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Review Central’s Best of MWC 2017

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Reporting from Barcelona, Spain: Mobile World Congress, the largest mobility exhibition in the world, is drawing to a close. The event has been the launch pad for many flagship smartphones and devices, and this year was no different.

Over the past couple of days, we have seen hot new releases from the likes of Sony Mobile, LG, Huawei, Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, and so on. Here then, is the list of devices that made into Review Central’s Best of MWC 2017 list!

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

This year at MWC, Sony has bet its hopes onto its new flagship – the Xperia XZ Premium. This smartphone packs in 5.5-inch 4K HDR display, 19-megapixel rear “Motion Eye” camera and a mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. There is also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, along with water and dust proofing to a high standard. Brilliant indeed.

Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei kick-started MWC 2017 with the launch of two new smartphones – the P10 and the P10 Plus. Out of the two devices, the P10 Plus gets our money – it features a 5.5-inch QHD screen and comes with Huawei’s Dual Camera tech meaning you get that fantastic Leica monochrome camera.

LG G6

LG G6

LG’s gamble over discarding its modular smartphone ambitions seems to have paid off. Teased for sometime, the LG G6 is the company’s newest flagship device and it comes in a non-modular body and we love it! It comes with a 5.7-inch 18:9 display that is longer than you’re probably used to. It’s also the first phone that supports Dolby Vision HDR meaning your videos are going to look stunning thanks to a better contrast and wider colour gamut.

Nokia 6

Nokia 6

HMD Global had all eyes set on itself, when it announced it is going to relaunch a 17-year old phone – the Nokia 3310. The company also showcased three new Android smartphones – the one we liked is the Nokia 6. This one is a mid-range phone that comes with a 5.5-inch screen, among other features. The company is also offering a special Nokia 6 Arte Black version, which features a colouring similar to the high-end iPhone 7 Jet Black model.

BlackBerry KeyOne

Blackberry Keyone

BlackBerry is going strong with churning out handsets after handsets. This time around, the company has handed the hardware license to TCL. Previously known as the Mercury, the new KeyOne gives old Bold users what they believe they still want: a keyboard. Combine that with Android and BlackBerry Hub and this should bring a smile to any Blackberry fan’s face.

Samsung Galaxy Book

Samsung Galaxy Book

A few years ago, Samsung had great PC and laptop ambitions. Then, midway, it just gave up on that notion. The company is now plotting its entry back into the PC / laptop business with its new Galaxy Book. This one is a Microsoft Surface-like device from Samsung. Coming in two sizes – 10.6 and 12-inches – it runs Windows 10 and comes with an optional S Pen that lets you take notes, do illustrations and more.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola’s G5 Plus is an upgrade to the standard offering. The device delivers a big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag. This new Moto feels like a phone with purpose, built for an audience that actually exists for such a device. From the camera performance to the overall design, if you’re not in the phone market seeking an over-powered processor in your device then this little beauty ought to have everything sewn up.

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Entry-Level Smartphone Guide: The Powerful Star with Massive Display, HUAWEI nova Y90 is the Best Choice

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Today, most of our lives revolve around our smartphones. Be it for work, education, socializing, or entertainment, none of these will be easy without a proper smartphone. So, when it comes to getting a new smartphone most of us usually start by fixing a budget, and when you don’t want to break the bank, it mostly comes down to picking the best entry-level phone that boasts the most features. Huawei has set the bar really high when it comes to smartphones of all budgets: from premium flagships to entry-level ones, there’s a Huawei smartphone for everyone!

Huawei also made it possible for most users to access flagship-level features on entry-level models. And their latest entry-level smartphone HUAWEI nova Y90 does not disappoint. Because of the growing reliance on smartphones, everyone deserves to have a great smartphone without breaking the bank. Fortunately, Huawei has answered the demand for a high-quality entry-level smartphone with the HUAWEI nova Y90. So here is why we think it is the best phone you can get today in the UAE under AED 1000.

Enjoy a large vibrant display
Don’t let a small display limit what you can do with a smartphone. A large display opens up a world of possibilities. HUAWEI nova Y90 features a 6.7-inch HUAWEI Edgeless FullView Display that supports up to 90 Hz display refresh rate and 270 Hz touch sampling rate for a smooth user experience. Whether you want to read, watch movies, or play games on the phone, this display has got you covered. With ultra-narrow 1.05mm bezels surrounding the display and a staggering 94% screen-to-body ratio, the phone gives you the ultimate visual experience. To further enhance the experience, HUAWEI nova Y90’s screen supports features such as smooth screen dimming control, eye comfort mode, and e-book mode.

Charge it up fast with 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge
Sometimes a low battery notification might stand in the way of fun. But with HUAWEI nova Y90, filling up your battery is a matter of minutes with the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which is also stable and safe. It lets you enjoy 2.3 hours of gaming by plugging in the phone for just 10 minutes. Additionally, the phone has a battery health assistant function to intelligently detect the battery health status and remind the user to act in time. It also has implemented eight layers of fast charging protection, thirteen layers of charging protection, and a layer of USB port overheating protection, making charging fast, smart and safe.

A massive 5000mAh battery
Long battery life is always a good feature. Thankfully, HUAWEI nova Y90 inherits the long-lasting battery life of the HUAWEI nova Y series, equipped with a 5000mAh (typical value) large battery to satisfy all-day heavy use. Whether it’s travelling, watching dramas at home or playing games, HUAWEI nova Y90 provides a long-lasting battery life. So, stop worrying about the battery and enjoy your favourite dramas and games.

More space for your movies and games
With 128GB storage onboard, you can easily store up to 170 episodes of drama series, 12000 high-quality songs and over 60 HD movies on HUAWEI nova Y90. The phone can now easily store your favourite apps, games or anything that you need for work and study.

Express yourself with 50MP AI Triple Camera
It’s time to up your social media game with the powerful performance of HUAWEI nova Y90 High-Res 50MP Main Camera. To help you explore your creativity, it also has a 2MP Depth Camera and a 2MP Macro Camera. Also, you don’t have to let your beautiful moments pass by at night time without snapping a picture, thinking that there isn’t enough light. HUAWEI nova Y90 gives you outstanding night shooting capabilities thanks to its 50MP Main Camera.

The Super Night Mode function captures night shots that are bright and clear, delivering higher image quality with more details captured. Meanwhile, the HUAWEI nova Y90 features an AI Snapshot function, which can intelligently analyse the scene and perceive the amplitude of moving subjects and objects in front of the camera in real-time. The advanced algorithm adaptively adjusts the shutter speed and captures fast motion shots instantly. For all the aspiring vloggers out there, HUAWEI nova Y90 supports Continuous Front/Rear Recording for a seamless switch between the front and rear cameras. It also comes with a wide variety of built-in video templates to enable one-click video creation.

A whole new experience with HMS and favourite apps from AppGallery
The HUAWEI nova Y90 comes pre-installed with HMS (Huawei Mobile Services), which include Petal One and a variety of useful and premium services such as Petal Search, Petal Maps, HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Browser, GameCenter, and more. It also comes pre-installed with HUAWEI AppGallery – the third largest app marketplace in the world, where you can download a wide selection of global and local apps.

Price and availability in the UAE

The new HUAWEI nova Y90 in Crystal Blue, Midnight Black and Emerald Green colourways will be available in the UAE from September 16th at a price of AED 799 with gifts worth of AED 332, including: complimentary subscriptions to HAUWEI Music, HUAWEI Video and HUAWEI Mobile Cloud, 12 Months Warranty Service and 1-year manufacture warranty service in GCC countries.

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Looking to Upgrade to a Flagship Tablet for This Back to School Season? Here are Five Reasons Why the HUAWEI Matepad Pro is Your Best Choice

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Even though smartphones and laptops help us in getting tasks done, we sometimes need something bigger and more capable than a smartphone but smaller and portable than a laptop. Enter the tablets: they are a great tool for accomplishing many tasks from light office work like responding to emails, making presentations, and so on. to entertainment ranging from drawing and sketching to playing games, watching movies, and much more.

The interesting thing about tablets is that they have become a must for families as everyone can use them for different purposes. Most of the time, it stands as the device that everyone in the household can use. If you are on the lookout for a new tablet In UAE for this back-to-school season, whether it is for your personal use or for your children for school, or just for the whole family, then we definitely recommend the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro as it stands as the all-round stylish and pro flagship tablet.

So here’s why it is our favourite:

Beautiful, eye-popping display
HUAWEI MatePad Pro comes with a rich and vibrant 11-inch OLED HUAWEI FullView Display. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 92% with 4.2 mm ultra-narrow bezels for an immersive viewing experience. It also supports a 120Hz refresh rate for a smoother visual experience and can display 1.07 billion colours.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro is, in fact, the first tablet to receive the TÜV Rheinland Full Care Display 3.0 certification and uses a hardware solution to lower blue light to protect your eyes. It also boasts the HUAWEI SOUND that makes use of a 6-speaker setup and high and low-frequency division design to support its Stereo Vibe and Ultra-Bass technology. Thanks to the magnesium alloy frame, it only weighs 449g making it the lightest 11-inch tablet on the market. Measuring just 5.9mm in thickness, it is incredibly thin, as well.

Take your productivity to the next level with new features
If you have the HUAWEI MatePad Pro, you don’t have to lug around your laptop for online meetings. You can have a PC-like Videoconferencing experience right from your tablet using the 16 MP HD front camera, which supports the FollowCam algorithm and AI noise cancellation feature for an ultimate video conferencing experience, perfect if you would like to use your tablet for your office video meetings and conferences.

You can also use the new detachable Smart Magnetic Keyboard with HUAWEI MatePad pro: it now supports three modes: laptop form, detachable form, and studio form. It also supports the new HUAWEI M-Pencil (2nd generation), which retains the excellent hardware capabilities of its predecessor while comprehensively upgrading its appearance, materials, and writing experience.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro allows you to access Huawei’s native apps in landscape mode. The Multi window has been upgraded to support one-tap interaction. When an app takes up the full screen, you now just need to slide your finger to the upper left corner to split the screen and slide to the upper right corner to bring up an App Bubble. Currently, you can run up to four concurrent tasks with Multi-window, including two split windows and two App Bubbles.

Super Device to help you handle multiple devices with ease
HUAWEI MatePad Pro supports Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration capabilities which come with three modes; Mirror Mode, Extend Mode, and Collaborate Mode. In Mirror Mode, the laptop’s screen is mirrored to the tablet display, allowing users to directly work on files and documents, or draw/sketch on their laptop with the stylus of the HUAWEI MatePad Pro just as professional designers would.

Then there is Extend Mode, which transforms the HUAWEI MatePad Pro into a second screen, providing extra screen space to display more content; great for online shopping, or when browsing the Internet. Additionally, the innovative Collaborate Mode enables cross-platform interactions, allowing users to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop! Tearing down the boundaries that separate tablets, smartphones, and laptops, Multi-screen Collaboration enriches and elevates what you could possibly do with the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro and other connected devices.

The new Colour Capture feature allows you to select and apply colours across different apps in any usage scenario, including Multi-window, App Multiplier, or small window. Colours on the collaborative phone can also be captured. After Multi-screen Collaboration is established between a phone and tablet, you can click and select a colour on a phone window and apply it to the tablet, improving the efficiency of cross-device working and creation.

The all-rounded tablet also supports seamless connectivity between Huawei tablet and smartphone thanks to Multi-Screen Collaboration. Multi-screen Collaboration enables simple drag-and-drop file transfers between smartphones and tablets. Peripheral sharing lets users type on the smartphone using the tablet’s keyboard and screen, play music saved on the smartphone with the tablet’s speakers and more. This solution also makes it possible for users to pick up calls or respond to text messages directly from the tablet, facilitating a seamless multi-device experience.

HUAWEI MatePad Pro also features a whopping 8300mAh ultra-large battery in its extremely thin and small form, making it possible for you to do 8.5 hours of web browsing and 11.5 hours of 1080p HD movie playing on a single charge. In short, if you are looking for a new tablet this back-to-school season, then the new HUAWEI MatePad Pro is the one for you. HUAWEI MatePad Pro is available on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE, priced at AED 2,399 with free gifts up to AED 1199 including Keyboard and M-Pencil.

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Here’s Why the HONOR PAD 8 is the Best Entertainment Tablet Right Now

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Tablets today have evolved. They now pack in all sorts of entertainment features that make them the device of choice when it comes to tasks such as watching a movie, using social media apps, playing games, calling friends and families, or even getting work done, while on the move.

They offer almost all the flexibilities a laptop offers, minus the weight and the bulk. The new HONOR PAD 8 is an entertainment tablet that offers everything you look for in a performance-based tablet, which is great for even students and working professionals.

DESIGN & DISPLAY
The HONOR PAD 8 is a beautifully designed tablet as it features a metal unibody design. It offers excellent design and build quality. It weighs around 520 gms and comes in the Blue Hour colour. On the right edge of the device, you will find the speaker grilles and the USB Type-C port. On the left edge, you will find the second set of speaker grilles. On the top edge, you will find the volume rockers, power button, and noise-canceling microphone.

On the front, you get a brilliant 12-inch 2K Eye-Care HONOR FullView Display, that offers a resolution of 2000-by-1200 pixels and a narrow bezel measuring 7.2mm. The display also offers an 87% screen-to-body ratio, support for 1 billion colours, and comes with the TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification. You also get a pixel density of 195-PPI and a brightness of 350-nits.

SPEAKERS
Since the HONOR PAD 8 is being positioned as an entertainment tablet, it comes with eight speakers. Yes, you read that right, eight speakers! This allows the tablet to achieve clear reproduction of both high and low frequencies. It also produces transparent highs, a detailed mid-range, and a deep bass.

The speakers are also High-Res Audio rated and support DTS X: Ultra sound effects. Hence, watching movies on the HONOR PAD 8 will be a whole new level of experience. The display offers crystal clear images, while the speakers are outstanding.

MULTI-SCREEN COLLABORATION
The HONOR PAD 8 now offers multi-screen collaboration features, which make working with your HONOR smartphones such as the HONOR 70 and the HONOR PAD 8 effortless. With the multi-screen collaboration feature, you can convert your HONOR PAD 8 into a mobile video editing studio.

You can take stunning videos and images using the HONOR 70 and then instantly transfer them onto the PAD 8 for easier editing on a large screen. You can also seamlessly transfer files between your HONOR phone and the HONOR PAD 8.

In order to use this feature, first, switch on HONOR Share and Bluetooth on your HONOR phone. Next, swipe down from the top on the PAD 8 and select the Multi-Screen Collaboration feature, and select OK to connect.

Once your HONOR phone is connected to your PAD 8, you will be able to control the phone and access its contents directly from the tablet. You can drag and drop files and even get into a video call through your phone, right from the tablet’s screen.

SPECIFICATIONS
Under the hood, the TAB 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 (6nm) mobile platform. You also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s also an extra 2GB of HONOR RAM Turbo which kicks in while playing games or performing performance-hungry tasks.

In terms of the operating system, the HONOR PAD 8 is powered by MagicUI 6.1, based on Android 12 OS, with Google Mobile Services included. You also get a 5MP camera on the front, just above the display, and a 5MP camera at the back of the device.

The battery on this one is rated at 7250mAh and the PAD 8 supports 22.5W wired charging. For wireless connectivity, you get both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands of Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.1.

PRICING
The HONOR PAD 8 is a great tablet for working professionals, students, and those seeking entertainment features on a tablet. HONOR has also launched the new HONOR PAD X8 Lite which is aimed at school-going children. HONOR will also be bundling a keyboard case along with the tablet.

The HONOR PAD 8 will be available in two variants 4GB+128GB and 6GB+128GB for a price ranging between AED 1200 and AED 1500. The tablet will be available for preorders starting September 20, 2022.

THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT TABLET
The HONOR PAD 8 ticks all the right boxes when it comes to design, build quality, a top-notch display, excellent audio, very good performance, and multi-screen collaboration features. With so many features, the HONOR PAD 8 stands out from the crowd as the Best Entertainment Tablet in the market right now.

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