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  • Huawei P10 Lite, P8 Lite 2017 prepaid prices revealed

    Huawei launched the P10 Lite and 2017 version of the P8 Lite last week, being released in the same week as the P10 and P10 Plus. At the time of the launch, we only got contract prices for the budget phones, coming in at R199 per month for the new P8 Lite and R299 a month for the P10 Lite. Now, in response to a Gearburn query, a Huawei representative has confirmed prepaid pricing for the new mid-range handsets. Expect the P8 Lite 2017 to have a recommended retail price (RRP) of R3799, while the P10 Lite packs an RRP of R5299. The new...

  • A quad-camera smartphone is coming via Oukitel

    Chinese manufacturer Oukitel has earned a reputation for its budget-minded smartphones, with its K series featuring massive batteries, while the U6 delivered an e-ink display on the back. Now, the Oukitel U22 has been announced, packing two cameras on the back and two cameras on the front for a quad-camera arrangement. According to the upstart brand, you're looking at a 13MP and 2MP combination on the back and an 8MP+2MP pairing on the front for selfies. It's unclear how these cameras will be used, but Oukitel says you can expect an "SLR experience both for shooting and selfies". Our guess? Depth-of-field tricks and...

  • Raspberry Pi + Huawei P10 = HiKey 960

    Computer boards are all the rage, but it's clear that the Raspberry Pi is the king of the market. Now, Huawei, Linaro and Google have stepped into the fray with the HiKey 960 computer board. It's worth noting right away though, that the board comes in at US$240. In other words, you could get a few Raspberry Pi devices for the price. In any event, you've got a cutting-edge Kirin 960 chipset, comprised of an octacore CPU (four A73 and four A53) and a new Mali G71 octacore GPU. Throw in 3GB of RAM and it's far more powerful than the Pi,...

  • Doogee Mix is an unabashed Xiaomi Mi Mix clone

    For every Xiaomi and Huawei, we have an Elephone and Oukitel. In other words, there are quite a few Chinese brands flying under the global radar. Doogee is one of these manufacturers, but the company is hoping to make a splash with the Doogee Mix handset. It seems to be a blatant rip-off of the Xiaomi Mi Mix though, featuring virtually no bezels on three sides. Hell, even the wallpaper for both devices looks extremely similar. The Mi Mix does have a prominent bottom bezel (housing the fingerprint scanner and selfie camera), and leaked images of the Doogee Mix show this...

  • 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...

  • HTC One A9s: inspired by iPhone in style and name

    Keeping track of the HTC One A9s and other launches at IFA 2016? Have a look at our IFA portal right here. HTC was criticised last year for its One A9 smartphone, bearing more than a passing resemblance to Apple's iPhone range. Or was it the other way around? After all, the Taiwanese firm claimed that it invented antenna lines first... Meet the newest edition to the HTC One Family: The new #HTCOneA9s. https://t.co/BjfBznjggO pic.twitter.com/c8Pynu6ccL — HTC (@htc) September 1, 2016 Either way, the company has revealed a successor in the form of the HTC One A9s - perhaps inspired by Apple's "s" naming...

  • Apple iPhone SE available to preorder in SA from R8999

    Desperate to get your iPhone SE? Digicape -- one of Apple's premium resellers in South Africa -- has announced that users can now preorder the iPhone SE. The phone, which was launched late March, boasts a combination of iPhone 6S and iPhone 5S internals, in the form factor of the latter. It appeals to those reluctant to upgrade to Apple's larger iPhone 6 series, but even though it measures just 4.0-inches from screen corner to corner, it'll still leave quite a hole in prospective buyers' pockets. Digicape is pricing the 16GB version at R8999, while the 64GB version will fetch a...