Saturday coffee №24

According to Vedomosti, referring to the words of David Borzilov, Vice President for Sales of the united Svyaznoy and Euroset, visitors to 1,000 stores of his company in almost 500 cities of Russia can already send and receive parcels weighing up to 10 kilograms . In the first half of next year, the company plans to provide these services in most of the remaining stores - there are about 5500 in total.

Depending on the weight of the parcel and the route, the service will cost 260-700 rubles, the minimum delivery time is one day, Svyaznoy reports. For example, delivery of a parcel weighing up to 1 kilogram from Moscow to St. Petersburg will cost 289 rubles, and weighing up to 5 kilograms from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladivostok - 700 rubles. This is a basic rate, the cost of shipping may be higher due to additional services, says Borzilov, for example, guarantees of reimbursement of the declared value of the parcel in case of loss or damage, extending its shelf life in the store. In the future, Svyaznoy plans to offer such services as cash on delivery (the addressee pays the amount specified by the sender) and courier delivery to an apartment or office.

A completely logical move by the Svyaznoy company, after merging with Euroset, it expanded its network of presence, there were more salons, and with a well-functioning logistics channel, the delivery of customer parcels is a matter of technology and a good additional income. The main thing, of course, is for the company to ensure the safety and fast delivery of parcels, and for employees to be able to process customer orders quickly, without creating queues. Otherwise, we don’t need a second “Post of Russia”, one is enough for us.

Beeline subscribers will get free access to YouTube Music Premium

The mobile operator "Beeline" announced the start of providing its customers with the opportunity to get a free subscription for 6 months to the YouTube Music Premium music service, thanks to which they can watch clips and listen to their favorite tracks without ads, in the background and offline, and also while using other applications or when the phone screen is off.

The service is available on iOS and Android mobile devices and on a computer. A YouTube Music Premium subscription is available for six months free of charge for all Beeline customers, regardless of the connected tariff plan. After this period, a subscription to YouTube Music Premium will cost 169 rubles per month.

To activate a free YouTube Music Premium subscription, the user just needs to go to the promo page or the My Beeline application in the Special Offers section, download the YouTube Music application and enjoy the music.

A good offer for all Beeline subscribers, I myself use YouTube Music on Android, not Google Music, and would not refuse 6 months of free access to the service, it’s a pity that I don’t have a SIM card from this operator. It is clear that in this case the initiative comes from Google, and not from the operator, although, on the other hand, does it matter to the user who exactly offers them free access?

Huawei introduced Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

Huawei at an event in London presented two of its top-end smartphones of the Mate 20 series, the price of which will exceed one thousand euros. The devices are the world's first Android smartphones, the Kirin 980 chipset of which is manufactured using the 7nm process technology. The flagship in all respects was the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which received a more advanced photographic module and screen compared to the base Mate 20. The device has a 6.39-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The camera is a further development of the photo module of the Huawei P20 Pro model, developed jointly with Leica engineers. It includes a 40MP sensor with 4 Bayer layers and a 27mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens, a 20MP sensor with a 16mm ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, and an 8MP sensor with an 80mm f/2.2 3x optical zoom lens.The use of HybridZoom technology gives a 5x hybrid photo zoom, a super macro mode is available with a distance to the photographed object of 1 inch. AI not only helps you take better photos, but also supports you when recording video in AI Cinema Mode. The front camera is also of a high level - 24 MP sensor and support for three-dimensional face scanning. The battery in the device is 4200 mAh, but the smartphone is equipped with a 40 W charger that charges it by 70% in half an hour. At the same time, there is also support for wireless charging up to 15 W.

The Huawei Mate 20 is larger than its counterpart, but it has a regular flat TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels, the same chipset and also 128 GB of internal memory, but only 4 GB of RAM versus 6 GB for the Pro version. There is also a Leica-designed triple main camera, but the cameras are simpler: 12 MP with an f/1.8 lens, 16 MP with an f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and an 8 MP sensor with a 52mm f/2.4 telephoto lens. There is also the help of artificial intelligence and a macro mode with the ability to shoot objects from a distance of 2.5 cm. There is also a 24 MP camera on the front panel in the screen cutout, but it does not have a 3D face scanner function. At the same time, the battery is slightly smaller, 4000 mAh, and the fast charging function is simpler - only up to 22.5 W, as in the previous generation.

A first look at the novelties of the Chinese company Huawei is already available on our website, if you suddenly missed it, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the material:

And Eldar Murtazin prepared an interesting article following the Huawei presentation in London:

I liked the novelties, of course, it is especially interesting to see the Mate 20 Pro. As colleagues say, the company has made the camera in the device even better than in the P20 Pro, and the work of the on-screen fingerprint scanner is also interesting. By the way, the pre-order for the model is already open, the Mate 20 Pro in Russia was estimated at 77,770 rubles, and those who pre-ordered will receive a new Huawei Watch GT smart watch and FreeBuds wireless headphones as a gift, we already talked about the latter in a separate review:

The pre-order offer looks great, the manufacturer not only wants to make the purchase of its new product as interesting as possible for buyers, but also completely immerses future owners in its ecosystem. Well done!

The younger model Mate 20 will cost 57,770 rubles in Russia, only Watch GT watches are given as a gift for pre-order, but this is also a very interesting offer.

While Huawei decided to leave only three main camera modules in its new products, the Korean company Samsung last week introduced the new A9 with four modules, and last week we had a first look at it:

Palm is back on the market

The Chinese company TCL, which owns the Palm brand, has revived the once legendary brand and introduced the new Palm Companion device. The new Palm, which has nothing in common with the old Palm we knew, is such a renaissance. An anti-smartphone similar to projects from Kickstarter, only for the American operator Verizon, for a very impressive price of $ 349, and even with a monthly fee, as it is tied to the main phone number. The release of Palm is more like an advertising company Verizon, which loves unusual gadgets. The American media is already writing about the device with might and main, but this will not help sales, as it is expensive and in fact not necessary, especially in the US market, where, for example, there is an Apple Watch with a SIM card and other similar devices.

First Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 smartwatch

German manufacturer of exclusive pens and luxury goods, Montblanc has officially unveiled its new smartwatch from the Summit 2 line, which became the first smartwatch in the world to be equipped with Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. The novelty combines the main features of traditional Swiss design, noble materials and advanced technologies provided by the Google Wear OS mobile operating system.

We already have a review of Montblanc smartwatches on our website, so you can read:

The smartwatch market is split, with major players such as Apple, Samsung and Fossil and minor ones. For Montblanc, smartwatches are not the main product, but simply an extension of the range and an opportunity to show that the company is keeping up with the times. It’s hard for me to imagine a Montblanc Summit 2 buyer, because if he is a wealthy technology fan, then he probably already has an Apple or Samsung watch, if he’s just a person, so to speak, from the outside, then it’s doubtful that he will look towards smart watches, rather choose classic models. Most likely, Montblanc Summit 2 will be in demand as a gift for top managers, as it seems to be a technological device, but at the same time from a luxury brand.

An interesting point is that when introducing the Snapdragon 3100, Qualcomm said that the use of a new chipset would increase the battery life of smartwatches. If you look at the review of Montblanc Summit 2 on our website, you can see that the miracle did not happen and the watch still lives the same daylight hours as models on other chipsets.

Another attempt by Vertu

Vertu is in a long crisis, connected both with breaking ties with the parent Nokia, and with a general decline in interest in super-expensive phones that cannot compete with smartphones whose stuff changes too quickly. However, at an event in Beijing, the brand showed a new model - Vertu Aster P. The device is an Android smartphone, but at the same time, much more expensive materials are used in its manufacture than one would expect from models of similar characteristics. Not too much has been said about them - a Qualcomm Snadragon 660 chipset with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, a 4.97-inch screen with Full HD resolution, but with sapphire glass, a 12 MP main camera and a 20 MP selfie camera, and also a 3200 mAh battery. It is worth noting that since the model is focused on the Chinese market, the Android 8.1 OS is devoid of Google services in it, although there is V Talk encryption and a dedicated button for calling the “concierge”. More than about the characteristics, as usual, it is said about the finish of the devices. The model can be made in two different design options - "baroque" and "gothic". The first offers four colors: Black, Gentleman Blue, Caramel Brown and Twilight Orange, and the second - only two: Black Jade and White Moon. For the first one they will ask for 4,200 dollars, and for the second - 5,100, regardless of color. At the same time, there is also a version similar to the "Gothic" version of Dazzling Gold with a case not made of titanium, but of gold, which raises the cost to more than 14 thousand dollars. All options are already available for order at the online retailer

Vertu's next entry into the market, now only for the Chinese region, which is understandable, in Europe and the USA, such models will no longer be in demand, but in China there are still lovers of phones from the "expensive-rich" category. I think someone will bring Vertu to Russia, as we still have people who are stuck in the 90s and will gladly pay several thousand dollars for a similar phone.

Last week we published an interesting article about Chinese phones, not Vertu, but in a completely different price range, but this is no less interesting, and sometimes even funny:

Operator news

Sergey Potresov, as always, closely follows all the changes and proposals of domestic operators and tells our readers about them. If you also want to be aware of the news, then do not miss the new article:

Mobile Almanac 2018

Let's move on to a portion of the rumors that surfaced online last week.

Xiaomi seems to have decided to reveal all the details about its new Mi MIX 3 smartphone, the presentation of which is scheduled for October 25th. We already know that the device will receive 10 GB of RAM, the new Pixel 3 with its 4 GB nervously smokes on the sidelines, and it will also be the first device to support 5G networks. We also already knew that Mi MIX 3 would be made in the slider form factor, and last week we received official confirmation from the company in a video. Xiaomi also posted an image from which you can find out that the device will receive a dual 24 MP front camera. I wonder if the Chinese left some kind of trump card up their sleeve or by October 25 we will already know all the details about the new product?

Apple has announced that it will host an event in New York City on October 30 this year, starting at 10 am local time. What kind of event it will be and what it will show to the general public is not said. According to rumors, the Cupertino corporation will show a new iPad at the event, as well as second-generation AirPods. Interestingly, the company released invitations with different logos, on Thursday evening there were already 65 of them, so there is a possibility that the company will present us with not one or two devices, but several different devices and accessories at once.

A week with series

Let's deviate a little from the standard approach to the rubric and this time let's talk about TV shows. There is not much time, and at best it turns out to watch one episode a day, so I will tell you about the four series that I continued to watch.

Started watching the second season of The Good Doctor, a remake of the South Korean series of the same name directed by David Shore, creator of the cult medical drama House M.D. The new season is still peppy and still looks like House, the main character Sean Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore, is very unusual, but still subtly reminiscent of Gregory House, apparently due to the fact that both projects were created by one man.

The second series is 9-1-1 from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, creators of American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud. The new season does not step aside and still tells us about the work of the rescue service, and each series can be considered separately, since the stories in them are different, the only thing in common is the life of the main characters, but, in my opinion, this line is revealed a little secondarily. According to the creators, all the stories of the series are based on real events from the life of the American rescue service.

The third series is This Is Us, a drama about the life of one family. The series jumps from the past to the present and back, telling about a couple in the past who had triplets, and in the present telling about the life of already grown children. A very unusual presentation makes the series addictive, but if the first two seasons were excellent, then the third is slowly blown away.

The fourth series is Modern Family, a comedy show that tells about the relationship of several completely different families. The series received five Emmy and Golden Globe awards, but, in my opinion, nothing shines for it for the 10th season. The first two episodes are absolutely passing, without the old humor, you look like some kind of drama, in the third episode the situation is slightly improved, but still not the same.

I will be glad if you share your recommendations and impressions about the series you watch in the comments to the article.

. and dessert

You probably know that last week the American corporation Google introduced its new smartphones Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. To tell the general public about its new products, the company decided to go in a very unusual way. The evening show Jimmy Kimmel Live showed the clip of the famous rap artist Eminem, who turned 46 this month, for the song "Venom", filmed entirely on the camera of the new Pixel 3 smartphone.

A video was also posted about the shooting, in which it is clear that everything was filmed on a Google Pixel 3: