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Huawei Mate X Foldable 5G Device – Is it Worth the Investment?

Ahmad Nasereddine

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Suspension of Google support on Huawei devices left all of its users bewildered. Although the issue has now been resolved and Google is once again providing Android support, people are still somewhat afraid to purchase any devices from the Chinese tech giant, especially when it’s as expensive as Huawei Mate X.

Their latest model has already been launched in China and is expected to soon find its way to the UK, but release in the US is still a dilemma. According to Metro.co.uk, the company has no plans of selling Huawei Mate X in the United States. After using this phone for a few days, I wondered whether that news is a loss to the company or to the US. Here are a few reasons why the device was sold-out within a minute of its release in China.

Huawei Mate X – Specs Summary:

  • Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Internal Memory 512GB
  • 8GB RAM
  • Hybrid Dual SIM
  • Three Cameras (40 MP, 16 MP, 8MP)
  • Side-Mounted Fingerprint
  • 8 Inches Screen (wide open)
  • 6.3″ and 6.6″ Screen when Folded
  • OLED Display
  • 4500mh Battery

What’s New?

The popularity of this device is owed to its two distinct features:

  • Foldable display
  • 5G-capability

Although it isn’t the first foldable device, it is uncommon and expected to be the future of mobile phones. Huawei Mate X foldable has an 8-inch display screen when opened fully. You can fold it from the center and use an average 6-inch screen from either of the sides.

5G is also relatively new technology and only the latest mobile phones can support it. It will come as no surprise then, that this new release is 5G-capable; a progressive step in this highly competitive market, which has worked quite well as a unique selling point for Huawei.

What We Like?

While many were critical about its big size in the beginning, they will not find it an issue after using the device for a few days.

The Unique Screen

If you don’t want to use that 8-inch display, you can simply fold it and get the same experience you would with any other smartphone. If you like playing games and watching videos on a mobile phone, you will appreciate this big screen.

Smart Folding

It has magnificently met all expectations of a Huawei foldable phone. Its sensors detect the side facing upward and activates the screen, turning the rest of the display off.

OLED Display

The display of organic light-emitting diodes offer a wider viewing angle and enable higher contrast. OLED display makes Huawei Mate X more flexible and lighter.

Slim and Lightweight

It is the thinnest foldable smartphone in the world. I can’t say it’s the most lightweight device, but its significantly light considering its size. It is only 11mm thick when folded, and 5.4mm when opened. You will also find a fingerprint scanner on the right side of its slim body.

5G Capability

While I personally didn’t consider 5G support much of a big deal, most people seem to really admire it. At the very least, this 5G smartphone will allow you to experience the fastest internet speed in the world, that which only a few people can access today.

Creative Cameras

There is no shortage of mobile phones with cameras, so Huawei did something creative. It allows you to show the camera view on both sides when folded, so you can tell the photographer just how you want that picture to be taken!

What We Don’t Like?

The first let down is the price. The Huawei Mate X is sold in China for $2,400. This tech company is known to offer high quality devices at reasonable prices. This time however, it decided to take a $500 leap over the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

Another thing I didn’t like about Huawei Mate X was the button to open its fold lock. While this might be a necessity for better user-experience, I expected a better solution.

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Cloud telecom infrastructure with Etisalat

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UAE Telecoms giant Etisalat has announced its plans to work with an association of global tech leaders to introduce a new vendor platform that will aim to provide cloud telecom infrastructure and host developing futuristic technologies and services.

The creation of this respected group is aligned with the company’s corporate-wide programme launched to ‘cloudify the network’-dubbed ‘Sahaab. Sahaab is an Arabic word that means cloud. The programme will focus on deploying the right criteria of hardware-centric telecom services and software-centric cloud services.

The group itself consists of NEC as the prime overall integrator, Netcracker, Redhat, Juniper and Dell who will all collaborate with Etisalat to install and roll out the second generation of NFV (Network Function Virtualisation)/ SDN (Software Defined Networking). These two technologies are closely related and commonly associated with the enablement of smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT) and the upcoming 5G future.

The infrastructure will be built against industry leading architecture developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). The most recent technologies will then be set up to provide the highest levels of performance, agility, elasticity, and well-organized and efficient operations. The technologies include Network Function Virtualization Orchestrator (NFVO) from Netcracker, Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller from Juniper-Contrail, Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) from RedHat-Openstack, and a collection of automation and operations tools like Ansible, Zappix, git-lab, ELK, and Bacula.

Esmaeel Hammadi, Senior Vice President, Network Development, Etisalat said:

Today’s announcement is of strategic importance as this platform will be a pillar for Etisalat’s long term strategy of driving digital technologies to empower our services and build the infrastructure to incorporate emerging technologies. As we transition into the digital future, it is essential to invest and implement the state-of-art methodologies in cloud computing by engaging with global leaders. This will ensure services on our network are agile and provide the best performance for major projects like Expo 2020, World Government Summit, AFC Asia Cup among others.”

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The role of immersive technologies in the telecom industry

Fayza Bjayou

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Immersive technologies can have a defining role in the world of telecoms, creating a broad scope of opportunities to support the changing, complex nature of the telecoms landscape. The industry at present, makes large investments in maintaining and developing its infrastructure, to ensure that technology across industries is represented by seamless, uninterrupted services. Deploying augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can offer significant support to an increasingly complex system of services that require ongoing operational maintenance.

When distance stands between the problem and the maintenance specialist, disruption and delays are inevitable. In a world where businesses rely upon the seamless connection between their services and the network provided by their operator, it can cause immense pressure for both parties involved. Using augmented reality (AR) to fix maintenance issues remotely, provides a viable solution. This is a cost- and time-effective approach, that will ensure more repairs are made by the most trained and competent specialists. Immersive technology will replicate a real-life installation and maintenance situation for experts to assess. AR can be used by technicians to establish open audio-visual dialogue with an expert from anywhere in the world, which means an increased number of remote site visits and real-time consultations. Immersive technology in this context, provides double-sided benefit of both increased learning and productivity.

VR and AR can be used to effectively assist and train both current and future staff personnel. One of the major stumbling blocks faced by management in the telecom industry is ensuring consistent standards of practice and performance among their team members. AR and VR can be leveraged to boost knowledge retention and professional engagement. Immersive technologies can provide training without the need for time-consuming workshops, that would otherwise mean taking an entire group away from their work-environment – Studies have shown that this approach may boost GDP by $294.2 billion by 2030. The figures indicate the broad scope of potential in augmented reality in the workplace and offers unlimited access to those who wish to understand an area of specialty that may otherwise be difficult to facilitate in their surrounding physical environment.

AR and VR technologies can take operational performance to the next level. Utilizing such tools will ensure a more stream-line, efficient system that better responds to the advancing trends and requirements of the global market.

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En route to the world’s first Smart Hospital

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Lately, it feels like 5G is the only thing we ever seem to be talking about, and for good reason. When we think about 5G, we think about the many possibilities of innovation that could revolutionize services across industries. The medical world is no exception. Based on rapid technological advancements and the growing demand for better healthcare services, Korean Telecoms giant, KT Corporation, along with Samsung Medical Centre (SMC) have partnered up, to create a 5G-based smart hospital to power new medical practices.

KT built a dedicated 5G network at the medical center, created service environments in operating rooms and also carried out test operations. Both parties intend to develop the world of smart patient care along with 5G, innovative medical practices, to improve the efficiency of hospitals.

KT, in partnership with the Samsung Medical Center, is pioneering innovative medical services for the new 5G era,” said Park In-Young, Vice President of KT’s ICT Convergence Business Department. “We will continue to further refine 5G-powered medical technology by applying VR and AR technologies for real-time education.

Both parties had been applying 5G on the premises as a means of creating improved medical services since they signed an agreement late last year. The services encompass digital diagnostic pathology, access to proton therapy information, teaching surgery, artificial intelligence-enable care for in patients and an autonomous robot for operating rooms.

The 5G-driven digital pathological analysis (conducted by SMC) is a brand new international example of using innovation using 5G technology methods and equipment for medical procedures. Tissues are taken from the patient during surgery and treated for analysis and then sent to pathologists in an adjacent room. This took around 20 minutes of walking back and forth, which made it hard for pathologists to conduct onsite analyses.

Fast and consistent access to pathological data – taken during surgery – is vital in defining and assessing the conditions of the patient and is provided by a 5G network with an extremely high speed and a very low latency rate. The network lets the Pathology Department gain access to materials which contain about 4GB of data each, thus ensuring improved medical services

This network also ensures fast access to CT and MRI data on proton therapy. The procedure required pathologists to walk about a km to the therapy center to download the files. Now, the 5G network enables them to access these files from any point in the medical center.

Surgery Education Away from the Operating Room

Surgical theatres and operating rooms are often too crowded with medical staff and equipment in order for medical students to observe closely. To resolve this issue and teach effectively, KT has produced a 5G-assisted education program with the Samsung Medical Center.

Robots for Operating Room Assistance; AI for In-Patient Care

A robot developed for the soul purpose of delivering within the operating room, is able to remove contaminated materials and medical waste for disposal. This autonomous robot can also bring in the necessary surgical supplies.

Robots for operating room assistance can reduce secondary and tertiary infection which happens through contact with medical waste and will save human resource costs in waste disposal. Furthermore, 5G enabled connectivity reduces disruption and latency in data exchange with robots and terminals.

Smart Care Giver is a creative AI supported system of in-patient-care. It provides AI services on KT’s GiGA Genie engine and enables patients to control their hospital room with voice commands and checks their medical condition with their permission. Consequently, medical staff are able to respond more efficiently and effectively to patient emergencies.

5G-Powered Smart Hospital

Collaboration between KT and the Samsung Medical Center will continue throughout the year, to further refine the services developed. 

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