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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Want Google hardware in South Africa? Well, keep waiting

    Google marked its ten year anniversary on the continent at an event this week, but what we really want to know is when the company will be bringing hardware to South Africa. It was worth noting that the event saw a Google Home available for attendees to try out. But when can we see the product actually launching in SA? This seems like a no-brainer, especially with the cheap Google Home Mini being launched in the USA for US$50. "We love Google Home, it's a fabulous product. Having Google Home is contingent on a couple of different things, not least of...

  • Volantia Q&A: we delve into this local Humble Bundle title

    You don't see a game debuting on the Humble Bundle very often, but Volantia: Kingdom in the Sky is one such title. Aside from being a locally produced title achieving prominence, the title also stands out thanks to its quirky concept. The title, by Tangled Mess Games, is a far cry from the usual action fare, being a kingdom and resource management game taking place in the sky. We conducted an email Q&A with the studio's Marc Luck to find out more. Gearburn: How did the idea for Volantia come about? Marc Luck (ML): Well, we had the initial idea during a brunch meeting...

  • MTN reveals prepaid pricing for Mate 10 Pro, Porsche edition

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Edition devices are expected to hit South Africa this month, bringing some interesting features to the table. Now, MTN has published its latest catalogue, also revealing its prepaid pricing for the two smartphones. The yellow network revealed a price of R17 379 for the Mate 10 Pro and R23 449 for the Mate 10 Porsche Design variant. Of course, prepaid prices via networks are usually a little steeper than the manufacturer's recommended retail price. So I reckon that the final RRP could be R16 999 and R22 999. Prefer a contract? Well, the phones are going...

  • Razer Phone official: 120hz display and what else?

    We saw the Razer Phone leak earlier this week, but now it's gone official. And it seems like the leaks were true for the most part. The phone indeed packs a 120Hz IGZO LCD screen (2560x1440), 8GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 4000mAh battery (with Quick Charge 4+ indeed). We also see confirmation of a dual-camera system for the back, in the form of a 12MP f/1.75 standard shooter and a 13MP f/2.6 telephoto snapper. As for other specs and features? Yep, it's indeed packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, a Game Booster tool (presumably Razer's take on Samsung's tool for...

  • PUBG gets Xbox One release date, just before end of year

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has undoubtedly been the smash hit of 2017, offering a battle royale formula that's become a phenomenon. We already knew that the game was coming to Xbox One, but what about a release date? "Xbox fans, we know you've been waiting and we're so excited to finally be able to say it -- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One as a console launch exclusive through the Xbox Game Preview programme on December 12, 2017!" read a post by the developer on Major Nelson's website. The developer added that it was on track to launch version 1.0 of the PC...

  • Samsung DeX conversational review: a look at the future?

    For the past six or seven years, smartphone brands have dabbled with mobile/desktop convergence. There was Motorola and the lapdock, Alcatel and its own effort and, of course, Microsoft and Continuum for Phones. This year though, we've seen Samsung take a stab at the "your phone is a PC... kinda" trend, launching the DeX dock alongside the Galaxy S8 (review). And at first appearance, it's pretty similar to Microsoft's effort in terms of hardware setup. Andy Walker and Hadlee Simons put the DeX through its paces -- read the conversational review below. Hardware Hadlee Simons: Take a look at the dock itself...

  • LG V30+ set for November release in SA, pricing revealed

    The LG V30 is poised to be a huge upgrade over the V20, offering a water-resistant design, much-improved camera setup and more. LG South Africa has confirmed on its website that we'll be getting the LG V30+ (which doubles the storage to 128GB) in November. But what about pricing? Expect a prepaid tag of R15 499, a Cellucity representative told Gearburn in response to a query. The representative added that the smartphone would be launched on 7 November. When asked to corroborate the price, LG South Africa told Gearburn that the V30+ retail price starts "from R15 469". However, the Korean brand also revealed...

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • Nokia 2 official: a new entry-level champ? [Update: SA-bound]

    We've known about the Nokia 2 for some time now, but HMD Global has made it official today. So what should you expect? As the name implies, this is positioned as a low-end smartphone, packing an entry-level Snapdragon 212 quad-core chipset, 8GB of expandable storage and 1GB of RAM. Other noteworthy specs include a 5-inch 720p display, hybrid SIM slot and a large 4100mAh battery. In the case of the latter, HMD is promising two days of usage as a result. In the camera department, you're getting an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper. You're also getting Android 7.1.1, but...

  • Razer Phone ‘leaked’ on UK retailer’s website, packing 120Hz display

    The Razer Phone has been teased by the eponymous company for several weeks now, but it would appear that some of the phone's specs have leaked. Yep, redditors spotted a listing for the phone on online retailer 3G's website (being an affiliate of the Three network), so what should you know? Well, for starters, the retailer claims that the Razer Phone will have a 5.72-inch IGZO LCD display with a very slick 120Hz refresh rate and wide colour gamut. Otherwise, the listing also claims Dolby Atmos sound via dual front-facing speakers and a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+. Meanwhile, in the camera department,...