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Mobile Phones

  • Expect a massive leap for 2018’s budget smartphones

    We've already reported on ARM's new CPU cores, with the A75 core tipped to power 2018's flagship phones, while the graphics department also gets an update. However, the UK chip designer is also preparing to deliver what could be the biggest change to budget smartphones in quite some time. The A55 core brings a long-overdue upgrade ARM's heavy-lifting cores, used in many a flagship chip, have enjoyed regular upgrades, going from the A57, to the A72 to the current A73 core. But the new A55 marks the first time in three years that we've seen an upgrade to the designer's lightweight/budget cores. So...

  • These chips will power your 2018 flagship smartphones

    ARM is arguably the most important mobile company in the world, responsible for designing the CPU cores and graphics chips that get used in hundreds of millions of phones around the world. So when the UK-based company announces new designs, well, the rest of the mobile world takes notice. After all, Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and Huawei use these designs when building their chips. Now, ARM has announced three new designs, in the form of a new heavyweight CPU core, a new lightweight core for power efficiency and a new graphics chip. ARM A75 - a CPU core for the machine learning era? The A75 succeeds...

  • Samsung is targeting super-tiny 4nm chips on its roadmap

    Tech enthusiasts know the drill. Every year or two, we see smartphone chips being produced on an ever smaller process, cramming more power into tinier bits of silicon. Last year saw 14nm (nanometre) and 16nm chips being produced by the likes of Samsung, Qualcomm and Huawei. This year? Well, we've seen 10nm chips being produced, in the form of the Samsung Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835. China's MediaTek is also preparing 10nm chips for release later this year. Just to put that into perspective, one nanometre is one billionth of a metre -- human DNA is roughly 2.5 nanometres in diameter. Now, Samsung...

  • Android co-founder teases new phone – does it have a 360 camera?

    Andy Rubin made waves earlier this year when his new firm, Essential, teased a new smartphone with thin bezels. Now, the Android co-founder's company has teased a look at the device, as well as a launch date, saying that "something big" was coming on 30 May. Hi, welcome to our Twitter page. We're here to let you know something big is coming May 30th! Stay tuned... — Essential (@essential) May 25, 2017 So what could it be? Essential later tweeted a silhouette of the device, showing a smartphone with what appeared to be a bulbous attachment atop it. However, it seems like we're looking...

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launches: so what’s new?

    The Mi Max was a ridiculously use armset handset of note, packing a 6.4-inch full HD screen and a large battery too. In any event, the company has seen it fit to deliver a sequel, in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Max 2. In keeping with the Max name, we've still got a huge 6.4-inch full HD screen. However, those on the hunt for thin bezels will be disappointed, as it's still similar to the original phone. But the company has decided to boost the battery capacity though, delivering a 5300mAh pack (from 4840mAh) that apparently lasts for two days...

  • 5 Asian mobile brands we’d like to see in SA

    Between Huawei's dominance on the continent and Xiaomi's in-roads via MIA Group, it's clear that Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying unprecedented success in Africa. South Africa has quite a few other Chinese brands too, such as Meizu and OnePlus, as well as a few that seem to be on the wall (ZTE, Oukitel). But there are definitely a few more Chinese and Asian brands in general we'd like to see in the country and on the continent at large. Honor Technically speaking, Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, treated as an independent entity. Sort of like OnePlus being owned by Oppo but...

  • Confirmed: OnePlus 5 to use Snapdragon 835 (surprise!)

    The Snapdragon 835 is one of the most powerful smartphone chips around right now, going toe to toe with Apple's processors and Samsung's silicon. Of course, we're expecting all the major flagships in the second half of the year (or at the end of the first half) to use Qualcomm's new chip, including the OnePlus 5. Now, OnePlus has confirmed the speculation and leaks, saying that the upcoming handset would indeed be packing heat. "We're proud to announce the OnePlus 5 will feature the Snapdragon™ 835 processor, which sets the foundation for smooth, powerful, and efficient performance," a OnePlus representative posted on...

  • Don’t spend flagship money: here are 4 cheaper water-resistant phones for SA

    We've seen the likes of Apple, LG and Samsung launch water-resistant phones in recent years, having a rather hefty price tag as well. What if you don't have R12 000 or more to spend but still want a water-resistant smartphone? We've got a few picks for you. HiSense C30 Rock/HiSense Infinity KO Our review is still pending, but the C30 Rock is definitely one of the leading choices when it comes to affordable IP67 or IP68 smartphones. The C30 Rock packs a Snapdragon 430, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch full HD screen, a 13MP main camera, 5MP selfie shooter and 32GB of expandable...

  • LG X venture revealed: new budget champ for rugged phones?

    LG isn't well known for its water-resistant phones, but the G6 certainly makes a splash (heh) in this department. Then there was the Asia-only LG V34, being a smaller, water-resistant version of the V20. Now, the company is looking at mid-range territory for the LG X venture, featuring IP68 water and dust resistance. But the phone also stands out as a rugged device, thanks to a durable design that's passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests, according to LG. "In addition to measuring resistance to extreme temperatures, shock and water, the LG X venture was repeatedly immersed in 1.5m of water for up to...

  • Moto Z2 Play specs revealed on China regulatory body

    There have been a few leaks already for the Moto Z2 Play, being the sequel to the long-lasting Moto Z Play. Now, China's TENAA regulatory body has published details of the phone to its website. The filing shows a phone with a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and a 2820mAh battery (seemingly reduced from the original's 3000mAh pack). Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, Android 7.1.1, a 12MP main camera...