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All posts tagged "Huawei"

  • 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...

  • 5 emerging Chinese smartphone brands you should know

    Huawei has pretty much become a household name across the continent, while Xiaomi is catching up in this department too. There's more to the Chinese smartphone industry than these two companies though. Here are several more mobile manufacturers you should put on your watchlist. Oukitel One of the newer entrants in the market, this fledgling company first attracted attention with its innovative U6 smartphone, featuring a traditional display on the front and an e-ink screen on the back. The company made an even bigger splash last year when it launched the K10 000 smartphone, a hefty brick of a device that broke the Guinness...

  • Huawei P9 vs LG G5 camera shootout: which mobile snapper is best?

    The Huawei P9 possesses quite possibly the most innovative camera setup on the market. Featuring dual 12MP cameras at the back, the Chinese company has certainly put the hype train in motion. So when we went hands-on with the device, courtesy of local tech writer Brendon Petersen, we decided to pit it against our LG G5 review unit. The LG G5 is no slouch either, packing a 16MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle camera on its back. We opted to only shoot with the 16MP camera. As for shooting conditions, we opted against changing any settings or enabling HDR, merely shooting with the...

  • So, what else can you do with a dual-camera smartphone?

    Both LG and Huawei have revealed high-end dual-camera smartphones recently, upping the photography stakes in a big way. "Is it a simple case of two is better than one?" the casual observer might ask. We give you a few reasons why dual-camera phones are worth considering. All your photos can be refocused after the fact HTC showed this feature off in a big way with 2014's One M8, revealing a phone with an added depth sensor. So not quite two cameras but more than close enough. Almost every photo taken with the One M8 could be refocused after it was snapped - no need...

  • Huawei launches Mate 8 in SA – what’s the damage?

    It may be a few months late to the party, but Huawei finally released the Mate 8 smartphone in South Africa. The phone, which was first released in China in November before seeing a global launch earlier this year, has a R12 999 prepaid price. The phone also has a starting price of R579 per month on Vodacom contract, while other networks have the device for R599 a month, Huawei explained. The Mate 8 will be available in 32GB dual and single-SIM variants. A look at the spec-sheet The device features a large 4100mAh battery, much like the Mate 7. The Chinese company...

  • When can you get your hands on a Huawei P9 in SA?

    Huawei has confirmed a release date and tentative price window for the upcoming P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. The company revealed the P9 and P9 Plus on Wednesday in London, showing off phones with dual 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. South Africans will need to wait until June to get their hands on the P9 though, said Charlene Munilal, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA. "P9 Plus might be slightly later - the early part of July," Munilal said. "We're looking at targeting a R499 contract price point," Munilal said of the P9, adding that it was targeting an R11 999...

  • Here are 5 things to keep in mind with the Huawei P9

    Huawei peeled the curtain back on its latest flagship phones this week, making for quite the impression. Whether it's the innovative dual-camera trickery or the powerful processor, the P9 phones are shaping up to be something special. What else should you know about them though? It doesn't do 4K recording Ultra HD recording, or the lack thereof, is the Achilles' Heel of Huawei's processors right now. The Kirin 955 processor is a slightly upgraded version of the Kirin 950 chip in the Mate 8, which didn't support 4K either. So if you must have 4K recording on a phone, you'll want to look elsewhere. The...

  • Yep, Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus flagships

    Were you expecting something else? Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus at an event in London on Wednesday. True to the leaks, the P9 line offers a dual-camera setup with Leica lenses (two 12-megapixel sensors with F2.2 aperture), a front-facing 8MP/F2.4 shooter and a rear-mounted "3D" fingerprint scanner. A big focus (hah!) on the cameras Huawei is claiming a world first for the dual-cameras, as one camera features an RGB sensor and the other features a "monochrome sensor". The company says that this will go a long way to improving low-light performance and producing richer colours. Huawei also touted the P9's autofocus technology, revealing that the...