Review: Snapdragon 820 on a budget
Xiaomi’s new flagship is late to the party. The Mi4 launched in 2014, and the Chinese brand did not bother launching a successor in 2015. Why? Because it didn’t have a proper processor to build it around. The Mi4 was based on the Snapdragon 801, so with the Mi5, Xiaomi skipped a year, and a CPU generation.
Review: 14nm silicon makes a big difference
A year ago we had a chance to test a couple of Beelink micro PCs, including a stick PC, and we were pleasantly surprised; not only by the performance offered by Intel’s venerable 22nm Bay Trail processors, but by the build quality of these diminutive PCs.
Review: Ultrathin, metal, inexpensive
Chinese smartphone maker Cubot recently upped the ante in the $150 to $200 budget smartphone segment with a couple of ultrathin phones. Both sport a metal frame, good build quality, and look like pricey devices, but they offer limited performance due to their anorexic profile.
Review: Lenovo Yoga lookalike on a budget
A couple of months ago, Asian tech sites started talking about a new trend among Chinese tablet manufacturers. Since the tablet market was overheating, manufacturers were looking beyond tablets to ensure growth. Intel’s new 14nm processors were just what they were looking for, as they enabled them to start building inexpensive ultraportable notebooks. Many of them are marketed as “ultrabooks” but unlike proper Ultrabooks, they’re not based on “big core” processors.
Review: 4000mAh battery and fingerprint scanner in tow
The Redmi Note 3 is Xiaomi’s latest phone, and if the name sounds familiar, you’re might be thinking about the Note 2, which came out a few months ago.
Review: Drop 4G support, drop the price, sell, sell, sell
Xiaomi sometimes has a weird way of doing things, and the Mi4 Overseas Edition is just one example of this. The company is selling a crippled version of their Mi4 flagship for peanuts, sans 4G connectivity.
Review: 6 millimetres of zinc alloy and glass on a budget
Inexpensive phones have to end up with a cheap feeling finish and unimpressive design? Cubot begs to differ, so the company has rolled out the Cubot X16, an ultrathin mainstream phone with a premium feel, priced at just $150.
Review: Heavy Cyanogen artillery
Lenovo’s smartphone strategy can be baffling at times. The Chinese giant acquired Motorola Mobility almost two years ago, and now it seems it will merge its own mobile division with Motorola’s. Lenovo brand phones aren’t even marketed in many big markets, namely Europe and North America.
Review: Octa-core, metal frame, 2.5D glass for $119
Although most Asian budget phones come in the 5.5-inch form factor, many export brands have recognised the need for 5-inch devices with a good spec and low price.
Review: Core M for the masses
Now that Apple is selling a $99 stylus and a Microsoft Surface clone, we decided to check out whether or not it’s possible to get a tablet with proper high-end specs for mid-range money.