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VIVO X50 Pro – A Vlogger’s Delight

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VIVO X50 PRO – A VLOGGERS DELIGHT

The competition for innovation and new, exciting technology with new releases is something I have a keen interest in. After being in the industry for over 15 years I have enjoyed watching the evolution of the cellphone from the so-called brick to today’s marvels. When the Vivo X50 Pro landed on my desk I thought to myself ‘OK, why would I want this phone – what makes it interesting, what makes it stand out?” From the second I opened the box I knew this phone was going to be something brilliant – something inspiring and something very different to what has been released this year, by anyone else, at least.

I’m going to drop the tech specs first – although great they are not the defining features of this phone. The Vivo X50 Pro operates on your mid-level Series 7 Qualcomm chip – Snapdragon 765G so you going to get great performance where you can multitask with ease and not have to worry about lag. The 8GB RAM adds to the impressive performance of this device whilst the 256GB onboard memory ensures that you don’t have to worry about saving content. The Vivo X50 Pro is 5G enabled – one of only a few devices around which currently are.

The design of the Vivo X50 Pro is top shelf. Beautiful and curved, this sexy design boasts a 6.56 inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display. The display is almost bezel-less with a tiny punch hole at the top. Now, Vivo really deserves a round of applause here. When watching content or viewing pictures the vivid and captivating display was impressive. I felt immersed and really had to take a step back as this was not what I was expecting. You also get a 90Hz refresh rate with this display. Simply put most smartphones operate on a 60Hz refresh rate so your viewing experience is enhanced even further with the Vivo X50 Pro. Some might say that this refresh rate would compromise your battery but considering the Vivo X50 Pro comes with a 4315mAh battery I wouldn’t be concerned.

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Now let’s get to the feature shown here – the camera. Taking a few steps back its worth knowing that Vivo as a company has been at the forefront of many firsts in the cellular industry including being the first to introduce in-display fingerprint scanning, sound casting technology and an elevating front camera to name a few. And they have done it again. This device is a vlogger or content creators dream!

Looking at the device you will notice a larger than normal lens on the rear quad camera. What Vivo has done is built a Gimbal into their camera system – a first in this industry. For those who don’t know a Gimbal is a device which is frequently used by content creators to stabilize images and videos. Most of you will be familiar with the OIS tech built into most devices but this device takes it to another level. I rigorously tested this by running with the device in my hand while recording. I am not exaggerating when I tell you everyone I showed this video to could not believe it. Like the final of a magic trick, I myself was left in awe of the capability. When compared to other top-shelf brands the Vivo footage was super stable with barely any movement or shake. I don’t really think it would be fair to put any other device up against this.

The Gimbal technology built into the Vivo X50 Pro offers the smoothest footage I have ever seen in a device and the large lens allows for better than best night shots – also unlike anything I have seen.

What the Gimbal lens element allows is the lens to “jump around” while taking photos or videos, covering angles up to 300% larger than normal OIS tech. Quick tech interruption – your quad camera is made up of 48MP+13MP+8mp+8MP with a customized selection of which lens to use and 60X Zoom. Your selfie is a whopping 32MP.

The picture quality on the Vivo X50 Pro is insane. With dedicated lenses for Bokeh and Macro effect you also get great features like night shot (more like super night shot) and motion shot. What I liked most about motion shot was the almost 0-second delay in taking the pic – all thanks to the Gimbal system and customized sensor. This camera system keeps your object in the frame – think a proposal or throwing a ball – I know I wouldn’t want to use any other device for these.

The camera system also comes with your stock standard features found on most top-end phones but the picture quality just seemed that much better. I have included comparisons below between the Vivo X50 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. The first set of photos compares the close-ups, second is your Bokeh effect and lastly your night shots. If this doesn’t convince you of the quality – nothing will.

To be honest I think that the need for any regular camera equipment or accessories is eliminated by the Vivo X50 Pro. And better yet it fits into your pocket – not lugging around of clunky extras. But that’s my opinion.

Macro Shots

Samsung S20 Plus Macro Shot
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Macro
Vivo X50 Pro Macro Shot
Vivo X50 Pro Macro Shot

Bokeh Shots

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Bokeh
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Bokeh Shot
Vivo X50 Pro Bokeh Shot

 

Night Shots

Samsung S20 Plus Night Shot
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Night Shot
Vivo X50 Pro Night Shot
Vivo X50 Night Shot – No Night Mode Used

At the end of the day though – concessions had to be made to keep the phone in a reasonable price range and because we are not all smoke and mirrors here I will admit that the lack of IP rating was a bit of an issue. I feel on a device of this calibre that should have been considered. There is also a lack of wireless charging but the Vivo X50 Pro comes with a 33W charging brick in the box so for me it is not a deal-breaker.

At R17499 it’s a stretch to aim this at the mid-tier buyer, however, considering you get this incredible camera system along with a snazzy pair of True Wireless Earphones I definitely think its an investment worth making.

 

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WIN with Vivo and Cellucity

Vivo Y12 Competition

Level up and WIN with Vivo and Cellucity

Level up your knowledge on the latest tech from Vivo. Our Branch Manager Sam du Toit has given his valuable insight on a Vivo device.

To stand a chance to WIN a Vivo Y12 valued at R3899 enter our competition on Facebook or YouTube.

  • On Facebook: watch Sam’s video, like our page and tag 3 friends. Every 3 friends tagged in a comment count as an entry.
  • On YouTube: watch Sam’s video, subscribe to our YouTube channel and answer the questions below in the comments section.

Tell us:

  • Which phone Sam is reviewing?
  • What are you most excited about when it comes to this phone?

 

Winners will be selected at random. Competition closes on the 29 September 2020. The winner will be announced on 30 September 2020 by 16:00.

T’s & C’s Apply – https://bit.ly/2YSrHQq

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The VIVO Y12 Review – A Budget Android phone with great features

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Cellucity’s Sam du Toit reviews the Vivo Y12.

About the Vivo Y12:

The Vivo Y12 features a 6.35-inch Halo FullView™ Display with a 19.3:9 aspect ratio. Super-narrow bezels on all sides stretch the screen-to-body ratio to 89%, creating a flagship-standard visual impact. Plus, enjoying such a broad view with only one hand is effortless, thanks to specifically designed gesture controls.

When you see the world through an AI Triple Camera, creating photographic masterpieces is easier than ever. Y12 features a triple camera setup with a 13MP Main Camera, 8MP Super Wide-Angle Camera, and 2MP Depth Camera. From magnificent landscapes to beautiful portraits, these three cameras help you capture your most impressive shots effortlessly.

Y12’s AI Super-Wide-Angle Camera expands your view to 120°, so you can capture more landscape, more of your friends, and more impressive pictures. Y12 features an industry-leading 5,000mAh battery, supported by intelligent power-saving technologies to further extend battery life.

Y12 runs on an octa-core processor with a 12nm design and clock speeds of up to 2.0GHz. Its 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM allow you to store more apps and have them run smoother. Plus, Y12 features Vivo’s Funtouch OS 9, a customized operating system based on Android 9.0. Your Y12 can handle whatever you throw at it with ease.

Ultra Game Mode is designed for the ultimate in gaming fun. Play e-sports like a pro by using Competition Mode, which allocates system resources to prioritize your game’s performance. And when it comes to speed, Dual-Turbo is the lightning-fast feature gamers need. By reducing frame-drop, it gives you smoother gaming experience.

Shop for Vivo products on prepaid or contract here: https://cellucity.co.za/brand/vivo/

 

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Energea Car Charger Range: By our staff – not an ad agency!

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Energea is a leading provider of power solutions for the modern mobile consumer. Energea is committed to delivering power solutions of the highest quality with safety of the highest standards. Today, Energea’s range of power solutions are stylishly designed to meet all needs- from office, travel, home to car.

With advances in fast and wireless charging technologies, we preview the latest high-quality Energea range of car charges available at Cellucity stores nationwide or online here: https://cellucity.co.za/power-charging/car-chargers/

Created By: Fuad Rashid at Cellucity Gateway

This is an info video created by our staff as part of our “not another ad agency” campaign. We hope you find them fun and informative.

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Body Glove On Demand Screen Protector Range – By our staff, not an ad agency

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Cellucity is an authorised agent for the Body Glove on-demand screen protector range. These screen protectors are individually machine cut for almost any cellphone, tablet or smartwatch. These screen protectors offer better protection than conventional screen glass. The key benefits are:

  • Ultra-thin so they do not affect the touch sensitivity of your screen
  • Fingerprint sensitive for easy unlocking
  • Shock resistance properties and will not shatter
  • Self-healing for minor scratches
  • Precision machine-cut for almost all cellphone models
  • Ideal for any curved glass cellphone, tablet or smartwatch
  • Available in a Matt or Gloss finish
  • Available at all Cellucity stores – nationwide

By Charne – Cellucity Hemmingways

This is an info video created by our staff as part of our “not another ad agency” campaign. We hope you find them fun and informative.

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Energea Power Bank Range: By our staff – not an ad agency

Energea is a leading provider of power solutions for the modern mobile consumer. Energea is committed to delivering power solutions of the highest quality with safety of the highest standards. Today, Energea’s range of power solutions are stylishly designed to meet all needs- from office, travel, home to car.

Here, Andrea Harrington from Cellucity Bedfordview profiles our premium Energea power bank range.

You can find them instore or online here: https://cellucity.co.za/brand/energea/

Cellucity, keeping you connected

 

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Energea PowerHub 6C+ Unboxing Video

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The Energea PowerHub 6C+ Unboxing

 

 

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Shoot your favourites your way with the new LG K-Series

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With a sea of new devices launched ever more frequently, it is not surprising that the question of which cellphone to commit yourself to can be quite daunting and anxiety-provoking. The phrase “I have left my upgrade so late because I don’t know where to start” is not uncommon in the industry. Price vs features and capability are also always top up mind. With the new K-series release, I believe LG has found a happy medium between features and price. The new range offers a premium user experience without breaking the bank. In my opinion, the new K-series provides a compelling argument to sway attention from other popular brands – so, let’s dive in.

The two models currently on offer through Cellucity are the LG K41S and the higher spec’d LG K61. What I found so impressive is the build quality of both devices. Robust yet light, my first impression was these devices can take a knock – and I was not wrong. Both devices are rated MIL-STD-810G – having gone through rigorous testing, including drop and shock tests. These two devices are durable.
For the Netflix and social content fans out there, both devices offer an immersive viewing experience with LG’s FullVision display offering amongst the slimmest bezels out there. The LG K41S offers a 6.55-inch HD+ display while you will get a 6.53-inch FHD+ screen both with scratch-resistant glass.

The camera is where both devices shine. Both the LG K61 and the K41s have quad rear cameras including wide, ultrawide, macro and depth lenses. The LG K61 is the more expensive option possessing a 48MP+8MP+2MP+5MP quad-camera whereas the LG K41S you will get a 13MP+5MP+2MP+2MP rear camera. Selfie wise you can expect a 16MP on the K61 and an 8MP on the LG K41S. The camera was responsive and easy to use on both devices and included some super cool extra features which I loved. In the day and age of point and shoot the performance of the two cameras, for me, left no doubt that if I needed to capture a snap at the spur of the moment, I would not struggle.

Both models come with a whopping 4000mAh battery, ensuring that these phones will last through the day with no problems. They each have an Octa-Core Mediatek processers with the LG K61 clocking slightly higher at 2.3GHz versus the LG K41S at 2.0GHz. The LG K61 has 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard memory while the LG K41s has 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard. One may feel with such good cameras that the internal memory may be a bit low. But, these devices both can support up to 2-terabytes expanded memory. The point here is that on either device you are receiving respectable memory backed up by excellent performance at a fantastic price.

Finally, both devices offer security in the form of a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. For me, this far outperforms the side fingerprint sensor and is more intuitive – it just makes sense.

Price-wise, the LG K41S, comes in at an incredible R3499 with the LG K61 retailing for R5999. On a 24-month contract, you can get the LG K41S starting from just R199 per month and the LG K61 from R349 per month.

These two devices offer value with premium functionality at an excellent price. They have a slick design, superb build quality, powerful batteries and excellent processing performance. Throw in the brilliant cameras, and you really cannot ask for anymore. LG has beefed up on the basics and has produced two solid models which I believe will be amongst the most asked for devices in the coming months.

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The King is Dead, Long Live the King!

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Last week saw the launch of the new Huawei P40 range. As in the past, it sports three versions: The Pro, the “normal” and the Lite. As we would expect Huawei has once again smashed it out of the park with their camera, and their collaboration with Leica Lens continues to deliver, in my opinion, the best Camera Phones on the market!

 

 

A significant difference between the previous models and the new Huawei P40 range is the omission of the Google Play store, along with certain apps that rely on Google Services. Huawei has done an excellent job in layering its new operating system Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) over the vanilla Google Android OS to try and ensure a seamless transition for its end-user. We will touch more on this later but for now, let’s tuck into those juicy specs.

 

Starting with the incredible P40 Pro, the design, look and feel is certainly premium and follows on with a form factor that is more Samsung than iPhone – and it looks beautiful. The Quad Curve display is brilliant and very rich in colour, with a huge 4200mAh battery. The phone supports superfast charging at 40W plugged in and 27W wireless – 27W wireless charging is better than most wired phones out there! The specs are super solid.

 

The rear Quad Camera array is insane! A 50MP Ultra-Vision Camera, 40MP Ultrawide (with ultralow light), 12MP Telephoto Lens (5X optic Zoom, 10X Hybrid Zoom) and an impressive 3D depth-sensing lens to round it off.

 

So, what does this mean? You get bloody brilliant photographs in any light, superb macros, excellent zoom and wider-than-wide landscapes, all in super detail with super large 2.4μm pixels!

 

And, for the selfie lovers, the front-facing camera is a 32MP beast with autofocus and built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI). A fresh new feature that this brings is the ability to remove “passer-by’s” So when you have lined up yourself in front of that “to die for location” you can snap away. The AI, through combination and selection of various image frames, can remove unwanted people out of your perfect picture. No more photobombs – how rad!

 

For video lovers, the 40MP Ultra-Wide Cine Camera delivers astounding quality in 4K at 60 frames per second. So, if you are into creating content, the P40 Pro will elevate your game to the next level. To top it off the phone supports 5G, so loading all that excellent content will be done in a matter of seconds.

 

The P40 standard version incorporates the majority of the above with a smaller battery at 3800mah and how do you say err… less fast, superfast charging at 22.5W J.

 

The rear camera array on the standard P40 drops to 50MP / 16MP/ 8MP but, the selfie-cam remains the same. Having used the P30 Pro for the last year, I can attest to the fact that Huawei produces arguably the best camera phones. The P40 Pro and P40 will continue this legacy with pride.

 

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, HMS (Huawei Mobile Services)!  The software guys at Huawei have been working furiously to port over as many applications on the Huawei App Store to ensure that when upgrading from another Android device or even your older P-series models, you shouldn’t experience any shortcomings.

 

By in large, they have been very successful in getting the top 50 apps working within HMS with a few workarounds (such as using the Web app for Uber as an example). They are continuing furiously to onboard more applications and make the environment more favourable commercially for developers to port their apps.

 

So, will I be upgrading? Right now, I have a few apps like Sonos (for my home theatre system) and Strava that are currently not supported. These are, unfortunately, a deal-breaker for me so I plan on holding on to my P30 Pro for a little while longer. 

 

If, however, you use your device for predominantly photography and the most common featured apps out there, the Huawei P40 range is up there with the best of them.

 

Established in 1994, Cellucity is a specialist mobile phone retailer and Vodacom’s leading independent, award-winning, dealer. We pride ourselves on offering the best service, innovation, quality brands and innovative products. For real 24-hour convenience, browse our extensive range of cell phones, accessories and gadgets online or apply for pre-approval on your next contract, upgrade or fibre internet.
Cellucity, the best way to connect to Vodacom.

 

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Best Buys for 2020 with Cellucity

Good deals are hard to come by – everyone is advertising the best price and the best deal – where do you start? Depending on what you are looking for the search for the ultimate win is often long and drawn out. We here at Cellucity want to make this journey a little easier so we have carefully selected our best budget buys for 2020 in a range of categories to help you out

SMARTPHONES

The Cubot brand is synonymous with great value and their two new offerings are no different. The Cubot P30 and Cubot X20 Pro offer premium specs at budget friendly devices.

CUBOT P30

Coming in at R2999 the Cubot P30 offers a 6.3 Inch display, 64GB onboard memory and 4GB RAM. Along with the triple rear camera and 13MP selfie camera you also get a 4000mAh battery ensuring that your device lasts you through the day. With a conveniently placed fingerprint sensor the Cubot P30 does not compromise on design and offer a premium look. Available online here https://bit.ly/2wkrLNu

Cubot X20 Pro

The Cubot X20 Pro offers an impressive 6GB RAM, 128GB onboard memory as well as a 6.3 Inch FHD+ display. The Cubot X20 Pro offers a triple rear camera, 13MP selfie camera, 4000mAh battery and is encased in a beautiful glass body design. All this for R3999. Check it out here  https://bit.ly/2PCVyrF

Both devices perform beautifully, come in black and blue, are Dual SIM and would most certainly not look out of place next to more expensive options out there.

AUDIO

Whether you are looking at something for the gym, something for work or something to help you with down time we have some great deals for you this month

ENOD

Our very own ENOD brand of true wireless earphones are powerful in ear buds that come with a charging case compact enough to carry around. Offered in either blue or black the sound quality is fantastic and the 500mAh charging case will offer enough power to see you through a full week of gym workouts. The secure fit ensures that even when you are having an intense workout the buds remain secure. With an IPX5 sweatproof design you can pick up a pair for R799 this month from our online store here https://bit.ly/2TwjJcB

PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT GO 600

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 are a fantastic over ear option for either work or entertainment. The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 headset is lightweight and wireless. With memory foam cups and a compact design these headsets are perfect for travelers. Offering advanced acoustic technology for deep, rich sound the PLantroncis BackBeat Go 600 are on sale this month for R999 saving you R500 – get them here https://bit.ly/32Po3Id

For our daily travelers (the brave souls who can’t stay home currently) we have a fantastic range of in-ear wired headsets that you can easily pop in your pocket or handbag for the daily trek. Starting from R149 our range of Recci and Langsdom headsets offer quality build and sound at fantastic pricing – Get yours today here https://bit.ly/2PRNfIP

KIDS GAMING

With school holidays having come early and along with it the need to keep your kiddies inside and safe – we have the perfect companions to keep them from getting bored and frustrated.

LARRY’S RETRO GAMING CONSOLE

Our Larry’s Retro Gaming Console offers up great nostalgia – taking you back to the nineties with classics like super Mario Brothers and Circus. Load Shedding? No problem! This handy little gadget is battery operated ensuring that even when the lights go out , the fun doesn’t. On offer for R399 find yours here https://bit.ly/2Us2NEx

LARRY’S VISUAL PET

Taking us back to the 90’s yet again -the era of the  Tamogochi has made another appearance! The Larry’s Virtual Pet offers a variety of different animals to choose from and hours of fun for your little one. At R199 this is a firm favourite here at Cellucity HQ – find it here https://bit.ly/2wlmHsw

WEARABLES

iTouch Air 2

A new addition to our catalogue is the iTouch Air 2 Smartwatch. Offering up a classic and sporty design the iTouch Air 2 is a great and affordable way for those wanting to kick up their fitness regime. Along with the classic fitness features such as a Heart Rate Monitor , the iTouch Air 2 also features notifications for calls and messages. Armed with an alarm and stop watch this device is a firm favourite with our Head Office Team and a steal at only R899. Get yours here https://bit.ly/3bc3tof

 

GAMING

With so many brands available we appreciate that the search for the perfect gaming gear can be complicated.

PLANTRONICS RIG RANGE

Our current star is the Plantronics Rig range of headsets. With a sturdy build and comfortable design the range comes in version for PC, XBOX and PS4. With ventilated earcups and noise cancelling mics the Rig series are also backed by a 2 year warranty. Starting from R899 we are confident that if you are looking for great value on a budget you cannot go wrong with these. Find them here https://bit.ly/33HR5tG

ACCESSORIES

ENERGEA POWERBANKS

From cables to power banks our wide range of Energea accessories offers something for everyone. With our power banks ranging from 5000mAh to 20000mAh – whether you are looking for something in an emergency or something to last the long haul we have it. See the full range here https://bit.ly/3abfI4o

ENERGEA CABLES

Our cables are also strong, durable and made from the highest quality materials. With our Duraglitz range coming with a 5 year warranty and our Nylotough Xtreme range coming with a 10 year warranty you can be sure you are getting a great deal! See the range here https://bit.ly/2QxEKCI

 

Our great deals are by no means limited to the above products – check out our website for more great offers. Any questions pop us a message on our Whatsapp line on 0827784400. After hours? Email frankie@cellucity.co.za and we will get back to you as soon as possible.