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Huawei reinvents with P9

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Huawei Technologies this week unveiled the P9, the world’s first co-engineered Leica dual-camera smartphone, in South African.

Created in partnership with Leica Camera AG, the P9 addresses one of the few shortcomings of recent Huawei smartphones and phablets, by reinventing the phone camera.

“We are excited to give our users the ultimate smartphone photography experience,” said Charlene Munilall, general manager of the Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Consumers around the world use their smartphones to take billions of pictures each year, making photography critical to their everyday lives. Our P9 users can capture images with unmatched clarity no matter where they are.”

Munilall expects the P9, P9 Plus and P9 Lite to exceed sales of previous Huawei P-Series devices.

Huawei provided the following information:

The P9’s ground-breaking dual-camera, subject to the industry’s most stringent quality screening requirements, specialises in capturing vivid colour and acquiring precision imagery through the camera’s monochrome capabilities.  With the P9 dual-camera, users can become expert photographers and capture images with superior detail and depth. Need superb selfies? Say no more, the P9 has an 8MP front-facing camera that can turn you into a professional and keep you on top of your selfie game.

Furthermore, the P9 comes with the power and performance synonymous with Huawei.  With a stunning 5.2-inch 1080p display, the P9 is powered by the new Kirin 955 2.5GHz 64-bit ARM-based processor for world-leading mobile performance. The 3000mAh high-density battery offers P9 users outstanding mobility and greater battery life. In addition, the P9 boasts an enhanced fingerprint sensor which gives users added security and easy access to unlock your smartphone.

With the same minimalist design DNA as earlier products in Huawei’s acclaimed flagship P-series, the P9 was built to fit your hand. Each device is perfectly constructed from superior-grade glass, diamond-cut edges and an aluminum unibody with curves in all the right places.

South African consumers can look forward to the P9 in three remarkable colours: Haze Gold, Ceraminc White and Titanium Grey. Capturing brilliant images requires space and the P9 is available in two storage sizes, 32GB and 64GB, perfect for your storage needs. The P9 will be available at all local operator networks from today both on contract and prepaid packages from a recommended retail price of R11 999 and from a recommended retail price of R13 499 for the P9 Plus.

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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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