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  • Breath of the Wild glides to victory at GDC 2018

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has claimed its place as one of the greatest video games of all time, following its March 2017 launch on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Now, the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2018 has seen it earn three awards. The open-world title claimed awards for best audio, best design and game of the year, being the only title to claim three awards on the day. However, Cuphead and developer Studio MDHR claimed two awards for best debut and best visual art. Mobile title Gorogoa also claimed two gongs for best mobile...

  • Hisense H11, F24, E7 hit SA, here’s what they’ll cost

    Hisense is no stranger to the South African mobile landscape, producing a few budget devices as well as several durable (yet mid-range) smartphones. Now, the company has announced its latest crop of devices for South Africa, in the form of the H11, F24 and E7. The H11 is undoubtedly the star of the show here, packing a Snapdragon 430 processor that's at pretty much at the bottom of the mid-range market. In fact, this is the same chipset seen in last year's Hisense C30 Rock (review). Other than the older chip, it's got a 12MP main camera (Hisense says it, 16MP selfie camera,...

  • Don’t expect high-end Honor smartphones in South Africa

    Huawei's Honor sub-brand silently launched in South Africa last week, bringing the mid-range Honor 7X and Honor 9 Lite to the country. The two devices are very similar to the R4000 Huawei P Smart, save for a few tweaks here and there. But the sub-brand also plays host to some high-end wares, such as the recent Honor View 10 and Honor 9. However, you shouldn't hold your breath for these top-shelf phones anytime soon. "Will we see high-end Honor phones in the country, such as the Honor View 10 and Honor 9?" we asked the sub-brand in an emailed query. [caption id="attachment_107330"...

  • Huawei P20 Pro has 40MP, 20MP, 8MP rear cameras – report

    By now, it's a given that the Huawei P20 Pro will be packing a triple camera on the back -- just when you got used to the idea of dual camera smartphones. Now, WinFuture journalist Roland Quandt has revealed the exact nature of these cameras. And the report claims 40MP, 20MP and 8MP rear shooters. The 40MP camera means it'll go toe to toe with the Nokia Lumia 1020 on paper, although the Lumia's 41MP camera actually topped out at 38MP. According to Quandt, the 40MP and 8MP cameras are in one housing, while the 20MP camera is in a separate housing....

  • HTC Vive gets US$100 price cut as Vive Pro launch looms

    Google Cardboard and the Gear VR range of headsets are an affordable way to get into virtual reality, but PC gamers will need to splash out if they want a Vive or Oculus Rift. Now, HTC has announced a 5 April launch and US$799 price tag for the Vive Pro headset, along with a US$100 price cut for the original Vive model. The price cut means the first-generation headset is available for US$499. "With the Vive Pro we are delivering the best quality display and visual experience to the most discerning VR enthusiasts. Our goal has always been to offer the most premium VR...

  • Watch: Huawei P20 Lite/Nova 3e leaks in new video

    We're just over a week away from Huawei's 27 March event, where it's expected to reveal three entries in its P20 range. But it looks like the P20 Lite has already made its way to at least one store's demo floor. A YouTube video shows the phone in full, with the uploader claiming that the phone was on display at an Italian retailer. The video shows a phone with a tall 2280x1080 display and that dreaded notch. We also see a dual-camera setup that looks similar to the iPhone X housing, as well as a rear fingerprint scanner. Other noteworthy hardware features...

  • mCable: an HDMI cable that does anti-aliasing too?

    A new HDMI cable on the market claims to implement anti-aliasing in games, and it actually seems to have an effect. According to Eurogamer, the Marseille mCable, which retails for between US$120 and US$150, features an "ASIC processor" that handles the anti-aliasing. This is potentially a boon for console games that have no anti-aliasing, or for PC gamers wanting anti-aliasing without a performance hit. Then again, in the case of the latter, you might as well spend the cash on a better graphics card... The publication explains that the cable is powered by USB port, topping out at 1080p screen support. So those wanting...

  • Oppo R15 is a slick upper mid-range phone, ruined by (yes) a notch

    Chinese mobile brand Oppo is one of the world's largest smartphone makers, even if you can't find them in South Africa and the USA. Nevertheless, the firm's Oppo R15 is looking like a neat buy for those who can't quite afford a flagship handset. Starting at RMB2999 (R5698 as a straight conversion), you're getting a brand-new Helio P60 chipset (quad-core A73 plus quad-core A53, as well as AI processing unit), 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. Other noteworthy additions include a rear fingerprint scanner and 3450mAh battery. Move to the front of the device and you'll notice that it...

  • Android Wear is now called Wear OS because reasons

    The Android Wear family of smartwatches plays second fiddle to the Apple Watch in terms of popularity, but that doesn't mean Google is giving up yet. In a bid to take the fight to rivals, the company has decided to... rename Android Wear to Wear OS. The company justified the rebranding by claiming that its technology and users are evolving. "As our technology and partnerships have evolved, so have our users. In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone. "So as the watch industry gears up for another Baselworld next week, we're announcing a new name that better reflects...

  • CoD franchise on sale this weekend via Steam

    Steep discounts on Call of Duty games tend to be rare on Steam. After all, the games are popular enough that people will buy them anyway. But if you're still holding out on buying a few CoD games, then you'll be glad to know that the franchise has been discounted as part of a weekend deal on the PC storefront. The discounts range from the ho-hum (25% off Black Ops 3, 35% off World War Two) to the very attractive (50% off CoD, CoD 2, CoD: United Offensive, World at War, Infinite Warfare, the Modern Warfare games). Not enough of a discount...