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LG launches Q60 and G8S ThinQ in SA

Today LG released two new additions to its Q and G smartphone lines, the affordable Q60 and the high-end G8S ThinQ.

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The LG Q60 and G8S ThinQ have arrived in South Africa, both boasting impressive camera features for content creation features.

LG Q60 – Advanced user experience with an attractive price tag

The Q60 has arrived to showcase premium features, advanced technologies, and stylish design, without breaking the bank.

With this new mid-range beauty, LG provides a large, high-quality display and AI-powered functionality to consumers who traditionally had to settle for less within the price range. This device features LG’s HD+ FullVision display at 6.26-inches.

It sports an impressive selection of quad cameras – one front and three rear, with AI CAM, Dual Front camera (Normal & Wide angle, Selfie Bokeh effects, Google Lens, Portrait Mode 2.0 (Out-focus), Multi-Frame Noise Reduction, Timer Helper, Flash Jump Cut with PDAF, and HDR. 

The front-facing camera is located in a water drop cut-out to maximise the FullVision display for comfortable viewing, playing, and communicating, whilst the slim bezels make it comfortable to hold and use single-handedly.

To ensure superior user experience, the LG Q60 features AI functions typically found in flagship smartphones. The AI CAM intuitively recognises objects and recommends the ideal shooting mode for the best results – this is great for users wanting to try their hand at creating quality content for Instagram and other social media platforms.

Google Assistant has become one of the most widely-used virtual assistants on smartphones today, and LG’s dedicated button gives users immediate access.

With DTS:X, 3D Surround Sound delivered through quality earphones, this device is great for high quality audio playback. This high-end audio technology convincingly simulates a 7.1-channel surround sound system to make any content more immersive when playing games, streaming movies, or listening to a Spotify playlist.

To maximise everyday usability of the Q series, LG engineers focused on improving the two basics features that smartphone customers covet the most: battery life and camera performance.

The LG Q60 is powered by a 3,500mAh battery which means less charging and more all-day device usage.

Here’s the specifications to expect from the LG Q60:

  • Chipset: 2.0 GHz Octa-Core
  • Display: 6.26-inch 19:9 HD+ FullVision Display
  • Memory: 3GB RAM / 64GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
  • Rear: 16MP with PDAF / 2MP with Depth Sensor / 5MP with Super Wide Angle
  • Front: 13MP
  • Size: 161.3 x 77 x 8.7mm
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Others: DTS:X 3D Surround Sound / AI CAM / MIL-STD 810G Compliance / Fingerprint Sensor / Google Assistant Button

The LG Q60 retails from R3699.00 and is available in Moroccan Blue on Vodacom, MTN and Cell C network providers.

Click here to read about LG’s latest flagship, the G8S ThinQ.

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Acer’s latest Chromebook means serious business

The latest Acer Chromebooks for business have arrived in South Africa. BRYAN TURNER reviewed the Acer Chromebook 715.

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The Chromebook market has been perceived as very consumer-focused, until the recent introduction of management tools for Chrome OS.

To complement these corporate management tools, Acer has released the Chromebook 715, aimed at the business person that works in the cloud, in South Africa.

The unit we reviewed contained an Intel Core i5-8250U, 16GB of RAM, and 128GB of eMMC storage. All of this was housed in a sturdy aluminium body. 

On the left side, the computer features a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, a standard USB Type-A port, and a headphone jack, while on the right it has a Kensington Lock, another USB Type-C port just for connectivity and a microSD card slot. 

When open, the narrow bezelled 15.6″-inch display has a Full HD resolution for crisp lettering in documents. The wide colour gamut also ensures that colours are accurately represented on screen. 

The keyboard features a first for Chromebooks: a num-pad. This is especially useful for those working with spreadsheets on Google Sheets or Excel Online, or accountants working in web apps like Xero.

The overall design of this computer shows the professional look Acer was going for with a business-facing Chromebook. It has a grey aluminium body, which looks heavy, but comes to a mere 1.8kg. It’s much lighter than it looks for an almost 16″ laptop.

The performance is great and switching between web apps is fast. This is thanks to the embedded i5 processor, which doesn’t make as much of a noise as its Windows counterparts.

The computer isn’t for the “slashie”: those who run their personal and business lives on the same device. As a result, games don’t run on the computer because it doesn’t run applications. This asserts the device’s status as a purely business-focused device.

Apart from the hardware features, the computer is handled via the lightweight Chrome OS. 

Chrome OS is Google’s answer for those who only work with web apps, and don’t want their computer’s performance hindered by unnecessary apps. With the increasing power offered from web apps, the computer application as we know is likely to disappear eventually. 

With Google’s Apps for Work platform, the Chromebook lends itself to the same admin management tools that exist on other platforms. 
The integrated 45 Wh battery may seem small but operates for around 9 hours, thanks to the lightweight software and good battery management.  

Overall, for those who want a no-nonsense approach to computing, the Acer Chromebook 715 may be their best next device. However, its pricing at R7,999 may deter those who would expect to pay less.

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Philips’s new toothbrush does more than clean teeth

Philips’s new Sonicare DiamondClean toothbrush comes with five brushing modes, including one focused on gum care.

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Brushing one’s teeth and following a daily oral healthcare routine has more than just cosmetic gain.

Plaque forms a film of bacteria between one’s teeth and gums, that if not properly removed can lead to gum disease and a range of diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease. With statistics from Philips indicating that an estimated 90% of South Africans suffer from gum disease at some point in their life, good oral health has never been more important.

This is why the company has created the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush.

The Philips Sonicare is tough on plaque but gentle on gums.

Its brushstrokes drive fluid deep between a user’s teeth and along the gumline. According to Philips, one brush with this toothbrush does more than a manual toothbrush does in a month.

It features 5 modes to cover more brushing needs, such as Clean, Polish, White Sensitive and Gum Care, it offers a customisable experience providing up to 7x more plaque removal than a manual toothbrush. Philips says the users of this brush can also get a whiter smile in one week with the DiamondClean brush head and improved gum health in just 2 weeks.

For the person on the go, the USB travel case doubles up as a charger to ensure the device remains charged. For home charging, the charger glass doubles as a glass for rinsing after brushing. To activate charge, place the brush into the glass to experience two weeks of regular use from a single charge.

Available in a range of colours at Takealot and Dis-Chem for a recommended retail price of  R3299.

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