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Mobile Phones

  • Galaxy A 2017 series in SA: what you’ll be paying

    Samsung has announced that its 2017 Galaxy A series smartphones have launched in South Africa, delivering IP68 water-resistance and fingerprint scanners across the board. As for prepaid pricing, you'll be looking at R5999 for the Galaxy A3, R7499 for the Galaxy A5 and R9499 for the Galaxy A7. The Galaxy A3 packs a 1.6Ghz octacore A53 processor (Exynos 7870), 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen and 2350mAh battery. Other than that, you've also got a 13MP f/1.9 main camera and 8MP selfie shooter. The A5 ups the ante, featuring a 1.9Ghz octacore A53 processor (Exynos 7880), 3GB of RAM,...

  • Huawei Nova launched in SA, but what about Plus?

    Huawei's Nova was launched last year, coming as an upper-mid range handset of sorts. But the company has finally brought the phone to South Africa, coming in at R6999. The Nova packs a battery-sipping but not quite flagship Snapdragon 625 processor (seen in the power-efficient Moto Z Play), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 5-inch full HD screen. The device also stands out thanks to its solid 12-megapixel main camera, with 1.25 micron pixels for better low-light shots on paper. Otherwise, the device packs an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. Other notable specs include a 3080mAh battery and a rear-mounted...

  • LeEco Le 2 phone: Pinnacle responds to ‘dodgy ads’

    The LeEco Le 2 smartphone is one of the more capable handsets in its price bracket, being sold as a Takealot-exclusive. But we discovered that our review unit was pushing out questionable ads in the form of notifications. Tapping and holding on the notification revealed the offending app to (seemingly) be the preinstalled File Manager. We also conducted an AVG scan of the device, which labelled the File Manager as malware and the UC Browser app as adware. Takealot then decided to "delist" the phone pending an investigation by local distributor Pinnacle. It's worth noting that two subsequent scans (one by Kaspersky...

  • LeEco Le 2: Takealot-exclusive phone sending dodgy ads? [Update]

    Update: Takealot has told Gearburn that it will be delisting the phone while supplier Pinnacle sorts out the issue. "As with all our products, we specifically state that the device must be fit for purpose before it goes on sale, which it seems is not the case with this device -- as a result we've chosen to de-list the phone from our cellular department until the supplier can confirm that these errors have been rectified and we can be sure that we're offering a quality, reliable product to Takealot customers," the company wrote in an emailed response. For what it's worth,...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • Meizu M3 Note review: is this the budget phone for m3?

    The Chinese smartphone sector is still booming, with several major companies dominating proceedings. You've got Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo all duking it out for supremacy. Their efforts are being keenly felt in South Africa too, as the likes of Huawei and Xiaomi hit the market, delivering a mix of premium and budget-minded offerings. But another notable player making its way to South Africa is Meizu, in the form of the Pro 6 (review) and the M3 Note. We've already reviewed the Pro 6 though, finding a R7999 handset that, while solid, doesn't quite compare to other phones in its price...

  • Google Pixel 2: cheaper variant, waterproof design?

    The Google Pixel was one of the most well-received phones of 2016, packing a fast processor, solid design and Google's Daydream VR suite. However, the phone's best asset was its 12MP main camera, packing some class-leading low-light performance. Now, 9to5 Google has reported some interesting information about the Pixel 2, citing "a source that has been reliable in the past". According to the publication, a waterproof design is "still on the table" for the Pixel 2. The device is expected to have a price increase of at least US$50 as well. The Google Pixel 2 looks like a solid evolution over last...

  • Is this the LG G6? Apparently so… [Photo]

    Mobile World Congress is just a few weeks away, with the LG G6 set to be one of the most high-profile device reveals at the exhibition. But it appears as if we've just gotten a first proper look at the device. The Verge has peeled the curtain back on the new handset, revealing a tantalising glimpse of the phone's top half. And what we've got is a phone that looks visually appealing -- at least to this writer. The phone appears to have a rather fetching metal and glass design, with multiple antenna lines as well. But fans of the G2,...

  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • Samsung reveals final cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires [Infographic]

    Samsung held a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on Monday morning (3am SAST), where it revealed the full results of the investigation into Galaxy Note 7 fires. The company said that its investigation, as well as three independent investigations found the batteries to be the cause of the problem. However, the big takeaway was that two separate issues were experienced -- the battery from the first recall had a different issue to the battery from the second recall. The first battery's negative electrode was "deflected" in the upper-right corner of the battery pack, Samsung explained. The company added that an additional factor...