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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Nokia 5.1 blow-by-blow review: should this be your next phone?

    We can't keep up with all the phones Nokia's launched this year. HMD Mobile, the company that now owns the Nokia brand, has been slightly overzealous with the chalk at the annual roadmap meeting, it seems. The Nokia 5.1 is the latest device as a result. It's a lower mid-range competitor, that's focusing almost entirely on a sturdy build, multimedia consumption and production. But is the rest of the phone any good? We take a look at some of its highlights, lowlights, and unmentionables. The hell yeahs Svelte, solid design Like Nokias before, the 5.1 is solidly built. It's a hunk of aluminium with...

  • Nokia 6.1 gets Android 9.0 Pie this week

    After the Nokia 7 Plus became the first device in HMD Global's stable to receive the Android 9.0 Pie update earlier this year, another device is following suit. The Nokia 6.1 will this week receive the latest version of Google's mobile OS. The phone features a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080. A 3000mAh battery powers the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Nokia's swift update rollouts are largely thanks to its Android One programme membership, which allows its devices to run stock Android and receive quick updates directly from Google. Android 9.0 Pie...

  • Snapdragon 675 benchmarks hit Geekbench

    Last month Qualcomm announced a new mid-range SoC that's set to power phones in the upper mid-range segment. Dubbed the Snapdragon 675, we knew that it would be based on an 11nm process, feature a octacore design with two ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a slightly weaker Adreno GPU, but we didn't know how it would perform. A new Geekbench benchmark may have just given us some indication. According to the scores, spotted by GSMArena -- 2267 single core and 6103 multicore -- it's more powerful than the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 670 which it's set to replace. The 710, when in the Xiaomi...

  • Nokia 7.1 arrives in South Africa for R5999

    HMD Global's Nokia 7.1 is now available in South Africa. It's the first Nokia device to hit our shores to sport a notch -- a design feature that has now become ubiquitous in the smartphone landscape. As the smaller spiritual successor to last year's stellar Nokia 7 Plus, the 7.1 packs a 5.84 inch 2280x1080 screen which also supports HDR10. Internally, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while storage can be increased through the microSD card slot. At the rear, HMD Global's employing a dual rear camera with a 12MP sensor (with phase detection...

  • Diablo Immortal’s YouTube trailer has over 150k dislikes

    If the booing didn't get Blizzard's attention, the dislikes on its Diablo Immortal gameplay trailer surely will. The gaming giant this weekend announced a new Diablo title, that isn't coming to PC in any way, shape or form. And as a result, Diablo Immortal -- at least based on its gameplay trailer -- is now one of the most hated games on YouTube ever. At the time of writing, the trailer has been viewed just over 1.55-million times, racking up 10 000 likes and 151 000 dislikes. That's a dislike percentage of nearly 94%. Among the most hated YouTube videos of all time, only...

  • Fans boo Blizzard at Blizzcon over Diablo mobile game

    Talk about not understanding your own fanbase. If you attend an event like Blizzcon, which has historically been focused on PC and console gaming, you'd expect a PC and console gaming announcement. But Blizzard's premier reveal at its flagship event this weekend left it with boos from the crowd, rather than admiration. While Blizzard announced some excellent news for a number of its titles at the event, including the 29th hero for Overwatch, it's the Diablo Immortal announcement that left fans bitter and upset. When asked if the title will be ported to PC, the Diablo team lead by Wyatt Chang responded that...

  • Why you should (and shouldn’t) buy the Hisense Infinity H12

    It's tough being a budget smartphone in South Africa. It's even tougher reminding people that you exist as a budget smartphone manufacturer. Luckily, thanks to a run of solid devices in 2016 and 2017, Hisense doesn't really need much help regarding the latter. Where it does however is with the launch of the Hisense Infinity H12, a phone that we previewed back in June. It's finally in South Africa, and competing against the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Huawei for the budget device crown. But the question is: does it have any chance of getting it? We take a look at a...

  • Ironically and worryingly, Android Pie is absent from this pie chart

    Android Pie received months of hype and feature teasers before it actually released to the public. But all that hullabaloo has made little impact on the latest Android versions overall market share. On Android Developers' overall OS version market share chartĀ for Ocober, Android Pie is still not even listed. In fact, the Android fragmentation issue is so ridiculous that Gingerbread -- a version of the OS that's nearly eight years old -- is still running of 0.5% of devices. It's basically more popular than Pie, which runs on less that 0.1% of Android phones. Three months in, it's clear that most manufacturers haven't...

  • Just Cause 4’s panoramic trailer teases Avalanche’s Apex engine’s tech

    Red Dead might be the only game your friends and granny are talking about this week, but it's not the only title to look forward to this year. In December, Rico Rodriquez will return with more disregard for his own life in Just Cause 4. Developed by Avalanche Studios, Just Cause 4 is set to include the explosions that made the third instalment so enjoyable, while also introducing a new government you can overthrow in a country called Solis. The title, which received its panoramic 4K 60fps trailer this week, is also set to include dynamic weather effects -- powered by Avalanche's...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 features no notch, tiny bezels, and a sliding selfie camera

    In a busy week for smartphone lovers, Xiaomi may have just introduced the highlight. The Mi Mix 3 is now official, and is possibly one of the more classically beautiful phones of 2018. If you dislike the notch, you'll love the Chinese company's thin top and bottom bezels. Because of the lack of real estate above or below the screen, the selfie camera duo -- a 24MP snapper and a 2MP depth sensor -- is located on a sled behind the screen. But it doesn't use a motor like the Oppo Find X. "Once the screen is pushed down, the magnetic mechanism...