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Mobile Phones

  • Next Huawei flagship due for H1 2018, to use Mate 10 silicon [Exclusive]

    Huawei's Kirin 970 is one of the more advanced mobile processors right now, owing to the inclusion of an AI chip. The Kirin 970 currently powers the Huawei Mate 10, but history usually tells us that the Mate processor will power the next P-series flagship. For example, the Kirin 950 powered both the Mate 8 and P9, while the Kirin 960 powered both the Mate 9 and P10. So it stands to reason that the P11, or whatever it's called, would be powered by the new chip, right? Now, Zhao Likun, general manager for Huawei South Africa's consumer business group, has...

  • Watch: Samsung’s latest video takes aim at iPhone once again

    Samsung is no stranger to attacking Apple in its marketing, with The Next Galaxy campaign being one of the more successful in the tech industry. Now, the company is back with a new ad spot, showing how Samsung's Galaxy phones were apparently always one step ahead. The ad charts an iPhone user's journey through the years, as they suffer misfortunes that they normally wouldn't experience on a Samsung device (for the most part). From large screens and expandable storage to water-resistant designs, it does a solid job of showing Samsung beating Apple to the punch. Check it out below.

  • MTN reveals prepaid pricing for Mate 10 Pro, Porsche edition

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Edition devices are expected to hit South Africa this month, bringing some interesting features to the table. Now, MTN has published its latest catalogue, also revealing its prepaid pricing for the two smartphones. The yellow network revealed a price of R17 379 for the Mate 10 Pro and R23 449 for the Mate 10 Porsche Design variant. Of course, prepaid prices via networks are usually a little steeper than the manufacturer's recommended retail price. So I reckon that the final RRP could be R16 999 and R22 999. Prefer a contract? Well, the phones are going...

  • Razer Phone official: 120hz display and what else?

    We saw the Razer Phone leak earlier this week, but now it's gone official. And it seems like the leaks were true for the most part. The phone indeed packs a 120Hz IGZO LCD screen (2560x1440), 8GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 4000mAh battery (with Quick Charge 4+ indeed). We also see confirmation of a dual-camera system for the back, in the form of a 12MP f/1.75 standard shooter and a 13MP f/2.6 telephoto snapper. As for other specs and features? Yep, it's indeed packing a Snapdragon 835 processor, a Game Booster tool (presumably Razer's take on Samsung's tool for...

  • LG V30+ set for November release in SA, pricing revealed

    The LG V30 is poised to be a huge upgrade over the V20, offering a water-resistant design, much-improved camera setup and more. LG South Africa has confirmed on its website that we'll be getting the LG V30+ (which doubles the storage to 128GB) in November. But what about pricing? Expect a prepaid tag of R15 499, a Cellucity representative told Gearburn in response to a query. The representative added that the smartphone would be launched on 7 November. When asked to corroborate the price, LG South Africa told Gearburn that the V30+ retail price starts "from R15 469". However, the Korean brand also revealed...

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • Nokia 2 official: a new entry-level champ? [Update: SA-bound]

    We've known about the Nokia 2 for some time now, but HMD Global has made it official today. So what should you expect? As the name implies, this is positioned as a low-end smartphone, packing an entry-level Snapdragon 212 quad-core chipset, 8GB of expandable storage and 1GB of RAM. Other noteworthy specs include a 5-inch 720p display, hybrid SIM slot and a large 4100mAh battery. In the case of the latter, HMD is promising two days of usage as a result. In the camera department, you're getting an 8MP main camera and a 5MP front-facing snapper. You're also getting Android 7.1.1, but...

  • Razer Phone ‘leaked’ on UK retailer’s website, packing 120Hz display

    The Razer Phone has been teased by the eponymous company for several weeks now, but it would appear that some of the phone's specs have leaked. Yep, redditors spotted a listing for the phone on online retailer 3G's website (being an affiliate of the Three network), so what should you know? Well, for starters, the retailer claims that the Razer Phone will have a 5.72-inch IGZO LCD display with a very slick 120Hz refresh rate and wide colour gamut. Otherwise, the listing also claims Dolby Atmos sound via dual front-facing speakers and a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+. Meanwhile, in the camera department,...

  • India overtakes US to be second biggest smartphone market

    It's taken a little bit of time, but the latest smartphone stats from Canalys show that India has overtaken the United States for smartphone shipments. According to the tracking firm, India is now in second place, hitting the 40 million mark for the first time as well. "There are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, with more vendors arriving every quarter. In addition, India has one of the most complex channel landscapes, but with low barriers to entry. Growth will continue. Low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE are the main drivers," said Canalys analyst (heh) Ishan...

  • This neural network can enhance your low-quality photos [Update]

    Update, 8.10am, 31 October 2017: Project member Andrey Ignatov has revealed more details on what the neural network improves. "Enhanced images improve the non-enhanced ones in several aspects, including (but not limited to) colorisation, resolution and sharpness," Ignatov told Gearburn via email. "The degree of improvement typically depends on a particular camera model: the lower the original quality is, the higher improvement can be introduced (sic)." Does the introduction of AI chips in smartphones mean we could see this feature come to mobile devices? "We believe that it would be possible soon to run such algorithm directly on a mobile device, since the...