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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Huawei Mate 9: a Daydream-ready phablet powered by Kirin 960

    We all knew the Huawei Mate 9 was coming today, but the Chinese firm has made the phablet official. The rumours were true for the most part, as the new device is powered by the in-house Kirin 960 chipset (four 2.4Ghz A73 cores and four 1.8Ghz A53 cores), being the first mobile chips to adopt the new cores in lieu of A72 cores. The new chip also drastically ups the graphical ante (which was HiSilicon's Achilles Heel), featuring a new Mali G71 octacore GPU, as opposed to the T880 quad-core GPU used in the P9 and Mate 8. In fact, Huawei claims a...

  • Wileyfox Swift 2, Swift 2 Plus budget phones revealed

    UK-based brand Wileyfox made quite a splash last year thanks to its Swift and Storm smartphones. Featuring a cheap price tag but a notable spec sheet, the handsets made for a solid first impression. Now, the company has announced a successor to the Swift in the form of the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus range. So, do the new phones continue the "cheap but good" trend? Well, the Swift 2 and Swift 2 Plus share several specs, for starters. There's the mid-range Snapdragon 430 processor (octacore A53), rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 5-inch 720p display, 2700mAh battery with fast charging, 8MP selfie camera, hybrid...

  • Samsung to rival Xiaomi Mi Mix with Galaxy S8?

    Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S8 is coming (what were you expecting?), but it looks as though the company could be taking inspiration from Xiaomi and the Mi Mix phone. According to the Korea Herald, the next flagship could have a screen/body ratio of just over 90%, thanks to an edge-to-edge display. The publication spoke to a Samsung Display researcher, who stopped short of saying the Galaxy S8 would play host to the technology. A drastic (and reliable) design might be enough for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or similar flagship to emerge from the Note 7 disaster "Samsung Display would roll out...

  • Last Wii U to be made this week – report

    The Wii U is Nintendo's biggest sales flop since the Virtual Boy and, with the Switch closer to release, the firm has reportedly decided to end production of the ill-fated console this week. According to Eurogamer, citing multiple sources, the company's Japanese production line will cease operations this week after the deadline for orders passed. It's understood that a small number of orders were placed for the final production run. The company has only sold 13.3 million Wii U consoles, compared to the Nintendo GameCube's estimated 21.7 million units sold. It's a rather sobering figure for Nintendo, especially when the GameCube was...

  • Camera comparison: Lumia 950 vs Sony Xperia XZ

    We attended the Cape Town press event for the Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact smartphones this week. Now, the actual release information has been available for a while now, but the event did give us the opportunity to compare the camera to my personal Lumia 950. So then, does the Sony smartphone blow Microsoft's device out of the water? Well, check out the gallery for our very unscientific test. The Xperia XZ does have a higher resolution 23MP camera though, compared to the 950's 20-megapixel shooter. But it still makes for an interesting comparison. We disabled the 950's Rich Capture trickery and...

  • LG V20 gets SA release date, prepaid price tag

    We've known about the launch month for a while now, but the LG V20 has finally received a 7 November release date in South Africa. The new smartphone will be coming as a Vodacom-exclusive device, LG Mobile South Africa announced. So what can you expect from the handset then? Well, for starters, it's the first non-Google phone to feature Android 7.0 Nougat. But otherwise, it's packing a powerful Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The phone also packs a similar camera setup to the LG G5, so that means a 16MP f/1.8 main camera accompanied by a 8MP...

  • What can the MacBook Pro Touch Bar be used for?

    Last week, Apple revealed its latest MacBook Pro lineup, complete with a Touch Bar replacing the row of function keys. "The Touch Bar places controls right at the user's fingertips and adapts when using the system or apps like Mail, Finder, Calendar, Numbers, GarageBand, Final Cut Pro X and many more, including third-party apps. For example, the Touch Bar can show Tabs and Favorites in Safari, enable easy access to emoji in Messages, provide a simple way to edit images or scrub through videos in Photos and so much more," Apple wrote on its website. But what else can you do...

  • No digital games for you! EA Origin banned in Myanmar

    In years gone by, if video games were put on the embargo list for a country, then as long as you had the physical titles, you could still play them. What about today's digital age though? Well, EA has banned gamers in Myanmar from using its Origin gaming storefront, it was revealed on Reddit. The situation was reported by redditor trivial_sublime, living in Myanmar. EA Games and Origin quietly bans an entire country - or, why you shouldn't take digital distribution for granted. from gaming "Origin is kicking an 'Access Denied' message to all of us. You can't access ANY games or...

  • You can’t directly connect your iPhone to new MacBook Pro

    Apple held its MacBook Pro event last night, revealing few surprises if you were keeping up with the rumour mill. In an interesting move, the new MacBook Pro laptops sport four USB Type-C ports, moving away from the single Type-C nonsense of the vanilla MacBook. These new laptops don't have full-sized USB ports however, which means you can't actually connect your iPhone directly to the MacBook. The solution is to splash out US$25 on a USB Type-C to Lightning cable, available from the Apple online store. The new MacBook Pro line has some lovely features, but iPhone users will be in for a tough time Fortunately,...

  • Which Android flagship smartphone is for you? [QUIZ]

    There have been quite a few noteworthy high-end Android smartphones this year, ranging from multimedia beasts to some innovative designs. But which handset should be your next purchase? We put together a quick-fire quiz to guide your decision-making process.