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Huawei Mate X will launch in late 2019, runs Kirin 990 Processor

Also with some design tweaks

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Huawei is on track to launch its 5G foldable phone, the Mate X before the end of the year, reps from the company told GadgetMatch during briefings at their Shenzen HQ earlier this week. 

We were told the phone will debut with the yet to be announced Kirin 990 processor, Huawei’s latest AI-based system on a chip (SoC) and the same quad-camera system as the P30 Pro

Mate X design changes

The Mate X team has been working overtime on last minute design tweaks. Ensuring the device can survive the rigors of real world use.

Huawei representaives told GadgetMatch, the durability of the display has been their top priority. Unlike its rival the Galaxy Fold from Samsung, the display on Mate X folds outwards, making it more usable, but also exposing it constantly to the elements. 

Mate X 5G that Huawei CEO Richard Yu was spotted using. Image from Weibo

To address this, Huawei is also working on a solution that can “protect the screen at all times.” It’s described as a screen protector of sorts that will go over the 5 layers that make up the display. 

Tweaks are also being made to the Falcon Hinge that supports the screen as it flexes and folds back into place. 

The latest iteration of the device features a new eject/release button that’s now flushed against the lipstick shaped handle that contains the majority of the phone’s internals, similar to what Mobile Group CEO Richard Yu was photographed with recently.

The design update corrects a flaw on the version of the Mate X we saw at MWC last February. That model had a protruding button which could sometimes trigger and unfold the display when placed, button down, on a table. 

Delay on foldables

The hype surrounding foldable phones took a hit last April when multiple reviewers of the Samsung Galaxy Fold exposed critical flaws that broke its display. The phone was effectively recalled, and its launch date pushed back. The delay has bought Huawei more time to fine tune its own foldable product. 

Recently Samsung announced it’s almost ready to reintroduce the Galaxy Fold, possibly some time in September in an effort to go head-to-head with the next iPhone. Apple is also rumored to be working on a foldable phone, but that won’t see the light of day until 2021 at the earliest. 

While very much an experimental, first generation product, it’s still interesting to see who wins this foldable phone war. Good news is that from the looks of it, we won’t have to wait long to find out. 

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Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

Overtakes Game Boy and PS4

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Though there are more powerful consoles now, the Nintendo Switch is the most representative of the world’s situation since its launch. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the console keeps breaking records. Now, it has crossed its most important milestone to date. The Switch is now the third-bestselling console in history.

Released back in 2017, the Switch is the quintessential console for hybrid gamers who play at home and on the go. In its first few years, the console already spawned classic titles such as Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. However, its big break truly came during the 2020 lockdowns. The timing of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release created a worldwide moment when everyone stuck at home wanted a Switch to play the island life simulator. Since then, the console, despite launching an improved OLED version, is gradually mellowing out, especially when opposed to even more powerful consoles like the PlayStation 5.

Regardless, the Switch’s effect on the world is palpable. Today, Nintendo announced that the console has sold over 122 million units worldwide. With such a figure, the Switch moves up to the third spot in the list of bestselling consoles of all time. It squeaks past the Game Boy (118 million units) and the PlayStation 4 (117 million units).

Now, the next consoles in the Switch’s sights are the Nintendo DS (154 million units) and the PlayStation 2 (155 million units). The console is in for quite a climb, though. Unless it hits another golden age, it will take a while before another overtake.

It’s still possible, of course. The Nintendo Switch is still set to release a few much-awaited titles like Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

SEE ALSO: Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch

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Galaxy S23 series has a secret feature for gamers

Might not be widely available

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Mobile gaming has a natural setback: battery life. Though mobile games easily entice users to spend hours and hours playing, a smartphone’s battery can just as easily cut a long gaming session short. One way to get past this limitation is to play while charging. However, another unintended drawback is the additional heat from charging the battery. Giving gamers a convenient reprieve, the Galaxy S23 has a secret feature to do away with battery heat.

First spotted by NL Tech (via 9to5Google), the new Galaxy S23 series can reportedly redirect power from the charger to bypass the battery entirely. Instead, the power will fuel the power directly. Though the feature (called “Pause USB Power Delivery” and found through the Game Booster menu) won’t necessarily improve performance for gaming, it will stop the battery from heating up, ensuring comfort for long sessions while in bed. Since the phone stops using power to charge the battery, the charger will use up less electricity.

Naturally, using the feature will halt charging entirely, so if you desperately need juice, it won’t do anything. Additionally, the feature will not turn on if your smartphone’s battery is below 20 percent.

Of note, Samsung has not officially announced such a feature. It is reportedly unavailable in some regions including the United States. It might be in its early stages, on a staggered rollout, or a regional exclusive. Still, it’s a useful feature for gamers who want more comfort for their gaming sessions.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra Hands-On

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Google will blur NSFW photos soon

Turned on by default

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When I search for “food porn” in Google, I’m looking for enticing photos of food to whet my appetite for dinner. Sometimes, Google has other plans and shows me more than what I bargained for. Finally, the search engine is implementing a way to save us from those awkward moments. Google will soon blur explicit images from search results.

For Safer Internet Day, Google has announced the feature to help protect users from accidentally seeing graphic images — including both gore and pornography — from a search. The feature, which will start rolling out in the coming months, will turn on by default. Instead of showing the images directly, users will face the blurred version and a prompt to view the image despite the warning.

If you don’t mind an accidental shower of NSFW imagery, you can turn the feature off at any time. Alternatively, as always, users can also choose to filter out all explicit search results, blurred or otherwise.

Though the feature is easily adjustable, Google will not offer the same flexibility to supervised accounts. Any accounts supervised by a parent or a school will not be able to change how they view explicit content. Parents can add supervision to the accounts of their children.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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