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Mobile Phones

  • Snapdragon 835: more details emerge ahead of CES [Update]

    Update: Yep, Qualcomm has officially revealed more Snapdragon 835 details, confirming an octacore design (four Kryo cores at 2.8Ghz and four presumably A53 cores), support for 4K HDR content and Windows 10 with legacy Win32 apps. Original article: Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon 835 processor, set to power many smartphones this year. The company didn't reveal a lot of details (pretty much just the smaller 10nm process and Quick Charge 4.0), but now a purportedly leaked press release has shed more light. The press release, shared by serial leaker Evan Blass, claims that the new chip uses 40% less power than...

  • Meizu Pro 6: what to know about the latest flagship in SA

    Meizu is up there with Huawei and Xiaomi as being one of the more respected mobile brands in China. Between the Samsung-powered handsets and the cheaper Note range, the firm has garnered a loyal following as a result. Last month saw the brand launch in the country, bringing the high-end Pro 6 and the budget M3 Note. We're spending plenty of time with the former, and this is what we've found out so far. It really looks like an iPhone/HTC One A9 Unbox the Pro 6 and you're looking at a phone that bears more than a passing resemblance to the HTC One...

  • Where are the Android apps for dual camera smartphones? [Column]

    Dual-camera Android smartphones have been out in some form or another since 2014. The Huawei Honor 6 Plus and HTC One M8 offered dual-camera functionality back then, although the latter used a "depth sensor" instead of a dedicated second camera, to be fair. In any event, we've seen half a dozen dual-camera Android smartphones being released in 2016, from Xiaomi and Huawei to LG. Heck, even the newer Chinese manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon. In other words, Apple was definitely a few months late to the party at best, bringing the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus in September 2016. So imagine my...

  • These might be the next Moto Mods for the Moto Z

    Lenovo's Moto Z is one of the more unique smartphones we've ever encountered, featuring a magnetic back for a range of Moto Mod add-ons. These add-ons include a projector, speaker, powerbank and Hasselblad camera attachment. However, Lenovo held a hackathon in New York City this month, with over 60 people bringing ideas and prototypes to the table. The Chinese manufacturer chose three winning concepts, with the first winner being a "Modio" audio attachment for enthusiasts. "Using the USB MDK connection, Modio interfaces with a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to provide audio input and output to the smartphone. This concept...

  • Huawei’s Honor Magic is basically a sexier P9

    We've already seen Xiaomi's Mi Mix make its debut, but now it's time for Huawei's Honor sub-brand to reveal a gorgeous handset. To that end, we've got the Huawei Honor Magic. The Honor Magic packs the same capable Kirin 950 octacore processor as the P9 and Mate 8 (four A72 cores and four A53 cores), 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 2900mAh battery and dual 12MP f/2.2 main cameras. It's a pity it's not using the Kirin 960 then, but it's still a powerful handset on paper. There is one major downside to using the Kirin 950 though (less capable GPU...

  • Meizu in South Africa: what to expect from Chinese brand?

    Meizu isn't the most well-known smartphone brand, but it's definitely one of the more interesting players in the market. Alongside Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo, Meizu is one of the most popular and respected manufacturers in China, earning a reputation in the Far East for (surprise) well-designed handsets at a solid price. So we're glad to hear that the company has come to South Africa, in the form of an online store and being officially represented by 2C Telecoms. We conducted a Q&A with Ferdi van Niekerk Jr, national sales director for Meizu Mobile South Africa. Van Niekerk confirmed that 2C Telecoms was the...

  • Smartphones in 2017: here’s what you can expect

    The year has seen some stellar and even downright explosive smartphones being released, but the mobile industry waits for no-one though. So what should you expect from next year's crop of handsets though? Let's gaze into the crystal ball and find out... 6GB RAM to be more widespread? 2016 saw 6GB of RAM become a thing and, while it might seem like overkill at first, we definitely expect more manufacturers to get in on the action. Potential benefits of more RAM include better multitasking (do you really need 30 apps running at once though?) and smoother VR experiences (ostensibly owing to the bandwidth required...

  • Meizu smartphones are now available in South Africa

    It's taken long enough, but Meizu smartphones are finally available in South Africa. 2C Telecoms has launched an online store in South Africa, serving as the partner for the Chinese manufacturer in the country. As for devices available from the store, we have the budget-minded Meizu M3 Note and the flagship Meizu Pro 6 handsets. The M3 Note has a R3299 price tag while the Pro 6 has a R7999 price (the same price as the Xiaomi Mi 5). The M3 Note is similar to the M2 Note, packing an octacore (A53 cores) Helio P10 chip, 2GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full HD...

  • 5 of the best smartphones for video streaming

    There are a number of factors that go into a great smartphone, but what if you're looking for a great video streaming smartphone? Well, between battery life, internet connectivity and screen quality, there are quite a few factors at play. We sift through the contenders to bring you the best mobile devices for video streaming. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Featuring a price tag of R3799, the Chinese firm's phablet (review) arguably offers the best value for money on the list. So what are you getting for your cash? For starters, you've got a 5.5-inch full HD LCD display, which makes for a very pleasant...

  • LG to reveal six smartphones at CES – report

    LG isn't mucking about when it comes to next month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - at least if the latest report is correct. According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the South Korean manufacturer is expected to announce six smartphones at the expo. Four of the devices are apparently updated entries in its K range, in the form of the K3, K4, K8 and K10. The 2017 K3 will pack a 4.5-inch display (presumably below 720p), a 2MP selfie shooter, 5MP main camera and 2100mAh battery. The K4 features a 4.7-inch screen, 5MP selfie camera, 8MP main shooter and 2500mAh battery. The K8 ups the...