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IFA Giving Much-Needed Hype to Foldable Phones and 5G

Samsung Electronics Co. displayed its revamped $2,000 Galaxy Fold after months of delay, in time for its launch in South Korea this past Friday

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Alongside their latest 8K TVs, South Korean tech giants stirred up the competition to draw attention by releasing their innovative smartphones, which can be folded and connected to 5G, Yonhap news agency reported. Pixabay

While IFA is Europe’s largest consumer electronics show, this year’s event had an interesting twist with unusual scene stealers from the mobile industry giving much-needed hype to foldable phones and 5G.

The trade show closed here on Wednesday after a six-day run, hosting over 1,900 exhibitors who showcased the latest televisions, home appliances and other gadgets ahead of the major holiday shopping season.

Alongside their latest 8K TVs, South Korean tech giants stirred up the competition to draw attention by releasing their innovative smartphones, which can be folded and connected to 5G, Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.

Samsung Electronics Co. displayed its revamped $2,000 Galaxy Fold after months of delay, in time for its launch in South Korea this past Friday only in 5G models.

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While IFA is Europe’s largest consumer electronics show, this year’s event had an interesting twist with unusual scene stealers from the mobile industry giving much-needed hype to foldable phones and 5G. Pixabay

After screen durability issues were raised by multiple reviewers ahead of its US launch in April, Samsung fixed the hinge and display design to reinforce protection of the display.

The South Korean tech giant now plans to release the phone in Germany, France, Britain and Singapore on September 18 and bring it to the US later this month.

The world’s largest smartphone maker also highlighted its broad 5G portfolio, ranging from chipsets and equipment to the latest smartphones.

The firm has released four 5G smartphones, including the Galaxy S10, Note 10, A90 and, mostly recently, Galaxy Fold, since the commercial roll out of the ultra-fast network in South Korea in April, staying ahead of its 5G competition.

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“Samsung sold over 2 million Galaxy S10 5G phones in just five months of its launch,” Lee June-hee, head of technology strategy team at Samsung, said during Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon’s key note speech at IFA.

“With an expanded 5G line-up, sales of 5G products are expected to more than double this year,” June-hee said.

Samsung, which used US chip giant Qualcomm’s 5G chipsets for in its latest smartphones, displayed its own integrated 5G chipsets, the Exynos 980, at its booth.

The company said it plans to begin mass production of its first artificial intelligence (AI) mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem later this year for the upcoming smartphones.

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The trade show closed here on Wednesday after a six-day run, hosting over 1,900 exhibitors who showcased the latest televisions, home appliances and other gadgets ahead of the major holiday shopping season. Pixabay

Another South Korean tech firm, LG Electronics Inc., debuted its new flagship smartphone V50S with dual screen and 5G connectivity.

LG promoted the new device as a practical way to extend the screen size, without having to actually bend the display itself like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.

The firm said its second 5G phone with a detachable screen upgraded its folding structure by adopting “free stop hinge” technology, which is designed to add the ability to stop and hold the second screen at any position.

LG said the uniquely designed phone targets young consumers who want to do more on mobile devices, including play games and shop.

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Its latest phone comes as the Korean electronics maker has been desperately seeking to revive its smartphone business with 5G devices, as its mobile division logged the ninth consecutive quarterly loss in the second quarter.

While China’s Huawei is expected to launch the foldable Mate X next month, its smaller home rival TCL unveiled its latest version of foldable design at IFA. But nobody was able to actually touch the 7.2 inch concept foldable phone displayed inside a glass box.

Instead of displaying its upcoming foldable device, Huawei highlighted its advanced 5G chip technology amid political pressure from the US.

In an opening key note speech, Huawei’s consumer business chief Richard Yu touted the Kirin 990 chipset as the “most powerful” 5G integrated chipset, better than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 series.

The Kirin 990 will power Huawei’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Mate 30, which the Chinese firm hopes will rival Apple’s latest iPhones.

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon laid out the company’s ongoing 5G strategy, which is focused on driving access to 5G devices and opens up potentially lucrative new use cases.

Faster networks are expected to help enliven the flattening smartphone market as more nations are rolling out 5G to drive innovations in various areas.

In Germany, Deutsche Telekom switched on its 5G network in five cities last week, marketing the Snapdragon-powered Samsung Galaxy S10 5G to early adopters. (IANS)

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5G Smartphones Priced Around $150 To Be Unveiled By End of This Year: Huawei President

An estimated 5 million 5G capable smartphones were sold in December 2019 alone

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Additionally, Chinese local research agencies suggested that 20 per cent of all mid range smartphones will support 5G, thanks to the expansion of the network in the country. Pixabay

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei’s President for 5G product line, Yang Chaobin believes that 5G smartphones priced around $150 are expected to be launched by the end of 2020 or in early 2021.

Huawei, along with its sub-brand Honor, has launched a number of 5G smartphones in 2019, including Mate 30 5G series, Mate 20 X 5G, Mate X 5G, Nova 6 5G, Honor V30 series, among others, news portal GizmoChina reported on Friday.

Recently, the company announced that it has shipped 6.9 million units of 5G smartphones as of December 2019, in addition to offering end-to-end 5G solutions. Additionally, Chinese local research agencies suggested that 20 per cent of all mid range smartphones will support 5G, thanks to the expansion of the network in the country.

An estimated 5 million 5G capable smartphones were sold in December 2019 alone. It is expected that more than 20 per cent of the smartphones under $290 will be 5G-enabled this year.

By 2021, the same statistics are expected to be applicable across the globe. Xiaomi co-founder Lei Jun recently announced the company is planning to pump $7 billion in 5G, AI and IoT over the next five years.

Earlier, Lei had also revealed that the company is planning to release more than 10 5G phones this year. US-based investment banking and financial service company Goldman Sachs has also forecasted a hefty 200 million 5G smartphone shipments globally this year.

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei’s President for 5G product line, Yang Chaobin believes that 5G smartphones priced around $150 are expected to be launched by the end of 2020 or in early 2021. Wikimedia Commons

The new predicted value is about 20 times more than the sales figure of 2019.

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According to the estimates, there will be about 1 million new 5G base stations in China this year. This is higher than the original 600,000 prediction by Goldman Sachs. (IANS)