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Mobile Phones

  • HTC U Ultra revealed: what should U know?

    It seems like the previous leak was accurate, as HTC revealed a new smartphone, dubbed the HTC U Ultra. HTC touted the device's design during the press conference, saying it comes with a sapphire glass display, as well as blue, white, black or "cosmetic pink" colour schemes. But in a move inspired by the LG V10 and V20 (review), the Taiwanese firm has added a secondary ticker display atop the main screen, showing contacts, weather and other appropriate notifications. It'll also be using the secondary display for its new virtual assistant. Yes, the HTC U Ultra comes with HTC Sense Companion, being...

  • Did you know these smartphone brands are in SA?

    We've seen Apple and Samsung rule the roost for a while now, but emerging market brands have taken over the world. South Africa is no different, with Huawei taking the top throne and Xiaomi making in-roads as well. But did you know there are more emerging brands that are actually available or will be available in South Africa? We pick a few you should keep an eye on. OnePlus One of the more popular brands at the moment, OnePlus popularised the idea of a more affordable flagship smartphone. Currently available as a Takealot exclusive, the OnePlus 3 is a beast of note, packing a...

  • HTC to release smartphone with ticker display? [Photos]

    The HTC 10 is one of the more underrated smartphones of 2016, featuring a great camera, beefy internals and solid design. But HTC is already hard at work a few handsets for 2017, VentureBeat reports, in the form of three phones with "Ocean" codenames. There's the Ocean Note, Ocean Master and Ocean Smart. And at least one phone has seemingly surfaced on Weibo, in the form of the Ocean Note. And if the photos are real, then we can expect a device with a secondary ticker display, akin to the LG V10 and V20. The photos also seem to show a very Galaxy...

  • Changhong H2: this phone can sense materials

    Ever wanted a smartphone that could identify materials with a quick scan? It's not science fiction, as the Changhong H2, on show at CES 2017, claims to do exactly that. The Chinese phone packs a molecular scanner of sorts, allowing users to scan and identify materials/objects. "Every object has a unique molecular fingerprint. The H2 is the only phone that can read it," the company said in a promo video for the device. The company touts the device for a variety of functions, such as measuring body fat, figuring out the sweetness of fruit or identifying fake pills. That last one might be handy...

  • Nokia 6 announced: what to know about Android phone?

    The first Nokia-branded smartphone under a licensing deal between Nokia and HMD Global has been launched in China this weekend. The Nokia 6 looks like a decent device from an aesthetic perspective, but what else should you know about it? It's not quite a flagship, power-wise It features 4GB of RAM and a very welcome 64GB of expandable storage, but the Nokia 6 isn't quite cutting edge in the power department. This is due to the fact that it has a budget-minded Snapdragon 430 processor, delivering an octacore A53 chip. By comparison, many flagships sport the Snapdragon 820 (or the upcoming Snapdragon 835) processor,...

  • Asus reveals iPhone 7 Plus with Android, first phone with 8GB RAM

    The CES news keeps coming this week, as Taiwanese tech brand Asus revealed several groundbreaking handsets in Las Vegas. The company revealed its first Project Tango handset and a dual-camera smartphone that takes an iPhone 7 Plus approach. First up is the Asus ZenFone AR, which features numerous sensors on the rear for Google's Project Tango augmented reality features. For the uninitiated, Project Tango is a deeper, more accurate take on augmented reality, allowing users to accurately measure real-world objects with AR tools, get accurate indoor directions and more. As a result, Asus has packed a 23MP main camera onto the ZenFone AR, along...

  • Honor 6X: P9’s dual camera trickery goes budget

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand held a major launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, revealing the rather interesting Honor 6X smartphone. At a suggested price of US$250, the Honor 6X is squarely aimed at the mid-range market. There's a capable if unspectacular Kirin 655 octacore chip, 3GB of RAM (32GB storage) or 4GB of RAM (64GB model), a relatively large 3340mAh battery and 5.5-inch full HD display. But what really makes the phone stand out is the presence of two cameras, in the form of a 12MP and 2MP shooter. The setup apes a few other budget dual-camera offerings like the...

  • Samsung brings water resistance to Galaxy A series

    We don't often find water-resistance in mid-range smartphones, with the Hisense KO and Sony Xperia Aqua range being two that come to mind. Fortunately, Samsung looks to join the party with the 2017 Galaxy A series. The Korean firm revealed three updated entries in the series this week, in the form of the 5.7-inch A7, 5.2-inch A5 and 4.7-inch A3. All devices feature IP68 dust- and water-resistance, USB Type C ports, fast-charging, fingerprint scanners and Samsung Pay support. The A7 and A5 share a few features too, such as a full HD AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, Exynos 7880 octacore...

  • 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...