Great new stuff

Keep up to date with the lat­est in tech gad­gets and ac­ces­sories.

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Contents -


Sam­sung’s lat­est flag­ship smart­phone is here and it’s big­ger than ever. The Note 9 now has a hefty 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Su­per AMOLED dis­play, an IP68 rat­ing, dual rear-fac­ing cam­era with dual OIS, a water car­bon­cool­ing sys­tem and An­droid 8.1 pre-in­stalled.

The en­try-level ver­sion comes with a de­cent 6 GB RAM and 128 GB ex­pand­able on-board storage, while the higher-specced ver­sion has 8 GB RAM and 512 GB ex­pand­able on-board storage, all of which is pow­ered by a 4 000 mah bat­tery.

The S-pen is now the most ad­vanced it’s ever been. Avail­able in a strik­ing yel­low (if you get the Ocean Blue Note 9), it’s now Blue­tooth Low En­ergy (LE) en­abled, which means it can be used as a re­mote shut­ter trig­ger, play or pause con­trols for mu­sic or video, and as a clicker to help you move through pre­sen­ta­tions (when your Note 9 is be­ing used in DEX mode).

The S-pen has a 30-minute bat­tery life when in standby mode, and fully charges in un­der one minute when in­serted into the phone. Sam­sung has also an­nounced that it will be open­ing the S-pen SDK to de­vel­op­ers, so more use cases for the Blue­tooth func­tion­al­ity can be cre­ated.

The Gal­axy Note 9 is cur­rently avail­able in South Africa in three colours: Ocean Blue, Metal­lic Cop­per and Mid­night Black. RRP R18 999 (128 GB ver­sion) RRP R23 999 (512 GB ver­sion)


Len­ovo’s just un­veiled the Thinkpad P1, call­ing it its ‘thinnest, light­est and sleek­est mo­bile work­sta­tion’. Fea­tur­ing 8th-gen In­tel Xeon and Core pro­ces­sors with sup­port for the Core i9 CPU and clock­able speeds of up to 4.6 GHZ, it is a beast of a ma­chine. If you’re won­der­ing about graph­ics ca­pa­bil­i­ties, you’ll be happy to know that the P1 fea­tures NVIDIA’S Quadro P1000 and P2000 graph­ics cards. It also has Blue­tooth 5.0, two USB Type-c Thun­der­bolt 3 ports, two USB 3.1 Type-a ports, an HDMI port, a mini Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port, a head­phone/ mic com­bi­na­tion jack and SD- and smart-card slots.

You’ll be able to get it with ei­ther Win­dows 10 Pro or Win­dows 10 Pro for Work­sta­tions as the op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

The P1 is a marvel of engi­neer­ing, be­cause it packs in a ton of fea­tures and ports, a 15.6-inch dis­play and an 80 Wh bat­tery in a body that’s only 18.4 mm thick. RRP R27 999


Fitbit’s lat­est ad­di­tion to its suc­cess­ful Charge range is here. The all-new Charge 3 has a touch­screen dis­play, more than 15 ex­er­cise modes, bat­tery life of up to seven days, and is swim­proof thanks to a water re­sis­tance of up to 50 m – a first for any Charge de­vice.

A rel­a­tive SPO2 sen­sor (an­other first for Fitbit de­vices) brings the abil­ity to es­ti­mate changes in your blood oxy­gen. This opens the door to a range of pos­si­bil­i­ties, like the abil­ity to track breath­ing dis­rup­tions such as asthma, sleep ap­nea or al­ler­gies.

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the Fitbit Versa, the Charge 3 also has fe­male health track­ing, and will bring Run Detect with au­to­matic pause and stop in a fu­ture up­date.

Mov­ing be­yond the health fea­tures that you love in a Fitbit, the Charge 3 will in­clude en­hanced smart fea­tures, al­low­ing you to re­spond to mes­sages with pre-pop­u­lated texts, check no­ti­fi­ca­tions and more.

If you opt to get the Charge 3 Special Edi­tion and have a qual­i­fy­ing FNB ac­count, you can make card­less pay­ments with Fitbit Pay. Com­pat­i­ble with An­droid and IOS, the Fitbit Charge 3 is avail­able in graphite alu­minium or rose-gold alu­minium. RRP R2 599 (stan­dard edi­tion) RRP R3 099 (special edi­tion)


The first thing to do when get­ting a fancy new smart­phone is get a case to pro­tect it.

Spigen’s Rugged Ar­mor cases – for a range of dif­fer­ent phones – are the per­fect slim­line cases to give you added pro­tec­tion with­out adding too much bulk. Made from a flex­i­ble ther­mo­plas­tic polyurethane (TPU), the Rugged Ar­mor case has Spigen’s shock-ab­sorb­ing Air Cush­ion Tech­nol­ogy and a unique spi­der­web de­sign built in. It also has a raised lip, which pro­vides pro­tec­tion for your dis­play, some­thing that not ev­ery smart­phone case has.

Avail­able at From R235 (prices vary de­pend­ing on hand­set)

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