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Mobile Phones

  • 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...

  • MWC 2017: you may have missed these smartphones

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) has seen all the big players reveal their smartphones, with the likes of Huawei, LG, HMD Global and more delivering the goods. But the event is massive and, inevitably, some phones fall through the cracks. With that in mind, we look at a few devices you may have missed. Sony The Xperia XZ Premium may have received all the attention, owing to its 4K HDR screen and 960fps super slow-motion capabilities, but the Xperia XZs deserves some love as well. Sony's other high-end phone at MWC sticks with a 1080p display, but keeps the 960fps slow-motion feature and 19MP...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5c: first phone with Xiaomi-designed processor

    We've known for some time now that Xiaomi was hard at work on its own processors. After all, mobile giants Apple, Huawei and Samsung all have their own in-house chips. Now, the company has revealed its first silicon as well as the first phone to run it, in the form of the Mi 5c. The Mi 5c packs Xiaomi's octacore Surge S1 chip, comprised of one cluster of A53 cores at 2.2Ghz and another A53 cluster at 1.4Ghz. As for other specs, it features a relatively capable but budget-minded Mali T860 MP4 GPU and is designed on an older 28nm...

  • Oppo, using a prism, gets 5x lossless zoom on phones

    Chinese brand Oppo might not be very well known locally, but it's a rather innovative smartphone manufacturer in China. We've seen the company launch a smartphone camera on a swivel (who needs a separate selfie camera?), VOOC wireless charging and a host of other cool things. However, Oppo used MWC 2017 to reveal its latest innovation, in the form of 5x lossless zoom and more effective optical image stabilisation (OIS) for smartphones. Interestingly enough, Oppo says the new tech is only 5.7mms thin, which means it should easily fit in today's phones. The new take on smartphone zoom uses "unique periscope-style...

  • Huawei P10: what else to know about their 2017 flagships?

    Huawei took the wraps off the P10 and P10 Plus yesterday, coming just a few hours after LG unveiled their G6. Now, we know the Huawei phones pack the same camera setup as the Mate 9, as well as the same chip... But what else is worth knowing about the new Huawei handset? We've got a few pointers. Huawei lifts Meizu's navigation system Well, the first thing you'll notice is that Huawei has shifted the fingerprint scanner to the front of the device, turning it into a home button as well. However, the company has also been heavily inspired by Meizu, allowing you...