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.
HP launches first cartridge-free laser printer
No cartridge? No problem. HP has launched the Neverstop Laser, its first laser printer that doesn’t require a cartridge to print.
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HP Neverstop Laser is a new, rapid-reload laser printer that helps small businesses save money on laser cartridge replacements. The first-of-its-kind toner supply system allows users to replace toner quickly, it helps small business owners stay in their business flow.
“A recent global study found that more than 8 in 10 small businesses around the world rely on printers, with half saying their business cannot operate without one, and many calling for printers to evolve into a technology partner ,” said Jane Geypen, category manager of HP’s Home Printing Solutions. “By eliminating common printing interruptions with breakthrough innovations and digital integration, HP Neverstop Laser gives entrepreneurs a competitive edge to turn their passion into a thriving business.”
Designed with sustainability in mind, HP Neverstop Laser is made with more than 25 percent recycled plastic while the toner reload kit is made of 75 percent recycled plastic by weight.
Key features, as provided by HP, include:
- 5,000 pages without interruptions: Print 5,000 pages right out of the box with virtually no interruptions-perfect for high-volume printing
- Reload mess-free toner in seconds: A revolutionary supply system lets you quickly and easily reload toner levels in 15-seconds without making a mess
- Original HP quality and unbelievable savings: Get original HP quality and reliability page after page with up to 80 percent cost savings on HP original toner
- Connected and mobile: Mobile scanning and printing with best-in-class mobile print app, HP Smart App
Pricing and Availability
HP Neverstop Laser will be available in South Africa from August 2019. No pricing has been announced.
Canon launches world’s lightest DSLR camera
Canon has announced the Canon EOS 250D, which it claims to be the world’s lightest DSLR camera.
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For a family looking to step up from smartphone photography or upgrade from their existing camera, the EOS 250D is a DSLR to consider, packed with the latest technology that provides users with a formidable introduction to interchangeable lens photography in a small and lightweight body.
The successor to Canon’s award-winning EOS 200D, the EOS 250D has a guided user interface for simplified operation, a large 24.1 Megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS APS-C sensor, 4K movie capability, fast and responsive autofocus, and connectivity to smart devices. In addition, the camera features DIGIC 8, Canon’s latest image processor which powers many of its functions, including 4K movie recording, 4K time-lapse, and 4K frame grabs from 4K movies.
With straightforward handling in a lightweight and compact body, the EOS 250D includes a guided user interface that shows on-screen hints and tips. It is also possible for users to capture images in imaginative ways with Canon’s Creative Assist feature, a suite of effects, filters and colour adjustment tools to apply to photographs when composing an image or after it has been taken.
Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor supports a variety of improvements in Live View autofocus precision and Eye Auto-Focus (AF), Auto Lighting Optimizer, Digital Lens Optimizer, and Highlight Tone Priority for sharp high-resolution images ready to share straight from the camera. The 24.1 Megapixel sensor performs well in low-light and facilitates a shallow depth of field, adding background bokeh to images.
The EOS 250D is a camera for many occasions. Its intuitive Vari-Angle touchscreen enables comfortable shooting from a variety of angles, making it possible to frame selfies or vlog videos. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology will also keep subjects in sharp focus when shooting stills and video via the touchscreen. Delivering a classic shooting experience, the EOS 250D features an optical viewfinder with a responsive 9-point AF, so moments can be framed clearly and as they were seen with the naked eye.
When images and videos are ready to be shared, the EOS 250D integrates with smart devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi using the Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. From here, images and videos can be downloaded to a smart device, reviewed and posted on social media or shared.
The Canon Camera Connect app also facilitates shooting remotely from a smart device, great for capturing group shots or a hands-free selfie. Images can then be sent to a paired smart device as soon as they are taken via the Automatic Image Transfer function, delivering peace of mind that images are safely backed-up.
The EOS 250D is available in three sleek finishes: black, white and silver and is part of the Canon EOS ecosystem, comprising of over 80 world-class lenses, flashes and accessories, offering a level of choice as users look to expand the camera’s capabilities. The EOS 250D is available now in South Africa.
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