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Mobile Phones

  • Intel launches mid-level smartphone in UK

    Come 6 June, the UK's Orange network will launch its first Intel smartphone. Its name? San Diego. CES 2012 was the coming out party for Intel's lone-core CPU device. It has a 4-inch screen and amazingly, Android 2.3. There's no mention of a bump to Ice Cream Sandwich. So what's the big deal? Who cares that another handset maker is entering into a very crowded market? Intel does. Orange does. And eventually, so will the the user. First and...

  • Codename ‘Athena’ is definitely the world’s thinnest smartphone

    Want the world's thinnest smartphone? ZTE, a China-based mobile phone manufacturer, has apparently created the skinniest smartphone like, ever. At 6.2mm, which is practically the width of Bill Gates' biceps, codename "Athena" is ZTE's ultra-secret, Cortex-A15 CPU-rocking wonder phone. There's a fair bit of info surrounding Athena. The Cortex-A15 CPU will be multi-core (maybe, say the sources) and rock 64GB of internal memory. As for the display -- it's going to support a...

  • On sale now in 28 countries, Samsung’s Galaxy S III

    The 4.8-inch, Ice Cream Sandwich-running smartphone from Samsung is now on sale in 28 countries. Come July, the S III bumps up its release and explodes onto the scene with another 145 countries planned for this mighty smartphone. Samsung ain't messing around. This is a phone that is expected to sell well over 20-million units. This is the "iPhone" Samsung's been waiting to release. Which countries you ask (we're taking it that...

  • Sharp’s Pantone 5 is a multicoloured, ICS, radiation detecting smartphone

    Colour us impressed. Android 4.0 phones are spewing out into the streets with nary a care. Sharp's Pantone 5 is not a carefree ICS smartphone though. This one comes with the potentially live-saving ability to detect radiation. Radiation levels between .005 and 9.99 μSv/h can be detected, of which 2.0 is the total amount we should exposed to all year long. A level of 9.99 μSv/h equates to the amount of radiation an...

  • Facebook’s smartphone efforts back on track [Rumour]

    Once more unto the breach dear friends. According to several reports, the mighty Facebook will re-enter the smartphone race which it so desperately failed at last year. Remember the HTC ChaCha? Us neither. Reports says that Facebook is on the lookout for software and hardware developer to take its dream of creating a Facebook phone into reality. The rumours started flying around after Google acquired Motorola Mobility for the sweet sum of...

  • Sony’s Xperia S hits the right notes [Review]

    It was the hypnotic, blue background swirl of the Xperia S which first drew me in. Like staring into the night sky, digital ribbons flux merrily on a 342PPI display. It's gorgeous, an apt display of this 1.5Ghz dual-core beast's powers. Sony's gone and pulled an ace out of it's smartphone collection and I'm pleased to say that the Xperia S is one of the better phones of this generation. Nothing is without its flaws though, and minor issues reign the Xperia back from being the next iPhone 4S or Galaxy S III. The design both impresses and disappoints,...

  • Alcatel One Touch 990: Budget, but good [Review]

    I can’t recall that I’ve ever heard Alcatel smartphones being mentioned along mobile manufacturer heavyweights such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, RIM, Sony, Apple or even Huawei. I can vividly recall however, my first encounter with an Alcatel phone. I remember the frustration and subsequent catharsis I felt as I repeatedly bashed it against my car’s steering wheel shortly before throwing it out the window. That happened a few years ago. Since then, I’ve matured -- I’d like to think I’m less impetuous -- but have Alcatel’s consumer phones? When the One Touch 990 arrived at Gearburn HQ, no one...

  • Samsung denies India the Galaxy Nexus

    The Galaxy Nexus won't be sold in India, with Twitter being the platform Samsung decides to break the bad news on. India seems like a strange country to isolate from Samsung's flagship Android 4.0 smartphone users. One user demanded an answer and Samsung shot back. @TifosoTuli The Galaxy Nexus will not be launched in India. Watch this space for the next big thing!— Samsung India (@Samsung_India) May 2, 2012 "Watch this space for the...

  • Galaxy S III launch video is live

    For those of us who missed it, and for those of us who couldn't stream an HD video, Samsung has kindly placed it's Galaxy S III launch video online. It was a crazy night. A smartphone was launched with the power to bend metal with its very thoughts. The Galaxy S III is so powerful, if can power your househould with a single app. The S III is so fast that simply turning...

  • The Samsung Galaxy S III: The new benchmark?

    Today’s launch event in London saw the end of months of fevered speculation on what Samsung’s next flagship device would bring. As the hype crescendo fades, we take a moment to reflect on what many consider to be the new benchmark for Android phones and possibly, the biggest threat to Apple’s best. Here are the details. The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a 720p (1280 x 720) resolution. Compared to the S II, the display is 22 percent larger, but the device itself is not much bigger due to a slimmer bezel. The S III has...