Huawei Mate10 lite launches new features for enhanced phone usability

The smartphone is available in Prestige Gold, Graphite Black and Aurora Blue.
Updated 13 February 2018
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Huawei Mate10 lite launches new features for enhanced phone usability

Huawei Mate10 lite has introduced two tailor-made software upgrades to device users, designed to bring more features, functionality and fun to the mobile experience. The new features include a face unlock option, as well as an augmented reality (AR) lens, providing entertaining and colorful backgrounds and effects. The new features will be available gradually starting from Feb. 9, and by Feb 23 will be available to all users.
The Huawei face unlock option is a safe and convenient way to interact with the Mate10 lite, providing one more option besides fingerprint to unlock the device. Using advanced facial recognition software, the option has enhanced security settings, recording more than 1,000 data points on the face to prevent photos and videos of the face being used to unlock the phone. This data is stored within the Kirin Processor’s Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) to ensure maximum security. In addition, the setting only works when eyes are open. The exceptionally fast unlock speed now takes only 800 milliseconds to unlock the device.
In addition, the upgraded software version integrates a full augmented reality (AR) lens selfie feature. Now, users can be more creative with their selfies and photos, with options ranging from self-created backgrounds, real-life landmark backgrounds, super-imposed images and special effects.
Huawei claimed the new Mate10 lite upgrade is ideal for those who want to enjoy the next innovation in advanced facial recognition software, bringing to life a new level of fun with photographs and the overall mobile experience.
The smartphone is available for purchase in Prestige Gold, Graphite Black and Aurora Blue at a price of SR1,199 ($320).


Shaza Makkah opens doors in holy city

Updated 12 August 2018
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Shaza Makkah opens doors in holy city

Shaza Hotels, a luxury hotel brand that embraces the cultures of the Middle East, is making its debut in the holy city of Makkah with the opening of Shaza Makkah. The hotel is located within the precincts of Al-Masjid Al-Haram and the new Jabal Ka’aba district. 

“Respectful luxury, serenity that soothes the soul and a contemporary interpretation of the Arabian motifs form the core of design at Shaza Makkah,” said a press release.

“The thoughtfully crafted 251 rooms and suites at Shaza Makkah are enhanced by many having beautiful views of the Holy Mosque. Small by choice, the hotel’s bespoke services and restaurants and meeting spaces add a new dimension to the experience. Shaza Makkah epitomizes the essence of the Shaza brand, dedicated to offering a unique luxury hospitality experience inspired by the legendary traditions of the famous Silk Route.” 

Khalid Saud Abu Haimed, chief executive officer of Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi Real Estate Investments Company, said: “We are delighted to open Shaza Makkah Hotel which will be the crown jewel property for Al-Rajhi Investments’ portfolio of real estate assets. This is our third hotel opening in Makkah, among the other projects in our development pipeline and I am certain, similar to our other hotels, Shaza Makkah will become the permanent and distinguishing destination for guests visiting Makkah.”

Simon Coombs, president and CEO of Shaza Hotels, said: “Opening of Shaza Makkah marks a key milestone for Shaza Hotels. We are honored to partner with Al-Rajhi Investments in opening their flagship hotel in the holy city of Makkah. It is our endeavor to create a new approach, one of handcrafted guest experiences in an oasis of calm. In tune with the potential of Vision 2030, Shaza Hotels will strive to create distinctive hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Salim Khan, head of asset management — hotels at Al-Rajhi Investments, said: “Having 251 keys as compared to other hotels with larger inventories in the central area, will give us the leverage to target the optimum business mix with strong focus on distinctive quality of services that would be provided to the guests.”

Shaza Makkah is part of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) and offers its guests unique experiences with Shaza Discovery loyalty program. The program includes more than 10 million members, across 35 brands, and encompassing over 550 upscale and luxury hotels with 110,000 rooms across 76 different countries.