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Mobile Phones

  • Squeeze me: transparent, notchless HTC U12 Plus debuts for $799

    There's a new HTC smartphone that South Africans will have to lust over from a distance. The HTC U12 Plus, as its called, is the company's new smartphone that wants you to wring its neck. Because everyone seemingly loved the HTC U11's squeeze sensor gimmick -- which allowed users to command the phone through pressured grabs of the phone's flanks -- it returns to the U12 Plus. It now comes with new gesture support, what HTC calls the "Edge Launcher" and support for voice assistants. HTC is seemingly platform agnostic in this regard. "Simply squeeze your phone to take photos, launch voice...

  • Huawei’s R26k Porsche Design Mate RS now available in South Africa

    It's not often that a smartphone retails for the same price as a second hand family car, but the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the exception. The company today announced that the phone will be available in South Africa, and offered exclusively through MTN. "The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS represents the pinnacle of technology through features such as the world’s first dual fingerprint design including an innovative in-screen fingerprint sensor, the world’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) processor and Leica triple camera with 40MP image capture," the company writes in a release. "This device will surpass the performance expectations of even...

  • Huawei’s 4 Y Series phones get South African pricing

    We have the Mate series, the P series, and now Huawei's refreshed Y Series is heading for South Africa too. The company's "youth" range includes four devices, from the Huawei Y3 2018 at the lowest end to the Huawei Y7 2018 heading up the range. But don't expect these devices to cost a fortune. Pricing spans between R999 and R2999, with each of the four devices offering something a little different. Huawei Y3 2018 is the company's first Android Go device, running Android's lightweight version of Android Oreo. It's not wildly exciting otherwise, sporing a 5.0-inch 854x480 screen, a Mediatek MT6737M chipset,...

  • Here’s the Sony Xperia XZ2 contract pricing for South Africa

    It's taken a few weeks, but the the Sony Xperia ZZ2 is now available in South Africa, with contract pricing information in tow. The Japanese manufacturer's latest flagship sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, a 18:9 5.7-inch screen and a 19MP rear camera capable of slow motion video recording at 1080p at 960 frames per second. It's a nice package, and Sony's most exciting flagship on paper for quite some time. But how much will you need to fetch in South Africa to own one? Vodacom: R599 per month for 24 months on a uChoose Flexi 165 Free extras...

  • Huawei P20 Pro review: not the sum of its cameras

    A certain Gene Jiao, Huawei's president of MEA, once told me that it's not the number of lenses you stick on a smartphone that's important, it's how you use the cameras you have. If this were true the Huawei P20 Pro would still have two lenses, like the P10 before it. Hell, it would have a single lens like the P8. So when the Huawei P20 Pro debuted with three cameras at the back, I raised an eyebrow. When it landed on our bench for review, I was dealing with a mild bout of smartphone fatigue. Nokia just had a local launch....

  • LG G7 ThinQ touts a notch, headphone jack and AI camera

    The LG G7 ThinQ is now an official thing, this after countless leaks made its official launch practically pointless. Nevertheless, this is LG's latest swing at topping the two towers of Samsung and Apple at the top of the smartphone world. And on paper at least, it goes some way towards achieving its goal. For one, it now uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 CPU -- something that was neglected in the V30 -- coupled with 4GB of RAM and a base storage count of 64GB. There's an option to further expand that via a MicroSD card. LG G7 ThinQ specifications: Dimensions: 153.2mm tall,...

  • Hisense Infinity F24 review: part of the crowd

    Pretty much every new phone has a screen above five inches nowadays, even those that retail in the "budget" range. Even more common, it seems, are budget phablets. And the latest company to join this band of brothers is Hisense. The Chinese manufacturer told Gearburn back in February that the Hisense Infinity F24 would arrive in the country by March. And they weren't lying. On our test bench for the past few weeks, the Infinity F24 shows just how far Hisense has come as a device designer and manufacturer. Shedding the utilitarian design philosophy of the two previous Infinity devices -- the...

  • ZTE designs and patents a phone with two notches

    The notch is seemingly here to stay. At least for now. With Android P bringing support for the somewhat silly design feature, more smartphone manufacturers will likely adopt it. But ZTE is taking it to the next level. Forget the top notch. That's child's play. The bottom notch is seemingly the latest echelon of design. A concept device was spotted created by the company, with an attached patent filed in China too. The phone in question features a top notch -- likely housing a camera, speaker and ambient light sensor -- but more importantly, a bottom notch with a home button. There's no genuine...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6X spanks more premium phones with a solid spec sheet

    The Xiaomi Mi 6X is now a thing, an official thing. After the surprise was spoiled by the official Android store a few days ago, the Xiaomi flagship's specs are now concrete. In what must've been a heartbreaking move for the company, it ditched the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 that it uses in practically all of its phones (and the Mi 5X) in favour of the 660. The emotional sacrifice does ensure a notable performance bump, and will likely be needed to power its 20MP and 12MP rear camera array. This too is "further supported by AI software," providing the savvy needed...

  • OnePlus 6 will debut on 16 May in London

    The OnePlus 6 will be launched in London on 16 May, the Chinese smartphone company confirmed Wednesday. Interestingly, it will be heading to both China and India just a day later, but no global availability information is available just yet. What is available (through good ol' rumours) is the OnePlus 6's proposed specs. For one, we're getting Qualcomm's range-topping Snapdragon 845 chipset, a possible wad of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That's a better specifications list than any Samsung, LG or Apple device at present. And yes, speaking of Apple, OnePlus will likely stuff a notch onto the phone's front bezel, eking...