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  • Huawei Nova 3 ‘debuts’ with two 24MP cameras and Kirin 970

    Be it a mistake or a marketing stunt, the Huawei Nova 3 has been launched before its launch. Listed on Chinese ecommerce site VMall, the latest phone from the Chinese manufacturer has been revealed in all its mid-range glory. At its heart, the device will sport a HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, featuring four A73 cores running at 2.4GHz, and four 1.8GHz A53 cores. You'll also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while a 3750mAh battery keeps the lights on. Notably, the phone features a massive 6.3-inch display (with a notch), and a middle-rear fingerprint reader. Above it and slightly to the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus rumoured to have 5 cameras

    The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is rumoured to have a total of five cameras. According to Korean website The Bell (translated), one of the rear cameras will have an ultra-wide angle of 120°. Also referred to as the Beyond 2, the S10 Plus will apparently have two front-facing cameras and three rear cameras, similar to the Huawei P20 Pro. The site also claims that the phone’s front facing cameras are set to produce high quality self-portraiture. There’s no clear indication of the camera sensors’ megapixel count. Additionally, two other S10 models are reportedly in the works. Codenamed Beyond 0 and Beyond 1, these devices...

  • My first 48 hours with the CAT S61

    There are few flagship phones in 2018 that really, really stand out. Sure, the Huawei P20 Pro and its three cameras make an impression, and so does the iPhone X with its notch. But there's not much development going on in other smartphone tech among the elite. On Wednesday, manufacturer Bullitt Group held an event in Johannesburg to showcase its latest CAT-branded smartphone. Dubbed the S61, the phone's about as different and unique as anything you'll see this year. But there's a key question that needs to be asked: does it immediately make it better than anything else on the market? No,...

  • iPhone 8 is May 2018’s biggest selling smartphone worldwide

    An iPhone is once again the best selling device globally through the month of May overtaking April's best seller Samsung Galaxy S9+, research from Counterpoint suggests. The iPhone 8 owned 2.4% of the global market share in the month, with marketing campaigns surrounding the World Cup hype reportedly paying off. Notably, it outsold its larger brother -- the iPhone 8 Plus -- which itself is placed fifth and the iPhone X which placed third. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ wasn't far off the iPhone 8's sales figures though. Counterpoint suggests the phone had a weaker month in Europe, but remained "steady in the...

  • Gearburn readers really don’t like the smartphone notch

    Well, surprise surprise. According to a recent poll ran on Gearburn's Facebook account, 62% of respondents don't like the smartphone notch. The notch has become a mainstay in smartphone design this year, this after the Essential Phone debuted with the design feature in 2017. Following on from its notably public interest, Apple then launched the iPhone X in September 2017. This was seemingly the point of no return. Since, we've seen a slew of manufacturers adopt the notch, from Lenovo to LG, and OnePlus to Huawei. But the likes of Oppo and Vivo are seemingly bypassing the notch entirely. Two new devices: the...

  • Oppo’s Find X mounts its three cameras on a motorised sled

    Notches are so early 2018, this is at least according to Chinese company Oppo's new smartphone, the Find X. Behind that silly name lies a pretty cool marketing trick: a motorised popup camera that houses three cameras. Instead of popping the selfie camera in a notch or a thicker bezel, Oppo mounted the camera on a tray that slides out when the camera is required. This allows the firm to slim the bezels right around the device. And it looks pretty damn neat from the front. At the rear, the camera array consists of a 16MP and 20MP sensor duo. Up front,...

  • Hisense’s H12 and H12 Pro coming to South Africa

    If you're sick of notches, look away now. The latest company to take a sliver out of its smartphone screen is Hisense on its H12 and H12 Pro smartphones. Both are heading to South Africa and will play in the mid-range and upper mid-range markets respectively. For the most part, they're aesthetically the same phone. Both have the notch, and both have vertically-mounted dual rear cameras, and interestingly, both also have programmable buttons which allows users to open their preferred apps, similar to Samsung's Bixby button. However, the H12 is the lesser-specced of the two. For starters, it does feature a larger 6.2-inch...

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 outsold the iPhone X globally in April 2018

    According to research from data firm Counterpoint, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the world's biggest selling smartphones in April 2018. The two devices beat Apple's 2018 smartphone arsenal -- the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 -- by a little over 0.3% market share. Notably though, the next most popular device came from Xiaomi, in the Redmi 5A. But it's not the only Xiaomi on the list. Flanking the iPhone 6 -- yes, and it's outselling the iPhone 7 -- is the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Note 5 Plus. "This is the first time Xiaomi grabbed two positions within...

  • LG Q Stylus is the company’s latest handwriting input smartphone

    Unlike many smartphone manufacturers, this year's LG lineup is pretty simple. The company launched its G7 ThinQ last month, followed by its budget Q7 equivalent. Today, the Korean firm debuted the LG Q Stylus, itself a refresh of the LG Stylus 2. "The LG Q Stylus is a handwriting input smartphone without the premium price," LG suggests in a press release, hinting at a feature given away by the phone's name. "The no-nonsense stylus adds more convenience and functionality beyond the typical keyboard experience while the intelligent palm rejection system ensures that accuracy is never an issue even when resting one’s...

  • Lenovo Z5 is not the all-screen pocket monster we hoped for

    Hype can be the creator and killer of devices, but it seems the Lenovo Z5 is the victim of the latter this time around. After the company's marketing material suggested that the phone would feature a full-face screen -- sans notch or notable bezels -- the company on Tuesday debuted a phone with a notch, and a chin. Hmph. Nevertheless, the Chinese manufacturer has included a 6.2-inch display from corner-to-corner, with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2246x1080. Internally, the Z5 runs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset -- decidedly upper mid-range, and not flagship -- mated to 6GB of RAM. Users will...