Sony Mobile Communications has unveiled the Xperia E5, described as “a fun, easy-to-use smartphone” with advanced Sony performance and camera technology, at an accessible price point.
“Xperia E5 is a no-compromise approach to smartphone capability at this section of the market,” said Tsutomu Sato, Director of Product Marketing, at Sony Mobile Communications. “It’s the perfect device for those seeking affordable access to the performance, camera technology and design more often associated with high-end mobile devices.”
Sony provided the following information:
Underpinning the combination of performance and power is the MediaTek MT6735 processor – its advanced Quad-core platform and fast 4G LTE capability, provide an immersive and vibrant multimedia, gaming and mobile internet experience.
Downloading and storing content is also made simple, with a large 200GB memory expandable via microSD card, capable of securely housing essential apps, music, images and games.
Xperia E5’s battery is long-lasting so you can use it for up to two days between charges – downloading apps, streaming video and browsing social networks, all without regularly reaching for the plug socket.
Available in Graphite Black and White, this powerful feature set sits within a slim 8.2mm form factor, weighing only 147g – for a natural and comfortable hand fit.
Not only does Xperia E5 make smartphone photography easy, both the 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras recognize what and where you’re capturing. Auto Scene Recognition analyses the conditions and whether you’re shooting a nouvelle cuisine dish or a selfie, it adjusts the settings accordingly for high quality shots – and with the additional option of HDR, you can be sure images look sharp and striking on the 5” HD display.
The swipe control camera interface makes it easy to flick between modes, and the all-new “Share” button allows for instantaneous upload to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook with a few simple taps.
“Smart Cleaner” works diligently in the background to ensure maximum power is available to your Xperia E5 at all times – automatically removing unused processes and cache data. The result: a fluid experience and longer-lasting device.
Introduced at the heart of the 2016 Xperia portfolio, “Xperia Tips” is your personal assistant – intelligently attuning to your preferences, providing relevant and timely on-screen advice to help you get the most from your Xperia E5.
And, the re-imagined “Introduction to Xperia” helps you get set up and started within minutes, with account sync, seamless content migration from previous devices and personalized app recommendations.
Xperia E5 launches locally in August 2016 with a recommended retail price of R3,999.
Huawei Mate 20 unveils ‘higher intelligence’
The new Mate 20 series, launching in South Africa today, includes a 7.2″ handset, and promises improved AI.
Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches the Huawei Mate 20 Series in South Africa.
The phones are powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the 7nm process, incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and, according to Huawei, “an unprecedented smooth user experience”.
The new 40W Huawei SuperCharge, 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with improved battery life. A Matrix Camera System includes a Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see both wider and closer, with a new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts a Four-Point Design that gives the device a distinct visual identity.
The Mate 20 Series is available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, across four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. They ship with the customisable Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system.
“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, at the global launch in London last week. “The Huawei Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance.”
The SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with a CPU that is claimed to be 75 percent more powerful, a GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and an NPU (neural processing unit) that is 226 percent more powerful. The efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is claimed to be 58 percent more efficient, the GPU 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores.
Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This allows the CPU to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for greater efficiency, improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, giving it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support AI applications.
Read more about the Mate 20 Pro’s connectivity, battery and camera on the next page.
How Quantum computing will change … everything?
Research labs, government agencies (NASA) and tech giants like Microsoft, IBM and Google are all focused on developing quantum theories first put forward in the 1970s. What’s more, a growing start-up quantum computing ecosystem is attracting hundreds of millions of investor dollars. Given this scenario, Forrester believes it is time for IT leaders to pay attention.
“We expect CIOs in life sciences, energy, defence, and manufacturing to see a deluge of hype from vendors and the media in the coming months,” says Forrester’s Brian Hopkins, VP, principal analyst serving CIOs and lead author of a report: A First Look at Quantum Computing. “Financial services, supply-chain, and healthcare firms will feel some of this as well. We see a market emerging, media interest on the rise, and client interest trickling in. It’s time for CIOs to take notice.”
The Forrester report gives some practical applications for quantum computing which helps contextualise its potential:
- Security could massively benefit from quantum computing. Factoring very large integers could break RSA-encrypted data, but could also be used to protect systems against malicious attempts.
- Supply chain managers could use quantum computing to gather and act on price information using minute-by-minute fluctuations in supply and demand
- Robotics engineers could determine the best parameters to use in deep-learning models that recognise and react to objects in computer vision
- Quantum computing could be used to discover revolutionary new molecules making use of the petabytes of data that studies are now producing. This would significantly benefit many organisations in the material and life sciences verticals – particularly those trying to create more cost-effective electric car batteries which still depend on expensive and rare materials.
Continue reading to find out how Quantum computing differs.