Hauwei’s Latest P9 Smartphones Use Dual Leica Cameras

Hauwei might not be the most recognizable smartphone company in western territories due to the likes of Apple, Samsung, LG and other suspects dominating the media headlines. However, Hauwei’s user adoption in China has expanded at an exponential rate and the Honor 7’s launch helped gain a strong foothold in European markets. This is because of superb specification, aluminium unibody design and fingerprint recognition sensor. Hauwei managed to offer a legitimate alternative to the OnePlus 2 and even set up a new vMall store to assist customers with the included 3 year handset guarantee.

The company’s next flagship line is the P9 and P9 Plus featuring a custom Kirin 955 64-Bit octa-core processor (4x 2.5GHz A72 + 4x 1.8GHz A53). The P9 also utilizes a 3000mAh battery, 5.2-inch 1920×1080 IPS display with a pixel density of 423ppi and a choice between 32GB ROM, 3GB RAM or 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM. The P9 Plus has a larger 3400mAh battery and 5.5-inch AMOLED display similar to the ones used on high-end Samsung devices although the resolution remains the same. As a result, the Plus model has a lower pixel density rate of 401ppi.

Both devices will run Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and the company’s EMUI 4.1 interface. This could be the latest drawback of the P9 and P9 Plus because it’s very different from the vanilla version of Android. Hauwei have partnered with legendary German optics company, Leica to include dual 12-megapixel rear cameras (mono + RGB) and an 8-megapixel front camera. The P9 Plus variant’s front camera also has autofocus. This is the first time Leica has offered their remarkable optics technology on any smartphone and I’m fascinated to see the results. Potentially, this could allow for the best image quality from any handset on the market.

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Another incredible feature revolves around the device’s slim profile. The P9 is a mere 6.95mm thick and has a slimmer design than the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7. In terms of pricing, the P9 will cost 599 Euros for the 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM model and 649 Euros for the 4GB RAM , 64GB ROM handset. The P9 Plus is set to launch at 749 Euros and both handsets should be available on 20th May.

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Sony Reveals New Range of Compact Cameras

Sony has recently unveiled some more additions to their Cyber-Shot digital camera range. The new cameras feature slimmed down bodies and some more high-end functions.

The HX90,HX90V and the WX500 are extremely compact cameras yet provide some seriously big specs; the cameras use an 18 megapixel Sensor and take advantage of the Bionz X image processor to provide you with some seriously high quality photos. The cameras use a lens that provides you with up to 30x optical zoom, and a further digital processed zoom up to 60x. The cameras have an ISO range between 80 and 3200 then extendable to 12800 if required.

The camera range has a five-axis image stabilization system, similar to their Alpha range. The system allows you to record stunning full HD movies at 60fps. Various effects are available too; you can add effects such as the Beauty effect to your videos and photos. The software provides 13 effects for still images and 7 effects for videos with WiFi and NFC capabilities allowing for you to seamlessly to connect to the cloud and the PlayMemories apps.

The cameras have 3 inch LCD screens on the back to allow you to have a sneak peek at your holiday snaps. The HX90 and the HX90V have a pop up view finder too if you really want to get the best photo.

Sony is planning to release the cameras in June at around £230 for the WX500 and £290 for the GPS equipped HX90V. The prices for the other cameras have not been revealed as of yet.

Thanks to electronista.com for this information

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Seattle Police Launches YouTube Channel to Share Body Camera Footage

Police body cameras have been a big source of contention lately. With various police shootings in the US, and the subsequent protests, many have called to have body cameras introduced for officers. Well, Seattle Police have gone one step further.

The force has begun uploading footage recorded from the cameras to YouTube. Now you might wonder how they can do this with there being many members of the non-consenting public being filmed in these videos. Well, if you watch one of their videos below, you’ll see how. They essentially turn the videos into a hazy blur, using a filter to make individuals indistinguishable.

So, while you might be interested to experience life as a police officer in Seattle, be prepared to experience life as an officer with an eye condition.

Source: The Verge

Sony Slashes TV and Smartphone Lines

Reuters reports that Sony is to cut its losses and slim down its product line.

Sony has been losing money in the last few years, largely due to the decline of its TV and smartphone businesses – two businesses that have suffered thanks to Samsung and Apple’s success.

They say that they’re going to put their all into the PlayStation and image sensor business – two of the most successful and profitable components of Sony. The PlayStation has been performing incredibly well, with the PS4 beating its rivals, Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U, by a significant margin. As for the image sensor business, Apple uses Sony sensors in their iPhones, the recent success of which is no doubt helping Sony, which is bizarre, considering Sony’s smartphone business is at a slump thanks to Apple.

Sony’s executives have said that they don’t care whether the changes shrink their business – all they’re after is profits to keep things moving forward.

“We’re not aiming for size or market share but better profits,” – Hiroki Totoki, Chief of Sony’s Mobile business.

Apple pretty much saved itself from oblivion in 1997 by doing the same thing, but obviously on an extreme scale. Let’s hope Sony never arrives at that position.

Source: Reuters 

Harvard University Secretly Tracked Attendance Using Cameras

The prestigious Harvard University has revealed it conducted an experiment using cameras to track attendance.

The experiment which used security cameras and custom software to analyse the number of empty seats in a lecture hall, was conducted without the consent of the 2000 students involved.

Unsurprisingly, this has prompted a backlash from those students, who have reacted not so positively to the notion that they were being spied on. While the cameras apparently couldn’t distinguish individual faces, it’s worth noting that none of the experiment’s participants had any way of opting out.

The researchers have defended themselves by noting that they did follow all the correct procedures, such as submitting the experiment’s plans to a review board and ensuring all the images taken were deleted by the end of the project.

The university has listened to the concerns however and is bringing the issue to an oversight committee, with the hope of preventing ethical issues like this in future experiments.

Source: Boston Globe

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