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  • Have a tech question? These 5 Reddit subs are here to help

    If you have a question about a smartphone, computer or anything overtly tech related, there's no better place to ask than the internet. But sometimes, just punching your query into a search engine just doesn't help. That's where Reddit comes into its own. Better known for its memes and copypasta, the social content aggregator is also an excellent place to learn more about technology, or seek help with specific queries. Here are five of the best subs to frequent in this regard. r/BuildAPC As it says on the tin, r/BuildAPC is where you go if you're a first-time computer builder, or someone who needs...

  • Samsung leads the chip-buying war, but China’s firms are quickly gaining

    Samsung retained the title of top semiconductor buyer for 2018, according to a report by Gartner. The South Korean tech firm spent $43.4-billion on silicon throughout last year, up from $40.4-billion in 2017. Notably, that is a growth rate of 7.5% -- the lowest of the world's top ten. In second place, Apple spent more than $41-billion on chips, claiming 8.8% of the global market share. But the real conversation starter is the rise of Chinese companies. Huawei claimed third position ahead of Dell, spending $21.1-billion on semiconductors in 2018. That's a growth rate of 45.2% over the previous year, Gartner notes. Lenovo,...

  • Energizer set to launch 26 smartphones at MWC 2019

    It's weird when hip-hop artists suddenly become small business investors, or when car manufacturers make phones and fridges, right? Well, it's also pretty strange to hear that Energizer, perhaps best known as a battery company, plans to launch 26 new smartphones at MWC 2019. Okay, so perhaps these devices aren't made by Energizer per se, but rather French company Avenir Telecom which has previously made the company's devices. According to GSMArena, the company plans to divide these 26 devices into four distinct product lines each with their own strengths. The Power Max line, for instance, is set to boast a phone with...

  • 3 phones we can’t wait to see at MWC 2019

    The world's biggest annual smartphone expo is now just a few weeks away. MWC is like Christmas in February, but for smartphone journalists and power users. Each year, the globe's biggest brands -- combined with a few up and coming surprises -- descend on Barcelona to peacock their wares. But while some phones are almost confirmed to be showcased at the event, other manufacturers haven't quite made their intentions concrete. We take a look at the devices we'll definitely see launched in Spain in February, while rating the likelihood of the others making an appearance. Sony Xperia XZ4 Sony is set for a big...

  • iPhone 11 news and rumours: 3D camera tech in development

    Happy 2019, and say hello to a new set of iPhone leaks. The debut of Apple's incoming crop of iPhones may only be in September -- as is traditional -- but that doesn't mean the internet's going to stop talking about their possible features. Like Christmas carols in the mall, the news just keeps hitting our ears earlier and earlier each year. With that in mind, we take a look at all the iPhone 11/iPhone XI rumours as they emerge from the creases of social media and online forums. 30 January: Apple's working on a 3D camera for its next iPhone You can't just...

  • Huawei P Smart 2019 arrives in South Africa for R4999

    The Huawei P Smart 2019 is heading to South Africa, the company announced on Thursday. The 2019 edition is the follow up to 2017's original P Smart, and includes a number of advancements on paper. For one, the P Smart 2019 is much, much larger than its predecessor. It features a 6.21 inch IPS display with a waterdrop notch (Huawei calls it "dewdrop") and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. You're also looking at a resolution of 2340x1080 -- similar to the Honor 8X. More like the 8X, the P Smart 2019 is also powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, which is mated to...

  • Ackermans launches its own R1499 smartphone

    South African retailer Ackermans has launched its own smartphone. Dubbed the Premio X1, its the first in the company's new line of exclusive handsets. In terms of specs, the phone will feature a notched 5.5 inch screen, a dual rear camera setup (8MP and 2MP), and a 5MP selfie camera. It'll also feature a 2500mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The phone will retail for R1499. Feature image: Ackermans

  • Leak suggests Nokia 1 Plus has slightly better specs than its non-Plus brother

    The Nokia 1 is set to receive a "Plus" version, according to a listing spotted by leakers TigerMobiles. The device will run Android 9.0 Pie, more likely in its lightweight "Go" guise. This is to be expected considering the current Nokia 1 is also a Go device. That said, the Plus moniker doesn't afford it much healthier specs over the Nokia 1. In fact, it will still run with just 1GB of RAM mated to a slightly upgraded quad-core MediaTek MT6739. Additionally, the phone should feature a 5.0 inch screen with a 960x480 resolution as opposed to the Nokia 1's 4.5 inch...

  • Huawei P30, P30 Pro details leak

    The Huawei P30 series will be all OLED according to information from China. Spotted by Android blog PlayfulDroid, the news published to QQ, suggests that the P30 and P30 Pro will remain different in a few notable ways, as is the case with the P20 and P20 Pro (above). While both phones will receive OLED screens -- a first for the base P flagship -- it will use the camera setup currently employed on the Mate 20 Pro. The P30 will feature a 6.1 inch screen, while the Pro will get a much larger 6.5 inch display. The P30 Pro however could...

  • LG V40 ThinQ coming to South Africa for R12 500

    The LG V40 ThinQ will be available in South Africa from 7 February, the Korean company announced on Tuesday. Some notable features includes a 6.4 inch OLED screen, IP68 dust and water resistance, and the typical Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. But the big selling point is its five cameras: that's three at the rear and two up front. For music lovers, the phone also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack alongside LG's 32-bit Quad DAC. The flagship, which officially debuted in October 2018, will retail for R12 500 and be available exclusively through Vodacom. Feature image: LG