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    Honor, the 'digital natives' Huawei spin off, have announced the first handset in their Honor 20 range, the Honor 20 Lite. The £249.99 handset arrives on May 15th, before the launch event even for its more expensive, fully featured siblings, and will be available from a wide range of retailers (but not subsidised on any networks). With its triple cameras, gorgeous colour scheme and tiny notch it ticks a lot of boxes, but what's it really like? Pretty impressive at first look is the answer. The 'Phantom Blue' blue to purple shifting colour scheme is stunning, although if you want something more subtle a 'Midnight Black' version will be offered exclusively by Carphone Warehouse for the first 6 months after release. Held next to the flagship Huawei P30 range, a lot of design cues are shared - the positioning of the camera, the curved (plastic with 8 layers of coating) back, that small notch in the 6.21" FHD+ 19.5:9 screen and of course the EMUI 9 software. Honor or Huawei, you get a very consistent software experience nowadays. Of course, at the price point there are some compromises to be hand. The Kirin 710 mid-range processor is very capable and is paired with 4GB RAM and a very generous 128GB of storage as well as offering microSD expansion. A rear fingerprint scanner is included rather than the hot new under screen version but to be honest, it's incredibly fast and works well, as does the face unlock feature, so we're pretty happy with that. What is disappointing is the continuing presence of microUSB (although you do get a 3.5mm jack as compensation and Honor tell us a large part of the market simply doesn't want USB C yet) and we were also dismayed to discover a lack of 5GHz WiFi. The 3400mAh battery should provide excellent stamina when paired with the EMUI / Pie software combo. The triple camera array compromises a 24 Megapixel F1.8 autofocus main camera, a 8 Megapixel F2.4 120 degree wide angle fixed focus camera and a 2 Megapixel camera for hardware enhanced bokeh effects. The software includes the signature AI experience which can now recognise 500+ scenarios in 22+ categories. A 6 second non-tripod super night mode is included, as the company look to cement their position as masters of low light photography. Honor know that selfies are important to their audience and have included a 32 Megapixel front facing camera on the Honor 20 Lite. We'll be updating on Twitter as we spend more time with the device, but in the meantime if you have any questions about the device, feel free to hit us up in the comments.
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    Nokia (or HMD Global if you prefer) have today announced a successor to the well received Nokia 7 Plus, the Nokia 7.1 (no Plus this time round). Revealed in London, the device hits UK stores on October 17th priced at £299, planting it firmly in the mid-range and while it does pack a whole host of mid-range specs, it has a number of somewhat unique features too. The 7.1's headline feature, a first for the HMD Global Nokia product line, is the PureDisplay screen, which comes in at 5.84" with a notched 19:9 ratio. The screen is optimised for HDR content (including from YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime) and the device also includes a dedicated co-processor which is used to convert SDR content to HDR. As expected, the phone features a Zeiss 12 Megapixel camera with a secondary 5 Megapixel for depth sensing, which is used to enable a Live Bokeh feature. EIS (not OIS) is included, together with Nokia's popular 'Pro' camera mode. Also present is the Nokia signature Bothie mode, which is easy to dismiss as a gimmick but is also in reality quite neat, now with additional enhancements including live streaming and a configurable split between the front and rear cameras (as well as picture in picture). At the heart of the device is a midrange stalwart - the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 - which is capable if not earth shattering. It has proven a particularly frugal chip in our experience, which could be a real benefit (the battery is 3060mAh in size). We've had an initial try of the device at the launch tonight and although a full test is required, we're initially impressed. Having taken our Nokia 7 Plus along, the improvement in build quality and materials (especially on the back, which is now glass) is pronounced - and the 7 Plus certainly wasn't poorly made! The camera seems decent, performance is smooth and the screen actually is rather good. Of course, there is stiff competition at the price point (not least from the Honor Play at £279, which we are particularly fond of) but the 7.1 does make a strong case for itself, particularly if regular OS version and security updates are important to you. Nokia pledge 3 years of security updates and regular OS updates as part of the Android One programme. Stay tuned for a fuller review in the coming weeks, but let us know what you think of the device in the comments. Also check out my Twitter feed from the event for some sample pics. You can also head over to the Nokia site for more info.
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    The MoDaCo Classified Ads section is now open and allows you to buy and sell for free! Available at https://classifiedads.modaco.com, the section is open to all registered members and has some basic rules posted for everyone's benefit. It's worth noting that MoDaCo assumes no liability for any sales conducted in the forum, so use common sense when arranging a transaction. We have a feedback area for leaving buyer / seller feedback and also a wanted section if there's something you are specifically looking for. Finally, should you wish to find out about newly posted deals as quickly as possible, you can subscribe to the forum area or follow @MoDaCoAds on Twitter. Enjoy!
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    Like many things in life, phone contracts are frustrating because as an existing customer, you can't get access to the same deals as new customers. I suspect that at some point in the coming years this may be outlawed, but until then, if you want a new customer deal without losing your number, you need to switch network. Or do you? We recently assisted a reader who was currently on 3 but wanted to get a great deal offered only to new 3 customers. The solution? Surprisingly straightforward. Cancel the current contract, requesting a PAC code (porting authorisation code) Pick up a PAYG SIM from another network (most networks will send them out for free via a form on their website) Port your number to the PAYG account Sign up with your previous provider again, taking advantage of the new customer deal Request a PAC code from the PAYG provider Port the number back off PAYG to your new account Simple!
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