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All posts tagged "Huawei"

  • From OnePlus to Huawei: cheap flagships as a marketing strategy [Opinion]

    The OnePlus One took the mobile world by storm back in 2014, packing high-end features into a much cheaper price tag than the competition. Featuring a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a capable camera, the new smartphone instantly made a wave among enthusiasts and general consumers alike thanks to its US$299 starting price. It didn't hurt that the company used an invite system to control supply and demand. Fast-forward to 2017 and the OnePlus 5 is available for US$479, having seen a price increase with virtually every iteration. Now, that's still cheaper than most flagships, but coming from those...

  • Huawei takeaways: from 2018 flagships to Huawei Pay

    The South African launch of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Edition took place last night, delivering key details on the two handsets. We also got the chance to interview Zhao Likun, general manager of Huawei South Africa's consumer business group. So here's what you should know... The Mate 10 Porsche is very expensive We already obtained MTN's pricing for the two phones and, surprisingly enough, they are cheaper than the recommended retail price. As for the actual recommended price? You're looking at R17 999 and R26 999. The latter is over R3000 cheaper. Here's hoping the yellow network doesn't pull a...

  • No new Nova devices for South Africa – Huawei

    The Huawei Nova was a bit of a mixed bag in South Africa, owing to great specs but an expensive R6999 price tag. There was a power-efficient Snapdragon 625 chip, a camera that delivered the goods and slick design, but the similarly equipped Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 came in at a much cheaper price. Still, with prices now as low as R4499 online, the Nova is finally looking like great value for money. So when will the Huawei Nova 2 or Nova 2i launch in the country? Unfortunately, this isn't on the cards. Zhao Likun, general manager of Huawei South Africa's consumer...

  • Mate 10 Pro, Porsche get priced for SA – they aren’t cheap

    Huawei has finally revealed pricing for its Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche edition smartphones. And they won't be a bargain by any measure. The Mate 10 Pro is set to have a prepaid price of R17 999, while the Porsche Design variant packs an eye-watering R26 999 price tag. By comparison, MTN's own pricing last week listed the phones at R17 379 and R23 449 respectively. The two phones sport a Kirin 970 chipset with Neural Processing Unit, the latter enabling faster and offline AI tasks. Otherwise, a 4000mAh battery, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and 6GB of RAM are also shared...

  • Next Huawei flagship due for H1 2018, to use Mate 10 silicon [Exclusive]

    Huawei's Kirin 970 is one of the more advanced mobile processors right now, owing to the inclusion of an AI chip. The Kirin 970 currently powers the Huawei Mate 10, but history usually tells us that the Mate processor will power the next P-series flagship. For example, the Kirin 950 powered both the Mate 8 and P9, while the Kirin 960 powered both the Mate 9 and P10. So it stands to reason that the P11, or whatever it's called, would be powered by the new chip, right? Now, Zhao Likun, general manager for Huawei South Africa's consumer business group, has...

  • MTN reveals prepaid pricing for Mate 10 Pro, Porsche edition

    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Porsche Edition devices are expected to hit South Africa this month, bringing some interesting features to the table. Now, MTN has published its latest catalogue, also revealing its prepaid pricing for the two smartphones. The yellow network revealed a price of R17 379 for the Mate 10 Pro and R23 449 for the Mate 10 Porsche Design variant. Of course, prepaid prices via networks are usually a little steeper than the manufacturer's recommended retail price. So I reckon that the final RRP could be R16 999 and R22 999. Prefer a contract? Well, the phones are going...

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • 6 fascinating smartphone features enabled by AI chips

    The past two months have seen both Apple and Huawei launch smartphones, with each device expected to sell by the millions. But beneath the dual camera trickery, cutting-edge biometrics and "courage", we're also seeing the introduction of silicon devoted to artificial intelligence (AI). The Huawei Mate 10 was first out the gate, its Kirin 970 processor featuring a dedicated "Neural Processing Unit" or NPU to speed things up. Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone X packs a screaming A11 processor, which also touts a "Neural Engine". This "engine" is essentially a dual-core chip housed within the image signal processor. So it's all good that these phones are packing...

  • Huawei Mate 10 vs Mate Pro: what are the key differences?

    The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were announced in Munich by the Chinese firm this week, bringing similar specs to the table. There's the Kirin 970 processor with AI silicon, large 4000mAh battery and 20MP+12MP f/1.6 dual camera setup on the back. Still, the devices do have quite a few differences, it must be said -- we take a look at them. The screen First of all, the Mate 10 opts for a 5.9-inch 2560x1440 "RGBW" LCD display (16:9), while the Mate 10 Pro delivers a 6-inch 2160x1080 OLED screen (18:9). The Pro model also features thinner borders, for what...

  • Gearburn’s guide to Huawei’s Kirin processors [Updated]

    Update, 17 October 2017: We've updated our guide to include the Kirin 970 chip (powering the Mate 10) and the mid-range Kirin 659 processor. Original article: We've already taken a look at Qualcomm's Snapdragon range and MediaTek's family of chips, showing you exactly what you're getting for your cash. Now, our eyes turn towards one of the newer players on the smartphone processor block. Yep, this time, we're looking at Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin chips. What kind of horsepower should you expect? How does a Kirin 960 differ from a Kirin 650? We answer all of this and more. The flagship processors Kirin 910/910T -...