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  • Razer Phone ‘leaked’ on UK retailer’s website, packing 120Hz display

    The Razer Phone has been teased by the eponymous company for several weeks now, but it would appear that some of the phone's specs have leaked. Yep, redditors spotted a listing for the phone on online retailer 3G's website (being an affiliate of the Three network), so what should you know? Well, for starters, the retailer claims that the Razer Phone will have a 5.72-inch IGZO LCD display with a very slick 120Hz refresh rate and wide colour gamut. Otherwise, the listing also claims Dolby Atmos sound via dual front-facing speakers and a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+. Meanwhile, in the camera department,...

  • India overtakes US to be second biggest smartphone market

    It's taken a little bit of time, but the latest smartphone stats from Canalys show that India has overtaken the United States for smartphone shipments. According to the tracking firm, India is now in second place, hitting the 40 million mark for the first time as well. "There are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, with more vendors arriving every quarter. In addition, India has one of the most complex channel landscapes, but with low barriers to entry. Growth will continue. Low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE are the main drivers," said Canalys analyst (heh) Ishan...

  • This neural network can enhance your low-quality photos [Update]

    Update, 8.10am, 31 October 2017: Project member Andrey Ignatov has revealed more details on what the neural network improves. "Enhanced images improve the non-enhanced ones in several aspects, including (but not limited to) colorisation, resolution and sharpness," Ignatov told Gearburn via email. "The degree of improvement typically depends on a particular camera model: the lower the original quality is, the higher improvement can be introduced (sic)." Does the introduction of AI chips in smartphones mean we could see this feature come to mobile devices? "We believe that it would be possible soon to run such algorithm directly on a mobile device, since the...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 coming to SA – report

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix caught our eyes last year, popularising the current-trend of high screen/body ratio smartphones. Unfortunately, we didn't receive the phone in South Africa, but that could change with the Mi Mix 2. In an interview with MyBroadband, MIA Group CEO RJ van Spaandonk said that the Mi Mix 2 is indeed coming to the country. It's believed that the phone will have a price tag in the R10 500 range. "That is what Xiaomi tries to do -- it offers premium features, but comes in 40% to 50% cheaper than current flagships," van Spaandonk was quoted as saying. The Mi...

  • Watch: does Samsung’s ad take subtle jab at Pixel 2 XL screen?

    Google received a ton of negative attention after several tech publications reported screen burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL display. The phenomenon is to be expected, but these publications reported burn-in after less than two weeks with the device. Now, Samsung has uploaded a new 30 second advertisement to YouTube, "coincidentally" touting the screen quality of the Galaxy S8 (review) and Galaxy Note 8. In a smart move, the advertisement merely consists of prominent tech reviewers praising the display quality. Prominent channels featured include MKBHD, MrMobile and Unbox Therapy. It's not just a subjective thing either, as benchmarking website DisplayMate gave the "best display"...

  • Google Pixel 2 XL drama: Google announces two year warranty

    The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL haven't enjoyed the smoothest smartphone launches ever, owing to several reported issues. It's clear that the Pixel 2 XL has more negative press though, after numerous tech websites reported that their review units were suffering from screen burn-in. The burn-in was even more glaring as it occurred after less than two weeks with the review units. Now, Google has announced some findings. And you might be surprised with the results... "Regarding differential aging , we put all of our products through extensive quality assurance before launch and in the manufacturing of every...

  • Will SA retailers have enough Nintendo Switch stock for holidays?

    More than half a year after its release and the Nintendo Switch is still enjoying chart-topping sales around the world. The hybrid console has also seen a steady stream of quality games and third-party goods. Now, with the holiday season around the corner, it got us wondering about possible Switch shortages in the country for the Christmas rush. "It's our must-have for gamers (and non-gamers alike!) this season; we will have limited stock at the current price, but there should be sufficient stock in South Africa for festive ," said Takealot marketing representative Lucie Bartlett in an emailed response to...

  • Android 8.1 official: so what’s new in this version?

    Android 8.0 hasn't even made its way to a quarter of smartphones, but Google doesn't care. No, it's pressing ahead with Android 8.1, bringing a couple of solid improvements to the table. The company's Dave Burke announced the developer preview this week, also revealing features we can expect in this iteration. The first major improvement? That'll be for Android Go devices. "Android 8.1 includes a set of memory optimisations for Android Go configurations (1GB or less of memory). We've added new hardware feature constants so you can now target the distribution of your apps and APK splits to normal or low-RAM devices running Android 8.1...

  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp announced for mobile [Video]

    We already knew that Nintendo was planning an Animal Crossing title for smartphones, now, the company shed more light on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Coming to Android and iOS as a free-to-play title, Pocket Camp swaps out houses for tents, as you become a camp manager. "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a game about exploring nature, making friends, and collecting cool items to help you create the campsite of your dreams!" read an FAQ on the website. Otherwise, as the below video shows, it still seems like a familiar experience for series fans. So that means collecting (and placing) furniture, going fishing, gathering...

  • iPhone 8 sales sluggish, consumers waiting for iPhone X?

    Apple's iPhone 8 went on sale last month and you'd expect sales to be fantastic. But reports find that the 2017 models just aren't selling as well as the iPhone 7. A report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales to account for 16% of US sales for the quarter ending 1 October. How does that stack up to previous sales? "On the other hand, in the same time frame last year, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales. Two years ago, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus represented 24% of sales....