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  • Gearburn’s guide to Huawei’s Kirin processors [Updated]

    Update, 17 October 2017: We've updated our guide to include the Kirin 970 chip (powering the Mate 10) and the mid-range Kirin 659 processor. Original article: We've already taken a look at Qualcomm's Snapdragon range and MediaTek's family of chips, showing you exactly what you're getting for your cash. Now, our eyes turn towards one of the newer players on the smartphone processor block. Yep, this time, we're looking at Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin chips. What kind of horsepower should you expect? How does a Kirin 960 differ from a Kirin 650? We answer all of this and more. The flagship processors Kirin 910/910T -...

  • Huawei Mate 10 coming to South Africa in November

    Update: Huawei has released a press statement, giving us a 6 November launch date in the country. "Consumers will be able to pre-order their devices online after our local launch on 6 November 2017," said Likun Zhao, GM, Huawei Consumer Business Group SA, in the statement. The statement also adds that South Africa will be receiving the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design edition. Original article: The Huawei Mate 10 has just been announced in Munich, but of course, we wanted to know when the phone would be coming to South Africa... Traditionally, the Mate phablet is announced at the end...

  • Huawei Mate 10 revealed, packing AI smarts and more

    After months of leaks and teases, Huawei has finally peeled the curtain back on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. So what should you expect then? There's a Kirin 970 processor with a neural processing unit (NPU) for AI functions, 4000mAh battery and a "FullView Display". The Mate 10 Pro differs by having IP67 water/dust resistance and a 2160x1080 OLED screen instead of a 2560x1440 display. Meanwhile, the standard Mate 10 packs IP53 spill/dust resistance and a 2560x1440 LCD screen. Both displays are HDR-capable, using the HDR10 standard. The Mate 10 Pro also differs by having slightly slimmer bezels, leading to...

  • Naughty Dog bites back over sexual harassment claim

    In the wake of headlines regarding sexual harassment by Hollywood bigwigs, prominent studio Naughty Dog is now in the spotlight following claims from a former employee. Former Naughty Dog designer David Ballard issued a series of tweets, saying that he had been harassed by a colleague in a more senior position. "In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward," his first tweet reads. In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. 1/ — David Ballard (@DBal) October 14, 2017 Ballard says that...

  • Razer smartphone ‘leaks’, but is it overhyped already?

    The past few days have seen a few leaks pertaining to Razer's upcoming smartphone, as well as a 1 November reveal date touted by the firm. Benchmark tests have purportedly found their way online too, showing a phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 2560x1440 display and a mammoth 8GB of RAM. The last stat has gained a ton of headlines, even though phones with 6GB or 8GB of RAM aren't really doing much with that. Heck, VR and video editing might be the only real uses for 6GB or 8GB of RAM at this point. In any event, aside from the RAM,...

  • Watch Huawei Mate 10 live-stream here at 1pm

    We all know that Huawei is planning to launch the Mate 10 in Munich today, the hype train having gone into effect months ago. We're expecting a phablet with a "FullView Display", tiny bezels, 4000mAh battery (or better) and a dual-camera setup on the back, for starters. We're also expecting two variants, in the form of a standard and Pro model -- don't be surprised if a Porsche variant and mid-range Mate 10 Lite are also revealed. Of course, the company has already revealed the Kirin 970 chip which will power the Mate 10. And we've got loads of details regarding the...

  • From VR to Pro support, here’s what to know about Gran Turismo Sport

    The latest entry in the mega-popular Gran Turismo franchise is but hours away from release, and many series fans will have already preordered Gran Turismo Sport. But what if you're on the wall about the title? Here's what you should know There is single-player content, but... Don't expect there to be a similar career mode as previous entries, as GT Sport is pretty much focused on online multiplayer. Esports is all the rage etc etc. We have a campaign mode, comprised of a driving school (think license tests), mission challenge (complete various racing challenges and compare results with friends), Circuit Experience (which has you...

  • Oukitel K10000 Pro review: a cheap, unspectacular, long-lasting brick

    I've been wanting to get my hands on the Oukitel K10000 for a long time now, ever since it was announced a year or so ago. After all, how many phones pack a massive 10 000mAh battery? That puts it in "power bank with a phone attached to it" territory. Then we saw the K10000 Pro being released (available for US$180 via Gearbest), featuring a camera bump and spec upgrade. But otherwise, the headline-grabbing battery size still remained. Of course, with such a massive battery, it's difficult to make a smartphone with a svelte body... Hardware Unbox the K10000 Pro and you've got...

  • Watch: Lewis Hamilton’s role in Gran Turismo Sport

    We're but a few days away from the 17 October release of Gran Turismo Sport, arguably one of the most important releases in the franchise's history. Featuring a heavy esports emphasis, it represents somewhat of a departure compared to previous entries. Now, developer Polyphony Digital has released a new video, detailing triple F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's involvement in the new game. "It has been announced that the three time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be appearing in 'Gran Turismo Sport' as the mentor and Maestro who will lead and guide the players," read an excerpt from the video description. Gran Turismo Sport...

  • iPhone 8 preorders kick off at iStore, starting at R13 499

    The iStore has announced that preorders have kicked off for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in South Africa, starting at R13 499 for the 64GB iPhone 8. The preorders are only for cash purchases however, it must be noted. Need more space? Then you'll want to spend an extra R3000 for the 256GB iPhone 8, coming in at R16 499. Want the iPhone 8 Plus? Then that'll cost R15 499 for the 64GB version and R18 499 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 will be competitively priced compared to the Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 and other rivals The iPhone 8 and iPhone...