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.
Nokia 7.2 gets triple camera system
The latest handset from Nokia packs a 48MP triple camera system with Zeiss optics, as well as a PureDisplay screen.
HMD Global, maker of Nokia phones, has announced the Nokia 7.2, the first Nokia smartphone to combine a triple camera and PureDisplay. It features a 48MP triple camera with Quad Pixel technology and Zeiss Optics. It also introduces a range of Zeiss bokeh styles, exclusive to Nokia smartphones, that recreate the way legendary Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact and signature blur.
Alongside more AI-powered features such as night mode, users can get more creative with their photography. Building on the strengths of its predecessor, Nokia 7.2 combines PureDisplay technology and always-on HDR.
Shaun Durandt, GM of HMD Global Southern Africa, says: “With the Nokia 7.2 we aim to push the limits on what consumers can get from one of our popular Nokia 7 series smartphones. The Nokia 7.2 offers consumers advanced tools to express their creativity. Everything from the Zeiss Optics, exclusive Zeiss bokeh modes and powerful AI imaging, to its breath-taking PureDisplay technology, makes the Nokia 7.2 a device that truly stands out. In combination with the beautifully patterned satin glass back, Nokia 7.2 packs design innovation and stunning imaging performance, with a two-day battery life, into a smartphone for aspiring creators across the world at a truly incredible price.”
Nokia 7.2 is the first in the Nokia smartphone portfolio to feature a triple camera set up with Zeiss Optics. This is a combination of a highly sensitive 48MP sensor with a Quad Pixel technology main camera with ZEISS Optics, an ultrawide camera and a depth camera. The Quad Pixel technology combines four pixels into one for enhanced images in most conditions.
The new bokeh styles include a portrait mode, which uses powerful image processing to recreate the way Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact. These blur effects are called Zeiss Modern, Zeiss Swirl and Zeiss Smooth modes. Add beautification to improve skin tones for instantly shareable portraits. AI-powered night mode allows users to capture the moment in low light, combining image fusion and explosion stacking to deliver good low light performance.
It comes with an ultrawide camera, which has a 118-degree field of view that means users can fit a lot more in one shot. The selfie camera also features Zeiss optics with a 20MP.
With a dedicated Pixelworks visual processor, Nokia 7.2 upscales video content to HDR quality in real-time, with up to a billion shades of colour, higher contrast and expanded dynamic range. This means users can enjoy more contrast and deeper colours when watching TV shows, compared to other displays.
Crafted from polymer composite that is twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminium, the device is light, yet super strong and rigid.
Nokia 7.2’s light-diffusing satin glass back honours the Finnish glass making heritage and results in a premium finish. Using a multilayer coating system with vacuum metallisation, the result delivers bright colours, a smooth finish and offers durability.
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, the device offers balanced performance, making sure the phone is ready when users need it the most. The Nokia 7.2 also comes with the signature two-day battery life promise.
As part of the Android One partnership, Nokia 7.2 is Android Q ready and will receive guaranteed monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years, so it is claimed to get better performance over time.
Pricing and availability
The Nokia 7.2 comes in Charcoal and is available at Vodacom stores on 20 November from R6,299.
Fitbit OS 4.1: Always-on display, new sleep tools
Fitbit will be releasing the Fitbit OS 4.1 software update in December, delivering always-on display mode for Versa 2 and new sleep tools like smart wake, among other features.
Fitbit has announced several new software updates, bringing advancements to its smartwatches and Fitbit Premium membership service. The release of OS 4.1 for its smartwatches powers new sleep features and greater app functionality. Fitbit Versa 2 will boast an enriched always-on display mode, and a new advanced heart rate algorithm featuring improved tracking, while providing 6+ days of battery life.
Fitbit is also continuing to roll out new content and tools to enhance its Fitbit Premium membership, including a personal wellness report, developed in consultation with leading medical professionals from institutions like University of California Los Angeles, and University of California San Francisco. In addition, over the coming months, Fitbit will be rolling out new programmes, challenges and wellness content, as well as workouts from global brands like Daily Burn, Down Dog, Gaiam, POPSUGAR and Whil.
“Staying motivated to maintain your health and fitness routine is really hard around the holiday season,” says James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “We’re focused on making it more achievable through a combination of affordable devices, engaging software and our Premium membership to help you stay on track. The new Fitbit OS update and added Premium features give users even more support with innovative smartwatch tools, fresh workouts, new programs and more, setting users up for success going into the new year.”
The OS 4.1 update brings highly-anticipated features announced with Versa 2 to Fitbit Ionic. Among the latest in Fitbit’s innovative sleep tools, OS 4.1 delivers smart wake, a silent on-device alarm to wake users with subtle vibrations at an optimal time in their sleep cycles. Users will also receive a nightly Sleep Score on-device, giving them a glanceable view of the quality of their night’s rest, alongside sleep stats.
One of the most requested updates, a new clock face switcher, lets users store up to five clock faces from nearly 4,000 available in the Fitbit App Gallery directly on-device, for quickly swapping clock faces to match an outfit, activity or mood. A new five-star rating system has been updated within the Fitbit App Gallery, allowing users to rate and recommend apps and clock faces with the Fitbit user community.
Specific to Versa 2 users, Fitbit has doubled-down to enrich the recently-launched always-on display mode to deliver five additional clock face options. Now in colour, these feature full health and fitness stats, with faster transitions between always-on and active views, powered by the device’s AMOLED display, featuring a 2+ day battery life.
Fitbit’s advanced 24/7 PurePulse heart rate tracking keeps users motivated and informed by tracking heart rate throughout the day. The technology also powers essential Fitbit features, such as Sleep Stages and Cardio Fitness Score, that provide deeper insights into one’s overall health and fitness.
Fitbit has announced it has been working on an innovative algorithm that will deliver the best heart rate tracking experience yet on a Fitbit device to Versa 2 as part of the OS 4.1 software update. The new PurePulse algorithm, designed in-house by Fitbit R&D experts, uses machine learning to recognise the unique signature of heart rate in the optical sensor, leading to higher accuracy overall.
Fitbit OS 4.1 will begin rolling out to Fitbit smartwatch users the first week of December.