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Mobile Phones

  • Honor officially arrives in South Africa, debuts the swanky 8X

    Huawei has a fairly thick smartphone portfolio in South Africa, but on Tuesday night the company introduced its "e-brand" to the country. Although you could purchase its phones for a good few months already, Honor officially announced its presence in South Africa, and with it, the 8X flagship. At R5499, it's an interesting device, with a keen focus on aesthetics, entertainment, and a marketing slant that vehemently targets active, young, flat white-indulging colour-running Millennials. A vast swathe of Honor's presentation deck centres on the device's design cherry-topped by the incredibly shiny rear plate, and two-tone finish. It's available in black, blue, and...

  • Google’s Night Sight buffs the Pixel’s camera prowess in low light

    Google has revealed a new feature for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that helps users take better quality pictures in low light situations. Night Sight, as it’s called, “helps you capture vibrant and detailed low-light photos without a flash or tripod”. “When it’s dark, cameras compensate by spending more time capturing light and increasing their sensitivity to light, often adding unwanted motion blur and noise to your photo,” Google explains on its website. The feature, it would seem, does this better and results in a less blurred and less noisy picture. “Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment,” says...

  • This is the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact with two notches

    If you didn't think the notch was a terrible fad and deliberate design flaw yet, this new device from Sharp will change your mind. Dubbed the Aquos R2 Compact, the phone does remind us of the old Sony compact days. And yes, it too boasts some pretty sweet specs. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and a 22.6MP camera for good measure. But, it has one, nay, two small issues. There's a notch on top, and a notch at the bottom. The 120Hz 5.2 inch screen still boasts a 2280x1080 resolution, but one notch houses the 8MP selfie camera,...

  • MTN announces KaiOS feature phone for South Africa

    MTN, along with telecoms giant China Mobile and semiconductor firm UNISOC has announced its first "smart feature phone" that runs on KaiOS. KaiOS, which was borne as a fork of Firefox OS, gives users the basic functionalities of a smartphone, like apps and Google services, without the price premium. "As MTN we are proud to be part of this partnership that supports our ambitions to deepen digital inclusion in our markets," said Rob Shuter, MTN's president and CEO. "This initiative contributes to the achievement of one of our key goals to provide affordable data enabled handsets to our customers, and by so...

  • Samsung debuts Exynos 9820 chipset with NPU, 8K video recording

    Samsung has today announced its latest flagship smartphone chipset, the Exynos 9820. While it might sound pretty similar to the outgoing 9810 in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, it's a notable bump. For one, the chip is based on the 8nm process, a slight shrink from the 9810's 10mm process. It also features a tri-CPU cluster design, with two custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for low power usage. It's notable that Samsung has decided to forgo using the ARM Cortex-A76 cores that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's HiSilicon Kirin 980 employs. Nevertheless, the Samsung chip also features...

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature a cut-out selfie camera within the screen

    We're probably a few months and a festive season from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10, but trust serial leaker Evan Blass to out some juicy information. The Venturebeat writer took to Twitter to divulge some S10 details. Firstly, Blass suggests the phone will feature a "punch hole" selfie camera up front. This isn't a notch in the traditional sense, but rather a hole within the screen itself that houses the camera. Few preliminary Galaxy S10 details: - "Punch hole" style selfie cam cutout (sounds like Infinity-O display). - Ultrasonic, in-display FPS - Three rear cameras (standard/wide/tele) - One UI over Android Pie — Evan Blass...

  • Samsung Galaxy F will launch in March 2019, report suggests

    After Samsung revealed its foldable smartphone/tablet concept early last week, "industry sources" chatting to Korea's Yonhap News believes that a consumer device is just on the horizon. The publication suggests that Samsung will launch a foldable smartphone alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 in March. "According to the sources, the South Korean tech giant plans to unveil the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone in February, followed by the presumed foldable Galaxy F and another edition of the Galaxy S10 that runs on the 5G network in March," the publication's report reads. The phone, which has been called the Samsung Galaxy F, will feature a...

  • Nokia 5.1 blow-by-blow review: should this be your next phone?

    We can't keep up with all the phones Nokia's launched this year. HMD Mobile, the company that now owns the Nokia brand, has been slightly overzealous with the chalk at the annual roadmap meeting, it seems. The Nokia 5.1 is the latest device as a result. It's a lower mid-range competitor, that's focusing almost entirely on a sturdy build, multimedia consumption and production. But is the rest of the phone any good? We take a look at some of its highlights, lowlights, and unmentionables. The hell yeahs Svelte, solid design Like Nokias before, the 5.1 is solidly built. It's a hunk of aluminium with...

  • Samsung reveals One UI for larger screen smartphones

    Alongside its foldable smartphone concept, Samsung has revealed its upcoming brand new look, called One UI. The new user interface, which was presented at Samsung’s Developer Conference, is all about simplicity and comfort, the company explained. At present, One UI runs on top of Android 9.0 Pie. “Find and focus on the content you want easily. The decluttered screen shows relevant information with each tap, so you only get the essentials, one at a time,” said the company on its website. The design features new icons and neater, rounded displays. It's also said to be easier to use on bigger screens, taking ergonomics...

  • Nokia 6.1 gets Android 9.0 Pie this week

    After the Nokia 7 Plus became the first device in HMD Global's stable to receive the Android 9.0 Pie update earlier this year, another device is following suit. The Nokia 6.1 will this week receive the latest version of Google's mobile OS. The phone features a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080. A 3000mAh battery powers the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Nokia's swift update rollouts are largely thanks to its Android One programme membership, which allows its devices to run stock Android and receive quick updates directly from Google. Android 9.0 Pie...