• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Listen: Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 Plus live music comparison

    A live gig is one of the most unpredictable tests for any smartphone, owing to the cacophony of noise and lack of controlled conditions. Still, if you're into live recordings and want a phone that'll do a decent job, which device should you get? LG's phones are fantastic on paper, but the V30+ review unit hasn't arrived yet. But what we do have is our Galaxy S8 (review) seed unit and the iPhone 8 Plus review unit. So how do they compare in the audio department? We took them to a recent Alien Ant Farm gig, recording side-by-side. It must also be...

  • Nokia 2 hits South Africa for under R2000 via Vodacom

    A few weeks ago we saw the Nokia 2 being announced globally, featuring a solid design and a massive battery. Back then, HMD Global confirmed that the phone would be available in South Africa. Now, the company has announced that South African sales have indeed kicked off, being available exclusively on the Vodacom network. As for a price? You're looking at R1699, making it the cheapest Nokia-branded smartphone in the market. Your cash gets you a low-end Snapdragon 212 quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, 5-inch 720p display and 8GB of expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot). But the phone's major selling point is...

  • From OnePlus to Huawei: cheap flagships as a marketing strategy [Opinion]

    The OnePlus One took the mobile world by storm back in 2014, packing high-end features into a much cheaper price tag than the competition. Featuring a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a capable camera, the new smartphone instantly made a wave among enthusiasts and general consumers alike thanks to its US$299 starting price. It didn't hurt that the company used an invite system to control supply and demand. Fast-forward to 2017 and the OnePlus 5 is available for US$479, having seen a price increase with virtually every iteration. Now, that's still cheaper than most flagships, but coming from those...

  • Exynos 9810: Samsung’s latest flagship chip demystified

    CES is the first major tech expo on the calendar, hitting Las Vegas in January. Now, ahead of the expo, Samsung has issued a press release, touting various products to receive awards at CES 2018. And one of the products is a new flagship processor, dubbed the Exynos 9810. Yes, it would appear that the company has stealthily revealed the existence of the Galaxy S9's chipset. It makes for somewhat of a departure in naming conventions, the previous two chipsets being Exynos 8890 and 8895. "The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is Samsung's latest flagship processor, with 3rd-generation custom CPU cores, upgraded GPU, and gigabit...

  • Qualcomm expected to move to 8nm chips ‘pretty soon’ [Exclusive]

    The past year has seen Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple and Mediatek all move to a tiny 10nm manufacturing process for their high-end mobile chipsets. A smaller manufacturing process generally results in a tinier chip and energy savings, resulting in better performance and battery life. Now, in an interview with Gearburn on the sidelines of Africacom 2017, a Qualcomm representative has confirmed that the company is expected to move "one level" down from 10nm. "So, at the moment we are on a 10nm (manufacturing process) and we are moving, pretty soon, 10nm, one level down," said Simone Severini, the firm's technology lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. "How...

  • OnePlus 5 slated to hit SA next week, Nokia 8, Xperia XZ1 still cheaper

    A OnePlus 5 release in South Africa has been a long time coming. We saw Takealot confirm that they were targeting a July release, but haven't seen much movement in that regard. Now, Stuff reports that Cernotech will be launching the smartphone on 15 November. The distributor is also responsible for CAT smartphones in South Africa. As for pricing, the publication reports a R12 000 prepaid tag. Too much to handle? FNB is also launching the device for R599 a month on a two year contract. The OnePlus 5 packs a Snapdragon 835 chipset, a massive 8GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch full HD...

  • Energizer smartphones set for 2018 in SA – but will you care?

    Energizer revealed a range of smartphones at MWC 2017 this year, following on from the firm's previous forays into the arena. It makes some sense after all, given it being a battery company and all. Sure, you're not plopping AAs into the phones, but there is a marketing angle right there. Now, a visit to the company's stand at Africacom 2017 has yielded more information. And a concern about pricing. Mohsin Abdul Khaleq, director of business development for Energizer distributor Hypertalk, tells Gearburn that the phones should be available next year. "Basically, we're launching the Energizer brand in South Africa. It should be available...

  • Watch: Unpatched Witcher 3 hits 60fps on Xbox One X

    We've already seen a PS4 Pro patch for The Witcher 3, bringing a host of improvements to the table. The Xbox One X patch is still in the works, but if you pop the disc in your new console, you should notice a leap to 60fps. The Witcher 3 features an unlocked framerate, generally hovering at 20-40fps on standard Xbox One, Eurogamer noted in its initial technical breakdown. Now, NX Gamer has used an unpatched physical copy on Xbox One X, resulting in a framerate that stands at 60fps. It's worth noting that the game still runs at 1600x900 of course,...

  • Interview: Mediatek’s Finbarr Moynihan on 2018 trends, more

    Taiwan's Mediatek remains a strong player in the budget smartphone space, with its processors powering scores of models around the world. But what's next for the chipmaker? What kind of trends does the firm see next year? We visited AfricaCom 2017 to interview Finbarr Moynihan, general manager of international sales, for more details. As previously revealed, Moynihan said Mediatek would be taking "a bit of a break" from flagship chips. The representative gives his take on the high-end segment. "What we see happening in the... flagship market... frankly, it's probably become Apple and Samsung for the most part," the executive explains. "...it's...

  • CrossOver beta lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

    The Chromebook family of laptops has come a long way from merely being glorified Chrome browsers, offering a pretty substantial platform thanks to Android app support. Now, prominent studio CodeWeavers has revealed an open beta for its CrossOver program, allowing you to run Windows apps on your Chromebook. The studio says it worked hard over the years to bring Windows apps to Android devices, but the form factor and specs weren't ideal. "With the announcement of support of Android in Chrome OS, suddenly things made a lot more sense. A Chromebook has a big enough screen. And a keyboard and a mouse. And...