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Mobile Phones

  • The Nokia 3310 will be reborn and relaunched at MWC 2017

    Almost everyone I knew had one. It was as tough as nails, and reliable as a Swiss watch. It also cemented the Nokia name in the hearts of many. And now, it's returning. That's right, HMD Global -- the company that now owns the rights to the Nokia name -- will relaunch the Nokia 3310. Okay, so it won't be exactly how we remember it, but it will bear that iconic numerical moniker. At present, details are scant, but there are rumours suggesting the phone will debut around the US$60 mark. This puts it firmly in feature phone territory. As for HMD...

  • LG G6 to have quad DAC hardware, company confirms

    The LG V20 (review) was an audio beast of note, featuring quad DAC hardware for higher quality sound, as well as high-resolution audio recording chops. Now, it looks like the LG G6 will have similar hardware. The company has announced (Google Translate) that its upcoming flagship will pack quad DAC hardware as well, which delivers better sound than standard audio hardware in smartphones. LG says the new hardware will lower the "distortion rate to 0.0002% of the master audio level", while also granting users more granular control over the left and right side of the earphones. The LG G6 will take an audio-related...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Snapdragon smartphones [Update]

    We'll be periodically updating this article as more Snapdragon chips get announced. From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the...

  • Sony smartphone camera sensor shoots at 1000fps

    Apple, Google's phones and Samsung have long ruled the roost when it comes to slow-motion video, offering smooth 240fps support. Sure, we've seen the likes of Lenovo claim 960fps as a standard, but this was via ineffective software trickery. Now, Sony has laid the foundation down for super slow-motion, announcing a new smartphone sensor capable of shooting at 1000fps. "This newly developed sensor with DRAM delivers fast data readout speeds, making it possible to capture still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion as well as super slow motion movies at up to 1000 frames per second (approximately 8x faster...

  • Moto Mod hackathons yield solar charger, breathalyser

    Lenovo's Moto Z goes a long way to realising the dream of Project Ara, thanks to the presence of Moto Mod hardware add-ons. These mods included batteries, speakers and projectors at launch, but creative types have been making their own mods at Lenovo-backed hackathons. Some of the coolest creations at these hackathons include an audio attachment for enthusiasts and a slideout game controller. Now, two hackathons (one in Argentina and one in San Francisco) have yielded even more cool Moto Mods. The first mod, called Baby Care, delivers "automatic alerts when conditions aren't ideal for a child". The developer cited room temperature as one...

  • Moto Z Play, G4 Play hit Cellucity

    It's been quite a few months since we saw Lenovo's Moto brand relaunch in the country, with the Moto Z leading the pack. Now, the G4 Play and the Moto Z Play have popped up on Cellucity. The G4 Play is a mid-range device, being the latest in the Moto brand's budget-minded G series. The G4 Play packs a 5-inch 720p display, nigh-on entry level Snapdragon 410 chip and either 1GB RAM/8GB storage or 2GB RAM/16GB storage. Otherwise, a 2800mAh battery, 8MP main camera and 5MP selfie shooter round out the package. Smartphone enthusiasts might want to pick up the Moto Z Play...

  • Huawei Mate 9: check these sample photos

    We quite liked the Huawei P9 (review), offering a great dual-camera setup and a sleek design. So we're glad to see the Huawei Mate 9 arrive on our doorstep. The Mate 9 takes a similar approach to the 2016 flagship, but ups the ante with a 20-megapixel black and white camera, in addition to its 12-megapixel traditional shooter (the P9 has two 12MP shooters). This means you can take 20-megapixel black and white snaps, while 20-megapixel colour snaps are also possible (with the help of some software trickery). Otherwise, the addition of optical image stabilisation is another feather in the Mate 9's...

  • Xiaomi’s budget Redmi 4A released in South Africa

    A few weeks ago, we were tipped off about the Xiaomi Redmi 4A being listed by Incredible Connection. Now, Afrihost has made it official, launching the budget smartphone in South Africa. The Redmi 4A packs a budget-minded Snapdragon 425 chip (quad core A53), 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, dual SIM design and 16GB of expandable storage. In other words, it's similar to the Redmi 2 Pro in many ways. This extends to the camera department too, packing a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main shooter and a 5MP selfie camera. Otherwise, you can expect an IR blaster, microUSB (not USB Type-C) and a...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • Pinecone: Xiaomi’s first in-house chip to power Mi 5c?

    All the big mobile players have their own in-house chip designs. Apple has its A-series, Huawei has HiSilicon and Samsung has Exynos. Now, it seems like Xiaomi will be joining the club too, with its Pinecone range of chips. According to My Drivers (Google Translate) and Android Headlines, Xiaomi will slap its own in-house processor into the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5c. For the uninitiated, the Mi 5c is a slightly cheaper version of the Mi 5, following in the Mi 4c's footsteps. So what kind of chip can you expect from the Chinese brand? According to the reports, the processor will be...