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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Samsung Galaxy A9S introduces the five camera phone to China

    Alongside the launch of the first smartphone that bears its name that it didn't bother making itself, Samsung this week also launched the Galaxy A9S, a flagship killer specifically for the Chinese market. The Galaxy A9S is extremely similar to the A6S beneath its skin. It too sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the screen is larger at 6.3 inches, but the sAMOLED panel remains. But where the phone really impresses is its rear... to the left of its fingerprint sensor. It features the same quadruple camera setup as the Galaxy A9, announced just a...

  • The Galaxy A6S is the first Samsung not made by Samsung

    Samsung has this week launched two new smartphones specifically for the Chinese market. One, however, is of particular importance for an interesting reason. Dubbed the Galaxy A6S, it's the first Samsung smartphone to not be manufacturered by the Korean firm. The manufacturer in question is Wintech, a company owned by Samsung's Chinese rival Xiaomi. If it sounds complicated, that's largely because it is, but using a manufacturer from China does help Samsung keep costs down. You wouldn't really say that looking at the Galaxy A6S's spec sheet though. The A6S itself is a promising prospect on paper, featuring a 6.0 inch screen,...

  • 6 weird and wonderful Huawei Mate 20 Pro features that caught my eye

    It takes a lot for me to sit up and take notice of a smartphone. And no, I'm not talking about flashy events with dubstep and Channing Tatum backup dancers. I'm talking hard, innovative and actually bold features. I'm also talking about features that Apple would call "bold". You know, features that don't quite make sense but they're pushed on you anyway? Here are three of each from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Weird: Nano SD card Companies that launch dual SIM phones in a market dominated by carriers that sneer at their consumers almost as much as their competitors are always welcome. But making...

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro gets its SA launch date and price

    The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will sell for R18 999 in South Africa, the Chinese company announced on Tuesday at its launch event in Johannesburg. When compared to its rivals, it's pricing strategy certainly seems aggressive. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also launched at R18 999, the iPhone XS is R21 999. The iPhone XS Max is R23 999. Of the three currently available variants in the Mate 20 stable, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the only version that will be sold locally. The stock Mate 20, and the larger Mate 20X won't make it to SA shores. The Huawei Mate...

  • Watch the nail-biting conclusion to the Tetris World Championships

    If you thought Tetris was a weak timewaster you played mindlessly while waiting for a train, think again. This weekend, the Tetris World Championships concluded in Portland, Oregon, with a quite incredible sequence of events. 16-year-old Joseph Saelee came back from a near semi-final defeat to ultimately knock seven-time world champion Jonas Neubauer from his perch. The final however was a tense affair. With Neubauer topping-out early, the heat was on Saelee to make up a 104 000 point difference. For a full minute, Saelee carefully and thoughtfully builds the blocks up at almost break-neck speed, and eventually, gets two Tetris to take home...

  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by your doppelganger

    The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is arguably the phone to beat in 2018, at least on paper. Beyond its underscreen fingerprint reader and machine learning chipset, it also features a 3D face unlock system. Yep, that's the reason for that notch too. But it seems that it may not be as secure as one would like, at least not if you have a doppelganger at your workplace. German publication AndroidPit experienced this phenomenon this week. Author Steffen Herget reportedly locked the phone using his biometrics, that is, his face. Passing the phone around the office, it remained locked until it arrived at his...

  • The cheapest new iPhone will cost R15999

    The new iPhone XR might be the cheapest of Apple's 2018's smartphone lineup, but it will still retail for R15 999 in South Africa. iStore today announced the new pricing and availability information of the device, which features a 6.1 inch LCD display, Apple's A12 Bionic chipset, and a single 12MP rear camera. Those who want to purchase the phone cash, will need to fork out around R3000 less for this particular model when compared to the iPhone XS. The iPhone XR is also cheaper than the R18 999 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in South Africa, but comes in a few hundred...

  • Huawei Mate 20, 20 Pro and 20X are now official

    Huawei unveiled three devices at a swanky event in London last night, including two familar devices with the Mate moniker, and another slightly different. For starters, the company pulled the curtain on the Huawei Mate 20, arguably the least interesting of the three devices. Huawei Mate 20 It sports a 6.5 inch LCD waterdrop-notch screen with a 2244x1080 resolution, the Kirin 980 chipset at its heart, internal storage of 128GB and a RAM figure of 6GB. The triple rear camera setup features a 12MP primary snapper, a 16MP wide angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Up front, you'll also find a 24MP...

  • Sony Xperia XZ2 range is getting its Android Pie update

    Android 9.0 Pie's rollout is slower than a, well, a pie rolling down a hill, but some companies are pushing updates to their devices sooner than others. Last week, Nokia confirmed that its devices will be getting the latest version of Android soon. Now, Sony is pushing updates to its older devices. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are both receiving Android Pie in their latest security patches, according to Xperia Blog. Additionally, a new camera update is also included. It's not completely clear if South Africa is among the regions receiving the update, but we've contacted the company's local reps for clarification. Feature...

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 features four rear cameras, five in total

    The Samsung Galaxy A9, and its five cameras, are now official. Because more is better in Smartphoneworld, the Korean manufacturer has stuck four cameras onto the A9's rear plate. It's the first smartphone to boast such a claim, and is a particularly interesting move for the company's mid-range smartphone series. With that said, the phone does keep the big, heavy fad of 2018 alive. A 6.3 inch sAMOLED screen with 2220x1080 pixels is employed. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset -- also seen on the BlackBerry Key 2, Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus -- alongside a base of...