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P10 boosts Huawei in SA

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Despite smartphone shipments in South Africa during the first quarter, Huawei has managed to improve its sales of its flagship P-series devices.

In contrast to the latest figures released by the International Data Corporation (IDC) that indicate a 13.6% decline in smartphone shipments in South Africa for Q1 2017, Huawei has recorded an improvement in the sales of its flagship P-series devices. The first month of sales of the P10 and P10 Plus have seen a 68% increase as compared to that of the P9. The devices seem to be most popular in Gauteng, with more units sold in this province.

We have seen four times the increase in performance of our P10 as compared to the same period last year with the P9. We feel this is due to increasing consumer confidence in the Huawei brand and premium product segment,” said Zhao Likun, GM Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa.

The P10 and P10 Plus build on the success of the P9. Huawei P9 and P9 Plus global shipments exceeded 10 million units, making them the first Huawei flagship handsets to break 10 million sales.

The P10 and P10 Plus come with enhanced features including the improved Leica front-facing camera that sets a new standard for modern portrait photography. Recognising the creative eye in every user, the new camera features enable artistic portraits in Leica image style. The intention is to bring out the pure and natural beauty of people rather than to artificially edit and beautify the images. Huawei also partnered with GoPro so that users can shoot amazing videos without installing any additional apps on the device.

“A brief review of the history of photography reveals that all the photos with real impact are about people, particularly everyday people against the backdrop of a fast-changing world, because we can resonate with their feelings and experiences. With the help of modern technology, capturing and passing around these touching moments has never been so easy. Huawei P10 and P10 Plus provide users with an effortless way to create timeless portraits. We encourage our consumers to create something truly meaningful and amazing with our products,” says Likun.

The Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus are available from all operator channels at a recommended retail price of R12 999 for the P10 and R13 999 for the P10 Plus. The devices come with the Huawei Diamond Service offering that includes two free screen damage repairs, and a free collection and delivery service with dedicated VIP contact centre support.

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CES: And thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for making and enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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