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LG V60 ThinQ 5G: A smartphone fan's dream, but one held back by compromises and an uninspired design. (Image source: LG)

LG V60 ThinQ 5G: A smartphone fan's dream, but one held back by compromises and an uninspired design.

Excusing its ridiculous name, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G has a lot going for it. Design is not one of them. Resembling a mid-range smartphone crossed with the back of a Galaxy S10, the V60 ThinQ 5G has one foot firmly in the past. Its Sn...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:12:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate Xs on its pedestal in Barcelona. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Opinion | The Mate Xs, hands on with Huawei's flawed foldable

While Huawei's latest foldable is one of the most expensive too, its dizzying €2,499 price tag does not guarantee quality or usability. From creaky hinges to scratched screens, today's launch highlighted why the Mate Xs should be ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 24 Feb 2020 23:50:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate Xs has an 8-inch display when unfolded. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Huawei launches the Mate Xs, a €2,499 and Kirin 990-powered foldable smartphone

Succeeding the Mate X, the Mate Xs features an 8-inch OLED panel when unfolded. The Kirin 990 5G-powered device comes with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of RAM, along with an improved hinge design over its predecessor. The price? A whopp...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 24 Feb 2020 22:40:00 +0100
It could have gone better for the Z Flip at iFixit. (Source: YouTube)

The Galaxy Z Flip may be more fragile than Samsung would like you to think

Samsung's second-generation foldable phone was launched along with claims that the OEM had made some strides in keeping this form-factor clear of potentially destructive dust and debris. A new video by teardown specialists iFixit ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:13:00 +0100
Slide-out flexible screens could solve the creasing problem. (Image Source: CNET)

Better than foldables? TCL first to launch a phone with slide-out screen

Instead of going the foldable way, TCL is experimenting with some other ways to implement flexible screens. The slide-out concept essentially provides the same screen estate but without the awful crease in the middle and possibly ...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:32:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Fold's successor could sport an under-display camera.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 may feature an under-display camera, likely to launch around the same time as the Note 20

Fresh leaks about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 indicate that the device's display is likely to be made of ultra-thin glass like the recently launched Galaxy Z Flip. The Fold 2 is also tipped to feature an under-display camer...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 08:00:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Fold's display needs to be handled with extreme care. (Image Source: JerryRigEverything on YouTube)

Samsung's claim of the Galaxy Z Flip using a glass display is potentially misleading but is not false

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip has received much criticism owing to its highly fragile display. While durability tests do not show any indications of the display being made of glass, a closer examination does confirm the company's clai...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:10:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's keyboard does not seem to like letters in caps. (Image Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's default keyboard has a bug that can get quite annoying

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's default keyboard seems to have a bug that automatically lowercases any letter typed in uppercase and this behavior is persistent even after fiddling around with the settings. It is not a big deal-breake...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 22:20:00 +0100
The new Lakefield SoCs will be just slightly larger than the usual smartphone SoCs. (Image Source: WCCFTech)

First Intel Lakefield 3DMark CPU and GPU tests are in

Intel's Lakefield chips are smaller than the usual CPUs, as they stack most components in order to reduce size and improve energy efficiency, much like smartphone SoCs nowadays. According to new 3DMark tests, these chips are certa...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:42:00 +0100
First Impressions Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Take Two

First Impressions Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Take Two

The Galaxy Z Flip is a real eye-catcher among smartphones, and Samsung has taken a similar approach as Motorola with their Razr. On paper, the Korean smartphone should be the better choice. We had the chance to take a first peek at the Flip during a hands-on and were able to find a few improvements over the Fold, but a few drawbacks as well.
Daniel Schmidt, Fri, 14 Feb 2020 03:11:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Flip. (Source: Samsung)

The Galaxy Z Flip is only the tip of the fold-berg at Samsung, but it's not consumer-ready yet

Roh Tae-moon, the president of Mobile at Samsung, has claimed that the OEM has developed devices with "even more" hinges than the new Galaxy Z Flip. However, these multi-folding phones are apparently not ready for prime-time yet. ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:19:00 +0100
Google Duo's Live Caption feature. (Source: YouTube)

Galaxy Unpacked | Google announces new Android features at Galaxy S20 event

Earlier, Android teased "something exciting" that might debut alongside Samsung’s new flagships. Now, this has been realized in the form of a new Live Caption feature in Google’s Duo app. In addition, the OS may get much more fold...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 11 Feb 2020 23:40:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the company's second foldable device

Galaxy Unpacked | Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung's latest $1,380 foldable phone

Samsung has finally unveiled its second foldable smartphone in the form of the Galaxy Z Flip. It comes with a 6.7-inch screen that folds in two, a Snapdragon 855+, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It will be available in limited...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 11 Feb 2020 23:22:00 +0100
The Kaleido might be a bit long, but it packs a projector, keyboard and sound bar! (Image Source: IF)

Spec Update | No display required: Kaleido is a mini PC concept with foldable keyboard and integrated projector

The Kaleido concept mini PC is not really that small, but it sure packs everything you need from a computer. First of all, you do not need a display, since the elongated prism-shaped device integrates a projector, plus it also com...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 11 Feb 2020 13:43:00 +0100
The Motorola Razr. (Source: Business Insider)

Opinion | CNET's Motorola Razr test was flawed, and the results proffer no tangible deductions

You've no doubt seen the headline: "Motorola Razr fails folding test, doesn't last up to 28,000 folds". Or something in that vein. Yes, the new Motorola Razr did perform terribly at that test, but what if the test itself was inher...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 08 Feb 2020 14:29:00 +0100
Spotting the Surface Duo this early in the wild could mean the device might get launched sooner than expected. (Image Source: Israel Rodriguez)

Wild Microsoft Surface Duo appears on a Vancouver SkyTrain passenger

The Surface Duo spotted in the wild appears to be a pre-production sample that is tested by Microsoft employees. Unlike the model showcased last October, this one comes with a LED flash on the front and appears to be slightly slim...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:27:00 +0100
Looks pretty but isn't the most durable. (Source: CNET)

Big oof: The Motorola RAZR shows awful durability as it fails a folding test

Hinge noises aren’t as bad as it gets for the new Motorola RAZR. The phone was put through a folding test to see how many times it could be folded before showing damage. The results were...rather disappointing, especially in light...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 09:40:00 +0100
The Escobar Fold 2, unmistakably a Samsung Galaxy Fold. (Image source: Escobar Inc)

Pablo Escobar's brother announces the Escobar Fold 2 amid claims that Escobar Inc is scamming buyers of the Fold 1

Following on from the Escobar Fold 1, Pablo Escobar's brother has unveiled the Fold 2, another inexpensive foldable smartphone by Escobar Inc. The Fold 2 starts at US$399 for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC and up to 512 GB of stora...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 04 Feb 2020 19:15:00 +0100
A shot of what might be the Z Flip hands-on. (Source: Ben Geskin via Twitter)

A new leak may confirm the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's 8GB of RAM and Snapdragon SoC

The foldable and clamshell nature of the Samsung phone that may launch as the Galaxy Z Flip seems to have been confirmed in a few recent leaks. Now, a new one purports to outline its performance and specs as well. This next-gen de...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 03 Feb 2020 17:58:00 +0100
Renders of the Galaxy Z Flip. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Leaked Galaxy Z Flip hands-on video may make you want to buy one...or not

A new video has shown the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip in action, and we have a feeling public opinion on it could be divisive. The clamshell-style foldable phone will be launched on February 11, alongside the Galaxy S20 series.
Ricci Rox, Sun, 02 Feb 2020 16:20:00 +0100
Flash memory has a new JEDEC standard. (Source: Wikipedia)

UFS 3.1 is now official: more speed for less power in potential future devices

The JEDEC solid-state assocation has unveiled UFS 3.1, the immediate successor for the memory standard found in some of the most premium smartphones out today. The organization asserts that it will build on its last generation in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 01 Feb 2020 19:25:00 +0100
Intel is trying its hand at outward-folding designs. (Image Source: LetsGoDigital)

New Intel foldable phone patent comes to light

This is the second foldable smartphone patent filed by Intel, showing that the company has taken a more serious interest in mobile devices. Unlike the first concept released last year, this one has only an outward-folding display,...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:03:00 +0100


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