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Mobile Phones

  • After Huawei and Apple, ARM is next with mobile AI processor

    Chip designer ARM crafts the technology powering all smartphones today, whether it's the instruction set or the CPU cores, the UK company is behind many key technologies. However, Huawei and Apple beat ARM to the punch with dedicated mobile AI silicon, in the form of the Kirin 970's NPU and A11 Bionic's neural engine respectively. Now, ARM has revealed its own ML (machine learning) processor, being designed for on-device inference. In other words, devices with this chip wouldn't have to hook up to the cloud as often. The UK company claims up to 4.6 TOPs (trillion operations per second) of performance for the...

  • HMD’s Nokia smartphones sold more than Sony, Google, OnePlus – report

    HMD Global has enjoyed a rather successful first year with Nokia-branded smartphones, in no small part due to affordable price tags and the Nokia name. Now, Counterpoint Research analyst Neil Shah has put the success in perspective, claiming that the company outsold HTC, Google, Sony and a variety of other brands in Q4 2017. In fact, the full list of brands pipped by HMD also includes Alcatel, Lenovo, OnePlus, Gionee, Meizu, Coolpad and Asus. The analyst also reported that HMD hit number three in the UK for smartphones in Q4. Some major growth markets for @HMDGlobal in Q4 2017: overall phones: #1 in Vietnam and...

  • Budget Hisense smartphone leaks: what is it? [Update]

    A few weeks back, we reported on the existence of the Hisense P9, being a rugged device that popped up on China's TENAA regulatory body (think their version of Icasa). Now, TENAA has yielded another Hisense handset, but it's certainly a budget device. The new Hisense smartphone (model number: HLTE212T) packs a tall 1440x720 6-inch display, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, rear fingerprint scanner, a 3000mAh battery and a non-descript 1.4Ghz quad-core processor (presumably all lightweight A53 cores). Driving home the budget nature is the single 8MP camera on the back, while selfies are handled with a 5MP shooter. Read more: 5 more...

  • Huawei P Smart now official in SA, but how does it compare to rivals?

    Last week, we got wind of the Huawei P Smart coming to the country this month, essentially being a P10 Lite with a dual-camera setup and high screen/body ratio. Now, Huawei has made it official, launching the device in the country. MTN's catalogue, which was the basis for our earlier story, revealed that it would be launching at a price of R5239. This would put it squarely in the sights of the P10 Lite and Xiaomi Mi A1. But Huawei's official release reveals a suggested price tag of R3999, making it substantially cheaper than the P10 Lite and Xiaomi's dual-camera handset. Read...

  • After 3310, 3 whacky Nokia models HMD could resurrect

    The new Nokia 3310 is an overpriced feature-phone riding on the coat-tails of the 3310 name -- that much is clear. But the company does seem to be iterating on the design, so we wouldn't be surprised if an Android-powered 3310 surfaces soon. But did you know that Nokia brand custodian HMD Global also obtained patents for other Nokia phones? A search through HMD Global's EUIPO account lists all its Nokia patents -- so here are three goofball designs in its portfolio that we'd like to see. NGage and NGage QD Image via EUIPO. The NGage is probably in the top five when it...

  • Ouch: Essential Phone sold 88 000 units in 2017

    The Essential Phone showed a lot of promise, offering mostly stock Android, some great specs and a lovely design. However, a mediocre camera and high launch price made for a somewhat unattractive proposition, it would seem. Now, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, citing company research, claims that Essential sold just 88 000 Essential Phones in 2017. . @Arubin's @essential smartphone is still a long way from becoming a successful venture. In 2017, it shipped less than 90K units (first six months after launch) pic.twitter.com/NHVlA2Gjzr — Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) February 12, 2018 It's difficult to compare the performance to more established players, but these figures can't look...

  • LG V30 2018 now official, but what kind of AI trickery does it have?

    Late last month, we got confirmation from an LG South Africa executive that an upgraded V30 was in the pipeline for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. Yesterday saw even more information drop out of Korea, in the form of the V30s name, spec info (256GB storage) and AI details. Now, LG has officially announced that it will be bringing "the first of a suite of AI technologies" for its smartphones at MWC -- alongside a 2018 V30. "The new technology will be featured in the 2018 version of the LG V30, LG’s most advanced flagship smartphone to date," the firm wrote in a...

  • Snapdragon 845 benchmarked: how does it compare to rival chips?

    The Snapdragon 845 is the chip expected to power dozens of flagship smartphones, from Samsung (well, in the USA) to LG, HTC and Sony. But how much of an improvement is it over the Snapdragon 835 and rival chipsets? Well, Qualcomm invited US media to check out the 2018 chip, with Anandtech leading the charge for benchmark testing. For starters, we see big wins in several CPU-based PCMark tests, such as photo editing (over 17 700, versus second placed Pixel 2 XL's 12 800), performance (8358, compared to Pixel 2 XL's 7130) and web browsing (7946 versus the second placed...

  • Meizu E3: iPhone X-style budget device leaks on China’s TENAA

    Meizu has already revealed one major phone this year, in the form of the M6s, packing a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and mid-range Samsung Exynos processor. Now, China's TENAA regulatory body has revealed the existence of one more model. Or rather, there seem to be two listings for near-identical models, dubbed M851M and M851Q. Fortunately, previous leaks point to this being the Meizu E3. The information and images show that the devices pack a 5.9-inch 2160x1080 18:9 display -- reminiscent of the LG G6 (review). Otherwise, the images also show side-mounted fingerprint scanners, MBlu branding on the back and a dual camera housing...

  • LG V30s to launch at MWC 2018 – report

    A few weeks ago, we got confirmation from a local LG executive that an upgraded LG V30 would be launched at MWC 2018. "We will introduce at MWC for V30… upgraded version (sic)," LG South Africa's CY Kim told journalists at LG's Innofest event in Cape Town last month. Now, Korea's ETNews has delivered more details, revealing that it would be called the LG V30s. So how will it differ from the bog-standard V30? According the publication, the V30s will offer the same design but stand out with 256GB of storage and LG Lens functionality. The latter has drawn comparisons to Bixby...