Posts From Ben Sin

Ben Sin
Ben Sin

I'm a senior editor at XDA Developers. I have been a journalist for a decade, the last five years covering the mobile tech scene closely, reviewing just about every phone and attending trade shows and launches. I also run a gadget review channel on YouTube.

The Mi Mix Fold is Xiaomi making foldables more affordable and attainable

Xiaomi's first-ever foldable phone, the Mi Mix Fold, hasn't even gone on sale officially yet, but the crazy-fast Hong Kong phone import scene has already secured early bird retail units. One of these retailers, Trinity Electronics, was kind enough to loan us a unit to test for an afternoon. Of course, I compared it to the...

The Best Smartphone to buy in April 2021: Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and more!

On the market for a new smartphone and overwhelmed with options? Don't worry -- we here at XDA have tested almost every smartphone that sees a wide release. So here's our expert guide on the best smartphone for you depending on your need or budget. Navigate this article: Best Overall Smartphone: Apple iPhone 12 Best...

These are the Best Android Phones to buy in April 2021: Galaxy S21 Ultra, OnePlus 9, ROG Phone 5, and more!

We've just wrapped up a few crazy months this year, seeing a bunch of new releases, and some of them cracked this list of best Android phones on the market right now. No matter your budget or need, there should be a device here that matches what you're looking for. Navigate this guide: Best Android Phone...

These are the best 5G phones you can buy right now in April 2021

5G in 2020 may have left a lot to be desired in terms of coverage areas and peak speeds, but 2021 has seen continual improvement in 5G rollouts -- especially now that Apple is helping push 5G adoption. Over here on the Android side, there are no shortages of 5G-ready phones now – in fact,...

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra’s brand new 50MP camera can produce DSLR-like bokeh

Last year's Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra was my favorite slab phone of 2020, but many consumers in the west were left out because it was a China-only release. That makes this year's Mi 11 Ultra that much more exciting — it's going on sale throughout Europe and Asia and packs some new never-before-seen camera tech. About...

7 smartphone trends that LG pioneered and others copied

After weeks of rumors, LG Electronics has officially announced it is shutting down its mobile phone business. While the writing has been on the wall for a while -- LG's mobile business has been a money-loser for the otherwise very profitable South Korean tech giant -- it still leaves many of us phone enthusiasts sad. For me,...

Best Samsung Galaxy phones for any Budget or Need, in April 2021

There's a reason why Samsung is the world's number one phone brand, with a loyal fanbase. The South Korean tech giant produces some of the most cutting-edge mobile tech in the world, but they also have a diverse range of products that cover just about every need or budget. So whether you have money to...

The Honor Band 6 brings along a big screen and accurate sleep tracking for a low price

The first thing that caught my attention as I unboxed and set up the Honor Band 6 wasn't the fitness tracker's design or build quality. They're both nice, don't get me wrong, but it's nothing I haven't seen before. Instead, the thing that made me do a double-take is that the Honor Band 6 still...

Xiaomi’s new Mi MIX Fold has a larger battery and lower price than the Galaxy Z Fold 2

Xiaomi's had quite an epic 24 hours. Yesterday the Chinese tech giant launched a bunch of impressive new products, including multiple smartphones, a smartband, a smart projector, and a pair of wireless chargers. Earlier today it announced it was working on an electric vehicle, and just now in another launch event, the company has officially introduced its first-ever foldable phone,...

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is a flat screen phone done right

I seem to be in the minority among my peers and colleagues in the tech media scene, but I actually like curved screen phones. Curved screens not only look visually appealing to me — especially with the way visuals seem to spill off the edges like an infinity pool — but also make for a...

Pitting the Vivo X60 Pro Plus’ Gimbal Camera against the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S21 Ultra

Last month, I got my hands on the China version of the Vivo X60 Pro Plus and due to limited time I focused my testing on two areas -- the 50MP main camera co-engineered with Zeiss, and the quirky OriginOS software that sits somewhat buried inside the phone's standard Android skin. Now I have the global...

The POCO F3 has flagship-level haptics and screen for a whole lot less

I'm a Chinese-American guy living in Hong Kong who consumes -- and writes for -- mostly US-centric American tech media. Because of this odd in-between space I occupy, I tend to see things from both the western and eastern perspectives. And this divide is so, so evident in mid-tier smartphones. While the state of premium...