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  • What do reviewers think of OnePlus 5?

    The OnePlus 5 has only just been launched, but international reviewers have had it for a while now. So what do they think of the new smartphone then? We've gathered a few thoughts... Ars Technica The website's Ron Amadeo noted that it was the "best sub-$500 phone you can buy" right now. The writer points to the great "near-stock" Android software, speedier scrolling than the Galaxy S8 and US$479 price tag as being some of the upsides. However, Amadeo notes that the camera post-processing can be finicky (adding that low-light focusing is a problem) and that you'll be waiting for software updates that might...

  • Cell C reveals prepaid price for Nokia 6

    Nokia-branded smartphones have come back to South Africa this month, with the Nokia 3 already available from networks. We also have Nokia 5 information, but what about the Nokia 6? Well, a Gearburn reader tipped us off to the appearance of the handset in Cell C's catalogue, coming in at a prepaid price tag of R4299. The tipster points out that Cell C's prices for the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 are slightly more expensive than MTN's prepaid pricing. The yellow network listed those two handsets at R2199 and R2999 respectively, while Cell C charges R2499 and R3599. In other words, the Nokia 6...

  • How big are MediaTek phones in Africa?

    Qualcomm is generally considered the big dog when it comes to smartphone processors, but MediaTek has been making waves in the budget space over the years. Powering everything from white-labelled devices and upcoming Chinese brands to established manufacturers, the chipmaker represents a stiff challenge for Qualcomm. But how does it fare on the continent, in terms of marketshare? "Although (it's) sometimes difficult to establish exact numbers based on market research, the estimated MediaTek marketshare in South Africa and Africa is approximately between 40% and 45% for smartphones," said Dominique Friedl, head of corporate sales for South and Sub Saharan Africa, in an...

  • OnePlus 5 fully revealed: 7 things you should know

    OnePlus isn't shy about drawing out the marketing for its flagship smartphones, giving enthusiasts a drip-feed of information and then fully revealing the handset. The same treatment was given to the OnePlus 5, which saw its processor and design being disclosed before the full reveal last night. So what did the launch event tell us about the new high-end smartphone? We've got x things you should know. Horsepower will definitely tick boxes We know that it's packing a Snapdragon 835, but OnePlus has also revealed that their new phone comes in 6GB of 8GB RAM flavours. By comparison, many other high-end phones on...

  • Watch: OnePlus 5 launches today, what to expect?

    OnePlus is scheduled to launch its OnePlus 5 smartphone today, delivering what should be a capable device at a lower price than Apple and Samsung. But what do we know about the upcoming handset thus far then? For starters, the Chinese firm has already said it will be packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, delivering a punch that matches today's top devices. It's also expected to pack a ton of RAM, with The Verge claiming it will have more RAM than you might find in a laptop. So over 4GB and up to 8GB is our assumption then. OnePlus claims that touch latency will...

  • 6 more offbeat products that Xiaomi bought to market

    A few months back, we took a look at some of the stranger Xiaomi or Xiaomi-backed products out there. From kettles to electric bikes, it was clear that the company has a ton of products under its umbrella. But the firm and its MiJia crowdfunding platform haven't been standing still, backing more weird, wonderful or just mundane products. Here are a few more strange devices the platform has delivered... Walkie Talkie For a company that made its name due to smartphones, selling a walkie talkie seems like a strange move. But Xiaomi has indeed backed this device. The MiJia walkie talkie is a two-way...

  • It might not be ‘real’ Nokia, but HMD’s phones have potential

    2017 marks the return of the Nokia name to the smartphone market, after the Nokia handset division was gobbled up by Microsoft in 2012. In case you don't know, today's Nokia-branded smartphones aren't coming from the 'real' Nokia. Instead, it's the result of a licensing agreement between Finland's HMD Global and Nokia itself (i.e. the firm that owned Nokia's handset unit before selling it to Microsoft). Although to be fair, many former Nokia employees seem to have joined HMD. The first product of this arrangement is already available in South Africa, in the form of the new 3310. But it's a...

  • LG G6+ is now official, vanilla G6 gets new features too

    The LG G6 (review) is one of our favourite smartphones of 2017 thus far, delivering a great, durable design, a capable dual-camera setup and that high screen/body ratio. Now, the South Korean firm has stepped up to the plate with the LG G6+. The tweaked variant delivers most of the same specs as the vanilla G6, but packs 128GB of expandable storage and a quad-DAC as standard. The phone also comes with B&O headphones to take advantage of the audio hardware. LG adds that the new phone will also pack wireless charging in some markets. LG is also delivering three new features...

  • Bixby voice preview launched, but only in USA for now

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 is a pretty great smartphone (review) for the most part, but it's clear that the Bixby service is a half-baked clone of Google Now. Still, Samsung has touted the service's (unavailable) voice capabilities in the run-up to the Galaxy S8 launch, saying it'll be better than many other voice assistants out there. Now, the company has finally announced a preview for the voice functionality, allowing owners of their latest flagship to get a piece of the action. "New voice features are coming to Bixby and we’re inviting you to get access first. Bixby is built into the Galaxy S8...

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: wireless charging confirmed?

    The iPhone 7 range has barely been on the market for three months (at the time of writing), being well-received by critics for the most part. Still, there are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for...