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All posts tagged "Xiaomi"

  • 7 really cheap smartphones for WhatsApp [Tech Savvy SA]

    Our initial list of cheap smartphones for WhatsApp back in 2014 was quite a hit, still attracting views today. But the smartphone world moves at an incredible pace, and 2014's budget devices are likely to be obsolete now. Additionally, the sector has exploded, making for quite the variety of quality phones. With that in mind, we thought it would be a great idea to refresh our list of affordable WhatsApp-enabled handsets. And when looking at the sub-R2000 category, there are plenty to choose from. Vodacom Smart Kicka 2 At R499, the Smart Kicka 2 is the cheapest phone on the list, with some...

  • Xiaomi Mi 6 to pack Xperia XZ Premium camera?

    The Xiaomi Mi 5 (review) was one of our favourite smartphones of 2016, packing a powerful chipset and more into a phone that had a price tag below all other flagships. But what could the Xiaomi Mi 6 have in store for us? A report from prolific website My Drivers (Google Translate) has revealed a few supposed details around the upcoming smartphone, starting with the presence of the Snapdragon 835 processor. The publication says that, unlike the Xiaomi Mi 5, the Mi 6 will stick to the highest-clocked Snapdragon chip across the board. Last year, the Mi 5 was divided into three variants, with...

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2: what to expect from new device?

    It hasn't even been six months after the launch of the Xiaomi Mi Mix and we're already hearing rumours about its successor. Gizmochina (via My Drivers) has apparently obtained information related to the Mi Mix 2, with the first detail being a jump in the screen/body ratio to 93% (from 91.3%). In other words, expect those bezels to get even thinner in the face of competition from LG and Samsung. The publication also claims that the Mi Mix 2 will sport a curved AMOLED screen, ostensibly in a bid to hide as much of those bezels as possible. From thinner bezels to a...

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: The Little Budget Phone that Could

    Xiaomi has consistently released phones that provide real bang for your buck and the Redmi 4A is no different. It may not have all the frills of a high-end Samsung phone -- or even the Redmi 3 -- but for R1 999, it does everything the average smartphone user needs it to and it does so with ease. Sure, it's got modest specifications, but Xiaomi's Redmi 4A won't ask much of you if you don't ask much of it. The hardware The Redmi 4A is meant to be a cheaper, simpler alternative to the Redmi 3 and its internals revert to specs akin...

  • Xiaomi Mi 5c: first phone with Xiaomi-designed processor

    We've known for some time now that Xiaomi was hard at work on its own processors. After all, mobile giants Apple, Huawei and Samsung all have their own in-house chips. Now, the company has revealed its first silicon as well as the first phone to run it, in the form of the Mi 5c. The Mi 5c packs Xiaomi's octacore Surge S1 chip, comprised of one cluster of A53 cores at 2.2Ghz and another A53 cluster at 1.4Ghz. As for other specs, it features a relatively capable but budget-minded Mali T860 MP4 GPU and is designed on an older 28nm...

  • Xiaomi’s budget Redmi 4A released in South Africa

    A few weeks ago, we were tipped off about the Xiaomi Redmi 4A being listed by Incredible Connection. Now, Afrihost has made it official, launching the budget smartphone in South Africa. The Redmi 4A packs a budget-minded Snapdragon 425 chip (quad core A53), 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, dual SIM design and 16GB of expandable storage. In other words, it's similar to the Redmi 2 Pro in many ways. This extends to the camera department too, packing a 13-megapixel f/2.2 main shooter and a 5MP selfie camera. Otherwise, you can expect an IR blaster, microUSB (not USB Type-C) and a...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • Pinecone: Xiaomi’s first in-house chip to power Mi 5c?

    All the big mobile players have their own in-house chip designs. Apple has its A-series, Huawei has HiSilicon and Samsung has Exynos. Now, it seems like Xiaomi will be joining the club too, with its Pinecone range of chips. According to My Drivers (Google Translate) and Android Headlines, Xiaomi will slap its own in-house processor into the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5c. For the uninitiated, the Mi 5c is a slightly cheaper version of the Mi 5, following in the Mi 4c's footsteps. So what kind of chip can you expect from the Chinese brand? According to the reports, the processor will be...

  • MWC 2017: the smartphones to expect?

    We're just under a month away from this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), being the world's biggest smartphone exhibition. Whether it's the biggest brands around or upstart manufacturers, the expo usually brings a ton of intriguing devices. Last year saw the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi all launch high-end smartphones, but what does this year bring? Here's what you should expect at MWC 2017. Apple If there's one brand guaranteed to be missing at MWC, it's the Cupertino company, with the firm launching devices at dedicated events instead. The company generally launches its iPhones later in the year too, with the...

  • Next Xiaomi phone set for SA? Redmi 4A listed by retailer

    The latest Xiaomi smartphone to hit South Africa might just be the Redmi 4A, it would appear. According to a listing on Incredible Connection's website, the metal-clad handset will be sold for R1999 -- putting it just R1300 below the Redmi 3's price tag. The Redmi 4A looks like a solid follow-up to the R1800 Redmi 2 rather than a successor to the Redmi 3 -- at least judging by the price and specifications. The handset packs a very budget-minded quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p display, 16GB expandable storage (via hybrid SIM slot) and a decent 3120mAh battery. The Xiaomi Redmi...