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Local pricing for the Note 8, and no surprise it’s S Pensive

The Note 8 looks like the phone we’ve been dreaming of since, well, the Note 5. And now we know what it’ll cost and when we can have it. Pre-orders open on 1 September 2017 with the first devices making their way to users on 22 September. Recommended retail pricing is set at R18,500, which is actually a little cheaper than the R20,000 we were expecting. We’re excited about a lot ...[Read More]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hands-on

If someone sets fire to your pants once, are you ever really going to trust them with a box of matches again? That’s just how big a deal the Galaxy Note 8 is for Samsung. Last year’s explosive Note 7 launch (and subsequent recall) was nothing short of calamitous, so its successor absolutely has to restore confidence in the battered sub-brand. The good news? It’s every bit the kick-ass flagship pha...[Read More]

Samsung Note 8: Everything you need to know

Samsung unveiled its new, highly anticipated Note 8 device at an event in New York City today and, as tends to be the case with mobile phone launches these days, the rumour mill was spot-on when it comes to the key features. A dual-camera setup, 6.3in “Infinity Display”, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable by a further 256GB via microSD) and a slew of new software features are all ...[Read More]

The spirit of Vertu lives on in Tonino Lamborghini’s Alpha-One

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu may have closed its doors but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for expensive phones that act as status symbols rather than practical devices. Case in point: The Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One handset, a hand-tooled leather-and-gold affair that will cost you about the same as a few month’s salary. Or a mid-range MacBook. But what are you getting w...[Read More]

7 things the Galaxy Note 8 must do for Samsung to reclaim the smartphone top spot

Given the unfortunate fate of last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy Note 8 has a pretty low bar to rise above to be considered a success: it has to still be on the market in a couple of months. The Note 7’s infamous exploding battery debacle led to a complete recall of last year’s smashing device, leaving the market devoid of a top-end, stylus-centric smartphone for a ful...[Read More]

Here’s how to catch Samsung’s Unpacked Note 8 event as it happens

There are many, many ways to watch Samsung’s 23 August Unpacked event, taking place in New York this evening. If you were good at planning (and knew some of the right people) then you could have left for New York earlier this week, braving two days of flights and other methods of transit so that you could get a front-row seat of the proceedings. It’s a little late for that so if you...[Read More]

The history of the Galaxy: how Samsung’s superphone has evolved over seven years

Can you remember anything notable that happened in 2010? We had to resort to Wikipedia ourselves, which is how we remembered that South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup — how much did we have to drink that year, exactly? 2010 also saw the launch of Samsung’s first S series phone, the Galaxy S. We’ve moved on a lot in seven years (mostly by gaining weight and losing hair), but Sam...[Read More]

Google Android 8.0 Oreo: Everything you need to know

Google just can’t get enough sweet treats, at least as far as Android is concerned. There’s a new tooth-destroying update every year, and Oreo is the latest. As well as a new name, version 8.0 Oreo will also bring a whole host of new features to the mobile OS. It’s still early days, but we’ve already got a long list of what to expect once the update arrives. If you don̵...[Read More]

How the smartphone affected an entire generation of kids

As someone who researches generational differences, I find one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is “What generation am I in?” If you were born before 1980, that’s a relatively easy question to answer: the Silent Generation was born between 1925 and 1945; baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964; Gen X followed (born between 1965 and 1979). Next come millennials, born after 1980. But wh...[Read More]

Huawei Mate 10: Everything we know so far

With winter almost drawing to a close (though you wouldn’t believe it over the past week or so), the smartphone world is gearing up for a busy Q3 launch window – and Huawei wants to be front and centre with the Mate 10. Last year’s Mate 9 was a beast of a phone, taking everything we loved about the P10 and making it bigger, better and more powerful. Plus it didn’t have to g...[Read More]

8 things you need to know about the Nokia 8

The ‘new’ Nokia’s first flagship phone is official, and it’s a bit of a doozy. With hardware specs that leave the cheaper Nokia 3 and Nokia 6 in the dust, a much slicker design, and the return of the familiar partnership with Zeiss optics for the camera (or should that be cameras?), the Nokia 8 looks every bit the high-end hero Nokia needs. But there’s more to it than...[Read More]

Samsung’s Note 8 specs benched, plus a possible camera surprise

Just when you think you know it all, something shows up and makes you question what you know. This is as true of the Galaxy Note 8 as it is with the rest of life — there’s always something more to learn. Which is our long-winded way of saying that everything we know is… different. Well, not everything. And not that different. But there are reports of a subtle change for the Note ...[Read More]

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