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  • Pixel 3s, V40s and Mate 20s: October’s a busy month for smartphone lovers

    Welcome to smartphone launch silly season. Now that Apple has paraded its three new iPhone X devices for the world and its competitors to see earlier this month, the latter now have their chance to claim the spotlight. Yes. October is going to be a busy month for smartphone fanatics. Whip out those diaries, because here's what you can expect from the likes of LG, Samsung, Google and Huawei. LG V40 ThinQ 3 October The first contender is a new LG flagship. The company's V series has been known as a poster for its new tech ideas. Who can forget the second screen,...

  • Snapdragon 855 benchmarks leak: is it faster than the Kirin 980?

    The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has reportedly been profiled and benchmarked on Geekbench. Scores published to the benchmark site earlier this week allegedly parades some of the chipset's hard performance numbers. The American chipmaker's new silicon outpaces the current Snapdragon 845 by around 50%, scoring 3697 on its single-core performance run. The 845 scores around 2400. Additionally, the 855's multi-core performance numbers is now pushing 10000 points. 10469 to be exact. How does this compare to its rivals? The 855 will be quicker than the HiSilicon Kirin 970, which powers the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro. The latter is considerably slower, scoring...

  • Huawei’s phones are now more popular than Apple’s

    Huawei now sells more smartphones globally than Apple, this according to data released by research firm Gartner. The firm's Q2 2018 reports suggests that the Chinese manufacturer sold in excess of 49-million devices within the quarter, around 13.3% of total market share. For Huawei, that's a gain or more than 13-million units year-over-year. Apple in comparison sold 44.7-million units, just over 400 000 more than the same quarter last year. Samsung remains the biggest selling smartphone manufacturer with 72.3-million units. Notably, that's a drop of some 10-million year-over-year. The Chinese onslaught continues further down the table. Xiaomi cements its place in fourth position, reclaiming it...

  • Huawei Mate 20’s Kirin 980 chipset detailed in official release

    Although Huawei's Kirin 970 system on chip -- the power unit that commands pixels on the P20 and Mate 10 series -- is just a few months old, the company's developing a new chip for its Mate 20 series. Called the Kirin 980, the Chinese manufacturer detailed the chip more closely in an official release issued to South African media on Tuesday. And yes, the company also confirmed that "the Kirin 980 will power the Mate 20 Series". "Rumors say that the Kirin 980 will feature an octa-core CPU comprising four A76 cores and four A55 cores, with the larger cores running...

  • Huawei overthrows Apple as second most popular smartphone maker

    Huawei is now the second-most popular smartphone manufacturer after it shipped 54.2-million smartphones worldwide in Q2 2018. As a result, Apple is relegated to third place after shipping 41.3-million units. "Huawei is shifting to more value-added models, by launching new flagship smartphones with the latest features," IHS Markit noted in a report. "Increasing brand recognition in Europe and Asia is enabling the company to challenge Samsung in many price segments." Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone maker in Q2 2018, despite its device shipments falling to 70.8-million units. As for other manufacturers, Motorola was placed eighth with 10-million units shipped, growing by 41.5%, while...

  • Huawei Nova 3 ‘debuts’ with two 24MP cameras and Kirin 970

    Be it a mistake or a marketing stunt, the Huawei Nova 3 has been launched before its launch. Listed on Chinese ecommerce site VMall, the latest phone from the Chinese manufacturer has been revealed in all its mid-range glory. At its heart, the device will sport a HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, featuring four A73 cores running at 2.4GHz, and four 1.8GHz A53 cores. You'll also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while a 3750mAh battery keeps the lights on. Notably, the phone features a massive 6.3-inch display (with a notch), and a middle-rear fingerprint reader. Above it and slightly to the...

  • Gear4 Wembley case for the Huawei P20 is now available in South Africa

    The Gear4 Wembley case for the Huawei P20 is now available in South Africa, and is set to retail between R529 and R899. Manufactured by accessories company STRAX, the Gear4 Wembley is the latest in a line of smartphone cases from the Gear4 stable to hit local shores. The Huawei P20 variant offers similar protection assurances too, according to the company, including TPU construction and the use of D30 impact protection material, also used on motorbike leathers. "TPU is a class of polyurethane plastics that offer various properties including elasticity, transparency, oil resistance, impact absorption and scratch protection," the company notes in...

  • Huawei’s R26k Porsche Design Mate RS now available in South Africa

    It's not often that a smartphone retails for the same price as a second hand family car, but the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the exception. The company today announced that the phone will be available in South Africa, and offered exclusively through MTN. "The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS represents the pinnacle of technology through features such as the world’s first dual fingerprint design including an innovative in-screen fingerprint sensor, the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) processor and Leica triple camera with 40MP image capture," the company writes in a release. "This device will surpass the performance expectations of even...

  • Huawei’s 4 Y Series phones get South African pricing

    We have the Mate series, the P series, and now Huawei's refreshed Y Series is heading for South Africa too. The company's "youth" range includes four devices, from the Huawei Y3 2018 at the lowest end to the Huawei Y7 2018 heading up the range. But don't expect these devices to cost a fortune. Pricing spans between R999 and R2999, with each of the four devices offering something a little different. Huawei Y3 2018 is the company's first Android Go device, running Android's lightweight version of Android Oreo. It's not wildly exciting otherwise, sporing a 5.0-inch 854x480 screen, a Mediatek MT6737M chipset,...

  • Huawei P20 Pro review: not the sum of its cameras

    A certain Gene Jiao, Huawei's president of MEA, once told me that it's not the number of lenses you stick on a smartphone that's important, it's how you use the cameras you have. If this were true the Huawei P20 Pro would still have two lenses, like the P10 before it. Hell, it would have a single lens like the P8. So when the Huawei P20 Pro debuted with three cameras at the back, I raised an eyebrow. When it landed on our bench for review, I was dealing with a mild bout of smartphone fatigue. Nokia just had a local launch....