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Huawei Mate 10 now in SA

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The new Huawei Mate 10 Pro along with the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10, launched last month have arrived in South Africa.

It was released here last week, along with the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10. These devices are described as breakthrough AI phones that combine innovative hardware, the Kirin 970 chipset and a simplified EMUI 8.0 operating system based on Android 8.0.

“As we enter the age of intelligence, AI is no longer a virtual concept but something that intertwines with our daily life. AI can enhance user experience, provide valuable services and improve product performance,” said Likun Zhao, GM, Huawei Consumer Business Group SA. “The Huawei Mate 10 Series introduces the first mobile AI-specific Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU), launching a new era of intelligent smartphones. For the South African market, we are bringing in our two premium phones in the series – namely, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 – as we believe these are the best phones to meet the mobile needs of tech-savvy South African consumers.”

The new Kirin 970 processor, which powers the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, delivers AI enhancements for a faster, more customised mobile experience. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s specialised NPU, combined with Huawei’s HiAI mobile computing platform, means the Kirin 970 delivers 25 times better performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to four Cortex-A73 cores. The Huawei Mate 10 Series is claimed to be the world’s fastest smartphone supporting super-fast LTE connectivity and download speeds. The device comes with the world’s first dual 4G SIM support and dual VoLTE connections.

Huawei’s new flagship devices have also been enhanced by the company’s strategic partnerships, one of which is with Microsoft, in the form of its Translator app and through LinkedIn. Microsoft is delivering the world’s first fully neural on-device translations in the Microsoft Translator app for Android, customized for the Huawei Mate 10 series. The phone’s NPU allows every Mate 10 user to have native access to online quality level translations, even when they are not connected to the Internet, which means faster and more accurate interactive translation for a smoother communication experience.

Huawei has once again partnered with premium camera manufacturer, Leica. The new Leica Dual Lens with f/1.6 aperture (along with the LG V30+ the world’s largest aperture), allows users to easily takeshallow depth-of-field pictures, low-light photographs and shots of objects on the move. The 20MP monochrome sensor and 12MP RGB sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation captures more light to perform at an expert standard. With intelligent photographic algorithms, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro identifies, in real-time, different types of scenes and objects – such as food, nightscapes, sunsets and beaches – automatically adjusting colour, contrast, brightness and exposure.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s new EMUI 8 OS will also enable users to connect directly to their LinkedIn accounts, and profile information on their LinkedIn contacts will be directly integrated into the address books on their devices. This means that, when users receive a call or message, they can immediately see the individual’s professional identity.

Locally, Huawei is also embarking on a partnership with Standard Bank, with a focus on the Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10, which will be featured in VIP financial offerings for Standard Bank customers who purchase Huawei devices on various uniquely designed offerings.

Additional key features of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Porsche Design Mate 10  include:

  • A stunning 6-inch screen with an 18:9 FHD+ OLED display, barely there-bezel and HDR10 to support vivid colours.
  • A 3D Glass Body, beautifully and symmetrically curved on all four sides for an ergonomic hold.
  • An IP67 Water and Dust Resistant exterior
  • A Huawei SuperCharge and 4000 mAh battery with AI-powered battery management, which understands user behaviour and intelligently allocates resources to maximize battery life. It supports 4.5V / 5A low-voltage fast charging, powering the device from 1 percent to 20 percent in 10 minutes. Additionally, Huawei SuperCharge is the world’s first fast-charging technology to receive TÜV Fast-Charge Safety Certification, ensuring safe end-to-end charging.

“We are delighted to bring the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Porsche Design Mate 10 to South Africa as we believe these smartphones will cater for the South African consumers’ needs as we enter the age of AI,” concludes Zhao.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is available from MTN, Telkom, Vodacom and Cell C stores, while the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 is exclusively available from MTN and Telkom.

The RRP for the phones are:

Huawei Mate 10 Pro – R18,999

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 – R26,999

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Smash hits the Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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