Of new phones and immortality

Roark L. Masbad

A NEW smartphone from Huawei is on the horizon and is set to shake the smartphone world. According to this article, it’ll be a triple-camera smartphone. That’ll be the first ever if you ask me. What’s more is that those three cameras will deliver in total 40 megapixels of resolution.

Some of the newer cameras these days like the Sony A7R III is already chewing out that much of a resolution. Add to that a hybrid 5x optical and digital zoom for you to take advantage of. Although I’d still not recommend zooming in on your smartphone cameras whether they have another optical lens for it or not.

This new phone will, hopefully, be a game changer for mobile photographers. 40 megapixels in resolution is more than enough to produce large prints from a photograph. And if this camera is capable of shooting in RAW as well, I’d be interested. More so that its glass is still co-designed by Leica. Considering that I still use an old iPhone 6, this is going to be a very attractive hardware upgrade for me. I’m hoping that this new phone will still have expandable storage of up to 512GB. If it does, I’d happily convert from iOS to Android for this. Or maybe still keep my old iPhone for messaging and basic stuff but use this new one for all other things - social media, mobile photography, mobile videography.

Oh the possibilities!

In other news though, an article from The Washington Post is explaining about American consumer behavior of holding on to their phones a lot longer than used to be. In fact, Apple reported a decline on sales numbers for the iPhone -- about one percent lower than the same period as last year. It seems to me that Apple’s newer offering of iPhones are not as attractive to consumers anymore. Could it be that the "Apple magic" (as I’d call it) is fizzling out? Or it could be that more and more people are realizing that they don’t really need to be on the bleeding edge of smartphone technology anymore. It’s quite possible that a whole lot more people are realizing now that as long as the phone that you have still works, there’s no reason really to replace it with a new one.

You know what they say -- if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, except, of course, for that snafu Apple made by throttling iPhone performance because of battery issues. But that’s probably for another write-up. I miss the days when batteries were easily replaceable. Remember the Nokia 5110? I know you do.

Finally, let me share with you this new Netflix series I found -- Altered Carbon. It’s a sci-fi series that deals about immortality. Of course, there’s the action and drama in it but the underlying subject of immortality is there. Could tech like this already exist today?