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Huawei Offers Battery Replacement Service on Select Devices



To reward its first smartphone customers in the UAE, Huawei has launched an AED 89 one-port battery replacement promo that lasts until March 31, 2019 and offers users authentic batteries at a reasonable price. A recent YouGov survey revealed that 9 in 10 respondents in the UAE own a smartphone, with respondents spending an average of 6.5 hours a day using their phones. Nowadays, smartphones have become an integral tool in people’s lives. “We rely on it to fulfil our various day to day needs and requirements, from business emails and personal chats, to professional photography and health tracking. Our smartphones are an indispensable personal assistant, so when it is time to give them an energy boost by updating the battery, how do we make sure we are offering them the best quality care?” said the company.

Currently, almost all mobile phones use undetachable battery design. Hence, it is not easy to replace the battery and improper operations may cause the phone to malfunction or even cause security problems. Moreover, the lifespan of the battery depends on multiple factors, including the way the consumer uses the device and the selected energy saving settings. That is why Huawei encourages its users to visit authorized Huawei service centers in order to provide them with expert advice on how to maintain their smartphone batteries, optimize their lifespan and ensure they are replaced using proper tools and processes by professionally trained Huawei staff that will dispose of the old battery in an environmentally friendly manner.

Protecting users’ security as well as the environment we live in are the driving forces behind Huawei’s ongoing efforts to educate consumers on the importance of battery maintenance at authorized centers and with minimum environmental impact. Until the end of March, consumers can visit the Huawei service centers and replace their batteries for only AED 89, allowing them to play a valuable part in protecting their ecosystem.

David Wang, Country Manager at Huawei CBG UAE, commented, “At Huawei, we place a great importance on building the trust of our users and establishing solid communication channels. From offering customers expert advice during their hands-on discovery of our products at the Huawei Experience Stores and providing them with the utmost professional maintenance service at our authorized centers, to continuously sharing vital updates and information that guarantees they are making use of all the innovative technologies their smartphones are packing.”

He continued, “As part of Huawei’s social responsibility mission, we are equally dedicated to making environmentally friendly choices, which is why educating our customers about the importance of battery maintenance and correct replacement is a priority. Un-official channels can damage the devices, cause performance problems, put users’ security at risk and provide poor quality batteries that might have not undergone the strict standard tests Huawei follows during production. Not to mention that unauthorized service centers might not be equipped or committed to safely disposing or recycling the replaced batteries, therefore harming the environment and subsequently the users.  That is why we recommend all our customers to visit our authorized Huawei Service Centers.”

During the installation and removal of batteries, if the maintenance personnel disassemble the phone without using maintenance tools for Huawei products or following maintenance processes that comply with the company’s standards, then the battery and other components may be damaged, and security cannot be guaranteed. In addition, if users select an unauthorized channel to replace or repair the battery, the phone will be out of warranty.

The AED 89 battery replacement promo is offered for 15 models and it will be available until 31 March 2019. Below is the list of eligible smartphones:

Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
Huawei Mate 9 Pro
Huawei Mate 9
Huawei Mate 8
Huawei P10
Huawei P10 Plus
Huawei P9
Huawei P-Smart 
Huawei Nova 3E Huawei Y7 2017
Huawei Y5 2017
Huawei Y3 II
Huawei Y360 

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Huawei Launches 2K HUAWEI MateBook 14 Laptops in the UAE



Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) announced today the launch of the new HUAWEI MateBook 14 in the UAE. The 2K all-rounded sleek laptop shares the MateBook series’ design and innovation DNA. It features a 2K eye-comfort FullView display, 11th Gen Intel Core Processor, Super Devices experience, large battery with 65W SuperCharge in addition to the new and improved HUAWEI Shark fin cooling system to deliver class-leading performance. The rich suite of Super Device features offers enhanced all-scenario multi-device experiences that will help users excel in any office scenario.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 will be available with prices starting from 3,699AED. Huawei has a special early bird pre-order offer for HUAWEI Matebook 14 at a price of AED 3399. Pre-orders begin on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE from September 30th and include gifts worth AED 739 the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro as a free gift and free door-to-door service. Launched alongside HUAWEI MateBook 14, there are also pre-orders for the new HUAWEI MateBook 13 with prices starting from AED 3499.

Featuring a 2K resolution 2160-by-1440 pixels, a pixel density of 185 pixels per inch (ppi), and support for 100 per cent of the sRGB colour space, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a peak brightness of 300 nits, the 14-inch FullView Display brings high-res images and Blu-ray films to life while providing great colour accuracy for colour sensitive tasks such as image and video editing. The HUAWEI MateBook 14 features the FullView display that supports DC Dimming to eliminate flicker and is certified by TÜV Rheinland for Low Blue Light emissions.

HUAWEI MateBook 14 offers the 11th Gen Intel Core to deliver powerful performance in a lightweight body. Built on the advanced 10nm SuperFin process, the new processor supports fast and stable performance for users to fully express their creativity, whether they are multitasking or handling computation-heavy tasks. The HUAWEI MateBook 14 falls under the range of Super Device Products Huawei recently launched.

This laptop can connect wirelessly with compatible tablets like the all-new 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro and with monitors such as the HUAWEI MateView via a USB-C cable. This provides users with futuristic multi-device collaboration and cross-device file sharing with simple drag and drop between the trio.

The new HUAWEI MateBook 14 leverages the distributed capabilities of the Super Device to boost productivity and creativity. You can wirelessly project the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro to the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to enjoy the new features of the Tablet-PC Multi-screen Collaboration that come with three modes; Mirror, Extend, and Collaborate. In Mirror Mode, you can mirror your HUAWEI MateBook 14 screen to your tablet display.

This enables users to directly work on files and annotate documents, or draw/sketch on your laptop with the tablet’s stylus. Extend Mode transforms your tablet into a second screen, providing extra screen space to display more content. Making it great for online shopping or when you are browsing the Internet and there are so many items to explore. Meanwhile, the innovative Collaborate Mode enables cross-platform interactions, allowing you to transfer content such as text, images, and documents between connected devices with a simple drag and drop.

Based on Huawei’s distributed technologies, Multi-screen Collaboration features help bridge the gap between Windows and Android operating systems at the ground level, enabling seamless cross-device collaboration, file sharing, and multi-screen control. Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the recently launched HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the laptop can access mobile files, and open up to three folders while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.

Moreover, you can connect the laptop with the HUAWEI MateView via cable to have an extra screen providing you with an immersive viewing space while also wirelessly projecting the screen of the 12.6-inch HUAWEI MatePad Pro onto the HUAWEI MateBook 14. The benefit of having this trio set up is the simple swapping of wireless and wired connections which lets you easily switch between work mode and personal mode.

In addition to the processor and graphics card upgrade, the HUAWEI MateBook 14 has 8GB of dual-channel RAM and 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD. This means users don’t need to worry about running out of storage. Reading, saving, and compressing files becomes more efficient, and multitasking is made easier and smoother.

The 56Wh high-capacity battery in HUAWEI MateBook14 works together with Huawei’s smart power management solution to maximise battery life, so users can focus their attention on what truly matters. The versatile in-box 65W USB Type-C power adaptor supports multiple power output standards for not only fast notebook charging but also HUAWEI SuperCharge when connected to compatible Huawei smartphones. And when needed, Power off Reverse Charging enables the new 14-inch notebook to act as an emergency power bank for charging other devices.

A new thermal design featuring HUAWEI Shark Fin Fans provides more effective cooling to enable the HUAWEI MateBook 14 to fully harness the 11th Gen Intel Core processors and deliver smooth, sustained performance. The powerful thermal system features two fans with densely packed S-shaped fan blades and two heat pipes to keep the laptop cool and quiet, even under high loads.

Customers expect their needs to be met, and they expect the brand to be customer-centric. HUAWEI Care is highly anticipated because it offers worry-free quality assurance and helps them extend the product service life, allowing you to keep their device for longer. HUAWEI Care is available in the United Arab Emirates.

Customers can purchase through authorized sales channels HUAWEI Care Extended Warranty with all HUAWEI MateBook series with an additional one year or two years upon the expiry of the standard warranty of the product. Services include Replacement / Repair with 100% genuine spare parts with guaranteed service quality through HUAWEI One-stop service, easy to claim & repair.

The HUAWEI MateBook 14 will be available in the UAE with prices starting from 3,699AED. Prices for the HUAWEI MateBook 13 start from AED 3499. Pre-orders begin on Huawei’s official website and across select retailers in the UAE from September 30th and include gifts worth of 739AED the HUAWEI FreeBuds Pro as a free gift and free door-to-door service. Huawei has also announced a special early bird pre-order promotion for HUAWEI Matebook 14 at a price of AED 3399.

Launched together with the HUAWEI MateBook 14 and 13, there is the HUAWEI D 14 series which is a more affordable iteration of the 14-inches laptop series. HUAWEI Matebook D 14 (10 Gen Intel i5, 8 GB, 512 GB) will be available at an early bird price for AED 2299 across Carrefour UAE stores from September 26th to October 6th. Starting October 7th, it will be available at Huawei Experience Stores, an online shop and across select retailers at a price of AED 2799 with free gifts worth AED 399 including a power bank, Bluetooth speaker, and free door-to-door service.

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b8ta and Business France to Launch Hardware Startup Brands from France



From October 1st to December 31st, 2021, the b8ta lifestyle and tech concept store, will host eight French High-tech products in a dedicated corner in their Dubai Mall shop. This exclusive showcase will highlight disruptive French brands in the fields of mobility, entertainment, artificial intelligence, health, and education. It will be the opportunity for tech enthusiasts or newbies from all over the world to discover, test, and buy the most innovative and cutting-edge products in the b8ta Dubai Mall store or through their online platform.

Held for the first time in the Middle East, The French Tech Corner at b8ta is the result of a partnership between Business France (the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy) and the b8ta store, a software-powered retailer with stores in the Middle East, U.S., and Japan. “Business France is happy and proud to join forces with b8ta, a Retail pioneer, that has recently set up operations at Dubai Mall. b8ta brings up the most innovative products to local consumers, and it’s with a great pleasure that France will introduce highly diverse start-ups to showcase their latest Tech products. Selected French Tech companies will benefit from the “booster effect” of the Expo 2020 which will also open its doors on October 1st, with millions expected visits within 6 months,” stated Frederic Szabo, Managing Director Business France Middle East.

b8ta’s General Manager for Middle East and Africa, Ramit Harisinghani commented “b8ta is delighted to partner with Business France to launch 8 innovative brands to the region. b8ta’s analytics and feedback opportunities combined with Business France’s comprehensive ecosystem make it the ideal platform for French start-ups to launch a product in the Middle East. Brands can benefit from b8ta’s business model, called retail-as-a-service, that helps them market, manage and measure offline experiences.”

The UAE is by far the most dynamic country in terms of the tech ecosystem in the region and represents 35% of the 10,000 start-ups headquartered in the MENA region.

UAE citizens, residents, and travellers from all over the world are invited to visit the b8ta store in Dubai from October 1st to December 31st, 2021, to discover the French Tech corner and the most unexpected Tech products curated from France.

Meet French Tech brands at the b8ta store

EYELIGHTS: Offers a motorcycle helmet with integrated GPS, packed with electronics.

AUDIOZEN: Helps you fall asleep thanks to its offline Morphee mobile box placed near your bed.

PRET A POUSSER: Markets simple and autonomous indoor gardens with a wide range of seeds.

Y-BRUSH: Offers an electric toothbrush that brushes teeth in 10 seconds using sonic vibrations.

REENBOW: Blends augmented reality and teaching, offers a solution that lets you learn in an amusing and immersive way.

EARSQUARED: Sells wireless headsets that allow you to listen to music, radio, connect a GPS, and enables to answer phone calls while keeping the ear canals free.

FAMILY SELF CARE: has developed a connected device that makes daily beauty and wellness personalised, sustainable and enjoyable through herbal oils.

LIVING THINGS: is developing a 3D project on the Mona Lisa using AI.

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Review: ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED)



ASUS recently announced the updated VivoBook 15 with the latest 11th Generation Intel Core processors, ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, and an OLED display. The company is calling it the VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED) and it comes in stylish colours aimed at the younger crowd.

The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED is made from a combination of aluminium alloy and plastic to create a lightweight but durable design. The laptop is available in Indie Black and Transparent Silver colour options. The laptop also measures less than 20 mm in thickness and weighs only 1.8 kgs.

You also get a Full HD NanoEdge display on the new VivoBook 15 OLED with a narrow bezel on the top and on the sides. The display offers up to an 85% screen-to-body ratio, wide viewing angles at 178-degrees, and very good colour reproduction. The OLED panel used in the display are also TÜV Rheinland-certified for eye care, with low blue-light emissions and flicker-free visuals.

The display measures 15.6-inches and offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels. You also get a 0.2 ms response time and the OLED panel also supports HDR. If you are a content creator, you will be thrilled to know that the display offers an ultrawide colour gamut of 100% DCI-P3, which is widely used in the motion picture industry and is PANTONE Validated to provide the most precise colour accuracy.

The VivoBook 15 OLED also comes packed with an advanced video tuning system called ASUS Tru2Life Video technology that works like those found in high-end TVs. According to ASUS, Tru2Life Video enhances clarity, colour, and contrast in the video. It intercepts image and video signals being sent to the panel, then analyses every single pixel in every frame to optimise the brightness, contrast, colour and sharpness.

Under the hood, the VivoBook 15 OLED rocks an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, running at a clock speed of 2.40GHz. You also get 8GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe SSD storage. The laptop also offers space for a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps drive, which will allow you to match the 2.5-inch SATA HDD with a maximum 2TB drive or upgrade to a larger capacity in the future.

The graphics is handled by NVIDIA MX350 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Wireless connectivity is handled by Intel WiFi 6 with Gig+ (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0. The battery on this laptop is rated at 42Wh. In terms of the I/O ports, you get plenty, such as a USB-C, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, two USB2.0 for data transfers, a full-sized HDMI that supports 4K video output, 3.5mm combo audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader.

Despite its compact form factor, the VivoBook 15 OLED also features a full-sized keyboard with keys that have an almost 19 mm wide pitch. This is a pitch similar to those found on desktop PC keyboards – so it helps with comfortable and accurate typing. The keyboard is also backlit for convenient typing in dark environments and it is also spill-resistant.

The keys of the VivoBook 15 OLED feature a subtle 0.15 mm dish-shaped indentation and 1.4 mm key travel. The dish-shaped indentation on the keys helps to guide fingers, and the long key travel provides for better feedback. The TouchPad meanwhile has a fingerprint sensor for added security. The audio on the VivoBook 15 OLED is powered by Harman Kardon and it has been tuned by ASUS’ very own Golden Ear team.

By using the Link to MyASUS feature, you can now seamlessly integrate your laptop with your smartphone. This feature is part of the MyASUS software and it allows you to use the full phone functionality on a connected laptop or PC, via mouse, keyboard or touchscreen.

By Screen Mirroring, you can check phone messages, make a call, send message replies or perform other smartphone functions — all via Bluetooth with a linked PC. You can also instantly share files between a linked smartphone and PC by simply tapping the share icon.

You can also easily share a URL from a PC by simply tapping the share icon in the browser and then clicking MyASUS. The link will instantly be sent to the linked mobile device, where it will open automatically. With Link to MyASUS you can seamlessly make or receive phone calls using a linked PC. In addition, you can remotely access files, and use any Android device as an extended screen to drag images, play videos or open documents.

The overall design and build quality is very good. On top, the lid has a textureless metallic finish which I really loved. The OLED HDR screen on this one is brilliant and everything looked sharp and vivid. In terms of performance, the VivoBook 15 OLED holds its ground. Whether it is a day to day computing, productivity applications or tasks such as video editing, it does a very good job.

Gaming is an area where the VivoBook 15 OLED aces – we were able to play games such as Fortnite, GTA V and Watch Dogs, without any issues at all. Battery life is very good, too, at around 10.5 hours on a single charge. For a price of AED 3199, the ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED) sounds like a very good deal, if you are looking for a dependable laptop on a budget.

Price: AED 3199 (as tested, Intel Core i5-1135G7), AED 4599 (Intel Core i7-1165G7)

ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED (K513 OLED)
AED 3199


The ASUS VivoBook 15 OLED is made from a combination of aluminum alloy and plastic to create a lightweight but durable design. The laptop is available in Indie Black and Transparent Silver colour options. The laptop also measures less than 20 mm in thickness and weighs only 1.8 kgs.


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