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  • Vivo demos in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018

    It's the holy grail of mobile biometric authentication right now, and Chinese brand Vivo seems to have pulled it off first. At CES 2018, the company demonstrated an in-display fingerprint scanner, using a modified X20 Plus smartphone. The in-display fingerprint scanner sits below the glass cover and OLED panel of the smartphone screen, but above the phone's printed circuit board (PCB). "This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint...

  • Here’s why your budget phone might not be vulnerable to Meltdown, Spectre

    AMD, ARM and Intel have made headlines recently following the disclosure of processor exploits (dubbed Meltdown and Spectre). The exploits centre on the "speculative execution" feature in many processors, being heavily used by Intel. The focus seems to be on Intel for the most part obviously, being the biggest loser in the whole situation. But the exploits also affect ARM processors, powering the vast majority of smartphones on the market. There's a good chance that your mid-range or entry-level phone won't be affected by the exploits though, as ARM disclosed last week that its energy efficient A7, A53 and A55 cores (used in all...

  • Nokia 6 2018 is now official in China

    The first Nokia-branded smartphone under HMD Global was the Nokia 6, having made its debut a year ago in China. Now, the Nokia 6 2018 model has been revealed in China, packing a few notable upgrades. Spotted on the Chinese version of HMD's website, the 2018 version of the Nokia 6 packs a Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch full HD LCD screen, USB Type-C and Android 7.1 (an upgrade to Oreo will come afterwards). The Nokia 6 2018 also packs a 16MP f/2.0 (1 micron pixels) main camera and an 8MP f/2.0 selfie...

  • Exynos 9810: specs emerge for Galaxy S9 chip

    The Exynos 9810 was quietly revealed last month, being the latest flagship processor for Samsung's smartphones. Details were light on the ground at the time, but Samsung has since published a full list of specs on its website. In terms of CPU power, you're looking at four third-generation custom cores (presumably keeping the Mongoose name) clocked at 2.9Ghz, as well four new A55 cores (1.9Ghz) for lightweight tasks. As for graphics, Samsung has opted for ARM's Mali G72 GPU, being the same hardware seen in Huawei's Kirin 970 chip. However, as has become tradition, Samsung is using more cores (18, in...

  • Hisense P9 leaks, packing 6GB RAM, huge battery, rugged design

    Hisense has gradually been climbing up the smartphone ladder, delivering a few affordable yet tough devices locally in the past 24 months. Now, it appears as if the Chinese firm has another rugged phone up its sleeve, in the form of the Hisense P9. The phone made an appearance late last month on TENAA, China's regulatory body for telecommunications. And it's looking like a rather capable device, featuring 6GB of RAM, a dual-camera setup (TENAA claims 8x "optical zoom", oddly enough), 64GB/128GB of expandable storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen and a massive 6000mAh battery. The latter essentially means the phone should...

  • Could this new Nokia 3310 model have WhatsApp?

    The Nokia 3310 reboot was one of the biggest tech stories of 2017, as HMD Global launched a modernised version of the iconic phone. Well, it was modernised in terms of design, but it was still a feature-phone, lacking internet capabilities (hence no WhatsApp). Combine the feature phone trappings with the R700+ price tag in South Africa and you had an overpriced phone that only had nostalgia and battery life going for it. HMD Global did however release a 3G version, still using a feature-phone OS but packing 3G connectivity and social media access. Still no WhatsApp though. A new 3310 model...

  • Leak: here’s why Snapdragon 460 might be 2018’s superstar budget chip

    The Snapdragon 670 isn't the only chip apparently leaked in recent days, as the Snapdragon 640 and Snapdragon 460 were also outlined in the same report. Back in May 2017, we expressed excitement for ARM's new cores and DynamIQ tech, noting that 2018 could see a massive leap for budget phones. The claimed specs for the Snapdragon 640 and 460 certainly caught our attention as a result. Let's start with the lower tier Snapdragon 460, which might do for bargain phones what the Snapdragon 625 did for "upper mid range" devices. Snapdragon 460: cheap phones to get big boost? The 460 is looking like...

  • Snapdragon 670: a more powerful processor than Snapdragon 835?

    The Snapdragon 835 was easily the most popular processor for flagship Android phones, beating the likes of Samsung, Huawei's HiSilicon and Mediatek. Now, a Weibo post (spotted by GSMArena) has revealed details of three supposedly upcoming chips, including a processor that looks set to equal or even eclipse the Snapdragon 835 in the power stakes. Snapdragon 670 to beat 2017's flagship? The Snapdragon 670 is the most powerful chip in the report, touting an octacore layout of four high-powered cores and four low-powered cores. This is a similar layout to the Snapdragon 835 at first glance. However, it appears that Qualcomm has swapped...

  • Now Xiaomi has copied Apple’s gestures

    Xiaomi gained a reputation in its early years as a company that heavily copied Apple, from hardware design and product names to the look of its MIUI Android skin. The company has come a long way since then, revealing innovative wares like the Mi Mix range. But the most recent addition to the MIUI skin is a blatant copy of Apple's iPhone X gestures. Called Full Display Gestures and coming to the MIUI 9 beta, it offers virtually identical gestures to the OLED iPhone. "In the newly introduced full display gestures, if you want to go back to the Home screen, you...

  • Watch these 5 smartphone brands in 2018

    2017 was a year for tall screens and itsy bitsy borders, delivering high-end smartphones with a distinctive look compared to years prior. Apple, Samsung, LG and others got on this bandwagon, offering a host of other features as well. But what could we expect from these players next year? We look at a few mobile brands you should be watching in 2018. Apple Let's start with the juggernaut. The company enjoyed both a tick and a tock year, offering the otherwise safe iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (review) devices. But it was the iPhone X that really stood out, serving up that...