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 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...

The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is a polished mid-ranger that should prove popular

Samsung yesterday launched three new phones in its mid-range A-series, the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy A72. We got hands-on time with arguably the most interesting one, the Galaxy A52 5G — and there's a lot to like. Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52 5G: Specifications Specification Samsung Galaxy A52 4G Samsung Galaxy A52 5G Build Plastic back Plastic...

The OPPO Find X3 Pro has the best ultra wide camera I’ve used on a phone

As recently as a couple of years ago, you could spot the difference in a new flagship phone at first glance. The screen bezels may have shrunken drastically. Or maybe the number of cameras doubled from last year's phone. That's not the case anymore over the past couple of years, as smartphone brands have become...

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 will pack up to a whopping 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM

How much RAM does a smartphone really need? If you're an Asian phone brand making gaming phones, the answer is "as much as technically and humanly possible." That's the approach ASUS is taking with the ROG Phone 5, which will pack up to 18GB of RAM. The 18GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM module comes from SK Hynix,...

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs iPhone 12 Mini: Which small phone is for you?

Over the past few weeks, we've been testing Samsung's brand new Galaxy S21 series against Apple's iPhone 12 series, beginning with the middle one and then the biggest one. Now it's time for the smallest ones to shine. If you dislike the trend of phones getting bigger and bigger, then the iPhone 12 Mini and...

Here are six things iOS 15 could learn from Android 12

Apple's iOS 14.5 beta has just recently gone live, and while it brings some incremental improvements to the iOS software that ran out of the box in the iPhone 12 series, we here at XDA feel iOS still has some ways to go before matching Android in usability (okay, fine, we may be just a...

Redmi Note 10 Pro Review: Bringing a 120Hz display and 108MP camera to the masses

In the world of consumer tech, new cutting-edge hardware always begins life on premium phones with premium features and premium pricing, only to be commoditized later and become affordable for the masses. In most industries, that lifespan of exclusivity can last years, but in the fast-moving, cutthroat smartphone space — especially the Chinese one —...

The Huawei Mate X2 proves that Samsung was right about foldables all along

This week, Huawei launched its third foldable phone, the Mate X2, and it appears to be an awe-inspiring piece of hardware, which is par for the course for Huawei. From the way the hinge folds completely flat, to the less noticeable crease, to the fact Huawei managed to cram a Periscope zoom lens into a...

Best Android Phones under $300: Motorola, Samsung, OnePlus, TCL, & more

A smartphone is just about a necessity in this day and age, and fortunately, smartphone brands have gotten so good at making phones that even consumers no longer have to pay an arm and a leg to get a functional smartphone. We here at XDA developers get our hands on a lot of phones, and...

OPPO X 2021 hands-on shows rollable phones may be closer than we thought

There is little doubt that 2021 is going to continue the foldable trend started by Samsung and Huawei in 2019 — the latter, in fact, is scheduled to unveil the Huawei Mate X2 this month. But perhaps the more exciting form factor that's coming in 2021 will be rollables, which bring the same benefits of...

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs Note 20 Ultra: Which flagship should you buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra represents the absolute best Samsung has to offer in smartphone display and cameras. But the not even half-year-old Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is still plenty powerful, and since it's almost certainly going to see discounts, it may be the better value for consumers who don't need the absolute latest but still...

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is a better buy than the Samsung Galaxy S21

Xiaomi has just launched its Mi 11 flagship in Europe, and I've been testing the European/International unit for the past four days. Prior to putting my SIM into Xiaomi's latest, I had been testing the Samsung Galaxy S21 series extensively. So the question I set out to answer when I received Xiaomi's new phone is:...