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Infinix Hot 4 Review: A Balance between Price and quality

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Last month, Infinix launched the Hot4 unto the Ugandan market through a partnership with Kilimall. We now present to you a review of the budget phone.

DESIGN

The Hot 4  is made of plastic material, with the back being 3D textured. It has a solid feel in the hands and is heavy compared to phones of similar size.

The weight can partly be attributed to the the 4000mAh battery, inserted in the phone. There is a 3.5mm audio jack at the top, the 8MP camera at the back, next to a fingerprint scanner and an LED flash. There is also a speaker is positioned at the bottom of the back.

The volume and power buttons all all located on the right hand side of the phone. This makes it possible to easily control a number of features using one hand.

There is a front-facing camera to make it easy ti take all the selfies.

DISPLAY

The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 720 x 1280 pixels display. This gives you the ability to watch your all your high definition content. The downside is that visibility during daylight is not very bright. You fill find yourself straining your eyes when outside.

CAMERA

The HOT4 comes with an 8MP back camera and 5MP front camera. Both camera’s have an LED flash, meaning you can take clear pictures no matter the lighting.

The back camera also supports HD Video and auto-focus.

When it comes to taking pictures, there is a Camera app gives you flexibility to choose from different scenes and modes, likes HDR, Normal, Professional, Panorama, night and beauty mode.

The front camera supports only the modes of Beauty, normal and wideSelfie modes.

It comes with an inbuilt feature of screen recording, and the brightness is good, even when set to minimum.

SOFTWARE AND SPECIFICATIONS

The Infinix Hot 4 runs on Infinix XOS on top of android 6.0 marshmallow. It’s powered by Mediatek 6580 quad-core processors with Mali-400MP graphical processing unit. There is 2 GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard memory which can further be extended to 32GB of external storage.

There is little or no lag. The XOS interface is clean and intuitive, especially the control panel which is now very much revamped unlike previous devices from Infinix.

The fingerprint sensor is also an added advantage. This makes it one of the cheapest devices with a finger print sensor.

BATTERY

This is one of the best there is! It is very good and you can go an entire day without need to charge even when you are using it heavily. I was able to go three days on basic internet connection, and calls.

With Instagram, video streaming and some gaming, the phone was still able to take me throughout the entire day.

PRICE

The Infinix Hot4 is currently selling at only UGX 359,000 at kilimall.co.ug

High points.

• Great battery.

• Finger print sensor

• Price

• Good Camera

• Screen Recorder

• Quick charge

• Dual SIM

Low points.

• No 4G LTE(Which is now a standard)

• Battery is not removable, not easily replaceable.

• Feels bulky

• No fast charging.

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Huawei exposes Ugandan students to high-end tech

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Ugandan ICT students currently undergoing training at Huawei’s Technologies Co. Ltd Headquarters in Shenzhen China, have appreciated the one-week hands on training that has exposed them to the latest technology trends and what the future of the ICT Industry will be. The students who include eight in their final year, one in second year and one in her first year were the successful ones picked from four public Universities in Uganda to benefit from the Huawei Seeds for the Future Programme 2018. This is after their proposals about using ICT to improve certain issues in the health, education, agriculture and transport sectors were the best among the 35 presented by University students.

During their time at the Huawei headquarters, which is built on an area covering 2.2 km², the Ugandan students were exposed to the different networks like the 3G, 4G and also made to understand more about the cutting-edge technologies trends such as 5G, Internet of Things (IOT) and Cloud computing. They had a hands-on practice in Huawei Technologies’ most advanced labs and were also taken on a guided tour of Huawei’s Exhibition hall of digital
technology.

The students described their training at Huawei as a great eye opener into the emerging and dominating technologies in the world today. They were particularly ardent about the cloud computing which enables data to be stored in the clouds so that one can easily access it from any place on a monitor without a computer.

Kasumba Robert a final year student of Software Engineering from Makerere University said he liked the future potential of Huawei 5G network which will open doors to an all connected world. “With an all connected world, my proposal on helping farmers get information about the common crop and animal diseases as well as pests will easily come to life and many homes shall be able to share the much-needed information easily and cheaply or at no cost at all”, Kasumba said.

Oola Gerald a finalist of Information Technology at Muni University said the training has shown him that implementing the technologies and embracing them is not as hard as he earlier thought. “I have learnt that in order to leverage on the emerging 4.5G and 5G technologies which will dominate the world in the not so far future, I should incorporate remote sensors such as thermometers and blood pressure sensors in my health care proposal in order to have the data processed quickly.”

The students were also passionate about the Internet of Things (IoT) which is the connection between objects, humans and other things using sensors. Karasira Cosmas a year four Computer Engineering student at Busitema University said the Seeds for the Future training has opened up his world to the evolving technology. ”IoT technology can surely be used in the project of installing closed-circuit television camera in our city and towns to curb the rampant crime, safe driving, improved health care and smart homes to mention but a few”, he said.

Mangeni Ajambo Cleopatra a Makerere University finalist of Computer Science said she enjoyed the networking lessons and was looking at the challenge ahead to improve her skills. She also noted that with a 5G network capable of transmitting data at up to 20 gigabits per second (Gbps), IoT and Cloud computing, the health of a patient with chronic disease can be closely monitored in real time because there will be immediate communication between the wearable gadgets and smartphone.

“With this training I can now say that I am ready to make my contribution to the digital community. I am going to teach my colleagues about the 5G technology and how to build a 4G base station” said Kirembwe Andrew an Information Technology student finalist from Muni University.

As for Annet Mary Nakate a third year Information Systems student from Muni University, she has learnt the basics of networking especially when it comes to modern technology and was also exposed to smart farming.

Mugisha Samuel a second-year student from Muni University said what he found most interesting was the Phone tracking and Quick Response (QR) technology that can help improve the standards in Uganda. He added that the infrared technology he was exposed to can contribute much to his automated solar powered incubator proposal.

Obbo Peter said when he returns to Uganda he will enlighten his friends about the 5G network and encourage them to embrace it since only a few know about the 4G and cannot even tell the difference.

Nanyonga Berinda a Software Engineering finalist from Makerere University described the training as very educational and a mind questioning experience. “Every second I spent in this training is so memorable to me and I would wish to pass on the skills I have learnt from the Chinese people to my colleagues,” she said.

The youngest on the team Abigaba Hilda a First-Year student from Lira University said the training hadn’t been so compatible with what she was learning, but she was however happy to get exposed to the future potential of the 5G network.

According to Huawei’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Holy Ranaivozanany, the Seeds for the Future programme was initiated by Huawei Technologies to nurture the talent for tomorrow that will contribute to building the Information and Communication Technology Industry. “We create a pool of talent that will probably be working for Huawei in the future, or with our competitors and customers but really contributing to the industry. It is important that we give the students a hands-on experience and chance to try and build the networks themselves”, she said.

She added that 108 countries are so far benefitting from the seeds for the Future programme and a total of 3,660 people have benefitted from the 2 weeks study tour to China since it was initiated in 2008. She also pointed out that many of those who come to Huawei headquarters for the training are inspired by Huawei’s story to believe in what they would like to do in the future and how technology can make a difference in their respective countries. “We hope that in the future these students can apply these technologies in their countries”, she said.

Huawei’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility said the programme will continue for the next coming years and she hoped it will continue giving the young talents an open mind and enable them to make a difference by being innovative and bringing in new technologies so as to effectively contribute to the development of the ICT Industry.

The Huawei Seeds for the future programme has been running in Uganda since 2016 and a total of 30 students have benefitted. In China the Ugandan group was twinned with ten students from Myanmar.

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TECNO launches 24MP Selfie Camera Smartphone

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TECNO, under TRANSSION HOLDINGS, has launched the first 24MP clear selfie camera smartphone – TECNO CAMON X Pro in Africa. TECNO also teamed up with world’s premier internet company Google, to launch a range of smartphones on Android™ Oreo™ System (Go edition) at its 2018 Global Spring launch which took place in Lagos, Nigeria.

Andy YAN, Vice President of TRANSSION HOLIDINGS reiterated the brands innovative culture from its formative years till date. He dissected the challenges of emerging markets, their realities and TECNO’s commitment to continually roll out innovative products that are very competitive and accessible to the end users. “At TECNO, we do not adopt a one-size-fits-all approach in developing our products. We take insights from our consumers’ habits, preferences and needs to develop the next groundbreaking product that fits perfectly into their lifestyle and consequently displaces the competition”.

“We are not strangers to the business climes in Africa and other emerging markets of the world,” Stephen HA, Managing Director of TECNO Mobile, added. “in fact, our insights about these markets inform our creativity and define our competitive edge.”

TECNO CAMON X Pro: 24MP Clearer Selfie with Live FACE ID

The CAMON X Pro debuts a 24MP + 16MP front and rear cameras with an increased image definition of 30% over that of the CAMON CX to ensure that images are clear and sharp. It dons a 6-inch FHD screen with industry leading 18:9 full view screen, 64GB ROM, 4GB RAM and superfast face recognition technology (featured by FACE ID access).

With a dual ISP image processor, the device can process actions a lot faster as both processors work synchronously together compared to the previous generations of the CAMON. Dark state and noise reduction on the CAMON X has been upgraded by 20% with the memory color function so as to ensure natural color reduction while balancing the color so it can be more pleasant for users to capture incredibly stunning pictures. With portrait background bokeh, the background virtualization function of both CAMON X and X Pro produce strikingly beautiful selfies with little interference from the background.

The CAMON X and CAMON X Pro debut a new Face ID technology that can be used to unlock the phone when lighting up the screen. By grasping the face information, the Face ID has 50ms recognition rate and is more functional than the fingerprint identification feature. Also, the HiOS UI identifies components causing heating in the background and quickly cools off the phone through a series of methods such as background cleaning.

Compared with the previous generation products, both in speed and power consumption has been significantly improved by leveraging Mediatek’s helio P23.

TECNO F Series: Built For Speed by Google Android™ Oreo™ System

The F Series is TECNO’s mid-range smartphones which come with impressive processing memory and commendable cameras. The TECNO F series dons full display IPS Touchscreen, 2MP front cameras for F1 and F2, and 5MP front cameras for POP1 (F3). All of them are with wide degree Selfie Panorama which will enable users rotate the device from side-to- side in order to take stunning wide-angle selfies.

TECNO F series are powered by Android™ Oreo™ (Go Edition) which is optimized to offer consumers a number of benefits including a smooth and fast experience tailored to devices with 1GB of RAM or less, new and reimagined Google apps for entry-level smartphones including Google TM Go, YouTube Go, and the Google Assistant for Android (Go edition) and an enhanced data efficiency.

Sagar Kamdar, Director, Product Management, Android, said: “Android Oreo (Go edition) is specifically optimised to bring the magic of Google and Android to smartphones with limited memory and processing power. We’re excited to see TRANSSION group take the next step towards bringing computing to more people by launching Android Oreo (Go edition) phones on its brand.”

“We are also delighted to announce our partnership with Google. As the mobile industry continue to evolve and consumers continue to ask for more, we are certain with our expertise and resourceful partnerships with the likes of Google, we will be able to effectively cater for the needs of mobile phone consumers in emerging markets,” Arif Chowdhury, Group Vice President TRANSSION concluded.

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Janet Museveni flags off Ugandan ICT Students for ‘Seeds for the Future’ program in China

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H.E Janet Museveni flags off the Huawei Seeds for the Future program finalists.

H.E Janet Museveni flags off the Huawei Seeds for the Future program finalists.

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni has flagged off 10 Ugandan ICT Students to undergo a two-weeks hands on ICT training in China under Huawei’s ‘Seeds for the Future’ program.

The “Seeds for the Future” is Huawei’s global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) flagship program that selects top college students in ICT-related courses for a technological study trip in China.

The flagging off ceremony for this third team of Ugandan students was held at State House Nakasero last Thursday. It was witnessed by the Chinese Embassy Charge De Affairs H.E Chu Maoming, Huawei’s Managing Director Jerry Liujiawei and the Principal College of Computing and Information Science Makerere University Tonny Oyana among others.

Hon. Janet Museveni, on behalf of Government of Uganda, thanked the Republic of China and in particular Huawei for this Corporate Social Responsibility Programme saying it is crucial to the development of ICT which is now a key driver for economic development globally. “I really thank you for standing with Uganda in our struggle to build our muscle in ICT for our developing country in the global community”, she said.

She encouraged the successful students to maximize the opportunity and make the best of it to learn more and on return, to pass on the knowledge to others.

“As you are going to China remember to be a good citizen and also learn the principle of serving others first and yourself last. If you remember this in life it will take you a long way and give you mileage”, she said.

She also urged them to be good ambassadors for Uganda when in China and to make good friends for themselves and Uganda.

Huwaei’s Managing Director Jerry Liujiawei thanked the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports for making Huawei’s vision of bridging the digital divide and making Uganda a better-connected place real through the Seeds for the Future program.

He said “In Uganda the program successfully started in 2016 with President Museveni flagging off the 10 ICT talents to Beijing and Shenzhen. We pledge our continued support to the digitization process of this nation by using this program to cultivate more ICT talents that are crucial to ICT sector development, thus boosting industry growth and driving development of different other sectors”.

Mr. Liujiawei further said that the Seeds for the Future program has been implemented in 96 countries and international organizations worldwide benefitting over 30,000 students from 280 Universities.

He pledged that Huawei will continue to work with Government and other relevant parties to build vital ICT systems in Uganda.

The ten successful students from the Universities of Makerere, Muni, Lira and Busitema, chosen from the 35 who presented technological proposal for consideration, leave for China on the 6 th of April 2018. They will visit Beijing and Shenzhen and will have opportunity to study and gain work experience at Huawei’s headquarters and also be exposed to Chinese culture and cross-cultural work experience in a global business environment.

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