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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate Pro: what are the key differences?

    The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were announced in Munich by the Chinese firm this week, bringing similar specs to the table. There's the Kirin 970 processor with AI silicon, large 4000mAh battery and 20MP+12MP f/1.6 dual camera setup on the back. Still, the devices do have quite a few differences, it must be said -- we take a look at them. The screen First of all, the Mate 10 opts for a 5.9-inch 2560x1440 "RGBW" LCD display (16:9), while the Mate 10 Pro delivers a 6-inch 2160x1080 OLED screen (18:9). The Pro model also features thinner borders, for what...

  • What do reviewers think of LG V30?

    The LG V30 looks like a beast of a smartphone on paper, doesn't it? There's a top-end Snapdragon 835/4GB RAM combo, a 6-inch OLED screen with 2880x1440 resolution, IP68 water/dust resistance and fantastic audio credentials. So what do reviewers think of the phone thus far? We highlighted three reviews for your convenience. TechRadar (4.5 out of 5) The publication heaped praise on the "gorgeous" OLED display, design and "interesting" camera improvements, to name a few. However, it criticised the lack of Android Oreo, expensive price and low-light photography/selfie results. TechRadar elaborated on the display side of things. "When it comes to watching movies, LG...

  • Gearburn’s guide to Huawei’s Kirin processors [Updated]

    Update, 17 October 2017: We've updated our guide to include the Kirin 970 chip (powering the Mate 10) and the mid-range Kirin 659 processor. Original article: We've already taken a look at Qualcomm's Snapdragon range and MediaTek's family of chips, showing you exactly what you're getting for your cash. Now, our eyes turn towards one of the newer players on the smartphone processor block. Yep, this time, we're looking at Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin chips. What kind of horsepower should you expect? How does a Kirin 960 differ from a Kirin 650? We answer all of this and more. The flagship processors Kirin 910/910T -...

  • Huawei Mate 10 coming to South Africa in November

    Update: Huawei has released a press statement, giving us a 6 November launch date in the country. "Consumers will be able to pre-order their devices online after our local launch on 6 November 2017," said Likun Zhao, GM, Huawei Consumer Business Group SA, in the statement. The statement also adds that South Africa will be receiving the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design edition. Original article: The Huawei Mate 10 has just been announced in Munich, but of course, we wanted to know when the phone would be coming to South Africa... Traditionally, the Mate phablet is announced at the end...

  • Huawei Mate 10 revealed, packing AI smarts and more

    After months of leaks and teases, Huawei has finally peeled the curtain back on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. So what should you expect then? There's a Kirin 970 processor with a neural processing unit (NPU) for AI functions, 4000mAh battery and a "FullView Display". The Mate 10 Pro differs by having IP67 water/dust resistance and a 2160x1080 OLED screen instead of a 2560x1440 display. Meanwhile, the standard Mate 10 packs IP53 spill/dust resistance and a 2560x1440 LCD screen. Both displays are HDR-capable, using the HDR10 standard. The Mate 10 Pro also differs by having slightly slimmer bezels, leading to...

  • Razer smartphone ‘leaks’, but is it overhyped already?

    The past few days have seen a few leaks pertaining to Razer's upcoming smartphone, as well as a 1 November reveal date touted by the firm. Benchmark tests have purportedly found their way online too, showing a phone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 2560x1440 display and a mammoth 8GB of RAM. The last stat has gained a ton of headlines, even though phones with 6GB or 8GB of RAM aren't really doing much with that. Heck, VR and video editing might be the only real uses for 6GB or 8GB of RAM at this point. In any event, aside from the RAM,...

  • Watch Huawei Mate 10 live-stream here at 1pm

    We all know that Huawei is planning to launch the Mate 10 in Munich today, the hype train having gone into effect months ago. We're expecting a phablet with a "FullView Display", tiny bezels, 4000mAh battery (or better) and a dual-camera setup on the back, for starters. We're also expecting two variants, in the form of a standard and Pro model -- don't be surprised if a Porsche variant and mid-range Mate 10 Lite are also revealed. Of course, the company has already revealed the Kirin 970 chip which will power the Mate 10. And we've got loads of details regarding the...

  • Oukitel K10000 Pro review: a cheap, unspectacular, long-lasting brick

    I've been wanting to get my hands on the Oukitel K10000 for a long time now, ever since it was announced a year or so ago. After all, how many phones pack a massive 10 000mAh battery? That puts it in "power bank with a phone attached to it" territory. Then we saw the K10000 Pro being released (available for US$180 via Gearbest), featuring a camera bump and spec upgrade. But otherwise, the headline-grabbing battery size still remained. Of course, with such a massive battery, it's difficult to make a smartphone with a svelte body... Hardware Unbox the K10000 Pro and you've got...

  • iPhone 8 preorders kick off at iStore, starting at R13 499

    The iStore has announced that preorders have kicked off for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in South Africa, starting at R13 499 for the 64GB iPhone 8. The preorders are only for cash purchases however, it must be noted. Need more space? Then you'll want to spend an extra R3000 for the 256GB iPhone 8, coming in at R16 499. Want the iPhone 8 Plus? Then that'll cost R15 499 for the 64GB version and R18 499 for the 256GB variant. The iPhone 8 will be competitively priced compared to the Galaxy S8, Huawei P10 and other rivals The iPhone 8 and iPhone...

  • Stranger Things and Thimbleweed Park: 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. There's never a shortage of mobile games, it must be said. But good mobile games? That's another matter, really. In any event, we've scoured app stores for the latest and greatest games worthy of your time and bandwidth. Our highlights this week? Well, it's a blockbuster week actually, with Stranger Things and two PC to mobile ports. Stranger Things (free - Android, iOS) How better to celebrate season two of Stranger Things than...