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All posts by Andy Walker

  • OnePlus 6 will debut on 16 May in London

    The OnePlus 6 will be launched in London on 16 May, the Chinese smartphone company confirmed Wednesday. Interestingly, it will be heading to both China and India just a day later, but no global availability information is available just yet. What is available (through good ol' rumours) is the OnePlus 6's proposed specs. For one, we're getting Qualcomm's range-topping Snapdragon 845 chipset, a possible wad of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That's a better specifications list than any Samsung, LG or Apple device at present. And yes, speaking of Apple, OnePlus will likely stuff a notch onto the phone's front bezel, eking...

  • Looks like the LG G7 ThinQ has a notch too

    There's just no way you can find a phone that does everything for you. And it seems that the LG G7 ThinQ will continue this trend. Leaked renders suggest that the phone will have a notch -- keeping up with the trend the Essential Phone and iPhone X began last year -- but it will also have a headphone jack. You see? Compromise. Other information leaker Evan Blass outed (because nothing is sacred in the smartphone world) are the buttons positioned around the device's flanks. Three buttons are located on the G7 ThinQ's left hand side, while one resides on the...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review: selfie control

    Looking for a big phone? You've come to the right place. Hide your skinny jeans and fashionable jeggings, because the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a pocket breaker. Sticking with Sony's angular aesthetic is an incredibly large slab of aluminium and plastic, measuring more than 16cm in length, and 8cm across. At 9.5mm deep, the XA2 Ultra's also one of the thicker phones you'll see debut this year. And yes, it's probably going to the be only device you can stand up on its bottom without assistance. The screens colour reproduction is excellent, and this doesn't change at extreme viewing angles either But...

  • Firewatch developer Campo Santo joins Valve

    It's a marquee day for indie developers. Valve, the gaming world's Google in many respects, has acquired the services of Campo Santo, the studio behind indie narrative classic Firewatch. The "small but scrappy" developer will now join the owner of Steam to further develop its current title, In the Valley of Gods. Firewatch review: breathtaking isolation I’m not sure where to start describing this game. In my mere five hours with Firewatch I went through more experiences and feelings than with any colossal sixty hour AAA-title that I can recall. Read more... Along with citing an opened bottle of IGN's finest game awards...

  • This is Nokia’s comeback crew: 5 phones heading to South Africa in 2018

    Explaining to consumers that Nokia is back, but it's not the same Nokia that it was before, is a difficult task. Much has changed. Gone are the days of Microsoft's influence over the Lumia name. Hell, gone is the Lumia name entirely, and in comes HMD Global. Ostensibly, even under its new owner, the Nokia brand hasn't changed. It's logo remains the same. That iconic ringtone remains their marketing jingle of choice. And they're still using numbers to differentiate their devices models. But Nokia's looking a lot healthier today that it was a few years ago. "The fanbase, although it was there previously,...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the Fitbit Versa in South Africa

    The Fitbit Versa -- the American wearables firm's second smartwatch -- is now available globally, and coming to South Africa in May. The company lifted the covers on the watch earlier this year, but now customers can purchase it in a number of different guises and finishes. But we'll get into this later. For now, the Versa is a smart wearable that tells the time and can track your health in realtime. It runs Fitbit OS 2.0, and comes with the tech we've seen first on the company first smartwatch, the Ionic. Said features includes an all day PurePulse heart rate monitor,...

  • We review: Body Glove’s Lite Bluetooth and colourful Pop earphones

    Open your ears, because we've got two earphones on the test bench today. While one requires a headphone jack and the other a Bluetooth connection, both are from American accessories company Body Glove. A company probably better known for its mobile covers and cases also makes the Lite for active people, and the Pop for more fashion-conscious users. Body Glove Lite As its name would suggest, the Body Glove Lite Bluetooth earphones are practically weightless. They're the airiest set of Bluetooth buds I've ever used, but that's probably thanks to its cheap-as-chips build quality. Sketchy plastic houses the control module, on which sit...

  • The rugged Cat S31 is now available in South Africa

    If you drop your phone often and don't own a pair of skinny jeans, you'll be happy to know that the Cat S31 smartphone is now available in South Africa. The "resilient smartphone suited for harsh and rugged environments" was first showcased at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and has been available in SA through grey imports, but has now officially arrived in mobile networks' stores. The rugged Cat S31's big draw isn't its specs sheet. Up front, there's a 2MP selfie camera, and a small-for-2018 4.7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is also included -- a...

  • Mighty specs meet bold claims: this is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

    Last year's Sony Xperia XZ Premium was a novel device. Not only did it feature a 4K screen, its slo-mo video recording performance was astounding. But it had flaws. Massive ones. Now the company's giving the Premium thing another go. It today announced the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, a clunkier name, a larger phone but a more impressive set of features. The phone adopts Sony's sculptured curve aesthetic, ditching the crude, sharp lines of its predecessor. There's no notch present, but there is a large forehead and a fat chin, typical of Sony devices of yore. And yes, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium...

  • ‘Expect’ a gaming phone from Asus in the future

    Mobile gaming is a giant portion of both Google and Apple's app revenue, but smartphone makers haven't really latched onto the idea of 'gaming phones' at all. Sure, the Razer Phone launched late last year, but it's one of few companies that have stretched the idea beyond marketing and into actual hardware. But it may not be alone in this space for much longer. And according to Asus's global CEO Jerry Shen, consumers can "expect" a gaming phone from the company at some point in the future. And it might arrive with ROG branding too. In an interview with Philippine publication Astig, Shen...