The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

What You Might Not Have Known About The @HuaweiZA #Nova Series?

Hi Friends, 

The HUAWEI nova 5T is coming to South Africa on 1 November. Here’s a reminder of some of the sleek and trendsetting highlights of this series of smartphones.

Huawei has gained widespread consumer recognition in large part due to its two high-end smartphone series, Mate and P, each of which has drawn acclaim for premium photography thanks to ongoing cooperation with iconic camera lens maker Leica as well as unrelenting R&D.

The brand's success is also credited to its highly favorable, more affordable models like the nova series. After debuting in 2016, the HUAWEI nova series has quickly won over younger users, due to a unique aesthetic identity encompassing trendy fashion and cutting-edge technology. In 2018, over 65 million nova smartphones were sold, indicating its widespread appeal to the market.
What You Might Not Have Known About The @HuaweiZA #Nova Series?
Nova: a rising star
If the HUAWEI P series (exemplified by the P30 Pro) is the yardstick against which all smartphone cameras will be measured, and the Mate series serves as the benchmark for futuristic mobile technology, the HUAWEI nova series is the standard for trendiness, a phone for millennials and fashion-conscious users.

The name epitomises this design concept: "nova" means "new star" in Latin, marking the nova series as a youthful, chic and fun product line. "Nova" is also derived from "innovation", embodying the brand's eternal innovative spirit.

The tens of millions of users who have opted for a nova phone strive for fashionable modern living, in which quality outweighs quantity. They hope to bring out the beauty of daily life, by depending on a phone that matches their personality.

Internal components that are fluid and flagship-worthy
Nobody likes a lagging phone, but no one hates it more than young people who enjoy living at a breakneck pace. The nova series takes this into account, deploying only the best chipsets, namely the Kirin 9X0 processors that are usually only seen on premium Mate and P series phones due to the high R&D costs associated with them.

The HUAWEI nova 2s, for instance, use the Kirin 960, while the nova 3 and nova 4 feature the Kirin 970 (also on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 series). As a result, the nova series offers a fluid user performance, with an instantly responsive touchscreen, smooth operations, and lag-free gaming and video streaming. Highly-anticipated GPU Turbo technology, which has been well received within the industry as well as by consumers, is also supported. This feature streamlines processing resources and reallocates them between the EMUI system, GPU and CPU, enabling software and hardware to work synergistically to significantly enhance overall computing efficiency. Gaming on nova phones is "fast and furious", all the while allowing for greatly reduced SoC power consumption.

An aesthetic identity fit for modern times
Specially designed for young and trendsetting consumers, the HUAWEI nova series follows lofty visual aesthetic principles in designing each of its models. Every nova phone is intricately crafted and polished, with the optimal aspect ratio, depth, and rounded edges, ensuring that the phone fits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

The HUAWEI nova and nova plus, released in 2016 as the first nova devices, adopted a 5-inch display perfect for one-handed operations, and a 2.5D curved glass screen for seamless transitions around the edges and corners. The nova 3, launched in 2018, upped the ante to use 3D glass for both the front and rear covers, for heightened ergonomics.

While the smartphone industry followed the same groupthink in adorning their products with shiny gold or metallic hues, the nova series broke the mold by introducing trendy summer colours, such as the Airy Blue and Grass Green, attracting the notice of users who strived for a bolder, more distinctive design ethos.

In order to fashion ever more creative colours for their products, Huawei closely studies Pantone's annual colour trends. Primrose Gold and the Iris Purple gradient were two prime examples of daring efforts that resulted in stylish, idiosyncratic products, which initiated the current trend toward gradient colored smartphones. The HUAWEI nova 4 followed up with two complex gradient covers, Charming Red and Pearl White, which depict the surreal and fantastical, a clash of colour, bringing out a vibrant and youthful charm.

In addition to absorbing exterior colours and patterns, nova phones also contain a perfected display design. The screen-to-body ratio has gone up for each new model — the nova 2s was the first model to explore bezel-less screen technology; the nova 3 was equipped with a notched screen, and the nova 4 incorporated an in-screen front camera to maximize usable display space.

The in-screen camera technology used on Nova 4 is unique and advanced. In contrast to the more commonly seen solution on the market, which drills all the way through the screen, the nova 4's screen is only partially perforated. This design attribute reduces the gap between the front camera and LCD backlight layer to a mere 0.2 mm, allowing for a sleek and slender phone.

The nova 4 front camera is the smallest in the industry, with a 3.05 mm diameter, 20% smaller than that seen on other phones. The camera hole measures only 4.5 mm in diameter, ensuring that the front camera consumes as little space as possible on the bezel-less display. Despite its compact size, the camera absorbs just as much light as, if not more light, than the larger standard smartphone front camera.

Looking back at nova's entire body of work, it's safe to say that it has led the way in smartphone colour design, material selection, and craftsmanship, a consistent legacy that heightens anticipation for future releases.
What You Might Not Have Known About The @HuaweiZA #Nova Series?
Advanced cameras that make each image into a masterpiece
Self-expression and self-confidence are often associated with millennials and generation Z. Captured moments of joy, exhilaration, anger, and sorrow, as well as diverse personality traits of a subject, form the visual diary of a life well-lived. Powerful cameras, therefore, have become a necessity for many, rather than a luxury, especially with the rapid development of smartphone photography, which means that the benefits of advanced, palm-sized cameras are now widely accessible.

The HUAWEI nova 2s included a dual-lens front camera module with a 20MP main sensor and a 2MP depth sensor for improved background bokeh generation. The nova 3 series upgraded the main sensor to 24MP, featuring high-clarity selfie imaging capable of being printed at poster-size while still retaining optimal sharpness. The use of artificial intelligence in the camera algorithms has resulted in natural, tailored face contouring, with processed backgrounds that avoid overexposure issues typically seen in selfies.

As noted earlier, the nova 4 series deploys an in-screen front camera, which despite manufacturing challenges, captures images of sterling quality — 25 MP resolution (the nova 4e features whopping 32MP!) with enhanced AI. The camera accurately identifies common scenes, such as plants, sunrises/sunsets, and stage performances, as well as analyses the facial features, gender, and age of the subject for highly customised beautification. This means that the nova 4 camera retains individuality at a high level, bringing out the best and most natural presentation of every subject.

Just like all Huawei flagship products, the nova series has always boasted stunning camera combinations on the back. The nova 4, for example, packs a breathtaking 48MP ultra-wide-angle AI triple camera system that provides optimal imagery in practically any setting.

With its deep understanding of market dynamics, the HUAWEI nova series presents modern consumers with fun, free and individualized smartphones. The commitment to integrating a unique aesthetic identity with premium performance and uncompromising quality has won over countless users who are young or young at heart. As Huawei furthers its tireless efforts in chipset R&D, AI, aesthetics, ergonomics, and smartphone photography, the nova series will assuredly continue to make waves with the new HUAWEI nova 5T.

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@HuaweiZA Launches Its Latest & Greatest Wearable: The #HuaweiWatchGT2 #AttitudeisEverything

Hi Friends, 

Proving their unwavering commitment to revolutionize the wearable technologies industry, Huawei has unveiled its new and improved next-generation fitness watch – The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2. The device is accompanied by some of the latest technological advancements, providing consumers with unrivaled user experience and extended battery life.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 boasts a variety of different sport modes with insightful programs, Bluetooth calling and music playback functionalities, ultimately enhancing comprehensive health and fitness monitoring and management capabilities. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 is also Huawei’s first-ever multi-sports device with an integrated 3D glass screen, creating an almost unlimited display. Whether you’re exercising, sleeping or just going about your daily routine, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2’s wide-reaching capabilities, as well as its aesthetics, make it the best possible companion for everyday life. 
@HuaweiZA Launches Its Latest & Greatest Wearable: The #HuaweiWatchGT2 #AttitudeisEverything
Here are five of the finest features of the HUAWEI WATCH GT - 

1. Your all-round sporting partner
Whether you’re interested in running, open water swimming, mountaineering, cross country or even competing in Ironman triathlons, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 has most certainly got something on offer for you.

Runners can take advantage of the device’s built-in professional training courses, which cater for beginners and advanced athletes. Swimmers in both open water settings and swimming pools can benefit from the waterproof HUAWEI WATCH GT 2’s automatic recognition of stroke count and frequency while monitoring their heart rate and oxygen saturation thanks to the newly added TruSeen™3.5.

Mountaineering and cross country enthusiasts can utilize the insightful information that the device provides regarding altitude, height, barometric pressure, as well as a 3D distance compass to help them map out their routes. For triathletes, the device can record various body indicators, including swimming position, stroke frequency, cycling distance, speed, interval heart rate, step frequency, and time. It can also analyze the overall data to help you train and compete more efficiently.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 tracks your activity from all of the listed sports and uploads it onto the Huawei Health App. Both Android and iOS users can easily download this app to sync with this multi-sports device and begin saving and retrieving their fitness data.
@HuaweiZA Launches Its Latest & Greatest Wearable: The #HuaweiWatchGT2 #AttitudeisEverything
2. But how long does it last?
The device’s battery life endurance will vary based on the user’s usage habits; however, the battery of the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 series can last two weeks when:
  • Worn 24 hours a day with heart rate monitoring enabled;
  • HUAWEI TruSleep™ is enabled for sleeping;
  • Working out for 90 minutes every week (GPS enabled);
  • Message notifications are enabled (50 SMS messages, 6 calls, and 3 alarms a day);
  • The screen is turned on 200 times a day;
  • 30 minutes calling every week;
  • 30 minutes of music playing every week.
3. Looks to kill
The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 doesn’t only act the part, but it looks the part too. The 3D integrated glass design allows for a professional, sleek look. The 46mm series is designed with the concept of “engraving aesthetics”. The mirror’s casting is tough, yet the glass mirror shows exquisite craftsmanship. At the same time, the 3D curved glass created by the gemstone processing technology is meticulously engraved individually.

The 3D glass design isn’t the only new upgrade to this fitness watch’s design. Users can now choose a watch face from a wide range of themes and styles to meet the needs of different scenarios and ensure they stand out from everyone else.
@HuaweiZA Launches Its Latest & Greatest Wearable: The #HuaweiWatchGT2 #AttitudeisEverything
4. A high definition experience
Sticking to the brand’s promise to strengthen innovation, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 46mm comes with a 1.39-inch precise HD touch screen, which reaches up to 454x454 resolution for a clearer image. Because the device uses an HD OLED screen, which possesses a wider colour range and a thinner design than an LCD screen. It has contrast and colour fullness that surpasses what’s typically seen on a TV – giving users the ultimate visual experience. 
@HuaweiZA Launches Its Latest & Greatest Wearable: The #HuaweiWatchGT2 #AttitudeisEverything
5. Getting a good night’s rest
In the hustle and bustle of today’s stressed society, it is often difficult to get a good night’s sleep. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 is equipped with the Huawei TruSleep™ 2.0, which has real-time heart rate monitoring, monitors sleep breathing quality and use big data analysis to score sleep quality. It accurately identifies six typical sleep problems such as difficulty falling asleep, light sleeping during the night, and irregular work schedule. It also provides hundreds of sleep improvement suggestions and personalized sleep services, such as meditation, deep sleep, and quick relaxation guidance exercises.

The sporty HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 46mm is available at an RRP of R4,999 and can be purchased at the Huawei online store (, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Cape Union Mart, and Totalsports.

Discovery Vitality members – the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 can earn you up to 75% cashback on your purchase of this multi-sports device. Go to to find out more.

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Wi-Fi Turns 20 – 20 Significant Milestones #Wifi @Cisco_SA #Wifi6 #5G #Connect

Hi Friends, 

In 1999 several technology companies formed the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA). On 30th September 1999, the 802.11b wireless LAN standard became available in commercial products. This moment is considered as the beginning of wireless networks known today as Wi-Fi. As time went by, new generations of wireless networks were emerging. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the inception of Wi-Fi, Cisco outlines 20 significant dates and facts related to the evolution of Wi-Fi technology and its impact:

1. 1971: Early beginnings of Wi-Fi: A network system called ALOHAnet is created at the University of Hawaii, which lays the foundation for further development of wireless communication and later also the emergence of Wi-Fi networks.

2. 1997: 802.11 arrives: The first version of the 802.11 standards is introduced, allowing speeds of up to 2Mbps.

3. 1999: WECA is born: Half a dozen technology companies, including Aironet, which was later acquired by Cisco, form the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA). In 2002 WECA changed its name to Wi-Fi Alliance.

4. 1999: 802.11b - first ‘Wi-Fi’ standard: Announcement of the 802.11b standard, the first standard to emerge under the name ‘Wi-Fi’. Superior in speed and usability to 802.11, the release of 802.11b is considered by many to mark the true beginning of the Wi-Fi revolution.

5. 1999/2000: First commercial 802.11b devices start to appear: ‘Wi-Fi’ is designed-in and starts to appear in commercial devices, including popular laptops. From then on, your computer could travel with you. Wi-Fi starts to gain significant commercial traction.

6. 2002: Cisco pushes the industry forward: The Cisco Compatible eXtensions free license program is launched, allowing Wi-Fi products offered by other vendors to work with Cisco wireless networks while maintaining a high level of security.

7. 2004: Wi-Fi reaches for the sky: First commercial flight offering passengers Wi-Fi access.

8. 2005: Wi-Fi becomes the latest word: “Wi-Fi” is added to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

9. 2009: 802.11n revolutionizes the industry: The new 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4) standard is introduced. 802.11n allowed transmission speeds to be increased with MIMO technology, which allowed more antennas to create more data streams. The maximum transfer rate multiplied almost nine times (54 Mbps vs. 450 Mbps).

10. 2010: A new wave of Cisco innovations: Cisco CleanAir technology is introduced in the Aironet 3500 Access Point series, allowing automatic identification of interference and directing users to other, less crowded, channels.
Wi-Fi Turns 20 – 20 Significant Milestones #Wifi @Cisco_SA #Wifi6 #5G #Connect
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11. 2011: Hotspots are a hot trend: The number of Wi-Fi hotspots exceeds one million globally.

12. 2012: Wi-Fi in the home: A quarter of all households in the world are connected to Wi-Fi.

13. 2013: 802.11ac brings even greater speeds: 802.11ac standard is introduced, reaching over 1 Gbps.

14. 2015: Wi-Fi a part of life: An IDC study finds that Wi-Fi is the second most important thing people do not want to live without. 18% of respondents even ranked it first. Only food with 30% was placed above. For example, sex (10%), television (8%) and alcohol (4%) were behind Wi-Fi.

15. 2018: Wi-Fi as a major economic driver: Global economic value of Wi-Fi technology reaches $2 trillion.

16. 2018: 13 billion Wi-Fi devices: Penetration reaches about 13 billion Wi-Fi devices worldwide. This means almost two Wi‑Fi devices per person on the planet.

17. 2019: Wi-Fi 6 arrives: Wi-Fi 6 is introduced, reaching speeds of up to 5 Gbps. Technology is built on the same foundation as 5G networks, with the two technologies considered complementary. Wi-Fi 6 is also easier on connected devices’ batteries and provides an overall more predictable user experience. Cisco announces the Cisco OpenRoaming project, aimed to make it easier to seamlessly and securely hop between Wi-Fi and LTE networks and onboard public Wi-Fi.

18. 2021: Further growth predicted in hotspots: According to Cisco estimates, the number of global hotspots will exceed 500 million. This will be 500 times more than ten years before.

19. 2022: Average speeds continue to grow: It is predicted that by this year the average global Wi-Fi connection speed will be 54.2 Mbps, compared to 24.4 Mbps in 2017.

20. 2022: Wi-Fi will be the driver of the Future Internet: By this point, Wi-Fi will be the dominant source of Internet access. Cisco’s VNI study predicts that up to 59% of Internet traffic will flow through it.

“Today Wi-Fi is one of the fastest-growing networking technologies. As a result, the Internet is now available in a much wider variety of places, often where it was previously impractical, offering a new level of mobility, convenience, and productivity. Wi-Fi networks have transformed the way we live, work, learn and play. Whether you use Wi-Fi to connect to social networks, watch videos, play, work, or digitize your business, the new generation of Wi-Fi 6, alongside 5G networks, will open up a whole world of new opportunities,” says Garsen Naidoo, Country Manager, Cisco South Africa.

· Wi-Fi Alliance
· Cisco Visual Networking Index.


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