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All posts by Andy Walker

  • First look: this is the new ‘cloud silver’ Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    Samsung did a damn good job of making its black and lavender Note 9's desirable, by flooding the market with its blue hero device. But a new colour combo is on the horizon for a select few. The company today announced that a silver sheen version of the Note 9 will be available in the US, and only the US for now. Officially called "cloud silver", the colour's about as neutral as you could get. If you love modern fridges, you'll love this colour. Additionally, the S Pen is also slathered in the new paint scheme. Have a look at all of...

  • Android Pie updates are arriving on the Nokia 7 Plus

    The Android 9.0 Pie update will today begin rolling out to users of the Nokia 7 Plus. The news was confirmed by HMD Global's chief product officer Juho Sarvikas. In a tweet published on Friday, Sarvikas revealed -- in a bit of a cringy post, tbh -- that the Android One phablet will receive Google's latest OS build. This comes just a few weeks after Pie was officially announced by Google. We are doing a phased roll-out to ensure quality. We will start with open markets and operators will follow shortly due to required approval process. Also note that we will roll out...

  • Nokia 5.1 arrives in South Africa for R3599

    The Nokia 5.1 is the latest HMD Global smartphone to hit South Africa. The mid-range device is powered by a Mediatek Helio P18 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD expansion slot. It will also feature a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display, with 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a 16MP primary camera, with phase detection autofocus. Up front, a wide-angle 8MP selfie camera can also be found. The Android One smartphone also features a rear fingerprint reader, an FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, WiFi 802.11 ac support, and NFC. Additionally, a 2970mAh battery keeps the lights...

  • The 256GB iPhone XS Max is Apple’s hottest new seller

    According to new information from everyone's favourite Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 6.5 inch iPhone XS Max is Apple's most popular new smartphone. And by some margin at that. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo highlighted that the "demand for XS Max is better than expected". How much better? Three-to-four times that of the much smaller 5.8 inch iPhone XS. "The gold and space-grey colors are significantly more popular than the silver. 256GB is the most popular, and 512GB is subject to a serious shortage because only Samsung can currently ship NAND Flash well," he continued. Samsung, interestingly, also uses its...

  • Poll: Gearburn readers want smartphones with a headphone jack

    Dear manufacturers, Gearburn readers really don't want you removing the headphone jack from your smartphones. According to a mini-poll which ran on our Facebook account earlier this month, 88% of respondents believed that phone makers should not remove the headphone jack. Just 12% believe that the modern smartphone is better without the 3.5mm port. More recently, phone manufacturers have been ditching the headphone jack en masse in favour of Bluetooth. Sony practically stripped the jack from its newer XZ models, following from the iPhone series in 2016. OnePlus's next smartphone, the 6T, will reportedly be the next device to not sport the jack. One...

  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite will cost R8999 in South Africa

    The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is heading to South Africa, the company officially announced on Friday. The phone -- the smallest member of the Mate 20 line -- was launched last month at IFA 2018. It largely adopts the aesthetics of current Huawei devices, featuring a notch and the central rear camera array similar to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. But it's not exactly small though. Keeping with the trend of larger screens, the Mate 20 Lite has a 6.3 inch screen with 2340x1080 resolution. Headlining the features is the phone's 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera, alongside a 2MP depth sensor. The rear...

  • Telkom announces contract pricing for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

    Telkom on Friday announced its contract pricing information for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Both phones are available to preorder from today, but will only ship come 28 September. But, if the cash pricing announced yesterday hasn't put you off, Telkom's offering one version of each device on its FreeMe contracts. For starters, the iPhone XS 64GB will start at R999pm for 24 months, this on the 1GB FreeMe package. This can however stretch to R1899pm for 24 months if you select the company's FreeMe Unlimited Package. The iPhone XS Max is also only offered in its 64GB guise,...

  • Samsung’s four camera Galaxy A7 will cost R8499 in South Africa

    The Samsung Galaxy A7 is now official, at least on paper. It might not be an S or Note series device, but Samsung thought it wise to put three cameras on the phone's rear plate. But we'll get into this later. For now, what you should know is that it's a 6.0 inch smartphone, keeping up with large, tall-screen trends of 2018. It's also an AMOLED panel, with 2220x1080. For the size though, it's pretty light, weighing in at just 168 grams. The Note 9, in comparison, is around 40 grams heavier. The Samsung Galaxy A7 also features an unnamed eight-core processor running...

  • Here’s how much Apple’s new iPhone range will cost in South Africa

    If you're looking to upgrade your iPhone in South Africa, you're going to need at least R21 999 to purchase a new XS. The iPhone XS and XS Max were revealed to the world earlier this month, and while we had a firm grasp on US pricing, the iStore today announced pricing for South Africa. The two models will arrive with three storage variations: 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. While users can pay off their devices over 37 months through the iStore's payment plan, it's the cash pricing that piqued our interest. The cheapest iPhone in the lineup -- the iPhone XS 64GB --...

  • Apple Watch Series 4 will start at R7999 in South Africa

    The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available for preorder in South Africa from 21 September, the iStore confirmed today. The Apple reseller announced that two face sizes -- 40mm and 44mm -- will also be sold. Additionally, two versions of the watch will also retail in South Africa: the standard Apple Watch Series 4 GPS, and the Nike+ Series 4 GPS. While the former will be available to purchase from 28 September, the latter will be sold from 5 October 2018. "Pre-ordering online on 21 September 2018 gives customers the benefit of reserving their purchase without having to queue and the...