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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • 5 more decent Android & Windows smartphones under R1000

    About a year ago, we took a look at seven decent smartphones available for under R1000, but have times changed since then? We decided to revisit the topic, listing some capable smartphones that don't breach the one grand barrier. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 Last month saw the red network introduce the Smart Kicka 2, the sequel to 2015's cheapest and most capable smartphone in South Africa. It's still unclear exactly what kind of specs we're getting with the new handset. If it's anything like the Smart First again, expect a budget Spreadtrum quad-core A7 processor, 1400mAh battery, 512MB of RAM, 2MP camera and 4GB...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 gets priced for South Africa, not as cheap as Redmi 2 Pro

    Xiaomi distributor MIA Group (Mobile in Africa) announced earlier this year that the budget-minded Xiaomi Redmi 3 smartphone would be coming to South Africa. Now, we have a price tag for the device, coming in at R3299 according to MIA's own website. This is over R1000 more than the Redmi 2 Pro, which came in with a R2000 price tag -- so what does the extra cash get you? The Redmi 3 will be available in gold in South Africa, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor (octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 cores), 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, expandable via a hybrid SIM slot. The phone...

  • Was Cape Town’s EGE 2016 a cut above the rest?

    Last year's Electronics and Gaming Expo (EGE) proved what we already know: there are hordes of expo-starved Cape Town gamers out there. The debut event wasn't on the level of Johannesburg's rAge, as we saw no unreleased games unfortunately. Still, between the local content, gaming-related wares, tournaments and food trucks (it's an attraction, okay!), it made for a decent first event. One of the organisers said at the time that the 2016 event would take place after E3, with hopes that playable code would be available for the expo. So how did the 2016 showing fare on this front? Impressions of EGE 2016? Fortunately, Sony and...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5 review: flagship performance at a lower price

    Xiaomi made quite the splash when its smartphones landed in South Africa last year (courtesy of MIA), delivering the Mi 4 (review) at under R4000 and the Redmi 2 at a hair under R2000. So we were rather excited when the Mi 5 was announced at MWC 2016 earlier this year, and even more excited when MIA confirmed that it was bringing the phone to SA. Now that it's here, should you pick it up? Design First of all, it's worth mentioning that this phone is ridiculously light. I'm talking "hm... did I put the battery in?" kind of light. Once you've gotten over...

  • Apple stealthily announces Siri for South Africa, Ireland

    Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off this evening, and there was plenty of news at the keynote. However, during the iOS 10 presentation, one interesting feature in a word cloud caught our eye, it must be said... Siri is officially coming to South Africa, an #iOS10 word cloud reveals. Have a quick screenshot. #WWDC2016 pic.twitter.com/jkpj4vBPOX — memeburn (@memeburn) June 13, 2016 Yep, if you look at the bottom-right of our admittedly blurry screenshot, you'll notice that Siri is officially coming to South Africa (as well as Ireland). The smart voice assistant can technically be accessed in the country, but official support from...

  • Huawei South Africa confirms new Nexus is coming this year

    Huawei might've just launched the P9, P9 Lite and P9 Plus in South Africa, but the company also revealed some more interesting device details relevant to the industry at large. "We’re doing the Nexus again this year, by the way," Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei SA's consumer business group, said in an interview. The Chinese company developed its first Nexus device at the end of last year in the form of the Nexus 6P, alongside LG's smaller Nexus 5X. The Nexus 6P enjoyed a very positive reception for the most part, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, a...

  • Huawei P9 trio launched in SA, but more devices to come?

    Huawei officially launched the P9, P9 Plus and P9 Lite in South Africa on Thursday night, so what should you know about it then? We interviewed Charlene Munilall, general manager for Huawei’s Consumer Business Group in SA, to find out more... Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus The two flagship models launch on Friday 3 June, offering a rear-fingerprint scanner, dual 12MP cameras and an impressive Kirin 955 octacore chipset (four heavy-lifting A72 cores and four power-efficient A53 cores) as highlights. There are a lot more technical details, but what about the price though? The Huawei P9 is in the R12 999 range, while...

  • Why spend R159 per month on Xbox Live when you can do this?

    News of Microsoft increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold in South Africa has not been received positively. Then again, when do price hikes ever get a good reaction? Anyway... the increase from R50 a month to R159 a month has seen many lash out at Microsoft - and rightfully so. Sure, the pricing ostensibly brings us in line with the exchange rate, but when the competition is much cheaper, it's cause for alarm. With that in mind, I wondered what else you could get for R159 a month... Get a PlayStation Plus account Got a PS Vita, PS3 or PS4? Then at...

  • How and where to find retro games & consoles in South Africa

    When it comes to modern video games and consoles, we've got it pretty good in South Africa. Old-school gaming though? Well, that's a different story. It can be rather tough to find the likes of the Super Nintendo or SEGA Dreamcast if you don't know where to look. Here are a few places to check out before going the Amazon/eBay route. The Gaming Source An online store, The Gaming Source was established in 2009, offering a variety of new and second-hand games and consoles for sale. The website's stock is rather varied, featuring current-generation products and the ever-important retro goodies. A quick visit to...

  • PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: What’s the SA price breakdown?

    Missed the news? Microsoft will be increasing its Xbox Live rates to R159 a month, making for a massive increase compared to the current R50 a month rate. That got us thinking, though... How much does it cost for a Xbox One and PS4, along with the necessary items (i.e. extra controllers and online subscriptions)? Console In this department, we first opted to look at a console and game bundle, focusing only on the 1TB variants. So what did we find out? Well, BT Games stocks the 1TB Xbox One along with The Division for R5999. By comparison, Takealot has a limited special on a...