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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Honor V10 to launch tomorrow, should you expect cheaper Mate 10?

    Huawei's Honor phones are renowned for basically being cheaper versions of Huawei's current flagships. For instance, the Honor V8 featured the same specs as the Huawei P9 (review), but had a more palatable price tag. We're expecting the Honor V10 to be revealed in London on 28 November, but a recent listing on China's TENAA (basically their version of the FCC or Icasa) has revealed some details. The listing, spotted by GizChina among several other publications, shows a phone with thin borders and a tall display (TENAA lists a 5.93-inch 2160x1080 display). Other noteworthy features include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a...

  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it? [Updates]

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...

  • Wileyfox is releasing a Windows Phone for some reason

    UK brand Wileyfox stood out from the pack thanks to its competitively priced, slick Android handsets. So it's rather strange to see the firm release a Windows 10 Mobile device, for some reason. Coming despite the platform's lack of success and after Microsoft said it wouldn't deliver major features anymore, the Wileyfox Pro is available for £190 via Amazon (as spotted by ZDNet). Your cash gets you a Windows 10 Mobile phone with a 720p 5-inch display, a budget-minded quad-core chip and 16GB of expandable storage. As for the camera? A 2MP selfie shooter and an 8MP main camera. We can think...

  • These 4 ridiculous Galaxy S8 clones actually exist

    Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix saw a ton of clones, it seems like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) has been aped by lazy manufacturers too. Sure, there might be a few changes here and there, but there's no doubting where the below phones get their inspiration from... UHANS i8 One of the more recent entries, the UHANS i8 offers an 18:9 display and similarly small borders compared to the Galaxy S8. It's also worth mentioning that the i8's marketing images paint out the front camera and proximity sensor. Shady. The US$129 phone is budget in the spec department too, offering an octacore A53 chipset (MT6750T)...

  • iPhone X contract pricing: here’s how much you’ll pay

    The iPhone X launches in South Africa today, coming in at R20 499 for the 64GB model and R23 999 for the 256GB model. That's a hefty price to pay, so what about contract pricing? The iStore has you covered, publishing pricing from various networks. Want a 64GB iPhone X? Well, Telkom Mobile is cheapest, coming in at R899 a month for a 1GB FreeMe contract. Meanwhile, the cheapest 256GB iPhone X contract on the list is also from Telkom Mobile, at R999 a month. Check out the table below.

  • Your rolling guide to Black Friday tech/gaming deals [Updates]

    It's Black Friday week, which means scores of retailers have cranked up their prices and are pretending to give you a deal with a measly 10% discount. Or something. In any event, we'll be updating this article as retailers serve up their Black Friday deals, showing you the most important discounts. Raru The other big ecommerce website has some solid gaming deals, although the general gaming deals are "only" up to 30% off. Nevertheless, the company is holding a promotion on Nintendo fare (no Switch stuff though), offering up to 50% off on Wii U, Wii, DS and 3DS titles. In fact, the Wii U titles...

  • Xbox Live Games with Gold for December is… meh

    Got Xbox Live Gold? Then odds are good that you know about their monthly Games with Gold offerings, delivering up to four games at no extra cost. Now, Microsoft has announced the December selection of games, but don't hold your breath for blockbuster titles here. On Xbox One, we've got Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide and Back to the Future: The Game. The former lasts all month, while the latter offer is from 16 December to 15 January. Got an Xbox 360 or want some backwards compatible fare? Then we've got the critically acclaimed Child of Eden (1-15 December) and arcade title Marlow...

  • iPhone 8 Plus review: a refined 7 Plus with wireless charging

    Apple's plus-sized iPhone used to be the belle of the ball. Packing a larger battery, improved camera hardware and a dual-camera setup (as of the iPhone 7 Plus), it clearly had plenty of advantages over the smaller device. But the iPhone 8 Plus is in a weird predicament, as Apple positions it as the Johnnie Walker Black of the smartphone world. Sure, it's got the Johnnie Walker name on it, but it's not the iPhone X's Johnnie Walker Blue, is it? Nevertheless, the iPhone 8 Plus looks like a respectable if unspectacular upgrade on paper over the iPhone 7 Plus. Let's start...

  • Galaxy S9 to build on S8, make CES cameo – report

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 (review) is one of the best all-round smartphones of 2017, offering an excellent camera, top-notch screen and water-resistance (just don't mention the fingerprint scanner). The phone also stood out thanks to its high screen/body ratio, featuring those tiny borders popularised by Xiaomi's Mi Mix. Now, Venturebeat and Evan Blass report that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are set to be an iterative upgrade, currently codenamed Star 1 and Star 2. They're "nearly identical" to this year's flagships, featuring the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch curved screen designs (headphone jacks are expected to stay). However, the S9+ is expected to pack a...

  • Gran Turismo Sport gets ‘career’ mode and more in new update

    Gran Turismo Sport features a heavy online racing emphasis, but it does have a modicum of single-player content on offer. There are your bog-standard time trials, those VR races, license tests and a track acclimitisation mode. But the one big absentee was a legacy-style career mode of any kind -- until now. Fear not, because the December update will bring a cup mode of sorts. "Launching as part of our free December update, we'll be introducing a brand new single player mode called the 'GT League'. Based on the old 'GT mode' of previous titles, players can now look forward to racing through...