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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • MWC: Mediatek’s unannounced chips leak via Ulefone stand

    The Mediatek Helio P60 is the one big announcement for the chipmaker at MWC 2018, being a rather compelling chip for mid-range and upper mid-range smartphones. Featuring a dedicated AI chip, 4+4 cores (heavyweight A73 and lightweight A53) and a decent Mali G72 MP3 GPU, the P60 might be the chip to find its way into scores of major phones below the flagship level. However, there have been rumours regarding the Helio P40 and Helio P70 chips. And this week, at Chinese manufacturer Ulefone's stand at MWC, we see two phones packing a P40 and P70. Of course, these chips haven't...

  • Your entire phone screen will soon become a fingerprint scanner

    Vivo made headlines earlier this year when it showed off the first production smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner (the X20 Plus UD), in partnership with biometric authentication stalwart Synaptics. Fortunately, we got the chance to check out the Chinese phone at MWC 2018, while also getting more info about the technology and its intriguing future. A demo of the tech The first thing that strikes us about the scanner is just how slick it is already. Synaptics director of product marketing Marc Ostrowski used the scanner in quick succession, the fingerprint scanner never refusing to play ball. Reports suggest that the scanner,...

  • Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact get full HD super slow-mo, but…

    Sony used MWC 2018 to announce their Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact flagships earlier this week, packing top-end Snapdragon 845 chips, tall 18:9 HDR displays and slick designs. The new phones also deliver slightly upgraded super slow-mo capabilities. The feature, first seen in the Xperia XZ Premium, still tops out at 960fps, but Sony has upped the maximum resolution to 1080p instead of 720p. However, this upgrade does come at the cost of slow-mo recording time, giving you three seconds of slow-mo playback instead of five or six seconds. Users can however dial the resolution down to 720p if they'd like...

  • Helio P60: Mediatek brings AI chip to cheaper phones

    Mediatek hasn't had the best 2017, but the company is looking to focus on mid-range and upper mid-range devices in a big way. And the first salvo in this battle is the Helio P60, announced at MWC 2018. The new chipset stands out thanks to the additional of a "multi-core AI processing unit" or APU, being the company's AI chip. Mediatek is claiming double the efficiency for AI tasks compared to AI tasks handled by the GPU, as well as 280 GMAC/s (joining TOPS and FLOPS as yet another measurement for mobile AI chips). The AI chip will support a host...

  • Huawei will also introduce an Android Go phone in H1 2018

    MWC 2018 has already seen a few Android Go devices being revealed, with the Nokia 1 being the most prominent example. But Huawei also has an Android Go phone in the works, an executive told Gearburn. The lightweight take on Android is optimised for phones with 1GB of RAM or less, while also using less storage than traditional versions of Google's platform. "It means that we can provide 1GB RAM plus 16GB ROM, so that means with Android Go... consumers that use such a phone, they'll still have good performance, at least for two years," said Jim Xu, president of marketing and...

  • MWC 2018: New Nokia 8110, Nokia 8 Sirocco and more launched

    One year on from introducing its first lineup of smartphones, HMD Global has revealed its second wave of Nokia smartphones, as well as a new generation Nokia 8110. The second wave of Nokia smartphones is comprised of the Nokia 1 Android Go device, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 8 Sirocco. We also saw the Nokia 6 2018, which was launched in China last month. Starting with the lower end devices, the Nokia 1 Android Go device packs 1GB of RAM, a 2150mAh removable battery, non-descript quad-core chip and (surprise) the Android Go platform. Meanwhile, the Nokia 8110 offers a...

  • 11 intriguing video games landing before E3 2018

    E3 is traditionally the biggest event on the gaming calendar, taking place in June and attracting all the key players. But that doesn't mean developers and publishers are holding out their wares for the big event. Nope, here are some noteworthy games landing before E3 this year. Far Cry 5 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Ubisoft's series is known for its rather exotic locations, spanning African landscapes, tropical islands and mountainous enclaves. Now, the latest game, set for release on 27 March, takes you to rural USA. Not quite Kyrat... In any event, the game's religious cult trappings and welcome co-op integration means you'll want to...

  • Asus ROG Zephyrus review: will it ROG your world?

    It's pretty much an established fact that gaming laptops are more expensive than the equivalent or better gaming desktops. But for R50 000, the Asus ROG Zephryus (GX501V) is pushing the definition of expensive. Is it all price tag and no brute force though? We review this premium-priced laptop. Design The ROG Zephyrus is probably the most unique notebook we've reviewed in quite some time -- at least when it comes to hardware design. Hoping for a full-sized keyboard? You get one, but everything is shifted to the bottom half of the base. The top half of the base is dedicated to a...

  • Huawei P20 is official name, triple camera confirmed

    Huawei may have introduced the Matebook X Pro at its event a day before MWC, but the company also had news regarding its next flagship phone, launching on 27 March. Huawei revealed that the new device would skip the P11 moniker in favour of the P20 name. The phone has been heavily rumoured to feature a triple-camera setup, but what does the company say? Jim Xu, Huawei vice-president of consumer business group, told Gearburn that the phone would indeed pack a triple camera setup. "Three cameras, for sure," Xu answered, but declined to confirm how the three cameras would be used. "...We're bringing a...

  • Galaxy S9 now official, packing Sony-style slow-mo and more

    Samsung's Galaxy S9 has officially been unveiled, coming in Galaxy S9 and S9+ flavours. And all the recent leaks were true, from super slow-mo at 960fps (the same as Sony's flagships) to the design. Starting with the camera, we see the 960fps slow-mo come into effect, equalling Sony's 720p resolution as well. The slow-mo option records 0.2 seconds of slow-mo, equal to six seconds of playback -- slightly more than Sony's just over 0.1 seconds of recording. In other words, those hoping for more traditional slow-motion capture experience (i.e. choosing which bit to turn into slow-mo) might be disappointed again. But...