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  • Hisense Infinity F24 review: part of the crowd

    Pretty much every new phone has a screen above five inches nowadays, even those that retail in the "budget" range. Even more common, it seems, are budget phablets. And the latest company to join this band of brothers is Hisense. The Chinese manufacturer told Gearburn back in February that the Hisense Infinity F24 would arrive in the country by March. And they weren't lying. On our test bench for the past few weeks, the Infinity F24 shows just how far Hisense has come as a device designer and manufacturer. Shedding the utilitarian design philosophy of the two previous Infinity devices -- the...

  • ZTE designs and patents a phone with two notches

    The notch is seemingly here to stay. At least for now. With Android P bringing support for the somewhat silly design feature, more smartphone manufacturers will likely adopt it. But ZTE is taking it to the next level. Forget the top notch. That's child's play. The bottom notch is seemingly the latest echelon of design. A concept device was spotted created by the company, with an attached patent filed in China too. The phone in question features a top notch -- likely housing a camera, speaker and ambient light sensor -- but more importantly, a bottom notch with a home button. There's no genuine...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6X spanks more premium phones with a solid spec sheet

    The Xiaomi Mi 6X is now a thing, an official thing. After the surprise was spoiled by the official Android store a few days ago, the Xiaomi flagship's specs are now concrete. In what must've been a heartbreaking move for the company, it ditched the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 that it uses in practically all of its phones (and the Mi 5X) in favour of the 660. The emotional sacrifice does ensure a notable performance bump, and will likely be needed to power its 20MP and 12MP rear camera array. This too is "further supported by AI software," providing the savvy needed...

  • OnePlus 6 will debut on 16 May in London

    The OnePlus 6 will be launched in London on 16 May, the Chinese smartphone company confirmed Wednesday. Interestingly, it will be heading to both China and India just a day later, but no global availability information is available just yet. What is available (through good ol' rumours) is the OnePlus 6's proposed specs. For one, we're getting Qualcomm's range-topping Snapdragon 845 chipset, a possible wad of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That's a better specifications list than any Samsung, LG or Apple device at present. And yes, speaking of Apple, OnePlus will likely stuff a notch onto the phone's front bezel, eking...

  • Looks like the LG G7 ThinQ has a notch too

    There's just no way you can find a phone that does everything for you. And it seems that the LG G7 ThinQ will continue this trend. Leaked renders suggest that the phone will have a notch -- keeping up with the trend the Essential Phone and iPhone X began last year -- but it will also have a headphone jack. You see? Compromise. Other information leaker Evan Blass outed (because nothing is sacred in the smartphone world) are the buttons positioned around the device's flanks. Three buttons are located on the G7 ThinQ's left hand side, while one resides on the...

  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra review: selfie control

    Looking for a big phone? You've come to the right place. Hide your skinny jeans and fashionable jeggings, because the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a pocket breaker. Sticking with Sony's angular aesthetic is an incredibly large slab of aluminium and plastic, measuring more than 16cm in length, and 8cm across. At 9.5mm deep, the XA2 Ultra's also one of the thicker phones you'll see debut this year. And yes, it's probably going to the be only device you can stand up on its bottom without assistance. The screens colour reproduction is excellent, and this doesn't change at extreme viewing angles either But...

  • The rugged Cat S31 is now available in South Africa

    If you drop your phone often and don't own a pair of skinny jeans, you'll be happy to know that the Cat S31 smartphone is now available in South Africa. The "resilient smartphone suited for harsh and rugged environments" was first showcased at IFA 2017 in Berlin, and has been available in SA through grey imports, but has now officially arrived in mobile networks' stores. The rugged Cat S31's big draw isn't its specs sheet. Up front, there's a 2MP selfie camera, and a small-for-2018 4.7-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1280x720. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 is also included -- a...

  • Mighty specs meet bold claims: this is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

    Last year's Sony Xperia XZ Premium was a novel device. Not only did it feature a 4K screen, its slo-mo video recording performance was astounding. But it had flaws. Massive ones. Now the company's giving the Premium thing another go. It today announced the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, a clunkier name, a larger phone but a more impressive set of features. The phone adopts Sony's sculptured curve aesthetic, ditching the crude, sharp lines of its predecessor. There's no notch present, but there is a large forehead and a fat chin, typical of Sony devices of yore. And yes, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium...

  • Huawei: great smartphone photography is not about ‘the number of lenses’

    It's not about how many cameras you can shove into a smartphone's body, but rather how you use them, Huawei's Gene Jiao told Gearburn in an interview. "It's not about the number of lenses," Jiao stressed, this from a company that brought the world a three-camera smartphone, and specifically reviving the megapixel war with a 40MP sensor in one lens. "You have one camera and to focus it's very easy. You have two cameras, it's not easy to focus," Jiao notes. To solve this, in addition to exploring new camera technologies, Huawei has also dedicated an entire laboratory to its smartphone photography...

  • Here’s how much you’ll pay for the Huawei P20 Pro on contract

    After South Africa's collective tech ears pricked yesterday at the news of the Huawei P20 Pro's fairly modest prepaid pricing, retailer Cellucity is at it again this time divulging the phone's contract pricing. According to an email sent to Gearburn, Cellucity will offer all three P20 devices -- that is, the Huawei P20 Lite (feature image), the Huawei P20, and the Huawei P20 Pro -- on Vodacom contracts. The damage is as follows: Huawei P20 Lite -- from R299 per month on a uChoose Flexi 120 contract Huawei P20 -- from R579 per month on a Smart S contract Huawei P20...