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  • Xiaomi Redmi 6A 32GB now listed in South Africa

    MIA Africa, the importer of Xiaomi products into South Africa, has quietly added the Xiaomi Redmi 6A 32GB to its available devices list. The phone, which launched globally in June, is an upgrade of the Redmi 5A which hit shelves last year. While the 16GB version of the device could be found on third-party retailers, its larger storage sibling wasn't yet listed by sellers within the country. A 5.45 inch 1440x720 screen fronts the Redmi 6A, while a quad-core Mediatek Helio A22 pushes around its pixels. It's combo'd with 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. There's also a microSD card slot if...

  • Google’s Pixel phones will launch on 9 October

    Notch ado about nothing? Ready or not, but Google has sent invites to an event in New York on 9 October. This was previously reported by Bloomberg. This will likely be its Pixel 3 and 3 XL launch day -- something that everyone on planet Earth has experienced in multiple incidents already. October 9th. Google Event. Surprise us! 😉 pic.twitter.com/7j56q8M1vs — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 6, 2018 If you've just returned from Mars, here's what you can expect. The Pixel 3 goes notcho libre up front, instead adopting a Samsung Galaxy S9 aesthetic up front. Its Pixel 3 XL sibling however has a pretty substantial...

  • Snapdragon 855 benchmarks leak: is it faster than the Kirin 980?

    The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 has reportedly been profiled and benchmarked on Geekbench. Scores published to the benchmark site earlier this week allegedly parades some of the chipset's hard performance numbers. The American chipmaker's new silicon outpaces the current Snapdragon 845 by around 50%, scoring 3697 on its single-core performance run. The 845 scores around 2400. Additionally, the 855's multi-core performance numbers is now pushing 10000 points. 10469 to be exact. How does this compare to its rivals? The 855 will be quicker than the HiSilicon Kirin 970, which powers the Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 Pro. The latter is considerably slower, scoring...

  • A Lyft driver found a Google Pixel 3 XL on his backseat

    If you thought Apple was bad at quelling leaks, have you heard of a company called Google? The search giant turned technology and smartphone maker's latest device has been leaked extensively, and even unboxed, all before its October launch date. But this weekend, the latest outrageous event took place in the back of a Lyft. The driver reportedly spotted that his occupant had left a phone on the back seat. When he inspected it, it was -- you guessed it -- a Google Pixel 3 XL. Android Police, the publication the driver contacted, has more on the incident: These images were sent to...

  • The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is the company’s flagship comeback kid

    The Axon 9 Pro is ZTE's latest flagship. Yes, that ZTE. The same company that was clinging to life just a few weeks ago following US sanctions. But now, with those sanctions lifted, the Chinese firm's first device since is saying all the right things. On the surface, it has all of 2018's common flagship traits: a large, 18:9 screen; a dual camera setup at the rear; and a notch. Beneath the 6.21 inch 2248x1080 AMOLED screen, there's a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. You're also getting a 4000mAh battery, a water and dust resistance...

  • Sony Xperia XZ3 unveiled with OLED screen, SD 845 and AI smarts

    It's been a little over three months since the Sony Xperia XZ2 launched in South Africa, but that hasn't stopped the Japanese phone maker from unveiling yet another new flagship today. At IFA 2018, the company lifted the curtains on its Sony Xperia XZ3 smartphone, sporting very few aesthetic and internal differences from its XZ2 predecessor. With that said, you'll still get a Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, the real difference is the screen. The XZ3 sports an OLED panel instead of an LCD. It's a 6.0 inch panel with 2880x1440 pixels coated in...

  • Samsung launches its 8K TV screens at IFA 2018

    If 4K just isn't enough for you, you'll soon be able to purchase an 8K television screen. Samsung has announced its new 8K television lineup at IFA 2018, covering a number of sizes. Starting at 65 inch for the baby model, consumers can also consider mounting an 85 inch set to their lounge walls. Notably, this is Samsung's first foray into consumer 8K screens and brings with it a host of jargon. "Samsung QLED 8K TV will feature several 8K-ready enhancements, including Real 8K Resolution, Q HDR 8K and Quantum Processor 8K, all created to bring 8K-quality images to life,"the company writes...

  • Huawei’s phones are now more popular than Apple’s

    Huawei now sells more smartphones globally than Apple, this according to data released by research firm Gartner. The firm's Q2 2018 reports suggests that the Chinese manufacturer sold in excess of 49-million devices within the quarter, around 13.3% of total market share. For Huawei, that's a gain or more than 13-million units year-over-year. Apple in comparison sold 44.7-million units, just over 400 000 more than the same quarter last year. Samsung remains the biggest selling smartphone manufacturer with 72.3-million units. Notably, that's a drop of some 10-million year-over-year. The Chinese onslaught continues further down the table. Xiaomi cements its place in fourth position, reclaiming it...

  • LG G7 family introduces two new members

    LG has extended its G7 series to include two more phones, the LG G7 One, and the LG G7 Fit. The One, as the title suggests, is the company's first Android One smartphone "that brings together the best of the company’s smartphone experience and expertise with Google’s latest smartphone OS innovations," the company writes. For the record, it isn't a lowly-specced budget device either. It sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset -- also seen on the LG G6 -- and a combo of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage capacity. The G7 Fit still features LG's UX user interface, and uses a...

  • The leaks continue: Google’s Pixel 3 XL gets an unofficial unboxing

    If you thought Apple's pre-iPhone leaks were bad, take another look at Google and its Pixel 3 XL, because there's almost nothing left to the imagination. After pretty much every detail of the device has been leaked well before launch date, a new unboxing by YouTube channel In DIGI arrives with the final blow. The unboxing mirrors the snaps we've seen circulating on the internet for recent weeks. The massive notch, the blinding white rear panel, and the lack of a headphone jack are all clear to see. (Especially that notch). Additionally, a number of accessories are also showcased, including a USB-C...