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Huawei Mate X 5G Foldable Phone
Photo credit: Gimme2pm
Huawei’s press event at Mobile World Congress 2019 is scheduled for Sunday at 2 pm CET (8 am EST), but some who happen to be around Fira de Barcelona have managed to snap a picture of the Huawei Mate X before its official debut. Unfortunately, no technical details were leaked, though the sign does tout the handset as “the world’s fastest foldable 5G phone,” which would mean it should be faster than the Samsung Galaxy Fold that was announced earlier this week. Read more for additional renders and information.

Sony Xperia 1 Evan Blass
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Technology leaker Evan Blass has just posted a photo of the Sony Xperia 1 (XZ4) ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019 next week on Twitter. This is the first time we get to see the handset in purple, complete with a power button, fingerprint scanner, volume rocker, and a shutter release. It’s speculated to be powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 chipset, and feature 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, along with a 4,400mAh capacity battery. Read more for a video and additional information.

Smartphone Max Brightness Holes Cornea
A 25-year-old woman from Taiwan constantly used her smartphone at maximum screen brightness for two years and managed to do some serious damage to her eyes, including burning 500 small holes into her cornea. Why was her screen brightness set to maximum? She discovered it was much easier to read messages even in bright sunlight, but eventually, it was never turned back, even when watching videos with the light off. After a while, she would often wake up with bloodshot eyes and had blurred vision throughout the day until things got so bad that she finally consulted an ophthalmologist. Read more for the news report and additional information.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-On

Samsung revealed four new S10 models today: a budget-friendly S10E, the S10, S10 Plus, and a top-of-the-line Galaxy S10 5G (coming later this year), which is also the company’s first 5G smartphone. All models feature a near bezel-less Infinity-O display, Qualcomm’s in-screen Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner to read the 3D contours of your thumbprint, and a One UI user interface for easy navigation. Other features include: four rear cameras, 1TB of storage and Wireless PowerShare 8, enabling you to charge Qi-certified smartphone devices and compatible wearable tech. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.

Samsung Galaxy Fold Official

It’s official, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has officially been unveiled at the company’s Unpacked press event. This foldable smartphone features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display to offer a powerful new way to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more. At $1980, it features a 7.3” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3) main display, 4.6 ” HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9) cover display, a rear triple camera setup, front dual cameras, a 10MP cover camera, a 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB UFS 3.0 internal storage, and a 4,380mAh battery. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.

Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

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Xiaomi’s new Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE models aims to shake up the smartphone market once again, after the Mi MIX stirred things nearly three-years ago. In addition to being powered by the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, it features Elliptic Labs’ INNER BEAUTY Virtual Proximity Sensor, which uses ultrasound, sensor fusion and machine learning to replace a phone’s traditional hardware proximity sensor with pure software, enabling both larger screens and cleaner design. Read more for a hands-on video review, additional pictures and information.

Transparent Xiaomi Mi 9
Photo credit: Lei Jun
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is set to be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona next week, and we already got a sneak peek at the Explorer Edition’s transparent back, but the visible parts aren’t what you think. According to company chief Lei Jun, the components are all etched onto a 0.3mm aluminum sheet using a CNC machine. Read more for a video, another picture and additional information.

LG V50 ThinQ
Photo credit: Evan Blass
LG Electronics is set to unveil its first 5G smartphone at the upcoming Mobile World Congress on the 24th of February at Center de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB). The V50 ThinQ is rumored to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, which 45 percent faster than the previous generation, sport a 4,000 mAh battery, and also boast a vapor chamber to better protect it against heat compared to heat pipes. Read more for a picture of the new LG V50 ThinQ’s Vapor Chamber cooling system.

Space Photos Smartphone
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Ever wonder what those iconic space photos that NASA posts ever so often would look like if the probes were equipped with smartphone cameras? If so, then astronomer Scott Manley’s 12.5-minute video should do the trick. Spacecraft, like the DSCOVR Earth observation satellite, are all equipped with telescope-like specialized cameras, so you’d expect them to capture images, such as this photo of the Moon passing in front of Earth, to look much more spectacular than one photographed with an iPhone, right? Read more to find out.

TCL Foldable Smartphone Smartwatch
Photo credit: CNET
How about a foldable smartphone that can bend around your wrist and double as a smartwatch? TCL’s next device could function just like that. This concept is nothing new, as Lenovo came up with a similar idea back in 2016, but nothing really came of that concept, but it does provide insight on the bending function as well as the user interface. Read more for a video of that device in-action and additional information.