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  • Could Samsung charge for Linux on Galaxy smartphones?

    Samsung made tech headlines late last year when it announced plans to bring Linux to its DeX dock (review) and Galaxy flagship phones. The move would mean that consumers have a full desktop operating system on their smartphone, enabled by popping the phone into the dock. "Installed as an app, Linux on Galaxy gives smartphones the capability to run multiple operating systems, enabling developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices," Samsung explained at the time of the announcement. "Whenever they need to use a function that is not available on the smartphone OS, users can simply...

  • Leak: This is the Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus

    MWC 2018 is just over a week away and we know HMD Global will be there. Now, we have a better idea of what to expect, courtesy of the ever-reliable Evan Blass. The serial leaker showed off images of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus, both of which were heavily tipped for a Barcelona reveal. Nokia 1 pic.twitter.com/LF9f25HByo — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 14, 2018 The Nokia 1 image shows what appears to be a small entry-level device, featuring a tiny rear camera, rear-facing speaker and no discernible fingerprint scanner. We're expecting an entry-level chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage...

  • Hisense to launch two phones in South Africa next month

    Chinese tech firm Hisense might not have much of a smartphone presence in developed markets, but it's certainly got a presence in South Africa, headlined by its rugged C30 Rock (review) and Infinity KO devices. The company also has a few less spectacular budget offerings, and it'll be bringing two mid-range phones to South Africa next month, a representative told Gearburn. "Hisense Infinity F24, Hisense Infinity E7 will be available from March," the firm's Ivan Tian wrote in response to an emailed query. We initially asked about the availability of a mysterious phone that popped up on China's TENAA website. Looking for budget smartphones?...

  • After Huawei and Apple, ARM is next with mobile AI processor

    Chip designer ARM crafts the technology powering all smartphones today, whether it's the instruction set or the CPU cores, the UK company is behind many key technologies. However, Huawei and Apple beat ARM to the punch with dedicated mobile AI silicon, in the form of the Kirin 970's NPU and A11 Bionic's neural engine respectively. Now, ARM has revealed its own ML (machine learning) processor, being designed for on-device inference. In other words, devices with this chip wouldn't have to hook up to the cloud as often. The UK company claims up to 4.6 TOPs (trillion operations per second) of performance for the...

  • HMD’s Nokia smartphones sold more than Sony, Google, OnePlus – report

    HMD Global has enjoyed a rather successful first year with Nokia-branded smartphones, in no small part due to affordable price tags and the Nokia name. Now, Counterpoint Research analyst Neil Shah has put the success in perspective, claiming that the company outsold HTC, Google, Sony and a variety of other brands in Q4 2017. In fact, the full list of brands pipped by HMD also includes Alcatel, Lenovo, OnePlus, Gionee, Meizu, Coolpad and Asus. The analyst also reported that HMD hit number three in the UK for smartphones in Q4. Some major growth markets for @HMDGlobal in Q4 2017: overall phones: #1 in Vietnam and...

  • Budget Hisense smartphone leaks: what is it? [Update]

    A few weeks back, we reported on the existence of the Hisense P9, being a rugged device that popped up on China's TENAA regulatory body (think their version of Icasa). Now, TENAA has yielded another Hisense handset, but it's certainly a budget device. The new Hisense smartphone (model number: HLTE212T) packs a tall 1440x720 6-inch display, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, rear fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery and a non-descript 1.4Ghz quad-core processor (presumably all lightweight A53 cores). Driving home the budget nature is the single 8MP camera on the back, while selfies are handled with a 5MP shooter. Read more: 5 more...

  • Huawei P Smart now official in SA, but how does it compare to rivals?

    Last week, we got wind of the Huawei P Smart coming to the country this month, essentially being a P10 Lite with a dual-camera setup and high screen/body ratio. Now, Huawei has made it official, launching the device in the country. MTN's catalogue, which was the basis for our earlier story, revealed that it would be launching at a price of R5239. This would put it squarely in the sights of the P10 Lite and Xiaomi Mi A1. But Huawei's official release reveals a suggested price tag of R3999, making it substantially cheaper than the P10 Lite and Xiaomi's dual-camera handset. Read...

  • Ouch: Essential Phone sold 88 000 units in 2017

    The Essential Phone showed a lot of promise, offering mostly stock Android, some great specs and a lovely design. However, a mediocre camera and high launch price made for a somewhat unattractive proposition, it would seem. Now, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, citing company research, claims that Essential sold just 88 000 Essential Phones in 2017. . @Arubin's @essential smartphone is still a long way from becoming a successful venture. In 2017, it shipped less than 90K units (first six months after launch) pic.twitter.com/NHVlA2Gjzr — Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) February 12, 2018 It's difficult to compare the performance to more established players, but these figures can't look...

  • LG V30 2018 now official, but what kind of AI trickery does it have?

    Late last month, we got confirmation from an LG South Africa executive that an upgraded V30 was in the pipeline for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. Yesterday saw even more information drop out of Korea, in the form of the V30s name, spec info (256GB storage) and AI details. Now, LG has officially announced that it will be bringing "the first of a suite of AI technologies" for its smartphones at MWC -- alongside a 2018 V30. "The new technology will be featured in the 2018 version of the LG V30, LG’s most advanced flagship smartphone to date," the firm wrote in a...

  • Snapdragon 845 benchmarked: how does it compare to rival chips?

    The Snapdragon 845 is the chip expected to power dozens of flagship smartphones, from Samsung (well, in the USA) to LG, HTC and Sony. But how much of an improvement is it over the Snapdragon 835 and rival chipsets? Well, Qualcomm invited US media to check out the 2018 chip, with Anandtech leading the charge for benchmark testing. For starters, we see big wins in several CPU-based PCMark tests, such as photo editing (over 17 700, versus second placed Pixel 2 XL's 12 800), performance (8358, compared to Pixel 2 XL's 7130) and web browsing (7946 versus the second placed...