HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has announced two new additions to its entry-level smartphone family, the Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4, a new accessories range and HMD Connect Pro offering enterprises a secure and transparent global data roaming service.
The diverse range of launches further solidifies the company’s transformation into a holistic mobile device and service provider.
Florian Seiche, Chief Executive Officer, HMD Global said: “Without doubt, this has been an eventful year for everyone, and our hearts go out to those that have been impacted by the circumstances of 2020. For us, it’s truly been a transformational year, and we’ve adapted to the changing times. I am extremely excited to broaden our value-add services for enterprise with the introduction of HMD Connect Pro, offering unprecedented levels of flexibility and security. The Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4 are important new updates to our core value smartphone range. I am very proud to see the truly future-proof 5G experience of our Nokia 8.3 5G reaching the hands of consumers starting from today, and excited for our partnership with No Time To Die – proving a Nokia phone really is the only gadget you’ll ever need.”
Introducing the latest additions to the Nokia smartphone family
The new Nokia 2.4 comes with AI imaging, two days’ worth of battery life and a large HD+ screen. For those looking for more, the Nokia 3.4 offers an advanced triple camera with ultra-wide lens, a serious performance upgrade and more screen real estate thanks to the punch-hole screen. Holding true to always delivering maximum innovation at great value, the two new smartphones are entry-level marvels, offering great value experiences. With modern features and stunning design in a more accessible, Android-powered future-proof package, these phones are perfect for those seeking out affordable, long-lasting purchases.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer and Vice President of North America, HMD Global:
“It’s no secret that consumers around the world have become more mindful about their spending and are opting for less expensive, more long-lasting products from brands they know and trust. It’s therefore more crucial than ever that our products stand the test of time – and our commitment to delivering reliable and trustworthy Nokia phones remains unswerving. That’s why we’re broadening our entry-level smartphone family with the new Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 2.4, offering reliable software and hardware that Nokia phone fans have come to know and love, fresh experiences and premium design that you can be proud of – at prices that are accessible. Always inspired by our Finnish roots, with these latest additions we’re introducing a fresh colour palette to the portfolio through new earthy tones with dazzling finishes, taking our design another step closer to home.”
The next generation Nokia 2 brings modern essentials like advanced AI imaging giving you dedicated Night mode and Portrait Editor that lets you art direct your world with its custom shapes and blurred backgrounds – even after you’ve taken your shot; a convenient fingerprint sensor and AI face unlock, offering effortless access and added security, in a durable design that’s not only built to look good but also to last. Watch, learn and create on the large 6.5” HD+ screen and, thanks to its two-day battery life1, you’re free to enjoy your favourite apps and games for longer. Plus, the Nokia 2.4 comes with our Android promise, giving you three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS updates, meaning it’s ready for Android 11 and 12.
The new Nokia 3.4 offers a serious performance upgrade thanks to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 460 Mobile Platform giving you more power to get the best out of your phone. Take your creativity to the next level with a large 6.39” HD+ screen with a punch-hole front camera and a mighty triple rear camera with an ultra-wide lens and AI imaging. The Nokia 3.4 comes with Android 10 OS and the Nokia smartphone Android promise, receiving years of security and software upgrades. All of this powered by the signature two-day battery life and wrapped up in a premium timeless design that comes in three new vibrant, living colours, inspired by Nordic nature, delivering style with durability that’s true to its Finnish roots.
Nokia 8.3 5G goes on sale globally
Today also marks the global sales start of the highly anticipated Nokia 8.3 5G. Showcasing the commitment to security, speed and innovation by meeting the demands of the world’s toughest customers – MI6 agents – the Nokia 8.3 5G is the smartphone of choice by the newest 00 agent in the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, premiering this November. Featuring a powerful PureView quad-camera with ZEISS optics giving you immersive movie-like shots with ZEISS Cinema effects and OZO audio, the Nokia 8.3 5G is the ideal smartphone for those who want to elevate their creativity. Designed to support multiple and evolving 5G network deployments, the Nokia 8.3 5G condenses more than 40 different RF components into a single module, making it not only a global device but also a future-proof smartphone which is ready for the next step in 5G. The Nokia 8.3 5G begins to go on sale globally from today starting at a global average price of 599 EUR. Additionally, all Nokia 8.3 5G owners will receive a free 6-month trial of Google One. Capture and edit on the go with faster upload speeds and an additional 100GB of online storage across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos – an all-in-one membership that can be shared with up to five additional people.
Lashana Lynch, who plays 00 agent Nomi in No Time To Die, said: “The world we live in now means we all have the ultimate gadget in our pockets and it’s amazing what smartphones can do nowadays. It’s exciting to be unveiling this new smartphone to celebrate the release of No Time To Die in November, and the Nokia 8.3 5G is proof that Bond gadgets are always ahead of the game.”
Pricing and availability
Nokia 8.3 5G will be available in Nigeria from 1st October, 2020, at an average retail price of N232,000.
Coming in two storage/RAM options: 2GB/32GB and 3GB/64GB, the Nokia 2.4 will be available in Nigeria from 1st October, 2020 at N47,500 and N54,000, respectively. The pricing/availability for Nokia 3.4 will be confirmed at a later date.
Introducing a range of new accessories: inspired by nature, packaged to protect it
Also launching today is a range of new Nokia-branded audio accessories featuring the Nokia Earbuds Lite, and a brand-new Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker with integrated microphone – the first in the portfolio – and new protective cases. The new accessories are all wrapped up in sustainable packaging made from 100% recyclable paper, taking the company one step closer towards reducing the environmental impact of its business and products.
Alexander Lambeek, Global Head of Accessories, HMD Global:
“Our commitment to delivering premium experiences at accessible price points extends beyond phones. Today we’re bringing the same quality you would expect from a Nokia phone to our new range of accessories. We are proud to introduce an entire mobile open ecosystem of companion products bringing exceptional functionality in a familiar design that our fans know and love, all wrapped up in eco-friendly packaging. We always listen to what our customers are after and take feedback as key component in product development. The new accessory range has been no exception to this – people are exercising outdoors more than before, so we made sure to make our earbuds waterproof; they have also become more mindful of what they’re buying, in terms of both cost and sustainability, so we made sure to keep the prices accessible and packaged everything in 100% recyclable paper.“
Nokia Power Earbuds Lite
The new Nokia Power Earbuds Lite let you take your favourite songs with you wherever you go offering 35h of play time and comfortable design with intuitive touch control giving you easy navigation whether it’s taking calls or skipping tracks. The IPX7 certification will make them waterproof up to 1m for 30 minutes, meaning you can break a sweat in the gym or run in the rain worry-free, whilst the 6mm graphene speaker drivers give you clear-cut sound.
The original Nokia Power Earbuds are being refreshed with two new colours – Polar Night, inspired by the Nokia 8.3 5G, and a fresh new colour – Mint.
Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker
The Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker is designed to be truly portable and will give you up to 4h of play time, while the integrated microphone will make group calls on the go easier than ever. You can also pair two speakers for high quality stereo audio output. Just like all our audio devices, it comes with universal Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility, so you can connect to all your devices, whatever the brand.
Protection and support for your Nokia smartphone
The new accessory range also includes:
- Nokia Clear Case – for your Nokia 2.4, Nokia 3.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G – offering increased impact protection and enhanced handling via easy-grip material whilst the seamless ultra-slim lightweight design allows you to showcase your phone’s beautiful design.
- Nokia Entertainment Flip Cover for Nokia 3.4 with vegan leather delivers a functional solution for those who want more from their phone case – overall protection, screen cover, card storage and a foldable entertainment stand.
HMD Connect Pro: a secure and transparent global roaming SIM solution for enterprises
In a move that further diversifies the company’s services offering, HMD Global has announces HMD Connect Pro. Offering an easier way to stay connected across the globe, HMD Connect Pro offers an easier way for businesses to keep their smartphones and other devices connected across the globe in a secure and transparent way. The service offers centralised SIM management, giving total control and fraud prevention, with securely routed real-time usage information, live diagnostics and troubleshooting. With over 600 networks across 160 countries, HMD Connect Pro provides full flexibility, transparent and extremely competitive billing and a simple yet robust SIM management console at rates that match your usage needs regardless of how many countries your business operates in.
Facebook Launches Cloud Games In Beta For Android, Web
Facebook has announced the launch of games on its Facebook app and browser.
The games, based in the cloud, don’t need to be downloaded and are immediately playable, with no special hardware or controllers. The games will be as accessible as the instant ones in HTML5.
The service, tested on 200,000, have launched in beta on Andoid and on the web (fb.gg/play) but will not be available on iOS for the moment. This is due to Apple’s new games policy, the company said.
The first set of games available this week include Asphalt 9: Legends by Gameloft; Mobile Legends: Adventure by Moonton; PGA Tour Golf Shootout by Concrete Software; Solitaire: Arthur’s Tale by Qublix Games; and WWE SuperCard by 2K Games.
The company will in the coming weeks add Dirt Bike Unchained by Red Bull. Testing will also continue for new new experiences and new games.
The games will feature player names and gaming-themed avatars, as well as cloud playable ads. These will launch on Android and iOS in the US. “With this new format, we can now support interactive demos from a game’s native code, blurring the line between games and ads,” Facebook said.
There is a new Gaming tab to help people find new games and re-enter ones they have played but Facebook stressed that it will not be spinning off any separate cloud gaming service.
IoT To See More Than 50 Billion Connected Devices In Next Decade
BY WILLIE OOSTHUYSEN, Chief Strategic Business Officer at Liquid Telecom
While the Internet of Things (IoT) may still be an emerging technology, it is difficult to dispute that it has become deeply entrenched in people’s lives and its proliferation is likely to accelerate even further in the next few years.
The First Industrial Revolution, which saw the development of machine tools and the rise of the mechanised factory system, had an unprecedented effect on the way people worked and lived, leading to a massive rise in the rate of population growth.
Similarly, the Fourth Industrial revolution is expected to have an equally profound and irreversible impact on all aspects of society, as it gathers momentum.
According to industry experts, IoT is rapidly driving the adoption of connected devices, from about a billion-plus today to over 50 billion in the next decade. This includes devices such as smartphones, vehicles, electronic appliances, as well as smart sensors that are connected to a wireless network.
South Africa is a clear leader in some use cases of the IoT space with applications such as stolen vehicle recovery, security and cash-in-transit management systems. However, the areas where we are playing catch-up are autonomous vehicles and clean energy generation and distribution, among others.
There are at least four areas of IoT that have so far affected people’s lives most significantly:
1. Connected homes
This is where we started feeling the effects of IoT most directly. Connected homes contain Intelligent systems, such as remote controlled and accessed cameras, fire detection systems, smart lighting systems and other security features, which are connected to the internet.
In the past, homeowners who had video cameras installed would have to be at home in front of a screen to monitor them. These days, you can monitor your cameras via your phone, or even perform other functions, such as unlocking the door or switching on the lights or pool pump remotely.
A lot of home automation and entertainment systems are now connected to the internet and leverage connectivity for people to be able to use them effectively.
2. Connected vehicles
Vehicle recovery systems have evolved into telematics and logistics management, which helps with routing and scheduling and other functions of fleet logistics designed to optimize the delivery of cargo.
Connected vehicles applications are very specific and are either built into cars or smartphones, which shows that mobility has added a lot to the utilisation and adoption of IoT technologies.
Car manufacturers are also increasingly able to monitor how cars are driven and whether they need any specific type of maintenance, before anything goes wrong. They can also pre-order the requisite parts, which improves the speed and efficiency of services or repairs. Other connected car applications deal with safety and navigation, among others.
These include wearable devices that can monitor your heart rate, measure exercise and sleep, and even monitor your health in general.
This form of IoT technologies is far more personal and adoption is still quite low. However, the applications are numerous, especially in the healthcare and fitness space.
In addition, wearable devices can also be used for children tracking, as well as other kinds of applications that are related to safety and well-being. It is in the applications and the data that the real value of IOT exists, not in the sensors or the networks that transport the signals.
4. The Industrial internet
The industrial internet, which used to be known as machine automation or machine-to-machine communication, is the oldest form of IoT, and is by far the biggest market in IOT in South Africa.
Essentially, the industrial internet refers to the integration and linking of big data, analytical tools and wireless networks with physical and industrial equipment, such as the use of robotics in manufacturing or process control automation in petro-chemical plants.
The industrial internet has been having a significant impact on our lives for many years now through the automation of industrial functions. However, as consumers, we haven’t really felt this impact directly.
Proliferation of IoT
The rate of innovation, ingenuity and scope that has been driven by IoT has been nothing short of remarkable and businesses are continually developing more and more ways to connect us. Within the next few years, it is predicted that the proliferation of sensors is likely to see them permeate every aspect of our lives.
In terms of South Africa’s adoption of IoT technologies, there are areas in which we are significantly ahead of the rest of the world and others where we are behind, but we cannot afford to fall behind.
The potential of IoT is simply limitless and holds great promise for improving our quality of life and bringing about profound changes in the way we work.
HP Unveils New Spectre x360 14 Laptop for Home Use
HP Inc. today unveiled the HP Spectre x360 14, offering the viewability of a 15-inch device with the mobility of a 13.5-inch form factor for the ultimate browsing, reading, editing, and viewing experience. Also announced today is HP’s expanded 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor Spectre and ENVY line up, packed with incredible performance gains and increased battery life for the perfect work-at-home lifestyle.
The company also announced HP’s expanded 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor Spectre and ENVY line up, packed with incredible performance gains and increased battery life for the perfect work-at-home lifestyle for Nigerians.
HP is creating devices like the new HP Spectre x360 14 to be adaptive and smart, with the use of intelligent features – like performance management and new AI-based audio capabilities – to anticipate needs before the user does.
“On-the-go computing takes on new meaning as today’s users demand devices that can accommodate a variety of use cases and environments within their homes,” said Kevin Frost, global lead and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc.
“HP is listening to its users in real time, offering the most intelligent Spectre yet – designed to seamlessly adapt and anticipate the needs and demands of its users, from intelligent audio features like AI Noise Removal for more immersive and engaging Zoom calls to solutions like Smart Sense that automatically adjust settings on the device for improved performance,” he added.
The Spectre x360 14 offers roughly 20% more vertical viewing space than a 16:9 ratio – perfect for browsing, reading, and editing content for greater productivity and efficiency. It’s like working with an A4 size paper to easily write, sign documents, or sketch ideas out digitally. A 90.33% screen-to-body ratio (STBR) and 100% colour calibration with a Delta E of less than two for accurate, lifelike colours.
Optional OLED display for an incredible 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 100% DCI-P3 wide colour gamut for brighter, richer colours on the screen. Spending more time in front of a device can often mean exposure to harmful blue lights but the OLED panel shifts the display spectrum to reduce the blue light, and still delivers vibrant colour vividly on the Spectre x360 14, which comes with both TUV and Eyesafe® certifications.
The first Spectre with an all-in-one keyboard, featuring a power button, new camera shutter button, HP Command Center, a mute mic, as well as a fingerprint reader.
HP’s innovative use of natural, renewable materials in the device’s keyboard scissors cut the equivalent of nearly 600kgs of coal being burned in CO2 emissions over the lifetime of the device. Additionally, the packaging uses biodegradable molded fiber instead of plastic foam.
Co-engineered with Intel, the Spectre x360 14 has been tested, tuned, and verified to meet the requirements of the Intel® Evo™ platform, ensuring it meets Intel’s hardware specifications and key experience targets for responsiveness, instant wake, battery life, and fast charge.
The Spectre x360 14 comes with the latest 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor that delivers an 34% performance improvement, and 79% performance gains with discrete-level integrated Intel® Iris® Xe graphics versus last year’s Spectre x360 13.
With up to 17 hours of battery life, this device can follow you throughout the home or wherever you want to go. Working from home requires a consistent, fast connection and the Spectre x360 14 delivers with 3x faster connection speeds with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 support.
The device also supports Thunderbolt™ 4 for fast signalling data rates to send and receive large files like videos, photos, and movies in seconds.
The Spectre x360 14 is perfect for creation and Adobe Fresco qualified, with apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud, Premiere Rush, Premiere Pro, Creative Cloud Photography Plan, and Acrobat Standard free during a 30-day trial period.
The Spectre x360 14 offers a host of intelligent features and software capabilities designed to seamlessly adapt to a user based on the activities and apps being used at a given time. These features include: Intelligentially manage power management to optimise productivity with smarter features in-bag detection using Intel® Dynamic Tuning to avoid overheating or battery drain when the device is in a bag, and quick hot key access on the all-in-one keyboard for HP Command Center to easily select features like Power Saver mode. Help protect the health of the battery with the Adaptive Battery Optimizer.
Focus Mode for multitasking and productivity, dimming the background apps not in use while keeping the app currently being used bright. This helps battery life by dimming other parts of the screen that are not in use, which is also great for privacy.
AI Noise Removal with Intel® GNA 2.0 for intelligent adaptive noise cancellation, to mute any background noise automatically across communication apps Microsoft Teams and Zoom and audio outputs and inputs like speakers, headphones, and the mic.
Also available this Fall are select HP Spectre and ENVY notebooks with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, and Intel® Evo™ platform verification, designed for users seeking the best in performance, versatility, and mobility for their digital pursuits. These devices include:
- HP Spectre x360 13: The impressively mobile convertible is even more powerful with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, with a 35% CPU performance improvement versus the previous generation to tackle demanding tasks like photo editing or 3D creation, and offers up to 16.5 hours of battery life.
- HP ENVY x360 13: Available for the first time with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, the adaptive, mobile design of this convertible PC is perfect for creators working from home, with HP MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen support, up to 12.75 hours of battery life, and privacy features like a camera shutter, fingerprint reader, mute mic, and HP Sure View button built into the all-in-one keyboard.
- HP ENVY 13: Updated with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics this elegant and powerful creator device features an 88% screen-to-body ratio, up to 13 hours of battery life, up to 4K UHD display, fast signaling data speeds and 5K display output with Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.
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