By Wares August 23, 2018 Industry news

Aussie homewares retailer tests NZ market; Nikon formally reveals its Z Series full-frame mirrorless shooters; and leaks about Google's next flagship products abound...

After teasing, Nikon debuts full-frame mirrorless cameras

Nikon just released details of its new Z6 and pro-level Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras and lifted the embargo on test results and review to boot.

The result is headlines like "Nikon strikes back at Sony..." referring to how the two new Nikons will take a slice of the market that Sony has dominated for a while now with its A7.

The Z series comes with a fast new lens system (there's also an adapter for non-Z lenses) and the difference between the two models is about the number of megapixels, focus points and ISO range.

There's a special Z Series website here.


Temple & Webster does Trade Me

Aussie furniture and homewares retailer Temple & Webster is reported to be setting up an online-only presence here in New Zealand.

Initially, at least, it'll be selling own brand products through Trade Me and using that channel as a toe in the water.

Trade Me incidentally just reported a record financial year to end June 2018, with net operating profit +3.9% on last year to $96.6m, operating EBITDA and revenue +6.2% and 6.6% respectively. Find all the other details here.


Leaked: Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones, Pixel wearable

Nikon may have deliberately teased its latest cameras but Google (which has thus far kept mum about the next wave of phones and wearables) seems to have lost control of the information appearing about its next Pixel smartphones.

Even Forbes has been reporting on what's been revealed thus far about Google's new flagship phones, which are assumed to be revealed officially in the next couple of months, October probably.

After much opinionating (after all, we still have no clear release date) it is indicated that Google may be close to launching the largest smartphone ever with a 6.7-inch screen, no less.

Maybe the New Zealand market will get this one?

Parallel with all the supposition around the search giant's new phones is gossip about Google's own flagship Wear OS smartwatch which may also bear the Pixel brand and which, Google will be hoping, will stem the seemingly irresistible rise of Apple's Watch...

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