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Mobile Phones

  • LG V30s ThinQ hands-on: will the V30 be cheaper soon?

    The LG V30+ is a really great smartphone in its own right, owing to its durable design, capable wide-angle camera and great audio chops. In lieu of the LG G7 (and in the face of a changing strategy), the Korean firm used MWC to show off its LG V30s ThinQ instead. The tweaked model ups the RAM to 6GB and bumps the storage to 128GB or 256GB. Much like the Nokia 8 Sirocco, LG has decided to keep the Snapdragon 835 processor, meaning hardcore spec junkies will want to wait. Otherwise, in my brief time with the phone, I was happy...

  • This new tech will enable 4K/60fps, HDR in your budget phone

    British chip designer ARM is responsible for 99% of all smartphone tech on the market today, so when the company reveals new designs, the industry inevitably sits up straight to take notice. Now, the company has revealed new designs in its GPU, VPU (video processing unit) and DPU (display processing unit) lineup -- and they look poised to bring 4K/60fps video technology to cheaper/mainstream smartphones, smart TVs and other devices. New graphics for cheaper phones, streaming boxes ARM's Mali graphics range powers everything from Huawei to Samsung flagship phones, but it's also given its budget GPU range a boost with the G-52 and G-31...

  • We go hands-on with Nokia 8 Sirocco, but what about SA price?

    HMD's new range of Nokia smartphones, unveiled at MWC 2018, are all coming to South Africa, including the rather spiffy Nokia 8 Sirocco. But what kind of price can we expect for the new flagship when it eventually hits local shores? HMD Global's Justin Maier refused to give an exact price. Will it be under R15 000 though? "Yes," the representative simply answered. What does Maier make of our assumption that it'll be more expensive than the Nokia 8? "Yes, it'll be slightly more expensive than the current 8," the HMD executive explained, adding that it was dependent on the exchange rate. For the...

  • No WhatsApp for new Nokia 8110 (yet?)

    The new Nokia 3310 was pretty much a basic feature-phone, lacking apps and a web browser in its first iteration. Fast-forward 12 months and the company has revealed the redesigned Nokia 8110, packing the KaiOS platform (or the "Smart Feature OS powered by KaiOS"). Being a spiritual successor to Firefox OS, the platform, and hence the 8110, also offers a KaiOS store for apps, making it more capable than the 3310's platform. Nokia brand custodian HMD Global has also added a few more big-hitting apps to the 8110, including "Google Assistant, Google Maps, Google Search, Facebook and Twitter". But we got confirmation from...

  • MWC: Mediatek’s unannounced chips leak via Ulefone stand

    The Mediatek Helio P60 is the one big announcement for the chipmaker at MWC 2018, being a rather compelling chip for mid-range and upper mid-range smartphones. Featuring a dedicated AI chip, 4+4 cores (heavyweight A73 and lightweight A53) and a decent Mali G72 MP3 GPU, the P60 might be the chip to find its way into scores of major phones below the flagship level. However, there have been rumours regarding the Helio P40 and Helio P70 chips. And this week, at Chinese manufacturer Ulefone's stand at MWC, we see two phones packing a P40 and P70. Of course, these chips haven't...

  • Your entire phone screen will soon become a fingerprint scanner

    Vivo made headlines earlier this year when it showed off the first production smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner (the X20 Plus UD), in partnership with biometric authentication stalwart Synaptics. Fortunately, we got the chance to check out the Chinese phone at MWC 2018, while also getting more info about the technology and its intriguing future. A demo of the tech The first thing that strikes us about the scanner is just how slick it is already. Synaptics director of product marketing Marc Ostrowski used the scanner in quick succession, the fingerprint scanner never refusing to play ball. Reports suggest that the scanner,...

  • Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact get full HD super slow-mo, but…

    Sony used MWC 2018 to announce their Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact flagships earlier this week, packing top-end Snapdragon 845 chips, tall 18:9 HDR displays and slick designs. The new phones also deliver slightly upgraded super slow-mo capabilities. The feature, first seen in the Xperia XZ Premium, still tops out at 960fps, but Sony has upped the maximum resolution to 1080p instead of 720p. However, this upgrade does come at the cost of slow-mo recording time, giving you three seconds of slow-mo playback instead of five or six seconds. Users can however dial the resolution down to 720p if they'd like...

  • Helio P60: Mediatek brings AI chip to cheaper phones

    Mediatek hasn't had the best 2017, but the company is looking to focus on mid-range and upper mid-range devices in a big way. And the first salvo in this battle is the Helio P60, announced at MWC 2018. The new chipset stands out thanks to the additional of a "multi-core AI processing unit" or APU, being the company's AI chip. Mediatek is claiming double the efficiency for AI tasks compared to AI tasks handled by the GPU, as well as 280 GMAC/s (joining TOPS and FLOPS as yet another measurement for mobile AI chips). The AI chip will support a host...

  • Huawei will also introduce an Android Go phone in H1 2018

    MWC 2018 has already seen a few Android Go devices being revealed, with the Nokia 1 being the most prominent example. But Huawei also has an Android Go phone in the works, an executive told Gearburn. The lightweight take on Android is optimised for phones with 1GB of RAM or less, while also using less storage than traditional versions of Google's platform. "It means that we can provide 1GB RAM plus 16GB ROM, so that means with Android Go... consumers that use such a phone, they'll still have good performance, at least for two years," said Jim Xu, president of marketing and...

  • MWC 2018: New Nokia 8110, Nokia 8 Sirocco and more launched

    One year on from introducing its first lineup of smartphones, HMD Global has revealed its second wave of Nokia smartphones, as well as a new generation Nokia 8110. The second wave of Nokia smartphones is comprised of the Nokia 1 Android Go device, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 8 Sirocco. We also saw the Nokia 6 2018, which was launched in China last month. Starting with the lower end devices, the Nokia 1 Android Go device packs 1GB of RAM, a 2150mAh removable battery, non-descript quad-core chip and (surprise) the Android Go platform. Meanwhile, the Nokia 8110 offers a...