HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced the availability in South Africa of its latest mid-range handset, the Nokia 4.2. It features a sculpted-glass design with a selfie-notch display to offer a near bezel-less experience.
The device is the first Nokia smartphone to feature a Google Assistant button. Pressing it allows for instant voice access to Google Assistant –for directions, making calls, listening to music, or getting answers. Users can double press the button to receive a visual snapshot of their day from the Google Assistant with intelligent suggestions and personalised information, including transport info, bills that need paying, and what’s in one’s calendar. Long pressing the button will activate a walkie-talkie mode, which lets the Google Assistant listen until the button is released for long sentence queries.
Shaun Durandt, General Manager for HMD Global, said: “The Nokia 4.2 revolutionises the way you engage with your smartphone, premiering the dedicated Google Assistant button. This allows the consumer to have their very own PA in the palm of their hand. Whether it’s directions, making calls, listening to music or getting answers, an instant press on the Google Assistant button can help get things done and find information faster than ever before”.
Many of the flagship features on the Nokia 4.2 are powered by AI, including face unlock to give one a handsfree way to unlock the smartphone or Google Assistant actions to open apps quicker, including launching the camera app and taking a picture. It also lets its users access Google Assistant without unlocking the phones after opting-in through the settings.
Elegantly designed with glass on the front and back, a feeling of sturdiness and class is achieved thanks to its lightweight metal internal structure and satin-finish polycarbonate frame. To top off the design, the power button has a natural breathing light to alert users of notifications.
It comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core chipset that delivers a boost in performance for gaming and power-efficient movie watching.
Bringing flagship imaging features like multi-camera imaging to a new price point, the dual depth-sensing rear camera combines the 13MP main camera with a depth sensor. The low-light HDR mode can be used to capture multiple images simultaneously and fuse them using advanced algorithms to create a single image with more light, less noise, bolder colours and greater dynamic range.
The Nokia 4.2 launches with Android 9 Pie out of the box. offering AI-powered features to make the device smarter, faster and adapt to a user’s behaviour as they use it, so the smartphone experience gets better with time. The Adaptive Battery feature limits battery usage from apps one doesn’t use often, and App Actions predicts what one is about to do to ensure the transition is smooth.
The Nokia 4.2 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One program. In addition, Google Play Protect scans over 50 billion apps per day to keep the phone safe from malware.
The Nokia 4.2 is available in Black and will be available from12 June at Vodacom stores and retail partners nationwide from R2,999 or R199/month on a 24-month contract in the 3GB/32GB version.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e now out
Built for connectivity and entertainment, Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S5e packs smart features that deliver all the essentials of a high-end tablet, like a sAMOLED screen and impressive sound.
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Samsung’s latest Tab S5 device gets an e-version for the budget-conscious, high-end buyer. It features an sAMOLED screen for a brighter display experience with better colour.
“The Tab S5e is a top-tier tablet with a sleek design and powerful features,” said Justin Hume, Director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “For users who want intelligence that keeps them connected so they can get more done—as well as a big, beautiful screen for a rich, premium entertainment experience—the Tab S5e delivers.”
With its refreshed design, the Tab S5e embodies practicality and style. It has a thin 5.5mm sleek metal body and weighs 400g. It’s also ultra-portable, durable and designed to integrate into the typical user’s everyday lifestyle. It’s available in a range of fresh and modern monochromatic colours including Silver, Black, and Gold.
The tablet’s sAMOLED display and minimised bezel allows users to have an immersive viewing experience. With its four auto-rotating stereo speakers, users can enjoy rich, wide sound, no matter how they hold it. Dolby Atmos’s 3D surround sound and AKG’s cutting-edge technology are combined to provide users with a clear and vivid audio experience.
The tablet comes with a 7,040 mAh battery, so users can expect to watch up to 14.5 hours of video. Additionally, the Call & Message Continuity feature allows the tablet to stay connected with a Samsung phone, so users can answer incoming calls or messages on the tablet.
The device is also expandable with a smart keyboard cover.
It is available on Takealot for R9999.
HP shows off new desktop portfolio
HP has unveiled its next-generation HP EliteDesk 800 and ProDesk 600 and 400 series desktop computers. The new portfolio is designed to power flexible workspaces and to take on modern workloads, with 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors across a broad set of form factors.
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Building on its desktop innovation momentum with the previously announced HP EliteOne 800 G5 All-in-One with optional HP Sure View technology, and the HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini, HP has launched new computers with 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors.
The portfolio includes HP Sure Sense while harnessing HP’s award-winning security and manageability innovations. HP is also bringing premium features to mainstream form factors to adapt to the changing needs of growing business. A prime example is the addition of touch to the 400 series all-in-ones. HP’s 5th generation Desktop Mini lineup is now updated with optional USB-C with 100W Power Delivery choice. This creates a single cable option for power and video to a display and pairs well with the HP Mini-in-One 23.8-inch Display.
HP provided the following information on its new G5 and G6 series desktop portfolio includes:
- The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Tower, delivers power, expandability, security, and VR-readiness.
- The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Small Form Factor, offers big performance in a small footprint, designed for modern workspaces.
- The HP ProDesk 600 G5 Desktop Mini, with single cable connectivity, creates workspaces clean of cords and can be deployed with the HP Mini-in-One or alongside HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor.
- The HP ProDesk 600 G5 Small Form Factor, features a space-saving design with flexible connectivity.
- The HP ProDesk 600 G5 Micro Tower, offers powerful options and built for expandability.
- The HP ProOne 600 G5 21.5-inch All-in-One, boasts a beautiful, sleek design with a micro-edge display and is built for collaboration while offering versatility and performance.
- The HP ProDesk 400 G6 Small Form Factor, designed to create efficient workspaces with productivity, connectivity, security, and reliability built-in.
- The HP ProDesk 400 G6 Micro Tower, allows users to experience efficiency and power in a mainstream, compact tower, with the latest in performance.
- The HP ProOne 400 G5 20.0-inch and 23.8-inch All-In-One, communication hubs and designed for small businesses and versatile work environments, now with touch displays.
Pricing and Availability: HP Commercial devices will be available in South Africa from July 2019.