Tag Archive: Preview


OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition preview: Great legacy, lazy execution

The hardware is still robust, but the design doesn’t stand out and you don’t get as many goodies in the box.

OnePlus teamed up with Disney to launch a Star Wars edition of the 5T back in 2017, and the company followed it up with an Avengers Edition of the OnePlus 6. At the end of last year, OnePlus announced a partnership with McLaren, launching the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.

A year on, and we’re now getting  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy A50s preview: Stunning design, great new 48MP camera

The Galaxy A50s builds on the strengths of the A50 with a gorgeous new design and 48MP camera at the back.

Samsung did something earlier this year that was unthinkable: it made a good budget phone. After years of releasing phones under the Galaxy J series with boring designs and under-powered hardware, Samsung finally started paying attention to the budget segment. It nixed the Galaxy J series, brought Galaxy A designs with fresh designs and robust hardware  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Our big Techtober preview

As we wrap up IFA 2019, some thoughts and predictions on what’s to come in the fourth quarter.

The end of IFA 2019 trade show in Berlin marks the start of the end-of-year smartphone launch season, with the narrative sure to be dominated by the likes of Huawei, Google and OnePlus.

Huawei, as if often does, pre-empted the launch of its new Mate series phones with the announcement of a new Kirin chipset, the Kirin 990. Although  [Read More…]

Realme XT hands-on preview: Kicking off the 64MP wars

Realme’s latest mid-range phone is the first in the world to feature Samsung’s 64MP GW1 imaging sensor.

Realme is on a roll. The brand has launched twelve phones in the last fifteen months, managing to steal market share away from Xiaomi. The BBK-owned brand shares a lot of the same values as Xiaomi, and it has paid off: Realme now has a market share of 9% in India, and it has all the momentum in the budget  [Read More…]

Motorola One Action preview: Motorola just made a GoPro into a phone

If you’ve ever wanted an ultra-wide action camera on a phone, the Motorola One Action is the phone for you.

Motorola is known for making some interesting devices, even if the company hasn’t been fighting on the flagship front recently. The Motorola One Vision provided the company’s first CinemaVision display on a phone, while the Moto Z range offers Moto Mods that expand the phone’s capabilities. Its latest device – the Motorola One Action – takes a  [Read More…]

ASUS ROG Phone II preview: Changing the rules of the game

With a 120Hz display and monstrous 6000mAh battery, the ROG Phone II is the gaming phone you’ve been waiting for.

ASUS sees a lot of potential in the mobile gaming space, and for good reason. The global gaming industry generated $ 134.9 billion in revenue last year, and 47% of that — a staggering $ 63.2 billion — was from smartphones and tablets. Mobile gaming has surpassed the PC and console, and the category is set to  [Read More…]

OnePlus 7 preview: It’s all about that value

The OnePlus 7 is essentially the OnePlus 6T with upgraded hardware, and that’s a potent combination in 2019.

Make no mistake here: the OnePlus 7 is not a new phone. It is the OnePlus 6T that we know and like, but with upgraded internals for 2019. OnePlus’ strategy this year is pretty interesting: the OnePlus 7 Pro is aimed at those that want the latest features, and the OnePlus 7 continues the brand’s ethos of delivering excellent  [Read More…]

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…]