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  • 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...

  • No new Nova devices for South Africa – Huawei

    The Huawei Nova was a bit of a mixed bag in South Africa, owing to great specs but an expensive R6999 price tag. There was a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 chip, a camera that delivered the goods and slick design, but the similarly equipped Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 came in at a much cheaper price. Still, with prices now as low as R4499 online, the Nova is finally looking like great value for money. So when will the Huawei Nova 2 or Nova 2i launch in the country? Unfortunately, this isn't on the cards. Zhao Likun, general manager of Huawei South Africa's consumer...

  • Mate 10 Pro, Porsche get priced for SA – they aren’t cheap

    Huawei has finally revealed pricing for its Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche edition smartphones. And they won't be a bargain by any measure. The Mate 10 Pro is set to have a prepaid price of R17 999, while the Porsche Design variant packs an eye-watering R26 999 price tag. By comparison, MTN's own pricing last week listed the phones at R17 379 and R23 449 respectively. The two phones sport a Kirin 970 chipset with Neural Processing Unit, the latter enabling faster and offline AI tasks. Otherwise, a 4000mAh battery, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and 6GB of RAM are also shared...

  • 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...

  • It’s official: Broadcom makes $130bn offer for Qualcomm

    A short time ago, it was reported that Broadcom was putting together a rather substantial offer for Qualcomm. It was claimed that the deal would be valued at just over US$100-billion. Now, Broadcom has made its offer official, valuing the transaction at just over US$130-billion. The cash and stock offer stands regardless of whether Qualcomm's US$47-billion deal to acquire NXP is successful or not, the wireless chipmaker claimed in a press statement. The proposal would see Qualcomm acquired at US$70 a share. "Under Broadcom's proposal, the US$70 per share to be received by Qualcomm stockholders would consist of $60 in cash and $10 per share in Broadcom shares," the company...

  • 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.

  • iPhone X: what are the reviews saying?

    The iPhone X release resulted in several publications rushing to post their "reviews", only spending a day or two with the product. Now that the dust has settled, we rounded up some of the proper reviews to get an informed idea of what to expect. Ars Technica The publication's Samuel Axon distilled the iPhone X allure to three key factors, namely the OLED screen and new format, the facial recognition system and associated features and the polished AR capabilities. In the screen department, Axon noted that the notch was a little strange at first, but said you'll soon forget about it. The reviewer praised the OLED screen...

  • Broadcom in talks to buy Qualcomm for $100bn – report

    The past 18 months has seen chip designer ARM being acquired by Softbank for US$31-billion, but it looks like another colossal silicon deal is in the works. Yes, it seems like Broadcom is expected to make a huge offer for Qualcomm. According to Reuters, citing three sources "familiar with the matter", Broadcom is set to announce a US$100-billion offer to buy the chip maker on Monday. The publication says that, if successful, the deal would be the biggest tech acquisition ever and would deliver a company with a market cap of roughly $200-billion. Still, a source said it's "far from certain" whether Qualcomm...

  • Want Google hardware in South Africa? Well, keep waiting

    Google marked its ten year anniversary on the continent at an event this week, but what we really want to know is when the company will be bringing hardware to South Africa. It was worth noting that the event saw a Google Home available for attendees to try out. But when can we see the product actually launching in SA? This seems like a no-brainer, especially with the cheap Google Home Mini being launched in the USA for US$50. "We love Google Home, it's a fabulous product. Having Google Home is contingent on a couple of different things, not least of...