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  • Is the iPhone 7 Plus camera any good? Photographer gives breakdown

    The iPhone 7 Plus sees Apple follow rival manufacturers with a dual camera setup, offering a traditional 12MP shooter and a 12MP telephoto camera. But does the phone deliver in the camera department as a result? Well, photographer Austin Mann took the smartphone to Rwanda and put the device to work. What did he think of it? For starters, Mann said alternating between the two cameras was "a blast" and changed the way he takes photos with the iPhone. The 2x zoom on the iPhone 7 Plus works in every mode "It works exactly as I hoped. It is super quick to switch between...

  • OnePlus 3 coming to South Africa through Takealot

    Update: According to an eagle-eyed Rick Bosch, specialist South African retailer Zeek Online already offers the OnePlus 3 for R9495. The site also sells a slew of OnePlus accessories, and the OnePlus 2 is also available for around R7995. Original article: We've been starved of new smartphone brands entering South Africa, with Xiaomi only recently touching down on our shores and ZTE making waves alongside FNB. But what about the other sleeping Chinese smartphone giant? What about OnePlus? Well, according to a new listing on Takealot, spotted by htxt.africa, the OnePlus 3 will be available to purchase in South Africa fairly soon. Still...

  • Huawei service centres open in Cape Town, Johannesburg

    Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei has today announced the opening of its first customer service centres in South Africa. The centres, based in Canal Walk, Cape Town, and Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, will "provide the finest service satisfaction under one roof", according to a press release. "Customers can look forward to dedicated services such as training sessions, on-site device repairs, free device engraving and an extensive range of accessories to choose from." Plugging into these service centres will be Huawei Select -- the company's premium service offering for the Huawei P8 and P9 range, the Mate S and the Mate 8 phablets. The...

  • Report: new Galaxy Note 7 won’t use Samsung batteries

    Samsung will no longer use batteries made by its subsidiary for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to a report out of South Korea. Instead, China's ATL will be making more batteries for the phablet, "industry sources" told Yonhap News. The South Korean firm apparently contacted ATL to request that four million more batteries be manufactured, the publication reported. Samsung's subsidiary was reportedly responsible for most of the Galaxy Note 7 batteries But to what extent does Samsung rely on its subsidiary for Note 7 batteries? Well, a Nomura Securities analyst says that roughly 70% of Note 7 batteries came from the subsidiary. ATL currently makes batteries for...

  • Rainmaker and Blek: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Another week, another look at the world of mobile games. We've scoured the internet for the latest titles you should download to your smartphone or tablet once again. Our favourites this week include a stock-trading title and a rather interesting puzzle game that uses gestures. Check all five picks below! White Ninja (free - Android, iOS) Another one of those infuriatingly tough twitch-based games, White Ninja was spotted by Pocket Gamer earlier...

  • ULED arrives: Hisense brings new TV tech to South Africa

    If you run a quick internet search for ULED technology right now, you'd be hard pressed to find any tangible details. It seems that it's a technology Hisense is massively proud of, but isn't exactly showering consumers with much technical detail. That is, until now. At an event on Tuesday in Johannesburg, the company pulled back the curtains (quite literally) on its new 4K ULED televisions, which were made known earlier this year in Australia. This event also gave Hisense a chance to brief journalists and retailers on its new tech, deliver a new war cry to other established brands, and...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon smartphones

    From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone's processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm's Snapdragon range powers scores of smartphones around the world. Not all of these chips are created equally though, so we looked at what you should be paying for phones with Snapdragon processors. Do bear in mind that some phones might fall above our pricing guidelines, owing to manufacturer greed, notable hardware features or other factors. The entry-level processors: Snapdragon 200 series The Snapdragon 200 series, including the 200, 208, 210 and 212 processors, are the cheapest Snapdragon processors in widespread use. These chips mainly use A7 cores in...

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection leaps onto consoles November

    Scaling walls, traversing rooftops and performing the Leap of Faith are but a few things that made the Assassin's Creed franchise such a success. More so, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, probably the most notable Assassin's Creed character, returns to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in a new collection. With the franchise selling over 100-million copies to date, and the release of the latest game just over a year away, fans of the franchise and new players alike have the opportunity to relive the Ezio saga. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection bundles three iconic AC games into one package The Ezio Collection...

  • 5 other dual camera smartphones you should know about

    To the die-hard fan and some casual observers, Apple is breaking new ground with the iPhone 7 Plus and its dual-camera setup. Although its use of optical zoom is certainly innovative, it's not the first time we've seen dual-camera features on a smartphone either. Plenty of mobile manufacturers have beaten Apple to the punch, using dual camera technology in some rather fascinating ways. Don't believe me? Then take a look at five examples... HTC One M8 It's technically not a dual camera system but rather a main camera paired with a depth sensor. In any event, the HTC One M8 (review) still offers...

  • Xiaomi Mi Max phablet is coming to South Africa

    It's been a while since the Xiaomi Mi Max was first launched, but the massive phablet is making its way to South Africa. Well... if you take a look at local distributor MIA Group's website. The company has updated its website to feature the phablet, adding that consumers will get a free cover with each purchase. Unfortunately, the company hasn't added a price or release date, merely calling on people to sign up to be notified of availability. As for specs, the phone is packing the same Snapdragon 650 chip as the Redmi Note 3, 3GB of RAM, a hybrid SIM slot, full HD screen, 16MP...