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Fit2 and IconX Gear up for SA

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Samsung Electronics South Africa recently launched the Samsung Gear Fit2 and the Gear IconX, the newest additions to its range of sports trackers.

The Gear Fit2 sports band features an embedded GPS and a heart rate monitor (HRM) that offers accurate and robust fitness tracking and measurement, while providing instant feedback on the user’s workout. The Gear IconX are truly cord-free earbuds that can track fitness information and provide users with feedback on their running performance. Both the Gear Fit2 and Gear IconX are optimised to enhance training and help improve users’ fitness levels, whether users are training for a marathon or taking a daily stroll through the neighbourhood.

Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa, says the latest Samsung fitness wearables are designed with consumers’ fitness needs in mind, delivering features such as precise tracking technology and a standalone music player to provide users with the optimal fitness experience. “Go farther, do better and get the most out of every workout – with the Gear Fit2 and the IconX it just couldn’t be any simpler,” Fleischer mentions.

Gear Fit2: Advanced Features for Fitness

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  • Features an ergonomic, sleek and slim design for comfortable everyday use.
  • Provides a Super AMOLED curved display with a high-resolution color touchscreen for easy fitness monitor, or checking and responding to text message notifications.
  • Embedded GPS and HRM sensor for accurate data tracking of activities that fit any lifestyle.
  • With a Auto Activity Tracking feature, users won’t have to manually activate the sports band – whether running, walking, cycling, or utilizing rowing machine or elliptical trainer.
  • Enables easy transfer of fitness data between S Health and other select fitness applications, providing 1:1 competition with your friends.
  • The standalone music player enables users to actively workout with motivation without the need of a mobile device.

Gear IconX: A Simple and Wireless Experience

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  • Provides a lightweight, secure and comfortable fit with three different sizes of eartips and wingtips, activated by simply placing the earbuds in the user’s ears.
  • Enables tracking of fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned, easily syncing with S Health.
  • Includes a Voice Guide feature that provides instant voice feedback on the user’s workout progress and provides a standalone music listening experience.
  • With Bluetooth capability and an internal storage that can play up to 1,000 MP3s – users can simply tap or swipe the earbuds to easily control the music.

“Throughout the journey of bringing new innovations and concepts to the smart wearable market, Samsung has bravely pioneered this category with its advanced wearable portfolio. The new Gear Fit2 and Gear IconX encourage consumers to stay healthy and active with Samsung’s range of smart lifestyle products,” concludes Fleischer.

The Gear Fit2 is currently available in South Africa at Dion Wired, Incredible Connection, Makro and Samsung brand stores. The Gear IconX will be available locally in August at Dion Wired, Incredible connection, Makro, Samsung brand stores and TFG (The Foschini Group) stores.

SPECIFICATIONS GEAR FIT2 GEAR ICONX
Display 1.5”, Curved Super AMOLED 216 x 432
Chipset Dual Core (1 GHz)
Memory 512 MB (RAM) / 4 GB Storage 4 GB / up to 1,000 songs
Connectivity Bluetooth v 4.2 Bluetooth v 4.1
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyro, HRM, Built-in GPS, Barometer Accelerometer, HR, Capacitive Touch
Dimension 24.5 (W) x 51.2 (D) mm Earbud: 18.9 (W) x 26.0 (D) /

Case: 92.0 (W) x 35.3 (D)

Weight Small: 28g

Large: 30g

Earbud: 6.3g per earbud /

Case: 52g

Battery 200mAh Earbud: 47mAh /

Charging Case: 315mAH

Compatibility Android 4.4/ RAM 1.5 GB Android 4.4/ RAM 1.5 GB
OS
  • TIZEN
  • Notifications (SNS, call, email, applications, schedule)
  • Black, blue and pink
Speaker Dynamic Driver
Microphone 2ea per earbud
Additional

Features

  • Small (Size of the wrist: 125 ~ 170mm)
  • Large (Size of the wrist: 155 ~ 210mm)
  • IP68 certified (up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5m of water)
  • Standalone music player
  • Black, blue and white
  • Splash resistant (P2i Nano Coating)
  • Standalone music player
  • Voice guide (available in 15 languages)
Audio Audio formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, M4A, AMR, AWB, OGG, OGA, 3GA Audio formats: MP3, WMA v9, WAV, AAC, M4A

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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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