FCC wants to ban China Mobile from US

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai isn’t down with China Mobile coming to the US.
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The largest mobile phone network operator in the world will likely be banned from doing business in the USA.

China Mobile, which has over 900 million subscribers in mainland China, has been blocked from offering services in the United States, according to the latest proposal by the Federal Communications Commission.

You’ll still have to wait until 2020 for an iPhone with 5G

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Apple’s new deal with Qualcomm won’t speed up a 5G iPhone.
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Apple has settled it’s long-running legal dispute with Qualcomm. It almost certainly means that Qualcomm will again supply modem chips for the iPhone. But we won’t see a 5G iPhone any sooner.

A new report warns that Apple will still struggle to catch up with rivals like Samsung, which have already launched 5G handsets, and that the first iPhone with 5G still won’t arrive before 2020.

Huawei confirms it has had no contact with Apple over 5G chips

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Apple still hasn’t made friends with Huawei.
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Huawei says it has had no contact with Apple regarding the supply of 5G chips for a future iPhone lineup.

The Chinese smartphone-maker has previously stated it would be willing to work with its rival on a 5G iPhone. However, Apple has not been in touch — despite its struggle to obtain chips elsewhere.

Camera comparison proves iPhone is still one of the best

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iPhone photography is still incredibly good.
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Android enthusiasts are keen to highlight how the iPhone has dropped in the smartphone camera ranks in recent years. But a new camera comparison reveals that may not be the case.

Although there are some better options out there for low-light photography, Apple’s smartphone is still up there with the best when it comes to daytime shooting.

Huawei ready to provide modems for a 5G iPhone

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Huawei launched the Balong 5000 5G modem in January.
Huawei launched the Balong 5000 5G modem in January.
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Apple apparently has another option for 5G modems. Huawei reportedly is willing to provide future iPhones with these chips.

If true, this significantly improves the chances that a 5G iPhone will launch in 2020. Still, there are reasons to question the wisdom of any such deal.

Xiaomi puts a different spin on folding phones

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This might be the best looking folding phone yet.
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Xiaomi is the latest smartphone maker to tease its upcoming folding smartphone with a short new video that shows its double folding display in action.

While Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X each have one folding section, the Xiaomi’s Mi Fold goes from tablet to phone mode by folding down two sides of the screen. This leaves you with a nearly edgeless phone display that’s a bit wider.

Watch it in action:

3-lens iPhone could take page out of Huawei’s playbook

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Would you buy this iPhone?
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There are plenty of rumors out there claiming that this year’s new iPhone will feature a triple camera setup. While we’ve seen a few mockups of how this might look, a new render is supposedly based on an inside scoop.

Based on information provided by members of the supply chain, the alleged design looks very similar to the camera placement on Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro handset.

Apple ‘faces pressure’ to deliver foldable iPhone fast

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The Galaxy Fold launch is a disaster.
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Apple is said to be under pressure to deliver a foldable iPhone that can compete with upcoming devices from the likes of Samsung and Huawei.

Apple “cannot afford to ignore” the foldable phone trend, according to a new report. If the company doesn’t catch up quickly, industry observers warn Cupertino could lose its reputation as being “a leader of innovation.”