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Huawei Mate X2 now official, features a no gap, perfect fold

New standard of the foldable form factor?

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Despite its struggles everywhere else in the world, Huawei continuous to get strong support in its home country China. This is why it’s no surprise that the company has again launched a premium device there. This time it’s their latest foldable — the Huawei Mate X2.

No compromise displays

Like with any foldable, a bulk of the presentation centered around what they did with the hinge as well as the device and the displays’ dimensions.

When folded it looks like just any regular smartphone. The OLED display measures 6.45-inches with a 21:9 aspect ratio. That’s something new for Huawei but if you’re familiar with Sony Xperia smartphones, they’ve been rocking that aspect ratio for a while now to mimic the widescreen we see in movie theaters. The display also has a 240Hz refresh rate.

There’s also a punch hole on the upper left area of the display for the front-facing camera which shares the ultra wide angle view of other mate series selfie shooters.

Unfold it and you’ll be greeted by an 8.01-inch Ultra High resolution display with a 180Hz screen refresh rate. The screen aspect ratio is 8:7.1 with Huawei claiming that it’s exactly like having two regular smartphone displays side-by-side. Unlike its competitors, the larger unfolded display has no cutouts for cameras. You’re getting all of that display clean and free of distractions.

No gaps

The crowning glory of the device is of course the Multi-Dimensional Hinge design. With it, Huawei was able to achieve the “perfect fold” — one that has no gaps.

Huawei did two things to make this possible. First is the water drop-shaped cavity supported by a dual spiral structure for stowing the display when the Mate X2 is folded. Second is the interesting decision to taper the device when its unfolded. This means the right side is thicker than the left side with the thinnest side measuring just 4.4mm.

Camera module

The uneven sides isn’t just for achieving the no gap fold. The thicker area houses the Ultra Vision Quad Camera. It’s headlined by the 50MP Super Sensing Wide Camera — the same one found on the Mate 40 Pro. It also has a 20MP telephoto camera that’s able to get up to 10X optical zoom, 20X hybrid zoom, and 100X digital zoom. Then there’s a 16MP ultra wide camera for landscape shooting, and an 8MP SuperZoom lens for macro shots.

Kirin inside

It’s a flagship product so naturally it comes with a flagship chip. Powering the Huawei Mate X2 is the Kirin 9000 5G — again the same one found on the high performing Mate 40 Pro. The same chip also supports 5G connectivity. You’re also getting a 4500mAh battery with support for 55W Huawei SuperCharge.

The chip also powers the device for several of its multi-tasking features like Smart Multi-Window, Floating Window, App Multiplier, and many others. The presentation didn’t explicitly say this but it is still likely running EMUI 11 on top of Android 10. However, it was shown that it will move to Harmony OS by April 2021.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate X2 comes in four colors: White, Black, Crystal Blue, and Crystal Pink. It will be available only in China for now starting February 25. Pricing are as follows:

  • 256GB – CNY 17,999 (around US$ 2,784)
  • 512GB – CNY 18,999(around US$ 2,940)

It also comes with a nifty cover that has a magnetic kickstand which costs CNY 299 (around US$ 47) .

 

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Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Coming first late 2021

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A few days ago, Qualcomm officially confirmed a coming name change for its ubiquitous Snapdragon chipset series. Of course, though Qualcomm already announced the change, the company did not reveal the new naming scheme. Now, the mystery is gone. Welcome, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

Sporting a new coat of paint, the chipset touts an improved 5G modem, the X65 5G. According to the company, the modem can reportedly reach 10Gbps in download speeds. It can also connect to the emerging Wi-Fi 6 standard, allowing up to 3.6Gbps in download speeds. The upper limit won’t mean much in today’s still-young 5G global network. However, it does mean much for the chipset’s longevity.

In the camera department, the chipset sports an 18-bit processor which can supposedly process 4,000 times more data than its predecessor. It can support up to three 36-megapixel cameras simultaneously. It can shoot up to 8K HDR footage at 30 frames per second, UHD footage at 120 frames per second, or slow-mo 720p videos at 960 frames per second.

Qualcomm didn’t specifically indicate how much the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 differs from the Snapdragon 888 in the performance department. However, it will once again focus on the future of AI. Features that use AI will reportedly get a boost going forward.

According to the company, the first smartphones with the chipset will launch sometime by the end of the year. As expected, more smartphones will come out next year in 2022.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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