San Francisco, Apr 23 (AP/UNB) — Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.
The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday, but instead it will now run more tests and announce a new launch date in the "coming weeks."
The delay is a setback for Samsung and for the smartphone market generally, which had been pinning some hopes on the folding phone to catalyze innovation in the industry. The Galaxy Fold, with its $1,980 price tag, was not intended to be a mass market hit, but many hoped it would hint at a new wave of smartphone advances — an area that has been lagging in recent years.
But device reviewers quickly found issue with the Galaxy Fold, which is about the size of an average smartphone when folded, and the size of a small tablet when its two sides are pulled apart.
Several journalists reported the inside screens flickering, freezing and finally dying on their test units within the first couple days. Two reviewers mistakenly removed an outer plastic layer that was meant to stay on and reported scratches on the screen afterward.
Samsung confirmed last week that the layer was meant to stay on. But that didn't explain why many reviewers saw the phone's inside screens break.
An early inspection showed there could be issues when pressure is put on the exposed areas of the hinges that open and close the phone, Samsung said in a statement announcing the launch delay Monday. It also found an issue where "substances found inside the device affected the display performance."
Samsung said it will to find ways to better protect the screens and explain to people that the outside protective layer must stay on.
Other test phones seemed to still be working well, and so far holding up to the Samsung pledge that the phone can be unfolded about 200,000 times in its life.
San Francisco, Apr 18 (AP/UNB) — Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.
Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch said the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. Two journalists said they removed a thin, protective layer from the screens that they thought was supposed to come off, but was meant to stay.
But reporters from The Verge and CNBC said they left that layer on and their screens still broke. A CNBC video shows the left side of the inside screen intermittently flashing, and the right side as unresponsive.
The phone was "completely unusable" after two days, CNBC reporter Todd Haselton wrote .
The long-anticipated folding phone is about the size of a standard smartphone when folded, but can open up to the size of a small tablet. The phone is designed to work whether closed or open; when open, the single screen display is bisected by a crease.
Samsung promises the screen can withstand being opened and closed 200,000 times, or 100 times a day for five years.
The Galaxy Fold goes on sale April 26 in the U.S. for $1,980, making it one of the most expensive phones anywhere — particularly if it isn't as durable as promised.
Samsung did not immediately comment.
The company had a disastrous rollout of a new phone in 2016 with the Galaxy Note 7, which Samsung eventually recalled because its batteries were catching on fire.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) - Huawei held its 16th annual Global Analyst Summit in Shenzhen, China titled "Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent World".
More than 680 industry and financial analysts, key opinion leaders, and media representatives from across a range of industries, including telecoms, Internet, and finance joined Huawei.
The first Huawei Global Analyst Summit was held in 2004, and has continued annually since for 16 years. This year's summit runs from April 16 to 18, with multiple parallel sessions. Attendees include industry experts from around the world, all of whom provide unique insights into a variety of topics and trends.
Ken Hu, Huawei's Deputy Chairman, shared its insight into industry trends and strategic determination.
Hu noted that 5G is being deployed much faster than expected, and 5G device development is matching 5G network development for the first time in history.
According to Huawei's forecasts, by 2025, the world will have 2.8 billion 5G users. To support these large numbers of users, Huawei aims to develop simple, powerful, and intelligent networks, to continuously create value for its customers.
Huawei has already taken steps to give consumers the intelligent and seamless digital experience they want across all scenarios.
William Xu, Director of the Board and President of the Institute of Strategic Research of Huawei, announced that Huawei is moving into the era of "Innovation 2.0".
Innovation 2.0 is all about vision-driven theoretical breakthroughs and inventions. "The Institute of Strategic Research will be mainly engaged in research into cutting-edge technologies for the next five or more years," said Xu, "Each year, we invest 300 million US dollars to fund academic research in basic science and technologies, and technological innovation.
This is an important part of our research efforts." He also noted that Huawei will work with universities and research institutes to drive innovation in theories and basic technologies, and light the way for the industry and the world at large.
Dhaka, April 7 (UNB)- A five-day special event titled ‘Advancing Digital Bangladesh, 2019’ organised by Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, started at their Customer Solution Innovation and Integration Experience Center (CSIC) in Gulshan on Sunday.
In order to showcase the cutting edge technological innovation and foster adequate preparation, the event has been designed especially for industry stakeholders so that the industry as well as Bangladesh move ahead and embrace next technological revolution.
This year’s theme of the event is "5G is On" which will be concluded on April 11.
The event will emphasize on the significant possibilities of 5G in Bangladesh and around the globe.
Jerry Wang, CTO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Limited said “5G is ON for the world, for Bangladesh. We are working here to digitalize every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent Bangladesh. Being one of the leaders of ICT solutions and equipment providers we feel our responsibility to talk about next technology so that our customers, partners as well as whole industry can have a good concept and equip themselves for a better tomorrow.”
The program has been designed for invited guests from different industries.
Dhaka, Apr 3 (UNB)- Huawei, world’s leading ICT solutions provider has announced 10 outstanding ICT talents from five renowned universities of the country.
The names of the selected students were declared at a programme - ‘Seeds for the future’ inaugurated by Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar at Amari Dhaka Hotel in the city.
Mustafa Jabbar said such kind of activities will help the young talents to have the clear concept about ICT advancement so that they can contribute for the country.
“This kind of arrangement must be appreciated. Bangladesh is now going to become completely digital in very short time. I want to thank Huawei for being with us in this journey. Hopefully we can get 5G within 2021 to 2023. As an active partner, we are expecting Huawei to help us implement the ‘Vision 2021’ with their technology”, he said.
This year’s selected students were - Tasfia Zahin and Sarkar Snigdho Sarathi Das from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Mayeesha Farzana and Koushik Kumar from Dhaka University (DU), Tasfia Seuti and Minhaz Bin Farukee from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Atia Islam Ankhi and Jahedul Islam from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Monisha Dey and Kamrul Hasan from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET).
The students will get a two-week long learning experience in Beijing and Shenzhen by the end of this April.
Li Guangjun, Economic and Commercial Counselor from the Embassy of China in Bangladesh was special guest of the event where Zhang Zhengjun, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd. was present.