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  • Expect budget smartphones to get AI processors soon

    Last year saw AI chips land inside premium smartphones, as Apple and Huawei sought to beef up tasks like system performance, camera quality and, well... augmented reality emoji. But could this hardware ever come to budget phones? And when could we expect this to happen? We asked Jem Davies, fellow and general manager of the machine learning group at UK chip kingpin Arm, during our trip to MWC. "Yes , so traditionally you would expect a new technology like machine learning or whatever, to appear in super smartphones, premium...

  • Diablo 3 indeed confirmed for Nintendo Switch – report

    A few days ago, Blizzard caused a stir after posting a somewhat provocative tweet, forcing the company to say it didn't "have any current plans to announce" Diablo 3 on Switch. Now, sources have told Eurogamer that the port is indeed in the works, confirming it will be a port of Diablo 3. There was no word on whether the Switch version would add downloadable content as well. The publication's sources said they were surprised to see the Twitter post because "the game's reveal remains several months off". In case you missed the Twitter post in question, it showed a Diablo character...

  • Far Cry 5 will let you create, share scenarios/maps

    Scenario and map editors are all too rare in today's video games, but the Far Cry franchise has kept up with this tradition for the most part. Now, Ubisoft has revealed a drastically upgraded map and scenario editor for Far Cry 5, called Far Cry Arcade. The new suite lets you "build, share and play an endless variety of custom maps", using over 9000 objects (including items from various Ubisoft properties) and being able to tweak aspects like the day/night cycle. Additionally, the firm says that they'll be highlighting top maps and giving you the ability to follow specific creators. A trailer...

  • Is Bravo Team the PSVR’s (nay, the PS4’s) worst title?

    Is your PSVR gathering dust? I wouldn't blame you if you thought Bravo Team might be the ideal title to squeeze more time out of the VR headset. Unfortunately, it looks like we might have an early candidate for the worst PS4 game of the year, according to several reviews. Eurogamer's Ian Higton labelled it "astonishingly bad", going so far to say it joins "Rogue Warrior, Turning Point and Hour of Victory as one of the very worst games you could play". Higton specifically calls out the "incredibly limited" field of movement, glitchy traversal mechanics and a "long list" of bugs...

  • 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: Is a Nokia smart speaker coming this year?

    This week saw HMD reveal its latest range of Nokia phones, in the form of the new Nokia 8110, Nokia 1, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco. But smart speakers are quickly becoming a big money sector too, so will we see a Nokia speaker soon? "Stay tuned," PR representative Ben Wilsker told us during an interview at Mobile World Congress. In an attempt to get a definite answer, we asked HMD CEO Florian Seiche whether he had any information to share on a Nokia smart home speaker. Seiche chuckled before answering: "I can't comment (on that)." Could we see a Nokia smart speaker, powered...

  • 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...