Super drones, VR export targets and Huawei’s new foldable phone

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A round up of some of the stories you may have missed in China this week.

 

China’s Space Station forms new ‘T-shape’

The rotation of the Mengtian lab module has been completed to form the basic T-shaped structure of China’s space station, according to the China Manned Space Agency. The space station is formed by the Tianhe core module and the Wentian and Mengtian lab modules. The Mengtian lab is mainly used for space life scientific research. 

 

Hydropower station completes latest trial

Unit 11 of China’s Baihetan Hydropower Station commenced commercial operations on Wednesday after completing a 72-hour trial run. It is the 14th 100-million-kilowatt unit to go into operation and the site will become the second-largest hydropower station in the world when complete, capable of generating enough electricity for 75 million people.

 

Maiden flight for ‘monster’ four-engine drone

In a world first, a four-engine drone made its maiden flight in China’s Sichuan Province. Named Scorpion-D, it was developed by Sichuan Tengden Sci-Tech Innovation and has an impressive wingspan of 20 meters. The aim is to use it for delivering goods, as it has a payload capacity of 1.5 tonnes.

 

China announces latest VR industry plan

China aims to export at least 25 million virtual reality (VR) devices by 2026, according to an action plan released on Tuesday. 

The scale of China’s VR industry, including hardware, software and applications, will exceed 350 billion yuan ($48.1 billion) by 2026 and include augmented reality and mixed reality devices, as well as a determination to make breakthroughs in key technologies and applications.

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Experts flown in to treat Panda in Taiwan

Two veterinary experts from the Chinese mainland have flown to Taiwan to help treat Tuan Tuan, a giant panda at Taipei Zoo diagnosed with a brain tumor. Tuan Tuan, along with Yuan Yuan, arrived in Taipei Zoo in 2008 as gifts given by the mainland. Their names were announced during the Spring Festival Gala in Beijing in 2006, picked from numerous suggestions sent in by Chinese people. 

 

Huawei’s new affordable Pocket-S

Chinese phone maker Huawei launched its latest foldable smartphone named ‘Pocket S’ on Wednesday. With a clamshell design similar to previous models and a more consumer-friendly price tag, the Pocket S features a core chip not designed by Huawei’s HiSilicon but by U.S. chip giant Qualcomm. 

The 128-gigabyte version of the phone sells at 5,988 yuan – or about $830. The price is lower than foldable phones made by almost all of its competitors, whose base models are usually priced at around $1,000.

 

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