Huawei Mate 20 Flagship Set To Launch Tomorrow….

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Tomorrow, I’ll be at the London launch of Huawei Technologies, latest mobile handset equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), as the company pushes itself at the high end amongst its rivals Samsung Electronics as well of course as Apple.

Expected to be the most expensive Huawei phone to date, its rumoured it will ship with a Kirin 980 chip, expressly designed for AR functionality. This launch will be crucial to Huawei, this is going to be a top spec phone, with a high retail value, it has to succeed.

I’ll be heading for brunch first at OXO2  and from there, I’ll be whisked to the ExCel Centre, where the press conference commences at 2 pm with Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei.C

Determined to surpass Apple with regards shipments is a target they plan to reach. In July earlier this year, they shipped 100 million smartphones, a milestone that Yu publicly announced.

I’ll share all the news with you tomorrow, as I learn more… stand by for that!

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KickStarter – Pictar Pro | DSLR Your Smartphone

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We’re always interested to learn about innovative mobile photography projects and this one from Miggo sounds particuarly interesting. They’ve developed a product, called the Pictar Pro that bridges the gap between a phone’s power and camera’s usability with a wide set of physical controls and software features. The cherry on top is the phenomenal user experience: a pleasure-to-touch polished metal grip and an unmatched front-loaded intuitive user interface.

There’s a feature that particularly interests me, that’s the Pictar Pro Viewfinder. If you’re used to looking through camera viewfinders, or just find your smartphone screen too hard to see in bright light, then this could offer a great solution.

The Picture Pro has been designed to work with all smartphones, both Apple and Android, it’s an interesting concept. Their initial goal on Kickstarter was £19,074 but they have by far exceeded that with £142,135 pledged (at the time of writing) and with 36 days still to go.

You can learn more about this project here.

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OnePlus moves into the mainstream with new carrier and retailer partnerships ahead of the launch of the OnePlus 6T

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Today, OnePlus announces new partnerships with some of the UK’s most trusted networks and biggest retailers ahead of the OnePlus 6T launch on 30th October. Mobile operators EE and Vodafone will join our current successful partner, O2, in offering OnePlus devices, while retailers John Lewis and Carphone Warehouse will also be stocking the highly anticipated OnePlus 6T, alongside mobile distributor DataSelect.

Pete Lau, CEO and Founder of OnePlus said: “Our dream is to give people a burdenless experience –  intuitive and powerful, combining style and versatility. The OnePlus experience begins long before someone uses our device – it’s in our community and through our partners. We’re constantly working to give people more options to enjoy OnePlus products, so we’re excited by our new partners in the UK.”

A Counterpoint research report highlighted how OnePlus has grown to be a Top 4 premium smartphone brand in the UK, and across Western Europe. OnePlus has a strong community in the UK, where there are over 1.5 million active forum members, making the UK forums the 3rd largest globally. The OnePlus 6 launch and pop-up events in London saw over 1,000 people queue up to see the device unveiled live.

Earlier this year OnePlus launched OnePlus 6, its fastest selling device ever, with over 1 million devices sold in just 22 days. This follows a revenue growth in 2017 that was double that of 2016 and recently the brand was identified as one of the top four premium smartphone brands in the UK.

OnePlus will launch its next device, the OnePlus 6T, on 30th October in New York.

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A Video Interview with the Google Pixel 3 Camera Team by DPreview

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We are so excited to republish this interview with our colleagues over at dpreview with the Google Pixel 3 camera team – what a scoop!  DPReview Science Editor Rishi Sanyal recently sat down with Isaac Reynolds, Product Manager for Camera on Pixel, and Marc Levoy, Distinguished Engineer and Computational Photography Lead at Google, to discuss some of the innovations that have been incorporated into Google’s latest Pixel 3 smartphone. From computational Raw to machine-learning white balance, get an inside look at the Pixel 3 from the very people who worked on creating it.

The associated written article accompanying this video, can be viewed here.

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Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy A9 – The World’s First Rear Quad Camera

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New smartphone device announcments are coming in thick and fast now and Samsung are not ones to lag behind. They’ve just announced their new mid range Galaxy A9 smartphone featuring the world’s first rear quad camera.

The Galaxy A9 will be available in the UK from November, at Samsung.com/uk (RRP £549), and selected partners.

“As a global leader in smartphone innovation, we understand the demand for meaningful innovation in a fast-paced world driven by visual communication,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Building on our legacy in smartphone camera development we’re introducing next-generation technology across our entire Galaxy portfolio to give more consumers the opportunity to experience cutting-edge innovation. We’re excited to deliver on this promise and debut world leading smartphone camera technology with the Galaxy A9.”

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Google Pixel 3 Just Announced!

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It’s been rumoured for so long and finally it is here! The new Pixel 3, it’s designed from the inside out to be the smartest, most helpful device in your life. It’s a phone that can answer itself, a camera that won’t miss a shot, and a helpful Assistant even while it’s charging…so they say.

There’s also a Google Pixel 3 XL if you need a larger Android flagship phone. Prices range from around $799/£739. It’s possible to preorder now and if you’re in the US the phone should be with you by October 18, elsewhere around the world, it will be 1 November.

It comes complete witha 12.2 MP dual pixel camera on the rear that f/1.8 aperture. It also have a dual front facing selfie camera using two 8 MP sensors.

We’ll feed through more information as soon as we have it!

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TheAppWhisperer’s Press Trip to Leica HQ, Wetzlar and Beyond! Part 1

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Many of our readers will be aware that last week I was whisked away to the comfort of Leica HQ, Wetzlar, Germany, by telecom brand, Huawei. Lens and camera manufacturer Leica, originally announced in late 2016 their joint research and development centre with Huawei; working on optical and software systems. Now, this all takes place in the The Max Berek Innovation Lab. The Huawei P20 Pro that I was presented with has three cameras within this device and are co-engineered between Huawei and Leica. A spokesman for Huwawei explained “There has been significant technological collaboration between Huawei and Leica around many aspects of the camera, including optical design, imaging quality, image data processing, optimisation, and the mechanical construction of the camera module to the graphic user interface. The devices meet Leica’s highest imaging quality standards.”

The Lab’s establishment is the result of the vision and support of Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG, and Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI.

“With the founding of the Max Berek Innovation Lab, HUAWEI and Leica Camera AG are expanding the scope of their successful strategic relationship and are laying the foundation for close collaboration in research and development of ground-breaking technologies in the imaging segment,” emphasised Dr. Andreas Kaufmann.

“In the future, over 90 per cent of the data traffic will be images and videos,” said Ren Zhengfei, founder of HUAWEI. “The Max Berek Innovation Lab provides the capacity to establish an even closer partnership with Leica, leading to continuous improvements in image and video quality. As a result, we will deliver the most advanced innovations in the smartphone camera market and bring greater value to consumers.”

“HUAWEI and Leica share not only enormous innovation power and years of research experience, but also their dedication to providing the highest quality standards. The Max Berek Innovation Lab offers us a historic opportunity to unite the resources and extensive expertise of both companies to pioneer game-changing technologies,” confirmed Markus Limberger, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Leica Camera AG and director of the Max Berek Innovation Lab.

The R&D centre is named in memory of Max Berek (1886 – 1949), the German pioneer of microscopy and creator of the first Leica lenses. Berek was also responsible for the optical design of more than 20 lenses for the legendary 35mm camera, invented and built by Oskar Barnack. Thanks to the exceptional imaging performance and perfect harmonisation of the lenses, coupled with Barnack’s ingenious construction, Leica achieved worldwide success in 35mm photography.

 

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Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy J6+ and J4+ Smartphones

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has just announced the newest members of the Galaxy J series, the Samsung Galaxy J6+ and J4+.

“The Galaxy J6+ and J4+ further draw on the fundamentals of the Galaxy portfolio’s heritage of innovation to bring incredible style and technology at a highly-competitive price point,” said Kate Beaumont, Director of Product, Services & Commercial Strategy, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland.

“Featuring a stunning design and display, enhanced camera experience and high-performance capabilities, both products enable users to get even more out of their Galaxy J smartphone for longer than ever before.”

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Samsung Introduces the Galaxy A7 with Triple Lens Today

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We’re delighted to announce the new Samsung Galaxy A7 featuring a powerful triple lens camera. Samsung Electronics co., Ltd. today announced the Galaxy A7, the latest addition to the Galaxy A series family. With a powerful rear triple camera, sleek design and must have everyday features, the innovative Galaxy A7 is the ultimate device for wherever life leads you. 

Samsung is committed to delivering meaningful innovation to all consumers across the Galaxy family, no matter who they are or where they are in the world” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “That’s why we’re excited to introduce innovative new features to the A series with the Galaxy A7, a practical but powerful device that is built to help make your everyday both convenient and extraordinary.”

Snap and share experiences with the Galaxy A7’s powerful triple camera;

·         Never miss a moment with the Galaxy A7’s 8MP 120° Ultra Wide Lens. With the same viewing angle as the human eye, the Galaxy A7 captures the world exactly as you see it for unrestricted wide-angle photos.

·         With the 24MP Lens and Depth Lens, the Galaxy A7’s Live Focus feature lets you control the depth of field by allowing you to adjust the bokeh effect to create stunning photos.

·         Get crisp clear photos in both bright and low light conditions. The Galaxy A7’s 24MP Lens automatically lets more light in by combining four pixels into one pixel in low light conditions.

·         The Galaxy A7 brings out the best in what it sees. Featuring Samsung’s intelligent Scene Optimiser, the Galaxy A7’s camera categorises your subject and adjusts the colour, contrast and brightness to instantly optimise image quality.

To find out more, go here

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Apple iPhone Xs Camera Review

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We’re delighted to republish our good friend, Austin Mann’s camera review of the Apple iPhone Xs today. He took a trip to Zanzibar, the images are gorgeous. In this review, Mann gives his first impressions, his thoughts on the new Image Signal Processor (ISP), vertical panoramas in the iPhone Xs as compared to the iPhone X, perks and perils of computational photography, the updated Portrait Mode and interesting discoveries with the app, Halide’s new technical readout information. Don’t miss this! (foreword by Joanne Carter).

If you prefer to read the original article on Mann’s own website, just go here.

Far and away the most significant camera update in the iPhone Xs is its new Smart HDR capabilities. Powered by the A12 Bionic chip, in the picture above the iPhone Xs is able to capture  the dark shadows of the rock while maintaining strong detail in the sunlit clouds.

I’ve never worked with a camera that can balance light like this—not even close.

See this photo below of the sailboat backlit by the sun. With a traditional camera, we’d either lose total detail in the shadows and maintain the highlights of the sky or we’d blow out the highlights in the sky and maintain detail in the shadows of the boat. Previously we couldn’t capture both in one frame (and merging multiple exposures in a fast moving scene like this wouldn’t work, either).

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