CHINA - Huawei Launches Foldable Smartphone

Arno Froese

Huawei unveiled an upgrade to its folding smartphone, hoping that a faster phone with higher-quality display will encourage consumers to spend as much as $2,700 for the top-of-the-range version. 

The new Mate XS arrives a year after the Chinese tech giant showed off its first folding phone, which had back-to-back screens that opened to create an eight-inch display. That device went on sale in China in November after the company improved the design. 

The Mate XS has the same size display as its predecessor but comes with an improved gull-wing hinge mechanism and stronger wraparound screen, while boasting faster download speeds and longer battery life than the rival Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s top salesman Richard Yu told a launch presentation in Barcelona. 

Samsung Electronics, the world’s top smartphone maker by volume, narrowly beat its Chinese rival in the folding race last year, but its launch was delayed after testers encountered problems with the screens.

The South Korean company is persevering with foldable technology and showed off a device shaped like a make-up compact that unfolded to look like a traditional smartphone.

“We believe technology should be open and available for everyone,” Yu said in his keynote speech. 

Huawei also launched a speaker developed with French audio specialist Devialet, the first tablet in its Mate range and two new notebooks—a top of the range Matebook X Pro and Matebook D with 14-inch and 15-inch screens. 

Huawei plans to hold a launch event for the P40, a 5G smartphone, in Paris, said Yu. 

-www.reuters.com, 24 February 2020

Arno's commentary

This development clearly shows that digital creations are arising more from the East and away from the West. While for many decades, Asia was looked down upon as not being inventive and innovative, that apparently is changing and fast. From these and many other reports, it seems that Asia is asserting leadership in the digital communication industry. 

Here we are reminded of Japan, who when they first exported their vehicles, almost became a laughingstock in the West. But today the quality of their vehicles is second to none.

What’s this development all about? We again point to prophetic Scripture, which clearly indicates the unity of planet earth. Here is what the first global society targeted: “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4). This was done in opposition to God’s command. The result was the confusion of languages, which now is being bridged over by so-called artificial intelligence. Today’s unifying of the world goes in the same direction. Verse 6 confirms: “And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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