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All posts tagged "dual camera smartphones"

  • Nokia 10 with rotating lenses to be Nokia 8 Pro instead?

    One of the strangest rumours in recent times has to be the Nokia 10 and its rotating lenses, making for a rather innovative camera setup. We initially thought it would be a pentacamera setup but subsequent reports suggest that HMD is shooting for a dual-camera setup with five rotating lenses. Now, Nokia Power User has revealed that the phone is apparently not the Nokia 10, but rather the Nokia 8 Pro. According to the publication, the Nokia 8 Pro is set for an August-September launch, lining up with the IFA expo in Berlin. It's also believed that the rotating lenses will enable at least...

  • 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...

  • Meizu E3: iPhone X-style budget device leaks on China’s TENAA

    Meizu has already revealed one major phone this year, in the form of the M6s, packing a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and mid-range Samsung Exynos processor. Now, China's TENAA regulatory body has revealed the existence of one more model. Or rather, there seem to be two listings for near-identical models, dubbed M851M and M851Q. Fortunately, previous leaks point to this being the Meizu E3. The information and images show that the devices pack a 5.9-inch 2160x1080 18:9 display -- reminiscent of the LG G6 (review). Otherwise, the images also show side-mounted fingerprint scanners, MBlu branding on the back and a dual camera housing...

  • LG V30s to launch at MWC 2018 – report

    A few weeks ago, we got confirmation from a local LG executive that an upgraded LG V30 would be launched at MWC 2018. "We will introduce at MWC for V30… upgraded version (sic)," LG South Africa's CY Kim told journalists at LG's Innofest event in Cape Town last month. Now, Korea's ETNews has delivered more details, revealing that it would be called the LG V30s. So how will it differ from the bog-standard V30? According the publication, the V30s will offer the same design but stand out with 256GB of storage and LG Lens functionality. The latter has drawn comparisons to Bixby...

  • 4 cheap dual-camera smartphones you can get in SA

    Dual cameras aren't just for expensive superphones, as we see the technology come to cheaper devices too. It's one thing to have cheap dual-camera smartphones, but another to have them in the country. Fortunately, there are actually a few devices that fit the bill... Ulefone S8 Pro Ulefone is a little-known Chinese brand, specialising in entry-level and mid-range smartphones. In other words, don't expect blazing-fast phones from this company. Nevertheless, you can buy the Ulefone S8 Pro from the Smartphone Shop on Takealot, coming in at a rather well-priced R2499. For your cash, you're getting a 13MP+5MP combo on the back (enabling depth-of-field tricks), a 5MP...

  • Samsung reveals dual-camera sensors for ‘mid-to-entry-level’ phones

    Dual-camera technology has enabled all sorts of cool photography features in today's smartphones, but the truth is that it's largely restricted to flagships and mid-range devices. Now, Samsung has announced its ISOCELL Dual range of dual-camera sensors, being divided into two dual-camera setups for "mid to entry-level" smartphones. But the interesting part is that Samsung is also equipping each setup with its own proprietary algorithms, reducing the need for a client manufacturer to develop its own algorithms from the ground-up. The 13MP and 5MP setup offer Samsung's refocus algorithms, while the 8MP+8MP set comes with the firm's low-light shooting (LLS) algorithms. "Dual cameras are delivering new and exciting photo-taking experiences...

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 review: the mid-range device to beat?

    Pure Android joined tall screens as being another notable trend in 2017, as HMD, Lenovo and Essential refrained from skinning their devices. You can also add Xiaomi to the mix, the firm introducing the Mi A1 at the tail-end of last year. Fortunately, MIA Group has brought the device to South Africa, coming in at R4999. Now, after a few weeks with the device, we've got a verdict. So, stock Android... Boot up the Android One phone and indeed you've got stock Android here, with little in the way of preinstalled third-party apps to be had. We say "little", because Xiaomi's remote...

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco set for MWC 2018 – report

    We've already seen the Nokia 6 2018 launch in China, packing an updated chipset. But a new report claims that HMD is working on a "Nokia 8 Sirocco" for MWC 2018. According to prominent tech publication My Drivers, the Nokia 8 Sirocco (apparent model number TA-1005) will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3250mAh battery. However, the website also claims that the device will offer IP67 water resistance and wireless charging, making for a welcome change over the original Nokia 8. If true, this means the new model will probably offer a polycarbonate or glass back. Metal backs...