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Vodacom launches 4G smart feature phone

Vodacom has launched the Vibe 4G, which is a smart feature phone with 4G and sells for R299, packaged with a free data allocation.

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Today, Vodacom launched a 4G smart feature phone, the Vodacom Vibe 4G, at only R299. The mobile operator says the device is designed for customers who are looking at getting their hands on a smart yet affordable device, and to help them connect to social media platforms.

This smart feature phone runs on a proprietary operating system, but still runs WhatsApp like other smart feature phones.

The Vibe 4G follows the successful launch of Vodacom’s first smart feature phone, the Vodacom Vibe 3G. it includes a bumped up 2.8-inch display, familiar feature phone menu navigation, long-battery life and a 2MP rear camera.

Using 4G equates to a faster social media surfing and instant messaging experience, as well as enabling Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which ensures calls can be made in some cases when the 2G network is unavailable. The device also has Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) capability, which enables users to make calls using a Wi-Fi network for better-sounding voice calls.

“In the past six years, smartphone penetration has doubled from 30% to 60% as customers migrate from 2G devices to 3G and 4G smartphones,” says Davide Tacchino, terminals managing executive at Vodacom. “To further drive this transition and help bridge the digital divide, we have now introduced South Africa’s first 4G feature phone for just R299, having launched the country’s first smart feature phone with a traditional keypad during the course of last year.”

Vodacom says that its focus is not only on selling mobile devices, but it is also determined to create an ecosystem, enabling its customers to access educational content through Vodacom’s e-School as well as entertainment content, through Video Play.

Vodacom Vibe 4G retails at R299 at Vodacom stores and other participating outlets. Customers purchasing the device will also get 150MB of data, per month over 12 months. This will keep customers connected and, at the same time, allow them to experience the functionality of 4G connectivity.  

For more information, visit www.vodacom.co.za

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Second chance to get discounted Xbox One

Last year’s Black Friday deals for the Xbox One were epic, and this year they return to being heavily discounted.

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With 9 days to go until the shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday (29 November 2019), Prima Interactive has revealed its Black Friday deals for Xbox One. 

The deals remain roughly the same as last year’s Black Friday prices, suggesting that these are the absolute minimum at which retailers can sell the consoles.

Xbox fans won’t have to wait until 29 November but will be able to purchase the following deals from 25 November to 2 December 2019 from all leading gaming retailers:

Xbox Box S (1TB) Console for R 3 599.00

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Xbox Box One S + Wireless Controller for R 4 699.00

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Xbox One X for R 6 999.00

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Nokia 7.2 gets triple camera system

The latest handset from Nokia packs a 48MP triple camera system with Zeiss optics, as well as a PureDisplay screen.

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HMD Global, maker of Nokia phones, has announced the Nokia 7.2, the first Nokia smartphone to combine a triple camera and PureDisplay. It features a 48MP triple camera with Quad Pixel technology and Zeiss Optics. It also introduces a range of Zeiss bokeh styles, exclusive to Nokia smartphones, that recreate the way legendary Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact and signature blur. 
Alongside more AI-powered features such as night mode, users can get more creative with their photography. Building on the strengths of its predecessor, Nokia 7.2 combines PureDisplay technology and always-on HDR.

Shaun Durandt, GM of HMD Global Southern Africa, says: “With the Nokia 7.2 we aim to push the limits on what consumers can get from one of our popular Nokia 7 series smartphones. The Nokia 7.2 offers consumers advanced tools to express their creativity. Everything from the Zeiss Optics, exclusive Zeiss bokeh modes and powerful AI imaging, to its breath-taking PureDisplay technology, makes the Nokia 7.2 a device that truly stands out. In combination with the beautifully patterned satin glass back, Nokia 7.2 packs design innovation and stunning imaging performance, with a two-day battery life, into a smartphone for aspiring creators across the world at a truly incredible price.”

Nokia 7.2 is the first in the Nokia smartphone portfolio to feature a triple camera set up with Zeiss Optics. This is a combination of a highly sensitive 48MP sensor with a Quad Pixel technology main camera with ZEISS Optics, an ultrawide camera and a depth camera. The Quad Pixel technology combines four pixels into one for enhanced images in most conditions. 

The new bokeh styles include a portrait mode, which uses powerful image processing to recreate the way Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact. These blur effects are called Zeiss Modern, Zeiss Swirl and Zeiss Smooth modes. Add beautification to improve skin tones for instantly shareable portraits. AI-powered night mode allows users to capture the moment in low light, combining image fusion and explosion stacking to deliver good low light performance.

It comes with an ultrawide camera, which has a 118-degree field of view that means users can fit a lot more in one shot. The selfie camera also features Zeiss optics with a 20MP.  

With a dedicated Pixelworks visual processor, Nokia 7.2 upscales video content to HDR quality in real-time, with up to a billion shades of colour, higher contrast and expanded dynamic range. This means users can enjoy more contrast and deeper colours when watching TV shows, compared to other displays.

Crafted from polymer composite that is twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminium, the device is light, yet super strong and rigid. 

Nokia 7.2’s light-diffusing satin glass back honours the Finnish glass making heritage and results in a premium finish. Using a multilayer coating system with vacuum metallisation, the result delivers bright colours, a smooth finish and offers durability. 
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, the device offers balanced performance, making sure the phone is ready when users need it the most. The Nokia 7.2 also comes with the signature two-day battery life promise.

As part of the Android One partnership, Nokia 7.2 is Android Q ready and will receive guaranteed monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years, so it is claimed to get better performance over time.  
Pricing and availability

The Nokia 7.2 comes in Charcoal and is available at Vodacom stores on 20 November from R6,299.

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