Saturday coffee №32

Over a cup of aromatic coffee, I invite you to read the news of the past week and take part in our New Year's gift draw, which we are holding today together with MEIZU.

The second week of December is over, the New Year is getting closer and closer, and to make your mood festive, we continue our New Year's gift marathon. This week, together with MEIZU, we would like to raffle among you, our dear readers, the new MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries.

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Details of the smartphone and accessories draw are at the end of the article, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

At Saturday Coffee #31 as part of the New Year Gift Marathon Mobile Phones & Tablets in Tanzania< /a> our editors held a contest. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive a Nokia 5.1 smartphone, Yuri Smolkin. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Roskomnadzor vs. Google

This week there were two pieces of news about the confrontation between Roskomnadzor and Google. On Tuesday, Vedomosti reported, citing Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, that his agency had fined Google 500,000 rubles. Zharov also stressed that the service may initiate another case if the company does not start removing illegal information. The reason for the fine was that the search engine did not connect to the state system with a list of sites banned in Russia.

And on Wednesday, the Interfax news agency, referring to the words of the deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin, announced a possible blocking of Google in Russia if the company ignored the requirements to filter search results from prohibited content.

“The current law does not currently imply blocking, it implies an administrative fine. But you understand that if we reach a dead end, then at the legislative level we have every opportunity to resolve this issue. If the state sees that some foreign company does not comply with Russian legislation consistently and systematically, then the state amends the law, and a more severe punishment is possible for non-compliance with Russian laws, such as blocking.

In my opinion, the point here is not that Google ignores Russian legislation and warnings from Roskomnadzor, but simply that it is difficult for the search giant to do everything on time. While the Russian office is broadcasting a message to the headquarters, while the mechanism inside Google will be launched, until all the gears start spinning - all this takes time. Yes, and there is a feeling that the "attack" of Roskomnadzor, directed towards Google, is rather politically motivated, since I do not think that it is difficult for the department and the search engine to agree and resolve all issues in a peaceful manner.

Smartphones with a hole in the screen - trend 2019

The Korean corporation Samsung and the Chinese Huawei presented their new smartphones with a round cutout in the screens on the same day. So, the Koreans showed the Galaxy A8s, which is distinguished by the presence of a large 6.4-inch Full HD + display with a hole in the upper left corner for the front camera. In addition, this novelty is equipped with a triple main camera and a high-performance mid-range processor from Qualcomm - Snapdragon 710. At the same time, the Galaxy A8s has lost the standard 3.5 mm audio jack, the capabilities of which should replace the universal USB Type-C port.

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The Chinese corporation Huawei decided to keep up with its main competitor and presented the Honor V20 model, which will go to global markets under a different name - Honor View 20. The novelty is also distinguished by the fact that it has a round cutout in the screen (from the left edge at the top parts) for the front camera, as well as a 48 MP Sony IMX586 module with support for artificial intelligence functions. The flagship chipset of its own production, Kirin 980, is used here as a processor.

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Cutout screens are likely to be the trend of the next year, and at MWC 2019, many manufacturers will certainly showcase new products with a similar screen. In general, this is good, since the “bangs” are already boring, and a small hole in the screen looks neater. I wonder if we will see an iPhone with a similar cutout in the screen next September, because in 2019, Apple, according to tradition, should release not just an upgrade, but a completely new smartphone.

By the way, last week the American journalist Evan Nelson Blass published on his Twitter, referring to case manufacturers, the design of three models from the future flagship line of Galaxy S10 smartphones from the South Korean company Samsung Electronics. As we can see, the new Galaxy S will also get a round notch in the screen, and the S10+ will even have two.

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While Huawei has just introduced its Honor V20, and the timing of its release is unknown, we have published several reviews on the Chinese manufacturer's products on our website, which are already available on the market or will appear in the near future:

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MediaTek unveils Helio P90

Taiwanese company MediaTek has announced the launch of its new Helio P90 mobile processor, which uses APU 2.0, a next-generation architecture designed to improve processing efficiency through artificial intelligence functions. The new processor has, according to the manufacturer, an industry-leading performance of 1127 GMAC (2.25TOP), where the APU 2.0 architecture provides an increase in performance when applying artificial intelligence functions up to four times compared to the Helio P70 and Helio P60 chipsets.

The Helio P90 octa-core chipset uses two A75 ARM processors up to 2.2GHz and six A55 processors up to 2GHz. It also features a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU from Imagination Technologies. At the same time, proprietary MediaTek CorePilot technology ensures high performance of all processor cores with low power consumption.

In addition, the Helio P90 can support cameras up to 48MP single-lens or dual-camera 24MP + 16MP, capturing full-frame shots up to 30fps or 480fps in HD video shooting.

According to the specifications, MediaTek should make a good chipset, the problem is that it has become difficult to find devices with top-end processors from a Taiwanese manufacturer. If in the lower and middle price segment there is an abundance of smartphones based on MediaTek processors, then among the top devices there are more and more devices based on the Qualcomm chipset. Apparently, Helio P90, at least in our market, can only be found in OPPO / Vivo products, although we will wait until the first quarter of 2019, when the chipset becomes available to manufacturers.

By the way, Eldar Murtazin wrote about processors for smartphones and their manufacturers on Monday in Spillikins, if you suddenly missed it, I recommend reading:

Saturday Coffee #32

About Apple

Last week we released a full review of the "budget" smartphone Apple iPhone Xr:

Saturday Coffee #32

Unlike Eldar, I like the iPhone Xr, the capabilities of the device will be enough for most users, and you don’t notice the low screen resolution in everyday communication with the device, as well as the thick frames. A large palette of color schemes of the case also attracts, this is especially true for those who do not digest cases on smartphones and who are fed up with white and black colors. I only have a question about the price of the iPhone Xr, yet the cost of 65,000 rubles looks too high, and if you are not 100% tied to the Apple ecosystem, you can buy a very good Android smartphone for this money. Yes, no one said that the Xr is a budget solution, unlike its predecessor iPhone 5C, but when the price of a mid-range device is at the level of flagships from other manufacturers, albeit on a different OS, there is something to think about.

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Yes, about the Apple ecosystem. This is, of course, the best that the company has, and that is why it is so difficult for many users to overpower themselves and switch to other devices. I went through this on my own experience just recently, when I switched from iPhone to an Android smartphone. We have published an interesting article on this topic this week “How to get a feel for the Apple ecosystem”, read:

Saturday Coffee #32

Getting ready for the New Year №1

“The New Year is rushing towards us ...” somehow time flies very quickly, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s gifts. Last week, we published the material “New Year's Buyer's Guide up to 6,000 rubles”, Evgeny Vildyaev tried to pick up gifts in this price range - see if something will appeal to you:

Saturday Coffee #32

Personally, I would not give batteries and fitness bracelets, it seems to me that the topic is so hackneyed that many will probably have a couple of such accessories at home. No, if you know for sure that a person does not have these devices, then these will be good gifts, but if you do not have accurate information, it is better not to risk it. Here's a backpack - a good thing, even if a person already has it, then a spare never hurts, verified from our own experience. I would also add smart home elements to gifts up to 6,000 rubles: light bulbs, sockets and other little things.

Before you go for New Year's gifts, read our "Guide to Promotions and Discounts", perhaps some of the offers will interest you:

Saturday Coffee #32

And also on the topic of the New Year, I recommend reading the material "Ten things in November", it is not only about gadgets, but also about films, series and games, so the material can help you organize your leisure time for the long New Year holidays:

Saturday Coffee #32

Mobile Almanac 2018

And now let's move on to a portion of the rumors about new products that appeared on the network last week.

Xiaomi will introduce Play smartphones. Xiaomi's official account on the Chinese social network Weibo announced the presentation of new smartphones at the end of the month. The device or devices will be called Xiaomi Play and will be shown on December 24th. Unfortunately, apart from the obvious fact that these are non-gaming smartphones, since Xiaomi prefers to release gaming smartphones under the Black Shark sub-brand, there is very little information. There are speculations that Xiaomi will not actually show a new smartphone at all, but will only present a refurbished Pocophone F1.

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Huawei has leaked images of its new P Smart 2019 smartphone. French online retailer Boulanger has posted details of the new, yet to be officially unveiled mid-range smartphone Huawei P Smart on its website, apparently by mistake. 2019, which stands out with a large 6.21-inch Full HD+ waterdrop display, dual rear cameras and the new Kirin 710 processor. /p>

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A week with Nokia 7.1

In general, I like what HMD Global does with the Nokia brand, the company has found its own design, at least the back panels are recognizable and different from most solutions on the market, and the company also preinstalls pure Android One on devices with guaranteed updates . For example, Nokia 7.1 has already received an update to Android 9, while it is not even available for all flagship devices from other manufacturers. Yes, HMD Global plays on the nostalgia of users in many ways, using ZEISS optics in Nokia 7.1, which many people remember from old smartphones on Symbian OS, or installing a display with PureDisplay technology in the model, and soon, apparently, there will be PureView cameras, the company bought the rights to the brand of the same name from Microsoft Corporation. But this is the strategy of HMD Global, and it is rather correct in relation to the Nokia brand, it is better to use old proven solutions and play on the feelings of customer nostalgia than to twist and turn the once-legendary brand in every way and eventually merge it almost completely, as is the case with Motorola .

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What else does the Nokia 7.1 offer besides pure Android One? An interesting recognizable design and high-quality materials, the device looks and feels in the hand no worse than some flagship for 50,000+ rubles. On the back panel, even without the Nokia inscription, you can easily find out what kind of smartphone it is, and in the age of the same type of devices, this is worth a lot. Yes, from the front panel the device is “like everyone else”, with a small “bangs” and a rather massive “chin”, but nothing can be done here. The 5.84-inch IPS display with FullHD + (1080x2280) resolution is very good in quality, especially for a device in the price range under 20,000 rubles. The proprietary PureDisplay technology provides support for HDR10 high dynamic range, and the device can convert SDR content to HDR on the fly.

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I would like more performance, since Nokia 7.1 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and is equipped with 3 GB of RAM, there is a version with 4 GB of RAM, but it is not supplied to the Russian market. With active work, it is clear that a smartphone and more memory would not hurt, and when launching resource-intensive applications, it becomes clear that the processor would also need to be more powerful. On the other hand, for this money it is difficult to find a device with better characteristics.

Saturday coffee #32

Despite the ZEISS optics and the corresponding inscription on the module between two 12 and 5 MP lenses, the device shoots medium, it is far from the photo flagships, although it is better than most competitors. Users write that the situation can be improved by installing the Google Camera mod, but I have not tried it, so I cannot confirm or deny this information. However, look at the examples of pictures yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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The Nokia 7.1 smartphone turned out to be pleasant in many aspects. Yes, it cannot boast of any outstanding characteristics, but its price is not the same as to compete with flagship products. But the smartphone has a recognizable design, good assembly and materials, an excellent display and a good camera, and pure Android with an update to the 9th version that has already been released. Plus, I would like to note a 3060 mAh battery, which allows the smartphone to work without problems for a day in a fairly active mode, and a USB Type-C connector, which is still not widely used in devices of this price segment. You can find Nokia 7.1 quite easily for 17,000 rubles, although in large retail the price for it is 18,990 rubles.

. and dessert

LG Electronics has created a capsule ... no, not a coffee machine, but a brewery! The novelty will be presented to the public as part of the CES 2019 exhibition, which will be held in Las Vegas in January. So far we know that the LG HomeBrew will allow you to effortlessly brew five beers to choose from at home: IPA, Pale Ale, Stout, Witbier and Pilsner. In two weeks, with HomeBrew, you can get up to 5 liters of foamy drink.

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Also, LG Electronics, already in Russia, or rather, in Moscow, together with the Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, held the Russian Art Week LG SIGNATURE at MMOMA. The main concept of the project is to combine five products of the premium LG SIGNATURE brand with unique works of art from the Museum of Modern Art in one space.

Saturday coffee #32

A rather original and unusual event, although for a premium brand, and this is how LG SIGNATURE is positioned, this concept is correct. After looking at SIGNATURE products in the LG showroom, where they are displayed next to mass-produced devices, you somehow don’t really get into their premium quality, but when they are exhibited in a museum, next to works of art, you immediately look at them differently. The combination of premium/luxury items and works of art is not new and is often used by manufacturers, however, I do not remember that this was the case with household appliances, although I could be wrong.

Gifts!

Dear readers, as we wrote at the beginning of the article, we continue the New Year's gift marathon at Saturday Coffee. Today, together with MEIZU, we want to give you a gift and raffle off a MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries. We invite you to name one feature / feature of MEIZU smartphones or Flyme OS proprietary shell, and there are many of them, which you like the most and, perhaps, you would even like to see it in smartphones from other manufacturers. Briefly tell us about the feature you have chosen in the comments to this release. The comments left until December 20, 2018 inclusive will be taken into account, and we will announce the winner in Saturday Coffee #33, which will be released on 12/22/18. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.

If suddenly you have never had a MEIZU smartphone, then do not despair, the articles and reviews on our website will help you.

Saturday coffee №32

Over a cup of aromatic coffee, I invite you to read the news of the past week and take part in our New Year's gift draw, which we are holding today together with MEIZU.

The second week of December is over, the New Year is getting closer and closer, and to make your mood festive, we continue our New Year's gift marathon. This week, together with MEIZU, we would like to raffle among you, our dear readers, the new MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries.

Saturday coffee #32 Saturday Coffee #32

Details of the smartphone and accessories draw are at the end of the article, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

At Saturday Coffee #31 as part of the New Year Gift Marathon Mobile Phones & Tablets in Tanzania< /a> our editors held a contest. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive a Nokia 5.1 smartphone, Yuri Smolkin. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Roskomnadzor vs. Google

This week there were two pieces of news about the confrontation between Roskomnadzor and Google. On Tuesday, Vedomosti reported, citing Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, that his agency had fined Google 500,000 rubles. Zharov also stressed that the service may initiate another case if the company does not start removing illegal information. The reason for the fine was that the search engine did not connect to the state system with a list of sites banned in Russia.

And on Wednesday, the Interfax news agency, referring to the words of the deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin, announced a possible blocking of Google in Russia if the company ignored the requirements to filter search results from prohibited content.

“The current law does not currently imply blocking, it implies an administrative fine. But you understand that if we reach a dead end, then at the legislative level we have every opportunity to resolve this issue. If the state sees that some foreign company does not comply with Russian legislation consistently and systematically, then the state amends the law, and a more severe punishment is possible for non-compliance with Russian laws, such as blocking.

In my opinion, the point here is not that Google ignores Russian legislation and warnings from Roskomnadzor, but simply that it is difficult for the search giant to do everything on time. While the Russian office is broadcasting a message to the headquarters, while the mechanism inside Google will be launched, until all the gears start spinning - all this takes time. Yes, and there is a feeling that the "attack" of Roskomnadzor, directed towards Google, is rather politically motivated, since I do not think that it is difficult for the department and the search engine to agree and resolve all issues in a peaceful manner.

Smartphones with a hole in the screen - trend 2019

The Korean corporation Samsung and the Chinese Huawei presented their new smartphones with a round cutout in the screens on the same day. So, the Koreans showed the Galaxy A8s, which is distinguished by the presence of a large 6.4-inch Full HD + display with a hole in the upper left corner for the front camera. In addition, this novelty is equipped with a triple main camera and a high-performance mid-range processor from Qualcomm - Snapdragon 710. At the same time, the Galaxy A8s has lost the standard 3.5 mm audio jack, the capabilities of which should replace the universal USB Type-C port.

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The Chinese corporation Huawei decided to keep up with its main competitor and presented the Honor V20 model, which will go to global markets under a different name - Honor View 20. The novelty is also distinguished by the fact that it has a round cutout in the screen (from the left edge at the top parts) for the front camera, as well as a 48 MP Sony IMX586 module with support for artificial intelligence functions. The flagship chipset of its own production, Kirin 980, is used here as a processor.

Saturday coffee #32

Cutout screens are likely to be the trend of the next year, and at MWC 2019, many manufacturers will certainly showcase new products with a similar screen. In general, this is good, since the “bangs” are already boring, and a small hole in the screen looks neater. I wonder if we will see an iPhone with a similar cutout in the screen next September, because in 2019, Apple, according to tradition, should release not just an upgrade, but a completely new smartphone.

By the way, last week the American journalist Evan Nelson Blass published on his Twitter, referring to case manufacturers, the design of three models from the future flagship line of Galaxy S10 smartphones from the South Korean company Samsung Electronics. As we can see, the new Galaxy S will also get a round notch in the screen, and the S10+ will even have two.

Saturday coffee #32

While Huawei has just introduced its Honor V20, and the timing of its release is unknown, we have published several reviews on the Chinese manufacturer's products on our website, which are already available on the market or will appear in the near future:

Saturday coffee #32

Saturday Coffee #32

Saturday Coffee #32

MediaTek unveils Helio P90

Taiwanese company MediaTek has announced the launch of its new Helio P90 mobile processor, which uses APU 2.0, a next-generation architecture designed to improve processing efficiency through artificial intelligence functions. The new processor has, according to the manufacturer, an industry-leading performance of 1127 GMAC (2.25TOP), where the APU 2.0 architecture provides an increase in performance when applying artificial intelligence functions up to four times compared to the Helio P70 and Helio P60 chipsets.

The Helio P90 octa-core chipset uses two A75 ARM processors up to 2.2GHz and six A55 processors up to 2GHz. It also features a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU from Imagination Technologies. At the same time, proprietary MediaTek CorePilot technology ensures high performance of all processor cores at low power consumption.

In addition, the Helio P90 can support cameras up to 48MP single-lens or 24MP + 16MP dual cameras, taking full-frame shots up to 30fps or 480fps in HD video shooting.

According to the specifications, MediaTek should make a good chipset, the problem is that it has become difficult to find devices with top-end processors from a Taiwanese manufacturer. If in the lower and middle price segment there is an abundance of smartphones based on MediaTek processors, then among the top devices there are more and more devices based on the Qualcomm chipset. Apparently, Helio P90, at least in our market, can only be found in OPPO / Vivo products, although we will wait until the first quarter of 2019, when the chipset becomes available to manufacturers.

By the way, Eldar Murtazin wrote about processors for smartphones and their manufacturers on Monday in Spillikins, if you suddenly missed it, I recommend reading:

Saturday Coffee #32

About Apple

Last week we released a full review of the "budget" smartphone Apple iPhone Xr:

Saturday Coffee #32

Unlike Eldar, I like the iPhone Xr, the capabilities of the device will be enough for most users, and you don’t notice the low screen resolution in everyday communication with the device, as well as the thick frames. A large palette of color schemes of the case also attracts, this is especially true for those who do not digest cases on smartphones and who are fed up with white and black colors. I only have a question about the price of the iPhone Xr, yet the cost of 65,000 rubles looks too high, and if you are not 100% tied to the Apple ecosystem, you can buy a very good Android smartphone for this money. Yes, no one said that the Xr is a budget solution, unlike its predecessor iPhone 5C, but when the price of a mid-range device is at the level of flagships from other manufacturers, albeit on a different OS, there is something to think about.

Saturday coffee #32

Yes, about the Apple ecosystem. This is, of course, the best that the company has, and therefore it is so difficult for many users to overpower themselves and switch to other devices. I went through this on my own experience just recently, when I switched from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. We have published an interesting article on this topic this week “How to get a feel for the Apple ecosystem”, read:

Saturday Coffee #32

Preparing for the New Year №1

“The New Year is rushing towards us ...” somehow time flies very quickly, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s gifts. Last week, we published the material “New Year's Buyer's Guide up to 6,000 rubles”, Evgeny Vildyaev tried to pick up gifts in this price range - see if something will appeal to you:

Saturday Coffee #32

Personally, I would not give batteries and fitness bracelets, it seems to me that the topic is so hackneyed that many will probably have a couple of such accessories at home. No, if you know for sure that a person does not have these devices, then these will be good gifts, but if you do not have accurate information, it is better not to risk it. Here's a backpack - a good thing, even if a person already has it, then a spare never hurts, verified from our own experience. I would also add smart home elements to gifts up to 6,000 rubles: light bulbs, sockets and other little things.

Before you go for New Year's gifts, read our "Guide to Promotions and Discounts", perhaps some of the offers will interest you:

Saturday Coffee #32

And also on the topic of the New Year, I recommend reading the material "Ten things in November", it is not only about gadgets, but also about films, series and games, so the material can help you organize your leisure time for the long New Year holidays:

Saturday Coffee #32

Mobile Almanac 2018

And now let's move on to a portion of the rumors about new products that appeared on the network last week.

Xiaomi will introduce Play smartphones. Xiaomi's official account on the Chinese social network Weibo announced the presentation of new smartphones at the end of the month. The device or devices will be called Xiaomi Play and will be shown on December 24th. Unfortunately, apart from the obvious fact that these are non-gaming smartphones, since Xiaomi prefers to release gaming smartphones under the Black Shark sub-brand, there is very little information. There are speculations that Xiaomi will not actually show a new smartphone at all, but will only present a refurbished Pocophone F1.

Saturday coffee #32

Huawei has leaked images of its new P Smart 2019 smartphone. French online retailer Boulanger has posted details of the new, yet to be officially unveiled mid-range smartphone Huawei P Smart on its website, apparently by mistake. 2019, which stands out with a large 6.21-inch Full HD+ waterdrop display, dual rear cameras and the new Kirin 710 processor. /p>

Saturday coffee #32

A week with Nokia 7.1

In general, I like what HMD Global does with the Nokia brand, the company has found its own design, at least the back panels are recognizable and different from most solutions on the market, and the company also preinstalls pure Android One on devices with guaranteed updates . For example, Nokia 7.1 has already received an update to Android 9, while it is not even available for all flagship devices from other manufacturers. Yes, HMD Global plays on the nostalgia of users in many ways, using ZEISS optics in Nokia 7.1, which many people remember from old smartphones on Symbian OS, or installing a display with PureDisplay technology in the model, and soon, apparently, there will be PureView cameras, the company bought the rights to the brand of the same name from Microsoft Corporation. But this is the strategy of HMD Global, and it is rather correct in relation to the Nokia brand, it is better to use old proven solutions and play on the feelings of customer nostalgia than to twist and turn the once-legendary brand in every way and eventually merge it almost completely, as is the case with Motorola .

Saturday coffee #32

What else does the Nokia 7.1 offer besides pure Android One? An interesting recognizable design and high-quality materials, the device looks and feels in the hand no worse than some flagship for 50,000+ rubles. On the back panel, even without the Nokia inscription, you can easily find out what kind of smartphone it is, and in the age of the same type of devices, this is worth a lot. Yes, from the front panel the device is “like everyone else”, with a small “bangs” and a rather massive “chin”, but nothing can be done here. The 5.84-inch IPS display with FullHD + (1080x2280) resolution is very good in quality, especially for a device in the price range under 20,000 rubles. The proprietary PureDisplay technology provides support for HDR10 high dynamic range, and the device can convert SDR content to HDR on the fly.

Saturday coffee #32

I would like more performance, since Nokia 7.1 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and is equipped with 3 GB of RAM, there is a version with 4 GB of RAM, but it is not supplied to the Russian market. With active work, it is clear that a smartphone and more memory would not hurt, and when launching resource-intensive applications, it becomes clear that the processor would also need to be more powerful. On the other hand, for this money it is difficult to find a device with better characteristics.

Saturday coffee #32

Despite the ZEISS optics and the corresponding inscription on the module between two 12 and 5 MP lenses, the device shoots medium, it is far from the photo flagships, although it is better than most competitors. Users write that the situation can be improved by installing the Google Camera mod, but I have not tried it, so I cannot confirm or deny this information. However, look at the examples of pictures yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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The Nokia 7.1 smartphone turned out to be pleasant in many aspects. Yes, it cannot boast of any outstanding characteristics, but its price is not the same as to compete with flagship products. But the smartphone has a recognizable design, good assembly and materials, an excellent display and a good camera, and pure Android with an update to the 9th version that has already been released. Plus, I would like to note a 3060 mAh battery, which allows the smartphone to work without problems for a day in a fairly active mode, and a USB Type-C connector, which is still not widely used in devices of this price segment. You can find Nokia 7.1 quite easily for 17,000 rubles, although in large retail the price for it is 18,990 rubles.

. and dessert

LG Electronics has created a capsule ... no, not a coffee machine, but a brewery! The novelty will be presented to the public as part of the CES 2019 exhibition, which will be held in Las Vegas in January. So far we know that the LG HomeBrew will allow you to effortlessly brew five beers to choose from at home: IPA, Pale Ale, Stout, Witbier and Pilsner. In two weeks, with HomeBrew, you can get up to 5 liters of foamy drink.

Saturday coffee #32

Also, LG Electronics, already in Russia, or rather, in Moscow, together with the Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, held the Russian Art Week LG SIGNATURE at MMOMA. The main concept of the project is to combine five products of the premium LG SIGNATURE brand with unique works of art from the Museum of Modern Art in one space.

Saturday coffee #32

A rather original and unusual event, although for a premium brand, and this is how LG SIGNATURE is positioned, this concept is correct. After looking at SIGNATURE products in the LG showroom, where they are displayed next to mass-produced devices, you somehow don’t really get into their premium quality, but when they are exhibited in a museum, next to works of art, you immediately look at them differently. The combination of premium/luxury items and works of art is not new and is often used by manufacturers, however, I do not remember that this was the case with household appliances, although I could be wrong.

Gifts!

Dear readers, as we wrote at the beginning of the article, we continue the New Year's gift marathon at Saturday Coffee. Today, together with MEIZU, we want to give you a present and give away a MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries. We invite you to name one feature / feature of MEIZU smartphones or Flyme OS proprietary shell, and there are many of them, which you like the most and, perhaps, you would even like to see it in smartphones from other manufacturers. Briefly tell us about the feature you have chosen in the comments to this release. The comments left until December 20, 2018 inclusive will be taken into account, and we will announce the winner in Saturday Coffee #33, which will be released on 12/22/18. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.

If suddenly you have never had a MEIZU smartphone, then do not despair, articles and reviews on our website will help you.

Saturday coffee №32

Over a cup of aromatic coffee, I invite you to read the news of the past week and take part in our New Year's gift draw, which we are holding today together with MEIZU.

The second week of December is over, the New Year is getting closer and closer, and to make your mood festive, we continue our New Year's gift marathon. This week, together with MEIZU, we would like to raffle among you, our dear readers, the new MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries.

Saturday coffee #32 Saturday Coffee #32

Details of the smartphone and accessories draw are at the end of the article, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

At Saturday Coffee #31 as part of the New Year Gift Marathon Mobile Phones & Tablets in Tanzania< /a> our editors held a contest. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive a Nokia 5.1 smartphone, Yuri Smolkin. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Roskomnadzor vs. Google

This week there were two pieces of news about the confrontation between Roskomnadzor and Google. On Tuesday, Vedomosti reported, citing Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, that his agency had fined Google 500,000 rubles. Zharov also stressed that the service may initiate another case if the company does not start removing illegal information. The reason for the fine was that the search engine did not connect to the state system with a list of sites banned in Russia.

And on Wednesday, the Interfax news agency, referring to the words of the deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin, announced a possible blocking of Google in Russia if the company ignored the requirements to filter search results from prohibited content.

“The current law does not currently imply blocking, it implies an administrative fine. But you understand that if we reach a dead end, then at the legislative level we have every opportunity to resolve this issue. If the state sees that some foreign company does not comply with Russian legislation consistently and systematically, then the state amends the law, and a more severe punishment is possible for non-compliance with Russian laws, such as blocking.

In my opinion, the point here is not that Google ignores Russian legislation and warnings from Roskomnadzor, but simply that it is difficult for the search giant to do everything on time. While the Russian office is broadcasting a message to the headquarters, while the mechanism inside Google will be launched, until all the gears start spinning - all this takes time. Yes, and there is a feeling that the "attack" of Roskomnadzor, directed towards Google, is rather politically motivated, since I do not think that it is difficult for the department and the search engine to agree and resolve all issues in a peaceful manner.

Smartphones with a hole in the screen - trend 2019

The Korean corporation Samsung and the Chinese Huawei presented their new smartphones with a round cutout in the screens on the same day. So, the Koreans showed the Galaxy A8s, which is distinguished by the presence of a large 6.4-inch Full HD + display with a hole in the upper left corner for the front camera. In addition, this novelty is equipped with a triple main camera and a high-performance mid-range processor from Qualcomm - Snapdragon 710. At the same time, the Galaxy A8s has lost the standard 3.5 mm audio jack, the capabilities of which should replace the universal USB Type-C port.

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The Chinese corporation Huawei decided to keep up with its main competitor and presented the Honor V20 model, which will go to global markets under a different name - Honor View 20. The novelty is also distinguished by the fact that it has a round cutout in the screen (from the left edge at the top parts) for the front camera, as well as a 48 MP Sony IMX586 module with support for artificial intelligence functions. The flagship chipset of its own production, Kirin 980, is used here as a processor.

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Cutout screens are likely to be the trend of the next year, and at MWC 2019, many manufacturers will certainly showcase new products with a similar screen. In general, this is good, since the “bangs” are already boring, and a small hole in the screen looks neater. I wonder if we will see an iPhone with a similar cutout in the screen next September, because in 2019, Apple, according to tradition, should release not just an upgrade, but a completely new smartphone.

By the way, last week the American journalist Evan Nelson Blass published on his Twitter, referring to case manufacturers, the design of three models from the future flagship line of Galaxy S10 smartphones from the South Korean company Samsung Electronics. As we can see, the new Galaxy S will also get a round notch in the screen, and the S10+ will even have two.

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While Huawei has just introduced its Honor V20, and the timing of its release is unknown, we have published several reviews on the Chinese manufacturer's products on our website, which are already available on the market or will appear in the near future:

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MediaTek unveils Helio P90

Taiwanese company MediaTek has announced the launch of its new Helio P90 mobile processor, which uses APU 2.0, a next-generation architecture designed to improve processing efficiency through artificial intelligence functions. The new processor has, according to the manufacturer, an industry-leading performance of 1127 GMAC (2.25TOP), where the APU 2.0 architecture provides an increase in performance when applying artificial intelligence functions up to four times compared to the Helio P70 and Helio P60 chipsets.

The Helio P90 octa-core chipset uses two A75 ARM processors up to 2.2GHz and six A55 processors up to 2GHz. It also features a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU from Imagination Technologies. At the same time, proprietary MediaTek CorePilot technology ensures high performance of all processor cores at low power consumption.

In addition, the Helio P90 can support cameras up to 48MP single-lens or dual-camera 24MP + 16MP, capturing full-frame shots up to 30fps or 480fps in HD video shooting.

According to the specifications, MediaTek should make a good chipset, the problem is that it has become difficult to find devices with top-end processors from a Taiwanese manufacturer. If in the lower and middle price segment there is an abundance of smartphones based on MediaTek processors, then among the top devices there are more and more devices based on the Qualcomm chipset. Apparently, Helio P90, at least in our market, can only be found in OPPO / Vivo products, although we will wait until the first quarter of 2019, when the chipset becomes available to manufacturers.

By the way, Eldar Murtazin wrote about processors for smartphones and their manufacturers on Monday in Spillikins, if you suddenly missed it, I recommend reading:

Saturday Coffee #32

About Apple

Last week we released a full review of the "budget" smartphone Apple iPhone Xr:

Saturday Coffee #32

Unlike Eldar, I like the iPhone Xr, the capabilities of the device will be enough for most users, and you don’t notice the low screen resolution in everyday communication with the device, as well as the thick frames. A large palette of color schemes of the case also attracts, this is especially true for those who do not digest cases on smartphones and who are fed up with white and black colors. I only have a question about the price of the iPhone Xr, yet the cost of 65,000 rubles looks too high, and if you are not 100% tied to the Apple ecosystem, you can buy a very good Android smartphone for this money. Yes, no one said that the Xr is a budget solution, unlike its predecessor iPhone 5C, but when the price of a mid-range device is at the level of flagships from other manufacturers, albeit on a different OS, there is something to think about.

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Yes, about the Apple ecosystem. This is, of course, the best that the company has, and that is why it is so difficult for many users to overpower themselves and switch to other devices. I went through this on my own experience just recently, when I switched from iPhone to an Android smartphone. We have published an interesting article on this topic this week “How to get a feel for the Apple ecosystem”, read:

Saturday Coffee #32

Getting ready for the New Year №1

“The New Year is rushing towards us ...” somehow time flies very quickly, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s gifts. Last week, we published the material “New Year's Buyer's Guide up to 6,000 rubles”, Evgeny Vildyaev tried to pick up gifts in this price range - see if something will appeal to you:

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Personally, I would not give batteries and fitness bracelets, it seems to me that the topic is so hackneyed that many will probably have a couple of such accessories at home. No, if you know for sure that a person does not have these devices, then these will be good gifts, but if you do not have accurate information, it is better not to risk it. Here's a backpack - a good thing, even if a person already has it, then a spare never hurts, verified from our own experience. I would also add smart home elements to gifts up to 6,000 rubles: light bulbs, sockets and other little things.

Before you go for New Year's gifts, read our "Guide to Promotions and Discounts", perhaps some of the offers will interest you:

Saturday Coffee #32

And also on the topic of the New Year, I recommend reading the material "Ten things in November", it is not only about gadgets, but also about films, series and games, so the material can help you organize your leisure time for the long New Year holidays:

Saturday Coffee #32

Mobile Almanac 2018

And now let's move on to a portion of the rumors about new products that appeared on the network last week.

Xiaomi will introduce Play smartphones. Xiaomi's official account on the Chinese social network Weibo announced the presentation of new smartphones at the end of the month. The device or devices will be called Xiaomi Play and will be shown on December 24th. Unfortunately, apart from the obvious fact that these are non-gaming smartphones, since Xiaomi prefers to release gaming smartphones under the Black Shark sub-brand, there is very little information. There are speculations that Xiaomi will not actually show a new smartphone at all, but will only present a refurbished Pocophone F1.

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Huawei has leaked images of its new P Smart 2019 smartphone. French online retailer Boulanger has posted details of the new, yet to be officially unveiled mid-range smartphone Huawei P Smart on its website, apparently by mistake. 2019, which stands out with a large 6.21-inch Full HD+ waterdrop display, dual rear cameras and the new Kirin 710 processor. /p>

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A week with Nokia 7.1

In general, I like what HMD Global does with the Nokia brand, the company has found its own design, at least the back panels are recognizable and different from most solutions on the market, and the company also preinstalls pure Android One on devices with guaranteed updates . For example, Nokia 7.1 has already received an update to Android 9, while it is not even available for all flagship devices from other manufacturers. Yes, HMD Global plays on the nostalgia of users in many ways, using ZEISS optics in Nokia 7.1, which many people remember from old smartphones on Symbian OS, or installing a display with PureDisplay technology in the model, and soon, apparently, there will be PureView cameras, the company bought the rights to the brand of the same name from Microsoft Corporation. But this is the strategy of HMD Global, and it is rather correct in relation to the Nokia brand, it is better to use old proven solutions and play on the feelings of customer nostalgia than to twist and turn the once-legendary brand in every way and eventually merge it almost completely, as is the case with Motorola .

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What else does the Nokia 7.1 offer besides pure Android One? An interesting recognizable design and high-quality materials, the device looks and feels in the hand no worse than some flagship for 50,000+ rubles. On the back panel, even without the Nokia inscription, you can easily find out what kind of smartphone it is, and in the age of the same type of devices, this is worth a lot. Yes, from the front panel the device is “like everyone else”, with a small “bangs” and a rather massive “chin”, but nothing can be done here. The 5.84-inch IPS display with FullHD + (1080x2280) resolution is very good in quality, especially for a device in the price range under 20,000 rubles. The proprietary PureDisplay technology provides support for HDR10 high dynamic range, and the device can convert SDR content to HDR on the fly.

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I would like more performance, since Nokia 7.1 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and is equipped with 3 GB of RAM, there is a version with 4 GB of RAM, but it is not supplied to the Russian market. With active work, it is clear that a smartphone and more memory would not hurt, and when launching resource-intensive applications, it becomes clear that the processor would also need to be more powerful. On the other hand, for this money it is difficult to find a device with better characteristics.

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Despite the ZEISS optics and the corresponding inscription on the module between two 12 and 5 MP lenses, the device shoots medium, it is far from the photo flagships, although it is better than most competitors. Users write that the situation can be improved by installing the Google Camera mod, but I have not tried it, so I cannot confirm or deny this information. However, look at the examples of pictures yourself and draw your own conclusions.

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The Nokia 7.1 smartphone turned out to be pleasant in many aspects. Yes, it cannot boast of any outstanding characteristics, but its price is not the same as to compete with flagship products. But the smartphone has a recognizable design, good assembly and materials, an excellent display and a good camera, and pure Android with an update to the 9th version that has already been released. Plus, I would like to note a 3060 mAh battery, which allows the smartphone to work without problems for a day in a fairly active mode, and a USB Type-C connector, which is still not widely used in devices of this price segment. You can find Nokia 7.1 quite easily for 17,000 rubles, although in large retail the price for it is 18,990 rubles.

. and dessert

LG Electronics has created a capsule ... no, not a coffee machine, but a brewery! The novelty will be presented to the public as part of the CES 2019 exhibition, which will be held in Las Vegas in January. So far we know that the LG HomeBrew will allow you to effortlessly brew five beers to choose from at home: IPA, Pale Ale, Stout, Witbier and Pilsner. In two weeks, with HomeBrew, you can get up to 5 liters of foamy drink.

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Also, LG Electronics, already in Russia, or rather, in Moscow, together with the Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, held the Russian Art Week LG SIGNATURE at MMOMA. The main concept of the project is to combine five products of the premium LG SIGNATURE brand with unique works of art from the Museum of Modern Art in one space.

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A rather original and unusual event, although for a premium brand, and this is how LG SIGNATURE is positioned, this concept is correct. After looking at SIGNATURE products in the LG showroom, where they are displayed next to mass-produced devices, you somehow don’t really get into their premium quality, but when they are exhibited in a museum, next to works of art, you immediately look at them differently. The combination of premium/luxury items and works of art is not new and is often used by manufacturers, however, I do not remember that this was the case with household appliances, although I could be wrong.

Gifts!

Dear readers, as we wrote at the beginning of the article, we continue the New Year's gift marathon at Saturday Coffee. Today, together with MEIZU, we want to give you a present and give away a MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries. We invite you to name one feature / feature of MEIZU smartphones or Flyme OS proprietary shell, and there are many of them, which you like the most and, perhaps, you would even like to see it in smartphones from other manufacturers. Briefly tell us about the feature you have chosen in the comments to this release. The comments left until December 20, 2018 inclusive will be taken into account, and we will announce the winner in Saturday Coffee #33, which will be released on 12/22/18. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.

If suddenly you have never had a MEIZU smartphone, then do not despair, articles and reviews on our website will help you.

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Over a cup of aromatic coffee, I invite you to read the news of the past week and take part in our New Year's gift draw, which we are holding today together with MEIZU.

The second week of December is over, the New Year is getting closer and closer, and to make your mood festive, we continue our New Year's gift marathon. This week, together with MEIZU, we would like to raffle among you, our dear readers, the new MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries.

Details of the smartphone and accessories draw are at the end of the article, but for now let's move on to the news of the past week.

In "Saturday Coffee #31" our editors held a contest as part of the Mobile Phones & Tablets in Tanzania New Year's gift marathon. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive a Nokia 5.1 smartphone, Yuri Smolkin. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

In "Saturday Coffee No. 31" as part of the marathon of New Year's gifts
Mobile Phones & Tablets in Tanzania Mobile Phones & Tablets in Tanzania our editors held a competition. Today we are pleased to announce the name of the winner, who will receive a Nokia 5.1 smartphone, Yuri Smolkin. Congratulations and please write to us, the coordinates are at the end of the material.

Roskomnadzor vs. Google

This week there were two pieces of news about the confrontation between Roskomnadzor and Google. On Tuesday, Vedomosti reported, citing Alexander Zharov, head of Roskomnadzor, that his agency had fined Google 500,000 rubles. Zharov also stressed that the service may initiate another case if the company does not start removing illegal information. The reason for the fine was that the search engine did not connect to the state system with a list of sites banned in Russia.

And on Wednesday, the Interfax news agency, referring to the words of the deputy head of Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin, announced a possible blocking of Google in Russia if the company ignored the requirements to filter search results from prohibited content.

“The current law does not currently imply blocking, it implies an administrative fine. But you understand that if we reach a dead end, then at the legislative level we have every opportunity to resolve this issue. If the state sees that some foreign company does not comply with Russian legislation consistently and systematically, then the state amends the law, and a more severe punishment is possible for non-compliance with Russian laws, such as blocking.

In my opinion, the point here is not that Google ignores Russian legislation and warnings from Roskomnadzor, but simply that it is difficult for the search giant to do everything on time. While the Russian office is broadcasting a message to the headquarters, while the mechanism inside Google will be launched, until all the gears start spinning - all this takes time. Yes, and there is a feeling that the "attack" of Roskomnadzor, directed towards Google, is rather politically motivated, since I do not think that it is difficult for the department and the search engine to agree and resolve all issues in a peaceful manner.

Smartphones with a hole in the screen - trend 2019

The Korean corporation Samsung and the Chinese Huawei presented their new smartphones with a round cutout in the screens on the same day. So, the Koreans showed the Galaxy A8s, which is distinguished by the presence of a large 6.4-inch Full HD + display with a hole in the upper left corner for the front camera. In addition, this novelty is equipped with a triple main camera and a high-performance mid-range processor from Qualcomm - Snapdragon 710. At the same time, the Galaxy A8s has lost the standard 3.5 mm audio jack, the capabilities of which should replace the universal USB Type-C port.

The Chinese corporation Huawei decided to keep up with its main competitor and presented the Honor V20 model, which will go to global markets under a different name - Honor View 20. The novelty is also distinguished by the fact that it has a round cutout in the screen (from the left edge at the top parts) for the front camera, as well as a 48 MP Sony IMX586 module with support for artificial intelligence functions. The flagship chipset of its own production, Kirin 980, is used here as a processor.

Cutout screens are likely to be the trend of the next year, and at MWC 2019, many manufacturers will certainly showcase new products with a similar screen. In general, this is good, since the “bangs” are already boring, and a small hole in the screen looks neater. I wonder if we will see an iPhone with a similar cutout in the screen next September, because in 2019, Apple, according to tradition, should release not just an upgrade, but a completely new smartphone.

By the way, last week the American journalist Evan Nelson Blass published on his Twitter, referring to case manufacturers, the design of three models from the future flagship line of Galaxy S10 smartphones from the South Korean company Samsung Electronics. As we can see, the new Galaxy S will also get a round notch in the screen, and the S10+ will even have two.

While Huawei has just introduced its Honor V20, and the timing of its release is unknown, we have published several reviews on the Chinese manufacturer's products on our website, which are already available on the market or will appear in the near future:

MediaTek unveils Helio P90

Taiwanese company MediaTek has announced the launch of its new Helio P90 mobile processor, which uses APU 2.0, a next-generation architecture designed to improve processing efficiency through artificial intelligence functions. The new processor has, according to the manufacturer, an industry-leading performance of 1127 GMAC (2.25TOP), where the APU 2.0 architecture provides an increase in performance when applying artificial intelligence functions up to four times compared to the Helio P70 and Helio P60 chipsets.

The Helio P90 octa-core chipset uses two A75 ARM processors up to 2.2GHz and six A55 processors up to 2GHz. It also features a PowerVR GM 9446 GPU from Imagination Technologies. At the same time, proprietary MediaTek CorePilot technology ensures high performance of all processor cores at low power consumption.

In addition, the Helio P90 can support cameras up to 48MP single-lens or dual-camera 24MP + 16MP, capturing full-frame shots up to 30fps or 480fps in HD video shooting.

According to the specifications, MediaTek should make a good chipset, the problem is that it has become difficult to find devices with top-end processors from a Taiwanese manufacturer. If in the lower and middle price segment there is an abundance of smartphones based on MediaTek processors, then among the top devices there are more and more devices based on the Qualcomm chipset. Apparently, Helio P90, at least in our market, can only be found in OPPO / Vivo products, although we will wait until the first quarter of 2019, when the chipset becomes available to manufacturers.

By the way, Eldar Murtazin wrote about processors for smartphones and their manufacturers on Monday in Spillikins, if you suddenly missed it, I recommend reading:

About Apple

Last week we released a full review of the "budget" smartphone Apple iPhone Xr:

Unlike Eldar, I like the iPhone Xr, the capabilities of the device will be enough for most users, and you don’t notice the low screen resolution in everyday communication with the device, as well as the thick frames. A large palette of color schemes of the case also attracts, this is especially true for those who do not digest cases on smartphones and who are fed up with white and black colors. I only have a question about the price of the iPhone Xr, yet the cost of 65,000 rubles looks too high, and if you are not 100% tied to the Apple ecosystem, you can buy a very good Android smartphone for this money. Yes, no one said that the Xr is a budget solution, unlike its predecessor iPhone 5C, but when the price of a mid-range device is at the level of flagships from other manufacturers, albeit on a different OS, there is something to think about.

Yes, about the Apple ecosystem. This is, of course, the best that the company has, and therefore it is so difficult for many users to overpower themselves and switch to other devices. I went through this on my own experience just recently, when I switched from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. We have published an interesting article on this topic this week “How to get a feel for the Apple ecosystem”, read:

Preparing for the New Year №1

“The New Year is rushing towards us ...” somehow time flies very quickly, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s gifts. Last week, we published the material “New Year's Buyer's Guide up to 6,000 rubles”, Evgeny Vildyaev tried to pick up gifts in this price range - see if something will appeal to you:

Personally, I would not give batteries and fitness bracelets, it seems to me that the topic is so hackneyed that many will probably have a couple of such accessories at home. No, if you know for sure that a person does not have these devices, then these will be good gifts, but if you do not have accurate information, it is better not to risk it. Here's a backpack - a good thing, even if a person already has it, then a spare never hurts, verified from our own experience. I would also add smart home elements to gifts up to 6,000 rubles: light bulbs, sockets and other little things.

Before you go for New Year's gifts, read our "Guide to Promotions and Discounts", perhaps some of the offers will interest you:

And also on the topic of the New Year, I recommend reading the material "Ten things in November", it is not only about gadgets, but also about films, series and games, so the material can help you organize your leisure time for the long New Year holidays:

Mobile Almanac 2018

And now let's move on to a portion of the rumors about new products that appeared on the network last week.

Xiaomi will introduce Play smartphones. Xiaomi's official account on the Chinese social network Weibo announced the presentation of new smartphones at the end of the month. The device or devices will be called Xiaomi Play and will be shown on December 24th. Unfortunately, apart from the obvious fact that these are non-gaming smartphones, since Xiaomi prefers to release gaming smartphones under the Black Shark sub-brand, there is very little information. There are speculations that Xiaomi will not actually show a new smartphone at all, but will only present a refurbished Pocophone F1.

Huawei has leaked images of the new P Smart 2019 smartphone. French online retailer Boulanger, apparently by mistake, has posted detailed information about the new Huawei P Smart 2019 mid-range smartphone, which has a large 6 .21-inch Full HD+ waterdrop display with dual main camera and new Kirin 710 processor.

A week with Nokia 7.1

In general, I like what HMD Global does with the Nokia brand, the company has found its own design, at least the back panels are recognizable and different from most solutions on the market, and the company also preinstalls pure Android One on devices with guaranteed updates . For example, Nokia 7.1 has already received an update to Android 9, while it is not even available for all flagship devices from other manufacturers. Yes, HMD Global plays on the nostalgia of users in many ways, using ZEISS optics in Nokia 7.1, which many people remember from old smartphones on Symbian OS, or installing a display with PureDisplay technology in the model, and soon, apparently, there will be PureView cameras, the company bought the rights to the brand of the same name from Microsoft Corporation. But this is the strategy of HMD Global, and it is rather correct in relation to the Nokia brand, it is better to use old proven solutions and play on the feelings of customer nostalgia than to twist and turn the once-legendary brand in every way and eventually merge it almost completely, as is the case with Motorola .

What else does the Nokia 7.1 offer besides pure Android One? An interesting recognizable design and high-quality materials, the device looks and feels in the hand no worse than some flagship for 50,000+ rubles. On the back panel, even without the Nokia inscription, you can easily find out what kind of smartphone it is, and in the age of the same type of devices, this is worth a lot. Yes, from the front panel the device is “like everyone else”, with a small “bangs” and a rather massive “chin”, but nothing can be done here. The 5.84-inch IPS display with FullHD + (1080x2280) resolution is very good in quality, especially for a device in the price range under 20,000 rubles. The proprietary PureDisplay technology provides support for HDR10 high dynamic range, and the device can convert SDR content to HDR on the fly.

I would like more performance, since Nokia 7.1 is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset and is equipped with 3 GB of RAM, there is a version with 4 GB of RAM, but it is not supplied to the Russian market. With active work, it is clear that a smartphone and more memory would not hurt, and when launching resource-intensive applications, it becomes clear that the processor would also need to be more powerful. On the other hand, for this money it is difficult to find a device with better characteristics.

Despite the ZEISS optics and the corresponding inscription on the module between two 12 and 5 MP lenses, the device shoots medium, it is far from the photo flagships, although it is better than most competitors. Users write that the situation can be improved by installing the Google Camera mod, but I have not tried it, so I cannot confirm or deny this information. However, look at the examples of pictures yourself and draw your own conclusions.

The Nokia 7.1 smartphone turned out to be pleasant in many aspects. Yes, it cannot boast of any outstanding characteristics, but its price is not the same as to compete with flagship products. But the smartphone has a recognizable design, good assembly and materials, an excellent display and a good camera, and pure Android with an update to the 9th version that has already been released. Plus, I would like to note a 3060 mAh battery, which allows the smartphone to work without problems for a day in a fairly active mode, and a USB Type-C connector, which is still not widely used in devices of this price segment. You can find Nokia 7.1 quite easily for 17,000 rubles, although in large retail the price for it is 18,990 rubles.

. and dessert

LG Electronics has created a capsule ... no, not a coffee machine, but a brewery! The novelty will be presented to the public as part of the CES 2019 exhibition, which will be held in Las Vegas in January. So far we know that the LG HomeBrew will allow you to effortlessly brew five beers to choose from at home: IPA, Pale Ale, Stout, Witbier and Pilsner. In two weeks, with HomeBrew, you can get up to 5 liters of foamy drink.

Also, LG Electronics, already in Russia, or rather, in Moscow, together with the Italian architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, held the Russian Art Week LG SIGNATURE at MMOMA. The main concept of the project is to combine five products of the premium LG SIGNATURE brand with unique works of art from the Museum of Modern Art in one space.

A rather original and unusual event, although for a premium brand, and this is how LG SIGNATURE is positioned, this concept is correct. After looking at SIGNATURE products in the LG showroom, where they are displayed next to mass-produced devices, you somehow don’t really get into their premium quality, but when they are exhibited in a museum, next to works of art, you immediately look at them differently. The combination of premium/luxury items and works of art is not new and is often used by manufacturers, however, I do not remember that this was the case with household appliances, although I could be wrong.

Gifts!

Dear readers, as we wrote at the beginning of the article, we continue the New Year's gift marathon at Saturday Coffee. Today, together with MEIZU, we want to give you a present and give away a MEIZU M5 NOTE smartphone and three MEIZU heating batteries. We invite you to name one feature / feature of MEIZU smartphones or Flyme OS proprietary shell, and there are many of them, which you like the most and, perhaps, you would even like to see it in smartphones from other manufacturers. Briefly tell us about the feature you have chosen in the comments to this release. The comments left until December 20, 2018 inclusive will be taken into account, and we will announce the winner in Saturday Coffee #33, which will be released on 12/22/18. We can send prizes within Russia, or you can personally pick them up in Moscow.

If suddenly you have never had a MEIZU smartphone, then do not despair, articles and reviews on our website will help you.