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Huawei Plans to Launch their own Foldable Smartphone before Samsung does!

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It seems like 2019 will be the year of foldable device with manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei in line to launch their products. According to a new report, Huawei is trying to push their launch ahead to become the first manufacturer to bring a functional foldable smartphone with a flexible display in the market. The source claims the Chinese manufacturer aims to beat Samsung to the finish line, who is currently ahead in the race.

Samsung is already reported to order supplies for its foldable Galaxy X smartphone targeting the Mobile World Congress (MWC) next year to be held in Barcelona Spain. For the launch they even shifted its Galaxy S10 flagship launch to Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 to be held in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11.

As for Huawei it confirmed the existence of a foldable smartphone last year and even claimed it to be in prototype stage. Earlier this month the company’s Consumer Business President Jim Xu revealed that the foldable smartphone and a gaming smartphone is in development and they plan to launch the gaming phone by the end of this year. This means the company will have two major projects to work on.

The Huawei unnamed foldable smartphone will use a flexible organic light-emitting diode display manufacturer by Chinese panel supplier BOE Technology Group as per the report. The first batch is stated to be very few in numbers but the target is to launch before Samsung. The company currently ranks third in the world in terms of smartphone sales, and a launch like date will do wonders to its publicity.

A person from the report who is familiar with the Huawei plans said “ Huawei’s planned volume could be limited to some 20,000 to 30,000 units, or even less, for a small group of first-wave adopters.The effort is mainly to demonstrate its technology capability and to attract the industry’s attention and media coverage.“

As for the price and the initial launch market are still unknown, but Yuanta Investment Consukting analyst Jeff Pu said the product will hit very early 2019. He added “The Chinese company wants to be the first in the industry even if the display technology from its panel supplier might not be that ready like Samsung” citing his supply chain sources. Another source reported that the launch date will depend on technology development and durability of the flexible panels which still needs improment.

The collaboration between Huawei and BOE shows China’s amibition to produce and capture the flexible display technology market which will be household in the upcoming years. BOE is already a top contender in the production of TV screens and slowing trying their hands into OLED displays, which is currently dominated by Samsung.

Eric Chiou, an analyst from research company WitsView says BOE wants to make a statement that it is capable of manufacturing advance displays which would lead US companies like Apple to be less dependent on Samsung. Infact, BOE supplied screens for MacBooks and iPhones for the first time in this year.He added  “Profitability for this project is not the first priority for the two Chinese companies”.

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POCO F1 is now available Offline through all Mi Home stores!

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Xiaomi’s new sub-brand POCO launched their first smartphone POCO F1 back in August this year at price tag starting from Rs 20,999 in various online channels like Mi.com and Flipkart. We all thought the phone will be an online exclusive, but today, POCO made it official that the phone will be available offline through Mi Home stores all over India as well.

POCO announced via their official Twitter handle that the POCO F1 is available for purchase in India through offline stores like Mi Home Stores across the country. With this new move, the company wants to reach more consumers making it easy for the customers who want to touch and feel the smartphone before making a decision.

POCO F1 is a beast in its segment offering specs unlike any other alternatives. It features a 6.18 IPS LCD display with a resolution of FHD+ (2246 x 1080 pixels), an aspect ratio of 18:7:9. It is powered by top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It is coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage which can be further expanded by a microSD card.

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The device sports a dual camera setup in the rear consisting of a 12MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture, dual pixel PDAF, 1.4µ pixel size and a secondary 5MP depth sensor while offering a 20MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture, 0.9µm pixel size and support for 1080p/30fps video recording.

The handset runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5 running on top which will be upgraded to MIUI 10 in future. It is backed by a 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery with QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging support. Connectivity options include LTE-A,4-Band carrier aggregation, Cat.16/13 (1Gbps/150Mbps), Bluetooth 5.0,USB-C, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Dual SIM, dual band GPS , FM radio and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Additional it comes with infrared face recognition, a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and stereo speakers.

POCO F1 specifications

  • 6.18 IPS LCD FHD+ display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6GB/8GB of RAM
  • 64GB/128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 5 MP rear
  • 20MP front
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5
  • 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery with QuickCharge 3.0 fast charging
POCO F1 is now available Offline through all Mi Home stores!
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Oppo Launches Hyper Boost Tech. Pretty Similar to GPU Turbo, but also works for Apps.

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With the increase in hardware power, smartphone manufacturers have turned to software acceleration technology as well. Huawei launched their GPU Turbo tech, which brought gaming acceleration to their phones. Now another Chinese manufacturer OPPO has announced its own acceleration engine called as Hyper Boost which they been teasing earlier this week.

The new technology is capable of achieving full scenario system-level performance optimization and improves the overall power efficiency of the device. The Hyper Boost acceleration engine is being self-developed by the company and includes system engine, game engine and application engine. The system is able to optimize the performance in three aspects of system, gaming and application.

The new technology also has a behaviour-aware scheduling (BAS) solution which has been developed independently by the company. This results in tuning the underlying hardware frequency to 0.2 milliseconds from the default frequency of 20 milliseconds Linux task scheduler. Not any that, it also implements system-level optimisation of hardware platforms and sends a technical feedback to the vendors.

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For the gaming department, the company has joined hands with Tencent, Netease and three other major gaming companies to optimize the top 100 games. Currently the company has adopted 11 of the most played games. For applications OPPO has optimised for applications like WeChat, mobile Taobao and mobile QQ. The company aims to combine the Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to make the Hyper Boost more efficient and capable.

OPPO is also working on a 10 GB RAM OPPO Find X which will also be adopting this technology. It has received certification from regulatory agency TENAA.

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Oppo to Debut Hyper Boost Tech in October 11th. Their Version of GPU Turbo?

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Honor launched their gaming focussed GPU Turbo Technology back in June this year which was first featured in the Kirin 970 powered Honor Play. While, the company is rolling the GPU Turbo technology to other Huawei and Honor devices, a second version of the GPU Turbo Technology is already in development. This upcoming GPU Turbo 2.0 will be available with the latest Android 9.0 Pie based EMUI 9.0.

Another Chinese manufacturer Oppo today revealed that they’re going to launch a similar technology called Hyper Boost. As of now, there is no other information about this technology expect for its name. The company will officially unveil this technology in October 11 in Shanghai, China.  Like the Honor’s GPU Turbo technology, Oppo’s Hyper Boost technology is expected to improve graphics processing during gaming.

The upcoming Hyper Boost technology will be embedded with the company’s own customised ColorOS but it’s not confirmed whether the previously launch ColorOS powered devices will also get the update. If yes, the previous OPPO sub-brand Realme smartphones should also get the Hyper Boost tech as they run on ColorOS too. Other details regarding this feature will be revealed at the event which is scheduled to take place just a few days after.

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