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Mobile Phones

  • iPhone 6C or iPhone 5SE: Does a baby iPhone make any sense in 2016?

    This week was a big one for Apple. It's first not-all-positive earnings report was released, which saw the company's sales figures drop for all major device families. It's the first time that this bad news extends to the iPhone, which suggests that Apple's suffocating stranglehold on the smartphone space is slowly losing its grip. Growing at just 0.4% year-on-year, it's safe to play the troll here and suggest that the iPhone hype is slowly starting to fizzle out. Or is it? Try saying that with a straight face while reading this next section: it still managed to push 74.8-million handsets out...

  • BlackBerry PRIV is heading to South Africa next week

    BlackBerry has today announced that the BlackBerry PRIV -- it's first Android smartphone -- will be on sale in South Africa from next week, beginning 1 February. The handset will be available through Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom. While pricing is yet unconfirmed, Orange Store South Africa is currently selling the device for R14 218. BlackBerry has noted that the price is carrier-dependent. The BlackBerry PRIV will come with Android Lollipop, but also feature some of the company's security software, including DTEK application monitoring, a verified boot sector to prevent OS tampering and full support for BlackBerry's enterprise suite, including BES...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5: launch confirmed for 24 February

    The Xiaomi Mi 5, the company's next flagship phone, will launch on 24 February, the company's co-founder Hugo Barra today confirmed. Barra took to Facebook with this post: Mi 5 is almost here! It's Xiaomi’s first product launch in 2016, happening on February 24. What do you imagine when you think of Mi 5? There's really no fluff here at all really. And judging by the Xiaomi Mi 5's purported specs, we don't expect Xiaomi to hold any punches either. We should be getting a 2560x1440 display likely set within the 5.0-inch range, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM...

  • New iPhone 5Se slated for March 2016 launch – report

    Here's an interesting rumour. At this point, we should probably make it clear that this doesn't concern the iPhone 7 at all, but rather another addition to Apple's smartphone family. The iPhone 5Se (a ridiculously clunky name for an Apple product) will reportedly launch in March and will effectively take the form of an upgraded iPhons 5S, according to 9to5Mac. Read more: iPhone 7 rumour roundup It might not be the most revolutionary idea, but the iPhone 5Se will feature the iPhone 6's internals -- note, that's the iPhone 6, not iPhone 6S. So the Apple A8 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front...

  • Hisense Infinity H7 Pure Shot review: a smart starter

    Buckle down, kids, because the Chinese device invasion continues this week. This time round, it's Hisense, a company that perhaps has more investment in South Africa than what many may initially believe. Unlike many of its competitors, it owns a factory in the Western Cape which manufacturers the vast majority of its fridges, televisions and other hardware we use in SA. This year the company is also scheduled to introduce smartphone construction to this bouquet, and one of the devices that'll likely be pieced together there is today's test subject. We're talking about the Hisense Infinity H7 Pure Shot, and yes...

  • Microsoft Lumia 650 to debut on 1 February – report

    We've waited quite a while for Microsoft's own Lumia-branded devices running Windows 10, and now the flood gates have opened so to speak. Hot on the heels of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagships (pictured above), the 650 is rumoured to launch early February. In a new report published by Windows Central, the company is said to be planning a launch on 1 February, but it won't be as high profile as previous launches. In fact, the announcement of the phone might just be made over a blog post. Clearly the Microsoft Lumia 650 then isn't one of the...

  • Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 now available in South Africa

    Alcatel OneTouch has announced that its PIXI 3 (4.5) is finally available in South Africa from Vodacom outlets. It will retail for R899 at launch, and will also be available on a uChooseFlexi 200 for around R179/pm. The device will arrive in Edgars, Game and Ackermans stores at a later date. "Our vision focuses on ease, convenience and affordability for our customers and the PIXI 3 family has delivered just that. Our new PIXI 3 (4.5) smartphone makes mobile internet available to everyone, while offering on innovation and style," explains Ernst Wittmann, Country Manager Southern Africa at Alcatel OneTouch. The phone runs...

  • 3 of Motorola’s best mobile phone hits

    When Lenovo bought Motorola from Google in 2014, we didn't quite know what the Chinese technology manufacturer had in store for the once prolific smartphone brand. Founded in 1928, the company was responsible for the first real mobile phone -- the DynaTAC -- in the mid Eighties. In the late Nineties and early 2000s, the company experienced some of its greatest sales hits and the peak of its brand appeal with preppy, polished, and stylish devices. But sadly from this year, the Motorola name will no longer be used on smartphones. Instead Moto will be one of two sub-brands under Lenovo's...

  • Xiaomi Mi 4 review: how is this thing so damn cheap?

    Note: After this review was published, the review unit decided that it would be a good time to install a MiUI update. The below review device ran MiUI 7.0, however I'll be sure to report if MiUI 7.1.1 does improve the user experience. Here's a quick exercise: close your eyes and think off all the products in your house that have been "Made in China". Come 2016, that number will likely grow, especially if you love your technology. More and more products are being made in the land of the Great Wall and awesome ping-pong players, and more still are the...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 packs giant battery, affordable price

    Although not yet available in South Africa, the Xiaomi Redmi 3 has today launched in China and can be had for 699 yuan, or around US$105. That translates to around R1800, which is extremely cheap considering this device's internals. The 5.0-inch screen packs a 720p panel, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There's also room for a microSD card slot too if you don't happen to need the dual SIM functionality. There's a 13MP camera at the rear, with a 5MP selfie snapper up front and it also packs...