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While the world is changing through technology, major tech firms are in fierce competetion is who leads in the ever innovative world of smart mobile gadgets. Yesterday, TECNO’s premium sub-brand, PHANTOM, launched a new flagship smartphone, the PHANTOM V Fold, marking the brand’s emphatic entrance into the foldable device market. The phone delivers an immersive visual experience through an optimally sized flagship dual screen and an ultra-clear 5-lens photography system for unparalleled image-making. Launched during TECNO’s debut appearance at MWC Barcelona 2023, PHANTOM V Fold is the latest innovation from the brand as it continues to revolutionize the premium smartphone experience through outstanding technologies and exceptional performance.

Empowering users to discover greater smartphone fluency, whether gaming, watching movies, or at work, PHANTOM V Fold’s flagship dual LTPO screens have an adaptive 10-120Hz high refresh rate, delivering smooth motions and fluid transitions both when folded and unfolded.

The phone’s 6.42-inch sub-screen has a unique micro-curved design and a 21:9 aspect ratio for a classic single-screen flagship smartphone experience. The result of extensive research into usage scenarios and global smartphone use, the sub-screen dimensions are optimal for single-handed operation, sitting naturally in the palm while allowing the users to comfortably take command using just a thumb. Unfolded, PHANTOM V Fold reveals an outstanding 7.85-inch display with an optimal 8:7 aspect ratio on an ultra-flat screen with a virtually invisible crease.


TECNO’s Technologies Inspire an Almost-Invisible Screen Crease 

PHANTOM V Fold’s main inner screen is enhanced by TECNO’s continuous pursuit of the next best technologies. The brand’s self-developed, aerospace-grade drop-shaped hinge creates a virtually crease-free ultra-flat main inner screen surface. The hinge’s innovative reverse snap structure significantly improves the phone’s structural stability, while its aerospace-grade construction materials create strength with a lightweight.

The self-developed fixed-axis rotation and slide technology hinge design ensure PHANTOM V Fold’s main inner screen fits tightly together, ultimately delivering an almost unnoticeable crease. When new, the device’s screen crease measures just 0.11mm, and the device is capable of 200,000 folds.

Five Lenses for Unprecedented Image-Making

PHANTOM V Fold’s ultra-clear 5-lens photography system creates an unprecedented image-making experience with lenses for various uses. With three rear lenses and two front lenses, users can explore the world through new lenses. Enabling spectacular nighttime image making, PHANTOM V Fold’s 50MP Super Night main camera features a super light-sensitive custom 1/1.3-inch sensor, large f/1.85 aperture, and 7P composition.

The phone’s night imaging capabilities are further enhanced by AI-powered Super Night PortraitSuper Night Mode, and Super Night 4K Video, which reduce noise and capture crisp lines to make the night come alive in exquisite detail. The other rear lenses are a powerful 50MP telephoto lens with 2x optical and 20x digital zoom and a 13MP ultra wide-angle lens.

In addition to the rear lenses, two additional front lenses – one on the sub-screen and one on the main inner screen – bring more fun to photography with exciting image-making possibilities. While rear lenses can now be easily used for high-quality selfies, the foldable screen design allows for large-screen image capturing with a preview displayed to the subjects on the sub-screen. In contrast, the front camera on the main inner screen enhances video calling and conferencing.

An ultra-clear 5-lens photography system creates exciting ways to capture outstanding photos and videos.

HiOS13 Fold Provides a Super-Optimized Experience

Though the large-screen foldable smartphone experience has much to offer, it has often needed to be improved by having operating systems unsuitable for the devicesAs a result, TECNO developed HiOS13 Fold – a highly optimized and customized operating system based on Google’s Android 13, specially designed for a foldable device.

Large-screen capabilities such as split screens, picture-in-picture, parallel windows, and drag and drop across screens, as well as differentiated interactive animation designs, create a system that empowers users’ productivity and overall enjoyment.

Foldable customizations have been made to the top 1,000 apps with the highest download frequency globally, of which 90% have been adapted to support split-screen and multi-window modes. In total, over 2000 apps have been adapted for HiOS13 Fold.

Over 2000 apps have been adapted for the PHANTOM V Fold’s HiOS13 Fold operating system. 

MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ Delivers a First for the Industry.

PHANTOM V Fold is the world’s first left-right foldable smartphone powered by MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 9000+ processor. In developing the phone, TECNO deepened its long-term collaboration with Industry giant MediaTek. The chipmaker developed a dual-5G processor with dual-SIM functionality customized for the PHANTOM V Fold’s large-screen design. The processor delivers exceptional performance, allowing efficient multitasking and seamless screen switching.

Besides the processor, PHANTOM V Fold’s performance is further enhanced by 12GB LPDDR5X RAM and 256/512GB UFS 3.1 flash storage. It is also equipped with a powerful 5000mAh (typ) battery, with rapid 45W charging capable of boosting the phone to 40% in just 15 minutes and fully charging in just 55 minutes.

With the powerful chip and charging capabilities, PHANTOM V Fold was awarded an incredible 1,023,478 benchmark score by AnTuTu, the most professional benchmarking software/website in China that provides accurate and realistic performance evaluations for smartphones. The score highlights PHANTOM V Fold’s outstanding ‘hardcore’ gaming performance and its exceptional user experience delivered across both traditional smartphone and large-screen tablet-style displays.

Empowering Pioneers – A Beyond The Extraordinary Event

To celebrate the launch of PHANTOM V Fold, TECNO hosted a special event on day two of MWC Barcelona 2023. The event focused on how TECNO and its strategic partners are pushing the boundaries of smartphone innovation to deliver a user experience that is Beyond The Extraordinary.

Attendees at the event included media and executives from TECNO’s collaborative partners, who were welcomed with an opening speech from TECNO’s General Manager, Jack Guo, before keynote speeches from MediaTek and Counterpoint Research. The speakers then took part in a fascinating panel discussion where they offered further insights about a wide range of subjects, from the meaning of the launch to the future landscape of foldable smartphones, offering an informative yet thought-provoking end to the event.

While speaking at the PHANTOM V Fold launch event at MWC, the General Manager of TECNO, Jack Guo, said, “In launching PHANTOM V Fold, our first foldable smartphone, during our very first appearance at MWC, we re-affirm our commitment to innovation; to the continuous pursuit of the next great technologies; and to empowering people, all around global frontier markets, to live beyond the extraordinary.”

Upon conclusion of the event, guests were invited to join TECNO at their MWC booth for their first hands-on experience of the new PHANTOM V Fold.

PHANTOM V Fold Launch Officer, Olivier Mas, reveals the details of PHANTOM V Fold at the smartphone’s launch event during MWC Barcelona 2023.

The development of PHANTOM V Fold reflects TECNO’s intensive efforts to bring desirable, high-end technologies to frontier markets through its PHANTOM sub-brand. Combining advanced innovations with bold style, PHANTOM V Fold delivers a premium foldable experience to new audiences. It empowers users to show their identity and become pioneers in business and society while enjoying a first-class foldable device experience.


TECNO is an innovative technology brand with operations in over 70 countries and regions across five continents. Since its launch, TECNO has been revolutionizing the digital experience in emerging global markets, relentlessly pushing for the perfect integration of contemporary, aesthetic design with the latest technologies. Today, TECNO has developed into a recognized leader in its target markets, delivering state-of-the-art innovation through a wide range of smartphones, smart wearables, laptops and tablets, HiOS operating systems and smart home products. Guided by its brand essence of “Stop At Nothing”, TECNO is committed to unlocking the best and newest technologies for forward-looking individuals. By creating stylish, intelligent products, TECNO inspires consumers worldwide to never stop pursuing their best selves and their best futures. For more information, please visit TECNO’s official site:


PHANTOM is a premium technology sub-brand of TECNO. Born in response to the growing global demand for high-end smart products, PHANTOM creates premium, stylish, bold devices that stand at the vanguard of innovation. As a pioneering international technology brand, PHANTOM empowers consumers to become pioneers and creators, enhances business and entertainment, and encourages new ways of thinking and doing with a spirit of modern individuality. Infused with the brand’s signature flare, PHANTOM’s products are a source of inspiration for its audiences to be the leaders of change, to seek the extraordinary in their everyday lives and to elevate every experience to an unforgettable moment. To learn more about PHANTOM, please visit

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Italy said on Friday it was temporarily blocking ChatGPT over data privacy concerns, becoming the first western country to take such action against the popular artificial intelligence chatbot.

The country’s Data Protection Authority said US firm OpenAI, which makes ChatGPT, had no legal basis to justify “the mass collection and storage of personal data for the purpose of ‘training’ the algorithms underlying the operation of the platform”.

ChatGPT caused a global sensation when it was released last year for its ability to generate essays, songs, exams and even news articles from brief prompts.

But critics have long fretted that it was unclear where ChatGPT and its competitors got their data or how they processed it.

Universities and some education authorities have banned the chatbot over fears that students could use it to write essays or cheat in exams.

And hundreds of experts and industry figures signed an open letter this week calling for a pause in the development of powerful AI systems, arguing they posed “profound risks to society and humanity”.

The letter was prompted by OpenAI’s release earlier this month of GPT-4, a more powerful version of its chatbot, with even less transparency about its data sources.

OpenAI has not yet commented on the Italian decision.

– ‘Unsuitable answers’ –
The Italian authority imposed a “temporary limitation of the processing of Italian user data” by OpenAI and said it had launched an investigation.

As well as a lack of legal basis for data collection, the authority also highlighted a lack of clarity over whose data was being collected.

It said wrong answers given by the chatbot suggested data was not being handled properly, and accused the firm of exposing children to “absolutely unsuitable answers”.

The watchdog further referenced a data breach on March 20 where user conversations and payment information were compromised — a problem the firm blamed on a bug.

Nello Cristianini, an AI academic from Bath university in Britain, said securing user data and enforcing age limits were easy to fix.

But the other two accusations were more problematic — that the model is trained on personal data that is gathered without consent and then not treated properly.

“It is not clear how these can be fixed anytime soon,” he said.

The company has been given 20 days to respond and could face a fine of 20 million euros ($21.7-million) or up to 4 percent of annual revenue.

The runaway success of ChatGPT garnered OpenAI a multibillion-dollar deal with Microsoft, which uses the technology in its Bing search engine and other programs.

It also sparked a gold rush among other tech firms and venture capitalists, with Google rushing out its own chatbot and investors pouring cash into all manner of AI projects.


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Gordon Moore, a pioneer in the microprocessor industry and a co-founder of Intel

Gordon Moore, a pioneer in the microprocessor industry and a co-founder of Intel, which at one time was the world’s largest semiconductor maker, died on Friday at the age of 94, Intel said.

Moore was a giant in the technological transformation of the modern age, helping companies bring evermore powerful chips to smaller and smaller computers.

An engineer by training, he cofounded Intel in July 1968, eventually serving as president, chief executive and chairman of the board.

Gordon Moore, a pioneer in the microprocessor industry and a co-founder of Intel
Gordon Moore, a pioneer in the microprocessor industry and a co-founder of Intel

Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, said Moore died “surrounded by family at his home in Hawaii.”

In its early days, Intel was known for continuous innovation, growing to become one of the biggest, most important companies in technology.

In an article in 1965, Moore first coined a theory that later became known as “Moore’s Law.” It stated that integrated circuits would essentially double in power every year. He later revised the law to say the doubling would occur every two years.

The axiom held true for decades and became synonymous with the rapid rate of technological change in the modern world.

“All I was trying to do was get that message across, that by putting more and more stuff on a chip we were going to make all electronics cheaper,” Moore said in a 2008 interview.

After earning his PhD from CalTech, Moore and a colleague in 1957 joined Fairchild Semiconductor Laboratory, one of the earliest firms to manufacture commercially viable transistors and integrated circuits.

As the company grew, the seeds were planted for the transformation of the peninsula of land south of San Francisco into what became known as Silicon Valley.

Moore and long time colleague Robert Noyce struck out on their own in 1968, bringing along a third, Andy Grove, who would become a future Intel CEO.

Moore retired from Intel in 2006.

Over his lifetime, he donated more than $5.1 billion to charitable causes through the foundation he set up with his wife of 72 years, Betty.

“Though he never aspired to be a household name, Gordon’s vision and his life’s work enabled the phenomenal innovation and technological developments that shape our everyday lives,” said Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Leaders of Intel heaped tribute on Moore.

“He was instrumental in revealing the power of transistors, and inspired technologists and entrepreneurs across the decades,” said Intel chief executive Pat Gelsinger.

“He leaves behind a legacy that changed the lives of every person on the planet. His memory will live on,” Gelsinger added on Twitter.


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Beatrice Eyong

The UN Women showcased various technological innovations by young women and men that advanced gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nigeria.

The UN Women on Thursday showcased various technological innovations by young women and men that advanced gender equality and women’s empowerment in Nigeria.

Beatrice Eyong, UN Women’s country representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said the event was part of activities to mark International Women’s month in Abuja.

Ms Eyong noted the gender gap in employment and education in the technological sector in Nigeria, with women making up only 22 per cent of the total engineering and technology university graduates annually.


“This is due to gender stereotypes and social norms that still categorise jobs in these sectors as men’s jobs, which inhibits women from applying to study and demonstrate an interest in such subjects. It also prevents companies from hiring qualified women for these roles,” the UN official stated.

According to her, the showcase will demonstrate young women and men in Nigeria digital and innovative solutions to various issues across several sectors.

Also speaking, Kashifu Inuwa, director-general of the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA), said the organisation, through its several policies and strategies, had trained over 200,000 young people on ICT to bridge the gender divide.

“We trained no fewer than 222,000 Young people in ICT, and we believe that we have a growing population, vibrant entrepreneurial and expanding tech eco-system, which, if we leverage, can provide an opportunity for us to achieve Gender Equality and women empowerment,” added Mr Inuwa.

Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, stressed the need for women and young girls to leverage technological innovations to improve their lives and bridge the gender disparity in all sectors.

Ms Tallen highlighted the need to empower women and girls with digital skills and access to technology and support women-led businesses.

Also, Ola Williams, the country manager of Microsoft Nigeria, said the organisation had partnered with the federal government to skill five million youths through the ministry of communication and digital economy to improve technological innovations.

Mr Williams said these would improve access to jobs, the right tools and resources, and markets for their business.


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