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Mobile Phones

  • HTC One M9 sounds like one hell of a phone, according to new leak

    While Samsung‘s due to launch its new flagship Galaxy S6 on 1 March, HTC will also be in Barcelona following in Samsung’s stead and stealing its spotlight. The Taiwanese company is set to unveil its HTC One M9 to the public on the same day, and thanks to a new gaggle of leaked images and specs we can paint a more vivid picture of the new device. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup MobileGeeks spotted the phone listed on a German retail site, and duly rang the alarm bell. But interestingly, the upcoming handset seems to embrace the “don’t fix...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate7 available for South African pre-order through Cell C

    If you fancy shiny smartphones made in China, then Cell C is probably your best bet this month. The cellular network has announced that the beautiful Huawei Ascend Mate7 phablet will be available to pre-order on its network and will also be available in an exclusive finish Kanye and Kim can duly support — gold. The Dual SIM Amber Gold version is the more lavish version of Huawei‘s flagship, looking to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. From the offset, the deal is available for R449 per month for two years, but includes...

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

    Mobile manufacturers really don’t make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed “flagship” launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What’s more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame Compact companion are also set to land around the middle of the year. Is there any end to the...

  • Unboxing the Verssed W1 smartphone [Video]

    We’ve seen some strange trends taking hold of the South African mobile market these past few years. Mobile carriers, including two of Africa’s biggest networks MTN and Vodacom, have launched products of their own, namely the MTN Steppa range and the Vodacom Smart range. Both have made massive waves in this small corner of the market, but it has been large enough to make those companies not explicitly involved in the technology arena stand up and take due note. Edcon — the company that owns the popular Edgars retail chain — has now had its crack at this “smartphone” thing, launching...

  • Windows 10 for phones preview now available for selected Lumia devices

    We’ve heard plenty from Microsoft about Windows 10 — the OS that will be fundamental to most of Microsoft’s hardware going forward — and now, Windows 10 for phones is now available for download for select devices. If you happen to own one of the following Lumia devices, you’re in luck, because the update is available today. Lumia 630 Lumia 635 Lumia 636 Lumia 638 Lumia 730 Lumia 830 If you’re running any other Nokia Lumia (interesting omissions include the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, two of the company’s flagships), you’ll have to wait and keep an eye open “over the next few months”, at least according...

  • ASUS to Xiaomi: 5 smartphone brands to look out for in 2015

    The year 2014 saw the launch of some great smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the OnePlus One, the Motorola Nexus 6, the LG G3, and the like. All these smartphones had loads of horsepower under the hood, yet could boast all day battery life even under heavy usage patterns. However, the previous year is well behind us, and 2015 brings hopes of even better smartphones, and we think that it won’t be only about sheer performance, but also about the value-for-money factor of these devices. In 2014, we saw the emergence of...

  • Microsoft Lumia 535 in its unboxed glory [Gallery]

    We’ve seen the Lumia name before in South Africa but it was usually pegged alongside the Nokia moniker. This connection will become more and more tattered as the years roll on now, but Microsoft has ensured that its label is stuck onto the back of the Lumia range, and this a bad thing at all. The Microsoft Lumia 535 is the first product of Microsoft’s newly-found smartphone love to hit South African shores, and my, it’s quite a looker. Read more: Microsoft launches first self-branded phone in South Africa, the Lumia 535 Boasting a 5.0-inch screen slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3,...

  • Sony Xperia E4 is coming to South Africa Q2 2015

    Sony has announced that its new Sony Xperia E4 smartphone is coming to South Africa, bringing “ease-of-use, big screen entertainment and powerful battery performance in a high-quality yet affordable design” with it, according to the presser. Boasting some high-end features, the phone is gunning for the mid-range, entertainment-crazed buyer. It’s quite a looker too, with the usual Sony design traits and cutesy curved design. Some more integral specs include a rather large IPS 5.0-inch screen with a 960×540 resolution, a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. It should serve the casual phone user well, and should handle multitasking with ease...

  • Ubuntu Phone is finally here thanks to BQ Aquaris ‘Ubuntu Edition’

    Ubuntu Phone, Canonical’s smartphone OS, is something the technology world has been waiting for for the best part of two years now that hasn’t made much of a squeak at all. But now, finally, Canonical and hardware manufacturer BQ will release the first consumer-ready handset sporting Ubuntu Phone in Europe this coming week. Although the device’s specs are nothing to get excited about, the promise of another competitor to the iOS, Android, Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10) and BlackBerry 10 OS brigade cannot be a bad thing for consumers. The actual device — BQ Aquaris E4.5 “Ubuntu Edition” —...

  • Vodacom Smart 4 Turbo is company’s newest low cost LTE smartphone

    If you thought Vodacom releasing a few smartphones and tablets last year was a one off, think again. The latest handset in the company’s ever wider lineup, the Vodacom Smart 4 Turbo is an interesting specimen boasting LTE capabilities as just R1499. It’s clearly not for the heavily-budget orientated, like fans of its Smart Kicka — probably one of the best phones we handled last year — but it caters for those wanting a little more without shelling out mountains of cash. Read more: Vodacom Smart Kicka review: tiny phone, big value Buzzing around the same price as Microsoft‘s newly launched Lumia...

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