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All posts tagged "MWC"

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • 4 big smartphone surprises of MWC 2016

    Samsung greatly improved the Samsung Galaxy formula with the S7. LG took a bold new leap into the modular unknown with the LG G5. And arguably, those two devices stole the MWC 2016 show, right? Wrong. In fact, this year's event showcased some of the biggest surprises coming from other manufacturers. Thanks to the price of premium hardware steadily dropping, and manufacturers becoming more aware of niches in the market, the smartphone space has never been more interesting, or more competitive, than it is right now. Below are four of the biggest smartphone surprises of MWC 2016. Alcatel Idol 4S: basement VR...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5: cheap as chips, gorgeous design

    Don't look now, but that "Made In China" tag just got a brand new look. At MWC 2016, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled its latest smartphone to take the fight to LG, Samsung and Apple -- the Xiaomi Mi 5. And while the majority of the specifications were leaked beforehand, it was the actual phone in the flesh that popped. Hugo Barra was responsible for talking up the phone, and he did an impressive job. Ultimately, a major portion of screen time was dedicated to its design. Barra explained that Xiaomi drew inspiration from the Mi Note, and aimed to make...

  • MWC 2016 live blog: the best MWC ever?

    Barcelona is this week the epicenter of the world's mobile technology enthusiasts as MWC 2016 slowly awakes from its near-year slumber. And what a lineup of live launches we have this year. LG, Huawei, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi have all announced that they will host live launches in and around the city in the days to come, which means there's a lot to get through in a short space of time. Combine this with new Internet of Things announcements, the advent of 5G and other mobile-centric news, we're in for another long but exciting week. So stay tuned to our live...