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  • Snapdragon 845 official, Xiaomi to use for next flagship

    Qualcomm has officially revealed the Snapdragon 845 processor, set to power scores of high end smartphones in 2018. Details of the silicon weren't revealed just yet, as the company has opted to hold a separate event for the chipset tomorrow (6 December). However, Samsung Foundry's ES Jung appeared on stage, confirming that the company was working with Qualcomm on the next chipset. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also made an appearance, confirming that the next Xiaomi flagship would use the Snapdragon 845. It's unclear whether Xiaomi's phone will be the first with the Snapdragon 845. This year saw Samsung's Galaxy S8 being first to...

  • Expect 5G ‘as early as first half of 2019’

    Qualcomm says you can expect 5G connectivity as soon as 2019. 5G "will happen as early as the first half of 2019", Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon told attendees at the Snapdragon Summit in Maui, USA. Qualcomm has been working on trials with various networks, Amon added, including Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, Sprint, AT&T, Docomo and more. Otherwise, Qualcomm says we can expect "mass adoption" in 2020. 5G will enable or bolster uses such as social networks "in real time", "pervasive" cloud connectivity, augmented reality, public safety/emergency services, IoT and more, Amon explained. The firm has also claimed that 5G-related goods and services will be a $12-trillion market...

  • Smartphones in 2017: how many predictions came true?

    Almost a year ago, we gazed into our crystal ball to pick a few features we might see on 2017's smartphones. Now that the year is almost over, how many predictions actually came to fruition? 6GB of RAM to be more widespread? We saw several smartphones pack 6GB of RAM in 2016, predicting a modest increase for 2017. "2016 saw 6GB of RAM become a thing and, while it might seem like overkill at first, we definitely expect more manufacturers to get in on the action," we wrote. "This doesn't necessarily mean that 6GB will be the starting point for flagships though. But I...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 review: how does it fare six months later?

    Between the great camera and fantastic display, there was plenty to like about Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review). But a two-week period isn't ideal when it comes to a comprehensive review. After all, slowdown can occur, battery life could suffer and other issues could pop up months down the line. Fortunately, we've still got our seeded unit as a daily driver. So how has Samsung's flagship fared after roughly six months of use? Hardware I haven't used the S8 without a cover for a while now, but the rare times I do pop the cover off, I do still appreciate the phone's design. There is...

  • Who says Intel Atom is dead for mobile? Leagoo uses Spreadtrum, Intel chip

    Spreadtrum and Intel made news earlier this year when they announced a new smartphone processor, essentially being an octacore version of the Intel Atom chips. The SC9853i, as it's known, packs eight x86 Airmont cores, as opposed to the four seen in Intel's last Atom mobile processors. Otherwise, the chip is built on a 14nm process and features older dual-core Mali T820 graphics. Now, the first phone to use the chipset has been announced, in the form of the Leagoo T5C. The Chinese smartphone brand isn't the biggest (it doesn't crack the top five in China), but it sponsors Tottenham Hotspur, for what...

  • Pixel 2 XL vs Lumia 950 XL cameras: surprising results in tow

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL cameras build on the excellent results by the original Pixel, making them among the top smartphone cameras of 2017. But how does the Pixel 2 XL compare to the two-year-old Lumia 950 XL? All About Windows Phone took a few comparison shots, showing an older phone that still delivers quality photos. Of course, with a name like All About Windows Phone, you'd expect the Microsoft device to emerge victorious, but the website was pretty detailed in its rundown. The publication took macro shots, daytime snaps, low-light pictures and more. When it came to daytime shots, like...

  • 8nm or 10nm: what will next Qualcomm chip have? [Update]

    Samsung and Qualcomm have a close relationship when it comes to mobile chips, as Samsung manufactures Qualcomm's high-end processors and uses them in variants of its Galaxy flagships. This year saw Samsung get first dibs on the Snapdragon 835 processor, being manufactured on a tiny 10nm process for power savings and performance gains (smaller designs generally equal better performance and efficiency). Early rumours claimed that Samsung's next chip will be made on a 10nm process again -- a fact confirmed by the next-gen Exynos 9810's quiet unveiling. So where does that leave Qualcomm's own silicon? Samsung has announced this week that it has started...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5 Plus due for December reveal

    It feels like just a few days ago that the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and 4X came to South Africa, but the smartphone industry waits for no-one and the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are set to be announced. Yes, the Chinese brand has confirmed that it'll be doing a proper reveal of the two phones on 7 December. But what should you expect? "The key attractions of this device are 18:9 full-screen display, soft-toned selfie-light, and a large battery," the company divulged. In other words, we see the tall screen trend filtering down to cheaper devices, having started proper with the...

  • Honor V10 is official, a taste of what to expect with P11?

    The Honor V10 leaked a few days ago, but the London event finally took place last night. So what's there to know about the new smartphone? For one, the phone indeed packs the same Kirin 970 chipset used in the Mate 10. And it's most likely the same chipset that will appear in the P11, as we reported earlier this month. The chipset, which consists of four high-powered A73 cores and four lightweight A53 cores, also packs a Neural Processing Unit for AI calculations. So what's the Honor V10 doing with the machine learning grunt? Well, Huawei's Honor website lists AI voice...

  • Another day, another battery ‘breakthrough’ using graphene

    Samsung has announced a battery breakthrough, using a "graphene ball" to achieve five times faster charging speed and a 45% increase in capacity. "The breakthrough provides promise for the next generation secondary battery market, particularly related to mobile devices and electric vehicles," read a release on Samsung's website. The research was conducted by the Samsung Advanced Insitute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung SDI and the Seoul National University's School of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Researchers found that the battery based on the 'graphene ball' material needs only 12 minutes to fully charge. Most smartphones need at least an hour to 90 minutes to...