Friday, March 30, 2018

How To Use Technology To Find A Good Job

The days when employers got an idea of who you are from your CV and interviews are gone. Nowadays, they can quickly find the information they need by simply looking at your Facebook page and decide whether you are the right candidate for their company. Technology changed the whole recruiting process. Now recruiters and job seekers can find each other easier. But do you use the tech benefits when searching for a job? Here are some ideas you should consider.

1- Online research: Avoiding unpleasant experience


Job seekers prefer to find some information about the company they are applying. According to the report published by iCIMS, one in three job seekers and 47 percent of millennials preferred to not accept a job offer because the company had negative employer reviews.

Also, when applying to a certain company, people get an idea of the salary they should ask, they know about the questions they’d be asked during an interview and more.

2- LinkedIn – The platform that changed it all



LinkedIn makes it easy for recruiters to find candidates, even the ones that were not looking for a new job. Also, it helps people to stay connected and thus be aware of job openings in the companies where past colleagues and other connections work. The platform also helps to build personal brands which also makes you more visible to recruiters.

3- The new reality: globalization in recruitment


Internet and online communication tools make it possible to hire people from distant places. Technology permits to work remotely which allows having great teams in different cities and even countries. Also, remote work is a real potluck for freelancers and the people whose skills are not in demand where they live.

4- Mobile technologies make the recruitment process quicker


Nowadays, you can find a job by simply using your mobile device. Various job boards and special applications help recruiters and candidates to connect. People apply for jobs quickly and easily. Also, it became rather common to have interviews via Skype. The hiring process became really fast.

So, what can you do to make tech play in your favor? Check out the tips on how to use those modern tendencies to land up with a great job.

5- Be smart when using social media


Modern employers check your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles before making the decision to hire or even contact you. Make sure your profiles look professional and also be careful with everything you post there. Always provide information which can show you in a good light, even if you are not looking for a job now – who knows when you might need a good reputation.

6- Be visible


Use every online networking opportunity – join professional groups in LinkedIn and be active there, share valuable content in social media, comment and ask questions when you see an interesting topic. Also, make sure your contact details look professional – your email address, Skype username should be strict.

7- Use video to apply for jobs


Video CVs and missives are rather new in the job search process. However, this is a great way to present yourself to a recruiter or employer in an original way. At least you will stand out among other candidates.

8- Apply on the go


Create a mobile-friendly PDF version of your CV and apply for job positions using your mobile device once you get alerts from online job boards. Also, make sure your resume is easily accessible so that employers can review it whenever they want. It is as easy as to visit https://yourwriters.net for help with your essay or cover letter.

Ways people are using to get a job are evolving. Of course, you shouldn’t give up on common steps like sending CV and cover letter, going to interviews. However, being smart about using modern technologies give you better chances to be contacted by potential employers and get your dream job at the end.

When ‘Nerds Unite’ For Tech Infrastructure In Nigeria

The quality of technology innovation is mostly determined by the quality of infrastructure powering it. To be sure, infrastructure encompasses an enterprise’s entire collection of hardware, software, networks, data centers, facilities and related equipment used to develop, test, operate, monitor, manage and support information technology services.

At the second edition of NerdsUnite organised by MainOne, several experts emphasised the critical need for infrastructures that power the different segments of the tech ecosystem in Nigeria.

NersUnite is one of the largest tech platforms that bring together entrepreneurs, big tech companies, professionals and experts every year, to discuss issues around the development of the tech ecosystem in Nigeria and Africa.

One of the critical infrastructures highlighted was cloud. Cloud infrastructure aggregates hardware and software components – such as servers, storage, a network and virtualisation software – that are needed to support the computing requirements of a cloud computing model.

Cloud computing alludes to the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. MainOne for example, is a cloud computing provider.

In cloud computing, virtualised resources are hosted by a service provider or IT department and are delivered to users over a network or the internet.

Many Nigerian businesses have over time become reliant on cloud services for the many reasons. To start with, adoption of cloud computing could mean big changes for small business owners whether tech start-ups or non-tech start-ups.

Cloud infrastructure has lower costs implications for businesses, meaning they can make significant savings while fully maximising their hardware. It also engenders collaboration. Cloud collaboration tools like Google Drive enables employees to upload, edit, and comment on documents enhancing the workplace relationship. Another attraction to cloud computing is being able to access work-related files and information from any device in any place at any time. It also promotes simplified integration for businesses.

There are different industries that are utilising cloud computing to disrupt their services in Nigeria. In the financial services for instance, the technology has been responsible for the many innovations the sector has witnessed in recent times. Wema by ALAT, for instance, has within a short time revolutionised the banking sector with its services. Aside from making money transfer easier, the app has a solution that offers customers loans in five minutes.

A panellist on one of the sessions, explained that cloud computing is a perfect response to changing consumer appetite which demands more gratification speed and convenience. Beyond gratifying the customer, cloud adoption also means Nigerian banks are no longer thinking traditionally and waiting for somebody to bring the solution to them.

One of the panellists harped on improving the user experience of mobile applications. Deji Olowe, executive director at SystemSpecs, the creators of Remita App noted that user interface is critical.

“When you are developing for the mobile there is a lot of variations as against when you are developing for desktops. So when designing, you have to design it in such a way that you meet everybody at their point. Beyond the screen signs, you have to look at the different networks. A smartphone that is running on a fast network could within one minute switch over to a portion of the network that is not very fast. So user experience on mobile is like signs, you have to put in so much effort.

“When you design, you have to look at the fact that when using mobile people usually just have one hand to use it, hence the form factor is very important; the speed of loading and the type of interaction for example the things you can do on desktop like Java script you have to minimise them on a mobile,” he said. BD

Uber Applies For e-payments Licence

After revolutionising system transportation around the world, Uber Technologies is looking to vie for a share of the global e-payments market. The company formally applied to the Dutch central bank for a European payments processing licence that will enable it streamline its payment processes across businesses such as its core ride-hailing app and its fast-growing UberEats food delivery venture.

UberEats is a food-ordering app, designed to leverage the company’s vast network of drivers scattered across different locations to make meal ordering and delivery faster and more efficient. Prior to becoming a standalone app, the service was available inside the regular ride-sharing app for about a year and half. In Africa, UberEats standalone app was first launched in South Africa before it came to Nigeria in 2016.

UberEats may not be very popular in Nigeria, but the ride-hailing side of Uber’s business is well known to many people living in cities like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

According to an Uber spokesperson, the ride-hailing company is “constantly expanding the range of products we offer and improving the experience for those who use our apps.”

Sky News reports that in a bid to be classified as an electronic money institution, Uber has created a new subsidiary called Uber Payments BV.

Following the setting up of the unit, the company has gone to the market to recruit a non-executive director to serve on the board of the new unit. The supervisory board will consist of two members and will operate in accordance to Dutch company law.

Uber’s e-payment move is seen as efforts to clone the success of its South East Asian rival, Grab. Grab has its own peer-to-peer payments app and recently expanded its financial services offerings with the launch of a dedicated unit and the introduction of microloans and insurance products.

Interestingly, Uber agreed to sell its business in South East Asia to Grab on Monday, 26 March, 2018. The deal will see Grab merging Uber’s ride-hailing and food delivery businesses with its own operations. Meanwhile, Uber will acquire a 27.5 percent stake in Grab and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowashahi will join the firm’s board.

Strategy Analytics Crowns Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact As Battery Life Kings

Strategy Analytics normally studies the performance of various manufacturers, but at Sony’s request, the analysts took on a new role – testing the battery life of “leading premium smartphones”.

Here’s the competition:



And here are the results. The Xperia XZ2 came out on top followed by the XZ2 Compact. The LG G6 narrowly beat the iPhone X for third.

Strategy Analytics crows Sony Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact as battery life kings

Here’s how the tests were performed: phones were used for 16 hours a day, including calls, texts, browsing, social media, gaming, using the camera and playing multimedia. Apps running in the background were left to do their thing. As for settings, the screen was set to 150 nits, the volume to maximum, the rest was left to manufacturer defaults.

Of course, you could argue that these are not actually the leading smartphones. Why test the G6 and not the LG V30 and why the P10 instead of the Huawei Mate10? Both of these launched before the XZ2 phones. Also, the Galaxy S9 and Oppo R11 come in “plus” versions with larger batteries.Gsmarena.

Top 10 Legal Movie Sites To Watch Movies Online

Who doesn’t like to watch movies? Watching movies is one of the most engaging and enjoyable things one can do to pass quality time with loved ones or even alone. Moreover, some movies even help you in different aspects of life, they convey a world full of experiences and knowledge without the need to explore the world. You can travel to different places, live different lives and gain new experiences that too while sitting in one place! Magical, isn’t it? It’s future bro!
The only problem is that you have to go buy tickets at a cinema hall to watch movies or buy CD’s while you have to wait for a long time to get hands on the high definition DVD of a movie. That problem has been solved now. In fact, if you have a smartphone then it is actually possible to watch unlimited high definition movies at home, on your smartphones using showbox or other movie apps.

Although watching high definition movies in the comfort of your sweet home is possible, most of the sites and applications that provide this facility are illegal and according to laws you can be penalized even for visiting them. Contrary to the popular belief, there are sites which allow you to watch online movies legally, just that they are difficult to find. Don’t worry, we are there to help you with that; we’ve got your back on this one.
Top 10 Legal Movie Sites To Watch Movies Online

Presenting to you the top 10 legal movie websites to watch movies online:

1. YouTube Movies

Which website other than the world’s biggest video sharing website did you expect first on our list? The movies on the movies section of YouTube are of premium quality. Although not all the movies are available for free, those which demand payment, have a minimal price for watching movies. The best part about this website is that it already has a filter for free movies known as ‘Zero Dollar Movies’.

2. The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a public domain website, it means all the movies that you find on the website are a public domain and thus free. It is basically an archive of full-length films, documentaries, classic shorts and even recorded commercials and video game footage. Though it is a public domain website, don’t get fooled into thinking about the number and variety of movies this website has because all the old and gold movies whose copyrights have expired can be found here.

3. Crackle

A website owned by none other than Sony co. naturally this website has a lot of content by the same company available for free. All you need to do it sign up on the website and create a watch-list to enable the website to suggest movies. Although most movies are copyrighted from Sony, some movies have restrictions for certain movies. Also, most of the movies found here aren’t available on any website for free and the existence of an application for the same simplifies things even more.

4. Classic Cinema Online

If you are a classic movies lover, this website is perfect for you. Asides from being an aesthetically-pleasing for any lover of old-school vintage film posters, what sets classic cinema online apart from other streaming sites is its extensive feature on silent films available ( for all Charlie Chaplin fans). This is a liter leaven for classic movie lovers.

5. PopcornFlix

It is owned by Screen Media ventures. Although the website offers a lot of Public Domain movies, original content is available too. The best part is that you can stream content on any type of device without spending any money. While PopcornFlix is said to be perfectly legal to use, do not confuse it with the very popular ‘Popcorn Time’ streaming site which is arguably illegal for streaming content they do not own
6. Public Domain Torrents

Being the only non-notorious torrent website, this website is home to a huge reserve of movies. Also, the movies are downloadable in many formats and you can download them according to your needs.

7. Open Culture

Founded in 2006 by the Director & Associate Dean at Stanford University, Dan Colman, and open culture offers high-quality movies for free, around the world. Moreover, apart from movies, it also offers free online courses and language lessons. Movies section has an excellent collection of movies and hosts 1150 free movies.

8. Hulu

If you haven’t heard of Hulu, you probably just crawled out from under a rock. Subscription-based streaming website Hulu is also here at your service even if you choose to opt for the free account, which comes with limited content. You can stream over 100 movies and apart from movies you can also watch TV shows and documentaries. It also has an application which available on both Android and IOS.

9. Tubi TV

While most free streaming websites offer public domain movies, Tubi TV offers relatively newer content. This is due to the presence of some big names as content partners. Some of them are Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Although registration is not necessary, a free sign up entitles you to features like creating a queue, accessing browsed history and cool highlights. This one is a website to watch out for those with interest in new movies.

10. Movies Found Online

This website has free movies, independent films, TV shows, and stand-up comedy video and it hosts free movies ranging from cult classics and short films to documentaries and comedy movies. There is also a strong presence of public domain movies. While Movies Found Online doesn’t host or upload any media on its own, it actively participates in removing the content, it only has links of the sites that movie can be streamed. Keeping that in mind, as a responsible member of the internet community, the website works actively in deleting content with copyright infringement issues and even those with other copyright issues are removed as a precautionary step.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lagos Leads Rest of Africa In Tech Hubs, But Not Funding

Lagos has taken over as the African city with the highest number of technology hubs (31 active hubs) according to Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) report released in March, 2018.

On a country comparison, Nigeria lagged South Africa by the number of technology hubs (tech hubs) with 55 active hubs, leaving the second largest economy which boasts 59 activetech hubs on the Africa continent to take the lead.

Despite Lagos new found status, a report released in February by Partech titled ‘VC Funding to African Tech Start-ups, 2015-2017’ showed that funding to tech start-ups in Nigeria slowed down compared to those in South Africa and Kenya during the period. Lagos accounts for more than 70 percent of the entire tech ecosystem in Nigeria. The tech start-ups received $115 million in the period representing a 5 percent growth year-on-year and accounting for 20 percent of the total funding coming into the African continent.



Tech hubs are defined as physical spaces designed to foster and support tech start-ups. These include incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, fab labs, Makerspaces, and other innovation centres. Active hubs on the other hand are hubs that show active digital presence (website, news, social media).

Africa is currently home to 442 tech hubs according to the 2018 tech hub report; this was up by 128 from 314 active tech hubs reported in 2016. Other leading tech hub countries in the continent, apart from the two largest economies include; Egypt (34), and Kenya (30) Morocco (25), Ghana (24), Tunisia (17), Uganda (16), Zimbabwe (13), and Senegal with 12 techhubs.

Collins Onuegbu, founder of Sasware and director at Lagos Angels Network (LAN) told BusinessDay that the report does not come as a surprise given the size of the city both in population (20 million people) and economy (GDP of over N100 billion).

“Investors go to the hub, to seek out smart start-ups to invest. The more hubs that open up to them, the more start-ups get trained and more likelihood that more receive funding,” he said.

He also explained that South Africa and Kenya have relatively matured economies compared to Nigeria. More investments happen at different levels of startup developments in South Africa.

“Kenya has had some stability in government. The government has had a focus on technology as a way to diversify its economy. It is only recently that Nigeria woke up to this possibility,” Onuegbu said.

Countries like Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have also experienced significant growth in the number of active tech hubs over the past year. In fact, the Ghanaian ecosystem – home to hubs such as MEST and iSpace – has grown by 50 percent (from 16 to 24). Similarly, Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire has gradually positioned itself as the new catalyst of innovation across Francophone Africa and has seen its number of active tech hubs double.

Funding has also picked up in many of these countries. Tech start-ups in Ghana which is less than the size of Lagos closed six deals in 2017 compared to Nigeria’s total 17 deals.

David Alozie, a tech ecosystem expert, said that while the GSMA report shows that the number of hubs in Africa is growing, it does not quantify the level of impact of the growth.

“The report could make tech investors believe there are more opportunities in Nigeria because of the number of hubs and the population. However, the number of hubs does not translate to investments. Investments come when there are good start-up cases,” he said.

Babatunde Babs Ogundeyi, founder of Kudimoney.com, told BusinessDay that funding is a process which the Nigerian ecosystem must go through. To attract significant investment and get investors excited about Nigeria, the country, he said, must have more success stories, more exits.

“It will happen, but it is a process; even Silicon Valley was built over many years,” Ogundeyi said.

The last couple of years have been characterized by the rise of tech giants’ interest in the untapped opportunities of African markets. CEOs including Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google), and Jack Ma (Alibaba) visited major hubs from Lagos to Nairobi, corporate partnerships mushroomed and players including Amazon and Alibaba increased their presence all across the continent.

In a bid to ensure constant flow of funds to start-ups, some organisations have led effort to build tech funds like Itanna by Honeywell, LoftyInc Afropreneurs Fund by Loftycapital, and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, (LSETF). Notwithstanding, these funds are set up, according to Onuegbu, by people who see opportunity to make money from their investments.

“If more funds are being setup, then more opportunities are increasing for investors, because more investment grade start-ups are being produced by the ecosystem,” he said.

Investors will however be encouraged to put more money when they see that the qualities of the start-ups that come through the system have been upgraded and there are clear policies that guide entry and exits. Businessday.

Best Android Phones Below 30,000 Naira

Are you on a budget but still, in need of an Android phone that gives you something extra than just calls and messaging? Let’s help you find a great phone without having to break the bank.
Here are some of the best android phones under 30,000 Naira that will perfectly fit whatever it is you are looking for in your budget device.

Here we show you some good cheap android phones you can buy for under 30,000 Naira. If you are dealing with an even tighter budget, here are the best Android phones under 20,000 Naira.
Best Android Phones under 30,000 Naira in Nigeria

Leagoo KIICAA Power
Tecno WX3 P
Ouikitel C8
Itel P51
Itel P31
Cubot R9
Homtom S16
Itel S12

1. Leagoo KIICAA Power


Leagoo KIICAA Power comes with a 5.0-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720. At the top of that screen is a 5MP camera that works in tandem with the 8MP unit on the back to bring you a good image and video shooting experience.
Going under the hood, one is sure to find ratings such as 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and a quad-core CPU that can clock up to 1.3GHz. The Android 7.0 Nougat operating system is modified to run as Leagoo’s in-house OS 3.0 Lite UI.

To cap it all off, the unit offers a fingerprint sensor. All of these will go on to be supported by the rather large 4000mAh battery. At around 20,000 Naira, the Leagoo KIICAA Power is one of the best android phones under 30,000 Naira.
Where to Buy Leagoo KIICAA Power

Jumia.com.ng₦19,950.00 Buy Now

2. Tecno WX3 P


f course, it will be weird to have a listing of the best android phones under 30,000 Naira without mentioning at least one phones from one of the most popular mobile brands in Nigeria. This offering from Tecno is even more compelling because it features a massive 5,000 mAh battery.

This means the Tecno WX3 P (a.k.a. Tecno WX3 Pro) should deliver very good battery life. It sports a 5-inch display, a 5MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera. At a price of 26,500 Naira, this looks like a good deal. However, if you are on a tighter budget, you can go for the Tecno WX3, but you will have to manage a 2,500 mAh battery.
Where to Buy Tecno WX3 P

Jumia.com.ng₦26,500.00 Buy Now

3. Ouikitel C8


If Ouikitel is known for one thing, it is their massive batteries. That is why we trust the 3000mAh battery on the Ouikitel C8 will be able to support the 2GB RAM and quad-core CPU that can clock up to 1.3GHz.

The 5.5-inch smartphone ships with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, carries support for dual SIMs and is reasonably light, tipping the scales at less than 0.35 grams.

It would be wrong to talk about this unit and fail to mention a 13MP camera sensor on the back, as well as the selfie-shooting 5MP camera. On board are fingerprint sensors, support for 3G networks and an HD display (1280 x 640 pixels). If you want a sizable battery, the Oukitel C8 is one of your choices for Android phones under 30,000 Naira.
Where to Buy Oukitel C8

Jumia.com.ng₦24,900.00 Buy Now

4. Itel P51


The Itel P51 is another affordable smartphone with a 5000 mAh battery. If battery life is your major concern, the Itel P51 is one of the best android phones under 30,000 with a promise of up to 3 days battery life.

You also get a 5.5-inch display, and an 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front camera with price coming in at around 29,990, which makes it just under 30,000 Naira.
Where to Buy Itel P51

Jumia.com.ng₦29,990.00 Buy Now

5.Itel P31



Itel P31 is yet another smartphone smartphone from Itel with a 5000 mAh battery, which makes it worth listing on this lineup of best Android phones under 30,000 Naira. The beauty is that it is even more affordable at a price of around 23,500 Naira.

It has a 5.0-inch IPS display and promises up to 3 days battery life. If you have even a tighter budget, the Itel P12 is an even more affordable option at a price of around 20,000 Naira. The P12 still offers a 5000 mAh battery, but features Android 6 (Marshmallow) as against the P31 that features Android 7 (Nougat). Learn More

6. Cubot R9


The 5.0-inch Cubot R9 is a beauty to behold, even if it didn’t offer the user the option to choose between a beautiful Gold and Blue colour option. Beyond the aesthetics, this device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Reaching further under the hood, a quad-core CPU with 2GB RAM and 1.3GHz clock speed cannot be missed. Storage is handled by the 16MP internal space. Of course, this would be shared by the user and system apps, so expansion via the present microSD card slot is advised.

Asides the screen on the front is also a 5MP camera. The back plays home to a 13MP shooter too. The good news is that both sensors come with their LED flashlights. Even though it brings support for 3G on board, the 2600 mAh battery is a little smaller than what we were expecting.
Where to Buy Cubot R9

Jumia.com.ng₦26,200.00 Buy Now

7. Homtom S16


If you do not confide in anyone, the Homtom S16 can easily be passed off as a device bought for more than its price. The sturdy design on the outside is compounded with sleek engineering to give the phone a dynamic look.

The front of the device comprises mainly of the 5.5 inches screen with a resolution of 640 x 1280 pixels. Just on top of the screen is an impressive 8MP camera unit for selfie lovers. The back is even more interesting, carrying not one, but two camera sensors.

Yes, dual camera sensors of 13MP + 2MP to achieve even more depth and clarity on your images. Lest we forget, there is a quad-core CPU that promises to reach a clock speed of 1.3Ghz and is allotted a 2GB memory. Internal storage space can be expanded to as much as 64GB from the base 16GB available.

Running on Android 7 Nougat, a fingerprint sensor on the back provides for additional security. To round off the impressive run is a decent 3000mAh battery. If you fancy dual camera and decent battery, the HomTom S16 is probably one of the best Android phones under 30,000 Naira.
Where to Buy HomTom S16

Jumia.com.ng₦23,990.00 Buy Now

8. Itel S12




The S12 is another affordable phone from Itel. It is just a modest smartphone at a price of 23,900 Naira. You get a 5-inch display, dual front cameras, and rear facing fingerprint sensor.

Unlike the three other Itel Phones in this lineup, the Itel S12 does not offer a 5000 mAh battery, you get a normal 2,400 mAh battery instead, which should still offer decent battery life.
Where to Buy Itel S12

Jumia.com.ng₦23,900.00 Buy Now

We promised you the best android phones under 30,000 Naira, and we delivered. Got one device in the same price range that you feel should go onto this list? Or maybe you’ve found one that you are surely going to place an order for. Whichever it is, we will like to hear about it in the comments section.

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Oppo A1 Specs and Price

There are certain levels to mid-range smartphones in the market. While they generally offer nice features for their price, there’s a budget sections for those that are not willing to spend much, yet demands a level of functionality. This brings us to the Oppo A1, a budget mid-range offering that is well designed, has an interesting spec sheet and above all does not cost much. Although, this is a mid-range smartphone, the specs it offers are quite limited.



Where to Buy Oppo A1

Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | Jumia Kenya – See Offers

Oppo A1 Key Specs and Features

5.7-inch , IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1440 X 720 pixels (282 ppi)
Octa-core MediaTek MT6763 CPU with 4GB RAM
64GB built-in storage, up to 128GB with a memory card
13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera
4G LTE
Face unlock
3, 180mAh non removable Li-Po battery

Design and Display

On the outside, the Oppo A1 is a good looking smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio and slim bezels. The overall ergonomics is also quite impressive and simple with metallic casing. Due to the slim bezel, the smartphone adopts on-screen navigation buttons while at the back you have the camera at the upper left edge with the LED flash beside it.

There is nothing really impressive about the display other than being bezel-less. It comes with only a 1440 X 720 pixels display with a 5.7-inch size. Also, thanks to the aspect ratio, it appears slender and tall with 282 ppi pixel density.

Battery and Camera

Going by daily usage, the Oppo A1 has a sufficient battery capacity although intensive usage will cut short this time frame. That being said, the smartphone comes powered by a 3, 180mAh non removable Li-Po battery which also supports quick charge.

The Oppo A1 keeps things simple with the camera featured here but quite good enough for taking nice pictures. In that regard, the smartphone has a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and an 8MP front camera.

Hardware and Software

It is quite impressive what you find inside the Oppo A1 featuring a nice mid-range MediaTek SoC. You’ve got an Octa-core MediaTek MT6763 (Helio P23) processor with a clocking speed of 2.3GHz max. It does not end here, has you also have a Mali-G71 MP2 GPU in charge of graphics.

Moreso, there is a generous offer of 4GB internal memory with a 64GB built-in space for storing files, music, movies and all. You could also expand the storage space to 128GB using a memory card. You would also be greeted by an Android 7.1 Nougat booting from the box.

Pricing and Availability

The smartphone is available for sale in China but will soon get here and it sells for an equivalent of 80, 000 naira depending on the deal and your location.

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Video: Samsung Galaxy S9 Exynos vs. Snapdragon speed test emerges

As usual, Samsung has launched not one but two Galaxy S9 versions. Most of the world gets the one with Samsung's own Exynos 9810, while for North America and China the phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845.

If you've been wondering how these two would fare in a classic YouTube speed test, here's your answer.

https://youtu.be/qjeK72efPV4

The video starts off with the launch of a set selection of apps - one by one. As soon as one has fully loaded, the Home button is pressed and then it's on to the next app (or game).

The first "lap" is won by the Snapdragon version, which outdid the Exynos model by around 11 seconds. The results were consistent across dozens of runs. After the second "lap" the Snapdragon handset is still the winner. That's interesting because last year the two different chipsets used for the S8 were pretty much neck and neck, while a couple of years back the Exynos variant won.

It's hard to say whether this has more to do with hardware differences between the two chips, or if software plays a part too - though in that case you'd expect Samsung's own Exynos SoC to receive more optimizations since it's developed in-house.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

BICS Partners Software Group, NIPOST To Drive Financial Inclusion In Nigeria

As part of initiative to reduce the large population of unbanked and the underbanked in the country, Basic Information and Communication Systems (BICS) Limited in collaboration with Software Group and the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) held a workshop on digital services and financial inclusion on Wednesday 28th, 2018 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos state.

The workshop which was titled “Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion Using Alternative Delivery Channels” forms part of efforts towards achieving the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) goal of reducing the percentage of those with little or no access to financial services (the underbanked and the unbanked) to 20 per cent by 2020.

In a chat with correspondents, Greg Nwamadi the Director of Corporate Services, BICS (a Nigerian enterprise solution firm devoted to providing diverse delivery channels of financial services to remote areas) averred that the partnership which is anchored on leveraging agent distribution networks using NIPOST centres and propelled by technologies provided by Software Groups will also provide 10,000 jobs for the population in the short term.

Nwamadi said that BICS is already building a training facility in Edo state to train up to 1000 – 2000 youths annually and the graduants will form the bulk of agents that will market the off-takers products.

“We are going to activate the over 4,000 NIPOST location centres nationwide which will become transaction centres with a specific mandate for each of these offtakers. Our focus is to on-board Commercial banks, Microfinance Banks (MFBs) and Non-financial Institutions into a NIPOST shared-platform for transactions and other services thereby creating efficiency in customer acquisition and transaction processing” Nwamadi said.

“Agents will be properly empowered with motorbikes, hand-held devices and other vital items to go to the last man in every nook and cranny of the country to carry out financial services because that is the essence of financial inclusion” he added.

Mallam Mukhtar Baba, General Manager, Financial Services, NIPOST on his part observed that about 60 per cent of adult population living in the rural areas have little or no access to financial services. More so, close to 70 per cent of postal outlets are located in the rural areas devoid of any form of bank presence.

It is in this that the relevance of NIPOST in driving financial inclusion becomes pertinent. To the financial players, it is a strategy to widen their outreach and cut cost as the over 4,000 postal centres scattered across the length and breadth of the country will automatically serve as extension of bank branches” Mukhtar said.

Joseph Agyeman-Badu, Software Groups’ Sales Manager for Africa stated that the tripartite collaboration entails Software Groups, a Bulgarian-based information technology multinational company, providing the technology to drive the entire process. BICS Limited being SG’s exclusive partner for Nigeria remains the business front for the NIPOST platform while the different locations of NIPOST we serve as transaction.

NIPOST, a core member of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy Committee plays a strategic role of providing a financial supermarket for customers of every financial service provider to access services without necessarily going to his/her bank branch.

“With BICS driving the process, we are deploying the technology for a nationwide agency banking network where anyone, regardless of the bank a customer has an account, he can walk into any offices of NIPOST to carry out regular banking transactions ranging from deposits, withdrawals, bill payments, remittances, electronic fund transfer among others.” Agyeman-Badu said.

“For now our market segment covers banks, microfinance institutions while insurance, financial technology companies and credit unions will be added later.”

Speaking on the extent of coverage of the strategy, Agyeman-Badu noted that they are flagging off the initiative with NIPOST for the meantime while subsequently, any established agency that is interested can actually come on-board. “NIPOST is our official national off taker and since it’s an agency banking, any established third party agent network can actually also sign up on the platform” he said.

5 Critical Things To Consider Before Buying Your Next Smartphone

I’ve reviewed over a hundred smartphones over the last couple of years, and there are different features in each cell phone that weigh more when it comes to deciding whether or not it gets a good review or not.
Here’s the fact: It can be quite demanding purchasing a new smartphone, especially as prices increase beyond $1,000. However, the good thing is that you don’t necessarily need to spend that amount, you just need to know exactly what to look for before making a purchase.

Furthermore, with so many different brands, apps, prices, and features making up the smartphone market today, it can be very easy to end up buying a cell phone that doesn’t accurately serve your needs. However, with our cell phones playing a significant part in our lives, investing in a new and good one is not something to take lightly.
Therefore, to help you navigate and simplify the buying process, we’ve assembled a list of 5 essential factors that you should really consider as you shop around.

1. Mobile Carriers



So you want a new smartphone? Well, you pretty much have a lot of choices. But before you flash out your credit card to buy something online, you should really take the time to search for the best cell phone plans provided by the different mobile providers.
T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T each have something exciting to offer their customers, and will always provide complete packages such as calls, SMS, and data. Who knows, perhaps now is the right time you to really think of changing your current provider – you can even keep your current phone number.

2. Consider Cost

Another thing you need to consider before you start shopping is whether you want a feature phone or a smartphone, as there is a noticeable cost difference between the two. For example, smartphones generally cost more because they function like handheld computer systems, with stable access to the Internet and a variety of built-in and third-party applications.

Feature phones, on the other hand, which are apparently cheaper, are used primarily for making phone calls and sending texts messages. However, there are often some added features such as camera, a few games, calculator, and a basic calendar, but again, the principal function of this type of cell phone is to communicate via calls and texts.

Additionally, not only is it essential to look at upfront costs when deciding on which phone to spend your money on, but you also need to consider the ongoing cost of a service plan. We understand that it’s great to have access to Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, but the cost of carrying a data plan can be enormous, especially if you exceed your plan’s limit.

You also need to remember that you’re investing in a product that should last you for about two years or more, which is usually the length of a standard contract. Although low cost may seem attractive upfront, but two years is indeed a lot of time to be stuck with a product that doesn’t offer the features you really wanted or wasn’t worth the investment entirely. The choice is yours.

3. Consider The Operating system



The two most popular operating systems currently are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. However, Android is by far the most widely used probably because of its availability on dozens of devices in a variety of designs, and it is also very customizable.

On the other hand, Apple prefers quality over quantity, launching just one or two cell phones per year. Although Apple offers numberless third-party applications, iOS permits minimal customization of its user-interface and configuration options are equally much more limited.
Furthermore, a third option will be Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS. Users of this OS can integrate popular programs like Outlook and Office, which can give the phone a recognizable feel even if the hardware is entirely new to the user. However, if customization and choice are vital to you, an Android OS will be your best choice.

Comparing Android and Apple’s iOS, the Apple store currently provides just four options: iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. The Verizon store, on the other hand, offers about 26 different Android models.

4. Internal Memory And Space


When you’re planning to purchase your next smartphone, check the internal memory and RAM, but don’t pay attention to just what it says on the sticker. You want to take a look at how much space the preinstalled apps occupy.

Although you can use a MicroSD card (if you’re getting an Android phone) to expand the storage capacity of your smartphone, keep in mind that a larger internal memory is always much better than using an external card.

Similarly, before you decide on a model with 64 or 128GB of internal memory, consider how much you’ll actually use. For example, will you be using your smartphone as an external hard drive for your computer by saving music, movies, files and heavy applications? If you answered no, you’re probably better off with a 32 GB memory storage.

Interestingly, you can also leverage cloud services to save some space on your smartphone and still always have your files accessible, once you have an internet connection. However, as a general rule of thumb, while considering which smartphones to buy based on memory storage, it is advisable to choose at least 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (although, 32GB is the best compromise, in my opinion).

5. Battery life


In case you don’t know before, battery life is one of the most critical features to consider when choosing a new smartphone. Do not be deceived, however, a higher number of mAh does not equate to more battery life or a longer battery life cycle. The factors that are used to judge battery life differs and it’s worth being aware them.

For instance, you should already know that screens with a higher resolution take up more energy, while the newest processors improve (optimize) battery life. Then there’s quick charging technology and Doze mode.

However, instead of just looking at tech specifications, the best thing is to always check out reviews and benchmark results in the market to find out how all these factors work when combines in a single device. At the moment, however, 3,000 mAh seems to be the standard, even though there are devices with over 4,000 mAh.

Bonus: Software And Integrated Functions


Do you need a smartphone that can do entirely everything? Are you among those users who need a:

Heart rate monitor
Built-in fingerprint sensor
UV sensor
Face recognition
Swiss Army knife
Batmobile
Etc?

You obviously have an ample of choices here, from the latest popular to mid-range smartphones, you’ll definitely find all the newest hardware innovations.

But do not limit yourself to choose a smartphone based on just the hardware features. You should also activate the display and delve into the software to figure out what hidden features are there and if it offers options that work best for you. Again, do you often share the device with your children or friends? Make sure you have parental control or a guest mode.

Finally, do you like reading eBooks directly on your smartphone? Choose an interface that lets you adjust the hue of the display and that has some anti-strain eye protection. In summary, don’t judge by appearances alone, you want to thoroughly investigate the system before making a decision.

Infinix Hot S3 Specs And Price

Infinix is a known smartphone brand in this part of the world, the Chinese OEM has quite a number of mid-range to low budget smartphones under its name already. Amongst the latest addition to this portfolio is the Infinix Hot S3, a smartphone designed to fit in the trendy list of mid-range smartphones in the market at the moment. The smartphone besides having nice aesthetics also comes with a decent hardware. Infinix Hot S3 is the first smartphone from the company to offer Android 8 out of the box.

Where to Buy Infinix Hot S3

Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | Jumia Kenya – See Offers | Jumia Ghana – See Offers

Infinix Hot S3 Key Specs and Features

5.65-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1440 X 720 pixels
18:9 Aspect Ratio
Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with 3GB/4GB RAM
32GB/64GB built-in storage, up to 128GB with a memory card
13MP rear camera and a 20MP front camera
4G LTE
Fingerprint sensor (rear) & Face ID
4, 000 mAh non removable Li-Po battery



Design and Display

Adopting the premium smartphone facade which includes a large screen to body ratio (about 81%) acquired by a cut down on bezels around the screen. Also, the Infinix Hot S3 appears to have a solid build and nicely curved edges. Handling seems not to be a problem as the smartphone doesn’t weigh much at 150g.

As for the screen, the Infinix Hot S3 has an ‘okay’ display which is largely due to the HD+ LCD panel. You might not find it as crisp as those in more premium smartphones but it does quite fine. Spanning 5.65-inch, it had a 1440 X 720 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 285 ppi).

This means that just like the Tecno Camon CM, the Infinix Hot S3 features an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Battery and Camera

The Infinix Hot S3 has sufficient battery power to keep the smartphone on for a day without having to plug it in. Backed by a 4, 000mAh battery, the smartphone seems to lack a fast charge feature which means charging will take a few hours through the MicroUSB port.

In case you are the selfie oriented type of person, the Infinix Hot S3 is certainly one of the smartphones to consider without having to spend too much. The Infinix Hot S3 smartphone is equipped with a massive 20MP front camera with flash and a 13MP camera at the back also accompanied by a dual LED flash.

Hardware and Software

Talking about the hardware, which is part of the spec sheet that really reflects how fast and smooth performance will be. In this case, you have an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor running at 1.4GHz and a corresponding Adreno 505 GPU for graphics rendering.

In furtherance, there are two variants of the Infinix Hot S3 available, one having a 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage and the other with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. You could also expand the storage using a memory card and it runs on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo with XOS Hummingbird V3.0 UI skin.

Pricing and Availability

The Infinix Hot S3 is currently not available in Nigeria but has been launched in India. It costs about Rs 8, 999 (50, 000 Naira) for the 3GB variant and Rs 10 999 (61, 000 Naira) for the 4GB variant. You could however pre-order the Infinix Hot S3 at Slot and it will delivered in a few weeks time.

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Lenovo announces K5 and K5 Play mid-rangers

Lenovo is on somewhat of streak lately - last week the company announced the S5 in China and now two more follow. The affordable K5 and K5 Play devices just appeared on the company’s website.



The Lenovo K5 comes with a 5.7” LCD panel of HD+ resolution. The chipset is lowly MediaTek MT6750 with a processor that goes up to 1.5 GHz and is coupled with 3 GB RAM. Storage on board is 32 GB, but at least there is a microSD slot.

ZUI fans should rejoice, because the Lenovo K5 comes with ZUI 3.1 Lite, based on Android Nougat. There are two cameras on the back - 13 MP F/2.0 + 5 MP F/2.2 combo, while the selfie shooter has an 8 MP sensor and F/2.0 aperture.

Battery capacity is 3,000 mAh, but charging is done via the old microUSB port. There is a fingerprint scanner on the back and this whole setup sits in a 153.8 x 72.7 x 7.8 mm body that weighs 160 g.

Offered in Gray, Black or Blue, the phone costs CNY899 which equals €115/$143. It is available for pre-order and will hit the Chinese market on April 10.



The Lenovo K5 Play is the cheaper device - it packs an identical 5.7” display, but comes with Snapdragon 430 and two memory options 2/3 GB RAM and 16/32 GB storage. There is microSD as well.

Interestingly enough, the Play version has ZUI 3.7, based on newer Android Oreo, compared with the regular Lenovo K5. The two cameras on the back have 13 MP and 2 MP sensors and have an LED flash to keep them company.

Fingerprint scanner and microUSB are also present on the K5 Play. The price is CNY699 or just €90/$112 for a phone in Black, Blue or Gold. Currently available for pre-order, the phone arrives a week later than the K5 on April 17.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Facebook unveils ‘SheMeansBusiness’ to boost women entrepreneurship

By Chiazo Ogbolu

Lagos -  Socia media giant, Facebook, on Tuesday in Lagos unveiled an initiative known as ”SheMeansBusiness” to boost women entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

Facebook’s Public Policy Director, Africa, Ms Ebele Okobi, said at the launch that the initiative was designed to inspire and train female entrepreneurs.

Okobi said that the initiative would inspire women to start and grow their own businesses.

According to Okobi, a recent study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook, shows that businesses set up by women in Nigeria in the next five years, hold the key to unlocking N19.7 billion for Nigeria’s economy.

According to her, the study also shows that such businesses have the opportunity of creating 8.9 million jobs.

”We know that when women do better, economies do better.

”The study conducted by Development Economics further highlights this, with the research suggesting that an estimated seven million new businesses could be set up by women in Nigeria by 2021.

”This places a greater importance on women’s entrepreneurial ambitions for overall economic and social development of the country,” she said.

The Policy Programmes Manager, EMEA, Facebook, Ms Sherry Dzinoreva, said that the initiative was the first in Africa, noting that it had been launched in Turkey, United Kingdom, and Mexico, among other countries.

Dzinorewa said that SheMeansBusiness was aimed to train 50,000 female small and mediun entrepreneurs and create opportunities that would inspire and empower others.

SMB Sales Manager, EMEA, Facebook, Ms Abi Williams, said that Facebook created platforms that democratised marketing and capitalised on the use of mobile phones.

Williams advised small and medium business operators to utilise opportunities provided by Facebook as a digital platform.

She listed funds constraint, lack of knowledge of how to start and unpreparedness as some hindrances to women’s development of interest in businesses.

According to her, in order to bridge the confidence gap, it is imperative for women to be connected to people who will motivate them to do more.

She said that such motivations should include the desire to make money and create jobs.

Ms Afua Osei, Co-founder of ‘She Leads Africa’, said that the organisation was partnering with Facebook to train women in SMEs to grow their businesses.

Osei said that ‘She Leads Africa’ would continue partnership with Facebook in order to expand access to the digital skills necessary to move African businesses forward.

She said that with the right digital tools and support, African women would compete at the global level.

According to her, SheMeansBusiness will bring together thousands of female entrepreneurs in a series of workshops and training sessions across six cities in Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the six cities include Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja and Aba. (NAN)

Google Defeats Lawsuit Claiming YouTube Censors Conservatives

California -  Google has won the dismissal of a lawsuit in California which accused YouTube of censoring conservative content.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said a non-profit run by conservative radio talk show host, Dennis Prager, failed to show that YouTube infringed its free speech rights by placing age restrictions on its content.

The plaintiff, Prager University, said YouTube’s “animus’’ toward its “political identity and viewpoint’’ led it to curb access to videos on topics.

It identified the topics to include; abortion, gun rights, Islam and terrorism, despite YouTube’s stated promise of neutrality.

But the judge said Google and YouTube, both units of Mountain View, a California-based Alphabet Inc, did not qualify as “state actors’’ subject to the First Amendment by creating a “public forum’’ for speech.

“Defendants are private entities who created their own video-sharing social media website and make decisions about whether and how to regulate content that has been uploaded on that website.

“Plaintiff has not shown that defendants have engaged in one of the very few public functions that were traditionally exclusively reserved to the state,’’ Koh said.

The San Jose, California-based judge also dismissed a claim that YouTube engaged in false advertising by implying that Prager’s videos.

The judge said the claim was “inappropriate’’ and dismissed various law claims.

In court papers, Google acknowledged that deciding which videos to restrict “may involve difficult subjective judgment calls.’’

But it maintained that it should not be held liable for trying to keep YouTube “safe and enjoyable for all users.’’

Google drew attention in August 2017 when it fired an Engr, James Damore, who wrote an internal memo saying that biological differences led to fewer women in various technology jobs.

Damore sued Google in January, saying it was biased against white men with conservative views. (Reuters/NAN)

Siemens Creates Oppo­rtunities for Digita­lisation Skills Deve­lopment Across Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The Internet of Thin­gs (IoT) is set to revolutionise the job market and African industry must adapt to survive
Siemens aims to help accelerate digitalisation skills and em­power those who will be leading the chan­ge
state-of-the-art aut­omation equipment do­nated to engineering faculties in five African markets
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is having a disruptive effe­ct on economies and the development of digital skills is vit­al. There is an oppo­rtunity, especially in Africa, to embrace new and exponential technologies combi­ned with human talent to accelerate industrialisation and dr­ive economic growth.

According to The Future of Jobs and Skills in Africa Report (https://goo.gl/XChm5F), released by the Wo­rld Economic Forum (WEF), it is predicted that 44% of all wo­rk activities in Eth­iopia are susceptible to automation, as are 46% in Nigeria, 52% in Kenya and 41% in South Africa.

With this in mind, Siemens is handing over eq­uipment specifically related to industri­al automation that enables integrated en­gineering to 13 engi­neering faculties at universities in Gha­na, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. Th­is is part of the co­mpany’s commitment to sustainable skills development across the continent. The value of the equipment is close to $400,000.

Data collected by WEF (https://goo.gl/1byqhB) in key African mar­kets shows employers across the region identify inadequately skilled workforces as a major constraint to their businesse­s, including 41% of all firms in Tanzani­a, 30% in Kenya, 9% in South Africa and 6% in Nigeria. This pattern may get worse in the future. In South Africa alone, 39% of core skills required across occup­ations will be wholly different by 2020.

“The uneven developm­ent of the past can only be overcome with locally engineered solutions,” says Sa­bine Dall'Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa. “In an African contex­t, disruptive techno­logy can be seen as an opportunity to le­apfrog into the best and most advanced technologies, but this is only possible with access to the ri­ght training and equ­ipment.”

Siemens will continue its commitment to Africa and offer lon­g-term support to be­neficiaries by ensur­ing that students are able to train on the most advanced tec­hnology available. This will ensure grad­uates, and therefore the emerging workfo­rce, have the skills necessary to effect­ively lead large-sca­le digitalization ac­ross the continent, resulting in long-te­rm benefits to econo­mic growth.

Siemens firmly belie­ves the best way for African markets to benefit from the dig­ital revolution is to combine skills tra­ining and improved / new infrastructure.

Says Dall’Omo; “Conv­ergence of man and machine intelligence will enable a new era of speed, flexibil­ity, efficiency and connectivity in the 21st century. The conver­sation about man vs machine is not an ei­ther-or scenario. On­going education and training has a posit­ive effect for both business and society. A strong pipeline of talent with the relevant skills and knowledge is benefici­al to governments and businesses, while young people advance into jobs and caree­rs with increased ec­onomic opportunity if they have the right skills.”

Factory automation and electrical engine­ering equipment dona­tions have been made to the following in­stitutions:

Kwame Nkrumah Univer­sity of Science and Technology, Ghana; Dar-Es-Salaam Instit­ute of Technology, Tanzania;
Dedan Kimathi Univer­sity of Technology (DeKUT), Kenya and nine universities and colleges across South Africa.

“Our commitment to skills development and our relationships with these instituti­ons goes beyond just this donation,” adds Dall’Omo. “We inve­st for the long-term and believe that by playing an active role in skills develo­pment, locally engin­eered solutions could catalyse the re-in­dustrialisation of the economy and trigg­er growth on an unpr­ecedented scale.”

The company has a un­ique understanding of the challenges fac­ed across the African continent, and has proved to be a reli­able partner from grass roots level, right through to corpora­te and government le­vel.

LG K9 Debuts, Is Just A Rebranded K8 (2018) For Russia

Earlier this month LG showed the K8 (2018) at the MWC in Barcelona and now, it's launching it in Russia under the name LG K9.

Outside of the name nothing appears to have changed. The LG K9 has a 5-inch IPS LCD of the conventional 16:9 aspect and 720x1280px resolution, a 2,500mAh battery, 8MP main cam and a 5MP selfie one.



The phone is still powered by Android 7.1 and offers LTE connectivity.

Pushing the price down is the use of a Snapdragon 210 chip and 2GB of RAM. However the built-in 16GB of storage is expandable and there is a fingerprint reader on the back.

Here's a quick look at the LG K8 (2018) at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s Rumor Roundup: What You Need To Know

Xiaomi will release the upgrade to its most sought-after flagship tomorrow - March 27.

But what exactly does an S bring to the Mi Mix 2 formula? For starters, let's look at what aspects will likely remain unchanged from the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
The screen will remain an 18:9 6-inch IPS LCD of 1080x2160px unit. We would prefer AMOLED, sure, but the Mix 2's LCD is likely here to stay.



The build materials will stay the same - we'll most likely see the same overall design - aluminum frame and ceramic back. Whether the Mix 2s will get an all ceramic version like the Mix 2 is yet to be confirmed.

The fingerprint will remain on the back of the phone, dead center.

Having covered those, let's see what will change with the Mi Mix 2S.

We were initially expecting an unorthodox corner notch for the selfie camera, but that turned out a hoax.

This means the selfie camera of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s will stay in the bottom bezel as with its predecessor.

Oppo R15 Specs And Price

Oppo is a Chinese smartphone maker and one of the biggest when it comes to the business at the moment. You might or might not have heard of them but their smartphones speak for itself. One of their latest release, the Oppo R15 is here as the successor to the Oppo R11 smartphone. The new smartphone comes with characteristic display notch seen in the iPhone X flagship. This has been seen in other smartphones like the Asus Zenfone 5 and Oukitel U18.

Where to Buy Oppo R15

Jumia Nigeria – See Offers | Jumia Kenya – See Offers

Oppo R15 Key Specs and Features

6.28-inch, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2280 pixels (401 ppi)
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 CPU with 6GB RAM
128GB built-in storage, up to 256GB with a memory card
Dual 16MP + 5MP rear camera and 8MP front camera
4G LTE
Fingerprint sensor (rear)
3, 450mAh non removable Li-Po battery

Design and Display

Putting aside the characteristic similarity to the iPhone flagship, the Oppo R15 appears to have a relatively smaller notch compared to the one on other smartphones. Sporting a 19:9 aspect ratio, the smartphone almost has an edge to edge display with only a small bezel in its way at the bottom. Also, the Oppo R15 is made of aluminium conferring a level of premium feel to the device.

Moving to the viewing screen, Oppo does well to go for a ctisp resolution display which also has a considerably large size. The Oppo R15 comes with a 6.28-inch 1080 X 2280 pixels with a 401ppi pixel density. It is worthy of note, that the type of screen featured here is an AMOLED panel which is known for nice contrast and impressive colour reproduction.

Battery and Camera

Supplying power on the Oppo R15, is a 3, 450mAh Li-Po battery which is not much but is enough for day by day usage. While this might not be as large as some other smartphones and a little above the average capacity line, a better chipset helps to conserve power amongst other things. Oppo R15 also charges using the quick charge feature, hence, more charge over time.

On paper, the Oppo is quite ready for business in the photography aspect with dual camera combination at the rear side and a nice one upfront too. Employing a 16MP and 5MP rear camera which is quite ideal for taking pictures with the lesser camera gathering more depth. Taking selfies on the Oppo R15 is done using the 8MP front camera alongside included effects for a finer you.

Hardware and Software

Running the show behind the curtain, is a capable MediaTek SoC and one of its latest chipset at that. Featuring a MediaTek Helio P60 processor with eight cores and a Mali-G72 GPU having two cores in control of sorting out graphics.

In addition to the above, there’s still a more than enough 6GB RAM for running task smoothly on the Oppo R15 in combination with a 128GB built-in storage. You may decide to increase this up to 256GB if you want more storage space. Oppo R15 will also be shipping out with Android 8.1 Oreo pre-installed with Oppo’s own modification added to it.
Pricing and Availability

The Oppo R15 smartphone will be available for sale come next month in various online stores for about 171, 000 Naira depending on your location and the deal.

Trending phones of Week 12

Week 12 was a busy one with new hardware being thrown at us from all directions. Granted, there was not a lot of high-end action going on, but in sheer numbers the past seven days were probably the busiest of the year so far.

HTC had a couple of Desire handsets for us, Meizu brought the E3, while vivo had two announcements of its own. Big players LG and Samsung also took part, while Oppo delivered the only two flagship devices we saw - the R15 pair.

We also saw the final hype buildup before the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s and Hauwei P20 trio announcements next week. The two events are happening on Tuesday, March 27, but with so many leaks we can't help but wonder if there are any surprises left.

Check out the full list of our most popular articles to make sure you haven't missed anything.

1. HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+ debut with tall screens, attractive prices


The Desire 12 duo brings 18:9 displays to HTC's midrange.

2. Meizu E3 goes official with dual camera, amazing price



Meizu E3 is now official with 6" screen, Snapdragon 636 chip, and dual-camera on the back.

3. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s official teasers reveals no selfie camera on top



The images debunk the rumors for a snapper in the upper right corner.

4. vivo X21 announced, under-display fingerprint version in tow



vivo announced its X21 flagship today with a notched tall screen, Snapdragon 660 chip, dual-camera.

5. OnePlus 6 specs sheet leaks



The phone with model number A6000 will arrive with notched display and Snapdragon 845.

6. Full Oppo F7 specs leak via sales pitch notes



A leaked Oppo F7 sales pitch doc spills the beans on the final specs.

7. OnePlus 6 256GB price revealed, no major increase in sight



A leaked image reveals the price of a OnePlus 6 with 256GB storage.

8. Oppo R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition go official with notched screens, new cameras


Oppo R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition are now official, launch on April 1.

 

9. Huawei P20 to cost €679, P20 Pro to be €899 in Europe, latest leak reveals


The P20 will arrive with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, while the P20 Pro will have 6GB/128GB.

10. WhatsApp co-founder wants you to delete your Facebook account


Brian Acton sold his company to Facebook 4 years ago.

11. MIUI 9.5 to hit over 30 Xiaomi smartphones


The Global Stable ROM will begin its rollout in Late March, but some devices will get the new UI in Mid April.

12. Huawei P20 Lite goes official in China as nova 3e


A tall notched screen, Kirin 659 chip and dual-camera on the back.

13. Nubia V18 is now official, 4000 mAh battery in tow



Nubia V18 was unveiled with a 6" screen and Snapdragon 625.

14. Digitimes: iPhone X successor to be the cheapest model, 6.45" OLED iPhone on top



Apple allegedly reduced the bill of materials by 10% compared to the iPhone X, allowing it to use a pricey OLED screen on the cheaper model.

15. Samsung Galaxy S9+ costs $379 to build



It is the most expensive Samsung smartphone and just $10 shy of the iPhone X.

16. vivo V9 has notched screen and a 24MP AI selfie camera



The phone pushes the bezels to the brink.

17. First hands-on photos of Moto E5 Plus emerge



Sadly the poor quality stills aren't very informative.

18. Latest Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s teaser video is a Pacific Rim crossover

 

Building a jaeger will look great on your resume when you apply to be on the Mix design team.

19. vivo V9 to arrive on March 22, hits India on the next day



The phone will have FullView Display and new AI algorithms for camera performance.

20. Huawei P20 Pro stops by Geekbench



The phone has 6 GB RAM and reaches 1921 for a single-core score and 6729 for a multi-core score.

21. Huawei P20 Lite goes official, this time for real



For the second time today, third time overall. Bear with us.

22. Samsung silently releases updated Galaxy J7 Prime 2



The phone comes with Android Nougat, Exynos 7-series chipset, and 13 MP selfie camera.

23. LG K9 debuts, is just a rebranded K8 (2018) for Russia



The LG K9 forms the LG entry level.

Lenovo Z5 Specs and Price

Despite an all-screen tease that Lenovo has been insinuating all this while, the smartphone ends up having a notched display like a number o...