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  • FEZ and Life Is Strange: 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. We missed out on last week's mobile gaming rundown, owing to our Snapdragon Summit coverage. But we've got a few solid picks this week. Our favourites include a sequel to last year's excellent Reigns and a mobile version of iconic indie title FEZ. Reigns: Her Majesty (paid - Android, iOS) Reigns was one of my favourite mobile games last year, as you struggled to stay on the throne and made decisions using a Tinder-like...

  • Signs point to Galaxy flagship with under-display scanner

    Biometric firm Synaptics is no stranger to the mobile sector, producing fingerprint scanners for a variety of smartphone brands around the world. Now, its latest statement (spotted via r/Android) confirms that it's bringing "world first in-display fingerprint scanners" to a "top five OEM" in the near future. "Designed for smartphones with infinity displays, Synaptics' Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors magically activate in the display only when needed," an excerpt reads. Of course, Samsung calls their latest screens "infinity displays", suggesting it's the Korean firm. It's widely believed that Samsung's awkward placement of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S8 (review) was due to the...

  • Xiaomi Mi A1, Mi 6 priced for South Africa

    We've been eagerly anticipating new Xiaomi devices in South Africa, particularly the Mi 6 flagship, Mi Mix 2 and Mi A1 pure Android handset. Now, at least two of these devices have popped up on distributor MIA Group's website. The black Mi 6 listing (seen in main image), spotted by reader Sumen Pillay, delivers a phone with a R8999 price tag. That makes it cheaper than the Nokia 8 and Sony Xperia XZ1 devices. The Mi 6 packs the same Snapdragon 835 processor, but also offers a 12MP dual-camera setup (a standard and telephoto layout), 6GB of RAM, a 5.15-inch full...

  • 10 great console/PC ports to mobile in 2017

    We regularly look at the world of mobile games, but there are loads of traditional gamers who don't really care for these titles. But the year gave us some great mobile ports of console and PC games. We choose a few PC/console ports that stand out, ranging from GRID Autosport to Flower. GRID Autosport (paid - iOS) The most recent entry on the list, we're still surprised Codemasters managed to squeeze last-gen racing title GRID Autosport onto iOS. The results were pretty cool from a technical point of view as they got the entire experience plus DLC on iPhones and iPads. We've also got...

  • We never had exclusivity with Samsung – Qualcomm

    The first half of 2017 saw precious few phones released with the Snapdragon 835 processor. At the time, numerous outlets reported that Samsung had exclusively acquired the initial product run of the 2017 mobile chip. For the uninitiated, the US version of the smartphone uses a Snapdragon chipset. Now, Keith Kressin, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm, has told Gearburn that no exclusivity contract was in place. Gearburn enquired about possible exclusivity of the Snapdragon 845 chip. "Even in the 835, we didn't have exclusivity. We didn't have an exclusivity deal..." Kressin answered. So LG and HTC could've used the Snapdragon 835 in...

  • Snapdragon 845: 6 tidbits you should know

    After merely announcing its existence on Tuesday, we finally saw details emerge regarding the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The processor, expected to power 2018 flagship phones from the likes of LG, Sony, Samsung, HTC, Xiaomi and other players, uses semi-custom cores based on ARM's latest tech as well as a powerful Adreno 630 GPU. Then there's the support for 4K HDR (using UHD Premium) recording, playback/capture with a wider colour depth/gamut and an improved digital signal processor for AI tasks. But what else should you know about the chipset? Here are a few lesser known features worth learning about. It supports room tracking for...

  • 5 good 2017 smartphones that just missed out on greatness

    We've already looked at a few smartphones that you should certainly avoid, but what about solid or good smartphones that just miss out on greatness? Whether it's a significant flaw or a few missteps in an otherwise solid package, here are a few good smartphones that don't quite reach giddy heights. LG G6 I really enjoyed using the LG G6, representing a return to form of sorts for the company. The improved wide-angle camera, water-resistant design and tall screen all came together to make a lovely package. The phone felt rather durable too, while endurance was solid enough for a full day of...

  • Snapdragon 845 lacks Huawei-style AI silicon, here’s why

    The Snapdragon 845 processor packs some solid specs on paper, set to power next year's crop of flagship smartphones. But what's the deal with its AI capabilities? Qualcomm says it's actually got third-generation AI hardware in the form of its Hexagon 685 digital signal processor (DSP). The first iteration of this silicon was delivered on last year's Snapdragon 820, being used to offload tasks such as sensor-related activities. But Qualcomm claims the DSP has been refined to deliver better AI performance. In fact, the company's Gary Brotman says the Snapdragon 845 delivers a three-fold improvement in AI tasks over the Snapdragon...

  • Snapdragon 845: all the major details here

    Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 processor yesterday, set to power many smartphones next year. But now, we actually have more details on the processor, being built on a second-generation 10nm process. For starters, the chip uses eight semi-custom cores, dubbed Kryo 385 CPU cores. The heavy lifting cores top out at 2.8Ghz while the lightweight cores top out at 1.8Ghz. The cores are customised versions of the A75 and A55 cores, Qualcomm confirmed in a later Q&A. Qualcomm is claiming a 25-30% performance improvement for the heavy cores, while the lightweight cores see a 15% improvement. We also see proprietary tech for Bluetooth...

  • Snapdragon 845 official, Xiaomi to use for next flagship

    Qualcomm has officially revealed the Snapdragon 845 processor, set to power scores of high end smartphones in 2018. Details of the silicon weren't revealed just yet, as the company has opted to hold a separate event for the chipset tomorrow (6 December). However, Samsung Foundry's ES Jung appeared on stage, confirming that the company was working with Qualcomm on the next chipset. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun also made an appearance, confirming that the next Xiaomi flagship would use the Snapdragon 845. It's unclear whether Xiaomi's phone will be the first with the Snapdragon 845. This year saw Samsung's Galaxy S8 being first to...