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Pinnacle unveils LTE phone



Pinnacle Africa has unveiled its first LTE smartphone, the Proline XM-502, available to the market from 7 August at a recommended retail price of R1 699. The Proline XM-502 is one of a few to offer LTE connectivity under R2 000.|Pinnacle Africa has unveiled its first LTE smartphone, the Proline XM-502, available to the market from 7 August at a recommended retail price of R1 699. The Proline XM-502 is one of a few to offer LTE connectivity under R2 000

The Proline XM-502 delivers lightning-fast LTE connectivity up to 10 times faster than a typical 3G smartphone. Real-world testing shows download speeds exceeding 25Mbps, making the XM-502 even faster than the majority of broadband ADSL connections.

“LTE is fast becoming the standard on mobile phones,” says Max Stone, Brand Director at Pinnacle Africa. “We partnered with MediaTek to launch the first commercially available smartphone based on their new 64-bit LTE platform, delivering performance that has never been seen before in a sub-R2 000 smartphone.”

With four 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processors, the XM-502 delivers supercharged performance right out the box. Applications load faster and respond faster. Games run better with smoother graphics. The XM-502 will always be able to keep up with today’s fast-paced lifestyle.

With an overall thickness less than 8mm and an edge that narrows down to 4mm, the XM-502 defines a new style that is both modern and functional. The non-slip rubberised back wraps elegantly around the XM-502, framing the large 5” display in an eye-catching red or white. The flush-mounted camera, colour-coded side buttons and hidden navigation buttons contribute further to a timeless design that is instantly recognisable.

Running Android 5.1, the XM-502 benefits from the very latest version of Lollipop. With major design improvements over KitKat (Android 4.4), Lollipop is better at managing RAM and storage and has an improved user interface with a vastly enhanced notification system. Security and connectivity is improved and new features, such as Smart Lock, Quick Settings, and on-screen navigation buttons are utilised.

The XM-502 can capture stunning pictures with the 13-megapixel rear camera, or snap better ‘selfies’ with the 5-megapixel front camera. With a sub-second launch time; users are never more than a heartbeat away from capturing their special moments. Be more creative with Live Photo, Panoramic and Multi-angle View modes. Anti-shake, motion tracking and face detection make it even easier to take better shots. The XM-502 also lets users press the volume button for the shutter, giving back the pleasure of using a real button to take pictures.

“We’re giving our customers an affordable phone that delivers real performance,” says Max Stone. “With the runaway pricing of many brands, the Proline XM-502 offers an alternative that delivers the highest performance-to-price ratio on the market.”

Key Specifications:

•             Display: 5.0” IPS qHD (960 x 540), 220ppi

•             Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop

•             CPU: MT6735M (64-bit quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, 1.0 GHz)

•             RAM/Storage: 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, expandable via MicroSD card slot (max. 32GB)

•             Cameras: 13MP primary (5MP hardware) with LED flash, 5MP secondary (2MP hardware)

•             Network: Dual SIM, Cat 4 LTE (up to 150Mbps)

•             Battery: 2,000mAh battery (user replaceable)

•             Dimensions: 144.4 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

•             Accessories (included): Charger, USB cable, earphones, screen protector, silicone cover

•             Available colours: Boston Red or Snow White


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



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



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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