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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • New iPhone to have wireless charging? Apple joins key group

    Wireless charging is a feature available on numerous smartphones, but what about Apple and its iPhone? Well, the firm has recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium... The consortium pushes the Qi wireless charging standard, making it likely that an upcoming iPhone will use the technology. "After several years of increasing rumour, Apple's membership with the Wireless Power Consortium points strongly to the expectation that the next iPhone will include wireless charging technology," IHS Technology analyst Vicky Yussuff wrote in an emailed statement. Yussuff added that wireless charging could be set for a massive boost, given Apple's effect on the market. "The world market...

  • LG G6 gets two 13-megapixel main cameras

    Pieces of the LG G6 puzzle are slowly falling into place, with the camera department being the latest to receive details from the South Korean colossus. The company confirmed the news on its Korean website (Google Translate), saying that the wide-angle shooter will be the same resolution as the normal-angle camera. "The LG G6 uses the same 13-megapixel high-definition picture quality as the regular angle for the wide-angle rear dual camera. This reflects the voices of consumers who want to shoot in high-definition even when shooting wide-angle scenes with a wide-angle camera, thus increasing the utilisation of wide-angle," read a translated...

  • Could we see HDR smartphone screens go big in 2017?

    HDR-capable TV sets are all the rage right now, delivering a brighter, more vivid image than traditional television screens are capable of. What about the smartphone arena though? Well, call me an idiot, but I didn't realise that the Galaxy Note 7 had a screen capable of displaying HDR content. But what about other handsets? Qualcomm has confirmed that they're getting on the bandwagon too, with the upcoming Snapdragon 835 chip. The chipmaker says you can expect the new processor to pack support for HDR 10 playback. Of course, Samsung is expected to pack the chip into some of its S8 models...

  • LG G6 to have quad DAC hardware, company confirms

    The LG V20 (review) was an audio beast of note, featuring quad DAC hardware for higher quality sound, as well as high-resolution audio recording chops. Now, it looks like the LG G6 will have similar hardware. The company has announced (Google Translate) that its upcoming flagship will pack quad DAC hardware as well, which delivers better sound than standard audio hardware in smartphones. LG says the new hardware will lower the "distortion rate to 0.0002% of the master audio level", while also granting users more granular control over the left and right side of the earphones. The LG G6 will take an audio-related...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Snapdragon smartphones [Update]

    We'll be periodically updating this article as more Snapdragon chips get announced. From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the...

  • Humble Bundle and Spiraloid: this week’s top mobile games

    We've got a solid selection of mobile games for your viewing listening playing (?) pleasure this week, starting with a Humble Bundle for Android. Otherwise, A Normal Lost Phone and Spiraloid are two other notable titles this week. Check out the full rundown below. Spiral (free - Android, iOS) It seems like you can't go a week without a super tough, borderline-unfair game coming to mobile platforms, with Ketchapp's Spiral being the latest. The title sees you controlling a ball rolling down a (what else?) spiral, tapping the screen to hop over obstacles. The one big problem is that the obstacles come before...

  • Moto Mod hackathons yield solar charger, breathalyser

    Lenovo's Moto Z goes a long way to realising the dream of Project Ara, thanks to the presence of Moto Mod hardware add-ons. These mods included batteries, speakers and projectors at launch, but creative types have been making their own mods at Lenovo-backed hackathons. Some of the coolest creations at these hackathons include an audio attachment for enthusiasts and a slideout game controller. Now, two hackathons (one in Argentina and one in San Francisco) have yielded even more cool Moto Mods. The first mod, called Baby Care, delivers "automatic alerts when conditions aren't ideal for a child". The developer cited room temperature as one...

  • Moto Z Play, G4 Play hit Cellucity

    It's been quite a few months since we saw Lenovo's Moto brand relaunch in the country, with the Moto Z leading the pack. Now, the G4 Play and the Moto Z Play have popped up on Cellucity. The G4 Play is a mid-range device, being the latest in the Moto brand's budget-minded G series. The G4 Play packs a 5-inch 720p display, nigh-on entry level Snapdragon 410 chip and either 1GB RAM/8GB storage or 2GB RAM/16GB storage. Otherwise, a 2800mAh battery, 8MP main camera and 5MP selfie shooter round out the package. Smartphone enthusiasts might want to pick up the Moto Z Play...

  • Huawei Mate 9: check these sample photos

    We quite liked the Huawei P9 (review), offering a great dual-camera setup and a sleek design. So we're glad to see the Huawei Mate 9 arrive on our doorstep. The Mate 9 takes a similar approach to the 2016 flagship, but ups the ante with a 20-megapixel black and white camera, in addition to its 12-megapixel traditional shooter (the P9 has two 12MP shooters). This means you can take 20-megapixel black and white snaps, while 20-megapixel colour snaps are also possible (with the help of some software trickery). Otherwise, the addition of optical image stabilisation is another feather in the Mate 9's...

  • Xiaomi’s budget Redmi 4A released in South Africa

    A few weeks ago, we were tipped off about the Xiaomi Redmi 4A being listed by Incredible Connection. Now, Afrihost has made it official, launching the budget smartphone in South Africa. The Redmi 4A packs a budget-minded Snapdragon 425 chip (quad core A53), 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, dual SIM design and 16GB of expandable storage. In other words, it's similar to the Redmi 2 Pro in many ways. This extends to the camera department too, packing a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main shooter and a 5MP selfie camera. Otherwise, you can expect an IR blaster, microUSB (not USB Type-C) and a...