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du Makes Middle East’s First Video Call Over LTE & 5G

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du has taken the 5G experience to new heights by demonstrating the region’s first-ever Video over LTE (ViLTE) 5G call. The video call was made using the telco’s state of the art commercial 4G and 5G Non-standalone (NSA) network, IMS Core, and 5G smartphones.

By enabling Access and Core Networks to support and deliver High Definition (HD) video calling capabilities, this breakthrough builds on the recent unveiling of du’s revolutionary 5G network, which will transform users’ lives with an unprecedented connected experience.

“As a pragmatic enabler of world-class technology that empowers consumers, businesses, and government entities all over the UAE, du is proud to be revealing 5G innovations that will shape the connected future of tomorrow,” said Saleem AlBlooshi, Chief Technology Officer, EITC.

“The success of our ViLTE and 5G video call demonstration is an excellent showcase of the fast and reliable potential of our 5G network. With advanced video calling capabilities across all platforms currently supported by du, our next generation connectivity offerings will deliver an experiential dividend that is second to none.”

The success of the HD video call demonstration lays a solid foundation for enhancing du’s 5G user experience. This also marks the maturity of du’s 5G end-to-end ecosystem. du’s intelligent and simplified 5G network is powered by native Cloud technologies, and the fully virtualized 5G core supports full convergence of 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G NSA and SA (standalone) technologies.

This supplies the perfect base for ViLTE technology to thrive. As an extension to Voice over LTE (VoLTE), ViLTE adds HD video to the voice service over LTE and 5G. It does not require additional registration or a specific application, and provides the security of SIM-based authentication, unlike other Over the Top (OTT) applications.

du’s recently-launched 5G network offers the fastest speed of 1.26+ Gbps to end users. With this recent breakthrough, EITC’s subscribers will soon enjoy an unprecedented range of digital experiences, along with enriched video and voice communications, over LTE and 5G Networks.

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Realme 8 5G Launches in the UAE

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Realme has today launches the Realme 8 5G in the UAE. It comes packed with the Mediatek Dimensity 700 5G Processor and boasts an 8.5mm super slim design and weighs around 185gms. It also offers a 90Hz Ultra Smooth Display and a 5000mAh battery.

Realme claims that it has used a high-gloss indium plating process on Supersonic Blue to restore a glossy sense of light. And on the Supersonic Black, the company has used a lenticular pattern process to present a premium mirror effect to bring out the sense of light better.

The Dimensity 700 5G processor mixes two highly capable Arm Cortex-A76 ‘Big’ cores in its octa-core CPU, operating up to a speedy 2.2GHz, as it benefits from a leading 7nm production process. The Dimensity 700 brings a powerful GPU – Arm Mali-G57 MC2 with 950MHz clock speed, while also supporting 90Hz high refresh rate screen technology.

The classic triple card slot feature has returned. The phone also offers internal storage expansion capabilities of up to 1TB. Realme 8 5G supports the latest 5G Dual-SIM Dual-Standby technology and is compatible with SA/NSA standards and mainstream bands worldwide. The Realme 8 5G also features the 48MP triple camera – the 48MP high-definition primary camera, the B&W portrait lens, and the 4cm macro lens.

The phone also offers a nightscape mode – for this, the phone uses a large F1.8 aperture and a multi-frame synthesis algorithm, thus offering five nightscape filters. The front 16MP camera is equipped with a large f/2.1 aperture and it supports AI beauty and portrait mode. The Realme 8 5G Smartphone is officially available in UAE for a price of AED 899.

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Etisalat Launches the HTC 5G Mobile Smart Hub

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Etisalat has launched the HTC 5G Hub, an innovative 5G mobile smart hub that harnesses 5G speeds for home, business, and everywhere in between. The device enables smooth 4K video streaming, low-latency gaming, and 5G mobile hotspot features for up to 20 users. Priced at AED 3,299, the HTC 5G Hub is available now at Etisalat’s online store as well as its retail stores across the UAE. 

The HTC 5G Hub features a 5-inch HD touchscreen that allows for ease of use and high-quality visuals, and long-lasting power makes for an ideal travel companion. As a home media center, the HTC 5G Hub uses next-gen 5G speeds to stream 4K videos to a second screen and deliver crisp and clear content. It can also replace a Wi-Fi router and remove unnecessary cables with an easy to use plug-and-play setup.

Intuitive voice command and control features make it quick and easy to manage entertainment and productivity needs. For gaming, ultra-low-latency, 60fps, and 4K resolution (on compatible televisions) combines with the processing power of Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM855 + SDX50v2 with Android 9 Pie, allowing for unprecedented data speeds and power for native Android and PC games supported on the large screen. In addition, customers will also get a Cat-6 LAN cable bundled with the HTC 5G Hub for dual connectivity to their gaming console devices while they continue to wirelessly access the 5G network.

The HTC 5G Hub is also designed for high-speed mobility use for the next-generation business environment in mind. With a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, the device provides fast and convenient access to networks, wherever they appear. With a 7,660mAh battery built-in, the HTC 5G Hub is made ready to support a wide range of on-the-go duties. Businesses can connect up to 20 devices safely and securely on a high-speed encrypted network or configure for a corporate VPN.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G Arrives in the UAE

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Samsung Gulf Electronics today announced that the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is now available for purchase from Samsung stores and authorized online and offline retail stores across the UAE. The latest addition to the foldable category has generated widespread attention in the build-up to its official launch. Now that Samsung’s newest iteration has arrived, consumers finally have the opportunity to explore the many next-generation tools and features that seamlessly integrate to enhance the Galaxy ecosystem and empower users personally and professionally.

“At Samsung, we are delighted that the period of patient anticipation among Galaxy enthusiasts for this ground-breaking device is finally over,” said Osman Albora, Senior Director – Mobile Division, Samsung Gulf Electronics. “We are certain that the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G will expand the popularity of its predecessors and ultimately overtake them due to the various upgrades and features that have been engineered into this smartphone. Delivering innovations that bring new experiences to consumers was at the forefront of every stage of the design process. We look forward to witnessing the impact of the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G on the smartphone market over the coming months as it elevates user experiences to amazing heights.”

The Galaxy Z Fold2 offers ultimate productivity by combining the portability and flexibility of a smartphone with the screen size of a tablet, as per feedback and recommendations from customers. Whether folded or unfolded, the premium design and futuristic capabilities perfectly complement the dynamic lifestyles of the modern consumer. Ensuring a mobile experience like no other, the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G boosts creativity, enhances viewing and interaction on every occasion, and takes gaming to a whole new level.

Samsung enthusiasts are always eager to demonstrate their creative skills and enjoy gaming with greater capabilities. And thanks to their recommendations and feedback, the flexible display designed specially for the Galaxy Z Fold 5G is the most advanced ever to be created – simultaneously serving as an immersive theater and incomparable creative workstation and game room. Whether tackling work-related tasks or playing games on the 5G network, experiences are boosted through the intelligent battery, which can last all day long. Users are guaranteed to never be interrupted or distracted in their work and play endeavors due to inconvenient loss of power – ensuring productivity and proactivity whenever and wherever required.

Greater immersion than ever before is made possible through the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s 6.2-inch Cover Screen featuring Infinity-O Display and 7.6-inch Main Screen, both of which bring newfound appreciation for viewing experiences. The combination of Infinity Flex Display and an in-display cutout for the front-facing camera takes users on a cinematic smartphone journey like no other, enabling Samsung lovers to view content with audio and visual capabilities never before witnessed in the foldable category. Besides the Main Screen featuring a 120Hz default refresh rate to provide smoother scrolling and an enhanced gameplay experience, adaptive refresh rates ranging from 11 to 120Hz simultaneously maximize performance and ensure the battery is saved while using particular apps.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s Hideaway Hinge possesses many of the innovations that were instrumental to the success of its predecessor, but with invaluable upgrades to ensure the device stands out in a league of its own in the foldable category. Because the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G’s form factor is entirely new and different, the CAM mechanism has been redesigned with more detents and springs to provide a smooth and stable experience when folding and unfolding the device. The hinge allows the device to stay open at a range of angles. To ensure convenient hands-free operations with Flex mode, the device can stay open at several different angle thanks to its hinge, while greater folding and unfolding mechanisms are provided thanks to decreased magnetism. What’s more, the stronger retention force when unfolded ensures the device never folds accidentally when interacting with the Main Screen, contributing to the overall enhanced experience with the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 5G is available for purchase at a price of AED 7,599.

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