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IFA 2019: Samsung launches ‘Bespoke’ appliances

Samsung says it will launch a new Bespoke refrigerator line-up, and the first product in a new premium built-in line-up, the Dual Cook Steam oven, at IFA 2019 in Berlin this week.

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The Bespoke line-up is a new category of refrigerators that allows users to customise their kitchens, as with built-in appliances. They are “kitchen-fit”, meaning they can fit into most contemporary kitchens, while maintaining the built-in look.

The new refrigerator line-up incorporates a modular design and offers 8 different types, ranging from 1-door to 4-door units.

Consumers can also create a kitchen space that is tailored to their preferences. For the front panel, one can choose from three different materials — cotta metal, satin glass, and glam glass — and multiple colour options. Cotta is available in Charcoal, White, and Mint, while Satin Glass comes in matte colours of Grey, Navy, Coral, and Yellow. Glam glass offers a glossy finish in either white or pink. Buyers can also choose overall interior design concept they want.

Samsung is also preparing a new premium built-in kitchen line-up that includes an oven, hood integrated induction, dishwasher and refrigerator. The first product in the line-up, the Dual Cook Steam oven, provides flexibility with multi-cooking abilities. The oven incorporates textured surfaces with a new user interface that Samsung says increases usability. It can simultaneously cook with convection in one compartment and with steam in the other. 

Both the Bespoke refrigerator and the new premium line-up of built-in appliances are available in Satin Glass material, with a texture that is anti-glare, and blends into any space for an ambient look. They can be experienced in the Berlin City Cube at IFA from 6 to 11 September.

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New Acer TravelMate convertible coming

The Acer TravelMate Spin B3, which features a flip-over screen and an 11.6″ screen, will launch in April.

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Acer has announced a convertible TravelMate Spin B3 device, intended for the education market. The 11.6-inch notebook comes with enhanced performance and has a sturdy design to protect it from knocks.

The TravelMate Spin B3 features the latest Intel Pentium and Celeron processors, intended to give students the power they need for classroom work. The laptop also complies with the MIL-STD 810G military standard, meaning that it’s strong enough to survive bumps and accidental spills. A pressure-resistant top cover, shock-absorbent rubber bumper and reinforced corners all add to the durability of the device. The notebook can also get students through the school day (up to 12 hours of battery life) on a single charge.

The TravelMate Spin B3 adapts to the demands of a school day via four usage modes: students can write essays in clamshell mode, watch videos or lectures in display mode, make space on a desk in tent mode when they need to work by hand, and make use of tablet mode when they need to write by hand in maths or art class, for example. An optional world-facing camera above the keyboard allows students to capture photos and videos in tablet mode. It includes Wacom AES technology to provide a natural writing experience, and comes with a dockable stylus.

There is an optional battery indicator light on the front cover which enables teachers to see which students’ laptops are low on battery. The devices have anchored keys that are difficult to remove and an easy-fix keyboard, making it convenient for the school’s IT technician to repair.

The laptop comes with: Ethernet, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI port and on select models, a fully-functional USB Type-C port that allows for charging, 5GB/s data transfer and connection to external displays.
The TravelMate Spin B3 will be available in April, starting at R4000.

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Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.

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Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.

What’s different from the Note10?

The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”

To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.

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