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Huawei P Smart Z officially brings company’s first popup camera

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It’s probably no secret by now. Huawei has finally jumped on the train that was thought to have departed a long, long time ago. OK, maybe it wasn’t that long but even Vivo seemed to have abandoned the popup camera design and left the market in the hands of Energizer. But here we have Huawei and the new P Smart Z bringing that odd design to its mid-range customers in Europe and probably the rest of the world (except the US).

The concern with popup cameras such as this two-fold. First is the durability of the mechanism, which Huawei boasts has been tested more than 100,000 times and can handle even 12 kg of pressure. The other is the speed and Huawei says it only takes a second for the camera to come out of its shell. Considering you still have to open up the camera app in selfie mode before the camera comes out, that’s likely to take more than just 1 second in total.

Apart from that gimmick, the Huawei P Smart Z is a mid-range phone that may or may not appeal to many consumers. It runs on a Huawei Kirin 710F, not just a plain 710 though the differences are unknown. There’s 4 GB of RAM and 64 of storage expandable with a microSD card, not nanoSD. There are two cameras on its back but not only is the second one a 2 megapixel sensor, the main 16 megapixel camera doesn’t even have autofocus.

Design-wise, the phone uses a dual-tone color scheme reminiscent of the Google Pixels. That includes the traditional fingerprint scanner. Fortunately for audiophiles, there’s also a traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack as well.

The phone comes in colors choices of Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green. Based on an Amazon listing, the Huawei P Smart Z will cost 280 EUR ($313). That said, those details have yet to be confirmed with an official launch that hasn’t been announced just yet.

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/huawei-p-smart-z-officially-brings-companys-first-popup-camera-08576051//

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These are the improvements Samsung has made to the Galaxy Fold

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Samsung delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold after some of the review units it handed out last month failed. The device was supposed to be released in the United States on April 26 and a week later in markets across Europe. That didn’t happen and the company still hasn’t confirmed a new release date.

It took back all of the review units and said that the display protection would be improved. A new report out of South Korea details the improvements that Samsung has made to its first foldable smartphone.

New report details Galaxy Fold improvements

According to the report, Samsung has tucked the protective layer on top of the display into the body. This will not allow the user to peel off the layer. The display on some review units had broken for precisely this reason. The users had removed the protective layer on top just because it looked like a screen protector. Samsung did say during its press briefings for the Galaxy Fold that this layer is not to be removed. It would be a good idea to tuck the layer into the body so that customers don’t try to pull on it absentmindedly.

There was also a small gap at the top and bottom parts of the hinge. Substances like dirt or lint could get in and lodge beneath the display, causing lasting damage. The report says that Samsung will reduce this gap to prevent foreign substances from getting in. We had also pointed out that the company needed to place warning statements prominently about the protective layer on the packaging itself. While that wasn’t the case on review units, the consumer units will have more warnings.

These improved units are now reportedly being tested with mobile carriers in South Korea. Samsung is expected to announce a new Galaxy Fold release date this month. The handset is said to arrive in June. Samsung mobile boss DJ Koh has also said that the company will confirm a new release date sooner rather than later.

Source: https://www.sammobile.com/2019/05/15/improvements-samsung-made-galaxy-fold/

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Huawei’s Honor 20 might just feature 4 rear cameras

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Honor is in the final stages of preparation to launch the Honor 20 series, and they are surely going all out for this one. Even though they have managed to keep a solid lid on the information around this phone for a while, we have gleaned in the past that this device could feature four camera sensors on the back.

It seems the brand has confirmed the same in a new taser image which states ‘Fantastic beauty, four photos.’

Of course, this is as vague as it gets, but it could be what we are thinking too. If this were to be true, there is a high chance we see the massive 48MP sensor from Sony be the main camera to be supported by a 16MP super wide-angle lens, and two 2MP cameras – one for depth sensing and the other being a third sensor for detailing, maybe.

These cameras will, no doubt, be something to look forward to. Likewise, they could have one of the best Night Modes to expect – given that the president of the brand shared a Night Mode picture from one of their upcoming devices once but blurred it out for effect.

For now, we have the leaks to rely on for other possible specs.

Going in line with other massive units for this year, there s a high chance the Honor 20 carries a 6.26-inch camera with almost perfect bezel-less screen, save for the hole in the screen. 6GB and 128GB configurations will help this phone give many other units on the market a run for their money, and the in-house HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset will keep things going.

Perhaps one of the most impressive arrangements is the fingerprint scanner being on the power button, since the phone doesn’t have one the back nor under the screen (this is an LCD screen, so that’s understandable).

With Android 9 Pie coming with it out of the box, it remains to see which one of these specs are correct, and what we might have missed.

Source: https://www.naijaandroidarena.com/huaweis-honor-20-might-just-feature-4-rear-cameras/

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Samsung insider teases breakthrough phone design coming in the second half of 2019

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A Samsung insider who is perhaps best known for sharing details about brand new phones well ahead of their official announcements is back teasing that some sort of breakthrough smartphone design is coming in the second half of the year. It’s unclear at this time whether he’s talking about a Samsung phone or not, but the leaker did say recently that Samsung will be among the companies to deliver this brand new design.

Ice Universe is the leaker in question, a constant presence in smartphone news. He posted the following Galaxy Note 7 images on Twitter teasing that a “better-designed phone” is coming later this year.

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Ice universe@UniverseIce

Why do you prefer Galaxy Note7? Is it because of its excellent design? Fortunately, I kept some photos of it. You will see a better-designed phone in the second half of the year.

The Galaxy Note 7 represents Samsung’s biggest disaster to date. The phone was very well received, but then Samsung had to deal with a plethora of battery incidents, from explosions to fires. The phone was recalled and ultimately canceled, and Samsung had to deal with all the blowback. The Note 7 recall actually forced Samsung to delay the launch of the Galaxy S8 in early 2017, as it was still investigating the Note 7 and putting additional safety measures in place to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

No matter how great the Galaxy Note 7 design may have been, it’s still a 2016 phone, and smartphone design has come a long way since. The Galaxy S8 was Samsung’s first phone with an Infinity display. That screen morphed into the Infinity-O screen of this year’s Galaxy S10, which is what we expect to see on the Note 10 come August.

Samsung (and everyone else in the business) has tried to continuously increase the size of the screen at the expense of the bezels. Some did with it notches, pop-up selfie cams or slider phones. Others put two screens on the phone. And Samsung created hole-punch displays. The first foldable phones were also unveiled earlier this year, with one of them stealing the show back at the Mobile World Congress in 2019. So we already have smartphone designs better that are miles better than the Galaxy Note 7.

How could Samsung or anyone else further perfect the smartphone design? The only thing nobody has done is to sell a phone with a selfie camera placed under the screen. That would be the perfect all-screen phone design, and something we expect to see in stores in the not-too-distant future. But is it ready for 2019?

Ice Universe seems to know something we don’t, and he’s not sharing more details about it. However, since he’s teasing it with the help of Note 7 pics, it’s easy to assume Samsung is behind this new handset design, and that the Galaxy Note 10 could be the device he’s referring to.

Source: https://bgr.com/2019/05/15/galaxy-note-10-design-vs-android-and-iphone-leaker-teases-innovation/

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