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Mobile Phones

  • 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...

  • Razer Phone 2 could be 2018’s sleeper hit flagship smartphone

    The gaming phone may be the latest smartphone fad to snuggle up to consumers in 2018. And perpetuating that movement is Razer. Generally known as a gaming peripheral and laptop manufacturer, Razer this week debuted its second edition Razer Phone. Not your typical 2018 flagship (with notch, no headphone jack, and a screen so large it requires a crane to lift), the Razer Phone 2 keeps much of the original device's specs. It still features a 5.72 inch screen that refreshes its 2560x1440 pixels at 120Hz. Rather disappointingly, you'll still only find 64GB storage in the phone, but it does come with...

  • Google’s new Pixel 3 is all about the AI

    This week’s Google event introduced the company’s latest smartphones and other devices, with the company finally revealing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. The two devices don’t differ much, with a 5.5 inch and 6.5 inch display seemingly the biggest difference between them. Both smartphones possess a 12.2 MP dual-pixel camera at the rear and an 8PM at the front, and are equally capable of 4K video. The devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and have 4GB RAM too, with an external storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB respectively. “Pixel brings you the best of Google in a phone, powered by...

  • LG V40 ThinkQ is now official

    This week LG officially launched the V40 ThinQ – its smartphone with five cameras. In fact, the company calls this camera system “revolutionary” with “the power to capture moments big or small, at different angles from multiple perspectives”. The three rear cameras work simultaneously, giving your three pictures out of every click. “Easily capture three photos – standard, telephoto zoom and super wide-angle – with just one click.” With the dual front-facing cameras you can choose between standard or 90 degree wide angle selfies. The device also uses AI to help you choose filters and make basic edits to your photos. Other specs include: Qualcomm...

  • Huawei Y9 (2019) debuts with huge 6.5 inch notched screen

    Huawei's Y series now has a big new member. The budget range of the Chinese phone maker hasn't really had any exciting prospects on paper thus far, but the Huawei Y9 (2019) is set to change that. "The Huawei Y9 2019 is the newest device tailor-made for the young generation, introducing stylish colours and featuring the latest technology trends," the company wrote in its release. "It caters to the generation of gamers who will benefit from state of the art gaming, audio-visual and entertainment experiences." This claim's backed up by Huawei's focus in the 2019 phone's screen size and resolution. The 6.5 inch notch-screen...

  • So here’s what each of the five LG V40 ThinQ’s cameras can do

    With five cameras, the LG V40 ThinQ is set to be a smartphone photographer's pocket knife heading into the latter stages of 2018. But what do each of the cameras do? According to a leak from Evan Blass, we now have a fairly good idea. About those five cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ... pic.twitter.com/DzC9aJnlFT — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 1, 2018 For one, one of the V40's rear camera will be the standard, everyday lens. The other two will tackle telephoto zoom and wide-angle duties. We've seen LG use wide-angle lenses before, most notably on the LG G5. As for the remaining two...

  • A weird bug is stopping iPhone XS, XS Max from charging with their screens off

    Apple's iPhone have been plagued by some daft bugs and flaws over the years. Bendgate is perhaps the most iconic, but it wasn't an issue for those who didn't wear skinny jeans or didn't sit on their phones. The latest bug however could potentially affect every iPhone user. A slew of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max users have reported that they cannot charge their phones when the screen is off. Simply connecting the Lightning cable when the phone's idling doesn't initiate a charge. Instead, the phones simply lie there unfazed, and, uh, uncharged. Users found that unplugging the cable, forcing the screen on,...

  • First look: this is the new ‘cloud silver’ Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    Samsung did a damn good job of making its black and lavender Note 9's desirable, by flooding the market with its blue hero device. But a new colour combo is on the horizon for a select few. The company today announced that a silver sheen version of the Note 9 will be available in the US, and only the US for now. Officially called "cloud silver", the colour's about as neutral as you could get. If you love modern fridges, you'll love this colour. Additionally, the S Pen is also slathered in the new paint scheme. Have a look at all of...

  • Android Pie updates are arriving on the Nokia 7 Plus

    The Android 9.0 Pie update will today begin rolling out to users of the Nokia 7 Plus. The news was confirmed by HMD Global's chief product officer Juho Sarvikas. In a tweet published on Friday, Sarvikas revealed -- in a bit of a cringy post, tbh -- that the Android One phablet will receive Google's latest OS build. This comes just a few weeks after Pie was officially announced by Google. We are doing a phased roll-out to ensure quality. We will start with open markets and operators will follow shortly due to required approval process. Also note that we will roll out...

  • Nokia 5.1 arrives in South Africa for R3599

    The Nokia 5.1 is the latest HMD Global smartphone to hit South Africa. The mid-range device is powered by a Mediatek Helio P18 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot. It will also feature a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display, with 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a 16MP primary camera, with phase detection autofocus. Up front, a wide-angle 8MP selfie camera can also be found. The Android One smartphone also features a rear fingerprint reader, an FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi 802.11 ac support, and NFC. Additionally, a 2970mAh battery keeps the lights...