Category: Phones & Mobile

Vivo X50 Pro Plus vs X50 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro – Vivo launch one of the more interesting phones of the year, with the potential to be a superb camera/video phone

Yesterday, Vivo took the wraps off their latest flagship series of phone, the X50. It comes in three flavours, a standard model, Pro and Pro Plus. Vivo is one of the companies within the BBK Electronics Corporation conglomerate and includes popular brands such as Oppo, Realme, OnePlus and iQOO. Out of those, it is just Vivo and iQOO that do not currently target western markets. With iQOO being focussed on the Indian market and Vivo itself is a popular brand in many Eastern markets. While we have no seen Vivo launch internationally before, it is claimed that this series...

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Oppo Reno 4 Pro vs Reno 3 Pro 5G vs Reno3 – Oppo is about to release their next Reno4 series but has anything changed?

Oppo launched the Reno 3 series in December 2019 and it has been a slightly confusing line-up of phones with the Chinese models being quite different from the models that were launched to the global market. On the 5th of June it is expected that Oppo will unveil the Reno 4 series with the Pro model recently being listed on Jingdong (JD.com) for pre-order. Specification Based on the current leaked information there is almost no difference between the new Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G and the Reno 3 Pro 5G launched back in December. Display: AMOLED 2400×1080 90hzChipset: Qualcomm...

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Samsung Exynos 992 vs Exynos 990 vs Snapdragon 865 vs Kirin 990 vs Mediatek Dimensity 1000 – Samsung’s first 5nm Arm Cortex-A78 chipset

The Samsung Exynos flagship chipsets have received a lot of criticism the past few years due to poor battery efficiency combined with benchmarks that don’t quite compete with the best Qualcomm have to offer However, last year Samsung announced they were ditching their custom CPU cores, possibly due to the above issues, and will now be using reference designs from Arm similar to Hisilicon and Mediatek. The Samsung Exynos 992 will be the first flagship chipset from Samsung to use the reference designs, and this will be the first chipset to use the just announced Arm Cortex-A78 and Mali...

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Realme 6s vs Realme 6 & 6i vs Redmi Note 8 Pro – The Realme 6i is now pointless for most people

As much as I love Realme and Xiaomi, it is getting a little fatiguing with all their phone launches. With me busy writing up content for the Realme X3 Superzoom the launch of the Realme 6s somehow passed me. The Realme 6s is a new phone following a similar trend both Realme and Xiaomi have started following recently. It is almost identical to the Realme 6 with tiny tweaks to get it down to a lower price point. Realme 6s Specification Display: 6.5 inches 1080 x 2400 pixels 90Hz refresh rateChipset: Mediatek Helio G90TRAM: 4GBStorage: 64GBCamera Rear: 48MP, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP...

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Samsung Exynos 880 vs Snapdragon 765G vs MediaTek Dimensity 800 – Samsung’s launches their affordable 5G chipset

Samsung have announced their latest affordable 5G chipset which is not that much different than the Exynos 980 that was launched back at IFA 2019 and features in the popular Samsung Galaxy A71 5G and A51 5G. Specification Fabrication Process8nm FinFETCPU2.0GHz Dual-core (Cortex-A77)1.8GHz Hexa-core (Cortex-A55)GPUMali-G76 MP5Modem5G NR Sub-6GHz 2.55Gbps (DL) / 1.28Gbps (UL),EN-DC 3.55Gbps (DL) / 1.38Gbps (UL),LTE Cat.16 5CA 1Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 2CA 200Mbps (UL)ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi (802.11ac),FM RadioCameraSingle-camera up to 64Mp,Dual-camera 20MP+20MPVideo4K UHD 30fps encoding anddecoding with HEVC(H.265),H.264, VP9MemoryLPDDR4xStorageUFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1 Samsung Exynos 880 vs Samsung Exynos 980 So there is not much difference between...

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Oppo Find X2 Series finally available to order. X2 Pro £1,099 – X2 £899 – Neo £599 – Lite £399

Even though Oppo announced the Find X2 series almost 2-months ago (back when we were allowed to do things) you have not actually been able to buy the phones. Not sure why they did that. Anyway, Oppo, today, had a second launch, this time to announce you can buy their phones. The two flagship phones, the X2 Pro and X2, are powered by the 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. Then the X2 Neo and X2 Lite use the 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, making them two of the first phones to land in the UK with this chip. OPPO...

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Xiaomi Redmi 10X Pro vs 10X 5G vs Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition – Dimensity 820 vs Snapdragon 768G – Too many mid-range choices

With Realme and Xiaomi battling it out on the affordable end of the market, it has started to become increasingly difficult to single out a phone as being the highlight of a particular range. Xiaomi is particularly bad as they have been releasing a lot of minor iterations to their phones at slightly different price points, the Redmi K30i is essentially the K30 5G but with one change to the main camera. The Redmi K30 5G Racing is the same as the K30 but a switch to the new faster Snapdragon 768G chipset. Realme have followed suit, the Realme...

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Realme X3 Superzoom Review – An impressive zoom camera for the price but faces stiff competition vs the Poco F2 Pro & Realme X50 Pro Score 85%

Realme X3 Superzoom Review – An impressive zoom camera for the price but faces stiff competition vs the Poco F2 Pro & Realme X50 Pro

Realme have quickly become a significant player in the mobile market, and they are aggressively expanding with a quick succession phone launches at multiple prices points which are all extremely affordable for their segment. The Realme X3 Superzoom is the latest launch which I have been using for the past week. At the time of writing, I am only aware of this model and the standard X3. I would expect sometime in the future a Pro model will get launched, perhaps combining the super zoom features of this with an AMOLED panel and an SD865 chipset. Most of my...

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Realme X3 SuperZoom vs Realme X2 Pro vs Realme X50 Pro 5G – Does the periscope zoom justify the price?

With the launch of the Realme X3 SuperZoom, Realme have some amazing phone options all with a reasonable small price difference. While the SuperZoom is not a flagship phone, it offers the best camera specification Realme has ever offered but is that zoom lens worth the extra over the incredible affordable X2 Pro? Chipset, RAM, Storage Both the X3 SuperZoom and X2 Pro have the same Snapdragon 855+ chipset. At the time of writing, I am only aware of a 12GB/256GB model for the X3 Superzoom. The X2 Pro came in models from 6GB/64GB up to 12GB/256GB. The lowest...

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XIAOMI REDMI K30I 5G IS IDENTICAL VS REDMI K30 5G BUT WITH A DOWNGRADED CAMERA BUT NO REAL SAVING ON PRICE

Redmi has officially launched the Redmi K30i 5G in China without much fanfare. This is likely because there is not much to say or get excited about. The phone is essentially identical to the Redmi K30 5G which was announced in December 2019 with one minor spec change. The main camera has been swapped from a 64MP lens with a  1/1.72” sensor size to a lower grade 48MP sensor that is  1/2.0″. Price Reduction? Not really The main selling point of this would have been a lower price point, and that is technically true when comparing the RRP. The...

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Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 1020 still on schedule with TSMC

Huawei's woes seem to be never-ending at the moment, and this probably won't ease up while President Trump remains in power. It was recently confirmed that the current trade ban against Huawei would be extended for at least one more year. However, things have escalated a bit further than that with the US blocking Huawei's ability to trade with the Taiwanese based TSMC. While a Taiwanese company may not seem like it should get embroiled with this dispute, the technology they use US technology or equipment, which is then not allowed to be used with Huawei. TSMC also has plants...

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MIUI 12 Announced with New App Drawer – What phones will get it and when? Mi 9, Mi 9T/Redmi K20 first then Mi 10, POCO F1 & F2 plus others to follow

Yesterday Xiaomi officially announced MIUI 12 with a wide range of updates including some privacy focussed improvements. With Android 10 being the current version of Android this update will be based on this, but I would assume it will later be integrated with Android 11. App Drawers Many of the Chinese based manufacturers have a sort of iPhone-esque homepage with no app drawer and generally dumping new apps on your homepage. A lot of people don’t like this, for phones like Huawei, you have been able to switch the app drawer back on, and now Xiaomi are following suit....

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