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  • The Gearburn Podcast #8: who stood out at MWC 2017?

    MWC 2017, the biggest smartphone exhibition of the year, has come and gone. But the real question is who emerged as the big winners this time out? Huawei, LG and HMD/Nokia held their conferences on Sunday, with the P10, LG G6 and Nokia 3310 all making a splash. Meanwhile, Sony, holding its event on Monday, actually won an award thanks to the cutting-edge specs of its Xperia XZ Premium handset. Between a 4K HDR screen, powerful chipset, water-resistant design and super slow-motion camera setup, there's a lot to like about the new smartphone. But with an unspecified release date, rival phones are...

  • Watch: Is this the Samsung Galaxy S8?

    Thanks to a few high-profile leaks in recent weeks, we already have a great idea of what the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks like. Now, we've seen another purported leak take place, this time, in the form of a video. Instagram and YouTube user 505nick showed off a brief five-second clip of the apparent flagship, being a tantalising glimpse at Samsung's superphone. It's also worth noting that there's a sticker marked "confidential" on the back of the device, urging people not to take photos or sell the phone. "Do not leak info," reads the third and final instruction on the phone's sticker. The...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: what to expect from new device?

    It hasn't even been six months after the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Mix and we're already hearing rumours about its successor. Gizmochina (via My Drivers) has apparently obtained information related to the Mi Mix 2, with the first detail being a jump in the screen/body ratio to 93% (from 91.3%). In other words, expect those bezels to get even thinner in the face of competition from LG and Samsung. The publication also claims that the Mi Mix 2 will sport a curved AMOLED screen, ostensibly in a bid to hide as much of those bezels as possible. From thinner bezels to a...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: The Little Budget Phone that Could

    Xiaomi has consistently released phones that provide real bang for your buck and the Redmi 4A is no different. It may not have all the frills of a high-end Samsung phone -- or even the Redmi 3 -- but for R1 999, it does everything the average smartphone user needs it to and it does so with ease. Sure, it's got modest specifications, but Xiaomi's Redmi 4A won't ask much of you if you don't ask much of it. The hardware The Redmi 4A is meant to be a cheaper, simpler alternative to the Redmi 3 and its internals revert to specs akin...

  • iPhone 8 rumour roundup: to Lightning or not to Lightning?

    The iPhone 7 range has barely been on the market for three months (at the time of writing), being well-received by critics for the most part. Still, there are always murmurings and leaks about the next iPhone -- even when the current one has just been pushed out of Apple's doors. So it's for this reason that we saw it fit to publish an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7S rumour roundup, gathering some of the more notable rumours and reports in one convenient location. We'll only really know what to expect when the phones are actually launched, but die-hard fans starved for...

  • For (dis)Honor [PS4] review: why P2P connections don’t work in gaming

    Ubisoft's latest offering For Honor is a third-person combat game which sees you allying yourself with three factions: Knights, Vikings and Samurais. Since reviewing the beta there have been many changes such as nerfed and buffed characters, additional maps and so much more. Let's start with the story mode; I felt suspicious when Ubisoft never allowed open beta users access to the story mode, and now I know why -- it was completely useless. The characters in the single-player story are easily forgettable and the acting seemed sub-par. It just felt as if it was there to draw in those wanting...

  • Super Tank Rumble and The Escapists: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Who says mobile games are all rubbish? There are plenty of solid titles out there if you look hard enough. Can't be arsed to look? Fine, we'll bring them to you. Our highlights this week are The Escapists and Super Tank Rumble -- check out the full list below. The Escapists (paid - Android, iOS) One of the more prominent indie-type titles in recent years, The Escapists has finally made the leap...

  • Apple to retain Lightning port on 2017 iPhones?

    A new report has refuted claims that Apple will be ditching the Lightning connector in favour of a USB Type-C port. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter", reported that the Apple would use the Android and Macbook standard on its smartphone. "They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector," the publication was quoted as saying. At the time, we wondered whether this could mean an actual Type-C port on a new iPhone or on the power cable...

  • Urban Empire (PC) review: be the master and destroyer of worlds

    Urban Empire combines various elements of the citybuilder and political sim genres to create something the Finnish developer Reborn Games calls a “City Ruler”. This is a fascinating approach but one that produces a very complex and demanding gameplay experience as you are essentially playing two games at once. This also adds a healthy dose of unpredictability, something I’ve always appreciated in games. One moment your city will be flourishing and the next you will struggle to get it out of debt while simultaneously battling to win the election. Urban Empire can be a frustrating and unforgiving title, but for...

  • Who had the best smartphone at MWC 2017?

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone, delivering smartphone announcements aplenty. But the real question is who "won" the annual exhibition, then? LG had its G6, looking to erase memories of the innovative but flawed G5 (review). Huawei had the P10, which looks like an evolution over the popular P9 (review). And we had the Nokia brand and its Android smartphones, courtesy of HMD Global. However, the GSMA has chosen Sony and its Xperia XZ Premium as the best smartphone of MWC 2017 at its annual Global Mobile (GloMo) Awards. And to be honest, it's not tough to see why. The Xperia...