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Mobile Phones

  • Micromax YU Yuphoria review: a future Android One killer

    The YU Yuphoria is the second smartphone offering from Micromax's new sub-brand. It's destined to compete with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 2, the 2nd gen. Motorola Moto E, Lenovo A6000, Android One devices, and a bunch of other entry-level smartphones. It offers a metal shell, industry leading hardware specifications, dual-SIM 4G LTE connectivity, and Cyanogen OS powered by Android Lollipop. What more can you ask for as little as US$110, right? Well, more often than not, good hardware specifications don’t result into actual real-world performance in the smartphone industry, so let’s check out how this device performs in...

  • Proline launches the XM-502 dual SIM LTE smartphone for R1699

    Pinnacle Africa has launched its first dual SIM LTE smartphone dubbed the Proline XM-502, which boasts a bevy of impressive specs for a R1699 device. The most important feature, at least where Pinnacle is concerned, is the dual SIM slots, both with 150Mbps LTE support. "We partnered with MediaTek to launch the first commercially available smartphone based on their new 64-bit LTE platform, delivering performance that has never been seen before in a sub-R2,000 smartphone," noted Max Stone, brand director at Pinnacle Africa. "LTE is fast becoming the standard on mobile phones." Read more: And he's largely correct. There's also a quad-core MediaTek MT6735M...

  • The Marshall London is a bloody brilliant smartphone for music lovers

    Mention the company Marshall in a room full of indie musicians and you'll hear a decided roar of delight. The British company's well known for pumping out music equipment for those who enjoy strumming strings and the like, but the company's latest and surprise move is a little more mainstream. Marshall has released plans for a new smartphone. Yes, a phone, but it will be unlike any phone we've seen before, at least going by specifications and claims. The aptly named Marshall London is about as streamlined and focused as Android devices get nowadays. Although it's a phone, it's primary function...

  • Apple, Nokia and Samsung trump BlackBerry in South African user satisfaction stats

    The South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) has released its latest findings on mobile handsets in South Africa. According to the survey, handsets in South Africa received an average of 77.2 out of 100 satisfaction rate from polled users. The independent survey was conducted between the months of March and May this year. The survey's results show the scores for Apple (82.7), BlackBerry (70.6), Nokia (78.9), and Samsung (78.8), which are the most popular handset makers currently in South Africa. According to the survey, BlackBerry scored below par even though it improved on its score since last year. Founder of SAcsi and...

  • Samsung’s new Galaxy A8 is just 5.9mm thick

    We're skimming limits of what's possible and logical in smartphone design, but more than any other company around, Samsung braves the wall's edge. It's latest example is the Samsung Galaxy A8, and we're starting to wonder when consumers will begin describing smartphones as "too thin". At 5.9mm, it's easily the thinnest phone Samsung has ever made but doesn't exactly feature the thinnest price tag -- US$560. Nevertheless, it really is a gorgeous piece of engineering. Samsung's obsessed with its new all-metal unibody construction and it shows in the Galaxy A8. It boasts long, slick lines with classy touches of glass and...

  • The Commodore PET smartphone melds modern hardware with an iconic name

    If you spent your time "computing" in the early Eighties, a famous name might ring a few bells: Commodore. It's a company responsible for what remains the best selling home computing system ever launched back in 1982 -- the Commodore 64. As its name suggested, it boasted 64kB of RAM, which at the time was an impressive amount, but if there's one constant in technology we can learn from is that things barely ever stand still. While the nostalgia-inducing Commodore name is back, its new product is a little different. It's a phone called the Commodore PET. According to Wired, it...

  • ZTE Axon phablet packs 4GB RAM, two rear cameras for $449

    ZTE, like its Chinese compatriots, is making waves in the smartphone industry both at home and abroad, but it's making especially bold moves Stateside. The company has today in New York City launched a new unlocked phablet and flagship device, the ZTE Axon, which packs about as much hardware as a small tablet behind a relatively small 5.5-inch screen. The ZTE Axon comes with an impressive list of specs, including a Gorilla Glass 3 coated 2560x1440 screen (comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with a massive 4GB of RAM reservoir with 32GB of...

  • The AG Ghost is South Africa’s glitziest new phone [Gallery]

    Launching an entirely new phone in South Africa isn't an easy task, especially if you're a South African company. Vodacom, MTN and Edcon have all done it, but they have millions in their back pockets should their prospective devices fail. But for a company that has been around since 2007, and that no one has really heard of, it's quite an undertaking. And that's what AG Mobile's faced with when introducing its AG Ghost to market. For one though, it definitely doesn't seem to be in the same league as its South African device contemporaries. Read more: AG Mobile debuts South...

  • Huawei G7 review: so much phone, so few faults

    Huawei is charging into the South African smartphone market in a big way. According to Reuters, last year the company sold a million units in the country and predicts that this figure will increase two-fold this year. It's not a bad run for a company that, just a few years prior, only worried about telecoms and server racks. Although this figure is largely thanks to its ever improving public perception, thanks to devices like the Huawei Mate 7 and the Huawei P7, its extensive line up of budget devices also cannot and should not be ignored. One of those devices...

  • Microsoft Lumia 940 XL to feature iris scanner, polycarbonate body

    A few days after Satya Nadella announced Microsoft's new smartphone strategy, a new report by Dutch website MyWindows.nl has suggested that the Microsoft Lumia 940 and Microsoft Lumia 940 XL will boast fairly impressive specs and new authentication technology. The report has since been removed. Read more: Microsoft to reduce smartphone offerings for ‘more effective phone portfolio’ The Lumia 940 will feature a 1920x1080 5.2-inch screen while the 940 XL will have a bigger screen and more pixels at 5.7-inches and a 2560x1440 resolution. Both devices will feature polycarbonate bodies and not the metal unibody construction favoured by Samsung, Apple and...