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  • 4 little-known smartphone brands now available in South Africa

    Mobile enthusiast? Then you'll know about the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, LG and other prominent smartphone brands. But there are a few more brands out there that are actually available in South Africa. Whether they're available via networks, Cellucity, Takealot or online stores, here are some of the little-known brands that have recently established a local presence. Ulefone Ulefone generally stands out thanks to its Samsung-inspired naming conventions. Seriously, they released an S8 model (and Pro variant) when the Galaxy S8 launched, and they've since followed up with an S9 to coincide with the Galaxy S9 launch. In any event, the Ulefone...

  • Exclusive: Dual-screen ZTE Axon M, Blade V9 in works for South Africa

    In a crowd of notched Android phones or iterative designs, MWC 2018 also had a few unique smartphones on offer. And probably the most unique device on display was the ZTE Axon M, packing a Kyocera Echo-style dual-screen form factor. The dual screens allow you to either treat each screen separately or as one tablet-style display, making for a unique selling point, if anything. Now, ZTE's South African representatives have confirmed to Gearburn that they're looking at bringing the device to South Africa, along with the mid-range Blade V9. The representative said they were bringing "awesome products like Axon M Dual Screen...

  • White House blocks Broadcom, Qualcomm takeover attempt

    It looks like Broadcom's lengthy bid to acquire US chipmaker Qualcomm is finally over, after the White House announced that it has blocked the takeover attempt. The White House noted that a Broadcom-owned Qualcomm "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States". Furthermore, US President Donald Trump noted that the law doesn't provide "adequate and appropriate authority" for him to protect national security in this issue. As a result, any possible deal has simply been blocked. "The proposed takeover of Qualcomm by the Purchaser is prohibited, and any substantially equivalent merger, acquisition, or takeover, whether effected...

  • Mystery ZTE mid-range phone leaks, packing standard features for 2018

    ZTE is an experienced hand when it comes to the smartphone sector, being a manufacturer of white-labelled devices, mid-range phones and high-end handsets. Now, its latest phone has leaked via the TENAA regulatory body, looking like your typical 2018 mid-range phone. The ZTE V890 (as it's called on the website) packs a non-descript 1.8Ghz octacore processor, fingerprint scanner, 3900mAh battery, 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB/128GB expandable storage. But it also follows the tall screen trend, offering a 6-inch 2160x1080 display -- we can't see a notch here either. In the camera department, you've got a 16MP+2MP dual camera setup on the...

  • ICYMI: Honor smartphones now available via Takealot

    It's taken a while, but Huawei's Honor sub-brand is now available locally via Takealot, we noticed (are we late to the party?). The Honor brand of phones pack similar specifications to Huawei's main lineup, but feature different designs and a generally cheaper price tag. For instance, the Honor 8 had a cheaper price internationally, while also featuring near-identical specs to the Huawei P9 (review). The Honor sub-brand also distinguished itself from Huawei's phones by being online-exclusive at first. In terms of devices available in South Africa, they bear quite a resemblance to the recently launched Huawei P Smart. There's the R3499 Honor 9...

  • C64 Mini coming to South Africa next month, price in tow

    We saw the classic versions of the NES and Super Nintendo, as well as the rebooted Sega Mega Drive come to our shores. Now, Apex Interactive has announced that it's bringing the recently announced Commodore 64 reboot (C64 Mini) to South Africa. The distributor announced that the C64 Mini will hit South Africa in "early April", with a recommended retail price (RRP) of R1799. As for features, you're getting HDMI output, 720p resolution and two USB ports. In a strange twist, the rejigged console's keyboard doesn't actually work, so you'll need to use the USB slot for a keyboard instead. Read more:...

  • Just another Android brand? 4 mistakes HMD/Nokia need to avoid

    The first generation of Nokia-branded smartphones have enjoyed a great year by almost all accounts. The initial trio of Nokia 3, 5 and 6 made for some of the most capable yet affordable phones of 2017. And between the pure Android proposition and network partnerships, HMD certainly made all the right decisions. The new range of Nokia devices, announced at MWC, point to a continuation of these tenets. But there are several moves the company needs to avoid if it hopes to stay around for a while... Increasing prices too soon Above: The Nokia 2 It's become an accepted tactic for new or returning entrants to...

  • Galaxy S9 disassembled, gets 4/10 rating from repair website iFixit

    Flagship smartphones generally have a reputation for being difficult to repair, so is there any surprise that iFixit has delivered a four out of 10 rating for the larger Galaxy S9? The repair-focused website disassembled the plus-model Samsung flagship, finding it similarly tough to repair as the Galaxy S8 and S8+. In fact, between opening the device, detaching the display and removing the fingerprint scanner, the website noted that glue was a big problem. Ultimately, the Galaxy S9+ was criticised for its screen repair difficulty, as well as the "unnecessary challenge" of replacing the battery. By comparison, the iPhone X received a...

  • Game Dev Tycoon has you fighting game pirates with DRM

    Game Dev Tycoon is just the latest tribute to Kairosoft's Game Dev Story, charging players with running a video game developer and making a variety of decisions. Now, you'll need to take piracy into account, thanks to a new update from developer Greenheart Games. "Try your luck surviving the harsh realities of piracy in this new ultra-hard game mode in which you have to invent DRM and sell company shares to survive," reads an excerpt from the studio's blog entry. The team adds that if you implement DRM, it'll upset fans. Catch-22 situation, indeed. The version 1.6 update also adds a new console in...

  • Mediatek CTO Kevin Jou on Qualcomm comparisons, AI chips, more

    Mediatek has changed its strategy for 2018, following a rather bruising 2017 at the high-end of the market. We first got word of the plans at AfricaCom last year, when general manager for international sales Finbarr Moynihan revealed it would be taking a "bit of a break" from the flagship market. But its new strategy is rather intriguing if the new Helio P60 chip, revealed at MWC, is anything to go by. Featuring dedicated AI silicon (called an APU), a powerful octacore CPU (four A53 and four A73 cores) and a 12nm manufacturing process, it's shaping up to be a contender in...