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  • Huawei P9 review: best camera phone of 2016?

    Dual-camera smartphones excite me. It's a rather unique way to overcome the limitations of traditional mobile cameras, while also offering some interesting novel features. The HTC One M8 (review) for instance (while technically having a depth sensor), showed what dual-camera devices could be capable of, offering the ability to have any image you shoot be refocusable. LG took a different route with its dual-camera LG G5 (review) earlier this year though, delivering two cameras that operated independently of one another. Now, Huawei has joined the party with its Huawei P9 flagship, offering two 12MP rear cameras that work together. So did the Chinese...

  • Xbox One 500GB now $249 ‘while stocks last’

    The Xbox One S is scheduled to hit stores next month, while the formidable Scorpio is set to be revealed next year. So it's no surprise to hear that sales of the standard Xbox One model are slowing down in a big way. Now, Microsoft is hoping to deliver a sales boost and clear out stock before the Xbox One S launch, cutting the cost of the 500GB vanilla console to US$249. "Treat yourself to a great deal this summer! Xbox One 500GB consoles are now only US$249 while supplies last," the company said in a press statement. Microsoft also confirmed that...

  • Add the Meizu MX6 to your list of intriguing Chinese phones

    It's understandable that Xiaomi and Huawei get most of the attention when talking about Chinese smartphones. But there are quite a few other notable manufacturers from the country. Meizu is one of these firms, producing some rather slick handsets -- although the Meizu M2 Note is the only one available in South Africa. Now, the company has revealed its latest flagship, dubbed the Meizu MX6. The new handset is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor (two A72 cores and eight A53 cores) and 4GB of RAM. Otherwise, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 32GB of expandable storage, a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and...

  • These are 7 cool Android apps you can’t get in the Play Store

    Featuring over a million Android apps, it's hard to argue that Google's Play Store doesn't have something for everyone. In fact, we often find that banned iOS apps get released without issue on Google Play. But did you know there are some interesting Android apps even Google doesn't want on its store? We showcase a few prominent examples. TubeMate Google really doesn't want you to download videos off YouTube. Unless it's via their official Android app (even then, it's only viewable via the app and some videos can't be downloaded), but we digress. For those wanting to download a video permanently (i.e. having...

  • Gorilla Glass 5 to save your phone from high drops?

    Chances are good that you've owned a mobile device with Corning's Gorilla Glass on the front. For the past few years, the company has been manufacturing the protective glass used in scores of smartphones and tablets around the world. In fact, Corning says its glass has been used on over 4.5 billion devices, over 1800 product models and by 40 brands. Now, the company has released its new generation Gorilla Glass 5, offering improved resistance against drops, it claims. Corning cited a study which found that over 85% of smartphone owners dropped their device at least once a year, The study also claimed...

  • The cancelled 3D Touch-toting Lumia McLaren gets full review

    Microsoft and Nokia's cancelled Lumia McLaren handset is perhaps one of the most disappointing stories in the history of the Windows Phone platform. You know, aside from the platform's lack of success in general. Cancelled just a few months before its late 2014 release, the McLaren offered an innovative 3D Touch feature that was unlike anything we've ever seen on a mobile device since. While Apple's take on 3D Touch required users to press down on the screen, leaks and video footage showed that the McLaren's take required users to hover their finger over the display instead. Now, Windows Central has managed...

  • Klocki and Arkham Underworld: 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. Looking to get your mobile game on? We've got four decent picks for you this week. Notable titles this week include Batman: Arkham Underworld and a head-scratcher in the form of Klocki. Disney Emoji Blitz (free - Android, iOS) One of the more prominent games this week (aside from Pokemon Go) is a standard match-three puzzle title from Disney. The title has you matching various Disney emoji pieces with each other, but also delivers power-ups and...

  • Dual-camera toting Xiaomi Redmi Pro coming 27 July?

    Chinese juggernaut Xiaomi has announced an event for 27 July, but its latest post on Weibo may have shed more light on the unannounced wares. According to Gizmochina, Xiaomi wrote that one of the reveals will be called the Redmi Pro -- previous rumours had suggested the name Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. However, a Redmi Note 4 makes less sense, especially when the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has been out for just over six months. The name suggests that Xiaomi is looking to offer a device that slots in between the budget Redmi/Redmi Note line and the top-end Xiaomi Mi Note/Mi Note Pro...

  • 8 examples of smartphone computational photography we take for granted

    We all know that dedicated cameras tend to blow away mobile cameras for pure picture quality, but smartphones have a major draw-card in the form of computational photography. Instead of relying on large sensors and mechanical apertures, computational photography sees smartphones using their processing oomph to generate some interesting effects. Don't believe me? Then check out some of these examples... Dynamic HDR/exposure/flash Seen on the last few Microsoft/Nokia flagship phones, the Rich Capture technique allows you to adjust the level of HDR, exposure or camera flash after taking a photo. Available as a general "Rich Capture" toggle in the camera app, dynamic HDR takes place during the...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5 review: flagship performance at a lower price

    Xiaomi made quite the splash when its smartphones landed in South Africa last year (courtesy of MIA), delivering the Mi 4 (review) at under R4000 and the Redmi 2 at a hair under R2000. So we were rather excited when the Mi 5 was announced at MWC 2016 earlier this year, and even more excited when MIA confirmed that it was bringing the phone to SA. Now that it's here, should you pick it up? Design First of all, it's worth mentioning that this phone is ridiculously light. I'm talking "hm... did I put the battery in?" kind of light. Once you've gotten over...