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  • The 256GB iPhone XS Max is Apple’s hottest new seller

    According to new information from everyone's favourite Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 6.5 inch iPhone XS Max is Apple's most popular new smartphone. And by some margin at that. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo highlighted that the "demand for XS Max is better than expected". How much better? Three-to-four times that of the much smaller 5.8 inch iPhone XS. "The gold and space-grey colors are significantly more popular than the silver. 256GB is the most popular, and 512GB is subject to a serious shortage because only Samsung can currently ship NAND Flash well," he continued. Samsung, interestingly, also uses its...

  • Poll: Gearburn readers want smartphones with a headphone jack

    Dear manufacturers, Gearburn readers really don't want you removing the headphone jack from your smartphones. According to a mini-poll which ran on our Facebook account earlier this month, 88% of respondents believed that phone makers should not remove the headphone jack. Just 12% believe that the modern smartphone is better without the 3.5mm port. More recently, phone manufacturers have been ditching the headphone jack en masse in favour of Bluetooth. Sony practically stripped the jack from its newer XZ models, following from the iPhone series in 2016. OnePlus's next smartphone, the 6T, will reportedly be the next device to not sport the jack. One...

  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite will cost R8999 in South Africa

    The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is heading to South Africa, the company officially announced on Friday. The phone -- the smallest member of the Mate 20 line -- was launched last month at IFA 2018. It largely adopts the aesthetics of current Huawei devices, featuring a notch and the central rear camera array similar to the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. But it's not exactly small though. Keeping with the trend of larger screens, the Mate 20 Lite has a 6.3 inch screen with 2340x1080 resolution. Headlining the features is the phone's 24MP f/2.0 selfie camera, alongside a 2MP depth sensor. The rear...

  • Telkom announces contract pricing for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max

    Telkom on Friday announced its contract pricing information for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. Both phones are available to preorder from today, but will only ship come 28 September. But, if the cash pricing announced yesterday hasn't put you off, Telkom's offering one version of each device on its FreeMe contracts. For starters, the iPhone XS 64GB will start at R999pm for 24 months, this on the 1GB FreeMe package. This can however stretch to R1899pm for 24 months if you select the company's FreeMe Unlimited Package. The iPhone XS Max is also only offered in its 64GB guise,...

  • Samsung’s four camera Galaxy A7 will cost R8499 in South Africa

    The Samsung Galaxy A7 is now official, at least on paper. It might not be an S or Note series device, but Samsung thought it wise to put three cameras on the phone's rear plate. But we'll get into this later. For now, what you should know is that it's a 6.0 inch smartphone, keeping up with large, tall-screen trends of 2018. It's also an AMOLED panel, with 2220x1080. For the size though, it's pretty light, weighing in at just 168 grams. The Note 9, in comparison, is around 40 grams heavier. The Samsung Galaxy A7 also features an unnamed eight-core processor running...

  • Here’s how much Apple’s new iPhone range will cost in South Africa

    If you're looking to upgrade your iPhone in South Africa, you're going to need at least R21 999 to purchase a new XS. The iPhone XS and XS Max were revealed to the world earlier this month, and while we had a firm grasp on US pricing, the iStore today announced pricing for South Africa. The two models will arrive with three storage variations: 64GB, 256GB and 512GB. While users can pay off their devices over 37 months through the iStore's payment plan, it's the cash pricing that piqued our interest. The cheapest iPhone in the lineup -- the iPhone XS 64GB --...

  • Pixel 3s, V40s and Mate 20s: October’s a busy month for smartphone lovers

    Welcome to smartphone launch silly season. Now that Apple has paraded its three new iPhone X devices for the world and its competitors to see earlier this month, the latter now have their chance to claim the spotlight. Yes. October is going to be a busy month for smartphone fanatics. Whip out those diaries, because here's what you can expect from the likes of LG, Samsung, Google and Huawei. LG V40 ThinQ 3 October The first contender is a new LG flagship. The company's V series has been known as a poster for its new tech ideas. Who can forget the second screen,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reportedly catches fire in woman’s bag

    A Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has reportedly caught fire inside a woman's purse, she claims in a lawsuit. According to a New York Post report, the phone "became extremely hot" while the woman was using it in an elevator. She popped it in her bag, but this didn't remedy the issue. Instead "whistling and screeching" and "thick smoke" was the result. The phone reportedly caught fire. "The mobile didn’t stop burning until a good Samaritan grabbed it with a cloth and plunked it into a bucket of water, Chung claims in the Queens Supreme Court lawsuit," the NY Post's report continues. All this...

  • Gallery: 15 pictures of the new BlackBerry Key 2 unboxed

    BlackBerry is back with a brand new smartphone. It's called the Key 2, and recently launched in South Africa. And yes, the phone gives BlackBerry fans more of what they've become accustomed to over the years. That includes a physical keyboard with the ability to map buttons to open apps, and a convenience key which can be programmed to open whatever you desire. Beyond that, the BlackBerry Key 2 does deviate from the norm. It's the first of the company's smartphones to feature dual 12MP rear snappers. Internally, you're looking at 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage alongside a Snapdragon 66o chipset. But...

  • OnePlus 6T will ditch the headphone jack, but it’s not what fans want

    The next OnePlus smartphone will not have a headphone jack. In the latest episode of Why OEMs Hate Legacy But Useful Hardware Standards, the OnePlus 6T is set to abandon the trusty old jack in favour of wireless or USB-C audio. All previous OnePlus smartphones have employed the use of the standard. The 6T is the first time the company will join the likes of Apple and Sony in removing the 3.5mm connector. In an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision is about "optimising" the user experience, and not simply following the industry trends. "When we started OnePlus,...