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Mobile Phones

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium brings 960fps video, 4K HDR display

    The Mobile World Congress (MWC) announcements keep on coming and Sony may have just won the show with its Xperia XZ Premium handset. The Japanese firm's new smartphone features a 5.5-inch 4K HDR screen, with Sony specifically citing Amazon Prime Video as viewable in 4K HDR. But another big feature is the super slow-motion capabilities, shooting a ridiculous 960 frames per second at 720p (four times slower than the Pixel, iPhone and Galaxy flagships). And it seems like this isn't software trickery, akin to the Lenovo ZUK Z2, with Sony saying it's the real deal. Speaking of camera capabilities, Sony has opted...

  • LG G6 revealed: 6 more things to know

    The LG G6 was announced yesterday by the Korean firm in Barcelona, featuring that 18:9 screen and dual 13MP camera setup. We were fortunate enough to play with the device before its reveal too, but there's a lot more to cover. So with that in mind, we looked at six important things to know about the firm's new flagship. The price is a big question mark The G6 is using last year's Snapdragon 821 chipset, as the Snapdragon 835 isn't available just yet (Qualcomm ostensibly made a deal with Samsung). Now, the older chip is still powerful, but it does make you wonder...

  • Nokia 3310, more smartphones at MWC 2017

    We've known for a while that Nokia and HMD Global were planning to reveal more Nokia-branded smartphones at MWC 2017. But what did the company reveal then? Let's be honest, you want to know whether the 3310 made an appearance -- it did indeed. For 49 euros, you're getting a feature phone with a basic camera as well as a 30 day standby time and 22 hours of talk time (not bad for a 200mAh battery). Other 3310 details include a new version of Snake being preinstalled, a 2.4-inch polarised display for outdoor visibility, 2MP camera with LED flash and 16MB...

  • We went hands-on with LG G6 last week [SA Exclusive]

    The LG G6 has just been announced by the South Korean firm today (26 February). But Gearburn was fortunate enough to go hands on with the device in Johannesburg earlier this month. And our tentative impressions? It seems to be more G4 (review) than G5 (review) -- a good thing, then. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos of the phone at the time, owing to tight security around leaks. In fact, LG South Africa's go-to-market manager Jaedy Suh noted that even their agency wasn't allowed to have photos of the device. The first thing you'll notice is obviously that tall LCD,...

  • Huawei P10 unveiled at MWC 2017, in SA next month

    We've seen the LG G6 take to the stage today, but now it's time for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus to do the same. So what has the Chinese company brought to the table? Well, the first thing you'll notice is that Huawei has shifted the fingerprint scanner from the rear of the phone to the front, much like Samsung and the Xiaomi Mi 5. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus seem like solid evolutions compared to last year's models Yes, the fingerprint scanner is a button now and, in a move that sees them blatantly steal a feature from Meizu,...

  • MWC 2017: BlackBerry Mercury detailed, renamed

    Following its first appearance at CES 2017, the BlackBerry Mercury has officially been detailed in Barcelona. But the device has also been renamed, now being dubbed the BlackBerry KEYone. The TCL-produced smartphone, running Android 7.1, is the first under a new licensing strategy by BlackBerry. Otherwise, it offers a 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, touch-sensitive hardware keyboard, fingerprint scanner and "convenience key" for customisable shortcuts. Other notable specifications include a frugal but not quite heavyweight Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, USB Type C and a large 3505mAh battery (BlackBerry claims quick charging to 50% in 36 minutes). The camera experience also...

  • LG X power2 revealed, to last entire weekend?

    LG's X power stood out from the pack thanks to its endurance, offering a large 4100mAh battery for two-day battery life. Now, the South Korean firm has announced the X power2, delivering incremental updates at first glance. The new handset seems to offer a slightly upgraded 1.5Ghz octacore A53 processor, although we're not quite sure of the chip model and manufacturer. By comparison, the original X power offered a 1.3Ghz octacore MT6753 chip. Otherwise, the power department also gives you the choice of either 1.5GB or 2GB of RAM. The X power2 also doesn't stand out on the display front, featuring...

  • Google Pixel: company solicits feedback for new phone

    The Google Pixel range was one of last year's most well-received smartphones, offering a polished hardware and software experience as well as a fantastic camera. It's inevitable that Google is working on a successor though, but we're still surprised to hear that the company has solicited feedback from its product forum. "I would like to hear your thoughts. What do you like about the design? What do you hate about it? What did we get right? What would you like to see us improve?" Pixel Product Lead Krishna Kumar asked on the forum. The thread has since been locked, but not before receiving...

  • Huawei P10 breaks cover in new leak [Photo]

    The Huawei P10 is expected to join the LG G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) as two big smartphone reveals. We've seen numerous details emerge for LG's product, but now the P10 has just been leaked. The ever-reliable Evan Blass has published images of the product, showing a phone that bears a resemblance to the P9 (review), but with a few key changes. For one, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner has been moved to the front, making for a very uncharacteristic decision. After all, Huawei's Mate lineup (from the Mate 7) and the P9 all had rear-mounted scanners. Credit:...

  • Exynos 8895 revealed: is this the Galaxy S8 chip?

    We've seen loads of leaks surrounding the Galaxy S8, with images and a variety of specs apparently in the wild already. Now, Samsung has officially revealed the Exynos 8895 processor, which is widely tipped to power the new flagship. The Exynos 8895 bears a few similarities to last year's Exynos 8890, being an octacore design that features four of Samsung's own powerful cores and four power-sipping A53 cores. The 8895 uses the second-generation of Samsung's own cores though. The graphics department has also received attention in the form of a 20-core ARM Mali G71 GPU -- the Huawei Mate 9 uses the...