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Huawei To Launch Its First Folding Smartphone This October

Huawei, recently told journalists at an IFA 2019 round-table that the company's first folding smartphone with a flexible screen 'Mate X' could launch as early as next month

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Richard Yu, Consumer business CEO, Huawei, recently told journalists at an IFA 2019 round-table that the company’s first folding smartphone with a flexible screen ‘Mate X’ could launch as early as next month.

The smartphone was initially set to launch in June this year but the sale was delayed to ensure its durable design after the Samsung Galaxy Fold fiasco.

Richard also said that Huawei is almost ready to produce a version of the phone powered by the newly announced Kirin 990 processor, XDA Developers reported.

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The inside of a hinge of a folding mobile phone. Wikimedia Commons

After extensive tests, Huawei Mate X has passed 3C certification and network access license.

Huawei Mate X, when unfolded, measures 8 inch while Samsung Galaxy Fold’s display is 7.3 inch. When folded, the displays are 6.6 inch and 4.6 inch, respectively.

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Currently, the device is powered by a 1.8 GHz octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor that features two cores clocked at 2.6 GHz, two cores clocked at 1.92 GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. It comes with 8 GB RAM.

On the other hand, South Korean tech giant Samsung has launched its much-awaited foldable smartphone — ‘Galaxy Fold’ — in South.

The device was initially slated for a late September launch, but the company seems to have decided to bring the date forward, with South Korea getting the new folding phone first. (IANS)

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You Would be Able to Unlock Your Smartphone with Earbuds Soon

The information gathered by the microphone is sent by the earbuds’ Bluetooth connection to the smartphone where it is analysed

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Soon you may be able to unlock your smartphone with earbuds as researchers are developing a biometric tool to do that.

Besides reducing the need for passcodes, fingerprints, facial recognition and other biometrics, the tool called EarEcho would be ideal for situations where users are required to verify their identity such as making mobile payments.

It could also eliminate the need to re-enter passcodes or fingerprints when a phone locks up after not being used.

EarEcho, which works when users are listening to their earbuds, is a passive system, meaning users need not take any action, such as submitting a fingerprint or voice command, for it to work, said Zhanpeng Jin, Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo in New York.

EarEcho uses modified wireless earbuds to authenticate smartphone users via the unique geometry of their ear canal.

When a sound is played into someone’s ear, the sound propagates through and is reflected and absorbed by the ear canal — all of which produce a unique signature that can be recorded by the microphone, said the study published in the journal Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies.

“It doesn’t matter what the sound is, everyone’s ears are different and we can show that in the audio recording,” Jin said.

“This uniqueness can lead to a new way of confirming the identity of the user, equivalent to fingerprinting,” he said.

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Smartphones will be the most used mobile device category by the end of this year as India registered 484.7 million smartphones in use. Pixabay

A prototype of the system proved roughly 95 per cent effective, the researchers said.

The research team built the prototype with off-the-shelf products, including a pair of in-ear earphones and a tiny microphone.

They developed acoustic signal processing techniques to limit noise interference, and models to share information between EarEcho’s components.

The information gathered by the microphone is sent by the earbuds’ Bluetooth connection to the smartphone where it is analysed.

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To test the device, 20 participants listened to audio samples that included a variety of speech, music and other content.

EarEcho proved roughly 95 per cent effective when given one second to authenticate the subjects.

The score improved to 97.5 per cent when it continued to monitor the subject in three second windows, said the study. (IANS)