Category Archives: Telephones

Step into the World of the 108 Megapixel Penta-Camera with the Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Today Xiaomi (Shy-Oh-Me) has announced the launch of the worlds first 108-megapixel Penta camera, a blockbuster device packing FIVE rear-facing cameras!

The 108MP Xiaomi (Mi Note 10) Penta Camera Phone is packed into a  6.47 inch 4G Phablet device. Onboard you find 6GB RAM with 128GB ROM powered by a 5260mAh battery which supports Fast Charging.

Gearbest Step into the World of the 108 Megapixels Penta Camera with the Xiaomi Mi Note 10
First 1000 Orders can use the Code:  GBMINOTE10

Xiaomi compares the photo quality of the Mi Note 10 to that of professional high-end DSLR systems and allows users access to quality not seen before on Smartphones.

The Penta-camera setup includes 108MP primary camera, 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera, ultra-telephoto lens, 12MP 50mm portrait lens and macro lens. It also supports ‘Super Night Mode giving soft-lit, sharper images in low-light. Alongside are dual soft light and dual flash.

The display is a 6.47 inch AMOLED hyperboloid screen curved to fit the body of the phone and making a beautifully comfortable grip with an embedded in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Inside, the device packs a Snapdragon 730G with Adreno 618 GPU with AI capability. Memory is plentiful with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. NFC and infrared remote control are included as is the standard headphone jack and 1216 superlinear speaker.

Power is provided by a 5260mAh battery supporting 30W fast charging. Xiaomi suggests 30 minutes charging to 58% and 64 minutes to 100%.

Available to buy in three colour options:

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 - 108 megapixel penta-camera smartphone
Midnight Black – Xiaomi Mi Note 10 – 108-megapixel Penta-camera smartphone – available from Gearbest
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 - 108 megapixel penta-camera smartphone
Deep Green – Xiaomi Mi Note 10 – 108-megapixel Penta-camera smartphone
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (CC9 Pro) 108MP Penta Camera Phone Global Version - White
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (CC9 Pro) 108MP Penta Camera Phone Global Version – White

Camera Specs:

Primary: 108MP sensor 1/1.33-inch sensor, 1.6μm 4 in 1 megapixel, 7P lens, f/1.69, 4-axis optical anti-vibration.
Short telephoto: 12MP 2x optical zoom, 1.4μm, Dual PD dual-core focus, f/2.0
Long telephoto: 10x hybrid optical zooms, 50x digital zooms, 4-axis optical anti-vibration, 1.0μm, f/2.0.
Ultra-wide: 20MP, 117 degree ultra wide lens, 1.0μm, f/2.2
Macro: 1.5cm super macro, 2-10cm AF macro shot
Dual flashes, Dual soft lights

Networks:
2G
GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8

3G
UMTS: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 /B6/ B8/ B19

4G
FDD-LTE: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8/ B18/ B19 / B20/ B26
TDD-LTE: B38 / B40/41(2545-2645MHz)

Buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 from Gearbest

Buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 from Gearbest
Buy the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 from Gearbest

Gadget Man – Episode 140 – Retro Gadgets Part 7 – The GPO Telephone Handset

Before the age of privatisation of utility companies in the United Kingdom, the General Post Office (GPO) of the United Kingdom was responsible solely for the provision of telecommunication services for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The notable exception was Kingston Upon Hull which has been granted the licence to provide it’s own telephone services in 1906.

Alongside its telephone services, the GPO also issued a variety of telephones for use on this service. Although handsets were supplied in different forms, it wasn’t until 1937 when a new line of ‘portable’ telephones was introduced using the Type 332 code number. These telephones used the rotary dial system with the handset sitting directly on top of the unit.

During 1959, the 700 series was released by the GPO. This was launched after public demand for handsets similar to those featured on US television shows. These devices were modern in design with anti-tangle cord and came in very smart two-tone colour schemes. This was the design which is still found in many homes some 60 years after launch (although some modification was necessary to bring them in line with current BT sockets).

The 706 models came in two-tone green, topaz yell, concorde blue, two-tone grey, topaz yellow, lacquer red, ivory and black. The red models being in great demand still today.

Such was the popularity and demand for the Model 706 and later the Model 746, several manufacturers were contracted for its manufacture with both table-top and wall mounted version was available to rent.

GPO Type 746 Telephones
GPO Type 746 Telephones – Image Credit: Wikipedia

In 1981, the GPO was privatised and the New Plan Socket was introduced for all new handsets, this allowed for approved 3rd party telephones to be either rented or purchased for use on the British Telecom network. The public was quick to drop this rotary dial phone in favour of new Tone-Dialing push-button models and the 746 was consigned to history and in many cases rubbish-skips and land-fill.

However, I think every house needs at least one Model 746.

Listen in the audio attached and listen to me talking to Matt Marvell on BBC Radio Suffolk about this amazing retro gadget

Thanks for reading and listening, don’t forget to LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE and I will see you next time.

Matt
The Gadget Man