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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Google Pixel 2 renders leak: your choice of large or thin bezels

    Google is gearing up for its Pixel 2 event tomorrow (4 October), where it's expected to reveal two smartphones in the well-received range. We've already reported on some of the apparent specs, such as a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and full HD or 1440p displays (full HD for the Pixel 2 and QHD for the Pixel 2 XL). Now, Venturebeat's Evan Blass has published renders of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, showing two phones with differing approaches to bezels/borders. The Pixel 2 XL (seen in the featured image) takes a more Galaxy S8-style route, delivering trimmed borders with...

  • Google Pixel 2 launches this week: what to expect?

    Last year saw the Pixel making its debut, instantly standing out thanks to world-class mobile cameras, powerful internals and a stock Android experience. Now, we're two days away from the Pixel 2 being revealed... There have been loads of rumours regarding the new smartphones, but what are some of the more prominent details we're supposed to expect? Horsepower Early reports initially claimed that Qualcomm would supply a Snapdragon 836 processor for the new phones. But XDA later revealed that the Snapdragon 836 didn't actually exist. So we're expecting the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM (although 6GB wouldn't be out of the question,...

  • Google Assistant on headphones: Google details how it will work

    We've heard murmurings of Google Assistant coming to standalone headphones, allowing users to quickly make queries and hear results. Now, Google has seemingly confirmed these stories with some informative YouTube videos. As spotted by Android Police, Google has uploaded a few video clips to show how Google Assistant works on headphones. "First, press the Google Assistant button to hear your latest notifications," reads an excerpt from the video. "Second, press and hold the button to talk to your Assistant," the clip continues. "Third, ask your Assistant to help get answers on Google Search or for help with everyday tasks." Subsequent clips also...

  • Exclusive: Huawei Mate 10 could have ‘DeX-like feature’

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 offers a rather handy feature in the form of DeX, enabling the phone to deliver a PC-like experience via an external screen. Now, it would appear that Huawei's Mate 10 could have a similar capability. MirAxess CEO Yanis Anteur told Gearburn that Huawei's new devices, set for 16 October, will tout PC-style functionality. The executive was speaking to us regarding their crowdfunded lapdock, the Mirabook. Read more: Mirabook vs Superbook - crowdfunded lapdocks compared "For now on we recommend to use the Mirabook with the Galaxy S8 for DeX and Windows Phones for Continuum. I also have a secret news for...

  • Flower and Flipping Legend: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. It's been a long time since we've done a mobile games roundup! That's what happens when you go on holiday. And when you forget. Anyway, enough with the excuses, let's get on with the rundown! Flower (paid - iOS) Thatgamecompany and Apple have enjoyed a closer relationship in recent weeks, as the formerly Sony-exclusive studio revealed Sky at the iPhone 8 event. But before we get Sky, the studio has quietly published PS3/PS4 title...

  • Confirmed: Huawei Mate 10 to be water-resistant

    We already know the Huawei Mate 10 will pack a dual camera setup with large apertures, as well as a Kirin 970 processor. But the information drip-feed doesn't end here though. Ahead of the 16 October reveal date, official sources have revealed to Gearburn that the Mate 10 will also be water-resistant. It's unclear what kind of water/dust resistance rating will be bestowed upon the phone though. It would mark the first major Huawei handset to pack water resistance, with the P10 lagging behind the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 in this department. The Huawei Mate 10, set for reveal next month,...

  • Watch: Red Dead Redemption 2 gets second trailer

    The gaming world was sent into a tizzy earlier this year, after Rockstar Games revealed the existence (and first trailer) for Red Dead Redemption 2. The original was a critically acclaimed open-world Western that introduced players to hazardous wildlife (them cougars), frantic gunfights, a slew of minigames and a memorable cast of characters. Now, the second trailer for the sequel gives us more information to go on, such as a PS4 and Xbox One release in Spring 2018. More importantly, it seems like a prequel to the original, as you run with the van der Linde gang and see a few...

  • Iconic PS3 title Flower is now available on mobile

    The PlayStation 3 didn't have many games in the first couple of years on the market but, by 2009, it was really picking up steam. Sure, big hitters like LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted 2 and Killzone 2 were largely responsible, but it was also thanks to indie titles like Flower. The title, by Thatgamecompany, was a meditative masterstroke, as you harnessed the wind in order to control a flower petal. It all made for a relaxing experience, later seeing a release on PS4 and PS Vita. Now, the title has quietly made its way to iOS this week. So what should you expect from the port? The...

  • Exclusive: Moto Z2 Play, G5S Plus prepaid prices revealed for SA

    Last week saw Lenovo and Telkom team up to launch the Moto Z2 Play and Moto G5S Plus in South Africa, being available on contract via the network. The cheaper G5S Plus starts at R289 a month on a 24-month FreeMe 1GB package, while the Z2 Play (and speaker Moto Mod) starts at R429 a month for the same package. But what about prepaid pricing? In response to a Gearburn query, Lenovo has revealed off-contract pricing for the two devices. The G5S Plus will set you back R4999 and the Moto Z2 Play and speaker mod will have an R8799 price...

  • New new Nokia 3310: now with 3G and heftier price tag

    The new Nokia 3310 made headlines around the world earlier this year, after HMD Global revived the handset for a new generation. It was far from perfect though, being a bog-standard feature phone with a high price tag (R749, €49). In other words, you were paying for the name alone. Now, HMD has delivered an upgraded model, packing 3G connectivity for internet browsing. The new phone also has new colours and a user interface that can be customised with various colours. The move to 3G does mean that battery life takes a hit, in the form of 6.5 hours of talk time...