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The new eSIM card is a boon to consumers and a possible threat to mobile networks

But a new upgrade to the SIM card means life can even simpler.  Called an electronic SIM or eSIM, it is a way of linking your phone, using software, to a SIM (usually in a server rack at the service provider). The new iPhone Xs, which I am using, has an eSIM built in.

Samsung announces seven (yes, seven) devices for its new Galaxy A range

At an Unpacked event in Hong Kong today, Samsung announced seven new devices that will join the Galaxy A range, these will come to South Africa.

Qualcomm to make ‘gaming’ smartphones more accessible with the Snapdragon 730G

If you've been paying attention, you'll notice that mobile gaming is ramping up. And not just the Candy Crush sort of game, either. Full-fledged console games, custom stores, and battle royale are all more prominent than ever. But to actually play high-end titles, you need a high-end phone. Because high-end processors. Qualcomm's looking to change that,  a little, with the Snapdragon 730G.

Nokia’s going big with its triple-camera, mid-range X71 smartphone

The Nokia X71 might sound like the tech company is working on a spy-plane rather than a smartphone but that’s obviously not the case… unless Nokia’s hiding something from us. But no, the Nokia X71 is definitely a smartphone. One with a great many pixels at its disposal. We can get behind that. But before we get to check out the camera(s), it’s worth glancing at the screen. ...[Read More]

Samsung puts its Galaxy Fold to the test.. over and over again

If we didn't know any better, we'd say that this video of Samsung's Galaxy Fold smartphones being tested was part of a much longer video. A video involving some early-2000s band, possibly transformed into monkeys and singing about... well, you decide what they're singing about. It's got the same sort of vibe.

Xiaomi’s got a Super Charge Turbo charging system for smartphones waiting in the wings

Super. Charge. Turbo. All words that bring to mind a motorised vehicle flying by quick enough to demolish a building on impact (note: Do not try that at home). Combine them and you’ve got Xiaomi’s new Super Charge Turbo fast-charging system for smartphones, a setup the company reckons will get you from 0 to 100(%) with a 4,000mAh battery in just 17 minutes. Which sounds like just the t...[Read More]

And now, a smartphone in a blender. For science, of course

Sticking technology inside a blender and liquifying it (as much as you can liquify expensive sand) is a time-honoured internet tradition. Whether it's for a form of guerrilla marketing or just because folks have been chasing YouTube views, blenders and tech go together like Facebook and misuse of personal information. 

The world’s thicc’est phone comes from Energizer and will last a week

Here’s another one we knew we were going to see at MWC: It’s a phone with a 18,000mAh battery from Energizer.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro long-term review – Setting the bar for 2019’s stars

We've been testing the Mate 20 Pro since October 2018, four months and change later is it still the best phone money can buy?

LG V40 ThinQ review – A mid-ranger with flagship ambitions

When your opponents are as slick as LG's are, you've really got to pull out the stops and offer something unique if you're going to make consumers take notice. LG's tried hard with the awkwardly named V40 ThinQ, but the results are a mixed bag.

Mobicel Hype X review – Should you believe the Hype?

The Mobicel Hype X has a touch of the peacock about it -- pull one of these out of your pocket and folks are going to notice.

Energizer bringing a massive 26 phones to MWC 2019

You read that headline correctly -- Energizer, the company best known for rabbits and batteries (not in that order), will be launching a range of smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC). And, unlike companies that just dip their toe into smartphone manufacture, they're going all-in. How else do you explain the fact that they're showing off a range of 26 devices at MWC 2019?

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