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  • Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact to ditch headphone jack?

    Sony's renowned for its decades-long audio credentials, but a new report claims that the company is getting rid of its all-important headphone jack on its upcoming flagship smartphones. According to Swedroid.se (via Xperia Blog), citing an "industry source", both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will ditch the 3.5mm jack. How Sony will spin this, we don't know, but if it's like any other company, we imagine they'll cite water/dust resistance, battery capacity and/or general space considerations. Otherwise, the publication reports that both devices will have a rear fingerprint scanner (as opposed to the side-mounted scanner of previous devices), a Snapdragon...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...

  • Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra set for April launch in SA

    The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra were the two best mobile offerings from the Japanese firm at CES 2018, delivering some solid upgrades over last year's models. We already know about international availability of the phones, but what about South Africa? Well, the company's local representatives told Gearburn that you can expect a local launch in April 2018. The two phones share a mid-range but efficient Snapdragon 630 processor, a USB Type C port, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 23MP main camera that's been a fixture on recent mid-range Sony phones. Otherwise, the standard XA2 offers 3GB of RAM, 32GB...

  • Sony at CES 2018: $30k projector, new budget phones and more

    Sony is a firm fixture at CES, using the event to showcase its broad range of tech products. So what did the company show off at this year's expo? A projector you can't afford Projectors seem to be growing in popularity at CES, so it's no surprise to see Sony return with a swanky 4K projector in 2018. The LSPX-A1 short throw projector will retail for US$30 000 price tag when it launches in the USA in spring. For the price, you're getting 4K HDR quality stretched out over 120 inches -- ideal for Mario Kart multiplayer and Horizon: Zero Dawn sessions. The projector...

  • Pippa’s guide to the 5 best gaming gifts this festive season

    Games are always a good buy for THAT person in your house (my household is full of them!), because it means they'll get hours of enjoyment out of them, especially if there's someone they can play them with. You know your partner/really close friend you don't mind spending money on/child is desperate for a new game this Christmas but you have NO idea what to get them. Maybe they've just got a new console and they need games to play on it, or maybe they're just finished playing everything else on their list and are searching for something new and...

  • 5 good 2017 smartphones that just missed out on greatness

    We've already looked at a few smartphones that you should certainly avoid, but what about solid or good smartphones that just miss out on greatness? Whether it's a significant flaw or a few missteps in an otherwise solid package, here are a few good smartphones that don't quite reach giddy heights. LG G6 I really enjoyed using the LG G6, representing a return to form of sorts for the company. The improved wide-angle camera, water-resistant design and tall screen all came together to make a lovely package. The phone felt rather durable too, while endurance was solid enough for a full day of...

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • Watch: all the new PlayStation reveals from Paris Games Week

    Paris Games Week has kicked off and, while it's not as massive as E3 and the like, it still plays host to some noteworthy reveals and trailers. Sony used the event to reveal a few new games, such as Spelunky 2 (coming first to PlayStation and PC) and Ghost of Tsushima. Check them out below.

  • That was quick: Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets Oreo update

    Sony's Xperia XZ Premium (review) wasn't perfect by any measure, but it's certainly one of the more exciting smartphones launched this year. Now, the Japanese company has announced that it's launching the Oreo update (Android 8.0) for the handset. So what should you expect? For starters, the device will be getting the 3D scanning tool, first seen on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. "It lets you scan your face, head, food or any object, rendering it as a 3D avatar or free-form image in less than 60 seconds, and makes it easy to share on social media with friends or 3D...

  • Sailfish X: would you spend €50 an alternative, incomplete mobile platform?

    Don't care for Android, iOS or the comatose Windows 10 Mobile? Then what about Sailfish X? Yep, the mobile platform, coming from former Nokia employees, is now available for the Sony Xperia X. Bringing Android app support, a Meego/BlackBerry 10-style multitasking screen and a dedicated screen for social media, it's certainly different, to say the least. However, there are a few caveats that only make Sailfish X a curiosity at this stage... For starters, platform holder Jolla is charging an eye-watering €49.90 for this particular flavour of operating system -- you can get full-fledged smartphones at that price. "The basic image of Sailfish OS...