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  • Xiaomi’s budget Redmi 4A released in South Africa

    A few weeks ago, we were tipped off about the Xiaomi Redmi 4A being listed by Incredible Connection. Now, Afrihost has made it official, launching the budget smartphone in South Africa. The Redmi 4A packs a budget-minded Snapdragon 425 chip (quad core A53), 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, dual SIM design and 16GB of expandable storage. In other words, it's similar to the Redmi 2 Pro in many ways. This extends to the camera department too, packing a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main shooter and a 5MP selfie camera. Otherwise, you can expect an IR blaster, microUSB (not USB Type-C) and a...

  • PlayStation 4 Pro gets Boost Mode for non-Pro titles

    Microsoft's Xbox One S was notable for more than just its HDR gaming capabilities, as the machine also received a modest GPU speed boost (roughly 8%). This translated to smoother performance in some games. Now, Sony has quietly enabled a PS4 Pro feature, dubbed Boost Mode, that also yields performance improvements. First spotted by NeoGAF, the Boost Mode is available as a toggle within the system menu, offering performance gains for games that haven't been patched for the PS4 Pro. "Experience improved gameplay, including higher framerates, for some games that were released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 Series). Turn this off...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #7: Our GOTY for 2016 as well as the future of 2017

    Quite a few games have been released in 2017 at this stage, with some already great, such as Yakuza 0, while others pretty meh. Join Andy and the Burn team as they discuss their 2016 Games Of The Year as well as what they've played so far and what they're looking out for this year. If you like what you hear and would like to comment, add a suggestion or share your valued opinion with us, catch us on Twitter @gearburn. Feel free to drop a comment in the comment section below, or on our SoundCloud page. Be sure to subscribe to...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • Pinecone: Xiaomi’s first in-house chip to power Mi 5c?

    All the big mobile players have their own in-house chip designs. Apple has its A-series, Huawei has HiSilicon and Samsung has Exynos. Now, it seems like Xiaomi will be joining the club too, with its Pinecone range of chips. According to My Drivers (Google Translate) and Android Headlines, Xiaomi will slap its own in-house processor into the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5c. For the uninitiated, the Mi 5c is a slightly cheaper version of the Mi 5, following in the Mi 4c's footsteps. So what kind of chip can you expect from the Chinese brand? According to the reports, the processor will be...

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue [PS4] review

    The Kingdom Hearts series has been an interesting part of gaming culture since 2002. This mega cross-over between Disney and Square Enix has spawned a massive series that spans a number of consoles. With the next chapter in the series, Kingdom Hearts III, reportedly still a long way away, both companies seem to be tiding fans over with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. This new collection features a movie, a re-release, and a brand new game in the series. For this review, I’ll be looking at the collection -- shortened to KH2.8 -- as an overall package and not individual titles. After all,...

  • The Last Guardian gets $20 drop, but what about SA?

    Say what you will about The Last Guardian, but you can't deny that it's one of the most important Sony releases of this generation. In any event, Sony has confirmed that the PS4 title has received a permanent US$20 price cut in the United States, which means the game can be acquired for US$40. But what about South Africa? Does the price cut affect us? Fortunately, Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has confirmed that South Africa will be receiving a price cut as well. A representative confirmed that the new suggested price for South Africa is R699.99, down from R999 at launch. It's worth noting that...

  • PlayStation 4 finally getting external HDD support in next update

    Oh, and it's getting some other features as well. It seems as though Sony is finally listened to fans and will be implementing external hard drive support for games in its forthcoming 4.50 firmware update. It's not like the Xbox One and Wii U have had that for quite a while now (yeah, we know that neither console has upgradeable internal storage). The feature will be compatible with external hard drives up to 8TB in size and will only work with USB 3.0 devices. Sony also announced a slew of other features included with the update, of which there is no ETA yet. PlayStation 4...

  • LeEco Le 2: does this R3900 phone have a good camera? [Photos]

    Aside from this week's weird review unit issues, we really dig the LeEco Le 2 smartphone, being exclusive to Takealot. At around R3900, you're getting loads of bang for your buck, in the form of a powerful Snapdragon 652 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a solid 1080p display. In saying so, bargain-priced handsets often falter in the camera department, so how does the Le 2 fare? Well, it's got a 16MP f/2.0 main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. We've been using it for a few weeks, so here are a few samples for your perusal. [burngal title= "LeEco...

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is 70% off on Steam

    I love the Deus Ex franchise, but I've only just recently sunk my teeth into Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. After all, AAA games aren't cheap on console. Fortunately, discounts happen all the time for PC gamers, with Mankind Divided available for R149.70 as part of a franchise sale on Steam. The title is usually available for R499, representing a 70% discount. Don't care for Mankind Divided? Then Human Revolution Director's Cut is available for R54.75. Prefer the god-awful (it's actually decent in its own right) Deus Ex: Invisible War? Expect to pay just R19. Otherwise, former mobile title Deus Ex: The Fall is available...