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Mobile Phones

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to MediaTek smartphones

    We've already done a Snapdragon smartphone guide, but what if you're leaning towards a MediaTek-powered phone? There are loads of processors from the Chinese firm out there, but how do you know which one is worth your cash? You can use our guide for this, as we demystify the MediaTek range of chips and give pricing recommendations in the process. For our definitive guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon smartphones, have a look at the piece linked below. Gearburn’s definitive guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon smartphones From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone’s processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range...

  • Hisense announces extended smartphone warranty plan

    Chinese electronics manufacturer Hisense has announced it will now offer new smartphones purchased in South Africa with a 24 month warranty. This is in effect for all devices purchased from 1 September 2016. According to the company's SA brand manager, Ryan Curling, the warranty ensures that the company continues building its brand in the country. "For the past 20 years, Hisense has worked hard to build strong brand loyalty and trust in South Africa. This 24-month warranty on newly purchased phones shows that we are confident to put our money where our mouth is, providing customers peace of mind when buying...

  • What’s the iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode like? Check these Instagram shots

    Apple has pushed out the iOS 10.1 public beta to those enrolled in the programme, delivering the much-hyped Portrait Mode to iPhone 7 Plus users. The mode, which resembles Huawei's aperture adjustment mode on the P9, allows users to take photos with a pleasant depth-of-field effect. However, Apple's execution differs in that it's been marketed as a tool for taking portraits. In fact, the company claimed that it uses machine learning, facial recognition and depth maps to accurately generate the effect. So what are the results like then? Well, Instagram is showing some great photos, with well-defined edges for the most part (the...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s teased: what should we expect?

    The Mi 5 (review) might just be the most affordable flagship smartphone in South Africa right now, starting out at R7999. By comparison, high-end devices from Samsung, Huawei, Apple and others all breach the R10 000 mark. But rumours have been running rampant for a few months now that Xiaomi was working on a Mi 5s handset, much like the Mi 4 (review) received a Mi 4s model last year. Now, the company has teased the Mi 5s, Chinese publication CC Time reports, with a new image displaying the figure "164 119". This figure is believed to be the Antutu benchmark...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now launching in South Africa in November

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will launch in South Africa in November, according to a release issued by the company. This comes after the the company's massive international recall operation, after a "small number of reported incidents around the world related to battery cell issues". Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has yet to launch in South Africa after its three-week delay in August These issues lead to some the devices catching fire, and in one case, injured a six-year-old boy. But while the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been available internationally for a few weeks now, Samsung's local director of integrated mobility, Craige Fleischer,...

  • Huawei Nova, Nova Plus to hit South Africa in 2017

    The recently announced Huawei Nova and Huawei Nova Plus smartphones will be coming to South Africa in early 2017, a company representative confirmed. The smartphones, announced at IFA earlier this month, deliver metal designs and a couple of premium features (4K recording and fingerprint scanner) at a lower than flagship price. "We are ranging the product for early next year. So more details about where they'll be positioned, how they'll be positioned will come around early next year," said Hawa Hyath, Huawei's marketing director for sub-Saharan Africa. Hyath added that it was too early for a price just yet. The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus will...

  • Tizen-powered Samsung Z2 coming to Vodacom

    Here's an interesting little story. Among the iPhone 7 kerfuffle and heated Samsung Note issues, Vodacom has announced that the Samsung Z2 will be available on its network this month. It's a pretty big deal for those who love using alternative OSes on smartphones, as the Z2 uses Samsung's Tizen OS. In January 2016, Tizen ranked as fourth popular in the world, behind Android, iOS and Windows, and also runs on the likes of Samsung's Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches. On paper, the Samsung Z2 isn't a real clock stopper. Samsung Z2's arrival marks the first noticeable appearance of Tizen phones in South...

  • Is the iPhone 7 Plus camera any good? Photographer gives breakdown

    The iPhone 7 Plus sees Apple follow rival manufacturers with a dual camera setup, offering a traditional 12MP shooter and a 12MP telephoto camera. But does the phone deliver in the camera department as a result? Well, photographer Austin Mann took the smartphone to Rwanda and put the device to work. What did he think of it? For starters, Mann said alternating between the two cameras was "a blast" and changed the way he takes photos with the iPhone. The 2x zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus works in every mode "It works exactly as I hoped. It is super quick to switch between...

  • OnePlus 3 coming to South Africa through Takealot

    Update: According to an eagle-eyed Rick Bosch, specialist South African retailer Zeek Online already offers the OnePlus 3 for R9495. The site also sells a slew of OnePlus accessories, and the OnePlus 2 is also available for around R7995. Original article: We've been starved of new smartphone brands entering South Africa, with Xiaomi only recently touching down on our shores and ZTE making waves alongside FNB. But what about the other sleeping Chinese smartphone giant? What about OnePlus? Well, according to a new listing on Takealot, spotted by htxt.africa, the OnePlus 3 will be available to purchase in South Africa fairly soon. Still...

  • Huawei service centres open in Cape Town, Johannesburg

    Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei has today announced the opening of its first customer service centres in South Africa. The centres, based in Canal Walk, Cape Town, and Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, will "provide the finest service satisfaction under one roof", according to a press release. "Customers can look forward to dedicated services such as training sessions, on-site device repairs, free device engraving and an extensive range of accessories to choose from." Plugging into these service centres will be Huawei Select -- the company's premium service offering for the Huawei P8 and P9 range, the Mate S and the Mate 8 phablets. The...