Foldable smartphones and their flip-screen cousins are still newcomers to the market compared to their slab-style forebears. While we in North America are limited to just a few models with this screen style, consumers overseas are treated to a virtual smorgasbord of models from various manufacturers – including the Honor Magic V2 featured in this review.
If you read Dan’s review of the OnePlus 12R, you already know it delivers a premium experience in almost every way. But if you’re a Genshin Impact fan or the Iron Gray and Cool Blue colorways don’t quite do it for you, you’ll be glad you waited for this. The OnePlus 12R Genshin Impact Edition inherits the OnePlus 12R’s flagship specs, specifically tailored for Genshin Impact enthusiasts.
Xiaomi has been collaborating with Leica on their flagship smartphones’ camera optics since last year’s Xiaomi 13 series, and now they have just announced the global launch of the Xiaomi 14 Series featuring Leica Summilux optics. Well, to clarify — it’s a global launch as long as you don’t include the United States, which is, unfortunately, pretty typical with many of the cool smartphones coming out of China these days. So, what does the Xiaomi 14 series bring to the table beyond excellent cameras?
You can’t talk about anything tech these days without AI coming into the conversation. But as cool as AI is, it needs a lot of power to come to fruition. Qualcomm is working to take its expertise in processors and ensure your device’s AI is up for anything you throw at it!
Judie recently reviewed the new flagship from OnePlus, the OnePlus 12. It is a superb phone that is markedly less expensive than competing flagship devices. Still, at a starting price of $800, it’s still a bit pricey. Thankfully, the company’s roots shine through with the OnePlus 12R. It’s a great device at a shockingly affordable price.
There’s a certain allure to having a different smartphone than anyone else, and there are so many interesting phones with amazing hardware that are only meant for the Chinese or other global markets that far too often do not include the United States. The China-exclusive OPPO Find X7 Ultra is just such a device, but there is still much to admire, even if it isn’t specifically meant for the U.S. market.
OnePlus blasted onto the scene in 2014 with the tagline “Never Settle” and an invitation-only limited-release of the One, cheekily billed as a “flagship killer.” The One challenged the status quo by delivering quality and performance at a shockingly affordable price that, for all it offered, some considered “ridiculously cheap.” Ten years later, the OnePlus 12 is the brand’s latest flagship, offering excellent battery life, camera performance, speeds, and charging capabilities. If you’re weighing the pros and cons before purchasing a new flagship from Samsung and Google, you should also consider the OnePlus 12.
CES 2024 has wrapped, and this year, there was a plethora of exciting and innovative new products to discover and explore. After sorting through (what felt like) thousands of press announcements and making our way through a dizzying amount of CES events, venues, and demos, these are the products we found to be the most innovative and intriguing. Without further ado and in no particular order, here are our top 16 Best of CES 2024 choices. Let’s delve into the exciting array of advancements that emerged from this year’s CES!
Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy S24 Ultra, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24, with an emphasis on mobile experiences driven by Galaxy AI. The Samsung Galaxy S24 series aims to revolutionize how we interact with our mobile devices, and they are leveraging AI to enhance various aspects of communication, creativity, search, and more.
Sometimes, you look around and realize there are some brands that just contribute to everything in our everyday lives. TCL is definitely one of them! They cover you for your entertainment at home and on the go, and they’ve just refreshed their best offerings for 2024!
Samsung has confirmed that it will host its Galaxy Unpacked 2024 event on January 17th. What can we expect? Well, there’s not a lot of info available yet, but it seems safe to say that, at the very least, the Galaxy S24 series will be announced, and these smartphones will feature new AI camera capabilities. Exhibits 1, 2, and 3: these Samsung teasers that all state, “Zoom with Galaxy AI is coming.” https://image-us.samsung.com/SamsungUS/reserve/02-Eureka-reserve-800×450.mp4
IQOO stands for “I Quest On and On.” Though this emerging Vivo smartphone sub-brand may be unfamiliar to those in the U.S., it’s earning a reputation for combining flagship chipsets with smartphones that emphasize mobile gaming. The iQOO 12 Legend Edition adds a sporty twist to premium styling that will appeal to minimalist design fans as it’s a powerful daily driver with few compromises. Although the iQOO brand is aimed at users in Asia, Europe, and Australia, by the end of this review, I think you’ll agree that it’s too bad iQOO hasn’t yet set its sights on the States.
In a move that could redefine the smartphone game, MediaTek has just dropped the Dimensity 8300, a powerhouse chipset destined for premium 5G smartphones. Forget picking between accessibility and top-tier experiences because you can have it all with the MediaTek Dimensity 8300!
Qualcomm knows not everyone is going to run out and pick up the latest flagship devices. Maybe you’re more budget-aware, or you just don’t need the absolute latest and greatest. You still deserve a phenomenal phone experience, and Qualcomm has you covered with the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 3 Mobile Platform.
The MediaTek Dimensity 9300 chipset has just been announced, and it’s ready to disrupt everything we thought we knew about Android smartphone processing. This flagship boasts an “All Big Core” design that promises to revolutionize how we experience Android devices and smartphones in the future. Not only does All Big Core deliver exceptional performance, but it also promises an unparalleled user experience, whether you’re into gaming, video capture, or on-device generative AI processing.
Qualcomm has announced some pretty exciting stuff this week, and OPPO has wasted no time letting us know their plans to utilize the new smartphones, watches, and augmented reality platforms!
It’s been a slow process, but the Internet of Things is finally paying off, and suddenly, it feels like everything has an internet connection and a smart assistant. Everyone loves it when their cutting board has an app to critique their knife skills, but it does mean your phone has to do a lot more heavy lifting, and the brains and brawn behind that come from Qualcomm!
It’s only been a few weeks since my review of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5, which included a comparison of the Z Fold5 to the Google Pixel Fold. With the launch of the OnePlus Open, we now have a third 2023 full-size foldable to explore. Finally, we are getting real U.S. market competition in this exciting smartphone-to-tablet category! Offering impressive specs that include highly capable cameras, the largest foldable inner and main displays in their class, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, and the current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform, the Open offers more for less with little compromise.
Good morning! I’m in Ft. Worth today with Michael Josh Villanueva of GadgetMatch and Marcel Campos of OnePlus for an Open Table Talk following the OnePlus launch event in India. In advance of my full review, which will be posting in the next day or two, you can join us to learn more about this exciting new US foldable and enter to win your own!
Back in 2019, Motorola ushered the era of the folding flip phone with the nostalgia-infused (but ultimately flawed) Moto Razr. The next year, the company followed suit with the Moto Razr 5G, and Samsung refined the idea with its Galaxy Z Flip and Z Flip 5G. But it wasn’t until Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip3 in 2021 that the folding flip design finally gelled.
This year marks a significant shift for Samsung, a company with five generations of the Z Fold series under its belt. What sets this year apart is the emergence of new competitors in the US market, with the Google Pixel Fold already making its presence felt and an upcoming OnePlus foldable on the horizon. With these fresh contenders in the arena, the question naturally arises: Now that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 isn’t necessarily the only choice, is it still the best choice for someone who wants a phone that can unfold into a tablet?