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Huawei P Smart arrives in SA

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The new Huawei P smart phone, which combines great features from some of the brand’s high-end phones is now available in South Africa at an affordable price.

Huawei South Africa Consumer Business Group (CBG) introduced the phone, which features a full view display and a dual camera setup, in Johannesburg this week.

Huawei says that the P smart continues the design language of the P Series, “characterised by simplicity and elegance – a slim metallic body, flat smooth rear surface, with striking aesthetics”. It will be available in black and gold colors.

“It’s the first time the industry will see both a dual camera and FullView display at this price range and we are excited to introduce this to the South African market,” said Likun Zhao GM, Huawei Consumer Business.

Huawei P smart’s FullView display brings an immersive viewing experience, while the enhanced camera qualities provide advanced bokeh effects and photography functions like the beauty camera and gesture shot.  The smartphone also introduces four intelligent sensing functions: facial recognition, gender recognition, 10-level skin improvement, and automatic perception.

The P Smart hides three antennas in the upper and lower parts of the metallic body to avoid the traditional three-section design’s impact on body aesthetics. With a 2.5D curved screen design, HUAWEI P smart feels more compact and comfortable in the hand. It also features a one-touch split-screen mode supporting the simultaneous running of two apps.

Combining 13MP + 2MP rear dual cameras and 16-level dual shot blurring, Huawei P smart can makes photos stereoscopic. Along with high-precision camera sensors, high-density phase detection pixels, a 13Mp HD camera focuses on real time, accuracy and speed. In order to improve photography at night, Huawei P smart features five groups of precision lenses, for cleaner, purer photos in low light.

Huawei P smart also includes the new EMUI 8.0 operating system, based on Android 8.0, taking usability to new levels for fast and intuitive feature use. P smart features a Kirin 659 processor made with a process for mid-range and high-end chips characterised by better energy performance. EMUI 8.0 uses an enhanced file processing system that reduces and cleans system fragmentation while reducing file fragmentation, allowing the smartphone to run faster and more smoothly.

It is equipped with fingerprint recognition, combined with other functions to develop ground-breaking apps such as fingerprint navigation, fingerprint shot and alarm clock deactivation with fingerprint.

Additionally, with Huawei’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Huawei P smart offers more high-quality, convenient scenario experiences, such as Wifi bridge, Phone Clone, Huawei Share and Dual Bluetooth Connections.

In order to enhance the battery life of smartphones with a full view, it features a 3 000-mAh battery in combination with the Intelligent Power-saving technology 6.0, which supports background real-time detection of power-hungry apps, comprehensive power consumption test and one-key optimisation to save power significantly.

Price and Availability

The Huawei P smart is available for purchase at all operators in South Africa at a recommended retail price of R 3999.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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