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MWC: HTC 5G Mobile Smart Hub

HTC unveiled the first dedicated 5G mobile router, the HTC 5G Hub, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. It is designed for use in both home and office environments, and enables smooth 4K video streaming, low-latency gaming, and 5G mobile hotspot features for up to 20 users.

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The HTC 5G Hub allows customers to use 5G on multiple devices while on the go, at work or at home, for fast connectivity. A 5-inch HD touchscreen allows for intuitive use for existing smartphone users, and long-lasting power makes for a travel companion that harnesses 5G speeds dramatically faster than 4G LTE networks. 

This product is also at the forefront of cloud-based virtual reality (VR) technology. In the future, users will be able to stream VR content from the cloud to a VIVE Focus headset via the HTC 5G Hub — no PC or unnecessary cables required — to enjoy a mobile, high-end VR experience in real time.

“HTC is proud to bring to market the world’s first 5G mobile smart hub,” said Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “5G will be the game-changer for VR and AR, and the new HTC 5G Hub will seamlessly deliver the great bandwidth of 5G to our devices, driving our vision of Vive Reality—a boundless, immersive environment where human experiences will come to the forefront.”

As a home media centre, the HTC 5G Hub uses next-gen 5G speeds to stream 4K videos to a second screen and deliver crisp, clear content. It can also replace a Wi-Fi router and remove unnecessary cables with a plug-and-play setup. 

Voice command and remote-control features enable management of entertainment and productivity needs. For gaming, ultra-low-latency, 60fps, and 4K resolution, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 5G Modem and antenna modules with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end (RFFE) and antenna elements. Along with Android 9 Pie, this allows for high download speeds and power for native Android and PC games supported on the large screen.

It is also designed for high-speed mobility use with the next-generation business environment in mind. This product supports the powerful Wi-Fi capabilities offered on the Snapdragon 855 Platform by including the Qualcomm 60GHz Wi-Fi chipset (based on the 802.11ad specification) for multi-gigabit speeds and wire equivalent latencies. Additionally, the Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi 6-ready chipset for next-generation capacity, efficiency, and performance at range. 

A 7,660 mAh battery makes the HTC 5G Hub ready to support a wide range of on-the-go duties. Businesses can connect up to 20 devices safely and securely on a high-speed encrypted network or configure for a corporate VPN. As businesses grow, the 5G network is also scalable via a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port.

The HTC 5G Hub will be available through select retailers beginning in Q2 of 2019. Please visit the HTC 5G Hub website for more information.

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Nokia 3.2 gets biggest screen

The new Nokia 3.2 handset combines a large HD+ display with Nokia’s signature two-day battery life and is powered by the latest Android 9 Pie experience.

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“The Nokia 3.2 will revolutionise the way you interact with your smartphone, ensuring that your experience keeps getting better,” says Shaun Durandt, general manager of HMD Global Southern Africa. “Premiering the dedicated Google Assistant button, you’ll be able to get directions, make calls, listen to music and get answers to your questions at the touch of a button.”

Industry-leading display, better performance, and two-day battery

Taking a holistic view of battery life, Nokia 3.2 combines a larger battery than many premium smartphones with efficient hardware and software. To squeeze every last drop out of the huge battery, the Adaptive Battery feature introduced in Android 9 Pie manages background applications using artificial intelligence (AI), learning from user behaviour to know when to throttle or increase power to specific apps or processes. It has enough power to go two days with one of the largest displays Nokia has put in a smartphone.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 mobile platform and available with 2/16GB memory configuration, the Nokia 3.2  is also among the first Nokia smartphones to include a notification light – the power button alerts users of notifications. Not quite BlackBerry, then.

Personalised experience: learns as it is used

It features the Google Assistant button, pioneered on the Nokia 4.2 (https://gadget.co.za/hmd-global-launches-nokia-4-2/), which enables instant access to the Google Assistant to get directions, make calls, listen to music, and get answers by using one’s voice. One can double press to receive a visual overview of one’s day from Google Assistant with intelligent suggestions and personalised information, including transport info, bills that need paying and calendar updates via voice.

Many of the premium features on the device are powered by AI, including face unlock to give a hands-free way to unlock it, or exclusive Google Assistant actions to open apps quicker. The handset also allows access to Google Assistant without unlocking the phone, after opting-in through settings, and enables basic tasks like setting a timer, scheduling reminders, playing music, or asking it questions.

Pure, secure, and up-to-date, Android 9 Pie reinforced with Android One

It comes pre-installed with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, which means it delivers the latest Android innovations and software experiences. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life out of the box and come with three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates. 

Android 9 Pie includes AI-powered features to make the device smarter, faster and adapts to how users use it, so their smartphone experiences get better with time, claims HMD. The Adaptive Battery feature limits battery usage from apps one doesn’t use often, and App Actions predicts what one is about to do so the smartphone can react faster.

The Nokia 3.2 will receive three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates, as guaranteed in the Android One program. In addition, Google Play Protect scans over 50 billion apps per day to prevent malware, making Nokia smartphones among the most secure phones on the market. 

Availability

The Nokia 3.2 with 2GB/16GB RAM/Memory is available in Black, from Vodacom stores and retail partners for an estimated R2,399.00 or R179/month for 24-months.

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Samsung introduces 240Hz G-Sync compatible curved gaming monitor

Samsung has added a new 27-inch gaming monitor, the CRG5, which boasts an incredible 240Hz (240 frames per second) refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility.

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Samsung has announced its new 27-inch CRG5(C27RG5) gaming monitor, the latest in Samsung’s line of curved gaming monitors. The CRG5 delivers innovative new gaming features including a lightning-fast 240Hz refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility — providing a powerful combination of excellent picture quality and speed for intense gameplay.
“Samsung’s delivering next-level gaming experiences with innovative curved displays using the latest graphics technology to immerse gamers like never before,” said Reggie Nxumalo, Head of B2B at Samsung South Africa. “Combining a 240Hz refresh rate with Nvidia G-Synccompatibility in Samsung’s new CRG5 curved gaming monitor gives gamers advanced performance for the most graphic-intense games.”

The display delivers a 1500R display curvature combined with a fast refresh rate through 240Hz RapidCurve technology, eliminating screen lag time while displaying ultra-smooth scenes for a truly immersive experience. The monitor has been validated by Nvidia to meet the performance and image quality requirements for G-Sync compatibility and delivers smooth, tear-free, low-latency gameplay during most scenes, all in full HD resolution (1920×1080). The monitor has deeper blacks and brighter whites with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, providing superfine detail even in the brightest and darkest parts of a game. It has a curved vertical alignment (VA) panel display, providing an immersive gaming experience with a wide viewing angle. The gaming monitor’s minimal bezel design offers near edge-to-edge screen on three sides and a sturdy, ergonomic stand to help gamers stay comfortably immersed in gameplay. Gamers can also select pre-set display options for any genre of game with an on-screen digital menu, and for more advanced customisation users can create up to three separate display profiles to easily switch between.

The new curved gaming monitor joins Samsung’s full line of innovative curved gaming displays, including the company’s new gaming monitor that immerses gamers in detail and colour with a high-resolution super ultra-wide gaming monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio, dramatic 1800R curved screen and HDR1000. The Dual QHD display (5120×1440) leverages Samsung’s revolutionary Quantum dot technology for an exceptionally wide range of accurate colour reproduction, so every game feels true to life.

The CRG5 will be available globally in Q3 2019. For additional information on Samsung’s curved gaming monitors, please visit DisplaySolutions.com.

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