Selling at just R3999, the Huawei Y7 2019 is a compelling product, especially in today’s video-centric social media landscape.
The smartphone is made for youth who are deeply engaged with social media culture. The Huawei Dewdrop Display — first debuted with the flagship Huawei Mate 20 Series in October — lends itself to enhanced viewing thanks to a screen-to-body ratio of 86.7%.
The pearl-shaped notch, which houses an 8MP front camera, is the company’s smallest notch to date. It is situated on the vertical axis of the device, which means it does not disrupt the symmetry of the near-full screen design.
Likun Zhao, VP Huawei Consumer Business Group Southern Africa says: “The Huawei Y-series consumer requires a device that meets their mobile needs but still have a few high-end features. With the success of our introduction of the Y-series that launched last year, we believe that with our latest Y7 2019 we are giving consumers a better experience.”
With a vertically aligned camera system, it resembles a compact digital camera. This is a deliberate design choice: the device was designed to offer the best smartphone photography experience in its class. At the back, a 13+2MP AI camera is enclosed in a durable ceramic-like back cover and metallic chassis.
The primary 13MP camera has a wide aperture of f/1.8 with 16 virtual f-stops (supporting f/1.8-6) to provide granular controls over depth of field effects. The handset allows one to take a portrait with a clear separation between the primary object and background, or a landscape photo where every object in its field of view is clean and crisp. It also supports Master AI, which recognizes 22 categories of objects and scenes.
The EMUI 8.2 software features a range of battery-saving measures for the large 4000 mAh battery. It promises music playback for up to 103 hours or video for 22 hours.
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core System on Chip (SoC). The 14nm SoC features eight ARM Cortex-A53 high-efficiency cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
It comes with 32GB of internal storage, along with expandable storage of up to 512GB via the microSD card slot.
The Huawei Y7 2019 will be available in Aurora Blue and Midnight Black. The Y7 is available now from major electronics retailers.
Canon EOS R
DxOMark has published the results of its in-depth analysis of the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera.
Click through to read about how the camera compares to other small-to-medium cameras.
The Canon EOS R is a mid-range model and the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera. It features the new RF mount, which at 54mm is the same width as the EF mount, but the focal flange distance is reduced from 44mm to just 20mm. This should pave the way to some very high-performance lenses. For its first camera in the system, Canon has opted for a familiar 30.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, paired with a DIGIC 8 processor, which enables a native ISO range of 100-40,000 with expansion to 50-102,400, and continuous shooting at up to 8 fps.
The camera’s CMOS sensor achieves an overall DxOMark score of 89 points, which is 29th place among all small- and medium-format cameras in our database. Its key strength is its low-light ISO (Sports) score of 2742 ISO, where it ranks in 27th place overall and in fifth place among the full-frame Canon cameras we’ve tested. Only 0.2 EV (ISO 2742 vs. 3207) separates the EOS R from the best-performing Canon sensor in the EOS-1D X Mark II. The EOS R’s (Portrait) color depth and (Landscape) dynamic range fall some ways behind the best in class, but as with its low-light ISO capabilities, its results are among the best for a Canon sensor.
Click here for the complete DxOMark Sensor review.
CloudGate Xs – Powerful, Energy-savvy Mini Computer
The palm-sized CloudGate Xs offers such a solution, weighing just 300g, draws less than 24W of power.
Click through to read more about the device.
With the ever present threat of power outages coupled with skyrocketing electricity bills, organisations across sectors are looking for energy efficient and power-saving computing solutions. As with its sister device, the CloudGate X, this mini computer is capable of running the Linux, Windows 10 and Chrome operating systems. However, the CloudGate Xs utilises the newest generation Intel Gemini Lake CPU – and thereby offers a critical performance increase of 25% over the CloudGate X. With its new, sleek design, this powerful device also benefits from improved heat dissipation.
“The CloudGate Xs is an ideal replacement for most desktop computers, at a fraction of the cost,” explains Xavier Nel, Head of Product at CloudGate. “It also comes in at the same price point as the CloudGate X, making it an extraordinarily accessible – yet sophisticated – computing solution. Simply plug in a screen, keyboard and mouse and you have a mini-PC for business or education use.”
This is an eco-friendly solution. By using less than 10 percent of the electricity a typical desktop requires, this user-friendly device lowers the energy footprint for an organisation considerably. With warnings of a fragile Eskom power station always nearby, embracing power-savvy technology – which translates into low running costs – has become increasingly important.
From a connectivity perspective, the computer has 802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and 1Gig Ethernet. Despite its sleek form, the device boasts three USB 3.0 ports and several others that include VGA, HDMI, RJ45, one DC 12V 2A power input and one 3.5mm audio port. Users will benefit from 4GB DDR4 High-Speed RAM, 64 GB EMMC Solid-State Storage, and an SD card reader. Moreover, storage capacity can be upgraded with an extra 128GB or 256GB m.2 SSD.
The CloudGate Xs ships with a power adapter, VESA Screen Mount, HDMI cable and instruction booklet. Ranging in cost from between R3 499 and R5 199 (depending on the chosen configuration), the CloudGate Xs delivers on several use cases across industry sectors.