At last week’s IFA 2016 expo in Berlin, Alcatel launched the Shine Lite, a feature-rich smartphone aimed at tech-savvy young consumers.
Alcatel says it created the Shine Lite “to meet the needs of price-conscious twenty-somethings with an eye for style and a need for functionality that’s intuitive, secure and fun”. It includes a fingerprint scanner and front flash, in a budget-priced device.
“Our aim was to develop a high-end product without a high-end price, and we’ve done just that,” says Nicolas Zibell, General Manager of International Business and President of TCL Communication. “Shine Lite has flagship-product design and relevant features, tailored to meet the needs of our Gen Z consumers who look for a combination of style and substance, without a hefty price-tag.”
Alcatel provided the following information:
For young consumers who want to impress friends or make a statement in their first job, Shine Lite offers a sophisticated symmetrical design with 2.5D glass on both sides and stylish metal frame, while a fingerprint scanner on the back helps users to effortlessly access their phones.
Shine Lite comes with an exceptional 5-inch HD IPS display that provides vivid, true colour photos and graphics. The advanced technology offers enhanced security with a fingerprint scanner that unlocks users’ phones quickly and discreetly, and gives access to a private Safe-box, where users can store private photos, videos, music and documents. Users’ fingerprints can also be preprogrammed to launch up to five favourite apps directly from standby mode.
Offering a front flash, unusual at this price point, Shine Lite produces brightly lit selfies that can be easily accessed via a dedicated Selfie Album, where user can generate fun selfie videos called Face Show. A dual-tone flash for the 13 MP rear camera assures the most natural-looking, balanced light for photographs. Meanwhile, the Split Catcher app creates a multi-view collage, allowing users to capture the scene with both front and rear cameras.
Shine Lite is available in a range of colours – Pure White, Prime Black, Satin Gold, Gold Duo and Silver Duo – and offers affordable luxury in the smartphone market.
Notre Dame, Scoop Makhathini, GoT, top week in search
From fire disaster to social media disaster, the top Google searches this week covered a wide gamut of themes.
Paris and the whole world looked on in shock as the 856-year-old medieval Catholic cathedral crumbled into ash. The tragic infernal destruction of this tourist attraction of historical and religious significance led South Africans to generate more than 200 000 search queries for “Notre Dame Cathedral” on Monday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that razed the architectural icon.
In other top trending searches on Google this week, radio presenter Siyabonga Ngwekazi, AKA Scoop Makhathini, went viral when it appeared he had taken to Twitter to expose his girlfriend, Akhona Carpede, for cheating on him. Scoop has since come out to say that he was not responsible for the bitter rant and that his account was hacked. “Scoop Makhathini” generated more than 20 000 search queries on Wednesday.
Fans generated more than 20 000 search queries for “Sam Smith” on Tuesday ahead of the the British superstar’s Cape Town performance at the Grand West Casino. Smith ended up cutting his performance short that night due to vocal strain.
Local Game of Thrones superfans were beside themselves on Sunday, searching the internet high and low for the first episode of the American fantasy drama’s eighth season. “Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1” generated more than 100 000 queries on Google Search on the weekend.
As the festivities kicked off in California with headliners such as Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande, South Africans generated more than 2 000 search queries for “Coachella” on Saturday.
South Africans generated more than 5 000 search queries for “Wendy Williams” on Friday as it emerged that the American talk show host had filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter after 21 years of marriage. Hunter has long been rumored to have been cheating on Williams, which reportedly finally led to the divorce.
Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40
5G smartphones to hit 5M sales in 2019
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Early 5G smartphone models will be expensive and available in limited volumes. Samsung, LG and Huawei will be the early 5G smartphone leaders this year, followed by Apple next year.
Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global 5G smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Less than 1 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide will be 5G-enabled this year. Global 5G smartphone shipments are tiny for now, due to expensive device pricing, component bottlenecks, and restricted availability of active 5G networks.”
Ville Petteri-Ukonaho, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung will be the early 5G smartphone leader in the first half of 2019, due to initial launches across South Korea and the United States. We predict LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola and others will follow later in the year, followed by Apple iPhone with its first 5G model during the second half of 2020. The iPhone looks set to be at least a year behind Samsung in the 5G smartphone race and Apple must be careful not to fall too far behind.”
Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The short-term outlook for 5G smartphones is weak, but the long-term opportunity remains huge. We forecast 1 billion 5G smartphones to ship worldwide per year by 2025. The introduction of 5G networks, by carriers like Verizon or China Mobile, opens up high-speed, ultra-low-latency services such as 8K video, streaming games, and augmented reality for business. The next big question for the mobile industry is how much extra consumers are really willing to pay, if anything, for those emerging 5G smartphones and services.”
Strategy Analytics provides a snapshot analyses for the outlook for 5G smartphone market in this Insight report: 5G Smartphones : From Zero to a Billion
Strategy Analytics provides a deep-dive into the air-interface technologies that will power phones through 2024 across 88 countries here: Global Handset Sales Forecast by 88 Countries and 19 Technologies : 2003 to 2024