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Mobile Phones

  • Are Samsung, MediaTek, Qualcomm hitting a wall for 10nm chips?

    The rule of thumb for processors is that using a smaller design process usually yields performance and efficiency benefits. However, the move to the tiny 10nm process for mobile silicon seems to be a major challenge for Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek. According to DigiTimes, citing "industry sources", yield rates for 10nm chips are "unsatisfactory". In fact, MediaTek's Helio X30 chip has been delayed as a result of chipmaker TSMC's struggles. It's not the first time the delay has been reported, with Nikkei interviewing MediaTek's Jeffery Ju late last month. "Our chip is a bit delayed because the yield rate of 10nm...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 to pack Xperia XZ Premium camera?

    The Xiaomi Mi 5 (review) was one of our favourite smartphones of 2016, packing a powerful chipset and more into a phone that had a price tag below all other flagships. But what could the Xiaomi Mi 6 have in store for us? A report from prolific website My Drivers (Google Translate) has revealed a few supposed details around the upcoming smartphone, starting with the presence of the Snapdragon 835 processor. The publication says that, unlike the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Mi 6 will stick to the highest-clocked Snapdragon chip across the board. Last year, the Mi 5 was divided into three variants, with...

  • LeEco Le 2: Takealot-exclusive phone sending dodgy ads? [Update 2]

    Update, 7 March 2017: In order to figure out whether this was an isolated case or not, I requested a second review unit. I took delivery of the second unit last month, using it sparingly over a period of two to three weeks (I left the phone at home for a week in February when I travelled overseas). However, Friday 3 March saw a dodgy notification popping up once again, after several days of using the handset. Holding down on the notification showed that the file manager was to blame again. Check out the screenshots below. Update, 1 February 2017: Takealot has told...

  • Watch: Is this the Samsung Galaxy S8?

    Thanks to a few high-profile leaks in recent weeks, we already have a great idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like. Now, we've seen another purported leak take place, this time, in the form of a video. Instagram and YouTube user 505nick showed off a brief five-second clip of the apparent flagship, being a tantalising glimpse at Samsung's superphone. It's also worth noting that there's a sticker marked "confidential" on the back of the device, urging people not to take photos or sell the phone. "Do not leak info," reads the third and final instruction on the phone's sticker. The...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: what to expect from new device?

    It hasn't even been six months after the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Mix and we're already hearing rumours about its successor. Gizmochina (via My Drivers) has apparently obtained information related to the Mi Mix 2, with the first detail being a jump in the screen/body ratio to 93% (from 91.3%). In other words, expect those bezels to get even thinner in the face of competition from LG and Samsung. The publication also claims that the Mi Mix 2 will sport a curved AMOLED screen, ostensibly in a bid to hide as much of those bezels as possible. From thinner bezels to a...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: The Little Budget Phone that Could

    Xiaomi has consistently released phones that provide real bang for your buck and the Redmi 4A is no different. It may not have all the frills of a high-end Samsung phone -- or even the Redmi 3 -- but for R1 999, it does everything the average smartphone user needs it to and it does so with ease. Sure, it's got modest specifications, but Xiaomi's Redmi 4A won't ask much of you if you don't ask much of it. The hardware The Redmi 4A is meant to be a cheaper, simpler alternative to the Redmi 3 and its internals revert to specs akin...

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: to Lightning or not to Lightning?

    The iPhone 7 range has barely been on the market for three months (at the time of writing), being well-received by critics for the most part. Still, there are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for...

  • Apple to retain Lightning port on 2017 iPhones?

    A new report has refuted claims that Apple will be ditching the Lightning connector in favour of a USB Type-C port. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter", reported that the Apple would use the Android and Macbook standard on its smartphone. "They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector," the publication was quoted as saying. At the time, we wondered whether this could mean an actual Type-C port on a new iPhone or on the power cable...

  • Who had the best smartphone at MWC 2017?

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone, delivering smartphone announcements aplenty. But the real question is who "won" the annual exhibition, then? LG had its G6, looking to erase memories of the innovative but flawed G5 (review). Huawei had the P10, which looks like an evolution over the popular P9 (review). And we had the Nokia brand and its Android smartphones, courtesy of HMD Global. However, the GSMA has chosen Sony and its Xperia XZ Premium as the best smartphone of MWC 2017 at its annual Global Mobile (GloMo) Awards. And to be honest, it's not tough to see why. The Xperia...

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 render leaks, thin bezels in tow [Photo]

    Samsung has done a fair job of keeping its Galaxy S8 under wraps, but serial leaker Evan Blass has once again shown off the goods before the official event. Blass published a render for the device to his Twitter account, revealing a smartphone with thin bezels, a curved screen and curved corners akin to the LG G6 (hands-on). I think this is what you've been waiting for. pic.twitter.com/FvYfsLOy0R — Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 1, 2017 The leaked render also points to the confirmed 29 March reveal date for the device, showing a 29 March date on the screen. As for features, Samsung is widely tipped...