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Mobile Phones

  • Lenovo reveals new Moto flagships, including mod support (kinda)

    Lenovo had more phones to show off than a Project Tango device at its Tech World 2016 conference. The Chinese firm peeled the curtain back on the latest Moto flagships too, in the form of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. One notable "feature" is that the phones lack earphone jacks, using USB Type-C for audio instead. Want to use your legacy earphones? Then you'll be relieved to know that Lenovo is including an adapter in the box. Modify your phone with these cases Both phones support Lenovo's new Moto Mods feature, which are hardware add-ons for the device, essentially taking the form of...

  • Lenovo PHAB2 Pro is world’s first Project Tango smartphone

    It's taking a while for Project Tango devices to come down the pike, but Lenovo has made the first move with the PHAB2 Pro smartphone. Revealed at Lenovo Tech World 2016, the device features three cameras and various sensors on its back to enable 3D-scanning, 3D-mapping, augmented reality functionality and more. Lenovo touted a number of real-world applications for the technology, starting with the Lowe's Home Improvement app. The app lets consumers search for an item they want for their home (be it a lamp or refrigerator) and virtually place it wherever they want. Related: Google’s Project Tango: the Android phone that maps your world in...

  • Beyond Windows & BlackBerry: 4 niche mobile OSes that still exist

    It's hard to ignore the marketplace dominance of Apple and Google, as their iOS and Android platforms consume over 90% of the mobile platform market. Unfortunately, this dominance has largely come at the expense of other mobile operating systems -- and we're not talking about BlackBerry 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Instead, we're looking at mobile platforms that are less prominent than even the likes of BlackBerry and Microsoft's offerings. Firefox OS The most recent casualty of the mobile OS wars, Mozilla's take on a smartphone platform was a rather interesting departure from the norm. For one, Mozilla opted to build its platform with web-based...

  • 4 Xiaomi mobile devices we’d like to see in South Africa

    You can't deny that the Xiaomi brand has made quite a splash in South Africa since it landed late last year. The Redmi 2 and Mi 4 (review) smartphones provide excellent value for money, coming in at just under R2000 and R4000 respectively. Local distributor MIA Group hasn't stopped here either, bringing in the R2999 Redmi Note 2 (review) and the R7999 Mi 5 flagship recently as well. Still, there are a few more Xiaomi phones and tablets we'd like to see on the African continent... Xiaomi Redmi 3 Quite possibly offering the best value for money this year, the Redmi 3 had a RMB699...

  • Oppomart lists OnePlus 3 with six variants starting at $369

    Remember when the OnePlus One (above) was simply one phone (no pun intended)? Well, those days are over. According to a new listing prior to its launch, the OnePlus 3 -- the Chinese manufacturer's third-generation handset -- will arrive in no less than six different flavours with varying quantities of storage and RAM. Chinese retailer Oppomart was responsible for the leak, which suggests that it has a sprig of possible truth to it. Related: OnePlus One review: two good to ignore OnePlus hasn't confirmed that the device will boast six personalities though, but the phone is set to debut on 14 June. Additionally,...

  • LG X Screen, Stylus 2 now in South African stores

    If you thought Sony was the only company launching a device with an X in its name, think again. LG, less than three months after it began shipping the G5 to South Africa, is introducing two new devices to the country, dubbed the LG X Screen and the LG Stylus 2. Both devices will prop up the company's mid-range, and compete against Samsung, Sony and Huawei's new offerings. LG X Screen To differentiate its mid-ranger from the pack, LG's X Screen boasts two screens, one 4.93-inch Full HD panel and another above it, with a 80x520 resolution. The latter is used for...

  • Huawei South Africa confirms new Nexus is coming this year

    Huawei might've just launched the P9, P9 Lite and P9 Plus in South Africa, but the company also revealed some more interesting device details relevant to the industry at large. "We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way," Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei SA's consumer business group, said in an interview. The Chinese company developed its first Nexus device at the end of last year in the form of the Nexus 6P, alongside LG's smaller Nexus 5X. The Nexus 6P enjoyed a very positive reception for the most part, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a...

  • Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come?

    Huawei officially launched the P9, P9 Plus and P9 Lite in South Africa on Thursday night, so what should you know about it then? We interviewed Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in SA, to find out more... Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus The two flagship models launch on Friday 3 June, offering a rear-fingerprint scanner, dual 12MP cameras and an impressive Kirin 955 octacore chipset (four heavy-lifting A72 cores and four power-efficient A53 cores) as highlights. There are a lot more technical details, but what about the price though? The Huawei P9 is in the R12 999 range, while...

  • OnePlus 3 scraps invite purchasing scheme, launches 14 June

    OnePlus, the Chinese company teaching consumers the basics of numerical progression, has announced that its next flagship phone will debut on 14 June. Aptly called the OnePlus 3, the device will sport some spiffy top-end hardware, but the chief change is beyond its skin. This time around consumers can purchase the phone without an invite. "We’re releasing the OnePlus 3 invite-free, right from launch day. In addition, invites are gone forever from future OnePlus product launches," revealed the company on its blog. That's major. In fact, it now suggests that OnePlus feels that its big enough to stand on its own two...

  • R3999 Sony Xperia E5 launches in South Africa in August

    Did you know that Sony still sells smartphones? If not, you'd be forgiven. The last mobile it launched was back at IFA 2015 in the form of the Sony Xperia Z5 series. But the company's now offering a more cost-efficient mobile to South Africa. The Android Marshmallow-based Sony Xperia E5 is the basement dweller in the company's lineup, but that basement has swelled alarmingly to the R4000 mark. The phone, according to Sony Mobile's Tsutomu Sato, is a "no-compromise approach to smartphone capability at this section of the market". That's a big claim, especially since the lower mid-range market is a hellish...