Tech & Science Huawei and Samsung are neck and neck in the foldable smartphone race
Notch appeal? Smartphones sales set to bounce back this year
After smartphone sales shrank for the first time ever in the fourth quarter, Gartner is more optimistic about this year. The firm sees a big bump in 2020 thanks to AI.Smartphone sales fell year-over-year for the first time in the fourth quarter, leading critics to ponder if its best days are behind us. It's a lot harder to get excited about phones, nowadays, with each subsequent version coming with a slight tweak in design and better internal specifications.
It looks as though Huawei is in a race against Samsung, LG and other manufacturers for the title of “world's first truly foldable smartphone.”
According to a report from Korean news site ETNews, which claims its information comes from sources with direct knowledge of the plans, Huawei has recently signed non-disclosure agreements with its suppliers, in connection to the mysterious ‘foldable phone' that could be unveiled as early as November.
If there is a November reveal, that date could very likely win the brand the title of ‘world's first'. But before getting too excited and putting this on top of the Christmas list, it's not sure whether the foldable phone will actually be available for purchase, with that time period more likely being for a reveal. That could give the company some time to figure out what apps would complement double the screen real estate, which comes with the unique feature of being able to be folded down the middle.
Huawei’s P20 Pro has more optical image stabilization than we thought
The Huawei P20 Pro is making its way into the world, which means it’s time for the requisite iFixit teardown so we can see what makes Huawei’s latest flagship tick. While most of it is pretty standard stuff, there are a few surprises, including the fact that the triple-lens camera setup has more optical image stabilization than we originally thought.According to Huawei, only the 8-megapixel telephoto lens officially has hardware OIS, but, as seen in the teardown, all three lenses seem to have the stabilizing hardware on board, which is a nice bonus.
And according to the same sources, Huawei is also planning to unveil a folding phone with 5G support in the later part of 2019.
But Huawei is not the only brand working on a foldable smartphone. Earlier this month, it was reported that LG had been granted a patent for a foldable smartphone design while Samsung Mobile President, DJ Koh, has been quoted saying that they too will have something to show in regards of a truly foldable Galaxy smartphone this year. Meanwhile the Axon M by ZTE, which launched in China earlier this year, is a foldable smartphone, however it takes a different approach to the foldable aspect, taking the form of two screens sandwiched together via a hinge.
Samsung Developing Mid-Range Galaxy S9 Variant .
South Korean tech giant Samsung is reportedly launching a new mid-range version of the Galaxy S9 flagship phone.Korea Herald learned from a Samsung official over the weekend that the tech giant is planning to release another variant of the Galaxy S series. The statement the official provided is actually kind of vague, so it isn’t clear if Samsung is really developing a mid-range version of the Galaxy S9 or a mid-range version of another high-end device.
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