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Mobile Phones

  • The cancelled 3D Touch-toting Lumia McLaren gets full review

    Microsoft and Nokia's cancelled Lumia McLaren handset is perhaps one of the most disappointing stories in the history of the Windows Phone platform. You know, aside from the platform's lack of success in general. Cancelled just a few months before its late 2014 release, the McLaren offered an innovative 3D Touch feature that was unlike anything we've ever seen on a mobile device since. While Apple's take on 3D Touch required users to press down on the screen, leaks and video footage showed that the McLaren's take required users to hover their finger over the display instead. Now, Windows Central has managed...

  • iPhone 7 news: iPhone clones are seriously difficult to spot

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • Dual-camera toting Xiaomi Redmi Pro coming 27 July?

    Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi has announced an event for 27 July, but its latest post on Weibo may have shed more light on the unannounced wares. According to Gizmochina, Xiaomi wrote that one of the reveals will be called the Redmi Pro -- previous rumours had suggested the name Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. However, a Redmi Note 4 makes less sense, especially when the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has been out for just over six months. The name suggests that Xiaomi is looking to offer a device that slots in between the budget Redmi/Redmi Note line and the top-end Xiaomi Mi Note/Mi Note Pro...

  • 8 examples of smartphone computational photography we take for granted

    We all know that dedicated cameras tend to blow away mobile cameras for pure picture quality, but smartphones have a major draw-card in the form of computational photography. Instead of relying on large sensors and mechanical apertures, computational photography sees smartphones using their processing oomph to generate some interesting effects. Don't believe me? Then check out some of these examples... Dynamic HDR/exposure/flash Seen on the last few Microsoft/Nokia flagship phones, the Rich Capture technique allows you to adjust the level of HDR, exposure or camera flash after taking a photo. Available as a general "Rich Capture" toggle in the camera app, dynamic HDR takes place during the...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5 review: flagship performance at a lower price

    Xiaomi made quite the splash when its smartphones landed in South Africa last year (courtesy of MIA), delivering the Mi 4 (review) at under R4000 and the Redmi 2 at a hair under R2000. So we were rather excited when the Mi 5 was announced at MWC 2016 earlier this year, and even more excited when MIA confirmed that it was bringing the phone to SA. Now that it's here, should you pick it up? Design First of all, it's worth mentioning that this phone is ridiculously light. I'm talking "hm... did I put the battery in?" kind of light. Once you've gotten over...

  • 5 long-lasting smartphones for Pokemon Go

    Yes yes, smartphone owners are going crazy for Pokemon Go right now, as the app delivers a Seismic Toss heard around the world. It's no secret that the game is a battery killer though, owing to the combination of screen, processor and GPS constantly being engaged. If you're on the hunt for a long-lasting smartphone then, we've got a few options for you. Don't expect to see the likes of Gionee's Marathon M5 or Oukitel K10000, as these aren't available in SA. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 (review) works well enough with Pokemon Go, our own Graham van der Made...

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 revealed, a tiny step above the 820

    The mobile world moves at a ridiculously fast pace, as today's tech quickly becomes last week's news. Qualcomm is no exception to the rule, as it's just unveiled its latest flagship processor in the form of the Snapdragon 821. Fortunately for owners of the LG G5, the HTC 10, OnePlus 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Snapdragon 821 is only a minor performance upgrade over the 820 in these phones. Much like the Snapdragon 801 improved upon the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 821 builds on the Snapdragon 820. "Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform, the 821 is engineered...

  • Camera shootout: Huawei P9 vs Sony Xperia X

    The Huawei P9 and Sony Xperia X are pegged at around R11 999 each, with both devices featuring unique selling points. However, both companies are heavily advertising their cameras, so which one is better then? The Chinese brand's contender features two Leica-branded 12MP f/2.0 cameras (one colour and one monochrome), operating in tandem to produce simulated aperture tricks and refocusable images. However, Huawei also claims that the camera setup results in better low-light photography. The Sony Xperia X packs a similar 23MP f/2.0 shooter to the Z5 range, which means we should be in for some quality shots on paper. Anyway, I want to...

  • Dodgy Pokemon Go file installs malware on Android devices

    The recent Pokemon Go craze may've come with its fair share of PSAs, but the game is also being used to spread malware on Android. According to Proofpoint, a security research firm, an infected APK installation file of the game has been making the rounds on the internet, enticing those in countries that haven't yet seen the game's official launch. "This specific APK was modified to include the malicious remote access tool (RAT) called DroidJack (also known as SandroRAT), which would virtually give an attacker full control over a victim’s phone," the company explains. "Should an individual download an APK from a...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 phones aren’t water resistant, Consumer Reports suggests

    According to a new immersion test conducted by American publication Consumer Reports, the Samsung Galaxy S7 family is anything but waterproof. The standard S7, S7 Edge and the more exclusive S7 Active all boast an ingress rating of IP68, which requires them to survive water pressures at depths of five feet (1.5m) for half-an-hour. To test this, the magazine got hold of these devices, submerged them at simulated pressures of five-feet, and waited. Ultimately, the phones didn't fare well. In fact, the S7 Active completely failed the test. The Active's screen "cycled on and off every few seconds, and moisture could be...