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On Sunday, China’s tech giant Huawei officially unveiled Huawei Mate X, its first foldable smar
tphone. That came just five days after Galaxy Fold, the first foldable smartphone of Samsung. But fol
dables might not be the future of smartphones, comment two experts with China Daily’s Zhang Zhouxiang:
Yuan Xuanhua, a renowned industrial designer with 20 years’ experience in smartphone engineering
Some media outlets have described foldable smartphones with so many sweet w
ords as if they were a technological breakthrough. Unfortunately, they are not. The te
chnology of foldable displays were invented as early as 20 years ago in a quite easy way — By replacing the glass th
at supports the display with foldable organic materials. Such displays can not only fold, but also curve.
Concerning the foldable screens of Huawei and Samsung, they have better displays with higher density rate and cl
earer, more stable display performance, but in essence they are still using the same technology. Therefore, f
oldable smartphones are more like a consumption-led innovation rather than a technology
ause the camera must not be covered during the folding, while the battery is also thicker. Huawei Mate X looks better, but its display is not protected as well as that of Samsung Fold and faces higher risk of breaking should the phone be dropped.
The two share one thing in common, namely a high price — Both are rather expensive. The Samsu
ng Fold is priced at $1,980 while the Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,299 euros ($2,606). The high price will
quite seriously limit the marketing of the two products and make them the luxuries of rich people only.
According to our analysis and market forecasts, in 2019, the number of f
oldable smartphones and tablets sold globally might reach 900,000, which might do
uble in 2020. As a comparison, people globally bought 1.4 billion smartphones in 2018. In a word, unless its cost fall sh
arply, the market for foldable smartphones will be limited for the foreseeable future.
Yet both Huawei and Samsung have invested huge resources in the research, publicity, and mark
eting of foldable smartphones. There are two main causes for that. First, smartphones are already so
developed that there is hardly any new space for innovation. The iPhone 4 miracle of Steven Jobs can hardly be re
peated in the near future, so both companies need to show the world that they are innovating.
Second, foldable displays need special materials that are quite scarce i
n the market, so neither of the two companies can afford to wait for the other to rise. B
oth need to keep the market in a balance so as to ensure its own share of products.
seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races i
n years, given the lack of consensus among guild awards leading up to Sunday’s event.
Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset
seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to m
ake her a presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for wi
nning.)s for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, including an early jo
ke from Maya Rudolph that among the things that wouldn’t be happening during the telecast, “Mexico is not paying for the w
all.” For his part, Malek referenced being a first-generation American, the son of Egyptian immigrants.
Still, the most overt and rousing rejoinder belonged to Spik
e Lee — a winner for adapted screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” — who pointed to
the 2020 election, urging people to “be on the right side of history. Let’s do the right thing!” Congressman and civil-rig
hts icon John Lewis also received a prolonged ovation, introducing “Green Book.”
who rebel against the system. Permission is needed from a male guardian for many basic activities, including international travel.
Reem and Rawan say they had been planning their escape in secret for two years. They didn’t dare discuss it in case they were
overheard, so, instead, they swapped WhatsApp messages, even while alone at night in their shared room.
Before they fled, the Sri Lanka vacation was just like any other. They wore their niqabs
to the beach and sat away from the surf while their brothers swam and joked. They cooked the meals, and
spent most of their days inside. It was humid. Their niqabs stuck to their skin and made it hard to see.
”We travel to move from a box to another box. From home to hotel, nothing will change,” Rawan says. “They will go o
ut, they will live freely, the men, of course we will sit away, watching them doing what they want.”
Their five-year-old sister played in the sand, but their 12-year-old sister, like them,
didn’t. She too was learning that it’s OK to be a girl in Saudi Arabia — until you grow up.
During the trip, Rawan turned 18. The timing was no accident. The vacation was planned with gentle persuasion to co
incide with a birthday that, unbeknown to their mother, allowed Rawan to apply for an Australian tourist visa.
support a modern, progressive, global Britain that is very much a part of modern Europe. Cur
rently, both main say that they will deliver Brexit — albeit different versions of it. A new group in Parliament, free to vote and speak as they li
ke, can now make the case for a softer Brexit, or even a second vote, and do so in ways that could damage both the gove
rnment and the opposition.
But will they? That’s a crucial question. If the movement swells, it could create the mome
ntum for a second referendum and push one party or another (probably the Labour Party) to formally back such a vo
te. It could terrify Conservative Brexiteers into backing May on her deal. It could completely break the par
liamentary arithmetic and cause the UK to stumble into a no deal. It could force a general election in which all 11 los
e their seats. It’s very hard to tell.
But the main takeaway from this week is that these 11 MPs were so frustrated by t
heir own parties — for more reasons that just Brexit — that they needed to do something. And that it was now or never. T
hey were left with no good options because, right now, politics in the UK is spiraling out of control.