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The future of computing

November 29, 2019 | Tech | No Comments

Intel’s Chief Technology Officer speaks to Balqis Lim on how data and artificial intelligence will drive the digital economy

DATA has become one of the most vital resources of the century. To help consumers prosper in this new digital economy, the world’s largest manufacturer of computer chips, Intel has shifted its focus from being a PC-centric company to a data-centric company.

Its Chief Technology Officer Dr Michael Mayberry says in today’s world, cameras and road sensors are collecting data, and this data has to go somewhere for things to be done computationally.

“How do you make sense of the data? How do you turn it into useful information, whether it’s a map of traffic congestion or of smog in some cities around the world?

“All these are examples of things where you start with raw data. You then turn the data into information, and that information is then used to make decisions. It’s important that we consume the information as quickly as possible to make sense of it. It’s no longer a person-centric thing, it is a data-centric thing,” he says.

Mayberry says when he started working at Intel 35 years ago, it was primarily a memory company, although the company had already started manufacturing central processing units (CPU) at some point.

In the 1980s, Intel made a transition, going from memory centre to a CPU centre. In the ‘90s, the transition was from CPU-centric to PC-centric. Today, the company is in the midst of a transition from PC-centric to data centre.

“What we mean by that last transition is that PCs are an example of something that’s optimised for humans to interact with. It’s a personal computing device. Data-centric means increasing the amount of data that we collect and we need to make sense of it. We then use the data to make decisions, sometimes in real-time,” he says.

Mayberry says the data collected comes in multiple forms, for example, from a video that was shared as a memo to the staff.

“It could be a video camera at a corner intersection. It could also be a sensor collecting information about smog, or the tides, or any of those things. What we want to be able to do is to make sense of all that by combining a lot of pieces of information together. So it’s not simply one piece of information, it’s making sense of all the data we collect all the time throughout the day.”

And as more data is collected, he says there is a need to store it or move it somewhere and a need to do computation around it.

“For example, when your phone’s storage becomes full, you have to offload those pictures to the cloud. That requires network, so that’s the movement of it. The network then may say, ‘hey, I’m going to tag the faces in those pictures’ and that’s compute. All three of those things work together to make sense of the world,” explains Mayberry.

Depending on which piece of product Intel is working on, the company also plays multiple roles. Having driven the PC ecosystem for a couple of decades, Intel is also into standardisation so that the machines can talk to one another.

“We work on that standardisation around how people use technology. We also work on standardisation around how to compute with technology. For example, on artificial intelligence, we have an initiative that’s called OpenVINO that allows people to write programs that make sense of data and do a control of the systems.

“It’s intended to make it more accessible for people to get into artificial intelligence without having to go to school and get a degree and train for years. We do things like that to make our technology easy to use.

“At the same time, we’re making technology more complicated. We’ll build a faster computer, a larger memory device, a faster network, and those, in turn, will require more choices and so we have to work on making those easier to use as well.”

Intel has also embarked on Project Athena, an innovation programme to aid laptop makers meet modern-day computing needs and build revolutionary laptops for the future.

“A decade ago laptops were typically between 1.3kg and 1.8kg, which was considered very light. We are trying to enhance the features to make it convenient to carry around, as well as preserve the things that make a PC useful to people.

“So we’re going to have longer battery life, ease of connectivity, and standards around the display, as well as around the responsiveness. Ultimately, we would like devices that are still as useful as the PCs were, but far more attractive where portability is concerned. So we work with the ecosystem to essentially certify those designs,” says Mayberry, adding that the first batch of these premium products have begun to enter the market.

Mayberry says one of the directions going forward is AI, to handle a large variety of different kinds of data, computing tasks, and sharing of information. “For example, artificial intelligence is one example of things where if we put a particular kind of compute capability in our chips, then it becomes much more useful for that kind of data.

“So as we have been modifying and refining the performance of our computer chips on traditional tasks, we’re also adding instructions. We’re adding compute units, we’re adding software layers to get ready for that future of computing.”

Another direction is increasingly rapid communications, or as Mayberry calls it, 5G. However, he says it is a collection of technologies. There are increasing ways for machines to become autonomous like automating the factory floor.

He says it can be automated to handle more variations such as the orientation of parts or doing adjustment processes in real-time because humans don’t necessarily want to do tedious, unsafe, repetitive tasks. “We think the robots will be able to do better going forward.”

Mayberry says Intel is also working on its 5G protocols to handle a combination of data types, with shorter latency and faster response.

Rather than using cell towers that are far apart, it is using micro cells to have higher bandwidth and ultimately a more rapid exchange of information that will become one of the enablers for machine to machine communication.

As technology becomes more sophisticated, we will see more generational changes where one generation was raised doing one thing, while the next generation will see it as obsolete.

Mayberry says 2020 will not be the era of automated driving, meaning it won’t be broad enough to happen soon. “But my children’s children may never learn to drive because the world will have advanced so much.

“My predictions for next year will be like this year, only better. We’ll have smaller laptops that are lighter and with longer battery life because the electronics are already being developed right now and being shipped.”

As for Intel, he says the company is bringing a lot of 10-nanometre products, promising better performance and lower power, to the market.

“Some of those go into laptops, some into servers, and some into networking. We will have a much wider range of products this time next year than we have today.”


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Teknologi dron untuk projek tanaman padi

November 28, 2019 | Tech | No Comments

FELCRA Seberang Perak melakarkan sejarah tersendiri apabila menjadi yang pertama menggunakan teknologi dron berskala besar untuk kerja penyemburan input pertanian di kawasan tanaman padi.

Sejajar dengan aspirasi Felcra Berhad untuk merintis Model Pertanian Pintar, MATA Aerotech dilantik bagi melaksanakan perkhidmatan penyemburan tanaman padi menggunakan teknologi itu bermula hujung bulan ini.

Merujuk satu kenyataan, penyemburan pertanian menggunakan teknologi dron lebih seragam akan menjurus kepada pengurangan pembaziran bahan semburan selain mengehad tenaga kerja manusia dan alam sekitar.

“MATA Aerotech bersama Felcra akan menggunakan teknologi dron dan AI untuk melaksanakan analisa data pengawasan pertumbuhan serta kesihatan tanaman padi.

“Analisa data lebih cepat dan tepat mampu membantu Felcra menambah baik pengurusan serta operasi estet padi ke arah Precision Agriculture selain mengangkat agensi kerajaan itu sebagai peneraju Model Pertanian Pintar yang berteraskan IR 4.0,” katanya.

MoU tersebut menggariskan tiga aspek kerjasama utama iaitu penggunaan teknologi dron robotik untuk pengurusan dan operasi perladangan Felcra, peneraju aktiviti penyelidikan serta pembangunan (R&D) bagi meningkatkan inovasi sektor pertanian selain pembangunan modal insan.

Pelantikan MATA Aerotech itu akan menggunakan teknologi dron bagi kerja penyemburan pertanian tanaman padi seluas 1,557 hektar estet padi Felcra Seberang Perak.


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Honda Jazz pilihan

November 27, 2019 | Tech | No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: Bunyi angin berlebihan, bunyi jalan yang bising, masalah hubungan Bluetooth dengan peranti/telefon pintar dan masalah radio menjadi antara kerumitan utama yang membelenggu pemilik kenderaan baru di Malaysia.

Berdasarkan Kaji Selidik Kualiti Awal Malaysia 2019 oleh JD Power, pemilik kenderaan lebih muda iaitu di bawah umur 35 tahun melaporkan lebih banyak masalah berbanding mereka yang berumur 35 tahun ke atas dengan aduan masalah berkaitan ciri kawalan/paparan dan dalaman kenderaan.

Ia juga mendapati 49 peratus pemilik kenderaan yang tidak melaporkan masalah menyatakan mereka pasti akan mengesyorkan jenama dan model kenderaan mereka kepada orang lain.

Malah, satu pertiga daripada pemilik kenderaan baharu yang tidak mengalami apa-apa masalah dengan kenderaan mereka menyatakan pasti akan membeli balik buatan yang sama di masa depan.

Pengurus Negara Malaysia JD Power, E-Ling Cheah berkata, masalah yang dialami pemilik kenderaan baharu di Malaysia tahun ini didapati menurun berbanding tahun lalu.

“Punca utama penurunan terbabit disebabkan pengurangan masalah berkaitan proses pengilangan kenderaan.

“Kaji selidik itu mendapati jumlah masalah berkaitan dengan pengilangan berkurangan sepanjang tiga tahun lalu kepada 51 peratus tahun ini berbanding 74 peratus pada 2016,” katanya.

Katanya, pemilik kenderaan menunjukkan kepekaan berterusan kepada masalah berkaitan bunyi yang akan menjejaskan persepsi terhadap kualiti keseluruhan kenderaan mereka.

“Pengilang bukan saja harus meningkatkan proses pembuatan, tetapi perlu mengkaji semula panduan rekaan kenderaan bagi mengelakkan masalah ini dari terjadi di awal kitaran pemilikan kenderaan,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini, semalam.

Kajian berkenaan dilakukan berdasarkan maklum balas daripada 1,904 pemilik kenderaan baharu yang membeli kenderaan mereka antara Julai 2018 dan Ogos lalu.

Malah, kajian ini turut membabitkan 50 model kereta penumpang, pikap dan kenderaan utiliti daripada 12 jenama serta dijalankan antara Mac dan Oktober lalu.

Berdasarkan kajian sama, model Honda Jazz mencatatkan kedudukan tertinggi bagi segmen kenderaan bandar kompak yang menerima anugerah tahap model bagi kualiti awal.


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How fast are China’s 5G networks?

November 18, 2019 | Tech | No Comments

Download speeds for China’s 5G networks far outstrip those of 4G networks, a speed test by Shenzhen-based ZTE Corp showed on Thursday, two weeks after the latest generation of cellular network technology was commercially launched in the world’s largest smartphone market.

ZTE conducted the 15-minute trial of the 5G network in a car driving along a 6km-long route in Pazhou, a subdistrict of Haizhu in China’s Guangzhou city.

The field test in Guangzhou – one of the pilot cities in the roll-out of the 5G network – showed download speeds reaching more than 1,300 megabits per second (Mbps), with an average of about 1,000 Mbps.

Download speeds fluctuated as the signal switched between nine base stations along the route, with the lowest speeds hitting about 800 Mbps.

A ZTE display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February. PHOTO: AFP

The average 5G download speeds in the area, located relatively centrally in Guangzhou, are about 10 times faster than popular 4G networks, which support speeds of up to 100 Mbps, according to ZTE engineer Zeng Zhaojun.

ZTE is the world’s fourth-largest telecommunications equipment vendor after Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson. Fellow Chinese tech titan Huawei Technologies, the world’s biggest network equipment maker, has invested billions of dollars in 5G networks and is considered to be the industry leader.

While countries such as South Korea, the US, Australia and the UK launched initial commercial 5G services in the second quarter, Chinese carriers have pinned high hopes on the mass adoption of 5G services in a country with over a billion people and amid a government push behind the new technology, which promises lightning-fast wireless connections, reduced latency and massive capacity.

China’s three major telecommunications carriers – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – all launched their monthly 5G data plans on November 1.

The three carriers’ monthly 5G tariff plans all have similar pricing models, starting at 128 yuan (S$25) a month for 30 gigabytes of data and going up to 599 yuan for 300GB. The prices of these new plans are close to existing 4G monthly plans.

The different plans also come with varying download speeds. The basic 128-yuan monthly 5G plan from China Mobile, for example, offers users a peak download speed of 300 Mbps. In contrast, consumers who subscribe to the carrier’s 869-yuan 5G family package get faster peak download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.

More 5G base stations planned, but full coverage depends on market needs

In July, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that Guangzhou, the capital of south China’s Guangdong province, planned to build a total of 65,000 5G base stations by 2021.

The city’s target was to achieve uninterrupted 5G network coverage in main urban districts and key areas, according to the agency, citing the city’s bureau of industry and information technology.

China Mobile, the world’s largest telecommunications operator in terms of subscribers, said it would establish a total of 6,000 5G base stations by the end of the year. This will account for more than 40 per cent of the 14,600 5G base stations planned for Guangzhou by the end of this year.

Although many major commercial and residential areas in Guangzhou already have 5G coverage, the total number of 5G base stations currently in use is less than a third of that of 4G base stations. This means 5G smartphone users can only use 4G services in places that have yet to be covered by the latest network.

“There is no technical hurdle for full coverage of the 5G network in China,” Zeng said. “But carriers will form their respective plans for the 5G network roll-out depending on market needs.”

Major smartphone vendors in China started introducing 5G smartphone handsets before the network’s official launch, targeting consumers hungry for the fastest download speeds.

As of September, two months ahead of the launch, a total of 485,000 5G smartphones had been shipped out in China, according to market research firm International Data Corporation.

This is still a small proportion of the country’s overall handset sales, at about 1.3 per cent of the 36.2 million smartphone shipments reported by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology for September.


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China’s DJI, the world’s largest commercial drone maker, said on Wednesday it is developing technology that would allow the public to track the registrations of drones in flight using just a smartphone, amid a broader industry push to make such data available.

SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd aims to roll out a free app in 2020, pending regulatory approval, that would allow its users for the first time to identify any modern drone with a phone, company executives told Reuters.

The push for remote identification technology comes amid regulatory calls for greater oversight of drone flight, on fears that untraceable, unmanned aircraft could be used for spying or accidentally disrupt commercial flights.

DJI, which has an estimated 70 per cent market share according to industry analysts, demonstrated its drone-to-phone transmission app at the United Nations aviation agency’s Drone Enable conference in Montreal.

“We’ve created a remote identification solution that works with what people already have,” said Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs at DJI.

While remote identification technology is already available on the market, the services are for purchase, involve equipment, and are often aimed at groups like companies, airports and law enforcement, industry executives said.

DJI says its app would work on drones within a 1-kilometre range using WiFi Aware-enabled smartphones.

Unauthorized drone flying and sightings have led to flight delays and cancellations at airports, costing the aviation industry millions of dollars.

The industry is eying ways to better track and identify drones similar to the use of license plates for cars, ahead of eventual rules from regulators like the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“Remote identification is the #1 priority of the FAA with unmanned systems,” said Philip Kenul, who chairs an industry-led committee on drone identification standards.

By improving the ability to track drones, companies like DJI aim to avert a crackdown on the usage of unmanned aircraft at a time of growing demand.

Global spending on drones is likely to reach US$12.3 billion (S$16.8 billion) in 2019, up from $9 billion a year earlier, according to research firm IDC.

DJI’s Schulman said that because people are worried about drones committing privacy violations, they call for restrictions on drones. “Rather than restrict operators, you can punish the operations that are actively harmful,” he said.


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Much has been said about the Mate 30 lineup, Huawei’s latest but not-so-greatest flagship series that can’t run Google apps and services. 

Since its September launch in China and the dozens of reviews that have gone out since then, the general overview is this: the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro could have been the best smartphone on the market if not for the lack of a proper Android operating system. 

What we got is an excellent, specced-out device (that shoots really well!) painfully hampered by the lack of apps that everyone has come to rely on. The lack of feasible replacements on the Huawei AppGallery (Huawei’s own store) didn’t help. 

But even after all that jazz and razzmatazz, if you’re still interested in the Mate 30 series (at premium flagship prices of up to $1,298, no less), then by all means, head down to Huawei’s launch event at 313@Somerset this Saturday (Nov 16).

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The one-day roadshow event is set to kick off at 10am at the mall’s atrium on the first floor.

It’s been just a little over a month since the Chinese tech giant held a private launch of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro phones for a select audience of hardcore enthusiasts, and honestly, we’re surprised that there’s enough local demand for Huawei to merit a public launch. 

The question that remains right now (if you’re in the market for a brand new handset) is this: should you even bother? Personally, it’s a resounding no — a Google-less life is harder than you might realise. But! We’ll let you figure it out yourself via a list of pros and cons. 

The Good

PHOTO: Facebook / Huawei
  • It can take better pictures than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to the DXOMARK benchmark tests.
  • Huawei is sweetening the deal with a bundle of free gifts. Mate 30 buyers get a Huawei power bank, a phone case, and a wireless car charger, while those who bought the Pro edition get all the above plus a DJI Osmo smartphone gimbal for super-steady shots. 
  • It’s exclusive AF. You’ll be one of mere hundreds in the country who actually purchase and own a Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro. Only 500 handsets will be up for grabs this Saturday. 
  • You’re a Huawei Mobile Services pioneer! In lieu of apps via Google Play, you can use the likes of Huawei’s own internet browsers, music and video players, themes, and digital assistant via the Huawei AppGallery. 
  • The edge-to-edge curved OLED screen on the Mate 30 Pro is gorgeous. 
  • The battery life is insane, with 4200 mAh on the Mate 30 and the 4500 mAh on the Pro. The capacity is big enough for you to charge other things using the phone, which can actually be done wirelessly. 
  • It’ll play well with other Huawei devices that you already have or are planning to buy, including the Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band series, MediaPad tablets, and headphones. 
PHOTO: Huawei

The Bad

PHOTO: Facebook / Huawei
  • It can’t run Google Apps. So no Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, and the many other software that makes for a full Android experience. 
  • No Google Play means you can’t download other essential apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram. 
  • Huawei AppGallery still has a long way to go to offer a diverse range of apps that customers outside of China will need.
  • There’s only one physical button on the phone — volume control is done through on-screen sliders. Which is weird, because that means you can’t control the volume when the display is switched off. 
  • It’s not secure. The Mate 30 Pro failed Google’s SafetyNet security test
  • Expensive for a phone that can’t even run Google apps and services. 


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The Dewan Rakyat was informed today that the 10% surcharge that Touch ‘n Go (TnG) users pay at parking facilities will soon be abolished

The information was relayed by Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen in response to a query by Ayer Hitam’s MP Dr Wee Ka Siong.

However, it can only be abolished in stages

According to the Deputy Minister, the immediate abolition of is not possible as it is subject to the existing contract signed with the company.

“Hence, we want to abolish it, but it is subject to the existing contractual obligation,” he said in an oral question and answer session at the Dewan Rakyat, as reported by The Edge Malaysia.

“Only after the existing surcharge-based contracts expire, it will be abolished in stages.”

At present, the 10% fee is only imposed at parking lots where the cashless payment method was available as an option

Chong noted that parking lots where TnG is the only payment method do not have the fee.

Meanwhile, Chong also addressed the issue of the 50 sen surcharge for TnG card top-ups, saying that this surcharge will remain in place

He added that the 50 sen charge is not imposed by Touch ‘n Go, but was done by merchants that choose to offer the reload services.

“Reloading without any charges can be done at a number of Touch ‘n Go service counters at TNG Spot as well as stores such as Watsons, Guardian, Tesco, KK Mart, and Caring Pharmacy, which number more than 2,000 outlets,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.

While replying to the Ayer Hitam MP, Chong noted that there are 2,880 locations out of 11,168 nationwide that did not impose the top-up surcharge.

“An analogy for Ayer Hitam to understand better is, for example, if we have a Maybank account and we withdraw money from a Maybank ATM, there would be no charges.

“But if we go to CIMB for the convenience (to withdraw money using a Maybank ATM), then there would be a charge. That is the rationale behind it,” he was quoted as saying.


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SYARIKAT gergasi berpangkalan di China, Huawei sudah bersedia untuk melaksanakan infrastruktur 5G di seluruh Asia Tenggara.

Berdasarkan laporan portal The Verge menyatakan bahawa Huawei bersedia untuk memainkan peranan besar dalam pembangunan jaringan telekomunikasi termaju iaitu 5G.

Naib Presiden Huawei, Edward Zhou berkata, pihaknya begitu fokus untuk membangunkan teknologi berkenaan di rantau ini dengan keupayaan yang ada.

“Kita (Huawei) menyokong ASEAN di dalam pembangunan 5G di rantau ini yang mempunyai 10 negara anggota,” katanya.

Teknologi 5G berkenaan akan memberi manfaat besar kepada segmen industri termasuk beberapa bidang utama seperti perubatan, telekomunikasi dan pengawalan keselamantan.

Terdahulu, jurucakap Huawei dalam satu laporan AFP menyatakan bahawa syarikat itu sudah melabur sekitar RM20 juta untuk fasa percubaan bagi pasaran di Asia Tenggara.

Penyedia perkhidmatan telekomunikasi berpangkalan di Filipina, Globe Telecom menyatakan bahawa pihaknya sudah melancarkan perkhidmatan jalur lebar 5G menggunakan teknologi Huawei.

Pada masa sama, Malaysia antara negara pertama di Asia untuk memanfaatkan teknologi rangkaian 5G dengan pelancaran projek demonstrasi 5G di seluruh negara.


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Itu dakwaan palsu!

November 4, 2019 | Tech | No Comments

TIADA sebarang laporan diterima polis berhubung tiga penjenayah yang dikatakan menyuruh pelanggan menghidu pewangi sebelum merompak, merogol atau membunuh mangsa seperti yang tular di Facebook dan WhatsApp di Terengganu.

Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Terengganu, Asisten Komisioner Razmi Mohd Gunnos berkata, penyebaran berita itu yang mendakwa kumpulan itu sedang aktif di Terengganu adalah tidak benar dan dilihat cubaan untuk menimbulkan ketakutan kepada orang ramai.

“Sehingga kini, kami tidak menerima sebarang laporan, malah kami tidak pernah mengeluarkan notis peringatan khas atau memaparkan wajah tiga individu yang didakwa terbabit dalam jenayah itu kepada orang awam.

“Bagaimanapun, sekiranya orang ramai mempunyai maklumat berkaitan, salurkan maklumat itu kepada kami untuk siasatan lanjut.

“Perbuatan menyebarkan dan membuat spekulasi palsu adalah menyalahi undang-undang dan tindakan boleh diambil mengikut Seksyen 233(1)(a) Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 yang memperuntukkan denda tidak melebihi RM50,000 atau penjara sehingga satu tahun atau kedua-duanya, jika sabit kesalahan,” katanya ketika dihubungi di Kuala Terengganu, hari ini.

Sebelum ini, tular wajah tiga lelaki yang didakwa suspek yang berpura-pura menjual sabun basuh dari rumah ke rumah yang dikatakan sedang aktif di negeri ini.

Suspek kononnya menyuruh pelanggan menghidu pewangi yang didakwa sejenis ubat dadah untuk penenang dipanggil ’white clay’ dan boleh menyebabkan sesiapa yang menghidunya pengsan.

Tujuan mereka adalah untuk merompak, merogol atau membunuh dan kejadian itu kononnya dikatakan sudah berlaku di Sibu, Kuching, Bintulu dan kini aktif di Kuala Terengganu.

Malah, penjenayah itu juga dikatakan sudah masuk ke kawasan timur seperti Jengka, Pahang selain mendakwa semua notis dan gambar disebarkan adalah peringatan khas daripada Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM).


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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd started taking orders on Wednesday in China for its eagerly awaited foldable smartphone, as it ramps up marketing at home to make up for weak overseas sales amid US trade sanctions.

The launch of the 5G Mate X smartphone has been delayed twice this year, as Huawei, the world’s No.2 smartphone maker, was forced to deal with tech supply disruptions caused by a US trade blacklist imposed on the firm in May.

The move has dealt a blow to Huawei’s smartphone sales in Europe, its key overseas market, but the company saw its third-quarter revenue rising 27 per cent thanks to solid sales in China and higher shipments of models launched before the May ban.

The new smartphone, a competitor to Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy Fold which went on sale last month, will be launched officially on Nov. 15 in China at prices starting from 16,999 yuan (S$3,300), a Huawei spokesman said.

Its global launch plan remains under review, Huawei said.

Washington alleges that Huawei, also the world’s biggest telecoms gear maker, is a national security risk as its equipment could be used by Beijing to spy – something the Shenzhen-based company has repeatedly denied.

Still, the ban has meant that Huawei has not been able to license the latest version of Android from Google, the Alphabet unit, which has impacted its latest Mate 30 smartphone range that it launched in September.

He Gang, head of Huawei’s mobile phone division, said on Wednesday the company has already sold more than 200 million phones so far in 2019, hitting that milestone more than two months earlier than it did in 2018.

Huawei’s 5G Mate X was originally set for a June launch but the company delayed it, saying that it was running certification tests with various carriers.


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