Though it is not the first time we’ve seen the mobile phone, the reveal of Huawei’s foldable Mate X definitely caused a few dropping jaws. After years and years of smartphone releases that all more or less look alike, we are now seeing a real change in smartphone design.
The foldable smartphone promises to improve the consumer experience and the ease of use of mobile. As a result, mobile will play an even bigger role in people’s lives that it already does.
Vascular-unlock with Time of Flight
Yes, you read that right. LG demonstrated a new and safer way of biometric identification, used to secure your phone by ‘reading’ the veins in your hand. Though biometrics such as fingerprints and face-recognition are already quite common, LG now states to have found a safer way of identification. How? By recognizing the unique pattern of veins in your hand.
The new LG phone, the G8 ThinQ, uses the so-called Time of Flight sensor (ToF) to measure the distance between objects in a 3D atmosphere. So even underneath your skin. This way, your hand replaces your password, unlocking your phone by simply waving your hand over its front camera. This not only improves security, but this sensor is also used to enable hand gestures to control your device.
Of course, this innovation could not miss in this list. 5G is subject to lots of discussion, with a great list of pros and cons. Still, from the many phones presented at MWC, for example by Nokia, Huawei and Xiaomi, it becomes clear that phone developers still have faith in the worldwide adaptation of 5G. And even now that 5G is not yet in use, we’ve already heard people talking about 6G.
5G is now in the testing phase, rolling it out in some early stage markets. But even though technique is ready, many operators are still not sure of the business case for 5G. According to some, 5G will be in use by the next MWC in 2020. But just how this next big thing in mobile will evolve, future will tell.
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