Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) unveiled the much-anticipated HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to users in the Middle East and Africa region during a launch event that took place at Burj Park where the audience was treated to a Huawei light show projected on the city’s most prominent landmark, the Burj Khalifa. “Huawei takes pride in being a pioneer in On-Device Artificial Intelligence, shaping the evolution of smartphones into intelligent tools that understand users in order to assist them. Through innovative features such as a revolutionary Matrix Camera System, a long-lasting battery and the groundbreaking Reverse Charging, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series aims to empower users by responding to their daily needs and allowing them to fully immerse into today’s digital world” said Gene Jiao President of Huawei CBG, Middle East and Africa.
Following a mesmerizing animation and a light show projection on the Burj Khalifa, an informative presentation about the brand’s performance in the region and how Huawei has grown to become the 2nd largest smartphone brand regionally and globally was given by Gene Jiao. H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council was welcomed on stage to announce the second year of collaboration between Huawei and Dubai Sports Council, as Huawei will be the official presenting partner of the Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup.
“Huawei is a brand that is a strong supporter of the UAE Government’s innovation vision as well as community initiatives and they are as passionate as we are about connecting people through sports and other activities, and moments that unite the region. So it is a great pleasure for us to see Huawei continue with the title-sponsorship of the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup Dubai for a second year running, and they are an active partner in a number of other events and activities as well” said H.E. Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council.
Gene Jiao and H.E Saeed Hareb jointly unboxed and unveiled the new Huawei Mate 20 series on stage. Designed with the industry’s most powerful and sophisticated process technology, the latest Huawei devices set a new bar by which all 2018 smartphones will be measured. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras.
This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to the images. The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are laces as closed as 2.5 cm from the lens. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Color video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights
Besides superb performance, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features groundbreaking improvement on battery life. It houses a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes. The safety of the technology is certified by TÜV Rheinland. Moreover, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge, the industry’s fastest wireless charging solution, and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.
HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS both support 3D Face Unlock. The solution quickly and securely authenticates users within 0.6s at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000. Using the 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located at the front, the two devices can accurately read the facial features of a subject and recognize even small details. Besides user authentication, this suite of sensors also enables the portrait beautification effects to be realized in a more natural and effective way.
The HUAWEI mate 20 series also features an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The company has evolved the design of its in-screen fingerprint sensor to achieve better speed and success rates. It can pinpoint the location of a user’s finger on the screen, and remove the on-screen prompt immediately when a user removes his or her finger.
The SoC at the core of smartphones has a determining factor in a device’s performance and efficiency. Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm technology process, the SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with CPU that is 75 percent more powerful, GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and NPU that is 226 percent more powerful. Furthermore, the efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is 58 percent more efficient, GPU is 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU is 182 percent more efficient.
The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, granting it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support any and all AI applications. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series comes with EMUI 9.0, a smart operating system based on Android P. Through AI self-learning algorithms, the operating system delivers an “evergreen” experience—it remains smooth even through extended use. It also features a new gesture navigation support allowing users to effortlessly interact with their devices using just taps and swipes. In addition it enables the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to perform or enhance a range of tasks from object identification to food calorie counting by simply pointing camera towards objects. It is also able to recognize famous paintings and landmarks.
Using 3D Live Object Modeling, consumers can even create a fun digital avatar to dance or interact with. Through the newly introduced Hi-vision feature which was customized for the region’s users in partnership with DTCM, the devices from Huawei will be able to recognize Dubai’s most prominent landmarks and give users useful information about each landmark.
Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing said, “At Dubai Tourism, we are continuously seeking partnerships and creative collaborations to promote the emirate as a destination of choice for global travellers. Huawei’s leadership and reach across China and MENA make them an excellent partner for our outreach efforts. As a brand known for putting people at the heart of its technology, and for driving a culture of innovation and continuous improvement, Huawei shares many values with Dubai. It was this meeting of minds that enabled an exciting partnership to be inked between our two entities and we are excited to have collaborated with them to produce the Mate 20 HiVision capability, a feature which showcases Dubai’s prominent landmarks, acting as an intelligent guide for tourists in the city and raising awareness about Dubai’s key achievements.”
With smartphone photography being one of the signatures of Huawei and the camera being one of the strongest features of the new flagship devices, Huawei has also collaborated with Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) to introduce a smartphone photography category for the first time ever, making the competition accessible to smartphone photography enthusiasts. Both the HUAWEI Mate 20 and HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro will be available for pre-booking starting the 25th of October 2018 at the Huawei Experience Store in Mirdiff City Center.
For every HUAWEI Mate 20 pre-order, customers will receive free Huawei Bluetooth speaker and a Huawei SuperCharge car charger; and for every HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro pre-order comes with new HUAWEI WATCH GT and HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge adapter. Customers wishing to have hands-on experience prior to pre-order can visit the Huawei Experience Roadshows at the main shopping destinations in the UAE Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall, City Walk, Mirdif City Center, Dalma Mall
- The HUAWEI Mate 20 and the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro will be on-shelf across retail and online stores, including the Huawei e-store starting the 8th of November across the UAE.
- The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro 6GB + 128 GB is available in Emerald Green, Jet Black and Twilight colors, for the price of AED 3,299.
- The HUAWEI Mate 20 6GB+128GB is available in Midnight Blue, Jet Black and Twilight, for the price of AED 2,599.
- The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS will be available soon.
HUAWEI Mate 20 Care comes with standard Huawei VIP service offer that includes a 6 months single-time free screen damage warranty, free UV device sanitizing, free customized engraving and door to door service. Huawei Trade-In Service is available across all key domestic and independent retailers, Huawei Experience Stores and online for all customers wishing to upgrade their existing smartphones, regardless of brand, for the best trading rate available in the market
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS
It is the latest mobile luxury device created through the collaboration between Porsche Design and Huawei. As the fourth handset to join the exclusive line-up, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS continues the tradition set by its predecessors, blending state-of the-art technology with uncompromising design. The iconic automotive design element is incorporated into the back of the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS—a device with the Rennsport “RS” designation—with a luxury twist. The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS racing stripe motifs are put together with all-natural leather and glass. The leather sides add a natural, personal touch to the design, symbolizing the consumer-centric ethos that drives Porsche Design and Huawei, whilst giving a more luxurious look to the device. Together with perfectly rounded edges, the soft natural leather ensures a firm, ergonomic grip and premium touch that evokes the feeling of complete control.
HUAWEI WATCH GT
In addition to the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, the powerful HUAWEI WATCH GT was also unveiled during the event. The HUAWEI WATCH GT integrates all the functional specifications in a 10.6mm thick compact body to the maximum extent, being a lot thinner than similar products on the market. It is suitable for both genders and is of popular sports design with a large screen and is cell equipped, also comprising full circle dial and bezel, crown, ear and more. It applies the industry leading innovative GPS technology – the GPS chip – making it capable of supporting the simultaneous positioning of three satellite systems for rapid and accurate positioning, completely recording all outdoor exercises data with utmost accuracy.
The watch also boasts power consumption thanks to its low-speed engine enabling it to use 1/6 of the power similar products would. It also comes with a strong endurance – displayed in its different scenarios such as the 24 hour one where heart rate and scientific sleeping functions are activated, GPS open during 90 minutes exercise session, 6 incoming calls, 3 alarm reminders as well as screen brightening for 200 times.
The HUAWEI Watch GT is available for the price of 799 AED in Black Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel body with variety of straps: Graphite Black Silicone Strap, Saddle Brown leather Silicone Strap, Glacier Gray Silicone Strap, Fluorescent Green Silicone Strap.
Huawei Music Service
Also available is the Huawei Music Service, users will get access to millions of songs including exclusive music from top artists. It also comes with a unique Super Quality music experience along with Party Mode enabling up to 8 devices to play the same music at the same time and the innovative Running Mode that matches the rhythm of your music to your steps.
‘Black Panther’ and its Science Role Models Inspire More Than Just Movie Awards
Written by Clifford Johnson, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
It has been said many times that the Marvel movie “Black Panther” is an important landmark. I’m not referring to its deserved critical and box office success worldwide, the many awards it has won, or the fact that it is the first film in the superhero genre to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.
Instead, I’m focusing on a key aspect of its cultural impact that is less frequently discussed. Finally a feature film starring a black superhero character became part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – a successful run of intertwined movies that began with “Iron Man” in 2008. While there have been other superhero movies with a black lead character – “Hancock” (2008), “Blade” (1998), “Spawn” (1997) or even “The Meteor Man” (1993) – this film is significant because of the recent remarkable rise of the superhero film from the nerdish fringe to part of mainstream culture.
Huge audiences saw a black lead character – not a sidekick or part of a team – in a superhero movie by a major studio, with a black director (Ryan Coogler), black writers and a majority black cast. This is a significant step toward diversifying our culture by improving the lackluster representation of minorities in our major media. It’s also a filmmaking landmark because black creators have been given access to the resources and platforms needed to bring different storytelling perspectives into our mainstream culture.
2017’s “Wonder Woman” forged a similar path. In that case, a major studio finally decided to commit resources to a superhero film headlined by a female character and directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins. Female directors are a minority in the movie industry. Jenkins brought a new perspective to this kind of action movie, and there was a huge positive response from audiences in theaters worldwide.
And beyond all this, “Black Panther” also broke additional ground in a way most people may not realize: In the comics, the character is actually a scientist and engineer. Moreover, in the inevitable (and somewhat ridiculous) ranking of scientific prowess that happens in the comic book world, he’s been portrayed as at least the equal of the two most famous “top scientists” in the Marvel universe: Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic). A black headlining superhero character written and directed by black artists is rare enough from a major studio. But making him – and his sister Shuri – successful scientists and engineers as well is another level of rarity.
Scientists On Screen
I’m a scientist who cares about increased engagement with science by the general public. I’ve worked as a science adviser on many film and TV projects (though not “Black Panther”). When the opportunity arises, I’ve helped broaden the diversity of scientist characters portrayed onscreen.
I’ve also recently published a nonfiction graphic book for general audiences called “The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe.” Its characters include male and female black scientists, discussing aspects of my own field of theoretical physics – where black scientists are unfortunately very rare. So the opportunity that the “Black Panther” movie presents to inform and inspire vast audiences is of great interest to me.
The history and evolution of the Black Panther character and his scientific back story is a fascinating example of turning a problematic past into a positive opportunity. Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he’s the first black superhero character in mainstream comics, originally appearing as a guest in a “Fantastic Four” Marvel comic. As a black character created and initially written by nonblack authors, guest-starring in the pages of a book headlined by white characters, he had many of the classic attributes of what is now sometimes controversially known as the “magical negro” in American cultural criticism: He ranked extremely highly in every sphere that mattered, to the point of being almost too unreal even for the comics of the time.
Black Panther is T’Challa, king of the fictional African country Wakanda, which is fathomlessly wealthy and remarkably advanced, scientifically and technologically. Even Marvel’s legendary master scientist – Reed Richards of the superhero team Fantastic Four – is befuddled by and full of admiration for Wakanda’s scientific capabilities. T’Challa himself is portrayed as an extraordinary “genius” in physics and other scientific fields, a peerless tactician, a remarkable athlete and a master of numerous forms of martial arts. And he is noble to a fault. Of course, he grows to become a powerful ally of the Fantastic Four and other Marvel superheroes over many adventures.
The key point here is that the superlative scientific ability of our hero, and that of his country, has its origins in the well-meaning, but problematic, practice of inventing near or beyond perfect black characters to support stories starring primarily white protagonists. But this is a lemons-to-lemonade story.
Black Panther eventually got to star in his own series of comics. He was turned into a nuanced and complex character, moving well away from the tropes of his beginnings. Writer Don McGregor’s work started this development as early as 1973, but Black Panther’s journey to the multilayered character you see on screen was greatly advanced by the efforts of several writers with diverse perspectives. Perhaps most notably, in the context of the film, these include Christopher Priest (late 1990s) and Ta-Nehisi Coates (starting in 2016), along with Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, writing in “World of Wakanda” (2016). Coates and Gay, already best-selling literary writers before coming to the character, helped bring him to wider attention beyond normal comic book fandom, partly paving the way for the movie.
Through all of the improved writing of T’Challa and his world, his spectacular scientific ability has remained prominent. Wakanda continues to be a successful African nation with astonishing science and technology. Furthermore, and very importantly, T’Challa is not portrayed as an anomaly among his people in this regard. There are many great scientists and engineers in the Wakanda of the comics, including his sister Shuri. In some accounts, she (in the continued scientist-ranking business of comics) is an even greater intellect than he is. In the movie, T’Challa’s science and engineering abilities are referred to, but it is his sister Shuri who takes center stage in this role, having taken over to design the new tools and weapons he uses in the field. She also uses Wakandan science to heal wounds that would have been fatal elsewhere in the world.
If They Can Do It, Then Why Not Me?
As a scientist who cares about inspiring more people – including underrepresented minorities and women – to engage with science, I think that showing a little of this scientific landscape in “Black Panther” potentially amplifies the movie’s cultural impact.
Vast audiences see black heroes – both men and women – using their scientific ability to solve problems and make their way in the world, at an unrivaled level. Research has shown that such representation can have a positive effect on the interests, outlook and career trajectories of viewers.
Improving science education for all is a core endeavor in a nation’s competitiveness and overall health, but outcomes are limited if people aren’t inspired to take an interest in science in the first place. There simply are not enough images of black scientists – male or female – in our media and entertainment to help inspire. Many people from underrepresented groups end up genuinely believing that scientific investigation is not a career path open to them.
Moreover, many people still see the dedication and study needed to excel in science as “nerdy.” A cultural injection of Black Panther heroics helps continue to erode the crumbling tropes that science is only for white men or reserved for people with a special “science gene.”
The huge widespread success of the “Black Panther” movie, showcasing T’Challa, Shuri and other Wakandans as highly accomplished scientists, remains one of the most significant boosts for science engagement in recent times.
TP-Link to Showcase Neffos X20 and X20 Pro at MWC 2019
Neffos, TP-Link’s sub-brand for smartphones, will be exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain, on February 25. The theme for the year’s biggest technology convention for mobile products and innovations is intelligent connectivity, which is in line with TP-Link’s slogan of “Faster Wi-Fi, Better Signal Phone, Smarter Home.”
At the MWC 2019 tech show, Neffos will display Neffos P1 as well with a built-in projector feature for beaming HD content onto a large wall. Neffos P1, which adds a laser projector that can throw a picture as large as 200 inches wide onto a wall or any flat surface in high resolution.
For the first time, the company will also showcase its new Neffos X20 and X20 Pro flagship phones. The two models are expected to hit the market sometime in June, along with Neffos’ own NFUI 9.0 software based on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. As NFUI 9.0 hasn’t launched yet, the X20 and X20 Pro will be the first devices to run the latest user interface out of the box.
OPPO’s VOOC Charging System Gets TÜV Rheinland’s Certification
OPPO has received a new safety certification for its proprietary flash charging technology known as VOOC, which can charge a flat smartphone batter up to 40% in just 10 minutes. “The company recognizes that fast charging is now one of the most important demands from smartphone users globally who want a device that can fully charge in minutes, not hours,” said the company in a statement.
OPPO’s VOOC flash charging uses a special adapter and cables to charge devices safely at 25W without overheating—far above the industry standard. The company also offers a Super VOOC system that boosts the charging power to a massive 50W, capable of charging a flat battery to a full charge in just 35 minutes. Most high-end smartphones today take around 2 hours to fully charge.
The latest certification from renowned international safety authority TÜV Rheinland acknowledges that OPPO’s VOOC charging system has undergone rigorous testing across multiple sessions and test cycles to ensure its safety for daily usage. The VOOC system also allows users to safely use their smartphone during charging without it overheating.
OPPO’s VOOC flash charge technology is already used in more than 100 million smartphones worldwide including several models available in the Middle East today. The system is featured in OPPO’s flagship premium handset, the OPPO Find X, as well as its mid to high-end OPPO R17 and R17 Pro devices.
“Such innovations will continue as OPPO plans to raise its global R&D investments to around $1.43 billion in 2019, a 150% year-on-year increase,” said the company.
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