The Nubia Z20 is now available in China and it’s not a folding smartphone, yet sports two displays. Its front panel houses a curved-edge, notch-less 6.42-inch display and out back, there’s a flexible 5.1-inch HD+ AMOLED display that is near invisible when not in use. Other features include a triple rear camera setup with a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
China recently had to stop their exploration of the moon’s far side after their Yutu-2 rover discovered a mysterious gel-like substance with an “unusual colour”, according to the scientists. It was found in a small crater, and so far, they believe it’s melted glass from a meteor strike, but have not yet been able to confirm this. Read more for a video and additional information.
China’s Cyan Racing isn’t a well known name in the world of racing, but they’ve just set two new Nürburgring Nordshleife records with their all-new Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept. It’s now the fastest front-wheel drive car and the fastest four-door car, the latter of which was a record previously held by the Jaguar Project 8. Power comes from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 528 horsepower and 372 foot-pounds of torque. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Researchers at China’s Tsinghua University recently demonstrated an autonomous bicycle in Beijing that can not only balance itself, but avoid obstacles while doing so. Powered by the Tianjic chip, it’s capable of following certain trajectories and even respond to vocal commands. The chip merges computer science-based machine learning and human brain-inspired networks, which means it can perform several actions independently at the same time. Read more for a video and additional information.
Li Kaixiang, a software development engineer for Chinese e-commerce website JD.com, has been inundated with projects, but didn’t want to leave his girlfriend hanging. So, he decided to create an AI-powered chatbot to answer and send messages automatically. The screenshot you see above is one sample conversation that the chatbot had recently, and while not perfectly human-like, it gets the job done. Read more for the original message that was posted to Weibo in Chinese.
Sure, scratching your face, especially near the ear area, can sometimes be mistaken for cell phone usage from afar, but this man was at the wrong place and time. While driving down the road in Jinan, eastern Shandong province, the man in the picture received a notification stating that he’d broken the law by talking on a phone while driving, and attached was a surveillance photo of the offense. Even after stating his case, he received two penalty points on his license and is required to pay a 50 yuan ($7.25) fine. Read more for the full uncropped image and additional information on the outcome.
The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) has built a prototype maglev train that can hit a staggering 373mph. How does this type of train work? Permanent and electro-magnets work together to create a current on the rail that enables the train to glide along at high-speeds on a small cushion of air. Since there’s almost no friction, it’s capable of achieving crazy speeds extremely quickly. “Take Beijing to Shanghai as an example. Counting preparation time for the journey, it takes about 4.5 hours by plane, about 5.5 hours by high-speed rail, and would take about 3.5 hours with the high-speed maglev,” said Ding Sansan, CRRC’s deputy chief engineer. It will now enter a testing period, before it goes into full production for 2021 launch. Read more for a video and additional information.
MAD Architects has proposed a futuristic snowflake-inspired third terminal for China’s Harbin Airport, complete with indoor gardens. The airport terminal is currently designed to serve 43 million passengers on 320,000 outgoing flights per year, and this new design would increase the capacity. “Like a snowflake that has gently fallen onto the earth, it creates an architectural poetry that settles into its locale, while simultaneously expressing itself as a surreal, interstellar space of future air travel,” said the architecture studio, which was founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Gaming phones are nothing new, but Nubia’s Red Magic 3 just might be the ultimate, which no only features a “liquid cooling” copper heat pipe, but also a dedicated internal cooling fan that can spin up to 14,000 rpm. The device boasts an IP55 rating as well as its own isolated chamber to ensure liquids and dust don’t sneak in. Other features include a 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, DTS:X surround front-facing speakers, and a high-capacity 5,000mAh battery with USB Power Delivery quick charge of up to 27W (QC 4.0 compatible). Read more for a hands-on unboxing video, additional pictures and information.