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All posts by Andy Walker

  • 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...

  • US export ban kills ZTE’s international operations

    Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE may have to shutter its doors for good, this after sanctions placed on the firm by the US has made it extremely difficult to source parts from key US companies. On Wednesday, the firm confirmed that its international operations have been terminated, which means that its devices will no longer retail in the likes of South Africa. This may have a knock on effect for South African companies that rely on ZTE's technology, notably MTN. "Networks that use ZTE equipment include South Africa, Nigeria, and Uganda. Some smaller networks such South Sudan, Republic of Congo Brazzaville, and Republic...

  • Fans petition Blizzard to play Overwatch League Stage 4 on the current patch

    Overwatch League's Stage 4 may be played on a patch that does not include the rework of Hanzo, and fans are pissed. Currently, the game is played on the last stable patch, which Blizzard claims gives teams an adequate amount of time to practice. However this meant that Stage 3 saw an old version of Blizzard World used, not the version currently live on global servers. A quick visit to r/CompetitiveOverwatch today, and you can get a taste of how fans of the game and League are reacting. "Pros should play the same game we all have to play and suffer through....

  • Android P: 3 major features you should know about [I/O 2018]

    It still doesn't have an official name, but Android P is this week available to download and test on a number of devices. In fact, if you happen to have a Sony Xperia XZ2, or Nokia 7 Plus, you may be able to receive an official Android P beta build from your vendor. If not, you're just going to have to see what's brand new in this piece. AI everywhere Google's word of 2018 is AI apparently. From its news product to Android, AI is going to be everywhere in the company's future. And I'm already tired of its countless references to...

  • 5 must-watch map sets from Overwatch League Stage 3

    Beyond the halfway point of the Overwatch League, teams are beginning to gel. There's practically no "weak" team in the League, even if some still awaited their first win. But it's clear that with some of Stage 1's maps returning, this Stage would be even more tactical and aggressive than ever. And boy, was it. Here are a few matches -- besides the semi-finals and final -- you should watch if you missed the Stage, or just want to relive it. Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty Day one of week two of stage three (breathe) kicked off with the classic EnVyUs vs Lunatic...

  • Huawei P20 Pro review: not the sum of its cameras

    A certain Gene Jiao, Huawei's president of MEA, once told me that it's not the number of lenses you stick on a smartphone that's important, it's how you use the cameras you have. If this were true the Huawei P20 Pro would still have two lenses, like the P10 before it. Hell, it would have a single lens like the P8. So when the Huawei P20 Pro debuted with three cameras at the back, I raised an eyebrow. When it landed on our bench for review, I was dealing with a mild bout of smartphone fatigue. Nokia just had a local launch....

  • A Thief’s End: God of War breaks Nathan Drake’s PlayStation 4 sales record

    So if you haven't yet heard the billions of life forms across the solar system talking about it yet, God of War was released late April. But while the game is getting people's tongues wagging for critical reasons -- apparently, it's a bit of a masterpiece -- it should for an entirely other reason. The title sold more than 3.1-million copies in its first three days of global release. That, in turn, makes it the fastest selling PlayStation 4 exclusive ever. "I would like to personally thank the millions of fans around the world who decided to embark on Kratos’ latest adventure...

  • LG G7 ThinQ touts a notch, headphone jack and AI camera

    The LG G7 ThinQ is now an official thing, this after countless leaks made its official launch practically pointless. Nevertheless, this is LG's latest swing at topping the two towers of Samsung and Apple at the top of the smartphone world. And on paper at least, it goes some way towards achieving its goal. For one, it now uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 CPU -- something that was neglected in the V30 -- coupled with 4GB of RAM and a base storage count of 64GB. There's an option to further expand that via a MicroSD card. LG G7 ThinQ specifications: Dimensions: 153.2mm tall,...

  • Hisense Infinity F24 review: part of the crowd

    Pretty much every new phone has a screen above five inches nowadays, even those that retail in the "budget" range. Even more common, it seems, are budget phablets. And the latest company to join this band of brothers is Hisense. The Chinese manufacturer told Gearburn back in February that the Hisense Infinity F24 would arrive in the country by March. And they weren't lying. On our test bench for the past few weeks, the Infinity F24 shows just how far Hisense has come as a device designer and manufacturer. Shedding the utilitarian design philosophy of the two previous Infinity devices -- the...