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Galaxy Fold is here — with six cameras and two batteries for $1,980

Samsung’s first truly flexible device converts from a phone to a tablet and will be available April 26.

The foldable future is finally here, and it’s called the Galaxy Fold. Samsung on Wednesday showed off the new foldable phone during its Unpacked event in San Francisco. The device has a 4.6-inch display when folded, and a 7.3-inch display when unfolded into a tablet. The phone will be available April 26 at a starting price of $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800). It’ll come in four colors: cosmos black, space silver, Martian green and astro blue. Apps shown off for the Galaxy Fold include YouTube, Netflix and Facebook. 

The Galaxy Fold comes with 12 gigabytes of RAM and batteries on each side of the foldable phone, said Justin Denison, Samsung’s senior vice president of mobile marketing. 

The gadget has six cameras, with three on the back, one on the front and two inside, Denison said. The phone will come in two versions, with a 4G and a 5G edition.

The three rear cameras are a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel ultra wide camera. The two cameras inside are a 10-megapixel selfie camera and an 8-megapixel depth camera. The camera on the front is also a 10-megapixel selfie camera.

The Galaxy Fold does not have a microSD slot, and it comes with 512GB of memory. Its fingerprint scanner is on the phone’s side, like the Galaxy S10E, instead of using an ultrasonic, in-screen fingerprint reader like the rest of the Galaxy S10 line-up. 

That’s “so users can access it if it’s open or closed,” Drew Blackard, Samsung senior director of product marketing, said in an interview after Unpacked.

The Fold will be available initially only for AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, Samsung said. It’s unclear about availability in other markets.

Blackard added that all regular Android apps will work on the Galaxy Fold. If developers enable them to scale, like when a phone shifts from portrait mode to landscape mode, they’ll adjust for the tablet mode as well. Developers will have to tweak the apps to take advantage of the multi-window feature and app continuity, he said.

Most major apps will be altered to work with the foldable format, Blackard said.

“Integration is simple for developers,” he said.

Samsung has been talking about a foldable phone for years and finally revealed a prototype in November. It uses a new screen technology called Infinity Flex Display that, Samsung says, lets you repeatedly open and close the device without screen degradation.

The Galaxy Fold is a compact smartphone when closed and a more expansive tablet when fully opened. Apps seamlessly transition between the display sizes, letting you pick up on the tablet where you left off on the smartphone. When the device is unfolded, you can use three active apps through something Samsung calls Multi Active Window.

The launch of the foldable phone was accompanied by a host of announcements, including the introduction of Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S10 smartphones.

Nearly the entire phone industry is experimenting with foldable devices. They’re seen as the next major leap in design and a way to get us interested in phones again. People are holding onto their smartphones longer than before, and it’s getting harder to justify a pricey upgrade given the relatively minor tweaks made every year. The hope is that foldables can change that and introduce a new way of interacting with electronics.

READ MORE: https://www.cnet.com/news/galaxy-fold-is-here-with-six-cameras-two-batteries-for-1980/#ftag=COS-04-10aaa1a

5G Is Coming This Year. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The transition to new fifth-generation cellular networks, known as 5G, will affect how you use smartphones and many other devices. Let’s talk about the essentials.

In 2019, a big technology shift will finally begin. It’s a once-in-a-decade upgrade to our wireless systems that will start reaching mobile phone users in a matter of months. 

But this is not just about faster smartphones. The transition to new fifth-generation cellular networks — known as 5G for short — will also affect many other kinds of devices, including industrial robots, security cameras, drones and cars that send traffic data to one another. This new era will leap ahead of current wireless technology, known as 4G, by offering mobile internet speeds that will let people download entire movies within seconds and most likely bring big changes to video games, sports and shopping.

Officials in the United States and China see 5G networks as a competitive edge. The faster networks could help spread the use of artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technologies.

Expect to hear more about 5G soon at events like the big consumer electronics trade show CES in January in Las Vegas and MWC Barcelona (formerly the Mobile World Congress) in February in Spain. Wireless service providers including AT&T and Verizon are already talking up 5G. And device makers are previewing gadgets that will work with the technology.

Samsung recently demonstrated prototypes of 5G smartphones that are expected to operate on both Verizon and AT&T networks. Many other manufacturers are racing to follow suit, though Apple is not expected in the initial 5G wave. Analysts predict that iPhones with the new technology won’t arrive until 2020. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Here’s what you need to know.

Strictly speaking, 5G is a set of technical ground rules that define the workings of a cellular network, including the radio frequencies used and how various components like computer chips and antennas handle radio signals and exchange data.

Since the first cellphones were demonstrated in the 1970s, engineers from multiple companies have convened to agree on new sets of specifications for cellular networks, which are designated a new technology generation every decade or so. To get the benefits of 5G, users will have to buy new phones, while carriers will need to install new transmission equipment to offer the faster service. 

The answer depends on where you live, which wireless services you use and when you decide to take the 5G plunge.

Qualcomm, the wireless chip maker, said it had demonstrated peak 5G download speeds of 4.5 gigabits a second, but predicts initial median speeds of about 1.4 gigabits. That translates to roughly 20 times faster than the current 4G experience.

The 5G speeds will be particularly noticeable in higher-quality streaming video. And downloading a typical movie at the median speeds cited by Qualcomm would take 17 seconds with 5G, compared with six minutes for 4G.

Rather than remembering to download a season of a favorite TV show before heading to the airport, for example, you could do it while in line to board a plane, said Justin Denison, a Samsung senior vice president.

No. There’s another kind of speed, a lag known as latency, that may become even more important with 5G.

READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/technology/personaltech/5g-what-you-need-to-know.html

Planning to Buy a New iPhone? Here’s Why You Should Prefer iPhone XR Over iPhone XS

If you have been active on social media or the internet in the recent few days, then you must have come across the news regarding Apple announcing three new iPhones. If you are an ardent Apple user, you must already be planning for an upgrade. But, with three new options available — Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, which one should you pick? While Apple has garnered a reputation for designing high-end expensive products, the prices of the new iPhones seem to come in as a surprise.

However, if Apple has launched the most expensive iPhone to date, then it has also launched one low-priced iPhone to the Apple mobile price list. The iPhone XS and XS Max are up for pre-orders and will go on sale on September 28. On the other hand, iPhone XR will go on sale sometime during the month of October. All this comes down to one thing — should you wait for iPhone XR or grab the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max? Well, here are some of the reasons why we think Apple iPhone XR is the better pick.

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Screen Space

If you haven’t seen all the three iPhones placed next to one another, then this might come as a bit of a shock. Interestingly, iPhone XR has a bigger display when compared to iPhone XS. As the name suggests, the iPhone XS Max comes with a huge 6.5-inch OLED display. However, iPhone XS only comes with a 5.8-inch OLED display. On the other hand, iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch LCD display. All-in-all, iPhone XR provides a bigger display at a much affordable cost.

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A12 Bionic Processor

All the new iPhones of this year are powered by the newest A12 Bionic processor along with a 7nm chipset. So, when it comes to performance, Apple iPhone XR will be able to deliver as much as iPhone XS and XS Max. The A12 Bionic processor is designed with 6-core CPU and 4-core GPU. Additionally, the chipset will help in launching apps faster, improve low-light photography, enhance AR apps and will feature machine-learning. All the three new iPhones are at par when it comes to performance. Moreover, along with a powerful processor, the new iPhones have also been added to the 4G mobile phone price list. With 4G VoLTE, all three iPhones will provide fast and seamless internet browsing.

Colours to Choose From

When it comes to colour variations, iPhone XS and XS Max come in Black, Gold and Space. Except for iPhone 5C, Apple has not offered varying colour options to choose from. However, Apple brings new colour variations for you to choose from with iPhone XR. iPhone XR is available in six colour choices. The options include Black, White, Red, Blue, Yellow and Coral. If you are looking to add a splash of colour or a little more personality to your phone, iPhone XR has a lot of options to choose from.

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Longer Battery Life

Battery life is the one thing that iPhone users have always complained about. With the 2018 iPhones, Apple has worked on overcoming that drawback. When looked at

  • iPhone XS can last for 30 minutes more than iPhone X
  • iPhone XS Max can last for 90 minutes more than iPhone X
  • And lastly, iPhone XR can last for 90 minutes more than iPhone 8 Plus

Here is how the 2018 iPhones battery specifications look like:

If you are looking for an iPhone with a healthy and long battery life, iPhone XR has the best battery specifications out this year.

Conclusion

It goes without saying that, iPhone XR is a more economical choice. However, don’t disregard the iPhone XS or XS Max as of yet. Even iPhone XS and XS Max come with features that make them an ideal choice. Both iPhone XS and XS Max come with a dual rear camera, IP68 rating and a 512GB storage variant, which gives them a front foot compared to iPhone XR. Overall, Apple iPhone XR comes with the same ecosystem and features like iPhone XS and XS Max, only with a few changes. What gives it an edge is the reasonable price range and size.