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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Wow, YouTube really hates Battlefield V’s official reveal trailer

    It's hard to believe that Battlefield 1 -- a game that looks and plays so brilliantly -- is already two years old. But little remains the same in game development. With that said, EA on Wednesday published the reveal trailer for Battlefield V, or 5, the next title in the franchise. Yeah, not sticking to numerical succession in naming conventions is the latest trend in gaming and smartphones. Bar the name, the game will not be imagining the upcoming World War Five in a futuristic society. Instead, the game is heading back to World War Two. Whether this game's story as authentic...

  • The next iPhone could use beefy 7nm chips now in production

    Apple's not wasting any time shrinking its iPhone processing chips. According to a new report by Bloomberg, the company's next generation of iPhones could sport processors utilising the 7nm process. The chip will likely bear the Apple A12 name tag, but it's not clear what the suffix will be. The A11 received the Bionic moniker, and used the 10nm process. Shrinking processors has a number of benefits for manufacturers and users. For one, Apple could shove more transistors onto the chip itself, bolstering processing power. Additionally, a smaller chip means less heat and lower power consumption. Samsung -- Apple's rival, but also its...

  • Squeeze me: transparent, notchless HTC U12 Plus debuts for $799

    There's a new HTC smartphone that South Africans will have to lust over from a distance. The HTC U12 Plus, as its called, is the company's new smartphone that wants you to wring its neck. Because everyone seemingly loved the HTC U11's squeeze sensor gimmick -- which allowed users to command the phone through pressured grabs of the phone's flanks -- it returns to the U12 Plus. It now comes with new gesture support, what HTC calls the "Edge Launcher" and support for voice assistants. HTC is seemingly platform agnostic in this regard. "Simply squeeze your phone to take photos, launch voice...

  • Carrying in the Overwatch League: Carpe’s remarkable Widow play on Lijiang

    They say you can't carry in Overwatch League. Carpe would like a quick word. In last night's match between Boston Uprising and Philly Fusion, Lijang Tower stood out at one of the more competitive maps in the series. Scored at 1-1 heading to Night Market, Fusion secured a 99%-0% overtime play, when Striker popped Rocket Barrage wiping out Fusion's supports and tanks on the point. Up stepped Philly's DPS duo of EQO and Carpe. Moments before Uprising retook the point, Fusion's Pharah and Widowmaker wiped out five Boston players in a carry that left Uber speechless. Yes, that's Carpe hitting four headshots...

  • China’s Nokia X6 is official, but it could still come to South Africa

    The first Nokia with a notch is now official. The Finnish company on Thursday announced the Nokia X6's existence in China. For now, it remains a Chinese exclusive. The phone boasts a top notch, a 19:9 5.8-inch 2280x1080 screen, and a big focus on camera performance. At the tear, there's a dual camera combo: one 16MP sensor hiding behind a f/2.0 lens, and a smaller 5MP monochrome camera with a f/2.2 lens. Up front, there's another 16MP f/2.0 camera for more detailed selfies. Internally, the phone will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset, run up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal...

  • Nokia X6 specs and price spotted on Chinese retailer’s website

    It seems pretty much official now: the notch bug has bitten Nokia too. It's upcoming device, which will likely receive the Nokia X6 moniker (previously seen on the Nokia X, featured), will reportedly be unveiled on 16 May. Today however, the phone has seemingly been spotted on a Chinese retailers' website Suning. The resultant screenshot was published to China's microblogging site Weibo, including specs, price and a front-back expose. The listed specs includes a 4GB RAM/64GB storage combo, a 19:9 screen, a notch, a fingerprint reader, and a pair of cameras at the rear. As for the price? RMB1499, or around US$235 at...

  • Donald Trump’s trying to save ZTE from complete meltdown

    While a seemingly forlorn ZTE was tweeting about Mother's Day on Sunday, an unlikely saviour of the strickened company emerged. US President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he was working to give ZTE "a way to get back into business, fast". President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018 "Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"...

  • Huawei’s R26k Porsche Design Mate RS now available in South Africa

    It's not often that a smartphone retails for the same price as a second hand family car, but the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the exception. The company today announced that the phone will be available in South Africa, and offered exclusively through MTN. "The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS represents the pinnacle of technology through features such as the world’s first dual fingerprint design including an innovative in-screen fingerprint sensor, the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) processor and Leica triple camera with 40MP image capture," the company writes in a release. "This device will surpass the performance expectations of even...

  • Huawei’s 4 Y Series phones get South African pricing

    We have the Mate series, the P series, and now Huawei's refreshed Y Series is heading for South Africa too. The company's "youth" range includes four devices, from the Huawei Y3 2018 at the lowest end to the Huawei Y7 2018 heading up the range. But don't expect these devices to cost a fortune. Pricing spans between R999 and R2999, with each of the four devices offering something a little different. Huawei Y3 2018 is the company's first Android Go device, running Android's lightweight version of Android Oreo. It's not wildly exciting otherwise, sporing a 5.0-inch 854x480 screen, a Mediatek MT6737M chipset,...

  • Here’s the Sony Xperia XZ2 contract pricing for South Africa

    It's taken a few weeks, but the the Sony Xperia ZZ2 is now available in South Africa, with contract pricing information in tow. The Japanese manufacturer's latest flagship sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, a 18:9 5.7-inch screen and a 19MP rear camera capable of slow motion video recording at 1080p at 960 frames per second. It's a nice package, and Sony's most exciting flagship on paper for quite some time. But how much will you need to fetch in South Africa to own one? Vodacom: R599 per month for 24 months on a uChoose Flexi 165 Free extras...