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  • Did you know these smartphone brands are in SA?

    We've seen Apple and Samsung rule the roost for a while now, but emerging market brands have taken over the world. South Africa is no different, with Huawei taking the top throne and Xiaomi making in-roads as well. But did you know there are more emerging brands that are actually available or will be available in South Africa? We pick a few you should keep an eye on. OnePlus One of the more popular brands at the moment, OnePlus popularised the idea of a more affordable flagship smartphone. Currently available as a Takealot exclusive, the OnePlus 3 is a beast of note, packing a...

  • Exclusive: ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets SA launch date, price

    Chinese mobile firm ZTE has confirmed launch details and pricing for the ZTE Axon 7 Mini smartphone in South Africa. Three representatives at AfricaCom told Gearburn that the Axon 7 Mini would be coming to the country in December, being available from the likes of Edcon and TFG. As for a price, the representatives said that the phone would be coming in at R6999. The phone has a US$300 price tag in the USA. What about the Axon 7 though? Well, the company has mooted a January launch instead. The two phones stand out from the pack thanks to a rather fetching metal...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #3: are big companies neglecting the budget smartphone space?

    Hey you, using that swanky flagship over there, have you ever stopped to think if companies are doing enough for budget smartphone users? It's great if you can tote a R14 000 metal slab around, but what about those who can't? What about those users who need a simple, cheap and reliable tether to the digital world? In this week's episode, we focus chiefly on the budget smartphone space. Sure, it might not be as sexy as the Gorilla Glass- and USB Typc-C monsters atop the hierarchies, but they are important. If anything, when companies limit themselves to a strict...

  • ZTE’s Axon 7 is another Chinese flagship that brings the goods

    ZTE is no stranger to powerful, aesthetically pleasing smartphones - look at the Nubia Z9 for proof. But the Chinese company is putting the mobile industry on alert with its latest handset, the Axon 7, which was revealed yesterday. For starters, the Axon 7 looks like an HTC One thanks to that aluminium design, complete with antenna strips on the back and front-facing speakers on the front. In a rather interesting move, the company teamed up with BMW subsidiary Designworks to design the handset. The device is very competitive in the power department, delivering a flagship-quality Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM...

  • Samsung sells more phones than Apple in the US, LG comes in third

    I think we can now say that 2016 has been a pretty torrid year for Apple. After its woes with the FBI, the timid introduction of the iPhone SE, and its recent legal dispute in China, the company has now relinquished its top sales step in the US to its main rival -- Samsung. After close to a year in second place, Samsung has finally sold more of its smartphones in the United States than Apple, a feat that we don't see all that often in the modern era. According to Hong-Kong based research company, Counterpoint Research (spotted by Business Korea),...

  • 4 big smartphone surprises of MWC 2016

    Samsung greatly improved the Samsung Galaxy formula with the S7. LG took a bold new leap into the modular unknown with the LG G5. And arguably, those two devices stole the MWC 2016 show, right? Wrong. In fact, this year's event showcased some of the biggest surprises coming from other manufacturers. Thanks to the price of premium hardware steadily dropping, and manufacturers becoming more aware of niches in the market, the smartphone space has never been more interesting, or more competitive, than it is right now. Below are four of the biggest smartphone surprises of MWC 2016. Alcatel Idol 4S: basement VR...

  • ZTE Axon phablet packs 4GB RAM, two rear cameras for $449

    ZTE, like its Chinese compatriots, is making waves in the smartphone industry both at home and abroad, but it's making especially bold moves Stateside. The company has today in New York City launched a new unlocked phablet and flagship device, the ZTE Axon, which packs about as much hardware as a small tablet behind a relatively small 5.5-inch screen. The ZTE Axon comes with an impressive list of specs, including a Gorilla Glass 3 coated 2560x1440 screen (comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with a massive 4GB of RAM reservoir with 32GB of...

  • CES 2015 roundup part two: from Nvidia to ZTE

    In case you missed it: CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Arguably, the latter half of the alphabet holds companies that have really set the bar high at CES 2015, but the customary onslaught of TV screens with more than a necessary quota of pixels were also abundant. Apart from this annoyance, powering those screens also seemed an...

  • Upgraded ZTE Firefox OS smartphones to hit the US in 2014

    Earlier today, ZTE said that its range of Firefox OS phones will launch next year with larger screens, a dual-core CPU and a "revamped user interface". Over 100 000 ZTE Open phones have been sold so far, said a report by Techhive. The ZTE Open sold for R700 (US$79) and ZTE is hoping for sales of at least 200 000. When the phone arrives in 2014, it'll still be a low-priced device aimed at the "developing markets". ZTE is betting on the fact that Mozilla's mobile OS will hit the big time, due to the "entirely different experience" offered by Firefox OS....

  • ZTE aims for India with five new smartphones

    ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecom and mobile phone makers, plans to sell five new smartphones directly to India. This is the first time ZTE has marketed phones specifically for the Indian market. The five phones are priced from US$105 to US$270 according to The Next Web. ZTE is in it to win it, and will market, distribute and manage all sales of the mystery smartphones. It’s even going to ensure that post-sale customer service. ZTE has lofty goals in India, and wants to be one of the top three telecoms by 2016, says Xu Dejun, CEO of ZTE India....