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Mobile Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reportedly catches fire in woman’s bag

    A Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has reportedly caught fire inside a woman's purse, she claims in a lawsuit. According to a New York Post report, the phone "became extremely hot" while the woman was using it in an elevator. She popped it in her bag, but this didn't remedy the issue. Instead "whistling and screeching" and "thick smoke" was the result. The phone reportedly caught fire. "The mobile didn’t stop burning until a good Samaritan grabbed it with a cloth and plunked it into a bucket of water, Chung claims in the Queens Supreme Court lawsuit," the NY Post's report continues. All this...

  • Gallery: 15 pictures of the new BlackBerry Key 2 unboxed

    BlackBerry is back with a brand new smartphone. It's called the Key 2, and recently launched in South Africa. And yes, the phone gives BlackBerry fans more of what they've become accustomed to over the years. That includes a physical keyboard with the ability to map buttons to open apps, and a convenience key which can be programmed to open whatever you desire. Beyond that, the BlackBerry Key 2 does deviate from the norm. It's the first of the company's smartphones to feature dual 12MP rear snappers. Internally, you're looking at 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage alongside a Snapdragon 66o chipset. But...

  • OnePlus 6T will ditch the headphone jack, but it’s not what fans want

    The next OnePlus smartphone will not have a headphone jack. In the latest episode of Why OEMs Hate Legacy But Useful Hardware Standards, the OnePlus 6T is set to abandon the trusty old jack in favour of wireless or USB-C audio. All previous OnePlus smartphones have employed the use of the standard. The 6T is the first time the company will join the likes of Apple and Sony in removing the 3.5mm connector. In an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision is about "optimising" the user experience, and not simply following the industry trends. "When we started OnePlus,...

  • Watch JerryRigEverything mildly destroy a shiny new Pocophone F1

    I guess someone has to do it, right? The Pocophone F1 is a remarkable device. Beneath its US$300 skin lies the same chipset you find in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Sony Xperia XZ3, devices three times more expensive than it. But with that price reduction comes some sacrifices. JerryRigEverything, the reason why we can't have nice things, took his usual bevy of "surgical" instruments to the Pocophone F1, to see just how durable Xiaomi's latest flagship killer is. The answer? Quite. The body is decidedly polycarbonate and easy to cut into, but the glass up front should resist keys and wayward...

  • iPhone XR: Apple’s budget smartphone will cost $749

    The iPhone XR (pronounced "ten-arr") is the company's spiritual successor to the iPhone 5C. The aluminium device also sports an IP67 rating, with a notched LCD 1792x828 screen -- sorry, Liquid Retina -- with a 6.1 inch size from corner to corner. It's also smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus even with that bigger screen. FaceID is also included, with a haptic touch-like system employed on its home screen. It's also powered by the Apple A12 Bionic, but Apple failed to reveal the storage or RAM figures. The XR only features a 12MP rear camera, but it is the same rear camera...

  • This is the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, coming to SA on 28 September

    It's "the most advanced iPhone we have ever created" said Time Cook about the iPhone XS. But I mean, were we expecting anything less? At the Gather Round event on Wednesday, the company launched the iPhone XS (pronounced "ten-ess"), made of stainless steel with touches of gold, silver and space grey. The screen, featuring a notch, is covered in the "most durable glass ever on a smartphone". That also comes with IP68 dust and water resistance (it includes, beer, tea, and wine, Phil Schiller remarked). 5.8 inches is the size, with 2436x1125 resolution, confirming prior leaks. And yes, it uses OLED technology...

  • Apple accidentally leaks iPhone trio minutes before launch

    Just an hour before the official launch, we already know exactly what Apple's three smartphones will be called. The company was caught blushing on Wednesday when tech tips and news site ATH discovered the names of Apple's upcoming smartphones in the body of its product site map's XML file. And it's not just the names of the devices uncovered. Specs, accessories and even the Apple Watch's new sizes are now known. According to the XML file, the rumours of the XS's name are indeed true however pronunciation is anyone's guess. It will feature a 5.8 inch screen, with minimum storage pegged at...

  • Nokia 2.1 arrives in South Africa for R1699

    The Nokia 2.1 is now available in South Africa. Announced globally in May, the 2.1 is HMD Global's next Android Go phone to hit the country after the Nokia 1. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot supporting cards up to 128GB. Up front there's a 1280x720 5.5 inch screen with a 5MP selfie camera above it. The Nokia 2.1 also touts dual stereo speakers. Around the back, an 8MP snapper with autofocus is your primary camera, while a 4000mAh battery keeps the device powered for a claimed...

  • LG K11 arrives in South Africa for R3899

    LG has added another smartphone to its South African roster in 2018. It's called the LG K11, and it's the refreshed version of the mid-range K10 which debuted last year. On the surface, the metal-body phone borrows a few features from the older LG G6. This includes the 13MP phase detection autofocus-enabled rear snapper and 8MP front facing camera. Internally, it's not very exciting. LG employs a octa-core Mediatek chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There's also a 3000mAh battery powering the phone. Up front, there's a 5.3 inch 1280x720 screen with a 16:9 ratio, and a fingerprint reader...

  • BlackBerry Key 2 launches in South Africa

    The BlackBerry Key 2 is now available in South Africa. Running Android 8.1 Oreo and sporting a QWERTY keyboard, the TCL-made Key 2 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to sport a dual rear camera array. Externally, there's also a programmable Speed Key, allowing users to access apps, contacts or voice assistants. Internally, there's a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There's also a 128GB version, while both will sport support for a microSD card too. The screen is a 4.5 inch IPS display with 1620x1080 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. As for that rear camera, there are...