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2019 Foldable Phones : Do We Actually Need Foldable Phones?

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It’s 2019 and seeing smartphone companies make ” the foldable phone mistake ” isn’t a bit surprising but the biggest question I ask myself each time is this

 

Do we actually need foldable phones ?

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The Foldable Phone Mistake – Do We Need Foldable Smartphones?

Before I dive into the whole foldable phone issue, let me take you on a little trip back in time. Starting from when our regular smartphone designs started witnessing some major changes. So without further ado, let’s get started.

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In general, smartphone companies have always been competing with each other in order to get a larger market share with top Chinese companies like Vivo , Xiaomi And Oppo pushing design aesthetics to the max, sure enough they’ve gotten a lot of attention within the mobile phone Industry and are even the.

We all can clearly remember when Xiaomi started the bezelless trend back in 2016 with the release of the Xiaomi Mi Mix which was one of the first smartphones if not the first with very slim bezels.

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Chinese Companies, Oppo and Vivo also pushed design limits to the edge by moving the position of the front camera in their phones – The Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex respectively. Take a look at these two devices.

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You can clearly see what Oppo and Vivo did with their designs. In the Oppo Find X, both the front and rear camera’s are hidden and only slides up when you open the camera app while in the Vivo Nex only the front camera slides up.

Both designs are great but believe the “Nigerian” in me is still scared that the mechanical parts could fail. The way you feel when your camera doesn’t work on a regular phone would be worse on a phone with moving parts when it doesn’t even respond.

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So basically here’s what our smartphones have gone from in the past couple of years and the last one is the new trend smartphone companies are heading to – Foldable Phones

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As much as it seems awesome. I still find it awkward. Personally I don’t know why they came up with this but if they are trying to bring back that nostalgic feeling that the foldable phones in the early 2000’s gave us, with the current technology in place, they aren’t very far from it.

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There are companies that are still testing this at the moment ,those who have already released theirs and those who have simply shelved the entire idea at the moment because I believe they understand the market more.

Brands like LG have completely shelved the idea for now according to their head of mobile communications and home entertainment divisions Brian Kwon

According to Kwon, the company weighed a potential release alongside the launch of its 5G phone. But rather than introduce a foldable smartphone at this time, the company plans to hold off while it gauges consumer responses to folding smartphone technology.

Per the Korean Times, Kwon added:The market demand for smartphones is expected to be at around 1 million but LG’s main issue in smartphone business is to regain its market position. Considering this situation, it is too early for LG to launch a foldable smartphone. In terms of technology, we are fully ready to respond depending on consumers’ reactions (to foldable smartphones).

So while LG is trying to study the market properly, Samsung already released theirs and I’m very curious to see how people respond to this.

Samsung’s current device costs around the $1980 dollar mark . I guess we would have to wait for a proper review to know how it works in general but still – What do we need a foldable phone for ?

 

 

 

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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  1. Chinedu Oji

    February 21, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I definitely agree with you. But take into the fact that this device is the first of it’s kind, and like most other new innovations, they are usually bulky, expensive and feel like they’re not really useful. And as Samsung said, they’re laying the groundwork for future innovations, so we should expect to see smaller, cheaper, more pocket friendly foldable devices in the future.

    • Michael Ajah

      February 22, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Yeah, true. I’m keeping my fingers crossed to watch how the new Samsung fold will sell

  2. blah

    February 25, 2019 at 11:42 am

    this is a lacklustre article. samsung foldable phone is $1,980, not $1,200.so many off points and futile statements.

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy A21s – Full specifications, features & price in Nigeria

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Samsung Electronics yesterday launched the Galaxy A21s smartphone which has seen quite a few leaks confirmed already leading to launch.

The Quad camera setup, 5000mAh and Samsung Infinity O-display are only few major takeaway from the new device

The Samsung Galaxy A-series smartphone range is the company’s plan to gain foothold in the mid-range mobile market while remaining competitive at the top tier of flagship smartphone production.

As usual, the A21s didn’t really disappoint in it’s entirety…

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Samsung Galaxy A21s Features

The Samsung Galaxy A21s features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720X1600 pixels) Infinity-O Display with 20:9 aspect ratio.

It runs Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 10. The phone is powered by an octa-core (two quad cores clocked at 2.0GHz each) processor paired with fair 3GB of RAM.

The Galaxy A21s offers ample storage with 32GB inbuilt storage though just a single option for now, it is expandable using a microSD card up to 512GB.

In the camera department, the Samsung Galaxy A21s comes with quad camera setup at the back.

The cameras include a 48-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, a 2-megapixelf/2.4 depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens with f/2.4 aperture. For selfies, it has a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It also comes with an LED flash.

The phone packs a mammoth 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support which is just about fair in it’s entirety too.

It comes with a rear fingerprint sensor and facial recognition technology. The dimensions of the phone are 75.3 x 163.6 x 8.9mm.

Samsung Galaxy A21s Price & Availability in Nigeria

Samsung Galaxy A21s price and availability in NigeriaSamsung Galaxy A21s will go on sale in the UK starting June 19. Price of the phone starts at GBP 179 (roughly N81,000).

The availability of the phone in Nigeria is unknown so far though with the availability of so many of their other mid-range devices in the Nigeria market, there’s no cause for alarm.

The colour options for the phone include Black, White, Red and Blue.

Samsung Galaxy A21s Quick Specifications

  • Display: 6.5-inch
  • Resolution: 720X1600 pixels, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Network Support: 2G, 3G, 4G
  • RAM: 3G
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • OS: Android 10

Camera

  • Rear: Quad 48-megapixel (f/2.0) + 8MP (ultra-wide, f/2.2) + 2MP (depth, f/2.4)+ 2MP (macro, f/2.4)
  • Front: Single 13-megapixel f/2.2 (LED flash)
  • Features: Picture, video, panorama, HDR

Battery

  • Type: Non-removable
  • Capacity: 5000mAh
  • Fast charging: Yes, 15W

Sensors

  • Fingerprint scanner: Yes, rear mounted
  • Facial recognition tech

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Here’s how Huawei hopes to launch a ‘new’ smartphone with Google Services

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Without mincing words, if you are using a Huawei mobile smartphone, you can not get access to any Google services whatsoever, meaning, you possibly are going to face tremendous odds.

You’re on your own! Lol

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Huawei was blacklisted by the US government back in May 2019 over alleged national security concerns. As such, the Chinese OEM lost access to Google for its new phones, causing a major plunge in international sales.

More than a year later, Huawei has still been trying to get back to normal but with so much struggle. Well, it seems a new strategy is reportedly in place now.

What has happened since the Trade Ban?

If you can remember well, the P30 series launched early 2019 was the last bunch from Huawei right before the company was banned from doing business with Google. This, of course, was alongside other American companies but the focus seemed was obviously on that one scenario.

Many external claims after the launch of this device have also solidified the decision ruling Huawei from using Google services on their future devices.

A certain anonymous photographer also mentioned how Huawei used a pre-existing image of the moon to cook up fake real-time images of the moon when Huawei P30 Pro users exceed the 10x zoom level.

Total photographic chicanary!

Huawei plans on releasing new P30 edition

Though, this discovery wasn’t totally proven, we all know this didn’t help the Huawei fight against the trade decision ban at all.

New flagship line-ups, the Mate 30 and P40 did launch early this year without Google apps but wouldn’t really be classified as “successful” when it comes to sales.

As much as one can still download apps through APKs, you miss out on a lot of benefits like timely updates and the seemles transition between Google services say Gmail and the Play Store.

In fact, most of the Google apps you would actually need cannot even be installed in any way.

A phone without Google services had been predicted to be the start of Huawei’s nightmare and deep down, it has not been that smooth for the Chinese tech giant.

Even if Huawei user have been urged to use apps from the Huawei App Galary and also the promise of a custom “Huawei Mobile Services”, nothing sure beats that stock Android feeling.

Huawei releases Mobile Services

However, news coming from Huawei’s own German-language site, Huawei Central, imply that a “new” flagship phone will soon be launched packing Google apps.

Which begs the question. How in the world could Huawei evade the Trade Ban to launch a smartphone packing Google services? Which logically is quite impossible! But there’s a catch.

How Huawei ‘could’ launch new smartphone with Google services

Spotted at the terms and conditions section for an impending list of P30 phones. Among them is one “P30 Pro NEW EDITION”, which as far as we are concerned, has never been unveiled.

Huawei hopes to use this loophole to launch a new smartphone logically bypassing the Google services ban.

However, you should note that none of these claims has been confirmed by Huawei.

Earlier this year, the P30 Lite saw a ‘New Edition’ launched with more RAM and storage than the original. But what the company really wanted was to relive the past old days of having a new phone with Google services and remaking older devices seemed to be the only way.

So, just maybe, Huawei will be doing the same with a high-end model that was considered to be one the most popular in 2019.
The main question would be what specifically would be upgraded with this P30 Pro “new edition” if it is actually in the works.

What happens if Google decides not to legalize Huawei pushing out Android updates for existing phones? So many questions, yet few answers.

Additionally, it is not clear how long this tactic of renewing older devices and fixing Google services right in them will really work for Huawei but for now, it seems the company is making the most of that loophole.

However, as the future of China’s front-ranking mobile phone brand, Huawei has already become uncertain with thousands of its existing customers and is in no doubt losing that accolade real quick with fellow Chinese manufacturer – Xiaomi already lurking in the background.

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