Another year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone. While many say it was a muted show this year around, with less high profile devices being released than in the past, there is still a lot be excited about.As we take stock of all the new devices, several have stood out amongst all the phones, tablets and laptops and first impressions is what matters most here. We haven’t had the opportunity to test all the following devices, but in no particular order, le’s go through our Best of MWC 2018 devices.The New Galaxy S9+Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+After Samsung completely changed their smartphone design with last year’s Galaxy S8 family, we weren’t expecting much more than an iterative update to a winning formula. We are currently reviewing the Galaxy S9 and it does seem to be shaping u..
In early 2017, Samsung thundered onto the global stage after a dismal Galaxy Note 7 launch with a device that has changed our conception of what a premium smartphone should look like. The Galaxy S8, while not perfect, did bring with it a revitalized design, AI-powered smarts, and a maverick camera that has managed to impress consumers made wary by the Note 7's explosive ending.Now, almost a year later, we can expect more from the South Korean company in the form of the Galaxy S9 - a device which, by all accounts, will be a more iterative follow-up effort in comparison to last year's blockbuster smartphone.Read: New Leaks Show Off The Galaxy S9' New DeX Dock, Internal Specs, & MoreFirst things first. The Galaxy S9 is anticipated to inherit the S8's form factor, with the addition of..
According to a new report by ETNews, LG may be readying its own rockstar for debut as Samsung fires up its Galaxy S9 - and, in good news for fans of the former South Korean brand, the marque's next phone might well come in a familiar guise.After reports late last year indicated that LG had made the decision to cancel its forthcoming G7 flagship thanks to lackluster range sales, the South Korean firm has now reportedly chosen to ship a new competitor in its place which will apparently take on the moniker of the LG V30s.Read: New Leaks Show Off The Galaxy S9' New DeX Dock, Internal Specs, & MoreThe V30s, in line with its name, will reportedly ship in a similar form factor to the svelte design that the original V30 championed. Interestingly enough, the device will - according to rumo..
When Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 in 2017, it did so alongside an entirely new product accessory that captured the interest of both consumers and critics alike. With the DeX dock, Galaxy S8 purchasers would be able to convert their smartphone into an ultra-portable desktop computer which - when coupled with a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, could run apps and services on the big screen.Samsung elected to continue that tradition with the release of the Galaxy Note 8 in August last year, and now leaked images courtesy of Evan Blass reveal that the South Korean company may have something slightly different in mind for the forthcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.Read: Samsung's Galaxy S9 Might Recognize Faces And Irises All At Once With 'Intelligent Scan'Revealed in early product ..
When Apple announced its premium iPhone X, the Cupertino company did so alongside a new, flagship technology which we could well see into the future - Face ID. Leveraging a front-facing 3D sensor unit, the iPhone X boasts a facial recognition suite that can track its users face as it changes over time - regardless of weight gain, whether one wears a hat or sunglasses, or even if one grows or shaves a beard.This advent left chief rival Samsung somewhat out-of-the-water, considering that its two flagship smartphones - the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 - bear only iris scanning and 2D facial recognition. Now, however, new reports show that the South Korean firm is looking to up the ante with the forthcoming Galaxy S9, and might do so with a new proprietary feature called 'Intelligent Scan'.Read..
Apple rocked the boat in 2017 with the introduction of the iPhone X, and now - thanks to a new report courtesy of KGI Securities - it appears as if 2018 might yield more of the all-screen monster that the world couldn't wait to get their hands on.KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo - who has a long history of tracking product leaks and offering accurate predictions - has now claimed that Apple is reading three new iPhones - all in the style of the iPhone X - for release later this year.Read: More Galaxy S9 Details Spill Out Ahead Of February's Launch DateAccording to Kuo, Apple will proceed to offer a 6.5" OLED and a 5.8" OLED iPhone - reminiscent of the 'standard' and 'Plus' lineup which Apple has sold since the debut of the iPhone 6 - and might further move to offer an 'in-between' ..
Rumours have swirled for months that Samsung has been mired in the development of a foldable phone, and now reports have alleged that Samsung revealed the first batch of devices to insiders at an exclusive event in the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.According to reports, the devices - which will apparently ship under the 'Galaxy X' moniker later this year - were shown off in two distinct guises; one sported an outward-folding hinge, while the other folded inwardly. Apparently, Samsung will first move to mass produce the inward-folding model.Read: More Galaxy S9 Details Spill Out Ahead Of February's Launch DateA newly leaked image has apparently outed the schematics for Samsung's newest device in detail, revealing a large 7.3" foldable screen that consumers will be ..
Samsung's Galaxy S8 set the pace for numerous mobile devices that followed throughout the course of 2017 - highlighting not only the beauty of a near bezel-less design, but further Samsung's photography prowess. Now the South Korean chaebol is readying its next mobile effort with the Galaxy S9, and a fresh slew of reports have indicated some of the company's plans.PhoneArena reports that the Galaxy S9 is expected to debut with a similar form factor to the Galaxy S8, save for a reduced bottom chin that might equate to even more screen real-estate for power users. On the rear, it is expected that the handset may include the same telephoto dual-lens camera setup as found on the recent Galaxy Note 8, while the device would apparently be the first handset to include Qualcomm's powerful Snapdrag..
Though many interested purchasers might be holding out for a round Apple Watch, this year we were treated to Apple's third edition wearable - the Apple Watch Series 3 - which, while offering the same form factor, moves to make some interesting improvements.As the holiday season nears, Apple has premiered a slew of new adverts highlighting the Apple Watch Series 3 just in time for Christmas - each advert highlights a different utility for the watch in-between popular sports and activities.Read: Apple's Next iPad Might Well Be Its Most Affordable One EverThe first of the series, Snowboard, sees a user launch into icy speeds while leveraging the built-in calling functionality on his Apple Watch Series 3. The Apple Watch Series 3 uses a built-in electronic SIM card to handle cellular conn..
2017 has arguably been the year of the smart speaker as Google, Apple, Amazon, and even Microsoft have stepped up to the plate to offer new options powered by their respective digital assistants, and though Apple's HomePod is set for imminent release, the company may not be able to rest on its laurels for long.Bloomberg reports that Samsung has quickly readied its own smart speaker that will debut with Bixby at the helm and a 'strong focus' on audio quality - if that sounds familiar, Apple's HomePod is similarly tipped as an audiophile's dream rather than a smart home control center.Read: Apple's Next iPad Might Well Be Its Most Affordable One EverBloomberg cites that Samsung is apparently testing a smart speaker that is 'between the size' of Apple's Homepod and Amazon's standard Echo..
In 2017, Apple has made a number of interesting decisions with its iPad range - choosing to forego rumoured plans that might have amounted to a near-bezeless model and instead opt to introduce new tablets that have focussed on affordability. Amidst an international backdrop that has seen tablet sales dwindle year-on-year, the move has seemed a sound one.Now, according to MacRumors, Apple is seeking to shake up its own market even further with the reveal of its most affordable iPad model yet.Read: Apple's iPhone SE Might Be In For A 2018 RefreshCited by DigiTimes, Apple's next 9.7 iPad model might debut in the latter half of 2017 for a retail price of just $259 USD - far below the present retail price of its incumbent entry-level model, which retails for $329 USD. The move, according t..
The iPhone SE is presently the most affordable way to enter Apple's mobile lineup without having to settle for a discontinued model, and now a new rumour courtesy of Focus Taiwan has asserted that the Cupertino company could be readying a revised model that may debut in the first half of 2018.The report claimed that the device - presumably named the iPhone SE 2 - will be assembled by Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron exclusively at a new factory in Bengaluru, India - where Apple recently inked a deal to begin producing its own mobile devices within the country.Read: Apple's iPhone X Lands In South Africa This Week; Here's What You Can Expect To PayAccording to prior rumours, the iPhone SE 2 might debut at the head of a special event Apple might proceed to hold in March next year - s..
Though Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are already available in South Africa, its perhaps understatement to say that the most ardent Cupertino fans will likely be holding on to their wallets for the reveal of the iPhone X on local shores. In good news, those of us waiting to get our hands on Apple's latest slice of the future won't have much longer to wait, as the device will officially become available in South Africa on November 24th.Read: Samsung's Mobile Chief Has Confirmed We'll See Foldable Smartphones In 2018In a press statement, iStore South Africa has revealed that the iPhone X will retail on prepaid for R20499 ZAR upwards for a 64GB model, while consumers holding out for the premium 256GB edition can instead purchase the model for R23999 ZAR.Though that sum might seem exp..
Samsung first set tongues wagging with the all-screen Galaxy S8 earlier this year, and consolidated its efforts with the premium Galaxy Note 8 in August. Now, according to leaked renders, the company may follow up by introducing its Infinity Display aboard its mid-range Galaxy A series lineup in 2018.Samsung has succeeded in garnering attention for the finesse of its OLED displays, which in 2018 have adopted an 18:9 aspect ratio and have retained the curved edges that have been refined over successive generations of Galaxy S devices. However, these advents have been more closely linked with the firm's premium models, leaving consumers with tighter wallets to pick out smartphones with conventional 16:9 displays with large top and bottom bezels.Read: Hands-On: Huawei Takes The Wraps Off..
Huawei took to the international stage at the tail end of October to announce its newest powerhouse play, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro; and at an exclusive event in Cape Town this week, the Chinese firm debuted the Mate 10 Pro which will shortly become available on store shelves.The Mate 10 Pro brings with it numerous achievements to the Android world; the handset is notably powered by Huawei's Kirin 970 processor, which is the first mobile chipset to arrive with AI smarts. In layman's terms, this offers not only enhanced processing power, but rigid stamina.Read: It's Official: Apple Announces Its Premium iPhone X, iPhone 8 And iPhone 8 PlusThe Mate 10 Pro packs in an 18:9 display with slimmer side bezels.On the surface lies Huawei's first 18:9 display, styled after the efforts that Sa..
Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 have resonated well with consumers thanks to their premium build, Infinity Display, and camera specifications that have seen the South Korean company chart well against its rivals. However, it can only be so long before the rumour mill begins to turn ahead of the inevitable reveal of the Galaxy S9, and this week we were treated to some interesting new rumours.First up is the allegation that - according to Chinese supply contacts - Samsung is seeking to redress its rear-facing fingerprint scanner design into a more ergonomic arrangement. According to rumour, Samsung will ditch its current setup - which presently places a fingerprint scanner in a shallow depression next to a primary camera - in favour of a vertically-aligned array that will place an oblo..
One of the more surprising comebacks seen this year has been Nokia; the Finnish mobile brand which once conquered the world through strong feature phone sales before caving at the age of smartphones. Under new stewards HMD Global, however, the marque has made a resurgence earlier this year with efforts such as the Nokia 3, 5, 6, 8, and even the China-exclusive Nokia 7.While the return of the brand will certainly delight those of us who grew up with rock-solid feature phones such as the Nokia 3310 (which was similarly revived this year), what we've yet to see is a modern Nokia smartphone that lives up to some of the design trends promoted by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, LG G6, V30, and even the iPhone X.Read: Apple's Premium iPhone X Reportedly Hasn't Started Its ..
It's perhaps not an overstatement to say that most consumers around the world will be looking forward to getting their hands on Apple's premium iPhone X over the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus this Christmas, though new reports may shutter every Apple fan's dream this November.According to Raymond James analyst Christopher Caso, Apple has yet to begin the final production run of its new top-tier handset - a delay that could see the release of the iPhone X delayed into December or potentially the first quarter of 2017.Read: Pixel 2, Home Mini and more: Here's everything you need to know from Google's Special EventCaso reports that “...while the industry widely anticipated a shift in iPhone ramp timing, our checks suggest there was an incremental delay in the build plans – with orders ..
Google CEO Sundar Pichai took to the stage to announce a slew of new products on October 4th, and once again promoted the company's mantra of producing great products that serve as a springboard for artificial intelligence and smarter features.Arriving not long after Apple's auspicious iPhone X event, Google not only unveiled new and updated Pixel smartphones, but further revealed enterprising new products such as the Home Mini, Pixelbook, and Google Clips.Read: Huawei's Mate 10 Is Tipped To Come In Four Flavours, With An AI-led Processor In TowWithout further ado, here's everything you missed!Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reiterate the conservative design first seen last year.Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Where we were greeted with the Pixel and Pixel XL last year, Google has now deb..
Huawei's forthcoming Mate 10 is only expected to debut on October 16th, but that hasn't managed to stop product leakers or the rumour mill from spilling the beans about the Chinese firm's next flagship powerhouse - and according to all indications, the company may be preparing its most impressive mobile device yet.According to rumour, the Huawei Mate 10 is expected to arrive in four distinct flavours; that of a standard unit, a cheaper Mate 10 Lite, a premium Porsche Design Edition, and a performance-focused Mate 10 Pro variant.Read: Samsung's Mobile Chief Has Confirmed We'll See Foldable Smartphones In 2018Renowned smartphone leaker Evan Blass took to Twitter this week to reveal the Mate 10 in earnest - showcasing a device that arrives with a larger 18:9 display (like the Samsung Gal..