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12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
first look: huawei mate x

The folding phone war has officially begun. Just days after Samsung showed off its Galaxy Fold (see page 53), Huawei took the wraps off the Mate X, which it is calling the world’s fastest and thinnest folding phone. It comes in a different shades of blue. Plus, it has 5G. Oh, it’s on Huawei’s spin on the folding phone is quite a bit different than Samsung’s. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X folds outward, so the outside screen is the same as the inside one. When opened, it measures a full eight inches with an impressive 2,480x2,200 resolution, versus 7.3 inches and an unknown number of pixels on the Galaxy Fold. The main outside screen – which Huawei calls the “daily driver” display – measures 6.6 inches (2,480x1,148) and has extremely slim,…

6 min.
hands-on: lg g8 thinq

It was Mobile World Congress, which meant it was time for LG to unveil its latest flagship phone: the G8 ThinQ. Although this year it’s been accompanied by a second flagship device – the 5G-capable LG V50 ThinQ (see page 19) – the G8 is arguably the more interesting of the two. That’s because it’s the first to feature LG’s new ‘touchless’ controls – an undeniably silly gimmick – and the related Hand ID unlocking tech – an equally silly gimmick, but one that might actually be a major step forward for device security. Price and release date This we don’t know much about. LG hasn’t announced any price for the G8, or any release date – though it’s probably fair to expect it to arrive within the next month or two, with…

6 min.
hands-on: lg v50 thinq 5g

LG has usually staggered its flagship phone releases, with different models hitting stores six months or so apart each year. In 2018, the company began moving to a more flexible schedule though, and this year it’s thrown caution to the wind and decided to release two flagships simultaneously: the G8 ThinQ (see page 12) and the V50 ThinQ 5G. That means we’re getting the V50 ThinQ just months after the company released the V40 ThinQ, but it’s for good reason: LG has shifted its schedule to get the V50 out in time for the release of 5G. We got to spend a bit of time playing around with the new phone before the launch at Mobile World Congress, and here’s what we think so far. Price and release date This is where we basically…

6 min.
hands-on: nokia 9 pureview

Ever since the brand’s revival at the hands of parent company HMD Global a few years ago, Nokia has become a major player in the budget and mid-range smartphone markets, but it’s struggled to crack the flagship space. Can the Nokia 9 PureView change that? Announced at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, the 9 PureView has one clear selling point – it’s the first smartphone with a whopping five rear camera lenses – but it comes with a few major compromises that leave us still wondering whether it can really compete with the latest phones from the likes of Samsung and Sony. Price and release date So far Nokia has only announced that the 9 PureView will be available in March, with pre-orders starting soon. As for the price, it’s currently set…

6 min.
hands-on: sony xperia 1

Just when we thought Sony had settled into a naming pattern for its flagship smartphones it changes track again. Before MWC we got a sneak peek at the Xperia 1, the company’s latest stab at smartphone relevancy. It’s a shame that Sony doesn’t get a proper look in when it comes to mainstream Android sales because it produces good phones. The Xperia 1 changes design language yet again by opting for an elongated aspect ratio, a world-first display and more cameras than ever before. We like the look of it and it’s packing a hell of a lot of tech, both hardware and software-wise. But it won’t change the wider smartphone conversation. Price and release date The Xperia 1 starts from £849 putting it a full £150 more than the Xperia XZ3 released in…

5 min.
hands-on: sony xperia 10 and 10 plus

Sony launched the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus at MWC alongside the flagship Xperia 1. They boast unusual but endearing 21:9 displays for a cinematic landscape, Android 9 Pie, dual cameras and decent build quality. As sequels to the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra, they’re looking quite promising. Price and release date While prices weren’t confirmed at our briefing a Sony executive said the Xperia 10 should be around £329, with the 10 Plus at £429. This does place them at the higher price bracket of the mid-range, which could be their undoing, but we’ll have to see what contract prices are like. For comparison, the Moto G7 Plus with the same Snapdragon 636 processor as the Xperia 10 Plus costs £269 only. Widening appeal The Xperia 10 and 10 Plus have unusually tall…