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Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia 5.1 Plus, the latest handset from HMD Global, delivers a great gaming performance and AI imaging features in a stylish package. Combined with contemporary design and quality build, the device promises an accessible experience.

Click through for full details of the 5.1, including the recommended selling price in South Africa.

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Flagship performance made accessible

The Nokia 5.1 Plus is one of the more affordable smartphones powered by the most advanced MediaTek chipset, the Helio P60. The engine has been designed to deliver precise power to handle gaming, video or multi-tasking applications. The advanced AI built into Nokia 5.1 Plus’s chipset enables deep-learning face recognition and real-time photo enhancement. Equipped with essential sensors, one can experience the latest games and apps at a high level.

The handset’s advanced imaging allows one to capture studio style shots with depth-sensing imaging and selectable ‘bokeh’ blur, as well as portrait lighting. The dual 13MP/5MP rear sensor with electronic video stabilisation helps keep film steady and videos sharper. Phase Detection Auto Focus helps keep photos clear and focused.

On-trend design

The edge-to-edge, notched 5.8” display gives fans maximum content with a minimal footprint. It features Nokia’s Pure design with 2.5D curved front and rear glass, complemented by curved edges and a high-gloss finish. At around 8mm thin, the ergonomic design with continuous curvature makes for a comfortable feel in the hand. The device also has a sturdy metal structure, quality tested in extreme temperatures and drop tested so that it meets exacting quality standards. 

Pure, secure and up-to-date, reinforced with Android One commitment
The handset joins the Android One family of Nokia smartphones, offering an experience designed by Google that is smart, secure and smooth. It will stay up-to-date over time, with three years of monthly security patches and two years of guaranteed OS updates after launch. As with all Nokia smartphones in the Android One programme, it gets more battery and storage space out of the box, thanks to a carefully curated set of pre-loaded apps. It stays ahead of the game with the latest Google services like the Google Assistant and Google Photos with free unlimited high-quality photo storage.

The device is available on MTN Pre-Paid deals at selected retail stores, selling for an estimated R3,999.

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Eseye cuts IoT dev time by 75%

Eseye’s new HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform reduces device prototyping time from an average of 12 months down to three months or less.

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The time it takes to develop, prototype and roll out new IoT devices has been dramatically reduced by the new HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform and rapid prototyping methodology from Eseye, the UK-based cellular IoT connectivity specialist.

On average, an IoT device currently takes around 12 months to bring to market. which is a barrier to the success of many IoT projects. The new platform fast-tracks the process from initial idea to a working prototype in a few weeks, maintaining the momentum of an IoT project.

When combined with Eseye’s rapid prototyping methodology, HERA300 allows IoT theories to be tested in their native environments, where real data can be gathered to support operational planning and investment business case requirements. Once the required data is captured, it can be delivered to hyperscale cloud providers, such as AWS, through preferred System Integrator partners, to maximise a wide range of additional IoT services and functionality.

Alongside HERA300, Eseye has developed an eight-step rapid prototyping methodology that enables the rapid build and deployment of IoT devices. From building the initial model, to carrying out iterative test and development stages, resulting in a prototype that can be confidently and successfully deployed immediately into the field. Using Eseye’s methodology removes a significant amount of financial and reputational risk throughout the exploration phase of the project and builds significantly on the likelihood of success for the final approved designs.  

Jon Darley, director of Things at Eseye, says: “With the rapid growth of IoT ideas we recognised the need to create a solution that would embed a technically robust testing process, but also significantly reduce time to market and increase competitive advantage. The HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform and rapid prototyping methodology successfully fulfil this brief and reduce IoT device development time by at least three quarters. This will unlock significant opportunities for companies that wouldn’t otherwise have been able to invest in IoT development with its previously associated costs and time to market.”

The HERA300 platform carries essential functionality on a modular board, meaning the platform can be rapidly adapted to meet the testing requirements and ensure project success. It features multiple sockets allowing for up to five additional sensors or modules to be plugged in, a modem interface, core software architecture including over the air software updates, and built-in temperature, pressure and humidity sensing designed to monitor the board’s environment.

Click here to read more about the HERA300.

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Nintendo Switch throws fitness into the Ring

Yesterday, Nintendo launched the Ring Fit Adventure, a fitness accessory for the Nintendo Switch. BRYAN TURNER tried it out

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Following from the success of Wii Fit in getting people moving while gaming, Nintendo has launched Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch. In a similar way to which the Wii Fit was coupled with the Wii Fit Board, the Ring Fit couples with a tension ring called a Ring-Con and a leg strap.

The game features various adventures and modes that are set in immersive maps. Each mode features its own daring challenges, powerful enemies, and even a villain that players must fight. The trick to winning in the game world is putting in the real world work. The exercises mimic common exercises like jogging in place, squats, and overhead shoulder presses. These actions are masked behind fun gameplay that makes it feel like one isn’t doing strenuous workouts.

Before starting the game, users need to remove the Joy-Con controllers from their Nintendo Switch console. The left Joy-Con fits into the leg strap, which must be fasted to the left leg, while the right Joy-Con is attached to the Ring-Con. The Ring-Con provides resistance when it is squeezed or pulled apart by the handgrips.

The big plus of the Ring-Fit is the varied experience levels. This means the fit and unfit alike can start their fitness journeys where they feel comfortable. Players can also change the exercise intensity at any time to suit their fitness level from day to day. It’s worth noting that this same approach is what made the Wii Fit so successful.  

In the game’s Adventure mode, players run through stylised worlds, with the end goal of defeating an evil bodybuilding dragon called Dragaux. Each level along the way offers different challenges by focusing on different body parts like arms, legs and one’s core. As players progress through the game, they earn experience points and collect ingredients to craft in-game smoothies that help them on their virtual fitness journey. Nintendo says the fun aspect of the Ring Fit Adventure can help players remain on a fitness journey for longer.

Transportation is supported by players performing actions like doing a squat to use a launchpad, and using the Ring-Con against one’s abdomen to use paddleboards, among other actions that incorporate difficult exercises into in-game events.

If players are strapped for time and would like to fit in a quick workout, they can select the Quick Play mode. It offers similar adventures to Adventure mode, but in bite-sized mini-games, which range from breaking boxes with gusts of air triggered by squeezing the Ring-Con, to flying a parachute by pulling the Ring-Con overhead.

For those who prefer a more straightforward workout, there is a mode called Simple, which does away with flashy animations. This mode allows players to pick the part of the body they would like to work on, and lets them work it out. Along with Simple mode, Set mode offers the same functionality, but allows players to line up workouts in a playlist.

With the power of Nintendo Switch, the game can be taken anywhere, letting players work up a sweat away from a TV. For those who don’t have their Nintendo Switch with them, the Ring-Con can be taken around (with a Joy-Con attached) to track exercise while away from the console. When a player returns to their Nintendo Switch, the exercises will be synced to their profile to earn experience points and in-game items.

Ring Fit Adventure is available in retail stores and includes the game card, Ring-Con and leg strap accessories. For more information about the game, visit here.

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