On Sunday, China’s tech giant Huawei officially unveiled Huawei Mate X, its first foldable smar
tphone. That came just five days after Galaxy Fo
ld, the first foldable smartphone of Samsung. But fol dables might not be the future of smartphones, comment two experts with China Daily’s Zhang Zhouxiang:
hua, a renowned industrial designer with 20 years’ experience in smartphone engineering Some media outlets have described foldable smartphones with so many sweet w
ords as if they were a technological breakthro
ugh. Unfortunately, they are not. The te chnology of foldable displays were invented as early as 20 years ago in a quite easy way — By replacing the glass th
at supports the display with foldable organic m
aterials. Such displays can not only fold, but also curve. Concerning the foldable screens of Huawei and Samsung, they have better displays with higher density rate and cl
earer, more stable display performance, but in essence they are still using the same technology. Therefore, f
oldable smartphones are more like a consumption-led innovation rather than a technology
ause the camera must not be covered during the folding, while the battery is also thicker. Huawei Mate X looks better, but its display is not protected as well as that of Samsung Fold and faces higher risk of breaking should the phone be dropped.
The two share one thing in common, namely a h
igh price — Both are rather expensive. The Samsu ng Fold is priced at $1,980 while the Huawei Mate X is priced at 2,299 euros ($2,606). The high price will
sly limit the marketing of the two products and make them the luxuries of rich people only. According to our analysis and market forecasts, in 2019, the number of f
rtphones and tablets sold globally might reach 900,000, which might do uble in 2020. As a comparison, people globally bought 1.4 billion smartphones in 2018. In a word, unless its cost fall sh
he market for foldable smartphones will be limited for the foreseeable future. Yet both Huawei and Samsung have invested huge resources in the research, publicity, and mark
eting of foldable smartphones. There are two main causes for that. First, smartphones are already so
developed that there is hardly any new space for innovation. The iPhone 4 miracle of Steven Jobs can hardly be re
peated in the near future, so both companies need to show the world that they are innovating.
Second, foldable displays need special materials that are quite scarce i
n the market, so neither of the two companies can afford to wait for the other to rise. B
oth need to keep the market in a balance so as to ensure its own share of products.
United States is particularly appealing to North Korea, who believes a good relationship with the United States can h
elp create the right environment and necessary conditions for achieving North Korea’s n
ew strategic drive toward ec onomic development,” said Tong Zhao, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing.
The concept isn’t new, of course. During his time as an Asia expert at the State Department in the Clinton administr
ation, Evans Revere said negoti ators working with North Korea were even then trying to point them to Vietnam, which was beginning to reap t
he benefits of market reforms and becoming a member of good international standing.
”We thought, somewhat naively back then, that thi
s would appeal to the North Koreans gre atly and that our commitments to work with them on bringing about a modernized economy w
ould be so attractive … that they would stand down from their nuclear weapons program.
We were wrong,” Revere said. ”If all of these incentives or this incentive-based approach to coaxing North Korea do
wn a new path did not work when they didn’t have nuclear weapons, and it didn’t work to prevent th
em from developing nuclear weapons, why will it work now that they are in effect a nuclear weapons state?”
WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC held a housewarming
event inside the giant panda house on Saturday t
o celebrate the completion of a new visitor exhibit. The celebration featured frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas, as well as interactive games and activities for visitors.
The new exhibit, according to the zoo, teaches vi
sitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation and c are of giant pandas and enables them to learn about these unique bears and their natural habitat.
It also chronicles “the advances that panda scientists in China and at the Smithsonia
n have made during the past four decades.” ”So much has changed for giant pandas, for the better, in the past decade,” Steven Monfort, the John and Adri
enne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National
Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, said in a statement. ”This updated exhibit is really inspiring because it shows how much of a difference we can
make with science and cooperation,” he said, noting that “Smithsonian and Chinese scientists have bee
n collaborating for decades, and visitors can see the results of our work as they walk through the panda house.”
PYONGYANG — Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), left here Saturday afternoon by train f
or Vietnamese capital Hanoi for the second D
PRK-US summit, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday. Kim will meet with US President Donald Trump there on Feb 27-28. Their first meetin
g was held i
n June 2018 in Singapore, which resulted in improved bilateral relations. Kim will pay an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong before his meeting with Trump.
Kim was a
ccompanied by Kim Yong-chol, Ri Su-yong, Kim Phyong-hae and O Su-yong, members of th e Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of K
orea (WPK), Ri Yong-ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Com
d foreign minister, No Kwang-chol, alternate member of the Po litical Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and minister of the People’s Armed Forces, among others, said the KCNA.
Kim was seen off at Pyongyang Railway Station by Kim Yong-nam, Choe Ryong-hae and Pak Pong-ju, members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Cen
tral Committee of the WPK, and other senior officials of the party, government and armed forces, said the KCNA.
Beijing’s new international airport finished its flight inspections on Sunday, 19 days ahead of schedule, according to the civil aviation authority.
At 10:20 am, an aircraft taking off from Beijin
g Capital Internation al Airport in the northeastern part of the city landed smoothly on the northern run
way at Beijing Daxing International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administr
ation’s North China Regional Bu reau called the event a “successful completion” in a news release, referring to its series of flight inspections.
The inspections, which lasted for 34 days, started on Jan 22 and were suppo
sed last u
ntil March 15 to cover the airport’s four runways, six landing systems, lighting facilities and other services. Flight inspections, which all airports must undergo before opening, are designed to ensure the airport’s flight pro
aviation navigational aids will be ready for operation, according to the news release. Daxing airport is scheduled to be completed by June 30 and enter commercial operation before Sept 30.
It was September 6, 2018. The two Saudi sisters were on a family vacation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. For weeks, they had helped their mother organize the trip, feigning
excitement at the possibility of two weeks away from
Riyadh, but knowing that if all went to plan, they’d never go back. Failure was not an option. Every step of their escape from Saudi Arabia carried the threat of severe punishment or death.
”We knew the first time, if it’s not perfect, it will
be the last time,” Reem says. CNN has changed the sisters’ names and is not showing their faces, at their request for their safety.
s say years of strict Islamic teaching and physical abuse at home had convinced them that they had no future in a socie ty that places women under the enforced guardianship of men, and limits their aspirations.
”It’s slavery, because whatever the woman will do it’s the business of the male,” Rawan says.
And that’s why aged 18 and 20, they stole back their own passports, hid their abayas under the b
edcovers, snuck out of their holiday home and boarded a flight from Colombo to Melbourne, via Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong stopover was supposed to take less than two hours.
Two hours has turned into five months.
Reem pre-booked the taxi. It was Rawan’s job to retrieve their passports from a bag stored in their parents’ bedroom. Around 2 a.m
., she tip-toed past them as they slept, took the b
ag with their passports, then snuck back in again to return the bag so as not to raise suspicion. ”It’s a really great memory, exciting,” Rawan tells CNN, smiling. Of the two sisters, she
‘s the more talkative, taking the lead and occasi onally looking to her sister for advice on the right word in English. Reem is more reserved. She’s careful about what she says and who to tr
ust. They b
oth have dark, short, curly hair and being small in stature seem much younger than their years. When the cab driver arrived at 5 a.m., the sisters say they did something they’d never do
ne before. They pulled on jeans they’d bought in
secret and walked out of the house without their abayas. It was only after they arrived at Colombo Airport that the sisters booked the flight they’d
meticulously researched online: SriLankan Airlines flight UL892 departing Colombo at 9 a.m., arriving Hong Kong a
t 5:10 p.m. local time. From there, they’d take Cathay Pacific flight CX135 departing at 7:10 p.m. for Melbourne, Australia.
They had no trouble boarding the plane for the roughly six-hour flight to Hong Kong.
It was after they arrived in at Hong Kong International Airport that things started to go wrong.