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All posts tagged "Huawei"

  • Huawei P9 review: best camera phone of 2016?

    Dual-camera smartphones excite me. It's a rather unique way to overcome the limitations of traditional mobile cameras, while also offering some interesting novel features. The HTC One M8 (review) for instance (while technically having a depth sensor), showed what dual-camera devices could be capable of, offering the ability to have any image you shoot be refocusable. LG took a different route with its dual-camera LG G5 (review) earlier this year though, delivering two cameras that operated independently of one another. Now, Huawei has joined the party with its Huawei P9 flagship, offering two 12MP rear cameras that work together. So did the Chinese...

  • 8 examples of smartphone computational photography we take for granted

    We all know that dedicated cameras tend to blow away mobile cameras for pure picture quality, but smartphones have a major draw-card in the form of computational photography. Instead of relying on large sensors and mechanical apertures, computational photography sees smartphones using their processing oomph to generate some interesting effects. Don't believe me? Then check out some of these examples... Dynamic HDR/exposure/flash Seen on the last few Microsoft/Nokia flagship phones, the Rich Capture technique allows you to adjust the level of HDR, exposure or camera flash after taking a photo. Available as a general "Rich Capture" toggle in the camera app, dynamic HDR takes place during the...

  • Camera shootout: Huawei P9 vs Sony Xperia X

    The Huawei P9 and Sony Xperia X are pegged at around R11 999 each, with both devices featuring unique selling points. However, both companies are heavily advertising their cameras, so which one is better then? The Chinese brand's contender features two Leica-branded 12MP f/2.0 cameras (one colour and one monochrome), operating in tandem to produce simulated aperture tricks and refocusable images. However, Huawei also claims that the camera setup results in better low-light photography. The Sony Xperia X packs a similar 23MP f/2.0 shooter to the Z5 range, which means we should be in for some quality shots on paper. Anyway, I want to...

  • Gorgeous ‘Huawei P9’ image actually taken using R48k Canon DSLR

    Huawei's social media department is under fire today thanks to a rather beautiful photograph. The image of a woman holding her hair in fading sunlight was part of a Huawei P9 pseudo-advertisement posted on Google+. The post read: We managed to catch a beautiful sunrise with Deliciously Ella. The #HuaweiP9’s dual Leica cameras makes taking photos in low light conditions like this a pleasure. Reinvent smartphone photography and share your sunrise pictures with us. #OO Note: Huawei has since removed the post from Google+. With that purple prose, you'd think the camera used was the Huawei P9, right? Well, this wasn't quite the...

  • Huawei Mate 8 conversational review: a fat, phat phablet

    Review by Hadlee Simons with additional words by Andy Walker. We really liked the Huawei Mate 7, offering a massive battery, solid performance and that slick fingerprint scanner. The Huawei Mate S, on the other hand, felt like a bad compromise between the Mate range and the premium P series -- essentially being a bigger P8 with none of the Mate line's battery benefits. So then, we were glad to see the Huawei Mate 8 launched earlier this year, being a proper follow-up to the polished Mate 7. Is it a worthy successor though? Well, Gearburn stalwarts Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons...

  • Huawei South Africa confirms new Nexus is coming this year

    Huawei might've just launched the P9, P9 Lite and P9 Plus in South Africa, but the company also revealed some more interesting device details relevant to the industry at large. "We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way," Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei SA's consumer business group, said in an interview. The Chinese company developed its first Nexus device at the end of last year in the form of the Nexus 6P, alongside LG's smaller Nexus 5X. The Nexus 6P enjoyed a very positive reception for the most part, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a...

  • Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come?

    Huawei officially launched the P9, P9 Plus and P9 Lite in South Africa on Thursday night, so what should you know about it then? We interviewed Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in SA, to find out more... Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus The two flagship models launch on Friday 3 June, offering a rear-fingerprint scanner, dual 12MP cameras and an impressive Kirin 955 octacore chipset (four heavy-lifting A72 cores and four power-efficient A53 cores) as highlights. There are a lot more technical details, but what about the price though? The Huawei P9 is in the R12 999 range, while...

  • Samsung sells more phones than Apple in the US, LG comes in third

    I think we can now say that 2016 has been a pretty torrid year for Apple. After its woes with the FBI, the timid introduction of the iPhone SE, and its recent legal dispute in China, the company has now relinquished its top sales step in the US to its main rival -- Samsung. After close to a year in second place, Samsung has finally sold more of its smartphones in the United States than Apple, a feat that we don't see all that often in the modern era. According to Hong-Kong based research company, Counterpoint Research (spotted by Business Korea),...

  • Euro retailer ‘reveals’ Huawei P9 Lite before announcement [pics]

    We're used to seeing smartphone leaks coming from tech websites and insider sources, but retailer leaks are rather rare. Well, a Romanian online store has put the Huawei P9 Lite up for sale before its official reveal, complete with images and tech specifications. The specs, while not confirmed, are certainly in line with expectations... The retailer reports a mid-range HiSilicon 650 processor (an octacore chip with A53 cores clocked at 2GHz), USB Type C, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. As for the screen tech, the store lists a 5.2-inch full HD display. The main camera hasn't received a resolution bump (still at 13-megapixels),...

  • Huawei joins virtual reality game with its own headset

    Huawei has followed Samsung and LG's path by announcing its own virtual reality headset. Huawei VR was revealed at the Chinese launch of the P9 and P9 Plus, Engadget reported, adding that the device was compatible with the new flagship phones as well. So what makes this so different from Samsung's effort then? Well, not much. The Huawei VR uses a similar setup to the Gear VR, allowing you to slot your phone into the headset. The phone then provides the processing power, screen and sensors required for the experience. The headset then allows you to watch movies, play games and enjoy other experiences. There is...