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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...

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Hands-on: Unpacking the future of foldables

Two years after the first Galaxy Fold was launched a second time, Samsung has unveiled the third generation of its folding flagship. Much like the early years of the Galaxy S range, we're still in the stage of foldables where innovation comes thick and fast every year. Unlike its compatriot, which is firmly in the...

OnePlus Nord 2 First Impressions: Does the Dimensity gamble pay off?

OnePlus and Qualcomm have had a long and fruitful relationship. Barring the hot Snapdragon 810 on the OnePlus 2, all OnePlus smartphones have paired fantastically with a Snapdragon SoC. The company had also largely stuck to flagship SoCs, but that changed with the launch of the OnePlus Nord last year. The Nord was the first...

Sharp Aquos R6 Hands-On: This huge 1-inch camera sensor can’t compensate for lackluster software processing

Japanese smartphones haven't been relevant on a global stage in many years -- partly because most non-Sony devices are not sold in chunks of the world, but also because the phones just didn't offer competitive hardware compared to Apple, Samsung, or Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi. This year seems to be the year Japanese smartphone...

Hands-on with the SpatialLabs Stereoscopic 3D display on Acer’s new ConceptD

Acer's new ConceptD laptop has a 3D display. Yes, you read that right. Frankly, it's pretty cool. It's called SpatialLabs, and it tracks your eye movements to create varied images that look three-dimensional. Most importantly, you don't need glasses or any special equipment. I know what you're thinking. This sounds a lot like the RED Hydrogen...

LG G8X with Dual Screen First Impressions: A Fun Gimmick

Foldable phones are the new bleeding edge technology in smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, while full of trade-offs, is an amazing piece of gadgetry. What makes these devices so exciting is the flexible foldable displays. However, at a time when foldables are getting interesting again, LG went with the old school approach and connected two...