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Mobile Phones

  • Huawei’s phones are now more popular than Apple’s

    Huawei now sells more smartphones globally than Apple, this according to data released by research firm Gartner. The firm's Q2 2018 reports suggests that the Chinese manufacturer sold in excess of 49-million devices within the quarter, around 13.3% of total market share. For Huawei, that's a gain or more than 13-million units year-over-year. Apple in comparison sold 44.7-million units, just over 400 000 more than the same quarter last year. Samsung remains the biggest selling smartphone manufacturer with 72.3-million units. Notably, that's a drop of some 10-million year-over-year. The Chinese onslaught continues further down the table. Xiaomi cements its place in fourth position, reclaiming it...

  • LG G7 family introduces two new members

    LG has extended its G7 series to include two more phones, the LG G7 One, and the LG G7 Fit. The One, as the title suggests, is the company's first Android One smartphone "that brings together the best of the company’s smartphone experience and expertise with Google’s latest smartphone OS innovations," the company writes. For the record, it isn't a lowly-specced budget device either. It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset -- also seen on the LG G6 -- and a combo of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage capacity. The G7 Fit still features LG's UX user interface, and uses a...

  • The leaks continue: Google’s Pixel 3 XL gets an unofficial unboxing

    If you thought Apple's pre-iPhone leaks were bad, take another look at Google and its Pixel 3 XL, because there's almost nothing left to the imagination. After pretty much every detail of the device has been leaked well before launch date, a new unboxing by YouTube channel In DIGI arrives with the final blow. The unboxing mirrors the snaps we've seen circulating on the internet for recent weeks. The massive notch, the blinding white rear panel, and the lack of a headphone jack are all clear to see. (Especially that notch). Additionally, a number of accessories are also showcased, including a USB-C...

  • This is the Xiaomi Poco F1, a flagship-spec phone at a basement price

    In a world where flagship smartphones rocking the quickest Fortnite-supporting chipsets can cost in excess of R20 000, Xiaomi has this week launched a device for a little over R4300 (directly converted from Rupees). Introducing the Chinese company's latest brand and device: the Pocophone F1. Now, Poco isn't the strongest name to lead the line of new, affordable but stupidly quick devices, but at that price, anything will do. The F1 launched in India earlier this week and will sell there for Rs. 20 999 -- less than a quarter of the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X. Best...

  • Oppo F9 makes the teardrop notch a little more appealing

    The Oppo F9 series launched in India on Tuesday, bringing with it a heap of marketing material dedicated to its new charging system. Dubbed VOOC, Oppo claims that a five minute charge will give users 120 minutes of talk time (for those who actually use their phones for calling, that is). "Compared with conventional high current protection, VOOC uses five levels of protection layering from the adapter to the port and interior of the phone," the company writes. Sticking with the battery theme, the F9 also has a 3500mAh battery. Overall, there are two versions, but the Pro is the more interesting. It features...

  • 3 cheap smartphones for WhatsApp under R1000

    You really don't need a flagship smartphone to enjoy the more common creature comforts technology offers. Sure, it's great having a built in stylus to draw caricatures of your boss, or three cameras to take stellar low light pictures of the cat breaking into your house late at night. But for the simple things -- like using WhatsApp -- often the cheapest device will do. With that said, we revisit our article from 2017 detailing the best budget sub-R1000 smartphones for WhatsApp in South Africa, highlighting the devices that launched this year. Nokia 1 Price: R999 The Nokia 1 props up the Finnish...

  • Huawei Mate 20’s Kirin 980 chipset detailed in official release

    Although Huawei's Kirin 970 system on chip -- the power unit that commands pixels on the P20 and Mate 10 series -- is just a few months old, the company's developing a new chip for its Mate 20 series. Called the Kirin 980, the Chinese manufacturer detailed the chip more closely in an official release issued to South African media on Tuesday. And yes, the company also confirmed that "the Kirin 980 will power the Mate 20 Series". "Rumors say that the Kirin 980 will feature an octa-core CPU comprising four A76 cores and four A55 cores, with the larger cores running...

  • 48 hours with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    If you were looking for a surprise on Thursday from Samsung, think again. After practically every detail of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaked before launch, there wasn't much to say. Hell, Samsung even acknowledged this, sparing to mention anything bar the battery size, camera wizardry and "1TB ready" storage model. Apart from those little tidbits, the Note 9 is about as conventional as a 2018 smartphone can get, bar the S Pen stylus and the extremely large screen. The Korean marque's new flagship smartphone was unveiled at an event in New York last Thursday. Luckily, I got my grubby little paws...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9: how does it compare to its rivals?

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now official. Much of its specs aren't much of a surprise, thanks to the plethora of leaks that surfaced just prior to its unveiling. Now that the numbers are official, how does it stack up to its two big rivals, and its predecessor? We take a look at the numbers and specs behind the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone X and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro when compared to Samsung's latest flagship. !function(e,t,n,s){var i="InfogramEmbeds",o=e.getElementsByTagName(t),d=/^http:/.test(e.location)?"http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(s)&&(s=d+s),window&&window.initialized)window.process&&window.process();else if(!e.getElementById(n)){var a=e.createElement(t);a.async=1,a.id=n,a.src=s,o.parentNode.insertBefore(a,o)}}(document,"script","infogram-async","https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js");Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs. the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 ProInfogram Feature image: Samsung

  • Almost nothing’s secret about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    Tomorrow's a big day for those who love large smartphones with styluses. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be unveiled at the company's Unpacked event in New York City. It's usually one of the Korean firm's premier events, and has seen the launch of a few of its iconic devices. I mean, who can possibly forget the Note 7? But unlike that device, we already know almost everything about the Note 9 thanks. German tech website Winfuture (translated) spilled all the beans in a report published Tuesday. From the suggested price of 899 euro for the base model, to the 4000mAh for all...