Huawei P Smart S is Bringing Sexy Back!

Staff Writer / 09-10-2020 / Reviews

The popular Huawei P Smart series returns just in time for summer with the refreshed and upgraded P Smart S, and as usual, it does not disappoint. Here’s our rundown of this incredible new smartphone from Huawei.


The P Smart S runs Huawei’s slick EMUI 10.1 which is based on Android 10. It offers Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) in place of Google Play Services. However, with the fantastic AppGallery, you’ll never be short of finding great apps and games, even the ones you already love!


The Huawei P Smart S features a gorgeous 6.3-inch OLED Dewdrop display with 2400 x 1080 resolution, offering clear and vivid colours and immersive visuals when watching videos, playing games or even just browsing the web. The screen occupies 90.17% of the front glass panel and is super-bright with wide viewing angles and excellent contrast and saturation.


The P Smart S has an Octa-Core processor with the Huawei Kirin 710F 8-core chipset, which includes 4 x Cortex-A73 Based 2.2 GHz cores and 4 x Cortex-A53 Based 1.7 GHz cores. It has also been upgraded with 4GB of RAM, which is capable of running most apps and games smoothly without any noticeable lag. On the security side, you now get an in-screen optical fingerprint sensor, but as is the case with most mid-range phones, the sensor can be a bit fiddly and may require more than one try to unlock the device in some instances. Of course, when it does work, the phone will take a second or two to unlock, but that’s certainly no dealbreaker, especially at this price point.


The device doesn’t feature wireless or fast charging, so you’ll need a couple of hours to get a full charge. However, you do get a decent 4000 mAh battery with the P Smart S that will easily give you a full day of use or even two days if you are a light to moderate user.


This update to the popular Smart series features a powerful 48MP AI Triple Camera system with Night Mode and a 120° Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens, which should delight mobile shutterbugs. The 16MP front camera offers a range of filters to level up your selfies and make them pop on any social media feed.
The rear camera system is made up of 48 MP (f/1.8 aperture) + 8 MP (Ultra Wide-Angle Lens, f/2.4 aperture) + 2 MP (f/2.4 aperture) lenses. The front selfie camera is a 16 MP lens with f/2.0 aperture.


The phone ships with 128GB of internal storage, which should be more than enough for average users, especially if you use cloud storage services to back up your videos and photos. On the other hand, if you prefer to hoard media on your phone, you can always expand the storage up to 256GB with the use of a microSD card in the second SIM slot.


Overall, the P Smart S is an improvement over its 2019 predecessor with bigger storage, more RAM, better cameras and a crisp, clear display that will give you hours of viewing pleasure. Oh, and it still has a good old headphone jack!


The Huawei P Smart S is a smartphone that has something to offer virtually kind of user, from the mobile gamer to the social media influencer to the amateur photographer. You’d expect to find the features on offer here only in much more expensive devices, yet Huawei has somehow managed to cram in so many flagship-like touches and keep the cost of this smartphone pocket-friendly. Just like the P Smart phones of the past few years, this one is sure to be a winner here in SA.

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The New Sony Xperia 1 IV Experience

Sony’s latest smartphone release is spec-ed out and ready to take on the iPhone 13 range.The Sony Xperia 1 IV 5G launched in May and has excited tech-heads everywhere thanks to its impressive capabilities.Flagship ProcessorThe Sony Xperia 1 IV runs on the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon (SD) 8 Gen 1 chipset, making for a powerful, advanced machine with increased learning capabilities.It comes ready with Android 12 and boasts 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which can be expanded with the help of a microSD card.Dynamite DisplayWith this flagship device you get a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate. This smartphone has the honour of being the first phone of 2022 to boast 4K HDR resolution. It also come equipped with a 3840 x 1644 screen resolution – that’s higher than even the iPhone 13 Pro Max – making for a sharper viewing experience.Battery BonanzaThe Sony Xperia 1 IV has a large 5000mAh battery under the hood. It offers 30W wired fast charging like its predecessor and supports wireless charging, keeping up with its own flagship standards.Camera QualityBased on the Sony Xperia 1 III, the IV didn't have to try too hard to deliver a superior camera. It doesn’t disappoint. Like the iPhone 13, it sports a 12MP triple camera setup with four lenses – 12MP Main, 12MP Telephoto with 5 x zoom and a 12MP Ultrawide lens.Sony has set out to rival the best with the Xperia 1 IV. Only time will tell, but with specs like these, they could achieve the impossible!Looking for the hottest mobile and data deals from SA’s leading networks? Be the first to be in-the-know when you sign up for our newsletter.


Huawei P50 Hits The Market

The flagship Huawei P50 series has finally launched worldwide.Debuting in in July last year, the P50 is the most affordable phone from the series.The P50 sets the standard for the range. It packs in sought-after features while still being light on your wallet. You get a new design, new software and new technology that makes it a worthy successor to the standout P40s and Mate 40 series.A+ Camera SpecsAs with most Huawei’s, the camera specs are outstanding. The P50 boasts three shooters at the back, including a 50MP primary camera with OIS and a colour sensor, a 12MP periscope zoom with 5x optical magnification and a 12MP ultra-wide snapper. The front-facing camera is a 13MP, and although this is a little modest compared to other standard smartphones on the market today, it’s more than enough for eye-catching selfies. Altogether, the camera hardware offers a solid performance that captures vibrant, detailed and accurate photos day or night.Just Keep ScrollingThe display on the P50 is impressive with its flat-edge OLED 6.5-inch screen that's bright and efficient, featuring a smooth refresh rate of 90Hz and a touch input rate of 300Hz for easy scrolling and quick switching between apps. The P50 is dust and water resistant at a depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes. Overall, it offers a decent display and fast refresh rates for a great user experience.Super-Fast Wired ChargingThe P50’s battery is in line with the current market standards at 4 1000mAh. It features 66W wired charging and goes from 0% to a full charge in 30 – 40 minutes. If you’re looking for a wireless charge, this feature is only available on the flagship P50 Pro. However, if you don’t mind wired as the only option, the standard P50 delivers quickly for the ultimate convenience.Creative ConnectivityPowering the P50 is the top-end Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. This can be expanded thanks to a pro nano memory card slot, which is ideal for those who need the extra storage for videos, photos, music and apps. Although the processor supports 5G, it is not enabled in this new series. But if you’re content with a 4G LTE connection or using WiFi 6, the P50 packs a punch without compromising on storage.Updated HarmonyOSThe phone runs on HarmonyOS 2, which was recently revealed as the rival to Android. The operating system shares many similarities with Android but comes with one big difference. It features Huawei AppGallery instead of Google Play. Huawei’s app store has around 45 000 apps but lacks all Google apps. Fortunately, there’s a workaround as you can install apps directly from the web using Petal Search. The best part about the operating system is that it works seamlessly with other Huawei devices, ensuring that those with tablets, smartwatches etc., can easily integrate their devices.If the Huawei P50 striking all the right notes with you, find the right deal here.Sign-up for our newsletter for updates on the hottest mobile and data deals from SA’s leading networks.


The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Rumours Unlocked

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to be announced in August but there is already a whirlwind of talk about what it could offer.The new flagship series has big shoes to fill as the successor of the trailblazing Galaxy Z Fold 3. If the rumours prove to be true, the Fold 4 is set to continue the legacy into the next generation.An Affordable Foldable?The new series could become the most affordable foldable by the South Korean tech giant.  The Z Fold 3 hit the South African market at a hefty R 37 999. If these guesses hold any value, we could see this price reduced.S22 Camera SpecsThe Z Fold 4 may be adopting the camera setup from the Galaxy S22 range with its stellar telephoto lens boasting 3x optical zoom, a 50MP main shooter and 12MP ultra-wide cameras. A new rumour, by leaker Dohyun Kim, claims that the new model will get the S22 Ultra’s massive 108MP main camera. Samsung’s innovative under-display camera may also get a boost as the tech giant may be adding another to the Fold 4.Two Hinges Become OneKorean blogging site Naver says Samsung is considering ways to reduce the phone’s weight by decreasing the number of hinges at the centre of the handset from two in the Z Fold 3, to just one in the new series. This will make the Z Fold 4 thinner, lighter and more durable. Samsung could also completely ditch the book-style fold format for an s-fold design!Same Size, Bigger ScreenThe weight reduction may also mean that the Z Fold 4 will not be bigger than its predecessor. A leading tipster, Ice Universe, claims that the screen size will remain the same, but there may be more screen area as thinner bezels, and a reduced outside dimension is being considered.Reimagined DisplayTurning to the inner display, Samsung may be upgrading the current Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) material with a tougher and higher quality option.Axed S Pen?The S Pen’s future with the Fold series is… complicated.  There are rumours of a built-in stylus, no stylus at all and the most frustrating option, no silo slot for the accessory – meaning that finding a place to store your S Pen could become an issue, especially when travelling.All in all, the latest rumours about the Z Fold 4 indicate that it’s poised for greatness, just like the generations before. For the latest updates on the new series, sign up for our newsletter and stay in the know.