Fortunately, the teaser clip, uploaded by local tech writer Papi Mabele, gave us just enough information to identify the device, dubbed the Smart Platinum 7.
Some of the more important bits teased are the camera (16MP, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12 micron pixels, phase detection autofocus), an image of a fingerprint scanner and a few shots of the phone itself.
We already know that Vodacom gets some of its devices from Vodafone, so a quick Google search for “Vodafone 16MP camera” gives us… the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7.
In fact, the trailer on Vodafone’s website is a longer version of Vodacom’s trailer, leaving us with no doubt about the identity of Vodacom’s upcoming handset.
As for tech details, we’re looking at a “metal-framed” smartphone that can actually go toe to toe with a few flagships.
There’s a capable but not quite flagship-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM, the aforementioned 16MP main camera (with 4K recording and dual tone flash), an 8MP selfie shooter with flash and a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display.
Other Smart Platinum 7 specs include a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, 32GB of expandable storage (22GB available to user) and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
It’s all well and good having a high-end smartphone in the stable, but we’re very interested in Vodacom’s price for the device…
It’s also worth noting that Vodafone is selling a VR headset for the device, so here’s hoping we get some sort of bundle offer for South Africa.