Samsung says the handset is made for those who want to capture and share their experiences instantaneously, promising to deliver live streaming performances for what Samsung calls “the era of live”.
“Smartphones are a vital part of people’s lives, connecting them, allowing them to share their experiences and engage with the world,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “As the way people use smartphones continues to evolve, we strive to constantly innovate, bringing people the best possible mobile experience. The new Galaxy A30s are a bold step in delivering next-level performance to essential everyday features.”
And there is a surprise added extra: around a hundred wake-up messages recorded by Nyovest specifically for the alarm clock function of the smartphone.
The new Galaxy A30s features a striking new design, including a geometric pattern and futuristic holographic effect on the back. It is available in four new colours, Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green and Prism Crush Violet.
Paired with a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery and fast charging capability, along with an AI-based Game Booster, it offers better mobile gaming experiences compared to previous generations.
The device comes with triple rear cameras: an improved 25MP main camera, an 8MP Ultra-Wide camera and a new 5MP depth camera. With Live Focus on the 5MP depth camera, users can now apply professional-quality bokeh effects and create more dynamic portraits, letting users capture the mood of the moment as they experience it. Smart camera tools, including Intelligent Flaw Detector and Scene Optimiser, make snapping sharp, in-focus pictures more likely than before.
It also features an on-screen fingerprint scanner for a seamless secure unlock experience without featuring a cutout on the phone’s body.
The Galaxy A30s connects to the Galaxy ecosystem and services like Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, and Knox.
|Display||6.4-inch HD+ (720×1560) Super AMOLED4|
|Infinity Display||Infinity-V Display|
|Rear Camera||25MP (F1.7) + 5MP + 8MP (Ultra Wide)|
|Front Camera||16MP (F2.0)|
|Processor||Dual 1.8GHz + Hexa 1.6Hz|
|Memory||3GB / 4GB|
|Internal Storage||32GB / 64GB /128GB|
|Micro SD||Up to 512GB|
|Charging||15W Fast Charging|
|Dimension||158.5 x 74.7 x 7.8mm|
|Colour||Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green and Prism Crush Violet2|
|Others||On-screen Fingerprint, USB C-type|
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.
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.
Sony Xperia 5 scores high
The latest compact flagship from Sony, the Xperia 5, scores a high 95 in DxOMark.
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:
- 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.