HTC U11+: Even more squeezed into a slimmer, stunning phone

Updated 10 November 2017
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HTC U11+: Even more squeezed into a slimmer, stunning phone

Do you want to do more with your phone? Watch more videos, play more games, snap more photos, and share more of life’s experiences. For the person who always wants more, HTC has announced the launching of HTC U11+, squeezing even more screen and battery into a more slender device.
The HTC U11+ takes the popular HTC U11 and plus-sizes it with a 6-inch display, gigantic battery, and more in a stunning liquid surface body that is even slimmer than the HTC U11.
The HTC U11+ lets you enjoy more with:
l A bigger screen on a smaller device: A 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio will make the HTC U11+ your new favorite way to watch movies and play games — and it still fits comfortably in your hand.
l Do more of everything for longer: A 3,930mAh battery you can depend on will set your mind at ease as you do more of the things you love for longer.
l Edge Sense is better than ever: Using the HTC U11+ is a breeze with one hand, thanks to Edge Launcher, which lets you access notifications and all your apps with a single hand, and Edge Sense, which lets you squeeze to perform your most common useful actions.
l Pushing the boundaries of design: Elegant translucent glass back that provides a delightful, intimate look and feel.
l Amazing cameras, intelligent voice assistants, the loudest ever HTC BoomSound with 30 percent more volume, HTC USonic earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation, IP68 weather-resistant liquid surface design, and the latest Android Oreo experiences with Qualcomm power.
l The HTC U11+ comes equipped with an even better camera than the HTC U11, which was awarded a remarkable DxOMark Mobile score of 90 3. The new improvements in HTC U11+ will reward you with spectacular and crisp image quality.
l Full-sensor phase detection autofocus on the HTC U11+ is the same technology found in top DSLR cameras, while HDR Boost technology produces dynamic photographs without slowing down.
l The new 8MP front camera incorporates the same powerful HDR Boost and noise reduction technology as in the main camera. Take great selfies with precise details and vivid colors — even in low light. The HTC U11+ offers the same award-winning video quality as the HTC U11.
l UltraSpeed autofocus captures clear video during action moments, and Acoustic Focus with 360° audio recording creates playback that sounds like you never left.


GFH reveals boost in first-half profits

Updated 14 August 2018
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GFH reveals boost in first-half profits

GFH Financial Group has announced that net profit attributable to shareholders rose to $72.5 million in the first six months of 2018, a 16.7 percent increase from the same period a year earlier. The group also reported a consolidated net profit of $73.4 million in the first half of the year, a rise of 12.1 percent.

Net profit attributable to shareholders for the second quarter increased by 19.2 percent to $36 million. Consolidated net profit during the quarter rose to $36.5 million, an increase of 14.1 percent.

Earnings per share for first half of the year was 2.02 cents, compared with 2.51 cents in the first six months of 2017. Earnings per share for the second quarter was 1 cent, compared with 1.22 cents in the same period of 2017.

Total consolidated revenues in the first half, grew by 12.5 percent to $124.2 million, primarily from revenues generated by its investment-banking business. This included income generated from investment placements for private equity and real-estate transactions. Consolidated revenues for the second quarter stood at $63.7 million, an increase of 4.8 percent.

Profit before impairment allowance for the first half of the year was $79.1 million, an increase of 34.1 percent. Consolidated operating profit for the second quarter increased by 23.5 percent to $40.5 million. Total operating expenses for the first half fell to $45.1 million from $51.4 million. Operating expenses for the second quarter dropped to $23.2 million from $28 million a year earlier.

Equity attributable to shareholders was $1.11 billion for the first half, compared with $1.14 billion a year ago. The total assets of the group increased by 10.3 percent to $4.3 billion.

“We are pleased with the continued growth in profitably for the first half of 2018,” said GFH Chairman Jassim Alseddiqi. “Enhanced results and revenue generation for the period were supported by increased contributions from the group’s investment-banking business, where it continues to demonstrate a strong ability to identify and bring to the market unique investment opportunities.”

Hisham Alrayes, the group’s CEO, added “In line with the Group’s strategy, the ongoing growth in our investment-banking business continues to drive enhanced results and profitably. In particular, during the period, improvements in income generation came from a number of strategic deals, including our landmark investment in the UAE-based Entertainer, and a notable trophy real-estate asset in Chicago.”