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The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

featured image for the huawei p40 blogpost. Man holding celebratory fist in the air.

Last week saw the launch of the new Huawei P40 range. As in the past, it sports three versions: The Pro, the “normal” and the Lite. As we would expect Huawei has once again smashed it out of the park with their camera, and their collaboration with Leica Lens continues to deliver, in my opinion, the best Camera Phones on the market!

 

 

A significant difference between the previous models and the new Huawei P40 range is the omission of the Google Play store, along with certain apps that rely on Google Services. Huawei has done an excellent job in layering its new operating system Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) over the vanilla Google Android OS to try and ensure a seamless transition for its end-user. We will touch more on this later but for now, let’s tuck into those juicy specs.

 

Starting with the incredible P40 Pro, the design, look and feel is certainly premium and follows on with a form factor that is more Samsung than iPhone – and it looks beautiful. The Quad Curve display is brilliant and very rich in colour, with a huge 4200mAh battery. The phone supports superfast charging at 40W plugged in and 27W wireless – 27W wireless charging is better than most wired phones out there! The specs are super solid.

 

The rear Quad Camera array is insane! A 50MP Ultra-Vision Camera, 40MP Ultrawide (with ultralow light), 12MP Telephoto Lens (5X optic Zoom, 10X Hybrid Zoom) and an impressive 3D depth-sensing lens to round it off.

 

So, what does this mean? You get bloody brilliant photographs in any light, superb macros, excellent zoom and wider-than-wide landscapes, all in super detail with super large 2.4μm pixels!

 

And, for the selfie lovers, the front-facing camera is a 32MP beast with autofocus and built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI). A fresh new feature that this brings is the ability to remove “passer-by’s” So when you have lined up yourself in front of that “to die for location” you can snap away. The AI, through combination and selection of various image frames, can remove unwanted people out of your perfect picture. No more photobombs – how rad!

 

For video lovers, the 40MP Ultra-Wide Cine Camera delivers astounding quality in 4K at 60 frames per second. So, if you are into creating content, the P40 Pro will elevate your game to the next level. To top it off the phone supports 5G, so loading all that excellent content will be done in a matter of seconds.

 

The P40 standard version incorporates the majority of the above with a smaller battery at 3800mah and how do you say err… less fast, superfast charging at 22.5W J.

 

The rear camera array on the standard P40 drops to 50MP / 16MP/ 8MP but, the selfie-cam remains the same. Having used the P30 Pro for the last year, I can attest to the fact that Huawei produces arguably the best camera phones. The P40 Pro and P40 will continue this legacy with pride.

 

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, HMS (Huawei Mobile Services)!  The software guys at Huawei have been working furiously to port over as many applications on the Huawei App Store to ensure that when upgrading from another Android device or even your older P-series models, you shouldn’t experience any shortcomings.

 

By in large, they have been very successful in getting the top 50 apps working within HMS with a few workarounds (such as using the Web app for Uber as an example). They are continuing furiously to onboard more applications and make the environment more favourable commercially for developers to port their apps.

 

So, will I be upgrading? Right now, I have a few apps like Sonos (for my home theatre system) and Strava that are currently not supported. These are, unfortunately, a deal-breaker for me so I plan on holding on to my P30 Pro for a little while longer. 

 

If, however, you use your device for predominantly photography and the most common featured apps out there, the Huawei P40 range is up there with the best of them.

 

Established in 1994, Cellucity is a specialist mobile phone retailer and Vodacom’s leading independent, award-winning, dealer. We pride ourselves on offering the best service, innovation, quality brands and innovative products. For real 24-hour convenience, browse our extensive range of cell phones, accessories and gadgets online or apply for pre-approval on your next contract, upgrade or fibre internet.
Cellucity, the best way to connect to Vodacom.

 

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Huawei Nova 5T, launching at Cellucity soon…

 

With Huawei being caught up in the Trump trade war, we managed to miss out on getting access to the rather incredible Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

The US Trade blacklist of Huawei has prevented it from licensing Android technology from Google and gaining access to Google Services, that are used, to power Google’s apps. So as incredible as the Huawei Mate 30 hardware is, vendors around the globe haven’t been too keen to roll the dice on a device that lacked access to essential applications like Google Maps, You Tube etc…

With us heading towards Christmas season and Samsung and Apple launching their latest iconic devices, Huawei needed to bring something to the party!

 

Huawei Nova – Crush Blue

Enter the Huawei Nova 5T, planned and approved before the US blacklist this photography powerhouse is still Google approved and runs Android Pie (9). Whilst the Nova range has traditionally not available in the South African market, Huawei has opted to release it here and it will be available early in November 2019.

The NOVA lineup, in the Huawei stable, sits in between the youth-focused Y-series and the more premium orientated P-series. It offers an aspirational trendsetter, a phone that is as unique as it is powerful!

First off, the stunning colours Mid-Summer Purple and Crush Blue, give a fresh new funky look, my preference being the Purple, which subtly has the Nova logo etched into the facia creating a dynamic wow appeal. It really has to be seen “in the flesh” to be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Huawei Nova – Mid-Summer Purple

From a tech perspective, the Nova is not all just about style and very much about brilliant photography. A rear array of quad cameras leading with 48MP main camera, Macro lens, 16MP Ultra Wide Angle lens with supporting Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help optimize scene selection, your photos will be the envy of your Instagram followers!

And if taking greater photos was not enough, the front-facing camera is a staggering 32MP and also sports AI to ensure your Selfies always have you looking your best.

Other stand out features are a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 8GB of RAM (great for gaming apps like PUBG) and 128GB onboard memory, the Nova 5T certainly ticks all the boxes!

The Huawei Nova 5T will be priced from R599 per month on a Vodacom contract and will retail for R11999. It is certainly going to be a strong contender against the more expensive “iconic” devices when comparing its specs.

The first 2000 lucky owners in SA will also receive a Huawei MediaPad T5 tablet valued at R3999. All in all, the Huawei Nova 5T is a great choice for this summer! For more information visit www.cellucity.co.za

 

 

 

 

Established in 1994, Cellucity is a specialist mobile phone retailer and Vodacom’s leading independent, award-winning, dealer. We pride ourselves on offering the best service, innovation, quality brands and innovative products.

For real 24 hour convenience, browse our extensive range of cell phones, accessories and gadgets online or apply for pre-approval on your next contract, upgrade or fibre internet.

Cellucity, the best way to connect to Vodacom.

 

*this article was edited on 23/10/2019 to reflect the confirmed recommended retail price.

 

 

 

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Failure to launch?

Exclusive invitations “By innovation only”, have gone out for Apple’s next phone launch on the 10th of September which will herald in the announcement of a variety of new devices from Cupertino. When you think back to the days of long lines of excited customers waiting patiently, some even camping out, the night before, to get their hands on the latest technical marvel delivered by Apple. You can only think, “were we mad?”.

The tech landscape is ever-evolving and, in the past when there were massive leaps forward in technology at each phone launch, you almost didn’t want to, couldn’t afford to be left behind. How would your social life cope, when you didn’t have access to the latest apps or all-important Instagram filters, and AI camera’s to smooth your “selfie” face into doll-like perfection?

 

Today we have such good mid-tier phones with such exceptional camera’s and processing power onboard that the iconic, premium devices are no longer the pinnacles of desire they once were. The race to become the most desired smartphone manufacturer was originally a two-horse race with Samsung ever chasing Apple for the top spot, and in the past 2 years, Huawei has made a serious play to tease for the title making this little threesome a very exclusive party indeed.

 

But is this crown still worth fighting for?

 

Apple has lagged behind in Camera tech so much so that many mid-tier Android devices provide a much better photography experience for a fraction of the price. Samsung, in an attempt to create the same “iPhone” premium allure, has set their flagship models at a similar price point to Apple’s. Many customers are happy to shop down and get more value for money. Huawei has followed the same example, although you will find their premium devices are still a little more accessible.

 

The challenge in 2019 is really to decide is it worth it to upgrade? With Huawei being caught in the US vs China trade war, the launch of their Mate 30 looks more and more in doubt as without access to Google’s Android it won’t even feature on the race card. Samsung with its recent Note 10 launch is seeing some really healthy sales as the fanboys, and previous Note users replace ageing devices, and with Huawei’s Mate 30 potential “non-starter” will most likely see Samsung gaining some more new customers in the premium Android sector.

 

Apple and its new phones face the problem, of that once having established a price premium for their devices, it is very difficult to compete with the ever more popular mid-tier Android devices. So whilst we are seeing sales slowing down on Apple, their best move would be to be far more aggressive in its “R” version and start with re-setting its entry price point for a “premium mid-tier” device. Or alternatively, in the emerging markets like ours, get very aggressive with CPO (certified pre-owned) models of iPhone X and iPhone XR

 

For their flagships, rumoured to be the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11, pricing is likely to remain unchanged versus the XS and XS Max. I don’t think we will see a mad rush for the new 2019 iPhone range but, hopefully, we will see a more strategic price play from Apple.

 

Cupertino has hedged its bets on making its software and services more widely available and has entered into the banking space recently; they just need to ensure they don’t lose sight of the fact the most popular entry point into the iOS ecosystem and subscription to its various services begins with the purchase of an iPhone.

 

Is Apples solid ecosystem, its protection of user privacy and data enough to continue its dominance as the perceived premium benchmark setter?

 

Written By: Chris Henschel – Trend setter by day, socialite by night and Cellucity GM in his free time.

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Get 20/20 imagery with the Huawei P20 #seemooore

Whenever there is a new phone launch I tend to reserve my excitement until I have given a phone a good spin. I mean, what more could a new phone launch offer? I recently got to take the Huawei P20 for a test. My expectations were sky high and to be fair my first impressions left me full of excitement… but… with some subtle disappointments.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LOOKS

Looks wise you can’t ask for better, the Huawei P20 has been designed to turn heads.  It is a beautiful blend of glass and metal giving it a premium look and feel. Matched with beautiful curves and Huawei’s FullView 5.8-inch display, this is one sexy phone.

What’s more is the customisable “notch”. This looks set to become a new industry standard and offers a bigger screen size but there are those who prefer a more conventional square display with clean lines. Huawei have made the notch customisable –  giving users the option to keep the notch or change to a more conventional screen.

Security wise, the fingerprint sensor is found on the front of the device and doubles up as a mini trackpad. I made use of the facial recognition which impressed. Not only did it recognise my face in darker settings but it was also fast and could not be fooled (I tried). The P20 comes with a splash proof rating which is enough to cover you in the rain but be sure to keep away from the pool or the shower.

The exclusion of a headphone jack and lack of a memory card slot disappointed me a tad, BUT, you do get a set of USB-C headphones and a spare audio adapter (3,5mm to USB-C) included in the box. The P20 also comes with 128GB on-board memory so you are unlikely to run low on space. If you do, it is probably time to start backing up your info to the cloud. With free services like DropBox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, aren’t flash drives a little old school anyway?

Wireless charging also doesn’t feature on the new P20 range. Huawei has explained that their devices charge so fast, wireless would just not be able to keep up. It would simply detract from a key feature – it’s fast charging – and I must say this is possibly the fastest charging phone I have ever used.

FLASH THOSE PEARLY WHITES

So, as we all know the camera is currently the biggest battleground in the mobile phone sphere with all big brands dueling it out to be the best. In the P20, Huawei has pretty much developed a Rockstar camera which happens to have a cellphone attached!

With a dual 12MP + 20MP camera shooter powered with Leica optics, the Huawei P20 is ranked as the number 2 performing cellphone camera by DXOMARK – only just beaten by… take a guess… the Huawei P20 Pro. DXOMARK is an industry standard for image quality benchmarks. In other words, they know their stuff!

Huawei has packed AI tech into its camera making it not only a powerful but intuitive and easy to use. Huawei’s camera AI takes all the guesswork out of how, where and what you are shooting. It automatically adjusts its Leica lenses and aperture settings creating amazing pictures – whether you are shooting portraits or landscapes and in any lighting environment. The Huawei will make even the most amateur picture takers’ photo’s look like they were taken by a professional.

Selfie wise I believe this is the best on the market. At 24MP the camera also features 3D Portrait lighting mode – giving you the best possible selfie 100% of the time. I was very dedicated in my testing and this did not disappoint.

WHAT’S INSIDE?

Popping a peek under the hood you get a powerful octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, coupled with Huawei’s very own Kirin chipset. By utilizing their own technology Huawei provides a better, seamless experience across its components and functions. The battery lasted a day and a half but even so the lightning-fast charging is so efficient that even if you do run low you’ll be up and running in no time.

Personally, the elegant design coupled with a world-class camera gets me excited. Using the P20 has left me with little doubt that it is one of the best smartphones on the market. Huawei is turning the battle of the brands into a true race and, in my opinion, they are leading the pack.

Reviewed By: Lesa J

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