TCL Fold ‘n Roll concept demoed, providing 6.87”, 8.85”, 10” display sizes with adjustable aspect ratio & a promise of a simple foldable in 2021

TCL have been teasing their foldable concepts for a while now, never delivering. However, their rollable designs have generally been regarded as one of the most innovative uses of flexible displays for mobile. As part of yesterdays announcement, which included the new TCL 20 Pro 5G, TCL also demoed a Fold ‘n Roll concept. As … Read more

TCL 20 Pro 5G vs TCL 10 Pro Compared – A big chipset upgrade but a 25% price hike making this as expensive as the Pixel 4a at £499

While TCL technically entered the mobile market in 2019 with the TCL Plex, it was the TCL 10 series that was their first big push into this competitive market. There was huge potential; the TCL 10 5G was genuinely a good alternative to the affordable OnePlus Nord and Realme X50. The more expensive TCL 10 … Read more

Poco X3 Pro Review – The SD860 brings flagship performance to budget phones, making this perfect for gamers

The Poco X3 Pro is one of the first phones to launch with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 chipset. This chipset is identical to the flagship Snapdragon 855+ that launched two years ago and offers a significant performance improvement compared to other chipsets found on phones at this price. The Poco X3 Pro, therefore, offers … Read more

PITAKA MagEZ Juice: 2-in-1 Magnetic Wireless Charger & MagEZ Case Review – Incredibly convenient, but slow charging and small battery back.

The MagEZ Juice 2 is an innovative take on wireless chargers. This integrates both a power bank and wireless charger together. The power bank slides into the charger, and then your phone with a compatible MagEZ case sits magnetically on it. This allows you to keep your phone and a battery pack fully charged while … Read more

OnePlus 9 Pro Review – A rollercoaster of emotions, but the sweet spot for price/performance so far in 2021

OnePlus have arguably shifted their strategy from being the flagship killer to going right up against premium-priced flagship phones. As they introduced more features to keep critics happy, the prices went up, causing critics from a different direction. Similar to previous years, the OnePlus 9 Pro ups the spec with a new Hasselblad collaboration with … Read more

Snapdragon 860 vs 765G vs 732G vs 732G vs Dimensity 800 Benchmarks – The Poco X3 Pro reusing an old flagship chipset yields a huge performance advantage vs mid-range

When the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 was first announced, I expressed some criticism towards Qualcomm; rebranding an existing chipset seems lazy and a marketing gimmick. However, I am not opposed to the reusing of old chipsets, I thought it was a superb idea with the Realme X3 SuperZoom. It is likely Qualcomm saw the value in … Read more

OnePlus 9 Pro Photo and Video Samples – Can the OnePlus compete with Samsung and OPPO?

The OnePlus 9 Pro promised big things with its camera. The company worked with Sony to develop the new 48MP Sony IMX789 camera, which is 1/1.43” sensor giving the phone a competitive edge against the recently launched OPPO Find X3 Pro, which uses the 50MP 1/1.56″ Sony IMX 766 for both the main and ultra-wide … Read more

Wi-Fi Calling Lets You Call and Text Without Mobile Signal

Wi-Fi Calling gives you coverage even when you don’t have reception. Ever been on a phone call and had it cut off because there was no cellular service? Or maybe your mobile coverage at home isn’t great because you live outside of the city? Wi-Fi Calling changes that by offering connectivity in those black spots. … Read more

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 11 & Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Benchmarks & Performance – Does the Snapdragon 888 still have throttling & battery issues?

When I reviewed the Xiaomi Mi 11 at the start of the year, I had some concerns over sustained performance with high loads and battery life. This issue was then reflected with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and its Exynos 2100 chipset. While both chipsets are incredibly powerful, it seemed like the introduction of the … Read more

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the new camera king with 50MP 1/1.12” Samsung GN2 sensor and an equally massive price tag

Xiaomi has finally released their top of the range flagship phone of the year, and it is a beast. The launch confirms much of what has been leaked already. 50MP 1/1.12” Samsung GN2 Sensor – larger then Huawei Pro Pro camera The new phone has the latest Samsung GN2 50-megapixel primary camera, which was co-developed … Read more

Dimensity 1200 vs Snapdragon 870 Performance – Realme GT Neo offers similar performance in Geekbench

The Realme GT Neo is the next phone from Realme, expected to be announced before the end of this month. Current rumours are that it offers a very similar specification to the Realme GT 5G but will swap out the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset with the more affordable MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset. Other minor changes … Read more

HarmonyOS launches in April on Huawei Mate X2 – Huawei P50 Pro likely to launch at a later date (May)

This time two years ago was the launch of the Huawei P30 Pro in Paris, and what a two years it has been. At the time, we never knew this would be the last Huawei device to feature Google Mobile Services out of the box and a global pandemic with a years' worth of lockdowns was something of horror movies.  

P30 Pro launch, when times were simpler

Huawei P40 Pro first flagship without Google

Last years Huawei P40 Pro and the P40 Pro+ launched with Android, but without Google Mobile Services with Huawei shifting to Huawei Mobile Services and using things like Petal Search to help users sideload apps not natively in the store. At launch, you were able to install Google via some hacking around, but this workaround appears to have been patched up.

Huawei's long term plan has been their HarmonyOS, and it has long been expected that the Huawei P50 Pro will be one of the first devices to launch using it out of the box.

It won't be the first phone to use it though; many Huawei devices will have a firmware update that will shift the device over to HarmonyOS.

HarmonyOS launches in April upgrading the Mate X2

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Realme 8 Pro Review – It’s the Relame 7 Pro but with a flagship-level 108MP camera

As I eagerly wait for Realme to launch a flagship device in the UK this year, they have whetted my appetite for what might come with the Realme 8 Pro.

The Realme 8 Pro is launching in the UK as the first sub-£300 phone to feature a 108MP camera.

Specification – Realme 8 Pro vs 7 Pro vs 6 Pro

realme 8 Pro Mobile Phone, Sim Free Unlocked Smartphone with...
  • 108 mp ultra quad camera: Starry time-lapse video...
  • 50w superdart charge: Charge 50 Percent in 17...
  • 4500mAh massive battery: Super power saving mode
  • Infinite stars design: 176 g and 8.1 mm Slim and...
Realme 8 ProRealme 7 Pro Realme 6 Pro
Display6.4 inch AMOLED 2400×1080 
1000nits peak brightness
60Hz refresh rate
180Hz touch sampling
6.4 inch AMOLED 2400×1080  6.6 inch IPS 2400×1080 
 90Hz, 480 nits 
ChipsetSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720GSnapdragon 720G
RAM8GB8GB8GB
Storage128GB
MicroSD slot
128GB
MicroSD slot
128GB
MicroSD slot
Rear Camera108 MP Samsung HM2 1/1.52″
8 MP ultra-wide
2 MP macro
2 MP B&W Lens
64 MP Sony IMX682 1/1.73″ Wide
8 MP ultra-wide
2 MP macro
2 MP depth
64 MP Samsung 1/1.72
12MP 2x telephoto
8MP ultrawide
2MP macro
Front Camera16MP Sony IMX471 32 MP16 MP
Battery4500 mAh
50W charging (but 65W charger)
4500 mAh
65W charging
4300 mAh
30W
OtherDual sim + microSD
3.5mm headphone jack
Dual sim + microSD
3.5mm headphone jack
Dual sim + microSD
3.5mm headphone jack
Dimensions 160.6 x 73.9 x 8.1 mm
176g
160.9 x 74.3 x 8.7 mm
182g
163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm
202 g
Price £2798GB/128GB launch price  £279
Current price £239
349.90 Euros (£305)

The excellent Realme 6 Pro was launched in March 2020, with the Realme 7 Pro landing in October and now the 8 Pro, so we are looking at a 6-month launch cycle. This inevitably means not much changes with each release.

The main difference going from the Realme 6 Pro to 7 Pro was that it ditched the IPS display in favour of an AMOLED which was quite unique at the time with most affordable phones using IPS.

The Realme 8 Pro then also only has one significant improvement. The primary sensor has been switched from the already good 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor to the brand new Samsung 108MP HM2 sensor.

This new 108MP camera isn't quite the same as you see on £750+ flagship phones from the likes of Xiaomi and Samsung, but it is not far off. The main difference is that the sensor is a touch smaller at 1/1.52″ vs 1/1.33″, reducing the pixel size to 0.7 μm from 0.8 μm.

Disappointingly, there hasn't been an improvement from the Snapdragon 720G, which itself wasn't much different from the Snapdragon 730G, which proceeded it, so the chipset is effectively 2 years old now.

In defence of Realme, Qualcomm has left its 7-series platform to go a little stale. The only realistic upgrade would have been the 5G Snapdragon 750G.

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