Foldables are the future of smartphones. I have been pretty bullish on this opinion and continue to be bullish because that’s where I believe smartphones are heading. Samsung has a significant headstart on the major brands sold in the United States, but some overseas competitors have some tricks up their sleeves and may challenge Samsung outside of the U.S. TECNO is one of them, and they have announced the PHANTOM V Fold at MWC 2023.
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The TECNO PHANTOM V Fold’s flagship dual LTPO screens have an adaptive 10-120Hz high refresh rate, delivering smooth motions and fluid transitions when folded and unfolded. The external display, what TECNO calls the “sub-display,” measures 6.42″ with a 21:9 aspect ratio—the inner display clocks in at 7.85″ with an 8:7 aspect ratio and supposedly no crease.
YouTube “influencers” have been making a big issue over the Fold4’s crease, but it’s a non-issue as it is hardly ever visible. But I do understand that if the crease can be removed, that’s only a win. I still think the stink over the crease is posturing.
The self-developed fixed-axis rotation and slide technology hinge design ensure TECNO PHANTOM V Fold’s main inner screen fits tightly together, ultimately delivering an almost unnoticeable crease. When new, the device’s screen crease measures just 0.11mm, and the device is capable of 200,000 folds.
Here’s a bit more of what the TECNO press release had to say:
PHANTOM V Fold’s ultra-clear 5-lens photography system creates an unprecedented image-making experience with lenses to meet a wide range of uses. With three rear lenses and two front lenses, users can explore the world through new lenses.
Enabling spectacular nighttime image making, PHANTOM V Fold’s 50MP Super Night main camera features a super light-sensitive custom 1/1.3-inch sensor, large f/1.85 aperture and 7P composition. The phone’s night imaging capabilities are further enhanced by AI-powered Super Night Portrait, Super Night Mode and Super Night 4K Video, which reduce noise and capture crisp lines to make the night come alive in exquisite detail. Making up the other rear lenses are a powerful 50MP telephoto lens with 2x optical and 20x digital zoom, and a 13MP ultra wide-angle lens.
In addition to the rear lenses, a further two front lenses – one on the sub screen and one on the main inner screen – bring more fun to photography, with exciting image-making possibilities. While rear lenses can now be easily used for high-quality selfies, the foldable screen design allows for large-screen image capturing with a preview displayed to the subjects on the sub screen, while the front camera on the main inner screen enhances video calling and video conferencing.TECNO
Though the large-screen foldable smartphone experience has much to offer, it has often been hampered by having operating systems unsuitable for the devices. As a result, TECNO developed HiOS13 Fold – a highly optimized and customized operating system based on Google’s Android 13, specially designed for the foldable device.
Large-screen capabilities such as split screens, picture-in-pictures, parallel windows, and drag and drop across screens, as well as differentiated interactive animation designs create a system that empowers users’ productivity and overall enjoyment. Foldable customizations have been made to the top 1,000 apps with the highest download frequency globally, of which 90% have been adapted to support split-screen and multi-window modes. In total, over 2000 apps have been adapted for HiOS13 Fold.
PHANTOM V Fold is the world’s first left-right foldable smartphone to be powered by MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 9000+ processor. In developing the phone, TECNO deepened its long-term collaboration with industry giant MediaTek, with the chipmaker developing a dual-5G processor with dual-SIM functionality customized for the PHANTOM V Fold’s large-screen design. The processor delivers exceptional performance that allows efficient multi-tasking and seamless switching between screens.
Besides the processor, PHANTOM V Fold’s performance is further enhanced by 12GB LPDDR5X RAM, as well as 256/512GB UFS 3.1 flash storage. It is also equipped with a powerful 5000mAh (typ) battery, with rapid 45W charging capable of boosting the phone to 40% in just 15 minutes and fully charging in just 55 minutes.
With the powerful chip and charging capabilities, PHANTOM V Fold was awarded an incredible 1,023,478 benchmark score by AnTuTu, the most professional benchmarking software/website in China that provides accurate and realistic performance evaluations for smartphones. The score highlights PHANTOM V Fold’s outstanding ‘hardcore’ gaming performance, as well as its exceptional user experience delivered across both traditional smartphone and large-screen tablet-style displays.TECNO
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