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  • Sony’s next phone could sport 21:9 screen, triple rear camera

    Sony has been left behind in the smartphone war. Its rivals' recent smartphones have all but eclipsed -- in specs and performance -- its newer flagship devices. And although the Sony Xperia XZ3 shows promise, it still isn't the company's saviour. But the Japanese firm may be readying something better, and a lot more daring, come 2019. Earlier this week, renders of the Sony Xperia XZ4 suggested a large screen smartphone with three cameras at the rear and no return of the headphone jack. According to new case designs profiled by Slashleaks, it seems that these renders were pretty accurate. The designs leave enough...

  • 48 hours with the Honor 8X

    It's been a long year. So long, in fact, that I can barely recall the smartphones I've actually used. For the most part, devices have been dominated by notches, tall screens, and a focus on AI in some capacity. And my latest review subject happens to tick all three boxes. The Honor 8X, for all intents and purposes, is what you get if you made a smartphone in 2018 almost entirely to trend, with a few added bonuses and novelties. Speaking of which, after using the phone for 48 hours, here are some of the things that I immediately noticed about the...

  • Nokia 7.1 gets Android Pie three weeks after launch

    When a phone launches with an older version of Android, it usually takes the company a few months to update the device to Google's latest OS version. But Nokia is bucking this trend. Today its Finnish owner HMD Global announced that the Nokia 7.1 will receive its Android 9.0 Pie update this week. This comes just over three weeks after its South African launch. "Nokia 7.1 is our fourth smartphone running Android 9 Pie, alongside Nokia 7 plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 with even more to come by the end of the year," said Juho Sarvikas, HMD's Chief Product...

  • Leaked Huawei P Smart 2019 features a teardrop notch

    The Huawei P Smart has been one of the company's best performing devices in South Africa, and it looks like we might be in for a revision in the new year. Leaked by German tech site WinFuture, the Huawei P Smart 2019, as it's referred to, will feature a 6.2 inch LCD screen with a 2340x1080 resolution. This is the Huawei P Smart 2019. More official pics: https://t.co/x79ydnZ85J pic.twitter.com/61PXuuXFDb — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) 23 November 2018 There's no obscene notch on this model either as it steps away from the P10-era design language. Like the Mate 20, the P Smart 2019 will have...

  • Honor’s gunning for SA’s biggest smartphone brands in 2020 plan

    Honor, Huawei's e-brand, is seriously ambitious. The company this week, alongside the launch of its 8X flagship, announced its intention to become one of South Africa's top three smartphone brands by 2020. But is it an attainable and realistic goal? The brand's CEO for South Africa Raymond Liu believes that it is. "In some markets we need to go even faster than headquarter's strategy," Liu told Gearburn in an interview, suggesting that the fast-paced South African mobile market is one of the company's key regions. Notably, this target doesn't just include the Honor 8X, but will also include the company's two other...

  • Honor officially arrives in South Africa, debuts the swanky 8X

    Huawei has a fairly thick smartphone portfolio in South Africa, but on Tuesday night the company introduced its "e-brand" to the country. Although you could purchase its phones for a good few months already, Honor officially announced its presence in South Africa, and with it, the 8X flagship. At R5499, it's an interesting device, with a keen focus on aesthetics, entertainment, and a marketing slant that vehemently targets active, young, flat white-indulging colour-running Millennials. A vast swathe of Honor's presentation deck centres on the device's design cherry-topped by the incredibly shiny rear plate, and two-tone finish. It's available in black, blue, and...

  • Google’s Night Sight buffs the Pixel’s camera prowess in low light

    Google has revealed a new feature for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that helps users take better quality pictures in low light situations. Night Sight, as it’s called, “helps you capture vibrant and detailed low-light photos without a flash or tripod”. “When it’s dark, cameras compensate by spending more time capturing light and increasing their sensitivity to light, often adding unwanted motion blur and noise to your photo,” Google explains on its website. The feature, it would seem, does this better and results in a less blurred and less noisy picture. “Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment,” says...

  • This is the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact with two notches

    If you didn't think the notch was a terrible fad and deliberate design flaw yet, this new device from Sharp will change your mind. Dubbed the Aquos R2 Compact, the phone does remind us of the old Sony compact days. And yes, it too boasts some pretty sweet specs. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and a 22.6MP camera for good measure. But, it has one, nay, two small issues. There's a notch on top, and a notch at the bottom. The 120Hz 5.2 inch screen still boasts a 2280x1080 resolution, but one notch houses the 8MP selfie camera,...

  • MTN announces KaiOS feature phone for South Africa

    MTN, along with telecoms giant China Mobile and semiconductor firm UNISOC has announced its first "smart feature phone" that runs on KaiOS. KaiOS, which was borne as a fork of Firefox OS, gives users the basic functionalities of a smartphone, like apps and Google services, without the price premium. "As MTN we are proud to be part of this partnership that supports our ambitions to deepen digital inclusion in our markets," said Rob Shuter, MTN's president and CEO. "This initiative contributes to the achievement of one of our key goals to provide affordable data enabled handsets to our customers, and by so...

  • Samsung debuts Exynos 9820 chipset with NPU, 8K video recording

    Samsung has today announced its latest flagship smartphone chipset, the Exynos 9820. While it might sound pretty similar to the outgoing 9810 in the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, it's a notable bump. For one, the chip is based on the 8nm process, a slight shrink from the 9810's 10mm process. It also features a tri-CPU cluster design, with two custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores for low power usage. It's notable that Samsung has decided to forgo using the ARM Cortex-A76 cores that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro's HiSilicon Kirin 980 employs. Nevertheless, the Samsung chip also features...