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We’ve been hearing for many years now that Samsung is developing a foldable smartphone. While we’ve yet to see the company come out with one yet, ZTE launched its foldable device just last month. The ZTE Axon M is a dual screen smartphone that’s exclusive to AT&T in the United States. According to a new report, there’s going to be an influx of new foldable smartphones from several manufacturers next year.
Rumors and reports about Samsung’s foldable smartphone continue to come in. The company hasn’t said anything about its plans for a foldable smartphone as yet but the rumor mill is convinced that we’ll see one from Samsung at some point next year.
Chinese tech giant Huawei is also working on a foldable handset. The company’s dual screen smartphone is likely going to be unveiled before the end of next year.
Oppo, another Chinese manufacturer, has filed for patents related to foldable smartphones. This suggests that it’s also interested in launching dual screen smartphones. Since LG’s display subsidiary is said to be developing foldable displays, the possibility also exists that LG might jump on to the bandwagon as well at some point in the future.
If there’s a broad shift in the industry towards this form factor, we can certainly expect more companies to throw their hats in the ring.
Just like Touch ID, it seems that Apple’s Face ID is testing pretty positive amongst reviewers. Sure, there might be some issues here and there, but we expect that Apple will improve upon it and fix it with software updates over time, but for the most part, it looks like Face ID is indeed working as advertised.
The good news for Android users is that you might not have to wait too long to see it implemented in Android devices. According to a report from DigiTimes, come 2018 it is expected that Chinese OEMs OPPO and Xiaomi could integrate similar facial scanning solutions into their handsets.
Prior to this, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had stated that he believes that Face ID and the TrueDepth camera system used in the iPhone X had given Apple a 2.5 year lead on the competition, but if this report is true, Android’s answer to Face ID could come sooner than that. It is possible that it might not necessarily work as well as Face ID (or it could work even better, who knows), so we’ll just have to wait and see.
However given that smartphone makers tend to “borrow” features from each other, especially if those features are trending, it wouldn’t really surprise us. Kuo did previously state that he is seeing more Android handset makers show interest in the technology, which echoes what some facial recognition startups are experiencing themselves. In addition to OPPO and Xiaomi, there have been rumors claiming that the Samsung Galaxy S9 could potentially explore the idea of facial recognition technology as well.
Based on the current trend, it seems that one of the popular design choices for smartphones these days is to create a phone with as little bezel as possible. However we imagine that in the future our phones could look a lot different, but could foldable phones be the next big thing in tech?
Clearly that remains to be seen, but in the meantime it looks like OPPO could be interesting in exploring that possibility. In a recently discovered patent (via Pocketnow), it looks like OPPO has filed for a patent for what looks to be their take on a foldable smartphone. From this design alone, it looks like OPPO’s approach to foldable phones is different from that of Samsung’s.
In OPPO’s case it looks like the company is exploring the idea of maybe just the top part of the phone that can be folded, versus the phone folding in half. In theory this should be easier to pull off as it means that certain components that cannot be folded or flexed can remain in the bottom half of the phone.
Flexible components is one of the challenges involved in creating a truly foldable phone, so OPPO’s patent could be seen as an in between. Of course there’s no telling if OPPO will ever make this patent a reality, but what do you guys think? Are foldable phones the future, or do you reckon it’s still a bit of a novel concept?
Oppo has been building smartphones with the selfie generation in mind which is why it has been calling some of them the “selfie expert.” It has launched another similarly branded smartphone today called the Oppo F3 Plus. This handset’s claim to fame is that it features not one but two front-facing cameras for selfie lovers.
The Oppo F3 Plus features a Snapdragon 653 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow customized with Oppo’s custom Android skin.
It features a 6 inch display with bezels under 2mm. The full HD resolution display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 for enhanced protection against scratches and bumps. It has a large 4,000mAh battery with VOOC charge which is basically the company’s own version of fast charging.
The Oppo F3 Plus has dual selfie cameras so getting those 120° selfies becomes very easy with the 8 megapixel front camera. There’s also a 16 megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture. The camera supports Dual Pixel autofocus and a dual tone LED flash.
Oppo is actually going to make the official announcement tomorrow but it appears that someone jumped the gun and published the product page of this handset on the company’s website ahead of schedule. At least we know now what the company is going to unveil tomorrow.
Oppo has an entire series of handsets that it calls “the selfie expert,” as the name suggests, these handsets are focused towards those who really like to take selfies and want the perfect phone for that purpose. Oppo also happens to be one of the fastest growing smartphone companies out of China so it appears that its strategy is working off. Oppo is due to launch two new handsets – the F3 and F3 Plus – in the near future and according to a new report the handsets will feature a dual selfie camera.
While more and more manufacturers are moving towards dual camera setup for the back, Oppo is expected to introduce a front-facing dual camera system. The F3 and F3 Plus are said to feature a dual 16 megapixel + 8 megapixel front camera as well as a single 16 megapixel shooter on the back.
The dynamics and benefits of this dual selfie camera system have not yet been detailed but we can expect Oppo to talk about it in detail when it officially launches the handsets. After all, it appears to be the biggest selling point of the F3 and F3 Plus.
Oppo is yet to confirm when its new handsets will be launched and how much they’re going to cost. Reports suggest that the company is going to unveil the F3 and F3 Plus on March 23rd.
Another Mobile World Congress Conference (MWC) is ending. The 2017 Edition was exciting, and there was ample new tech to look at during this crazy week. Here are the products we thought were the most interesting at the show, sorted in no specific order. You find them to be available in many markets in the weeks to come, in the meantime, we provide a first look for most of them. We can’t wait for the 2018 edition of MWC!
By launching the LG G6 at Mobile World Congress 2017, LG took instant leadership for introducing the first 2:1 aspect ratio display and ushering a new era of big-screen phones. Users want it all so LG offers a large 5.7” display in the body of a ~5.3” smartphone. The result is an incredible “screen-only” facade that looks stunning.
The beauty of the LG G6 isn’t skin-deep, it is designed for life with a shock-conscious and water-resistant chassis. LG’s signature dual-camera system is back with some improvements, and it remains the only game in town for wide angle photography. A must try.
Huawei P10 & P10 Plus
Huawei’s P10 is the company’s new flagship phone in the small screen form-factor (5.1”). The P10 is an ultra-thin (7mm) and light (145g) smartphone that feels very good in the hand. Huawei has pushed the P9 design further, and although both phones look superficially similar, the P10 has top notch build quality, easily rivaling or surpassing the iPhone 7. Huawei has built on the strengths of the P9 and Mate 9 success: the company has oriented its P10 handset towards fashion and photographic art, with an outstanding array of color options. A real beauty.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony is going all out on Imaging this year with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, a handset with a 4K HDR display and a 960FPS camera sensor. The Xperia XZ Premium keeps the general design language of Xperia handsets, but Sony has applied a new surface treatment that gives the phone a unique shine that makes it look very premium. The 5.5” 4K display has an astonishing 800 PPI pixel density, and high-resolution nature photos should look amazing on it. The 960 FPS slow-motion should be extremely fun to play with as well.
Lenovo Yoga 720 15-inch
The Lenovo Yoga 720 is a 15-inch multi-mode (Yoga) laptop that complies with the latest Microsoft standards for trackpads and fingerprint logging (Windows Hello). It is neatly designed and aimed at being powerful but relatively affordable at the same time. It is available in 13” and 15” but we found the 15” to be particularly compelling because it comes with a discrete graphics processor which lets users play recent games at high frame rates or perform heavy computing tasks. In short: a very solid no-nonsense laptop.
Samsung Galaxy Book 12
Samsung invented this category of PCs that look like Android tablets with the Galaxy TabPro S. The Galaxy Book 12 is the second generation of such computer systems. It has a beautiful “thin & light” design which has been further refined for efficiency. Samsung has paid attention to user and reviewer feedback and has improved many key points: there are two USB ports now, and the keyboard has been vastly improved with 3-levels of backlighting and a long key travel. At the same time, Samsung introduced a 3.1 GHz Intel Core i5 version that could break records for performance/weight.
Huawei Watch 2
Huawei’s Watch 2 takes full advantage of Android Wear 2.0 with its LTE connectivity and is one of the best-looking smartwatch available right now. The Huawei Watch was a very popular watch before, this is update should take it to the next level. It is water and dust resistant, has 2.3GB (out of 4GB) of storage available for music files (~500 tracks?) and Huawei estimates that it will have a three days battery life.
Oppo 5X Camera Technology
If you thought that Apple’s 2X optical zoom was nice, you will love Oppo’s 5X optical zoom prototype. It is known that telephoto lenses do require extra depth, which is an issue with thin handsets. However, Oppo has come up with a solution by having most of the lens system sunk into the chassis parallel to the phone’s surface. A 90-degree mirror system makes it possible to integrate the telephoto system to look like a normal camera. And it works: in our tests, the Oppo 5X optical zoom easily beat other phones.
HP Pro X2 612 G2
The HP Pro X2 G2 is an excellent update of the aging G1 product, and what an upgrade: 25% lighter and 100% better battery life. The HP Pro X2 G2 also uses a different industrial design with a kickstand which makes it much thinner when in tablet mode. At the same time, HP remains competitive on the keyboard and trackpad front, with a detachable keyboard that is comfortable to use, with a longer key travel. Finally, it’s possible to use a digital pen in a very natural way since the palm rejection algorithm has been improved as well.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
The Galaxy Tab S3 is an Android tablet designed for both entertainment and productivity. It comes with a 9.7” AMOLED HDR display that is compatible with the most technologically advanced video formats. HDR makes high-contrast scenes more life-like because more information is encoded per pixel, and the screen is capable of a higher dynamic range. When it’s time to work, the 4:3 screen makes it more readable in landscape position, and the keyboard makes typing a really comfortable experience for a computer that size.
Waverly Labs Universal Translator
The Waverly Labs Universal Translator has been out as $249 crowdfunding in-ear language translator since last Summer. However, they are ramping up to (hopefully) ship this summer and were demonstrating the devices at MWC 2017. Not Star-Trek worthy yet, the device is promising enough to warrant a best of MWC. This is one of those function that would change the world if it worked reasonably well enough. At the moment, there are a few seconds of lag in between speech and translations, but we feel like this should be encouraged.
Chinese smartphone company Oppo said last week that it was going to show off its new 5x camera technology at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. It officially announced its “5x Dual Camera Zoom” technology today. It didn’t unveil a new smartphone with this technology, mind you, but it goes without saying that one will arrive in due time which will showcase just what this new technology can do. Oppo says that this new camera technology has been designed to allow for 5x zoom in thin smartphones, which means it’s going to leave camera bumps in the past.
Oppo’s 5x Dual Camera Zoom technology addresses vertical height constraints by opting for a periscope-style lens array which runs horizontally along the top of the device. The system seems to be based on around a secondary longer prime lines much like you get on the iPhone 7 Plus. It achieves the intended objective by shrinking the module size while increasing the degree of image magnification at the same time.
The telephoto lens has optical image stabilization and is offset by 90 degrees, it focuses light on the image sensor after it has passed through a prism. The lens has a focal length that’s 3 times longer than the primary wide-angle camera. Oppo says that allows for lossless 5x zoom enabled by a “proprietary image fusion technology for digital zoom.”
Oppo also adds that this new camera module is only 5.7mm thick which means that it can easily be incorporated into smartphones without needing a big camera bump. Oppo is yet to confirm which of its smartphones will be the first to feature this camera technology and which OEMs will be sourcing this module from it for their upcoming handsets.
If you’re hoping to see new Oppo-made phones at MWC 2017, you might be disappointed to learn that Oppo does not have anything new to share with regards to new products. However the company will be announcing something that they are calling “5x” and it is related to smartphone camera technology.
According to Oppo, they are calling 5x a “breakthrough” as it is a piece of technology that they have been working on for the past year. The tagline reads, “So close you can feel it,” although we’re not quite sure what that means. Could it have something to do with virtual or augmented reality technology? We wouldn’t be surprised if it does, but either way Oppo is expected to share the details which they will be announcing on the 27th of February.
Oppo’s VP and MD of International Mobile Business, Sky Li said, “We chose MWC to unveil the ‘5x’ technology in the belief that we can inspire the industry to aim higher, and continue to create pioneering products that give amazing experiences for consumers.” That being said, this isn’t the first time that Oppo has explored smartphone camera technology.
Just last year the company announced their own SmartSensor image stabilization technology, so it is clear that the company wants to improve upon its imaging quality, but either way do check back with us next week for the details.