Vodacom has launched six new Android-based devices, chief among them the headlining Smart Platinum 7 and Smart Ultra 7.
Fresh from release abroad, Vodacom has brought a series of six new Android smartphones to South Africa; namely the Smart Prime 7, Smart Mini 7, the Smart Kicka 2, Smart Tab 2 3G, and premium Smart Platinum 7 and Smart Ultra 7.
Speaking on the release of self-branded Vodacom devices, Zunaid Mahomed, the company’s managing executive, stated that “œVodacom is now able to offer devices not only in the entry-level smartphone and tablet category, but also in the premium mobile class as well.”
The devices will ship alongside a three year warranty, while the flagship Smart Platinum 7 will feature a bundled virtual reality headset, named the Vodafone Smart VR.
Smart Kicka 2
Working up the range, Vodacom’s Smart Kicka 2 will retail for R499 ZAR.
Vodacom has yet to announce what specifications power the sequel to the original Smart Kicka, though it is anticipated that the Smart Kicka 2 – should it fly under the same banner as the Vodafone Smart First 7, which it was branded as overseas – could carry a Speadtrum A7 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage expandable through a MicroSD card, and a 1,400mAh battery.
The Smart Kicka 2 will retain for R499 ZAR.
Smart Tab 2 3G
With a retail price set at R999 ZAR, The Smart Tab 2 is anticipated to carry a MediaTek A7 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage expandable through MicroSD support, and a 2,580mAh battery.
The Smart Tab 2 3G will retail for R999 ZAR, and will be available on contract for R79 ZAR per month.
Smart Mini 7
The Smart Mini 7, anticipated to retail at R699 ZAR, would accommodate 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage expandable through MicroSD support, a 1,500mAh battery, and a 2-megapixel and VGA selfie camera split.
The Smart Mini 7 will retail for R699 ZAR.
Smart Prime 7
The Smart Prime 7 ups the ante with a larger 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage expandable through MicroSD support, and a 2,540 battery. An 8 and 5-megapixel camera split rounds out the package.
The Smart Prime 7 will retail for R1,799 ZAR, and will be available on contract for R129 ZAR per month.
Smart Ultra 7
Vodacom begins to edge into higher-end territory with the Smart Ultra 7, which bears a 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable through MicroSD support, and a 2,960mAh battery. The Smart Ultra 7 will include a 13 and 5-megapixel camera split.
The Smart Ultra 7 will retail for R3,199 ZAR, and will be available on contract for R249 ZAR per month.
Smart Platinum 7
The top-of-the-range Smart Platinum 7 arrives with a 5.5″ 1440p AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage expandable through MicroSD support, a 3,000mAh battery, and a 16 and 8-megapixel camera split. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor.
The Smart Platinum 7 will include the capability for 4K video recording and will sport a dedicated camera button.
The device, which heads up the entire range, is slated to retail for R7999 ZAR, or will be available on contract for R399 ZAR per month.
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