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Mobile Phones

  • 15 glamour shots of AG Mobile and Cassper Nyovest’s AG#HASHTAG [Gallery]

    After receiving the disappointing Ghost last year, we were hoping that AG Mobile could address the issues inherent in its then flagship. The AG#HASHTAG, for all intents and purposes, is the rebuffed Ghost in many ways, but carries a few new distinguishing features. For one, it's probably the reddest phone we've ever had at Gearburn. It's not all candy though. There's an interesting contrast of glossy, metallic rouges on the phone's rim, with a bright stop-sign red on the back. It's quite fetching. Related: Anthony Goodman: AG Mobile’s ‘born to look after the customer’ The phone is also designed in part by...

  • 4 Panasonic smartphones that could make an SA impact in 2016

    Panasonic, the Japanese tech manufacturer, is making a renewed push into South Africa this year. The company began reselling items from its extensive product roster in 2015, a year that saw the company grow by 300%. In 2016, it's looking to do a lot better, especially in South Africa, a country that the company sees deep promise and opportunity. As with the likes of Hisense, Panasonic will be putting together 12 television sets in the country in plants in Cape Town, Pretoria north and Johannesburg, which will likely bring some stimulus into the country's industrial sectors and economy as a...

  • Lenovo’s latest phone packs UV detector, blood oxygen sensor

    Lenovo's ZUK sub-brand has quietly been releasing some noteworthy smartphones, but the Z2 Pro might just be the most cutting-edge handset in the world. The company revealed the phone in China this week, showing off a device with a hefty Snapdragon 820 processor, 3100mAh battery and a 5.2-inch full HD screen. In the camera department, you've got a 13MP F1.8 main camera with OIS and an 8MP front-facing shooter. Lenovo and ZUK are claiming that the phone can shoot video at 960 frames per second, but we'll want to check out some samples first. The phone is also available in two variants, one...

  • LG G5 camera review: is this the camera phone for you?

    A lot can be said about the LG G5 -- so much in fact, that we've resorted to splitting up our review into many parts (read the full review here though). Taking a particular look at the phone's cameras -- a feature that LG marked as a USP -- is particularly important. Like Huawei and HTC before it, the company's using two snappers at the back, with a single selfie camera in the front. Three cameras are better than two, right? Well, not totally. As Andy explains, the phone privileges automatic mode over its stellar and far-superior manual mode, which is a...

  • Chinese firm LeEco ditches earphone jack for new phones

    The first smartphones from Chinese brand LeEco (then known as LeTV) were rather neat, offering some solid specifications and very familiar hardware designs last year. These phones were also notable as they were the first to feature USB Type-C connections, beating other manufacturers to the punch. Now, the company has taken another first with the launch of three new phones, namely the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2. Where's the audio jack? The Chinese firm has opted to ditch the 3.5mm earphone jack on these new smartphones, so users will need to plug their earphones into the USB Type-C slot instead. In the live-stream for the products'...

  • Here are 5 great budget smartphones for under R3000

    Who says you have to spend R12 000 on a smartphone? Certainly not us, as there are loads of excellent smartphones for half the price. What about a great handset at a quarter of the price or even cheaper? Well, you might be surprised at what we found... Moto G (3rd Gen) The Moto G arguably popularised the idea of a budget-minded yet capable smartphone, and the latest entry continues this tradition. The handset ships with a slightly unspectacular Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chip and 1GB of RAM combination, 5.0-inch 720p display and a 2470mAh battery. But a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter, IPX7 water-resistance and...

  • AG#HASHTAG: Cassper Nyovest now has a phone, thanks to AG Mobile

    AG Mobile has announced its first phone co-developed with South African hip-hop artist, Cassper Nyovest. Dubbed the AG#HASHTAG, the company notes that the phone isn't simply an ode to Nyovest. "The AG#Hashtag isn’t just inspired by Cassper - he actually played an integral part in the development, design and specifications of the device over the nine months it took to bring it to market. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve created – in fact it now stands as AG Mobile’s flagship device," AG Mobile CEO Anthony Goodman explains. The phone itself aims to be AG Mobile's new mid-range contender, effectively slotting below...

  • Did LG just sell people on the Samsung Galaxy S7?

    It's that time of the year again, when the market is flooded with new high-end smartphones competing for your cash. So LG Mobile decided to issue a rather interesting press release, comparing the Galaxy S7 duo to its new LG G5, in an attempt to get consumers to buy a G5. But I can't help but wonder whether the company made the S7 look like a better purchase... The press release starts out well enough, calling the G5's modular design a "new and differentiated user experience" and the S7's design a "slight modification" that's "easier to hold" compared to the S6. Moving on to the battery...

  • Euro retailer ‘reveals’ Huawei P9 Lite before announcement [pics]

    We're used to seeing smartphone leaks coming from tech websites and insider sources, but retailer leaks are rather rare. Well, a Romanian online store has put the Huawei P9 Lite up for sale before its official reveal, complete with images and tech specifications. The specs, while not confirmed, are certainly in line with expectations... The retailer reports a mid-range HiSilicon 650 processor (an octacore chip with A53 cores clocked at 2GHz), USB Type C, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. As for the screen tech, the store lists a 5.2-inch full HD display. The main camera hasn't received a resolution bump (still at 13-megapixels),...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumour roundup: 5.8-inch screen and 6GB of RAM?

    Now that the initial wave of flagship smartphone launches are done for the year, we eagerly await the next wave of uber-sized phablet devices. Huawei's Mate 8 kicked us off (in South Africa at least), but there's a much older kid on the block due for an upgrade pretty soon -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. With that in mind, we take harvest the rumours, official news and word on the street so you don't have to in our rumour roundup. Fake CPU-Z screenshot reveals what could be for Samsung phablet fans -- 18 April Back in 2012, we had no idea that...