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Infinix Hot 8 could launch this month with 4G LTE, 4/64GB memory

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Your favorite smartphone vendor, Infinix Mobility, launched a 3G smartphone in Kenya, the Infinix Hot 7, in March 2019. Yes, in 2019. At a time when the Mobile World Congress had just given us the future that is 5G, the Chinese company still had the boldness to bring a 3G smartphone into the country. Can you imagine?

To be fair, though, there are plenty of other device makers that sell low-cost 3G smartphones not just in Kenya but in Africa at large. Furthermore, the infrastructure needed to power 5G isn’t even ready in these parts of the world where some remote areas are still struggling to get hold of 4G or even 3G, so Infinix and the Hot 7 3G are actually vindicated. SMH.

 

Infinix Hot 7

Infinix Hot 7 is limited to 2G & 3G network

 

We don’t know how many units of the Hot 7 Infinix has sold so far, but the supposed arrival of its successor, the Infinix Hot 8, hardly six months later says a lot. Perhaps Infinix is quickly making amends for the uninspiring Hot 7 with an improved Hot 8 whose retail box has recently leaked ahead of launch.

The first amend, so it seems, is to add support for 4G LTE. Most people keep phones for years and we all know that areas currently without 4G should get it eventually and with the 4G-capable Hot 8, they’ll be future-proof. On the other hand, those who have the Hot 7 are stuck on 3G forever even if they move to a region with 4G. Too bad!

This could be one of those tricks companies use to force users to upgrade to a newer or rather more expensive phone. And we know Infinix is no stranger to related strategies, having on several occasions released two variants of the same phone with 3G and 4G support as one of the main differences.

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Infinix Hot 8 retail box leaked

Leaked Infinix Hot 8 retail box (Source: (91Mobiles)

 

If the box is anything to go by, the upcoming Infinix Hot 8 could borrow some of the Infinix S4’s aesthetics. Or perhaps just about the entire external looks and feel. The box has an image of the Hot 8 with a waterdrop-style notch on an otherwise full-screen bar the tiny chin at the bottom. I hate to admit it but this type of notch looks much cleaner and minimal than the Hot 7.

The image also reveals that the Hot 8 will ship with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with room to expand via a microSD card. In comparison, the Hot 7 sold in Kenya has 1GB or 2GB RAM allied to 16GB or 32GB storage.

Still, we cannot guarantee that the aforementioned combo is what will come to Kenya. This is especially since the Indian market got a far much superior variant of the Infinix Hot 7 than what we got here. What’s even more painful is that it offers more value for the same amount of money we pay for the weaker model sold here. Are you even kidding me, Infinix?

Below is a summary of the rumored Infinix Hot 8 specs.

  • 6.2-inch HD+ display screen
  • MediaTek Helio P25 SoC
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 13MP + 2MP main camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie with XOS 5.0
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm audio jack, microUSB, dual-SIM, 4G LTE, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, etc.

The Infinix Hot 8 will reportedly be unveiled in India later this month priced at under INR 10,000, which is equivalent to about Kshs 14,500. It is alleged that Infinix will have it in Midnight Black, Aqua Blue, and Mocha Brown paint jobs.

There is no info on local availability, but we

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite launched in Kenya, starts selling on February 10th

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Samsung’s latest smartphone in the Kenyan market is one that has received quite the acclaim abroad.

Unveiled at the start of the year alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite after weeks of rumours, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is a follow up to last year’s Galaxy Note 10 but for those on a budget.

The feature set is also different.

Whereas the Galaxy Note 10 packs all the latest and “greatest” features, the Note 10 Lite makes do with yesteryear components like the dated Exynos 9810. Of course, that also means that the base model packs 128GB internal storage space which is quite a lot but pales in comparison to the Note 10’s 256GB starting point.

It also skips on the IP rating of the Note 10.

However, it shows its muscle in the amount of memory (6GB, the 8GB variant isn’t available locally), a bigger (6.7-inch vs 6.3-inch) Super AMOLED display panel and a bigger battery (4,500mAh vs 3,500mAh).

It also packs a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSD card slot, both of which are missing on the Note 10.

What makes “a Note a Note”, the S Pen, is available on the Note 10 Lite, marking the first time since the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco (which saw the release of a “watered-down” Note device) that Samsung has made the Note lineup available at a “less-than-premium” price.

Starting on Monday, February 10th, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite can be had in the country for Kshs 58,000. So much for a “less-than-premium” price, eh? It’s at least a tidy fraction of the Note 10’s high price.

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Daystar Power raises $4m from SunFunder for rapid buildout in Nigeria

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Daystar Power, a commercial and industrial (C&I) solar developer,  has raised $4 million from SundFunder to provide solar power and energy efficiency solutions for businesses in the commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors in Nigeria.

Daystar Power says the funding will result in significant reduction of power costs, diesel consumption and pollution in Nigeria.

SunFunder, a solar finance company providing debt capital to solar enterprises in emerging markets, invests up to 3MWp of C&I projects for clients including top tier financial institutions and other small and medium-sized enterprises will mitigate 102,410 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

According to Rim Azirar, Investment Officer at SunFunder, “We are delighted to support Daystar’s growth with a project finance-like structure that can support the company’s strategy for rapid buildout in Nigeria, through their highly scalable business model.” 

Daystar’s mission is to provide an African sustainable energy solution that results in a minimum 20 % reduction in energy costs and 50% reduction in diesel consumption for end users.

According to a recent study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Nigeria has the largest potential for C&I solar in Africa because of the scale of the opportunity for diesel replacement. Daystar is a pioneer in the market, offering end-users increased reliability as well as lower energy costs through solar and storage systems.

Christian Wessels, co-founder and executive of Daystar Power, comments: “We are happy to partner with SunFunder in our mission to bring clean, continuous and affordable power to West African businesses in support of their growth and environmental goals. The support of SunFunder enables the beginning of a new phase of accelerated growth for our company.”

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In October, Daystar Power announced it had installed its 100th solar energy system in Nigeria since it was founded in 2017. In May the same year, it raised EUR 500,000 via Trine for captive power installations in Togo & Senegal. The amount was a debt round raised via crowdfunding site Trine, a Swedish investment platform to finance solar power systems.

In April, Daystar Power entered Ghana after raising $10m for West Africa expansion. The Ghana office was its second branch in West Africa with an office in the Ghanaian capital of Accra.

In March, Daystar Power received 10 million US Dollars for expansion of solar power operations in West Africa. The $10 million USD investment was led by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy Capital LLC.


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Twitter Makes $1bn Quarterly Revenue For The First Time

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Twitter has pulled in one billion dollars in quarterly revenue for the first time. The revenue grew by 11 per cent from a year earlier to $1.01bn, also beating the expectation of $996.7m from the previous projections.

The high revenue is attributed to the tremendous efforts the company has made In the most recent days. Among them, it has made make its platform more user-friendly sending its shares up 14 per cent in early trading.

Prior, the company forecast it’s first-quarter revenue between $825m and $885m. The Wall Street had an estimate of $872.6m in revenues.

The companies CEO Jack Dorsey during an earnings call with analysts said,” Rolling out new features at a faster pace is one of Twitter’s top priorities for the year. The time it takes to go from an idea to shipping something remarkable to customers simply takes too long”

“2019 was a great year for Twitter. Our work to increase relevance and ease of use delivered 21% mDAU [(monetizable Daily Active Usage)] growth in Q4, with more than half of the 26 million mDAU added in 2019 directly driven by product improvements. Entering 2020, we are building on our momentum – learning faster, prioritizing better, shipping more and hiring remarkable talent. All of which put us in a stronger position as we address the challenges and opportunities ahead.” he added.

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Twitter has also focused on relevant content and notifications which has boosted average monetizable daily active users.

The metrics rose to 152 million in the fourth quarter through December from 126 million the previous year. From the records, it has beaten the average analyst’s expectation of 147.5 million according to Aljazeera.

Twitter revealed that the firm’s revenue for the whole year was $3.46 billion which represents a 14 per cent increase. The yearly costs and expenses added up to $ 3.09 billion. This pulled down to an 11 per cent operation margin and operating income of $336 million.

The United States, which is its major market generated $591 million of revenue. This is an increase of 17 per cent from the previous year.

Further, this year’s goals are to increase its workforce up to 20 per cent or more in engineering, product design and research. Among other investments, Twitter foresees a new data centre this year.


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