2020 has become the year of 5G, 5G phones have moved beyond flagship models into the affordable mid-range segment. In addition, most of the processors released this year have integrated 5G modems. However, foldable phones have not received the same level of adoption, mainly due to the fact that they are still expensive and short-lived. However, manufacturers are moving to another foldable form factor – rollable displays.
OPPO recently unveiled the X 2021, the world’s first concept phone with a retractable display. The company even released a demo video on how the device works. It was later revealed that the display was made by the Chinese display manufacturer BOE and that in testing it was able to withstand 100,000 fold-unfold cycles. And TCL presented a video showing the work of its prototype.
It looks like there will be more retractable smartphones coming in 2021. The LG Rollable smartphone has been added to the database of the South Korean telecom operator. According to tipster @Cozyplanes, the device is currently registered in the internal database of the Korean operator. The device model is LM-RN910N (OMD-LM-R910N).
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— Tron (@cozyplanes) December 5, 2020
Earlier rumors credit the LG Rollable with a 7.4-inch retractable screen with 2428 x 1080 pixels (20: 9) resolution, 2428 x 1366 pixels (16: 9) video mode and 2428 x 1600 pixels (3: 2) performance mode.
The LG Rollable is also rumored to be powered by a 4,200mAh battery and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor paired with 16GB of RAM. So it will be an expensive phone.
@Cozyplanes also revealed details on how the device works. The device will expand on both sides, increasing the screen size to 100%. LG will add a flexible bezel that won’t expand, but will lock in the screen’s position like a clip. It will fix the smartphone in its open state, and when exposed to it, it will unlock the screen and allow it to collapse. The phone will also have a locking device to prevent accidental opening and to prevent the screen from sliding out too quickly, which can lead to creases on the screen.
LG isn’t the only company developing a slide-out mobile phone. Samsung and TCL join OPPO and LG on the list of OEMs that have filed patents for slide-out smartphones. As such, we will surely see a few more designs from other companies soon.
Cubot has announced the start of sales of a miniature Cubot Pocket smartphone, which is offered at a price of $110 on Aliexpress with worldwide delivery.
Cubot Pocket is equipped with a Unisoc Tiger T310 quad-core single-chip system, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal flash memory. In addition, it supports TF cards, allowing you to expand the memory by 128 GB.
The phone is equipped with a 3000 mAh battery and runs on Android 11. In addition, it is equipped with an NFC module. In terms of connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, OTG and GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU.
The main feature of the device is its size: Cubot Pocket is equipped with a 4-inch FHD + display, so it fits easily even in a small palm. It is small enough to fit even in the pocket of skinny jeans.
Prices will rise: iPhone 14 production will begin in July
According to the latest news from DigiTimes, the supply of components for the iPhone 14 series smartphones is already in full swing. Small-scale trial production will begin next month, and large-scale mass production will begin in August. At the same time, suppliers confirm the increase in prices.
This year, the lineup will include the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max should ditch the notches in favor of two cutouts.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max screens are expected to use adaptive refresh rate technology, which automatically adjusts the screen refresh rate based on what is displayed on the screen. This ensures smooth operation and saves energy. In addition, the iPhone 14 Pro will support always-on display, allowing users to view various widgets on the lock screen without the screen lighting up.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will use last year’s Apple A15 single-chip system, while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be based on the new Apple A16 mobile platform. In terms of cameras, the Pro and Pro Max models will get a 48-megapixel image sensor and support for 8K video.
The iPhone 14 series will be released in September this year.
200 million Nokia 105 phones sold
According to an official statement, global sales of Nokia 105 series mobile phones have exceeded 200 million units.
The 200 million units include combined sales of the first generation launched in 2013, the second generation in 2015, the third generation in 2017 and the fourth generation in 2019.
Recall, Nokia 105 4G offers support for 4G networks and mobile payments. He received a 1.8-inch QQVGA screen (120 x 160 pixels), a 1020 mAh battery, FM radio, a flashlight, slots for two SIM cards, an enlarged menu and fonts, as well as a “Read” function that speaks text on the screen and user actions.
The phone is equipped with a Unisoc SoC, an island-style keyboard, a color screen and a polycarbonate body. The phone has the classic Snake game built in, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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