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  • Is 2019 the year of the “foldable” smartphone? It will be if Oppo has anything to say about it. Oppo’s latest patent reveals a foldable phone with no bezels and a unique pop-up camera. Rumor has it that Oppo will officially announce the device by the end of 2019.
  • Microsoft is rolling out two new Windows 10 preview builds to members of Windows Insider program. One is a test build for next major update to Windows 10, codenamed 19H1, and the other is a very early build of what comes after that, codenamed 20H1. it is the first time this year that Microsoft has released two Windows 10 preview builds at the same time. Starting with the former, build 18343 (19H1) is being pushed out to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring. It mostly comprises general changes, improvements, and fixes, rather than add any new features as some builds do. Importantly, Intel fixed an issue that caused it to block PCs with certain Intel processors.
  • There is no denying that Intel is laser focused on graphics these days, having assembled a team to develop a discrete GPU architecture from the ground up, and committing to frequent driver updates for its integrated graphics. The latter may not sound as exciting as the former, but if we examine a series of leaked benchmarks for Intel's upcoming Gen11 graphics, we cannot help but be impressed. Intel talked a bit about its Gen11 graphics during its Architecture Day event in December, where the primary focus was on its next-generation 10-nanometer Sunny Cover CPU platform. At the time, it was the first we had heard of Sunny Cove, which will form the basis of both Xeon (server) and Core (consumer) processors starting in the second half of 2019. Gen11 will complement Sunny Cove. Compared to existing Gen9 graphics, Gen11 bumps the number of enhanced execution units from 24 to 64, while pushing compute performance to over 1 TFLOPS. That obviously pales in comparison to discrete GPUs like NVIDIA's GeForce RTX series and AMD's Radeon VII. However, it is a huge leap in performance for systems that rely on integrated graphics. Intel also says Gen11 delivers enhanced mixed precision performance (Int8 and Int16) along with better FPU throughput, for improvements in AI workload processing. In addition, Intel made tweaks to its VPU media engine for higher performance and more efficient HEVC video decode and encode in hardware.