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TCL Communication didn’t want to be left out of the foldable phone craze at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, so they came with their own showcase of mobile phones using their new DragonHinge technology. What this means is that each one of these devices uses a custom flexible AMOLED display from TCL’s sister company, CSOT, and DragonHinge technology, to create a mechanical housing, enabling them to fold and bend in support of a variety of use cases with seamless movement. The first consumer-ready devices are slated to arrive in 2020. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Huawei’s just announced Mate X will definitely be giving the Samsung Galaxy Fold some major competition. This foldable smartphone features a 6.6″ main screen (2,480 x 1,148 resolution) and a 6.38″ (2,480 x 892 resolution) secondary screen. Open up the device, and you get an 8-inch OLED tablet screen with a stunning 2,480 x 2,200 resolution. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Fold only has a 4.6″ outer screen. Plus, it’s definitely no slouch when on the power side either, as it features a Kirin 980 processor, a Balong 5000 5G modem, quad 5G antenna, and a 4,500 mAh battery. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The LG V50 ThinQ looks like a foldable 5G smartphone, but what you’re seeing is actually a dual screen accessory that users can snap on. Boasting a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED display (19.5:9 aspect ratio), Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset with a Snapdragon X50 5G modem, two front-facing cameras, three rear cameras, and a Boombox speaker. However, the stand out feature is a second 6.2-inch OLED display that clips onto a V50 folio case. The handset then transmits its signal to the secondary display using Keyssa, a proprietary shortwave standard, enabling you to use two screens side by side. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability. Read more for another hands-on video and additional information.
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HMD Global, the Finnish company that now owns the Nokia brand for mobile phones, has officially revealed the Nokia 9 PureView, the world’s first smartphone with an array of five camera lenses on the rear – two 12 megapixel color sensors and three 12 megapixel monochrome sensors – designed to appeal to mobile photographers. Other features include: a 5.99-inch P-OLED display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, all running an Android One-certified build of Android 9.0. Read more for a video review, additional pictures and information.
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Mattel has just announced Pictionary Air, an AR-powered version of the classic board game where players draw in the air using a light pen while their smart device (or television) tracks their movements. Rather than using a traditional pen and paper to draw pictures for players to identify, you are provided with a light-up pen and then the drawing is cast in real-time onto a mobile device or TV equipped with Chromecast or AirPlay. Read more for a hands-on video preview and additional information.
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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.
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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.
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 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.
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.