MediaTek Aims for the US with mmWave-Enabled Dimensity 1050

MediaTek Aims for the US with mmWave-Enabled Dimensity 1050

After years of success in China, and slow but steady progress in Europe and the rest of Asia, chipset manufacturer MediaTek has clearly set its sights on the US smartphone market with its first ever mmWave 5G chipset: the Dimensity 1050. While MediaTek already offers several 5G chipsets to smartphone manufacturers, all so far have … Read moreMediaTek Aims for the US with mmWave-Enabled Dimensity 1050

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 & 7 Gen 1

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 & 7 Gen 1

Qualcomm has unveiled two new chipsets to power high-end mobile phones, including its new top-tier offering: the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. The 8+ Gen 1 is one of Qualcomm’s typical mid-cycle refreshes, in this case upgrading on last December’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The core of the chip remains unchanged, but the CPU’s prime core … Read moreQualcomm Launches Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 & 7 Gen 1

iPhone SE 2022 Review: Cheap Isn’t Always Cheerful

iPhone SE 2022 Review: Cheap Isn’t Always Cheerful

The iPhone SE is a funny old phone. With a design and display that you could generously call “aged”, but the latest Apple processor and 5G connectivity, this is a very old-fashioned phone in some respects but a supremely modern device in others. The same inconsistencies were there to be found in the (almost identical) … Read moreiPhone SE 2022 Review: Cheap Isn’t Always Cheerful

Honor X8 Is the Company’s First Cheap Phone to Go Global

Honor X8 Is the Company’s First Cheap Phone to Go Global

Just weeks after unveiling the Magic 4 flagships at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a resurgent Honor has confirmed plans to bring another phone to the global market: the Honor X8. The X8 is a very different beast to the Magic 4 and Magic 4 Pro (not to mention the recently revealed Magic 4 Ultimate, … Read moreHonor X8 Is the Company’s First Cheap Phone to Go Global

Galaxy A53 Beats iPhone SE at its Own Game

Galaxy A53 Beats iPhone SE at its Own Game

When Apple unveiled the updated iPhone SE last week, reactions were…mixed. While some praised Apple’s efforts to pack the latest A15 Bionic processor and 5G connectivity into its cheapest phone, others (myself included) singled out the outdated design and clunky display as cause for concern. Fortunately, Samsung is here to show Apple how it’s done. … Read moreGalaxy A53 Beats iPhone SE at its Own Game

Xiaomi 12 Pro Review: Hit Hardware, So-So Software

Xiaomi 12 Pro Review: Hit Hardware, So-So Software

Forget the name: the Xiaomi 12 Pro is really the direct successor to last year’s Xiaomi Mi 11. A re-shuffle in Xiaomi’s flagship line-up has introduced the smaller Xiaomi 12, now giving the Chinese company a pair of high-end phones in different sizes to directly rival Samsung’s Galaxy S22 and S22+ – with a 12 … Read moreXiaomi 12 Pro Review: Hit Hardware, So-So Software

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Review: Affordable All-Rounder

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Review: Affordable All-Rounder

OnePlus has been on a roll recently with its affordable mid-range options, which have consistently delivered solid specs for the price even as the lustre of its flagships has arguably begun to wane. I’m pleased to report that the Nord CE 2 is no exception. Yes, eagle-eyed industry watchers may note that this is probably … Read moreOnePlus Nord CE 2 Review: Affordable All-Rounder