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.

Xiaomi Mix 4 Hands-on: The original Mi Mix vision, finally realized to perfection

Xiaomi started making smartphones in 2011 — the Mi 1 was released on Aug 16 of that year. And while the company quickly achieved commercial success in its hometown China, it wasn’t really until October 25, 2016, that the company made a noticeable splash on a global stage and turned heads. That was the day...

Huawei P50 Pro Hands-on: Excellent cameras as expected, but HarmonyOS doesn’t change much

Opinions on Huawei can be divisive depending on who you speak to. But if there’s one part of Huawei that can’t be argued, it’s that the company’s top smartphones have consistently offered some of the best mobile camera hardware in the industry. In fact, a good case can be made that a chunk of today’s...

These are the Best Samsung Galaxy phones in August: S21 Ultra, A52, Z Fold 3, and more!

In the world of smartphones, only Samsung can realistically compete with Apple in terms of global brand awareness and availability, as well as marketing and R&D budget. So to some people in the world, if they're not buying an iPhone, they're buying a Samsung. Because of that, Samsung is synonymous with Android for better or...

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Hands-on: The first foldable with mainstream appeal

Foldable phones, like any new technology, have had their fair share of detractors, with skeptics mostly bemoaning their high prices and fragility. Samsung's just-announced Galaxy Z Flip 3 addresses both of those concerns, making for perhaps the first foldable with true mainstream appeal. About this hands-on: I spent some time with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip...

These are the Best AT&T phones you can buy in August: Samsung, Apple, and more!

The US phone scene is often dominated by carriers, which can be a good or bad thing depending on the carrier you choose. Fortunately, AT&T is one of the biggest ones with great nationwide coverage and plenty of phone options from which to choose from. To ensure carrier compatibility, every phone listed here is directly available...

These are the Best T-Mobile Phones to buy in August: Samsung, Apple, OnePlus, and more!

If you're renewing your T-Mobile contract or are planning to switch over for the fastest and most reliable 5G network in the country, then you may also want to pick up a new phone along the way. There are a lot of excellent options for you to choose from. Whether it's the best Android flagship,...

These are the Best Cricket Wireless phones to buy in Summer 2021: Samsung, Apple, and more!

Flagships are amazing, but they aren't always the practical choice for a lot of people. Smartphones are goods with a rapidly depreciating value, so for a lot of people, it just doesn't make sense to put in thousands of dollars every year or two. Luckily there are carriers like Cricket Wireless which offers phones and...

These are the Best Cheap Android Phones in August: Google, Motorola, Samsung, OnePlus & More

Smartphones get better year after year. For flagships, this improvement usually come with price increases too. Fortunately for many of us, this is not the case with budget and mid-tier phones -- they improve year on year but the prices stay mostly the same because the definition for "cheap" or "budget" remains the same. Sure,...

The POCO X3 GT has a huge battery and flagship-level haptics for $299

POCO has a new phone for the Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, and Southeast Asian market, and surprise, surprise -- it's a rebranded version of an existing device Xiaomi had already released elsewhere. In this case, the confusion factor is even higher, because the "new" POCO X3 GT is a rebranded version of the Redmi...

The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is a gorgeous niche phone for fans of the iconic German brand

After several years of licensing its branding (and, apparently, image processing know-how) to Huawei's top phones, iconic German camera maker Leica has decided to release its own phone. Sort of, anyway. The Leica Leitz Phone 1 is really just a rebranded Sharp Aquos R6, but it does feature a brand-new body designed by Leica that looks...

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 may not be an ‘Ultra’ phone, but that’s the right move

Ever since Samsung introduced the idea of a foldable phone, opinions from consumers and media have been divided on the product category. Some believe foldables are the future, while others think it's an overpriced gimmick. I've been firmly in the former camp since day one. In fact, I'm so hardcore about foldables I paid $800...

Fake Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Real Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra is arguably the best smartphone in the world right now -- in fact, we have it topping our Best Android and Best smartphone camera lists. But due to its relatively high four-digit price tag, the phone is out of reach for many consumers. That has opened up the door for dishonest manufacturers...