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Honor 10 Lite packs flagship features into a mid-ranged price

Honor, a sub-brand of the Huawei Group, has launched its latest mid-range smartphone, the Honor 10 Lite, in South Africa. The phone uses artificial intelligence (AI) in its front-facing camera to detect the subject of a selfie for a better picture. It’s packed with powerful hardware at a very reasonable price, and is set to take the lead over its competitors in its price range.

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The Honor 10 Lite combines the latest smartphone technology with a new standard for smartphone design. It houses hardware seen on some flagship devices, packed into a sleek body using gradient hues, and featuring a bezel-less display. The display has a small camera cutout notch at the top of the phone, and the top speaker is hidden away on the narrow bezel.

Honor has cemented its positioning with strong growth, despite a global industry downturn. According to IDC, the global smartphone market recorded a 3.1% year-over-year decline in shipments in the first three quarters of 2018, but Honor bucked that trend with a 27.1% increase. It achieved a year-on-year (YoY) increase of over 170% in international sales in 2018. Honor ranked second in global online sales volume in 2018, with a 29.4% increase.

Raymond Liu, CEO Honor South Africa, comments: “South Africa has always been a very welcoming market for new product innovation and we are delighted to have launched our latest device, the Honor 10 Lite, in the country… we are sure that the excellent price point and flagship features, will easily become a hit with consumers and help us to stand out from the crowd.”

The Honor 10 Lite is available in South Africa in Vodacom stores at a retail price of R4,599, with contract packages starting from R249 per month for 24 months. 

The key features of the HONOR 10 Lite include:

· 24MP AI-Powered selfie camera and 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras

· 6.21” FHD Screen with dewdrop notch and bezel-less display

· 3D curved edge for better grip

· New Kirin 710 chipset with EMUI 9.0

· 64GB Internal Storage

· 3,400 mAh battery

· GPU Turbo 2.0

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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.

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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.

For more information about Canon, please visit www.canon.co.za or follow Canon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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