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Mobile Phones

  • Mediatek taking ‘a bit of a break’ from flagship chips [Exclusive]

    When it comes to high-end smartphone processors, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, Apple's A11, Samsung's Exynos 8895, Huawei's Kirin 970 and Mediatek's Helio X30 are considered the top dogs. But if any processor failed to live up to expectations, it was Mediatek's chip. Far from seeing a ton of volume, the decacore Helio X30 only saw buy-in from Meizu (Pro 7 Plus) and Elephone (X8 Lite), coming nowhere near the success of the Helio X20 and rival brands. Now, Mediatek's general manager for international sales, Finbarr Moynihan, told Gearburn that the company is taking a break of sorts from flagship chips to focus on "new...

  • Huawei takeaways: from 2018 flagships to Huawei Pay

    The South African launch of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Edition took place last night, delivering key details on the two handsets. We also got the chance to interview Zhao Likun, general manager of Huawei South Africa's consumer business group. So here's what you should know... The Mate 10 Porsche is very expensive We already obtained MTN's pricing for the two phones and, surprisingly enough, they are cheaper than the recommended retail price. As for the actual recommended price? You're looking at R17 999 and R26 999. The latter is over R3000 cheaper. Here's hoping the yellow network doesn't pull a...

  • No new Nova devices for South Africa – Huawei

    The Huawei Nova was a bit of a mixed bag in South Africa, owing to great specs but an expensive R6999 price tag. There was a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 chip, a camera that delivered the goods and slick design, but the similarly equipped Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 came in at a much cheaper price. Still, with prices now as low as R4499 online, the Nova is finally looking like great value for money. So when will the Huawei Nova 2 or Nova 2i launch in the country? Unfortunately, this isn't on the cards. Zhao Likun, general manager of Huawei South Africa's consumer...

  • 5 older budget smartphones that are still worth buying [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time, we look at older budget phones that still warrant a look. Not everyone can afford this year's crop of mid-range smartphones (nevermind the latest flagship devices). But that doesn't mean you have to buy an ultra low-end device... Instead, why not opt for a mid-range device from last year or the year before? Sure, it'll be a few Android updates behind and it might not be as smooth as today's flagships, but these budget smartphones...

  • Mate 10 Pro, Porsche get priced for SA – they aren’t cheap

    Huawei has finally revealed pricing for its Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche edition smartphones. And they won't be a bargain by any measure. The Mate 10 Pro is set to have a prepaid price of R17 999, while the Porsche Design variant packs an eye-watering R26 999 price tag. By comparison, MTN's own pricing last week listed the phones at R17 379 and R23 449 respectively. The two phones sport a Kirin 970 chipset with Neural Processing Unit, the latter enabling faster and offline AI tasks. Otherwise, a 4000mAh battery, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and 6GB of RAM are also shared...

  • Next Huawei flagship due for H1 2018, to use Mate 10 silicon [Exclusive]

    Huawei's Kirin 970 is one of the more advanced mobile processors right now, owing to the inclusion of an AI chip. The Kirin 970 currently powers the Huawei Mate 10, but history usually tells us that the Mate processor will power the next P-series flagship. For example, the Kirin 950 powered both the Mate 8 and P9, while the Kirin 960 powered both the Mate 9 and P10. So it stands to reason that the P11, or whatever it's called, would be powered by the new chip, right? Now, Zhao Likun, general manager for Huawei South Africa's consumer business group, has...

  • Watch: Samsung’s latest video takes aim at iPhone once again

    Samsung is no stranger to attacking Apple in its marketing, with The Next Galaxy campaign being one of the more successful in the tech industry. Now, the company is back with a new ad spot, showing how Samsung's Galaxy phones were apparently always one step ahead. The ad charts an iPhone user's journey through the years, as they suffer misfortunes that they normally wouldn't experience on a Samsung device (for the most part). From large screens and expandable storage to water-resistant designs, it does a solid job of showing Samsung beating Apple to the punch. Check it out below.

  • 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...

  • 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...