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Mobile Phones

  • Bixby: Samsung details virtual assistant, set for Galaxy S8

    The early Galaxy S8 rumours have claimed that the smartphone will be shipping with Samsung's own virtual assistant, dubbed Bixby. Now, the South Korean tech manufacturer has confirmed the existence of the service. In a post on Samsung Mobile Press, Samsung's InJong Rhee says that machines are supposed to adapt and learn from us -- not the other way around. The head of R&D, software and services explains that the interface must be natural enough to "flatten" the learning curve, no matter how many functions get added. "With this new approach, Samsung has employed artificial intelligence, reinforcing deep learning concepts to the...

  • Is this Samsung’s DeX dock for Galaxy S8?

    We've already got Ubuntu for Phones (or Ubuntu Touch, whatever it's called) and Microsoft's Continuum for Phones, allowing smartphones to offer a PC-like experience via a dock. But reports persist that Samsung's Galaxy S8 will join the party as well. Now, German publication WinFuture has revealed a render of the desktop dock, called DeX (desktop experience). So what should you expect? The publication reports that the dock, which boasts a "collapsible" design, packs two USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port topping out at 100Mbps, USB Type-C port and an HDMI port. The other purported feature is a cooling fan, allowing the...

  • The chase for thin bezels is lovely, but is it worth it?

    The past few months have seen the trend of thin bezels, or a high screen/body ratio, making headlines. Sharp's Aquos Crystal popularised the trend back in 2014, and then we had the Xiaomi Mi Mix, released late last year. The Mi Mix managed to up the ante in an incredible way, delivering super-thin bezels that makes for an astounding design. Even Samsung's rumoured Galaxy S8 and LG's G6 (hands-on) don't quite stack up in terms of design, it could be argued. Xiaomi's smartphone retains some incredibly thin borders on three sides, with the bottom being the only part of the phone...

  • Huawei P10 Lite detailed, so what’s new?

    Huawei's P8 Lite and P9 Lite were two of the most successful mid-range smartphones sold in South Africa, offering some cool specs at a solid price. Now, European networks have revealed the P10 Lite, being the latest device from Huawei. According to EE and Vodafone Netherlands, the P10 Lite packs a 2.1Ghz Kirin 655 chip, 32GB of expandable storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and 5.2-inch full HD screen. However, other reports claim that the device is actually packing a Kirin 658 chip (being a slight upgrade over the Kirin 655) and 4GB of RAM. Otherwise, the phone seems to pack a 3000mAh battery (promising...

  • Sony Xperia L1 is pretty in picture but boring on paper

    If you didn't think Sony has enough smartphones on its roster this year, you might want to quickly reevaluate that thought. The company has announced yet another device for introduction this year, dubbed the Sony Xperia L1. Yep, that's a redux for a moniker that was last used in 2013. The series will likely prop up Sony's mobile lineup, perhaps even replacing the Xperia E range. The company hasn't yet confirmed this though. So what's Sony's chief marketing mantra with this phone? "Meet the smartphone that performs as good as it looks," the company writes on its product page. The mid-range Sony Xperia...

  • Galaxy S8 prices leaked: will it break the bank though?

    We already know a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, thanks in large part due to recent leaks. Now, another leak has occurred, in the form of pricing for the device... According to the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the Galaxy S8 will have a €799 price tag and the Galaxy S8+ will feature a €899 price. Do an ill-advised currency conversion (other costs still have to be taken into account), and you're looking at R10 906 for the S8 and R12 271 for the S8+. Don't expect Xiaomi pricing for the upcoming Galaxy S8, according to the latest information In other words, you can...

  • Galaxy S8 to have 1000fps video, iris scanner – report

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 rumour mill has been churning out a constant stream of stories, but the latest claim might just be one of the biggest. According to SamMobile and Korean outlet Naver, the new Samsung flagship will have a similar high fps video recording function as the newly announced Sony Xperia XZ Premium. It's claimed that the Galaxy S8 will have a 1000fps option, as opposed to Sony's 960fps feature. It's believed that Samsung has achieved this in a similar manner to Sony, by attaching fast DRAM to the camera sensor. However, it's claimed that Samsung isn't using Sony's camera...

  • Meizu, Qualcomm buried hatchet – new phones on horizon?

    Chinese manufacturer Meizu has traditionally stuck to either using MediaTek or Samsung Exynos chips in its smartphones. In fact, the company, which saw its phones come to South Africa late last year, has never used Snapdragon chips due to a legal dispute. The dispute was settled in December though, with the two parties reaching a patent licensing agreement. Now, Digitimes has reported that Meizu will be acquiring Snapdragon chips at the expense of MediaTek orders. The publication reports that MediaTek chips currently account for 90% of Meizu's handset shipments. However, it cites "sources from the upstream supply chain" as saying that Snapdragon...

  • LG G6: what are reviews saying about it?

    The LG G6 was arguably the most striking handset at MWC 2017, owing to that tall 5.7-inch display and high screen/body ratio. The specs aren't perfect on paper though, such as the older Snapdragon 821 processor and region-specific features (weird). But, does the phone make for a great purchase? We look at some of the initial reviews. Design and display The LG G6 makes for a drastic difference compared to the G5, featuring IP68 water resistance and a gorgeous Galaxy-style design. Then there's the 2:1 display, making for an extremely unique smartphone. Pocket-Lint praised the phone's design and screen in its review, pointing...

  • 7 really cheap smartphones for WhatsApp [Tech Savvy SA]

    Our initial list of cheap smartphones for WhatsApp back in 2014 was quite a hit, still attracting views today. But the smartphone world moves at an incredible pace, and 2014's budget devices are likely to be obsolete now. Additionally, the sector has exploded, making for quite the variety of quality phones. With that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to refresh our list of affordable WhatsApp-enabled handsets. And when looking at the sub-R2000 category, there are plenty to choose from. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 At R499, the Smart Kicka 2 is the cheapest phone on the list, with some...