Sony releases an MWC 2019 teaser confirming the CinemaWide 21:9 display

Sony’s brand in smartphones is experiencing a drop in popularity since last few years. There was a time when it had a severe leakage issue amongst smartphone OEMs. The clock has come full circle now, tipsters and leakers do not even actively track Sony for any upcoming phones. However, this year Sony is coming up with a strangely designed phone MWC 2019. The official teaser gives a glimpse that Sony would continue to design ultra-wide or ultra-tall screens in its smartphones.

Sony is projecting to the prospective listeners to “embrace a new perspective” by accepting its newer design. The teaser shows a smooth gradient of colors that provides a peek at the design that might be on the new Sony Xperia smartphones. The details about the company’s press event are equipped with a wide rectangle of colors.

The market has understood it as Sony’s newly trademarked “CinemaWide” display, the existing ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Though this form has been restricted to monitors, Sony has been thinking of bringing it to the mobiles.

It is still a mystery how the market will react to a new perspective, but it is this thing with Sony that it tries to be ahead of others in the display technology. Sony was the only manufacturer that had put a 4K display on a smartphone. Introduction of 21:9 screens would make the smartphone quite tall, it may also reduce the user-friendliness of the smartphone.

Now, we have to wait and watch which models will get a wide 21:9 Cinemawide display screen. Rumors are floating that say that Xperia 10 and 10 Plus will be having these screens. Watchers are also saying that a new phone Xperia XZ4 is in the pipeline. All this and more will be revealed on Sony’s MWC 2019 announcement on February 25 at 8:45 a.m. CET (2:45 a.m. ET).

Rainbow Six Siege has an upcoming plethora of support in its fourth year

The game developer Burnt Horizon hopes to enter the fourth year of the game Rainbow Six Siege. Additionally, Ubisoft will be updating the post-launch support and also keep adding up to the game. It hopes to add to players’ behaviors, better themes, events, and functionalities to the game. Plans are in the offing to reorganize the development team to bring about the above-said changes.

The game developers will be introducing a significant change to the game by dividing the development team in to direct dedicated cells that will be responsible for the significant parts of the game like events, balance, maps, and operators. There will be a developer team who will be looking after player behavior and toxicity. This is expected to make the game more pleasant and balanced. Besides this, the players who troll their team by friendly fire will be penalized by the amount of damage they cause, according to an added new feature.

The eight new operators will have the same cadence but with an improved focus on maps. Fourth would be having a new map and three reworks. Ubisoft will focus on both the first time players and the experienced ones. There will be queues, and player sorting to support new players come aboard while at the same time retaining the competitive experience of the older players.

The developers will also be putting a greater impetus over the events as a way to introduce lighter themes and challenges into the gaming world on Rainbow Six Siege. These are extra useful as a testbed for newer ideas. Left 4 Dead-style campaign was one such development. There have been reports that Ubisoft will hold future events based on this element to introduce better twists and turns in the game. Going this way, it could also test how the gaming community is receiving these new features.

Following the upcoming market trend, TCL is working on a foldable phone that bends into a smartwatch

TCL, the Chinese company that is best known for budget televisions, Blackberry mobiles, and Alcatel brands is developing five new devices. The devices that TCL is working upon will have flexible displays. The upcoming products include two tablets, two smartphones, and a phone that could turn into a smartwatch, according to reports.

Besides this, the two smartphones too will have a fold that bends (both internal and external) along the horizontal axis. However, none of them shares any similarity in design to the Samsung foldable phone.

The upcoming trend of foldable devices in mobile design may again get us interested in phones. The industry feels that users are not frequently changing their phones, instead, they are holding on to them for a more extended period. This may affect long term sales and customer may ignore pricier upgrades. That’s why the focus on reintroducing foldable electronic devices.

This development is still speculation, and there is a possibility that TCL may change or scrap these plans. But a TCL executive has disclosed that company may be releasing its first foldable device in 2020. The executive said that the foldable technology would be appearing in other consumer products such as wearable, home appliances, and Televisions.

TCL has a licensing deal for making productivity based phones with Blackberry. It has also licensed out the Palm name to start up that makes tine companion phones for the primary phone.

On the other hand, Google has promised Android support for foldable devices. Flexipai is a foldable smartphone from startup Royole. The foldable smartphone is available at a price of $1,318 ((£1,209) with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It folds like a book with its screen on the outside. Apple too has patent filings for foldable phone design.

There have been reports that Samsung too would be launching Galaxy S10 soon. The device from Samsung will be a tablet when fully opened and a phone when folded. Samsung is using new technology for a display called Infinity Flex Display, which allows the device to be opened and closed any number of times without any fall in the performance.