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  • Interview: HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela

    "It was overwhelming. We went to the meetings and people are coming and hugging, (saying) 'thank god you are bringing Nokia back'." This was according to HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela, speaking to Gearburn at the Nokia/HMD launch event in Johannesburg. The event officially welcomes Nokia-branded smartphones, running Android, to South Africa, Nummela, a long-time Nokia veteran, said that they "couldn't find a country in the world" that was unwilling to bring Nokia smartphones back. The Nokia-branded Android phones are shaping up to be very promising phones in their own right. But the company also launched the Nokia 3310 reboot, coming to...

  • Interview: Mobile kingpin ARM on what’s next in 2018

    Whether it's the architecture or actual hardware, UK-based ARM powers the vast majority of smartphones around the world today. Its architecture is licensed by the likes of Apple (and well, everyone), while their CPU and GPU designs are used by everyone from Alcatel to ZTE. In fact, there's pretty much a 100% chance that you've got a phone using their technology in some form. The company has kept itself busy in recent months, revealing its two latest CPU cores. For starters, we've got the Cortex-A75 core, being the latest in a line of regularly updated heavyweight CPU cores. More importantly for cheaper...

  • After being dumped by Apple, Imagination puts self up for sale

    Imagination Technologies has supplied Apple with graphics hardware for years now, being responsible for the GPUs used in iPhones and iPads. However, news broke earlier this year that Apple was dumping the company to use its own in-house graphics hardware for future iPhones. The immediate effect of that news saw Imagination's shares tank by over 60%. But the saga doesn't end there, as Imagination has announced that it has put itself up for sale. In a press release on its website, the company notes that "over the last few weeks it has received interest from a number of parties for a potential...

  • HMD CEO promises ‘two years’ of Android updates – Nokia 3 included

    The HMD/Nokia partnership has officially kicked off in South Africa, with the launch of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. These new handsets have a lot going for them, such as pure Android and an attractive price. But HMD Global is also promising plenty of updates for your device. "What we are now committing (to) is that whenever a consumer buys a device, two years from that we will do the updates..." HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela told Gearburn at the South African launch event. The Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 certainly support Android updates, but what about the...

  • SA gets official date, price for Nokia 5, Nokia 6

    We've previously covered MTN's pricing for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, while Cell C's leak earlier this week gave us tentative Nokia 6 pricing as well. HMD Global has since launched the Nokia 3 in South Africa, but what about the 5 and 6? At the HMD Global/Nokia launch event in Johannesburg, we got all the official details, starting with the Nokia 5. The Nokia 5 will indeed have a R2999 recommended price tag, being available from 28 June 2017. Your cash gets you a Snapdragon 430 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, an 8MP selfie camera, 13MP main...

  • What do reviewers think of OnePlus 5?

    The OnePlus 5 has only just been launched, but international reviewers have had it for a while now. So what do they think of the new smartphone then? We've gathered a few thoughts... Ars Technica The website's Ron Amadeo noted that it was the "best sub-$500 phone you can buy" right now. The writer points to the great "near-stock" Android software, speedier scrolling than the Galaxy S8 and US$479 price tag as being some of the upsides. However, Amadeo notes that the camera post-processing can be finicky (adding that low-light focusing is a problem) and that you'll be waiting for software updates that might...

  • ‘iPhone exists because Jobs hated Microsoft executive’

    Steve Jobs's hatred for a Microsoft executive drove him to create the iPhone and iPad, it has been claimed. "It began... because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That is the actual origin of it..." former iOS chief Scott Forstall told an audience at the Computer History Museum in California. "Steve's wife had a friend who was married to a guy who worked at Microsoft. Every time Steve had any social interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off," the iOS architect explained. The executive apparently boasted to Jobs that Microsoft had "solved" laptop and tablet computing, as well as stylus-driven computing. "Steve...

  • Alan Wake retro review: Twin Peaks meets Stephen King

    As most of us have probably heard by now, the narrative-driven horror shooter known as Alan Wake has been removed from all sales platforms following the expiry of various music licences. Fortunately, in light of this news the developers, Remedy Entertainment (Quantum Break, Max Payne), gave the game a ninety percent discount for a limited time, allowing users one last chance to grab the game before its indefinite withdrawal. If you're reading this and did not jump at that opportunity, I unfortunately have to inform you that the chance has passed. If you visit the Alan Wake Steam page right now,...

  • Cell C reveals prepaid price for Nokia 6

    Nokia-branded smartphones have come back to South Africa this month, with the Nokia 3 already available from networks. We also have Nokia 5 information, but what about the Nokia 6? Well, a Gearburn reader tipped us off to the appearance of the handset in Cell C's catalogue, coming in at a prepaid price tag of R4299. The tipster points out that Cell C's prices for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are slightly more expensive than MTN's prepaid pricing. The yellow network listed those two handsets at R2199 and R2999 respectively, while Cell C charges R2499 and R3599. In other words, the Nokia 6...

  • How big are MediaTek phones in Africa?

    Qualcomm is generally considered the big dog when it comes to smartphone processors, but MediaTek has been making waves in the budget space over the years. Powering everything from white-labelled devices and upcoming Chinese brands to established manufacturers, the chipmaker represents a stiff challenge for Qualcomm. But how does it fare on the continent, in terms of marketshare? "Although (it's) sometimes difficult to establish exact numbers based on market research, the estimated MediaTek marketshare in South Africa and Africa is approximately between 40% and 45% for smartphones," said Dominique Friedl, head of corporate sales for South and Sub Saharan Africa, in an...