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Mobile Phones

  • Nokia 3 officially launches in SA, price confirmed at R2199

    Last week, we were tipped off by a Gearburn reader, who alerted us to the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 appearing in MTN's smartphone catalogue. The listings also revealed MTN's prepaid prices, coming in at R2199 and R2999 respectively. Now, HMD Global has confirmed that at least one of these phones has already landed in South Africa (on 7 June), in the form of the Nokia 3. HMD's cheaper Nokia smartphone will indeed feature a R2199 price tag -- not bad when you consider the specifications. For your cash, you're getting a budget quad-core MT6737 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of...

  • ‘Expect double the performance from 2018’s budget smartphones’

    We can expect next year's mid-range smartphones to effectively pack double the performance compared to current budget devices. This is according to Laurence Bryant, vice-president of the personal mobile compute business line at ARM. The performance boost is chiefly thanks to ARM's new CPU core designs and new tech for pairing these cores together. ARM is the company behind the architecture and CPU cores used in the vast majority of smartphones worldwide. From Alcatel, Apple and HTC to Sony, Samsung and Huawei, their technology is used by virtually all mobile players to some extent. The company is introducing a new Cortex-A75 CPU core for heavyweight...

  • Leak: is this the upcoming OnePlus 5?

    The OnePlus 5 is one of the more eagerly anticipated smartphones of the year, and we already know quite a bit about it. The latest official news tells us that it'll be launched on 20 June, at 12pm EDT. This comes a few months after Takealot told Gearburn they would be launching the phone in July. But what does the phone look like though? Android Police has published what it says is an image of the upcoming device (seen above), adding that it has corroborated the picture with another source. From the image, it's clear to see that the phone is apparently packing...

  • Could ZTE’s Nubia range make it to SA?

    You might not be familiar with the ZTE brand on smartphones, but the company's been making phones for the likes of Vodacom for a while now. It's also got its own brand of capable handsets, with the Axon 7 Mini available in South Africa via MTN. Much like Huawei and its Honor brand, ZTE has its own sub-brand, dubbed Nubia. More recently, the company has launched the Nubia Z17, packing a variety of impressive tech into its waterproof body. There's a Snapdragon 835 chip, up to 8GB of RAM and a 12MP+23MP dual camera pairing. Not too shabby then. But could we see...

  • MTN catalogue reveals Nokia 3, Nokia 5 pricing

    Press invites for the Nokia/HMD smartphone launch have gone out already, listing a 22 June local event. But what kind of prices can we expect? According to the latest MTN YelloTrader, the Nokia 3 has a price of R149 a month on a Flexi R110 contract. However, the phone can also be bought off-contract from the network for R2199. Meanwhile, the Nokia 5 is listed for R299 a month on a Flexi R200 contract. The handset can also be purchased for R2999 off-contract. There's no word on the Nokia 6's release via MTN though, as it's not shown off in the catalogue. The Nokia...

  • ZTE Nubia Z17 flagship is first to pack Quick Charge 4+

    ZTE's Nubia sub-brand is responsible for some of the more striking smartphones on the market, so when a new flagship gets announced, you'll want to take notice. The company's latest phone, the Nubia Z17, seems like a very powerful device. There's a Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a (presumably full HD) 5.5-inch display. The Nubia Z17 also stands out thanks to its water-resistant design and its charging chops, being the first phone to feature Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ technology. In fact, ZTE claims that 20 minutes of charging will take the 3200mAh battery to 50%...

  • Moto Z2 Play now official, new Moto Mods in tow

    The Moto Z Play (review) was a solid if unspectacular smartphone, coming to South Africa several months after its global release. You had a mid-range but frugal processor, a pleasant design and those cool Moto Mod hardware add-ons. In saying so, it was a tad pricey locally, while the camera was pretty bad in low light conditions. In any event, Lenovo isn't slowing down, revealing the Moto Z2 Play today. In the hardware department, we've got a Snapdragon 626 processor (being a slight upgrade over the SD625), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (or 3GB/32GB). Otherwise, Lenovo still retains the full HD...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #13: should you get the Galaxy S8?

    The Samsung Galaxy S7 was one of our favourite phones of 2016, packing an excellent camera, solid battery life and great performance into a solid package. The Galaxy S8 has a lot to live up to, as a result, but it's probably the most popular high-end smartphone of the year. We've got that same great camera, a battery that delivers, and one of the best displays we've ever used. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S8 review Then there's that eye-catching design, delivering thin borders and a slick dual-curved display. Is it the greatest phone ever produced by Samsung then? Well, not quite... Join Andy...

  • Galaxy S8: the US version is much better for emulators

    The Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) is easily one of the most powerful smartphones available right now, going toe to toe with Apple's best in the benchmark department, for one. This is thanks to the Exynos 8895 chip in the international version, while the US version packs a potent Snapdragon 835 processor too. In the wake of the phone's global release, footage emerged of a Galaxy S8 running the Dolphin emulator for GameCube, being widely reported. The footage showed games running at a very smooth pace, giving the impression that the new Samsung phone is an emulation beast of note. The Galaxy S8 was...

  • Essential Phone: will Android co-founder’s phone succeed?

    Earlier this week, we saw the launch of the Essential Phone, being the brain-child of Android co-founder Andy Rubin. Featuring a hardware add-on system similar to Moto Mods and Huawei's dual-camera setup, the new smartphone is also packing some impressive specs. There's the Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Then there's the design, featuring a screen that stretches from edge to edge (only breaking for a front-facing camera), as well as a titanium and ceramic build. But what are the odds of success? Could it take the fight to the Apples and Samsungs of the world? That depends...