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The February 2019 Main Meeting

Our AGM

Tonight, was our AGM and we saw the passing of the baton of the President from Alex Zaharov-Reutt to Ronald Ferguson.

Retired President Alex and noew President Ronald
Joesphine Wiseman

Also retiring was our very able Secretary Josephine Wiseman.

Josephine leaves the position having established a great set of guidelines for future Secretaries. Both Alex and Josephine have served the maximum limit of three years. Our new committee is Ron Ferguson, President and Secretary, Anthony Robinson, Treasurer, with John Rose and Stephen South committee members. The other positions will be filled at the first committee meeting. See our committee page

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After the AGM Alex took the stand to show us the new folding phone. One of the latest concepts in mobile phones, not to be confused with the old Flip phones.

The new folding phone has a screen that folds in two. This is not the flip phone of old.

The old phones

Alex showed us the original flip phone, the original Apple iPhone and the first full screen phone as a comparison. There are at least two companies developing the folding phone, Huawei and Samsung. Both showed the new concept at MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. It had its last day on the 28th February. The Samsung and Huawei phones should be available by the middle of this year. The Samsung is expected to retail at $1980 US. First up we had a look at the Samsung with a YouTube video from the Samsung “Unpacking Event”.

The Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Fold is 4.3 inch outside screen size

The S10 closed

and 7.3 inch when unfolded.

The S10 open

The stats appear to be great with AP chipset and 12GB of RAM with 512GB memory. That’s getting up to the level of reasonable size laptop. You can also simply recharge other devices by dropping them on the back of the phone.

Charging a watch on an S10

Here are the Samsung Fold’s full specs.

Here’s one of the articles Alex wrote for ITWire.

One of the new technologies that will underpin folding phones was also demonstrated at MWC. Its TCL’s new DragonHinge. It’s a flexible hinge over which sits a flexible AMOLED display screen, that is an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode.

DragonHinge
DragonHinge open

It’s likely the hinge will be seen on many devices by next year.

Here’s Alex’s take on the product.

We then had a look at the Huawei Mate X.

We started with Huawei’s launch at MWC.

The Mate X is the reverse of the Samsung with the screen on the outside and therefore plastic. When folded the front screen image is 6.6 inches wide,

Mate X front view

unfolded it’s 8 inches,

Mate X unfolded

and the back is 6.3.

Mate X Back view

Under the hood is 8 GB RAM and 512 GB ROM with its own Huawei chip set. To quota from the web site the chip set is “2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz”. The ram is smaller than the S10. The Mate X has two sims slots one of which can be a second sim or extra storage, while the S10 appears to have 1 sim and no SD card slot. The Mate X should retail for around $2500 US.

Here is are the specs.

Alex has a few thoughts on the Mate X. He thinks we have a ‘game of phones’ starting.

To finish the night Alex also looked at a new. D-Link Omna Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor Camera Kit

DLink Omna Wire-Free

It comes in a set of two cameras and a receiver. You can “remotely view live Full HD 1080p video with 2-way audio” and they can be set up outside the house.

Here’s the D-Link site.

The Raffle

Tonight, we had a great range on offer including wi-fi speakers and a see-through back pack.

Our Raffle Prizes

Some of our winners

Our winners

Our Next Main Meeting is 26th March 2019

 

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