One of the creators of the Android operating system, Rich Miner, posted on Twitter images of the prototype of the first Android smartphone in the folded and unfolded state.
It was planned that the screen of the device would shift to provide access to the physical QWERTY keyboard. At the same time, the buttons “Back”, “Home”, “Accept call” and “End call” should have been located to the right of the screen. In addition, the prototype had a scroll wheel.
“In 2005 we worked on two models: Sooner and Dream. In the first case, we were inspired by Blackberry devices, while the second was supposed to get a touch screen. After the release of the first iPhone, we abandoned the Sooner and focused on the Dream,” said Rich Miner.
Rich Miner added that in the end, Google created the Google G1 smartphone, which turned out to be very similar to the Dream prototype. He added that these renders were made five months before the launch of the first iPhone.
He stated that the iPhone and Dream were developed in parallel in complete secrecy, and also added that they had to make some changes because of Steve Jobs.
Yes, Jobs was unhappy, and since Apple was an important partner, we made small changes to calm him down before the launch. To say that we “cheated” Apple is wrong. Smartphones were developed in parallel. Similarities are explained by the same technologies and limitations.
Oppo Find N2 Flip is the first clamshell smartphone without a screen wrinkle, according to published live photos.
On December 15, Oppo will officially unveil its new foldable smartphones, but photos of the Oppo Find N2 Flip clamshell phone have already been published online. And, judging by them, there is no crease on the screen at all.
One of the pictures was published by Ice Universe insider. He accompanied the picture below with the words: “Where is the crease? Where’s she? Where’s she?”. Indeed, visually the fold is not observed. If so, then Oppo has managed to do what Samsung has been unable to do for four years.
However, the lack of a crease isn’t the only feature of the Find N2 Flip. The device will receive the largest external screen for devices in its class – its diagonal will be 3.26 inches. And in this regard, the Find N2 Flip will outperform both the Moto RAZR 2022 and the Galaxy Z Flip4.
In addition, the Oppo Find N2 Flip will prove to be a powerful smartphone, as the Dimensity 9000 SoC is rumored to be attributed to it. Finally (again, according to rumors), the Oppo Find N2 Flip will not repeat its predecessor’s Chinese exclusive status and will be sold outside of China.
What can a $100 Samsung phone do? Samsung Galaxy M04 unveiled
In India, the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy M04 is officially presented. This is one of the most affordable Samsung phones of today, asking for just $105.
The device received a PLS screen with a diagonal of 6.5 inches and a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels. The front camera is with a 5-megapixel sensor, the main one is with sensors with a resolution of 13 and 2 megapixels.
The Galaxy M04 is based on a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. If necessary, the RAM can be expanded up to 4 GB by creating a virtual partition in the flash memory. The phone runs Android 12 and is guaranteed to get Android 14.
The battery capacity was 5000 mAh, but there is no fast charging (maximum – 10 W). There is no fingerprint scanner either. But there are two SIM card slots, a USB-C port and a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.
5000 mAh, 22.5 W and a 50-megapixel camera like the iPhone 13 Pro for $170. Huawei Enjoy 50z introduced
Huawei today officially introduced the budget smartphone Enjoy 50z. The device is based on a platform with an 8-core processor, but it’s not clear for SoC. Probably, the device is built on some budget Qualcomm platform. The software platform of the novelty is the proprietary HarmonyOS.
Enjoy 50z received a IPS screen with a diagonal of 6.52 inches and a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels. Frame rate – standard 60 Hz. The front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor, the main camera has sensors with a resolution of 50, 2 (for macro photography) and 2 (for scene depth analysis) megapixels. Externally, the camera repeats the camera of the iPhone 13 Pro.
The battery capacity was 5000 mAh, it supports 22.5 W charging.
The Enjoy 50z is 8.94 mm thick and weighs 188 grams. The device is equipped with a side fingerprint scanner and a standard headphone jack. The base version of the phone with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash memory costs $170. The variant with 6 GB of RAM and the same 64 GB of flash memory is priced at $200.
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