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Honor 10 Lite packs flagship features into a mid-ranged price

Honor, a sub-brand of the Huawei Group, has launched its latest mid-range smartphone, the Honor 10 Lite, in South Africa. The phone uses artificial intelligence (AI) in its front-facing camera to detect the subject of a selfie for a better picture. It’s packed with powerful hardware at a very reasonable price, and is set to take the lead over its competitors in its price range.

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The Honor 10 Lite combines the latest smartphone technology with a new standard for smartphone design. It houses hardware seen on some flagship devices, packed into a sleek body using gradient hues, and featuring a bezel-less display. The display has a small camera cutout notch at the top of the phone, and the top speaker is hidden away on the narrow bezel.

Honor has cemented its positioning with strong growth, despite a global industry downturn. According to IDC, the global smartphone market recorded a 3.1% year-over-year decline in shipments in the first three quarters of 2018, but Honor bucked that trend with a 27.1% increase. It achieved a year-on-year (YoY) increase of over 170% in international sales in 2018. Honor ranked second in global online sales volume in 2018, with a 29.4% increase.

Raymond Liu, CEO Honor South Africa, comments: “South Africa has always been a very welcoming market for new product innovation and we are delighted to have launched our latest device, the Honor 10 Lite, in the country… we are sure that the excellent price point and flagship features, will easily become a hit with consumers and help us to stand out from the crowd.”

The Honor 10 Lite is available in South Africa in Vodacom stores at a retail price of R4,599, with contract packages starting from R249 per month for 24 months. 

The key features of the HONOR 10 Lite include:

· 24MP AI-Powered selfie camera and 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras

· 6.21” FHD Screen with dewdrop notch and bezel-less display

· 3D curved edge for better grip

· New Kirin 710 chipset with EMUI 9.0

· 64GB Internal Storage

· 3,400 mAh battery

· GPU Turbo 2.0

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Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.

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Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.

What’s different from the Note10?

The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”

To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.

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Sony Xperia 5 scores high

The latest compact flagship from Sony, the Xperia 5, scores a high 95 in DxOMark.

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The Sony Xperia 5, announced in September 2019, is the latest compact flagship, intended as a more affordable, pocket-friendly alternative to the full-sized Xperia 1. Key features on the Xperia 5 include a 6.1-inch OLED display, as well as the high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. Storage is expandable up to 1TB via micro SD.

The main camera boasts the same triple sensor and lens setup as on the Xperia 1. All three sensors offer 12MP resolution, with a large 1/2.55-inch sensor for the main camera, and a smaller 1/3.4-inch sensor for each of the ultra-wide and telephoto modules. The main sensor is coupled to a 26mm-equivalent f/1.6 aperture lens; there’s also a 16mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 52mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture lens offering x2 optical zoom shots.

Other features include 5-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus on the main and telephoto cameras, eye-tracking autofocus, HDR, and LED flash. 4K video is available for 2160p@24/30fps capture on the Xperia 5, but the Sony’s 5-axis gyroscope-enabled OIS only kicks in for HD video recording at 1080p@30fps.

Key camera specifications:

Triple camera

  • Primary: 12MP 1/2.55-inch sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm f/1.6-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 16mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus & 5-axis OIS (main & telephoto)
  • LED flash, HDR, eye-tracking
  • 4K 24/30fps video with HDR
  • Full HD 1080p@30fps video with 5-axis gyro-EIS
  • Although not officially launched in South Africa, it is available from some online outlets.

Click here to see samples of the photography on DxOMark’s website.

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