Tag Archive: Preview


ASUS ZenFone 6 preview: Big battery, flip camera, stock Android!

ASUS’s new flagship has the specs phone nerds want, and the cameras selfie fans need.

In recent years, the ASUS ZenFone line has been characterized by overbearing software, a bewildering number of often superfluous features, and copycat design language. After first seeing last year’s ZenFone 5 series, my initial impressions were of a phone whose only goal was to be a cheaper iPhone lookalike, while also bludgeoning me with nonsensical faux-AI features. It did little to convince  [Read More…]

Nokia 4.2 preview: Great value, provided you’re in the U.S.

The Nokia 4.2 has the potential to the best sub-$ 200 phone in the U.S.

Following its resurgence under HMD Global two years ago, Nokia has managed to carve out a niche for itself in the budget segment. While the brand launched a few flagships, it has primarily focused its attention on the budget segment in emerging markets like China and India. Nokia also introduced a few phones in the U.S. in the last two years to  [Read More…]

Google I/O 2019 preview: What to expect in Android, Pixel, Chrome and more

There will be plenty to see this year and even more that will come to fruition later.

For a few days each May, Google opens up and gives us all a glimpse into what it’s working on in every aspect of the company at Google I/O. 2019’s edition runs May 7-9, and this year is shaping up to be another big show. I/O always walks an interesting balance between being ostensibly focused on giving developers time to  [Read More…]

Redmi Y3 + Redmi 7 preview: Mastering the entry-level segment

Two great entry-level phones, one key difference.

Xiaomi is in a commanding position in India, so it doesn’t really need to make a lot of changes to its budget strategy. All the Redmi devices the brand released last year went on to sell millions of units, with the Redmi 5A one of the best-selling phones globally. But for 2019, Xiaomi is overhauling its entry-level Redmi series with gorgeous new color options and beefier hardware. Like the Redmi  [Read More…]

LG G8 hands-on preview: Air Motion Sickness

Once again, LG turns a tech demo into a feature.

I don’t know how to feel about the LG G8.

If you watch me in the video above, I’m genuinely excited about the technological innovations that I’d just seen minutes before at my briefing with the company. Talking to the engineers who created the Air Motion system and using it in person thrilled me, as I tend to feel after seeing something genuinely new and interesting.

But like  [Read More…]

MWC 2019 preview: Galaxy S10, LG G8, foldable phones, 5G and more!

Everything you can expect to see from the biggest mobile trade show of the year.

Mobile World Congress, or MWC as it’s known, acts as the true starting point of the year’s smartphone season. Unlike more general trade shows like CES and IFA, MWC is primarily focused on (as you could guess) mobile technology — and with its timing right at the end of February, it’s perfectly situated to as a launch point for phones for the second  [Read More…]

CES 2019 preview: Setting the stage for the year’s technology trends

Here’s what you can expect to see and learn from this year’s CES.

CES hasn’t been an acronym for years now; it’s no longer the “consumer electronics show.” CES is far more theoretical than that. It’s about showing off new technology and identifying trends for the coming year, more so than launching market-ready products. We’ll see plenty of products announced, but we’ll see even more ideas simply floated out there to gauge public (and analyst and journalist)  [Read More…]

Nokia 3.1 Plus preview: Covering all the bases

With the Nokia 3.1 Plus, HMD is making sure it leaves no corner of the budget segment left untouched.

HMD Global is on a roll. The company unveiled the Nokia 7.1 earlier this month in London, and is now following it up with the Nokia 3.1 Plus. With the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Nokia 5.1 Plus also making their debut over the last two months, it’s clear that HMD is looking to offer a range of  [Read More…]

Razer Phone 2 hands-on preview: Same game, better phone

The second-generation Razer Phone is just as good at gaming, and better at being a phone.

Although flawed in execution, the original Razer Phone wasn’t hopelessly bad. It was a good idea in need of further refinement. Razer had a silky 120Hz display, but daylight visibility was so poor that outdoor use was painful. It had a dual camera system, but with photo quality that’d be embarrassing on a phone half the price. Plus it was missing table-stakes  [Read More…]

Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4 Pro preview: Android TV and PatchWall in one package

With the Mi LED TV 4 Pro, Xiaomi is offering the best of both worlds.

Xiaomi introduced its Mi TV 4 series in India earlier this year, offering the 4K-enabled Mi LED TV 4 and the FHD Mi TV 4A variants. The company managed to sell over 500,000 units in just six months, a notable achievement considering the smart TV space in India is still in its infancy.

Xiaomi is now launching updated variants of the Mi  [Read More…]