Huawei Ascend Mate 7 – leaked photos obtained photos of Huawei’s monster phablet, the new Ascend Mate 7.

It has a finger scanner, 1080p display, 13/5 MP camera (back and front, respectively), 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, and a whopping 4,000 mAh battery. The processor running the beast is a HiSilicon Kirin 920, which has four more powerful Cortex-A15 cores, and four less battery-intensive Cortex-A7 cores.

Clearly a mid range phone and will be priced accordingly.



Sony Smartwatch 3 and Smartband Talk photos plus IFA teaser


Grainy photos obtained via give a glimpse of the next iteration of Wearables from Sony. Until we know the detailed specs and pricing on these it is difficult to make a call on whether these will be winners or losers in the next round of Wearables.


And now SonyUK twitter account tweeted the above shot. Clearly waterproofing is going to feature more on any new hardware.

Apple patents a lightning cable & Apple’s New Payments system

From the patent office, Apple patented the flowing –

“On August 28, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an improved method of producing a lightning connector that has a newly defined breaking strength. This new feature will be able to protect the receptacle lightning connector and/or the electronic device from damage when a force is applied to the lightning connector. One of Appleā€™s patent figures specifically presents a new docking station utilizing this new feature.”

So a more flexible lightning cable that doesn’t break when pressure is applied. I know of a few people who have broken the ends of the cable, but to date this have never happened to me (yet).

Next up via

Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system. This with Touch ID could be a safer way to buy goods.

Samsung Note 4 specifications and first real photo

The big event is in a few days time on the 3rd September. But these are the specifications of the Note 4. Obviously software tricks with the stylus might be more important than the hardware.

Specs –

1) Model number – SM910T with some variants in different parts of the world.

2) Screen – QHD , 2560 x 1440 and 64 bit processor. 5.7 inch size. Super Amoled.

3) Processor will depend on region. Either an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor or Snapdragon 805 with 420 Adreno GPU.

4) 3gb ram. 4gb rumoured. 32gb internal storage.

5) Camera. Rear 16mp with 4K video recording. Front 3.7mp

6) Finger print scanner, heart rate monitor and S-Pen will be present.

And below is a leaked poster form IFA 2014 for the Note 4. Source GSM Arena.

Anand Shimpi retires from writing and then joins Apple

A day after announcing his retirement from writing, journalist Anand Shimpi will soon be joining Apple. The move, which was reported by Re/code earlier today, was then confirmed by Apple.

Shimpi spent 17 years building the website AnandTech, focusing mostly on reviews of hardware and along the way providing detailed info on products from Apple and other consumer electronics manufacturers.

He recently wrote a review covering iOS from an android users point of view. That post now makes more sense based on his move to Apple.

Create dramatic photos in 2 mins – lightning, meteors and more

First take a unedited photo.


Next download Camera360 for the Google Play or Apple AppStore.

Open app and select edit, effect and look at starry sky first. With a simple tap you can create the following below.



Want something even more dramatic. Select magic sky filter, volcano and create this shot. I quite like this version.


There are many other options in this free app so it’s well worth checking it out. If you do, let us know what your favourite filter is and why.

Thanks to Mike for the recommendation.

20 Smartphone Camera Shootout / 20 Phones Reviewed / 50 Accessories Reviewed incl Wearables – The MASTER POST – Pls RT

Gavin’s Gadgets is just over 18 months old. And therefore I thought it would be appropriate to highlight all the content written within my blog. In fact there is over 2,500 posts.

1) First up over 20 smartphones have been reviewed, from all the current flagships of 2014, 2013 and budget offerings. Also some oddball phones like the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. Link below -

2) Next up is the Accessories / Wearables reviews. This covers smart watches, Gear Fit, camera smartphone accessories, app enabled accessories, headphones, cases, power and so much more. Probably around 50 reviews or so. Link below –

3) We all like the cameras on our phones. But even it you’re not fussed have a look at this 20 phone camera shootout. It includes all the flagships from 2014 across 3 different operating systems. Link below -

I have one favour to ask you all. As you will have noticed there is no advertising so I take the full burden of the costs involved in running and producing the content and receive no income in return.

So please could you help me by recommending my blog to your friends. And if you want to throw a bucket of ice water over your head when you have done so, that is entirely optional.

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