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All posts tagged "ZTE"

  • Could ZTE’s Nubia range make it to SA?

    You might not be familiar with the ZTE brand on smartphones, but the company's been making phones for the likes of Vodacom for a while now. It's also got its own brand of capable handsets, with the Axon 7 Mini available in South Africa via MTN. Much like Huawei and its Honor brand, ZTE has its own sub-brand, dubbed Nubia. More recently, the company has launched the Nubia Z17, packing a variety of impressive tech into its waterproof body. There's a Snapdragon 835 chip, up to 8GB of RAM and a 12MP+23MP dual camera pairing. Not too shabby then. But could we see...

  • ZTE Nubia Z17 flagship is first to pack Quick Charge 4+

    ZTE's Nubia sub-brand is responsible for some of the more striking smartphones on the market, so when a new flagship gets announced, you'll want to take notice. The company's latest phone, the Nubia Z17, seems like a very powerful device. There's a Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a (presumably full HD) 5.5-inch display. The Nubia Z17 also stands out thanks to its water-resistant design and its charging chops, being the first phone to feature Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ technology. In fact, ZTE claims that 20 minutes of charging will take the 3200mAh battery to 50%...

  • Confirmed: ZTE Axon 7 to miss SA, Blade V8 set for Q3 2017

    ZTE has had a South African presence for several years now, largely thanks to its white-labelled devices and network business. However, the company had big plans at the tail-end of 2016, telling Gearburn it plans to launch the ZTE Axon 7 and Axon 7 Mini in the ensuing months. The Axon 7 Mini saw a release earlier this year, being available via the likes of MTN and TFG. Unfortunately, the Axon 7 was missing in action, but a ZTE representative has confirmed to Gearburn that the Axon 7 is no longer scheduled for South Africa. However, the representative has revealed that the mid-range...

  • ZTE Nubia Z17 Mini: 6GB RAM, dual cameras on a budget

    The ZTE Nubia range is one of the more interesting smartphone families out there, often featuring some fantastic specs and great hardware design for a decent price. Now, the Nubia Z17 Mini has been announced, continuing the trend in many ways. The Nubia Z17 Mini comes in either Snapdragon 652/4GB RAM or Snapdragon 653/6GB RAM flavours, making for a very capable combination regardless. As for other specifications, we've got a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 64GB of expandable storage, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, 2950mAh battery and USB Type C support. But the camera department might be the most interesting bit, with two 13MP f/2.0 cameras on...

  • 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...

  • Did you know these smartphone brands are in SA?

    We've seen Apple and Samsung rule the roost for a while now, but emerging market brands have taken over the world. South Africa is no different, with Huawei taking the top throne and Xiaomi making in-roads as well. But did you know there are more emerging brands that are actually available or will be available in South Africa? We pick a few you should keep an eye on. OnePlus One of the more popular brands at the moment, OnePlus popularised the idea of a more affordable flagship smartphone. Currently available as a Takealot exclusive, the OnePlus 3 is a beast of note, packing a...

  • Exclusive: ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets SA launch date, price

    Chinese mobile firm ZTE has confirmed launch details and pricing for the ZTE Axon 7 Mini smartphone in South Africa. Three representatives at AfricaCom told Gearburn that the Axon 7 Mini would be coming to the country in December, being available from the likes of Edcon and TFG. As for a price, the representatives said that the phone would be coming in at R6999. The phone has a US$300 price tag in the USA. What about the Axon 7 though? Well, the company has mooted a January launch instead. The two phones stand out from the pack thanks to a rather fetching metal...

  • 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...

  • ZTE’s Axon 7 is another Chinese flagship that brings the goods

    ZTE is no stranger to powerful, aesthetically pleasing smartphones - look at the Nubia Z9 for proof. But the Chinese company is putting the mobile industry on alert with its latest handset, the Axon 7, which was revealed yesterday. For starters, the Axon 7 looks like an HTC One thanks to that aluminium design, complete with antenna strips on the back and front-facing speakers on the front. In a rather interesting move, the company teamed up with BMW subsidiary Designworks to design the handset. The device is very competitive in the power department, delivering a flagship-quality Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM...

  • Samsung sells more phones than Apple in the US, LG comes in third

    I think we can now say that 2016 has been a pretty torrid year for Apple. After its woes with the FBI, the timid introduction of the iPhone SE, and its recent legal dispute in China, the company has now relinquished its top sales step in the US to its main rival -- Samsung. After close to a year in second place, Samsung has finally sold more of its smartphones in the United States than Apple, a feat that we don't see all that often in the modern era. According to Hong-Kong based research company, Counterpoint Research (spotted by Business Korea),...