The Samsung Galaxy S9 launch will be one of the biggest of the year in the phone space, with the eyes of the world firmly placed on the South Korean firm as it introduces its retort to Apple’s iPhone X, which arrived towards the end of 2017.
The thing is, the S9, which will be out in March, isn’t looking like a phone to redefine the space. All the rumors, leaks and speculation to date point towards an iterative update. For those hoping for a game-changing device in the Galaxy portfolio, you may have to wait until 2019.
It won’t just be the S9 though, with rumors heavily hinting at the larger Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus set to arrive alongside – following the trend of launching dual flagships phones that the firm started back in 2015 with the Galaxy S6.
When it comes to the specifications for the Galaxy S9, there are some details which have already leaked and some which haven’t. In the image above of what looks like the packaging for the device, some of the specifications have been listed on the back. If the information is to be believed then the Galaxy S9 will come with a Super AMOLED Quad HD+ display at 5.8-inches (5.6-inches with the rounded corners of the screen), and come with 64GB of internal storage space and 4GB of RAM. There are other storage variants that have been leaked and rumored as well, with it being said that Samsung will offer a 128GB and 256GB version of these phones. It’s also listed to have a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera using a Super Speed Dual Pixel sensor and an f1.5/f2.4 aperture capable of Super Slow-mo video capture, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video chat. Like some of Samsung’s other past devices it should also be coming with Stereo speakers that are tuned by AKG, it’ll have an iris scanner, and it’ll come with an IP68 rating making it resistant to dust and water. Lastly, the box also states that it will come with earphones that are tuned by AKG and that the phone will support wireless charging.
Some of those specs were likely obvious, while others maybe not so obvious. It’s also worth noting that certain details, such as the 12-megapixel camera with Super Slow-mo video capture is a spec that has been rumored again recently. Just this past week a new landing page was discovered on the Samsung Semiconductor website that talked about a new ISOCELL imaging sensor which supports Slow-mo video capture at 480 frames per second, which could be referencing the Super Slow-mo on the Galaxy S9 as listed here in the box. Another recent set of leaked specs from last week about the cameras on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus point to the camera sensors on the back and front being 12-megapixels and 8-megapixels respectively, so this isn’t the first time that the camera details have leaked. Samsung has also now sent out the official Mobile World Congress invites for its press conference that will be held there, which mentions that the Galaxy S9 re-imagines the camera, alluding to it having some pretty special features.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 SPECS
Based on the rumors so far, this is what the Galaxy S9’s spec sheet looks like.
Display resolution: QHD+ (1440 x 2960)
Display size: 5.8-inch
Display tech: Super AMOLED
Chipset: Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 8MP
Rear fingerprint scanner
Raxio Data Centre Hosts CEO’s And IT Specialists
Raxio Data Centre, the premier provider of data centre services in Uganda, hosted CEO’s and IT specialists from all insurance and brokerage firms in Uganda on a tour of its state-of-the-art data centre facility.
They included RIO Insurance, CIC Insurance Group, Alliance Africa General Insurance, Liberty Uganda, Mayfair Insurance, APA Insurance, ICEA Uganda, and Excel Insurance amongst others.
The visit provided the insurance and brokerage sector professionals with an opportunity to witness the world-class infrastructure and services offered by Raxio Data Centre. The tour showcased the company’s commitment to supporting the digital transformation of Uganda’s insurance sector through the provision of secure, reliable and scalable data centre services.
James Byaruhanga, General Manager of Raxio Data Centre, said, “We are delighted to host the CEO’s and IT specialists from Uganda’s insurance and brokerage firms. We believe that Raxio’s state-of-the-art data centre facility, with its robust infrastructure, multiple redundancies and excellent connectivity, will offer the insurance sector an unparalleled level of security, resilience, and reliability that is critical to their operations.”
The tour provided the visitors with an opportunity to see the benefits that Raxio Data Centre can offer to the insurance and brokerage sector such as unmatched reliability and uptime increased data security and protection cost savings through shared infrastructure flexibility to scale IT infrastructure, improved disaster recovery and business continuity planning.
Bengo Badru, a Technical Officer at the Uganda Insurers Association said, “The visit to Raxio Data Centre was an eye-opener. The infrastructure is world-class, and we were impressed by the company’s commitment to providing top-notch data centre services. We believe that this partnership will be beneficial to the insurance sector, and we look forward to exploring how we can leverage Raxio’s services to improve our operations.”
James Byaruhanga spoke on the importance of digital transformation in the insurance industry and how Raxio Data Centre is equipped to support the industry transformation.
‘Raxio Data Centre is set to transform the insurance sector in Uganda through the provision of reliable, secure and cost-effective data centre services. The company’s state-of-the-art facility is a game-changer for the sector and will help insurance companies and brokerages to stay ahead in a rapidly changing business environment,’ he said.
Nine Students To Represent Uganda In Huawei Global ICT Competition; To Battle Against 150 Teams From Over 40 Countries…
Uganda will be represented by nine students; six from network track (Makerere University), and three from cloud track (Muni University) in the Huawei global ICT Competition final that is taking place this weekend.
Huawei ICT Competition is a competitive ICT talent exchange program developed globally for university, college and TVET students. This aims to promote the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and support the integration of industry and education.
Launched in the African region just six years ago, the Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa and the world at large.
The final will start with an opening ceremony on Friday 17th June 2022, then Saturday 18th June will be the examination day where the exercise will be conducted for five hours (written and lab exam). Uganda students shall battle over 150 teams globally representing over 40 countries.
The results shall come out the following week on Tuesday 21st June.
In May, 2022, Huawei, the leading ICT global solutions provider, awarded the 2021 Seeds for the Future Finalists and the 2021-2022 Huawei Regional ICT Competition finalists.
Under the theme of “Connection, Glory, Future”, the nine month long Huawei ICT competition for Sub Saharan Africa was finalized on 19th February, 2022 with over 16 countries and 38 teams sitting for written and laboratory exams. The competition attracted over 15,000 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa from 500 universities.
Globally, the Huawei ICT Competition 2021 covered over 80 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges.
According to Huawei Uganda Public Relations Director, Mr Gaojian, “Huawei Uganda approached over 15 universities and interested them in the 2021 ICT Competition. We registered 750 students and opened for them our free online learning platforms in the various courses of Network and cloud. The network track consists of Datacom, Security and Wireless Lan while Cloud track consists of Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Storage. These studied and were subjected to preliminary exams, national exams and Regional exams where we attained the first and second position.”
Michelle Chemutai, a telecom engineer, at Makerere University and one of the regional level winners, recently expressed her gratitude to the exposure Huawei had accorded to them.
“The competition was very intimidating and at the same time exciting. The thought of competing with creme de la creme teams from different countries was frightening. Taking the first position made me really feel good about myself and increased my self-confidence. Thanks to Huawei,” she said.
She added that, “This competition was a new experience for me as an individual. it taught me team work and coordination and that hard work actually pays off. This competition literally forced us to give in our best. Also, I got a lot of exposure in the network field and learnt how to do the practical lab configurations that isn’t taught at the university.”
In April this year, Huawei announced the launch of its LEAP digital skills development programme aimed at helping advance the ICT skills of more than 100,000 people across the Sub-Saharan Africa region within three years, according to the Chinese tech conglomerate.
LEAP – an acronym for Leadership, Employability, Advancement and Possibilities – is aimed at fostering strong digital leadership and a skilled ICT workforce, building a digital talent pool, and promoting digital literacy among citizens. It includes a wide range of activities spanning from ICT training and certification courses to government digital capacity building and ICT skills competitions.
Launching the LEAP programme, Huawei Southern Africa President, Leo Chen stressed the importance of ICT skills transfer and talent development and underlined Huawei’s consistent emphasis on it.
“Digitisation is deeply rooted in people. Because we digitise for people and by people. When roots are deep, there is no need to fear the wind,” he said.
“Through the programme, we strive to cultivate more youth leaders in ICT, who can explore more possibilities for themselves, their families, community and ultimately their nations.”
According to the company, Huawei has, over the past two decades, helped advance the ICT skills of more than 80,000 people across the sub-Saharan Africa region. In doing so, it says it has helped increase youth employability and bridge the gender gap in the ICT industry. Huawei itself is an employer of choice in the region. Its subsidiaries in 9 Sub-Saharan African countries earned the Top Employer seal in 2021.
With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei hopes to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023.
Uganda To Be Region’s Top ICT Hub – ICT Minister Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi…
The Minister of ICT and National Guidance and the Managing Director Huawei Uganda, Mr. Gao Fei launched the Huawei ICT Talent Development Report in Kampala on Friday 27th August 2021 at Kampala Serena Hotel.
Research shows that people and organizations’ ability to access and use ICT services is more likely to drive economic development than ICT education and skills.
Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi who launched the ICT Talent development report and awarded the most Outstanding lecturer Mr. Olinga Peter John who trained the winners of the Huawei ICT Competition in 2020 both regional and global level.
He lauded initiatives such as the Huawei ICT Academy, Huawei ICT Competition, and Huawei Seeds for the future among others as helping to make Uganda realize its 2040 vision and 2014 National ICT Policy sooner since through initiatives such as these that involve skilling of young people, Uganda achieve socio-economic Development and be relevant in the new digital era.
The Minister of ICT and National Guidance said, “ICT is a critical part to Uganda’s socio-economic development and big enabler of job creation, business growth, innovation, export, and efficient public service delivery.”
The ICT minister also revealed that Uganda wants to be the region’s top ICT-enabled country and to realise this digital transformation, young people should have the skills, passion, determination and support to develop and use their ICT skills to drive this country forward.
He added that Government needs partners in private sector such as Huawei, not only in implementing technology solutions, but more importantly in working together to build the skills in our current and future workforce.
“The NRM government has put digital upskilling as a top priority and this is witnessed in the Vision 2040. Which is, Uganda shall develop and improve its ICT capacity, building efforts by adopting globally-benchmarked, industry-rated skills assessments, and training and certification standards. These efforts will be coupled with international industry collaboration in testing and certification standards,” he said.
Huawei has been playing an active role in Uganda’s digital transformation through technological infrastructure and digital upskilling. This has been the case since 2007 when Huawei started its collaboration with the Ministry of ICT when the National Backbone infrastructure project commenced.
Huawei ICT Development Report 2021 launch was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Rukia Nakaddama Isanga, Minister of Education – higher education Hon. Dr JC Muyingo, and Chinese embassy Representative (the economic and commercial counsellor) Mrs. Jiang Jiqing and the Huawei Southern Africa regional VP Mr. Frank Yang Chen among others.
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