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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

Review When, four years ago, I predicted Huawei was coming to eat Apple and Samsung's lunch, derision swiftly followed. Either it couldn't, or it would take a very long time. For years, Japanese and Korean cars were nasty little tin cans, jokes on wheels, remember? But smartphones aren't cars. The Chinese production miracle, and …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Nov 2018
Remote control

Google's secret to a healthy phone? Remote-controlling your apps

Google has claimed to have cut Android malware by half. Figures out of Mountain View this week suggest that the prevalence of PHAs (potentially harmful applications) found on Android 9 Pie devices is half the rate seen in its predecessor. Overall, this has fallen from 0.66 per cent in Lollipop to 0.06 per cent in Pie. The …
Samsung One UI

One UI to end gropes: Samsung facelift crowns your thumb the king

Samsung has embarked on a tasteful overhaul of how its phones look and work. Only three years ago Samsung's UI looked like a gaudy car boot sale, which felt out of place as Samsung's own futuristic AMOLED curved panels were rolling into mass production. The redesign modernised the notorious TouchWiz skin, but this makeover may …
Mi 8 Pro

Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

The most disruptive – if you pardon the cliché – newcomer to the UK phone market in years has finally launched. Xiaomi's first three devices will be sold by Argos, Currys, John Lewis, operator Three, Carphone and Amazon from tomorrow, the firm said. Should those buying options not wet one's whistle, Xiaomi is also opening a …
Foldable Thing - Samsung Infinity Flex display

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

New products are traditionally developed in darkness – but rarely launched in darkness too. Samsung yesterday turned the auditorium lights way down before "revealing" its first Foldable Thing. This Foldable Thing was brandished in a Samsung executive's hand – some distance from spectators. And you couldn't get any nearer. That …
iPhone XR

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

Review Back in 2007, Apple convinced the world a phone that could barely last a day was OK. In 2018 it has set out to persuade the public that a phone costing £749 is somehow a bargain. Is that an iPhone in your lanyard or are you just happy to see me? Reg the vulture strikes a moody poses with the kit. Is that an iPhone in your …
Richard Speed, 6 Nov 2018
crying business man washed up on beach talks into phone

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

The smartphone biz is now in a slump, according to two number-crunching outfits. After estimating that year-on-year sales worldwide fell 8 per cent in Q3 this year, Strategy Analytics has declared that the handset segment is "effectively in a recession". Sales in Q3 were 360 million worldwide, the analyst said. UK economists …
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While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

Hutchison's UK network Three has upgraded 2,700 urban sites to support faster 4G data. The introduction of carrier aggregation technology on the network has enabled it to boost downloads by an average of 33 per cent, said Three UK. Users in cities, traditionally the most congested areas, will see the benefit, which manifests …
BlackBerry Key2 LE

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: The first budget Android QWERTY for years

Review On a recent press trip to IFA, I noticed several journalists discreetly packed a BlackBerry as a second phone. By day they wrote about gadgets, and the BlackBerry wouldn't get name-dropped. But they clearly felt it had value on gruelling long days. Or maybe it's the buttons, which make instant access to alerts and data far …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2018
iPhone XR all colour group shot

iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag

After years in the doldrums, the iPhone XR could boost Apple's phone shipments. iFixit's teardown revealed that the trusted, conventional iPhone design now incorporates a modular (removable) SIM card reader and single-deck motherboard. Intel provided the LTE modem – not surprising given Apple's ongoing legal dispute with …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2018
OnePlus 6T

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships

Hands On "We're not the cheeky upstart anymore," OnePlus told us at previews of the 6T flagship, its seventh, launched today. After achieving notoriety through stunts and jaw-droppingly low pricing, the brand struggled to turn its value proposition into a mass-market deal. But finally, it has earned the trust of the tech channel and …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2018
Xiaomi Underpants

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

Xiaomi will officially launch in the UK with its first physical store in November – and retail support from Hutchison's Three UK. Xiaomi's Mi 5 Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain READ MORE In May, Hutch vowed to wheel in its formidable retail clout to the support of the unconventional Chinese …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Oct 2018
aerial shot of sk hynix flash fab

The end (of the flash boom) is nigh! But not before SK Hynix tallies up its record revenues

In its third 2018 quarter, SK Hynix revenues were up a massive 41 per cent, year on year, to a record $9.94bn, with net income of $4.08bn, a rise of 53.5 per cent on the year. The operating profit margin also rose, reaching 57 per cent from 46 per cent a year earlier. All the stats for the quarter, the three months to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2018
Mix 10GB

Xiaomi waggles Mi MIX 3, the first smartphone packing 10GB RAM

Ahead of the company's impending UK launch, Xiaomi has broken new ground with the first 10GB RAM smartphone in China. The Mi MIX 3 was unveiled yesterday and features the novel camera slider Xiaomi has used before, which reveals the front-facing camera, therefore doing away with the need for a cutout or "Notch". A magnetic …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Oct 2018
Couple wearing sunglasses looking surprised by something

Samsung's graphene batteries promise to charge five times faster – without exploding

Samsung Mobile (or at least a fan blog) has claimed development of its graphene battery technology is, er, all wrapped up, raising hopes of finding them in products soon. SamsungMobile.News helpfully tweeted yesterday: Samsung has completed the developing of it's Graphene Batteries👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/pKlX3eNiDY — SamsungMobile …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Oct 2018
iFixit Pixel 3 XL teardown (credit: iFixit)

Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

Teardown demon iFixit has pulled Google's shiny new flagship Pixel 3 phone to pieces, revealing more glue and glass than strictly necessary. The Pixel 3 and its oversized sibling, the 3 XL, made an appearance last week after so many leaks that its IP68 rating could have been put in jeopardy. iFixit chose the Pixel 3 XL as its …
Richard Speed, 16 Oct 2018
Samsung Patent

Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell

Samsung has applied for a US patent (PDF) for a foldable mobile device, giving important clues as to how it’s approaching the market with the new technology. The Korean firm's display division already leads the market in several notable areas, and the chaebol has done little to quell speculation that a device with a flexible …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Oct 2018
Man and woman enlightened

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

Interview Samsung has responded to a saturated market – and the mortal threat of Huawei – by ramping up its mid-range phones and promising much more rapid repairs. In response to a hyper-competitive market and margin squeeze, device makers have cut back on support. But that's a false economy, Samsung executive Kate Beaumont told us. …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Oct 2018

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