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Huawei debuts Nova in SA

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Huawei South Africa has released its newest smartphone handset brand, the Nova, with a 12-megapixel rear camera, 5.1 inch screen and long lasting battery – all for a price of R6 999.

Huawei South Africa has released its newest smartphone handset brand, the Nova, in South Africa. It features a multi-curve design feature, camera advances for more vivid photography and performance updates for enhanced usability.

The devices are priced competitively at a recommended retail price of ZAR R 6999, making it a high-spec, affordable handset for young consumers.

“South Africans by nature are dynamic consumers. As such, they demand a device that keeps up with their fast-paced lifestyle,” said Zhao Likun, General Manager of Huawei South Africa Consumer Business Group. “Huawei Nova is an excellent device for South Africa’s youthful market, with a growing share of smartphone users. These devices will bring new experiences to life with its incredible performance, design and camera features.”

The Huawei Nova smartphone’s curved surfaces and 5-inch screen connect seamlessly to create an ergonomic, compact design, enabling single-handed functionality. Huawei says the Nova draws inspiration from curves found in modern architecture, with its curved metallic back polished by an advanced sandblasting process, hairline finishing and oblong composite panel stretching across the top of the phone.

An 8-megapixel front-facing camera is complemented by Huawei’s proprietary Beauty Makeup 2.0 and Beautiful Skin 3.0 applications, which apply cosmetic effects and skin smoothing filters to create more flattering images.

The Nova’s 12-megapixel rear camera with 1.25um larger pixel sports an enhanced wide-aperture lens and imaging sensor, allowing it to capture photos in low-light conditions. In addition, the Huawei Nova supports fast autofocus for greater accuracy.

The Nova is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor, which uses advanced 14nm technology to increase performance and reduce power consumption. The Huawei Nova’s 3020 mAh battery with Smart Power 4.0 can power longer sessions. With a 3D fingerprint sensor, the Huawei Nova supports faster and more accurate 360-degree unlocking for improved security, convenience and single hand selfies.

The Huawei Nova will be available at all operators.

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Taxify enters Google Maps

A recent update to Taxify now uses Google Maps which allows users to identify their drivers, find public transport and search for billing options.

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People planning their travel routes using Google Maps will now see a Taxify icon in the app, in addition to the familiar car, public transport, walking and billing options.

Taxify started operating in South Africa in 2016 and as of October 2018 operates in seven South African cities – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane.

Once riders have searched for their destination and asked the app for directions, Google Maps shares the proximity of cars on the Taxify platform, as well as an estimated fare for the trip.

If users see that taking the Taxify option is their best bet, they can simply tap on the ‘Open app’ icon, to complete the process of booking the ride. Customers without the app on their device will be prompted to install Taxify first.

This integration makes it possible for users to evaluate which of the private, public or e-hailing modes of transport are most time-efficient and cost-effective.

“This integration with Google Maps makes it so much easier for users to choose the best way to move around their city,” says Gareth Taylor, Taxify’s country manager for South Africa. “They’ll have quick comparisons between estimated arrival times for the different modes of transport, as well as fares they can expect to pay, which will help save both time and money,” he added.

Taxify rides in Google Maps are rolling out globally today and will be available in more than 15 countries, with South Africa being one of the first countries to benefit from this convenient service.

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Samsung unveils the quad-cam smartphone

Samsung recently unveiled its Galaxy A9, the world’s first smartphone with a rear quad camera.

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“As a global leader in smartphone innovation, we understand the demand for meaningful innovation in a fast-paced world driven by visual communication,” said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “Building on our legacy in smartphone camera development we’re introducing next-generation technology across our entire Galaxy portfolio to give more consumers the opportunity to experience cutting-edge innovation. We’re excited to deliver on this promise and debut world leading smartphone camera technology with the Galaxy A9.”

Samsung provided the following information (including the adjectives):

The Galaxy A9 allows you to capture dynamic and beautiful photos effortlessly. With four lenses, experience even more ways to unleash your creativity and capture, create and share stunning images.

·         Get close without compromise with 2x Optical Zoom for incredible and detailed close-up shots even from far away.

·         Capture the world in its fullest and without limit, with the Ultra Wide Lens, and shoot like a pro with the Scene Optimizer. Thanks to AI Scene Recognition, your camera is now smarter, and able to identify the subject and adjust settings accordingly for the best photo, in an instant.

·         Express your creativity with the Depth Lens, giving you the freedom to manually manage the photos’ depth of field and focus on the subject for stunning, professional looking images.

·         Capture clear and bright images in both bright and low light conditions with Galaxy A9’s 24MP Main Lens, for gorgeous photos at any time of the day.

The reliable 3,800mAh battery life on the Galaxy A9 lets you live without limits and enjoy outstanding long-lasting performance. You can now capture everything, without restriction, store more and delete less with the Galaxy A9’s 128GB storage and up to 512GB of expandable memory.

Designed to make life more convenient, the Galaxy A9 features Bixby, Samsung Pay and Samsung Health and you can take advantage of the many multi-tasking benefits the Galaxy A9 offers, including App Pair.

First Class Design

Building on Samsung’s heritage in first-class design, the Galaxy A9 is styled in three unique colors; Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink with a sleek and ergonomic design, that fits in one hand with a 3D Glass curved back for a high-quality comfortable feel. The Galaxy A9 will be available in South Africa from December.

Check out the specs on the next page.

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