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Mobile Phones

  • You can now print smartphone photos with this Moto Mod [Update]

    Update, 17 November 2017: Lenovo/Moto have come back to us -- looks like you'll have to import the mod. "Motorola is not planning to bring the Polaroid mod to SA," a representative told us via email. Original article: Lenovo's Moto Z smartphones and Moto Mods have done a good job of bringing hardware add-ons to the smartphone world. Sure, the add-ons might be a little pricey, but between power banks, speakers and gamepads, there's a Moto Mod for everyone. Now, the company has revealed its latest add-on, in the form of the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod. And it does exactly what you think,...

  • 5 more great smartphones under R2000

    You don't have to spend R10 000 or R500 a month to get a phone, because there are plenty of cheaper devices on the market right now. In fact, you can get away with spending R2000 or less. We show you a few options... Nokia 2 The Nokia 3 just misses out on the sub-R2000 category, but the new Nokia 2 manages to comfortably fit in over here. Packing a low-end Snapdragon 212 processor, 8GB of expandable storage and 1GB of RAM, it's clear that the phone won't play advanced games or shoot 4K video, but it'll work just fine for social media and...

  • Qualcomm rejects $130bn Broadcom offer, Broadcom poised to go hostile

    Last week saw the possibility of one of the largest tech acquisitions ever, when Broadcom made a massive offer for Qualcomm -- a deal which would've been valued at US$130-billion. The unsolicited offer set the tech world alight, as a successful deal would've resulted in an even bigger, combined silicon juggernaut. Yesterday, the US mobile tech firm has revealed its decision: a unanimous rejection by the board of directors. "It is the board's unanimous belief that Broadcom's proposal significantly undervalues Qualcomm relative to the company's leadership position in mobile technology and our future growth prospects," said Paul Jacobs, executive chairman and chairman of the board...

  • Apple’s Face ID ‘thwarted’ with mask by researchers

    At September's iPhone event, Apple went to great lengths to claim that its Face ID feature was a secure authentication method. In fact, the company said the facial recognition system could distinguish between human faces and masks. Now, Vietnamese security firm BKav has apparently cracked the authentication system, using a mask to do so. The firm's researchers created a 3D printed base then fleshed it out from here. "We used a popular 3D printer. (The) Nose was made by a handmade artist (sic). We use 2D printing for other parts (similar to how we tricked face recognition nine years ago). The skin was also...

  • 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...