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Vivo V23 & V23 Pro Hands-On: Color-changing back and 50MP selfie camera helps these phones stand out

Vivo's V series is known mostly for a couple of things: its prolific, twice-a-year release schedule, and selfie camera-centric hardware. This is a line that was pumping out 20-megapixel front-facing cameras when everyone else was on 8MP; and 32MP and 44MP selfie shooters when other selfie cameras were shooting with 12MP. The latest update, the V23...

OnePlus 10 Pro First Impressions: Premium hardware, fast performance, and some OPPO touches

The year 2021 was a very interesting one for OnePlus, for it was when the brand finally stopped the pretense of being an independent start-up with a management team compromising of entirely young, westernized Chinese. Instead, OnePlus has pulled the curtain back on the open secret (within the industry) that it is, essentially, a splinter...

Hands on with HP’s redesigned Elite Dragonfly G3 laptop

At CES this year, HP announced the third generation of its Elite Dragonfly business laptop. This time around, there's actually a lot that's different. It's not a convertible anymore, for one thing, and you can get it in a Natural Silver color. In fact, it's a lot more like a more traditional EliteBook 1000 series...

The Dell XPS 13 Plus is the laptop of the future, and we went hands-on with it

Dell's XPS PCs consistently tops best laptop lists from all around, including our own. They always have small footprints, amazing displays, and most importantly, they're just great from almost every aspect that matters. So when Dell announced the XPS 13 Plus today, it's something to take note of. After all, it's a new member of...

A day with the future of connected PCs

For over a day now, the only laptop that I've been using is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 Reference Design. The only rule is that I can't run benchmarks, so if that's what you're here to see, you won't find them. I was OK with that though, because I'm really more interested in the experience. Being...

Vivo X70 Pro+ First Impressions: Flagship Cameras to watch out for

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in the past few years. We've seen multiple lenses, large sensors, hundreds of megapixels, and whatnot. Every brand aims to have a top-tier camera system on its smartphones. Apart from using newer, bigger sensors and better processing, several brands have tried to bring innovative technologies to improve the...

Hands on with the Apple iPhone 13 & 13 Mini: Not as pro, but still great value

When Apple announced four new iPhones for the first time last year, the bottom two non-Pro phones got arguably more attention and interest. The Mini brought back a form factor that tech media had long clamored for, and the standard iPhone 12 was close enough to the 12 Pro in features that it seemed like...

Hands on with the Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max: Cinematic mode is a game changer

Last year’s iPhone 12 series was a bit complicated to review: In addition to the expected differences between the Pro and non-Pro models, there were subtle deviations between the Pro Max and the Pro models too. Compounding matters even further was the fact that the Pro models were released weeks apart. This year, the iPhone...

ZTE Axon 30 Hands-on: An under-display camera that stays out of sight, out of mind

Pop-up cameras and notches are more or less a thing of the past, and the hole-punch camera has taken their place. While it's nowhere near as aesthetically pleasing as a purely bezel-less experience, they have been the best option for anyone looking for a minimal bezel in a smartphone for the past year. However, the...

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...

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...