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  • Huawei P8 Lite 2017, P10 Lite, more to hit SA

    We already know that the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are coming to South Africa on Friday. But the Chinese company also confirmed that two budget devices would be released at the same time. The company's Zhao Likun told press that the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 would be making its way to South Africa alongside the P10 and P10 Plus. A tidbit from interview: P8 Lite 2017 and P10 Lite are coming to SA. R199 and R299 a month, if memory serves us correctly. #P10isHereSA — Gearburn (@gearburn) May 10, 2017 Prefer the P10 Lite to the new P8 Lite? Then you're in...

  • Huawei P10, P10 Plus launch in South Africa

    Huawei has launched the P10 and P10 Plus in South Africa, being available from Friday 12 May. The company previously confirmed the price of the two phones, coming in at R12 999 for the P10 and R13 999 for the P10 Plus. The two phones share the same powerful Kirin 960 processor (four A73 cores, four A53 cores), but differ in a number of key areas. The P10 features a 5.2-inch full HD screen, 4GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery and 64GB of expandable storage. Meanwhile, the SA version of the P10 Plus packs a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 screen, 6GB of RAM, a...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix cloning continues with Elephone S8

    Earlier this week, we reported on three Chinese smartphone brands who were unabashedly cloning the Xiaomi Mi Mix design. Now, we've got another phone to add to the list, in the form of the Elephone S8 (spotted by Gizmochina). Elephone is another brand going under the radar, pushing out well-priced, MediaTek-equipped phones that seem like great value for money. So, pretty much every third tier manufacturer in China then. In any event, the Elephone S8 offers a near-identical design to Xiaomi's innovative phone, featuring a sliver of bezels on three sides, and a prominent chin. Heck, there's a chin-mounted selfie camera as well,...

  • Smartphones: what else should you expect in 2017?

    The smartphone industry has seen a ton of high-profile launches already. We've had the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, the Huawei P10 and a host of other devices launch globally and/or in South Africa. The year isn't over yet though, and there are quite a few more announced/unannounced smartphones set to launch as well. We take a look at some of the obvious and not so obvious devices... Apple It's inevitable that Apple will launch a new iPhone in September or October, having done so for the past four or five years at the very least (the iPhone SE was the most recent...

  • Your next phone could be powered by Snapdragon 660, 630

    Qualcomm has officially revealed its latest round of chips, targeting budget and "upper-mid range" handsets. The Snapdragon 660 will target phone manufacturers who want performance approaching flagship levels, while the Snapdragon 630 hopes to continue the frugal, mid-range reputation established by the Snapdragon 625. We saw the 660's predecessor, the Snapdragon 650/652, being used in the likes of the LG G5 SE, the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 625 was used in the likes of the Moto Z Play, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Huawei Nova. So what's different with these latest bits of...

  • An important note on our Huawei P10 SA launch coverage

    We're attending the South African launch event for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus tomorrow (10 May), so we thought we'd bring you up to speed regarding a commercial agreement we've signed with Huawei. Gearburn and Huawei have reached a deal, with the smartphone manufacturer asking for guaranteed coverage from the event, via our social media account and website. Once again, we retain complete editorial independence with this deal, as the company only asks for guaranteed coverage. We thought that it made sense to go ahead with the deal as we cover local smartphone launches on our website and social media account...

  • Chinese brands are cloning Xiaomi’s Mi Mix en masse

    Xiaomi's Mi Mix is responsible for reigniting the high screen/body ratio trend sweeping the smartphone world. Featuring ever-so-tiny bezels and some innovative hardware solutions, Xiaomi's handset is more proof that Chinese brands have been hitting it out of the park. However, the design has been unabashedly cloned by at least three Chinese manufacturers in the past few months, starting with Doogee, as we reported recently. Doogee Mix Doogee's take has tiny bezels on three sides of the full HD AMOLED screen, as well as a prominent chin -- much like the Mi Mix. You've also got a not-quite-top-end Helio P25 octacore chip, 4GB/6GB RAM,...

  • OnePlus 5 confirmed for later this year, what to expect?

    The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were two of 2016's more affordable smartphones internationally, offering powerful internals and a great camera experience. But the company has reportedly confirmed that the OnePlus 5 will be released later this year. The confirmation was reported by The Verge, who added that it's not called the OnePlus 4 because the number is considered unlucky in China. Then again, we've had the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the Xiaomi Mi 4, the Huawei Honor 4 range and more. In any event, there isn't a firm launch date just yet, but OnePlus told The Verge that it would be released...

  • Chinese brand UMIDIGI is offering an $80 iPhone 7 clone

    We've all heard about Chinese clones of popular smartphones, with some clones even launching before their inspiration. Now, nascent brand UMIDIGI (formerly UMI) has taken to actually marketing their UMIDIGI G handset as an "$80 iPhone 7" clone. In fact, the manufacturer has gone so far as to compare its Android Nougat handset to the iPhone 7 in press photos and a promotional video. Talk about being upfront... As you can see, the Apple-inspired stylings mean you get an iPhone 7 clone with a similar finish, antenna lines and camera housing. Heck, UMIDIGI is even calling their front-mounted fingerprint scanner a...

  • Samsung SA ditches ADH repairs on Galaxy S8, offers paid service

    Samsung's last few flagship phones have all offered an accidental damage from handling (ADH) service, offering free screen repairs within a 24 month period. Now, the company has announced that a paid service will be replacing ADH for the Galaxy S8 handsets. The new service, called Samsung Mobile Care, will see users pay R70 a month for two screen repairs in a 24 month period, with the first month being free for all users. Alternatively, users can pay R1299 up-front, if they'd prefer not to make a monthly payment. Interestingly enough, Samsung claims that without SMC, consumers "run the risk of paying...