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Mobile Phones

  • 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...

  • Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM packs capable camera tech in budget body

    That’s right. The world has indeed gained yet another Microsoft Lumia smartphone, but it’s not a flagship. The Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM bolsters what is already a sardine-packed tinned can of devices from the company, with many boasting extremely similar specs. The Microsoft Lumia 540 does, however, pack some Lumia optical imaging goodness into a US$150 shell. The star of the show is that 8MP snapper on the phone’s rear, featuring an autofocus system and a dedicated LED flash. Around the front of the phone, there’s a 5MP camera too. Microsoft’s clearly positioning this device as a capable mid-range snapping...

  • Sharp reveals 4K IGZO smartphone screen with 806 pixels per inch

    Don’t you dare tell Sharp‘s employees that something’s ludicrous, because sure enough, they will go ahead and do it anyway. What on earth am I talking about? Try a 5.5-inch 4K screen with a pixel density of over 800ppi. Right, still not over 9000, sure, but it absolutely destroys the current pixel density leader — the Samsung Galaxy S6 — with a measly 500-odd pixels per inch. The IZGO technology is also claimed to increase contrast ration and colour quality while drawing less power overall. It’s the “world’s first” 4K (2160×3840) display and will likely see the light of production day sometime...

  • LG’s bendable smartphone concept ‘curves’ into a smartwatch

    LG has been awarded a patent for a smartphone that curves backwards almost completely from head to toe. The Design Patent D726,140, was awarded to LG by the US Patent and Trademark Office last week. We have seen curved screens to an extent on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the original LG G Flex and the new LG G Flex 2 but LG’s latest patent is dreaming up a completely bendable phone. This is for now only a design patent, is without a doubt a leap into the matrix. Of late, there has been news about the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung...

  • Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo review: sweltering LTE, lacklustre UX

    The budget smartphone space is becoming a little universe on its own. A lot is going on in the space: competition, innovations, deals, and new releases almost on a weekly basis; pretty much everything that’s happening with high-end smartphones. The budget smartphones might be without the lights and explosions of the high-enders, nevertheless, great things are happening. Cellular moguls MTN, Vodacom, retailing giants Edcon, and industry giants like Samsung, LG, and Microsoft have released low end smartphones in the past few months. The latest device on our table comes from Vodacom in the form of the (Vodacom) Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo,...

  • Next Windows 10 build for phones to debut tomorrow

    For anyone mildly interested not running and Android or iOS device, Microsoft is planning to launch the next preview build of Windows 10 for phones tomorrow, Friday 9 April. In case anyone missed the announcement on Windows Weekly: We’re targeting Friday @ 10:00AM PST for next phone build. — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 8, 2015 That’s straight from the Windows Insider program head’s mouth, so expect a few more features compared to the previous February launch. While Microsoft has broadened the scope of phones supporting Windows 10, it seems strange that flagship devices, including the Nokia Lumia 930, and Lumia Icon won’t make...

  • 5 ways smartphone manufacturers can win the budget phone battle

    There has been massive growth in smartphone sales in the past few years. Ever since the introduction of iPhone, Android, and smartphone applications like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Viber, even common people are experiencing a strong urge to use smartphones instead of feature phones. Granted, there are still a few number of feature phones being produced by the likes of Microsoft (the Nokia 215, above, is a good example), but smartphones are slowly becoming more affordable and more powerful lower down the economic spectrum. Due the popularity of smartphones among general consumers, efficiency in manufacturing required components, and a cut-throat competition...

  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM arrives in South Africa

    Microsoft South Africa has announced the availability of yet another budget Lumia device in the country, the Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM. The phone, as its name would suggest, allows two SIM cards to call the phone home, while the device itself remains orientated towards budget buyers. Internals include a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 5MP Lumia camera at the rear. There’s a VGA up front above the 4.0-inch 800×480 display and underneath it all there’s a 1560mAh battery keeping the lights on. Microsoft will also bundle the HERE Maps, Drive+ and...

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