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Samsung Tizen phones arrive in SA

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Samsung Electronics South Africa has launched its first 4G-enabled Tizen-powered mobile device, the Samsung Z2. The phone caters specifically to the requirements of new smartphone users who are transitioning from using feature phones.

Samsung Electronics has launched its first 4G-enabled Tizen-powered mobile device, the Samsung Z2. Built on the company’s own Tizen platform, the Samsung Z2 caters specifically to the requirements of new smartphone users who are making the transition from feature phones.

Tizen is the same operating system on which Samsung’s Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches run. The Tizen store is growing fast, with more than 10 000 apps available at this stage, and growing. Android apps can also run on Tizen devices via thrid party platforms.

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“Driven by the success of the Z1 and Z3 and taking forward the smart, fun and simple attributes of the Tizen platform, the Samsung Z2 has been customised to offer unique value to South African consumers,” according to a statement from Samsung Electronics South Africa. “The device has an optimised processor that results in less battery drainage, a 5MP camera with flash, ideal for users wanting to snap ‘selfies’, while it also offers them access to social media platforms.”

Says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa, “Samsung Z2 makes 4G accessible and relevant to the unique needs of feature phone users and first time smartphone buyers. It brings consumers a fast and affordable mobile Internet experience that will democratise 4G usage in the country.”

The user interface on the Samsung Z2 is simple and easy to operate, offering faster and smoother performance when combined with the Tizen platform. The phone itself is powered by a 1.5GHz Quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 200GB with a microSD card. In addition, it features dual SIM support and delivers a user-friendly experience, fuelled by a 1500mAh long-lasting battery. This is further boosted by the Ultra Power Saving mode, which keeps the device operational at minimal battery levels.

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Thanks to a 4” WVGA screen, users can enjoy games, videos and other multimedia content with good resolution. The Tizen OS has a clutter-free, intuitive interface, making it easy to understand and use. It also offers an Ultra Data Saving mode, which saves up to 40% of mobile data by blocking unnecessary background applications from data consumption and by data compression technology.

“We are delighted to be able to bring Samsung’s much-awaited Z2 handset to the South African market; providing an affordable handset that has a range of fantastic attributes, not the least of which is its 4G capability,” says Fleischer. “This alone puts it in the company of some of the best smartphones available today.”

The Z2 is available for R 1,099.

Click here to find out more.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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