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  • Lenovo debuts dirt-cheap, impressive Vibe K5, K5 Plus smartphones

    Lenovo, or more accurately, the fourth most prolific smartphone manufacturer of 2015 (according to Gartner), has announced its two new budget smartphones -- the Lenovo Vibe K5 and Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus. Vibe is the company's younger brand, aimed at the trendy crowd, so features are good enough to appease the average user but tight enough to appeal to the budget minded. With that noted, both phones feature 5.0-inch screens (which now seems like the customary figure for 2016), while the K5 boasts a 1280x720 screen resolution. The K5 Plus sports a 1920x1080 display. Both phones are powered courtesy of Qualcomm, but...

  • Samsung Galaxy S7: everything the S6 should’ve been

    In a kiss-and-make-up session in Barcelona, Samsung practically remedied all that was wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S6 series, announcing the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The new S series is undoubtedly one of the company's most important devices ever, competing against stiff competition in the form of the LG G5 (announced earlier today) and September's iPhone 7. So what do these two devices do to impress? Well, for one, both feature a microSD card slot for data expansion, both feature water and dust protection with an ingress rating of 67, and the S7 and the S7 Edge are now...

  • HP Elite X3: a feature-rich phablet running Windows 10

    It's not often that you hear the words "exciting smartphone" in the same sentence as "HP", so take heed. The new HP Elite X3 is the company's most exciting smartphone probably ever. In its bid to revive its ailing revenue streams and shrinking household name, HP is looking to restablish itself in the smartphone scene, and where better to punt its wares than in the market it knows -- the enterprise. "Commercial mobility is prime for disruption, and has never seen innovation at this scale," HP's CEO Dion Wiesler explains in a press release. "The HP Elite x3 is a revolutionary mobile...

  • Huawei MateBook now official, guns for Microsoft Surface

    The tablet convertible is currently the fashionable format for mobile manufacturers, and now Huawei has also boarded that bandwagon. It's new Huawei MateBook, launched at its MWC 2016 conference today, will likely compete with the Microsoft Surface and Apple MacBook ultraportables. It features a 12-inch 2160x1440 screen, a wrap-around keyboard that doubles up as a cover (a la Surface), and Windows 10. It's also extremely thin, at 6.9mm, and weighs around 640 grams. Other numbers include a 4430mAh battery (which will result in around 10 hours of typical usage), a smart charger that can adjust voltage to suit location, and a microUSB port...

  • LG G5 announced with ‘LG Friends’ peripherals, bold new smartphone vision

    The first big MWC 2016 device launch is over, and LG has drawn first blood. The company officially unveiled it's LG G5 smartphone in Barcelona, which boasts an incredible swathe of design improvements and new features. A stark departure from the plastic and leather LG G4, the LG G5 is now almost entirely metal, with a removable battery slot at its bottom. Alongside the battery, the previously leaked Magic Slot lurks, which allegedly adds functionality to the device's established components. Some Magic Slot modules can increase battery life, improve audio quality and even improve the camera quality. The latter module, dubbed...

  • LG G5 in pictures: the ‘world’s first’ modular phone [Gallery]

    The LG G5 is the company's refreshed take on the smartphone's future, and that future is largely of a modular nature. It makes sense, sure, but it's even more impressive in pictures. If you happened to miss the LG G5 announcement, catch our recap here detailing all of its specifications and features, but if you're interested in seeing the phone, and indeed the new LG Friends lineup in the flesh, have a look at the gallery with explainers below. Related: LG G5 announced with ‘LG Friends’ peripherals, bold new smartphone vision

  • MWC 2016 preview: here’s what you can expect

    Update: We can expect the likes of Alcatel to unveil it's new OneTouch Idol 4, and other devices at the conference too. Read the full story here. Update 2: Please see the revised times below. Our initial times denoted CET time and not South African Standard Time. This issue has now been rectified and reflects time in SAST. It's February, and that for techies means Mobile World Congress. Sunny Barcelona hosts the 30th edition of what is arguably the world's most important mobile device showcase, where some of the biggest names in the smartphone manufacturing market announce and launch new products. So...

  • Huawei Watch is probably the prettiest smartwatch ever made [update]

    Update: There's an Amazon.de employee about to have his wrist slapped rather firmly after a rather steep price tag was posted alongside the Huawei Watch listing. Any guess of what the number alongside it was? 999 Euros, or US$1080. Yep, that's about three times more than the entry level Apple Watch if rumours are to be believed. Although the price could be an error prior to the device's availability and price announcements, it could very well be an inflated sense of grandeur by those price-setters at Huawei. Of course, the watch is supremely gorgeous, but does it warrant such a steep...

  • MWC 2015 live blog: this year’s conference comes to a close

    It's pretty early for those reading from the States and its smack in the middle of the work day for us closer to the Greenwich line, so keeping track of MWC 2015 using the official livestreams available is a bit of a pain. But let us ease any worries and qualms you might have. Our MWC 2015 live blog will track Barcelona's mobile movements as they happen. Oh, and they'll be happening rather quickly at that if the bundle of pre-event news is anything to go by. If you missed our build up to MWC 2015 and all the rumours, punts...

  • The PlayStation Company: where has Sony been hiding this MWC?

    We have an interesting update regarding Sony's mobile future, especially in South Africa, so keep an eye out for our conversation with Mark Fenzel, Sony's country manager for Sony Mobile coming next week. While HTC, Huawei and Samsung were all competing for the media's attention this past week, Sony had launched the latest two devices in the Xperia range without anyone really noticing or giving much of a hoot. Although the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was leaked just a few days before the official unveiling, it didn't exactly receive a swathe of attention. It wasn't because of the leak either, and...