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Daily Authority: 📁 X Fold coming

Samsung's Z Fold 3 is getting direct competition, plus more tech news you need to know today!
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March 29, 2022

☕ Good morning! Keep reading for a slightly bizarre/cool rent-free living situation in Korea.

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Vivo X Fold

Ok, the last few days have seen some news about a new foldable out of Vivo. On Friday, Vivo announced it will unveil a new foldable it’s calling the Vivo X Fold, and there’s a little video, and a date: April 11.

  • Unfortunately, like a bunch of recent foldables including the Oppo Find N and Honor Magic V, it’ll be a China launch first.
  • And like most of those recent foldables, it might be a China-only launch (we don’t know yet, but it’s likely).
  • Vivo may unveil other new products as well, including a tablet called a Vivo Pad, with a bunch of specs that sound fairly high-end.

Details:

  • Vivo is part of the BBK stable, so it’ll have access to everything Oppo did with the Find N.
  • But it seems like it’ll be quite a different device, with Weibo tipster Digital Chat Station posting what it believes are Vivo X Fold specs and renders.
  • Specs-wise possibilities: An 8-inch LTPO QHD+ OLED screen with ultra-thin glass (UTG), ultrasonic fingerprint scanning, 66W charging, and 50W wireless charging, and powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.
  • That’s all about par for the course, though Samsung went for the under-display selfie camera option whereas this won’t offer that.
  • Otherwise on cameras, a decent list of specs: A 50MP primary shooter (1/1.5-inch sensor size), a 48MP ultrawide camera, a 12MP 2x telephoto lens, and a 5x 8MP periscope camera. The company’s micro-gimbal stabilization tech may or may not appear, as well.
  • Renders show a big camera housing for all of that, with quad rear lenses, complete with Zeiss and T* branding for the lens coating Vivo uses in its flagships.
  • It also copies the Samsung style of presentation very closely, I’d suggest.

What’s the deal?

I asked our man Hadlee Simons, who’s been following this story and has also reviewed the Vivo X70 Pro Plus, which will be the base template for a bunch of the foldable specs and features:

  • “The X Fold looks to match or exceed the Z Fold 3 in some areas, such as the UTG protection, QHD+ screen resolution, an impressive rear camera system, and faster charging. But Samsung has a major head start and I’d expect the Vivo foldable to have a less durable screen and no IP rating compared to the Z Fold 3.”
  • “Another major concern is availability. Samsung is still one of the only OEMs offering foldable phones around the world. I’d be surprised if Vivo doesn’t follow Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei, and others in restricting their foldable to China. What an absolute shame.”
  • I’ll also add: If everyone keeps making largely the same foldable, it’s not exactly easy to find meaningful differences other than form factor and price.

Roundup

📈 LG killed its phones and propelled Motorola to the top three of the US market in 2021 (Android Authority).

📉 Apple reportedly slashes iPhone SE (2022) production by around 20% due to lower interest (Android Authority).

👍 Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra second opinion review: Perfectly boring (Android Authority).

📸 It sounds like a Xiaomi and Leica partnership could be in the works (Android Authority).

👉 Samsung’s new M8 4K smart monitor has a magnetic wireless webcam, undercuts the Apple Studio Display (9to5mac).

📩 With Stackoverflow changing its Developer Stories, a new effort is working on a standard open-source format to define and share CVs, which could avoid needing to write a CV and then enter the details, without the influence of AI scans, maybe?(Github).

🔓 Oof: “Leaked details of the Lapsus$ hack make Okta’s slow response look more bizarre” (Wired).

🎵 TikTok is testing a watch history feature, to help you find the clip you forgot to like (Engadget).

👍 YouTube is testing time-specific emoji reactions (support.google.com).

🏠 An experiment in Busan, South Korea: 54 households are living rent-free in homes fitted out with tech and data capture, including 15 Samsung products ranging from air filters to TVs, while sharing all their data about sleep, trash, and more to help build a smart city with 30K homes (NY Times, gift link).

🎧 HP is buying Poly, once known as Plantronics, that makes a bunch of audio conferencing gear like headsets. I had a Plantronics gaming headset for ages too (The Register).

🎨 Reddit is bringing back r/Place, its April Fools’ Day art experiment, for 2022. Remember? (The Verge).

🔴 Mars rover Rosalind Franklin is being packed into storage after Russian launch scrapped (Gizmodo).

🚀 SpaceX is pausing Crew Dragon production: only a fleet of four required, parts and components will still be made for maintenance (Reuters).

🧠 “How does our brain measure the age of memories?” (r/askscience).

Chart Tuesday

Two charts for you. The first is how the food delivery game is changing for players in the US, or essentially, how DoorDash has grown to dominate, now crossing the 50% threshold, up from 16% in 2018:

food delivery market

Cheers,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.