CES 2019 Showcases the Latest Smartphones – Our Top 3 Picks

At the start of each year, thousands upon thousands of people eagerly flock to Las Vegas, with the sole purpose of attending CES – Consumer Electronic Show- the largest marketplace and showcase for consumer electronics and technology hardware, content and technology delivery systems in the world.

CES 2019 was no different, showcasing over 4,500 companies including developers, manufacturers and suppliers. From iconic brands and tech giants to small start-ups and innovators that are set to disrupt the status quo- CES is the world’s gathering place for anything tech.

While you might expect the world’s largest showcase for electronic consumer goods to be the perfect place for smartphone manufacturers to introduce their devices to the market, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) hosted every February in Barcelona, Spain nabs the title as the world’s largest annual event for the mobile industry.

We can expect a number of noteworthy announcements to be made at MWC next month, however CES 2019 has delivered a number of great smartphone showcases to bide us over until then.

Here are a few smartphone highlights from CES 2019:

1. Royole FlexPai

Showcased at the Royole booth at CES 2019 was the world’s first real foldable phone- the FlexPai. This foldable smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 855 processor and features a 20-megapixel telephoto lens, as well as a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens that can be used in for both selfie and normal photo mode.

Its foldable display is 7.8 inches when opened and approximately 5 inches when closed. A foldable smartphone might be a hard concept to wrap your head around at first but Royole assures consumers that the FlexPai still works even after 200,000 bends. One aspect that might put potential buyers off is the cheapness of the plastic OLED display, as well as the device’s thickness.

2. Samsung 5G Prototype

While many attendees were waiting with baited breathe in hopes that the South Korean tech giant would showcase their eagerly anticipated Galaxy 10, they had to be satisfied with a prototype of the 5G device instead.

The prototype, which is Samsung’s first 5G smartphone, was on display at CES, stoking rumours that the announcement of its release could be expected during the first half of this year. The 5G phone is slated to offer a download speed of 10Gbps (gigabits per second) – that’s a staggering 100 times faster than current 4G. To put 5G’s speed in perspective for you, it is fast enough to download a 4K resolution video in a matter of second.

3. Hisense U30

CES 2019 saw an interesting newcomer in the mid-range smartphone category with HiSense’s U30. This $5 billion Chinese brand might be more familiar to consumers for their consumer electronics and appliances that it sells under various different brands such as Sharp, Toshba and Hitachi.

Nevertheless, it made a notable appearance at CES this year with its excellent mid-range smartphone offering. The U30 boasts a 6.3 inch LCD display perfect for Australian sports betting, with a punch-hole in it for its 20 megapixel selfie camera.

It features rear dual-cameras made by Samsung and is powered by the newest mid-range Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 675 and Android 9.

Factors to Consider when Buying a New Smartphone

Life without smartphones!  This is of course unimaginable.  Smartphones have become an important part of our lives as it is how we connect with others and for many our whole lives are stored on our smartphones.

They are used to store our precious memories, keep important documents safe, online banking, email and so many other things.  With all of the different smartphones available it is often difficult to decide which one best suits us.  Before making a decision there are a few things to consider. Continue reading “Factors to Consider when Buying a New Smartphone”

Samsung S9 Review

Another year, another phone release from Samsung. This March we have the chance to review the Samsung S9, and give you feedback on the latest offering from Samsung.

This year sees Samsung fall into the Apple trap – maintaining the look and feel of previous years handsets with few new and subtle enhancements to justify the release. Basically these brands are releasing a mildly modified handset, to ensure that the previous popular handset does not loose fans. Continue reading “Samsung S9 Review”

The Need to Know Guide to 2018’s Smartphone Cameras

The advances in phone camera technology has made point and shoot cameras almost obsolete. Why carry around two devices when you can carry one. The one you are going to use to upload all your photos to your social media account.

A phones picture snapping ability has now become one of the key features consumers check before they purchase, so here’s the breakdown of what 2018 has to offer. Continue reading “The Need to Know Guide to 2018’s Smartphone Cameras”

The Straightforward Guide to the most Popular Smartwatches on the Market

When it comes to smartwatches and tech talk, it can be difficult to know which smartwatch is for you. Here is a quick review on the 5 most popular smartwatches, for those of you who want the details that really matter.

Apple Watch Series 3

Always at the forefront of anything tech. They say once you go Mac you never go back. The Apple Watch Series 3, is one of the best. A decent upgrade from the Apple Watch 2, the improvements make an enormous difference.

It’s faster, has an improved battery life, and let’s be honest, who can live without Siri? The most notable upgrade for the Series 3 is its cellular access. Which means you no longer need to have your phone with you at all times. Continue reading “The Straightforward Guide to the most Popular Smartwatches on the Market”

Hottest New Mobile Tech From CES 2018

CES showcases some of the latest technologies in the industry, giving us a preview of what’s to come, and a look inside what’s busy being developed as we speak. Of all the tech that appeared at the show, one of the most prominent is mobile technology, which has been the case for the last few years.

Mobile devices continue to be the future, and electronic companies from all over the world have made it their business to bring out the hot new tech, often in the form of prototypes designed to give us glimpse of the upcoming future. Continue reading “Hottest New Mobile Tech From CES 2018”

iPhone X

Taking A Look At The New iPhone X

Some say it’s a glorified reboot, others say its Apple’s biggest gamble to date that just happened to pay off.  It has, after all, been released without iPhone’s signature home button, to mention but one of its many new tweaks.

Talk about a dodgy toss of the coin.  Talk about a drastic change of direction.  Talk about, in our opinion; the closest Apple has ever come to creating the perfect smartphone.

For years we’ve been buying into the same old and exhausted ideas because, quite frankly, it was Apple and we wanted a new iPhone.  Now, for the first time since the new iPhone’s original release back in 2007, we’ll be paying for something completely new. Continue reading “Taking A Look At The New iPhone X”

Best Smartphones

The Best of The Best Smartphones in 2017

In an age where even the cheapest smart phones can do things that were once only part of cheesy science fiction, it’s easy to take for granted just how powerful these little devices are. Smart phones have come a long way in the last 10 years, and while many of us thought that the first iPhone was truly the future, even that device is starting to look a little prehistoric in the fact of some of the devices on the market today.

These are devices that are on par with some of today’s more advanced laptops, and can run just about any type of media you can think of, ranging from high definition streaming to the latest 3D games. Continue reading “The Best of The Best Smartphones in 2017”

Waterproof E-Readers: A Comparison

Waterproof E-Readers: A Comparison

Since the introduction of the 2nd Gen Kindle Oasis, all the major eBook suppliers are now offering fully waterproof e-readers. It was only a matter of time before e-readers made the technological H20 leap, following in the footsteps of the smartphone.

In some senses, the need for a waterproof e-reader is more useful than a phone. After all, reading or using betting apps at the beach or in the bath is a common occurrence and has often lead to the demise of many a device. Continue reading “Waterproof E-Readers: A Comparison”