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

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.

15 Jan 2021 - 12:42AM

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.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra first look: stunning 100x zoom camera, 120Hz Quad HD screen and industry-best screen brightness
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?

5 Jan 2021 - 8:36PM

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

Apple AirPods Max vs Huawei FreeBuds Studio: which headphones are best?
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.

29 Dec 2020 - 12:46PM

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.

Foldable phones and a PC, iPhone 12s, Apple’s new chips, wearables with skin sensors – mobile technology in 2020
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.

23 Dec 2020 - 10:45AM

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.

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold review: the most versatile portable computer ever, and worth the US$3,200 price with its impressive design
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.

24 Nov 2020 - 10:47AM

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.

OK! Madam movie review: Korean slapstick comedy is like Die Hard on a plane
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?

12 Nov 2020 - 9:39PM

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?

The iPhone 12 Pro Max camera is better, but not by that much – buy it for the large screen and longer battery life
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.

6 Nov 2020 - 7:20PM

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.

Night of the Undead movie review: Korean supernatural comedy is so far out it almost makes no sense
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.

28 Oct 2020 - 5:48PM

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 Mate 40 Pro review: great hardware, no Google software in what could be Huawei’s last Android phone
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.

27 Oct 2020 - 5:06PM

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.

iPad Air 2020 review: with updated design it is lighter, cheaper and more powerful than the iPad Pro
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.

21 Oct 2020 - 7:14PM

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 iPhone 12 and 12 Pro first impressions: 5G ready, widgets on home screen, Hollywood-style Dolby Vision processing
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.

19 Oct 2020 - 4:22PM

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.

Not Quite Dead Yet movie review: in manic Japanese comedy, Suzu Hirose plays an eccentric scientist’s daughter
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.

18 Sep 2020 - 11:00AM

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.

LG Wing first look: swivel phone with dual screens perfect for multitasking and gaming
New Apple Watch Series 6 can check your blood-oxygen levels – in 15 seconds

Apple focused on the new Apple Watch Series 6, Watch SE and iPads at its September event instead of the iPhone 12 – one of the 6’s new vaunted features is the ability to track blood-oxygen levels every 15 seconds.

16 Sep 2020 - 9:27PM

Apple focused on the new Apple Watch Series 6, Watch SE and iPads at its September event instead of the iPhone 12 – one of the 6’s new vaunted features is the ability to track blood-oxygen levels every 15 seconds.

New Apple Watch Series 6 can check your blood-oxygen levels – in 15 seconds
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 first look: a bigger, better screen and a sturdier hinge for a mini laptop feel and hi-res selfies

Samsung’s latest folding phone is an all-round upgrade from the first, with a bigger, tougher, faster inside screen, a hinge that lets you use it like a mini laptop, or make hands-free video calls. The folding screen also lets you take hi-res selfies with the main cameras.

3 Sep 2020 - 6:11PM

Samsung’s latest folding phone is an all-round upgrade from the first, with a bigger, tougher, faster inside screen, a hinge that lets you use it like a mini laptop, or make hands-free video calls. The folding screen also lets you take hi-res selfies with the main cameras.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 first look: a bigger, better screen and a sturdier hinge for a mini laptop feel and hi-res selfies
Review | Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra review: phone is full of powerful features, from its 120X zoom lens to superfast burst charging

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has packed some amazing features into its 10th anniversary model, including one of the best zoom lenses, an incredible screen, super fast burst charging, and a unique transparent case option.

18 Aug 2020 - 6:49PM

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has packed some amazing features into its 10th anniversary model, including one of the best zoom lenses, an incredible screen, super fast burst charging, and a unique transparent case option.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra review: phone is full of powerful features, from its 120X zoom lens to superfast burst charging
Review | Apple iMac 27-inch 2020 review: stunning 5K display, best webcam, amazing audio – this computer is made for working from home

Probably the last Apple computer to run on an Intel chip, the 2020 update of the iMac 27-inch has an amazing 5K resolution display, the webcam is world-leading, and the audio incredible.

13 Aug 2020 - 3:01AM

Probably the last Apple computer to run on an Intel chip, the 2020 update of the iMac 27-inch has an amazing 5K resolution display, the webcam is world-leading, and the audio incredible.

Apple iMac 27-inch 2020 review: stunning 5K display, best webcam, amazing audio – this computer is made for working from home
Review | OnePlus Nord review: flagship smartphone features at a mid-range price, with great main cameras

The OnePlus Nord has the specs of the flagship OnePlus 8 Pro – with a few compromises – but costs half as much. Its main front and back cameras are incredible.

7 Aug 2020 - 8:36PM

The OnePlus Nord has the specs of the flagship OnePlus 8 Pro – with a few compromises – but costs half as much. Its main front and back cameras are incredible.

OnePlus Nord review: flagship smartphone features at a mid-range price, with great main cameras
2020’s best VPNs for consumers and people that work in China, from Surfshark to free VPN 360

Whether your goal is internet privacy or just to get different Netflix content, we break down five popular VPNs and look at their pros, cons, security and transparency, including those that function in China.

16 Jul 2020 - 6:50PM

Whether your goal is internet privacy or just to get different Netflix content, we break down five popular VPNs and look at their pros, cons, security and transparency, including those that function in China.

2020’s best VPNs for consumers and people that work in China, from Surfshark to free VPN 360
Review | Sony Xperia 1 II review: the phone that feels like a camera, and its incredible burst shots

The Sony Xperia 1 II has a unique take on photography, with a shutter button on the side, Sony’s best-in-class autofocus system, burst shooting mode, and camera app where everything’s adjustable like on a DSLR camera.

9 Jul 2020 - 10:28AM

The Sony Xperia 1 II has a unique take on photography, with a shutter button on the side, Sony’s best-in-class autofocus system, burst shooting mode, and camera app where everything’s adjustable like on a DSLR camera.

Sony Xperia 1 II review: the phone that feels like a camera, and its incredible burst shots
Review | Vivo X50 Pro review: new gimbal camera system captures more fluid videos, but it’s still a work in progress

The biggest selling point of the Vivo X50 Pro is its main camera, which sits on a miniaturised gimbal, or stabiliser, and captures perfectly fluid videos. However, its benefits are only noticeable in extreme conditions.

25 Jun 2020 - 10:15AM

The biggest selling point of the Vivo X50 Pro is its main camera, which sits on a miniaturised gimbal, or stabiliser, and captures perfectly fluid videos. However, its benefits are only noticeable in extreme conditions.

Vivo X50 Pro review: new gimbal camera system captures more fluid videos, but it’s still a work in progress
New on Apple Watch: a hand washing tracker, sleep detector, and audio volume ear protection feature

The latest Apple Watch features include a hand washing detector that tells you if you stop too soon. Also included: a sleep detector and a ‘hearing’ mode that protects your ears from audio that is too loud.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:02PM

The latest Apple Watch features include a hand washing detector that tells you if you stop too soon. Also included: a sleep detector and a ‘hearing’ mode that protects your ears from audio that is too loud.

New on Apple Watch: a hand washing tracker, sleep detector, and audio volume ear protection feature
Apple iOS 14: new iPhone home screen shows more widgets and fewer apps, there’s a redesigned Siri and much more

Apple’s iOS 14, coming to iPhones this autumn, is a major upgrade – it introduces an App Library and floating video on the home screen, and Siri gets a redesign.

23 Jun 2020 - 12:16PM

Apple’s iOS 14, coming to iPhones this autumn, is a major upgrade – it introduces an App Library and floating video on the home screen, and Siri gets a redesign.

Apple iOS 14: new iPhone home screen shows more widgets and fewer apps, there’s a redesigned Siri and much more
Review | Huawei P40 Pro Plus review: 10x optical zoom camera is truly innovative, but at US$1,600 this phone is a luxury

The top-of-the-range Huawei phone has a world-leading 10x lossless optical zoom lens and the best performing camera system overall, but at US$1,600 it will be out of most consumers’ price range.

12 Jun 2020 - 12:56PM

The top-of-the-range Huawei phone has a world-leading 10x lossless optical zoom lens and the best performing camera system overall, but at US$1,600 it will be out of most consumers’ price range.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus review: 10x optical zoom camera is truly innovative, but at US$1,600 this phone is a luxury
Octopus integration, Hong Kong transit in iPhone update – pay with your card on Apple Watch and get directions in Cantonese

Hong Kong iPhone users rejoice – a new software update brings two major features: Octopus card integration for Apple Wallet, and real-time MTR and bus schedules for Apple Maps.

2 Jun 2020 - 10:43AM

Hong Kong iPhone users rejoice – a new software update brings two major features: Octopus card integration for Apple Wallet, and real-time MTR and bus schedules for Apple Maps.

Octopus integration, Hong Kong transit in iPhone update – pay with your card on Apple Watch and get directions in Cantonese
Review | Zhiyun Smooth X review: the world’s smallest powered smartphone gimbal is perfect for the selfie obsessed

The Zhiyun Smooth X, the smallest powered smartphone gimbal on the market, is ideal for shooting selfie videos. It easily tracks a moving object, and can be started with a gesture.

1 Jun 2020 - 9:15PM

The Zhiyun Smooth X, the smallest powered smartphone gimbal on the market, is ideal for shooting selfie videos. It easily tracks a moving object, and can be started with a gesture.

Zhiyun Smooth X review: the world’s smallest powered smartphone gimbal is perfect for the selfie obsessed
Honor 30 Pro Plus review: premium-phone specs at a mid-tier price make it great value, even if it lacks core Google services

The newest phones from the Huawei sub-brand look like high-end flagship handsets, but cost much less. With a main camera second to none, the Honor 30 Pro Plus’ only downside is the absence of some Google features.

30 May 2020 - 1:00PM

The newest phones from the Huawei sub-brand look like high-end flagship handsets, but cost much less. With a main camera second to none, the Honor 30 Pro Plus’ only downside is the absence of some Google features.

Honor 30 Pro Plus review: premium-phone specs at a mid-tier price make it great value, even if it lacks core Google services
What is 5G, why is US President Donald Trump obsessed with it – and did it cause the coronavirus?

5G is one of the key tensions in the US/China trade war; it is said to be 100 times faster than 4G, and one conspiracy theory about it is that it causes the coronavirus

25 May 2020 - 10:00AM

5G is one of the key tensions in the US/China trade war; it is said to be 100 times faster than 4G, and one conspiracy theory about it is that it causes the coronavirus

What is 5G, why is US President Donald Trump obsessed with it – and did it cause the coronavirus?
Meizu 17 Pro review: great design and battery life but photos lag behind its rivals

Despite its attractive design, impressively small selfie camera and great battery life, the Meizu 17 Pro’s camera shortcomings leave it lagging behind other smartphones from Huawei, Xiaomi and Samsung.

20 May 2020 - 2:15PM

Despite its attractive design, impressively small selfie camera and great battery life, the Meizu 17 Pro’s camera shortcomings leave it lagging behind other smartphones from Huawei, Xiaomi and Samsung.

Meizu 17 Pro review: great design and battery life but photos lag behind its rivals
Review | OnePlus 8 Pro review: best camera app, still the best software – this is the most powerful and polished OnePlus phone yet

The flagship handset from OnePlus is the Chinese brand’s most well-rounded device yet, and its first with wireless charging and IP68 water resistance.

12 May 2020 - 8:00PM

The flagship handset from OnePlus is the Chinese brand’s most well-rounded device yet, and its first with wireless charging and IP68 water resistance.

OnePlus 8 Pro review: best camera app, still the best software – this is the most powerful and polished OnePlus phone yet
Apple unveils coding contest for students to kick off virtual Worldwide Developer Conference week

Scholars Programme coding winners used to be flown to California to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. This year’s event will be virtual, and online contest replaces the programme.

10 May 2020 - 8:00PM

Scholars Programme coding winners used to be flown to California to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. This year’s event will be virtual, and online contest replaces the programme.

Apple unveils coding contest for students to kick off virtual Worldwide Developer Conference week