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  • Leaked Huawei P Smart 2019 features a teardrop notch

    The Huawei P Smart has been one of the company's best performing devices in South Africa, and it looks like we might be in for a revision in the new year. Leaked by German tech site WinFuture, the Huawei P Smart 2019, as it's referred to, will feature a 6.2 inch LCD screen with a 2340x1080 resolution. This is the Huawei P Smart 2019. More official pics: https://t.co/x79ydnZ85J pic.twitter.com/61PXuuXFDb — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) 23 November 2018 There's no obscene notch on this model either as it steps away from the P10-era design language. Like the Mate 20, the P Smart 2019 will have...

  • Honor’s gunning for SA’s biggest smartphone brands in 2020 plan

    Honor, Huawei's e-brand, is seriously ambitious. The company this week, alongside the launch of its 8X flagship, announced its intention to become one of South Africa's top three smartphone brands by 2020. But is it an attainable and realistic goal? The brand's CEO for South Africa Raymond Liu believes that it is. "In some markets we need to go even faster than headquarter's strategy," Liu told Gearburn in an interview, suggesting that the fast-paced South African mobile market is one of the company's key regions. Notably, this target doesn't just include the Honor 8X, but will also include the company's two other...

  • Sony’s compact, long-lens Cyber-shot RX100 VI hits South Africa

    Ultraportable pocket cameras have largely been usurped by smartphones, but there are a select number of scenarios where an actual camera shines. This, at least, is Sony's perception of the camera market. The Japanese camera maker has announced the availability of its Cyber-shot RX100 VI premium compact camera, which "combines portability, flexibility, fast responsiveness and professional image quality, making it an ideal choice for capturing daily life, cityscapes, portraiture, sports, and wildlife," Sony notes. From the outside, it might seem pointless to continue making these cameras -- Sony currently offers five snappers of its RX compact range in South Africa -- but...

  • Honor officially arrives in South Africa, debuts the swanky 8X

    Huawei has a fairly thick smartphone portfolio in South Africa, but on Tuesday night the company introduced its "e-brand" to the country. Although you could purchase its phones for a good few months already, Honor officially announced its presence in South Africa, and with it, the 8X flagship. At R5499, it's an interesting device, with a keen focus on aesthetics, entertainment, and a marketing slant that vehemently targets active, young, flat white-indulging colour-running Millennials. A vast swathe of Honor's presentation deck centres on the device's design cherry-topped by the incredibly shiny rear plate, and two-tone finish. It's available in black, blue, and...

  • Phonesoap 3 review: a cleansing cocoon for your smartphone?

    The Phonesoap is one of the strangest devices I've reviewed this year. Actually, make that all time. It's not a phone, nor is it a bar of glycerine and antiseptic. Instead, it's a plastic cocoon in which you place your phone, or any other device, for disinfecting. "But I always wipe my phone before I use it," you mutter to yourself. But believe it or not, this does little to kill the bacteria and other pathogens on your device. Studies suggest that the average smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat, and this issue becomes more prevalent when you share your device...

  • This is the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact with two notches

    If you didn't think the notch was a terrible fad and deliberate design flaw yet, this new device from Sharp will change your mind. Dubbed the Aquos R2 Compact, the phone does remind us of the old Sony compact days. And yes, it too boasts some pretty sweet specs. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and a 22.6MP camera for good measure. But, it has one, nay, two small issues. There's a notch on top, and a notch at the bottom. The 120Hz 5.2 inch screen still boasts a 2280x1080 resolution, but one notch houses the 8MP selfie camera,...

  • MTN announces KaiOS feature phone for South Africa

    MTN, along with telecoms giant China Mobile and semiconductor firm UNISOC has announced its first "smart feature phone" that runs on KaiOS. KaiOS, which was borne as a fork of Firefox OS, gives users the basic functionalities of a smartphone, like apps and Google services, without the price premium. "As MTN we are proud to be part of this partnership that supports our ambitions to deepen digital inclusion in our markets," said Rob Shuter, MTN's president and CEO. "This initiative contributes to the achievement of one of our key goals to provide affordable data enabled handsets to our customers, and by so...

  • Samsung debuts Exynos 9820 chipset with NPU, 8K video recording

    Samsung has today announced its latest flagship smartphone chipset, the Exynos 9820. While it might sound pretty similar to the outgoing 9810 in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, it's a notable bump. For one, the chip is based on the 8nm process, a slight shrink from the 9810's 10mm process. It also features a tri-CPU cluster design, with two custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for low power usage. It's notable that Samsung has decided to forgo using the ARM Cortex-A76 cores that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's HiSilicon Kirin 980 employs. Nevertheless, the Samsung chip also features...

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature a cut-out selfie camera within the screen

    We're probably a few months and a festive season from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S10, but trust serial leaker Evan Blass to out some juicy information. The Venturebeat writer took to Twitter to divulge some S10 details. Firstly, Blass suggests the phone will feature a "punch hole" selfie camera up front. This isn't a notch in the traditional sense, but rather a hole within the screen itself that houses the camera. Few preliminary Galaxy S10 details: - "Punch hole" style selfie cam cutout (sounds like Infinity-O display). - Ultrasonic, in-display FPS - Three rear cameras (standard/wide/tele) - One UI over Android Pie — Evan Blass...

  • Samsung Galaxy F will launch in March 2019, report suggests

    After Samsung revealed its foldable smartphone/tablet concept early last week, "industry sources" chatting to Korea's Yonhap News believes that a consumer device is just on the horizon. The publication suggests that Samsung will launch a foldable smartphone alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 in March. "According to the sources, the South Korean tech giant plans to unveil the flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone in February, followed by the presumed foldable Galaxy F and another edition of the Galaxy S10 that runs on the 5G network in March," the publication's report reads. The phone, which has been called the Samsung Galaxy F, will feature a...