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  • 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...

  • Here’s what to know before buying a R1000 smartphone [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of monthly articles on Gearburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This week, we look at the key numbers and specifications to look out for when buying a R1000 smartphone. Budget smartphones are the lifeblood of many emerging markets, being used by the majority of citizens. After all, who can afford a R11 000 smartphone, right? However, you don't want to get duped by an overpriced store -- use our guide to buying a R1000 smartphone. How much power should you be getting? Generally speaking, your R1000 (and under) mobile device will...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 official: so what’s new?

    Xiaomi has officially taken the wraps off the Redmi 4 smartphone, coming in standard, Pro and Redmi 4A flavours. The standard Redmi 4 comes with a budget-minded Snapdragon 430 processor (1.2Ghz octacore A53), 2GB RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 13MP main camera and a 5-inch 720p display. In other words, it's nigh-on identical to the Redmi 3 (review), which packs a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 616 chip. Want better features? Then the Pro model might be for you, featuring a more capable Snapdragon 625 processor (2Ghz octacore A53), 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, 16MP main camera and a 5-inch 1080p display. The...

  • Qualcomm teases new OnePlus phone – OnePlus 3T coming?

    Chipmaker Qualcomm has teased a new OnePlus smartphone, powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 processor. "Something new from @OnePlus is on the way… and it's powered by our #Snapdragon 821 processor. Stay tuned," the silicon giant tweeted. Reports claim that the Chinese company is planning to launch a OnePlus 3T smartphone, effectively being a slightly upgraded version of this year's OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3T will almost certainly be powered by a Snapdragon 821 chip According to Android Authority, the phone could support Google's Daydream VR initiative, the same 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED display as the previous phone, 64GB of storage and up to...

  • LG V20: can you record clear audio at a concert?

    The LG V20 is easily the most-hyped smartphone of the year when it comes to audio capabilities. Between the quad-DAC hardware and Hi-Res Audio support, the firm is positioning their phone as an audio playback beast of note. However, LG has also sold the V20 on its audio recording abilities, featuring three high-quality microphones, an HD audio recorder app and Hi-Res Audio recording support in the camera. In fact, when using the camera app, users can adjust the microphone directivity, low-cut filter, gain and LMT (limiter) features, giving a range of hitherto unseen audio recording options. So then, just how does it...

  • Wileyfox Swift review: fantastic little floof

    You have R2500 sitting in your pocket for a phone. You don't fancy taking out a contract because hidden costs and flagship phones are ridiculous overkill. You're looking for a device that can snap the odd picture, send the odd message and looks like something a little more expensive. If that describes you, the Wileyfox Swift might be a good option. When the UK company launched last year I honestly thought "Oh God, not another smartphone company making the same old cheap Android crap, flooding the already stool-filled market with more drab". But thankfully, I was wrong, the Wileyfox Swift, even...

  • HTC Bolt looks like a challenger to LG V20 audio throne

    LG has been making a big song and dance about its new V20's audio capabilities, but the HTC Bolt could be lining up to take on the Korean manufacturer. According to slides obtained by TechnoBuffalo, the HTC Bolt will bear a resemblance to the HTC 10 and One A9, albeit with IP57 water resistance. As for internal specs, the slides don't mention much in the way of horsepower, but do claim a 3200mAh battery, 8MP selfie shooter and a 16MP f/2.0 main camera with optical image stabilisation. We're glad to see the HTC Bolt (reportedly) being the latest phone with solid audio...

  • 9 things you should know about the Huawei Mate 9

    The Huawei Mate 9 has been revealed this week, making for quite a step up from the Mate 8. And that's before we get into the limited edition Porsche Design variant of the phablet. But, if anything, what should you know about the new phone? Well, here are nine key takeaways to keep in mind. The Kirin 960 chip is a beast Huawei's in-house HiSilicon processors have traditionally been good but not great, stepping up to great territory with last year's Kirin 950 chipset. However, the processor still had a few weak spots, namely the lack of 4K recording support and a...

  • LG V20 first impressions: three cameras, two screens, one phone

    Every company has its fair share of bad ideas. Some are worse than others, and some tend to live in the zeitgeist for quite some time. Even so, the key for any firm is to recover from them. For LG, the G5 is more a scar than a beauty spot on the company's past, but the device did give the Korean manufacturer plenty of room to improve. And that improvement now arrives in the form of the LG V20. Although the LG V20 isn't quite a successor to the G5, it takes its older brother's content creation philosophy and builds on...

  • Huawei Mate 9: a Daydream-ready phablet powered by Kirin 960

    We all knew the Huawei Mate 9 was coming today, but the Chinese firm has made the phablet official. The rumours were true for the most part, as the new device is powered by the in-house Kirin 960 chipset (four 2.4Ghz A73 cores and four 1.8Ghz A53 cores), being the first mobile chips to adopt the new cores in lieu of A72 cores. The new chip also drastically ups the graphical ante (which was HiSilicon's Achilles Heel), featuring a new Mali G71 octacore GPU, as opposed to the T880 quad-core GPU used in the P9 and Mate 8. In fact, Huawei claims a...