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Mobile Phones

  • Apple accidentally leaks iPhone trio minutes before launch

    Just an hour before the official launch, we already know exactly what Apple's three smartphones will be called. The company was caught blushing on Wednesday when tech tips and news site ATH discovered the names of Apple's upcoming smartphones in the body of its product site map's XML file. And it's not just the names of the devices uncovered. Specs, accessories and even the Apple Watch's new sizes are now known. According to the XML file, the rumours of the XS's name are indeed true however pronunciation is anyone's guess. It will feature a 5.8 inch screen, with minimum storage pegged at...

  • Nokia 2.1 arrives in South Africa for R1699

    The Nokia 2.1 is now available in South Africa. Announced globally in May, the 2.1 is HMD Global's next Android Go phone to hit the country after the Nokia 1. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There's also a microSD card slot supporting cards up to 128GB. Up front there's a 1280x720 5.5 inch screen with a 5MP selfie camera above it. The Nokia 2.1 also touts dual stereo speakers. Around the back, an 8MP snapper with autofocus is your primary camera, while a 4000mAh battery keeps the device powered for a claimed...

  • LG K11 arrives in South Africa for R3899

    LG has added another smartphone to its South African roster in 2018. It's called the LG K11, and it's the refreshed version of the mid-range K10 which debuted last year. On the surface, the metal-body phone borrows a few features from the older LG G6. This includes the 13MP phase detection autofocus-enabled rear snapper and 8MP front facing camera. Internally, it's not very exciting. LG employs a octa-core Mediatek chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There's also a 3000mAh battery powering the phone. Up front, there's a 5.3 inch 1280x720 screen with a 16:9 ratio, and a fingerprint reader...

  • BlackBerry Key 2 launches in South Africa

    The BlackBerry Key 2 is now available in South Africa. Running Android 8.1 Oreo and sporting a QWERTY keyboard, the TCL-made Key 2 is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to sport a dual rear camera array. Externally, there's also a programmable Speed Key, allowing users to access apps, contacts or voice assistants. Internally, there's a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There's also a 128GB version, while both will sport support for a microSD card too. The screen is a 4.5 inch IPS display with 1620x1080 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. As for that rear camera, there are...

  • Razer Phone 2 benchmarks reportedly leak on Geekbench

    It's been a week of leaks, but not exactly in the traditional sense. After benchmarks of the purported Snapdragon 855 leaked on Geekbench, another phone's hard numbers have found their way onto the site: those of the Razer Phone 2. The gaming company's forthcoming gaming phone ran the Geekbench 4.2.3 benchmark for Android. The numbers were uploaded on Thursday. But how did the device fare? With an 1.77GHz octa-core Qualcomm chipset -- likely the Snapdragon 845 -- the phone scored 2026 on its single-core run, and 8234 on its multi-core run. That's significantly lower than the numbers seen on the leaked 855 benchmark...

  • Google’s Pixel phones will launch on 9 October

    Notch ado about nothing? Ready or not, but Google has sent invites to an event in New York on 9 October. This was previously reported by Bloomberg. This will likely be its Pixel 3 and 3 XL launch day -- something that everyone on planet Earth has experienced in multiple incidents already. October 9th. Google Event. Surprise us! 😉 pic.twitter.com/7j56q8M1vs — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 6, 2018 If you've just returned from Mars, here's what you can expect. The Pixel 3 goes notcho libre up front, instead adopting a Samsung Galaxy S9 aesthetic up front. Its Pixel 3 XL sibling however has a pretty substantial...

  • Snapdragon 855 benchmarks leak: is it faster than the Kirin 980?

    The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has reportedly been profiled and benchmarked on Geekbench. Scores published to the benchmark site earlier this week allegedly parades some of the chipset's hard performance numbers. The American chipmaker's new silicon outpaces the current Snapdragon 845 by around 50%, scoring 3697 on its single-core performance run. The 845 scores around 2400. Additionally, the 855's multi-core performance numbers is now pushing 10000 points. 10469 to be exact. How does this compare to its rivals? The 855 will be quicker than the HiSilicon Kirin 970, which powers the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro. The latter is considerably slower, scoring...

  • A Lyft driver found a Google Pixel 3 XL on his backseat

    If you thought Apple was bad at quelling leaks, have you heard of a company called Google? The search giant turned technology and smartphone maker's latest device has been leaked extensively, and even unboxed, all before its October launch date. But this weekend, the latest outrageous event took place in the back of a Lyft. The driver reportedly spotted that his occupant had left a phone on the back seat. When he inspected it, it was -- you guessed it -- a Google Pixel 3 XL. Android Police, the publication the driver contacted, has more on the incident: These images were sent to...

  • The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is the company’s flagship comeback kid

    The Axon 9 Pro is ZTE's latest flagship. Yes, that ZTE. The same company that was clinging to life just a few weeks ago following US sanctions. But now, with those sanctions lifted, the Chinese firm's first device since is saying all the right things. On the surface, it has all of 2018's common flagship traits: a large, 18:9 screen; a dual camera setup at the rear; and a notch. Beneath the 6.21 inch 2248x1080 AMOLED screen, there's a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. You're also getting a 4000mAh battery, a water and dust resistance...

  • Sony Xperia XZ3 unveiled with OLED screen, SD 845 and AI smarts

    It's been a little over three months since the Sony Xperia XZ2 launched in South Africa, but that hasn't stopped the Japanese phone maker from unveiling yet another new flagship today. At IFA 2018, the company lifted the curtains on its Sony Xperia XZ3 smartphone, sporting very few aesthetic and internal differences from its XZ2 predecessor. With that said, you'll still get a Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, the real difference is the screen. The XZ3 sports an OLED panel instead of an LCD. It's a 6.0 inch panel with 2880x1440 pixels coated in...