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Mobile Phones

  • Samsung could reveal its foldable smartphone this week

    A new report suggests that Samsung will this week reveal its foldable smartphone at its annual Developer Conference. The event does not usually focus on devices, however it is believed that Samsung will use the opportunity to "provide some details" about the eagerly awaited model. "Before we take it to the market, we want to share with developers what we’ve done so far and see what they think of it," said an unnamed official quoted by Reuters. Samsung was expected to be the first firm to launch a foldable smartphone, but Chinese startup Royole has already taken that honour. Royole revealed a developer...

  • Snapdragon 675 benchmarks hit Geekbench

    Last month Qualcomm announced a new mid-range SoC that's set to power phones in the upper mid-range segment. Dubbed the Snapdragon 675, we knew that it would be based on an 11nm process, feature a octacore design with two ARM Cortex-A76 cores, and a slightly weaker Adreno GPU, but we didn't know how it would perform. A new Geekbench benchmark may have just given us some indication. According to the scores, spotted by GSMArena -- 2267 single core and 6103 multicore -- it's more powerful than the Snapdragon 710 and Snapdragon 670 which it's set to replace. The 710, when in the Xiaomi...

  • Nokia 7.1 arrives in South Africa for R5999

    HMD Global's Nokia 7.1 is now available in South Africa. It's the first Nokia device to hit our shores to sport a notch -- a design feature that has now become ubiquitous in the smartphone landscape. As the smaller spiritual successor to last year's stellar Nokia 7 Plus, the 7.1 packs a 5.84 inch 2280x1080 screen which also supports HDR10. Internally, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while storage can be increased through the microSD card slot. At the rear, HMD Global's employing a dual rear camera with a 12MP sensor (with phase detection...

  • Why you should (and shouldn’t) buy the Hisense Infinity H12

    It's tough being a budget smartphone in South Africa. It's even tougher reminding people that you exist as a budget smartphone manufacturer. Luckily, thanks to a run of solid devices in 2016 and 2017, Hisense doesn't really need much help regarding the latter. Where it does however is with the launch of the Hisense Infinity H12, a phone that we previewed back in June. It's finally in South Africa, and competing against the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Huawei for the budget device crown. But the question is: does it have any chance of getting it? We take a look at a...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 features no notch, tiny bezels, and a sliding selfie camera

    In a busy week for smartphone lovers, Xiaomi may have just introduced the highlight. The Mi Mix 3 is now official, and is possibly one of the more classically beautiful phones of 2018. If you dislike the notch, you'll love the Chinese company's thin top and bottom bezels. Because of the lack of real estate above or below the screen, the selfie camera duo -- a 24MP snapper and a 2MP depth sensor -- is located on a sled behind the screen. But it doesn't use a motor like the Oppo Find X. "Once the screen is pushed down, the magnetic mechanism...

  • Samsung Galaxy A9S introduces the five camera phone to China

    Alongside the launch of the first smartphone that bears its name that it didn't bother making itself, Samsung this week also launched the Galaxy A9S, a flagship killer specifically for the Chinese market. The Galaxy A9S is extremely similar to the A6S beneath its skin. It too sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Notably, the screen is larger at 6.3 inches, but the sAMOLED panel remains. But where the phone really impresses is its rear... to the left of its fingerprint sensor. It features the same quadruple camera setup as the Galaxy A9, announced just a...

  • The Galaxy A6S is the first Samsung not made by Samsung

    Samsung has this week launched two new smartphones specifically for the Chinese market. One, however, is of particular importance for an interesting reason. Dubbed the Galaxy A6S, it's the first Samsung smartphone to not be manufacturered by the Korean firm. The manufacturer in question is Wintech, a company owned by Samsung's Chinese rival Xiaomi. If it sounds complicated, that's largely because it is, but using a manufacturer from China does help Samsung keep costs down. You wouldn't really say that looking at the Galaxy A6S's spec sheet though. The A6S itself is a promising prospect on paper, featuring a 6.0 inch screen,...

  • 6 weird and wonderful Huawei Mate 20 Pro features that caught my eye

    It takes a lot for me to sit up and take notice of a smartphone. And no, I'm not talking about flashy events with dubstep and Channing Tatum backup dancers. I'm talking hard, innovative and actually bold features. I'm also talking about features that Apple would call "bold". You know, features that don't quite make sense but they're pushed on you anyway? Here are three of each from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Weird: Nano SD card Companies that launch dual SIM phones in a market dominated by carriers that sneer at their consumers almost as much as their competitors are always welcome. But making...

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro gets its SA launch date and price

    The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will sell for R18 999 in South Africa, the Chinese company announced on Tuesday at its launch event in Johannesburg. When compared to its rivals, it's pricing strategy certainly seems aggressive. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also launched at R18 999, the iPhone XS is R21 999. The iPhone XS Max is R23 999. Of the three currently available variants in the Mate 20 stable, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the only version that will be sold locally. The stock Mate 20, and the larger Mate 20X won't make it to SA shores. The Huawei Mate...

  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by your doppelganger

    The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is arguably the phone to beat in 2018, at least on paper. Beyond its underscreen fingerprint reader and machine learning chipset, it also features a 3D face unlock system. Yep, that's the reason for that notch too. But it seems that it may not be as secure as one would like, at least not if you have a doppelganger at your workplace. German publication AndroidPit experienced this phenomenon this week. Author Steffen Herget reportedly locked the phone using his biometrics, that is, his face. Passing the phone around the office, it remained locked until it arrived at his...