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  • 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

  • HTC preparing new budget Desire phone?

    HTC launched a slew of phones last year, but none really stood out in their price range or market segment. Now new reports from expert leakers Evan Blass and Llabtoofer now suggests that HTC's preparing a budget device for 2016. Codenamed A16, the HTC Desire series phone will sport a host of new colour options including coloured buttons, backplates and accents, all clearly aimed at a youthful market. Tomorrow's news, yesterday: HTC A16 pic.twitter.com/oCvO4abh5w — Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 20, 2016 The leaked specs however don't exactly inspire. There's a reported Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage,...

  • Alcatel Plus 10 is a reborn, reinvented Windows 10 netbook

    For all MWC 2016 previews, news and analysis, have a look at our MWC 2016 Cheat Sheet and our dedicated MWC 2016 portal. Before MWC 2016 kicks off in earnest, Alcatel's getting a chance to unveil its wares in time for the year ahead. On the back of its two new premium Android smartphones, Alcatel has announced a new player in the ultraportable Windows 10 market. The device is called the Alcatel Plus 10, which is about as close a throwback to the netbook we'll see in 2016. Fitted with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, the Alcatel Plus 10 focuses on mobility and takes...

  • Alcatel Idol 4, 4S kick off MWC 2016 with sleek bodies, promising specs

    For all MWC 2016 previews, news and analysis, have a look at our MWC 2016 Cheat Sheet and our dedicated MWC 2016 portal. Update: The Alcatel Idol 4 should retail for about US$250, while its larger brother US$400. We're counting the hours to MWC 2016's big zero-day on Sunday, but Alcatel is getting a jump on everyone, in more ways than one too. The company today, after it mentioned that it's dropping the "OneTouch" demarcation, announced its new Alcatel Idol 4 and 4S smartphones, which set the flagship benchmark for the company. Officially announced at #MWC2016, the #IDOL4 takes everything up a notch!...

  • 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...

  • Firewatch review: breathtaking isolation

    I’m not sure where to start describing this game. In my mere five hours with Firewatch I went through more experiences and feelings than with any colossal sixty hour AAA-title that I can recall. And to tell you the truth, I barely did anything more than run around in the woods and use my walkie-talkie. From the moment I walked into its digital wilderness till the ending credits, Firewatch had me unwaveringly captivated. I’ll have to admit that I am rather inclined to story-driven titles and that may be why I express such enthusiasm for this game. If you don’t really...

  • Xiaomi wants to design its own smartphone chips – report

    The smartphone space isn't as duopolised as the desktop and laptop markets, where AMD and Intel mainly rule the roost. Samsung, Apple and Huawei are three manufacturers who design their own chips, while Qualcomm and MediaTek have also offered their wares in this space. A new report from Reuters suggests that Xiaomi is considering joining this race to put its own self-designed chips into its smartphones perhaps as early as Q3 2016. Currently, the company is supplied chips by the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek, but if Xiaomi does ponder a change, these two companies could see quite substantial losses. Xiaomi is...

  • Bang & Olufsen to bring Hi-Fi sound to LG G5

    For all MWC 2016 previews, news and analysis, have a look at our MWC 2016 Cheat Sheet and our dedicated MWC 2016 portal. On the back of its K series, X series and incoming LG G5, the company has announced a partnership which could yield yet another smartphone. LG has struck a deal with Scandinavian audio masters Bang & Olufsen to produce a smartphone that will set audio quality as the primary feature. For LG, and indeed other manufacturers, smartphone audio is a bit of a grey area. There hasn't been a marked increase in perceptive quality in smartphone audio in recent...

  • LG G5 rumour roundup: ‘Magic Slot’ with removable battery pictured

    We're gearing up for MWC 2016, and with it comes a lot of smartphone rumours and tidbits. While LG devices don't usually pique the interest of the mass media to the extent of Samsung and Apple's launches, the Korean company seems like it has a pretty impressive device on its hands. And with that said, have a look at the rumours, news and confirmations regarding the company's latest yet-to-be-launched flagship, the LG G5. Likely specifications (based on previous rumours): Display: (Primary) 5.5-inch, 2560×1440, 534ppi; (Secondary) +/- 2.1-inch, 160x1040, 501ppi, always-on with possible OLED technology Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core | quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm...