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  • Logitech launches modular Rally VC system for South Africa’s boardrooms

    The perfect way to launch video conferencing (VC) equipment is to construct your entire launch around the equipment itself. On Wednesday Logitech hosted simultaneous events in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, all linked through its conferencing system dubbed Rally. Rally is a step up from the firm's previous VC system which supported no more than a meeting of 20 people. However, at the Cape Town launch, the system provided enough headroom for more than 40. Image: Andy Walker/Gearburn Logitech quotes that up to 46 people are supported, using a daisy chain of seven mics, connected to a "table" hub -- which looks a...

  • Samsung’s eUFS 3.0 is set to make your future phone’s storage a lot faster

    Samsung's Galaxy S10 was the first phone to feature the fast eUFS 3.0 (embeded Universal Flash Storage) standard, but now the company has announced plans to ramp up production of the module for other devices. This begins with its first 512GB eUFS 3.0 storage chip, which it claims is 20 times faster than your average microSD card and four times faster than a SATA-based SSD found in laptops. In terms of real numbers, that's a write speed of 410MB/s, up by 50%, while there's a 36% performance increase in terms of input-output operations per second, or IOPS. And as for reads, you're...

  • South Africa’s getting the ‘slower’ Samsung Galaxy S10 variant, benchmarks suggest

    If you couldn't care less about benchmarks and actually use your smartphone as a phone, this news probably won't apply to you. But if you care about floating points, PCMark scores, and raw performance numbers, you may want to take a seat. Even more so if you're planning to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus. According to benchmarks performed by Anandtech, the Exynos 9820 version of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus -- the version of the phone South Africa will receive -- is notably slower than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered devices offering in the likes of the US. The 855...

  • Sony Xperia 1 is coming to SA in July with Xperia 10, 10 Plus and L3 in March

    We've some good news for Sony fans. For a while many believed that the company was set to pull out of South Africa, citing stagnating sales. But that's not entirely true. While the Xperia 1 was announced on Monday at MWC 2019, today Sony Mobile announced that its flagship Xperia 1 will arrive in South Africa in July 2019. Clearly, Sony Mobile isn't leaving the African market, at least not as a smartphone seller, just yet. As for the Xperia 1's specifications, enjoy our lengthy report of its internals and that 6.5 inch 4K OLED screen. While we have a launch date, the...

  • ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is proof the Chinese company is alive and well again

    ZTE, the Chinese smartphone maker seemingly back from near-death, has debuted its first 5G smartphone at MWC 2019. Dubbed the Axon 10 Pro 5G, it's a natural upgrade of the Axon 9 and sports a 6.47 inch AMOLED display at 2340x1080. It also sports a teardrop notch and a 19.5:9 screen ratio. Internally, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There's microSD card support too for data lovers. Additionally, for camera lovers, there are three cameras at the rear. The primary snapper houses a 48MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture with OIS and phase detection autofocus....

  • Energizer’s Power Max P18K Pop smartphone has a 18000mAh battery

    Smartphone makers have officially lost their minds this year. Foldable devices, 5G support, crazy camera arrays. You name it, we've seen it at MWC 2019. Oh, big batteries, you ask? We've got that too thanks to Energizer. Everyone's favourite battery maker Energizer has made a phone with a large battery. A very large battery. 18 000mAh to be exact. https://twitter.com/rickyvtech/status/1100171471324934144 To put this into perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a 4100mAh battery. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 4200mAh battery. And the iPhone XS Max has a 3174mAh battery. With that large cell there is a trade off in weight and...

  • Gearburn’s MWC 2019 smartphone power rankings

    We're barely into day two of MWC 2019 and already, we've seen a slew of new flagship smartphones from almost every big manufacturer. So how do they rank? How much were we shook? We take a look at Samsung's devices launched prior to MWC 2019, all the way through to Sony which launched its device on Monday, and see which device really left us with sufficient shock and awe. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus There's very little this phone lacks. The underscreen fingerprint sensor still can't steal my heart, but the phone's speed and build quality makes up for it. And let me not...

  • Samsung Galaxy A30, A50 mid-rangers get big feature improvements

    With all these foldable smartphones and talk of 5G, you'd easily forget that there's actually a mid-range and budget smartphone segment. On Monday, Samsung announced two new devices that'll play in these categories, the Samsung Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50. These two devices begin an A series refresh for the Korean company, and both focus on content consumption, longer battery life, and camera performance. The two phones are practically the same. Both sport 6.4 inch sAMOLED screen with 2340x1080 resolution. Both feature Infinity-U notched displays. They're also the same size, with a 7.7mm thickness and 158mm length. Even the battery sizes are shared,...

  • Sony Xperia 1 sports 21:9 4K OLED screen, three rear cameras

    Sony on Monday officially revealed its new 21:9 aspect ratio smartphone assault team, targeting the mid-range and flagship sectors. First up was the Sony Xperia 1, a device we've head plenty of in the past few weeks. And it seems that the leaks that burst forth last week were indeed accurate. The phone's unique selling point is its screen. There's a 6.5 inch OLED screen with 3840x1644 resolution. Yep, that's a 4K OLED panel on a smartphone. Being it a 21:9 aspect ratio though, the Xperia 1 is notably tall. It's almost 20mm taller than the standard Samsung Galaxy S10, and around...

  • Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 debuts at MWC 2019, will cost $3500

    Microsoft at its MWC 2019 conference on Sunday revealed its HoloLens 2, the company's updated augmented reality headset. In a blog post, Microsoft explained that the new device encompasses three main improvements based on what users requested. "They wanted HoloLens 2 to be even more immersive and more comfortable, and to accelerate the time-to-value," the company said. The device has a wider field of view, new depth sensor and eye tracking sensors that all allow you to see and do more. Microsoft failed to divulge the device's technical specifications. "HoloLens 2 enables direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d...