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Royole's FlexPai: So bendable phablets are a reality now
A US-based firm called Royole is delivering on that age-old problem of not being able to fold up your devices (who hasn't ever wished they could fold their phone up...)
14 Nov 18
Xiaomi fans bubble over at Mi Store grand opening
The fans filled Auckland’s Westfield Sylvia Park to take advantage of the opening specials and get their hands on some Xiaomi tech.
10 Nov 18
The smartphone wars continue as shipments decline
This quarter saw a global 6% YoY decline in smartphone shipments, largely due to a 13% decline for market leader Samsung, but Xiaomi’s rise continues.
06 Nov 18
Hands-on review: The Huawei nova 3i
Huawei’s nova 3i is an ‘iris purple’ smartphone that shimmers and shines like some rebellious trendsetter – especially when it sits next to my own jet black smartphone.
02 Nov 18
OPPO smartphone trials first 5G internet connection
Oppo succeeds with a 5G internet connection - but Kiwis may have to wait a while for 5G yet.
31 Oct 18
Spark continues Nokia exclusivity partnership
Nokia builds on its plans to take on the NZ market as it releases its new 7.1 handset exclusively through Spark.
30 Oct 18
Gartner’s seven unexpected digital disruptions
CIOs always need to be on the lookout for the next wave of technology. Gartner has outlined seven tech trends that we should keep an eye on.
18 Oct 18
Xiaomi sets NZ market firmly in its sights
Mi smartphones are hitting Kiwi shores as sales grew by 88% last year - in contrast to the global market decline of 3% facing its competitors.
18 Oct 18
Hands-on review: The Blackview A20 smartphone - a surprising entry-level phone
It's a “must see” for the budget conscious with champagne tastes.
06 Sep 18
Hands-on review: Motorola moto g6 play & moto e5: Mobiles with power and pizzazz
The Motorola moto g⁶ and moto e⁵ will be giving their competitors some sleepless nights.
19 Jul 18
APAC smartphone market set for a downturn… before bouncing back
The global smartphone market declined in 2017 and IDC expects it to do the same this year before a resurgence of opportunities next year.
02 Jun 18
Cat launches ground-shaking smartphone range in NZ
Durability is supposedly at the heart of every Caterpillar product.
10 May 18
Global smartphone market declines, but there are some bright spots
During Q1 2018 we got a new leader on top of smartphone shipments, one vendor experiencing triple digit growth, and a huge decline in China.
04 May 18
Windows Phones officially dead as market share drops by 99.7%
IDC’s smartphone OS report shows that Windows Phone’s market share dropped to 0% in Q4 2017.
13 Mar 18
New range of affordable Alcatel smartphones available soon
TCL Communication introduced its new, price-sensitive smartphone portfolio with the Alcatel 5, 3 and 1 Series at Mobile World Congress 2018.
28 Feb 18
2017 sees smartphone shipments decline for the first time ever
Smartphone shipments fell in 2017 for the first time since their inception with some regions worse than others, but IDC remains optimistic.
28 Feb 18
Gartner: Global smartphone sales record first ever decline
Gartner says the decline is a result of two main factors revolving around the quality of devices.
23 Feb 18
Apple or Android? Smartphone sales surge 11% in AU
9.2m smartphones were sold in 2017, a big increase from last year that was largely driven by a 'replacement cycle' from one of the major OS.
21 Feb 18
Lenovo posts surprising Q3 loss amidst struggling mobile business
Lenovo's CEO reports the company is confident it can turn the mobile business around - meanwhile the PC and data centre divisions are performing well.
02 Feb 18
Smartphones losing ground to digital voice assistant devices in homes
Two-thirds of consumers who own digital voice assistants use their smartphones less in the home since acquiring the devices.
12 Jan 18
Gartner’s ten predictions for smartphone AI developments
Analysts predict 80% of smartphones shipped will have on-device AI capabilities by 2022.
08 Jan 18
Gartner: solid growth for top 5 global smartphone vendors
All of the top five smartphone vendors achieved double-digit growth apart from Apple.
01 Dec 17
Nostalgia or nonsense? Nokia’s revamped brick launches in NZ next week
The Nokia 3310 3G retains some of the features of the past but has obviously had some Botox, a tummy tuck and new organ replacements.
02 Nov 17
India’s smartphone market overtakes US to claim second spot
India's smartphone market has recovered from a shaky Q2 2017 to surge in growth with the five major vendors being the drivers - Xiaomi in particular.
28 Oct 17