Fatties: Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are the thickest high-end phones in years

Announced yesterday at MWC 2018, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are introducing a new(ish) design language. Compared to the previous high-end smartphones made by Sony, the Xperia XZ2 series brings 18:9 displays, thinner bezels, and rear fingerprint scanners, thus looking quite different from the handsets the company has released in recent years. 
The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact also bring a weird novelty (if we can call it that): at 11.1 mm and 12.1 mm, respectively, both models are really thick for 2018. As you’ll notice in our size comparison here, Sony’s …

Alcatel's 5 new budget phones: 18:9 screens, special camera features, face unlock, Android Go

Alcatel has always been committed to offering devices that give users more for their money. TCL Communication — Alcatel’s parent company — will usually have an “affordable flagship” in their lineup, followed by a few midrangers and an entry-level device that are easy on the pocket but try to offer more than what you would expect.

So, MWC 2018 is here, and Alcatel is ready with its new portfolio. Aside from the flagship Alcatel 5, it includes an entry-level phone and three distinct midrangers. Let’s take a closer look at them!

Alcatel 5
The super-affordable flagship, …

Brace yourselves for the tri-cam phones, as P20 Plus leak reiterates three rear lenses

Brace yourselves, the tri-cam phones are coming. While the early prototype of the Huawei P20 that leaked yesterday still featured the dual-camera config of last year’s P10, it was obviously not what the retail device will end up looking like, judging from today’s leaked case renders of the P20 Plus.

Here, you can clearly see the triple vertical camera setup that we saw on the 360 degree renders not long ago, coming from a rather reputable source. As a reminder, the P20 might have Plus and Lite models, as Huawei is known to throw in, which will feature different designs, sets …

Best compact phones to buy in 2018

Once domineering the market, the phones that we now consider “compact” are slowly but steadily getting replaced by >5.5″ handsets that don’t fit the bill of just anyone that easily. Apart from the occasional smaller-sized phone announced once in a blue moon, the majority of devices being released nowadays are larger than life and definitely don’t cater to folks with smaller hands or just those who prefer more pocketable devices.

But what should we consider to pass as a “compact” phone? As this is quite open to interpretation, we’ve tried to limit ourselves to devices that …

Poll results: tiny phones are a viable backup plan

Nowadays, phones are getting bigger and bigger, but our pockets aren’t. With a huge phablet in your pocket, especially one that has a glass back, it becomes a tedious task to take it out of your pocket for every received notification. And what if you want to hit the gym? People prefer to leave their expensive handset in the locker or at home and either disconnect from the world, or bring in a backup.

A backup like an old and probably smaller phone, or a smartwatch. That way, one gets enough functionality to remain connected to the world, yet don’t run the risk of dropping and stepping on …

Best mid-range "$400/$500 flagship" phones in 2018

These days, you can get a phone with a flagship-grade look, feel and often even performance for just $400. Many people have started calling these phones simply the “$400 flagships”.
And while the price on these phones has fluctuated and grown to include $500 phones, these are devices that still offer amazing value for the money and will make you reconsider whether you need to spend more on a phone.
The “$400 flagships” that we’ve picked below all excel in terms of performance and their design and overall finish. Most of them, though, will not …

Sony may announce three Snapdragon 660-powered Xperia phones at MWC 2018

We’re a little bit more than two weeks away from Sony’s MWC 2018 press conference, but news about the Japanese company’s upcoming Xperia phones have already made headlines in the last couple of months.

A lot of Sony fans are probably interested to see what the next Xperia flagship looks like, but more will buy the company’s mid-range smartphones. In that regard, it’s worth noting that Sony is readying not one, but three Xperia handsets that can easily go as mid-tier phones.

We only know them by their model numbers since this is how they have been listed at Geekbench, the popular benchmarking …

Sony teases new curved design for upcoming phones

Sony is expected to launch a brand new phone in just about a week and the company has now teased that the device will come with a new design.

While Sony is one of the most prolific Android phone makers – it launched a new high-end phone every six months or so – its design has remained relatively unchanged. The rectangular looks and blocky design of its devices is actually one thing that makes a Sony phone easy to recognize among all others.
This new phone – likely to be called the Xperia XZ2 – seems to have a curved back, an important ergonomic feature …

Best budget and affordable phones of 2018: a buyer's guide

When it comes to technology, some people just don’t find it reasonable to spend crazy amounts of money on a gadget that gets old in just a couple of years. Yet, those same people still want the full smartphone experience, the camera, the apps, and the speed. Are there any affordable phones that would fit all those criteria?

Affordable without being ‘cheap’ in an embarrassing wayGood news is that with recent launches the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. We now have phones that are cheap without being downright ruined by terrible issues – those affordable devices do not lag terribly, they …

Phones with best battery life in 2018

Which phone has the best battery life in 2018?
If you are looking for a phone that you know will last you through the longest of days or if you want to avoid buying a phone with poor battery life, you need to know those battery numbers.
We have tested all major new phones available right now in 2018 and we have found that battery life depends not only on the battery size, but on a number of other variables from software to display quality and other optimizations.
Of course, measuring battery life is complicated and …