AS­PIRE S 13

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Demon­strat­ing the equi­lib­rium be­tween form and func­tion, the As­pire S 13’s pow­er­ful com­po­nents come to­gether to strike a per­fect bal­ance in size, weight and per­for­mance. Slen­der and so­phis­ti­cated, the As­pire S 13 has a truly in­no­va­tive and at­ten­tion-grab­bing look with a thin 14,58 mm form fac­tor and Nano-im­print ex­te­rior. Full HD dis­play with wide-view­ing an­gle IPS tech­nol­ogy brings im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ences for both movies and pre­sen­ta­tions. It’s pow­ered by a 6th Gen In­tel Core i3 Pro­ces­sor, runs Win­dows 10 Home, has up to 4 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD stor­age and rev­ersible USB Type-c with USB 3.1.

It’s that time of year again when the fo­cus is on fam­ily time and shar­ing great mem­o­ries… and what bet­ter way to do this than by wel­com­ing another fam­ily into the mix: the Huawei P9 fam­ily. This range of de­vices has some­thing to of­fer each mem­ber of the fam­ily, from the rather grown-up model in the P9 Plus to the younger sib­ling, the P9 Lite.

Al­though the P9 Plus is the fully fledged adult in the fam­ily, there are some re­ally good fea­tures that the P9 and the P9 Lite share. Both have a stylish metal frame (al­though the P9 Lite is a lit­tle heav­ier and thicker) and the same size screen and spec at 5,2 inches and 1 080 x 1 920.

All three fam­ily mem­bers also come with the en­hanced new fin­ger­print sen­sor – mak­ing ac­cess to your phone, bank­ing and on­line pur­chases that much eas­ier by us­ing your fin­ger­print rather than a pass­word to au­tho­rise.

Un­der­stand­ably, con­sid­er­ing the lower price point, the P9 Lite doesn’t boast some of the bells and whis­tles that are fea­tures on its older sib­ling and par­ent.

The big brother and the P9 come with the high­light fea­ture for this Huawei range and that’s the dual-lens tech­nol­ogy. De­signed in con­junc­tion with Le­ica, the P9 is armed with the type of hard­ware that takes it to a whole new level of awe­some­ness when it comes to cap­tur­ing those pre­cious fam­ily mo­ments.

Both the Huawei P9 and the P9 Plus have 12-megapixel cam­era sen­sors and an f2.2 aper­ture. This is cou­pled with pow­er­ful depth-sens­ing soft­ware and ad­vanced in-cam­era edit­ing fea­tures. The dual-lens tech­nol­ogy means one shoots in RGB to pro­duce a colour im­age, while the other shoots in mono­chrome. The soft­ware then puts the two to­gether to cre­ate a sin­gle high-qual­ity im­age. This is sta­teof-the-art tech­nol­ogy and it’s quite clear that this Huawei fam­ily has rein­vented smart­phone photography.

The par­ent in the fam­ily is un­doubt­edly the P9 Plus. With sim­i­lar fea­tures to the P9, the P9 Plus boasts a big­ger screen with AMOLED dis­play, more mem­ory and bat­tery, and a key fea­ture – pres­sure-sen­si­tive tech­nol­ogy called Press Touch. While the Le­ica cam­era set-up re­mains the same, the selfie cam­era has a wider aper­ture and auto fo­cus so you can ex­pect bet­ter shots, es­pe­cially in low-light.

At a higher price point than both the P9 and the P9 Lite, the P9 Plus is def­i­nitely all grown up but its fea­tures make it worth­while.

No mat­ter which de­vice is the right fit for your fam­ily, each one was crafted to fit your hand, per­fectly con­structed from su­pe­rior-grade glass, di­a­mond-cut edges and an alu­minium uni­body with curves in all the right places. The added bonus is they come in the funki­est of colours, such as Haze Gold, Ceramic White and Ti­ta­nium Grey.

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