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All posts tagged "Huawei"

  • Huawei, Leica join forces for research, innovation lab

    Thought Huawei and Leica's partnership was limited to the P9 and P9 Plus smartphones? Well, this might surprise you, then. The two companies have announced a jointly operated "research and innovation centre", dubbed the Max Berek Innovation Lab. "The new lab, located at Leica's global HQ in Wetzlar, Germany, will drive further development of optical systems and software-based technologies to improve imaging quality in a wide range of photographic and mobile device applications," the duo said in an emailed press statement. "Additional outcomes will include the creation of computational imaging, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions." The Huawei and Leica lab will research photographic technology...

  • Huawei Nova, Nova Plus to hit South Africa in 2017

    The recently announced Huawei Nova and Huawei Nova Plus smartphones will be coming to South Africa in early 2017, a company representative confirmed. The smartphones, announced at IFA earlier this month, deliver metal designs and a couple of premium features (4K recording and fingerprint scanner) at a lower than flagship price. "We are ranging the product for early next year. So more details about where they'll be positioned, how they'll be positioned will come around early next year," said Hawa Hyath, Huawei's marketing director for sub-Saharan Africa. Hyath added that it was too early for a price just yet. The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus will...

  • Huawei service centres open in Cape Town, Johannesburg

    Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Huawei has today announced the opening of its first customer service centres in South Africa. The centres, based in Canal Walk, Cape Town, and Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, will "provide the finest service satisfaction under one roof", according to a press release. "Customers can look forward to dedicated services such as training sessions, on-site device repairs, free device engraving and an extensive range of accessories to choose from." Plugging into these service centres will be Huawei Select -- the company's premium service offering for the Huawei P8 and P9 range, the Mate S and the Mate 8 phablets. The...

  • Huawei Nexus device: we told you so (sort of)

    The latest news indicates that Huawei is working on a Nexus/Google-designed tablet. But, at the risk of tooting our own horn, we sort of beat them to the punch a few months ago. At the South African launch of the Huawei P9 (review) and P9 Plus in June, we interviewed Charlene Munilal, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA, who confirmed the company was indeed doing a Nexus device. What we didn't know at the time was what kind of device it was. A new Huawei-branded Nexus on the way? We told you so Munilal explained why the Nexus 6P wasn't more widely available in South Africa,...

  • Huawei Mate 9 images leak, to possibly introduce Kirin 960

    Great news, phablet fans. New images and fresh specs have leaked detailing what could be the Huawei Mate 9. Chinese publication Juggly obtained two interesting snaps from Weibo that look a lot like a Huawei device in sheep's clothing, fit with typical Mate-like lines and dimensions. Specs suggest that a 5.9-inch screen will front the device boasting a swathe of 1920x1080 pixels. There's also the rumoured inclusion of the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, boasting a choice of 4GB or 6GB of RAM, with 64GB of internal storage. Beyond that, the phone will sport a 16MP rear camera, and not dual-lenses like...

  • Surprise, surprise: tablet sales decline, but Apple increases market lead

    The world's consumer buying habits are extremely odd, and highlighted even further thanks to new data by research firm IDC. This week, it released world tablet sales figures, and unsurprisingly, they're steadily declining. In Q2 2016, tablet sales topped 38.7-million, but that itself is a drop of 12.3% over the same quarter a year ago. That's enormous. IDC's senior research analyst Jitesh Ubrani suggests that users don't consider tablets as a "productive form factor". "The market has spoken as consumers and enterprises seek more productive form factors and operating systems – it's the reason we're seeing continued growth in detachables," he explains. However,...

  • Huawei reports 25% spike in smartphone shipments in H1 2016

    Chinese company Huawei has been on a roll over the past couple of years, seeing ever rising numbers and eclipsing established manufacturers in several markets. Now, the company has revealed more good news, thanks to its financial results for the first half of the year. "Sales revenue in the first half of 2016 increased by 41% year-on- year to US$11.6-billion. Smartphone shipments stood at 60.56-million, a year-on- year increase of 25%," the company explained in an emailed press statement. Global smartphone shipments in general for the first half of 2016 grew by 3.1%, Huawei said, citing IDC information. "We saw particularly fast growth in traditionally...

  • Huawei P9 review: best camera phone of 2016?

    Dual-camera smartphones excite me. It's a rather unique way to overcome the limitations of traditional mobile cameras, while also offering some interesting novel features. The HTC One M8 (review) for instance (while technically having a depth sensor), showed what dual-camera devices could be capable of, offering the ability to have any image you shoot be refocusable. LG took a different route with its dual-camera LG G5 (review) earlier this year though, delivering two cameras that operated independently of one another. Now, Huawei has joined the party with its Huawei P9 flagship, offering two 12MP rear cameras that work together. So did the Chinese...

  • 8 examples of smartphone computational photography we take for granted

    We all know that dedicated cameras tend to blow away mobile cameras for pure picture quality, but smartphones have a major draw-card in the form of computational photography. Instead of relying on large sensors and mechanical apertures, computational photography sees smartphones using their processing oomph to generate some interesting effects. Don't believe me? Then check out some of these examples... Dynamic HDR/exposure/flash Seen on the last few Microsoft/Nokia flagship phones, the Rich Capture technique allows you to adjust the level of HDR, exposure or camera flash after taking a photo. Available as a general "Rich Capture" toggle in the camera app, dynamic HDR takes place during the...

  • Camera shootout: Huawei P9 vs Sony Xperia X

    The Huawei P9 and Sony Xperia X are pegged at around R11 999 each, with both devices featuring unique selling points. However, both companies are heavily advertising their cameras, so which one is better then? The Chinese brand's contender features two Leica-branded 12MP f/2.0 cameras (one colour and one monochrome), operating in tandem to produce simulated aperture tricks and refocusable images. However, Huawei also claims that the camera setup results in better low-light photography. The Sony Xperia X packs a similar 23MP f/2.0 shooter to the Z5 range, which means we should be in for some quality shots on paper. Anyway, I want to...