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IFA 2016: Huawei debuts nova

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At the IFA 2016 tech expo in Berlin this week, Huawei Consumer Business Group announced the launch of the new Huawei nova series, comprising the nova and nova plus smartphones.|At the IFA 2016 tech expo in Berlin this week, Huawei Consumer Business Group announced the launch of the new Huawei nova series, comprising the nova and nova plus smartphones.

“Our designers have created beautiful devices that meet the needs of our increasingly demanding lifestyles,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. nova and nova plus deliver much more than customers might expect, but exactly what they deserve. These handsets will allow users to burn more brightly, to get the most out of each day and to enhance their lives with the best specifications and functionalities in the segment.”

Huawei provided the following information:

The Huawei nova family combines brilliant usability with stunning looks and powerful performance. Inspired by the bold curves we see in contemporary architecture, the exquisite designs feature graceful contoured surfaces that join together seamlessly to deliver a tactile and visual experience that fits perfectly in users’ hands. Completing the design, nova and nova plus are available in three subtle yet impactful colours: Prestige Gold, Mystic Silver and Titanium Grey.

Huawei nova offers an outstanding photography experience with incredible speed, depth and clarity and the 12MP rear camera delivers fantastic photography even in low-light. Meanwhile, the nova plus includes an incredible, segment-leading 16MP rear camera with image stabilisation giving photography enthusiasts the tools to capture the perfect moment to share with family and friends. Both devices boast a category-leading 8MP front camera to capture better selfies and document the world in any lighting condition. Immersive, full HD screens, with the biggest screen to body ratio in the segment, allow users to appreciate a perfect view on their world.

The Huawei nova series meets the demands of even the most power-hungry user. Featuring a best-in-category battery lifespan of up to two days, nova and nova plus balance longer standby times and powerful performance, giving you all the power you need to blaze away night and day.

Huawei’s leading 3D fingerprint sensor supports faster and more accurate unlocking for improved security and convenience so you never need worry about forgetting your pin ever again. The fingerprint sensor can be further personalised to control many of the phone’s functions, including photography, so taking the perfect selfie is literally at your fingertips.

IFA 2016, Berlin, also saw a number of other product announcements from Huawei Consumer Business Group. With an impressive 8.4” screen view, the striking MediaPad boasts the biggest screen to body ratio in the segment. The Huawei MediaPad celebrates your senses and is perfect for watching your favourite films and TV shows on the move whilst advanced dual stereo Harman/Kardon speakers deliver your top tunes at premium sound quality.

Following its launch earlier this year, the flagship Huawei P9 is now catwalk ready with stunning new Red and Blue colorways adding to the device’s much-lauded high performance camera, co-engineered with Leica, and other market-leading features.

Huawei also premiered a specially-commissioned short film directed by Dennie Gordon, entitled “Dream it Possible”. The video’s story of young aspiring young classical concert pianist, Anna, conveys Huawei’s brand value that everything is possible.

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Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’

The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.

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Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.

The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a  Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.

The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”

The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.

Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.

Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page. 

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How Quantum computing will change … everything?

Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.

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“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”

The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential: 

  • Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts. 
  • Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand 
  • Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
  • Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials. 

Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.

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