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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • Motorola will return to South Africa in November

    A Lenovo representative has confirmed that the Moto (formerly Motorola) range of smartphones will be coming to South Africa in November. The representative told Gearburn that the Moto E3 Power would be one of the devices coming to the country. However, the employee added that the Moto Z range and associated phone mods would be launching in the country too. The news confirms an earlier report from SA Vibe, which stated that the flagship and mods would be coming to SA "before the end of the year". Motorola left South Africa soon after 2012, with the rebranded Razr one of the last...

  • Exclusive: newly-launched LG V20 coming to South Africa

    LG's innovative V10 smartphone didn't make it to South African shores unfortunately, but the Korean firm has some good news for us regarding the newly announced LG V20. The company announced that the new smartphone will indeed be coming to South African shores. "I can confirm that V20 will be coming to SA," a local LG representative told Gearburn in an emailed response to questions. LG V20 will be officially sold in South Africa, unlike its V10 predecessor The representative also confirmed that they were looking at a rough November launch window for the new handset. Unfortunately, a recommended retail price couldn't be confirmed by LG at the...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 8GB rewrites mid-range pricing in South Africa

    The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro was one of the first Xiaomi smartphones brought to South Africa by MIA Group (along with the Mi 4), coming in at just under R2000. You got a lot of bang for your buck too, in the form of a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, dual-SIM design, 2200mAh battery and 16GB of expandable storage. Now, Xiaomi has introduced an even cheaper smartphone in the form of the R1499 Redmi 2, ditching the "Pro" moniker in the process. What's different about this model then? The Xiaomi Redmi 2 will retail for R1499, making it the cheapest Xiaomi in South...

  • 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...