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Foldable iPad Concept Renders Show Us What Apple’s Next Big Thing May Be

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  • Samsung has reportedly given foldable display samples to Apple
  • Apple could be experimenting with new form-factors for future products
  • A render now shows us what a foldable iPad could look like

After the dust settled on the madness that was MWC 2019, we now have a better picture of the next big trend in the mobile space — the foldable phone. This doesn’t seem like something that will fade away next year, but it could very well be a taste of what smartphones would eventually evolve into in the near future. But why stop at just phones? Wouldn’t it be great if something like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be folded down to half its size, for better portability?

A render from Dutch technology website LetsGoDigital, shows us what a foldable Apple tablet could eventually look like, when and if it ever launches. While it’s pure speculation at this point that Apple is thinking of making a foldable iPad, the company could be experimenting with a foldable display product for a future release. The render looks interesting and would definitely make portability of the bigger iPad Pros, a lot easier. However, when folded, it doesn’t seem like it would as slim as the height of a normal iPad, which is a design area we don’t see Apple compromising on any time soon.

Only recently, it was reported that Samsung has sent samples of its foldable display technology to competitors such as Apple and Google. These samples were reported to measure 7.2 inches, which is only slightly smaller than the panel used in Samsung’s newest Galaxy Fold smartphone.

Apple currently already uses OLED panels for its iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max from Samsung Display, so it’s no surprise that Apple is seemingly prototyping some sort of foldable product, using Samsung’s panel. The previous report also stated that Samsung is able to produce around 2.4 million foldable displays per year, which it’s planning on ramping up to 10 million.

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Apple iPhone 9 Plus in the works along with iPhone 9, iOS 14 code reveals

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There have been several reports on a new low-cost iPhone 9/iPhone SE 2 which was expected to launch this month. Turns out Apple is working on another iPhone possibly iPhone 9 Plus which would most likely debut with the iPhone 9.

9to5Mac found several details of an iPhone 9 Plus along with the iPhone 9 on iOS 14 code. Both the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus will run on the A13 Bionic chipset. The report also reveals the new iPhones will indeed house a Home button which was discontinued after the iPhone 8 series. With a Home button, the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus will support Touch ID for biometric authentication. Face ID will be one premium feature the new iPhones will lack.

But the iPhone 9 series will be able to use Apple Pay, scan NFC tags in the background and come with the Express Transit feature as well. These features are available on the iPhone XS and above. There’s no mention of the screen size of the iPhone 9 Plus although we know it will be bigger than the iPhone 9.

As for the iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2, it has been rumoured to feature a 4.7-inch LCD display. Apple could launch it in two storage variants of 64GB and 128GB. The low-cost iPhone is also expected to be priced around $399 (Rs 28,500 approx) which is the same price the iPhone SE launched at.

The iPhone SE 2 was first expected to launch at Apple’s annual March event which was reportedly cancelled due to coronavirus fears. Apple is still rumoured to unveil a new MacBook and iPad Pro this week.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip enters in South Korean markets

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Samsung’s most awaited release ‘Galaxy Z Flip’ made to the market on Friday as the company aims to popularise the foldable form factor in the market.

Keeping the view in mind, the world’s biggest smartphone maker held an exclusive sale in its Digital Plaza stores in Seoul on Thursday. Total 900 Galaxy Z Flip was put up for sale and within first few hours, all the Purple devices were sold out. The black model of the device lasted till 1800 hours, reported GSM Arena.

As per the company, official sale of Galaxy Z Flip began 0900 hours at local online and offline stores.

Industry insiders expect 20,000 Galaxy Z Flip smartphones to be distributed to local vendors in the first week – a nearly 10-fold increase from the initial volume of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, launched last year.

Due to limited volume, they predicted that not all retailers in South Korea will have the Galaxy Z Flip in stock, but customers reports suggest that customer will not have to wait as they did for the Galaxy Fold.

Experts have precited that the company may set a record of selling 3 million units of the smartphone globally this year.

Galaxy Z Flip, which bends in half vertically, is priced at 1.65 million won ($1,395) in South Korea, roughly 700,000 won cheaper than the Galaxy Fold’s launch price.

In the coming week, a limited edition of the Galaxy Z Flip, in collaboration with U.S. fashion brand Thom Browne, comes with a price tag of 2.97 million won.

The Galaxy Z Flip uses the industry’s first ultrathin glass cover on top of the OLED screen, making it more durable and scratch-resistant compared with plastic displays.

It comes with a 6.7-inch foldable main display and a 1.1-inch cover display on the front of the handset that allows users to check the time and notifications.

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5 smartphones we are looking forward to in 2020

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2019 was arguably insignificant for the smartphone industry. Sure, sales grew, more phones were launched and so on, but as reviewers, we struggled to see real innovation. And we don’t see 2020 to be that different.

Having said that, 2019 did lay the groundwork for future improvements in smartphones, and that is what gets us excited about the phones we’ll see in 2020. Here’s what we are looking forward to:

Google Pixel 4a

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Google didn’t bring the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL to India, primarily because of the radar-based motion-sensing feature, a.k.a Project Soli. They will probably remove it entirely or deactivate it for the Pixel 4a if they are bringing it here. Also, given that the Pixel 3a was a more affordable Pixel, the Pixel 4a should be the same for this year’s version, and that makes sense for India.

If the leaked renders are anything to go by, the Google Pixel 4a is going to be everything the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL had and then some. There should be a punch-hole selfie camera in the front, which technically means more screen real estate, but the top and chin bezels don’t seem to have been reduced either, so we will have to wait and see. There’s also the square camera module on the back along with a fingerprint scanner and the bright power button on the side.

The Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4XL had the square camera module too so we are expecting pretty much the same camera setup on the 4a, slight differences in how images are processed. Given the price cut, Google will have to reduce costs somewhere after all.

Pixel’s photography chops have been above question, however, the Pixel 4 series did not fare too well when it came to reviews.

iPhone 12

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Apple absolutely killed it with the Apple iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro. The company had lost its camera supremacy over Android for the past few years, but it returned to the helm in 2019. The battery life has also been significantly improved, another thing iPhones have not been known for.

Frankly, there was very little one could fault with the phones Apple launched in 2019, except the price. But complaining about Apple products being expensive is so last season, so let’s not.

Given all this, we can’t wait to see what else Apple adds to the iPhone 12.

In all probability, Apple will be launching a few other phones, like a successor to the iPhone SE, and the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro is on our radar alongside the new iteration of the iPhone SE. The latter will (hopefully) bring an affordable iPhone into the market, which, much like a cheaper Pixel will be much appreciated.

Apple brought down the price of the iPhone XR earlier this year, which helped push the smartphone to become one of Apple’s best selling products ever, according to reports. If Apple sticks to this strategy in 2020 too, that will be something to look forward to.

Motorola Razr

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The only reason my first smartphones was a Sony was because the Moto Razr wasn’t available in the colour I wanted. This time, however, I totally intend to get my hands on the new iteration.

Motorola is bringing back that iconic phone as the new foldable Razr. This is going to be the first foldable offering from the house of Motorola and besides the immense nostalgia factor attached to it, the new form factor indeed looks interesting.

Perhaps most significantly, the new Razr doesn’t look as bulky as the other foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X (speaking of which, we should see a new Mate X hit the markets in 2020) – it should be sleek, easier in the hand and, Motorola is confident enough to tell people it doesn’t come with a million tips on how to use it…*cough* Samsung *cough*.

Motorola has already pushed the launch date back to meet demands. Clearly there is a lot riding on this smartphone and we are quite excited.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2

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Samsung screwed up with the Samsung Galaxy Fold this year. Sure, it sold MANY units, I mean enough units for the company to think its foldable offering did well enough for them to plan a Fold 2 for 2020.

Rumour has it that the Fold 2 is going to come with an ultra-thin glass cover that will replace the plastic cover Samsung used on the Fold we saw this year. This should make the display flatter and with lesser wrinkles.

Samsung is also supposed to adopt a clamshell design, much like the foldable Razr. And it is apparently going to be cheaper too. If you haven’t caught on already, lower prices excite us!

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

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108-megapixel camera. Enough said!

The Mi Note 10 is probably going to be one of the most expensive phones from Xiaomi’s stables that we have seen so far (it might be priced around Rs 47,000) and is going to come with a penta-camera setup, consisting of a primary 108 MP camera, a 20 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 12 MP telephoto sensor, a secondary 5 MP telephoto sensor, and finally a 2 MP macro camera.

Xiaomi is going to be the first of the lot to get a 108MP sensor on the back, because the smartphone is supposed to launch in January. One race won, at least.

And going by its record, the Mi Note 10 should have pretty much everything and the kitchen sink thrown at it, including a 5,260mAh battery, 30W fast charging support and more.

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