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Are Foldable Phones The Next Big Thing?



Are Foldable Phones the next big thing?

Samsung Electronics Co. and Huawei Technologies Co. recently released their new foldable phones to the public one week apart from each other, and people are asking, are foldable phones the next big thing?

The release was made on the Mobile World Congress 2019 and critics say it’s historic. The Verge’s senior editor, Vlad Savov says, “it’ll be something we return to as either the cradle of a new era or as a cautionary tale about unrestrained ambition.”

Companies like Oppo Electronics Corporation and Royole Corp. have also joined the bandwagon on foldable phones. Xiaomi Corp. even has their own, which can be folded twice!

The recent reveal on foldable have people wondering if this is our next look into the future and if we’ll be using foldable phones not long from now or is it just a gimmick.

Tim Culpan, a tech journalist, says it’s a gimmick. He says “the tech industry moves so quickly that developers don’t often get a chance to roll out concept devices that are intended to showcase the future more than drive sales.”

Culpan adds that this release is merely to excite their audience and for them to continue patronizing their products.

According to The Verge’s review, The Royole Flexpai is unquestionably bad from hardware to software production; the Samsung Galaxy Fold is pretty much a mystery, but the Huawei’s Mate X is a strong contender and promises the best.

Huawei looks promising with its outwards screen fold design and almost flat and smooth screen. The software technology is also acceptable but needs more work. Critics remain hopeful as most of the foldables won’t release until the middle of the year.

The Samsung Fold and Huawei Mate X will presumably cost $2000 and $2600 respectively. People aren’t new to highly priced phones, especially when purchasing cutting edge technology on its first release.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold features a folding book design with a narrow 4.6-inch display on the cover and a 7.3-inch tablet-size foldable screen on the inside. The Galaxy Fold has six cameras: three on the back, two inside and one in the cover.

You read that right, 6 cameras! But, initial reviews show that the folding book design will make the Samsung Galaxy Fold look like two phones attached once unfolded. Meanwhile, the Huawei Mate X it turns into a more prominent 8-inch display once unfolded from its 6.6-inch and 6.32-inch estates. It also sports 5G capability with its Kirin 980 chip embedded with the company’s Balong 5000 5G modem.

Let’s push this on you, are these foldable phones be the future of smartphone technology, or merely just a gimmick? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Everything About OnePlus 7 And OnePlus 7 Pro



OnePlus is releasing 2 phones in a single release, specs and unique info compared to other brands, and why it's a good buy

For the first time, OnePlus is releasing two flagship models in a single release: the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro as they revealed on three simultaneous events in New York, London, and Bangalore today May 14.

Interestingly, OnePlus decided, not only to drop two models this year, but these will also be their most high-end and priciest phone to date. Other smartphone companies like Apple, Google, and Samsung have all decided to release their newer models on the less pricey side because people aren’t just crowding to buy new phones as immediately like in the past. It’s just not practical to keep buying a new phone every 6 months.

Moreover, reports claim that the OnePlus 7 flagship to be the first handset from the company that will be available with 5G technology. They just solidified the idea that 5G is coming and they’re saying that they’re ready.

In comparison to the OnePlus 6T, the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus7 Pro has overwhelmingly overtaken by nailing down what went missing and what went wrong with its predecessor. But you will surely have different experiences between the 7 and 7 Pro; where OnePlus is really out there defining what Pro stands for.

But we’re here to get down to the nitty gritty:


The first thing you’ll notice on the brand new OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro is its notch-less screen. Respectively, you’re getting the full effect of its 6.41-inch and 6.67-inch screens that both curves to the sides to give that luxurious Android look.

It’s available in three colors: the shiny and sophisticated Mirror Gray, the more adventurous and colorful gorgeous Nebula Blue, and the understated Almond which will be available much later as a limited edition.

OnePlus’ latest flagship models also retained their understated but quite handy volume toggle buttons where you can easily trigger the ring/vibrate/silent features easily.

Quite new, the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro has stereo speakers at the top of the screen. They’re not big but they’re there. This model will also use a USB-C charger. However, there’s no earphone jack. That’s how it tends to be on higher-end phone models, so we’re not really surprised.

The main difference between the 7 and the 7 Pro is the screen. The 7 Pro boasts its 3,120 x 1,440 Fluid AMOLED panel while the smaller 7 utilizes a 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED screen, which is similar to the 6T. What makes the Fluid AMOLED panel great is that the screen has a 90Hz refresh rate that makes everything you do on your phone look smooth and seamless. It’s stunning and crisp, all the while realistic. Even better, you get to appreciate it with its full screen! You’ll also notice the difference during gaming and photos.

If you’re wondering how OnePlus was able to achieve a full screen, then you would probably also wonder about the front camera, which leads to the next topic.


As seen in numerous leaks leading to the launch, the camera of the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro pops up! It’s certainly a topic of debate amongst smartphone enthusiasts whether or not this was a good move or not. But, OnePlus certainly has taken the necessary steps to make sure that their pop-up camera is something the public would appreciate.

First of all, it pops up and down smoothly and gracefully. It doesn’t seem cheap or tacky whenever you decide to take a selfie!

Moreover, on the debate about potentially damaging the camera in case of a fall, OnePlus also has it covered. Automatically, the camera pops back down immediately in the situation where the phone senses the littlest detection of a fall. The pop-up mechanism has also been tested to withstand over 300,000 times, which should last you a really long time.

Meanwhile, the back camera follows suit to the trend of triple cameras. There’s a 48-megapixel f/1.7 main camera (with optical stabilization), along with an 8-megapixel f/2.4 3x-zoom telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera.

They take amazingly crisp and realistic photos that is certainly comparable to other flagship phones like Apple’s iPhone.


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Both phones will also join the bandwagon on using the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. This is also the first non-Samsung Android device that can double performance speeds with its UFS 3.0 storage chip, which can be partnered to up to 12GB of RAM.

On the other hand, there’s no wireless charging capability in both models, But, they definitely do charge fast with its 4,000 mAh of battery power. You can get a full charge within an hour or less because of the bigger battery packed in the device. It will also last you longer!

Lastly, another feature that the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro nailed is the on-screen fingerprint scanner. Compared to the previous, 6T, the latest models now scan faster and easier!

Zen Mode

Like the Apple’s ‘Do Not Disturb,’ or other versions of the feature, OnePlus is also introducing one with the latest models; but they’re giving it a twist. Unlike other versions, once triggered, you can only change your mind within the first 5 minutes or you will be forced to not use your phone for the next 15 minutes. You can still make emergency calls and use your camera though!


The OnePlus 7 Pro will price at $699 all the way up to $749 but one thing is for sure, you’ll be getting your money’s worth! There were hardly any points in this device that would make you think otherwise.

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Controversy After Another: Huawei Caught Faking Photo In P30 Ad



Controversy seems not to leave the Chinese tech giant Huawei alone. This time, they are not against a government or about their 5G network, but against their users and their flagship smartphone. Only recently, Huawei was caught faking an image that was supposedly taken by its flagship phone P30’s camera, but it turns out that it was a stock photo taken by a photographer using a DSLR camera.

Huawei will launch a brand new flagship smartphone in the next few days, priding that the main feature is its multi-lens camera. According to Huawei, the multi-lens camera is supposed to support and deliver a better zoom than most of its competitors like Google Pixel and Samsung. The P30 series by Huawei is set to be unveiled on March 26 in Paris, France. However, leaks about its specs and other details about the phone have already circulated the internet. Most importantly, the company has already confirmed their periscope camera – the technology that will support even better zoom in its flagship smart camera phones.

In order to advertise their state-of-the-art technology, Huawei has teased their upcoming zoom feature by posting several images on Weibo. However, internet citizens are prying eyes and were able to figure out that Huawei has faked at least one of the photo and it was not taken by the P30 camera but by a DSLR camera by a hired photographer.

This is not the first time that Huawei was caught with the same blunder. In August, the leading tech company was also caught faking smartphone selfies. The company used DSLR to shoot a misleading ad that suggested the selfies were taken with a new Nova phone. During the time, Huawei defended itself by saying that the ad was meant to demonstrate how customers can use the new phones, and the selfies were just a reference as what they have disclaimed at the end of the ad.

Huawei’s as (left) and the alleged stock photo (right).

The new campaign advertises the upcoming P30 launch and has used images of an erupting volcano zoomed to its crater. However, the picture was not taken by the P30 camera – but by a photographer with his DSLR camera. According to a GSM Arena reader, the photo is a stock image taken some ten years ago.

Notwithstanding the earlier disclaimer of Huawei that the photo was for advertising purposes only, the post is misleading and may cause users to buy the phone expecting to have the same results. However, this particular advertising strategy is not only exclusive to Huawei as other tech companies like Samsung have also pulled off a similar move.


Nonetheless, this doesn’t look good for Huawei who is still facing espionage allegations from the United States. The company cannot afford to be involved in another controversy that would hamper the tech giant’s reputation especially that it has recently launched a campaign to reclaim its lost dignity over the US faux pas.

The US has been carrying out a demolition job against Huawei and its technology across Europe and urging its allies to cut off their plans of integrating Huawei’s 5G technology in their own project. The US accuses Huawei as a Trojan horse for the Chinese authoritarian government to infiltrate their systems and will be used in espionage and economic sabotage. While many other governments are hesitant and skeptical of the warnings of the U.S. regarding the security of Huawei’s technology, the U.S. is using its economic leverage and power to persuade its allies to entirely ditch Huawei. This is following the arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer and other high ranking officials for the alleged violation of U.S. sanctions to Iran.

A few days ago, the United States Ambassador to Germany had threatened the country of cutting them off of U.S. Intelligence if they push through with their plans of letting Huawei provide them the technology for their 5G project.

As a response to the US pressure on Huawei, the company has launched a systematic reclamation of its lose reputation by having its secretive Chief Executive Officer give talks to media companies around the world. Only recently Huawei has opened its tightly guarded gates to journalists to see their state-of-the-art facility in China.

With this new controversy regarding the fake photos circulating the internet, Huawei has once again put itself in the limelight. The effects of this faux pas are yet to be determined, and experts are eager to know how this would affect the sales of Huawei’s P30 line. /apr

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Why Don’t We See Other Phone Brands In The US?



A list of alternatives and the reason why Americans are less familiar with other smartphone brands

What the Mobile World Convention 2019 showed to the world is that Chinese telecommunications companies are at the forefront of producing cutting edge, experimental, and unique designs that the mobile market has to offer.

But, why don’t we see them in the United States?

Undoubtedly, the US mobile market is over saturated with Apple and Samsung at the top, LG in a distant third, then Motorola, and maybe the occasional wildcard option like Google and OnePlus.

Specifically, Apple compromises over 47% of the US smartphone market, Samsung follows with 22%, and LG at only 12%. Only 19% are comprised of all other smartphone brands available market, according to a 2018 report.

The US consumer base is apparently trapped in the clash between giants Apple and Samsung, where Apple is taking the lead with almost half of the US population using its smartphones.

There’s no diversity, there’s no differentiation, and that tends to get quite annoying.

Aside from the on-going political and trade disputes between China and the US, Americans are less likely to veer away from the typical software configuration that Apple conveniently offers. But in return, they are missing out on new technology at prices they can only imagine.

But, just in case you’re tired of seeing the same old iPhone, here’s are a list of Chinese-brand phones that are very hot in the market, at least outside the US:


Let’s start the list with Xiaomi’s flagship Mi series.

Xiaomi tends to combine high-end specs, conventional designs but at a lot cheaper price point. Some would consider their phones knock-off versions of popular phone brands.

The Mi 9 has a notched 6.4-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, an on-screen fingerprint scanner, and a triple-camera system with three separate focal lengths.

The Mi 9 also incorporates wireless charging capability with a 6GB of RAM/128GB storage at only $450!



Huawei’s latest flagship has an impressive Kirin 980 SoC, a strong triple-camera setup, an excellent curved OLED display, both 3D face-scanning and an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a massive battery that delivers class-leading endurance.

This device could have easily been one of the best phones available in the market, if not for its hardware. Priced at $1200, this could be a good contender.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X recently made its debut at the MWC in Barcelona and is pegged to be the leading smartphone with technology involving foldability features and topping Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.

Huawei Mate X turns into a more prominent 8-inch display once unfolded from its 6.6-inch and 6.32-inch estates. It also sports 5G capability with its Kirin 980 chip embedded with the company’s Balong 5000 5G modem.



The V15 Pro is taking a full screen to another level. It is purely a 6.39″ (16.23 cm) display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Vivo achieved a full-screen display without little black spots covering the screen through a 32-megapixel camera that pops up when you need to take a selfie.

This is also the first phone to use Qualcomm’s new mid-to-high-end Snapdragon 675 processor, and performance proves to be impressive.

The Vivo V15 Pro is only priced $400!

OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is also introduced with on-screen fingerprint detecting design with the Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB memory.

It is also able to include 3700mAh of battery power. The camera has a 16Mp front camera and a 16Mp/20Mp rear cameras.

The OnePlus 6 can deliver one of the best photos, performance and battery life at only $550.


One of the best phones announced last year; the Oppo Find X is the best attempt at a full screen on a smartphone in the market. Enabled by Oppo’s stealth cameras, that they say would revolutionize the smartphone industry.

It also runs on the impressive Snapdragon 845 processor 8GB/256GB RAM with 3730mAh battery power. Priced at$1,200.

There are other choices out there! Don’t get caught up buying a phone that promises to be cutting edge for outrageous prices just because they said so. We’re telling you, the future of the mobile market is in Chinese-led companies.

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