Source: @OnLeaks / 91 Mobiles
What you need to know
- Huawei’s next big phones, the P40 and P40 Pro, have shown up in leaked renders.
- The phones are expected to be launched in early Spring 2020.
- Renders show screens that curve over every edge and no 3.5mm headphone jack.
Huawei’s next big thing may have leaked if renders posted by leaker @OnLeaks and rumor site 91Mobiles prove to be the real deal. The renders are quite dark but show off the screen and edges of both the Huawei P40 and the Huawei P40 Pro. There is not much new information to gather from the renders, but they may prove Huawei is advancing its curve aesthetic, bending the screen slightly over the top and bottom of the device as well as the sides.
Source: @OnLeaks / 91 Mobiles
There are no obvious camera cutouts to be seen, so it is possible Huawei is moving forward with a subscreen selfie camera like the one we recently saw demonstrated by Oppo. Or it could just be that the renders opted not to show every nook and cranny of the phones, just the overall design appeal.
Source: @OnLeaks / 91 Mobiles
Otherwise we see the standard set of ports and dust traps. There is no headphone jack, but there is a USB-C port, a card slot, and a speaker grill, in addition to some visible microphone holes. The phone opts for a larger camera component on the back than the Huawei P30 Pro, and it will be interesting to see how Huawei expands its already impressive photo shooting capabilities. Our reviewer loved the last phone and raved about its zoom capabilities.
Huawei P30 Pro
One of the best smartphones of 2019
With an exquisite design backed by one of the best cameras you’ll find today, the P30 Pro is a stellar phone in 2019. The primary 40MP camera takes outstanding photos, but it’s the zoom lens that makes the phone particularly enticing: there are no other devices that take such detailed photos at 5x zoom. Put it all together and you get a knockout.
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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries
Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.
Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver
EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.
Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.
Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.
South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.
Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.
($1 = 1,117.7000 won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum
The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.
Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.
Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.
The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.
The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.
Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.
In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.
Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.
Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.
In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.
Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.
The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.
($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)