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  • 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...

  • Huawei P20 Pro will retail for R15799 in South Africa, says Cellucity

    While Huawei South Africa is still being coy regarding pricing for the newly launched P20 series, local smartphone retailer Cellucity spilled the beans for them last night. And those beans are priced extremely competitively. Read more: Huawei P20 Pro revives the megapixel war with four cameras In a tweet, the retailer detailed that the Huawei P20 Lite will retail for R5499 (including free wireless earphones). But more notable is the P20 and P20 Pro's pricing. The standard Huawei P20 -- with two cameras and a 5.8-inch LCD screen -- will retail for R11499. That slots it in the midst of previous generation flagships,...

  • Just launched: Huawei P20 Pro revives the megapixel war with four cameras

    A protracted rumour mill ground to a halt today after Huawei finally unveiled its badly-kept-secret P20 Pro. It's the company's new flagship replacing February 2017's Huawei P10 series, and features a complete aesthetic rethink. However, it's one that'll probably be familiar at this point. The Huawei P20 Pro now sports a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen with 2244x1080 pixels, and a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Why 18.5:9, you ask? It has a notch. The awkward black bulge at the phone's crest itself hosts a 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera with autofocus on the right, a clump of sensors in the middle, and a cutesy rounded speaker for...

  • Notch a chance: Xiaomi’s ‘work of art’ Mi Mix 2S debuts for $530

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is now official, and not sporting a notch (thank the phone gods). Instead the Chinese marque has remained true to the original Mi Mix, waging an even greater war on the bezel. But it's quite a beautiful war, even if it's not much of an aesthetic step-up from 2017's Mi Mix 2. Shirking Apple's trendsetting quirks, the Mi Mix 2S flaunts an 82% screen-to-body ratio, sporting a 5.99-inch LCD display slathered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with a 2160x1080 resolution. At the rear, there's a fingerprint reader located in the middle of the device, flanked by a...

  • Huawei P20: all major rumours before tomorrow’s big reveal

    The Huawei P20 reveal event is set to take place tomorrow (27 March), with expectations high that we'll see some interesting camera tech on show. But what will be revealed at the event? What kind of features will be in tow? Will there be headphone jacks? Here are a few major nuggets you should know... Three models on offer According to regular leaker Evan Blass, the Paris event will see three models on offer at the very least. There's the P20 Lite, standard P20 and large P20 Pro. We've also seen reports of a 512GB Huawei phone, but it's unclear whether this is a...

  • Honor 2018 flagship coming, to be based on Huawei P20?

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand saw a stealthy launch in South Africa earlier this month, offering the mid-range Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X. The brand is also known for taking flagship Huawei phones and releasing them under the Honor name, albeit with a different design and a few other tweaks. For example, we saw the Honor 9 in June 2017, essentially being a Huawei P10 in terms of chipset and camera setup. Back in 2016 we also saw the Honor 8, being a Huawei P9 with a few changes. Now, an Honor representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the sub-brand will be offering...