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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • Energizer set to launch 26 smartphones at MWC 2019

    It's weird when hip-hop artists suddenly become small business investors, or when car manufacturers make phones and fridges, right? Well, it's also pretty strange to hear that Energizer, perhaps best known as a battery company, plans to launch 26 new smartphones at MWC 2019. Okay, so perhaps these devices aren't made by Energizer per se, but rather French company Avenir Telecom which has previously made the company's devices. According to GSMArena, the company plans to divide these 26 devices into four distinct product lines each with their own strengths. The Power Max line, for instance, is set to boast a phone with...

  • 3 phones we can’t wait to see at MWC 2019

    The world's biggest annual smartphone expo is now just a few weeks away. MWC is like Christmas in February, but for smartphone journalists and power users. Each year, the globe's biggest brands -- combined with a few up and coming surprises -- descend on Barcelona to peacock their wares. But while some phones are almost confirmed to be showcased at the event, other manufacturers haven't quite made their intentions concrete. We take a look at the devices we'll definitely see launched in Spain in February, while rating the likelihood of the others making an appearance. Sony Xperia XZ4 Sony is set for a big...

  • iPhone 11 news and rumours: 3D camera tech in development

    Happy 2019, and say hello to a new set of iPhone leaks. The debut of Apple's incoming crop of iPhones may only be in September -- as is traditional -- but that doesn't mean the internet's going to stop talking about their possible features. Like Christmas carols in the mall, the news just keeps hitting our ears earlier and earlier each year. With that in mind, we take a look at all the iPhone 11/iPhone XI rumours as they emerge from the creases of social media and online forums. 30 January: Apple's working on a 3D camera for its next iPhone You can't just...

  • Smartphone shipments tank by 14% in China, Huawei leads

    Smartphone shipments in China have slowed for a second consecutive year, research firm Canalys revealed in a report. In total, smartphone shipments in China have declined by 18% since 2016, with a little under 400-million devices shipped in 2018. It declined by 14% alone in 2018, despite the rise of Huawei and Vivo's market share. Image: Canalys In fact, Huawei ranked number one for shipment sales in the country with a 16% increase, while Vivo grew by 9%. Other smartphone manufacturers, namely Oppo, Xiaomi and Apple, all saw decreased shipments. Canalys's Mo Jia said that the reason for Huawei's dominance is that it "penetrated the...

  • 3 phones under R500 that will run WhatsApp in SA

    Some smartphone users really don't require the fanciest materials, multiple rear cameras, silly notches or the fastest processor. Instead, all they need is a cheap device to run popular apps, like WhatsApp. In previous years, we've covered some smartphones that did just that at higher price points. But in 2019, as these prices continue to soar, we rummage about the bargain bin to see just how little you have to spend on a WhatsApp smartphone. Here are three Android smartphones below the R500 mark that will run WhatsApp without much fuss. Mint Fox | R399 Previously one of South Africa's biggest selling smartphones according to...

  • 3 smartphone design fads from 2018 we absolutely hated

    We've seen some pretty stupid smartphone fads in 2018. From the obnoxious, to the courageous, to the insane, and the arguably unneeded, we take a look at the year in smartphones from the point of view of a jaded marketing executive. Artificial intelligence Artificial intelligence is great. There's no denying this. It allows apps and phones to recognise flowers and buildings, and spit out highly relevant information. (All this without visiting a single Wikipedia page.) But when a smartphone maker centres its entire marketing programme on this feature, we have to just sit back and shake our heads. For starters, a smart...

  • 48 hours with the Nokia 7.1

    If you've lost track of all the Nokia smartphones that have been unveiled this year, you're not alone. Although HMD Global's naming scheme is functional if not spectacular, we've seen more than ten Nokia phones debut in 2019. While there's talk of even more, including the Nokia 9 with its five rear cameras, today I took temporary ownership of the Nokia 7.1. It's the smaller, newer baby brother of the Nokia 7 Plus, a phone which I still firmly believe is an unsung hero in the 2018 smartphone catalogue. But can the 7.1, with more focus on style, continue that momentum? As it's always...

  • Huawei’s quickly closing the global phone sales gap to Samsung

    Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo -- the big three Chinese smartphone makers -- just can't stop selling devices. This according to global sales data from Gartner. The research firm, in its Q3 2018 smartphone sales report, revealed that the trio helped push global smartphone sales to beyond 389-million units. While Samsung remained the world's biggest smartphone seller, pushing 73.3-million units in the quarter, its overall market share fell by 3.4% year-on-year. Huawei saw substantial growth, from owning 9.5% of the global market share in Q3 2017 to 13.4% in Q2 2018. It sold more than 15-million more units during this period than last. "The...

  • Samsung could reveal its foldable smartphone this week

    A new report suggests that Samsung will this week reveal its foldable smartphone at its annual Developer Conference. The event does not usually focus on devices, however it is believed that Samsung will use the opportunity to "provide some details" about the eagerly awaited model. "Before we take it to the market, we want to share with developers what we’ve done so far and see what they think of it," said an unnamed official quoted by Reuters. Samsung was expected to be the first firm to launch a foldable smartphone, but Chinese startup Royole has already taken that honour. Royole revealed a developer...

  • Apple iOS 12.1 update brings Group FaceTime, other features

    Apple’s iOS 12.1 update is finally available for iPhone and iPad users all around the world and it brings with it long awaited features. One of these includes Group FaceTime. “Now with Group FaceTime, it’s easy to chat with more people than ever before — from 2 to 32 people,” the company revealed on its website. Though 32 people might seem like a crowd, Apple also added a few additional updates to FaceTime to make things a bit more understandable. “FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the...