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Huawei P30 Incoming March 26th

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A year after the release of the quite successful P20, Huawei is heading back to the place of previous success with their new flagship. March 26 the world will see the P30 in all it’s glory!

Samsung’s New Foldable Phone Apparently “Breaks” When Fully Folded

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Following shortly on the heels of my last article, there’s more news on the Samsung foldable cellphone front. In a small private showing, Samsung reportedly showed it’s new foldable phone to a select few individuals.

Samsung Galaxy S10 – Releaving February 20th

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By now we all know about the foldable cellphones that Samsung announced a few months ago. They’re promising a lot, but after some disappointing sales on a few of their latest models it seems like they’re not going to sit and wait around.

Huawei and Other Chinese Mobile Equipment Manufacturers Hit by International Bans from Japanese and Western Governments

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Huawei and other Chinese mobile manufacturers are in trouble, with Japan’s three large mobile network providers, SoftBank Group, NTT Docomo and KDDI, having banned Chinese equipment from being used for their 5G networks due to security concerns. Huawei currently accounts for around 60% of the fiscal value of SoftBank’s mobile base stations as of 2017. The Japanese government has also blocked Huawei and others from public procurement. This follows the arrest of Huawei’s CFO and daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, 46 year old Meng Wanzhou, in Vancouver, USA on 1 December for allegedly violating American sanctions on selling technology to Iran. The arrest has may be the catalyst in US Chinese ties, and has driven stock prices down as well as sparked fear in small US phone companies, who fear they will be forced to uninstall existing Huawei infrastructure.

Telkom First Up to Offer Data Rollover

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A few months ago the Independant Communications Authority of South Africa placed four new regulations to end-user and subscriber services in action. To refresh your memory, see the article I wrote about it here. As a TL:DR, companies were told that data rollover is not optional. This caused a bit of a ruckus and everybody except the providers were happy. Finally there’s some traction!

Cell C Black Friday Offering – 50 GB Data for R 500

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Back in 2016, MTN had a black Friday special where they offered an additional 50 GB of data per month for 24 months across a range of contacts for as little as R 349 per month. That is now coming to an end, leaving many customers wondering where to go next.

ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Phone – Now Available in UK

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At an exclusive event at the BelowZero Ice Bar in Mayfair, London, ASUS UK today announced details of the launch for the ROG Phone in the UK. Pre-Orders will begin on Friday 16th of November 2018 at 9am and the ROG Phone will begin shipping on 14th December 2018.

The ROG Phone will retail in the UK for £799 and will be available from the ASUS E-Shop. For a limited run from 16th of November, there will be £100 off the device when pre-ordering bringing the price down to £699.

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 to include “budget” options

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Samsung keeps at it. With a behind-screen camera in development and talks of a new foldable phone, the S10 looks to be an interesting addition to their lineup.

Following the likes of Apple, Samsung is looking at expanding their specific model offering, something that hasn’t been done in a while. We all remember the slightly cheaper “mini” models that were released in years past. They were smaller, less-specced versions of the bigger phone, at a more affordable price. Samsung has stopped this since the S5 Mini, after which the A series seems to have taken up this space.

Porsche Design and Huawei Reveal the New Huawei Mate 20 RS

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Porsche Design and Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled the new PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS Series smartphone today, the latest mobile luxury device created through the collaboration between Porsche Design and Huawei. As the fourth handset to join the exclusive line-up, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS continues the tradition set by its predecessors, blending state-of the-art technology with uncompromising design. Inside, it has one of the world’s most powerful chipsets, the newest Kirin 980, supporting industry-leading performance and AI capabilities. The extreme performance is encased within an automotive inspired chassis, the back of which is accentuated with genuine leather for a premium hand feel. The all-new device represents the pinnacle in mobile luxury and mobile AI, expressed in a timeless functional design.

Huawei Launches Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) today announced two new wearables: HUAWEI WATCH GT and HUAWEI Band 3 Pro. Launched alongside the flagship HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, the new wearables offer novel and sophisticated ways for consumers to track their activities and receive fitness coaching that is based on scientific research.

Featuring the classic wristwatch design, ultra-high battery life, low power consumption, sophisticated activity tracking and fitness coaching features, the HUAWEI WATCH GT is one of the most hotly anticipated wearables of the year. The new HUAWEI watch bears the GT name to call attention to its high performance and reliability—just as grand tourers, or high-performance automobiles, are trusted for their prowess.

Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy A9

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the Galaxy A9, a smartphone built for those who love to explore, capture the moment and share it as they see it. The pioneering Galaxy A9 debuts the world’s first rear quad camera and is packed with features designed to help you live each day to the fullest.

The Galaxy A9 is tailored for those who know what they want, and go after it. With Galaxy A9 you can capture dynamic and beautiful photos effortlessly. With four lenses, experience even more ways to unleash your creativity and capture, create and share stunning images.

Introducing the Nokia 7.1

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced the Nokia 7.1 – the first smartphone to come with PureDisplay screen technology, which will take your viewing experience to the next level due to its high contrast ratio, greater clarity and enhanced colours across all of your content.

The Nokia 7.1’s stunning HDR display lies within a masterfully crafted, gorgeous design and offers an advanced imaging experience powered by a dual rear depth sensing camera with two phase detection and ZEISS Optics to ensure you never miss a moment.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 512 GB South African Pricing Revealed

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Last week we revealed Apple’s iPhone Xs pricing, to which more than 90 % of people replied that they would not be considering the device. If you were one of them, one of the biggest rivals to the Apple is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which is available in a 512 GB model.

If 512 GB isn’t enough storage, the Note 9 also supports a microSD card with capacities of up to 512 GB, giving you a potential 1 TB storage on your phone.

Intel Targets 5G Infrastructure with Latest Silicon Photonics Technology

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Intel today announced details on the expansion of its portfolio of 100G silicon photonics transceivers beyond the data center and into the network edge. At the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Rome, Intel unveiled specifics on new silicon photonics products that are optimized to accelerate the movement of massive amounts of data being generated by new 5G use cases and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The latest 100G silicon photonics transceivers are optimized to meet the bandwidth requirements of next-generation communications infrastructure while withstanding harsh environmental conditions.

Widen Your World with the Galaxy A7

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LONDON, UK – September 21, 2018 – Samsung Electronics co., Ltd. today announced the Galaxy A7, the latest addition to the Galaxy A series family. With a powerful rear triple camera, sleek design and must have everyday features, the innovative Galaxy A7 is the ultimate device for wherever life leads you.

“Samsung is committed to delivering meaningful innovation to all consumers across the Galaxy family, no matter who they are or where they are in the world” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “That’s why we’re excited to introduce innovative new features to the A series with the Galaxy A7, a practical but powerful device that is built to help make your everyday both convenient and extraordinary.”

Samsung Introduces the New Galaxy J6+ and J4+ Smartphones

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LONDON, UK – September 21, 2018 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has announced the newest members of the Galaxy J series, the Samsung Galaxy J6+ and J4+.

“The Galaxy J6+ and J4+ further draw on the fundamentals of the Galaxy portfolio’s heritage of innovation to bring incredible style and technology at a highly-competitive price point,” said Kate Beaumont, Director of Product, Services & Commercial Strategy, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland.

“Featuring a stunning design and display, enhanced camera experience and high-performance capabilities, both products enable users to get even more out of their Galaxy J smartphone for longer than ever before.”

South African iPhone Prices Revealed

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An older, second hand car or a new phone? That is the choice you have to consider when buying a new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. iStore, the official distributor for the phones in South Africa, has revealed pricing for the phones which are available for pre-order from today and available in stores from 28 September.

For those who missed the announcement, you can see the full details here. For those who can’t afford the full amount upfront, iStore is also offering FNB payment plans. The pricing is as follows:

motorola one Has You Ready for the Unexpected

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The new motorola one has you connected, accessible, secured, and ready for all of life’s unexpected moments when you will want to rely on your smartphone.

With more battery power, unlimited storage space for images and videos and greater security, the newest smartphone in the Motorola family – motorola one – gives you the confidence to do what you want, when you want. It’s smart, it’s simple, it’s a smartphone experience personalised to you.

UAG Announces New Cases For Apple iPhone XS, XR and XS Max

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Leading designers of rugged, lightweight mobile accessories, UAG, carefully designed their new iPhone Series with creators in mind. Developed alongside world renowned creators and innovators, UAG’s updated series are inspired by UAG ambassador and Water Photographer, Zak Noyle.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s Preorders Delayed

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And you’ll never guess why. In the midst of the new iPhone in the news these days, it seems like people can’t keep their hands off the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

As Samsung sped up the release of the Note 9 to counter the dismal sales of their S9 and S9+ models, the Note 9 dropped in as the main competitor to Apple’s iPhone XS Max. Contrary to what people might have predicted (I know I wasn’t a strong advocate for these phones), it seems like Samsung can’t keep up with production of their latest flagship, specifically of the 512GB model.

Apple introduces iPhone XR

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Cupertino, California — Apple today announced iPhone XR, integrating breakthrough technologies from iPhone XS in an all-screen glass and aluminum design with the most advanced LCD in a smartphone featuring a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display and six beautiful finishes. iPhone XR brings the powerful A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, the TrueDepth camera system, Face ID and an advanced camera system that creates dramatic portraits using a single camera lens. iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19 and in stores beginning Friday, October 26.

Apple Unveils New Phone Lineup Including 6.5″ iPhone Xs Max

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Apple’s “Gather Round” event was the venue for the introduction of three new iPhones – the iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, and the iPhone Xs Max. Starting prices for the 64GB models of each are $749, $999 and a staggering $1,099 respectively. The Xs versions will be available for pre-order from 14 September, with availability following shortly thereafter starting on 21 September. South African availability will lag slightly behind with the phones launching here on 28 September.

Huawei Announces EMUI 9.0

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LONDON, UK – September 4, 2018 – At IFA 2018, Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) announced EMUI 9.0, the next major update to the Android-based operating system (OS) from Huawei.

As one of the first Android Pie-based custom systems, EMUI 9.0 offers a premium user experience that is underpinned by an intuitive interface and rich features. The EMUI 9.0 is currently on beta, which is now open for registration. Additional features will be launched together with the upcoming HUAWEI Mate 20 Series.

Mobile Data Soon to be Carried Over

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We are all aware of the annoying tendency of data to simply disappear from your cell phone after carefully managing every spent megabyte to make it last. This has been a common “feature” of mobile data since the inception of the concept in South Africa – and finally it seems to near an end. Well, sort of.