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  • Honor 2018 flagship coming, to be based on Huawei P20?

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand saw a stealthy launch in South Africa earlier this month, offering the mid-range Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X. The brand is also known for taking flagship Huawei phones and releasing them under the Honor name, albeit with a different design and a few other tweaks. For example, we saw the Honor 9 in June 2017, essentially being a Huawei P10 in terms of chipset and camera setup. Back in 2016 we also saw the Honor 8, being a Huawei P9 with a few changes. Now, an Honor representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the sub-brand will be offering...

  • More Android apps will be able to accurately track your driving, walking

    Driving modes have silently become one of the more indispensable features for smartphone users, allowing users to concentrate on the road. But truth be told, few third-party Android apps have been able to take advantage of this data. This week however Google announced that the so-called Activity Recognition Transition API was being made available to all Android developers. "We've heard from developer after developer that they're spending valuable engineering time to combine various signals like location and sensor data just to determine when the user has started or ended an activity like walking or driving," read an excerpt from an official...

  • Huawei P20 Lite launched in China, called Nova 3e because Huawei

    The Huawei P20 launch is still a few days away, but the firm held an event in China for the Nova 3e. And it's pretty much the Huawei P20 Lite with a different name -- the firm isn't averse to giving different names for various markets. The Nova 3e packs an identical design to the P20 Lite that was leaked by Evan Blass earlier this month. It's also not the first time that we've seen the phone, as an Italian retailer outed the device a few days ago. But this is indeed the first official look at the Lite model. The...

  • Exynos 9610: a rival to Snapdragon 660, Helio P60?

    Samsung's Exynos chipsets are nothing to scoff at, frequently sparring with Qualcomm's top-flight processors. The firm also produces mid-tier chipsets for its cheaper smartphones, and the latest chip, the Exynos 9610, looks to take on Qualcomm and Mediatek's cheaper offerings. Samsung is clearly positioning the chipset as an AI-focused bit of silicon, touting a vision and image processing unit. However, as the name implies, it seems like the AI bits are purely for camera-related tasks. "The unit consists of a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that efficiently converts analog streams of images and video into a digital signal and a neural-network engine that analyses...

  • Hisense H11, F24, E7 hit SA, here’s what they’ll cost

    Hisense is no stranger to the South African mobile landscape, producing a few budget devices as well as several durable (yet mid-range) smartphones. Now, the company has announced its latest crop of devices for South Africa, in the form of the H11, F24 and E7. The H11 is undoubtedly the star of the show here, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor that's at pretty much at the bottom of the mid-range market. In fact, this is the same chipset seen in last year's Hisense C30 Rock (review). Other than the older chip, it's got a 12MP main camera (Hisense says it, 16MP selfie camera,...

  • Don’t expect high-end Honor smartphones in South Africa

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand silently launched in South Africa last week, bringing the mid-range Honor 7X and Honor 9 Lite to the country. The two devices are very similar to the R4000 Huawei P Smart, save for a few tweaks here and there. But the sub-brand also plays host to some high-end wares, such as the recent Honor View 10 and Honor 9. However, you shouldn't hold your breath for these top-shelf phones anytime soon. "Will we see high-end Honor phones in the country, such as the Honor View 10 and Honor 9?" we asked the sub-brand in an emailed query. [caption id="attachment_107330"...

  • Huawei P20 Pro has 40MP, 20MP, 8MP rear cameras – report

    By now, it's a given that the Huawei P20 Pro will be packing a triple camera on the back -- just when you got used to the idea of dual camera smartphones. Now, WinFuture journalist Roland Quandt has revealed the exact nature of these cameras. And the report claims 40MP, 20MP and 8MP rear shooters. The 40MP camera means it'll go toe to toe with the Nokia Lumia 1020 on paper, although the Lumia's 41MP camera actually topped out at 38MP. According to Quandt, the 40MP and 8MP cameras are in one housing, while the 20MP camera is in a separate housing....

  • These are all major Android Go smartphones thus far

    MWC 2018 saw plenty of Android Go smartphones revealed, from Alcatel OneTouch to ZTE. Heck, the Android stand at MWC also showed off a few handsets. Sifting through these devices can be a bit of a challenge though, so we thought a rundown of all the major Android Go smartphones was in order. Alcatel The company used MWC 2018 to give a proper rundown of its 1, 3 and 5 series of phones. And what do you know, the Alcatel 1X is its Android Go offering. This device packs a 5.3-inch 18:9 display (960x480), which is uncommon for phones at this price-point. Otherwise,...

  • Watch: Huawei P20 Lite/Nova 3e leaks in new video

    We're just over a week away from Huawei's 27 March event, where it's expected to reveal three entries in its P20 range. But it looks like the P20 Lite has already made its way to at least one store's demo floor. A YouTube video shows the phone in full, with the uploader claiming that the phone was on display at an Italian retailer. The video shows a phone with a tall 2280x1080 display and that dreaded notch. We also see a dual-camera setup that looks similar to the iPhone X housing, as well as a rear fingerprint scanner. Other noteworthy hardware features...

  • Oppo R15 is a slick upper mid-range phone, ruined by (yes) a notch

    Chinese mobile brand Oppo is one of the world's largest smartphone makers, even if you can't find them in South Africa and the USA. Nevertheless, the firm's Oppo R15 is looking like a neat buy for those who can't quite afford a flagship handset. Starting at RMB2999 (R5698 as a straight conversion), you're getting a brand-new Helio P60 chipset (quad-core A73 plus quad-core A53, as well as AI processing unit), 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. Other noteworthy additions include a rear fingerprint scanner and 3450mAh battery. Move to the front of the device and you'll notice that it...