Ben Sin

Ben Sin

Ben is an independent tech writer covering the latest gadgets - as well as reviewing the occasional film - for the South China Morning Post. Prior to this, he spent five years with the company, first as a culture writer, then as a sub-editor. He's also held staff writing positions with the Village Voice and Sports Illustrated in New York, and has been published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Latest from Ben Sin

Foldable phone face-off: Oppo Find N vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – we put them through their paces

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Oppo’s Find N are similar in many ways, but which is the better foldable phone? We put them to the test.

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Oppo’s Find N are similar in many ways, but which is the better foldable phone? We put them to the test.

28 Dec 2021 - 5:37PM
Six of the biggest tech hits and misses in 2021 from Google, China’s Oppo, Vivo and nReal, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft

Google, Apple, Xiaomi and Vivo took on Intel with their in-house chips, Microsoft continued to struggle with its Surface Duo smartphone, Samsung and Oppo made foldables more affordable.

Google, Apple, Xiaomi and Vivo took on Intel with their in-house chips, Microsoft continued to struggle with its Surface Duo smartphone, Samsung and Oppo made foldables more affordable.

28 Dec 2021 - 5:32PM
Review | Apple Macbook Pro review: super powerful and efficient with a new chip, superior video editing, and a great screen

The latest Apple Macbook Pro has the best screen on the market, a processor that can handle any task with ease, and is more powerful than most people need.

The latest Apple Macbook Pro has the best screen on the market, a processor that can handle any task with ease, and is more powerful than most people need.

26 Oct 2021 - 6:10PM
Review | iPhone 13 smartphones: Apple raises the bar for shooting video with Cinematic Mode and a processor that’s second to none

The iPhone 13 doesn’t look too different from the iPhone 12; the real upgrades are the video camera, the lowlight photography and its 5nm A15 Bionic processor.

The iPhone 13 doesn’t look too different from the iPhone 12; the real upgrades are the video camera, the lowlight photography and its 5nm A15 Bionic processor.

21 Sep 2021 - 9:27PM
Smartwatch showdown: Apple Watch Series 6 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic – is Wear OS a game-changer for the Samsung?

Google partners with Samsung to offer Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch with Wear OS for the first time. However, it cannot work with Google Assistant, whereas the Apple has Siri.

Google partners with Samsung to offer Galaxy Watch 4 smartwatch with Wear OS for the first time. However, it cannot work with Google Assistant, whereas the Apple has Siri.

10 Sep 2021 - 10:45AM
Review | Xiaomi Mix 4 review: first functional under-screen selfie camera shows the technology’s potential

The Xiaomi Mix 4 has a sleek ceramic body with a notch-free front, and a selfie camera that shoots through the display screen. The phone runs on the new Snapdragon 888+ processor.

The Xiaomi Mix 4 has a sleek ceramic body with a notch-free front, and a selfie camera that shoots through the display screen. The phone runs on the new Snapdragon 888+ processor.

25 Aug 2021 - 11:54PM
Review | Huawei P50 Pro smartphone review: no Google services, but it takes fantastic photos and boasts new speakers; battery life could be better

Huawei’s P50 Pro can’t access Google Mobile Services, but has one of the best camera systems on the market thanks to cutting-edge image processing. Short battery life is a downside.

Huawei’s P50 Pro can’t access Google Mobile Services, but has one of the best camera systems on the market thanks to cutting-edge image processing. Short battery life is a downside.

20 Aug 2021 - 10:45AM
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 foldable phones first impressions: tougher and cheaper, could they finally make the form factor mainstream?

The new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 represent Samsung’s ‘third generation’ of foldable phones, and could be the ones to finally bring the form factor into the mainstream.

The new Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 represent Samsung’s ‘third generation’ of foldable phones, and could be the ones to finally bring the form factor into the mainstream.

11 Aug 2021 - 11:00PM
Sony Xperia 1 III review: 4K 120Hz OLED screen, camera shutter button and stereo speakers impress, but price is high for what it is

The Sony Xperia 1 III goes all out with its 4K 120Hz OLED screen, front-facing stereo speakers and camera shutter button, but it’s pricey and battery life could be better.

The Sony Xperia 1 III goes all out with its 4K 120Hz OLED screen, front-facing stereo speakers and camera shutter button, but it’s pricey and battery life could be better.

15 Jun 2021 - 10:15AM
Apple’s five best software features for the coming year, from iPad multitasking and control innovations to enhanced privacy

Apple announced its new software features at its online Worldwide Developer Conference, including better iPad Pro multitasking, the ability to control the tablet from a Mac, and enhanced security against third-party tracking.

Apple announced its new software features at its online Worldwide Developer Conference, including better iPad Pro multitasking, the ability to control the tablet from a Mac, and enhanced security against third-party tracking.

8 Jun 2021 - 1:41PM
Review | Apple iMac 2021 review: M1 chip is super fast, 11.5mm width impressive, but its strict consumer desktop specs need a rethink

The iMac 2021 is fast and energy-efficient thanks to the new M1 chip, but its strict adherence to consumer desktop specs could turn off many of the users at which it is aimed.

The iMac 2021 is fast and energy-efficient thanks to the new M1 chip, but its strict adherence to consumer desktop specs could turn off many of the users at which it is aimed.

8 Jun 2021 - 4:14PM
Review | Apple 2021 iPad Pro review: a game-changing tablet with the unbelievable Apple M1 chip that beats Intel’s processors

Apple has upped the tablet game once more with the 2021 iPad Pro, offering a much brighter screen using mini LEDs, and its M1 chip that outperforms an Intel-driven MacBook Pro.

Apple has upped the tablet game once more with the 2021 iPad Pro, offering a much brighter screen using mini LEDs, and its M1 chip that outperforms an Intel-driven MacBook Pro.

19 May 2021 - 9:45PM
Look out for the Apple Maps van in Hong Kong: iPhone users to get upgraded street views to rival Google Maps

Apple is sending vans out across the city to capture 360-degree street photos that will be used to add a ‘Look Around’ feature that is much like Google’s ‘Street View’ function.

Apple is sending vans out across the city to capture 360-degree street photos that will be used to add a ‘Look Around’ feature that is much like Google’s ‘Street View’ function.

10 May 2021 - 10:40AM
The three best VPNs for watching the Oscars live in Hong Kong, where no TV station is broadcasting the awards ceremony

With Hong Kong terrestrial TVB deciding not to air the Oscars ceremony for the first time in 52 years, a VPN is the only way viewers in Hong Kong can catch the action live. Here are three recommendations.

With Hong Kong terrestrial TVB deciding not to air the Oscars ceremony for the first time in 52 years, a VPN is the only way viewers in Hong Kong can catch the action live. Here are three recommendations.

22 Apr 2021 - 4:43PM
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review: best smartphone right now over the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra? Amazing camera, top-end performance, superfast charging

Arguably better than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has an amazing camera and top-end performance, though its gigantic camera bump might put some off.

Arguably better than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has an amazing camera and top-end performance, though its gigantic camera bump might put some off.

10 Apr 2021 - 5:56AM
5 memorable LG smartphones, from the Wing to the Prada, as the tech giant shuts down its failing phone division

From the first touchscreen phone to a glass phone front with no buttons, LG has been a pioneer in the smartphone industry. It has released some quirky looking phones, and others that failed to excite consumers. Here are five of the most memorable.

From the first touchscreen phone to a glass phone front with no buttons, LG has been a pioneer in the smartphone industry. It has released some quirky looking phones, and others that failed to excite consumers. Here are five of the most memorable.

7 Apr 2021 - 7:45PM
Review | Huawei Mate X2 review: foldable phone beats Samsung’s with a superb zoom camera and other hardware, even if there are no Google services

Foldable phone has the best hardware in its class, with great battery life and an unbeatable camera suite, but the lack of Google services such as YouTube may put off buyers outside China, as will its price – almost US$2,800, and even more in Hong Kong.

Foldable phone has the best hardware in its class, with great battery life and an unbeatable camera suite, but the lack of Google services such as YouTube may put off buyers outside China, as will its price – almost US$2,800, and even more in Hong Kong.

10 Mar 2021 - 6:18PM
Xiaomi Mi 11 review: like a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra but cheaper – great screen, fun video camera, improved Android skin

The Xiaomi M11 is several hundred dollars cheaper than the latest premium flagships from Samsung and Apple, but keeps up with those two phones in almost every way. 

The Xiaomi M11 is several hundred dollars cheaper than the latest premium flagships from Samsung and Apple, but keeps up with those two phones in almost every way. 

9 Feb 2021 - 12:05PM
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra first look: stunning 100x zoom camera, 120Hz Quad HD screen and industry-best screen brightness

A breathtaking 100x zoom camera, 120Hz Quad HD resolution, industry-best screen brightness and S-Pen stylus support make the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra as refined a smartphone as you can get.

A breathtaking 100x zoom camera, 120Hz Quad HD resolution, industry-best screen brightness and S-Pen stylus support make the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra as refined a smartphone as you can get.

15 Jan 2021 - 12:42AM
Apple AirPods Max vs Huawei FreeBuds Studio: which headphones are best?

We pitch the first over-ear headphones from Apple and Huawei against each other. Can the AirPods Max justify their eye-watering price?

We pitch the first over-ear headphones from Apple and Huawei against each other. Can the AirPods Max justify their eye-watering price?

5 Jan 2021 - 8:36PM
Foldable phones and a PC, iPhone 12s, Apple’s new chips, wearables with skin sensors – mobile technology in 2020

From Motorola’s retro clamshell Razr 5G to the Samsung Z Fold 2, foldable phones made big strides in 2020. Apple’s iPhone 12 came in more varieties than ever, its ARM chips are a game-changer for mobile computing.

From Motorola’s retro clamshell Razr 5G to the Samsung Z Fold 2, foldable phones made big strides in 2020. Apple’s iPhone 12 came in more varieties than ever, its ARM chips are a game-changer for mobile computing.

29 Dec 2020 - 12:46PM
Review | Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold review: the most versatile portable computer ever, and worth the US$3,200 price with its impressive design

The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is not just the most versatile model in 28 years of Thinkpads, but perhaps the most versatile portable computer yet. For the first time, it is as useful at home as in the boardroom.

The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is not just the most versatile model in 28 years of Thinkpads, but perhaps the most versatile portable computer yet. For the first time, it is as useful at home as in the boardroom.

23 Dec 2020 - 10:45AM
Review | OK! Madam movie review: Korean slapstick comedy is like Die Hard on a plane

There’s not much substance, but watching Uhm Jung-hwa and Park Sung-woong trying to foil a plane hijack led by North Korean agents (including Lee Sang-yoon) makes the film one to watch anyway.

There’s not much substance, but watching Uhm Jung-hwa and Park Sung-woong trying to foil a plane hijack led by North Korean agents (including Lee Sang-yoon) makes the film one to watch anyway.

24 Nov 2020 - 10:47AM
The iPhone 12 Pro Max camera is better, but not by that much – buy it for the large screen and longer battery life

Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max adds a new camera system that the company promises will be the brand’s best yet – but is it worth spending more than US$1,000 on?

Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max adds a new camera system that the company promises will be the brand’s best yet – but is it worth spending more than US$1,000 on?

12 Nov 2020 - 9:39PM
Review | Night of the Undead movie review: Korean supernatural comedy is so far out it almost makes no sense

A housewife who learns her husband is an alien and hatches a plot to kill him, and narrative strands that are just left hanging – this film doesn’t even try to make sense. It does offer some laughs, thankfully.

A housewife who learns her husband is an alien and hatches a plot to kill him, and narrative strands that are just left hanging – this film doesn’t even try to make sense. It does offer some laughs, thankfully.

6 Nov 2020 - 7:20PM
Review | Huawei Mate 40 Pro review: great hardware, no Google software in what could be Huawei’s last Android phone

Huawei has produced an amazing smartphone despite US sanctions. Its hardware is first class, and includes a camera that beats the iPhone 12’s, but the lack of Google services is a problem.

Huawei has produced an amazing smartphone despite US sanctions. Its hardware is first class, and includes a camera that beats the iPhone 12’s, but the lack of Google services is a problem.

28 Oct 2020 - 5:48PM
Review | iPad Air 2020 review: with updated design it is lighter, cheaper and more powerful than the iPad Pro

Apple’s latest iPad Air is cheaper than the iPad Pro, but has a more powerful processor. It doesn’t have as many features, but with similar looks and performance, it makes the Pro redundant.

Apple’s latest iPad Air is cheaper than the iPad Pro, but has a more powerful processor. It doesn’t have as many features, but with similar looks and performance, it makes the Pro redundant.

27 Oct 2020 - 5:06PM
Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro first impressions: 5G ready, widgets on home screen, Hollywood-style Dolby Vision processing

Apple’s first 5G phones all run on the new 5nm technology, they look squarer than the iPhone 11s, and they have unrivalled image processing power. Another handy upgrade are the widgets on the home screen.

Apple’s first 5G phones all run on the new 5nm technology, they look squarer than the iPhone 11s, and they have unrivalled image processing power. Another handy upgrade are the widgets on the home screen.

21 Oct 2020 - 7:14PM
Review | Not Quite Dead Yet movie review: in manic Japanese comedy, Suzu Hirose plays an eccentric scientist’s daughter

Suzu Hirose plays the daughter of an eccentric scientist (Shinichi Tsutsumi) who fakes his own death, yet reappears as a ghost in this nonsensical comedy with echoes of Stephen Chow films.

Suzu Hirose plays the daughter of an eccentric scientist (Shinichi Tsutsumi) who fakes his own death, yet reappears as a ghost in this nonsensical comedy with echoes of Stephen Chow films.

19 Oct 2020 - 4:22PM
LG Wing first look: swivel phone with dual screens perfect for multitasking and gaming

Multitaskers will love the LG Wing, a smartphone that deploys a second screen and becomes a T-shaped device, meaning it can multiple apps at the same time. Best of all, it doesn’t force the user into compromises to use both screens.

Multitaskers will love the LG Wing, a smartphone that deploys a second screen and becomes a T-shaped device, meaning it can multiple apps at the same time. Best of all, it doesn’t force the user into compromises to use both screens.

18 Sep 2020 - 11:00AM