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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • Google Pixel 2: have specs been revealed?

    We all know that the Google Pixel 2 is coming, especially after the praise heaped on last year's models. But it seems like have our first leaks of the next-generation Pixel phones. According to XDA Developers, citing a source "familiar with the matter that spent time with at least one of these phones", there will indeed be two models available. The so-called Taimen variant is the XL version, packing a 6-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440p display -- ideal for VR then. The source adds that the display is made by LG, which lines up with earlier reports regarding Google and LG...

  • Interview: HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela

    "It was overwhelming. We went to the meetings and people are coming and hugging, (saying) 'thank god you are bringing Nokia back'." This was according to HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela, speaking to Gearburn at the Nokia/HMD launch event in Johannesburg. The event officially welcomes Nokia-branded smartphones, running Android, to South Africa, Nummela, a long-time Nokia veteran, said that they "couldn't find a country in the world" that was unwilling to bring Nokia smartphones back. The Nokia-branded Android phones are shaping up to be very promising phones in their own right. But the company also launched the Nokia 3310 reboot, coming to...

  • Interview: Mobile kingpin ARM on what’s next in 2018

    Whether it's the architecture or actual hardware, UK-based ARM powers the vast majority of smartphones around the world today. Its architecture is licensed by the likes of Apple (and well, everyone), while their CPU and GPU designs are used by everyone from Alcatel to ZTE. In fact, there's pretty much a 100% chance that you've got a phone using their technology in some form. The company has kept itself busy in recent months, revealing its two latest CPU cores. For starters, we've got the Cortex-A75 core, being the latest in a line of regularly updated heavyweight CPU cores. More importantly for cheaper...

  • HMD CEO promises ‘two years’ of Android updates – Nokia 3 included

    The HMD/Nokia partnership has officially kicked off in South Africa, with the launch of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. These new handsets have a lot going for them, such as pure Android and an attractive price. But HMD Global is also promising plenty of updates for your device. "What we are now committing (to) is that whenever a consumer buys a device, two years from that we will do the updates..." HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela told Gearburn at the South African launch event. The Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 certainly support Android updates, but what about the...

  • What do reviewers think of OnePlus 5?

    The OnePlus 5 has only just been launched, but international reviewers have had it for a while now. So what do they think of the new smartphone then? We've gathered a few thoughts... Ars Technica The website's Ron Amadeo noted that it was the "best sub-$500 phone you can buy" right now. The writer points to the great "near-stock" Android software, speedier scrolling than the Galaxy S8 and US$479 price tag as being some of the upsides. However, Amadeo notes that the camera post-processing can be finicky (adding that low-light focusing is a problem) and that you'll be waiting for software updates that might...

  • ‘iPhone exists because Jobs hated Microsoft executive’

    Steve Jobs's hatred for a Microsoft executive drove him to create the iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed. "It began... because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin of it..." former iOS chief Scott Forstall told an audience at the Computer History Museum in California. "Steve's wife had a friend who was married to a guy who worked at Microsoft. Every time Steve had any social interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off," the iOS architect explained. The executive apparently boasted to Jobs that Microsoft had "solved" laptop and tablet computing, as well as stylus-driven computing. "Steve...

  • How big are MediaTek phones in Africa?

    Qualcomm is generally considered the big dog when it comes to smartphone processors, but MediaTek has been making waves in the budget space over the years. Powering everything from white-labelled devices and upcoming Chinese brands to established manufacturers, the chipmaker represents a stiff challenge for Qualcomm. But how does it fare on the continent, in terms of marketshare? "Although (it's) sometimes difficult to establish exact numbers based on market research, the estimated MediaTek marketshare in South Africa and Africa is approximately between 40% and 45% for smartphones," said Dominique Friedl, head of corporate sales for South and Sub Saharan Africa, in an...

  • OnePlus 5 fully revealed: 7 things you should know

    OnePlus isn't shy about drawing out the marketing for its flagship smartphones, giving enthusiasts a drip-feed of information and then fully revealing the handset. The same treatment was given to the OnePlus 5, which saw its processor and design being disclosed before the full reveal last night. So what did the launch event tell us about the new high-end smartphone? We've got x things you should know. Horsepower will definitely tick boxes We know that it's packing a Snapdragon 835, but OnePlus has also revealed that their new phone comes in 6GB of 8GB RAM flavours. By comparison, many other high-end phones on...

  • Watch: OnePlus 5 launches today, what to expect?

    OnePlus is scheduled to launch its OnePlus 5 smartphone today, delivering what should be a capable device at a lower price than Apple and Samsung. But what do we know about the upcoming handset thus far then? For starters, the Chinese firm has already said it will be packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, delivering a punch that matches today's top devices. It's also expected to pack a ton of RAM, with The Verge claiming it will have more RAM than you might find in a laptop. So over 4GB and up to 8GB is our assumption then. OnePlus claims that touch latency will...

  • It might not be ‘real’ Nokia, but HMD’s phones have potential

    2017 marks the return of the Nokia name to the smartphone market, after the Nokia handset division was gobbled up by Microsoft in 2012. In case you don't know, today's Nokia-branded smartphones aren't coming from the 'real' Nokia. Instead, it's the result of a licensing agreement between Finland's HMD Global and Nokia itself (i.e. the firm that owned Nokia's handset unit before selling it to Microsoft). Although to be fair, many former Nokia employees seem to have joined HMD. The first product of this arrangement is already available in South Africa, in the form of the new 3310. But it's a...