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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • SAA bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all flights

    Things just get worse and worse for Samsung. The company's flagship phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, was earlier this week banned by the FAA in the US. Now, South Africa's national carrier, SAA, has announced that it too has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from its aircraft. Issuing a statement Tuesday, SAA notes that the decision is based purely on the grounds of passenger safety. "We initially placed a restriction on the use of the device where we prohibited the charging of this specific model on board our aircraft," explains SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali. But this simple restriction has evolved...

  • Lenovo makes South African Moto comeback official

    Reports surfaced earlier this year that Lenovo was bringing Moto-branded smartphones back to South Africa "before the end of 2016". We then broke the news that the Moto range of handsets was expected to be released in November, in the form of the Moto Z and the Moto E3 Power (although we're expecting more handsets than that). Now, Lenovo Africa has let the cat out of the bag on their Facebook page, revealing the above image along with the tagline "the smartphone is about to get a lot smarter". Lenovo has finally confirmed news of Moto smartphones returning to the country The latest reveal is in...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #3: are big companies neglecting the budget smartphone space?

    Hey you, using that swanky flagship over there, have you ever stopped to think if companies are doing enough for budget smartphone users? It's great if you can tote a R14 000 metal slab around, but what about those who can't? What about those users who need a simple, cheap and reliable tether to the digital world? In this week's episode, we focus chiefly on the budget smartphone space. Sure, it might not be as sexy as the Gorilla Glass- and USB Typc-C monsters atop the hierarchies, but they are important. If anything, when companies limit themselves to a strict...

  • Motorola will return to South Africa in November [Update]

    Update: Cellucity has since confirmed in a Twitter response (to a 2014 tweet, oddly enough) that pre-orders and a launch for Moto devices will be happening "soon". Launching soon in SA. Available for pre order soon through Cellucity. Watch this space! https://t.co/0p1XuwvjZo — Cellucity (@Cellucity) October 5, 2016 Original article: 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...

  • 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...