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  • 6 of the most innovative Chinese smartphones ever made

    Many people tend to think of Apple and Samsung when it comes to innovation in the smartphone industry. But the landscape has changed massively in the past few years, as Chinese manufacturers achieve greater levels of popularity. Sure, there are a few brands that are content to copy existing wares, but many Chinese brands have brought innovative devices to the table. We take a look at six of the most innovative smartphones released by Chinese companies. Oppo N1, N3 - a camera on a rotating swivel 2013's Oppo N1 and 2014's N3 have both been featured on Gearburn before, but how can you not...

  • How do Mate 10 Pro photos fare against Lumia 950 XL?

    The Lumia range of smartphones certainly set a high bar for photography, as the Lumia 920, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 950/950 XL delivered excellent results. But that was a long time ago, as we see the likes of Apple and Samsung devices deliver fantastic shots. But we can also add Huawei to the mix, having come a long way over the past two years. So you might be wondering how the company's Mate 10 Pro fares against the last Windows flagship, the Lumia 950 XL. Even if you weren't thinking about this comparison, All About Windows Phone has delivered, showing how the...

  • Android gets better Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp images, but…

    If there's one problem we have with Android versions of popular apps, it has to be the photos produced by them. Case in point: Snapchat and its awful Android quality for the longest time. Now, Google has announced that it's bringing improved quality to these apps -- but only for the Pixel 2 smartphones. You see, the Mountain View company has finally turned on the phone's Pixel Visual Core, a co-processor that enables HDR+ photography in third-party apps. "This means it'll be easier to shoot and share amazing photos on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Snapchat, along with many other apps which use the Pixel 2...

  • Latest Humble Mobile Bundle has a ton of gaming goodness

    Humble Bundles are a great way to get a collection of PC and mobile games at a cheap price. So we're glad to see Humble Mobile Bundle 22 surface this week, offering plenty of quality titles for Android owners. Opt for the base tier (US$1 or more) and you get screen-cutting puzzler Splitter Critters, award-winning puzzle/RPG Star Vikings Forever and turn-based RPG Galaxy of Pen & Paper. Beat the average (US$4.83 at the time of writing) and you'll receive multi-platform hit Oxenfree, odd platform/puzzler Mushroom 11 and mystery/stalking title Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story. Finally, the US$5 or more tier gives players...

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 review: the mid-range device to beat?

    Pure Android joined tall screens as being another notable trend in 2017, as HMD, Lenovo and Essential refrained from skinning their devices. You can also add Xiaomi to the mix, the firm introducing the Mi A1 at the tail-end of last year. Fortunately, MIA Group has brought the device to South Africa, coming in at R4999. Now, after a few weeks with the device, we've got a verdict. So, stock Android... Boot up the Android One phone and indeed you've got stock Android here, with little in the way of preinstalled third-party apps to be had. We say "little", because Xiaomi's remote...

  • Nokia 8 Sirocco set for MWC 2018 – report

    We've already seen the Nokia 6 2018 launch in China, packing an updated chipset. But a new report claims that HMD is working on a "Nokia 8 Sirocco" for MWC 2018. According to prominent tech publication My Drivers, the Nokia 8 Sirocco (apparent model number TA-1005) will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a 3250mAh battery. However, the website also claims that the device will offer IP67 water resistance and wireless charging, making for a welcome change over the original Nokia 8. If true, this means the new model will probably offer a polycarbonate or glass back. Metal backs...

  • Broadcom now offers ‘best and final’ offer to Qualcomm

    Silicon company Broadcom has upped its offer to fellow chipmaker Qualcomm, with the offer valued between US$120-billion and US$146-billion. The move sees Broadcom offer US$82 per share for Qualcomm, being US$60 in cash and the rest in Broadcom shares. "The significantly improved offer, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Broadcom, represents a 50% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on 2 November 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 56% to Qualcomm's unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price," the interested buyer wrote in a press release. The offer is...

  • Overwatch Xbox One X patch beats PS4 Pro – report

    Overwatch has become one of the most popular cross-platform titles of this generation, delivering frantic multiplayer action, esport leagues and a host of characters. Blizzard has been hard at work on a patch for the Xbox One X though and, according to Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, it beats the base console and the PS4 Pro in terms of fidelity. Oddly enough, the PS4 Pro version of the game only got 4K HUDs, with the rest of the game sticking for regular 1080p resolution. The Xbox One X patch enables a 4K scaler, which means the game will hit 4K in less intense moments, but...

  • Xiaomi rolls out MIUI 9.2 to many devices, including Redmi Note 2

    You wouldn't generally place Xiaomi high on the list of brands delivering brisk firmware updates, but when it does roll out an update, it covers quite a few phones. Case in point: MIUI 9.2. Yes, the latest update for Xiaomi's Android skin is spreading to over a dozen smartphones. In fact, the list of devices extends to 2013's Mi 3 and 2015's Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note Prime. The full list is as follows: Redmi Note 5A/Redmi Y1 Lite, Redmi Note 5A Prime/Redmi Y1, Mi Mix 2, Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus, Redmi 4 Prime, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, Redmi 4X, Redmi Note...

  • Far Cry 5 Season Pass brings zombies, Mars, Vietnam, Far Cry 3

    Ubisoft's Far Cry series is certainly one of the better first-person franchises out there, and Far Cry 5 looks set to deliver plenty of goodness via its Season Pass or Gold Edition. "Go on a ride through three uncanny adventures: face off against hordes of zombies, escape from behind Vietcong enemy lines, and save Earth from a Martian arachnid invasion," the French publisher revealed on its website. Here's hoping these extra bits of content are as bonkers as Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Speaking of Far Cry 3, those who purchase the Season Pass or Gold Edition will get Far Cry 3: Classic Edition...