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Apple iPhone SE (2020) is Here, but is it Worth It?
Apple’s main goal with the release of the new iPhone SE in 2020 is to break into the mid-tier market, which has been dominated by other tech giants like Samsung and Huawei in recent years. Except for the previous SE, all Apple iPhones to date have been targeted to the high-end market who want the latest, flagship devices with all the bells and whistles. The iPhone SE is basically an iPhone 8 on steroids, but are the trade-offs worth the lower price tag? OPERATING SYSTEM The iPhone SE will ship with Apple’s iOS 13 operating system and will be upgradeable to newer versions of the OS for at least the next four to five years, giving the phone a longer lifespan. DISPLAY The new internals are encased in a familiar design of the iPhone 8, with a few marginal differences. You get a 4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen at a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels. It’s pretty small by today’s standards, but for people who long for the good old days of a phone you can operate with one hand, this is definitely going to scratch that itch. HARDWARE The iPhone SE is dust and water-resistant with a rating of IP67, giving it a maximum exposure of one metre for up to 30 minutes. Under the hood is an A13 Bionic Chip and 3GB RAM, making it a pretty powerful device for the price. In fact, it’s basically the internals of the iPhone 11 crammed into a slightly improved iPhone 8 case. BATTERY AND CHARGING The iPhone SE features QI wireless charging, with up to 50% charge in 30 minutes with an 18W adapter or higher. However, don’t expect the 1821 mAh battery to last a full day with heavy use. In general, the iPhone SE delivers up to 14 hours of talk time, 12 hours of internet use, 13 hours of video playback and 40 hours of audio playback. CAMERAS The iPhone SE features a single lens 12MP wide rear camera with digital zoom up to 5x and portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control. The front “selfie” camera is a 7MP shooter with retina flash. You also get 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps, 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps, and 720p HD video recording at 30 fps. The extended dynamic range for video is up to 30 fps. It also offers optical image stabilisation, 3x digital zoom and slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps. STORAGE AND SPACE The SE comes with three storage options: 64GB, 128GB and 256GB without, of course, the capability to add more memory. COMPARISON Apple manufactured the iPhone SE 2020 as a follow-up to its popular 2016 version. For years, Android phone manufacturers enjoyed the benefits of the mid-tier smartphone category, with Apple largely uninterested in competing until now. VERDICT The bottom line is that Apple created the 2020 version of the iPhone SE to grab some of the lucrative mid-tier smartphone market share and allow people to join the Apple ecosystem at a fairly reasonable price, which is awesome. If you’ve been wanting to get an iPhone but couldn’t justify the high price, this is your chance. Just keep in mind that the device is much smaller than current competitors on the market, but if that’s not an issue for you, the SE offers a high-quality iPhone experience. RELEASE DATE This nifty device from Apple is already available for sale to South Africans.
Huawei Y7p 2020 – Best Budget Phone of the Year?
The Huawei Y7p is positioned at the top of the entry-level smartphone category. It’s a great budget option for gamers and social media users thanks to solid hardware accompanied by an optimised software platform and premium-looking design. OPERATING SYSTEM The Y7p runs on Android-based EMUI 9.1 and offers Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) in place of the standard Google Play Services, which means no native Google apps. DISPLAY The Huawei Y7p sports a 6.39-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1560. Unfortunately, it is not a full HD screen, but still gives you a sufficiently crisp, clear experience for photos, video and apps. HARDWARE It has an Octa-Core processor with the Kirin 710F chipset. Unfortunately, this device isn’t water-resistant but does offer a rear-mounted fingerprint scanning sensor. BATTERY AND CHARGING The device does not feature wireless charging but the Huawei Y7p takes around 120-130 minutes to reach a full charge. The battery life is reasonable, offering a day with average use. CAMERAS The Y7p has a triple-camera set up on the rear and a hole-punch front-facing camera in the top left corner of the device. The system employs a 48MP main sensor, combined with an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP depth camera, while the selfie camera is an 8MP lens. Video recording is 1080p@30fps for both the selfie camera and rear cameras. STORAGE AND SPACE The device ships with 64GB of internal capacity, which can be expanded to 512GB with a microSD card. COMPARISON Overall, it is an improvement on its 2019 predecessor as the 2020 Huawei Y7p comes with more storage, better cameras and a larger screen. VERDICT Although it is technically an entry-level smartphone, the processor doesn’t disappoint as there is no lag when playing simple games or using popular apps for messaging or social media. Battery life is better than other devices in this category, and the overall design gives it a premium look that will definitely grab attention. However, there are better smartphones out there in the mid-range category if you are willing to spend a little more, so it all comes down to affordability. RELEASE DATE The Huawei Y7p is already available in South Africa and can be yours by clicking here.
Huawei P30 Lite 2020 – King of the Mid-Range Camera Phones!
Huawei is known for making incredible flagship smartphones, but where they really shine is giving their mid-range customer base access to the same awesome experience with their “lite” versions of these devices. The Huawei P30 lite, just like previous generations, is a budget version of the popular Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, and it delivers a lot of bang for your buck. OPERATING SYSTEM The P30 lite runs Android 9.0 (Pie) but will likely be updated to the latest Android OS with the EMUI 10 skin. DISPLAY The Huawei P30 lite sports a crisp 6.5-inch IPS LCD with 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution. HARDWARE Under the hood, you get an Octa-Core processor witha Kirin 710 (12 nm) chipset. The device does not feature dust or waterproofing, so we wouldn’t recommend taking it with you to the beach. BATTERY AND CHARGING Wireless charging isn’t supported but fast charging is, taking roughly 105 minutes for a full charge. On average, the battery should last you about two days, but that is dependent on the use. CAMERAS The Huawei P30 lite sports a triple-lens rear camera and a punch-hole selfie camera. The rear cameras are made up of a 48 MP (wide-angle lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 8 MP (ultra-wide-angle Lens) + 2 MP (Bokeh lens) cameras with autofocus. The front-facing camera is a single 32 MP shooter. The rear-camera and front cameras can shoot videos at up to 1080p at 30fps. STORAGE AND SPACE The phone comes standard with 128 GB of storage space with microSD expansion of up to 512GB (depending on model). COMPARISON Huawei couldn’t change too much with the P30 lite 2020 as it needed to remain close to last year’s version. However, there are considerable improvements with particular features that make it a value-for-money option, such as an increase in battery capacity, RAM and several other features. VERDICT This is a solid update from Huawei with great design and performance, especially for photography enthusiasts who don’t want to break the bank on the flagship versions of the P30 or P30 Pro. RELEASE DATE The Huawei P30 Lite 2020 is available right now by clicking here.