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Mobile Phones

  • Hisense P9 confirmed, but what about SA release? [Exclusive]

    Hisense is known for its cheap yet rugged smartphones, such as the C30 Rock (review) and Infinity KO. So we weren't completely surprised to uncover the existence of the P9 on the website of China's TENAA regulatory body. Featuring a dual-camera setup, a mammoth 6GB of RAM, 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED screen and a huge 6000mAh battery, the device certainly stands out. And that's aside from the tough design. We saw previous rugged Hisense phones come to the country, so can we expect the P9 to visit South Africa then? "Regarding the P9 smartphone, Hisense global will select where to launch this outdoor...

  • These smartphones support HDR streaming on Netflix, Amazon

    Update, January 2018: Netflix has since added the Razer Phone to its list of HDR-compatible devices. Original article: Earlier this year, the LG G6 (review) became the first smartphone to support streaming HDR content on Netflix, being a feather in the mobile brand's cap at the time. It's worth noting that you'll need a top-end Netflix plan (4K, four screens) to actually enjoy HDR content on your phone. So those on the two-screen, bog-standard HD plan will need to upgrade. In any event, we've seen a few handsets join the party since then, in the form of the Xperia XZ Premium (review),...

  • RCS: move to replace SMS gets major boost with Huawei

    The RCS messaging protocol is seen by many as the successor to SMS, offering a variety of advantages over the legacy technology. Google has been a major driver here, rolling out the RCS-compatible Android Messages app and the Jibe RCS platform for network partners to get up to speed. It's been quiet on this front for a while now, but Google has just announced a major partner in the form of Huawei. In fact, the Chinese brand will be integrating Android Messages across its Android phone portfolio "in the coming months". Huawei will also be working with Google to offer the Jibe RCS...

  • Meizu M6s revealed, packing mid-range Samsung chip

    Meizu has traditionally relied on Samsung's Exynos chips for some of their phones, so it's no surprise to see the new Meizu M6s packs one. Yep, the new budget-minded handset offers a hexacore Exynos 7872 chipset, delivering two heavyweight A73 cores, four power-sipping A53 cores and a single-core Mali G71 GPU. Throw in a 14nm manufacturing process and you can expect mid-range performance and improved battery life. The Meizu M6s also offers a side-mounted fingerprint scanner (ala Sony), 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB storage, a 3000mAh battery, a 5.7-inch 1440x720p display (18:9) and USB Type-C connectivity. Meizu is well known for its user-interface, delivering gestures via the...

  • LG responds to ‘inaccurate’ G7 do-over report [Exclusive]

    Earlier this week, a report claimed that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin ordered a revision of the company's upcoming G7 flagship phone. The Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, reported that the G7 team was told to halt work on the phone and "review the new product from scratch". The source added that "a direct order was sent down to the working-level officials to start over". The report came after Jo told reporters at CES that the firm would "unveil new smartphones when it is needed". Now, Ken Hong, LG senior director for global communications, has responded to the report. "That report is not credible, it's...

  • Nokia 3 review: the Redmi 4A should be your first choice

    HMD brought Nokia-branded smartphones back to life in 2017, and it seems like the move has paid off already. Between the attractive price tags and stock take on Android, it's easy to see why Nokia is a major mobile force once again. The Nokia 3 was the cheapest Nokia smartphone for quite some time (until the Nokia 2 arrived), coming in at R2000. So is it worth the asking price? Let's dive in. Design If there's one area where the Nokia 3 punches above its weight, it has to be the hardware design. Featuring a polycarbonate back (i.e. plastic) and a metallic rim, the phone...

  • Samsung W2018 has a feature that might come to Galaxy S9

    Last month, the Samsung W2018 smartphone hit the Chinese market, being the latest Samsung flip phone to launch. Aside from being a flip phone, the device also packs a rather unique feature, in the form of a variable aperture camera. The aperture is capable of automatically switching from f/1.5 to f/2.4 and back again, seemingly a sort of middle ground between fixed apertures seen in smartphones and variable apertures seen in many SLR cameras. And if a recent image hasn't been faked, then the Galaxy S9 is expected to pack the same technology, down to the same aperture sizes. So why would...

  • TCL V760 surfaces online, which Alcatel smartphone is this?

    TCL is the custodian of the Alcatel smartphone brand these days, releasing a host of phones in China and emerging markets. And at CES 2018, we saw the company tease three new phone categories, in the form of the Alcatel 1, 3 and 5 series. The company didn't reveal much about these products though, with little in the way of specs to be had. Now, Chinese telecoms regulatory body TENAA has published details of the TCL V760. And if serial tipster Evan Blass's earlier leaks are true, then this should be the Alcatel 3V. Alcatel 2018 top-tier lineup (Idol-equivalent) pic.twitter.com/W5FrqwIhDs — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October...

  • LG CEO orders do-over of upcoming G7 – report [Update]

    The LG G6 (review) and V30 were big steps in the right direction for the company, but what should we expect from the LG G7? Well, one report claims that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered a revision of the upcoming phone. According to the Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, "the G7 smartphone team of the company's mobile communications business was told to halt recent work related to development of the newest phone, and to review the new product from scratch". The employee told the publication that an order was sent "to the working-level officials to start...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...