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OPPO Reno3 NFC Supported| Unboxing & First Impressions

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OPPO Reno3 was recently launched in Kenya under OPPO’s flagship model category, Reno series. Our good friends at OPPO Kenya, through their PR firm, Engage BCW managed to give us a Midnight Black review unit and we are giving it a spin for you.

With a 48MP, 20x Digital Zoom Camera; a first-of its kind 44MP Front Camera with Ultra Night Selfie Mode and Ultra Steady Video 2.0, the smartphone has been dubbed as the “Fashionable Image Master” for its great photography.

OPPO Reno3 runs the firm’s latest ColorOS 7 based on Android 10 and retails at Ksh 39,999. Our unboxing is coming in a bit late due to COVID-19 but customers who pre-order the device were to get a pair of OPPO headphones and an in-vehicle phone charger.

Overview

Just a quick overview, OPPO Reno3 is a beautiful phone. The firm did a great job with the packaging and one could see premium quality even before they inbox it.

The phone really looks sleek and fits my palm with ease. Though its edges are so smooth it can easily slide out of my palm or jeans pocket but overall, you will love its design. We will talk about the display and performance in our review next week but today we will look at the phone’s appearance quickly.

The phone’s display screen has a notch holding its LED light at the top front. At the bottom are the usual home, recent and back buttons at the bottom. The phone’s back, top left has its quad-camera, LED flash, and the OPPO logo at the bottom right. no huge fingerprint scanner at the back.

On edges, the phone’s right edge has its coloured power button and nothing else to attract lovers of both style and functionality. The phone’s left edge has the Dual Sim and Memory card slot and the volume rocker. The bottom edge has a 3.5mm earphone jack, USB type C port, and its speakers. The top is clear apart from a sensor.

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Running ColorOS, which is based on Android 10, the phone allows users to set up a very different environment for themselves due to a plethora of features and templates from ColorOS.

Inside the Box

  1. OPPO Reno3 *1
  2. Adapter*1
  3. Earphones*1
  4. USB Cable*1
  5. Important Info. Booklet with Warranty Card *1
  6. Quick Start Guide *1
  7. SIM Card Tool *1
  8. Protective Film, pre-applied *1
  9. Case *1

Key Specs for the OPPO Reno 3

Size: 160.2 mm by 73.3 mm by 7.9 mm
Weight: Approx 170 g
Color: Sky White, Midnight Black, Auroral Blue
OS: ColorOS 7, based on Android 10
CPU: MTK MT6779V (MTK P90)
Battery: 4025 mAh
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB (SD card is expandable up to 256GB)
Display Size: 16.2cm(6.4”)
Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen
Resolution: 2400 by 1080 pixels
Colors: 16 million colors
Screen Ratio: 90.8%
Main Camera: 13M + 48M + 8M + 2M
Front Camera: 44MP
Flash: LED Flash
Front Aperture: 44MP F2.4
Rear Aperture: 48MP F1.8 + 13MP F2.4 + 8MP F2.2 + 2MP F2.4
Connectivity
Frequencies:
Full-Band Edition:
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA: Bands 1/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20/28
TD-LTE: Bands 38/40/41
Note: B41: 2535-2655 MHz
Operator Version (Full-band, NFC Version):
NFC: Supported
SIM Card Type: Nano-SIM / Nano-USIM
GPS: Built-in GPS; supports A-GPS, Beidou, Glonass
Bluetooth: 5.0
WLAN Function: WLAN 2.4G / WLAN 5.1G / WLAN 5.8G, WLAN Display


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Facebook & Red Cross Launch #AfricaTogether against Covid-19

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Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether – a digital campaign and two-day festival on June 4th and 5th featuring artists from across Africa to encourage continued vigilance against Covid-19.

With more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases confirmed on the continent and containment measures easing in many countries, #AfricaTogether combines musical and comedy performances with information from Covid-19 first responders and fact-checkers from across Africa.

#AfricaTogether will include a festival with performances by artists such as Aramide, Ayo, Femi Kuti, Ferre Gola, Salatiel, Serge Beynaud, Patoranking, Youssou N’Dour amongst many others, as well as a digital awareness campaign with prevention messages developed with Red Cross and Red Crescent health experts and targeting simultaneously Facebook users in 48 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

The event will be streamed on Facebook Live on the 4th June in English and hosted by the Nigerian popular actor and comedian Basketmouth and in French on the 5th June by the renowned media personality Claudy Siar. To watch the live shows, viewers can tune in to the Facebook Africa page and Red Cross and Red Crescent Facebook pages. To register and learn more about the artist lineup and how to tune in, please visit the Facebook event pages in English and in French.

Commenting, Mamadou Sow, a long-serving member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said, “The Covid-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis in that it can affect us all, and ignores borders, ethnicities, and religions. African communities so far have responded quickly, but the risk remains very real. If we all do our part, we will beat Covid-19. Music is a powerful uniting force and we hope that the #AfricaTogether festival will bring renewed hope and action against this dangerous disease.”

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Adding her voice to the initiative, Jocelyne Muhutu-Rémy, Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa said: “The spike in the use of online tools during the Covid-19 pandemic shows the social usefulness of digital platforms in difficult times. We are seeing many incredible initiatives from artists bringing their communities together on Facebook Live. The #AfricaTogether campaign will enable people to learn more about fighting Covid-19, while enjoying entertainment from their favourite African performers. We will be spreading joy in a way that doesn’t spread the disease.”

This event is one of the many ways that Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are both contributing in the fight against Covid-19 across the continent.

Facebook continues to work with governments across Sub-Saharan Africa, including partnering with organizations like health agencies and NGOs who are actively using its platforms to share accurate information about the situation and launching Covid-19 Information Centers in more than 40 countries, which provides real-time updates from health authorities and helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of the virus.

With a network of more than 1.5 million volunteers and staff across the continent, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is on the frontlines of combating Covid-19 in communities through information campaigns, providing soap and access to clean water, and supporting health care facilities and workers with training, equipment, and supplies. In parts of Africa, Covid-19 is another layer of crisis on top of conflict, violence, or climate disasters.


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Droppa expands its express delivery service to more towns

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Droppa, an online delivery platform has expanded its recently launched Droppa Express beyond a 25 kilometre radius.

Droppa Express is now able to courier lightweight goods under 25 kilograms nationally from Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Through Droppa Express, customers can have their lightweight goods delivered within 25 kilometres in just 24 hours, while long-distance deliveries are made within 72 hours.

Droppa CEO, Khathu Mufamadi, says: “We have identified a growing need for express courier services at a time where there is the rapid imposition of social distancing and the restriction of movement amid the COVID 19 pandemic. This means that express delivery services have a critical role to play. We aim to ensure that South Africans can access this service at affordable rates.”

Delivery bookings can be made via the company website: droppa.co.za or the Droppa app, which is available as a free download on Android and IOS platforms.

Droppa Express was launched to cater for the delivery of goods such as food, parcels, books, stationery, and other smaller items under 25 kg via its droppa.co.za or app in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Droppa moves into essential services

Earlier Droppa shifted its model in response to the new Covid-19 lockdown imposed by the government. The company’s original operating model allows patrons and businesses to request a truck/ bakkie for all furniture removals and logistics, also operates in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.

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The on-demand e-hailing platform also offers its services to businesses rendering essential services such as retail stores, warehouses, fresh produce farms, medical suppliers and will be made available to members of the public who require essential goods delivered to them.

Just like Uber, the firm does not own trucks but instead has driver-partners that have registered their vehicles, thus empowering and providing employment opportunities for many South Africans. ‘’The Covid 19 pandemic poses an unprecedented threat to businesses worldwide. Companies must react in different ways to ensure business continuity, improve the resilience of their supply chain, or pivot to innovate ways to generate revenue” concludes Mufamadi.

In December, the firm announced it had raised funds from IDF Capital through the IMIN Accelerator to expand to Port Elizabeth and Durban, and other cities in South Africa.

The firm said it would also use the funds to expand its team, technology and build a robust retail management system for its retail customers.


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Ukheshe launches track & trace to assist with Covid-19 infection alerts

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Ukheshe, a SMME focused digital banking platform, has launched a Track and Trace service using its existing payment ecosystem to assist consumers to manage any possible risk factors in level three lockdown.

Ukeshe’s CEO and co-founder, Clayton Hayward says that Covid-19 is a concern for all citizens and in addition to making the platform free for grant disbursements, Ukheshe wanted to assist in other ways: “We created a track and trace solution to assist consumers to keep updated on infection rates and if they have been compromised.”

As a registered user, by simply checking-in, using the Ukheshe app or via Whatsapp at any business displaying the company’s Masterpass QR code, you will be updated on any Covid-19 infections. For new users without a smartphone, Ukheshe can be accessed by using a USSD code.

“If any infections are reported, the track and trace solution will enable the relevant venue to immediately contact anyone that has visited the location: “Our payment platform is a perfect solution to keep consumers updated and to help fight to flatten the curve,” says Hayward.

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The Ukheshe App is free, user friendly and easy to download for anyone needing to transact without a bank account.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=guru.jini.ukheshe&hl=en_ZA

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ukheshe/id1350353337

For more formation visit www.ukheshe.co.za


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