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MWC 2019: Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone Debuts, Already Feels Like Galaxy Fold Killer

By James A.

Remember the Samsung Galaxy Fold? It debuted a week ago, as the first mainstream, big brand foldable phone, but it’s apparently a limited edition, priced at $2000. Huawei upped the ante at MWC 2019, by unveiling the Huawei Mate X, its own version of foldable smartphone. It’s bigger, sexier and… pricier.

The device has an 8 inch screen that folds on the side and has the folded part snap onto a sort of “stub”, that integrates the device’s camera. There’s a flexible 8 inch OLED screen here, available when the device is in tablet mode, opened up. When used in smartphone mode, it has a 6.6 inch screen and when you’re using the screen folded at the back you get a 6.38 inch diagonal.

The thickness is amazing here, a mere 5.4 mm in tablet mode and the device is much slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Even when folded, the 11 mm sound pretty OK. This is not just a foldable phone from Huawei, it’s also a 5G unit, courtesy of a Balong 5000 modem inside. Specs include a Kirin 980 CPU, a 4500 mAh battery with a crazy 55W charger.

 

The fingerprint scanner is integrated in the Power button and back to the screen panel, the 8 incher has a 2480 x 1220 pixels, showing us a square format. The 6.6 inch panel has a 2480 x 1148 pixel res. Huawei claims to have used a patented hinge design with over 100 components. Engineers needed 3 years to make this all happen.

The device can achieve up to 6.5/3.5 Gbps downlink and uplink speeds and there’s also a quad 5G antenna on board. There’s a triple camera here, powered by Leica optics, with a 40 MP, 16 MP and 8 MP sensor. Options are completed by the microSD card slot, WiFi ac and an USB Type-C port. Things aren’t perfect though, as this beast is priced at $2600. While the Galaxy Fold is coming in April, the Mate X is coming in June.

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Huawei Mate X Hands on Video Leaked, Showing Device in Full Glory (Video)

By James A.

Huawei Mate X has been the talk of the town, ever since it leaked in that poster a few days ago. Now it appears again, just hours ahead of the Huawei MWC 2019 unveiling. This foldable phone seems ready to give the Galaxy Fold a run for its money.

What we’re seeing here is definitely a 7+ inch machine, perhaps close to 7.3 inches like the Galaxy Fold. Unlike that one it seems a bit slimmer and has a “nub” on the right side, where the folded piece of screen connects. It should also hold some vital components in that stubby section. The handset has very narrow bezels and should hold a Balong 5000 modem for 5G support.

While specs aren’t known, we speculate that it has a Kirin 980 CPU, maybe even a newer version, like a Kirin 985 or 990. There should be 8 or 12 GB of RAM inside, 128 GB of storage or more. I see there’s also a space between the back folded screen and the device’s body. A quick look at the cameras reveals at least 3 of them and also the fact that you can use the back side of the device as a screen when folded.

Hopefully the price is better than the Galaxy Fold’s $2000.

 

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Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner

By Natasha Lomas

Gartner’s smartphone marketshare data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s biggest mobile trade show which kicks off in Barcelona next week: The analyst’s data shows global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018, with growth of just 0.1 per cent over 2017’s holiday quarter, and 408.4 million units shipped.

tl;dr: high end handset buyers decided not to bother upgrading their shiny slabs of touch-sensitive glass.

Gartner says Apple recorded its worst quarterly decline (11.8 per cent) since Q1 2016, though the iPhone maker retained its second place position with 15.8 per cent marketshare behind market leader Samsung (17.3 per cent). Last month the company warned investors to expect reduced revenue for its fiscal Q1 — and went on to report iPhone sales down 15 per cent year over year.

The South Korean mobile maker also lost share year over year (declining around 5 per cent), with Gartner noting that high end devices such as the Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note9 struggled to drive growth, even as Chinese rivals ate into its mid-tier share.

Huawei was one of the Android rivals causing a headache for Samsung. It bucked the declining share trend of major vendors to close the gap on Apple from its third placed slot — selling more than 60 million smartphones in the holiday quarter and expanding its share from 10.8 per cent in Q4 2017 to 14.8 per cent.

Gartner has dubbed 2018 “the year of Huawei”, saying it achieved the top growth of the top five global smartphone vendors and grew throughout the year.

This growth was not just in Huawei “strongholds” of China and Europe but also in Asia/Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East, via continued investment in those regions, the analyst noted. While its expanded mid-tier Honor series helped the company exploit growth opportunities in the second half of the year “especially in emerging markets”.

By contrast Apple’s double-digit decline made it the worst performer of the holiday quarter among the top five global smartphone vendors, with Gartner saying iPhone demand weakened in most regions, except North America and mature Asia/Pacific.

It said iPhone sales declined most in Greater China, where it found Apple’s market share dropped to 8.8 percent in Q4 (down from 14.6 percent in the corresponding quarter of 2017). For 2018 as a whole iPhone sales were down 2.7 percent, to just over 209 million units, it added.

“Apple has to deal not only with buyers delaying upgrades as they wait for more innovative smartphones. It also continues to face compelling high-price and midprice smartphone alternatives from Chinese vendors. Both these challenges limit Apple’s unit sales growth prospects,” said Gartner’s Anshul Gupta, senior research director, in a statement.

“Demand for entry-level and midprice smartphones remained strong across markets, but demand for high-end smartphones continued to slow in the fourth quarter of 2018. Slowing incremental innovation at the high end, coupled with price increases, deterred replacement decisions for high-end smartphones,” he added.

Further down the smartphone leaderboard, Chinese OEM, Oppo, grew its global smartphone market share in Q4 to bump Chinese upstart, Xiaomi, and bag fourth place — taking 7.7 per cent vs Xiaomi’s 6.8 per cent for the holiday quarter.

The latter had a generally flat Q4, with just a slight decline in units shipped, according to Gartner’s data — underlining Xiaomi’s motivations for teasing a dual folding smartphone.

Because, well, with eye-catching innovation stalled among the usual suspects (who’re nontheless raising high end handset prices), there’s at least an opportunity for buccaneering underdogs to smash through, grab attention and poach bored consumers.

Or that’s the theory. Consumer interest in ‘foldables’ very much remains to be tested.

In 2018 as a whole, the analyst says global sales of smartphones to end users grew by 1.2 percent year over year, with 1.6 billion units shipped.

The worst declines of the year were in North America, mature Asia/Pacific and Greater China (6.8 percent, 3.4 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively), it added.

“In mature markets, demand for smartphones largely relies on the appeal of flagship smartphones from the top three brands — Samsung, Apple and Huawei — and two of them recorded declines in 2018,” noted Gupta.

Overall, smartphone market leader Samsung took 19.0 percent marketshare in 2018, down from 20.9 per cent in 2017; second placed Apple took 13.4 per cent (down from 14.0 per cent in 2017); third placed Huawei took 13.0 per cent (up from 9.8 per cent the year before); while Xiaomi, in fourth, took a 7.9 per cent share (up from 5.8 per cent); and Oppo came in fifth with 7.6 per cent (up from 7.3 per cent).

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Becomes Official: Folding Phone, With 7.3 Inch Screen, $1980 Price

By Radu Iorga

Samsung Galaxy Fold came to life over the past hours, as expected and all the rumors were confirmed. I’ll be the first to admit that it looks better than I expected and you can check it out below.

Samsung Galaxy Fold is at its core a 7.3 inch tablet with an InfinityFlex display. When it’s folded it turns into a 4.6 inch smartphone with pretty large top and bottom bezels. It can be used as a smaller tablet and then folded in half and be used as a phone. You’ll have to pay a hefty premium for the device,m, $1980 and that’s only the 4G version, as there’s also a 5G version of it coming.

Samsung also worked with Google on some new software for multitasking, this time three app multitasking. There’s also “App Continuity”, a concept that lets you switch between screens and keep doing what you’re doing. Inside the device there’s a Snapdragon 855 CPU, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of UFS 3.0 storage, plus microSD card slot. There’s two batteries on board, with a pretty meager capacity of 4380 mAh in total.

 

The device comes with an impressive camera setup, with 3 at the back, 2 inside and one upfront. There’s a combo of 12 MP, 16 MP and 12 MP at the back, with a main dual pixel AF cam, ultra wide cam and telephoto cam with 2X optical zoom respectively. The front cameras are the 10 MP + 8 MP depth cam, while the cover one is a selfie 10 MP shooter. The fingerprint scanner has been placed on the side and it should be reasonably easy to reach. Samsung Galaxy Fold is going to be available in black, silver, green or blue and hinge also has color versions.

Screen-wise, the 7.3 incher is a Dynamic AMOLED with a QXGA resolution and 4.2:3 aspect. There’s also a 4.6 inch HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 21:9 aspect, in the folded/cover format. 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage round up the list. Wired and wireless fast charging is also on the table. Android 9.0 Pie is the OS, but seriously tweaked.

So, any takers? It should come in April or May.

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I Was Looking To See What The Xiaomi Mi A3 Might Be Like And Ran Across The Mi A2 Still On Sale

By Tim

I was looking this evening for some info on the Xiaomi Mi A3 which I am sure is set to be released shortly but aside from some crap render video on YouTube I did not find much, so I decided to check out Gearbest and see if they had a pre-sale going.

There was nothing on Gearbest nor a few other sites I checked, however I did notice that last years Mi A2 was still on sale for a mere $209!

The sale is good for about 1 more day, depending on when you read this, but this is a great phone and I finally added it to my 2018 list of budget smartphones worth buying late last year.

This is a full HD phone (2160 x 1080p) and has a great camera. But don’t take my word for it, poke around the internet and search a bit.

Just don’t take too long, because the sale will be over shortly!

I did a video on this which you can view below…

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