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Mobile Phones

  • Sony Xperia C4 selfie phone is coming to South Africa Q3 2015

    Sony is quickly getting through it's fourth-generation of its current range, with the Xperia Z4 spotted a few weeks ago, and the Xperia E4 and M4 Aqua launched a little earlier this year. Adding to the lineup, the Sony Xperia C4 debuts with a focus on selfies. Tony McNulty, VP of Sony Mobile's value category business management, does a good job of explaining the phone in a nutshell: Xperia C4 caters to consumers that want a smartphone that not only takes great photos, but also packs a punch. Benefiting from Sony’s camera expertise, the 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens lets...

  • LG G4 launches with leather back, curved 5.5-inch screen

    LG hasn't done much to quell the stream of leaks spilling from the internet in the weeks leading up to the LG G4 launch, but the phone is finally official, and features practically everything leaks have covered. Hosting simultaneous events in New York, London, Paris, Istanbul, Singapore and Seoul (strange grouping of time zones), the company launched its new figurehead smartphone a few weeks after the Samsung Galaxy S6 was outed at MWC 2015, a just days since the subdued Sony Xperia Z4 announcement. To answer your first question: yes, the LG G4 is in no way like these devices at...

  • Sony Xperia E4 is fairly phat for a budget device [Gallery]

    A few weeks ago we received a Sony Xperia E3 to use and abuse for a couple of weeks. It wasn't the most interesting phone on the planet, but it was one of Sony's important aimed at the masses, rather than the trendsetters. Roll on 2015, and the company has launched its fourth-generation update -- the Sony Xperia E4. Read more: Sony Xperia E4 is coming to South Africa Q2 2015 And judging by the aesthetics alone, we're already a little more interested. There's now a rather wide 5.0-inch 540x960 screen, a quad-core Mediatek MT6582 SoC under the hood, 8GB of internal...

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i boasts high-end specs in a mid-range shell

    The Apple of China, better known in Cupertino as Xiaomi, has today launched its new smartphone in New Delhi, India aimed squarely at the upper echelons of the mid-range smartphone market. The tastefully named Xiaomi Mi 4i boasts a catalog of choice features, including a 13MP rear snapper, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC and a generous 3120mAh battery. But that's just a sample. This phone sports some serious flagship-spanking features. Delving a little deeper into the device, we find a 5.0-inch 1080p display with a density of around 440 pixels per inch. Joining the Xiaomi Mi 4i's display is the 5MP...

  • Possible Microsoft Lumia flagship hinted with 5.7-inch 1080p screen

    We're not too sure what to make of AdDuplex's most recent blog post. The company's monthly Phone Statistics Report -- which garners information taken from Windows Phone devices -- sheds some light on a new Microsoft Lumia device boasting a 1080p 5.7-inch screen, which may or may not be the Lumia flagship we've been waiting for. Such a large 1080p screen isn't unheard of in a mid-range device -- just ask Huawei or Samsung -- but it does seem a bit weak, considering that it is the first Microsoft-branded Lumia flagship we'll see launched. The timing of the news, however, is extremely...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review: beautifully balanced

    Screen size is a big factor in consumers' purchasing decisions, especially in the past few years. Huawei really has taken this a bit too seriously with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, its new floor board-sized phablet. But what it lacks in subtlety and understatement, it makes up in pure style and utility. It's no surprise that Huawei aims to compete with the big boys of the mobile devices world after it's global financial figures have exploded by over 40% year on year, so, why not? It's a company that's rising the crest of a wave and here in South Africa,...

  • Is the Sony Xperia Z4 an upgrade of the Xperia Z3? Barely [update]

    Plot twist: While the Sony Xperia Z4 is the Z3 upgrade, it will only be available in Japan. Sony is allegedly readying an international flagship, and no, it's not the Sony Xperia Z4. It's something completely different, notes PhoneArena quoting a Russian source. While this is just a rumour, the lack of a proper worldwide debut does makes sense now. What we can expect now is anyone's guess, but there's a definite chance we'll see even beefier specs when compared to the Z4. Additionally, what will it be called? It's massively intriguing stuff. So, Sony has finally announced its Sony Xperia Z4...

  • LG G4 preview: all you need to know [update]

    20 April: The Verge is reporting that it has somehow acquired a video of the LG G4's camera in action. If you fancy a gander, check it out here. 13 April: There have been a spate of new leaks coming from the LG camp, including news on the phone's rear, the camera sensors and the internal specifications. Find updates below. Another day, another device flagship soon to be ushered through the production doors to greet the big, wide world. What am I talking about? Well, there has been a manufacturer keeping its cards rather close to its chest since its curved...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has a superb set of cameras [Gallery]

    If you've perused our review of the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, you would've realised that we quite enjoyed the device. Even if it was enormous in comparison to most devices, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 exhibited the type of usability and practicality we've only really seen on tablets twice its size. With that said, it should also be mentioned that its cameras are pretty damn impressive too. Read more: Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review: beautifully balanced With the device firmly glued to his hand, Andy took the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 on a tour around the Western Cape of South Africa, to...

  • Huawei P8 and P8 Max launch: the phablet redefined

    Bigger, thinner and denser seems to be the three words that will define smartphone launches in 2015, and Huawei is one of those companies writing the playbook. After launching the 6.0-inch Huawei Ascend Mate 7 earlier this year, we thought phones couldn't really get any bigger, until today, that is. The Shenzhen-based company has now launched an even thinner, more impressive flagship duo: the Huawei P8 and the Huawei P8 Max. Both devices look eerily like the iPhone 6, but both sport better features, more streamlined advancements and a deeper level of intrigue. Huawei P8: the more sensible choice For one, the...