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Mobile Phones

  • Samsung Galaxy F will launch in March 2019, report suggests

    After Samsung revealed its foldable smartphone/tablet concept early last week, "industry sources" chatting to Korea's Yonhap News believes that a consumer device is just on the horizon. The publication suggests that Samsung will launch a foldable smartphone alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 in March. "According to the sources, the South Korean tech giant plans to unveil the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone in February, followed by the presumed foldable Galaxy F and another edition of the Galaxy S10 that runs on the 5G network in March," the publication's report reads. The phone, which has been called the Samsung Galaxy F, will feature a...

  • Nokia 5.1 blow-by-blow review: should this be your next phone?

    We can't keep up with all the phones Nokia's launched this year. HMD Mobile, the company that now owns the Nokia brand, has been slightly overzealous with the chalk at the annual roadmap meeting, it seems. The Nokia 5.1 is the latest device as a result. It's a lower mid-range competitor, that's focusing almost entirely on a sturdy build, multimedia consumption and production. But is the rest of the phone any good? We take a look at some of its highlights, lowlights, and unmentionables. The hell yeahs Svelte, solid design Like Nokias before, the 5.1 is solidly built. It's a hunk of aluminium with...

  • Samsung reveals One UI for larger screen smartphones

    Alongside its foldable smartphone concept, Samsung has revealed its upcoming brand new look, called One UI. The new user interface, which was presented at Samsung’s Developer Conference, is all about simplicity and comfort, the company explained. At present, One UI runs on top of Android 9.0 Pie. “Find and focus on the content you want easily. The decluttered screen shows relevant information with each tap, so you only get the essentials, one at a time,” said the company on its website. The design features new icons and neater, rounded displays. It's also said to be easier to use on bigger screens, taking ergonomics...

  • Nokia 6.1 gets Android 9.0 Pie this week

    After the Nokia 7 Plus became the first device in HMD Global's stable to receive the Android 9.0 Pie update earlier this year, another device is following suit. The Nokia 6.1 will this week receive the latest version of Google's mobile OS. The phone features a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080. A 3000mAh battery powers the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Nokia's swift update rollouts are largely thanks to its Android One programme membership, which allows its devices to run stock Android and receive quick updates directly from Google. Android 9.0 Pie...

  • Samsung could reveal its foldable smartphone this week

    A new report suggests that Samsung will this week reveal its foldable smartphone at its annual Developer Conference. The event does not usually focus on devices, however it is believed that Samsung will use the opportunity to "provide some details" about the eagerly awaited model. "Before we take it to the market, we want to share with developers what we’ve done so far and see what they think of it," said an unnamed official quoted by Reuters. Samsung was expected to be the first firm to launch a foldable smartphone, but Chinese startup Royole has already taken that honour. Royole revealed a developer...

  • Snapdragon 675 benchmarks hit Geekbench

    Last month Qualcomm announced a new mid-range SoC that's set to power phones in the upper mid-range segment. Dubbed the Snapdragon 675, we knew that it would be based on an 11nm process, feature a octacore design with two ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a slightly weaker Adreno GPU, but we didn't know how it would perform. A new Geekbench benchmark may have just given us some indication. According to the scores, spotted by GSMArena -- 2267 single core and 6103 multicore -- it's more powerful than the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 670 which it's set to replace. The 710, when in the Xiaomi...

  • Nokia 7.1 arrives in South Africa for R5999

    HMD Global's Nokia 7.1 is now available in South Africa. It's the first Nokia device to hit our shores to sport a notch -- a design feature that has now become ubiquitous in the smartphone landscape. As the smaller spiritual successor to last year's stellar Nokia 7 Plus, the 7.1 packs a 5.84 inch 2280x1080 screen which also supports HDR10. Internally, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while storage can be increased through the microSD card slot. At the rear, HMD Global's employing a dual rear camera with a 12MP sensor (with phase detection...

  • Why you should (and shouldn’t) buy the Hisense Infinity H12

    It's tough being a budget smartphone in South Africa. It's even tougher reminding people that you exist as a budget smartphone manufacturer. Luckily, thanks to a run of solid devices in 2016 and 2017, Hisense doesn't really need much help regarding the latter. Where it does however is with the launch of the Hisense Infinity H12, a phone that we previewed back in June. It's finally in South Africa, and competing against the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Huawei for the budget device crown. But the question is: does it have any chance of getting it? We take a look at a...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 features no notch, tiny bezels, and a sliding selfie camera

    In a busy week for smartphone lovers, Xiaomi may have just introduced the highlight. The Mi Mix 3 is now official, and is possibly one of the more classically beautiful phones of 2018. If you dislike the notch, you'll love the Chinese company's thin top and bottom bezels. Because of the lack of real estate above or below the screen, the selfie camera duo -- a 24MP snapper and a 2MP depth sensor -- is located on a sled behind the screen. But it doesn't use a motor like the Oppo Find X. "Once the screen is pushed down, the magnetic mechanism...

  • Samsung Galaxy A9S introduces the five camera phone to China

    Alongside the launch of the first smartphone that bears its name that it didn't bother making itself, Samsung this week also launched the Galaxy A9S, a flagship killer specifically for the Chinese market. The Galaxy A9S is extremely similar to the A6S beneath its skin. It too sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the screen is larger at 6.3 inches, but the sAMOLED panel remains. But where the phone really impresses is its rear... to the left of its fingerprint sensor. It features the same quadruple camera setup as the Galaxy A9, announced just a...