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Huawei may be releasing a foldable smartphone next year

Why it matters to you

Huawei maybe joining the ranks of Samsung and ZTE by offering a foldable smartphone next year. Edge-to-edge displays were the defining trend of smartphone design in 2017. First appearing on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the feature will be included on the iPhone X and numerous other smartphones.

As pretty as these screens look, it is possible that we’ll be seeing yet another trend emerge in 2018, and it’s one that could really shake things up: foldable smartphones. ZTE kicked things off with the Atom M, which featured two screens connected by a hinge. The device was certainly an interesting one[1], but we found it lacking in comparison to the more traditional, and much cheaper, Axon 7[2].

ZTE’s offering may not have been perfect, but it may have been a herald of things to come as CNet has reported[3] that Huawei is working on a foldable smartphone for next year. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, said that the company already has a workable prototype, but stressed the need for better design and innovation. “We have two screens,” Yu said. “But we still have a small gap [between the screens].

That’s not good, and we should get rid of that gap.” Such new features are more than just a novelty for tech enthusiasts. It is one of the ways in which Huawei hopes to overtake its rivals and become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.

“We will overtake them definitely,” Yu said. “That’s our destiny. Maybe I’m not humble … but nobody can stop us.” Such boasting might seem like PR spin, but Huawei has the resources and market share to back it up.

The company might not be the household names that Samsung or Apple are, but it is the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer. In terms of foldable smartphones, Huawei isn’t the only company seeking to enter the market. Samsung is hoping to release a bendable smartphone next year[4].

Samsung’s device, which appears to feature a single flexible screen, is more in line with the rumors and patients regarding foldable phones.

As for Huawei, it remains to be seen whether their device will be closer to Samsung or ZTE’s.

Either way, 2018 is looking like it will be a very interesting year for smartphone enthusiasts.

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References

  1. ^ an interesting one (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ lacking in comparison to the more traditional, and much cheaper, Axon 7 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ reported (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ release a bendable smartphone next year (www.theverge.com)

Bargain hunters get ready –national garage sale trail on this …

Hundreds of garage sales will be held this weekend, as the Illawarra’s bargain hunters and declutterers turn out for the national Garage Sale Trail. For the first time, the trail is being held across the entire weekend, and sellers across the region include businesses, households, schools and community groups. In Fairy Meadow for instance, kinder teacher Michael Blake has listed kitchen appliances, books and a dolls house, saying he is “moving to UK for employment and can’t take all this with me!”

Figtree seller Mary Gorham is also serious about clearing clutter – she’s selling off a plate set willed by her grandmother. “Sorry Gran, but must go,” she writes. In Blackbutt, sale organiser Laurie Chisholm has taken a quirky approach to attract bargain hunters, naming his household sale of sports gear, SB© toys, exercise equipment and books “the force be with you” and using Yoda’s wisdom to urge prospective buyers to “visit this sale, you must”.

At the “clothes avalanche” sale in Thirroul, organiser Melody Willis is getting into the spirit of the day by offering a mini-choc brownie with every sale to keep shoppers fuelled. Another Thirroul seller Christine Hill, who is selling “things I used to love, and other stuff”, has summarised the true intent of the national event. “We accumulate possessions because we love them, or because they may come in useful,” she wrote. “Eventually we need to de-clutter.”

Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery has agreed, urging neighbours to socialise and embrace sustainability.

“The social nature of the day coupled with the remarkable items that are unleashed from the sheds, and garages across our city make Garage Sale Trail a pretty amazing collision of good times and good buys – all while promoting reuse,” he said.

Shoppers can map out sales over the weekend by creating a Treasure Trail at www.garagesaletrail.com.au[1]

References

  1. ^ www.garagesaletrail.com.au (www.garagesaletrail.com.au)

‘I’m sad that Sears is closing, but that’s besides the point’: Bargain hunters not impressed as final sale begins

PICKERING, On. — The first day of Sears Canada’s countrywide liquidation sale began quietly on Thursday as Target and Eaton’s before it did: with scores of consumers perusing and many saying they will wait for the discounts to get deeper before they buy. Sears, which had been in bankruptcy protection since June after more than a decade of falling sales, announced last week that it would close all 130 stores and lay off 12,000 employees across Canada after 65 years in business. On Thursday, sales began with goods marked down between 20 per cent and 50 per cent storewide at Sears’ full-line outlets and its Home Stores kick-started the process with 30 per cent discounts.

“You’re really not getting a deal at all at this point,” said Jan McGowan, who was looking at footwear with her husband Paul at a Sears store in the Toronto suburb of Pickering. “They will have to keep increasing it but they won’t get to the good prices — 75 per cent off or so — until a few weeks from now, that’s the way they usually go. They did that at Target.”

Liz Hunt had come the night before with her son, who needed a suit, and she returned Thursday to buy a black Van Heusen jacket, originally £200, and pants for £100, both marked down by 20 per cent. “I’m sure it’s going to be marked down more, but he needs it now.” A day earlier, Hunt said, she had bought her son a pair of dress shoes at The Shoe Company that were priced lower than the same pair offered at a 20 per cent discount at Sears on Thursday. “It’s hit and miss,” she said, pointing to a large centre aisle of apparel marked down by 50 per cent. “You have to pick through it. It’s mostly summer clothes so they would be marked down to that anyway, you’d think.”

Sales at Sears Canada run until January 21, and will include furniture, fixtures, and any other equipment inside the retailer’s locations. Thursday’s sale followed the appointment this week of a new administrator for Sears Canada’s underfunded retirement plan by Ontario’s Superintendent of Financial Services. Lawyers for the retailer’s 18,000 pension members and beneficiaries have asked that the plan, operating at a deficit of £267-million, be wound down.

On Wednesday, Ontario Superior Court judge Glenn Hainey approved an amended plan by Sears’ court-appointed bankruptcy monitor to ensure that key employees will stay on through the liquidation process — originally, £7.6 million in bonuses that drew the ire of employees who were laid off in June without any severance. With £3.7 million in retention bonuses paid out thus far by Sears, the overall retention bonus amount was reduced by £1.1 million on Wednesday, with £2.8 million remaining earmarked to retain a lower number of key staff in the group — 36, down from 43.

“I’m sad that Sears is closing, but that’s besides the point,” said shopper Nader Ali, surveying the Sears sales floor at Pickering Town Centre on Thursday. Like Hunt, Ali had visited the Sears store on Wednesday night and wondered if pieces of luggage marked down by 65 per cent would be priced even lower on Thursday. “The same luggage is 30 per cent off today,” he shrugged. “I am surprised.

I think (the prices) will have to get lower soon.” He paused, and leaned in to speak more quietly. “I’m one of the reasons they have gone downhill.

I shop a lot online — Amazon is my favourite retailer,” he said, for electronics and household items, not clothing. “Now we just have the Bay. Let’s keep that.”

Financial Post

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References

  1. ^ [email protected] (business.financialpost.com)

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