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Mobile Phones

  • Huawei Mate 9 images leak, to possibly introduce Kirin 960

    Great news, phablet fans. New images and fresh specs have leaked detailing what could be the Huawei Mate 9. Chinese publication Juggly obtained two interesting snaps from Weibo that look a lot like a Huawei device in sheep's clothing, fit with typical Mate-like lines and dimensions. Specs suggest that a 5.9-inch screen will front the device boasting a swathe of 1920x1080 pixels. There's also the rumoured inclusion of the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, boasting a choice of 4GB or 6GB of RAM, with 64GB of internal storage. Beyond that, the phone will sport a 16MP rear camera, and not dual-lenses like...

  • 5 more decent Android & Windows smartphones under R1000

    About a year ago, we took a look at seven decent smartphones available for under R1000, but have times changed since then? We decided to revisit the topic, listing some capable smartphones that don't breach the one grand barrier. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 Last month saw the red network introduce the Smart Kicka 2, the sequel to 2015's cheapest and most capable smartphone in South Africa. It's still unclear exactly what kind of specs we're getting with the new handset. If it's anything like the Smart First again, expect a budget Spreadtrum quad-core A7 processor, 1400mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 2MP camera and 4GB...

  • From the 3GS to the 6S: a brief history of Apple’s iPhone

    It's hard to imagine a world without smartphones, and it seems strange that they have only actually been with us for a few years. But no matter how many new models we can choose from these days from numerous manufacturers, there is one phone that started it all: the iPhone. Since the first iPhones released in 2007 and 2008 to the latest iPhone 6S, Apple has constantly led the way when it comes to power and performance. With a new model surely only a few months away from being released, now is a good time to look at the history of...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 gets priced for South Africa, not as cheap as Redmi 2 Pro

    Xiaomi distributor MIA Group (Mobile in Africa) announced earlier this year that the budget-minded Xiaomi Redmi 3 smartphone would be coming to South Africa. Now, we have a price tag for the device, coming in at R3299 according to MIA's own website. This is over R1000 more than the Redmi 2 Pro, which came in with a R2000 price tag -- so what does the extra cash get you? The Redmi 3 will be available in gold in South Africa, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor (octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 cores), 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, expandable via a hybrid SIM slot. The phone...

  • [Update] LG V20 will officially debut 6 September in San Francisco

    Update, 5 August: How odd. While everyone will be in Berlin, Germany for IFA 2016, LG announced that it will unveil its LG V20 smartphone in San Francisco on 6 September. According to GSMArena, this isn't simply a launch, but a four-day event, which looks a lot like LG's response to IFA 2016 entirely (although the company will still attend Berlin's show). Specifications have also leaked again, citing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 heart with 4GB of RAM, a 21MP snapper at the rear and a dual-camera setup up front -- much like the V10. And keeping with the latter theme, the...

  • Looking for a festival phone? Here are 5 cheap & simple options

    The last thing you want to do when at OppiKoppi, Rocking The Daisies or the local bar is lose your smartphone. And with a top-flight handset having R10 000 price tags and above, it can easily make for a heavy loss. So instead of taking your metal-clad, deca-core 4K display-toting phone to Long Street or Darling, consider buying a cheap mobile phone for the occasion. We picked a few you should consider. Nokia 105 This is about as cheap a price point as you're going to get, delivering a rudimentary Nokia feature-phone with no camera, GPS or internet capabilities. The latter means there's no WhatsApp either. But...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launches in South Africa in September

    It's tough to keep things a secret these days, and Samsung is no different. Between leaks and Samsung's own teaser, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the Galaxy Note 7. Now, the company has officially peeled the curtain back on the phone, revealing a device with the same fundamental design as the S7 and S7 Edge (review), for starters. So that means a water-resistant body (IP68), as well as a water-resistant S-pen stylus. In fact, it's really tough to tell the phone apart from the S range in person, with the aforementioned stylus and larger screen...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Note 5: what’s the difference?

    In case you're too busy casting your vote to care, or wrapped in this glorious public holiday, Samsung launched its new phablet in Johannesburg last night. Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (we're not too sure why the company hates the number six), the phablet boasts a great deal of improvements over the previous device. But what are some of these, and where does the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fall short? Well, thanks to the creatives over at Samsung, the company has a handy infographic which details the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the new Samsung Galaxy Note...

  • What do we make of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 teaser trailer?

    We all know that Samsung will be revealing a new Note phablet (likely the Samsung Galaxy Note 7) on Tuesday, and now the Korean firm has uploaded a teaser trailer for the new smartphone. The short video starts off by showing a series of unlocking methods, beginning with a simple fingerprint and moving to complicated pattern passwords. The Korean text overlay alludes to "password complexity". This suggests that those rumours of an iris scanner might not be so far-fetched after all... The video then shows a woman taking a selfie, complete with a bedside lamp being used to illuminate her face. Perhaps pointing to a front-facing camera...

  • Huawei reports 25% spike in smartphone shipments in H1 2016

    Chinese company Huawei has been on a roll over the past couple of years, seeing ever rising numbers and eclipsing established manufacturers in several markets. Now, the company has revealed more good news, thanks to its financial results for the first half of the year. "Sales revenue in the first half of 2016 increased by 41% year-on- year to US$11.6-billion. Smartphone shipments stood at 60.56-million, a year-on- year increase of 25%," the company explained in an emailed press statement. Global smartphone shipments in general for the first half of 2016 grew by 3.1%, Huawei said, citing IDC information. "We saw particularly fast growth in traditionally...