Tuesday, 26 January 2016

How about 32MP selfies? MediaTek says you can, with the Helio X20

No doubt in the recent years, the development of ARM microprocessors has taken a great leap on its development, arriving at a performance level that is quite difficult to move forward. Multi-core vs single-core performance, power efficiency, 32-bit vs 64-bit were been some points used by most manufacturers to keep the boat sailing in a bright future.

For a long time Qualcomm has played a big role in the market, with their top tier Snapdragon processors being used by the most part of big OEMs out there. Behind them was MediaTek that started to show some significant growth on the 3 past years after making it big in the entry-level market. However the Taiwanese company has always been a step back of its main competitor, at least until this year.

The new range of processors presented by MediaTek in 2015 put the company in a new level, and the failure of the Snapdragon 810 was a good reason for some companies to start looking for other options. That made the Helio X10, Mediatek top-range processor a big player in this year, being the option for some companies in their flagships and receiving a lot of good reviews of the International media.

Despite the Helio X10 good performance, it lacked a bit of appeal, and for the more exigent, power, to be called a truly flagship processor. For that reason, Mediatek presented their newest Helio X20, that will going to be the best processor by Mediatek until the date.

The Helio X20 deca-core architecture consists of three clusters, being four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz for the simple tasks, four clocked at 2.0GHz for more hardware intensive tasks, and two Cortex A72 cores clocked at whooping 2.5Ghz for when you need all the grunt, all at once.
This week Mediatek has teased on their Twitter page a picture suggesting the capability of taking up 32MP selfies plus fast focus technology on their Helio X20. Until now, we haven’t seen a sensor natively capable of taking 32MP pictures, without the help of software tricks… anyway if in the next year some 32MP sensors pops out, Mediatek wants to make clear that their processor can support it.

Written by Marco Lancaster

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Blackview BV5000 - Stylish Rugged/Outdoor Smartphone with 5000mAh Battery (

• Find the Blackview BV5000 here at
• You can get it from their UK, Spain or China warehouse for €124.12 (14% Off)
• Camera samples can be found here.

This is my full in-depth review of the Blackview BV5000 where I tell you about my personal opinion. I'm not going to torture or mistreat the phone in this review, but more go into the technical aspects & features of the phone. But In the end of the video I will show you some torture tests made by Blackview.

Blackview mix power with rugged build with the Blackview BV5000 an outdoor smartphone that features a huge 5000 mAh removable battery, and water/dust & shock resistant body.

I have also run a Geekbench 3 battery test and got over 20 hours on screen time! Just incredible for such a smartphone. This phone is optimized for long battery life/outdoor use, so you can use it for at least 3-4 days before you need to put it to the charger. This phone is truly a battery monster!

Specifications / Highlights:
- Blackview BV5000
- 5.0 Inch IPS 1280*720 pixels resolution
- Asahi tempered front glass
- Available in colors: Black, Orange, Camouflage
- IP67 certified - water, dust & shock proof
- Battery 5000mAh
- Android 5.1 OS
- MTK6735P Quad Core 1. 0GHz 
- ROM 16GB / RAM 2GB
- Camera 8MP back camera / 5MP front camera
- Multilanguage 
- Support microSD card
- USB OTG Support
- Dual SIM Cards, Dual Standby (Standard/Micro)
- Weight 229g
- 4G: FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
- 3G: WCDMA: 900/1900/2100MHz
- 2G:GSM:  900/1800/850/1900MHz

Blackview BV5000 Stock ROM

Blackview's BV5000 Flash Manual

Blackview BV5000 replacement screen/display

Check this REVIEW if you want to see it used as a hammer & nutcracker by a reviewer!

Friday, 8 January 2016

UMI Rome Gold 3GB RAM, CNC Metal Frame, Sony IMX Camera, AMOLED? (

• Find the UMI Rome here or from EU here
• For the Earth wallpaper check here:

The UMI Rome offers pretty decent features & hardware, it may not be the best of the best out, but for the very low price it is actually a good phone.

Geekbench 3 battery test (on screen time):
Camera samples/tests:
Temperature tested after heavy gaming:

PS: According to EDO (EverDisplay Optronics in Shanghai). It is really a AMOLED display used in the UMI Rome, but the kind of AMOLED used can't be compared to Samsungs AMOLED.

Specifications of the AMOLED used is:
Model Name: E555HBM2 / Description: 5.55" HD AMOLED / Version: 05
See here:

Specifications / Highlights:
- 5.5 inch screen, HD 1280x720 pixels
- 2.5D curved glass
- MTK6753 1.3 GHz 64 bit octa core
- 3GB of RAM + 16GB Rom
- CNC Metal frame
- Front LED flash
- Dual WiFi 2.4Ghz/5Ghz
- Cameras: 8MP Sony IMX179 (13MP interpolated) + 2MP front
- Android 5.1 system
- 2500mAh battery
- Dual SIM & microSD card support
- Supports 2G & 3G & 4G LTE network
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 900/2100 MHz, FDD-LTE B3/B7/B20

Friday, 1 January 2016

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 - Fingerprint Unlock, Helio X10, 4000mAh ( /

• Find the Note 3 here at or
• Camera & video samples here.
• GPS accuracy/lock speed - check video here.
• Geekbench 3 battery test (on screen time) results here.
• For a Global MIUI7 ROM with multilanguage & ROOT check here.
• How To Unlock Bootloader, Root And Flash Recovery On Redmi Note 3, read here.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 highlights:
- 5.5 inch FHD screen, 1920x1080 pixels
- Helio X10 MTK6795 2.0GHz 64bit Octa Core
- 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM (or 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM)
- 13MP main camera + 5MP front camera
- Notification LED in real multicolor
- Fingerprint Sensor, Unlock in 0.3s
- Metal Body, 8.65mm
- 4000mAh battery
- MIUI 7 (on Android 5.0 Based)
- Supports 2G & 3G & 4G LTE Network
- Network:
- GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
- WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
- TD-SCDMA 1880-1920/2010-2025MHz
- FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7
- TDD LTE B38/B39/B40/B41