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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Here’s what you should know about HTC’s new flagship

    HTC hasn't had a great time in recent years, as it went from Samsung's chief Android rival to relative obscurity. The One M9 smartphone (review) didn't help matters either, owing to its lack of any real standout features. Still, the Taiwanese company is hoping to right the ship with its newest high-end phone, which will be unveiled tomorrow. What do we know about this new handset though? HTC might drop 'M' from the phone name Starting with 2013's One M7, all HTC flagships have had an 'M' in their name, such as the M8 and last year's M9. But reports and HTC's own teases indicate that we...

  • Huawei launches Mate 8 in SA – what’s the damage?

    It may be a few months late to the party, but Huawei finally released the Mate 8 smartphone in South Africa. The phone, which was first released in China in November before seeing a global launch earlier this year, has a R12 999 prepaid price. The phone also has a starting price of R579 per month on Vodacom contract, while other networks have the device for R599 a month, Huawei explained. The Mate 8 will be available in 32GB dual and single-SIM variants. A look at the spec-sheet The device features a large 4100mAh battery, much like the Mate 7. The Chinese company...

  • When can you get your hands on a Huawei P9 in SA?

    Huawei has confirmed a release date and tentative price window for the upcoming P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. The company revealed the P9 and P9 Plus on Wednesday in London, showing off phones with dual 12-megapixel cameras on the rear. South Africans will need to wait until June to get their hands on the P9 though, said Charlene Munilal, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA. "P9 Plus might be slightly later - the early part of July," Munilal said. "We're looking at targeting a R499 contract price point," Munilal said of the P9, adding that it was targeting an R11 999...

  • Here are 5 things to keep in mind with the Huawei P9

    Huawei peeled the curtain back on its latest flagship phones this week, making for quite the impression. Whether it's the innovative dual-camera trickery or the powerful processor, the P9 phones are shaping up to be something special. What else should you know about them though? It doesn't do 4K recording Ultra HD recording, or the lack thereof, is the Achilles' Heel of Huawei's processors right now. The Kirin 955 processor is a slightly upgraded version of the Kirin 950 chip in the Mate 8, which didn't support 4K either. So if you must have 4K recording on a phone, you'll want to look elsewhere. The...

  • The Chinese mobile march continues with the Meizu M3 Note

    Everyone knows about Xiaomi and Huawei, but Meizu is another Chinese firm that's quietly been making a name for itself. In fact, South African consumers can get Meizu phones from the Orange Store in the form of the capable M2 Note handset. Now, the Chinese firm has revealed a successor to this budget phablet, in the form of the (surprise!) M3 Note. When it comes to the all-important specs, we don't see too many significant changes though. There's a capable but budget-minded octa-core processor (MediaTek P10) and 2GB of RAM for starters, just like the M2 Note. Then there's a similar...

  • Watch 100 minutes of Mortal Kombat fatalities over the years [NSFW]

    Whether it was the digitised sprites or the puddles of blood, Mortal Kombat made quite the impact upon its release in 1992. It's the gruesome fatalities that kept the franchise in the limelight over the years though, differentiating the series from Street Fighter 2 and other properties. Just how many fatalities are there though? Well, YouTube channel IZUNIY has done the legwork, creating a Fatality compilation that lasts for almost two hours. The 100 minute compilation covers everything from the 2D Mortal Kombat games to the latest current-generation titles. Watch it below, but do bear in mind that it's NSFW.

  • Yep, Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus flagships

    Were you expecting something else? Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus at an event in London on Wednesday. True to the leaks, the P9 line offers a dual-camera setup with Leica lenses (two 12-megapixel sensors with F2.2 aperture), a front-facing 8MP/F2.4 shooter and a rear-mounted "3D" fingerprint scanner. A big focus (hah!) on the cameras Huawei is claiming a world first for the dual-cameras, as one camera features an RGB sensor and the other features a "monochrome sensor". The company says that this will go a long way to improving low-light performance and producing richer colours. Huawei also touted the P9's autofocus technology, revealing that the...

  • Here are your mobile gaming picks of the week

    Welcome to a new feature here at Gearburn, where we pick some of the more notable mobile games to be released in recent days. Say what you will about mobile gaming, but maybe some of these picks will change your mind. Flipped Out: The Powerpuff Girls Match 3 Puzzle/Fighting Action Game Yes, it's another match-three puzzle game, but The Powerpuff Girls' new mobile title has received plenty of love from critics and mobile gamers. The new game manages to innovate by delivering a match-three game when in portrait mode and a beat 'em up game when in landscape mode. I'm not sure if any...

  • Here’s what we should expect from the Huawei P9

    Huawei will be unveiling its latest high-end smartphone (or smartphones) in London today, in the form of the Huawei P9. What should we expect from the device though? Well, between numerous leaks and the Mate 8 launch several months back, we can paint quite the picture... It's expected to have dual cameras HTC and LG aren't the only companies to dabble with dual-cameras, as Huawei's Honor 6 Plus did the same back in 2014, featuring two 8-megapixel cameras on the back. This function allowed users to refocus after taking a photo and also produced pictures with a 3D parallax effect - so what are the odds of...

  • How much does the Apple iPhone SE cost to build?

    We all know that an iPhone doesn't really cost US$600 to build, as Apple has quite a profit margin on their smartphones. But how much does it cost to build the US$399 iPhone SE? Well, IHS Technologies did the hard work and came up with a figure of... US$160. Related: iPhone SE: the 4-inch iPhone 5S upgrade you’ve always wanted "The US version of an entry-level iPhone SE with 16 gigabytes of NAND memory carries a bill of materials of $156.20, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased...