Vodacom recently launched a new Vodafone-branded low cost Android smartphone it calls the “Smart 4 mini”, presumably for the device’s 4-inch display.
Without contract, the device carries a recommended retail price of R899, which buys you an Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” smartphone powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 4-inch WVGA (480×800) display.
Though its price point may not make it a direct competitor to the R499 “Steppa” budget smartphone from MTN, it is still interesting to compare the spec-sheets side-by-side.
Since the Smart 4 mini’s name also bears a resemblance to the the Vodafone Smart Mini which launched in 2013 for R799, it’s worthwhile adding it to the comparison too.
The table below shows how the Vodafone Smart 4 mini, Smart Mini, and MTN Steppa’s spec sheets stack up against one another:
|Specifications||Vodafone Smart 4 mini||MTN Steppa||Vodafone Smart Mini|
|Dimensions||121.6 x 64.4 x 12.3 mm||121.4 x 63.2 x 11.8mm||115 x 62.3 x 12.2 mm|
|Operating system||Android 4.2.2||Android 2.3.5||Android 4.1|
|Display||4″ WVGA (480×800)||3.5″ HVGA (320×480)||3.5″ HVGA (320×480)|
|Processor||1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek MTK6572||1GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon||1GHz single core MediaTek MT6575|