Smatt Geeks Media The Tech Nation. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:43:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Smatt Geeks Media 32 32 Samsung to Copy Apple’s Trash Phone Approach by Offering More in Galaxy S9+ Over S9 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:43:41 +0000 At Google’s October 4 event, where they announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the company took a jab at Apple’s approach to launching phones when it said that you’ll get “the same great experience on both” because they “don’t set aside better features for the larger device.” We all chuckled because small or large, you shouldn’t ever have to compromise when choosing a flagship phone. And this is something that Samsung has done over the past couple of years as well with the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8. Whether you went small or + version, you got the same experience, outside of the difference in display and battery sizes.

According to a VentureBeat report this afternoon, that may not be the case when Samsung ships the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ next year.

Today’s report mentions that the Galaxy S9 (SM-G960) and Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965) will be very similar in style and feature set to the Galaxy S8 line you already know. You could think of the S9 to the S8 as the S7 was to the S6. We’re supposedly getting 5.8-inch (S9) and 6.2-inch (S9+) curved-edge Infinity displays again, along with 10nm processors (likely the Snapdragon 845 in the US), 64GB storage, and 3.5mm headphone jacks.

But there will be differences outside of size. VentureBeat says to expect more RAM in the S9+, as well as a dual-camera setup on the rear. That could mean 4GB RAM and a single rear shooter in the Galaxy S9, followed by 6GB RAM and a dual rear camera on the Galaxy S9+.

Is that the worst news in the world that is deserving of a boycott over Samsung? Well, no. But it’s a sh*tty move on their part if it happens. Some of us like smaller phones and we also might want the extra boost in RAM and flexibility of a secondary camera. That’s why Google made a specific mention of it on-stage because we shouldn’t have to compromise that much just because we aren’t into whales.

Either way, we’ve got more. VentureBeat reports that the Galaxy S9 line will feature AKG stereo speakers (!), a centered rear-fingerprint sensor (!!) situated under a vertically aligned camera and flash, and a new DeX dock that allows the phone to lay flat and act as a touchpad or virtual keyboard when in use.

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Infinix Zero 5 Pro Specs and Price in Kenya,Nigeria & Ghana Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:29:56 +0000 The Infinix Zero 5 Pro shares a lot with its sibling the Zero 5, such as the dual cameras that are a combination of a wide-angle lens and a telephoto lens for 10x zoom, USB-C charging standard among other features that are quite impressive at that price point.

Below is the complete list of specifications of the Infinix Zero 5 Pro:

Infinix Zero 5 Pro Specifications






Gorilla Glass 3


Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat with XOS 3.0 on top

MediaTek Helio P25

Octa core 2.6 GHz








Dual SIM


Dual 12MP + 13MP, Telephoto for 2x zoom



4350 mAh


Black and Gold

Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted), USB-C

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Infinix Zero 5 Specs and Price in Kenya,Nigeria & Ghana Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:18:02 +0000

The Zero 5 comes with a big display, a MediaTek P25 processor and a dual camera setup which is a bold move from the company. But will the device survive in the fierce mid-range battle where devices like Xiaomi Mi A1, Honor 9i have already made their mark? Let’s find out.

The Infinix Zero 5 is a massive phone both inside and out. It sports a metal unibody design that feels smooth to the touch. The handset will be offered in a choice of Champagne Gold, Sandstone Black and Bordeaux Red. The rear also has a Huawei P9 thing going on with a black band across the top which is where its dual cameras and LED flash can be seen. You can find the fingerprint sensor just below the strip. Setting up your fingerprint can take a bit longer than usual, and the sensor isn’t as snappy as we hoped, but there wasn’t any error in registering the fingerprint. The handset feels solid to hold and the smooth back adds to the rich feel. It is a huge phone so it may not be the most comfortable one-hand experience for a lot of people out there.

The Infinix Zero 5 is powered by a 2.6GHz octa-core MediaTek P25 MT6757 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. The device is offered with 64GB of storage on board although you will get around 53GB of storage to play with. The Zero 5 Pro (launched alongside) is essentially the same as the Zero 5, only it comes with 128GB storage. There is a microSD card support for storage expandability. It also packs a fairly large 4,350mAh battery, which is needed for a phone of this size. All of this looks great on paper for a mid-range smartphone, and our initial hands-on impressions is that the device’s performance is pretty fluid with very little stuttering.

Now, if you’re in the market for a stock Android or near clean Android experience then this is not the phone for you. The Zero 5 runs on the company’s latest XOS 3.0 Hummingbird based on Android 7.0 Nougat. It comes with some preloaded apps like Facebook and WhatsApp. The XOS also packs some privacy features that lets you password protect apps and remotely delete your phone’s data, as well as apps like Freezer that essentially offloads apps you don’t want to use without having to delete them. Notably, some app icons like the Camera app have some pretty neat animations that make it look novel to say the least. In our limited time with the phone, we found the UI to be fairly smooth.

Based on our initial impressions, the Zero 5 does offer a lot. It’s big, has a vivid display, sturdy build and a software that, while doesn’t offer a pure Android experience, still offers some notable privacy. The cameras are decent as well, although we will need a little more time to really test them out. At Ksh. 30,000 the Zero 5 may find it difficult to compete against the [...]

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Apple plans to make iPhones and MacBooks from recycled materials Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:17:52 +0000 Apple wants its products to be as eco-friendly as possible and keeps working on improving its environmental policies. During events and on product pages, Apple keeps advertising its progress manufacturing devices that have a minimal environmental impact, and the company has an entire team looking at ways of reducing pollution and improve recycling.

The company reaffirmed its commitment to running an eco-friendly business in a recent interview, saying that it plans to manufacture its popular products like the iPhone and MacBook from recycled materials and new materials like bioplastics.

“What we’ve committed to is 100 percent recycled material to make our products, or renewable material,” Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson told in an interview.. “We’re working like gangbusters on that.”

“As far as I know, we’re the only company in the sector trying to figure that out. Most people talk about recycling electronics, but the material is not necessarily used in new electronics,” the exec added.

As commendable as it might seem, the task is not an easy one considering the number of devices Apple sells every year. But the company does want to “stop mining the earth altogether.”

A new report from Amnesty International commended Apple for being the industry leader when it comes to responsible cobalt sourcing.

The mineral, critical to batteries found in plenty of everyday devices, including Apple gadgets, comes in large quantities from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which produces more than half of the worldwide supply. However, working conditions are hazardous, and the mineral is mined by hand, and sometimes by children. Apple earlier this year said it would stop using cobalt mined by hand in the country.

That’s great and all but it might be a while until Apple actually manages to stop mining the earth and manufacture its products out of recycled materials only.

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Samsung accidentally confirms Galaxy X is in the Kitchen Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:02:56 +0000 Samsung’s dream is to beat Apple’s iPhone, and that’s why the Galaxy S8’s development codename was “dream.” However, no Galaxy S or Galaxy Note device captured the mind of buyers like the iPhone rival, no matter how hard Samsung tried.

But the Korean giant may have an ace up its sleeve, a smartphone unlike anything else available out there, iPhone included. It’s called Galaxy X, but not for the reasons you expect.

If you think Galaxy X is Samsung’s way of copying the iPhone X name scheme that’s not actually accurate. We’ve seen the Galaxy X moniker thrown around back when the iPhone X was still referred to as iPhone 8 in rumors.

Because, you see, the Galaxy X is Samsung’s first bendable smartphone, a device that’s so complicated it might see a limited launch before Samsung is able to manufacture it en-masse.

Samsung kept demoing foldable mobile devices for years at tech trade shows, but it never was ready to launch one — the Galaxy Round doesn’t count as one, don’t even try!

But the Galaxy X may be the first one to ship to consumers at some point in the near future, and Samsung has seemingly confirmed its existence. A support page went up on Samsung’s website for an SM-G888N0 handset, as spotted by Dutch-language site MobielKopen.

Samsung’s support document doesn’t offer any insight into what the SM-G888 family of devices is supposed to be, but that model number has been associated with the Galaxy X many times in the past. According to MobielKopen, the SM-G888 already received various certifications from regulators, including the Bluetooth SIG, the Wi-Fi Alliance, and South Korea’s National Radio Research Agency.

What’s interesting about the Galaxy X is that we haven’t seen any leaks aside from reports detailing the phone and these certifications. All Samsung smartphones get leaked well ahead of their time, as there’s no such thing as keeping a Samsung gadget secret.

From the looks of it, however, the phone may be nearing its launch, even if it’ll be a limited one. After all, Samsung isn’t the only company working on foldable smartphones, and it probably wants to claim the title of being the first to make one.

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How burglars managed to steal Sh50 million from KCB in Thika Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:40:14 +0000 Burglars accessed KCB Thika Branch on Sunday, November 19 and removed five containers of 50-real notes, with an estimated value of Sh50 million. They disabled the bank’s internal alarms and sensors and the burglary remained undiscovered until Monday, November 20.

Three months before the incident, the criminals rented a commercial property in Thika town and dug 120 meters beneath blocks of houses to a position beneath the bank. The gang had renovated the property and put up a sign indicating it was a landscaping company selling both natural and artificial grass as well as other plants. Neighbours described how they had seen van-loads of soil being removed daily, but understood this to be a normal activity of the business.

The tunnel, being roughly 70 cm (2.3 ft) square and running 4 meters (13 ft) beneath the surface, was well-constructed. It was lined with wood and plastic and had its own lighting and air conditioning systems. The gang broke through 1.1 meters (3.6 ft) of steel-reinforced concrete to enter the bank vault and completed their mission. According to Kiambu County police boss Adiel Nyange, three people were arrested in connection with the theft.

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LG V30 Plus specs and price in Kenya,Nigeria and Ghana Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:16:40 +0000 There is something to be said about expectations. The LG V20 surprised many as one of the best smartphones of 2016, and proved that the V series of devices from the South Korean manufacturer are indeed its standout offering at the moment. As such, all eyes were on LG when they unveiled the V30 and V30+ earlier this year, and for good reason.

It appears as if the LG G series is where the company chooses to do a bit of experimentation, and the V series is used to fine tune and perfect the mobile experience. The LG G5 and LG V20 are clear examples of this, where the former favoured an intriguing but ultimately flawed modular design, and the latter kept things simple and utilised high powered components.

Fine tuning

The same could be said for this year’s iteration of devices, with the LG G6 introducing a longer FullVision display and new design aesthetic. So how does the V30+ fare in terms of enhancing all of those new LG elements?

Before we answer that, let’s take a moment to discuss the difference between the LG V30 and V30+. Unlike other ‘plus’ versions of flagship phones, this LG variant has nothing to do with increased dimensions, but rather greater onboard storage. To that end, it comes with 128 GB of space, opposed to the standard 64 GB of the V30.

Now that has been cleared up, it’s time to delve deeper into the V30+’s design. Instead of channeling the G6 as inspiration, the V30+ reminds us more of Samsung’s recent Galaxy S offerings. The back cover in particular has an air of S8 about it, with the same combination of glass and metal, as well as slight curves integrated into the corners of the phone.

Couple of changes

All in all it’s a handsome design and yields the premium feel that one might expect from a flagship phone that costs R15 649 (RRP). Up front is a 6.0″ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 2880×1440 resolution. The truly interesting aspect of this is the OLED screen, which makes things pop just a tad more than the G6’s LCD variant. When you’re watching a lot videos or playing numerous games on the V30, the change in screen type makes a marked difference.

Another difference is a slightly wider body at 75.4 mm compared to the G6’s 71.9 mm frame. Luckily, the V30+ is not harder to cradle in hand, but single handed use can be a tad difficult at times. Those that like their power button on right hand side of the phone may become acutely aware that it is absent on the V30+ (and V30), with the fingerprint scanner on the rear doubling as the power/home button. Users can also double tap the screen to ‘wake’ the device and swipe to unlock from there. We really enjoyed the fingerprint scanner on the V30+, especially as it’s highly responsive and very rarely failed to register a finger when placed.

High powered 

Now for the internal specifications, which was one area that the V20 truly impressed last year, even [...]

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