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  • Huawei Nova 2i revealed, packing four (count ’em!) cameras [Update]

    Update, 2.23pm, 3 October 2017: Huawei South Africa has told Gearburn that the Huawei Nova 2i won't be making its way to our shores. "Unfortunately we won't be bringing this device into South Africa," a representative explained. Original article: The Huawei Nova 2 hasn't made its way to our shores yet, but that hasn't stopped the tech company from launching a new model, dubbed the Huawei Nova 2i. Spotted by Android Police and featured on Huawei Thailand's channels, the Nova 2i packs two cameras on the front and two on the back. The front sees a 13MP+2MP pairing for bokeh/depth-of-field tomfoolery, while the...

  • Google Pixel 2 renders leak: your choice of large or thin bezels

    Google is gearing up for its Pixel 2 event tomorrow (4 October), where it's expected to reveal two smartphones in the well-received range. We've already reported on some of the apparent specs, such as a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and full HD or 1440p displays (full HD for the Pixel 2 and QHD for the Pixel 2 XL). Now, Venturebeat's Evan Blass has published renders of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, showing two phones with differing approaches to bezels/borders. The Pixel 2 XL (seen in the featured image) takes a more Galaxy S8-style route, delivering trimmed borders with...

  • Google Pixel 2 launches this week: what to expect?

    Last year saw the Pixel making its debut, instantly standing out thanks to world-class mobile cameras, powerful internals and a stock Android experience. Now, we're two days away from the Pixel 2 being revealed... There have been loads of rumours regarding the new smartphones, but what are some of the more prominent details we're supposed to expect? Horsepower Early reports initially claimed that Qualcomm would supply a Snapdragon 836 processor for the new phones. But XDA later revealed that the Snapdragon 836 didn't actually exist. So we're expecting the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM (although 6GB wouldn't be out of the question,...

  • Exclusive: Huawei Mate 10 could have ‘DeX-like feature’

    Samsung's Galaxy S8 offers a rather handy feature in the form of DeX, enabling the phone to deliver a PC-like experience via an external screen. Now, it would appear that Huawei's Mate 10 could have a similar capability. MirAxess CEO Yanis Anteur told Gearburn that Huawei's new devices, set for 16 October, will tout PC-style functionality. The executive was speaking to us regarding their crowdfunded lapdock, the Mirabook. Read more: Mirabook vs Superbook - crowdfunded lapdocks compared "For now on we recommend to use the Mirabook with the Galaxy S8 for DeX and Windows Phones for Continuum. I also have a secret news for...

  • Confirmed: Huawei Mate 10 to be water-resistant

    We already know the Huawei Mate 10 will pack a dual camera setup with large apertures, as well as a Kirin 970 processor. But the information drip-feed doesn't end here though. Ahead of the 16 October reveal date, official sources have revealed to Gearburn that the Mate 10 will also be water-resistant. It's unclear what kind of water/dust resistance rating will be bestowed upon the phone though. It would mark the first major Huawei handset to pack water resistance, with the P10 lagging behind the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 in this department. The Huawei Mate 10, set for reveal next month,...

  • Exclusive: Moto Z2 Play, G5S Plus prepaid prices revealed for SA

    Last week saw Lenovo and Telkom team up to launch the Moto Z2 Play and Moto G5S Plus in South Africa, being available on contract via the network. The cheaper G5S Plus starts at R289 a month on a 24-month FreeMe 1GB package, while the Z2 Play (and speaker Moto Mod) starts at R429 a month for the same package. But what about prepaid pricing? In response to a Gearburn query, Lenovo has revealed off-contract pricing for the two devices. The G5S Plus will set you back R4999 and the Moto Z2 Play and speaker mod will have an R8799 price...

  • New new Nokia 3310: now with 3G and heftier price tag

    The new Nokia 3310 made headlines around the world earlier this year, after HMD Global revived the handset for a new generation. It was far from perfect though, being a bog-standard feature phone with a high price tag (R749, €49). In other words, you were paying for the name alone. Now, HMD has delivered an upgraded model, packing 3G connectivity for internet browsing. The new phone also has new colours and a user interface that can be customised with various colours. The move to 3G does mean that battery life takes a hit, in the form of 6.5 hours of talk time...

  • FNB ConeXis X2, A2 smartphones revealed

    Last year's FNB ConeXis range, the bank's first branded smartphones, weren't very good. Being overpriced and under-specced compared to the competition, it was tough to recommend these over the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi and (now) Nokia. Now, the bank has revealed the next generation of devices (due for 2 October release), in the form of the ConeXis X2 and A2. And the more expensive model certainly seems like a good step above last year's effort. The X2 delivers a 5-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 435 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, NFC for FNB Pay and other payment services and a...

  • Game of Thrones cinematographer ‘praises’ LG V30 video chops

    Many high-end smartphones boast great video recording capabilities, but LG's V series is at the top of the pile when it comes to sheer variety of options. Now, Game of Thrones cinematographer David Franco has seemingly heaped praise on the LG V30. In an interview posted on AdWeek, Franco revealed that he teamed up with LG to get early hands-on time with the new handset. The result was a pretty mundane but well-shot Day in the Life video montage, which can be seen on the AdWeek website. The cinematographer/director of photography (DP) told the publication that he rarely carries a DSLR...

  • Someone gutted a Macbook to make a DeX lapdock

    Who knew that one of the better mobile/desktop hybrid projects would actually come from Samsung? Yep, DeX saw Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users connect their phones to a dock, which then delivered a PC-like experience. Of course, aside from the dock, you'd also need a screen and keyboard/mouse combination. But one enterprising tech enthusiast decided to gut a 2008 Macbook Pro and turn it into a DeX station -- and it doesn't look half bad at all. Kris Henriksen, who goes by the XDA forum handle kreal, posted an image gallery and video, showing off the unofficial creation. Some of the...