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All posts tagged "Essential Phone"

  • This is when your smartphone will get Android Pie [Updating…]

    It's that time of the year when users frantically mash their update buttons hoping for Google's latest iteration of Android. Android Pie is now officially in the wild and stable, but lacks a slew of features shown off at I/O 2018. While the OS is now available for some devices from today, when can you expect to see a Pie update his your smartphone? We break down expectations brand-by-brand in alphabetical order below. Note: Those manufacturers who took part in the beta programme, may push updates to their devices sooner than others. "Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential, as...

  • Ouch: Essential Phone sold 88 000 units in 2017

    The Essential Phone showed a lot of promise, offering mostly stock Android, some great specs and a lovely design. However, a mediocre camera and high launch price made for a somewhat unattractive proposition, it would seem. Now, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, citing company research, claims that Essential sold just 88 000 Essential Phones in 2017. . @Arubin's @essential smartphone is still a long way from becoming a successful venture. In 2017, it shipped less than 90K units (first six months after launch) pic.twitter.com/NHVlA2Gjzr — Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) February 12, 2018 It's difficult to compare the performance to more established players, but these figures can't look...

  • 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...

  • Essential Phone: will Android co-founder’s phone succeed?

    Earlier this week, we saw the launch of the Essential Phone, being the brain-child of Android co-founder Andy Rubin. Featuring a hardware add-on system similar to Moto Mods and Huawei's dual-camera setup, the new smartphone is also packing some impressive specs. There's the Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Then there's the design, featuring a screen that stretches from edge to edge (only breaking for a front-facing camera), as well as a titanium and ceramic build. But what are the odds of success? Could it take the fight to the Apples and Samsungs of the world? That depends...

  • Essential Phone: Android co-founder’s new phone revealed

    Andy Rubin has been teasing a new phone for a while now, but the Android co-founder has finally taken the covers off the Essential Phone. The new phone seems to tick all the boxes for a 2017 flagship, namely a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a sharp display (2560x1312, but it's unclear if LCD or AMOLED), a 3040mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the back. The phone also packs four microphones, which could result in great audio recording credentials. Speaking of audio, the company has removed the earphone jack, in a rather dick move. Instead, it's sticking with...