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All posts tagged "mwc 2018"

  • These are all major Android Go smartphones thus far

    MWC 2018 saw plenty of Android Go smartphones revealed, from Alcatel OneTouch to ZTE. Heck, the Android stand at MWC also showed off a few handsets. Sifting through these devices can be a bit of a challenge though, so we thought a rundown of all the major Android Go smartphones was in order. Alcatel The company used MWC 2018 to give a proper rundown of its 1, 3 and 5 series of phones. And what do you know, the Alcatel 1X is its Android Go offering. This device packs a 5.3-inch 18:9 display (960x480), which is uncommon for phones at this price-point. Otherwise,...

  • Mediatek CTO Kevin Jou on Qualcomm comparisons, AI chips, more

    Mediatek has changed its strategy for 2018, following a rather bruising 2017 at the high-end of the market. We first got word of the plans at AfricaCom last year, when general manager for international sales Finbarr Moynihan revealed it would be taking a "bit of a break" from the flagship market. But its new strategy is rather intriguing if the new Helio P60 chip, revealed at MWC, is anything to go by. Featuring dedicated AI silicon (called an APU), a powerful octacore CPU (four A53 and four A73 cores) and a 12nm manufacturing process, it's shaping up to be a contender in...

  • Expect new AI chip next year, smart speaker tech everywhere – Arm

    Between instruction sets and hardware designs, Arm influences 99.9% of the smartphone industry. So the company's views are key to understanding where the industry at large is going next. For one, the mobile industry is pushing for ever smaller smartphone chip designs, which will yield greater efficiency and thus better battery life. Top-end phones are all packing 10 nanometre (nm) chip designs -- a strand of human DNA is roughly 2.5 nanometres by comparison. Meanwhile, in the budget space, we've seen 14nm chips from the likes of Qualcomm (e.g. Snapdragon 625, 630, 660) while Mediatek's new Helio P60 (announced at MWC) will...

  • Expect budget smartphones to get AI processors soon

    Last year saw AI chips land inside premium smartphones, as Apple and Huawei sought to beef up tasks like system performance, camera quality and, well... augmented reality emoji. But could this hardware ever come to budget phones? And when could we expect this to happen? We asked Jem Davies, fellow and general manager of the machine learning group at UK chip kingpin Arm, during our trip to MWC. "Yes , so traditionally you would expect a new technology like machine learning or whatever, to appear in super smartphones, premium...

  • Gallery: the MWC 2018 smartphones you may have missed

    From Sony and Samsung to LG and Huawei, there are loads of recognisable names at MWC every year, but the huge event also plays host to wares from lesser known brands and devices. Whether it's ZTE's Nubia line, dual-screen smartphones or Ulefone, we take a look at some of the less prominent and/or more innovative devices.  

  • LG V30s ThinQ hands-on: will the V30 be cheaper soon?

    The LG V30+ is a really great smartphone in its own right, owing to its durable design, capable wide-angle camera and great audio chops. In lieu of the LG G7 (and in the face of a changing strategy), the Korean firm used MWC to show off its LG V30s ThinQ instead. The tweaked model ups the RAM to 6GB and bumps the storage to 128GB or 256GB. Much like the Nokia 8 Sirocco, LG has decided to keep the Snapdragon 835 processor, meaning hardcore spec junkies will want to wait. Otherwise, in my brief time with the phone, I was happy...

  • No WhatsApp for new Nokia 8110 (yet?)

    The new Nokia 3310 was pretty much a basic feature-phone, lacking apps and a web browser in its first iteration. Fast-forward 12 months and the company has revealed the redesigned Nokia 8110, packing the KaiOS platform (or the "Smart Feature OS powered by KaiOS"). Being a spiritual successor to Firefox OS, the platform, and hence the 8110, also offers a KaiOS store for apps, making it more capable than the 3310's platform. Nokia brand custodian HMD Global has also added a few more big-hitting apps to the 8110, including "Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter". But we got confirmation from...

  • MWC: Is a Nokia smart speaker coming this year?

    This week saw HMD reveal its latest range of Nokia phones, in the form of the new Nokia 8110, Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. But smart speakers are quickly becoming a big money sector too, so will we see a Nokia speaker soon? "Stay tuned," PR representative Ben Wilsker told us during an interview at Mobile World Congress. In an attempt to get a definite answer, we asked HMD CEO Florian Seiche whether he had any information to share on a Nokia smart home speaker. Seiche chuckled before answering: "I can't comment (on that)." Could we see a Nokia smart speaker, powered...

  • MWC: Mediatek’s unannounced chips leak via Ulefone stand

    The Mediatek Helio P60 is the one big announcement for the chipmaker at MWC 2018, being a rather compelling chip for mid-range and upper mid-range smartphones. Featuring a dedicated AI chip, 4+4 cores (heavyweight A73 and lightweight A53) and a decent Mali G72 MP3 GPU, the P60 might be the chip to find its way into scores of major phones below the flagship level. However, there have been rumours regarding the Helio P40 and Helio P70 chips. And this week, at Chinese manufacturer Ulefone's stand at MWC, we see two phones packing a P40 and P70. Of course, these chips haven't...

  • Your entire phone screen will soon become a fingerprint scanner

    Vivo made headlines earlier this year when it showed off the first production smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner (the X20 Plus UD), in partnership with biometric authentication stalwart Synaptics. Fortunately, we got the chance to check out the Chinese phone at MWC 2018, while also getting more info about the technology and its intriguing future. A demo of the tech The first thing that strikes us about the scanner is just how slick it is already. Synaptics director of product marketing Marc Ostrowski used the scanner in quick succession, the fingerprint scanner never refusing to play ball. Reports suggest that the scanner,...