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.

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Hands-on: A US-bound Android flagship that competes with Samsung’s Galaxy S21

After introducing the world's first under-display selfie camera that wasn't quite ready for prime time with last year's Axon 20, ZTE is back with the Axon 30 Ultra. Despite its "Ultra" moniker, the Axon 30 Ultra actually plays things a bit safer. Sure, there are some gaudy numbers that pop off the spec sheet, including...

The Apple AirTags are another great addition to the Apple ecosystem

One of the best things about using an iPhone is that if you're committed to Apple's ecosystem, you get superior cohesive connectivity across a wide range of devices and gadgets that other phone brands simply have not been able to match (although Samsung, Huawei, and Xiaomi are trying to get there). Apple's latest addition to the...

Vivo V21 Hands-on: Can the 44MP OIS selfie camera compete with the iPhone 12?

Vivo's prolific selfie-centric V series is back with an update just six months after the last release. In the new Vivo V21, Vivo has added an optical image stabilization module to the front-facing 44MP camera as well as two forward-facing flash lights....and not much else. Is this enough to justify an upgrade? Is the selfie experience...

The Best iPhones to buy in 2021: Apple has a phone for every need!

In the market for a new iPhone? The good news is Apple has a myriad of options, from the newest and most cutting-edge 5G, 5nm handsets to older devices that are still highly capable thanks to Apple's best-in-industry software updates. No matter your budget or need, there's bound to be an iPhone for you --...

The Mi Band 6 is yet another great-value fitness tracker from Xiaomi

Xiaomi's Mi Band series has been one of the best-selling fitness trackers globally for good reason — they offer a solid set of features, long battery life, and an affordable price around the $50 range. The new Mi Band 6 offers more of the same as the excellent Mi Band 5 but with two big...

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 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,...

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...