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  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 for R999 is definitely worth a buy

    Xiaomi's Redmi 2 and Redmi 2 Pro are two of the best value-for-money smartphones in South Africa right now. At R1499 and R1899 respectively, you're getting good specs for the cash. Now, Xiaomi has revealed its Cyber Monday deals, with the standard Redmi 2 seeing a price drop to R999, the Mi 5 seeing a modest price drop to R6999 (from R7999) and the Mi 4 getting a price drop from R3799 to R2999 (as well as a Mi Band in the package). The Redmi 2 price marks the first time you can pick up a Xiaomi phone in the country...

  • LeEco: fast-rising mobile manufacturer in dire straits?

    The name LeEco shouldn't ring a bell for the average consumer, but for those in the know, it's another standout Chinese brand. And with a slew of Chinese firms around, that should say something as well. The company, better known in China for its video services, made a splash internationally thanks to its smartphones, offering more affordable flagships than many other brands. However, the firm is also heavily focused on its Faraday Future electric car. Now, it appears that LeEco is in financial trouble, according to an internal memo written by co-founder Jia Yueting and obtained by Bloomberg. Yueting said that the...

  • Snapdragon 835 specs leaked: how many cores will it have?

    We already know that the Snapdragon 835 processor, expected to power many flagship phones next year, will be manufactured on a 10nm process. Now, more details have emerged, apparently giving a full name and detailing some of the technology behind the new processor. The chip will have the "MSM8998" product name (in addition to Snapdragon 835), the company told Neowin, being the same naming convention as previous Snapdragon processors. According to a slide obtained by Chinese publication anzhuo.cn, the new chipset will also use an octacore design, using Qualcomm's own Kryo cores in a 4+4 format. So this means four high-powered cores and...

  • HTC 10 Evo: International version of Bolt coming? [Update]

    The HTC Bolt was revealed earlier this month, being exclusive to the US Sprint network. Now, new information suggests that it will see a wider release in the form of the HTC 10 Evo. According to Taiwanese publication Sogi, the mobile manufacturer has issued press invites to the launch of the "HTC 10 Evo". It's understood that this handset is the international version of the HTC Bolt, so that means a Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 LCD screen as well. It makes for a rather weird choice of processor, as the Snapdragon 810...

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: next iPhone to boast OLED screen?

    The iPhone 7 range has barely been on the market for three months (at the time of writing), being well-received by critics for the most part. Still, there are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for...

  • Snapdragon 835: Qualcomm’s next high-end chip revealed

    Qualcomm chips are found in tons of smartphones around the world, being the de facto choice for many flagship devices. Now, the company has peeled the curtain back on the Snapdragon 835, being its latest high-end chip. The company didn't reveal many details about the processor, so don't expect core count, GPU and other major details here. But what has Qualcomm said about it though? Well, the firm announced that the chip will be designed on a smaller 10nm FinFET process by Samsung, as opposed to the 14nm process of the Snapdragon 820. Generally speaking, the move to a smaller process...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...

  • Exclusive: ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets SA launch date, price

    Chinese mobile firm ZTE has confirmed launch details and pricing for the ZTE Axon 7 Mini smartphone in South Africa. Three representatives at AfricaCom told Gearburn that the Axon 7 Mini would be coming to the country in December, being available from the likes of Edcon and TFG. As for a price, the representatives said that the phone would be coming in at R6999. The phone has a US$300 price tag in the USA. What about the Axon 7 though? Well, the company has mooted a January launch instead. The two phones stand out from the pack thanks to a rather fetching metal...

  • Huawei reveals its South African smartphone lineup for 2017

    Huawei has confirmed that the Nova smartphone, which launched globally at IFA earlier this year, will be coming to the South Africa on 2 February 2017. Hawa Hyath, Huawei marketing director for sub-Saharan Africa, told reporters at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town that the handset would be coming in the R4000-R6000 price window. As for the Nova Plus, Hyath said that the smaller Nova would be their focus but added that MTN was considering to range the Plus-sized handset. The Huawei representative said the Mate 9 would be coming to the country in Q1 2017, clarifying that they were "looking at having...

  • 5 of the best live gig smartphones you should consider

    The LG V20 has been making quite a few waves thanks to its audio-recording capabilities, offering some unprecedented options for consumers. Between the HD audio recorder, HiFi Audio in videos and a wealth of settings, it certainly makes a case for being one of the best live gig smartphones. Still, there are quite a few phones that perform admirably in this situation (well, as admirably as a smartphone can), so we picked a few other handsets to keep in mind. Don't see your pick on the list? Then let us know in the comments section! Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia's beastly handset might be lumbering...