Despite being hailed as the next best thing, the launch of foldable devices is not going as desired for tech giants. After the Galaxy Fold fiasco with Samsung, Huawei pushed back the launch of its foldable device the Mate X to September.
In a move that’s not going to surprise many, President Donald Trump has allowed U.S. companies to once again do business with Huawei. The US government is still not removing Huawei from its Entity List but it is allowing US companies to once again indulge in trade with the Chinese company.
Before President Trump banned all U.S. companies from engaging in any kind of trade with Huawei, the Chinese smartphone company was well on the way to generate revenues of more than $125 billion and replace Apple as the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer. However, posted the ban, the picture has changed quite a bit for the Chinese giant.
Foldable phones were supposed to be the future and 2019 was going to be all about them. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold wowed everyone before Huawei unveiled the Mate X and stole the Korean company’s thunder. The Galaxy Fold was on the verge of being launched before Samsung was forced to pull it back due to reliability issues with its design. And now, Huawei is doing something similar.
Just a day after Google revoked Huawei’s Android license due to the ban imposed by the U.S. government, the latter has had a change of heart. In a bid to reduce disruption for its customers, the U.S. Commerce Department has eased some of the restriction imposed on Huawei.
Up until a few years ago, iPhones were the undisputed king in the smartphone camera department. This, however, is no longer true with Samsung, Google, and more recently Huawei surpassing iPhones in terms of image quality. Huawei’s latest flagship, the P30 Pro, has managed to make quite a bit of noise with its 40MP SuperSpectrum camera sensor. How does it compare to the iPhone XS though? Find out in our comparison.
Finding a way to turn a trend into a longstanding feature is tough. Some things, like modular smartphones, don’t pick up steam like some companies thought they might. But if there is one thing to say about Samsung, it’s that the company does have a keen eye on picking out winners.
Last week, there were reports of Huawei interested in offering its 5G modem to Apple for future iPhones. Now, Huawei’s Chairman Ken Hu has clarified that Huawei’s CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei was only praising Apple and that both companies have not had any discussions in this regard.
While some analysts don’t necessarily subscribe to the idea, the expectation is that Apple is planning on launching a 5G iPhone in 2020 with an Intel modem inside.
Late last month, Huawei unveiled its flagship smartphone for the first half of 2019 — the P30 Pro. The phone comes with a new 40MP SuperSpectrum sensor with RYYB sub-pixel layout for improved low-light imaging performance. This new sensor is coupled with OIS and a wider f/1.6 aperture. A combination of these improvements makes the P30 Pro an absolutely low-light camera beast, with its performance being notably ahead of the iPhone XS.