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  • Almost 1 in 10 phones to pack 5G by 2021 – Gartner

    Gartner has revealed a number of device-related statistics for 2018, but it's also delivered some 5G-related insights in the process. The company predicts that next year will see the first 5G smartphones hitting the market -- don't expect a fast uptake immediately though. "We predict that, by 2021, nine percent of smartphones sold will support 5G," said Gartner research director Roberta Cozza in an emailed press release. "Overall, 5G will be a significant driver of video and streaming services, as it will bring faster uplinks and support new AI applications." By comparison, US chipmaker Qualcomm expects 5G launches to occur as soon as the first...

  • Nokia 7 ‘Plus’ hits benchmark website, what to expect?

    The Nokia 7 didn't launch in as many countries as the first wave of HMD's Nokia-branded phones, but it seems like we have a Plus variant on the horizon... Yep, a Geekbench listing for the device (spotted by GSMArena) shows evidence of a Nokia 7 Plus, packing a Snapdragon 660 processor (eight semi-custom Kryo 260 cores), 4GB of RAM and Android Oreo. By comparison, the vanilla Nokia 7 offered a less powerful Snapdragon 630 chip (eight A53 cores) and 4GB or 6GB of RAM. As for the actual score? Well, the Nokia 7 Plus delivered a single-core score of 1636 and...

  • Galaxy S9 leaks: camera, horsepower, design confirmed

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 but, with less than a month to go, we now have a load of key details. According to serial tipster Evan Blass, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 in the USA and an Exynos 8910 elsewhere. But that's not surprising, right? Blass also reports that the vanilla model will pack a single 12MP camera, while the plus-sized variant will offer a dual-camera setup. But the primary cameras on both phones will feature a variable aperture, switching between f/1.5 and...

  • Here’s how much first phone with under-display scanner will cost

    Vivo shocked the tech world at CES this month when it demonstrated a production smartphone with an under-display fingerprint scanner. The company seemed to catch the big players off-guard when it revealed that the phone, the Vivo X20 Plus UD, would be going on sale this year. And this week has seen the Chinese smartphone brand actually hold an event for the device, confirming a 1 February launch date in its home market. As for the cost of the device? The X20 Plus UD will have a retail price of RMB3598 (equal to US$568 or R6765 as a straight conversion). So pretty...

  • Galaxy S9 gets 25 February launch date, set for MWC

    Samsung's Galaxy S9 is a no-brainer obviously, but the question is when? Late last year, we heard that it might make a cameo at CES 2018, but that didn't seem to pan out. Now, Samsung has officially confirmed a Mobile World Congress (MWC) date for the smartphone, launching on 25 February in Barcelona. "If a picture is worth a thousand words, the latest member of the Galaxy family has a lot to say. On 25 February, Samsung Electronics will showcase the next generation of Galaxy devices that reimagines the camera and redefines the way you share your moments," the company wrote...

  • Xiaomi just beat Samsung to number one in India – report

    Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying a ton of growth, although established contenders like Apple and Samsung are still ruling the roost. But there has been a massive shift in the world's second biggest market of India, as Xiaomi has reportedly pipped Samsung to the number one spot in Q4 of 2017. According to a report by tracking firm Canalys, Xiaomi shipped 8.2 million units in the quarter, compared to Samsung's 7.3 million smartphones sold shipped. It's made even more impressive by the fact that Samsung saw annual growth of 17%. "Xiaomi's persistence has paid off," said Ishan Dutt, Canalys Research Analyst, in...

  • You can now get authorised iPhone screen repairs in South Africa

    Core Group has announced the availability of authorised iPhone screen repairs via the iStore and Digicape from 29 January. Previously, users had to swap out their device in the event of a damaged screen, Core Group's Linda van der Nest told Gearburn. "This is the first time local iPhone users will have the peace of mind that their screen replacement is completed by an Apple Authorised Service Provider, with a genuine Apple replacement screen, ensuring full functionality is retained and the manufacturers warranty remains valid -- often at a lower cost than current non-authorised repairs," read an excerpt of the distributor's...

  • Qualcomm paid Apple for exclusivity, fined €997m, EU rules [Update: Qualcomm to appeal]

    Chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined €997-million (US$1.2-billion) by the European Union for paying Apple to turn down cellular chips from rival companies. "Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance. Qualcomm paid billions of US dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals," the European Commission's Margrethe Vestager was quoted as saying in a statement. "These payments were not just reductions in price -- they were made on the condition that Apple would exclusively use Qualcomm's baseband chipsets in all its iPhones...

  • Nokia 10 rumour: will it have five cameras on its back?

    HMD Global's first wave of Nokia-branded smartphones have certainly been successful, but if there's one area of improvement, it would have to be the photography department. The Nokia 8 (review) offered a good but not class-leading camera experience, while the camera app itself also left us wanting. Now, a Baidu post (via Nokia Latest) claims that there's a Nokia 10 in the works, and it'll apparently offer a penta-lens camera solution. That's five. Does this mean five lenses on one camera sensor, akin to a rotary dial setup (that's the first image that came to mind)? Five lenses for five camera...

  • After fingerprint scanners, could selfie cameras go under screen next?

    It seems like the tech world is patiently waiting for fingerprint scanners to go under the screen. In fact, CES 2018 saw Vivo demonstrate a production version of an under-display fingerprint scanner, set to be released later this year. It's reasonable to expect other major players such as Apple and Samsung to jump on this bandwagon. But it seems like the latter is could take things up a notch with the unearthing of a recent patent. According to Telefoon Abonnement (via Phandroid), Samsung has filed a patent for a selfie camera embedded underneath the display. The patent also suggests dropping the fingerprint...