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All posts tagged "Africacom 2017"

  • Qualcomm expected to move to 8nm chips ‘pretty soon’ [Exclusive]

    The past year has seen Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple and Mediatek all move to a tiny 10nm manufacturing process for their high-end mobile chipsets. A smaller manufacturing process generally results in a tinier chip and energy savings, resulting in better performance and battery life. Now, in an interview with Gearburn on the sidelines of Africacom 2017, a Qualcomm representative has confirmed that the company is expected to move "one level" down from 10nm. "So, at the moment we are on a 10nm (manufacturing process) and we are moving, pretty soon, 10nm, one level down," said Simone Severini, the firm's technology lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. "How...

  • Energizer smartphones set for 2018 in SA – but will you care?

    Energizer revealed a range of smartphones at MWC 2017 this year, following on from the firm's previous forays into the arena. It makes some sense after all, given it being a battery company and all. Sure, you're not plopping AAs into the phones, but there is a marketing angle right there. Now, a visit to the company's stand at Africacom 2017 has yielded more information. And a concern about pricing. Mohsin Abdul Khaleq, director of business development for Energizer distributor Hypertalk, tells Gearburn that the phones should be available next year. "Basically, we're launching the Energizer brand in South Africa. It should be available...

  • Interview: Mediatek’s Finbarr Moynihan on 2018 trends, more

    Taiwan's Mediatek remains a strong player in the budget smartphone space, with its processors powering scores of models around the world. But what's next for the chipmaker? What kind of trends does the firm see next year? We visited AfricaCom 2017 to interview Finbarr Moynihan, general manager of international sales, for more details. As previously revealed, Moynihan said Mediatek would be taking "a bit of a break" from flagship chips. The representative gives his take on the high-end segment. "What we see happening in the... flagship market... frankly, it's probably become Apple and Samsung for the most part," the executive explains. "...it's...

  • Mediatek taking ‘a bit of a break’ from flagship chips [Exclusive]

    When it comes to high-end smartphone processors, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, Apple's A11, Samsung's Exynos 8895, Huawei's Kirin 970 and Mediatek's Helio X30 are considered the top dogs. But if any processor failed to live up to expectations, it was Mediatek's chip. Far from seeing a ton of volume, the decacore Helio X30 only saw buy-in from Meizu (Pro 7 Plus) and Elephone (X8 Lite), coming nowhere near the success of the Helio X20 and rival brands. Now, Mediatek's general manager for international sales, Finbarr Moynihan, told Gearburn that the company is taking a break of sorts from flagship chips to focus on "new...