introduced three new additions to its range of ‘V by Vodafone’ IoT trackers.  The new devices are GPS trackers that serve different functions. Firstly, the ‘V-Pet tracker’, brought to you through partnership with Pod 3. The tracker is light and compact enough to be worn on the collar of your pet, whilst real-time tracking ensures you can find your cat or dog if they’ve wandered off or escaped.  ‘Safe zones’ can be set up so that if your pet is outside of these zones – you’ll be informed and they’ll be secure. The device includes ‘activity monitoring’ so you’ll be aware of the in’s and out’s of your pets day – allowing you to pick up on anything unusual.

The V-Pet tracker is priced at £105, however, a £4 per month subscription fee is needed for full functionality of the device – this monthly fee provides access to the Pod app and service, alongside a V-Sim plan and Vodafone network coverage. Notably, the device will work in most European countries for the same flat fee. Finally, the device has been ‘pet-proofed’ offering a waterproof and durable exterior to survive bad weather and rough and tumble.

The two other devices are the ‘V-Bag tracker by Vodafone’ TrackiSafe Luggage for baggage and a small tracker that can be used to track items such as Laptops, keys and other bags called ‘V-Multi tracker by Vodafone’ TrackiSafe Mini.

The V-bag is fitted with light sensors and a GPS tracker. Similarly to the V-Pet, the V-Bag also allows you to set ‘safe zones’ to alert you when your luggage is taken anywhere it shouldn’t. The V-Bag tracker is available for an initial payment of £50, followed by a £3 monthly subscription fee. Finally, the rain and puddle proof  V-Multi TrackiSafe Mini, available for £45 plus a £2 monthly subscription fee, is 39mm wide and 12mm high. Weighing less than 20g, the mini tracker can be clipped onto laptop cases, keys or other objects that are frequently lost. Safe zones can be created through the TrakiSafe app which will alert you if the attached tracker strays from your chosen areas. Better yet, if attached to a bag, the tracker can alert you if the bag is opened or moving over a certain speed.

Why PSTN/ISDN customers are switching to VoIP and why they’re not

Earlier technology, PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) is the standard telephony set up for small businesses, with ISDN (Intergrated Services Digital Network) delivering digital lines for larger businesses. Thanks to bigger and better data capabilities, businesses are now embracing VoIP, aka the “Voice Over Internet Protocol” – the flexible phone system that allows you to make calls over your internet connection.

Why are businesses moving to VoIP?

VoIP has the ability to cut monthly costs associated with multiple PSTN/ISDN lines, as a VoIP system requires just one line with an internet connection. Only a single network is needed to carry both your voice and data, whilst storage space and equipment costs associated with traditional systems are diminished. Scaling up or down is easy, you can add a line as soon as you add a new employee, and when an employee leaves, you can easily reassign or remove the line. Ensuring you always have the right number of phone lines for your needs. In contrast, ISDN can hinder growth plans and/or adjustments to staff turnover as it cannot be easily expanded to accommodate for new users and carries the costs of installation and downtime if you choose to move offices.

With VoIP, you can take advantage of inexpensive international calls and long distance calls and gain the ability to make and receive calls anywhere with an internet (or 3G/4G) connection. This dramatically increases your flexibility and addresses the issue of ‘service interruptions’ better than any traditional PSTN or ISDN solution could.

Why would a business stick to PSTN/ISDN?

Having voice and data on one connection can also be problematic if the implementation has not been scoped properly. If there’s not enough bandwidth available, for example, then your call quality could be very poor, making calls extremely difficult to understand and, of course, having a negative impact on your brand.  However, Voice can be prioritised over data traffic and concerns over poor call quality are therefore due to poor implementation rather than the technology itself and can be solved by using an experienced telecoms provider with VoIP expertise. Secondly, when VoIP first arrived, it was a time of dial-up connections and VoIP was associated with poor audio quality and dropped calls. In light of the increased availability of broadband Ethernet services, however, this is no longer a problem and VoIP is often the most popular option, despite the misconception still held by some businesses.

The future of telephony

In line with current progressions in VoIP technology, the British Multinational Telecommunications giant, BT, will switch off ISDN lines in 2025, with purchases discontinued as of 2020. In light of the upcoming switch off, we are offering a free VoIP system for customers who choose CMM to progress to VoIP*. You can find more information here!  At CMM, our UK based team provide free set up and support before, during and after the sale, starting with your free audit and quote.

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Huawei launches P Smart

Design

The Huawei P Smart is crafted from a glossy ceramic-like texture, with striking colours and super clarity, the 6.21″ FullView display provides a notable viewing experience, embodied by a 3D curved body. Available colours include Midnight Black, Aurora Black and Sapphire Blue.

Key features

Similarly to Samsung devices, the P Smart allows you to split the screen so you can run two apps side by side for optimum multi-tasking. The budget phone includes further quirks such as gesture-shot technology that enables you to take selfies with simple gestures, such as a wave of your hand. A sacrifice for this budget model, however, is a slower performance of 3D, for example, gaming apps on the P Smart won’t meet the same frame rates or quality levels as Android flagship devices. Considering the low price tag, however, the P Smart is fully fitted with fingerprint sensor technology for easy unlocking and added security, alongside the option to ‘Face Unlock’. You can also take advantage of EMUI 9.0 that allows you to scan a product directly or simply long-press an object in an image to get shopping links to leading eCommerce platforms.

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At the rear is the same dual-lens arrangement as the Honor 10 Lite with 13MP and 2MP sensors behind them. The latter is a secondary camera used for depth sensing, while further features include Ultra Snapshot which takes a photo when you quickly press the volume down button twice, even if the phone is asleep. Better yet, the AI CAMERA lettering on the rear means scene recognition is used – just like it is on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro – to optimise settings and processing for various types of scenes. In lower light levels, you may notice a drop in quality due to the small-aperture lenses on budget devices, however, the P Smart provides what you pay for. Finally, the P Smart can be praised for providing the latest version of Android – Pie. Benefits include full-screen gesture navigation, better notifications, digital well-being (called Digital Balance in EMUI) and other improvements, you can find more details here.

Specs

  • Weight: 160g
  • Dimensions: 155.2 x 73.4 x 7.95mm
  • OS: Android 9.0 + EMUI 9.0
  • Screen size: 6.21-inch
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 710
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP

Price and availability

Pricing for the P Smart starts from £199 SIM free, for more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with your account manager via email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.  We are always more than happy to help!

In the box

  • Headset x 1
  • Charger x 1
  • USB cable x 1
  • Quick Start Guide x 1
  • Eject tool x 1