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Huawei P50 Pocket, clamshell foldable now official

Bringing ‘fashion into fold’

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Huawei P50 Pocket

Huawei remains aggressive in the mobile smartphone space and they step into the future with their own foldable — the Huawei P50 Pocket.

It’s their first clam-shell type foldable — following the form factor of foldables from decades ago and most recently smartphone version like the Moto Razr and Samsung’s Galazy Z Flip line.

Bringing ‘fashion to fold’

Huawei made sure the Huawei P50 Pocket stands out by making the finish look different. While there’s a classic black version, there one in white and the Premium Edition have unique, engraved, patterns giving it a truly distinct look.

The Premium Edition in particular was made with prominent haute couture designer, Iris Van Herpen to give that high fashion look and feel.

Also immediately noticeable is the circular camera module of the phone and the Cover Screen.

Ultra Spectrum Camera Matrix

Huawei likes to use hyperbole and premium sounding names to their whole approach to smartphone cameras. And who can blame them, they’ve consistently produced some of the best mobile shooters to date. The Huawei P50 Pocket is no different with its ‘Ultra Spectrum Camera Matrix.’

Included in this camera array are:

  • 40MP True-Chroma Camera
  • 13MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera
  • 32MP Ultra Spectrum Camera
  • 10-Channel Multi-Spectrum Sensor
  • Ultra Spectrum illuminator

More than hardware, the Huawei P50 Pocket will also pack Huawei’s Fusion Pro image engine which is essentially their name and their take on computational photography. This makes sure they deliver clear, crisp, detailed, and rich images in just a snap and in whatever lighting condition.

Elsewhere on the Huawei P50 Pocket

The phone folds seamlessly into an ultra-slim, lightweight. Unfolded, it offers a 6.9-inch, 21:9 display. It also has a pixel density of 442ppi, and supports 1.07 billion colors and the P3 wide color gamut — providing incredible color authenticity and pristine picture quality.

The display also supports a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, as well as 300Hz touch sampling rate. The 1440Hz high frequency PWM dimming support ensures users’ eyes are always protected.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G mobile platform and packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge for fast charging.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei P50 Pocket is available now in China. The 8GB+256GB variant retails for CNY 8,997 while the Premium Edition (12GB+512GB) retails for CNY 10,988.

It will be available in Singapore in early 2022. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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Globe has first-ever Eco-SIM in Asia

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Eco-SIM

Globe debuted the first-ever Eco-SIM cards in Asia for postpaid mobile customers made from recycled refrigerator waste.

The initiative is part of Globe’s contribution to environmental sustainability in time for January’s Zero Waste Month celebration.

The Eco-SIM card was first developed in 2020, in partnership with the Veolia company; it has a neutral carbon footprint.

100 percent recycled waste

The telecom provider partnered with Thales to employ the said Eco-SIM cards starting from November last year, made from 100 percent recycled materials.

The SIM cards are made from recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerator interiors.

Thales has a comprehensive carbon offset program that also ensures there is no further carbon footprint during the manufacturing process of the Eco-SIM cards.

SIM cards, while the smallest consumer items, equate to about 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers as about 4.5 billion cards are manufactured every year.

A global leader in advanced technologies, Thales has presence in the Philippines since 2010.

The company has been a strategic partner for consumers in the civil aviation, defense, digital security, air traffic management, and ground transportation sectors.

From eSIMs to Eco-SIMs

In 2018, Globe was also the first in the country to introduce electronic SIMs or eSIM, as another alternative to the physical SIM cards.

They are basically digital SIMS embedded in compatible mobile phone models, allowing users to manage multiple mobile numbers on just one device.

The eSIM also allows gadgets like smartphones and smartwatches to be connected under one mobile number.

More sustainability

Back in 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability principles on human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption in its operations.

While in January 2021, Globe also formally expressed its support to the globally-recognized Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD), supporting the TCFD framework along with more than 1,800 companies worldwide.

Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 12, which highlights the roles of responsible consumption and production patterns.

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MediaTek hosts world’s first demo of Wi-Fi 7

Here’s what to expect

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We’ve come a long way from dial-up. Now, the name of the game is Wi-Fi 6. Amid the rise of 5G connectivity, the home internet sector is adopting the current standard for their devices. But, of course, the advance of technology is not stopping. As Wi-Fi 6 tries to take over the entire market, the industry is already working on Wi-Fi 7. With development well underway, what can you expect from the upcoming standard?

Naturally, better speeds. Recently, MediaTek showcased the world’s first live demo of the new technology. In an impressive show, the standard will reportedly achieve speeds 2.4 times faster than what Wi-Fi 6 can do. The technology can maximize uses for the current spectrums available for Wi-Fi at up to 6GHz. The technology can also reduce latency and interference using MLO and MRU features.

According to MediaTek, Wi-Fi 7 will support the ever-growing need for faster internet speeds brought on by emerging uses for online users. These needs include AR/VR applications, cloud gaming, 4K video calling, and 8K streaming. With technology advancing the way it is, high-speed internet — even faster than what’s available today — is turning into a necessity to cope with multi-user households.

MediaTek predicts that products that can support Wi-Fi 7 will start coming out in 2023.

SEE ALSO: Mediatek, AMD collaborate on new Wi-Fi 6E Modules

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Google is working on an AR headset called Project Iris

With its own processor and OS

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Understandably so, a good portion of the world is strongly resistant to Meta’s push for a metaverse based on virtual and augmented reality. However, though people are still hesitant to try on Facebook’s VR-tinted goggles, other companies are more than happy to take on the technology themselves. Google, joining Meta and Apple, is also working on its own AR headset called Project Iris.

According to sources from The Verge, Google is getting back into the augmented reality stage. The company is reportedly working on an AR headset with the current codename. The Project Iris headset is supposedly targeting a 2024 release date.

Inside the mysterious headset, the device will supposedly have its own processor and OS. Given Google’s feats recently, an in-house processor and operating system are within the realms of possibility. Google recently launched its first in-house chipset for smartphones, the Tensor chip. The company is, of course, still the thriving developers of Android, currently tailoring its latest Android version for different form factors.

Plus, it’s not Google’s first time with an augmented reality project. Remember the ill-fated Google Glass? The revolutionary wearable had all the potential but ultimately fizzled out into oblivion. At the time, analysts cited the device’s poor timing. Now, especially with other companies vying for dominance, Google does have more initiative to reestablish itself in the augmented reality market.

SEE ALSO: Facebook changes name to Meta

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