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Huawei P Smart arrives in SA

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The new Huawei P smart phone, which combines great features from some of the brand’s high-end phones is now available in South Africa at an affordable price.

Huawei South Africa Consumer Business Group (CBG) introduced the phone, which features a full view display and a dual camera setup, in Johannesburg this week.

Huawei says that the P smart continues the design language of the P Series, “characterised by simplicity and elegance – a slim metallic body, flat smooth rear surface, with striking aesthetics”. It will be available in black and gold colors.

“It’s the first time the industry will see both a dual camera and FullView display at this price range and we are excited to introduce this to the South African market,” said Likun Zhao GM, Huawei Consumer Business.

Huawei P smart’s FullView display brings an immersive viewing experience, while the enhanced camera qualities provide advanced bokeh effects and photography functions like the beauty camera and gesture shot.  The smartphone also introduces four intelligent sensing functions: facial recognition, gender recognition, 10-level skin improvement, and automatic perception.

The P Smart hides three antennas in the upper and lower parts of the metallic body to avoid the traditional three-section design’s impact on body aesthetics. With a 2.5D curved screen design, HUAWEI P smart feels more compact and comfortable in the hand. It also features a one-touch split-screen mode supporting the simultaneous running of two apps.

Combining 13MP + 2MP rear dual cameras and 16-level dual shot blurring, Huawei P smart can makes photos stereoscopic. Along with high-precision camera sensors, high-density phase detection pixels, a 13Mp HD camera focuses on real time, accuracy and speed. In order to improve photography at night, Huawei P smart features five groups of precision lenses, for cleaner, purer photos in low light.

Huawei P smart also includes the new EMUI 8.0 operating system, based on Android 8.0, taking usability to new levels for fast and intuitive feature use. P smart features a Kirin 659 processor made with a process for mid-range and high-end chips characterised by better energy performance. EMUI 8.0 uses an enhanced file processing system that reduces and cleans system fragmentation while reducing file fragmentation, allowing the smartphone to run faster and more smoothly.

It is equipped with fingerprint recognition, combined with other functions to develop ground-breaking apps such as fingerprint navigation, fingerprint shot and alarm clock deactivation with fingerprint.

Additionally, with Huawei’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Huawei P smart offers more high-quality, convenient scenario experiences, such as Wifi bridge, Phone Clone, Huawei Share and Dual Bluetooth Connections.

In order to enhance the battery life of smartphones with a full view, it features a 3 000-mAh battery in combination with the Intelligent Power-saving technology 6.0, which supports background real-time detection of power-hungry apps, comprehensive power consumption test and one-key optimisation to save power significantly.

Price and Availability

The Huawei P smart is available for purchase at all operators in South Africa at a recommended retail price of R 3999.

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New iPhone pricing for SA

The iStore has announced that the latest iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max, can now be pre-ordered at www.myistore.co.za , and will be available in stores starting 28 September 2018.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch Super Retina displays that offer remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have an improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, longer battery life, splash and water resistance,

Pre-orders will be open for cash purchases and on iStore’s revised payment plan in partnership with FNB Credit Card, allowing customers to pay off their iPhone at a reduced interest rate. However, the contract period is 37 months rather than the usual 24 months.
*FNB Credit Card Payment Plan, price per month over 37 months, a 40% trade-in value after 24 months

How to pre-order – Pre-ordering online for either cash or the FNB payment plan gives customers the benefit of reserving their purchase without having to queue and the added convenience of having purchases delivered directly to their door. Pre-orders of iPhone Xs and Xs Max are completed online by visiting www.myistore.co.za.
FREE iCare Plus – Exclusive to iStore, all customers can get its 2-year extended warranty, which includes one Apple Certified screen repair, that normally sells for R1 999, for FREE. To qualify, customers should secure a voucher online now at www.myistore.co.za , and subsequently redeem it when they upgrade their contract or purchase any new iPhone at iStore (iPhone 8 and newer) between now and 31 December 2018. Offer is limited, secure your voucher now.

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Accenture opens Fjord design centre in Johannesburg

Accenture has launched its first design and innovation studio on African soil, Fjord Johannesburg.

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The company says the move significantly expands its design capabilities and demonstrates its commitment to unlocking Africa’s innovation potential through the creation of experiences that redefine industries in our constantly evolving digital era.

The new studio, opening in November, will be located at Accenture’s new 3875m² offices in Waterfall. It will be led by Marcel Rossouw, design director and studio lead for Fjord Johannesburg.

Said Rossouw, “Brands are constantly asking, ’how does one take a business need or problem, build that out into a definition of a service experience, and then bring it to market?’ It’s about re-engineering existing service experiences, identifying customer needs, prototyping rapidly, iterating often and proving or disproving assumptions. But it’s also about getting feedback from customers. The combination of these factors helps companies advance towards the ultimate service experience.”

Fjord is the design and innovation consultancy of Accenture Interactive. The Johannesburg location marks its 28th design studio globally, solidifying its position as the world’s leading design powerhouse.

Working in the same location as Accenture Interactive will allow Fjord to fuse its core design strategy DNA with the digital agency’s expertise in marketing, content and commerce to create and deliver the best customer experiences for the world’s leading brands. Accenture Interactive Africa‘s blend of intelligent design and creative use of technology has already been used by some of South Africa’s largest and most prominent brands, including Alexander Forbes, Discovery, MultiChoice and Nedbank. The digital agency has also earned industry accolades for its innovative and compelling business results, most notably two gold awards in the Service Design category at the 2017 and 2018 Loeries awards.

“Great design tells great stories,” says Wayne Hull, managing director of Accenture Digital and Accenture Interactive lead in Africa. “It unifies a brand, drives innovation and makes the brand or service distinctive and hyper-relevant in both the digital and physical worlds. This is critical to achieving results. Having Fjord Johannesburg as part of Accenture Interactive, and collaborating with all of Accenture Africa, will provide unique experiences and forward-thinking capabilities for our clients.”

“Businesses in South Africa are becoming more design-aware and are looking to take greater advantage of design skills to compete with the rest of the world,” said Thomas Müller, head of Europe, Africa and Latin America at Fjord. “We’re excited to open our first design studio on the continent and to be part of an emerging market that is ripe for design and innovation, and open for business. Developing markets like South Africa are challenging assumptions and norms about what digital services and products are meant to be, and we’ll strive to put design at the heart of the innovation being produced there.”

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