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Huawei shows 3rd folding phone

HUAWEI unveiled a 5G folding smartphone with an 8-inch-wide screen on Monday as Chinese smartphone vendors show off their products at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2021.

Huawei Technologies Ltd said the Mate X2, its third folding phone, has crisper visuals and better sound for movies and games. It runs on Huawei’s most advanced processor chip, the Kirin 9000.

The phone offers “a truly immersive experience,” the president of Huawei’s consumer unit, Richard Yu, said at a launch event which was broadcast online. The Mate X2 price will start at 17,999 yuan (US$2,785), Yu said.

The high-end model shows Huawei’s ambition to develop its smartphone business despite facing strict US tech bans.

Huawei, China’s first global tech brand, was battered after being put on an export blacklist by then US President Donald Trump in 2019 supposedly because of security risk, an accusation the company denies. Huawei sold its budget-priced Honor smartphone brand in November to focus resources on higher-end models.

Oppo unveiled its 125W flash charger that can fully charge a smartphone battery within 20 minutes. Oppo has teamed up with over 40 firms like NXP and Anker on charging technologies for various industries, including smartphones, consumer electronics, automotive and the Internet of Things. Oppo and chip designer NXP have an agreement on in-vehicle wireless charging services. 

Realme, with more than 70 million users globally, sold more than 42.4 million smartphones in 2020 with a 65 percent growth year on year. It is the only major smartphone brand with over 50 percent growth rate in the year of the pandemic. It aims to expand into high-end market with Realme GT product line in 2021. 



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