• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

Mobile Phones

  • Nokia 3 review: the Redmi 4A should be your first choice

    HMD brought Nokia-branded smartphones back to life in 2017, and it seems like the move has paid off already. Between the attractive price tags and stock take on Android, it's easy to see why Nokia is a major mobile force once again. The Nokia 3 was the cheapest Nokia smartphone for quite some time (until the Nokia 2 arrived), coming in at R2000. So is it worth the asking price? Let's dive in. Design If there's one area where the Nokia 3 punches above its weight, it has to be the hardware design. Featuring a polycarbonate back (i.e. plastic) and a metallic rim, the phone...

  • Samsung W2018 has a feature that might come to Galaxy S9

    Last month, the Samsung W2018 smartphone hit the Chinese market, being the latest Samsung flip phone to launch. Aside from being a flip phone, the device also packs a rather unique feature, in the form of a variable aperture camera. The aperture is capable of automatically switching from f/1.5 to f/2.4 and back again, seemingly a sort of middle ground between fixed apertures seen in smartphones and variable apertures seen in many SLR cameras. And if a recent image hasn't been faked, then the Galaxy S9 is expected to pack the same technology, down to the same aperture sizes. So why would...

  • TCL V760 surfaces online, which Alcatel smartphone is this?

    TCL is the custodian of the Alcatel smartphone brand these days, releasing a host of phones in China and emerging markets. And at CES 2018, we saw the company tease three new phone categories, in the form of the Alcatel 1, 3 and 5 series. The company didn't reveal much about these products though, with little in the way of specs to be had. Now, Chinese telecoms regulatory body TENAA has published details of the TCL V760. And if serial tipster Evan Blass's earlier leaks are true, then this should be the Alcatel 3V. Alcatel 2018 top-tier lineup (Idol-equivalent) pic.twitter.com/W5FrqwIhDs — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October...

  • LG CEO orders do-over of upcoming G7 – report [Update]

    The LG G6 (review) and V30 were big steps in the right direction for the company, but what should we expect from the LG G7? Well, one report claims that LG CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered a revision of the upcoming phone. According to the Korean Herald, citing an employee who wished to remain anonymous, "the G7 smartphone team of the company's mobile communications business was told to halt recent work related to development of the newest phone, and to review the new product from scratch". The employee told the publication that an order was sent "to the working-level officials to start...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...

  • HTC U11 EYEs leaks on HTC’s own website

    The HTC U11 wasn't available in South Africa, but it was certainly one of the better smartphones of 2017. Featuring powerful internals, a capable camera and those squeezable edges, it showed that the Taiwanese company still has a knack for creating an appealing phone. The company sought to create a mid-range model in the form of the U11 Life, but 2018 also brings word of another budget-minded variant, the HTC U11 EYEs. The new phone was leaked by HTC's own website (spotted by the Tech Chat YouTube channel and Android Police), retaining a few key flagship features. So that means IP67...

  • Nokia 8 gets DxOMark camera results: it’s not good

    DxOMark has emerged as one of the foremost websites for smartphone photography, attempting to benchmark photos, videos and other aspects of the mobile photography experience. There's been plenty of debate over the company's testing, given the subjective nature of photography in many ways. But the scores are often used by brands and consumers alike to justify the greatness of their phones. In any event, DxOMark has just published their results for the Nokia 8 (review), and it's very disappointing. At a score of 68, it sits way below other high-end phones, with the Galaxy S6 Edge, iPhone 6s and Lava Z25 (wuh?)...

  • Galaxy S9 reveal set for MWC – report

    Samsung's Galaxy S9 is one of the most eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year, but when will we actually see it being revealed? Now, Samsung mobile head DJ Koh told Korean press at CES that the flagship would be revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ZDNet reported. It would mark a return to MWC for Samsung, having launched the Galaxy S7 there, but holding its own event for the Galaxy S8. As for features, previous leaks point to more of the same for the new flagships, featuring a similar high screen/body ratio and tall screen as the 2017 models. However, serial...

  • The Moviphone has budget specs, steep price, but packs a projector

    We've seen smartphones with projectors before, with Samsung's Galaxy Beam being the most prominent example. Now, at CES 2018, we've seen a new phone emerge, dubbed the Moviphone. The top of the device plays host to the laser projector, delivering a 720p image, 50 lumens brightness and the ability to stretch the projected image from 12 inches to 200 inches. The Moviphone is also backed by a 4000mAh battery, enabling the device to last up to six hours when projecting (with the phone screen off). Turn the screen on with max brightness while projecting and the manufacturer claims four hours of juice. As...

  • Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra set for April launch in SA

    The Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra were the two best mobile offerings from the Japanese firm at CES 2018, delivering some solid upgrades over last year's models. We already know about international availability of the phones, but what about South Africa? Well, the company's local representatives told Gearburn that you can expect a local launch in April 2018. The two phones share a mid-range but efficient Snapdragon 630 processor, a USB Type C port, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a 23MP main camera that's been a fixture on recent mid-range Sony phones. Otherwise, the standard XA2 offers 3GB of RAM, 32GB...