It looks like 2019 is set to be one of the biggest years for mobile phones since Apple launched its iconic iPhone back in 2007. And it’s all thanks to a huge leap in screen technology that enables screens to be completely flexible.
Samsung announced the release of the Galaxy Fold a few days prior to MWC which is a powerful smartphone/tablet combo. Little did they know (or did they?) that Huawei was about to release its own folding phone.
The Huawei Mate X 5G folding phone
Over the last few years, Huawei has become a hugely respected name in the smartphone industry, and the company is leading the charge in a whole new phone revolution – flexible screens.
We’ve seen a few prototype designs over the past few months but the Huawei Mate X is no delicate mock-up, it’s the real deal.
Instead of opening like a book, the screen wraps around the outside of the phone when it’s closed, so it looks a lot like a standard smartphone. But fold it out and you’ve got a full, 8-inch tablet.
Huawei has also packed some serious tech into the phone:
- 5G compatibility means you’ll be able to “download a 1GB movie in 3 seconds”.
- Huawei’s SuperCharge tech gives you 85% battery charge in just 30 minutes.
- A huge 4500mAh dual battery means longer between charges.
- Oh, and did we mention… IT FOLDS!
Xiaomi Mi 9 with a fingerprint scanner in the screen
It seems like Xiaomi has taken the mobile world by storm in recent years, but in actual fact, it’s the fourth biggest manufacturer worldwide. And it’s a company that’s continually pushing boundaries.
The latest Mi 9, is the successor to last year’s hugely successful Mi 8 and there have been some significant improvements.
The camera now boasts a triple lens arrangement which includes a 48MP regular camera, 16MP lens for wide angled shots and a 12MP telephoto lens. All of this camera tech combined gives you loads of options and some seriously impressive images.
The display has been improved too with a bigger screen-to-body ratio thanks to a much smaller notch.
But the big news for the Mi 9 is the fingerprint sensor – it’s actually built into the screen. So no more fiddling around with a button on the side or sensor on the back, just touch anywhere on the screen to unlock it – simple!
A new generation of wearables
As well as some incredible advancements in phone tech, MWC showed us that flexible screens will soon be everywhere. And one of the obvious areas is wearables.
Chinese manufacturer Nubia unveiled its prototype of a smartwatch/phone hybrid called the Nubia Alpha, and we absolutely love it. The screen is integrated into the strap so when you swipe, the menu rolls around your whole wrist.
This particular device can do everything a phone can, make calls, send texts, even take photos. But it’s likely that we’ll be seeing more manufacturers of wearable tech adopting this approach.
We can’t wait to see what the likes of Fitbit, Samsung, and Garmin make of flexible screens.
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