With the launch of the Galaxy S8 pushed back to mid-March, if you're hankering for a new Samsung phone you'd have a bit of a wait on your hands. If you don't need an absolute top-of-the-line banger, though, two new mid-range phones might grab your attention, and they have a lot of features you'd expect in a more expensive model. Samsung's new Galaxy A5 and big-screen A7 phones are out in Australia next week: here's what you need to know.
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If you live or work somewhere with terrible mobile reception, you've already felt the pain of trying to make or receive a call and having it drop out or go straight to voicemail. Optus has finally switched on its solution to that problem, letting you make calls over whatever high-speed Wi-Fi network you're connected to — at least if you're using one of Samsung's Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge phones.
Samsung's report into its exploding Galaxy Note7 and the unprecedented worldwide recall it caused has just been released, and there's one obvious difference it will make for the future phones you buy: they'll have an internal rollcage protecting the battery even when dropped. That means your next Samsung might be thicker, and definitely sturdier, than the one it's replacing.
In a couple of hours, a very contrite Samsung will explain exactly what went wrong with the Galaxy Note7. "Following several months of comprehensive investigations", it says, company bosses are going to talk through the design flaws that caused dozens of battery fires and an unprecedented worldwide recall, as well as what it's going to do in the future to ensure this doesn't happen again.
Here's where you can watch along.
When it comes to affordable smartphones with high-end hardware, it's hard to go past Xiaomi and in particular, its Mi5. Of course, you had to look past the lack of Band 28 and the risks associated with ordering overseas, but if these factors didn't bother you, the Mi5 is as bang-for-your-buck as mobiles get. Rumours abound regarding the Mi6, with recent news suggesting it'll follow in its predecessor's footsteps — mostly.
Looking for a new phone but don't want to break the piggy bank to shell out for a top-of-the-line iPhone or Samsung or Google Pixel? If you're mostly buying a new phone for its camera — and most of us are — then Oppo has a proposition for you. Its new R9s isn't unreasonably expensive or jammed to the gills with brand new tech, but it does have a brand new camera sensor that Oppo says can capture some pretty great photos.