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  • Qualcomm expected to move to 8nm chips ‘pretty soon’ [Exclusive]

    The past year has seen Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple and Mediatek all move to a tiny 10nm manufacturing process for their high-end mobile chipsets. A smaller manufacturing process generally results in a tinier chip and energy savings, resulting in better performance and battery life. Now, in an interview with Gearburn on the sidelines of Africacom 2017, a Qualcomm representative has confirmed that the company is expected to move "one level" down from 10nm. "So, at the moment we are on a 10nm (manufacturing process) and we are moving, pretty soon, 10nm, one level down," said Simone Severini, the firm's technology lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. "How...

  • OnePlus 5 slated to hit SA next week, Nokia 8, Xperia XZ1 still cheaper

    A OnePlus 5 release in South Africa has been a long time coming. We saw Takealot confirm that they were targeting a July release, but haven't seen much movement in that regard. Now, Stuff reports that Cernotech will be launching the smartphone on 15 November. The distributor is also responsible for CAT smartphones in South Africa. As for pricing, the publication reports a R12 000 prepaid tag. Too much to handle? FNB is also launching the device for R599 a month on a two year contract. The OnePlus 5 packs a Snapdragon 835 chipset, a massive 8GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch full HD...

  • Energizer smartphones set for 2018 in SA – but will you care?

    Energizer revealed a range of smartphones at MWC 2017 this year, following on from the firm's previous forays into the arena. It makes some sense after all, given it being a battery company and all. Sure, you're not plopping AAs into the phones, but there is a marketing angle right there. Now, a visit to the company's stand at Africacom 2017 has yielded more information. And a concern about pricing. Mohsin Abdul Khaleq, director of business development for Energizer distributor Hypertalk, tells Gearburn that the phones should be available next year. "Basically, we're launching the Energizer brand in South Africa. It should be available...

  • Watch: Unpatched Witcher 3 hits 60fps on Xbox One X

    We've already seen a PS4 Pro patch for The Witcher 3, bringing a host of improvements to the table. The Xbox One X patch is still in the works, but if you pop the disc in your new console, you should notice a leap to 60fps. The Witcher 3 features an unlocked framerate, generally hovering at 20-40fps on standard Xbox One, Eurogamer noted in its initial technical breakdown. Now, NX Gamer has used an unpatched physical copy on Xbox One X, resulting in a framerate that stands at 60fps. It's worth noting that the game still runs at 1600x900 of course,...

  • CrossOver beta lets you run Windows apps on Chromebooks

    The Chromebook family of laptops has come a long way from merely being glorified Chrome browsers, offering a pretty substantial platform thanks to Android app support. Now, prominent studio CodeWeavers has revealed an open beta for its CrossOver program, allowing you to run Windows apps on your Chromebook. The studio says it worked hard over the years to bring Windows apps to Android devices, but the form factor and specs weren't ideal. "With the announcement of support of Android in Chrome OS, suddenly things made a lot more sense. A Chromebook has a big enough screen. And a keyboard and a mouse. And...

  • Apple working on AR headset for 2020 – report

    Augmented reality (AR) is on everyone's lips this year, as the technology experiences a resurgence of sorts. Now, a new report claims Apple is working on an AR headset of its own. Bloomberg, citing "people familiar with the situation", says Apple is hoping to have the tech ready by 2019, with a view to shipping a full-fledged product in 2020. It's claimed that the new headset would have its own display (presumably akin to Google Glass) and run on a new chipset and operating system. The latter is apparently called "rOS" for now, or "reality operating system", being based on iOS. Apple's...

  • Nintendo kills off Miiverse social network

    Miiverse, Nintendo's take on a social network, gave the Switch a miss earlier this year, after appearing on the Wii U and 3DS. That should tell you everything, right? Well, Nintendo has made it official and shut down the service yesterday (8 November), with little in the way of fanfare. "Thank you to everyone who used Miiverse! Miiverse service has ended as of 11/8/2017," read a message on the Miiverse website, which also featured a mosaic made out of Miiverse posts, thanking gamers for using the service. Your post history doesn't necessarily have to be lost, because the gaming company is delivering...

  • iPhone X’s Samsung-made screen is best – Displaymate

    Earlier this year, we saw the Samsung Galaxy S8 and then the Galaxy Note 8 claim top marks for screen quality from benchmarking firm DisplayMate. This is due to Samsung's expertise in crafting fantastic AMOLED screens, having come a long way from the original Galaxy S smartphone. Now, with Apple's iPhone X out of the door, the device's Samsung-made OLED screen has wrested the 'best display' crown from the Note 8. "The result: Apple has produced an impressive Smartphone display with excellent performance and accuracy... What makes the iPhone X the Best Smartphone Display is the impressive Precision Display Calibration Apple developed, which transforms the OLED hardware...

  • Mediatek taking ‘a bit of a break’ from flagship chips [Exclusive]

    When it comes to high-end smartphone processors, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, Apple's A11, Samsung's Exynos 8895, Huawei's Kirin 970 and Mediatek's Helio X30 are considered the top dogs. But if any processor failed to live up to expectations, it was Mediatek's chip. Far from seeing a ton of volume, the decacore Helio X30 only saw buy-in from Meizu (Pro 7 Plus) and Elephone (X8 Lite), coming nowhere near the success of the Helio X20 and rival brands. Now, Mediatek's general manager for international sales, Finbarr Moynihan, told Gearburn that the company is taking a break of sorts from flagship chips to focus on "new...

  • Huawei takeaways: from 2018 flagships to Huawei Pay

    The South African launch of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Edition took place last night, delivering key details on the two handsets. We also got the chance to interview Zhao Likun, general manager of Huawei South Africa's consumer business group. So here's what you should know... The Mate 10 Porsche is very expensive We already obtained MTN's pricing for the two phones and, surprisingly enough, they are cheaper than the recommended retail price. As for the actual recommended price? You're looking at R17 999 and R26 999. The latter is over R3000 cheaper. Here's hoping the yellow network doesn't pull a...