Over the past three months, a wave of new smartphones from more than half-a-dozen Chinese brands has been launched in South Africa, and promotional campaigns have intensified as they compete for a share of Africa’s most strategic market.

Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Honor, Vivo, Realme and Itel have all released new handsets, ranging from entry-level to high-end flagship devices, while market leader, Korean manufacturer Samsung, released its new range of foldable devices, setting the scene for a battle of the brands. ..

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