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And the new Huawei P10 is going to…

Another competition has come to end the other day. This time around we had given away a Huawei P10 smartphone!  As well this time we had plenty of participants who wanted this cool piece of phone for themselves. But as usual there can be only one winner in the end…

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And the Winner is: 

  • Vitali Safronkine

Vitali Safronkine you have an email now and got 24 hours to answer on it. Should no answer have been received by then another winner will be drawn.

For all others that could not win this time: Watch this space, a new gadget competition is coming up pretty soon and there are some Movie Premiere Invites coming up as well!

Here again a few details about the phone:

The Huawei P10 features a 5.1-inch 1080p display and Huawei’s own Kirin 960 processor, which has proven to be quite powerful according to leaked early benchmark tests. The phone includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and microSDXC support, as well as a large 3,200 mAh battery. The handset also sports a Leica-branded dual-lens rear camera setup that marries a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor with a 12-megapixel main sensor. And yes, Huawei has aped the Portrait Mode feature from Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus to create a bokeh effect on portraits that’s similar to what you would get from a DSLR.

Win a Xbox One S Fifa Bundle with the Acme Blog

We are coming closer to Easter and so we are giving away another pretty cool Gadget. This time we got a brand new Xbox One S 500GB Fifa Bundle up for grabs Folks!

And this is how you can win:

Just participate below and have the chance to win. Please note that this competition is International. The device will be either shipped via Aramex/DHL or handed over in person in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

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Here are some infos on the Xbox One S 500GB Fifa Bundle:

The Xbox One S FIFA 17 Bundle (500GB), with three Loan Legends and one month of EA Access, only on Xbox One. Featuring 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming, High Dynamic Range and a full game download of FIFA 17. Powered by Frostbite, FIFA 17 delivers true-to-life action, takes players to new football worlds, introduces characters full of depth and emotion, and immerses you in authentic football experiences like FIFA 17’s The Journey, a brand new cinematic and narrative-driven mode. And with EA Access, play EA games for a limited time before they’re released and get unlimited access to The Vault, exclusively on Xbox One. With all the biggest blockbusters this year, and over 100 console exclusives, there’s never been a better time to game with Xbox One.

* 4K streaming with select apps, see Xbox.com. HDR functionality available with supported games and TVs. After free month, EA Access requires paid subscription, sold separately; see www.ea.com/eaaccess for details. Loan Legends will be randomly selected and only available for play in five games; ISP fees apply. Xbox Live Gold (sold separately) also required to access certain Vault title online features. Game download code inside. Game download from Xbox Live; ISP fees apply; significant storage required.

In the box

  • 1TB Xbox One S console
  • Xbox Wireless Controller
  • FIFA 17 full game download
  • 3 FIFA Ultimate Team Loaned Legends
  • 1 Rare Player Pack
  • 1-month EA Access
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cord
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

 

Reviewed: The Huawei P10

At the Mobile World Congress (27 February to 2 March), the big and not so big manufacturers are delivering a head-to-head race around the world’s biggest trade fair novelty. In times when the mobile companions are always more like each other and real innovations become more difficult, it are subtleties that make the difference. So Huawei has taken an attack on the front camera with his new top model, the Huawei P10, – and on Apple …

The Huawei P10 is the latest flagship of the Chinese manufacturer and is mainly based on design and a strong Leica camera. In the detailed test, however, it also shows unnecessary weaknesses.

Design

Design has always been a mainstay of the P series and this has remained that way with the Huawei P10. Like its predecessor, the P10 consists of a unibody case, which has been milled from a piece of aluminum. Two other similarities: the case is still only 7 mm thin (6.98, to be quite accurate) and there is no annoying camera shake on the back. This makes it the thinnest flagship smartphone on the market.

Overall, the P10 has become more curvy. The radii of the edges are clearly firmer and rounder, which makes them slightly better in the hand. No question, the Huawei P10 is a handy phone that is great in the hand.

Although compared to the P9, the display has shrunk from 5.2 to 5.1 inches, the dimensions have remained almost identical in height. This is due to the increased horizontal display edges. The fingerprint sensor, which is now on the front, takes up a lot of space; The edge on the top is held symmetrically. In terms of display-to-size ratio, the P10 is a definite step backwards. While the competition goes with large steps on the “edgeless smartphone” , see the freshly presented LG G6 or the condensing rumors to the Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei seems to take a step back instead.

The P10 is a coloful Fashion-Statement

Apart from that, the Huawei P10 is a visually appealing device that appeals to fashion and design conscious buyers. For this reason, the P10 and P10 Plus will be available in eight (!) Different colors. Two surface treatments are available in Europe: Sandblasted aluminum or a so-called Hyper Diamond Cut.

Let’s start with the simple one. The sandblasted, matte aluminum is available in black, silver and exclusively for the P10 in gold. The P10 Plus receives another exclusive color – greenery. This was recently recognized by the recognized color institute Pantone as the color of the year 2017 and is indeed exceptional for the P10 Plus.

The second surface treatment is somewhat more complex. The so-called Hyper Diamond Cut creates a fine, glittering structure on the aluminum, which can really be seen. Do you know these shaky pictures that can be tilted back and forth to see a 3D image? This is how this surface feels. In any case, the P10 is thus a clear fashion statement, which in the colors Dazzling Blue and Dazzling Gold (only P10 Plus) surely requests for attention.

The black Huawei P10 tested by us is slightly less noticeable. The rounded sides with the curved and barely visible antenna strips remind strongly to another phone – the Apple iPhone 7. The feeling in the hand as well as the design are really similar here. Especially the matte housing has one disadvantage. Fingerprints do not remain on it , but sweat and skin fat, so that the back always looks smeared.

Build Quality on the highest level– well, almost

Continue reading Reviewed: The Huawei P10

You can pre-order a BlackBerry KEYone now from Media Markt Germany

lthough we’ve yet to hear from any carriers opening up pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone, several third-party retailers have already begun. The latest added to the mix is Media Markt Germany which now has the BlackBerry KEYone listed for €599.00 through their online portal.

Perhaps more interesting than their listed pricing, though, is the date they have listed for shipment. According to Media Markt information, when ordered through them, the BlackBerry KEYone will ship on May 5 BUT, there has been some debate about that release date as well from their customer service via Twitter.

Of course, release dates with pre-orders are always subject to change so if you do decide to pre-order through Media Markt, be sure to keep that in mind. Maybe hold off for a bit and see if the date changes again, as it has changed a couple of times already.

You can place your pre -order from Media Markt here.

Source: CrackBerry

Win a Huawei Mate 9 with the Acme Blog

Its been a few weeks since the last competition, but here we are back with your chance to win a brandnew Huawei Mate 9 with us.  This is the 64GB Version coming in Moonlight Silver. It is the actual Top Phone from Huawei bringing you a brilliant Large 5.9-inch display. 

The Huawei Mate 9 offers a truly revolutionary battery life. With its large 4000mAh battery and smart power-saving technology, you can enjoy two days’ usage*. State-of-the-art HUAWEI SuperCharge technology safely charges the device for a full day’s power* in 20 minutes.

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And the Huawei Nova Plus is going to….

Another competition has come to end the other day. This time around we had given away a Huawei Nova Plus smartphone!  e had plenty of participants who wanted this cool piece of phone for themselves. But as usual there can be only one winner in the end…

And the Winner is: 

  • Mahmoud Fatallah

Mahmoud you have an email now and got 24 hours to answer on it. Should no answer have been received by then another winner will be drawn.

For all others that could not win this time: Watch this space, a new gadget competition is coming up pretty soon and there are some Movie Premiere Invites coming up as well!

Here again a few details about the phone:

Size: 5.5-inch

Type: IPS

Resolution: FHD 1920*1080, 401 pixels per inch (PPI)

Viewing Angle: 80°/80°/80°/80° (up/down/left/right)

Colors: 16million colors

Contrast: 1500:1

Brightness: 450 nits (typ)

snapdragon625 (4 xA53@2.0 GHz + 4 x A53@2.0 GHz)

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Emotion UI 4.1

RAM: 3 GB LPDDR3

ROM: 32 GB; ROM User Available: about 22GB

MicroSD: supports cards up to 128 GB

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ at 2.4 GHz

Bluetooth: 4.1

USB Type C

Hall Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Gravity Sensor

Front Camera: 8MP, fixed focus

Rear Camera: 16MP, autofocus, OIS

DTS SOUND

Supported Formats: *.mp3, *.mid, *.amr, *.3gp, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.aac, *.wav, *.ogg, *.flac

2 Microphones

1 Speaker

3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack

Video File Format: *.3gp, *.mp4, *.webm, *.mkv

EMUI 4.1

Type: lithium polymer

Capacity: 4.4V, 3340 mAh(Typical)

 

Reviewed: The Honor 6X

In 2016 Honor came out with a real price-winner: The Honor 5X brought an aluminum dress, a full-HD screen and had solid technology on board. At a price of 230 euros, the Huawei subsidiary set the benchmark for a good mid-range device at an affordable price a lot higher. Meanwhile, the competition with devices such as the Moto G4, Moto G4 Plus or the Galaxy J5 (2016) also offers decent devices in the 200€ range. At the CES 2017, Honor has now also announced the successor Honor 6X for the European market. Can Honor regain the status of the price breaker? We will tell you how good the Honor 6X really is.

Design

It is round. Very round! With the Honor 6X, the manufacturer uses fewer edges. The novice makes a high-quality impression thanks to the bent metal and it is laying well in the hand too. The back is noticeably roughened, so is much more grippy and not as smooth as the predecessor. The round and precisely functioning fingerprint sensor sits in the same position as the 5X and offers no other functions – unlike the top model of the Chinese. The Honor 8 changed the unlocking method with freely assignable interactions to the extra key.

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Camera

The real eye-catcher is attached directly above the fingerprint scanner. As well here we got two Camera lenses pushed into the small place – and that in the middle class! The last with the Huawei P9 and at least since the iPhone 7 again fashionable double team was not yet available in a mid-class priced phone.

First we get to the upper 12-megapixel lens, which is fastly covered: in daylight, the pictures are really good and very convincing.  With little light – you guessed it already most probably – the camera weakens, reaches as many smartphones only rather average quality. Also in 2017 it seems that the manufacturers in the affordable price regions have still not found a  cure against the typical camera disease of smartphones. So the only thing that helps here is: spend more money, if you are attached to high quality value pictures on your smartphone. Better results in low light are provided by only a few smartphones, such as the almost four times more expensive iPhone 7 Plus or the remaining Lumia 950 XL. Good but: The camera shoots very fast (0.12 seconds including autofocus) and also needs only 0.35 seconds to save. That is pretty good values.

What does the dual camera bring in here?

All the more exciting is the second lens which captures only 2 megapixels in images. This suggests long forgotten times from gray and old mobile phone-times, but has only one goal: Camera number two provides a sharpening depth effect, the so-called bokeh.As known from the iPhone 7 Plus, the background blurs, the fix point is skillfully set without great editing effort.To do this, you have to activate the so-called “big aperture” via the aperture symbol at the top of the camera app.Biggest difference to the iPhone 7 Plus: You can change which image plane is sharp and which is to be blurred also later on.That works after some habituation also quite well. If you like to shoot Selfies: Honor has also thought of the mandatory front camera – 8 megapixels provide plenty of sharpness.ompared to the predecessor Honor 5X, the image quality of the self-recording has improved.

Hardware

Important difference to the predecessor: The internal memory amounts to 32 gigabytes (free tu use are 21 gigabytes), additionally expandable with a memory card (microSD). In the test, the Honor 6X also easily swallowed a 200 GB card. The remaining technology gadgets are quickly told: in the front, a 5.5-inch display with full-HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels), which seems even more colorful and brighter than the predecessor 5X. In the laboratory the display reached a strong brightness of 569.8 cd / m². Inside, the Chinese block up the in-house eight-core processor Kirin 655, which together with the 3 gigabytes of memory provides enough air for all everyday tasks and leads quickly to the desired app. Alternatively, the hybrid compartment of a second SIM card provides shelter.

Battery Life

Battery wise a 3.270 mAh battery is used (in the advertisement Honor speaks of 3.340 mAh, which thanks to the ground-breaking screen resolution presents as particularly persevering and more than a long working day with intensive use without problems . A day without recharging is easyly doable even on really heavy usage. LTE is now self-evident in this price class, here the Honor 6X reached 800 and 1800 MHz similar good reception values ​​as the predecessor. On the other hand, it was only satisfactory for UMTS reception. WLAN is also in it, but only in the older n-standard and only on the notoriously overloaded 2.4 GHz frequency. Surprise: The 6X is still loaded with the somewhat old-fashioned micro USB port, although the more modern type C interface is becoming more and more popular (also already on the Honor8).

Software

On the operating system, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, heavily modified with the EMUI interface, comes as a surprise. This is not at all 2017 – I don´t get why the leap on Android 7.0 Nougat for the time being was missed. Huawei had already dared with the Mate 9 already. Honor says to release Nouqat on the 6X is quarter 3 of the year- too late if you ask me.

Price , Availbility

The Honor 6X with 32 GB of internal memory and 3 GB of memory has been available since January 4 in gold, silver and gray at a suggested retail price (RRP) of 249 euros. A version with 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM will follow in the course of the year for the price of 299 Euro (RRP).

Conclusion

WIth the price tag of 249€ you cannot do much wrong here, you get a solid phone with good specs and an OK camera.

Honor 6X

249
Honor 6X
8.4

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9/10

    Battery

    10/10

      Display

      8/10

        Camera

        8/10

          Performance

          9/10

            Pros

            • Good Value for Money
            • Great Battery
            • Dual Camera

            Cons

            • only 2,4 Wlan
            • No USB Type C

            TCL introduces the QWERTY Android-powered BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ ahead of CES 2017

            Only little is known yet about the specs. we’re looking at here is a solid metal device that features a full-on BlackBerry-style hardware keyboard similar to the one on the BlackBerry Priv but with one extra trick – a fingerprint sensor in the spacebar. On the back is where you’ll find a nice, dimpled soft-touch backing as well as a rounded housing for the camera module. The Mercury is also equipped with USB-C. There is still no info as well on availability and pricing, but these infos should drop within the CES 2017 time frame.

            Press Release:

            TCL COMMUNICATION (TCT) UNVEILS THE FUTURE OF THE NEW BLACKBERRY MOBILE AS PART THE COMPANY’S PRODUCT PORTFOLIO EVOLUTION UNVEILED AT CES 2017

            Expanded TCL Communication portfolio takes an industry-first approach to addressing the new mobility market

            LAS VEGAS – January 4, 2017 – At CES 2017, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCT), the fourth-largest handset manufacturer in North America, is today sharing plans for an industry-first brand portfolio business model, which now enables the company to offer an entire suite of mobility products, including new BlackBerry smartphones. This brand pillar approach focuses on multiple facets of the company’s product portfolio: the entry-consumer, best-in-class enterprise, connected (IoT) and emerging segments – all leveraging the success of the TCL Communication manufacturing, R&D and operations along with the legacy of some of the industry’s most iconic brands, including Alcatel and BlackBerry.

            “Our industry is in the midst of an evolution, where consumers are now demanding greater functionality and value from their mobile devices than ever before,” said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America. “To meet these growing demands, both carriers and retailers need a more diverse product offering, requiring portfolio efficiencies that were previously unavailable from a single manufacturer – until now. We’re boldly evolving our business, offering end-to-end efficiencies from sales, through R&D, manufacturing and logistics. This business evolution will provide greater value to our customers in the premium post- paid and affordable no-contract tiers.”

            Offering carriers and retailers exceptional quality and value, backed by TCL’s world-class R&D and manufacturing capabilities, the TCL Communication portfolio will be anchored by the Alcatel and BlackBerry handset brands while continuing to evolve in 2017. This will include additional mobility offerings to be announced in the first half of the year that will allow the company to further address consumer demands. Among the first products in this portfolio is the latest BlackBerry smartphone, focused on three core features: security, productivity and reliability. Previewed at CES, the smartphone draws on unparalleled mobile security and software expertise to offer the most complete end-to-end smartphone security available on Android.

            “We look forward to unveiling details around this distinctly different and impressively designed BlackBerry smartphone around the Mobile World Congress timeframe next month,” continued Cistulli.

            For more information about TCL Communication (TCT), please visit www.TCTUSA.com.

            About TCL Communication

            TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCT) with its North America headquarters based in Irvine, California, is a wholly owned company of TCL Corporation, a global consumer electronics brand with products currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. With a mobile handset product portfolio that includes devices from Alcatel and BlackBerry, TCT is currently the fourth largest handset manufacturer in North America. The company also operates nine R&D centers worldwide and employs over 13,500 people globally. For more information, please visit www.TCTUSA.com.

            TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.

            BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

            Source: CrackBerry

            Reviewed: The Xbox One S

            More than three years Microsoft has taken to release a revision of the game console Xbox One. Since the beginning of August the successor One S is in the shops and is preparing to become a permanent quest as well in the home cinema area. Reason for this is that the developers donated the gamers hub an ultra-HD Blu-ray drive, which deserves an “innovation” award.

            Equipped with the UHD functionality, the One S is really very ready to take on even the UHD Players. Also important features such as HDMI 2.0a including HDCP 2.2 and HDR-10 are on board, but the sound still requires some catch up. You can get version of 2 terabytes of hard drive space for around 400-Euro. The technically identical models with 1TB (349 euros) and 500 gigabytes (299 euros) are in the market available as well.


            On the outside, a lot has happened compared to the original: the housing of the One S is white instead of black (not ideal for use in the dark home cinema), it has shrunk 40 percent and the power supply has been integrated finally, I really disliked the big extra box for that on the previous model. Before you can get started, you first have to load a 1 gigabyte, so-called “Day-One-Update” to the console. For the playback of 4K Blu-Rays you also need Microsoft’s free Blu-Ray player software, which takes up about 32 megabytes of memory.

            In addition to a vertical stand as well as power and HDMI cables, a gamepad is also included, which controls the console wirelessly with batteries or via USB cable. We could not find any detailed instruction manual in the packaging nor online, but would you really require that? For the separately available media remote control (picture below) you are asked to pay an extra 20 euros.

            Usability

            The system menu with colorful and differently sized tiles resembles Windows. The usability via Gamepad however os for non-gamers something to get used to, but after some exercise it works at least decently. You do not have any buttons for audio and subtitling. Unfortunately, the separately available media remote control can not compete with the Panasonic and Samsung UHD encoders on this.

            The One S itself does not offer either a display or a lot of buttons: the front of the slot is just a slot for the slot-in drive and a USB jack, just the push buttons for power, joy pad and disc ejection. On the back is a HDMI output, which is based on 4K / 60p, HDCP 2.2 and HDR. The HDMI input can loop through image signals, such as the TV program of a set-top box. There is also a Toslink output, a LAN socket and two additional USB inputs. Analog interfaces have disappeared completely, which is nor a big deal in my opinion.

            They are probably hardly needed in modern home cinemas, especially if one is devoted to the App offer in the Microsoft Store: Apart from the lush but paid offer of games and films, there are also free apps, including the usual suspects like YouTube , Netflix, Amazon Video, Maxdome and Watch-ever, whose contents can be streamed in 4K resolution. Webradio can be heard for free via the TuneIn app. In addition to Blu-ray playback, you also have to download an app for playing CDs, via Microsoft’s free media player you can also upload photos, music and video files from USB sticks or a DLNA server. The One S supports MP3, WAV, AAC, ALAC, FLAC, WMA as well as Hi-Res audio streams; DSD but not. On the video side, the multimedia center swallows the most common formats, but from our 4K test clips, the console played only those with HEVC encoding (H.265). JPEG, TIFF, PNG, BMP and GIF formats are supported for photos, but 4K images appear only with reduced resolution on the screen. The UHD Blu-ray drive also plays 3D Blu-Ray, but refuses to play self made silverlings; With DVD-Rs and CD-Rs it had no problems.
            The console requires a 50-second delay from the standby mode until it is ready for operation. It took about 30 seconds to read the UHD disc from “Mad Max: Fury Road”, the complex Java menu of the Blu-ray to “The Amazing Spiderman” needed to load 47 seconds. The power consumption could be almost halved with 31 watts in idle and 36 watts in Blu-ray operation compared to the old Xbox.

            Sound and Picture Quality

            First, the positive: the console plays UHD Blu-Rays and Blu-Rays  in top quality. The output of high-dynamic range content in the HDR-10 format works perfectly, but the competition format DolbyVision is not supported. The UHD playback on TVs without HDR is not a problem for the Xbox One S, but a manually adjustable HDR / SDR conversion, as offered by the Panasonic DMP-UB900, is missing. It is possible to select 8, 10 and 12 bits per color channel in the video setup, but this only affects games and streaming content. Unfortunately, the Xbox One S is missing a video equalizer.
            With the 4K scaling of DVDs and Blu-Rays, the console does not have any weaknesses, but not quite the quality of high-quality Blu-ray players such as the Pioneer BDP-LX 88, which becomes visible, for example, on the line flicker of our DVD test classic “Six Days, Seven Nights”. Output of the native disc resolution is not possible, all content (including streaming) is scaled to 720p, 1080p or 4K. Contrary to the Xbox One, which did not give 50 Hertz to the market start, the One S plays accordingly encoded discs error-free. Less beautiful: As with older DVD players, the layer change still makes itself felt with a short break.
            The most annoying thing for us was the end: identical to the Xbox One, the new One S does not output the HD audio formats in bitstream form . Fortunately, Microsoft announced an update for 2017 that makes the console compatible with Dolby Atmos and DTS X. We will see.

            Conclusion

            The Xbox One S is more compact, less power-hungry and technically much better equipped for the 4K future. The purchase is only useful if you do not have an Xbox One yet, or if you own a 4K TV with HDR support and still need an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Else you can stick with you Xbox One.

            Xbox One S

            299
            Xbox One S
            8.6

            Hardware

            9/10

              Software

              9/10

                Technology

                9/10

                  Controller

                  8/10

                    Equippment

                    8/10

                      Pros

                      • Vastly reduced physical footprint
                      • HDR gaming
                      • 4K & HDR streaming

                      Cons

                      • Kinect adapter required
                      • 4K gaming limited to upscaling