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  • Samsung granted patent for under-screen fingerprint scanner

    A fingerprint scanner under the screen remains one of the most elusive goals in the smartphone industry, only being seen on prototype devices. But Samsung thinks it's closer to making the tech a reality, judging by a recently granted patent spotted by Let's Go Digital. The patent shows a fingerprint scanner that sits just above the actual display panel (but below the glass cover), being activated thanks to a pressure sensor within the screen. Aside from unlocking the phone, Samsung also reckons you could use the under-screen scanner to unlock certain apps by simply tapping them. For instance, a chat app can be...

  • When to expect Android Oreo from HMD, will Nokia 2 get it?

    HMD Global made a notable commitment when it launched Nokia-branded smartphones earlier this year, saying it would update the phones regularly. So when can we see updates for the phones? "We'll be sending a press release during this week, keep an eye out," an HMD Global representative told Gearburn when we asked about the availability of Oreo. It's worth noting that the update is currently being pushed to the Nokia 8, HMD confirmed on Twitter. But what about the Nokia 2? Will it receive Oreo? HMD's newest smartphone combines a low-end Snapdragon 212 chip with a large 4100mAh battery, delivering two-day endurance on...

  • Gearburn’s definitive guide to MediaTek chips [Updated]

    We've already done a Snapdragon smartphone guide, but what if you're leaning towards a MediaTek-powered phone? There are loads of processors from the Chinese firm out there, but how do you know which one is worth your cash? You can use our guide for this, as we demystify the MediaTek range of chips and give pricing recommendations in the process. For our definitive guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon smartphones, have a look at the piece linked below. Gearburn’s definitive guide to Qualcomm Snapdragon smartphones From general tasks to 4K video support, your smartphone’s processor plays a big part in the overall experience. And Qualcomm’s Snapdragon range...

  • 2017 smartphones: avoid these devices

    The year has really delivered in terms of smartphones, as LG, Samsung, Sony and others delivered great flagship devices. We're not saying that all the phones were fantastic though. In fact, there are a few you should generally stay away from... BlackBerry KeyOne Now, this one is a great phone for a BlackBerry-branded device, but is it worth the R9000+ price tag? No. No it isn't. For your cash, you get a mid-range Snapdragon 625 chip, a 12MP main camera that's pretty great and a 3505mAh battery. The combo of Snapdragon 625 and battery means that two days of usage is certainly possible. But...

  • Honor V10 to launch tomorrow, should you expect cheaper Mate 10?

    Huawei's Honor phones are renowned for basically being cheaper versions of Huawei's current flagships. For instance, the Honor V8 featured the same specs as the Huawei P9 (review), but had a more palatable price tag. We're expecting the Honor V10 to be revealed in London on 28 November, but a recent listing on China's TENAA (basically their version of the FCC or Icasa) has revealed some details. The listing, spotted by GizChina among several other publications, shows a phone with thin borders and a tall display (TENAA lists a 5.93-inch 2160x1080 display). Other noteworthy features include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a...

  • Android Oreo: has your phone received it? [Updates]

    Android Oreo has been pushed out a while back, appearing out of the box on the Pixel 2 and Huawei Mate 10. But when will other brands deliver the update? We'll be periodically updating this page as brands roll out Oreo. Note: We'll be updating this article as brands reveal Oreo plans and as major phones receive the update. Asus Earlier this year, the company revealed that it would be "gradually" rolling out updates to compatible phones until the end of the first half of 2018. No word if the green button has been pushed yet, signalling the start of the rollout. As for compatible...

  • Wileyfox is releasing a Windows Phone for some reason

    UK brand Wileyfox stood out from the pack thanks to its competitively priced, slick Android handsets. So it's rather strange to see the firm release a Windows 10 Mobile device, for some reason. Coming despite the platform's lack of success and after Microsoft said it wouldn't deliver major features anymore, the Wileyfox Pro is available for £190 via Amazon (as spotted by ZDNet). Your cash gets you a Windows 10 Mobile phone with a 720p 5-inch display, a budget-minded quad-core chip and 16GB of expandable storage. As for the camera? A 2MP selfie shooter and an 8MP main camera. We can think...

  • These 4 ridiculous Galaxy S8 clones actually exist

    Much like the Xiaomi Mi Mix saw a ton of clones, it seems like the Samsung Galaxy S8 (review) has been aped by lazy manufacturers too. Sure, there might be a few changes here and there, but there's no doubting where the below phones get their inspiration from... UHANS i8 One of the more recent entries, the UHANS i8 offers an 18:9 display and similarly small borders compared to the Galaxy S8. It's also worth mentioning that the i8's marketing images paint out the front camera and proximity sensor. Shady. The US$129 phone is budget in the spec department too, offering an octacore A53 chipset (MT6750T)...

  • iPhone X contract pricing: here’s how much you’ll pay

    The iPhone X launches in South Africa today, coming in at R20 499 for the 64GB model and R23 999 for the 256GB model. That's a hefty price to pay, so what about contract pricing? The iStore has you covered, publishing pricing from various networks. Want a 64GB iPhone X? Well, Telkom Mobile is cheapest, coming in at R899 a month for a 1GB FreeMe contract. Meanwhile, the cheapest 256GB iPhone X contract on the list is also from Telkom Mobile, at R999 a month. Check out the table below.

  • Your rolling guide to Black Friday tech/gaming deals [Updates]

    It's Black Friday week, which means scores of retailers have cranked up their prices and are pretending to give you a deal with a measly 10% discount. Or something. In any event, we'll be updating this article as retailers serve up their Black Friday deals, showing you the most important discounts. Raru The other big ecommerce website has some solid gaming deals, although the general gaming deals are "only" up to 30% off. Nevertheless, the company is holding a promotion on Nintendo fare (no Switch stuff though), offering up to 50% off on Wii U, Wii, DS and 3DS titles. In fact, the Wii U titles...