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All posts tagged "MWC-2017"

  • Who had the best smartphone at MWC 2017?

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone, delivering smartphone announcements aplenty. But the real question is who "won" the annual exhibition, then? LG had its G6, looking to erase memories of the innovative but flawed G5 (review). Huawei had the P10, which looks like an evolution over the popular P9 (review). And we had the Nokia brand and its Android smartphones, courtesy of HMD Global. However, the GSMA has chosen Sony and its Xperia XZ Premium as the best smartphone of MWC 2017 at its annual Global Mobile (GloMo) Awards. And to be honest, it's not tough to see why. The Xperia...

  • MWC 2017: you may have missed these smartphones

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) has seen all the big players reveal their smartphones, with the likes of Huawei, LG, HMD Global and more delivering the goods. But the event is massive and, inevitably, some phones fall through the cracks. With that in mind, we look at a few devices you may have missed. Sony The Xperia XZ Premium may have received all the attention, owing to its 4K HDR screen and 960fps super slow-motion capabilities, but the Xperia XZs deserves some love as well. Sony's other high-end phone at MWC sticks with a 1080p display, but keeps the 960fps slow-motion feature and 19MP...

  • Oppo, using a prism, gets 5x lossless zoom on phones

    Chinese brand Oppo might not be very well known locally, but it's a rather innovative smartphone manufacturer in China. We've seen the company launch a smartphone camera on a swivel (who needs a separate selfie camera?), VOOC wireless charging and a host of other cool things. However, Oppo used MWC 2017 to reveal its latest innovation, in the form of 5x lossless zoom and more effective optical image stabilisation (OIS) for smartphones. Interestingly enough, Oppo says the new tech is only 5.7mms thin, which means it should easily fit in today's phones. The new take on smartphone zoom uses "unique periscope-style...

  • Huawei P10: what else to know about their 2017 flagships?

    Huawei took the wraps off the P10 and P10 Plus yesterday, coming just a few hours after LG unveiled their G6. Now, we know the Huawei phones pack the same camera setup as the Mate 9, as well as the same chip... But what else is worth knowing about the new Huawei handset? We've got a few pointers. Huawei lifts Meizu's navigation system Well, the first thing you'll notice is that Huawei has shifted the fingerprint scanner to the front of the device, turning it into a home button as well. However, the company has also been heavily inspired by Meizu, allowing you...

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium brings 960fps video, 4K HDR display

    The Mobile World Congress (MWC) announcements keep on coming and Sony may have just won the show with its Xperia XZ Premium handset. The Japanese firm's new smartphone features a 5.5-inch 4K HDR screen, with Sony specifically citing Amazon Prime Video as viewable in 4K HDR. But another big feature is the super slow-motion capabilities, shooting a ridiculous 960 frames per second at 720p (four times slower than the Pixel, iPhone and Galaxy flagships). And it seems like this isn't software trickery, akin to the Lenovo ZUK Z2, with Sony saying it's the real deal. Speaking of camera capabilities, Sony has opted...

  • LG G6 revealed: 6 more things to know

    The LG G6 was announced yesterday by the Korean firm in Barcelona, featuring that 18:9 screen and dual 13MP camera setup. We were fortunate enough to play with the device before its reveal too, but there's a lot more to cover. So with that in mind, we looked at six important things to know about the firm's new flagship. The price is a big question mark The G6 is using last year's Snapdragon 821 chipset, as the Snapdragon 835 isn't available just yet (Qualcomm ostensibly made a deal with Samsung). Now, the older chip is still powerful, but it does make you wonder...

  • Nokia 3310, more smartphones at MWC 2017

    We've known for a while that Nokia and HMD Global were planning to reveal more Nokia-branded smartphones at MWC 2017. But what did the company reveal then? Let's be honest, you want to know whether the 3310 made an appearance -- it did indeed. For 49 euros, you're getting a feature phone with a basic camera as well as a 30 day standby time and 22 hours of talk time (not bad for a 200mAh battery). Other 3310 details include a new version of Snake being preinstalled, a 2.4-inch polarised display for outdoor visibility, 2MP camera with LED flash and 16MB...

  • We went hands-on with LG G6 last week [SA Exclusive]

    The LG G6 has just been announced by the South Korean firm today (26 February). But Gearburn was fortunate enough to go hands on with the device in Johannesburg earlier this month. And our tentative impressions? It seems to be more G4 (review) than G5 (review) -- a good thing, then. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos of the phone at the time, owing to tight security around leaks. In fact, LG South Africa's go-to-market manager Jaedy Suh noted that even their agency wasn't allowed to have photos of the device. The first thing you'll notice is obviously that tall LCD,...

  • Huawei P10 unveiled at MWC 2017, in SA next month

    We've seen the LG G6 take to the stage today, but now it's time for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus to do the same. So what has the Chinese company brought to the table? Well, the first thing you'll notice is that Huawei has shifted the fingerprint scanner from the rear of the phone to the front, much like Samsung and the Xiaomi Mi 5. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus seem like solid evolutions compared to last year's models Yes, the fingerprint scanner is a button now and, in a move that sees them blatantly steal a feature from Meizu,...

  • MWC 2017: BlackBerry Mercury detailed, renamed

    Following its first appearance at CES 2017, the BlackBerry Mercury has officially been detailed in Barcelona. But the device has also been renamed, now being dubbed the BlackBerry KEYone. The TCL-produced smartphone, running Android 7.1, is the first under a new licensing strategy by BlackBerry. Otherwise, it offers a 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, touch-sensitive hardware keyboard, fingerprint scanner and "convenience key" for customisable shortcuts. Other notable specifications include a frugal but not quite heavyweight Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, USB Type C and a large 3505mAh battery (BlackBerry claims quick charging to 50% in 36 minutes). The camera experience also...