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Huawei’s foldable unveiling
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- We already saw the design, with the double round elements on the front, the round 1.04-inch display and a triple camera.
- Once opened, the P50 Pocket rocks a 6.9-inch 120Hz OLED main screen and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G chipset, so no 5G to comply with US regulations.
- There’s also a 4,000mAh battery, surpassing the Flip 3’s 3,300mAh capacity, and it’s slightly thinner than the Flip 3 at the pivot point, and uniform thickness, rather than tapering:
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- And the price tag: 8,988 yuan, or about $1,4.10 in China, or 10,988 yuan (~$1,725), with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the premium gold edition.
- The $999 price of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 seems like a steal by comparison.
- Huawei also got into some pretty weird, potentially useful, fluorescent photography mode via a 32MP super spectrum sensor used in the triple rear camera and first found on the P30 and P30 Pro.
- This allows you to do things like check that you’ve removed makeup or that you’ve applied sunscreen correctly, which can actually be helpful, but should probably be tried before commenting further.
But does this device matter?
- Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, pushed the female corner during the announcement by saying, “It’s very delicate… We want to bring elegance to you along the way.”
- And that’s great and all, but you can’t really buy it.
- Huawei has yet to talk about markets other than China, and of course the lack of Google compatibility is a non-starter for many, although Huawei’s AppGallery is always cited by Huawei as better than ever.
- It’s good to look at, but it won’t make much of a ripple outside of the interest of avid enthusiasts, although the introduction in China will be interesting.
To round up
👉 Flexible OLED isn’t just for foldable devices, it features LG Display’s CES concepts: a cool bike setup and a weird “Media Chair” that offers a 55-inch curved OLED screen in your face while you sit (Android authorizationj).
🤔 Facial recognition will be banned, but it’s still everywhere: On telephones and increasingly in airports and banks (Wired).
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Remember when we only had the Hubble telescope out there in space? Finally, a giant new telescope enters orbit:
- The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is launched from French Guiana on the back of an Ariane 5 rocket, the successor to the Hubble telescope, launched in 1990.
Anyway, it cost $10 billion and it’s getting scientists and astronomers around the world very excited. Here’s one in Australia saying things very excited – Professor Lisa Kewley, Director, ARC Center of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics in 3D, Australian National University:
- “The James Webb Space Telescope is by far the largest infrared telescope ever launched into space. With its exquisite sensitivity, the James Webb will reveal mysteries of the universe previously hidden from us. Through in-depth observations, James Webb will reveal the very first galaxies formed in the baby universe and how those galaxies evolved over 13 billion years of cosmic time. We will get an unprecedented view of how galaxies like our Milky Way formed and evolved. We will measure how the elements responsible for life: oxygen, carbon and nitrogen, formed and evolved over 13 billion years of cosmic time.
- “James Webb will also reveal what elements are in the atmospheres around extrasolar planets. The big questions James Webb wants to answer are all about our origins and our place in the universe: are we unique? Is our earth unique? Is the Milky Way unique? What is our origin?”
Those all seem like good questions to answer!
- The current launch time is December 25, 07:20 ET, and you can stream it here.
- I mean, it’s pretty early for a vacation, but with kids and relatives and dogs and reindeer, you get up early anyway to see what’s under the tree, right?
All the best, and catch you in a week and a little!
Tristan Rayner, editor in chief.
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