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  • Fitbit Charge 3 arrives in South Africa for R2999

    The Fitbit Charge 3 is now official and available globally, the California-based firm announced this week. The company's calling its latest tracker its "smartest", pushing a number of key specifications a little bit further than the previous model. For starters, Fitbit claims that the Charge 3 will last up to a week on a single charge -- two days longer than the Charge 2. Physically, it retains the Fitbit logo below the triangular face, with a monochrome screen. And gone are the hardware buttons. Instead, Fitbit has opted for a touch-sensitive inductive unit on the Charge 3. It too, like the Ionic and...

  • Razer Phone 2 could be 2018’s sleeper hit flagship smartphone

    The gaming phone may be the latest smartphone fad to snuggle up to consumers in 2018. And perpetuating that movement is Razer. Generally known as a gaming peripheral and laptop manufacturer, Razer this week debuted its second edition Razer Phone. Not your typical 2018 flagship (with notch, no headphone jack, and a screen so large it requires a crane to lift), the Razer Phone 2 keeps much of the original device's specs. It still features a 5.72 inch screen that refreshes its 2560x1440 pixels at 120Hz. Rather disappointingly, you'll still only find 64GB storage in the phone, but it does come with...

  • Huawei Y9 (2019) debuts with huge 6.5 inch notched screen

    Huawei's Y series now has a big new member. The budget range of the Chinese phone maker hasn't really had any exciting prospects on paper thus far, but the Huawei Y9 (2019) is set to change that. "The Huawei Y9 2019 is the newest device tailor-made for the young generation, introducing stylish colours and featuring the latest technology trends," the company wrote in its release. "It caters to the generation of gamers who will benefit from state of the art gaming, audio-visual and entertainment experiences." This claim's backed up by Huawei's focus in the 2019 phone's screen size and resolution. The 6.5 inch notch-screen...

  • So here’s what each of the five LG V40 ThinQ’s cameras can do

    With five cameras, the LG V40 ThinQ is set to be a smartphone photographer's pocket knife heading into the latter stages of 2018. But what do each of the cameras do? According to a leak from Evan Blass, we now have a fairly good idea. About those five cameras on the LG V40 ThinQ... pic.twitter.com/DzC9aJnlFT — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 1, 2018 For one, one of the V40's rear camera will be the standard, everyday lens. The other two will tackle telephoto zoom and wide-angle duties. We've seen LG use wide-angle lenses before, most notably on the LG G5. As for the remaining two...

  • A weird bug is stopping iPhone XS, XS Max from charging with their screens off

    Apple's iPhone have been plagued by some daft bugs and flaws over the years. Bendgate is perhaps the most iconic, but it wasn't an issue for those who didn't wear skinny jeans or didn't sit on their phones. The latest bug however could potentially affect every iPhone user. A slew of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max users have reported that they cannot charge their phones when the screen is off. Simply connecting the Lightning cable when the phone's idling doesn't initiate a charge. Instead, the phones simply lie there unfazed, and, uh, uncharged. Users found that unplugging the cable, forcing the screen on,...

  • 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...