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  • 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...

  • Your October gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we've managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of October 2017. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Epic Games sues Fortnite Cheaters Earlier this month Epic Games sued two cheaters in Fortnite's recently-released battle royale mode. The...

  • PUBG gets Xbox One release date, just before end of year

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has undoubtedly been the smash hit of 2017, offering a battle royale formula that's become a phenomenon. We already knew that the game was coming to Xbox One, but what about a release date? "Xbox fans, we know you've been waiting and we're so excited to finally be able to say it -- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One as a console launch exclusive through the Xbox Game Preview programme on December 12, 2017!" read a post by the developer on Major Nelson's website. The developer added that it was on track to launch version 1.0 of the PC...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 coming to SA – report

    The Xiaomi Mi Mix caught our eyes last year, popularising the current-trend of high screen/body ratio smartphones. Unfortunately, we didn't receive the phone in South Africa, but that could change with the Mi Mix 2. In an interview with MyBroadband, MIA Group CEO RJ van Spaandonk said that the Mi Mix 2 is indeed coming to the country. It's believed that the phone will have a price tag in the R10 500 range. "That is what Xiaomi tries to do -- it offers premium features, but comes in 40% to 50% cheaper than current flagships," van Spaandonk was quoted as saying. The Mi...