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  • We went hands-on with LG G6 last week [SA Exclusive]

    The LG G6 has just been announced by the South Korean firm today (26 February). But Gearburn was fortunate enough to go hands on with the device in Johannesburg earlier this month. And our tentative impressions? It seems to be more G4 (review) than G5 (review) -- a good thing, then. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos of the phone at the time, owing to tight security around leaks. In fact, LG South Africa's go-to-market manager Jaedy Suh noted that even their agency wasn't allowed to have photos of the device. The first thing you'll notice is obviously that tall LCD,...

  • Huawei P10 unveiled at MWC 2017, in SA next month

    We've seen the LG G6 take to the stage today, but now it's time for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus to do the same. So what has the Chinese company brought to the table? Well, the first thing you'll notice is that Huawei has shifted the fingerprint scanner from the rear of the phone to the front, much like Samsung and the Xiaomi Mi 5. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus seem like solid evolutions compared to last year's models Yes, the fingerprint scanner is a button now and, in a move that sees them blatantly steal a feature from Meizu,...

  • MWC 2017: BlackBerry Mercury detailed, renamed

    Following its first appearance at CES 2017, the BlackBerry Mercury has officially been detailed in Barcelona. But the device has also been renamed, now being dubbed the BlackBerry KEYone. The TCL-produced smartphone, running Android 7.1, is the first under a new licensing strategy by BlackBerry. Otherwise, it offers a 4.5-inch 1620x1080 display, touch-sensitive hardware keyboard, fingerprint scanner and "convenience key" for customisable shortcuts. Other notable specifications include a frugal but not quite heavyweight Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, USB Type C and a large 3505mAh battery (BlackBerry claims quick charging to 50% in 36 minutes). The camera experience also...

  • Nintendo Switch: better pack a powerbank for Zelda

    The Nintendo Switch comes out in just over a week, promising a hybrid machine that supports portable gaming as well as the traditional home console experience. But just how good is the portable part of the equation? Or more specifically, how much juice can you get out of it? Well, Engadget has published its preview of the Nintendo Switch, reporting that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild doesn't last very long at all. "And if you were wondering how much portable Zelda you'll be able to play at once, I have a disappointing answer: two and a half hours," the publication...

  • LG X power2 revealed, to last entire weekend?

    LG's X power stood out from the pack thanks to its endurance, offering a large 4100mAh battery for two-day battery life. Now, the South Korean firm has announced the X power2, delivering incremental updates at first glance. The new handset seems to offer a slightly upgraded 1.5Ghz octacore A53 processor, although we're not quite sure of the chip model and manufacturer. By comparison, the original X power offered a 1.3Ghz octacore MT6753 chip. Otherwise, the power department also gives you the choice of either 1.5GB or 2GB of RAM. The X power2 also doesn't stand out on the display front, featuring...

  • Google Pixel: company solicits feedback for new phone

    The Google Pixel range was one of last year's most well-received smartphones, offering a polished hardware and software experience as well as a fantastic camera. It's inevitable that Google is working on a successor though, but we're still surprised to hear that the company has solicited feedback from its product forum. "I would like to hear your thoughts. What do you like about the design? What do you hate about it? What did we get right? What would you like to see us improve?" Pixel Product Lead Krishna Kumar asked on the forum. The thread has since been locked, but not before receiving...

  • Huawei P10 breaks cover in new leak [Photo]

    The Huawei P10 is expected to join the LG G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) as two big smartphone reveals. We've seen numerous details emerge for LG's product, but now the P10 has just been leaked. The ever-reliable Evan Blass has published images of the product, showing a phone that bears a resemblance to the P9 (review), but with a few key changes. For one, the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner has been moved to the front, making for a very uncharacteristic decision. After all, Huawei's Mate lineup (from the Mate 7) and the P9 all had rear-mounted scanners. Credit:...

  • AMD back in the fight against Intel with Ryzen?

    AMD made headlines this week after revealing a slew of details surrounding its new Ryzen processor range, claiming that it's the world's "highest-performing and lowest powered" octacore desktop PC chips. "Four years ago we began development of our 'Zen' processor core with the goal to deliver unprecedented generational performance gains and return choice and innovation to the high-performance computing market," said Dr. Lisa Su, president and CEO of AMD in a statement. "On 2 March, enthusiasts and gamers around the world will experience 'Zen' in action, as we launch our Ryzen 7 family of processors and reinvigorate the desktop computing market." AMD...

  • Exynos 8895 revealed: is this the Galaxy S8 chip?

    We've seen loads of leaks surrounding the Galaxy S8, with images and a variety of specs apparently in the wild already. Now, Samsung has officially revealed the Exynos 8895 processor, which is widely tipped to power the new flagship. The Exynos 8895 bears a few similarities to last year's Exynos 8890, being an octacore design that features four of Samsung's own powerful cores and four power-sipping A53 cores. The 8895 uses the second-generation of Samsung's own cores though. The graphics department has also received attention in the form of a 20-core ARM Mali G71 GPU -- the Huawei Mate 9 uses the...

  • Evolve, Borderlands 2 among March Xbox Games With Gold titles

    Microsoft has announced its latest batch of Games With Gold titles for Xbox One, which are set to rollout from 1 March. Fans of the console may find these offerings a little underwhelming. First up is Layers of Fear on the Xbox One, which will be available from 1 to 31 March. This title is a "first-person psychedelic horror game with a heavy focus on story and exploration". Easily one of the strangest additions to the line-up is Evolve Ultimate Edition, which you can grab from 16 March until 15 April. The four-on-one multiplayer title has been plagued with numerous problems and controversies since before...