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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Asus Zenfone 4 range now official, dual cameras all around

    The Asus Zenfone family is one of the more innovative smartphone lines out there, often packing a host of features and an attractive price. Now, the company has announced the Asus Zenfone 4 range, all packing dual cameras of some kind. Flagship lineup First up, we have the vanilla Zenfone 4, packing a choice of Snapdragon 630 or Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Other noteworthy specs include a 3300mAh battery, front fingerprint scanner and a 5.5-inch LCD screen (resolution not revealed). In the camera department, you're looking at a dual-camera setup on the back...

  • Nokia 8: 8 things you should know about HMD’s new flagship

    True to the leaks, HMD revealed the Nokia 8 last night, being the first flagship from the new custodians of the Nokia mobile brand. Most of the earlier reports rang true, but what should you know about the new phone? We've got eight things worth keeping in mind. It's as powerful as other flagships out there The Nokia 8 indeed packs a Snapdragon 835 processor, being the latest and greatest high-end chipset from Qualcomm. So it'll go toe to toe with other Android phones on the market. Other than the chipset, the phone is also packing 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable...

  • How well are HMD’s Nokia smartphones selling in South Africa?

    News that Nokia smartphones would be brought back by Finnish company HMD Global was greeted cautiously. After all, there's more to Nokia than just a solid design and attractive price. But the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 seemed to deliver pleasant designs, attractive prices and solid specs overall. Now, with the flagship Nokia 8 revealed, we wondered just how well the current phones are selling... "Sales for Nokia 3, 5 and 6 have been encouraging despite global supply constraints," Bridget Benghu, senior marketing/communications manager at MTN, told Gearburn, without giving specific details. Meanwhile, Vodacom was cagey about sharing figures. HMD's Nokia smartphones seem to...

  • Microsoft-exclusive Crackdown 3 gets shifted to 2018

    The Crackdown series is one of the more underrated Xbox franchises around, delivering high-flying open-world antics and a neat visual style. But don't hold your breath for Crackdown to make its debut on Xbox One this year, as Crackdown 3 has been delayed to 2018. The news was confirmed by Microsoft Studios general manager Shannon Loftis on Twitter. "To clarify: the entire game is moving to Spring 2018. It's super ambitious, and we want to make sure the game delivers," the Microsoft executive tweeted. "It's always disappointing to move a date. We are very committed to shipping @Crackdown 3 to the level...

  • Exclusive: Nokia 8 set for South Africa in September [Update: Vodacom confirms]

    Update, 2:57pm, 16 August 2017: Cellucity isn't the only retailer to confirm that the Nokia 8 will be coming to South Africa in September, as Vodacom has done the same. "The Nokia 8 will launch in September and this will be exclusive to Vodacom," a marketing representative told Gearburn. Original article: HMD Global has done a pretty good job with its Nokia-branded smartphones lately, delivering cheap yet capable Android-powered phones. The company's Nokia 8 is also joining the party though, as it's set to be officially revealed tomorrow. Now, Cellucity has confirmed to Gearburn that the "more premium" Nokia-branded phone will be launching...

  • At least one of the Pixel 2 models will have squeezable edges

    Google's Pixel 2 smartphones are still a while away, but we've already seen images leak as well as other details. Now, official documents filed by HTC have revealed even more information. The documents (spotted by redditors) show that at least one of the Pixel models will have squeezable edges. "Active Edge on, squeeze for your Assistant," reads an excerpt from a screenshot in the FCC filing. The screenshots also show that the phone is running Android 8.0.1 and the Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) processor. It wouldn't be the first time that the Taiwanese brand added squeezable edges to a phone, with the U11, released...

  • Expect more phones with iris scanning, depth sensing thanks to Qualcomm

    Qualcomm is one of the biggest players in the smartphone space, its chipsets powering loads of devices around the world. Now, the company has revealed updated versions of its Spectra imaging hardware, found in flagship processors. So what does that mean? For one, Qualcomm has updated its "Spectra Module Program", which delivered improved dual-camera support and better zoom in its initial release last year. What does the update bring to the table? "...the camera module program is being expanded to include new camera modules capable of utilising active sensing for superior biometric authentication, and structured light for a variety of computer vision applications...

  • New Humble Bundle sets sights on Sony consoles

    We've already seen Humble Bundles on Sony platforms, now, the pay-what-you-want deal returns to PlayStations with the Humble 2K PlayStation Bundle. The Humble 2K PlayStation Bundle starts with the pay-what-you-want tier (US$1 or more), getting you XCOM Enemy Unknown Plus and Civilization Revolution 2 Plus on Vita, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified on PS3 and Evolve on PS4. Beat the average, currently pegged at US$5.92, and you get Battleborn Trial for PS4 and a host of PS3 games (XCOM Enemy Within, Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Bioshock, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line). Pay US$20 or more and you'll also receive XCOM 2 on...

  • Photo comparison: Galaxy S8 vs XZ Premium

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 has built on the extremely solid foundation set by the S7, featuring the same camera sensor but with a renewed focus on image processing to get quality results. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has seen the Japanese firm adopt a cutting-edge 19MP camera sensor with super-fast memory for super slow motion clips. So how do these phones stack up when it comes to photography? We've got a few samples for you to peruse... We set the phones to automatic mode for these shots, generally holding the phones at the same distance and angle from the subjects. Expect...

  • A few neat uses for the Xperia XZ Premium super slow-mo

    The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is certainly one of the most cutting edge smartphones we've ever reviewed at Gearburn. Between the Snapdragon 835 processor and 4K HDR screen, it's clear that Sony packed a ton of tech into the device. But the phone's standout feature is arguably its super slow mo recording (check out our video playlist), delivering a few seconds of 960fps video (equivalent to a tenth of a second in real-world time). The technical limitations are clear then, as you have to be super precise to get the best results, while the video quality isn't always top-notch. Still,...