Smartphone World Cup: The final

Smartphone World Cup: The final

It's been a long and exciting tournament - passions high and tensions rising, especially in the two semi-final matches. We've tallied up the scores and the final is lined-up. It's the Samsung Galaxy S9+, against the OnePlus 6. Samsung...

Sunday debate: Are our smartphone processors fast enough?

Sunday debate: Are our smartphone processors fast enough?

We're only two months away from Apple announcing its latest A12 SuperSonic (our name) processor alongside the 2018 iPhones, which will undoubtedly have increased CPU/GPU performance. In this weeks Sunday debate we discuss whether our smartphone...

Benchmarking the Snapdragon 710

Benchmarking the Snapdragon 710

The Snapdragon 710 is a rather curious new beast. It is the ambassador, of sorts, to Qualcomm's fresh lineup of 700 series chips, unveiled back in February. Currently, we have only heard news of one other 7 series chip - the Snapdragon 730. It...

Weekly poll: What makes a good smartwatch?

Weekly poll: What makes a good smartwatch?

Over the last two weekends, we�ve reflected upon the highlights that 2018 has brought us so far in wearables and looked forward to the major up�n�coming releases. For some, the tech we wear on our wrists is a series of compromises. For example,...

Counterclockwise: mad scientist ideas for phone keyboards

Counterclockwise: mad scientist ideas for phone keyboards

BlackBerry phones (PDAs first) got their name because of their distinctive keyboards - the keys were arranged in a way that resembled the fruit. But let's not look at a straight up QWERTY keyboards or even how the keyboard slides or rotates out of...

Wearables - what to expect in 2018

Wearables - what to expect in 2018

Introduction Last week we covered the wearables to come out already in 2018, but now we'll take a look forward to what we'll be strapping to our wrists later this year. While the first half of the year yielded few surprises, our expectations for...

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE in for review

Xiaomi Mi 8 SE in for review

For its 8th anniversary, Xiaomi introduced a trio of smartphones all of which are aimed at different market segments. While the regular Mi 8 can be classified as a mainstream flagship and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition brings out the latest and greatest...

Weekend phone talk: Paul

Weekend phone talk: Paul

As we rush headlong into Summer, each week one of our editors will take a moment to reflect on what they thought of the year so far and look forward to what�s coming up. Known for long diatribes - I'll keep this short The 2018 highs...

Smartphone World Cup: Semi finals

Smartphone World Cup: Semi finals

The Nokia brand is regaining its popularity, but it won't win this contest. And neither will Google, LG or Xiaomi. For the final four that remain this is the last step before the grand final. Let's see the semi-finals. vivo NEX S vs. Samsung...

Wearables - Summer reflection on 2018

Wearables - Summer reflection on 2018

Introduction Summer's here, so let�s reflect back on the wearables that 2018 has brought us so far. As it's World Cup time, let's 'ick-off and coin yet another cliched football analogy: It�s a game of two halves Let�s analyze the...

Under the microscope: Analyzing the Xiaomi Mi 8 performance

Under the microscope: Analyzing the Xiaomi Mi 8 performance

We recently published our in-depth Xiaomi Mi 8 review, complete with a full set of tests: display, audio quality, performance, you know the drill. For the most part, it was business as usual, except for certain performance aspects. Even though...

Sunday Debate - Are sliders cool or just a hassle?

Sunday Debate - Are sliders cool or just a hassle?

Oppo and vivo found an innovative way to avoid having a notch on their flagships. But is that the most amazing piece of innovation lately or are these sliders just an unnecessary complication of the smartphone design? Ivan: �A Slider creates...

Smartphones in 2018: the half year report

Smartphones in 2018: the half year report

It's hard to believe that we're halfway through 2018 already! So let's press 'pause' for a second and look back at the direction phone development took this year. We go to extraordinary lengths here at GSMArena to ensure that the data within our...

Our Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) video review is up

Our Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) video review is up

If you don't have the time to read our full review of the Galaxy A6, Will is here to give you a short video recap of what our extensive testing has revealed about the phone. It's a fairly decent phone with sturdy metal build and an AMOLED...

Smartphone World Cup: Round of 16, part 2

Smartphone World Cup: Round of 16, part 2

Here are the other four matches of the Round of 16. The winners of each match will move forward to the quarter finals next week and the losers - well, thanks for playing. Samsung Galaxy S9+ vs. Asus ROG phone Samsung has an upgrade-refine...

iOS 12 beta 2 hands-on

iOS 12 beta 2 hands-on

It's been just under three weeks since Apple showed off the next iteration of its flagship operating system for iPhone and iPad - iOS 12. Earlier this week Apple released its second beta of iOS 12 to developers. Having patiently skipped the first...

Smartphone World Cup: Round of 16, part 1

Smartphone World Cup: Round of 16, part 1

The rabble is going home as the sixteen Smartphone World Cup hopefuls move forward - welcome to the Round of 16. Today we'll run the first four matches and unveil the results from Groups E and F, the next four matches will be tomorrow (along with...

Smartphone World Cup: Groups C and D

Smartphone World Cup: Groups C and D

Here come the next two groups of our Smartphone World Cup (groups A and B are here. Group C The Apple iPhone X wasn�t the first phone with a notch, but it�s the phone that made all other notched handsets possible � once factories geared up for...